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  1. No Effect of Host Species on Phenoloxidase Activity in a Mycophagous Beetle

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    Formica, Vincent; Chan, Amanda Kar-Men

    2015-01-01

    Ecological immunology is an interdisciplinary field that helps elucidate interactions between the environment and immune response. The host species individuals experience have profound effects on immune response in many species of insects. However, this conclusion comes from studies of herbivorous insects even though species of mycophagous insects also inhabit many different host species. The goal of this study was to determine if fungal host species as well as individual, sex, body size, and host patch predict one aspect of immune function, phenoloxidase activity (PO). We sampled a metapopulation of Bolitotherus cornutus, a mycophagous beetle in southwestern Virginia. B. cornutus live on three species of fungus that differ in nutritional quality, social environment, and density. A filter paper phenoloxidase assay was used to quantify phenoloxidase activity. Overall, PO activity was significantly repeatable among individuals (0.57) in adult B. cornutus. While there was significant variance among individuals in PO activity, there were surprisingly no significant differences in PO activity among subpopulations, beetles living on different host species, or between the sexes; there was also no effect of body size. Our results suggest that other factors such as age, genotype, disease prevalence, or natal environment may be generating variance among individuals in PO activity. PMID:26513243

  2. Phenoloxidase activity in the infraorder Isoptera: unraveling life-history correlates of immune investment.

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    Rosengaus, Rebeca B; Reichheld, Jennifer L

    2016-02-01

    Within the area of ecological immunology, the quantification of phenoloxidase (PO) activity has been used as a proxy for estimating immune investment. Because termites have unique life-history traits and significant inter-specific differences exist regarding their nesting and foraging habits, comparative studies on PO activity can shed light on the general principles influencing immune investment against the backdrop of sociality, reproductive potential, and gender. We quantified PO activity across four termite species ranging from the phylogenetically basal to the most derived, each with their particular nesting/foraging strategies. Our data indicate that PO activity varies across species, with soil-dwelling termites exhibiting significantly higher PO levels than the above-ground wood nester species which in turn have higher PO levels than arboreal species. Moreover, our comparative approach suggests that pathogenic risks can override reproductive potential as a more important driver of immune investment. No gender-based differences in PO activities were recorded. Although termite PO activity levels vary in accordance with a priori predictions made from life-history theory, our data indicate that nesting and foraging strategies (and their resulting pathogenic pressures) can supersede reproductive potential and other life-history traits in influencing investment in PO. Termites, within the eusocial insects, provide a unique perspective for inferring how different ecological pressures may have influenced immune function in general and their levels of PO activity, in particular.

  3. Phenoloxidase activity in the infraorder Isoptera: unraveling life-history correlates of immune investment

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    Rosengaus, Rebeca B.; Reichheld, Jennifer L.

    2016-02-01

    Within the area of ecological immunology, the quantification of phenoloxidase (PO) activity has been used as a proxy for estimating immune investment. Because termites have unique life-history traits and significant inter-specific differences exist regarding their nesting and foraging habits, comparative studies on PO activity can shed light on the general principles influencing immune investment against the backdrop of sociality, reproductive potential, and gender. We quantified PO activity across four termite species ranging from the phylogenetically basal to the most derived, each with their particular nesting/foraging strategies. Our data indicate that PO activity varies across species, with soil-dwelling termites exhibiting significantly higher PO levels than the above-ground wood nester species which in turn have higher PO levels than arboreal species. Moreover, our comparative approach suggests that pathogenic risks can override reproductive potential as a more important driver of immune investment. No gender-based differences in PO activities were recorded. Although termite PO activity levels vary in accordance with a priori predictions made from life-history theory, our data indicate that nesting and foraging strategies (and their resulting pathogenic pressures) can supersede reproductive potential and other life-history traits in influencing investment in PO. Termites, within the eusocial insects, provide a unique perspective for inferring how different ecological pressures may have influenced immune function in general and their levels of PO activity, in particular.

  4. The roles of serine protease, intracellular and extracellular phenoloxidase in activation of prophenoloxidase system, and characterization of phenoloxidase from shrimp haemocytes induced by lipopolysaccharide or dopamine

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    Xie, Peng; Pan, Luqing; Xu, Wujie; Yue, Feng

    2013-09-01

    We investigated the effects of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and dopamine (DA) on the activation of the prophenoloxidase (proPO) system of Litopenaeus vannamei. LPS and DA were shown with a negative dose-dependent effect on hyalne cells (HC), semi-granular cells (SGC), large granular cells (LGC), and total haemocyte count (THC). When haemocytes were treated with LPS or DA, serine proteinase activity and intracellular phenoloxidase (PO) activity were significantly reduced, but extracellular PO activity increased significantly. These findings indicated that the reduction in haemocyte counts was mainly because of the degranulation and activation of the proPO system from semi-granule and large granule cells. The PKC inhibitor, chelerythrine, and the TPK inhibitor, genistein, had an inhibitory effect on extracellular PO activity, while serine proteinase and intracellular PO activity increased. This suggests that the LPS and DA induce the activation of proPO in haemocytes via PKC and TPK-related signaling pathways, but serine proteinase may be activated only by PKC, as the genistein effects were not statistically significant. Electrophoresis analysis revealed that POs induced by LPS or DA have the same molecular mass and high diphenolase activity. Two PO bands at 526 kDa and 272 kDa were observed in PAGE, while in the haemocyte lysate supernatant (HLS), only a 272-kDa band was observed. This band was resolved after SDS-PAGE under non-reducing and reducing conditions into two groups of POs, 166 kDa and 126 kDa, and 78.1 kDa and 73.6 kDa, respectively, suggesting that PO in L. vannamei is an oligomer, which may have different compositions intra- and extracellularly.

  5. Hemolymph coagulation and phenoloxidase activity in Uca tangeri induced by Escherichia coli endotoxin.

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    Salawu, Musa O; Oloyede, Hussein O B; Oladiji, Temidayo A; Yakubu, Musa T; Amuzat, Aliyu O

    2016-05-01

    Uca tangeri is a marine fiddler crab found commonly in the West African coast and is often exposed to Gram-negative pathogens upon injury. The aim of this study was to document the patterns of endotoxin-induced protein coagulation and phenoloxidase (PO) activity in hemolymph fractions of Uca tangeri. Hemolymph from live crabs was obtained by carapace puncture, pooled. and then separated into plasma, hemocyte Lysate (HL), hemocyte lysate supernatant (HLS) and hemocyte lysate debris (HLD). The effect of Escherichia coli (O1111:B4) endotoxin and calcium ion (Ca(2+)) on protein coagulation in the presence/absence of endotoxin and the endotoxin dose-dependence of coagulation and PO activity were each studied in the plasma, HL, HLS and HLD. The results showed Ca(2+) was required to induce coagulation, and was endotoxin concentration-dependent in the plasma. PO activity was highest in the HLS but PO specific activity was highest in HLD. PO activity remained relatively constant with increased LPS concentration in the range studied 0-10 EU/ml. From the data we conclude that endotoxin-induced protein coagulation occurs in the plasma alone and might be mediated by trans-glutaminases, while PO activity is localized inside hemocytes and cell membranes in Uca tangeri.

  6. Lysozyme and defense peptides as suppressors of phenoloxidase activity in Galleria mellonella.

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    Zdybicka-Barabas, Agnieszka; Mak, Paweł; Jakubowicz, Teresa; Cytryńska, Małgorzata

    2014-09-01

    The prophenoloxidase (proPO) cascade supplies quinones and other reactive compounds for melanin formation, protein cross-linking, hemolymph coagulation, and killing of microbial invaders as well as parasites. The high cytotoxicity of the generated compounds requires a strict control of the activation of the proPO system and phenoloxidase (PO) activity to minimize damage to host tissues and cells. The PO activity in hemolymph of Escherichia coli challenged Galleria mellonella larvae increased, with a temporal drop 1 h after the challenge, reaching the highest level 24 h after the challenge. In the present study, a potential role of G. mellonella defense peptides and lysozyme in controlling the proPO system was investigated. The effects of purified defense peptides (anionic peptides 1 and 2, cecropin D-like peptide, Galleria defensin, proline-rich peptides 1 and 2) and lysozyme were analyzed. Four compounds, namely lysozyme, Galleria defensin, proline-rich peptide 1, and anionic peptide 2, decreased the hemolymph PO activity considerably, whereas the others did not affect the enzyme activity level. Our results indicate that these hemolymph factors could play multiple and distinct roles in the insect immune response.

  7. Production of diagnostic pigment by phenoloxidase activity of cryptococcus neoformans.

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    Shaw, C E; Kapica, L

    1972-11-01

    Cryptococcus neoformans produces brown pigmented colonies when grown on agar media made from an extract of potatoes and carrots, broad beans (Vicia faba), or Guizotia abyssinica seeds. Since other yeasts do not produce the pigment, these media are useful as differential isolation media for C. neoformans. Similar specific pigment was produced by C. neoformans on chemically defined agar media which contained six different substrates of phenoloxidase (o-diphenol: oxygen oxidoreductase EC 1.10.3.1) an enzyme which catalyses the oxidation of o-diphenols to melanin. Substrates were incorporated singly into the media and included L-3, 4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA), chlorogenic acid, protocatechuic acid, catechol, norepinephrine, and 3-hydroxytyramine hydrochloride (dopamine). No pigment was produced on media without substrate. Phenoloxidase activity in (NH(4))(2)SO(4) precipitates of C. neoformans cell-free extract was assayed by measuring increases in absorbance at 480 nm produced in solutions of L-DOPA. This reaction showed oxygen uptake and was effectively inhibited by copper chelators, but not by catalase. The enzyme also oxidized the five other substrates which induced pigment formation. Electron micrographs of cells incubated in L-DOPA showed deposition of the pigment in the cell wall.

  8. Phenoloxidase activity in the hemolymph of the spiny lobster Panulirus argus.

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    Perdomo-Morales, R; Montero-Alejo, V; Perera, E; Pardo-Ruiz, Z; Alonso-Jiménez, E

    2007-12-01

    The prophenoloxidase activating system plays a major role in the defense mechanism of arthropods. In the present study, the phenoloxidase activity and its location in the hemolymph of the spiny lobster Panulirus argus is presented. Phenoloxidase activity was observed in the hemocyte lysate supernatant (HLS) and plasma after their incubation with trypsin. Higher amounts of trypsin were required to activate the HLS prophenoloxidase, due to the presence of a trypsin inhibitor in this fraction. Activation of prophenoloxidase was found when HLS was incubated with calcium, with an optimal pH between 7.5 and 8. This spontaneous activity is due to the prophenoloxidase activating enzyme, a serine proteinase that activates the prophenoloxidase once calcium ions were available. SDS was able to induce phenoloxidase activity in plasma and hemocyte fractions. Prophenoloxidase from HLS occurs as an aggregate of 300kDa. Electrophoretic studies combining SDS-PAGE and native PAGE indicate that different proteins produced the phenoloxidase activity found in HLS and plasma. Thus, as in most crustaceans, Panulirus argus contains a prophenoloxidase activating system in its hemocyte, comprising at least the prophenoloxidase activating enzyme and the prophenoloxidase. Finally, it is suggested that phenoloxidase activity found in plasma is produced by hemocyanin.

  9. Characterization of the circulating hemocytes in mud crab (Scylla olivacea) revealed phenoloxidase activity.

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    Mangkalanan, Seksan; Sanguanrat, Piyachat; Utairangsri, Tanatchaporn; Sritunyalucksana, Kallaya; Krittanai, Chartchai

    2014-05-01

    This study focused on an isolation and characterization of the circulating hemocytes in mud crab, Scylla olivacea. Isolation of specific cell types of hemocytes from crab hemolymph was accomplished by using 60% Percoll density gradient centrifugation. Four separated bands of the hemocytes were successfully obtained. Characterization of these isolated hemocytes by light microscope using trypan blue-rose bengal staining, rose bengal-hematoxilin staining, and phase contrast revealed four distinct types of hemocyte cells. Using their specific morphology and granularity, they were identified as hyaline cell (HC), small granular cell (SGC), large granular cell (LGC) and mixed granular cell (MGC). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed more details on specific cell size, size of cytoplasmic granule, and nuclear to cytoplasmic ratio, and confirmed the classification. Relative abundance of these cells types in the hemolymph of an adult crab were 15.50±8.22% for HC, 55.50±7.15% for SGC, 13.50±5.28% for LGC, and 15.50±3.50% for MGC. Proteomic analysis of protein expression for each specific cell types by two-dimensional electrophoresis identified two highly abundant proteins, prophenoloxidase (ProPO) and peroxinectin in LGC. Determination of phenoloxidase (PO) activity in each isolated cell types using in vitro and in situ chemical assays confirmed the presence of PO activity only in LGC. Based on an increased PO activity of crab hemolymph during the course of White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) infection, these results suggest that prophenoloxidase pathway was employed for host defense mechanism against WSSV and it may link to the role of large granular hemocyte.

  10. Comparative Evaluation of Phenoloxidase Activity in Different Larval Stages of Four Lepidopteran Pests After Exposure to Bacillus thuringiensis

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    Valadez-Lira, J.A.; Alcocer-Gonzalez, J.M.; Damas, G.; Nuñez-Mejía, G.; Oppert, B.; Rodriguez-Padilla, C.; Tamez-Guerra, P.

    2012-01-01

    Microbial entomopathogen—based bioinsecticides are recognized as alternatives to synthetic pesticides. Insects defend themselves against microbial pathogens by innate mechanisms, including increased phenoloxidase (PO) activity, but its relationship with microbial bioinsecticides efficacy is little known. This study evaluated the differences in PO activity at different developmental stages of the tobacco budworm Heliothis virescens Fabricius (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), Indian meal moth Plodia interpunctella (Hübner) (Pyralidae), beet armyworm Spodoptera exigua (Hübner) (Noctuidae), and cabbage looper Trichoplusia ni (Hübner) (Noctuidae). Additionally, 2nd- and 4th-instars were exposed to the LC50 value of the commercial Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) spray, Biobit®. The percentage of insecticidal activity (IA%) on 2nd-instar Biobit—exposed larvae was approximately the predicted 50 % mortality for all species except S. exigua. With all 4th instar Biobit—exposed larvae, mortality was not significantly different from that of unexposed larvae. Unexposed insects had a significantly higher PO activity in pre—pupae and pupae than early—instar larvae and adults, whereas PO activity was higher in adult females than in males. Correlation analysis between IA% and PO activity revealed significant r—values (p < 0.01) in 2nd instar H. virescens (r = 0.979) and P. interpunctella (r = 0.930). Second instar Biobit—exposed P. interpunctella had 10 times more PO activity than unexposed larvae. Similarly, the amount of total protein was lower in 4th instar Biobit—exposed H. virescens and higher in S. exigua. Therefore, the results indicated a relationship between Biobit susceptibility and PO activity in some cases. This information may be useful if the Biobit application period is timed for a developmental stage with low PO activity. However, more studies are needed to determine the correlation of each insect with a particular bioinsecticide. PMID:23414117

  11. Endotoxin-induced coagulation reactions and phenoloxidase activity modulation in Sudanonautes africanus hemolymph fractions.

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    Salawu, Musa Oyewole; Oloyede, Oyelola Bukoye

    2011-01-01

    Sudanonautes africanus is a freshwater crab local to Nigeria and West Africa that has no documentation of its innate immunity reactions. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide [LPS]) on coagulation and on phenoloxidase (PO) activity in the hemolymph fractions of S. africanus. The hemolymph from each of 10 live crabs was obtained by carapace puncture and then fractionated into plasma and hemocytes. The hemocytes were then processed and then fractionated into hemocyte lysate (HL), hemocyte lysate supernatant (HLS), and hemocyte lysate debris (HLD). In one study, each fraction was then incubated with a fixed level of LPS in the presence or absence of exogenous calcium (Ca(2+)) ion. In another study, the LPS concentration was varied in order to study its effect on protein coagulation when an optimal ratio mixture of plasma:HLS was present as well as on PO activity in the plasma and HLS fractions. The results of the first set of studies demonstrated that a presence of Ca(2+) in the LPS-induced clotting reactions was essential. The next set of studies showed that a 7:1 plasma:HLS mixture yielded a higher level of coagulation than any other ratio tested in the presence of 1 EU LPS/ml. When this same plasma:HLS mixture ratio was used to ascertain the effect of varying LPS level on coagulation, the response trended higher up to a dose of 3.0 EU/ml., and decreased thereafter until 7 EU/ml. As expected based on the effect of LPS on PO activation, an increasing presence of LPS led to a general trend increase in activity of the enzyme in the plasma fraction; however, the effect was moreover inhibitory in the HLS fraction. From the results here, we conclude that protein coagulation is an important response, along with increased PO activity, that could manifest in Sudanonautes africanus after exposure to 'free' LPS or select LPS-bearing organisms in their environment.

  12. Differential Water Mite Parasitism, Phenoloxidase Activity, and Resistance to Mites Are Unrelated across Pairs of Related Damselfly Species

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    Mlynarek, Julia J.; Iserbyt, Arne; Nagel, Laura; Forbes, Mark R.

    2015-01-01

    Related host species often demonstrate differences in prevalence and/or intensity of infection by particular parasite species, as well as different levels of resistance to those parasites. The mechanisms underlying this interspecific variation in parasitism and resistance expression are not well understood. Surprisingly, few researchers have assessed relations between actual levels of parasitism and resistance to parasites seen in nature across multiple host species. The main goal of this study was to determine whether interspecific variation in resistance against ectoparasitic larval water mites either was predictive of interspecific variation in parasitism for ten closely related species of damselflies (grouped into five “species pairs”), or was predicted by interspecific variation in a commonly used measure of innate immunity (total Phenoloxidase or potential PO activity). Two of five species pairs had interspecific differences in proportions of individuals resisting larval Arrenurus water mites, only one of five species pairs had species differences in prevalence of larval Arrenurus water mites, and another two of five species pairs showed species differences in mean PO activity. Within the two species pairs where species differed in proportion of individuals resisting mites the species with the higher proportion did not have correspondingly higher PO activity levels. Furthermore, the proportion of individuals resisting mites mirrored prevalence of parasitism in only one species pair. There was no interspecific variation in median intensity of mite infestation within any species pair. We conclude that a species’ relative ability to resist particular parasites does not explain interspecific variation in parasitism within species pairs and that neither resistance nor parasitism is reflected by interspecific variation in total PO or potential PO activity. PMID:25658982

  13. Differential water mite parasitism, phenoloxidase activity, and resistance to mites are unrelated across pairs of related damselfly species.

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    Mlynarek, Julia J; Iserbyt, Arne; Nagel, Laura; Forbes, Mark R

    2015-01-01

    Related host species often demonstrate differences in prevalence and/or intensity of infection by particular parasite species, as well as different levels of resistance to those parasites. The mechanisms underlying this interspecific variation in parasitism and resistance expression are not well understood. Surprisingly, few researchers have assessed relations between actual levels of parasitism and resistance to parasites seen in nature across multiple host species. The main goal of this study was to determine whether interspecific variation in resistance against ectoparasitic larval water mites either was predictive of interspecific variation in parasitism for ten closely related species of damselflies (grouped into five "species pairs"), or was predicted by interspecific variation in a commonly used measure of innate immunity (total Phenoloxidase or potential PO activity). Two of five species pairs had interspecific differences in proportions of individuals resisting larval Arrenurus water mites, only one of five species pairs had species differences in prevalence of larval Arrenurus water mites, and another two of five species pairs showed species differences in mean PO activity. Within the two species pairs where species differed in proportion of individuals resisting mites the species with the higher proportion did not have correspondingly higher PO activity levels. Furthermore, the proportion of individuals resisting mites mirrored prevalence of parasitism in only one species pair. There was no interspecific variation in median intensity of mite infestation within any species pair. We conclude that a species' relative ability to resist particular parasites does not explain interspecific variation in parasitism within species pairs and that neither resistance nor parasitism is reflected by interspecific variation in total PO or potential PO activity.

  14. Hemocyanin-derived phenoloxidase activity with broad temperature stability extending into the cold environment in hemocytes of the hair crab Erimacrus isenbeckii.

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    Kim, Sang Gu; Jung, Byung Wook; Kim, Hahyung

    2011-06-01

    Phenoloxidase (PO) activity is a major component of the innate immune response in arthropods. In this study, we characterized PO activity from the hair crab Erimacrus isenbeckii, which inhabits very cold regions (2.4-3.4°C) of the Bering Sea. Hemocyte lysate supernatant (HLS) prepared from E. isenbeckii was inactive HLS until activated by nonspecific agents such as sodium dodecyl sulfate and trypsin, and elicitors such as lipopolysaccharide and lipoteichoic acid from the cell wall constituent of bacteria. The PO activity was maximal at 4°C, decreased slightly at temperatures up to 60°C, and fell rapidly at 80°C. Both L-DOPA and catechol were efficient substrates for the PO (EC 1.10.3.1), with K(m) values of 0.96 and 1.15mM, respectively, whereas tyrosine and hydroquinone were not. We isolated a protein fraction from HLS as a hexamer of 75kDa units with 216.7-fold higher PO activity than that of the HLS. The N-terminal amino acid analysis of an isolated protein revealed 80% sequence identity to hemocyanins from other crabs. These results suggest that cold-adapted hemocyanin-derived PO activity is important to the survival of these crabs. This is the first report of a crab PO activity with broad temperature stability extending into the cold environment.

  15. Identification of serum component involved in generation of neo-lectin with agglutinating and phenoloxidase activities in human serum.

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    Manikandan, Beulaja; Ramar, Manikandan; Munusamy, Arumugam

    2014-01-01

    Human serum albumin (HSA) was identified as the component involved in generation of neo-lectin molecules with both lectin and phenoloxidase activities. Pronase treated HSA was able to agglutinate hen RBC and oxidize hydroquinone. Sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) treated HSA agglutinated both hen and sheep RBC as well as oxidized dopamine. The hemagglutinating activities of pronase/SDS treated HSA observed against hen RBC were dosimetric. The oxidation of pronase/SDS treated HSA with hydroquinone/dopamine, respectively, was inhibitable by inhibitors of phenoloxidase, namely, phenylthiourea and tropolone. Very low concentrations of HSA could generate these humoral neo-lectin molecules.

  16. Changes in hyphal morphology and activity of phenoloxidases during interactions between selected ectomycorrhizal fungi and two species of Trichoderma.

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    Mucha, Joanna

    2011-06-01

    Patterns of phenoloxidase activity can be used to characterize fungi of different life styles, and changes in phenoloxidase synthesis were suspected to play a role in the interaction between ectomycorrhizal and two species of Trichoderma. Confrontation between the ectomycorrhizal fungi Amanita muscaria and Laccaria laccata with species of Trichoderma resulted in induction of laccase synthesis, and the laccase enzyme was bound to mycelia of ectomycorrhizal fungi. Tyrosinase release was noted only during interaction of L. laccata strains with Trichoderma harzianum and T. virens. Ectomycorrhizal fungi, especially strains of Suillus bovinus and S. luteus, inhibited growth of Trichoderma species and caused morphological changes in its colonies in the zone of interaction. In contrast, hyphal changes occurred less often in the ectomycorrhizal fungi tested. Species of Suillus are suggested to present a different mechanism in their interaction with other fungi than A. muscaria and L. laccata.

  17. Phenoloxidase activity among developmental stages and pupal cell types of the ground beetle Carabus (Chaetocarabus) lefebvrei (Coleoptera, Carabidae).

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    Giglio, Anita; Giulianini, Piero Giulio

    2013-04-01

    In ecological immunology is of great importance the study of the immune defense plasticity as response to a variable environment. In holometabolous insects the fitness of each developmental stage depends on the capacity to mount a response (i.e. physiological, behavioral) under environmental pressure. The immune response is a highly dynamic trait closely related to the ecology of organism and the variation in the expression of an immune system component may affect another fitness relevant trait of organism (i.e. growth, reproduction). The present research quantified immune function (total and differential number of hemocytes, phagocytosis in vivo and activity of phenoloxidase) in the pupal stage of Carabus (Chaetocarabus) lefebvrei. Moreover, the cellular and humoral immune function was compared across the larval, pupal and adult stages to evaluate the changes in immunocompetence across the developmental stages. Four types of circulating hemocytes were characterized via transmission electron microscopy in the pupal stage: prohemocytes, plasmatocytes, granulocytes and oenocytoids. The artificial non-self-challenge treatments performed in vivo have shown that plasmatocytes and granulocytes are responsible for phagocytosis. The level of active phenoloxidase increases with the degree of pigmentation of the cuticle in each stage. In C. lefebvrei, there are different strategies in term of immune response to enhance the fitness of each life stage. The results have shown that the variation in speed and specificity of immune function across the developmental stages is correlated with differences in infection risk, life expectancy and biological function of the life cycle.

  18. Immune responses of phenoloxidase and superoxide dismutase in the manila clam Venerupis philippinarum challenged with Vibrio tapetis--Part I: Spatio-temporal evolution of enzymes' activities post-infection.

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    Le Bris, Cédric; Richard, Gaëlle; Paillard, Christine; Lambert, Christophe; Seguineau, Catherine; Gauthier, Olivier; Pernet, Fabrice; Guérard, Fabienne

    2015-01-01

    Manila clams, Venerupis philippinarum (Adams and Reeve, 1850), were experimentally challenged with two Vibrio tapetis strains: CECT4600T, the causative agent of Brown Ring Disease (BRD); and LP2 supposedly non-pathogenic in V. philippinarum. Changes in phenoloxidase (PO) and superoxide dismutase (SOD), two major enzymes involved in immunity, were studied in two tissues, the mantle and hemolymph for 30 days after infection in the extrapallial cavity. Bacterial infection in V. philippinarum resulted in modulation of PO and SOD activities that was both tissue- and time-dependent. A response at early times was detected in the mantle and was associated with significant increases in PO and SOD activities in LP2- and CECT4600T-challenged clams 36 h post injection. This first response in the mantle could be explained by the proximity to the injection region (extrapallial cavity). In the hemolymph the response occurred at later times and was associated with an increase in PO activity and a decrease in SOD activity. As hemolymph is a circulating fluid, this response delay could be due to an "integration time" needed by the organism to counteract the infection. Injections also impacted PO and SOD activities in both tissues and confirmed a difference in pathogenicity between the two V. tapetis strains.

  19. Purification and characterization of phenoloxidase from Octopus ocellatus.

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    Fan, Tingjun; Li, Mingyu; Wang, Jing; Yang, Lingling; Cong, Rishan

    2009-10-01

    Phenoloxidase (PO) from ink sacs of Octopus ocellatus was purified by gel-filtration and ion-exchange chromatography, and characterized in terms of its biochemical and enzymatic properties by using L-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) as the specific substrate. It was found that prophenoloxidase from O. ocellatus was isolated as a heterodimeric protein of 153.8 kDa, and two subunits of 75.6 and 73.0 kDa were often detected in preparations after SDS activation. The PO-like activity showed optimal pH of 7.0, optimal temperature of 40 degrees C, and an apparent Km value of 3.1 mM on L-DOPA, and 6.3 mM on catechol, respectively. The PO-like activity was extremely sensitive to 1-phenyl-2-thiourea and sodium sulfite, and very sensitive to ascorbic acid, thiourea, citric acid, and benzoic acid. Together with its specific enzyme activity on catechol and L-DOPA, it can be concluded that the Octopus PO is most probably a typical o-diphenoloxidase. The PO-like activity was also strongly inhibited by Cu(2+), Zn(2+), ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid and diethyldithiocarbamate (DETC), and the DETC-inhibited PO-like activity could be perfectly restored by Cu(2+). These results indicated that Octopus PO is most probably a copper-containing metalloenzyme. All these results implied that the PO from O. ocellatus has the properties of a catechol-type copper-containing o-diphenoloxidase which functions not only as a catalytic enzyme in melanin production in ink sacs but also as a humoral factor in host defense via melaninization as in other crustaceans.

  20. Effects of several immunostimulants on phenoloxidase and hemocytes of the crab Charybdis japonica

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    Fan, Tingjun; Yu, Miaomiao; Yang, Lingling; Shi, Zhenping; Sun, Wenjie; Cong, Rishan; Yang, Xiuxia; Jiang, Guojian

    2009-09-01

    To investigate the stimulating effects of immunostimulants on the autogenous immunocompetence of crabs and the possible mechanisms involved, the immunostimulating effects of β-1,3-glucan, lipopolysaccharide (LPS), inactivated Vibrio harveyi and Vibrio anguillarum on phenoloxidase (PO) and hemocytes of Charybdis japonica were investigated in this study. It was found that the yields and the enzymatic activities of purified PO in C. japonica increased significantly after the crabs were treated with immunostimulants, while the unit enzymatic activities remained almost the same. After treatment with β-1,3-glucan and LPS, the amount of rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER) and the number of mitochondria in both semigranular cells and granular cells increased greatly, and the number of cytoplasmic granules decreased but with enlarged volume. However, the corresponding characteristics of hyaline cells remained almost the same. On the other hand, the number of granules in semigranular cells decreased greatly, and the number of mitochondria of hyaline cells increased greatly, after treatment with inactivated vibrios. It may be concluded that the effect of polysaccharide immunostimulants on the innate immune system of C. japonica is different from that of inactivated vibrio immunostimulants. The immunity-enhancing mechanism of polysaccharides in crab autogenous immunocompetence is probably accomplished by the increased yields of PO and total PO activities, while that of inactivated vibrios is probably accomplished by the partially increased yields of PO and total PO activities as well as the significantly improved phagocytotic abilities of semigranular cells and hyaline cells.

  1. The expression of an immune-related phenoloxidase gene is modulated in Ciona intestinalis ovary, test cells, embryos and larva.

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    Parrinello, Daniela; Sanfratello, Maria A; Vizzini, Aiti; Cammarata, Matteo

    2015-03-01

    Two distinct Ciona intestinalis phenoloxidases (CinPO1, 2) had previously been cloned and sequenced. The CinPO2 is involved in innate immunity and is expressed by inflammatory hemocytes that populate the tunic and pharynx vessels as a response to LPS inoculation. In situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry assays on histological section, showed that the expression of this gene and the produced protein are shared with oogenesis, embryogenesis and larval morphogenesis. Intriguingly, upregulation of gene transcription was found in the test cell layer that envelopes the ovary follicle, ovulated egg, and gastrula, as well as it was modulated in the zygotic nucleus of outer balstomers of 32-cell embryo, neurula presumptive epidermis tissue and larval mesenchyme. The anti-CinPO2 antibodies, specific for adult inflammatory cells, recognize epitopes in the cytoplasm of ovarian oocytes, ovulated eggs, development stages and larval mesenchyme. The overall findings disclose the precocious activation of the CinPO2 immunity-related gene, and show a developmentally programmed expression of this phenoloxidase. Furthermore, these findings support the multifunctional roles of immunity-related genes and allows us to explore new perspectives on ascidian development and immunity.

  2. Upregulated transcription of phenoloxidase genes in the pharynx and endostyle of Ciona intestinalis in response to LPS.

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    Vizzini, Aiti; Parrinello, Daniela; Sanfratello, Maria Antonietta; Trapani, Maria Rosa; Mangano, Valentina; Parrinello, Nicolò; Cammarata, Matteo

    2015-03-01

    We investigated the role of phenoloxidases (POs) in ascidians inflammatory reaction, a components of a copper-containing protein family involved in invertebrate immune system. In Ciona intestinalis two phenoloxidases (CinPO-1, CinPO-2) have been sequenced. In the present study, real time PCR analysis showed that both CinPO-1 and CinPO-2 genes were modulated by LPS inoculation suggesting that they are inducible and highly expressed in the inflamed pharynx. In situ hybridization disclosed CinPO-1 and CinPO-2 transcripts in pharynx hemocytes (granulocytes) and, mainly, in unilocular refractile granulocytes (URG) which mainly populated the inflamed tunic matrix. Interestingly, the genes are also upregulated by LPS in the endostyle (zones 7, 8 and 9) that is considered homolog to the vertebrate thyroid.

  3. Purification and characterization of a phenoloxidase in the hemocytes of Ephestia kuehniella Zeller (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae): effects of insect growth regulators and endogenous inhibitors.

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    Delkash-Roudsari, Sahar; Zibaee, Arash; Bigham, Zargham

    2015-01-01

    A phenoloxidase was extracted and purified from hemocytes of Ephestia kuehniella by using ammonium sulfate, Sepharyl G-100 and DEAE-Cellulose fast flow chromatographies. At the final stage of purification, a protein was purified by molecular mass of 78.5 kDa, specific activity of 1.17 U/mg protein, recovery of 20.48% and purification fold of 16.71. The purified PO showed the highest activity at pH 4-5 and temperatures of 35-40 °C. Na(+), K(+), Mn(+), Zn(2+) and Mg(2+) decreased activity of the purified PO but Ca(2+) and Cu(2+) increased the enzymatic activity. EDTA (General chelating agent), DTC (Copper chelating agent) and EGTA (Calcium chelating agent) significantly decreased PO activity but TTHA (Magnesium chelating agent) showed no statistically significant effects. Kinetic parameters of the purified enzyme showed the highest Vmax when L-DOPA was used as substrate but no significant differences were observed in case of Km for used L-DOPA, pyrocatechol and hydroquinone. In vitro inhibition of the purified PO by using two insect growth regulators, Hexaflumuron and Pyriproxyfen, revealed IC50 of 96.41 and 38.59 µg/ml for these compounds, respectively. Kinetic studies using different concentrations of L-DOPA and IC50 concentrations of the two IGRs revealed the increase of Km value versus control and competitive inhibition. Finally, column chromatography of hemolymph revealed peak III showing endogenous inhibitors of phenoloxidase by molecular weight of 27.3 that showed competitive inhibition on the PO.

  4. SAR of Sponge-Inspired Hemibastadin Congeners Inhibiting Blue Mussel PhenolOxidase

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    Niemann, Hendrik; Hagenow, Jens; Chung, Mi-Young; Hellio, Claire; Weber, Horst; Proksch, Peter

    2015-01-01

    Hemibastadin derivatives, including the synthetically-derived 5,5′-dibromohemibastadin-1 (DBHB), are potent inhibitors of blue mussel phenoloxidase (PO), which is a key enzyme involved in the firm attachment of this invertebrate to substrates and, thus, a promising molecular target for anti-fouling research. For a systematic investigation of the enzyme inhibitory activity of hemibastadin derivatives, we have synthesized nine new congeners, which feature structural variations of the DBHB core structure. These structural modifications include, e.g., different halogen substituents present at the aromatic rings, different amine moieties linked to the (E)-2-(hydroxyimino)-3-(4-hydroxyphenyl)propionic acid, the presence of free vs. substituted aromatic hydroxyl groups and a free vs. methylated oxime group. All compounds were tested for their inhibitory activity towards the target enzyme in vitro, and IC50 values were calculated. Derivatives, which structurally closely resemble sponge-derived hemibastadins, revealed superior enzyme inhibitory properties vs. congeners featuring structural moieties that are absent in the respective natural products. This study suggests that natural selection has yielded structurally-optimized antifouling compounds. PMID:25988522

  5. Effect of Ag+ and PO43- ratios on the microstructure and photocatalytic activity of Ag3PO4

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    Qin, Jiaqian; Zhang, Xinyu; Yang, Chengwu; Song, Aijun; Zhang, Bing; Rajendran, Saravanan; Ma, Mingzhen; Liu, Riping

    2016-09-01

    In this work, the catalyst silver phosphate (Ag3PO4) with different initial ratios of Ag+ and PO43- in aqueous solution was synthesized by a simple precipitation method from AgNO3 and NH4H2PO4 which were used as the precursor. After that, the prepared samples were characterized by different techniques such as field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-DRS) and decomposition evolution of rhodamine B (RhB) solution. The results indicate that the initial ratios of Ag+/PO43- in aqueous solution can modify the morphology and also it can significantly affect the photocatalytic performance. During photocatalytic process, the rich Ag+ ion Ag3PO4 can form the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Ag nanoparticles, which inhibit the reduction of Ag3PO4 resulting in higher photocatalytic activity and stability.

  6. Antifouling bastadin congeners target mussel phenoloxidase and complex copper(II) ions.

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    Bayer, Mirko; Hellio, Claire; Maréchal, Jean-Philippe; Frank, Walter; Lin, Wenhan; Weber, Horst; Proksch, Peter

    2011-12-01

    Synthetically prepared congeners of sponge-derived bastadin derivatives such as 5,5'-dibromohemibastadin-1 (DBHB) that suppress the settling of barnacle larvae were identified in this study as strong inhibitors of blue mussel phenoloxidase that is involved in the firm attachment of mussels to a given substrate. The IC₅₀ value of DBHB as the most active enzyme inhibitor encountered in this study amounts to 0.84 μM. Inhibition of phenoloxidase by DBHB is likely due to complexation of copper(II) ions from the catalytic centre of the enzyme by the α-oxo-oxime moiety of the compound as shown here for the first time by structure activity studies and by X-ray structure determination of a copper(II) complex of DBHB.

  7. Facile synthesis of porous Ag3PO4 nanotubes for enhanced photocatalytic activity under visible light

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    Wan, Jun; Sun, Lin; Fan, Jun; Liu, Enzhou; Hu, Xiaoyun; Tang, Chunni; Yin, Yunchao

    2015-11-01

    Porous Ag3PO4 nanotubes (PNTs) were synthesized via a surface anion exchange reaction from the pregrown Ag2CO3 nanorods (NRs) templates in the aqueous solution. The rationally release rate of H+ and PO43- from Na2HPO4 are proved to be the key factors for the formation of Ag3PO4 PNTs. SEM analysis indicated that Ag3PO4 PNTs have a nearly homogeneous size with about 350 nm diameter, 2.1 μm length and 74 nm wall thickness. Nanoholes with diameters in range of 40-200 nm were existed on the side wall of the tubular structure. Compared with irregular Ag3PO4, Ag3PO4 PNTs exhibit an apparently enhancement of visible-light absorption and a significant decrease of PL intensities, indicating a better light absorption and a lower charge recombination rate. The photocatalytic performance studies for the degradation of RhB indicate that Ag3PO4 PNTs not only exhibit the highest adsorption ability towards dye molecules, but also possess superior photocatalytic activity than that of Ag2CO3 NRs and irregular Ag3PO4. The origin of the higher photocatalytic activity is primarily ascribed to the peculiar porous tubular nanostructure. h+ and •O2- are investigated to be the major reactive species for the Ag3PO4 PNTs photocatalytic system.

  8. Solvothermal synthesis of Ag hybrid BiPO4 heterostructures with enhanced photodegradation activity and stability.

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    Huang, Chang-Wei; Wu, Mei-Yao; Lin, Yang-Wei

    2017-03-15

    In this study, Ag hybrid BiPO4 (Ag/BiPO4) heterostructures were synthesized using a solvothermal method. The morphologies and optical properties of the Ag/BiPO4 heterostructures were drastically different from those of BiPO4 and were highly dependent on the AgNO3:BiPO4 weight percent during the synthesis. The three formulated heterostructures were evaluated for their photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV light illumination; the 0.5%Ag/BiPO4 heterostructure was observed to result in 99% degradation of MB within 60min, a remarkably higher level of photodegradation activity than the levels caused by TiO2 and BiPO4. Furthermore, even after use for five cycles of MB degradation, the 0.5%Ag/BiPO4 heterostructure showed no observable loss in photodegradation activity and no change in XRD patterns, demonstrating its chemical and structural stability. According to the results of a systematic experimental investigation, the enhanced photodegradation activity of this Ag/BiPO4 heterostructure could be ascribed to the high position of its valence band and the highly efficient separation of photogenerated electrons and holes. Moreover, hydroxyl radicals and holes were found to be the major reactive species. Successful photodegradation of standard dye solutions, including acid blue 1, methyl orange, fast green, rhodamine B, rhodamine 6G, and MB, in real water samples was demonstrated with the 0.5%Ag/BiPO4 heterostructure, providing clear evidence of its utility for treating waste water containing organic dyes.

  9. Improvement of electrochemical activity of LiMnPO4-based cathode by surface iron enrichment

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    Xu, Xiaoyue; Wang, Tao; Bi, Yujing; Liu, Meng; Yang, Wenchao; Peng, Zhe; Wang, Deyu

    2017-02-01

    LiMnPO4 has attracted massive interests due to its appropriate redox potential and the success of its iron comparative in the lithium ion batteries. The bulk substitution has been widely used to address the poor electrochemical activity of LiMnPO4, which is much lower than that of LiFePO4. In this work, we compare the performance of the core-shell structure and the homogeneous substitution with the same Mn/Fe molar ratio of LiMn0.8Fe0.2PO4. The core-shell phosphate material after carbon coating is composed of a core part of quasi-single LiMnPO4 phase, and a 3-4 nm shell layer of quasi-single LiFePO4-phase, separated by the phase boundary with 1-2 nm thickness. It is interesting to reveal that the core-shell samples exhibit capacities of 156.4, 144.5, 128.2 mAh g-1 under 0.1C, 1C and 5C respectively, which are 5-10% higher than that of the homogenous substituted LiMn0.8Fe0.2PO4 at the corresponding rates, while both of these samples present excellent cyclic stability, still retaining ∼95% of the initial capacities after 1000 cycles under 1C discharging rate. Our results demonstrate that the main reason for LiMnPO4's poor electrochemical activity should be emphasized on the surface polarization, whereas the tardiness on bulk transportation is not as serious as it was presumed.

  10. Unusually high (210)Po activities in the surface water of the Zhubi Coral Reef Lagoon in the South China Sea.

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    Yang, Weifeng; Huang, Yipu; Chen, Min; Qiu, Yusheng; Li, Hongbin; Zhang, Lei

    2011-10-01

    Recent researches revealed the exciting application of (210)Po in tracing carbon and nitrogen cycling in the coral reef system. In order to quantify the recycling of particulate organic nitrogen (PON), both (210)Po and (210)Pb were examined at both high and low tides in the Zhubi Coral Reef lagoon, the South China Sea. Unusually, much higher (210)Po activities and (210)Po/(210)Pb ratios, in comparison with those found in the open seawater and the lagoon subsurface water, showed additional input of (210)Po besides production from in situ(210)Pb in the lagoon surface water. Statistical analysis identified that the reef flat seawater was the additional (210)Po source. Based on a mass balance model, the input rates of (210)Po varied from 0.04 Bq m(-3)year(-1) to 8.41 Bq m(-3)year(-1). On average, the additional (210)Po contributed more than 60% of the total (210)Po. The particulate (210)Po significantly correlated with the concentrations of PON, indicating that diffusion of (210)Po from sediment could be used to quantify the recycling of nitrogen. The average input rate of nitrogen was 16 mmol m(-3)year(-1), which can support up to 11% of the primary production rate. These results suggested that the unusual behavior of (210)Po could provide new insight into the nitrogen recycling in the coral reef system.

  11. Controlled synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of BiPO4 nanostructures with different morphologies

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    Cheng, Lang-Wei; Tsai, Jui-Chien; Huang, Tzu-Yun; Huang, Chang-Wei; Unnikrishnan, Binesh; Lin, Yang-Wei

    2014-04-01

    The synthesis of bismuth phosphate (BiPO4) nanostructures with various morphologies and phases was explored under ultrasound irradiation and hydrothermal process. Powder x-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) were used to characterize the BiPO4 samples. The effects of ultrasound irradiation and hydrothermal conditions on the phases and morphologies of the BiPO4 samples were studied, and the growth mechanisms of the 1D structure were investigated. The different BiPO4 samples exhibited different optical properties and photocatalytic activities for the degradation of methyl blue (MB) under UV light irradiation. The experimental results suggest that the high photocatalytic activity of the sample prepared under hydrothermal conditions is due to a low electron and hole recombination rate and the high potential of the photogenerated holes in the valence band. The practicality of this BiPO4 photocatalyst was validated for the degradation of MB in environmental and industrial wastewater samples, which demonstrated the advantages of its high photocatalytic activity.

  12. Passive detector for measurement of the implanted (sup 210)Po activity in glass

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    Meesen, G.; Uyttenhove, J.; Poffijn, A.; van Laere, K.; Buysse, J.

    1994-08-01

    It is a well known fact that radon is the most important factor in the natural radiation background. For complete dose calculations we need information about the radon concentration up to 25 years ago. As suggested by C. Samuelsson et al. in 1988, the activity of the implanted radon daughter (sup 210)Po can be used to reconstruct the radon activity over the past decades. For large scale surveys in dwellings a passive detector based on polycarbonate foils has been investigated. This system has a sufficient sensitivity to detect (sup 210)Po levels down to 1 Bq/m(sup 2) with a 6 month measuring period.

  13. A chemically activated graphene-encapsulated LiFePO4 composite for high-performance lithium ion batteries.

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    Ha, Jeonghyun; Park, Seung-Keun; Yu, Seung-Ho; Jin, Aihua; Jang, Byungchul; Bong, Sungyool; Kim, In; Sung, Yung-Eun; Piao, Yuanzhe

    2013-09-21

    A composite of modified graphene and LiFePO4 has been developed to improve the speed of charging-discharging and the cycling stability of lithium ion batteries using LiFePO4 as a cathode material. Chemically activated graphene (CA-graphene) has been successfully synthesized via activation by KOH. The as-prepared CA-graphene was mixed with LiFePO4 to prepare the composite. Microscopic observation and nitrogen sorption analysis have revealed the surface morphologies of CA-graphene and the CA-graphene/LiFePO4 composite. Electrochemical properties have also been investigated after assembling coin cells with the CA-graphene/LiFePO4 composite as a cathode active material. Interestingly, the CA-graphene/LiFePO4 composite has exhibited better electrochemical properties than the conventional graphene/LiFePO4 composite as well as bare LiFePO4, including exceptional speed of charging-discharging and excellent cycle stability. That is because the CA-graphene in the composite provides abundant porous channels for the diffusion of lithium ions. Moreover, it acts as a conducting network for easy charge transfer and as a divider, preventing the aggregation of LiFePO4 particles. Owing to these properties of CA-graphene, LiFePO4 could demonstrate enhanced and stably long-lasting electrochemical performance.

  14. JPL Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) data availability, version 1-94

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1994-01-01

    The Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) archive at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) includes satellite data sets for the ocean sciences and global-change research to facilitate multidisciplinary use of satellite ocean data. Parameters include sea-surface height, surface-wind vector, sea-surface temperature, atmospheric liquid water, and integrated water vapor. The JPL PO.DAAC is an element of the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) and is the United States distribution site for Ocean Topography Experiment (TOPEX)/POSEIDON data and metadata.

  15. Linker length and flexibility induces new cellobiohydrolase activity of PoCel6A from Penicillium oxalicum.

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    Gao, Le; Wang, Lushan; Jiang, Xukai; Qu, Yinbo

    2015-06-01

    In a previous study, a novel cellobiohydrolase, PoCel6A, with new enzymatic activity against p-nitrophenyl-β-D-cellobioside (pNPC), was purified from Penicillium oxalicum. The cellulose-binding module and catalytic domain of PoCel6A showed a high degree of sequence similarity with other fungal Cel6As. However, PoCel6A had 11 more amino acids in the linker region than other Cel6As. To evaluate the relationship between the longer linker of PoCel6A and its enzymatic activity, 11 amino acids were deleted from the linker region of PoCel6A. The shortened PoCel6A linker nullified the enzymatic activity against pNPC but dramatically increased the enzyme's capacity for crystalline cellulose degradation. The shortened linker segment appeared to have no effect on the secondary structural conformation of PoCel6A. Another variant (PoCel6A-6pro) with six consecutive proline residues in the interdomain linker had a higher rigid linker, and no enzymatic activity was observed against soluble and insoluble substrate. The flexibility of the linker had an important function in the formation of active cellulase. The length and flexibility of the linker is clearly able to modify the function of PoCel6A and induce new characteristics of Cel6A.

  16. Heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag plasmonic photocatalyst with enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability under visible light

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    Wang, Wan-Sheng; Du, Hong; Wang, Rui-Xia; Wen, Tao; Xu, An-Wu

    2013-03-01

    A heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag plasmonic photocatalyst was prepared by a rational in situ ion exchange reaction between Ag3PO4 micro-cubes and Br- in aqueous solution followed by photoreduction. The photocatalytic activities of obtained photocatalysts were measured by the degradation of methyl orange (MO) and methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation (λ >= 400 nm). Compared to AgBr/Ag, Ag3PO4/AgBr heterocrystals and pure Ag3PO4 crystals, the heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag plasmonic photocatalysts exhibit much higher photocatalytic activity and stability. This enhanced photocatalytic activity suggests that the synergetic effects of the heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag and the strong SPR of Ag NPs on the surface result in the high efficiencies of the photocatalytic activity and the improved stability. With the assistance of Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag heterostructures, only 8 min and 12 min are taken to completely decompose MO and MB molecules under visible-light irradiation, respectively. Furthermore, the photodegradation rate does not show an obvious decrease during ten successive cycles, indicating that our heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag plasmonic photocatalysts are extremely stable under visible-light irradiation.A heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag plasmonic photocatalyst was prepared by a rational in situ ion exchange reaction between Ag3PO4 micro-cubes and Br- in aqueous solution followed by photoreduction. The photocatalytic activities of obtained photocatalysts were measured by the degradation of methyl orange (MO) and methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation (λ >= 400 nm). Compared to AgBr/Ag, Ag3PO4/AgBr heterocrystals and pure Ag3PO4 crystals, the heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag plasmonic photocatalysts exhibit much higher photocatalytic activity and stability. This enhanced photocatalytic activity suggests that the synergetic effects of the heterostructured Ag3PO4/AgBr/Ag and the strong SPR of Ag NPs on the surface result in the high

  17. Variations of 210Po activity in mussel (Perna viridis) of Samut Sakhon and its contribution to dose assessment

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    Porntepkasemsan, B.; Srisuksawad, K.; Kulsawat, W.

    2015-05-01

    The activities of 210Po and its effective dose in green mussel (Perna viridis) collected from a mussel farming area in Samut Sakhon province during the period of 20122013 are presented. Several parameters including maximum shell length and the physiological performance of mussels using condition index and physical properties of seawater (pH, salinity, conductivity, TDS, DO and cation-anion elements) were measured. Each individual mussel was measured for its maximum shell length which was adopted as size class. The activity concentration of 210Po was determined spectroscopically through its 5.30 MeV alpha particle emission, using 209Po as an internal tracer. The 210Po activity concentration in mussels was found to vary between 1.044 and 6.951 Bq/kg wet weight. The 210Po concentration was higher in smaller-sized (≤35 mm) and lower in larger ones (40-70 mm). This confirmed that larger mussels have lower 210Po activities on a weight basis. The 210Po body burden (activity per mussel) ranged from 1.035 to 17.183 mBq. Contrary to the 210Po concentrations, results of the body burden revealed the lower activities in smaller-sized mussels (≤35 mm) and the higher in larger-sized ones (40-70 mm). The type of fluctuations observed with 210Po concentrations were interpreted as a seasonal effect. Total annual effective 210Po dose due to mussel consumption was calculated to be in the range of 3.081 to 16.401 pSv. Based on the international guideline, the average dose calculated due to 210Po in mussels of Samut Sakhon would not pose any significant radiological impact on human health and the mussels are considered to be safe for consumption.

  18. AgI/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} hybrids with highly efficient visible-light driven photocatalytic activity

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    Katsumata, Hideyuki; Hayashi, Takahiro; Taniguchi, Masanao; Suzuki, Tohru; Kaneco, Satoshi

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • AgI/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} hybrid was prepared via an in situ anion-exchange method. • AgI/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} displays the excellent photocatalytic activity under visible light. • AgI/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} readily transforms to be Ag@AgI/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} system. • h{sup +} and O{sub 2}{sup ·−} play the major role in the AO 7 decolorization over AgI/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. • The activity enhancement is ascribed to a Z-scheme system composed of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}, Ag and AgI. - Abstract: Highly efficient visible-light-driven AgI/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} hybrid photocatalysts with different mole ratios of AgI were prepared via an in situ anion-exchange method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and photoluminescence (PL) technique. Under visible light irradiation (>420 nm), the AgI/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} photocatalysts displayed the higher photocatalytic activity than pure Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} and AgI for the decolorization of acid orange 7 (AO 7). Among the hybrid photocatalysts, AgI/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} with 80% of AgI exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity for the decolorization of AO 7. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results revealed that AgI/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} readily transformed to be Ag@AgI/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} system while the photocatalytic activity of AgI/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} remained after 5 recycling runs. In addition, the quenching effects of different scavengers displayed that the reactive h{sup +} and O{sub 2}{sup ·−} play the major role in the AO 7 decolorization. The photocatalytic activity enhancement of AgI/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} hybrids can be ascribed to the efficient separation of electron–hole pairs through a Z-scheme system composed of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}, Ag and AgI, in which Ag nanoparticles act as the charge separation center.

  19. The phenylthiourea is a competitive inhibitor of the enzymatic oxidation of DOPA by phenoloxidase.

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    Ryazanova, Alexandra D; Alekseev, Alexander A; Slepneva, Irina A

    2012-02-01

    Phenoloxidase is a key enzyme of melanization catalyzing the oxidation of phenols. Phenylthiourea (PTU) is the well-known and widely used inhibitor of phenoloxidase. However, the mechanism of its action is not quite clear. In the present work, the effect of PTU on the enzymatic oxidation of 3-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-l-alanine (DOPA) by phenoloxidase was studied by spectrophotometric methods. The inhibition constant of PTU was estimated as 0.21 ± 0.09 µM and the competitive type of inhibition was determined for this reaction.

  20. (210)Po in drinking water, its potential health effects, and inadequacy of the gross alpha activity MCL.

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    Seiler, Ralph

    2016-10-15

    Polonium-210 ((210)Po) is a naturally-occurring, carcinogenic member of the (238)U decay series and the granddaughter of (210)Pb. It has a half life of 138.4days and is rarely found in drinking water at levels exceeding 5mBq/L because it strongly binds to aquifer sediment. When the current US Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) covering (210)Po was promulgated in December 2000, very little was known about its occurrence and the processes responsible for mobilizing it. More is now known about the processes that mobilize (210)Po from sediments and a review of recent occurrence data show that it may not be as rare in the US as the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) thought in 2000. Worldwide, only about 2200 analyses for (210)Po in drinking water were identified, with activities exceeding 500mBq/L being found only in Finland, India, Sweden, and the US. The median of 400 (210)Po analyses from the US is 4.75mBq/L and >10% of the samples exceed 500mBq/L. Current compliance-monitoring regulations in the US essentially guarantee that (210)Po contamination will not be detected except in very contaminated wells. Major problems with the US Gross Alpha Activity MCL include the volatility of (210)Po and extended holding times and sample-compositing methods that can allow the majority of (210)Po in a sample bottle to decay before analysis. In light of new information, the radionuclide rule should be changed and direct measurements of (210)Po should be made in all public-water supply wells to rule out its presence. Much of the important biological and toxicological research on (210)Po is more than four decades old and new laboratory research using modern tools is needed. Biological and epidemiological investigations of known contaminated areas are needed to assess the effect (210)Po exposure is having on animals and humans consuming the water.

  1. Data catalog for JPL Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC)

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Digby, Susan

    1995-01-01

    The Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) archive at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory contains satellite data sets and ancillary in-situ data for the ocean sciences and global-change research to facilitate multidisciplinary use of satellite ocean data. Geophysical parameters available from the archive include sea-surface height, surface-wind vector, surface-wind speed, surface-wind stress vector, sea-surface temperature, atmospheric liquid water, integrated water vapor, phytoplankton pigment concentration, heat flux, and in-situ data. PO.DAAC is an element of the Earth Observing System Data and Information System and is the United States distribution site for TOPEX/POSEIDON data and metadata.

  2. A novel molecular sieve supporting material for enhancing activity and stability of Ag3PO4 photocatalyst

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    Wu, Qiang; Wang, Peifu; Niu, Futao; Huang, Cunping; Li, Yang; Yao, Weifeng

    2016-08-01

    A small-pore silicon-substituted silicon aluminum phosphate (SAPO-34) molecular sieve, for the first time, is reported to significantly increase both the activity and life span of Ag3PO4 photocatalyst for visible-light degradation of methylene blue (MB) and rhodamine B (RhB). Results show that 60 wt.% Ag3PO4/SAPO-34 exhibits the highest photocatalytic degradation efficiencies for both MB (91.0% degradation within 2.0 min) and RhB (91.0% degradation within 7.0 min). In comparison, pure Ag3PO4 powder photocatalyst requires 8.0 min and 12.0 min for decomposing 91.0% of MB and RhB, respectively. During MB degradation the rate constant for 60 wt.% Ag3PO4/SAPO-34 increases 317.2% in comparison with the rate constant of pure Ag3PO4. This activity is also much higher than literature reported composite or supported Ag3PO4 photocatalysts. In three photocatalytic runs for the degradation of RhB, the rate constant for 60 wt.% Ag3PO4/SAPO-34 reduces from 0.33 to 0.18 min-1 (45.5% efficiency loss). In contrast, the rate constant of pure Ag3PO4 catalyst decreases from 0.2 to 0.07 min-1 (80.0% efficiency loss). All experimental results have shown that small pores and zero light absorption loss of SAPO-34 molecular sieves minimize Ag3PO4 loading, enhance photocatalytic activity and prolong the lifespan of Ag3PO4 photocatalyst.

  3. Excess of polonium-210 activity in the surface urban atmosphere. Part 2: origin of ²¹⁰Po excess.

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    Długosz-Lisiecka, Magdalena

    2015-02-01

    The presence of significant (210)Po activity, unsupported by its grandparent radionuclide (210)Pb, in the surface atmosphere of industrialized regions can originate from human technical activities. In urban air, the activity ratio of (210)Po to (210)Pb might increase as a result of natural condensation and coagulation processes of relatively volatile (210)Po-containing species emitted during coal combustion processes. The presence of excess of (210)Po cannot be explained by its in-growth from radioactive decay of (210)Bi. About 50% of (210)Po radionuclide released during coal combustion processes can be emitted into air as gaseous or ultrafine products. Subsequently, these products are quickly attached to the surface of fine particles suspended in the air. As a result, an excess of (210)Po activity in aerosols has been reported. However, in this manner, As much as 11 GBq of (210)Po per year can enter the urban air from the local coal power plants in Lodz city, Poland.

  4. Radiolead (210)Pb and (210)Po/(210)Pb activity ratios in dogs' hair.

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    Strumińska-Parulska, Dagmara I; Szymańska, Karolina; Skwarzec, Bogdan

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine activity concentrations of radiolead (210)Pb as well as (210)Po/(210)Pb activity ratios in dog hair. The objectives of this research were also to investigate the utility of domestic animal hair as a noninvasive indicator of metal exposure for radiotoxic, naturally occurring (210)Pb and find the correlations between (210)Pb concentration in hair and age, gender, hair type or diet of analyzed animals. The highest (210)Pb concentrations were measured in a 2-year-old Shih Tzus (9.82 ± 0.53 Bq kg(-1) dw(-1)) and a 2-year-old Bichon Maltese (8.09 ± 0.42 Bq kg(-1) dw(-1)), both longhair males, while the lowest was found in a 15-year-old Yorkshire Terrier (0.44 ± 0.02 Bq kg(-1) dw(-1)), small longhair male as well. As results showed, mainly dog hair color as well as their age and gender influenced the differences in the values of (210)Pb concentrations in analyzed hair samples. Also the values of activity ratios of (210)Po/(210)Pb in analyzed dog hair samples were calculated and obtained results were similar to those observed in human hair.

  5. Immune responses of phenoloxidase and superoxide dismutase in the manila clam Venerupis philippinarum challenged with Vibrio tapetis--part II: combined effect of temperature and two V. tapetis strains.

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    Richard, Gaëlle; Le Bris, Cédric; Guérard, Fabienne; Lambert, Christophe; Paillard, Christine

    2015-05-01

    Manila clams, Venerupis philippinarum (Adams and Reeve, 1850), were experimentally infected with two different bacterial strains and challenged with two different temperatures. Bacterial strains used in this study were Vibrio tapetis strain CECT4600(T), the causative agent of Brown Ring Disease (BRD) and V. tapetis strain LP2, supposed less virulent to V. philippinarum. V. tapetis is considered to proliferate at low temperatures, i.e. under 21 °C. In a global warming context we could hypothesize a decrease of mass mortalities caused by V. tapetis but these thermal changes could also directly impact the immune system of the host V. philippinarum. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of the extrapallial injection with V. tapetis combined with temperature challenge on two enzymes activities in V. philippinarum. More precisely, after infection, phenoloxidase (PO) and superoxide dismutase (SOD), two major enzymes involved in immune response, were studied for 30 days in two compartments: the mantle and the hemolymph. Conchyolin Deposit Stages (CDS) and Shell Repair Stages (SRS) were also determined 30 days post-injection as a proxy of the virulence of the tested strains. In this study, we highlighted that host-pathogen interaction in a varying environment affects the enzymatic response of the host. The coupled effect of V. tapetis injection and temperature challenge was detected 30 days post injection and resulted in virulence differences. These findings were supported by CDS and SRS determination in clams and lead to the conclusion that clam's immunity could be enhanced at 22 °C while V. tapetis virulence is lowered at this temperature. Another result of our study was the increase of PO and SOD basal activities as clams are exposed to warmer temperature.

  6. 210Po and 210Pb Activity Concentrations in Cigarettes Produced in Vietnam and Their Estimated Dose Contribution Due to Smoking

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    Tran, Thuy-Ngan N.; Le, Cong-Hao; Chau, Van-Tao

    Smoking cigarettes contributes significantly to the increase of radiation in human body because 210Po and 210Pb exist relatively high in tobacco leaves. Therefore, these two radioisotopes in eighteen of the most frequently sold cigarette brands produced in Vietnam were examined in this study. 210Po was determined by alpha spectroscopy using a passivated implanted planar silicon (PIPS) detector after a procedure including radiochemical separation and spontaneous deposition of polonium on a copper disc (the deposition efficiency of 210Po on a copper disc was approximately 94%). Sequentially, 210Pb was determined through the ingrowth of 210Po after storing the sample solutions for approximately six months. The activity concentrations of 210Po in cigarettes ranged from 13.8 to 82.6 mBq/cigarette (the mean value was 26.4 mBq/cigarette) and the activity concentrations of 210Pb in cigarettes ranged from 13.9 to 78.8 mBq/cigarette (the mean value was 25.8 mBq/cigarette). The annual committed effective dose for smokers who smoke one pack per day was also estimated to be 295.4 µSv/year (223.0 µSv/year and 72.4 µSv/year from 210Po and 210Pb, respectively). These indicated that smoking increased the risk of developing lung cancer was approximately 60 times greater for smokers than for non-smokers.

  7. Irradiation influence on the phenoloxidase pathway and an anti-oxidant defense mechanism in Spodoptera litura (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) and its implication in radio-genetic 'F 1 sterility' and biorational pest suppression tactics.

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    Sachdev, B; Khan, Z; Zarin, M; Malhotra, P; Seth, R K; Bhatnagar, R K

    2017-01-31

    The present study was conducted to appraise the ontogenic radio-sensitivity of a serious tropical pest, Spodoptera litura (Fabr.). The molecular responses pertaining to the phenoloxidase (PO) pathway and an anti-oxidant defense mechanism were evaluated in order to understand its implication in pest control at pre-harvest and post-harvest intervals. Irradiation exhibited an inverse relationship with age with respect to impact on developmental and transcriptional responses. Transcript abundance of PO cascade enzymes, prophenoloxidase (slppo-2), its activating enzyme (slppae-1) and free-radical scavenging enzymes, superoxide dismutase (slsod) and catalase (slcat) was evaluated upon gamma irradiation alone and the dual-stress of radiation plus microbial challenge. The slppo-2, slppae-1, slsod and slcat transcripts were significantly up-regulated in F 1 L6 larvae (6th-instar) resulting from 100 Gy sub-sterilized male adults and unirradiated female moths. The extent of upregulation was relatively higher in comparison with L6 survivors (6th-instar larvae) developed from irradiated neonates (L1) treated with 100 Gy. Upon Photorhabdus challenge, the transcripts were down-regulated in irradiated L1 suggesting increased larval susceptibility to bacterial infections. Radioresistance increased with the age of the insect, and molecular responses (transcript abundance) of insect defense mechanism were less influenced when older age (F 1 progeny) were irradiated. These findings will help to optimize the gamma dose to be employed in inherited sterility technique for (pre-harvest) pest suppression and (post-harvest) phytosanitation and quarantine, and suggest compatible integration of biorational tactics including nuclear technology.

  8. Customer Support Operations In Support Of The NASA/JPL Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC)

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    Heinz, S. L.; Chen, Y. M.

    2004-12-01

    PO.DAAC is responsible for the ingest, archive and distribution of data relevant to the physical state of the ocean. The PO.DAAC provides a level of service for customer support for core Earth Observing System Data Information System (EOSDIS) missions such as TOPEX/POSEIDON, Jason, SeaWinds on QuikSCAT, SeaWinds on ADEOS-II, NOAA AVHRR and MODIS. PO.DAAC's level of support has broadened recently to include missions outside of the EOSDIS including, WindSat, GHRSST, Naval Oceanographic, Monterey Bay Aquarium, AirSAR and GOES. Customer support operations is managed and conducted in partnership between Raytheon ITSS and JPL and includes a full complement of services to accommodate the various PO.DAAC and Earth Observing System user communities. Customer support activities are ubiquitous to service industries from banking to shopping and this presentation will detail how two operational applications have been adopted for use in Earth Science data communities. Customer Response Management Operations System Integrated system that combines PO.DAAC's communications channels including web, email, phone and personal interactions into one intelligent knowledge base. The knowledge is shared with customers and the entire team to deliver consistent and timely information. The system allows 24 x 7 customer support service via extensive on-line searchable knowledge base. PO.DAAC has customized the system to fully integrate with PO.DAAC's existing legacy database and order tracking system. Website Communication Channel The newly redesigned PO.DAAC website (http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov) is the central gateway to all of the Data, Tools and Services offered at the data center. The consistent look and feel was developed to enhance the ease of searching and ordering earth science data in particular. Data is accessible within a few clicks using the improved dynamic data catalog interface. New data products and information are delivered quickly to customers via the dynamic system and

  9. Phenoloxidase-mediated interactions of phenols and anilines with humic materials

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    Dec, J.; Bollag, J.M.

    2000-06-01

    Phenoloxidases present in terrestrial systems may contribute to the formation of humus through random coupling of a variety of aromatic compounds, including xenobiotic chemicals. Because of their structural similarity to natural substrates originating mainly from lignin decomposition, xenobiotic phenols and anilines can be readily incorporated into the soil organic matter, a phenomenon referred to as binding. The underlying mechanism of binding involves oxidation of the xenobiotic substrates to free radicals or quinone products that subsequently couple directly to humus or to naturally occurring phenols that also are subject to oxidation. The oxidation can be mediated by soil phenoloxidases as well as by abiotic catalysts. The ability of the enzymes to mediate the oxidation was demonstrated in a number of model studies, in which selected pollutants were incubated with humic monomers or natural humic acids in the presence of different phenoloxidases (laccase, peroxidase, tyrosinase). Analysis of the formed complexes by mass spectrometry and {sup 13}C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy left no doubt about the formation of covalent bonds between the pollutants and humic materials. Some bonds were formed at the chlorinated sites, leading to partial dehalogenation of the aromatic contaminants. Experimental data indicated that bound phenols and anilines were unlikely to adversely affect the environment; their release from humic complexes by soil microorganisms was very limited and once released, they were subjected to mineralization. For those reasons, phenoloxidases, which proved capable of mediating the underlying reaction, are currently considered as a tool for enhancing immobilization phenomena in soil.

  10. Adult honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) abandon hemocytic, but not phenoloxidase-based immunity

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Hemocytes and the (prophenol-) phenoloxidase system constitute the immediate innate immune system in insects. These components of overall insect innate immunity are present at any post-embryonic life stage without previous infection. Differences between individuals and species in these immune param...

  11. Point of departure (PoD) selection for the derivation of acceptable daily exposures (ADEs) for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

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    Bercu, Joel P; Morinello, Eric J; Sehner, Claudia; Shipp, Bryan K; Weideman, Patricia A

    2016-08-01

    The Acceptable Daily Exposure (ADE) derived for pharmaceutical manufacturing is a health-based limit used to ensure that medicines produced in multi-product facilities are safe and are used to validate quality processes. Core to ADE derivation is selecting appropriate point(s) of departure (PoD), i.e., the starting dose of a given dataset that is used in the calculation of the ADE. Selecting the PoD involves (1) data collection and hazard characterization, (2) identification of "critical effects", and (3) a dose-response assessment including the determination of the no-observed-adverse-effect-level (NOAEL) or lowest-observed-adverse-effect-level (LOAEL), or calculating a benchmark dose (BMD) level. Compared to other classes of chemicals, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are well-characterized and have unique, rich datasets that must be considered when selecting the PoD. Dataset considerations for an API include therapeutic/pharmacological effects, particularities of APIs for different indications and routes of administration, data gaps during drug development, and sensitive subpopulations. Thus, the PoD analysis must be performed by a qualified toxicologist or other expert who also understands the complexities of pharmaceutical datasets. In addition, as the pharmaceutical industry continues to evolve new therapeutic principles, the science behind PoD selection must also evolve to ensure state-of-the-science practices and resulting ADEs.

  12. Factors affecting 210Po and 210Pb activity concentrations in mussels and implications for environmental bio-monitoring programmes.

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    Carvalho, Fernando P; Oliveira, João M; Alberto, G

    2011-02-01

    The activity of (210)Po and (210)Pb was determined in mussels of the same size (3.5-4.0 cm shell length) sampled monthly over a 17-month period at the Atlantic coast of Portugal. Average radionuclide concentration values in mussels were 759±277 Bq kg(-1) for (210)Po (range 460-1470 Bq kg(-1) dry weight), and 45±19 Bq kg(-1) for (210)Pb (range 23-96 Bq kg(-1) dry weight). Environmental parameters and mussel biometric parameters were monitored during the same period. Although there was no seasonal variation of radionuclide concentrations in sea water during the study period, the concentration of radionuclide activity in mussels varied seasonally displaying peaks of high concentrations in winter and low concentrations in summer. Analysis of radionuclide data in relation to the physiological Condition Index of mussels revealed that (210)Po and (210)Pb activities in the mussel (average activity per individual) remained nearly constant during the investigation period, while mussel body weight fluctuated due to fat storage/expenditure in the soft tissues. Similar variation of radionuclide concentrations was observed in mussels transplanted from the sea coast into the Tejo Estuary. However, under estuarine environmental conditions and with higher food availability throughout the year, transplanted mussel Condition Index was higher than in coastal mussels and average radionuclide concentrations were 210±75 Bq kg(-1) (dry weight) for (210)Po and 10±4 Bq kg(-1) (dry weight) for (210)Pb, therefore lower than in coastal mussels with similar shell length. It is concluded that the apparent seasonal fluctuation and inter-site difference of radionuclide concentrations were mostly caused by mussel body weight fluctuation and not by radionuclide body burden fluctuation. This interpretation can be extended to the apparent seasonal fluctuation in concentrations of lipophilic and lipophobic contaminants in mussels, and provides an explanation for occasional high concentrations of

  13. Anti-melanization mechanism of the white spot syndrome viral protein, WSSV453, via interaction with shrimp proPO-activating enzyme, PmproPPAE2.

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    Sutthangkul, Jantiwan-; Amparyup, Piti-; Eum, Jai Hoon; Strand, Michael R; Tassanakajon, Anchalee

    2017-01-28

    Inhibition of the host melanization reaction, activated by the prophenoloxidase activating (proPO) system, is one of the crucial evasion strategies of pathogens. Recently, the shrimp pathogen, white spot syndrome virus (WSSV), was found to inhibit melanization in the shrimp, Penaeus monodon. The viral protein WSSV453 was previously shown to interact with PO-activating enzyme 2 (PmPPAE2) and reported to be involved in suppressing the shrimp melanization response after WSSV infection. Here, we characterized how WSSV453 inhibits melanization. WSSV453 is a non-structural viral protein, which was first detected in shrimp hemocytes at 6 hours post infection (hpi) by WSSV and in shrimp plasma at 24 hpi. We produced recombinant proteins for three components of the P. monodon, proPO system: PmproPPAE2, PmproPO1 and PmproPO2. Functional assays showed that active PmPPAE2 processed PmproPO1 and 2 to produce functional PO. Incubation of WSSV453 with PmproPPAE2 dose-dependently reduced PmPPAE2 activity toward PmPO1 or PmPO2. In contrast, WSSV453 had no effect on activated PmPPAE2. The addition of active PmPPAE2 to WSSV-infected shrimp plasma at day 2 post-infection also rescued PO activity. Taken together, these results indicate that the anti-melanization activity of WSSV is due to WSSV453, which interacts with PmproPPAE2 and interferes its activation to active PmPPAE2.

  14. Natural variation in 210Po and 210Pb activity concentrations in the urine of Finnish population groups.

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    Muikku, Maarit; Heikkinen, Tarja; Solatie, Dina; Vesterbacka, Pia

    2011-11-01

    A study to determine activity concentrations of (210)Pb and (210)Po in the urine of certain Finnish population groups was conducted, to investigate the variation in natural background level of urinary excretion. The study participants were divided into three groups mainly based on their diet. The first group comprised recreational fishermen and the second group represented people consuming more reindeer meat than an average Finn, while people using drinking water with very high activity concentrations of (210)Po were selected for the third group. The fourth group was a control group. The mean urinary excretion of (210)Po in groups 1 and 2 was 73 and 100 mBq d(-1), respectively. These values were higher than the value of the control group (20 mBq d(-1)) and the mean values reported in the literature. The mean daily urinary excretion of (210)Pb in groups 1 and 2, 70 and 52 mBq d(-1), was also slightly higher than that in the control group (32 mBq d(-1)). In contrast, the excretion rates of both (210)Po and (210)Pb for the members of group 3 were one to two orders of magnitude higher than those reported in the literature. This was clearly due to the elevated levels of natural radionuclides in their drinking water. The present study demonstrates the importance of possessing good knowledge of the background levels, in order to allow the determination of the additional exposure due, for example, to the malevolent use of radiation.

  15. Sinuosity change of the Po River near Cremona (Northern Italy) - a result of neotectonic activity?

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    Petrovszki, Judit; Timár, Gábor

    2010-05-01

    In the map sheets of the Second Military Survey of the Habsburg Empire, Lombardia, Parma, Modena and Venice also can be seen (Timár et al., 2006). This area was surveyed between 1818 and 1829. In these map sheets, we can also follow the river Po from Vaccarizza to the delta. This river reach is about 350 km long. This river reach was digitized and sinuosity values were calculated with different window sizes, and displayed in a spectrum-like diagram (sinuosity spectra; after van Balen et al., 2008). At Cremona, a significante sinuosity change were identified. The sinuosity increasing, and we have high sinuosity values. In the summarizing geological map of Italy (Compagnoni and Calluzzo, 2004), at this place, a tectonic line was identified. So probably this fault line invokes the sinuosity change on the river. The vertical movements indicated on the maps are just the opposite like they would be according to the flume experiments of Ouchi (1985). In the case of the Po River at Cremona, the decrease of the channel slope results higher sinuosity. The reason is that the rate of the slope and water discharge is higher than it is required by the self-organized meandering and the river parameters fell to the range of the unorganized meandering (cf. Timár, 2003). Another possible explanation could be that the northern tributary, the Adda River has significant sediment load that lowers the sinuosity of the trunk river at the confluence. Compagnoni, B., Galluzzo, F. (eds., 2004): Geological Map of Italy. Agenzia per la Protezione dell'Ambiente per I Servizi Tecnici - Dipartimento Difesa del Suolo, Servizio Geologico d'Italia, Rome-Florence-Genoa. Map, scale=1:1250000, especially printed for the 32nd International Geological Congress. Ouchi, S. (1985): Response of alluvial rivers to slow active tectonic movement. Geol. Soc. Am. Bull. 96: 504-515. Timár, G. (2003): Controls on channel sinuosity changes: a case study of the Tisza River, the Great Hungarian Plain. Quaternary

  16. Melanosis in Penaeus monodon: Involvement of the Laccase-like Activity of Hemocyanin.

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    Bris, Cédric Le; Cudennec, Benoit; Dhulster, Pascal; Drider, Djamel; Duflos, Guillaume; Grard, Thierry

    2016-01-27

    In shrimp, the development of postmortem melanosis resulting from phenoloxidase activities leads to important economic losses. Phenoloxidase enzymes include catechol oxidases, laccases, and tyrosinases, but hemocyanin is also capable of phenoloxidase activities. These activities have been explored in Penaeus monodon, using different substrates. Results highlighted that tyrosinase-specific substrates were little oxidized, whereas hydroquinone (laccase-specific substrate) was more highly oxidized than l-DOPA (nonspecific substrate) in the pereopods and pleopods. Global phenoloxidase activity, assayed with l-DOPA, did not appear thermally stable over time and probably resulted from phenoloxidase enzymes. Conversely, the laccase-like activity assayed with hydroquinone was thermally stable over time, reflecting the thermal stability of hemocyanin. Independently of the anatomical compartment, the temperature, or the substrate, the highest activities were assayed in the cuticular compartments. This study demonstrates the complexity of phenoloxidase activities in P. monodon, and the importance of considering all the activities, including laccase-like activities such as that of hemocyanin.

  17. BiPO{sub 4}/BiOBr p–n junction photocatalysts: One-pot synthesis and dramatic visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Liu, Zhang Sheng; Wu, Bian Tao; Niu, Ji Nan; Feng, Pei Zhong; Zhu, Ya Bo

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • BiPO{sub 4}/BiOBr p–n junction photocatalysts were synthesized by a solvothermal method. • BiPO{sub 4}/BiOBr composites were constructed by inlaying BiPO{sub 4} particles into BiOBr microspheres. • BiPO{sub 4}/BiOBr photocatalysts exhibited the enhanced photocatalytic activity. • ·O{sub 2}{sup −} and h{sup +} were the main active species responsible for the degradation of RhB. - Abstract: BiPO{sub 4}/BiOBr p–n junction photocatalysts were successfully synthesized via a facile one-pot solvothermal method. The products were characterized by XRD, FE-SEM, HRTEM, XPS, DRS, PL and EIS. The obtained BiPO{sub 4}/BiOBr composites were constructed by inlaying BiPO{sub 4} nanoparticles into BiOBr hierarchical microspheres. Compared with BiPO{sub 4} and BiOBr, they exhibited significantly enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity towards the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB). Among them, 10% BiPO{sub 4}/BiOBr showed the maximum value of the activity, whose degradation rate was about three times higher than that of pure BiOBr. The enhanced photocatalytic activity could be attributed to the formation of the BiPO{sub 4}/BiOBr p–n junction, which resulted in the effective separation and transfer of photogenerated electron–hole pairs. Moreover, the trapping experiments confirmed that ·O{sub 2}{sup −} and h{sup +} were the main active species responsible for the degradation of RhB.

  18. In situ fabrication of Ag3PO4/TiO2 nanotube heterojunctions with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity.

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    Tong, Zhen Wei; Yang, Dong; Sun, Yuan Yuan; Tian, Yao; Jiang, Zhong Yi

    2015-05-14

    Ag3PO4/TiO2 nanotube (TNT) heterojunctions were fabricated via a facile in situ growth method. Hemispherical Ag3PO4 nanocrystals were uniformly grown on the TNT surface, and their size was confined to 5-10 nm. A joint area was distinctly observed between the Ag3PO4 nanocrystals and TNT, indicating the formation of a Ag3PO4/TNT heterojunction. Compared with pure Ag3PO4, the Ag3PO4/TNT heterojunction possesses more active sites, less bulk defects, more efficient electron-hole separation, as well as better dye adsorption properties, and thus exhibits a significantly elevated photocatalytic activity for Rhodamine B (RhB) degradation. The study of the reactive species demonstrates that the photocatalytic degradation of RhB over the Ag3PO4/TNT heterojunction is primarily driven by both photogenerated h(+) and ˙OH radicals. This easily-fabricated Ag3PO4/TNT heterojunction with promising photocatalytic activity may find potential applications in energy and environmental related areas.

  19. The photo-catalytic activities of MP (M = Ba, Ca, Cu, Sr, Ag; P = PO43-, HPO42-) microparticles

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    Zhang, Fan; Shi, Yuanji; Zhao, Zongshan; Song, Weijie; Cheng, Yang

    2014-02-01

    For the good performance of apatite-based materials in the removal of dyes and their environment-friendly advantage, five kinds of apatite microparticles of MP (M = Ba, Ca, Cu, Sr, Ag; P = PO43-, HPO42-) were synthesized by a simple precipitation method and their photo-catalytic properties were invested. Better performance in the decolorization of methyl orange (MO) under the assistance of H2O2 than that of TiO2 were obtained for all the MPs. The photo-catalytic activity was mainly affected by surface area, energy band, impurity, crystallinity and crystal structure. The DFT calculation results demonstrated that the 2p of O and 3p of P in PO43- played the main role in the photo-catalytic process. This work would be helpful to design and synthesize low cost apatite materials with good photo-catalytic performance.

  20. Fabrication of Z-scheme Ag3PO4/MoS2 composites with enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability for organic pollutant degradation

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    Zhu, Chaosheng; Zhang, Lu; Jiang, Bo; Zheng, Jingtang; Hu, Ping; Li, Sujuan; Wu, Mingbo; Wu, Wenting

    2016-07-01

    In this study, highly efficient visible-light-driven Ag3PO4/MoS2 composite photocatalysts with different weight ratios of MoS2 were prepared via the ethanol-water mixed solvents precipitation method and characterized by ICP, XRD, HRTEM, FE-SEM, BET, XPS, UV-vis DRS and PL analysis. Under visible-light irradiation, Ag3PO4/MoS2 composites exhibit excellent photocatalytic activity towards the degradation of organic pollutants in aqueous solution. The optimal composite with 0.648 wt% MoS2 content exhibits the highest photocatalytic activity, which can degrade almost all MB under visible-light irradiation within 60 min. Recycling experiments confirmed that the Ag3PO4/MoS2 catalysts had superior cycle performance and stability. The photocatalytic activity enhancement of Ag3PO4/MoS2 photocatalysts can be mainly ascribed to the efficient separation of photogenerated charge carriers and the stronger oxidation and reduction ability through a Z-scheme system composed of Ag3PO4, Ag and MoS2, in which Ag particles act as the charge separation center. The high photocatalytic stability is due to the successful inhibition of the photocorrosion of Ag3PO4 by transferring the photogenerated electrons of Ag3PO4 to MoS2. The evidence of the Z-scheme photocatalytic mechanism of the composite photocatalysts could be obtained from the active species trapping experiments and the photoluminescence technique.

  1. Enhancing visible light photocatalytic activity of direct Z-scheme SnS{sub 2}/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalysts

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    Luo, Jin Zhou, Xiaosong; Ma, Lin; Xu, Limei; Xu, Xuyao; Du, Zhihua; Zhang, Jinquan

    2016-09-15

    Highlights: • Novel direct Z-scheme SnS{sub 2}/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalysts are synthesized. • SnS{sub 2}/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} exhibits much higher photocatalytic activity than pure SnS{sub 2} and Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. • A possible photocatalytic mechanism was discussed in detail. - Abstract: Novel direct Z-scheme SnS{sub 2}/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalysts were successfully fabricated with SnS{sub 2} nanoplates hybridized by Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} nanoparticals via a facile hydrothermal and precipitation method and applied for the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange in aqueous solution under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). It was found that the photocatalytic performance of the SnS{sub 2} (2.0 wt%)/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalyst with 2.0 wt% SnS{sub 2} content was much higher than that of individual SnS{sub 2} and Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. The enhanced photocatalytic activity could be ascribed to the efficient separation of photogenerated electrons and holes through the formation of direct Z-scheme system composed of SnS{sub 2} and Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. Furthermore, the recycling experiments revealed that the photocorrosion behavior of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} was strongly inhibited by SnS{sub 2}, it may be due to the photogenerated electrons of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} would be quickly combined with the photogenerated holes of SnS{sub 2}. This work will be useful for the design of other direct Z-scheme visible-light-driven photocatalytic systems for application in energy conversion and environmental remediation.

  2. Enzyme activity demonstrates multiple pathways of innate immunity in Indo-Pacific anthozoans

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    Palmer, C. V.; Bythell, J. C.; Willis, B. L.

    2012-01-01

    Coral reefs are threatened by increasing levels of coral disease and the functional loss of obligate algal symbionts (bleaching). Levels of immunity relate directly to susceptibility to these threats; however, our understanding of fundamental aspects of coral immunology is lacking. We show that three melanin-synthesis pathway components (mono-phenoloxidase, ortho-diphenoloxidase (tyrosinase-type pathway) and para-diphenoloxidase (laccase-type pathway)) are present in both their active (phenoloxidase, PO) and inactive (prophenoloxidase, PPO) forms across a diverse range of 22 species of healthy Indo-Pacific anthozoans. We also demonstrate transglutaminase activity of the coagulation cascade for, to our knowledge, the first time in a coral. Melanin-synthesis enzyme activities varied among taxa, although they were generally lowest in the coral family Acroporidae and highest in the Poritidae and Oculinidae. Inactive tyrosinase-type activity (PPO) and active laccase-type activity (PO) correlate with taxonomic patterns in disease resistance, whereas the converse pattern in activity levels correlates with bleaching resistance. Overall, we demonstrate the presence of several melanin-synthesis pathways in Indo-Pacific corals, co-regulation among some pathway components, and highlight their potential roles in coral health. PMID:22810430

  3. Excess of ²¹⁰polonium activity in the surface urban atmosphere. Part (1) fluctuation of the ²¹⁰Po excess in the air.

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    Długosz-Lisiecka, Magdalena

    2015-02-01

    The concentrations of (210)Pb, (210)Bi, and (210)Po in the urban atmosphere of Lodz city were measured from February 2010 to May 2010 and from May 2011 to April 2012. The seasonal changes in the activity ratios for (210)Po/(210)Pb and (210)Bi/(210)Pb indicated that the observed fluctuations were independent of the concentration of tropospheric (210)Pb and its decay products, particularly (210)Po. A simple calculation method was proposed for the estimation of the excess of (210)Po in urban aerosols in relation to the fraction of its activity formed from (210)Pb. On the basis of the results obtained, it was concluded that a substantial part of the (210)Po in urban air did not come from the decay of atmospheric (222)Rn, but rather it was from artificial sources. The highest levels of measured total (210)Po activity were observed during the winter period. This observation suggests that the main source of (210)Po in the investigated region could be related to anthropogenic emissions from domestic heating systems and local coal power plants, rather than from other sources, such as soil resuspension or stratospheric air intrusion as usually suggested in the literature.

  4. Purification and characterization of a phenoloxidase (laccase) from the lignin-degrading basidiomycete PM1 (CECT 2971).

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    Coll, P M; Fernández-Abalos, J M; Villanueva, J R; Santamaría, R; Pérez, P

    1993-01-01

    A new lignin-degrading basidiomycete, strain PM1 (= CECT 2971), was isolated from the wastewater of a paper factory. The major ligninolytic activity detected in the basidiomycete PM1 culture supernatant was a phenoloxidase (laccase). This activity was produced constitutively in defined or complex media and appeared as two protein bands in native gel electrophoresis preparations. No enzyme induction was found after treatment with certain potential laccase inducers. Laccase I was purified to homogeneity by gel filtration chromatography, anion-exchange chromatography, and hydrophobicity chromatography. The enzyme is a monomeric glycoprotein containing 6.5% carbohydrate and having a molecular weight of 64,000. It has an isoelectric point of 3.6, it is stable in a pH range from 3 to 9, and its optimum pH is 4.5. The laccase optimal reaction temperature is 80 degrees C, the laccase is stable for 1 h at 60 degrees C, and its activity increases with temperature. Spectroscopic analysis revealed that the enzyme has four bound copper atoms, a type I copper, a type II copper, and a type III binuclear copper. The amino-terminal sequence of the protein is very similar to the amino-terminal sequences of laccases from Coriolus hirsutus and Phlebia radiata. Images PMID:8368848

  5. Atmospheric residence time of (210)Pb determined from the activity ratios with its daughter radionuclides (210)Bi and (210)Po.

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    Semertzidou, P; Piliposian, G T; Appleby, P G

    2016-08-01

    The residence time of (210)Pb created in the atmosphere by the decay of gaseous (222)Rn is a key parameter controlling its distribution and fallout onto the landscape. These in turn are key parameters governing the use of this natural radionuclide for dating and interpreting environmental records stored in natural archives such as lake sediments. One of the principal methods for estimating the atmospheric residence time is through measurements of the activities of the daughter radionuclides (210)Bi and (210)Po, and in particular the (210)Bi/(210)Pb and (210)Po/(210)Pb activity ratios. Calculations used in early empirical studies assumed that these were governed by a simple series of equilibrium equations. This approach does however have two failings; it takes no account of the effect of global circulation on spatial variations in the activity ratios, and no allowance is made for the impact of transport processes across the tropopause. This paper presents a simple model for calculating the distributions of (210)Pb, (210)Bi and (210)Po at northern mid-latitudes (30°-65°N), a region containing almost all the available empirical data. By comparing modelled (210)Bi/(210)Pb activity ratios with empirical data a best estimate for the tropospheric residence time of around 10 days is obtained. This is significantly longer than earlier estimates of between 4 and 7 days. The process whereby (210)Pb is transported into the stratosphere when tropospheric concentrations are high and returned from it when they are low, significantly increases the effective residence time in the atmosphere as a whole. The effect of this is to significantly enhance the long range transport of (210)Pb from its source locations. The impact is illustrated by calculations showing the distribution of (210)Pb fallout versus longitude at northern mid-latitudes.

  6. A chemical bath deposition route to facet-controlled Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} thin films with improved visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Gunjakar, Jayavant L.; Jo, Yun Kyung; Kim, In Young; Lee, Jang Mee; Patil, Sharad B.; Pyun, Jae-Chul; Hwang, Seong-Ju

    2016-08-15

    A facile, economic, and reproducible chemical bath deposition (CBD) method is developed for the fabrication of facet-controlled Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} thin films with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity. The fine-control of bath temperature, precursor, complexing agent, substrate, and solution pH is fairly crucial in preparing the facet-selective thin film of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} nanocrystal. The change of precursor from silver nitrate to silver acetate makes possible the tailoring of the crystal shape of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} from cube to rhombic dodecahedron and also the bandgap tuning of the deposited films. The control of [Ag{sup +}]/[phosphate] ratio enables to maximize the loading amount of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} crystals per the unit area of the deposited film. All the fabricated Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} thin films show high photocatalytic activity for visible light-induced degradation of organic molecules, which can be optimized by tailoring the crystal shape of the deposited crystals. This CBD method is also useful in preparing the facet-controlled hybrid film of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}–ZnO photocatalyst. The present study clearly demonstrates the usefulness of the present CBD method for fabricating facet-controlled thin films of metal oxosalt and its nanohybrid. - Highlights: • The crystal facet of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} films can be tuned by chemical bath deposition. • The crystal shape of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} is tailorable from cube to rhombic dodecahedron. • Facet-tuned Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} film shows enhanced visible light photocatalyst activity.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of high photocatalytic activity and stable Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers for photocatalytic degradation of black liquor

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    Cai, Li; Long, Qiyi; Yin, Chao

    2014-11-01

    The TiO2 fiber was prepared by using cotton fiber as a template, and then Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers were synthesized via in situ Ag3PO4 particles onto the surface of TiO2 fiber. Their structure and physical properties were characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), specific surface analyzer, X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis absorption spectra and photoluminescence spectra (PL). SEM analysis indicated that the well-defined surface morphology of natural cotton fiber was mostly preserved in TiO2 and Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers. Compared with TiO2 fiber, the absorbance wavelengths of Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers were apparently red shifted and the PL intensities revealed a significant decrease. By using the photocatalytic degradation of black liquor as a model reaction, the visible light and ultraviolet light catalytic efficiencies of TiO2, Ag3PO4 and Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers were evaluated. The reaction results showed that Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers had stronger photocatalytic activity and excellent chemical stability in repeated and long-term applications. Therefore, the prepared Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers could act as an efficient catalyst for the photocatalytic degradation of black liquor, which suggested their promising applications. It was proposed that the •OH radicals played the leading role in the photocatalytic degradation of the black liquor by Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers system.

  8. Preparation, characterization and enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activities of BiPO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} composites

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    Wu, Siyuan; Zheng, Hong Lian, Youwei; Wu, Yiying

    2013-08-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • BiPO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} composites were successfully prepared by the hydrothermal method. • BiPO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} composites exhibited broad absorption in the visible region. • Visible-light photocatalytic activities of BiPO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} composites were enhanced. • P/V molar ratio and pH value of the reaction affect photocatalytic activity. • The mechanism of enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activities was discussed. - Abstract: BiPO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} composites with different P/V molar ratios were prepared by the hydrothermal method and the effect of pH values of hydrothermal reaction on photocatalytic activity of BiPO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} composite was investigated. The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photocatalytic property of BiPO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} was evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of Methylene blue under visible light irradiation. The results showed that the photocatalytic activity of the composites was much higher than that of pure BiPO{sub 4} and BiVO{sub 4}. The rate constant of Methylene blue degradation over BiPO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} (P/V molar ratio of 5:1 and hydrothermal reaction pH value of 1.5) is 1.7 times that of pure BiVO{sub 4}. The photocatalytic activity enhancement of BiPO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} composite is closely related to the BiVO{sub 4} functioning as a sensitizer to adsorb visible light and the heterojunction of BiPO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} acting as an active center for hindering the rapid recombination of electron–hole pairs during the photocatalytic reaction.

  9. A chemical bath deposition route to facet-controlled Ag3PO4 thin films with improved visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Gunjakar, Jayavant L.; Jo, Yun Kyung; Kim, In Young; Lee, Jang Mee; Patil, Sharad B.; Pyun, Jae.-Chul.; Hwang, Seong-Ju

    2016-08-01

    A facile, economic, and reproducible chemical bath deposition (CBD) method is developed for the fabrication of facet-controlled Ag3PO4 thin films with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity. The fine-control of bath temperature, precursor, complexing agent, substrate, and solution pH is fairly crucial in preparing the facet-selective thin film of Ag3PO4 nanocrystal. The change of precursor from silver nitrate to silver acetate makes possible the tailoring of the crystal shape of Ag3PO4 from cube to rhombic dodecahedron and also the bandgap tuning of the deposited films. The control of [Ag+]/[phosphate] ratio enables to maximize the loading amount of Ag3PO4 crystals per the unit area of the deposited film. All the fabricated Ag3PO4 thin films show high photocatalytic activity for visible light-induced degradation of organic molecules, which can be optimized by tailoring the crystal shape of the deposited crystals. This CBD method is also useful in preparing the facet-controlled hybrid film of Ag3PO4-ZnO photocatalyst. The present study clearly demonstrates the usefulness of the present CBD method for fabricating facet-controlled thin films of metal oxosalt and its nanohybrid.

  10. Ag3PO4/graphene-oxide composite with remarkably enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity toward dyes in water.

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    Chen, Guodong; Sun, Meng; Wei, Qin; Zhang, Yongfang; Zhu, Baocun; Du, Bin

    2013-01-15

    Ag(3)PO(4)/graphene-oxide (Ag(3)PO(4)/GO) composite has been synthesized by a liquid phase deposition method, and used for the photodegradation of organic dyes in water under visible light. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, N(2) sorption-desorption, and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra. The SEM image indicated that Ag(3)PO(4) particles were mainly distributed on the surface of GO sheets uniformly. DRS analysis revealed that the samples had good visible light response. The photocatalytic activity of Ag(3)PO(4)/GO composite was evaluated by decomposing of dyes (such as methyl orange, rhodamine B) in water under visible or UV-vis light irradiation. The degradation results indicated that the photocatalytic performance of Ag(3)PO(4)/GO was greatly enhanced due to the improved adsorption performance and separation efficiency of photo-generated carriers. The Ag(3)PO(4)/GO composite with GO content of 15 wt.% exhibited superior activity under visible light irradiation. After 50 min of reaction, the degradation ratio of MO was about 86.7%, while RhB solution could be completely degraded within 30 min of reaction. Further study proved that the direct oxidation of pollutants by holes has played a major role in the degradation process. The results of this work would provide a new sight for the construction of visible light-responsive photocatalysts with high performance.

  11. Seasonal and spatial variations of 210Po and 210Pb activity concentrations in Mytilus galloprovincialis from Croatian coast of the Adriatic Sea.

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    Rožmarić, Martina; Rogić, Matea; Benedik, Ljudmila; Štrok, Marko; Barišić, Delko

    2013-11-01

    Results of 2 years monitoring of (210)Po and (210)Pb activity concentrations in soft tissue of the species Mytilus galloprovincialis from Croatian part of the Adriatic coast are presented. The samples were collected at thirteen coastal stations (some of which are also a part of the Mediterranean Mussel Watch Project) in spring and autumn of 2010 and 2011. The collected mussels were ranging between 4 cm and 6 cm in shell length. After sample pre-treatment lead and polonium were radiochemically separated on Sr resin. (210)Po was determined by alpha-particle spectrometry and (210)Pb was determined, via (210)Bi, by a low-level gas proportional counter. The results of (210)Po activity concentrations were found to vary between (104±11) and (1421±81) Bq kg(-1) dry weight while (210)Pb activity concentrations were much lower and in range (8.2±5.3)-(94.1±29.8) Bq kg(-1) dry weight. Higher (210)Po and (210)Pb activity concentrations were determined in spring period. The inter-site differences seen in their activity concentrations can be due to natural background levels of sites. The (210)Po/(210)Pb activity concentration ratios in all cases exceeded unity for all mussel samples and ranged between 4.0 and 47.9.

  12. Fabrication of novel Ag3PO4/BiOBr heterojunction with high stability and enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity

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    Mehraj, Owais; Mir, Niyaz A.; Pirzada, Bilal M.; Sabir, Suhail

    2015-03-01

    Herein, we report a facile and effective method to enhance the photocatalytic activity of bismuth oxybromide (BiOBr) semiconductor through the fabrication of heterojunction with Ag3PO4. The as synthesized Ag3PO4/BiOBr microspheres were characterized with transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The new Ag3PO4/BiOBr heterojunctions exhibited wide absorption in the visible-light region and compared to pure BiOBr and Ag3PO4 samples displayed exceptionally high photocatalytic activity for the degradation of typical organic pollutants such as Rhodamine B (RhB) and phenol. The optimal Ag/Bi weight ratio in Ag3PO4/BiOBr microsphere (AB7) was found to be 0.7. The enhanced photocatalytic activity was related to the efficient separation of electron-hole pairs derived from matching band potentials between BiOBr and Ag3PO4 which results into the generation of natural energy bias at heterojunction and subsequent transfer of photoinduced charge carriers. Moreover, the synthesized samples exhibited almost no loss of activity even after 6 recycling runs indicating their high photocatalytic stability. Considering the facile and environment friendly route for the synthesis of Ag3PO4/BiOBr hybrids with enhanced visible-light induced photocatalytic activity, it is possible to widely apply these hybrids in various fields such as waste water treatment.

  13. Highly efficient heterojunction photocatalyst based on nanoporous g-C3N4 sheets modified by Ag3PO4 nanoparticles: synthesis and enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Jiang, Deli; Zhu, Jianjun; Chen, Min; Xie, Jimin

    2014-03-01

    Novel visible-light-driven heterojunction photocatalyst composed by Ag3PO4 nanoparticles and nanoporous graphitic carbon nitride sheets (Ag3PO4/p-g-C3N4) was synthesized by a facile and green method. The results showed that photocatalytic activity of Ag3PO4/p-g-C3N4 was much higher than that of pure p-g-C3N4 in the photodegradation of Rhodamine B under visible light irradiation. The kinetic constant of Rhodamine B degradation over Ag3PO4 (33.3 mol%)/p-g-C3N4 was about 5 and 2 times higher than that over pure p-g-C3N4 and Ag3PO4, respectively. The enhanced photocatalytic performance is attributed to the stronger visible light absorption and the heterojunction between Ag3PO4 nanoparticles and p-g-C3N4, which could induce the low recombination rate of photoinduced electron-hole pairs.

  14. Preparation and characterization of high surface area activated carbon from Fox nut (Euryale ferox) shell by chemical activation with H3PO4

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    Kumar, Arvind; Jena, Hara Mohan

    Activated carbons were prepared from Fox nutshell by chemical activation with H3PO4 in N2 atmosphere and their characteristics were studied. The effects of activation temperature and impregnation ratio were examined. N2 adsorption isotherms characterized the surface area, total pore volume, micropore volume and pore size distribution of activated carbons. Activated carbon was produced at 700 °C with a 1.5 impregnation ratio and one hour of activation time has found 2636 m2/g and 1.53 cm3/g of highest BET surface area and total pore volume, respectively. The result of Fourier-infrared spectroscopy analysis of the prepared activated carbon confirmed that the carbon has abundant functional groups on the surface. Field emission scanning electron micrographs of the prepared activated carbon showed that a porous structure formed during activation.

  15. A novel Bi-based phosphomolybdate photocatalyst K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(MoO{sub 4}): Crystal structure, electronic structure and photocatalytic activity

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    Huang, Hongwei; Chen, Gong; Wang, Shuobo; Kang, Lei; Lin, Zheshuai; Zhang, Yihe

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A new type of phosphomolybdate K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(MoO{sub 4}) photocatalyst was successfully synthesized. • The products synthesized at 600 °C were mainly composed of nano-cubes. • The indirect band gap of K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(MoO{sub 4}) has been determined to be 2.93 eV. • K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(MoO{sub 4}) synthesized at 600 °C exhibits the highest photocatalytic activity. • The electronic structure was calculated by density functional calculations. - Abstract: A novel phosphomolybdate photocatalyst K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(MoO{sub 4}) has been successfully developed via a solid-state reaction. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), diffuse reflectance spectrum (DRS) and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. The photocatalytic activities of the samples prepared at different temperature were determined by the photooxidative decomposition of methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution. The results revealed that K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(MoO{sub 4}) can be used as an effective photocatalyst under UV–vis irradiation and the nanocubes obtained at 600 °C exhibits the highest photocatalytic activity. The photodegradation of MB by K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(MoO{sub 4}) nanocrystals followed the first-order kinetics. Theoretical calculations on electronic structure confirmed the indirect optical transitions property in the absorption edge region of K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(MoO{sub 4}), and the orbital constitutions of CB and VB were also analyzed.

  16. Geochemical characterization and biomonitoring of reclaimed soils in the Po River Delta (Northern Italy): implications for the agricultural activities.

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    Di Giuseppe, Dario; Bianchini, Gianluca; Vittori Antisari, Livia; Martucci, Annalisa; Natali, Claudio; Beccaluva, Luigi

    2014-05-01

    This geochemical study is focused on the easternmost part of the Po River alluvial plain in Northern Italy, which is interested by widespread agricultural activities, investigating a reclaimed sector of the Province of Ferrara, known as "Valle del Mezzano" (Mezzano Low Land, hereafter reported as MLL) characterized by peat-rich soils. The chemical-mineralogical characterization of these reclaimed soils is important to compare the local geochemical backgrounds with those recorded in other sectors of the River Po plain and to monitor if the observed concentration exceeds critical thresholds. The reported analyses include (a) measurement of the soil salinity, (b) nutrient evaluation, (c) major and trace element concentrations carried out on bulk soils, (d) tests of metal extraction with both aqua regia and EDTA to highlight the distinct elemental mobility and (e) phyto-toxicological measurement of heavy metal concentrations in plants (Lactuca sativa acephala) grown on the studied soils. The results indicate (1) high soil salinity, often with drastic increase of sodium and chloride along the soil profiles, (2) high nitrogen content (in part related to anthropogenic activities) on superficial horizons and nitrate decrease along the soil profiles and (3) comparative enrichments in heavy metals with respect to other soils of the province, which indicate that peat deposits are effective in trapping metals from anthropogenic sources. This, in turn, implies potential geochemical risks for the agricultural activities. In this regard, specific concerns are related to the high nickel and arsenic content of MLL soils due to the mobility of these elements and their attitude to be taken up by plants.

  17. (210)Po and (210)Pb activity concentrations in Mytilus galloprovincialis from Croatian Adriatic coast with the related dose assessment to the coastal population.

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    Rožmarić, Martina; Rogić, Matea; Benedik, Ljudmila; Štrok, Marko; Barišić, Delko; Gojmerac Ivšić, Astrid

    2012-06-01

    Activity concentrations of (210)Po and (210)Pb in the species Mytilus galloprovincialis from Croatian Adriatic coast were determined. The samples were collected in thirteen sampling places which are also a part of Croatian Mediterranean mussel watch project. The results of (210)Po and (210)Pb activity concentrations were found to vary between (22.1±2.5)-(207±21) Bq kg(-1) fresh weight and (2.8±1.4)-(9.3±0.7) Bq kg(-1) fresh weight, respectively. (210)Po/(210)Pb ratio ranged between 6.2 and 30.7. The highest measured activities were found in the enclosed basins of the Neretva channel, where the majority of Croatian mussel cultivation is taking place. The estimated consequent average total annual effective ingestion dose due to (210)Po and (210)Pb from mussel consumption in Croatian coastal region is 202±99 μSv with 96% contribution of (210)Po to the total effective dose.

  18. Hydrothermal fabrication of multi-functional Eu3+ and Tb3+ co-doped BiPO4: Photocatalytic activity and tunable luminescence properties

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    Wang, Yao; Huang, Hongwei; Quan, Chaoming; Tian, Na; Zhang, Yihe

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrated for first time the tunable photoluminescence (PL) properties and photocatalytic activity of the Tb3+ and Eu3+ co-doped BiPO4 assemblies. They are fabricated via a facile hydrothermal approach. Through co-doping of Eu3+ and Tb3+ ions and changing the doping ratio, the emission color of the co-doped BiPO4 phosphors can be tuned precisely from green to yellow and red. Meanwhile, a very efficient energy transfer from Tb3+ to Eu3+ can be observed. Fascinatingly, a warmwhite color has been realized in the co-doped sample by tuning the ratio of Tb3+/Eu3+ to a certain value as displayed in the CIE chromaticity diagram. The doped BiPO4 samples also exhibit significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to the pristine BiPO4 pertaining to Rhodamine (RhB) degradation under UV light. This enhancement should be attributed to the trapping electron effect induced by ion doping that endows BiPO4 with high separation of photoinduced electron-hole pairs, thereby greatly promoting the photocatalytic reactivity. It was corroborated by the electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS). Moreover, the crystal structure, microstructure and optical properties of as-prepared samples were investigated in details.

  19. A snake-like serine proteinase (PmSnake) activates prophenoloxidase-activating system in black tiger shrimp Penaeus monodon.

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    Monwan, Warunthorn; Amparyup, Piti; Tassanakajon, Anchalee

    2017-02-01

    Clip domain serine proteinases (ClipSPs) play critical roles in the activation of proteolytic cascade in invertebrate immune systems including the prophenoloxidase (proPO) activating system. In this study, we characterized a snake-like serine protease, namely PmSnake, from the shrimp Penaeus monodon which has previously been identified based on the subtractive cDNA library of proPO double-stranded RNA (dsRNA)-treated hemocytes. An open reading frame of PmSnake contains 1068 bp encoding a predicted protein of 355 amino acid residues with a putative signal peptide of 22 amino acids and two conserved domains (N-terminal clip domain and C-terminal trypsin-like serine proteinase domain). Sequence analysis revealed that PmSnake was closest to the AeSnake from ant Acromyrmex echinatior (53% similarity), but was quite relatively distant from other shrimp PmclipSPs. PmSnake transcript was mainly expressed in shrimp hemocytes and up-regulated after systemic Vibrio harveyi infection indicating that it is an immune-responsive gene. Suppression of PmSnake expression by dsRNA interference reduced both transcript and protein levels leading to a reduction of the hemolymph phenoloxidase (PO) activity (36%), compared to the control, suggesting that the PmSnake functions as a clip-SP in shrimp proPO system. Western blot analysis using anti-PmSnake showed that the PmSnake was detected in hemocytes but not in cell-free plasma. In vitro PO activity and serine proteinase activity assays showed that adding rPmSnake into the shrimp hemolymph could increase PO activity as well as serine proteinase activity suggesting that the rPmSnake activates the proPO system via serine proteinase cascade.

  20. Dye removal of activated carbons prepared from NaOH-pretreated rice husks by low-temperature solution-processed carbonization and H3PO4 activation.

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    Chen, Yun; Zhai, Shang-Ru; Liu, Na; Song, Yu; An, Qing-Da; Song, Xiao-Wei

    2013-09-01

    A coupling of low-temperature sulfuric acid-assisted carbonization and H3PO4 activation was employed to convert NaOH-pretreated rice husks into activated carbons with extremely high surface area (2028 m(2) g(-1)) and integrated characteristics. The influences of the activation temperature and impregnation ratio on the surface area, pore volume of activated carbons were thoroughly investigated. The morphology and surface chemistry of activated carbons were characterized using N2 sorption, FTIR, XPS, SEM, TEM, etc. The adsorption capacity of resulting carbons obtained under optimum preparation conditions was systematically evaluated using methylene blue under various simulated conditions. The adsorption process can be well described by both Langmuir isotherm model and the pseudo-second order kinetics models; and the maximum monolayer capacity of methylene blue was ca. 578 mg g(-1).

  1. PtSerpin from the swimming crab Portunus trituberculatus, a putative regulator of prophenoloxidase activation with antibacterial activity.

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    Liu, Yuan; Shi, Guohui; Cui, Zhaoxia; Luo, Danli; Song, Chengwen; Li, Xihong; Hui, Min; Li, Yingdong

    2014-08-01

    Serpin or serine protease inhibitor is the largest family of protease inhibitors involved in many innate immune pathways, particularly the prophenoloxidase (proPO) activating system in arthropod. Here, we report the molecular and functional characterization of PtSerpin identified from the swimming crab Portunus trituberculatus. The genomic sequence encoding mature peptide of PtSerpin gene contained two exons of 84 and 1098 bp separated by one intron of 111 bp. The recombinant PtSerpin (rPtSerpin) with a predicted size of 44 kDa was expressed in Escherichia coli system, purified and assayed for its activities. The rPtSerpin exhibited inhibitory activity against trypsin in a dose-dependent manner, but did not affect chymotrypsin, which could define a role for PtSerpin as a trypsin inhibitor. The rPtSerpin could inhibit the growth of Gram-negative bacterium Vibrio alginolyticus, but not the tested Gram-positive bacterium and fungus. Further phenoloxidase (PO) assay showed PO activity was dramatically increased in hemocyte lysate supernatant of P. trituberculatus upon bacterial challenge. The rPtSerpin could depress the crab proPO system activation in vitro, and it could lead to 100% inhibition of PO activity under the concentration of 8.62 μM. Moreover, the rPtSerpin was able to inhibit the PO activity induced by rPtcSP and rPtSPH1. These results together indicate that PtSerpin is a potential trypsin inhibitor and may participate in crab innate immunity by the inhibition of bacterial growth and the regulation of proPO system.

  2. Selectively enhanced expression of prophenoloxidase activating enzyme 1 (PPAE1) at a bacteria clearance site in the white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei

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    2011-01-01

    Background The prophenoloxidase-activating (PO activating) system plays an important role in the crustacean innate immunity, particularly in wound healing and pathogen defense. A key member of this system is prophenoloxidase-activating enzyme (PPAE), which is the direct activator of prophenoloxidase (proPO). Despite their importance in crustacean PO activating system, the studies on them remain limited. Results Here we report on a PPAE of white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei (lvPPAE1), which showed 94% similarity to PPAE1 of Penaeus monodon. We found that lvPPAE1 in fluid hemocytes was down regulated after challenge by Vibrio harveyi but was enhanced when shrimps were exposed to a bacteria-rich environment for long-term. In vivo gene silence of lvPPAE1 by RNAi can significantly reduce the phenoloxidase activity (PO) and increase the susceptibility of shrimps to V. harveyi. Although lvPPAE1 was down-regulated in fluid hemocytes by Vibrio challenge, its expression increased significantly in gill after bacteria injection, which is the primary bacteria-clearance tissue. Conclusion Suppressed expression in fluid hemocytes and enhanced expression in gill indicates selectively enhanced expression at the bacterial clearance site. This is a novel feature for PPAE expression. The results will contribute to our understanding of the PO activating system in crustaceans. PMID:22208405

  3. IDENTIFICATION AND MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION OF TWO SERINE PROTEASES AND THEIR POTENTIAL INVOLVEMENT IN PROPHENOLOXIDASE ACTIVATION IN Plutella xylostella.

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    Gao, Gang; Xu, Xiao-Xia; Yu, Jing; Li, Lin-Miao; Ju, Wen-Yan; Jin, Feng-Liang; Freed, Shoaib

    2016-09-01

    The proteolytic activation of prophenoloxidase (proPO) is a humoral defense mechanism in insects and crustaceans. Phenoloxidase (PO) is produced as an inactive precursor namely, proPO and is activated via specific proteolytic cleavage by proPO-activating proteinase. The current research reports two novel serine proteinase genes (PxSP1-768 bp and PxSP2-816 bp) from Plutella xylostella, encoding 255 and 271 amino acid residues, respectively. Tissue distribution analyses by semiquantitative reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR) revealed the resultant genes to be primarily expressed in the hemocytes, while quantitative-RT-PCR (qRT-PCR) assay showed that transcription level of PxSP1 and PxSP2 increased significantly after injection of the fungal pathogen Beauveria bassiana. Purified recombinant fusion proteins of PxSP2 and PxSP1 were injected to New Zealand white rabbits and polyclonal antibodies were generated with the titers of 1:12,800. After silencing the expression of PxSP2 by RNAi, the PO activity decreased significantly. The results show that PxSP2 is involved in prophenoloxidase activation in P. xylostella.

  4. Copper-induced oxidative damage to the prophenoloxidase-activating system in the freshwater crayfish Procambarus clarkii.

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    Wei, Keqiang; Yang, Junxian

    2016-05-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated copper-induced proteins damage in gill and hepatopancreas of the freshwater crayfish Procambarus clarkii, but little information is available about its effects on key component of the innate defense in haemolymph. In the present study, we evaluated the relationship between oxidative carbonylation and prophenoloxidase-activating system (proPO-AS) activity, by exposing P. clarkii to sub-lethal concentrations (1/50, 1/12, 1/6 and 1/3 of the 96 h LC50) Cu(2+) up to 96 h. Six biomarkers of oxidative stress, i.e. reactive oxygen species (ROS), superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), protein carbonyl (PC), malondialdehyde (MDA) and DNA-protein crosslinks (DPCs), and six indicators of immune status, i.e. total hemocyte counts (THCs), differential hemocyte counts (DHCs), hemocyanin (HC), prophenoloxidase (proPO), serine protease (SP) and phenoloxidase (PO), were determined in haemolymph. The results indicated that there was a significant increase (P < 0.05) in the levels of ROS, PC, MDA and DPCs accompanied by markedly decreased (P < 0.05) activities of proPO, SP, PO and HC in a dose and time dependent manner. The significant and positive correlations (P < 0.01) between ROS production and the formation of PC, MDA and DPCs were observed in crayfish at 96 h. There was a significant negative correlation (P < 0.01) between the levels of protein carbonyls and the activities of proPO and SP in hemocyte lysate supernatant and PO and HC in haemolymph. Carbonylated proteins may be recognized not merely as a specific signal in oxidative stress pathways but also as a "non-self" molecule in proPO-AS. In crayfish species, copper-catalyzed protein carbonylation may be one of the main mechanisms for immunity dysfunction in proPO-AS.

  5. Preparation and textural characterisation of activated carbon from vine shoots ( Vitis vinifera) by H 3PO 4—Chemical activation

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    Corcho-Corral, B.; Olivares-Marín, M.; Fernández-González, C.; Gómez-Serrano, V.; Macías-García, A.

    2006-06-01

    An abundant and low-cost agricultural waste as vine shoots ( Vitis vinifera) (VS), which is generated by the annual pruning of vineyards, has been used as raw material in the preparation of powder activated carbon (AC) by the method of chemical activation with phosphoric acid. After size reduction, VS were impregnated for 2 h with 60 wt.% H 3PO 4 solution at room temperature, 50 and 85 °C. The three impregnated products were carbonised at 400 °C. The product impregnated at 50 °C was heated either first at 150-250 °C and then at 400 °C or simply at 350-550 °C in N 2 atmosphere. The time of isothermal treatment after each dynamic heating was 2 h. The carbons were texturally characterised by gas adsorption (N 2, -196 °C), mercury porosimetry, and density measurements. FT-IR spectroscopy was also applied. Better developments of surface area and microporosity are obtained when the impregnation of VS with the H 3PO 4 solution is effected at 50 °C and for the products heated isothermally at 200 and 450 °C. The mesopore volume is also usually higher for the products impregnated and heated at intermediate temperatures.

  6. Investigation of water assisted phase transformation process from AlPO4-5 to AlPO4-tridymite

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    Xu, Suochang; Zhao, Zhenchao; Hu, Mary Y.; Han, Xiuwen; Hu, Jian Zhi; Bao, Xinhe

    2016-03-01

    Water assisted phase transformation process from crystalized AlPO4-5 to AlPO4-tridymite was studied by the combination of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and in situ multinuclear MAS NMR. It is found that water first activates the residue amorphous aluminophosphate in crystalized AlPO4-5 sample through hydrolysis and condensation reactions. Then the activated aluminophosphate species reassemble into AlPO4-tridymite crystalline. Meanwhile, AlPO4-5 transforms into orthorhombic phase during heating process. With further crystallization of AlPO4-tridymite, the amorphous phase is gradually consumed, and mass transportation between AlPO4-5 and AlPO4-tridymite is established through gradually amorphization of AlPO4-5. Finally, most of the AlPO4-5 transforms into the thermodynamically stable dense phase AlPO4-tridymite.

  7. Manduca sexta proprophenoloxidase activating proteinase-3 (PAP3) stimulates melanization by activating proPAP3, proSPHs, and proPOs

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    Wang, Yang; Lu, Zhiqiang; Jiang, Haobo

    2014-01-01

    Melanization participates in various insect physiological processes including antimicrobial immune responses. Phenoloxidase (PO), a critical component of the enzyme system catalyzing melanin formation, is produced as an inactive precursor prophenoloxidase (proPO) and becomes active via specific proteolytic cleavage by proPO activating proteinase (PAP). In Manduca sexta, three PAPs can activate proPOs in the presence of two serine proteinase homologs (SPH1 and SPH2). While the hemolymph proteinases (HPs) that generate the active PAPs are known, it is unclear how the proSPHs (especially proSPH1) are activated. In this study, we isolated from plasma of bar-stage M. sexta larvae an Ile-Glu-Ala-Arg-p-nitroanilide hydrolyzing enzyme that cleaved the proSPHs. This proteinase, PAP3, generated active SPH1 and SPH2, which function as cofactors for PAP3 in proPO activation. Cleavage of the purified recombinant proSPHs by PAP3 yielded 38 kDa bands similar in mobility to the SPHs formed in vivo. Surprisingly, PAP3 also can activate proPAP3 to stimulate melanization in a direct positive feedback loop. The enhanced proPO activation concurred with the cleavage activation of proHP6, proHP8, proPAP1, proPAP3, proSPH1, proSPH2, proPOs, but not proHP14 or proHP21. These results indicate that PAP3, like PAP1, is a key factor of the self-reinforcing mechanism in the proPO activation system, which is linked to other immune responses in M. sexta. PMID:24768974

  8. Polonium (210)Po activities in human blood of patients with ischaemic heart disease from Gdańsk in Poland.

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    Boryło, Alicja; Skwarzec, Bogdan; Romańczyk, Grzegorz; Siebert, Janusz

    The determination of polonium (210)Po in human blood samples is presented and discussed in this paper. The human blood samples were collected from patients of Medical University of Gdańsk with ischaemic heart disease (morbus ischaemicus cordis, MIC). The polonium concentrations in analyzed human blood samples are very differentiated. (210)Po is of particular interest in public health and although is present in the environment in extremely low amounts, it is easily bioaccumulated to the human body. The study shows that the amount of (210)Po that is incorporated into the human body depends on the food habits and some difference in its levels could be observed between smokers and non-smokers.

  9. The synergetic effect of MoS2 and graphene on Ag3PO4 for its ultra-enhanced photocatalytic activity in phenol degradation under visible light

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    Peng, Wen-Chao; Wang, Xi; Li, Xiao-Yan

    2014-06-01

    The photo-degradation of organic pollutants using solar light is an attractive chemical process for water pollution control. In this study, we synthesized a new composite material consisting of silver phosphate (Ag3PO4) sub-microcrystals grown on a layered molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and graphene (GR) hybrid as a high-performance photocatalyst for the degradation of toxic organic pollutants. This composite photocatalyst was prepared via a simple two-step hydrothermal process that used sodium molybdate, thiourea and graphene oxide as precursors for the MoS2/GR hybrid and silver nitrate for the Ag3PO4 sub-microcrystals. The composite Ag3PO4-0.02(MoS2/0.005GR) was found to be the most effective catalyst for the photo-decomposition of 2,4-dichlorophenol under simulated solar light and visible light (λ >= 420 nm). The photocatalyst was also highly active for the degradation of nitrophenol and chlorophenol. The ultra photocatalytic activity of the novel catalyst arose from the synergetic effects of MoS2 and GR as cocatalysts in the composite. MoS2/GR nanosheets served as electron collectors for the interfacial electron transfer from Ag3PO4 to electron acceptors in the aqueous solution and thus enhanced the separation of the photo-generated electron-hole pairs and made the holes more available for organic oxidation. In addition, the presence of MoS2 and GR provided more active adsorption sites and allowed for the activation of dissolved O2 for organic degradation in water.The photo-degradation of organic pollutants using solar light is an attractive chemical process for water pollution control. In this study, we synthesized a new composite material consisting of silver phosphate (Ag3PO4) sub-microcrystals grown on a layered molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and graphene (GR) hybrid as a high-performance photocatalyst for the degradation of toxic organic pollutants. This composite photocatalyst was prepared via a simple two-step hydrothermal process that used sodium molybdate

  10. Enhanced adsorption of chromium onto activated carbon by microwave-assisted H(3)PO(4) mixed with Fe/Al/Mn activation.

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    Sun, Yuanyuan; Yue, Qinyan; Mao, Yanpeng; Gao, Baoyu; Gao, Yuan; Huang, Lihui

    2014-01-30

    FeCl3, AlCl3 and MnCl2 were used as the assisted activation agent in activated carbon preparation by H3PO4 activation using microwave heating method. The physico-chemical properties of activated carbons were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM), N2 adsorption/desorption, Boehm's titration, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). To investigate the adsorption performances of chromium onto these newly developed activated carbons, a batch of experiments were performed under different adsorption conditions: solution pH, initial Cr(VI) ion concentration, contact time and co-existing ions. The results suggested that carbon with MnCl2 as assisted activation agent displayed the highest BET surface area (1332m(2)/g) and the highest pore volume (1.060cm(3)/g). FeCl3, AlCl3 and MnCl2 had successfully improved Cr(VI) adsorption and activated carbon with FeCl3 as assisted activation agent exhibited the best uptake capacity. To study the transformation of Cr(VI) in adsorption process, total chromium in the aqueous solution was also recorded. The ratio of the amount of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) on each adsorbent was explained by XPS analysis results. Both the co-existing salts (Na2SO4 and NaNO3) demonstrated promoted effects on Cr(VI) removal by four carbons. The pseudo-second-order model and Freundlich equation displayed a good correlation with adsorption data.

  11. Characterization and ciprofloxacin adsorption properties of activated carbons prepared from biomass wastes by H3PO4 activation.

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    Sun, Yuanyuan; Li, Hong; Li, Guangci; Gao, Baoyu; Yue, Qinyan; Li, Xuebing

    2016-10-01

    As biomass wastes, Arundo donax Linn and pomelo peel were used as precursors for activated carbons (ALAC and PPAC) preparation by phosphoric acid activation. The pore structure and surface acidic functional groups of both carbons were characterized by nitrogen adsorption/desorption experiment, NH3-temperature-programmed desorption (NH3-TPD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). A batch of experiments was carried out to investigate the adsorption performances of ciprofloxacin under different conditions. Results showed that PPAC exhibited larger surface area (1252m(2)/g) and larger portion of mesoporous, while ALAC was typical of microporous materials. Results from NH3-TPD suggested that ALAC was characteristic of more acidic functional group than PPAC. The maximum monolayer adsorption capability was 244mg/g for ALAC and 400mg/L for PPAC. Kinetics studies showed intra-particle diffusion was not the unique rate-controlling step. Boundary layer resistance existed between adsorbent and adsorbate.

  12. Oleate-Assisted Room Temperature Synthesis and High Photocatalytic Activity of Ag3PO4 Nanoparticles for no Decomposition

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    Huang, Lijun; Yin, Shu; Guo, Chongshen; Huang, Yunfang; Wang, Ming; Dong, Qiang; Li, Huihui; Kimura, Takeshi; Tanaka, Miyuki; Sato, Tsugio

    2012-06-01

    An oleate-assisted approach was used to synthesize nanosized spherical silver phosphate (Ag3PO4) in different solvents. The silver phosphate nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), ultraviolet-visible-infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), thermogravimetric analysis (TDA), and surface area measurement by nitrogen adsorption and decomposition evolution of NOx gas. The as-prepared nanoparticles showed narrow size distribution. The black colored nanoparticles could absorb most of visible light with a wavelength up to 530 nm. The DeNOx experiments revealed that the nanosized Ag3PO4 possessed a photocatalytic ability being superior to commercial P25 sample both in ultraviolet light and visible light regions.

  13. Characterization and lead adsorption properties of activated carbons prepared from cotton stalk by one-step H3PO4 activation.

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    Li, Kunquan; Zheng, Zheng; Li, Ye

    2010-09-15

    Activated carbons were prepared from cotton stalk by one-step H(3)PO(4) activation and used as adsorbent for the removal of lead(II). Taguchi experimental design method was used to optimize the preparation of the adsorbents. The results showed that the optimized conditions were: impregnation with a 50% (w/v) phosphoric acid solution with a mass ratio of 3:2 and activation temperature at 500 degrees C for 60 min with the rate of achieving the activation temperature equal to 10 degrees C min(-1). The cotton stalk activated carbon (CSAC) prepared at these conditions have 1.43 mmol g(-1) acidic surface groups and 1570 m(2) g(-1) BET surface area. Adsorption isotherms for lead(II) on the adsorbents were measured by conducting a series of batch adsorption experiments. The Langmuir maximum adsorption amount of lead(II) on CSAC was more than 119 mg g(-1), which was superior to the ordinary commercial activated carbon (CAC) on the market. Compared with the CAC, the CSAC had a wider applicable pH range from 3.5 to 6.5 for lead(II) uptake. The final pH values at equilibrium after adsorption were lower than the initial pH value, indicating that the ion-exchange process was involved in the adsorption. This is also confirmed by the result that the increase of acidic surface groups favored the adsorption process. Thermodynamic study indicated that the adsorption was a spontaneous and endothermic process.

  14. BiPO4 photocatalyst employing synergistic action of Ag/Ag3PO4 nanostructure and graphene nanosheets

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    Mohaghegh, N.; Rahimi, E.

    2016-06-01

    Graphene-supported BiPO4/Ag/Ag3PO4 photocatalyst has been fabricated by simple hydrothermal and impregnation reaction. In BiPO4/Ag/Ag3PO4 based on Reduced Graphene Oxide (RGO), this network renders numerous pathways for rapid mass transport, strong adsorption and multireflection of incident light; meanwhile, the interface between BiPO4/Ag/Ag3PO4 and RGO increases the active sites and electron transfer rate. BiPO4/Ag/Ag3PO4 based on RGO noticeably exhibited high photocatalytic activity than that of BiPO4/Ag/Ag3PO4 and P25 under visible light irradiation for cationic dye (Rhodamine B), anionic dye (methyl orange) and 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) as a neutral pollutant, which are usually difficult to be degraded over the other catalysts. This enhanced photocatalytic activity of Graphene-supported BiPO4/Ag/Ag3PO4 for all pollutants could be mainly ascribed to the reinforced charge transfer from BiPO4/Ag/Ag3PO4 to RGO, which suppresses the recombination of electron/hole pairs. Besides that, this photocatalyst can be used repetitively with a high photocatalytic activity and no apparent loss of activity occurs. The results reveal that the RGO nanosheets work as a photocatalyst promoter during the photocatalytic reaction, leading to an improved photocatalytic activity.

  15. The proPO-system: pros and cons for its role in invertebrate immunity.

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    Cerenius, Lage; Lee, Bok Luel; Söderhäll, Kenneth

    2008-06-01

    Melanisation is an important immune response in many invertebrates. Recent evidence also strongly implies that the melanisation (prophenoloxidase activating) cascade is intimately associated with the appearance of factors stimulating cellular defence by aiding phagocytosis and encapsulation reactions. However, some controversy exists in the field, and at least in flies and mosquitoes, the successful combat of some pathogens does not seem to be dependent on phenoloxidase activity. This may be because of redundancy among separate immune mechanisms, inappropriate testing, species differences or a combination thereof. Recently, by using RNA interference against phenoloxidase or in specific host-pathogen interactions where the pathogen prevents melanin production by the host, convincing data have confirmed the importance of this cascade in invertebrate innate immunity.

  16. Adsorption of Pb(II) on mesoporous activated carbons fabricated from water hyacinth using H3PO4 activation: Adsorption capacity, kinetic and isotherm studies

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    Huang, Yang; Li, Shunxing; Chen, Jianhua; Zhang, Xueliang; Chen, Yiping

    2014-02-01

    Activated carbons with high mesoporosity and abundant oxygen-containing functional groups were prepared from water hyacinth using H3PO4 activation (WHAC) to eliminate Pb(II) in water. Characterizations of the WHAC were performed using Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The BET analysis showed that WHAC possesses a high mesoporosity (93.9%) with a BET surface area of 423.6 m2/g. The presence of oxygen-containing functional groups including hydroxyl, carbonyl, carboxyl and phosphate groups renders the WHAC a favorable adsorbent for Pb(II) with the maximum monolayer capacity (qm) 118.8 mg/g. The adsorption behavior follows pseudo-first order kinetic and Langmuir isotherm. The desorption study demonstrated that the WHAC could be readily regenerated using 0.1 M HCl (pH = 1.0). The desorbed WHAC could be reused at least six times without significant adsorption capacity reduction. The adsorption process was spontaneous and endothermic with ΔG (-0.27, -1.13, -3.02, -3.62, -5.54, and -9.31 kJ/mol) and ΔH (38.72 kJ/mol). Under the optimized conditions, a small amount of the adsorbent (1.0 g/L) could remove as much as 90.1% of Pb(II) (50 mg/L) in 20 min at pH 6.0 and temperature of 298 K. Therefore, the WHAC has a great potential to be an economical and efficient adsorbent in the treatment of lead-contaminated water.

  17. Synthesis of core-shell nanostructured magnetic photocatalyst Fe3O4@SiO2@Ag3PO4 with excellent visible-light-responding photocatalytic activity

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    Yao, Yang Rong; Huang, Wan Zhen; Zhou, Huan; Cui, Xia; Zheng, Yi Fan; Song, Xu Chun

    2014-11-01

    A core-shell nanostructured magnetic photocatalyst Fe3O4@SiO2@Ag3PO4 with a grain size ranging from 200 to 400 nm was prepared via a facile and effective method. The as-prepared products were characterized using X-ray diffraction, high-angle annular dark field-scanning transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by the degradation of 10-5 M RhB solution under visible light irradiation with a cut-off filter ( λ ≥ 420 nm). The results showed that nearly 100 % color removal efficiency was achieved in 45 min with the presence of Fe3O4@SiO2@Ag3PO4 photocatalyst. Furthermore, it can be easily recollected from the solution by magnetic separation and efficiently recycled without major loss of activity due to its superior magnetic responsibility and extremely high reusability, exhibiting highly potential applications in water purification avoiding the secondary pollution.

  18. Molecular characterization of a short peptidoglycan recognition protein (PGRP-S) from Asian corn borer (Ostrinia furnacalis) and its role in triggering proPO activity.

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    Sun, Qiang; Xu, Xiao-Xia; Freed, Shoaib; Huang, Wan-Jun; Zheng, Zhihua; Wang, Shuang; Ren, Shun-Xiang; Jin, Feng-Liang

    2014-01-01

    Peptidoglycan recognition proteins (PGRPs) are non-specific immune molecules of insects, and vertebrates etc., but are not present in plants and nematodes. In the current experiment, a PGRP DNA sequence (2,910 bp containing four exons) was identified from genomic DNA library of Asian corn borer, Ostrinia furnacalis, and a full-length cDNA programming PGRP was cloned (designed as OfPGRP-S) with an open reading frame of 579 bp, having 192 amino acid. This inferred amino acid sequence showed maximum similarity to known lepidopteran PGRPs. Quantitative real-time PCR investigation disclosed the level of mRNA of OfPGRP-S to be constitutively expressed in the whole developmental stages and with higher expression in the mature larvae. Even more the OfPGRP-S was mainly expressed in immune capable organs i.e., fat body and midgut, and was strongly induced by injecting gram-positive bacteria i.e., Staphylococus aureus. Recombinant protein OfPGRP-S could bind to S. aureus and Bacillus thuringiensis which enhance proPO activation in the presence of these microbes. The results indicated that OfPGRP-S is an inducible protein acting as a receptor-type PGRP for enhancing the proPO activation on exposure to bacteria.

  19. Direct Observation of Active Material Concentration Gradients and Crystallinity Breakdown in LiFePO4 Electrodes During Charge/Discharge Cycling of Lithium Batteries

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    2014-01-01

    The phase changes that occur during discharge of an electrode comprised of LiFePO4, carbon, and PTFE binder have been studied in lithium half cells by using X-ray diffraction measurements in reflection geometry. Differences in the state of charge between the front and the back of LiFePO4 electrodes have been visualized. By modifying the X-ray incident angle the depth of penetration of the X-ray beam into the electrode was altered, allowing for the examination of any concentration gradients that were present within the electrode. At high rates of discharge the electrode side facing the current collector underwent limited lithium insertion while the electrode as a whole underwent greater than 50% of discharge. This behavior is consistent with depletion at high rate of the lithium content of the electrolyte contained in the electrode pores. Increases in the diffraction peak widths indicated a breakdown of crystallinity within the active material during cycling even during the relatively short duration of these experiments, which can also be linked to cycling at high rate. PMID:24790684

  20. Direct Observation of Active Material Concentration Gradients and Crystallinity Breakdown in LiFePO4 Electrodes During Charge/Discharge Cycling of Lithium Batteries.

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    Roberts, Matthew R; Madsen, Alex; Nicklin, Chris; Rawle, Jonathan; Palmer, Michael G; Owen, John R; Hector, Andrew L

    2014-04-03

    The phase changes that occur during discharge of an electrode comprised of LiFePO4, carbon, and PTFE binder have been studied in lithium half cells by using X-ray diffraction measurements in reflection geometry. Differences in the state of charge between the front and the back of LiFePO4 electrodes have been visualized. By modifying the X-ray incident angle the depth of penetration of the X-ray beam into the electrode was altered, allowing for the examination of any concentration gradients that were present within the electrode. At high rates of discharge the electrode side facing the current collector underwent limited lithium insertion while the electrode as a whole underwent greater than 50% of discharge. This behavior is consistent with depletion at high rate of the lithium content of the electrolyte contained in the electrode pores. Increases in the diffraction peak widths indicated a breakdown of crystallinity within the active material during cycling even during the relatively short duration of these experiments, which can also be linked to cycling at high rate.

  1. 210Po microsphere radiological design for tumor vascular disruption

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    2015-01-01

    The feasibility of disrupting a tumor’s vascular structure using 210Po microspheres is investigated using standard ion and photon absorbed dose methodologies. Calculated absorbed dose profiles for 210Po alpha particles are sufficient to disrupt a tumor’s arteriole structure while minimizing the dose outside the blood vessel wall. 210Po photons contribute minimal dose to healthy tissue. The requisite activity of 210Po to facilitate vascular disruption is calculated. PMID:26290796

  2. Chlorine isotope and Cl-Br fractionation in fluids of Poás volcano (Costa Rica): Insight into an active volcanic-hydrothermal system

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    Rodríguez, Alejandro; Eggenkamp, H. G. M.; Martínez-Cruz, María; van Bergen, Manfred J.

    2016-10-01

    Halogen-rich volcanic fluids issued at the surface carry information on properties and processes operating in shallow hydrothermal systems. This paper reports a long-term record of Cl-Br concentrations and δ37Cl signatures of lake water and fumaroles from the active crater of Poás volcano (Costa Rica), where surface expressions of magmatic-hydrothermal activity have shown substantial periodic changes over the last decades. Both the hyperacid water of its crater lake (Laguna Caliente) and subaerial fumaroles show significant temporal variability in Cl-Br concentrations, Br/Cl ratios and δ37Cl, reflecting variations in the mode and magnitude of volatile transfer. The δ37Cl signatures of the lake, covering the period 1985-2012, show fluctuations between + 0.02 ± 0.06‰ and + 1.15 ± 0.09‰. Condensate samples from adjacent fumaroles on the southern shore, collected during the interval (2010-2012) with strong changes in gas temperature (107-763°C), display a much larger range from - 0.43 ± 0.09‰ to + 14.09 ± 0.08‰. Most of the variations in Cl isotope, Br/Cl and concentration signals can be attributed to interaction between magma-derived gas and liquid water in the volcanic-hydrothermal system below the crater. The δ37Cl were lowest and closest to magmatic values in (1) fumarolic gas that experienced little or no interaction with subsurface water and followed a relatively dry pathway, and (2) water that captured the bulk of magmatic halogen output so that no phase separation could induce fractionation. In contrast, elevated δ37Cl can be explained by partial scavenging and fractionation during subsurface gas-liquid interaction. Hence, strong Cl isotope fractionation leading to very high δ37Cl in Poás' fumaroles indicates that they followed a wet pathway. Highest δ37Cl values in the lake water were found mostly in periods when it received a significant input from subaqueous fumaroles or when high temperatures and low pH caused HCl evaporation. It is

  3. Prophenoloxidase Activation Is Required for Survival to Microbial Infections in Drosophila

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    Binggeli, Olivier; Neyen, Claudine; Poidevin, Mickael; Lemaitre, Bruno

    2014-01-01

    The melanization reaction is a major immune response in Arthropods and involves the rapid synthesis of melanin at the site of infection and injury. A key enzyme in the melanization process is phenoloxidase (PO), which catalyzes the oxidation of phenols to quinones, which subsequently polymerize into melanin. The Drosophila genome encodes three POs, which are primarily produced as zymogens or prophenoloxidases (PPO). Two of them, PPO1 and PPO2, are produced by crystal cells. Here we have generated flies carrying deletions in PPO1 and PPO2. By analyzing these mutations alone and in combination, we clarify the functions of both PPOs in humoral melanization. Our study shows that PPO1 and PPO2 are responsible for all the PO activity in the hemolymph. While PPO1 is involved in the rapid early delivery of PO activity, PPO2 is accumulated in the crystals of crystal cells and provides a storage form that can be deployed in a later phase. Our study also reveals an important role for PPO1 and PPO2 in the survival to infection with Gram-positive bacteria and fungi, underlining the importance of melanization in insect host defense. PMID:24788090

  4. (210)Po secretion from sweat glands.

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    Romańczyk, Grzegorz; Boryło, Alicja

    2017-02-01

    The results of the research indicated that the (210)Po activity concentration in sweat samples was between 0.22 ± 0.03 to 2.10 ± 0.15 mBq·g(-1) d.w. The obtained results of the studies showed that smoking and eating fish led to higher activity concentrations of (210)Po in sweat in comparison to the control group. Statistical analysis of (210)Po activity concentrations in sweat samples showed significant differences between control, smoking, fish eating and age groups, while no significant differences was found for (210)Po between volunteers as far as gender is concerned.

  5. Eu(2+)-Activated Alkaline-Earth Halophosphates, M5(PO4)3X:Eu(2+) (M = Ca, Sr, Ba; X = F, Cl, Br) for NUV-LEDs: Site-Selective Crystal Field Effect.

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    Kim, Donghyeon; Kim, Sung-Chul; Bae, Jong-Seong; Kim, Sungyun; Kim, Seung-Joo; Park, Jung-Chul

    2016-09-06

    Eu(2+)-activated M5(PO4)3X (M = Ca, Sr, Ba; X = F, Cl, Br) compounds providing different alkaline-earth metal and halide ions were successfully synthesized and characterized. The emission peak maxima of the M5(PO4)3Cl:Eu(2+) (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) compounds were blue-shifted from Ca to Ba (454 nm for Ca, 444 nm for Sr, and 434 nm for Ba), and those of the Sr5(PO4)3X:Eu(2+) (X = F, Cl, Br) compounds were red-shifted along the series of halides, F → Cl → Br (437 nm for F, 444 nm for Cl, and 448 nm for Br). The site selectivity and occupancy of the activator ions (Eu(2+)) in the M5(PO4)3X:Eu(2+) (M = Ca, Sr, Ba; X = F, Cl, Br) crystal lattices were estimated based on theoretical calculation of the 5d → 4f transition energies of Eu(2+) using LCAO. In combination with the photoluminescence measurements and theoretical calculation, it was elucidated that the Eu(2+) ions preferably enter the fully oxygen-coordinated sites in the M5(PO4)3X:Eu(2+) (M = Ca, Sr, Ba; X = F, Cl, Br) compounds. This trend can be well explained by "Pauling's rules". These compounds may provide a platform for modeling a new phosphor and application in the solid-state lighting field.

  6. Unravelling the Role of Electrochemically Active FePO4 Coating by Atomic Layer Deposition for Increased High-Voltage Stability of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 Cathode Material.

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    Xiao, Biwei; Liu, Jian; Sun, Qian; Wang, Biqiong; Banis, Mohammad Norouzi; Zhao, Dong; Wang, Zhiqiang; Li, Ruying; Cui, Xiaoyu; Sham, Tsun-Kong; Sun, Xueliang

    2015-05-01

    Ultrathin amorphous FePO4 coating derived by atomic layer deposition (ALD) is used to coat the 5 V LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode material powders, which dramatically increases the capacity retention of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4. It is believed that the amorphous FePO4 layer could act as a lithium-ions reservoir and electrochemically active buffer layer during the charge/discharge cycling, helping achieve high capacities in LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4, especially at high current densities.

  7. Oxygen isotope ratios of PO4: an inorganic indicator of enzymatic activity and P metabolism and a new biomarker in the search for life.

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    Blake, R E; Alt, J C; Martini, A M

    2001-02-27

    The distinctive relations between biological activity and isotopic effect recorded in biomarkers (e.g., carbon and sulfur isotope ratios) have allowed scientists to suggest that life originated on this planet nearly 3.8 billion years ago. The existence of life on other planets may be similarly identified by geochemical biomarkers, including the oxygen isotope ratio of phosphate (delta(18)O(p)) presented here. At low near-surface temperatures, the exchange of oxygen isotopes between phosphate and water requires enzymatic catalysis. Because enzymes are indicative of cellular activity, the demonstration of enzyme-catalyzed PO(4)-H(2)O exchange is indicative of the presence of life. Results of laboratory experiments are presented that clearly show that delta(18)O(P) values of inorganic phosphate can be used to detect enzymatic activity and microbial metabolism of phosphate. Applications of delta(18)O(p) as a biomarker are presented for two Earth environments relevant to the search for extraterrestrial life: a shallow groundwater reservoir and a marine hydrothermal vent system. With the development of in situ analytical techniques and future planned sample return strategies, delta(18)O(p) may provide an important biosignature of the presence of life in extraterrestrial systems such as that on Mars.

  8. Special Feature: Oxygen isotope ratios of PO4: An inorganic indicator of enzymatic activity and P metabolism and a new biomarker in the search for life

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    Blake, Ruth E.; Alt, Jeffrey C.; Martini, Anna M.

    2001-02-01

    The distinctive relations between biological activity and isotopic effect recorded in biomarkers (e.g., carbon and sulfur isotope ratios) have allowed scientists to suggest that life originated on this planet nearly 3.8 billion years ago. The existence of life on other planets may be similarly identified by geochemical biomarkers, including the oxygen isotope ratio of phosphate (18Op) presented here. At low near-surface temperatures, the exchange of oxygen isotopes between phosphate and water requires enzymatic catalysis. Because enzymes are indicative of cellular activity,the demonstration of enzyme-catalyzed PO4-H2O exchange is indicative of the presence of life. Results of laboratory experiments are presented that clearly show that δ18OP values of inorganic phosphate can be used to detect enzymatic activity and microbial metabolism of phosphate. Applications of δ18Op as a biomarker are presented for two Earth environments relevant to the search for extraterrestrial life: a shallow groundwater reservoir and a marine hydrothermal vent system. With the development of in situ analytical techniques and future planned sample return strategies, δ18Op may provide an important biosignature of the presence of life in extraterrestrial systems such as that on Mars.

  9. Oxygen isotope ratios of PO4: An inorganic indicator of enzymatic activity and P metabolism and a new biomarker in the search for life

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    Blake, Ruth E.; Alt, Jeffrey C.; Martini, Anna M.

    2001-01-01

    The distinctive relations between biological activity and isotopic effect recorded in biomarkers (e.g., carbon and sulfur isotope ratios) have allowed scientists to suggest that life originated on this planet nearly 3.8 billion years ago. The existence of life on other planets may be similarly identified by geochemical biomarkers, including the oxygen isotope ratio of phosphate (δ18Op) presented here. At low near-surface temperatures, the exchange of oxygen isotopes between phosphate and water requires enzymatic catalysis. Because enzymes are indicative of cellular activity, the demonstration of enzyme-catalyzed PO4–H2O exchange is indicative of the presence of life. Results of laboratory experiments are presented that clearly show that δ18OP values of inorganic phosphate can be used to detect enzymatic activity and microbial metabolism of phosphate. Applications of δ18Op as a biomarker are presented for two Earth environments relevant to the search for extraterrestrial life: a shallow groundwater reservoir and a marine hydrothermal vent system. With the development of in situ analytical techniques and future planned sample return strategies, δ18Op may provide an important biosignature of the presence of life in extraterrestrial systems such as that on Mars. PMID:11226207

  10. A comparison of three amperometric phenoloxidase-Sonogel-Carbon based biosensors for determination of polyphenols in beers.

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    ElKaoutit, Mohammed; Naranjo-Rodriguez, Ignacio; Temsamani, Khalid Riffi; Hernández-Artiga, Maria P; Bellido-Milla, Dolores; Cisneros, Jose Luis Hidalgo-Hidalgo de

    2008-10-15

    Three phenoloxidases based biosensors were successfully developed using as electrochemical transducer a new type of electrode recently developed by our group: the "Sonogel-Carbon electrode". The employed enzymes were Trametes versicolor laccase (Lac), Mushroom tyrosinase (Tyr), and Horseradish peroxidase (HRP). Immobilization step was accomplished by doping the electrode surface with a mixture of the individual enzyme and Nafion ion exchanger as additive-protective. The biosensor responses, optimized in beer real samples, were evaluated for five individual polyphenols. It was found that the developed biosensors were sensitive to nanomolar concentrations of the tested polyphenols. As example, the limit of detection, sensitivity, and response linear range for caffeic acid for Nafion-Lac/Sonogel-Carbon biosensor were 0.06μmolL(-1), 99.6nAμmol(-1)L, and 0.04-2μmolL(-1), respectively. The stability and reproducibility of the biosensors were evaluated by applying them directly to beer real samples. It has been demonstrated that the Nafion-Lac/Sonogel-Carbon system is the more stable with a relative standard deviation of 3.3% (n=10), maintaining 84% of its stable response for at least three weeks. Estimation of polyphenol index in eight lager beers and a comparison of the results with those obtained by a classical method was carried out.

  11. Transformation from Ag@Ag3PO4 to Ag@Ag2SO4 hybrid at room temperature: preparation and its visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Wei, Ting; Gao, Shanmin; Wang, Qingyao; Xu, Hui; Wang, Zeyan; Huang, Baibiao; Dai, Ying

    2017-02-01

    In the present study, Ag/Ag2SO4 hybrid photocatalysts were obtained via a facile redox-precipitation reaction approach by using Ag@Ag3PO4 nanocomposite as the precursor and KMnO4 as the oxidant. Multiple techniques, such as X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), photocurrent and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), were applied to investigate the structures, morphologies, optical, and electronic properties of as-prepared samples. The photocatalytic activities were evaluated by photodegradation of organic rhodamine B (RhB) and methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation. It was found that pure Ag2SO4 can partially transform into metallic Ag during the photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants, but the Ag/Ag2SO4 hybrids can maintain its structure stability and show enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity because of the surface plasma resonance effect of the metallic Ag.

  12. Tentacle carrier for immobilization of potato phenoloxidase and its application for halogenophenols removal from aqueous solutions.

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    Lončar, Nikola; Vujčić, Zoran

    2011-11-30

    Halogenated compounds represent one of the most dangerous environmental pollutants, due to their widespread usage as biocides, fungicides, disinfectants, solvent and other industrial chemicals. Immobilization of a protein through coordinate bonds formed with divalent metal ions is becoming an attractive method due to its reversible nature, since the protein may be easily removed from the support matrix through interruption of the protein-metal bond hence giving inherently cleaner and cheaper technology for wastewater treatment. We have synthesized novel 'tentacle' carrier (TC) and used it for immobilization of partially purified potato polyphenol oxidase (PPO). The obtained biocatalyst TC-PPO showed pH optimum at 7.0-8.0 and temperature optimum at 25°C. Immobilized PPO shows almost 100% of activity at 0°C. TC-PPO was more resistant to the denaturation induced by sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) detergent as compared to its soluble counterpart and was even slightly activated at SDS concentration of 1%. TC-PPO was tested in the batch reactor for 4-chlorophenol and 4-bromophenol removal. More than 90% removal was achieved for both halogenophenols at concentration of 100mg/L from aqueous solution. For both halogenophenols TC-PPO works with over 90% removal during first three cycles which decrease to 60% removal efficiency after six cycles each of 8h duration.

  13. Phase transition and multicolor luminescence of Eu{sup 2+}/Mn{sup 2+}-activated Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors

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    Li, Kai; Chen, Daqin; Xu, Ju; Zhang, Rui; Yu, Yunlong; Wang, Yuansheng

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: We have synthesized Eu{sup 2+} doped and Eu{sup 2+}/Mn{sup 2+} co-doped Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors. The emitting color varies from blue to green with increasing of Eu{sup 2+} content for the Eu{sup 2+}-doped phosphor, and the quantum yield of the 0.05Eu{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 2.95}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} sample reaches 56.7%. Interestingly, Mn{sup 2+} co-doping into Eu{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} leads to its phase transition from orthorhombic to rhombohedral, and subsequently generates tunable multi-color luminescence from green to red via Eu{sup 2+} → Mn{sup 2+} energy transfer. - Highlights: • A series of novel Eu{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors were successfully synthesized. • Phase transition of Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} from orthorhombic to rhombohedral occurred when Mn{sup 2+} ions were doped. • The phosphors exhibited tunable multi-color luminescence. • The quantum yield of 0.05Eu{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 2.95}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphor can reach 56.7%. • The analyses of phosphors were carried out by many measurements. - Abstract: Intense blue-green-emitting Eu{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} and tunable multicolor-emitting Eu{sup 2+}/Mn{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors are prepared via a solid-state reaction route. Eu{sup 2+}-doped orthorhombic Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphor exhibits a broad emission band in the wavelength range of 400–700 nm with a maximum quantum yield of 56.7%, and the emission peak red-shifts gradually from 479 to 520 nm with increase of Eu{sup 2+} doping content. Broad excitation spectrum (250–420 nm) of Eu{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} matches well with the near-ultraviolet LED chip, indicating its potential applications as tri-color phosphors in white LEDs. Interestingly, Mn{sup 2+} co-doping into Eu{sup 2+}: Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} leads to its phase transition from orthorhombic to rhombohedral, and subsequently generates tunable multi

  14. Comparison of electrochemical performances of olivine NaFePO4 in sodium-ion batteries and olivine LiFePO4 in lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhu, Yujie; Xu, Yunhua; Liu, Yihang; Luo, Chao; Wang, Chunsheng

    2012-12-01

    Carbon-coated olivine NaFePO4 (C-NaFePO4) spherical particles with a uniform diameter of ~80 nm are obtained by chemical delithiation and subsequent electrochemical sodiation of carbon-coated olivine LiFePO4 (C-LiFePO4), which is synthesized by a solvothermal method. The C-NaFePO4 electrodes are identical (particle size, particle size distribution, surface coating, and active material loading, etc.) to C-LiFePO4 except that Li ions in C-LiFePO4 are replaced by Na ions, making them ideal for comparison of thermodynamics and kinetics between C-NaFePO4 cathode in sodium-ion (Na-ion) batteries and C-LiFePO4 in lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. In this paper, the equilibrium potentials, reaction resistances, and diffusion coefficient of Na in C-NaFePO4 are systematically investigated by using the galvanostatic intermittent titration technique (GITT), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV), and compared to those of the well-known LiFePO4 cathodes in Li-ion batteries. Due to the lower diffusion coefficient of Na-ion and higher contact and charge transfer resistances in NaFePO4 cathodes, the rate performance of C-NaFePO4 in Na-ion batteries is much worse than that of C-LiFePO4 in Li-ion batteries. However, the cycling stability of C-NaFePO4 is almost comparable to C-LiFePO4 by retaining 90% of its capacity even after 100 charge-discharge cycles at a charge-discharge rate of 0.1 C.Carbon-coated olivine NaFePO4 (C-NaFePO4) spherical particles with a uniform diameter of ~80 nm are obtained by chemical delithiation and subsequent electrochemical sodiation of carbon-coated olivine LiFePO4 (C-LiFePO4), which is synthesized by a solvothermal method. The C-NaFePO4 electrodes are identical (particle size, particle size distribution, surface coating, and active material loading, etc.) to C-LiFePO4 except that Li ions in C-LiFePO4 are replaced by Na ions, making them ideal for comparison of thermodynamics and kinetics between C-NaFePO4 cathode in

  15. Kinetics and mechanism studies of p-nitroaniline adsorption on activated carbon fibers prepared from cotton stalk by NH4H2PO4 activation and subsequent gasification with steam.

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    Li, Kunquan; Li, Ye; Zheng, Zheng

    2010-06-15

    Activated carbon fibers (ACFs) were prepared for the removal of p-nitroaniline (PNA) from cotton stalk by chemical activation with NH(4)H(2)PO(4) and subsequent physical activation with steam. Surface properties of the prepared ACFs were performed using nitrogen adsorption, FTIR spectroscopy and SEM. The influence of contact time, solution temperature and surface property on PNA adsorption onto the prepared ACFs was investigated by conducting a series of batch adsorption experiments. The kinetic rates at different temperatures were modeled by using the Lagergren-first-order, pseudo-second-order, Morris's intraparticle diffusion and Boyd's film-diffusion models, respectively. It was found that the maximum adsorption of PNA on the ACFs was more than 510 mg/L, and over 60% adsorption occurred in first 25 min. The effect of temperature on the adsorption was related to the contacting time and the micropore structure of the adsorbents. And the increase of micropore surface area favored the adsorption process. Kinetic rates fitted the pseudo-second-order model very well. The pore diffusion played an important role in the entire adsorption period, and intraparticle diffusion was the rate-limiting step in the beginning 20 min. The Freundlich model provided a better data fitting as compared with the Langmuir model. The surface micrograph of the ACF after adsorption showed a distinct roughness with oval patterns. The results revealed that the adsorption was in part with multimolecular layers of coverage.

  16. Adsorption of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid by mesoporous activated carbon prepared from H3PO4-activated langsat empty fruit bunch.

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    Njoku, V O; Islam, Md Azharul; Asif, M; Hameed, B H

    2015-05-01

    The removal of toxic herbicide from wastewater is challenging due to the availability of suitable adsorbents. The Langsat empty fruit bunch is an agricultural waste and was used in this study as a cheap precursor to produce activated carbon for the adsorption of herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) at different initial concentrations ranging from 50 to 400 mg/L. The produced Langsat empty fruit bunch activated carbon (LEFBAC) was mesoporous and had high surface area of 1065.65 m(2)/g with different active functional groups. The effect of shaking time, temperature and pH on 2,4-D removal were investigated using the batch technique. The adsorption capacity of 2,4-D by LEFBAC was decreased with increase in pH of solution whereas adsorption capacity increased with temperature. The adsorption data was well described by Langmuir isotherm followed by removal capacity of 261.2 mg/g at 30 °C. The results from this work showed that LEFBAC can be used as outstanding material for anionic herbicide uptake from wastewater.

  17. Innate immune-stimulating and immune genes up-regulating activities of three types of alginate from Sargassum siliquosum in Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei.

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    Yudiati, Ervia; Isnansetyo, Alim; Murwantoko; Ayuningtyas; Triyanto; Handayani, Christina Retna

    2016-07-01

    The Total Haemocyte Count (THC), phenoloxidase (PO), Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) activity, Phagocytic Activity/Index and Total Protein Plasma (TPP) were examined after feeding the white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei with diets supplemented with three different types of alginates (acid, calcium and sodium alginates). Immune-related genes expression was evaluated by quantitative Real Time PCR (qRT-PCR). Results indicated that the immune parameters directly increased according to the doses of alginates and time. The 2.0 g kg(-1) of acid and sodium alginate treatments were gave better results. Four immune-related genes expression i.e. LGBP, Toll, Lectin, proPO were up regulated. It is therefore concluded that the supplementation of alginate of Sargassum siliquosum on the diet of L. vannamei enhanced the innate immunity as well as the expression of immune-related genes. It is the first report on the simultaneous evaluation of three alginate types to enhance innate immune parameters and immune-related genes expression in L. vannamei.

  18. Effects of artificial infection of Litopenaeus vannamei by Micrococcus lysodeikticus and WSSV on the activity of immunity related enzymes.

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    Sun, Cheng-Bo; Wang, Gang; Chan, Siuming F

    2015-10-01

    In this study, the activities of 5 immunity related enzymes namely acid phosphatase (ACP), alkaline phosphatase (AKP), phenoloxidase (PO), peroxidase (POD) and lysozyme phosphatase (LZM)) of Litopenaeus vannamei after they have been injected with different concentrations of Micrococcus lysodeikticus and the white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) were examined. The cumulative mortality at 0, 24, 48, 72, 96 h was obtained. Copy numbers of WSSV in L. vannamei after a single infection, secondary infection and concurrent infection were measured. Hemolymph samples of M. lysodeikticus and WSSV injected shrimp were collected at 0, 6, 12 24, 48, 72, 78, 84, 96 and 120 h. The results were: (i) The cumulative mortality of L. vannamei increased as the shrimp were infected with higher concentration of the bacteria; (ii) The most sensitive changes of ACP, AKP and LZM were in the 6.2 × 10(5), 6.2 × 10(6), 6.2 × 10(7) cfu/mL M. lysodeikticus group; (iii) ACP but LZM were more sensitive to M. lysodeikticus than WSSV, and AKP, PO and POD is more sensitive to WSSV; (iv) The copies of WSSV in the co-injected group were higher than WSSV-single infection and WSSV-bacteria-secondary infection group at 48 h. The amount of WSSV in L. vannamei of concurrent infection and WSSV-bacteria-secondary infection groups were higher than that of the WSSV-single infection group.

  19. Renal threshold phosphate concentration (TmPO4/GFR).

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    Kruse, K; Kracht, U; Göpfert, G

    1982-01-01

    The ratio of maximum rate of renal tubular reabsorption of phosphate to glomerular filtration rate (TmPO4/GFR) was determined in 546 schoolchildren, aged between 6 and 17.9 years, using the nomogram of Walton and Bijvoet.1 TmPO4/GFR correlated with chronological age in girls and boys and in each remained significantly higher than in adults. TmPO4/GFR in the children correlated neither with fasting serum immunoreactive calcitonin and parathyroid hormone levels nor with the urinary cyclic AMP excretion. The study showed a parallel decrease in TmPO4/GFR, excretion of total hydroxyproline and serum alkaline phosphatase activities after puberty, with a significant relationship of both these indices of bone turnover to TmPO4/GFR values. This indicates that the high renal phosphate threshold of children may be an important factor for bone mineralisation by providing high extracellular inorganic phosphate concentrations during normal growth. PMID:6280622

  20. Short-lived isomers in 192Po and 194Po

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    Andel, B.; Andreyev, A. N.; Antalic, S.; Heßberger, F. P.; Ackermann, D.; Hofmann, S.; Huyse, M.; Kalaninová, Z.; Kindler, B.; Kojouharov, I.; Kuusiniemi, P.; Lommel, B.; Nishio, K.; Page, R. D.; Sulignano, B.; Van Duppen, P.

    2016-06-01

    Isomeric states in 194Po and 192Po were studied at the velocity filter SHIP. The isotopes were produced in the fusion-evaporation reactions 141Pr(56Fe, p 2 n )194Po and 144Sm(51V, p 2 n )192Po . Several new γ -ray transitions were attributed to the isomers and γ -γ coincidences for both isomers were studied for the first time. The 459-keV transition earlier, tentatively proposed as de-exciting the isomeric level in 194Po, was replaced by a new 248-keV transition, and the spin of this isomer was reassigned from (11-) to (10-). The de-excitation of the (11-) isomeric level in 192Po by the 154-keV transition was confirmed and a parallel de-excitation by a 733-keV (E 3 ) transition to (8+) level of the ground-state band was suggested. Moreover, side feeding to the (4+) level of the ground-state band was proposed. The paper also discusses strengths of transitions de-exciting 11- isomers in neighboring Po and Pb isotopes.

  1. Spirulina elicits the activation of innate immunity and increases resistance against Vibrio alginolyticus in shrimp.

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    Chen, Yu-Yuan; Chen, Jiann-Chu; Tayag, Carina Miranda; Li, Hui-Fang; Putra, Dedi Fazriansyah; Kuo, Yi-Hsuan; Bai, Jia-Chin; Chang, Yu-Hsuan

    2016-08-01

    The effect of Spirulina dried powder (SDP) on the immune response of white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei was studied in vitro and in vivo. Incubating shrimp haemocytes in 0.5 mg ml(-1) SDP caused the degranulation of haemocytes and a reduction in the percentage of large cells within 30 min. Shrimp haemocytes incubated in 1 mg ml(-1) SDP significantly increased their phenoloxidase (PO) activity, serine proteinase activity, and respiratory burst activity (RB, release of superoxide anion). A recombinant protein of lipopolysaccharide and β-1,3-glucan binding protein (LGBP) of the white shrimp was produced, named rLvLGBP, and examined for its binding with SDP. An ELISA binding assay showed that rLvLGBP binds to SDP with a dissociation constant of 0.0507 μM. In another experiment, shrimp fed diets containing SDP at 0 (control), 30, and 60 g kg(-1) after four weeks were examined for LGBP transcript level and lysozyme activity, as well as phagocytic activity, clearance efficiency, and resistance to Vibrio alginolyticus. These parameters were significantly higher in shrimp receiving diets containing SDP at 60 g kg(-1) or 30 g kg(-1) than in controls. In conclusion, shrimp haemocytes receiving SDP provoked the activation of innate immunity as evidenced by the recognition and binding of LGBP, degranulation of haemocytes, reduction in the percentage of large cells, increases in PO activity, serine proteinase activity, superoxide anion levels, and up-regulated LGBP transcript levels. Shrimp receiving diets containing SDP had increased lysozyme activity and resistance against V. alginolyticus infection. This study showed the mechanism underlying the immunostimulatory action of Spirulina and its immune response in shrimp.

  2. Sonophotocatalytic degradation of trypan blue and vesuvine dyes in the presence of blue light active photocatalyst of Ag3PO4/Bi2S3-HKUST-1-MOF: Central composite optimization and synergistic effect study.

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    Mosleh, S; Rahimi, M R; Ghaedi, M; Dashtian, K

    2016-09-01

    An efficient simultaneous sonophotocatalytic degradation of trypan blue (TB) and vesuvine (VS) using Ag3PO4/Bi2S3-HKUST-1-MOF as a novel visible light active photocatalyst was carried out successfully in a continuous flow-loop reactor equipped to blue LED light. Ag3PO4/Bi2S3-HKUST-1-MOF with activation ability under blue light illumination was synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), photoluminescence (PL) and diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS). The effect of operational parameters such as the initial TB and VS concentration (5-45mg/L), flow rate (30-110mL/min), irradiation and sonication time (10-30min), pH (3-11) and photocatalyst dosage (0.15-0.35g/L) has been investigated and optimized using central composite design (CCD) combined with desirability function (DF). Maximum sonophotodegradation percentage (98.44% and 99.36% for TB and VS, respectively) was found at optimum condition set as: 25mg/L of each dye, 70mL/min of solution flow rate, 25min of irradiation and sonication time, pH 6 and 0.25g/L of photocatalyst dosage. At optimum conditions, synergistic index value was obtained 2.53 that indicated the hybrid systems including ultrasound irradiation and photocatalysis have higher efficiency compared with sum of the individual processes.

  3. Biogeochemical factors affecting the presence of 210Po in groundwater

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    Seiler, R.L.; Stillings, L.L.; Cutler, N.; Salonen, L.; Outola, I.

    2011-01-01

    The discovery of natural 210Po enrichment at levels exceeding 500 mBq/L in numerous domestic wells in northern Nevada, USA, led to a geochemical investigation of the processes responsible for its mobilization. 210Po activities in 63 domestic and public-supply wells ranged from below 1 mBq/L to 6590 ± 590 mBq/L, among the highest reported levels in the USA. There is little spatial or depth variability in 210Pb activity in study-area sediments and mobilization of a few percent of the 210Po in the sediments would account for all of the 210Po in water. Stable-isotope measurements indicate SO4 reduction has occurred in all 210Po contaminated wells. Sulfide species are not accumulating in the groundwater in much of Lahontan Valley, probably because of S cycling involving microbial SO4 reduction, abiotic oxidation of H2S to S0 by Mn(IV), followed by microbial disproportionation of S0 to H2S and SO4. The high pH, Ca depletion, MnCO3 saturation, and presence of S0 in Lahontan Valley groundwater may be consequences of the anaerobic S cycling. Consistent with data from naturally-enriched wells in Florida, 210Po activities begin to decrease when aqueous sulfide species begin to accumulate. This may be due to formation and precipitation of PoS, however, Eh–pH diagrams suggest PoS would not be stable in study-area groundwater. An alternative explanation for the study area is that H2S accumulation begins when anaerobic S cycling stops because Mn oxides are depleted and their reduction is no longer releasing 210Po. Common features of 210Po-enriched groundwater were identified by comparing the radiological and geochemical data from Nevada with data from naturally-enriched wells in Finland, and Florida and Maryland in the USA. Values of pH ranged from 9 in Nevada wells, indicating that pH is not critical in determining whether 210Po is present. Where U is present in the sediments, the data suggest 210Po levels may be elevated in aquifers with (1) SO4-reducing waters with low H2S

  4. 210Po in Nevada groundwater and its relation to gross alpha radioactivity

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    Seiler, R.L.

    2011-01-01

    Polonium-210 (210Po) is a highly toxic alpha emitter that is rarely found in groundwater at activities exceeding 1 pCi/L. 210Po activities in 63 domestic and public-supply wells in Lahontan Valley in Churchill County in northern Nevada, United States, ranged from 0.01 ± 0.005 to 178 ± 16 pCi/L with a median activity of 2.88 pCi/L. Wells with high 210Po activities had low dissolved oxygen concentrations (less than 0.1 mg/L) and commonly had pH greater than 9. Lead-210 activities are low and aqueous 210Po is unsupported by 210Pb, indicating that the 210Po is mobilized from aquifer sediments. The only significant contributors to alpha particle activity in Lahontan Valley groundwater are 234/238U, 222Rn, and 210Po. Radon-222 activities were below 1000 pCi/L and were uncorrelated with 210Po activity. The only applicable drinking water standard for 210Po in the United States is the adjusted gross alpha radioactivity (GAR) standard of 15 pCi/L. 210Po was not volatile in a Nevada well, but volatile 210Po has been reported in a Florida well. Additional information on the volatility of 210Po is needed because GAR is an inappropriate method to screen for volatile radionuclides. About 25% of the samples had 210Po activities that exceed the level associated with a lifetime total cancer risk of 1× 10−4 (1.1 pCi/L) without exceeding the GAR standard. In cases where the 72-h GAR exceeds the uranium activity by more than 5 to 10 pCi/L, an analysis to rule out the presence of 210Po may be justified to protect human health even though the maximum contaminant level for adjusted GAR is not exceeded.

  5. 210Po in nevada groundwater and its relation to gross alpha radioactivity.

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    Seiler, Ralph L

    2011-01-01

    Polonium-210 ((210) Po) is a highly toxic alpha emitter that is rarely found in groundwater at activities exceeding 1 pCi/L. (210) Po activities in 63 domestic and public-supply wells in Lahontan Valley in Churchill County in northern Nevada, United States, ranged from 0.01 ± 0.005 to 178 ± 16 pCi/L with a median activity of 2.88 pCi/L. Wells with high (210) Po activities had low dissolved oxygen concentrations (less than 0.1 mg/L) and commonly had pH greater than 9. Lead-210 activities are low and aqueous (210) Po is unsupported by (210) Pb, indicating that the (210) Po is mobilized from aquifer sediments. The only significant contributors to alpha particle activity in Lahontan Valley groundwater are (234/238) U, (222) Rn, and (210) Po. Radon-222 activities were below 1000 pCi/L and were uncorrelated with (210) Po activity. The only applicable drinking water standard for (210) Po in the United States is the adjusted gross alpha radioactivity (GAR) standard of 15 pCi/L. (210) Po was not volatile in a Nevada well, but volatile (210) Po has been reported in a Florida well. Additional information on the volatility of (210) Po is needed because GAR is an inappropriate method to screen for volatile radionuclides. About 25% of the samples had (210) Po activities that exceed the level associated with a lifetime total cancer risk of 1× 10(-4) (1.1 pCi/L) without exceeding the GAR standard. In cases where the 72-h GAR exceeds the uranium activity by more than 5 to 10 pCi/L, an analysis to rule out the presence of (210) Po may be justified to protect human health even though the maximum contaminant level for adjusted GAR is not exceeded.

  6. Preparation and spectroscopic properties of rare-earth (RE) (RE = Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Tm)-activated K{sub 2}LnZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (Ln = Y, La, Gd and Lu) phosphate in vacuum ultraviolet region

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    Zhang, Zhi-Jun; Lin, Xiao; Zhao, Jing-Tai; Zhang, Guo-Bin

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► We report the VUV spectroscopic properties of rare-earth ions in K{sub 2}LnZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}. ► The O{sup 2−}-Eu{sup 3+} charge transfer bands at about 220 nm have been observed. ► The 4f–5d spin-allowed and spin-forbidden transitions of Tb{sup 3+} have been observed. ► There is energy transfer between the host and rare-earth activators. -- Abstract: Rare earth (RE = Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy and Tm)-activated K{sub 2}LnZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (Ln = Y, La, Gd and Lu) have been synthesized by solid-state reaction method, and their vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) excitation luminescent characteristics have been investigated. The band in the wavelength range of 130–157 nm and the other one range from 155 to 216 nm with the maximum at about 187 nm in the VUV excitation spectra of these compounds are attributed to the host lattice absorption and O–Zr charge transfer transition, respectively. The charge transfer bands (CTB) of O{sup 2−}-Sm{sup 3+}, O{sup 2−}-Dy{sup 3+} and O{sup 2−}-Tm{sup 3+}, in Sm{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+}-activated samples, have not been obviously observed probably because the 2p electrons of oxygen are tightly bound to the zirconium ion in the host lattice. For Eu{sup 3+}-activated samples, the relatively weak O{sup 2−}-Eu{sup 3+} CTB at about 220 nm is observed. And for Tb{sup 3+}-activated samples, the bands at 223 and 258 nm are related to the 4f-5d spin-allowed and spin-forbidden transitions of Tb{sup 3+}, respectively. It is observed that there is energy transfer between the host lattice and the luminescent activators (e.g. Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}). From the standpoint of luminescent efficiency, color purity and chemical stability, K{sub 2}GdZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} are attractive candidates for novel yellow, red, green-emitting PDP phosphors.

  7. Polonium 210Po in the phytobenthos from Puck Bay.

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    Skwarzec, B; Ulatowski, J; Strumińska, D I; Falandysz, J

    2003-04-01

    The aim of the work was to determine the 210Po content in phytobenthos species (seaweeds and angiosperms) from Puck Bay (southern Baltic). Alpha spectrometry was used to measure and calculate the activities and concentrations of polonium 210Po in the phytobenthos. The activity of 210Po in Puck Bay waters was determined to estimate the bioconcentration factors (BCF) of these plants. The 210Po concentration in water was estimated at 0.25 mBq dm(-3). The lowest polonium concentration in the phytobenthos was found in Cladophora rupestris (0.12 Bq kg(-1) wet wt.), the highest in Chara crinita (1.12 Bq kg(-1) wet wt.). Polonium is accumulated in these phytobenthos species; the bioconcentration factors (BCF) ranged from 450 to 4400.

  8. Neutron diffraction studies of the Na-ion battery electrode materials NaCoCr2(PO4)3, NaNiCr2(PO4)3, and Na2Ni2Cr(PO4)3

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    Yahia, H. Ben; Essehli, R.; Avdeev, M.; Park, J.-B.; Sun, Y.-K.; Al-Maadeed, M. A.; Belharouak, I.

    2016-06-01

    The new compounds NaCoCr2(PO4)3, NaNiCr2(PO4)3, and Na2Ni2Cr(PO4)3 were synthesized by sol-gel method and their crystal structures were determined by using neutron powder diffraction data. These compounds were characterized by galvanometric cycling and cyclic voltammetry. NaCoCr2(PO4)3, NaNiCr2(PO4)3, and Na2Ni2Cr(PO4)3 crystallize with a stuffed α-CrPO4-type structure. The structure consists of a 3D-framework made of octahedra and tetrahedra that are sharing corners and/or edges generating channels along [100] and [010], in which the sodium atoms are located. Of significance, in the structures of NaNiCr2(PO4)3, and Na2Ni2Cr(PO4)3 a statistical disorder Ni2+/Cr3+ was observed on both the 8g and 4a atomic positions, whereas in NaCoCr2(PO4)3 the statistical disorder Co2+/Cr3+ was only observed on the 8g atomic position. When tested as negative electrode materials, NaCoCr2(PO4)3, NaNiCr2(PO4)3, and Na2Ni2Cr(PO4)3 delivered specific capacities of 352, 385, and 368 mA h g-1, respectively, which attests to the electrochemical activity of sodium in these compounds.

  9. Production and decay spectroscopy of 192Po and 194Po

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    Andel, B.

    2015-10-01

    A γ-ray spectroscopy study of the (11-) isomers in 194Po and 192Po was performed at the velocity filter SHIP at GSI (Germany). Nuclei were produced in fusion-evaporation reactions and investigated in the detection set-up at the focal plane after the separator. Several new γ transitions were attributed to the isomers and detailed analysis of the first γ-γ coincidences for both isomers is being prepared. For the reaction 56Fe + 141Pr → 197At*, excitation functions for astatine and polonium isotopes were measured and compared with HIVAP calculations.

  10. Decay/ingrowth uncertainty correction of (210)Po/(210)Pb in seawater.

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    Lin, Wuhui; Ma, Hao; Chen, Liqi; Zeng, Zhi; He, Jianhua; Zeng, Shi

    2014-11-01

    Due to increasing application of (210)Po/(210)Pb in studying particle dynamics, a consistent procedure and calculation to derive accurate and precise result of (210)Po and (210)Pb in seawater should be proposed in the framework of intercalibration by GEOTRACES. The associated uncertainty of radioactivity, which is a significant component of data report, plays a vital role in intercomparison and should be well evaluated. Although measurement uncertainty of laboratory result was well defined in ISO standards and IAEA technical documents, the decay/ingrowth uncertainty correction from laboratory result to in-situ result was less studied. It was demonstrated that the relative uncertainty of in-situ (210)Pb activity was independent of elapsed time and equal to relative uncertainty of laboratory measuring (210)Po activity at second spontaneous deposition date. The relative uncertainty of in-situ (210)Po activity decreases with in-situ activity ratio of (210)Po to (210)Pb and increases with elapsed time between sampling date and separation date, relative uncertainty of laboratory measuring (210)Po activity at first spontaneous deposition date and relative uncertainty of in-situ (210)Pb activity. It was more important to improve precision of (210)Po at first spontaneous deposition date than that of (210)Po at second spontaneous deposition date. To obtain a desirable relative uncertainty of in-situ (210)Po activity, the maximum allowing elapsed time for (210)Po, which was important for sampling strategy making and quality assurance, was calculated by in-situ activity ratio of (210)Po to (210)Pb and precision of analytical method for (210)Po. The methodology of decay/ingrowth uncertainty correction could also be applied for other radionuclide pairs ((234)Th/(238)U, (90)Y/(90)Sr, (210)Bi/(210)Pb), sample matrixes (aerosols), and disciplines.

  11. Cresolase, catecholase and laccase activities in haemocytes of the red swamp crayfish.

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    Cárdenas, W; Dankert, J R

    2000-01-01

    Phenoloxidase activity in crayfish haemocyte lysates and extracts of haemocyte membranes were studied using native PAGE and SDS-PAGE gels and staining for cresolase, catecholase and laccase activities. The activation of the proenzyme, prophenoloxidase to phenoloxidase, in native PAGE was demonstrated following exposure to SDS. By staining samples separated in SDS-PAGE followed by renaturation, a high molecular mass phenoloxidase activity was identified in both the soluble and membrane fractions of haemocyte preparations. The membrane-associated activity appeared at only relatively high molecular mass (> 300 kDa), and could easily be eluted from membranes using detergents or NaCl. Further, this membrane-associated activity has a catecholase activity but not the cresolase activity seen in the soluble preparations. In addition, several other phenoloxidase enzymes were identified with different relative mobilities (250, 80, 72 and 10 kDa). Crayfish haemocytes also contained laccase activity, thought to be restricted to cuticle sclerotisation in the integument. Laccase activity in haemocytes might aid in the formation of capsule used to contain pathogens.

  12. Influence of temperature and frequency on ionic conductivity of Li{sub 3}PO{sub 4}–Pb{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}–BiPO{sub 4} phosphate glasses

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    El Moudane, M.; El Maniani, M.; Sabbar, A.; Ghanimi, A.; Tabyaoui, M.; Bellaouchou, A.; Guenbour, A.

    2015-12-15

    Highlights: • Results of ionic conductivities of Li{sub 3}PO{sub 4}–Pb{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}–BiPO{sub 4} phosphate glasses. • Determination of glass transition temperature using DSC method. • Study of temperature and frequency on ionic conductivity of Li{sub 3}PO{sub 4}–Pb{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}–BiPO{sub 4} phosphate glasses. - Abstract: Lithium–Lead–Bismuth phosphates glasses having, a composition 30Li{sub 3}PO{sub 4}–(70 − x)Pb{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}–xBiPO{sub 4} (45 ≤ x ≤ 60 mol%) were prepared by using the melt quenching method 1000 °C. The thermal stability of theses glasses increases with the substitution of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} with PbO. The ionic conductivity of all compositions have been measured over a wide temperature (200–500 °C) and frequency range (1–106 Hz). The ionic conductivity data below and above T{sub g} follows Arrhenius and Vogel–Tamman–Fulcher (VTF) relationship, respectively. The activation energies are estimated and discussed. The dependence in frequency of AC conductivity is found to obey Jonscher’s relation.

  13. Role of PO4 tetrahedron in LiFePO4 and FePO4 system.

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    Zeng, Yuewu

    2015-06-01

    Using high resolution transmission electron microscopy with image simulation and Fourier analysis, the Li1- x FePO4 (x < 0.01), Li1- x FePO4 (x ∼ 0.5), and FePO4 particles, prepared by charging or discharging the 053048 electrochemical cells (thickness: 5 mm, width: 30 mm, height: 48 mm) and dismantled inside an Ar-filled dry box, were investigated. The high resolution images reveal: (1) the solid solution of Li1- x FePO4 (x < 0.01) contains some missing Li ions leading PO4 group distorted around M1 tunnel of the unit cell; (2) the texture of the particles of Li1- x FePO4 (x ∼0.5) has homogeneously distributed compositional domains of LiFePO4 and FePO4 resulting from spinodal decomposition which promote Li ion easily getting into the particle due to uphill diffusion, (3) the particles of FePO4 formed in charging have heavily distorted lattice and contain some isolated LiFePO4 , (4) interface between LiFePO4 and FePO4 and between amorphous and crystal region provides the lattice distortion of small polarons.

  14. Production of laccase as the sole phenoloxidase by a Brazilian strain of Pleurotus pulmonarius in solid state fermentation.

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    Marques De Souza, Cristina Giatti; Zilly, Adriana; Peralta, Rosane Marina

    2002-01-01

    The production of laccase by a Brazilian strain of Pleurotus pulmonarius was studied in solid state fermentation using wheat bran as substrate. Among oxidative and hydrolytic enzymes tested (laccase, aryl alcohol oxidase, lignin peroxidase, Mn peroxidase, xylanase and cellulase), laccase was the main enzyme produced by P. pulmonarius. The most suitable condition for maximum production of laccase (8,600 U/g substrate) was initial moisture content of 75% and 5 days of cultivation at 30 degrees C. The optimum pH and temperature for laccase activity were found to be 6.5 and 50 degrees C, respectively. P. pulmonarius laccase was stable at 50 degrees C for more than 6 hours, and it retained about 73% and 18% of its activity when heated for 1 h at 55 and 60 degrees C, respectively. The enzyme was greatly stable at alkaline pH, but not at acidic pH. The laccase activity appear to be correlated with the ability of crude extract to decolourize several industrial dyes.

  15. Contribution of in vivo microvascular PO2 in the cat carotid body chemotransduction.

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    Lahiri, S; Rumsey, W L; Wilson, D F; Iturriaga, R

    1993-09-01

    To understand the interplay between microcirculatory control and carotid body (CB) function, we simultaneously measured carotid body microvascular PO2 (CBM PO2) and chemosensory activity in the cat in vivo under several experimental conditions. Cats were anesthetized with pentobarbital sodium, paralyzed, and artificially ventilated. CBs were exposed, and steady-state CBM PO2 was measured by the O2-dependent quenching of the phosphorescence of Pd-meso-tetra-(4-carboxyphenyl)porphine, which was administered intravenously. A few fibers of the carotid sinus nerve were used to record chemosensory discharges. At arterial PO2 (PaO2) of 103.4 +/- 4.1 Torr, CBM PO2 was 52.5 +/- 3.6 Torr (n = 9). Graded lowering of PaO2 from 160 to 50 Torr resulted in nearly proportional decreases in CBM PO2, but at lower PaO2 the decrease in CBM PO2 became more substantial. As PaO2 decreased, chemosensory discharge increased in parallel with CBM PO2. Hypercapnia and hypocapnia did not significantly change the relationship between PaO2 and CBM PO2, although the chemosensory discharge responded significantly. CBM PO2 and chemosensory discharge were not affected by hemorrhagic hypotension until arterial blood pressure fell below approximately 50 Torr and then CBM PO2 decreased and chemosensory discharge increased. The lack of a significant effect of hemorrhagic hypotension indicated that O2 delivery to CB was almost independent of the systemic blood pressure. Taken together, the observations suggest that CB microcirculation and PO2 are subject to control by intrinsic mechanisms and that CBM PO2 is compatible with oxidative metabolism playing a role in O2 chemoreception during hypoxia.

  16. {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb in Forest Soil and in Wild Berries in Finland

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    Vaaramaa, Kaisa; Lehto, Jukka; Solatie, Dina; Aro, Lasse

    2008-08-07

    The behaviour of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb was investigated in forests in the Southern Finland site and in the Northern Finland site. Sampling sites were in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) forests. Maximum activities of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb in soil columns were found in organic layers. According to preliminary results of wild berry samples, the lowest {sup 210}Po concentrations were found in berries. The highest concentration of {sup 210}Po was found in stems of the blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and the lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) samples.

  17. 210Po and 210Pb in Forest Soil and in Wild Berries in Finland

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    Vaaramaa, Kaisa; Solatie, Dina; Aro, Lasse; Lehto, Jukka

    2008-08-01

    The behaviour of 210Po and 210Pb was investigated in forests in the Southern Finland site and in the Northern Finland site. Sampling sites were in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) forests. Maximum activities of 210Po and 210Pb in soil columns were found in organic layers. According to preliminary results of wild berry samples, the lowest 210Po concentrations were found in berries. The highest concentration of 210Po was found in stems of the blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and the lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) samples.

  18. Baseline concentration of Polonium-210 ((210)Po) in tuna fish.

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    Khan, M Feroz; Wesley, S Godwin

    2016-06-15

    Several species of tuna fish were analyzed for (210)Po content in their edible muscle tissues. This study was carried out as a part of baseline data generation around a large nuclear power plant situated at Kudankulam, southeast coast of India. The concentration of (210)Po in the muscle tissue ranged from 40.9±5.2 to 92.5±7.9Bq/kg of fresh fish, and the highest activity was recorded for the tuna Euthynnus affinis and the lowest for Auxis thazard. The committed effective dose to the local residents was calculated to be 62.7-141.8μSvyear(-1).

  19. The Imagine the Universe! E/PO Program

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    Lochner, James C.; White, Nicholas E. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Since 1996, the Imagine the Universe! E/PO program has brought information and curriculum support materials to upper middle school, high school, and lower undergraduate students and their teachers on topics in the Structure and Evolution of the Universe (SEU) theme. The Imagine E/PO program consists of a web site, a series of posters and information/activity booklets, and a repertoire of educator workshops. We involve both scientists and educators in the development and testing of the materials. We describe here the various aspects of this program.

  20. Behavior of Po-210 in molten Pb-17Li

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    Feuerstein, H.; Oschinski, J.; Horn, S.

    1992-09-01

    The behavior of Po-210 in molten Pb-17Li was investigated in evaporation experiments. It was found that polonium evaporates in form of an intermetallic compound PbPo. Because of the low vapor pressure of this polonide, evaporation rates are small. The activity coefficient for Po in Pb-17Li is given by ln γ = -4.77-(1329/T). Under conditions of a fusion reactor blanket with helium as cover gas, the evaporating fraction will be 10 6 times smaller than that estimated assuming ideal solution and vacuum. In agreement with observations at a Bi-inpile loop, only a very small fraction of the total polonium will be found in cover gas spaces.

  1. Eruption of basalt and andesite lava degasses Rn-222 and Po-210

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    Gill, J.; Williams, R.; Bruland, K.

    1985-01-01

    Activities of Rn-222 and Po-210 were measured in a September, 1983, basic andesite lava from Arenal and a November, 1983, basalt from Kilauea, starting three and one days after eruption, respectively. In both cases, in-growth patterns show that all Rn volatalized during eruption. Po degassing also was complete at Kilauea, but only 84 + or - 10 percent at Arenal.

  2. Recoil-deposited Po-210 in radon dwellings

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    Samuelsson, C.

    1990-12-31

    Short-lived decay products of Rn-222 plate out on all surfaces in a house containing radon gas. Following the subsequent alpha decays of the mother nuclei, the daughter products Pb-214 and Pb-210 are superficially and permanently absorbed. Due to its long half-life (22 y) the activity of absorbed Pb-210 accumulates in the surface. The activity of Pb-210, or its decay products, can thus reflect the past randon daughter and plate-out history of a house over several decades. Our results and experience from measurements of Po-210 and Rn-222 in 22 dwellings will be presented. In these studies the Po-210 surface activity of one plane glass sheet per dwelling (window panes were not used) has been determined and compared with the period of exposure times the mean radon concentration measured over a two-month period. Considering the large uncertainty in the integrated radon exposure estimate the surface {sup 210}Po correlates well (r=0.73) with the accumulated radon exposure. The {sup 210}Po activity of the glass samples has been measured non-destructively using an open-flow pulse ionization chamber and this detector has also been successfully applied in field exercises.

  3. Flow cytometric analysis of crayfish haemocytes activated by lipopolysaccharides

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    Cardenas, W.; Dankert, J.R.; Jenkins, J.A.

    2004-01-01

    Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) from Gram-negative bacteria are strong stimulators of white river crayfish, Procambarus zonangulus, haemocytes in vitro. Following haemocyte treatment with LPS and with LPS from rough mutant R5 (LPS Rc) from Salmonella minnesota, flow cytometric analysis revealed a conspicuous and reproducible decrease in cell size as compared to control haemocytes. These LPS molecules also caused a reduction in haemocyte viability as assessed by flow cytometry with the fluorescent dyes calcein-AM and ethidium homodimer. The onset of cell size reduction was gradual and occurred prior to cell death. Haemocytes treated with LPS from S. minnesota without the Lipid A moiety (detoxified LPS) decreased in size without a reduction of viability. The action of LPS on crayfish haemocytes appeared to be related to the activation of the prophenoloxidase system because phenoloxidase (PO)-specific activity in the supernatants from control and detoxified LPS-treated cells was significantly lower than that from LPS and LPS-Rc treated cells (P < 0.05). Furthermore, addition of trypsin inhibitor to the LPS treatments caused noticeable delays in cell size and viability changes. These patterns of cellular activation by LPS formulations indicated that crayfish haemocytes react differently to the polysaccharide and lipid A moieties of LPS, where lipid A is cytotoxic and the polysaccharide portion is stimulatory. These effects concur with the general pattern of mammalian cell activation by LPS, thereby indicting commone innate immune recognition mechanisms to bacterial antigens between cells from mammals and invertebrates. These definitive molecular approaches used to verify and identify mechanisms of invertbrate haemocyte responses to LPS could be applied with other glycoconjugates, soluble mediators, or xenobiotic compounds.

  4. Kinetics of neutralization of Po-218

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    Chu, K.D.

    1987-01-01

    In a well-defined experimental system the neutralization of polonium-218 ions was investigated as a function of the physical and chemical properties of the controlled composition atmosphere. The mobilities of Po/sup +/ and PoO/sub 2//sup +/ are determined by combining experimental results with a computer model of the system. Three neutralization mechanisms were individually studied. The small ion recombination rate has been found to be proportional to the square root of radon concentration. The electron scavenging mechanism is responsible for the neutralization of Po/sup +/ in NO/sub 2/ or H/sub 2/O in nitrogen. When PoO/sub 2//sup +/ is formed, the electron transfer mechanism dominates the neutralization process. The electron is transferred to PoO/sub 2//sup +/ from molecules with lower ionization potentials. The ionization potential of PoO/sub 2//sup +/ is also determined to be 10.44 +/- 0.05 eV.

  5. The effect of Sargassum fusiforme polysaccharide extracts on vibriosis resistance and immune activity of the shrimp, Fenneropenaeus chinensis.

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    Huang, Xuxiong; Zhou, Hongqi; Zhang, Hui

    2006-05-01

    Immunostimulants are valuable for control of shrimp diseases and the immunostimulatory effects of some polysaccharide additives for shrimp have been reported. In this study, the Sargassum fusiforme polysaccharide extract (SFPSE) was assessed as a feed additive when supplemented in the diet (0%, 0.5%, 1.0%, and 2.0%) for juvenile shrimp, Fenneropenaeus chinensis, in order to study the effects of SFPSE on vibriosis resistance and immune activity. Shrimp were cultured in the same pond with cages. The body weight, survival, the cumulative mortality after injection with Vibrio harveyi (30 microl V. harveyi suspension at 9.3 x 10(7) CFU ml(-1) per shrimp), the total haemocyte counts (THCs), the protein concentration and the phenoloxidase (PO) activity in supernatant of haemolymph, the lysozyme (LSZ) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity in muscle of the shrimp were assayed after 14 days feeding period. The results indicated that shrimp survival under the stress of V. harveyi was affected by the dietary SFPSE. The shrimp treated with 1.0% and 0.5% SFPSE displayed significantly lower cumulative mortalities after being injected with V. harveyi suspension 24 and 30 h later, respectively, compared with that of the control. However, cumulative mortality of 2.0% SFPSE treatment was not significantly different from that of the control. There was no significant difference of cumulative mortality between 0.5% and 1.0% SFPSE treatment groups. The immune activities of the shrimp also were affected by dosage of dietary SFPSE. The THCs of the shrimp rose with increasing SFPSE dosage. The protein concentration and PO activity in supernatant of haemolymph as well as muscular LSZ activity first rose then dropped with increasing SFPSE dosage. The protein concentration in supernatant of haemolymph appeared a maximum of 167.46 mg ml(-1) in 1.0% SFPSE treatment. The PO activity and LSZ activity reached the peaks as 13.20 U and 3.21 U mgprot(-1) in 0.5% SFPSE treatment, respectively. SOD

  6. [Immobilization technology and mechanism of fly ash using H3PO4].

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    Wang, Jun; Jiang, Jian-Guo; Sui, Ji-Chao; Yang, Shi-Jian

    2006-08-01

    Chemical composition and toxicity leaching characteristics of fly ash was analyzed. The experiment results show that many heavy metals were contained; leaching concentration of Pb is 67.03 mg/L, which exceeds the limit of identification standard for hazardous wastes. Effect of input mass of H3PO4 on immobilization of heavy metals and its long-term environmental stability was studied. The results show that when input 8% - 14% (H3PO4 mass/ fly ash mass) of H3PO4 sound immobilization effect can be achieved; 8% and 12% of H3PO4 will bring a satisfactory environmental stability of heavy metals, while more H3PO4 led to less buffer capacity to acid conditions. In fly ash treated by 12% H3PO4, a small quantity of crystal Cr2P2O7, ZnP2, Pb3P4O13, Pb3P2O7, NaZnPO4, NaPbP3O9, Ca2ZnSi2O7 can be detected by XRD; many independent fly ash particles and bar-shaped Pb5 (PO4)3Cl with a diameter of 0.3 - 0.5 microm were observed by SEM; concentrated heavy metal materials were not obtained by CHBr3 floatation. Conclusions can be drawn that, through neutralization reaction of H3PO4 with strongly alkaline fly ash, stabilization reaction conditions were improved, entrapped heavy metals were chemically activated and PO4(3-) needed in stabilization was produced. Activated heavy metals combined with PO4(3-) on surface of fly ash,generated phosphates existing as forms of solid solution in SiO2, CaCO3, CaSO4, KCl, NaCl.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of CdS/BiPO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalyst

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    Chen, Daimei Kuang, Zheng; Zhu, Qian; Du, Yue; Zhu, Honglei

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • A CdS/BiPO{sub 4} heterojunction was prepared by the solvothermal method. • The CdS/BiPO{sub 4} composite has the higher photocatalytic activity than the individual ones. • The optimal mass ratio of CdS to BiPO{sub 4} was 0.5. • The heterojunction structure of CdS/BiPO{sub 4} induces an effective electron–hole separation. - Abstract: A series of CdS/BiPO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalysts with the visible-light response were synthesized by the solvothermal method. The resulting products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and UV–vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy. CdS nanoparticles with the size at range of 5–7 nm were immobilized on the surface of BiPO{sub 4} nanorods. The CdS/BiPO{sub 4} composite exhibited much higher photodegradation rate of methylene blue under visible light irradation compared to the pure CdS and BiPO{sub 4}. The optimal mass ratio of CdS to BiPO{sub 4} was 0.5, the photodegradation rate of which is 2.1 times higher than that of CdS. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity is attributed to the heterojunction structure of CdS/BiPO{sub 4} composite which induced the effective electron–hole separation between CdS and BiPO{sub 4}.

  8. The effect of banana (Musa acuminata) peels hot-water extract on the immunity and resistance of giant freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii via dietary administration for a long term: Activity and gene transcription.

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    Rattanavichai, Wutti; Chen, Ying-Nan; Chang, Chin-Chyuan; Cheng, Winton

    2015-10-01

    The non-specific immune parameters, disease resistance and immune genes expressions in Macrobrachium rosenbergii were evaluated at 120 days of post feeding the diets containing the extracts of banana, Musa acuminate, fruit's peel (banana peels extract, BPE) at 0, 1.0, 3.0 and 6.0 g kg(-1). Results showed that prawns fed with a diet containing BPE at the level of 1.0, 3.0 and 6.0 g kg(-1) for 120 days had a significantly higher survival rate (30.0%, 40.0% and 56.7%, respectively) than those fed with the control diet after challenge with Lactococcus garvieae for 144 h, and the respective relative survival percentages were 22.2%, 33.3%, and 51.9%, respectively. Dietary BPE supplementation at 3.0 and/or 6.0 g kg(-1) for 120 days showed a significant increase total haemocyte count (THC), granular cell (GC), superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, phenoloxidase (PO) activity, transglutaminase (TG) activity, and phagocytic activity and clearance efficiency to L. garvieae infection, and meanwhile, the significant decrease in haemolymph clotting times and respiratory bursts (RBs) per haemocyte of prawns were revealed. Furthermore, the mRNA expressions of prophenoloxidase (proPO), lipopolysaccharide and β-1,3-glucan binding protein (LGBP), peroxinectin (PE), transglutaminase (TG), and crustin (CT) were significantly increased. We therefore recommend that BPE can be used as an immunomodulator for prawns through dietary administration at 6.0 g kg(-1) for a long term (over 120 days) to modify immune responses and genes expression following the enhanced resistance against pathogens.

  9. Determination of Po-210 content in cigarette smoke using a smoking machine: A case study of Iranian cigarettes.

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    Horváth, Mária; Shahrokhi, Amin; Bátor, Péter; Tóth-Bodrogi, Edit; Kovács, Tibor

    2017-02-06

    The Po-210 content of tobacco has been known for a long time, however, different results can be found about the estimated amount of Po-210 that is inhaled by humans as a result of smoking cigarettes. Because of the unique properties of Po-210, the smoking machines available on the market are not suitable because of their failure to quantitatively collect Po-210 for measurement. Therefore, to estimate precisely the amount of Po-210 entering the lungs as a result of smoking, a smoking machine and sampling protocol based on relevant ISO standards - ISO-3308, ISO-3402 and ISO-4387 - was developed. A 5% HCl solution was found to be the best absorber of Po-210 from smoke. Seventeen different brands of cigarettes distributed in Iran were used to validate the new machine and sampling protocol. The Po-210 concentration was determined by alpha spectrometry; the cigarette smoke solution underwent combined acid treatment after adding a Po-209 tracer. The Po-210 activity concentration of cigarettes sold in Iran was between 9.7 ± 1.2 and 26.5 ± 4.6 mBq/cigarette and it was determined that there was no relationship between the Po-210 and nicotine contents of cigarette smoke. Additionally, it was found that 15 ± 10% of the cigarette Po-210 was transferred to the mainstream smoke.

  10. Tools for Scientist Engagement in E/PO: NASA SMD Community Workspace and Online Resources

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    Dalton, H.; Shipp, S. S.; Grier, J.; Gross, N. A.; Buxner, S.; Bartolone, L.; Peticolas, L. M.; Woroner, M.; Schwerin, T. G.

    2014-12-01

    The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Science Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) Forums are here to help you get involved in E/PO! The Forums have been developing several online resources to support scientists who are - or who are interested in becoming - involved in E/PO. These include NASA Wavelength, EarthSpace, and the SMD E/PO online community workspace. NASA Wavelength is the one-stop shop of all peer-reviewed NASA education resources to find materials you - or your audiences - can use. Browse by audience (pre-K through 12, higher education, and informal education) or topic, or choose to search for something specific by keyword and audience. http://nasawavelength.org. EarthSpace, an online clearinghouse of Earth and space materials for use in the higher education classroom, is driven by a powerful search engine that allows you to browse the collection of resources by science topic, audience, type of material or key terms. All materials are peer-reviewed before posting, and because all submissions receive a digital object identifier (doi), submitted materials can be listed as publications. http://www.lpi.usra.edu/earthspace. The SMD E/PO online community workspace contains many resources for scientists. These include one-page guides on how to get involved, tips on how to make the most of your time spent on E/PO, and sample activities, as well as news on funding, policy, and what's happening in the E/PO community. The workspace also provides scientists and the public pathways to find opportunities for participation in E/PO, to learn about SMD E/PO projects and their impacts, to connect with SMD E/PO practitioners, and to explore resources to improve professional E/PO practice, including literature reviews, information about the Next Generation Science Standards, and best practices in evaluation and engaging diverse audiences. http://smdepo.org.

  11. Evaluation of uncertainty and detection limits in 210Pb and 210Po measurement in water by alpha spectrometry using 210Po spontaneous deposition onto a silver disk.

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    Fernández, Pedro L; Gómez, José; Ródenas, Carmen

    2012-04-01

    An easy and accurate method for the determination of (210)Pb and (210)Po in water using (210)Po spontaneous deposition onto a silver disk is proposed and assessed for its detection capabilities according to the ISO Guide for the expression of uncertainty in measurement (GUM) and ISO Standard 11929-7 concerning the evaluation of the characteristic limits for ionizing radiation measurements. The method makes no assumption on the initial values of the activity concentrations of (210)Pb, (210)Bi and (210)Po in the sample to be analyzed, and is based on the alpha spectrometric measurement of (210)Po in two different aliquots: the first one measured five weeks after the sampling date to ensure radioactive equilibrium between (210)Pb and (210)Bi and the second after a sufficient time for the ingrowth of (210)Po from (210)Pb to be significant. As shown, for a recommended time interval of seven months between (210)Po measurements, the applicability of the proposed method is limited to water samples with a (226)Ra to (210)Pb activity ratio C(Ra)/C(Pb) ≤ 4, as usual in natural waters. Using sample and background counting times of 24h and 240 h, respectively, the detection limit of the activity concentration of each radionuclide at the sampling time for a 1L sample typically varies between 0.7 and 16 mBq L(-1) for (210)Pb in water samples with an initial activity of (210)Po in the range 0-200 mBq L(-1), and between 0.6 and 8.5 mBq L(-1) for (210)Po in water samples with an initial activity of (210)Pb in the same range.

  12. Use of moss and lichen species to identify (210)Po-contaminated regions.

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    Długosz-Lisiecka, Magdalena; Wróbel, Justyna

    2014-12-01

    (210)Po concentration in urban air fluctuates as a result of natural (222)Rn radionuclide exhalation and technical activity that is especially linked with high-temperature processes. Each year, an average 11 GBq of (210)Po is released from local power plants into urban air. Over two months, about 180 samples in central Poland were collected. To detect the concentration of (210)Po activity, two common species of biomonitors were chosen: the moss Pleurozium schreberi and the lichen Hypogymnia physodes. For the same locale, (210)Po in lichen shows an average of twice the amount of activity concentration than the moss. In moss, (210)Po concentrations in Lodz ranged from 41.5 Bq kg(-1) to 258.0 Bq kg(-1), while in lichen it ranges from 74.2 Bq kg(-1) to 670.9 Bq kg(-1). On the basis of the measured activity of (210)Po maps, radionuclide distribution has been prepared. For areas identified with higher concentrations of (210)Po, Quantum Gis has been applied.

  13. Bioaccumulation of polonium 210Po in marine birds.

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    Skwarzec, B; Fabisiak, J

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this work was to determine the 210Po content in marine birds which permanently or temporally live in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea. We chose 11 species of sea birds: three species permanently residing at southern Baltic Sea, four species of wintering birds and three species of migrating birds. The results show that the polonium is non-uniformly distributed in the marine birds. The highest activities of 210Po were observed in feathers, muscles and liver and the lowest in skin and skeleton. Species of birds that eat crustaceans, molluscs, fish and plants (long-tailed duck Clangula hyemalis, white-winged scoter Melanitta fusca) accumulated more polonium than species that eat mainly fish (great cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo, common guillemot Uria aalge) or plants (tufted duck Aythya fuligula). Moreover, about 63% of the 210Po that was located in feathers of razorbil (Alca torda) and long-tailed duck (C. hyemalis) was apparently adsorbed, suggesting an external source such as the air. It means that the adsorption of 210Po on the feather surface may be an important transfer from air to water.

  14. Polonium 210Po in cigarettes produced in Poland.

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    Skwarzec, B; Strumińska, D I; Borylo, A; Ulatowski, J

    2001-01-01

    This paper discusses the results of 210Po determinations in the fourteen most frequently smoked brands of cigarettes, which constitute over 80% of total cigarette consumption in Poland. The 210Po activity in the cigarette samples analysed (tobacco, ash, filter before and after smoking) were measured using alpha spectrometry (Canberra-Packard). The data indicates that there is considerable variation in the polonium content of these brands. The highest 210Po content per sample was found in the cheap "Popularne" brand (24.12 mBq), the lowest in "Caro" (4.23 mBq). There was also a large difference between the polonium remaining in the ash in comparison with its total content in the tobacco in all the brands (from 4.3% for "Golden American" to 71.0% for "Sobieski King-Size"). The analysis has demonstrated that filters absorbed only a small amount of the polonium contained in the tobacco. "Caro" cigarettes have the most efficient filter, retaining 25.1% of the polonium contained in the tobacco, but most filters absorbed only 0.1-7.2% of polonium. The daily inhalation of 210Po by Polish smokers who get through one pack per day ranges from 20 to 215 mBq, but people smoking two or more packs of "Popularne" brand will inhale over 430 mBq of polonium per day.

  15. Annual dose of Taiwanese from the ingestion of 210Po in oysters.

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    Lee, Hsiu-wei; Wang, Jeng-Jong

    2013-03-01

    Oysters around the coast of Taiwan were collected, dried, spiked with a (209)Po tracer for yield, digested with concentrated HNO(3) and H(2)O(2), and finally dissolved in 0.5 N HCl. The polonium was then spontaneously deposited onto a silver disc, and the activity of (210)Po was measured using an alpha spectrum analyzer equipped with a silicon barrier detector. Meanwhile, the internal effective dose of (210)Po coming from the intake of oysters by Taiwanese was evaluated. The results of the present study indicate that (210)Po average activity concentrations ranged from 23.4 ± 0.4 to 126 ± 94 Bq kg(-1) of fresh oysters. The oysters coming from Penghu island and Kinmen island regions contain higher concentrations of (210)Po in comparison with oysters from other regions of Taiwan. The value of (210)Po weighted average activity concentrations for all oyster samples studied is 25.9 Bq kg(-1). The annual effective dose of Taiwanese due to the ingestion of (210)Po in oysters was estimated to be 4.1 × 10(-2) mSv y(-1).

  16. Estimating benthic fluxes of trace elements to hypoxic coastal waters using 210Po

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    Kim, Tae-Hoon; Kim, Guebuem

    2014-12-01

    The activities of colloidal (10 kDa-0.45 μm) and truly dissolved (<10 kDa) 210Po and 210Pb, dissolved inorganic nutrients, and trace elements (Al, V, Co, Ni, Cu, Mo, Mn, and Fe) were measured in the artificial and saline Lake Shihwa, South Korea in July 2011. The boundary between oxic and hypoxic layers, indexed by NH4+, Mn, and dissolved oxygen, was determined by the pycnocline formed at the depth of 2-4 m. The total activities of 210Po and 210Pb in Lake Shihwa were in the range of 10.5-20.4 dpm 100 L-1 and 6.4 to 9.8 dpm 100 L-1, respectively. The proportions of the truly dissolved, colloidal, and particulate phases were, respectively, 55 ± 6%, 29 ± 5%, and 16 ± 3% for 210Po, and 48 ± 6%, 29 ± 7%, and 23 ± 4% for 210Pb. The activities of 210Po were 20-55% higher than those of 210Pb. The benthic flux of 210Po is determined on the basis of the 210Po mass balance model in the water column. Since the excess activities of dissolved 210Po relative to 210Pb showed a positive correlation with the concentrations of trace elements (except for Al), the benthic fluxes of the trace elements from bottom sediment were successfully calculated using these relationships and the 210Po fluxes. Our study highlights that 210Po can be used as a powerful tracer for estimating trace element fluxes from bottom sediment in a hypoxic environment.

  17. Aspects on the analysis of 210Po.

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    Henricsson, F; Ranebo, Y; Holm, E; Roos, P

    2011-05-01

    There has been little development regarding analysis of polonium (Po) in environmental samples since the 1960 ies. This is due to the straightforward spontaneous deposition of this element on silver (Ag), nickel (Ni) or copper (Cu) without any radiochemical separation. For many years, no radiochemical yield determinant was used and it was generally supposed that the yield was 100% after two depositions. Counting was often done using ZnS scintillation counter coupled to a photomultiplier tube. However, the use of the yield determinants (208)Po and (209)Po and the development of alpha spectrometry showed that the yield was lower. Furthermore, the tendency of Po to volatilize at low temperatures constrains the sample preparation techniques; dry-ashing cannot be used. But during the wet-ashing procedure, there are still some losses. The aim of this study was to evaluate the Po losses during wet-ashing by the use of a double-tracer technique. We have found that the losses were about 30% when open glass beakers were used and about 17% when the samples were digested in microwave oven. When long-necked bottles (Kjeldahl flasks) were used, a loss of about 20% was registered. It has also been observed that (210)Pb to some extent is plating out together with its daughter nuclide Po during the electrochemical deposition. This will result in a systematic error since an unknown amount of supported (210)Po will be produced from the (210)Pb decay depending on the fraction of (210)Pb being deposited on the disc and the waiting time between deposition and measurement of the sample. A further consequence of this is that in the assessment of the (210)Pb content in the sample, very often the remaining liquid is stored after deposition for build-up of (210)Po. Since some (210)Pb is lost on the disc, the result for (210)Pb will be too low. Both these systematic errors give rise to a too high (210)Po/(210)Pb ratio. The fraction of (210)Pb which is plating out has been assessed in this

  18. Lattice dynamics of LuPO{sub 4}

    SciTech Connect

    Nipko, J.C. |; Loong, C.-K.; Loewenhaupt, M.; Reichardt, W.; Braden, M.; Boatner, L.A.

    1996-06-01

    Lutetium orthophosphate is an important nonmagnetic host material for rare-earth-activated luminescence applications. We have measured the LuPO{sub 4} phonon density of states and dispersion curves along the [{xi}00],[{xi}{xi}0], and [00{xi}] symmetry directions by neutron spectroscopy using polycrystalline and single-crystal samples. A quantitative analysis of the neutron results was carried out using a lattice-dynamical shell model.

  19. 210Po and 210Pb disequilibrium in the hydrothermal vent fluids and chimney deposits from Juan de Fuca Ridge

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    Hussain, N.; Church, T. M.; Luther, G. W., III; Moore, W. S.

    Significantly deficient 210Po/210Pb activity ratios (0.14±0.14) are measured in the hydrothermal vent fluids collected from Juan de Fuca Ridge. Chimney deposits generally showed <5 dpm of excess 210Po. However, one sample from the outermost layer of a sealed spire yielded >1200 dpm g-1 of excess 210Po.If the observed 210Po-210Pb disequilibrium in vent fluids is a result of 210Po removal by the precipitates, residence time of polonium with respect to its irreversible removal from hot fluids is estimated to be of the order of a few minutes. Alternatively, if the disequilibrium is a result of an insufficient growth of 210Po from in-situ 210Pb following heating, the residence time of hot fluids within the hydrothermal system can be shown to be less than 30 days, which is considerably lower than previously reported values.

  20. [100]-Oriented LiFePO4 Nanoflakes toward High Rate Li-Ion Battery Cathode.

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    Li, Zhaojin; Peng, Zhenzhen; Zhang, Hui; Hu, Tao; Hu, Minmin; Zhu, Kongjun; Wang, Xiaohui

    2016-01-13

    [100] is believed to be a tough diffusion direction for Li(+) in LiFePO4, leading to the belief that the rate performance of [100]-oriented LiFePO4 is poor. Here we report the fabrication of 12 nm-thick [100]-oriented LiFePO4 nanoflakes by a simple one-pot solvothermal method. The nanoflakes exhibit unexpectedly excellent electrochemical performance, in stark contrast to what was previously believed. Such an exceptional result is attributed to a decreased thermodynamic transformation barrier height (Δμb) associated with increased active population.

  1. Evidence of 210Po on Martian dust at Meridiani Planum

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Meslin, Pierre-Yves; Sabroux, Jean-Christophe; Berger, Lionel; Pineau, Jean-François; Chassefière, Eric

    2006-09-01

    Since the Surveyor and Apollo missions and up to the recent Lunar Prospector mission, 222Rn and 210Po have been key isotopes for understanding gas release events and their spatial and temporal variations on the Moon. Comparatively, these isotopes have drawn much less attention on Mars, if any, despite the wealth of information it could bring on the uppermost meters of the regolith, the exchange of volatiles at the surface, and the atmospheric aerosol cycle. Here we present a statistical analysis of the high-energy end of alpha spectra obtained by the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer onboard Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity and report evidence of 210Po, a decay product of 222Rn, attached to atmospheric dust. The 210Po surface activity on rocks and soils at the landing site is lower than 3.1 × 10-4 Bq cm-2, but analysis of spectra obtained on the dust capture magnet reveals a 210Po activity of (4.6 +/- 2.4) × 10-3 Bq cm-2 (+/-2σ). This difference is due to the very low dust cover index at the landing site. Owing to frequent dust devils, regional and global dust storms that mobilize substantial amounts of dust and homogenize the dust surface layer, we infer that the global average 222Rn exhalation rate is significantly greater on Mars than on the Moon. This comparison supports the hypothesis that on Mars, radon emanation could be comparatively enhanced by the presence of water in the surficial soil. Analysis of atmospheric spectra yields a radon activity upper limit of 16 +/- 5 Bq m-3 during nighttime at the landing site.

  2. Transfer of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb through the lichen-caribou-wolf food chain of northern Canada

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    Thomas, P.A.; Sheard, J.W.; Swanson, S.

    1994-06-01

    Natural background activity and food chain transfer of the uranium decay products, {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb, were examined in the lichen-caribou-wolf food chain at two locations in the Northwest Territories of Canada. {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb activities in lichens differed with species and location. Both {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb were markedly higher in caribou bone than in wolf bone. {sup 210}Po activities in liver, kidney, and muscle were similar in both species. Caribou fetuses had lower activities of {sup 210}Po but higher activities of {sup 210}Pb than maternal muscle and placenta, suggesting greater placental transport of {sup 210}Pb than {sup 210}Po. Concentration ratios (CR = Bq kg{sup {minus}1} in consumer/Bq kg{sup {minus}1} in its food source) and f{sub f} values (f{sub f} in d kg{sup {minus}1} = Bq kg{sup {minus}1} in muscle/Bq d{sup {minus}1} ingested) showed that wolves retain more {sup 210}Po and less {sup 210}Pb from their diet than do caribou. {sup 210}Po CRs averaged 0.38 for caribou/lichens, 0.26 for caribou/rumen contents, and 0.40 for wolves/caribou. {sup 210}Pb CRs averaged 0.36 for caribou/lichens, 0.57 for caribou/rumen contents, and 0.13 for wolves/caribou. 43 refs., 4 figs., 5 tabs.

  3. Sky Fest: A Model of Successful Scientist Participation in E/PO

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    Dalton, H.; Shipp, S. S.; Shaner, A. J.; LaConte, K.; Shupla, C. B.

    2014-12-01

    Participation in outreach events is an easy way for scientists to get involved with E/PO and reach many people with minimal time commitment. At the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas, the E/PO team holds Sky Fest outreach events several times a year. These events each have a science content theme and include several activities for children and their parents, night sky viewing through telescopes, and scientist presentations. LPI scientists have the opportunity to participate in Sky Fest events either by helping lead an activity or by giving the scientist presentation (a short lecture and/or demonstration). Scientists are involved in at least one preparation meeting before the event. This allows them to ask questions, understand what activity they will be leading, and learn the key points that they should be sharing with the public, as well as techniques for effectively teaching members of the public about the event topic. During the event, each activity is run by one E/PO specialist and one scientist, enabling the scientist to learn about effective E/PO practices from the E/PO specialist and the E/PO specialist to get more science information about the event topic. E/PO specialists working together with scientists at stations provides a more complete, richer experience for event participants. Surveys of event participants have shown that interacting one-on-one with scientists is often one of their favorite parts of the events. Interviews with scientists indicated that they enjoyed Sky Fest because there was very little time involved on their parts outside of the actual event; the activities were created and/or chosen by the E/PO professionals, and setup for the events was completed before they arrived. They also enjoyed presenting their topic to people without a background in science, and who would not have otherwise sought out the information that was presented.

  4. Po-210 and Pb-210 in water and fish from Taboshar uranium mining Pit Lake, Tajikistan.

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    Skipperud, L; Jørgensen, A G; Heier, L S; Salbu, B; Rosseland, B O

    2013-09-01

    Polonium-210 in water and (210)Pb and (210)Po in different fish organs from 3 different fish species in Taboshar Pit Lake (n = 13), located in the uranium mining area in Tajikistan, and in Kairakkum Reservoir (reference lake, n = 3), have been determined as part of a Joint project between Norway, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The average activity concentration of (210)Pb and (210)Po in liver, muscle and bone of Carassius auratus was higher than the concentration in similar tissues of C. carpio and Sander lucioperca from the reference site. The accumulation of (210)Po was higher than for (210)Pb, and the accumulation of (210)Po was highest in the liver of C. auratus (3673 ± 434 Bq kg(-1) ww). Although the average activity concentration of (210)Pb in liver and bones of C. auratus from Pit Lake were fairly similar, a huge variation in the liver activity concentrations (25-327 Bq kg(-1) ww) was found. The results confirm direct uptake of unsupported (210)Po into the liver, and that the distributions of (210)Po and (210)Pb in fish organs were different. The BCF (L/kg) for (210)Po in bone, liver and muscle clearly demonstrates high accumulation of (210)Po in C. auratus, especially in the liver. The average BCFs of liver, bone and muscle were >1.4 × 10(5), >2.5 × 10(4) and >1.4 × 10(4), respectively. All fish in the Pit Lake were found to be in the same trophic level, however, a linear correlation between log (210)Po in liver and δ(15)N could indicate biomagnification of (210)Po in liver of C. auratus. In regards to the recommended Annual Limit of Intake (ALI) for (210)Po, the concentration of (210)Po in muscle tissues of C. auratus is alarming, as there is a high probability for the local population at risk to exceed the recommended ALI through consumption of fish from Taboshar Pit Lake.

  5. Occurrence of (210)Po in marine macroalgae inhabiting a coastal nuclear zone, southeast coast of India.

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    Praveen Pole, R P; Feroz Khan, M; Godwin Wesley, S

    2017-04-01

    The activity concentration of (210)Po in 26 species of marine macroalgae found along coast near to a nuclear installation in southeast coast of India was studied. Phaeophytes were found to accumulate the maximum (210)Po concentration and chlorophytes the minimum. The average (210)Po activity concentration values in the three groups were 6.2 ± 2.5 Bq kg(-1) (Chlorophyta), 14.4 ± 5.2 Bq kg(-1) (Phaeophyta) and 11.3 ± 3.9 Bq kg(-1) (Rhodophyta). A statistically significant variation in accumulation was found between groups (p < 0.05). The un-weighted dose rate to these algae due to (210)Po was calculated to be well below the benchmark dose limit of 10 μGy h(-1).

  6. Levels and transfer of 210Po and 210Pb in Nordic terrestrial ecosystems.

    PubMed

    Brown, J E; Gjelsvik, R; Roos, P; Kålås, J A; Outola, I; Holm, E

    2011-05-01

    Recent developments regarding environmental impact assessment methodologies for radioactivity have precipitated the need for information on levels of naturally occurring radionuclides within and transfer to wild flora and fauna. The objectives of this study were therefore to determine activity concentrations of the main dose forming radionuclides (210)Po and (210)Pb in biota from terrestrial ecosystems thus providing insight into the behaviour of these radioisotopes. Samples of soil, plants and animals were collected at Dovrefjell, Central Norway and Olkiluoto, Finland. Soil profiles from Dovrefjell exhibited an approximately exponential fall in (210)Pb activity concentrations from elevated levels in humus/surface soils to "supported" levels at depth. Activity concentrations of (210)Po in fauna (invertebrates, mammals, birds) ranged between 2 and 123 Bq kg(-1)d.w. and in plants and lichens between 20 and 138 Bq kg(-1)d.w. The results showed that soil humus is an important reservoir for (210)Po and (210)Pb and that fauna in close contact with this media may also exhibit elevated levels of (210)Po. Concentration ratios appear to have limited applicability with regards to prediction of activity concentrations of (210)Po in invertebrates and vertebrates. Biokinetic models may provide a tool to explore in a more mechanistic way the behaviour of (210)Po in this system.

  7. A biokinetic study of 209Po in man.

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    Henricsson, C F; Ranebo, Y; Hansson, M; Rääf, C L; Holm, E

    2012-10-15

    Five adult volunteers participated in a biokinetic study of radioactive polonium. Portions of about 10 Bq of (209)Po were orally administrated to four of the volunteers in a single ingestion. The fifth volunteer ingested a daily amount of 53 mBq of 209Po for 243 d to study the time to achieve equilibrium between intake and excretion for protracted intakes. For the subjects ingesting single intakes of (209)Po complete sampling of urine and feces was subsequently collected the first few days upon the ingestion. The samples were processed with radiochemical extraction and analyzed with alpha spectrometry. In the study, the maximum daily excretion rates in feces were 18-50% of the ingested activity, observed within 3 d after intake. Regarding the urine excretion, the daily excretion peaked, on average, at 0.15-1% of the ingested activity within two days upon intake. These results indicate an average gastro-intestinal uptake fraction of 0.46±0.08, which agrees well with earlier biokinetic studies of polonium in man.

  8. Determination of (210)Po and (210)Pb in red-capped scaber (Leccinum aurantiacum): bioconcentration and possible related dose assessment.

    PubMed

    Strumińska-Parulska, Dagmara I; Szymańska, Karolina; Krasińska, Grażyna; Skwarzec, Bogdan; Falandysz, Jerzy

    2016-11-01

    The paper presents the studies on (210)Po and (210)Pb activity determination in red-capped scaber (Leccinum aurantiacum (Bulliard) Gray) collected in northern Poland. The aims of the studies were to determine (210)Po and (210)Pb content in analyzed mushrooms, evaluate the bioconcentration levels, and estimate possible related annual effective radiation dose to mushrooms consumers. The activities of (210)Po and (210)Pb in red-capped scaber were un-uniform and depended on sampling sites. But (210)Po and (210)Pb activity concentrations did not reflect their concentrations in topsoil. The results showed that the consumption of analyzed mushrooms should not increase significantly the total effective radiation dose from (210)Po and (210)Pb decay.

  9. An Improved Method to Determine {sup 210}Pb, {sup 210}Bi and {sup 210}Po in air Aerosol Filters

    SciTech Connect

    Miguel, E. G. San; Bolivar, J. P.; Teran, T.

    2008-08-07

    {sup 222}Rn daughters (e.g. {sup 210}Pb, {sup 210}Po, {sup 210}Bi) have been widely used to study a variety of atmospheric processes. Many works in literature about {sup 222}Rn daughters do not specify the way by the activities of these radionuclides are calculated. Besides, {sup 210}Po corrections due to the in-growth of {sup 210}Bi, if taken into account, are not indicated. In this work, the increase in uncertainties of radionuclides activities due to delay between air sampling and radionuclides determinations have been evaluated and the influence of neglecting the contribution of {sup 210}Bi in-growth to {sup 210}Po determination has been estimated. The results indicate that, in general, ignoring the {sup 210}Bi in-growth in {sup 210}Po determinations lead to significant differences (could reach until 100%) between the estimation of {sup 210}Po activity and its true value.

  10. Neutron diffraction studies of the Na-ion battery electrode materials NaCoCr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, NaNiCr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, and Na{sub 2}Ni{sub 2}Cr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}

    SciTech Connect

    Yahia, H. Ben; Essehli, R.; Avdeev, M.; Park, J-B.; Sun, Y-K.; Al-Maadeed, M.A.; Belharouak, I.

    2016-06-15

    The new compounds NaCoCr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, NaNiCr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, and Na{sub 2}Ni{sub 2}Cr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} were synthesized by sol-gel method and their crystal structures were determined by using neutron powder diffraction data. These compounds were characterized by galvanometric cycling and cyclic voltammetry. NaCoCr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, NaNiCr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, and Na{sub 2}Ni{sub 2}Cr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystallize with a stuffed α-CrPO{sub 4}-type structure. The structure consists of a 3D-framework made of octahedra and tetrahedra that are sharing corners and/or edges generating channels along [100] and [010], in which the sodium atoms are located. Of significance, in the structures of NaNiCr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, and Na{sub 2}Ni{sub 2}Cr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} a statistical disorder Ni{sup 2+}/Cr{sup 3+} was observed on both the 8g and 4a atomic positions, whereas in NaCoCr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} the statistical disorder Co{sup 2+}/Cr{sup 3+} was only observed on the 8g atomic position. When tested as negative electrode materials, NaCoCr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, NaNiCr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, and Na{sub 2}Ni{sub 2}Cr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} delivered specific capacities of 352, 385, and 368 mA h g{sup −1}, respectively, which attests to the electrochemical activity of sodium in these compounds. - Highlights: • NaCoCr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, NaNiCr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, and Na{sub 2}Ni{sub 2}Cr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} were synthesized by sol-gel method. • The crystal structures were determined by using neutron powder diffraction data. • The three compounds crystallize with a stuffed α-CrPO{sub 4}-type structure. • The three compounds were tested as anodes in sodium-ion batteries. • Relatively high specific capacities were obtained for these compounds.

  11. Controlled synthesis and photocatalytic properties of rhombic dodecahedral Ag3PO4 with high surface energy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Xie, Yao; Huang, Zhaohui; Zhang, Zhijie; Zhang, Xiaoguang; Wen, Ruilong; Liu, Yangai; Fang, Minghao; Wu, Xiaowen

    2016-12-01

    In this study, a series of Ag3PO4 photocatalysts with different contents of rhombic dodecahedral particles were prepared in one pot by a facile, novel hydrothermal method using ethylene glycol (EG), which served as both a morphology modifier and reducing agent. The effects of EG content on the morphologies of Ag3PO4 photocatalysts were discussed. The photocatalytic activity of the Ag3PO4 photocatalysts was evaluated by the degradation of methylene blue trihydrate under visible-light irradiation. With the use of 0.8% EG in the reaction solvent, the sample exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity, attributed to the high amount of rhombic dodecahedral Ag3PO4 particles with a high exposure of the {110} facets and high surface energy. The surface energy of the {110} facets was 1.31 J/m2, greater than that of the {100} facet (1.12 J/m2). However, with 1% EG in the reaction solvent, although the Ag3PO4 photocatalysts were composed of a majority of rhombic dodecahedral Ag3PO4 particles, tiny Ag particles formed from Ag+ under the action of EG attached on the surface of the sample decreased the absorption of visible light, resulting in low photocatalytic activity.

  12. Distribution of 210Pb and 210Po concentrations in wild berries and mushrooms in boreal forest ecosystems.

    PubMed

    Vaaramaa, Kaisa; Solatie, Dina; Aro, Lasse

    2009-12-15

    The activity concentrations and distribution of 210Pb and 210Po in wild berries and edible mushrooms were investigated in Finnish forests. The main study areas were located in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) forests in southern and northern Finland. The activity concentrations of 210Pb and 210Po in blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) and lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.) samples decreased in the order: stems>leaves>berries (i.e. fruits). The activity ratios of 210Po/210Pb in the wild berry samples were mainly higher than one, indicating elevated activity concentrations of polonium in the samples. In mushrooms the activity concentrations of 210Pb and especially 210Po were higher than in fruits of the wild berries. The highest activity concentration of 210Pb was detected in Cortinarius armillatus L. (16.2 Bq kg(-1) d.w.) and the lowest in Leccinum vulpinum L. (1.38 Bq kg(-1) d.w.). The 210Po activity concentrations of the whole fruiting bodies ranged from 7.14 Bq kg(-1) d.w. (Russula paludosa L.) to 1174 Bq kg(-1) d.w. (L. vulpinum L.). In general, the highest activity concentrations of 210Po were recorded in boletes. The caps of mushrooms of the Boletaceae family showed higher activity concentrations of 210Po compared to the stipes. In most of the mushrooms analyzed, the activity concentrations of 210Po were higher than those of 210Pb. 210Po and 210Pb dominate the radiation doses received via ingestion of wild berries and mushrooms in northern Finland, while in southern Finland the ingested dose is dominated by 137Cs from the Chernobyl fallout.

  13. Seasonal POC fluxes at BATS estimated from 210Po deficits

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    Stewart, Gillian M.; Bradley Moran, S.; Lomas, Michael W.

    2010-01-01

    In this study at the Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS) site we demonstrate that the polonium-lead disequilibrium system may perform better as a tracer of organic carbon export under low-flux conditions (in this case, <2.5 mmol C m -2 d -1) than under bloom conditions in an oligotrophic setting. With very few exceptions, the POC flux predictions calculated from the water-column 210Po deficit were within a factor of 2 of the POC flux caught in surface-tethered sediment traps. However, we found higher correlation between size-fractionated particulate 210Po activity and POC concentration in November 2006 ( r=0.93) than in January ( r=0.79) and during the spring bloom in March 2007 ( r=0.80). We suggest that this is due to the ability of polonium to distinguish between bulk mass flux and organic carbon export under oligotrophic and lithogenic-driven flux regimes. Further, we found that the POC/Po ratio on particles was largely independent of size class between 10 and 100 μm ( P=0.13) during each season, supporting the notion that export in this oligotrophic system is driven by sinking aggregates of smaller cells and not by large, individual cells.

  14. 210Po in the diet at Seville (Spain) and its contribution to the dose by ingestion

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    Díaz-Francés, I.; Mantero, J.; Díaz-Ruiz, J.; Manjón, G.; García-Tenorio, R.

    2016-01-01

    The activity concentrations of 210Po have been determined in a total of 24 representative diet samples from Seville (south of Spain), inferring from the obtained values the annual intakes of 210Po by ingestion of the affected population and the corresponding committed effective doses. The annual intakes of 210Po and, consequently, the corresponding doses of this radionuclide show a high variability in correspondence with the variability in the composition of the analysed samples over time, and their magnitude is comparable with the estimated ones in other regions/countries of the world with similar diet habits (countries where the marine products have a considerable weight in the diets). Committed effective doses by ingestion higher than 0.1 mSv y−1 have been estimated exclusively for 210Po, reflecting the importance of this radionuclide and this route of incorporation in the magnitude of the total doses received by the affected population from natural sources. PMID:25802464

  15. Solid partitioning and solid-liquid distribution of 210Po and 210Pb in marine anoxic sediments: roads of Cherbourg at the northwestern France.

    PubMed

    Connan, O; Boust, D; Billon, G; Solier, L; Rozet, M; Bouderbala, S

    2009-10-01

    A sequential extraction protocol has been used to determine the solid-phase partition of (210)Po and (210)Pb in anoxic marine sediment from the roads of Cherbourg (France) in the central English Channel. Measurements were also obtained in pore waters, in which (210)Po activities range between 1 and 20 mBq L(-1) and (210)Pb activities between 2.4 and 3.8 mBq L(-1), with highest activities in the topmost layer. These activities are higher than in seawater, suggesting that sediment act as a source of both (210)Po and (210)Pb for overlying water. The (210)Po profile in the pore waters is apparently correlated with those obtained for Fe, Mn and SO(4)(2)(-), suggesting an influence of early diagenetic processes on the (210)Po solid-liquid distribution. In the sediment, (210)Po is predominantly bound to organic matter or chromium reducible sulphides, and residuals (clay minerals and refractory oxides). Our results indicate that (210)Po is not significantly bound to AVS, i.e. acid volatile sulphides: bioturbation could play a role by the early redistribution of (210)Po bound to acid volatile sulphides in the sediment. (210)Po, (210)Pb and Pb exhibit differences in terms of distribution, probably due to a different mode of penetration in the sediment. This work provides information on solid and liquid distribution of (210)Po and (210)Pb in marine sediment. These data are very scarce in the literature.

  16. Determination of (210)Po in calcium supplements and the possible related dose assessment to the consumers.

    PubMed

    Strumińska-Parulska, Dagmara I

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this pioneer study was to investigate the most popular calcium supplements as a potential additional source of polonium (210)Po in human diet. The analyzed calcium pharmaceutics contained organic or inorganic calcium compounds; some from natural sources as mussels' shells, fish extracts, or sedimentary rocks. The objectives of this research were to investigate the naturally occurring (210)Po activity concentrations in calcium supplements, find the correlations between (210)Po concentration in medicament and calcium chemical form, and calculate the effective radiation dose connected to analyzed calcium supplement consumption. As results showed, (210)Po concentrations in natural origin calcium supplements (especially sedimentary rocks) were higher than the other analyzed. Also the results of (210)Po analysis obtained for inorganic forms of calcium supplements were higher. The highest (210)Po activity concentrations were determined in mineral tablets made from sedimentary rocks: dolomite and chalk - 3.88 ± 0.22 and 3.36 ± 0.10 mBq g(-1) respectively; while the lowest in organic calcium compounds: calcium lactate and calcium gluconate - 0.07 ± 0.02 and 0.17 ± 0.01 mBq g(-1). The annual effective radiation doses from supplements intake were estimated as well. The highest annual radiation dose from (210)Po taken with 1 tablet of calcium supplement per day was connected to sample made from chalk - 2.5 ± 0.07 μSv year(-1), while the highest annual radiation dose from (210)Po taken with 1 g of pure calcium per day was connected to dolomite - 12.7 ± 0.70 μSv year(-1).

  17. Online Workspace to Connect Scientists with NASA's Science E/PO Efforts and Practitioners

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    Shipp, Stephanie; Bartolone , Lindsay; Peticolas, Laura; Woroner, Morgan; Dalton, Heather; Schwerin, Theresa; Smith, Denise

    2014-11-01

    There is a growing awareness of the need for a scientifically literate public in light of challenges facing society today, and also a growing concern about the preparedness of our future workforce to meet those challenges. Federal priorities for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education call for improvement of teacher training, increased youth and public engagement, greater involvement of underrepresented populations, and investment in undergraduate and graduate education. How can planetary scientists contribute to these priorities? How can they “make their work and findings comprehensible, appealing, and available to the public” as called for in the Planetary Decadal Survey?NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) workspace provides the SMD E/PO community of practice - scientists and educators funded to conduct SMD E/PO or those using NASA’s science discoveries in E/PO endeavors - with an online environment in which to communicate, collaborate, and coordinate activities, thus helping to increase effectiveness of E/PO efforts. The workspace offers interested scientists avenues to partner with SMD E/PO practitioners and learn about E/PO projects and impacts, as well as to advertise their own efforts to reach a broader audience. Through the workspace, scientists can become aware of opportunities for involvement and explore resources to improve professional practice, including literature reviews of best practices for program impact, mechanisms for engaging diverse audiences, and large- and small-scale program evaluation. Scientists will find “how to” manuals for getting started and increasing impact with public presentations, classroom visits, and other audiences, as well as primers with activity ideas and resources that can augment E/PO interactions with different audiences. The poster will introduce the workspace to interested scientists and highlight pathways to resources of interest that can help

  18. LiDy(PO3)4

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    Chehimi-Moumen, Fathia; Férid, Mokhtar

    2008-01-01

    Single crystals of lithium dysprosium polyphosphate, LiDy(PO3)4, were prepared by the flux method. The atomic arrangement is built up by infinite (PO3)n chains extending along the b axis. Dy3+ and Li+ cations alternate in the middle of four such chains, with Dy⋯Li distances of 3.54 (1) and 3.48 (1) Å. The DyO8 dodeca­hedra and LiO4 tetra­hedra deviate significantly from the ideal geometry. Both Dy and Li occupy special positions (Wyckoff position 4e, site symmetry 2). PMID:21202729

  19. Shell colour polymorphism, injuries and immune defense in three helicid snail species, Cepaea hortensis, Theba pisana and Cornu aspersum maximum☆

    PubMed Central

    Scheil, Alexandra E.; Hilsmann, Stefanie; Triebskorn, Rita; Köhler, Heinz-R.

    2013-01-01

    Shell colour polymorphism is a widespread feature of various land snail species. In our study we aimed at elucidating the question whether there is a correlation between shell colouration and immune defense in three land snail species by comparing phenoloxidase (PO) activity levels of different morphs after immunostimulation via Zymosan A-injection. Since phenoloxidase is involved both in immune defense as well as in melanin production, the PO activity level is particularly interesting when trying to resolve this question. Even though Zymosan A failed to induce PO activity rendering a comparison of inducible PO activity impossible, an interesting difference between pale and dark morphs of all tested species could be observed: dark snails were less affected by hemolymph withdrawal and were able to maintain or regenerate a significantly higher PO activity level after hemolymph withdrawal than pale snails. Possible implications of this observation are discussed. PMID:24600561

  20. Enhanced electrochemical performance and manganese redox activity of LiFe0.4Mn0.6PO4 by iodine anion substitution as cathode material for Li-ion battery

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    Sin, Byung Cheol; Singh, Laxman; An, JiEun; Lee, Hansol; Lee, Hyung-il; Lee, Youngil

    2016-05-01

    For the first time, an attempt has been made for the possible augmentation and exploration of iodine substitution into LiFe0.4Mn0.6PO4 (LFMP) material is assessed as a cathode material for lithium ion batteries. Iodine substituted LiFe0.4Mn0.6(PO4)1-xIx (LFMPI, x = 0, 0.01, 0.015, and 0.02) have been synthesized by a solid-state reaction without any external carbon source. X-ray diffraction shows that the LFMP and LFMPI cathode materials have formed the same single crystalline phase; the values of lattice parameters and unit cell volume have been insignificantly changed by I- anion substitution. Uniformly distributed grains of the LFMPI samples with grain sizes in the range of 250 nm to 0.9 μm have been obtained by scanning electron microscopy. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for the LFMPI with x = 0.02 have clearly observed at 619.5 and 630.7 eV for I 3d5/2 and I 3d3/2, respectively. The electrochemical properties of the pure LFMP cathode material have been compared with those of I- anion substituted LFMPI samples. LFMPI with x = 0.015 has delivered the highest discharge capacity of 141.5 mAh g-1 at 0.1C, and LFMPI with x = 0.01 has 102.1 mAh g-1 at high rate of 3C. Iodine substituted LFMPI have demonstrated improved electrochemical properties with excellent reversible cycling.

  1. Concentration of 210Po, 226Ra and 228Ac in non-siliceous environmental materials

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    Houmani, Zidan Mohamed M.; Bradley, D. A.; Maah, Mohd. Jamil; Ahmed, Zaharuddin

    2001-06-01

    The present interest concerns the possible anthropomorphic enhancement of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) in non-siliceous media, in particular, sediment from a river running alongside a crude oil facility and alluvial samples from the site of a now defunct minerals benefication plant. We use gamma spectrometry for 226Ra and 228Ac, and for 210Po we use alpha spectrometry in association with a hydrochloric acid based radiochemical method for the extraction of 210Po. Using 209Po to monitor polonium extraction from samples we find the concentrations of 210Po, 226Ra and 228Ac in river sediments to be in accord with typical background values (˜0.04 Bq g -1 dry), while for sub-surface soils located nearby we find the respective activity concentrations to accord with low background values (˜0.02 Bq g -1dry). For alluvial material from the site of a defunct minerals benefications plant we have found 210Po concentrations of ˜11 Bq g -1 (dry) in two of three samples and 30 Bq g -1 (dry) in the remaining sample; 226Ra and 228Ac were some several times these concentrations. In support of the methods we have adopted in present evaluations we find IAEA-300 Baltic Sea sediment reference material to contain 210Po concentrations that are within the IAEA confidence interval for this material.

  2. Structural basis for single-stranded RNA recognition and cleavage by C3PO

    PubMed Central

    Zhang, Jing; Liu, Hehua; Yao, Qingqing; Yu, Xiang; Chen, Yiqing; Cui, Ruixue; Wu, Baixing; Zheng, Lina; Zuo, Junjun; Huang, Zhen; Ma, Jinbiao; Gan, Jianhua

    2016-01-01

    Translin and translin-associated factor-x are highly conserved in eukaroytes; they can form heteromeric complexes (known as C3POs) and participate in various nucleic acid metabolism pathways. In humans and Drosophila, C3POs cleave the fragmented siRNA passenger strands and facilitate the activation of RNA-induced silencing complex, the effector complex of RNA interference (RNAi). Here, we report three crystal structures of Nanoarchaeum equitans (Ne) C3PO. The apo-NeC3PO structure adopts an open form and unravels a potential substrates entryway for the first time. The NeC3PO:ssRNA and NeC3PO:ssDNA complexes fold like closed football with the substrates captured at the inner cavities. The NeC3PO:ssRNA structure represents the only catalytic form C3PO complex available to date; with mutagenesis and in vitro cleavage assays, the structure provides critical insights into the substrate binding and the two-cation-assisted catalytic mechanisms that are shared by eukaryotic C3POs. The work presented here further advances our understanding on the RNAi pathway. PMID:27596600

  3. Highly efficient photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue by PoPD/TiO2 nanocomposite

    PubMed Central

    Dong, Wenping; Cui, Guanwei; Ren, Zongming

    2017-01-01

    The poly-o-phenylenediamine (PoPD)/TiO2 nanocomposite was successfully synthesized via ‘in situ’ oxidative polymerization method. The modified photocatalysts were characterized by BET, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrarad spectra (FT-IR), thermogravimrtic analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectrum (UV-Vis DRS) and Photocurrent Test. The results showed that the PoPD exists on the surface of TiO2, the presence of PoPD does not impact on the lattice structure and grain size of TiO2, and the presence of PoPD enhances the visible response and photoelectric property. The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) was chosen as a model reaction to evaluate the photocatalytic activities of TiO2 and PoPD/TiO2. The optimal preparation condition was the molar ratio of oPD to TiO2 = 3:1, HCl concentration = 1.2 mol/L, the molar ratio of APS to oPD = 1:1. The apparent first-order rate constant kapp of PoPD/TiO2 nanocomposite was 0.0098 min-1, which is 6 times higher than TiO2 (0.0016 min-1). Meanwhile, the PoPD/TiO2 nanocomposites showed excellent photocatalytic stability, and the photocatalytic stability was depended on the stability of structure. At last, the photocatalytic mechanism of POPD/TiO2 nanocomposites was also proposed based on the synergetic effect between TiO2 and PoPD. PMID:28329007

  4. Highly efficient photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue by PoPD/TiO2 nanocomposite.

    PubMed

    Yang, Chuanxi; Zhang, Ming; Dong, Wenping; Cui, Guanwei; Ren, Zongming; Wang, Weiliang

    2017-01-01

    The poly-o-phenylenediamine (PoPD)/TiO2 nanocomposite was successfully synthesized via 'in situ' oxidative polymerization method. The modified photocatalysts were characterized by BET, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrarad spectra (FT-IR), thermogravimrtic analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectrum (UV-Vis DRS) and Photocurrent Test. The results showed that the PoPD exists on the surface of TiO2, the presence of PoPD does not impact on the lattice structure and grain size of TiO2, and the presence of PoPD enhances the visible response and photoelectric property. The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) was chosen as a model reaction to evaluate the photocatalytic activities of TiO2 and PoPD/TiO2. The optimal preparation condition was the molar ratio of oPD to TiO2 = 3:1, HCl concentration = 1.2 mol/L, the molar ratio of APS to oPD = 1:1. The apparent first-order rate constant kapp of PoPD/TiO2 nanocomposite was 0.0098 min-1, which is 6 times higher than TiO2 (0.0016 min-1). Meanwhile, the PoPD/TiO2 nanocomposites showed excellent photocatalytic stability, and the photocatalytic stability was depended on the stability of structure. At last, the photocatalytic mechanism of POPD/TiO2 nanocomposites was also proposed based on the synergetic effect between TiO2 and PoPD.

  5. Effect of the synthesis conditions on the electrochemical properties of LiFePO{sub 4} obtained from NH{sub 4}FePO{sub 4}

    SciTech Connect

    Prosini, Pier Paolo Gislon, Paola; Cento, Cinzia; Carewska, Maria; Masci, Amedeo

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Four different samples of FAP were synthesized by precipitation techniques. • The samples were used as precursors to synthesize electrochemical active LiFePO{sub 4}. • Their morphology, composition, structure and electrochemical performance were studied. • The LiFePO{sub 4} electrochemical performance resulted affected by the preparation method - Abstract: In this paper the morphological, structural and electrochemical properties of crystalline lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO{sub 4}) obtained from ferrous ammonium phosphate (FAP) have been studied. The FAP was obtained following four different processes, namely: (1) homogeneous phase precipitation, (2) heterogeneous phase precipitation from stoichiometric sodium phosphate, (3) heterogeneous phase precipitation from stoichiometric ammonium phosphate, and (4) heterogeneous phase precipitation from over stoichiometric ammonium phosphate. Lithium iron phosphate was prepared by solid state reaction of FAP with lithium hydroxide. In order to evaluate the effect of reaction time and synthesis temperature the LiFePO{sub 4} was prepared varying the heating temperatures (550, 600 and 700 °C) and the reaction times (1 or 2 h). The morphology of the materials was evaluated by scanning electron microscopy while the chemical composition was determined by electron energy loss spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction was used to evaluate phase composition, crystal structure and crystallite size. The so obtained LiFePO{sub 4}'s were fully electrochemical characterized and a correlation was found between the crystal size and the electrochemical performance.

  6. Shape coexistence in neutron deficient Po nuclei

    SciTech Connect

    Helariutta, K.; Cocks, J. F. C.; Enqvist, T.; Greenlees, P. T.; Jones, P.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Jaemsen, P.; Kankaanpaeae, H.; Kettunen, H.; Kuusiniemi, P.; Leino, M.; Muikku, M.; Piiparinen, M.; Rahkila, P.; Savelius, A.; Trzaska, W. H.; Toermaenen, S.; Uusitalo, J.; Allatt, R. G.

    1999-11-16

    The excited levels in {sup 192-195}Po have been studied using the recoil-decay tagging method. New levels have been identified. The data are in accordance with the scheme of the coexisting spherical and deformed intruder structures crossing each other with N<112.

  7. Shape Coexistence in Neutron Deficient Po Nuclei

    SciTech Connect

    Helariutta, K.; Cocks, J.F.C.; Enqvist, T.; Greenlees, P.T.; Jones, P.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Jamsen, P.; Kankaanpaa, H.; Kettunen, H.; Kuiusiniemi, P.; Leino, M.; Muikkui, M.; Piiparinen, M.; Rahkila, P.; Savelius, A.; Trzaska, W.H.; Tormanen, S.; Uusitalo, J.; Allatt, R.G.; Butler, P.A.; Page, R.D.; Kapusta, M.

    1999-12-31

    The excited levels in {sup 192-195}Po have been studied using the recoil-decay tagging method. New levels have been identified. The data are in accordance with the scheme of the coexisting spherical and deformed intruder structures crossing each other with N<112.

  8. The atmospheric chemistry of Po-218

    SciTech Connect

    Hopke, P.K.

    1990-09-30

    The chemical and physical properties of {sup 218}Po immediately following its formation from {sup 222}Rn decay are important in determining its behavior in indoor atmospheres and plays a major part in determining its potential health effects. In 88% of the decays, a singly charged positive ion of {sup 218}Po is obtained at the end of its recoil path. The neutralization rates for Po-218 by the small ion recombination, electron transfer or electron scavenging mechanisms were previously reported. We have measured the small ion recombination rate in high purity gases to determine the negative small ion production rate as a function of the ionization potential of the gas. Our previous studies have also shown that radiolysis of water vapor by the recoiling Po ion produces high local concentrations of hydroxyl ({center dot}OH) radicals. These radicals can lead to oxidation of reactive trace gases and the neutral polonium molecule can become incorporated in ultrafine particles formed by the nucleation of low vapor pressure compounds produced by this radical oxidation process. The hydroxyl radical production rate and the production of particles are currently being studied. 12 refs., 1 fig.

  9. Effects of hot-water extract of banana (Musa acuminata) fruit's peel on the antibacterial activity, and anti-hypothermal stress, immune responses and disease resistance of the giant freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbegii.

    PubMed

    Rattanavichai, Wutti; Cheng, Winton

    2014-08-01

    The hot-extracts isolated from fruit's peel of banana, Musa acuminata, was evaluated on the antibacterial activity to pathogens from aquatic animals, and immunostimulating potential, disease resistance and anti-hypothermal stress in giant freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii through injection administration. The banana peel extract (BPE) showed good activity against 1 Gram-positive and 3 Gram-negative pathogens, including Lactococcus garvieae, Photobacteria damsella, Vibrio alginolyticus and Vibrio parahemolyticus especially in prawn pathogen of L. garvieae strain, which were carried out by a disk diffusion method. Prawn received BPE via injection administration at 1-6 μg (g prawn)(-1) significantly increased total haemocyte count (THC), hyaline cell (HC), granular cell (GC), phenoloxidase (PO) activity and phagocytic activity against L. garvieae from 3 to 6 days, and significantly increased clearance efficiency against L. garvieae and a significantly decreased coagulation time of prawn from 1 to 6 days. Prawn injected with BPE at 6.0 μg (g prawn)(-1) for 6 days showed significantly increased superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, but significantly decreased respiratory bursts (RBs) of per haemocyte. Survival rates of M. rosenbergii injected with BPE at concentrations of 1, 3 and 6 μg (g prawn)(-1) were significantly higher than those injected with saline control after challenge with L. garvieae for 4-6 days, and the respective relative survival percentages of prawn were 28.6%, 38.1%, and 47.8%, respectively at 6 days. The sublethal time of prawns that had received saline and BPE at 1, 3 and 6 μg (g prawn)(-1) for 6 days and then were transferred from 28 °C to 14 °C were 69.4, 79.8, 83.6, and 90.2 h, respectively. It was concluded that the BPE can be used as the bacteriostat, and immunostimulant and physiological regulator for prawn through injection administration to enhance immunity, physiological responses, and resistance against L. garvieae.

  10. (210)Po and (210)Pb in medicinal plants in the region of Karnataka, Southern India.

    PubMed

    Chandrashekara, K; Somashekarappa, H M

    2016-08-01

    The activity concentrations of naturally occurring radionuclides (210)Po and (210)Pb were estimated in some selected medicinal plants and soil samples of coastal Karnataka in India. The mean activity concentrations of (210)Po and (210)Pb varied in the range of 4.7-42.9 Bq kg(-1) (dry weight) and 36.1-124 Bq kg(-1) (dry weight) in the soil samples, and 3.3-63.7 Bq kg(-1) (dry weight) and 12.0-406 Bq kg(-1) (dry weight), in the medicinal plant samples, respectively. The plants, Ocimum sanctum L. and Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng had significantly higher activity concentrations of (210)Po and (210)Pb than other species sampled. In spite of disequilibrium between them, these two radionuclides were well correlated in both soil and medicinal plants.

  11. Recombination luminescence of LaPO4-Eu and LaPO4-Pr nanoparticles

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    Malyy, T. S.; Vistovskyy, V. V.; Khapko, Z. A.; Pushak, A. S.; Mitina, N. E.; Zaichenko, A. S.; Gektin, A. V.; Voloshinovskii, A. S.

    2013-06-01

    The study of the spectral-luminescence parameters of LaPO4-Eu and LaPO4-Pr nanoparticles upon excitation by the synchrotron radiation with photon energies 4-40 eV was performed. The differences of the luminescence intensity dependence on the size for LaPO4-Eu and LaPO4-Pr nanoparticles excited at the range of matrix transparency, the range of band-to-band transitions, and the range of electronic excitation multiplication were revealed. The observed regularities are explained in terms of the electron-phonon and electron-electron scattering, surface losses, and exciton diffusion. The ratio between the length of thermalization and electron mean free path and the size of nanoparticle is determinative for the luminescence intensity upon excitation in the range of fundamental absorption of matrix and X-ray excitation.

  12. Low Temperature VOC Combustion Over Manganese, Cobalt and Zinc AlPO{sub 4} Molecular Sieves

    SciTech Connect

    Szostak, R.

    1997-03-31

    The objective of this project is to prepare manganese, cobalt and zinc containing AlPO{sub 4} molecular sieves and evaluate their catalytic activities for the removal of low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from gas streams. This report highlights our research activities for period October 1,1996 to March 31, 1997.

  13. Synthesis, non-isothermal kinetic and thermodynamic studies of the formation of LiMnPO4 from NH4MnPO4·H2O precursor

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sronsri, Chuchai; Noisong, Pittayagorn; Danvirutai, Chanaiporn

    2014-06-01

    NH4MnPO4·H2O was successfully synthesized by precipitating method. The LiMnPO4 was successfully generated through solid state reaction between synthesized NH4MnPO4·H2O precursor and Li2CO3. The morphologies were observed to depend on the reaction temperatures. The thermal decomposition of NH4MnPO4·H2O and the formation process of LiMnPO4 were confirmed by TG/DTG/DTA, FTIR, AAS/AES, XRD and SEM methods. The average crystallite size of NH4MnPO4·H2O, Mn2P2O7 and LiMnPO4 were found to be around 51.2, 44.9 and 48.1 nm, respectively. The non-isothermal kinetic parameters (kinetic triplet: Eα, A, g(α)) of the formation process of LiMnPO4 were evaluated from TG data by using Ozawa-Flynn-Wall and Kissinger-Akahira-Sunose methods. The iterative methods of both equations were carried out to determine the exact values of Eα. The Coats-Redfern equation and kinetic compensation effects were successfully applied to confirm the activation energy and the most probable mechanism functions of the formation of LiMnPO4. The thermodynamic functions (ΔH≠, ΔS≠, ΔG≠) of the transition state complexes of the formation of LiMnPO4 were calculated from the kinetic parameters for the first time.

  14. Distribution of Po-210 in two species of predatory marine fish from the Brazilian coast.

    PubMed

    Mársico, E T; Ferreira, M S; São Clemente, S C; Gouvea, R C S; Jesus, E F O; Conti, C C; Conte, C A; Kelecom, A G A C

    2014-02-01

    Polonium-210 ((210)Po) concentration was quantified in the muscle tissue and organs of two predatory marine fishes (Genypterus brasiliensis and Cynoscion microlepidotus) from Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The species C. microlepidotus, a benthic carnivore, registered higher (210)Po in its tissue. The organs associated with digestion displayed the maximum radionuclide compared with other organs. The average activity was 2 mBq kg(-1) for G. brasiliensis and it was 6 mBq kg(-1) for C. microlepidotus. The activity concentrations varied significantly between the species and among organs.

  15. 49 CFR 604.36 - Powers of a PO.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 7 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Powers of a PO. 604.36 Section 604.36 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued) FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CHARTER SERVICE Hearings § 604.36 Powers of a PO. A PO may: (a) Give notice...

  16. 49 CFR 604.36 - Powers of a PO.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 7 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Powers of a PO. 604.36 Section 604.36 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued) FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CHARTER SERVICE Hearings. § 604.36 Powers of a PO. A PO may: (a) Give notice...

  17. 49 CFR 604.36 - Powers of a PO.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 7 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Powers of a PO. 604.36 Section 604.36 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued) FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CHARTER SERVICE Hearings. § 604.36 Powers of a PO. A PO may: (a) Give notice...

  18. 49 CFR 604.46 - Recommended decision by a PO.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

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  19. Electronic states and potential energy surfaces of H2Te, H2Po, and their positive ions

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    Sumathi, K.; Balasubramanian, K.

    1990-06-01

    Geometries, bond energies, ionization potentials, dipole moments, other one-electron properties, and potential energy surfaces of six valence electronic states of H2Te and H2Po species are obtained using the relativistic complete active space multiconfiguration self-consistent field (CASSCF) followed by full second-order configuration interaction (SOCI) and relativistic configuration interaction (RCI) calculations including spin-orbit coupling. In addition, Rydberg states of H2Te and H2Se are studied to interpret the experimental spectra. The potential energy surfaces of two electronic states of H2Te+ and H2Po+ are obtained. The ground states of both H2Te and H2Po are found to be of X 1A1(A1) symmetry with bent (C2v) equilibrium geometries of H2Te:re =1.668 Å, θe=91.2°; and H2Po:re =1.835 Å and θe=90.9°. The ground states of H2Te+ and H2Po+ are X 2B1 with H2Te+:re =1.676 Å, θe=90.7° and H2Po+:re =1.828 Å and θe=88°. The De (HTe-H) and De (HPo-H) including spin-orbit effects are calculated as 63.2 and 39.4 kcal/mol, respectively. The X 2B1(E)-A 2A1(E) energy separations of H2Te+ and H2Po+ ions are calculated as 66.6 and 76 kcal/mol, respectively. The adiabatic IPs of H2Te and H2Po are calculated as 8.47 and 7.79 eV, respectively. In addition CASSCF/SOCI/RCI calculations are also carried out on the X 2Π3/2 and 2Π1/2 states of TeH and PoH diatomics. The X 2Π3/2-2Π1/2 energy separations of TeH and PoH are computed as 3710 and 9920 cm-1, respectively. Spin-orbit effects are thus found to be very significant for PoH and H2Po. All excited states of H2Te and H2Po are above 3.7 and 3.1 eV, respectively. Properties and energy separations of H2Te and H2Po are compared with the lighter group (VI) H2Ch species.

  20. Accumulation of polonium 210Po in tissues and organs of deer carvidae from Northern Poland.

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    Skwarzec, Bogdan; Prucnal, Malgorzata

    2007-01-01

    This study was undertaken to provide information on accumulation of polonium in tissues and organs of deer carvidae in order to assess the potential transport of this element via food-chain to game meat consumers. Livers, kidneys and muscles of large herbivorous animals belonging to three species: roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), red deer (Cervus elaphus) and fallow deer (Dama dama), collected in Northern Poland, were the subject of the present investigation. Activities of (210)Po were determined by means of alpha spectrometry along with relevant radiochemical procedures. The concentration of (210)Po in analyzed animals decreased in the order kidney > liver > muscle tissue. The average activity concentrations of (210)Po ranged between 0.02 +/- 0.01 Bq. kg(- 1) w.w. in muscles and 7.15 +/- 0.12 Bq. kg(- 1) w.w. in kidneys. Levels of polonium were not influenced by sampling location, sex, age and species of animals.

  1. Structural basis for duplex RNA recognition and cleavage by Archaeoglobus fulgidus C3PO

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    Parizotto, Eneida A; Lowe, Edward D; Parker, James S

    2013-01-01

    Oligomeric complexes of Trax and Translin proteins, known as C3POs, participate in a variety of eukaryotic nucleic acid metabolism pathways including RNAi and tRNA processing. In RNAi in humans and Drosophila, C3PO activates pre-RISC by removing the passenger strand of the siRNA precursor duplex using nuclease activity present in Trax. It is not known how C3POs engage with nucleic acid substrates. Here we identify a single protein from Archaeoglobus fulgidus that assembles into an octamer with striking similarity to human C3PO. The structure in complex with duplex RNA reveals that the octamer entirely encapsulates a single thirteen base-pair RNA duplex inside a large inner cavity. Trax-like subunit catalytic sites target opposite strands of the duplex for cleavage, separated by seven base pairs. The structure provides insight into the mechanism of RNA recognition and cleavage by an archaeal C3PO-like complex. PMID:23353787

  2. Balance and residence times of 210Pb and 210Po in surface waters of the northwestern Mediterranean Sea

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    Masqué, P.; Sanchez-Cabeza, J. A.; Bruach, J. M.; Palacios, E.; Canals, M.

    2002-10-01

    Concentrations of the naturally occurring radionuclides 210Pb and 210Po were determined in both the dissolved (<0.2 μm) and particulate (>0.2 μm) fractions in surface waters of the northwestern Mediterranean Sea. About 4-8% of the 210Pb activity was observed to be associated to particles, which were determined as being mostly biogenic. The 210Po content in the particulate fraction was generally greater than that of 210Pb, accounting for about 20% of the total activity. Total activities of 210Pb and 210Po were found to be in equilibrium. 226Ra concentrations were also determined in an effort to investigate its occurrence in Mediterranean waters. 226Ra was in excess to both 210Pb and 210Po, with a mean concentration of 1.72±0.03 Bq m -3. Steady-state balance equations of the three radionuclides permit calculation of residence times for 210Pb and 210Po in surface waters (0.8 and 3.0 yr, respectively). 210Po residence times were almost one order of magnitude higher than mostly reported values. Polonium is known to manifest higher affinity and different binding mechanisms (by entering the organic cycle) to biogenic material than 210Pb. Several processes, such as 210Po uptake by buoyant particles and recycling of organic matter in the surface layer, could lead to such long residence times of 210Po and, therefore, of organic particles in surface waters. Larger 210Po atmospheric fluxes than those here considered and inputs from rivers and/or fine-grained sediment resuspension could also help to explain the observation, although presumably to a lesser extent.

  3. Half-life of /sup 218/Po

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    Potapov, V.G.; Soloshenkov, P.S.

    1986-10-01

    The decay of Po 218 is accompanied by the emission of 6.00-MeV alpha particles. The most suitable method for studying it is the alphaspectrometric method. To generate radon, the source for RaA, the authors used a preparation of Ra 226 with a high degree of purity. Targets were prepared for measuring the half-life on a radon setup. Approximately 30 sec after holding in a radon atmosphere the target was placed with the polonium deposited on it into a vacuum chamber. It was noted that the intensity of the peak at 6.70 MeV decreases at the same rate as the decay of Po 218, and the ratio of the intensities of their peaks was equal to 0.037 +/- 0.007%. The spectra (alpha was analyzed on an LP-4900 analyzer. The values of the half-life that were obtained are in good agreement with the values obtained previously.

  4. LiHo(PO3)4

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    Ben Zarkouna, Emna; Driss, Ahmed; Férid, Mokhtar

    2009-01-01

    Lithium holmium(III) polyphosphate(V), LiHo(PO3)4, belongs to the type I of polyphosphates with general formula ALn(PO3)4, where A is a monovalent cation and Ln is a trivalent rare earth cation. In the crystal structure, the polyphosphate chains spread along the b-axis direction, with a repeat period of four tetra­hedra and 21 inter­nal symmetry. The Li and Ho atoms are both located on twofold rotation axes and are surrounded by four and eight O atoms, leading to a distorted tetra­hedral and dodeca­hedral coordination, respectively. The HoO8 polyhedra are isolated from each other, the closest Ho⋯Ho distance being 5.570 (1) Å. PMID:21581738

  5. Synthesis of g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} heterojunction with enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    He, Peizhi; Song, Limin; Zhang, Shujuan; Wu, Xiaoqing; Wei, Qingwu

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalyst with visible-light response was prepared by a facile coprecipitation method. The results show that g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} possesses a much higher activity for the decomposition of RhB than that of the pure Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} particles. The most mechanism is that g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalyst can efficiently separate the photogenerated electron–hole pairs, enhancing the photocatalytic activity of g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} composites. - Highlights: • g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} heterojunction showed much higher activity than that of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. • The high activity could be attributed to g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} for modifying Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. • More ·OH radicals may be significant reason to improve Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} activity. - Abstract: g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalyst with visible-light response was prepared by a facile coprecipitation method. The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, UV–vis absorption spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activities of the obtained samples were tested by using Rhodamine B (RhB) as the degradation target under visible light irradiation. g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} decomposed RhB more effectively than the pure Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} particles did, and 2 wt.% g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} had the highest activity. Furthermore, 2 wt.% g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} degraded high-concentration RhB more potently than unmodified Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} did, probably because g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalyst enhanced the photocatalytic activity by efficiently separating the photogenerated electron–hole pairs.

  6. PoET: Polarimeters for Energetic Transients

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    McConnell, Mark; Barthelmy, Scott; Hill, Joanne

    2008-01-01

    This presentation focuses on PoET (Polarimeters for Energetic Transients): a Small Explorer mission concept proposed to NASA in January 2008. The principal scientific goal of POET is to measure GRB polarization between 2 and 500 keV. The payload consists of two wide FoV instruments: a Low Energy Polarimeter (LEP) capable of polarization measurements in the energy range from 2-15 keV and a high energy polarimeter (Gamma-Ray Polarimeter Experiment - GRAPE) that will measure polarization in the 60-500 keV energy range. Spectra will be measured from 2 keV up to 1 MeV. The PoET spacecraft provides a zenith-pointed platform for maximizing the exposure to deep space. Spacecraft rotation will provide a means of effectively dealing with systematics in the polarization response. PoET will provide sufficient sensitivity and sky coverage to measure statistically significant polarization for up to 100 GRBs in a two-year mission. Polarization data will also be obtained for solar flares, pulsars and other sources of astronomical interest.

  7. Population and Decay of Superdeformed ^198Po

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    Johnson, M. S.; Cizewski, J. A.; Smith, M. B.; Thomas, J. S.; Becker, J. A.; Bernstein, L. A.; McNabb, D. P.; Schiller, A.; Fallon, P.; Macchiavelli, A. O.; Ward, D.

    2002-10-01

    The population and decay of superdeformed (SD) nuclei remains an area of current interest. Little is known about the entry distribution associated with the population of SD excitations, especially in more fissile systems where fission dominates at high angular momentum. The study of the quasicontinuous (QC) spectrum associated with SD excitations provides a probe of the feeding and decay of the SD band as well as information on the excitation energy and spin of SD states. To study the population and decay of SD states, the ^174Yb(^29Si,5n) reaction was used to populate excitations in ^198Po, the most fissile nucleus for which an SD band has been identified at high spin (D.P. McNabb et al.), Phys. Rev. C 53 R541 (1996). The measurements were performed at the 88-Inch Cyclotron facility at LBNL using the Gammasphere array with 101 Compton-suppressed Ge detectors. The present results for the entry distribution and QC spectrum for the SD band in ^198Po will be contrasted to the spectra associated with the ND excitations in ^198Po, as well as the results for ^195Pb and ^192,194Pb footnote D.P. McNabb et al., Phys. Rev. C 61, 031304(R) (2000) for which similar analyses have been reported.

  8. On the variation of the 210Po half-life at low temperature.

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    Pierre, S; Cassette, P; Loidl, M; Branger, T; Lacour, D; Le Garrérès, I; Morelli, S

    2010-01-01

    Experiments were performed to verify the possible influence of the temperature and source matrix on the half-life of (210)Po. Since the precise measurement of the activity of an alpha-emitting source at cryogenic temperature is far from trivial, a simpler approach was used: the activity of a (210)Po source was measured at ambient temperature, but in between the measurements, the source was cooled down during a few weeks in a liquid helium Dewar. A (210)Po solid source was prepared by electro-deposition on a silver plate. The activity of this source was first measured at room temperature, using the defined solid angle alpha measurement method. The source was then placed in a specific gastight container inside a liquid helium bath at 4 K during 28 days. Then the source was heated up and measured again using the same instrument in the same geometric conditions. The same experiment was repeated with the source coated with a thin layer of silver, in order to be sure that the radioactive material was fully embedded inside the metallic matrix. Our experiments showed no evidence of (210)Po half-life change at low temperature. A reduction of the half-life of (210)Po by 6.3% at low temperature, as claimed by Raiola et al. (2007), would have lead to a decay-corrected activity reduction of about 1% after 29 days, which would have been easily detectable. The paper describes the steps of this experiment and gives a detailed uncertainty budget for the measurements. The half-life of (210)Po obtained in each measurement is compared with the evaluated value of (138.3763+/-0.0017) d.

  9. Development of an Ultra-Pure, Carrier-Free 209Po Solution Standard

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    Collé, R.; Fitzgerald, R. P.; Laureano-Perez, L.

    2015-01-01

    Ultra-pure, carrier-free 209Po solution standards have been prepared and standardized for their massic alpha-particle emission rate. The standards, which will be disseminated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as Standard Reference Material SRM 4326a, have a mean mass of (5.169 ± 0.003) g of a solution of polonium in nominal 2.0 mol▪L−1 HCl (having a solution density of (1.032 ± 0.002) g▪ mL−1 at 20 °C) that are contained in 5 mL, flame-sealed, borosilicate glass ampoules. They are certified to contain a 209Po massic alpha-particle emission rate of (39.01 ± 0.18) s−1▪g−1 as of a reference time of 1200 EST, 01 December 2013. This new standard series replaces SRM 4326 that was issued by NIST in 1994. The standardization was based on 4πα liquid scintillation (LS) spectrometry with two different LS counting systems and under wide variations in measurement and counting source conditions. The methodology for the standardization, with corrections for detection of the low-energy conversion electrons from the delayed 2 keV isomeric state in 205Pb and for the radiations accompanying the small 0.45 % electron-capture branch to 209Bi, involves a unique spectral analysis procedure that is specific for the case of 209Po decay. The entire measurement protocol is similar, but revised and improved from that used for SRM 4326. Spectroscopic impurity analyses revealed that no photon-emitting or alpha-emitting radionuclidic impurities were detected. The most common impurity associated with 209Po is 208Po and the activity ratio of 208Po/209Po was < 10−7. PMID:26958444

  10. [Effect of population density on enzymatic activity of antioxidative and phenol oxidase systems of imagoes and nymphs of the marble cockroach Nauphoeta cinerea].

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    Murzagulov, G S; Saltykova, E S; Gaĭfullina, L R; Nikolenko, A G

    2013-01-01

    The work deals with effect of density of population on functional activity of components pf protective system of adult individuals and nymphs of the marble cockroach. The resistance of individuals has been noted to decrease both at individual maintenance and under conditions of overpopulation. Changes in activities of enzymes of antioxidative and phenoloxidase systems are studied ion the insect hemolymph and intestine. Possible consequences of isolation and overpopulation are discussed both for stability and for individual development.

  11. Enhanced visible-light photocatalytic performances of Ag3PO4 surface-modified with small amounts of TiO2 and Ag

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    Wang, Desong; Li, Lei; Luo, Qingzhi; An, Jing; Li, Xueyan; Yin, Rong; Zhao, Mangmang

    2014-12-01

    A novel approach has been developed to prepare an efficient visible-light photocatalyst using Ag3PO4 and TiO2 sol as precursors. First, Ag3PO4 particles were dipped into TiO2 sol for 5 min and were filtered quickly. Second, Ag3PO4 particles adsorbing a small amount of TiO2 sol were aged for 24 h to form TiO2 gel on their surface. Finally, Ag3PO4 particles covered by TiO2 gel were calcined at 450 °C for 2 h to obtain the surface-modified Ag3PO4 sample. The surface-modified Ag3PO4 was characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, UV-vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The visible-light photocatalytic performances of the surface-modified Ag3PO4 were evaluated by the photodegradation of methyl orange or phenol solution. The results showed that the surface-modified Ag3PO4 exhibited much higher visible-light photocatalytic activity and stability than pure Ag3PO4. As the amount of TiO2 gel on the Ag3PO4 surface increased, the visible-light photocatalytic activity increased first and then decreased. The surface-modification of Ag3PO4 obviously decreased its solubility in water environment due to the protection of TiO2 and Ag nanocrystals on the surface. The visible-light photocatalytic mechanism of the surface-modified Ag3PO4 has been discussed.

  12. Occurrence and distribution of 210Pb and 210Po in selected California groundwater wells.

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    Ruberu, Shiyamalie R; Liu, Yun-Gang; Perera, S Kusum

    2007-05-01

    Groundwater wells from across the State of California were sampled and analyzed for Pb and Po. The separation method involved Fe(OH)3 precipitation from a 5-L groundwater sample followed by electrodeposition of Po on a nickel disk. The resulting solution was passed through an ion-exchange resin column for the isolation of Pb. De-ionized water spiked at a concentration range from 4.92 mBq L(-1) to 755 mBq L(-1) with these radionuclide standards showed excellent accuracy and precision of the method. In the groundwater wells, overall activity of Pb ranged from 3.7 mBq L(-1) to 1,481 mBq L(-1) and the Po activity ranged from 0.25 mBq L(-1) to 555 mBq L(-1). Of the select wells tested, 27% for Pb and 19% for Po were above the proposed maximum contamination limits for these radionuclides, which are set at 37 mBq L(-1) and 26 mBq L(-1), respectively. From a public health perspective this is a concern, since the drinking water screening levels for gross alpha is at 555 mBq L(-1) and gross beta is at 1,850 mBq L(-1). At such high screening levels Pb and Po will not be captured, and this situation was found in several of the wells studied. The occurrence of Pb and Po are not correlated within the sources, however; the polonium concentrations were always lower than the lead concentrations. Activities of Pb measured from wells two years apart clearly demonstrated the continuous flux of groundwater within aquifers.

  13. Scientist-Educator Partnerships: the Cornerstone of Astrophysics E/PO

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    Meinke, Bonnie K.; Smith, Denise A.; Lawton, Brandon; Eisenhamer, Bonnie; Jirdeh, Hussein

    2015-11-01

    For nearly two decades, NASA has partnered scientists and educators by embedding Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) programs and funding in its science missions and research activities. This enables scientist and educators to work side-by-side in translating cutting-edge NASA science and technology for classrooms, museums, and public venues.The Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is uniquely poised to foster collaboration between scientists with content expertise and educators with pedagogy expertise. As home to both Hubble Space Telescope and the future James Webb Space Telescope, STScI leverages the expertise of its scientists to create partnerships with its collocated Education Team to translate cutting-edge NASA science into new and effective learning tools. In addition, STScI is home of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Astrophysics Science E/PO Forum, which facilitates connections both within the SMD E/PO community and beyond to scientists and educators across all NASA Astrophysics missions. These collaborations strengthen partnerships, build best practices, and enhance coherence for NASA SMD-funded E/PO missions and programs.We will present examples of astronomers’ engagement in our E/PO efforts, such as NASA Science4Girls.

  14. 210Pb and 210Po determination in environmental samples using liquid scintillation counting and alpha spectrometry

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    Pérez Sánchez, D.; Martin Sánchez, A.; Jurado Vargas, M.

    2003-01-01

    A simple radiochemical procedure has been developed to determine 210Pb and 210Po in environmental samples from the same matrix. Sediment samples are decomposed by leaching with mineral acids or by microwave digestion, while water samples are pre-concentrated. One part of the resulting solution, spiked with 209Po, is used for 210Po determination by spontaneous deposition onto nickel disks (α-spectrometry). The other part is assayed for 210Pb, separating the Pb either by anion-exchange (sediment samples), or by solvent extraction (water samples). The 210Pb source is finally prepared by precipitation as oxalate and the chemical recovery determined by gravimetry. The 210Pb activity concentration is determined by liquid scintillation. A standard sediment sample supplied by IAEA and spiked water samples were analysed to check the procedure. The 210Pb and 210Po measurements agreed well with the certifications, deviations being less than 10%. The mean recoveries for Pb and Po were (70±12)% and (77±8%) for sediments, and (70±10)% and (81±7)% for waters, respectively.

  15. Comparison of various dissolution techniques for determination of Po-210 in biological samples.

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    Planinšek, P; Benedik, L; Smodiš, B

    2013-11-01

    The aim of the present study was to compare three wet digestion procedures for dissolution of biological samples in the determination of Po-210. Classical wet ashing over a gas flame with acids in a long-necked Kjeldahl flask, digestion with acids in an Erlenmeyer flask and microwave digestion in a Teflon vessel at temperatures at up to 200°C were investigated. The results obtained showed that the activity concentrations of Po-210 found in the samples analysed were comparable for all the procedures used.

  16. Synthesis of Microspherical LiFePO4-Carbon Composites for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Yu, Linghui; Cai, Dandan; Wang, Haihui; Titirici, Maria-Magdalena

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports an “all in one” procedure to produce mesoporous, micro-spherical LiFePO4 composed of agglomerated crystalline nanoparticles. Each nanoparticle is individually coated with a thin glucose-derived carbon layer. The main advantage of the as-synthesized materials is their good performance at high charge-discharge rates. The nanoparticles and the mesoporosity guarantee a short bulk diffusion distance for both lithium ions and electrons, as well as additional active sites for the charge transfer reactions. At the same time, the thin interconnected carbon coating provides a conductive framework capable of delivering electrons to the nanostructured LiFePO4.

  17. Delithiation kinetics study of carbon coated and carbon free LiFePO4

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    Lepage, D.; Sobh, F.; Kuss, C.; Liang, G.; Schougaard, S. B.

    2014-06-01

    A chemical oxidation method was employed to measure the kinetics of lithium release from LiFePO4 during oxidation. Similar to potential step measurements, the chemical method simplifies quantification compared to the common electrochemical techniques (PITT, GITT etc.). It was found that the overall release of lithium fits one dimensional diffusion kinetics, however, it is also shown that the mechanism must be more complex as the derived activation energy led to an unusually low attack rate of ∼108 Hz. A comparison of carbon coated/carbon free LiFePO4 samples indicated that the carbon coating has only a marginal effect on the delithiation kinetics.

  18. Molecular dynamics study on ion diffusion in LiFePO4 olivine materials.

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    Zhang, Peixin; Wu, Yanpeng; Zhang, Dongyun; Xu, Qiming; Liu, Jianhong; Ren, Xiangzhong; Luo, Zhongkuan; Wang, Mingliang; Hong, Weiliang

    2008-06-19

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been employed to investigate the ionic diffusion and the structure of LiFePO 4 cathode material. The results correspond well with the published experimental observations. The simulation results indicated that the diffusion of lithium ions was thermally activated and more significant than those of other ions. Compared with other cathode materials, the shifts of ions were less significant in LiFePO 4. This suggested that LiFePO 4 was more thermally stable. The snapshots of the positions of lithium atoms over a range of the steps provided a microscopic picture and the picture showed the lithium ions migrated through one-dimension channels.

  19. NaCo(H2PO2)3: Crystal structure and physical study

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    El Bali, Brahim; Lachkar, Mohammed; Essehli, Rachid; Dusek, Michal; Rohlicek, Jan; Mircescu, Nicoleta; Haisch, Christoph

    2016-11-01

    NaCo(H2PO2)3 was synthesized in solution and its structure was studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. It crystallizes in the cubic space group P213 (#198), Z = 4, a = 9.2563(16) Å, V = 793.1(2) Å3. Final residual factors of the refined structure model R/Rw were 0.0367/0.0941. The cations Na+ and Co2+ are both octahedrally coordinated. [NaO6] and [CoO6] share edges to form channels propagating along [1,-1, -1] with the [H2PO2] pseudo-pyramids adjusted inside the channels to the above mentioned octahedra. The IR and Raman spectroscopic studies show the expected bands of the hypophosphite anion. NaCo(H2PO2)3 did not show any electrochemical activity under the electrochemical test conditions (2.4-4.5 V vs. Na/Na+).

  20. Synthesis and luminescence properties of KSrPO4:Eu2+ phosphor for radiation dosimetry

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    Palan, C. B.; Bajaj, N. S.; Omanwar, S. K.

    2016-05-01

    The KSrPO4:Eu phosphor was synthesized via solid state method. The structural and morphological characterizations were done through XRD (X-ray diffraction) and SEM (Scanning Electronic Microscope). Additionally, the photoluminescence (PL), thermoluminescence (TL) and optically Stimulated luminescence (OSL) properties of powder KSrPO4:Eu were studied. The PL spectra show blue emission under near UV excitation. It was advocated that KSrPO4:Eu phosphor not only show OSL sensitivity (0.47 times) but also gives faster decay in OSL signals than that of Al2O3:C (BARC) phosphor. The TL glow curve consist of two shoulder peaks and the kinetics parameters such as activation energy and frequency factors were determined by using peak shape method and also photoionization cross-sections of prepared phosphor was calculated. The radiation dosimetry properties such as minimum detectable dose (MDD), dose response and reusability were reported.

  1. Production and decay spectroscopy of {sup 192}Po and {sup 194}Po

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    Andel, B.

    2015-10-15

    A γ-ray spectroscopy study of the (11{sup −}) isomers in {sup 194}Po and {sup 192}Po was performed at the velocity filter SHIP at GSI (Germany). Nuclei were produced in fusion-evaporation reactions and investigated in the detection set-up at the focal plane after the separator. Several new γ transitions were attributed to the isomers and detailed analysis of the first γ-γ coincidences for both isomers is being prepared. For the reaction {sup 56}Fe + {sup 141}Pr → {sup 197}At*, excitation functions for astatine and polonium isotopes were measured and compared with HIVAP calculations.

  2. The Legacy of NASA Astrophysics E/PO: Conducting Professional Development, Developing Key Themes & Resources, and Broadening E/PO Audiences

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    Lawton, Brandon L.; Smith, Denise A.; Meinke, Bonnie K.; Bartolone, Lindsay; Manning, Jim; Schultz, Gregory R.; NASA Astrophysics E/PO Community

    2016-01-01

    For the past six years, NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has coordinated the work of its mission- and program-embedded education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts through four forums representing its four science divisions. The Astrophysics Forum, as the others, has built on SMD's long-standing principle of partnering scientists and educators and embedding E/PO in its missions to encourage and coordinate collaborative efforts to make the most efficient and effective use of NASA resources, personnel, data and discoveries in leveraged ways, in support of the nation's science education. Three priorities established early in the Forum's period of activity were to collaboratively enhance professional development for formal and informal educators, develop key themes & resources centered on astrophysics topics, and broaden the reach of astrophysics E/PO to traditionally underserved audiences in STEM subjects. This presentation will highlight some of the achievements of the Astrophysics E/PO community and Forum in these priority areas. This work constitutes an ongoing legacy--a firm foundation on which the new structure of NASA SMD education efforts will go forward.

  3. 210Po and 210Pb distributions and residence times in the nearshore region of Lake Superior

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    Chai, Yingtao; Urban, Noel R.

    2004-10-01

    The naturally occurring radionuclide, 210Pb, and its decay daughter, 210Po, were measured in the Keweenaw Peninsula region of Lake Superior. Water, suspended particles, sediment trap material (settling particles), and sediment cores and grab samples were collected along three transects that stretched from 1 to 20 km from shore. Departures from secular equilibrium (activity ratio of 210Po:210Pb = 1) were observed for most samples. 210Po-deficiency was observed in both suspended particles (TSP) with a ratio of 0.43 ± 0.05 (±95% confidence interval (CI)) and settling particles with a ratio of 0.57 ± 0.04; higher ratios in the settling particles resulted from an admixture of resuspended sediments. Ratios in the dissolved phase were 0.45 ± 0.12. Approximately 83% and 85% of total 210Po and 210Pb in the water column was in the particulate phase. No evidence of biological uptake of Po was found. Seasonal and spatial variability in activities and ratios was small. Using steady state solutions to the mass balance equations for both isotopes, similar residence times in the water column were calculated for 210Po and 210Pb (55 ˜ 75 days in a 150-m-deep water column). It was possible to calibrate a one-box model for the paired isotopes so that the model output closely matched rates of sediment and isotope resuspension estimated from sediment traps. However, this calibration required a fractionation of the isotopes during resuspension. The particle settling velocity was estimated to be 2.3 m d-1, which also is in agreement with the estimate (2.4 ± 2.2 m d-1) from sediment traps. These results indicate rapid fluxes of radioisotopes and sediments through the water column largely driven by resuspension of sediments in nearshore areas.

  4. Assessment of soil contamination by (210)Po and (210)Pb around heavy oil and natural gas fired power plants.

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    Al-Masri, M S; Haddad, Kh; Doubal, A W; Awad, I; Al-Khatib, Y

    2014-06-01

    Soil contamination by (210)Pb and (210)Po around heavy oil and natural gas power plants has been investigated; fly and bottom ash containing enhanced levels of (210)Pb and (210)Po were found to be the main source of surface soil contamination. The results showed that (210)Pb and (210)Po in fly-ash (economizer, superheater) is highly enriched with (210)Pb and (210)Po, while bottom-ash (boiler) is depleted. The highest (210)Pb and (210)Po activity concentrations were found to be in economizer ash, whereas the lowest activity concentration was in the recirculator ash. On the other hand, (210)Pb and (210)Po activity concentrations in soil samples were found to be higher inside the plant site area than those samples collected from surrounding areas. The highest levels were found in the vicinity of Mhardeh and Tishreen power plants; both plants are operated by heavy oil and natural fuels, while the lowest values were found to be in those samples collected from Nasrieh power plant, which is only operated by one type of fuel, viz. natural gas. In addition, the levels of surface soil contamination have decreased as the distance from the power plant site center increased.

  5. Cloning, expression, and characterization of a milk-clotting aspartic protease gene (Po-Asp) from Pleurotus ostreatus.

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    Yin, Chaomin; Zheng, Liesheng; Chen, Liguo; Tan, Qi; Shang, Xiaodong; Ma, Aimin

    2014-02-01

    An aspartic protease gene from Pleurotus ostreatus (Po-Asp) had been cloned based on the 3' portion of cDNA in our previous work. The Po-Asp cDNA contained 1,324 nucleotides with an open reading frame (ORF) of 1,212 bp encoding 403 amino acid residues. The putative amino acid sequence included a signal peptide, an activation peptide, two most possible N-glycosylation sites and two conserved catalytic active site. The mature polypeptide with 327 amino acid residues had a calculated molecular mass of 35.3 kDa and a theoretical isoelectric point of 4.57. Basic Local Alignment Search Tool analysis showed 68-80 % amino acid sequence identical to other basidiomycetous aspartic proteases. Sequence comparison and evolutionary analysis revealed that Po-Asp is a member of fungal aspartic protease family. The DNA sequence of Po-Asp is 1,525 bp in length without untranslated region, consisting of seven exons and six introns. The Po-Asp cDNA without signal sequence was expressed in Pichia pastoris and sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis demonstrated the molecular mass of recombinant Po-Asp was about 43 kDa. The crude recombinant aspartic protease had milk-clotting activity.

  6. Dosimetry of {sup 210}Po in humans, caribou, and wolves in northern Canada

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    Thomas, P.A.

    1994-06-01

    Effective doses from {sup 210}Po intake with caribou meat were determined for human residents in Baker Lake and Snowdrift in the Northwest Territories of Canada and compared to doses calculated from reported {sup 210}Po tissue activities in Alaskan and British residents. Effective doses were calculated to separate body tissues, using ICRP 60 human weighting factors and the ICRP 30 metabolic model for {sup 210}Po. Baker Lake and Alaskan effective doses were similar at 0.4 mSv y{sup {minus}1} and slightly higher than Snowdrift doses (0.3 mSv y{sup {minus}1}). Alaskan tissue activities indicated higher effective doses to liver, bone surfaces and red marrow and lower doses to spleen than the {sup 210}Po metabolic model (ICRP 1979a) predicts. Effective doses to Baker Lake and Snowdrift caribou and wolves, calculated from tissue activities, ranged from 7-20 mSv y{sup {minus}1} using human weighting factors for comparison to human doses only. Effective doses to northern Canadians and wildlife were, respectively, 7-11% and 1.8-5 times an estimated human background of 4 mSv y{sup {minus}} from all sources. 51 refs., 2 figs., 9 tabs.

  7. KPr(PO3)4

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    Oudahmane, Abdelghani; Daoud, Mohamed; Tanouti, Boumediene; Avignant, Daniel; Zambon, Daniel

    2010-01-01

    Single crystals of the title compound, potassium praseodymium(III) polyphosphate, were obtained by solid-state reaction. The monoclinic non-centrosymmetric structure is isotypic with all other KLn(PO3)4 analogues from Ln = La to Er, inclusive. The crystal structure of these long-chain polyphosphates is built up from infinite crenelated polyphosphate chains of corner-sharing PO4 tetra­hedra with a repeating unit of four tetra­hedra. These chains, running along [100], are arranged in a pseudo-tetra­gonal rod packing and are further linked by isolated PrO8 square anti­prisms [Pr—O = 2.3787 (9)–2.5091 (8) Å], forming a three-dimensional framework. The K+ ions reside in channels parallel to [010] and exhibit a highly distorted coordination sphere by eight O atoms at distances ranging from 2.7908 (9) to 3.1924 (11) Å. PMID:21588081

  8. We Need You! The Importance of Scientist Involvement in Education and Public Outreach (E/PO)

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    Buxner, S.; Hsu, B. C.; Meinke, B. K.; Shipp, S. S.; Schwerin, T. G.; Peticolas, L. M.; Smith, D.; Dalton, H.

    2013-12-01

    Active engagement of scientists in education and public outreach (E/PO) activities is beneficial for scientists, classrooms, and the general public. Scientist visibility in the public arena is important to garner public support, whose tax dollars fund scientific programs. Scientists are important disseminators of current, accurate scientific knowledge. They also, perhaps more importantly, understand the nature and process of science and have the means of understanding and addressing many of the issues facing society. Research has shown that while the public is interested in science, not all members are necessarily scientifically literate; additionally there is evidence than many students are not prepared for, or choosing to participate in science careers. And yet, a scientifically engaged, literate, and supportive public is a necessary partner in addressing important global challenges of the future. E/PO is a wonderful opportunity for scientists to demonstrate that science is interesting, exciting, fun, challenging, and relevant to society. In doing so, they can transfer ownership of science to the public through a variety of vehicles by increasing access to scientific thought and discovery. Through partnerships with E/PO professionals, teachers, or journalists, scientists can improve their communication and teaching skills, whether in an E/PO setting or their higher education careers. Sharing with the public what scientists do is an effective way to engage people in the scientific process and to express scientists' enthusiasm for what they do. Scientist involvement in E/PO also shows the public that scientists are real people and provides important role models for the next generation of scientists. There are many opportunities to get involved in E/PO! Find information on EarthSpace, a national clearinghouse for higher education materials in Earth and space science through an abstract by Nicholas Gross, et al. Learn about NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD

  9. A new polymorph of Lu(PO(3))(3).

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    Bejaoui, Anis; Horchani-Naifer, Karima; Férid, Mokhtar

    2008-07-19

    A new polymorph of lutetium polyphosphate, Lu(PO(3))(3), was found to be isotypic with the trigonal form of Yb(PO(3))(3). Two of the three Lu atoms occupy special positions (Wyckoff positions 3a and 3b, site symmetry ). The atomic arrangement consists of infinite helical polyphosphate chains running along the c axis, with a repeat period of 12 PO(4) tetra-hedra, joined with LuO(6) octa-hedra.

  10. Radioactivity of cigarettes and the importance of (210)Po and thorium isotopes for radiation dose assessment due to smoking.

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    Kubalek, Davor; Serša, Gregor; Štrok, Marko; Benedik, Ljudmila; Jeran, Zvonka

    2016-05-01

    Tobacco and tobacco smoke are very complex mixtures. In addition to various chemical and organic compounds they also contain natural radioactive elements (radionuclides). In this work, the natural radionuclide activity concentrations ((234)U, (238)U, (228)Th, (230)Th, (232)Th, (226)Ra, (210)Pb and (210)Po) of nine different cigarette samples available on the Slovenian market are reported. In addition to (210)Po, the transfer of thorium isotopes from a cigarette to a smoker's body and lungs have been determined for the first time. Cigarette smoke and exhaled air from smokers' lungs were collected from volunteer smokers (C-4 brand) to determinate what quantity of (210)Po and thorium isotopes is transferred from the tobacco to the smoker's lungs. Cigarette ash and smoked filters were also collected and analysed. Among the determined isotopes, (210)Pb and (210)Po showed the highest activity concentrations. During the smoking of one cigarette approximately 22% of (210)Po (and presumably its predecessor (210)Pb), 0.6% of (228)Th, 24% of (230)Th, and 31% of (232)Th are transferred from the cigarette and retained in the smoker's body. The estimated annual effective dose for smokers is 61 μSv/year from (210)Po; 9 μSv/year from (210)Pb; 6 μSv/year from (228)Th; 47 μSv/year from (230)Th, and 37 μSv/year from (232)Th. These results show the importance of thorium isotopes in contributing to the annual effective dose for smoking.

  11. Photocatalytic Performances of Ag3PO4 Polypods for Degradation of Dye Pollutant under Natural Indoor Weak Light Irradiation.

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    Teng, Fei; Liu, Zailun; Zhang, An; Li, Min

    2015-08-18

    It is still a big challenge for Ag3PO4 to be applied in practice mainly because of its low stability resistant to photo corrosion, although it is an efficient photocatalyst. Herein, we have mainly investigated its activity and stability under indoor weak light for the degradation of dye pollutants. It is amazing that under indoor weak light irradiation, rhodamine B (RhB) can be completely degraded by Ag3PO4 polypods after 36 h, but only 18% of RhB by N-doped TiO2 after 120 h. It is found that under indoor weak light irradiation, the degradation rate (0.08099 h(-1)) of RhB over Ag3PO4 polypods are 46 times higher than that (0.00173 h(-1)) of N-doped TiO2. The high activity of Ag3PO4 polypods are mainly attributed to the three-dimensional branched nanostructure and high-energy {110} facets exposed. After three cycles, surprisingly, Ag3PO4 polypods show a high stability under indoor weak light irradiation, whereas Ag3PO4 have been decomposed into Ag under visible light irradiation with an artificial Xe light source. This natural weak light irradiation strategy could be a promising method for the other unstable photocatalysts in the degradation of environmental pollutants.

  12. Thermochronology of the PoSen complex, northern Vietnam: Implications for tectonic evolution in SE Asia

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    Wang, Pei-Ling; Lo, Ching-Hua; Lan, Ching-Ying; Chung, Sun-Lin; Lee, Tung-Yi; Nam, Tran Ngoc; Sano, Yuji

    2011-03-01

    The PoSen complex, located closely adjacent to the southwestern margin of the Red River shear zone represents the uplifted basement of north Vietnam and may record the motion of the shear zone. However, its thermochronological history has not been fully examined yet. Here we applied U-Pb and 40Ar/ 39Ar dating methods to reveal its thermochronological history. U-Pb analysis of composite zircon grains by TIMS yielded an average age of 760 ± 25 Ma, clustering on the concordia line. Twelve SHRIMP U-Pb analyses also yielded a consistent result of 751 ± 7 Ma. Along with the geochemical features, the U-Pb dating results suggest the PoSen complex was a late Proterozoic magmatic complex, which could correspond to the Chengjiang orogeny, a widespread thermal event in southwest China. Results of 40Ar/ 39Ar dating of micas and K-feldspars were in the range of 36-30 Ma, revealing a rapid cooling and exhumation history of the PoSen complex during the late Paleogene. The time span of cooling and exhumation of the PoSen complex is slightly older than the main cooling phases of the Ailao Shan-Red River (ASRR) metamorphic massifs (28-17 Ma), but is synchronous with the early igneous activity stage in the eastern Indo-Asian collision zone of southeast China and north Vietnam. Owing to the ongoing debate about the initiation and offset of the ASRR shear zone, the tectonic force for the late Paleogene cooling of the PoSen complex is still inconclusive. The rapid exhumation of the PoSen complex could be in response to either the detachment of the Neo-Tethyan slab or a transpressional phase of continental subduction along the ASRR shear system in the eastern Indo-Asian collision zone.

  13. Collectivity of {sup 196}Po at low spin

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    Grahn, T.; Page, R. D.; Dewald, A.; Jolie, J.; Melon, B.; Pissulla, Th.; Greenlees, P. T.; Jakobsson, U.; Jones, P.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Ketelhut, S.; Leino, M.; Nyman, M.; Peura, P.; Rahkila, P.; Saren, J.; Scholey, C.; Sorri, J.; Uusitalo, J.

    2009-07-15

    Absolute electromagnetic transition probabilities in {sup 196}Po have been measured using the recoil distance Doppler-shift technique. The lifetimes of the three lowest yrast states in {sup 196}Po were extracted from singles {gamma}-ray spectra by using the recoil-decay tagging method. In addition, configuration mixing calculations of angular momentum projected mean-field states have been carried out for {sup 196}Po. The present study sheds light on the onset of collectivity and mixing of competing structures in neutron-deficient Po nuclei.

  14. Facile deposition of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} on graphene-like MoS{sub 2} nanosheets for highly efficient photocatalysis

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    Wang, Peifu; Shi, Penghui; Hong, Yuanchen; Zhou, Xuejun; Yao, Weifeng

    2015-02-15

    Graphical abstract: The photocatalytic performance of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} was highly improved by the in situ deposition of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} particles on graphene-like MoS{sub 2} nanosheets. - Highlights: • A novel composite photocatalyst was synthesized by depositing Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} on the graphene-like MoS{sub 2} nanosheets. • Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/MoS{sub 2} photocatalyst exhibited a high photocatalytic activity for RhB degradation. • Graphene-like MoS{sub 2} nanosheets. • MoS{sub 2} nanosheets play an important role in photocatalytic activity by serving as an effective acceptor of the photogenerated carriers. - Abstract: A facile method for the in situ deposition of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} on graphene-like MoS{sub 2} nanosheets was developed to improve the photocatalytic performance of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} catalysts. The heterostructure of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/MoS{sub 2} composites was characterized by using X-ray diffraction spectra (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The prepared Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/MoS{sub 2} photocatalyst exhibited a much higher photocatalytic activity than that of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation (>400 nm). The improved photocatalytic activity of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/MoS{sub 2} is attributed to the efficient separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs in the composite. This result provides a new perspective on the design of high-performance photocatalysts which is promising for energy applications.

  15. Improved photoelectrochemical performance of Z-scheme g-C3N4/Bi2O3/BiPO4 heterostructure and degradation property

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    Li, Junqi; Yuan, Huan; Zhu, Zhenfeng

    2016-11-01

    In g-C3N4/Bi2O3/BiPO4, the p-n junction between p-type Bi2O3 and n-type BiPO4 was encapsulated by g-C3N4 and a direct Z-scheme was built between g-C3N4 and Bi2O3. The optical, morphological and photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of BiPO4, g-C3N4/BiPO4, Bi2O3/BiPO4 and g-C3N4/Bi2O3/BiPO4 hierarchical Z-scheme system were studied. More than 90% photodegradation of methyl orange (MO) with the exposure of simulated solar light was achieved within 160 min with the g-C3N4/Bi2O3/BiPO4, which displayed remarkably promoted photocatalytic activities than other samples. The electrochemical impedance spectra and photocurrent results also proved that efficient charge separation and better electron transport properties were achieved by g-C3N4/Bi2O3/BiPO4. In general, the addition of g-C3N4 can guide the residual electrons on p-type Bi2O3 to recombine with photoholes of g-C3N4 and make sure the left carries exhibit stronger oxidation and reduction ability to boost the production of active groups.

  16. Z-scheme mechanism of photogenerated carriers for hybrid photocatalyst Ag3PO4/g-C3N4 in degradation of sulfamethoxazole.

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    Zhou, Li; Zhang, Wei; Chen, Ling; Deng, Huiping

    2017-02-01

    Composite or hybrid photocatalysts are gaining increasing interests due to the unique and enhanced photocatalytic activity. In this study, Ag3PO4/g-C3N4 with different ratios of Ag3PO4 and g-C3N4 were synthesized using a facile in situ precipitation method. The photocatalysts were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) and ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS). The photocatalytic performance was evaluated by the degradation of sulfamethoxazole (SMX), a model antibiotic compound, under visible light irradiation. It was found that the composite photocatalyst Ag3PO4/g-C3N4 with a mass ratio of Ag3PO4:g-C3N4 of 98:2 exhibited a higher photocatalytic activity than Ag3PO4/g-C3N4 with the mass ratio of 2:98 for the degradation of SMX. When Ag3PO4 was the primary part of Ag3PO4/g-C3N4 photocatalyst, the migration of photogenerated electron-hole showed a Z-scheme mechanism with photongenerated holes on the valance band of Ag3PO4 to oxidize pollutants. The separation mechanism was investigated by the photoluminescence technique and the scavengering of reactive oxygen species.

  17. Distribution of (210)Pb and (210)Po in boreal forest soil.

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    Vaaramaa, Kaisa; Aro, Lasse; Solatie, Dina; Lehto, Jukka

    2010-11-15

    Vertical distribution and activity contents of (210)Pb and (210)Po were investigated in forest soils of Scots pine-dominated (Pinus sylvestris L.) stands from seven different locations in Finland. The mean total inventory in the soil profile, up to 20cm, of (210)Pb was 4.0kBqm(-2) (range3.1-5.0kBqm(-2)) and (210)Po 5.5kBqm(-2) (range 4.0-7.4kBqm(-2)), the organic soil layer containing 45% of the total inventory of both nuclides. In both the organic and the mineral layers the (210)Po/(210)Pb ratio was close to unity indicating a radioactive equilibrium between them. In the litter layer there was, however, a clear excess of (210)Po suggesting that polonium is recycled via root uptake from the root zone to the ground surface. The activity concentration (Bqkg(-1)) of (210)Pb clearly correlated with organic matter and the Fe, Al and Mn concentrations in soil indicating that radioactive lead is associated both with humic substances and the oxides of iron, aluminium and manganese. Radioactive lead was also seen to follow the behavior of stable lead. No systematic correlation between polonium and soil properties was seen.

  18. The inflow of polonium (210)Po from Vistula river catchments area.

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    Skwarzec, Bogdan; Jahnz, Anna

    2007-12-01

    The activities of polonium (210)Po in Vistula unfiltered water samples, collected from November 2002 to November 2003, were measured using the alpha spectrometry. In winter, the highest concentration of (210)Po was in Vistula river water from Torun (2.72 +/- 0.04 Bq x m(-3)) and from the Wieprz river (5.46 +/- 0.07 Bq x m(-3) [Bequerel per cubic metre]), and the lowest was in water from Nida river (0.59 +/- 0.02 Bq x m(-3)). During spring, the highest concentration of (210)Po was observed in Vistula water collected in Deblin (5.98 +/- 0.03 Bq x m(-3)) and the lowest in water from the Narew river (1.20 +/- 0.12 Bq x m(-3)). In summer, the highest concentration of (210)Po was in Nogat river water collected in Malbork (3.18 +/- 0.04 Bq x m(-3)) and the Bzura river (5.30 +/- 0.02 Bq x m(-3)), the lowest in Wieprz river (0.49 +/- 0.09 Bq x m(-3)) and Vistula river water from Kraków (1.44 +/- 0.05 Bq x m(-3)). In autumn, the highest (210)Po concentration was in Bzura river (8.93 +/- 0.03 Bq x m(-3)), the lowest in Vistula water from Grudziadz (1.51 +/- 0.04 Bq x m(-3)), and Toruń (1.89 +/- 0.05 Bq x m(-3)). The highest quantity of (210)Po was transported from Vistula catchments area to the Baltic Sea in spring and the lowest in summer. Annually, the southern Baltic Sea is enriched by about 73.7 GBq (210)Po (with Leniwka and Nogat rivers), with 71.6 GBq going to Gdańsk Bay and 2.1 GBq to Vistula Lagoon. The highest surface (210)Po runoff was observed in spring (to 1370 kBq x km(-2) x quarter(-1) for Dunajec catchment's area), the lowest in summer (for Nida catchment's area to 100 kBq x km(-2) x quarter(-1)).

  19. Accumulation of (210)Po in coastal waters (Gulf of Trieste, northern Adriatic Sea).

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    Faganeli, Jadran; Falnoga, Ingrid; Benedik, Ljudmila; Jeran, Zvonka; Klun, Katja

    2016-07-20

    The total activity of (210)Po was determined by alpha-spectrometry in various samples (matrices) collected in the Gulf of Trieste (northern Adriatic Sea) where fresh water inflows, especially from the Isonzo River in the northern part, affect water quality. Observed (210)Po levels were: 1) 0.56-3.75 mBq/L in the dissolved phase (<0.45 μm) in the seawater column and local rivers, 2) 0.35-3.11 mBq/L (400-2300 Bq/kg, dry weight, dw) in suspended particulate matter (SPM, 0.45-20 μm) in the seawater column and local rivers, 3) 40 (Isonzo River) -158 Bq/kg (in a surface sediment cores collected in a NS transect in the gulf and sectioned to the depth of 20 cm) and 4) 239 (autumn) - 415 to 1800 (spring) Bq/kg (dw) in meso(zoo)plankton (>200 μm). In seawater and tributaries, up to 80% (mean 49%) of total (210)Po was found in particulate form. In sediments, slightly higher levels were encountered in the Isonzo prodelta and in the central (depocenter) part of the gulf. KD (L/kg) calculated between seawater and SPM, and seawater and sediment amounted to about 5 × 10(6) and 6 × 10(4), respectively. Lower autumn (210)Po levels can be a consequence of biological dilution by higher mesozooplankton biomass in the autumn compared to spring. Plankton fractionation revealed in general the highest levels in the >200 μm mesoplankton fraction (239-1800 Bq/kg) followed by 50-200 μm (388-996 Bq/kg) and 20-50 μm (318-810 Bq/kg) microplankton fractions. Obtained data show higher (210)Po levels in all matrices analyzed in the Gulf of Trieste compared to other Adriatic (central Adriatic) and western Mediterranean areas. The (210)Po/(210)Pb ratios in water, plankton and sediments were mostly below or around 1, while this ratio was much higher at higher trophic levels (up to about 50), reflecting a preferential bioaccumulation of (210)Po over (210)Pb. (210)Po accumulation between seawater and SPM and seawater and mesozooplankton amounted to 3.7 × 10(4) and 1.1

  20. Studies of {sup 194,195,197}Po

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    Carpenter, M.P.; Ahmad, I.; Crowell, B.

    1995-08-01

    The energy systematics of low-lying polonium states show sudden changes near N = 114. The observed drops in the low-lying levels of {sup 196,198}Po relative to the heavier isotopes indicate significant changes in the underlying structure of these nuclei. It is thought that this change is due to the onset of vibrational collectivity brought about by the quadrupole interaction between neutron and proton-pairs. In order to extend the Po systematics even further, we measured, for the first time, states in {sup 194,195,197}Po using the {sup 28}Si + {sup 170}Yb reaction at a beam energy of 142 MeV. The beam was supplied by ATLAS, and the data were taken with 10 Compton-suppressed Ge detectors placed at the target position of the Fragment Mass Analyzer. Preliminary level schemes were constructed for {sup 194,195,197}Po based on {gamma}-{gamma} and {gamma}-FMA coincidences. The results for {sup 194}Po show that the 2{sup +} - 0{sup +} transition energy decreased in energy by 140 keV relative to {sup 196}Po suggesting that this nucleus moved beyond the vibrational limit to more collective motion. An extrapolation of the systematics predicts that the 2{sup +} energy could drop another 140 keV between {sup 194}Po and {sup 192}Po which would indicate the onset of rotational motion. Currently, we have an approved experiment to investigate the decay of yrast isomers in {sup 194}Po which will allow us to (1) confirm our earlier level scheme of {sup 194}Po, and (2) assess the experimental conditions needed for a future study of {sup 192}Po.

  1. Distribution of (226)Ra-(210)Pb-(210)Po in marine biota and surface sediments of the Red Sea, Sudan.

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    Sirelkhatim, D A; Sam, A K; Hassona, R K

    2008-12-01

    Activity concentration levels and ratios of (226)Ra, (210)Pb and (210)Po are presented in multicellular marine algae, molluscs, coral as well as in surface marine sediments collected from the shallower waters of the fringing reefs area extending towards north and south (Flamingo bay) of PortSudan harbour, Sudan. The analyses were performed adopting alpha-spectrometry, liquid scintillation and Cerenkov counting techniques. Surface sediments from this coastal region are poor in their radioactivity content in contrast to similar data reported from different coastal areas around the globe. There is surface enrichment of (210)Pb and (210)Po with respect to their progenitor (226)Ra as it is evident from the activity ratios of (210)Pb/(226)Ra (3.03+/-1.79) and (210)Po/(226)Ra (2.23+/-1.56). Among marine plants and animals investigated, the green algae species, Halimeda, and coral species, Favites, show substantial concentration of radium at 8.2Bq/kg and 21.9Bq/kg dry weight, respectively. Similarly, the highest concentration of (210)Po was met in Favites at 38.7Bq/kg followed by brown algae, Cystoseria sp., at 32.6Bq/kg. There is no variation seen among algal species for (210)Pb uptake, however, converse to radium and polonium, Favites (coral) was found to contain the minimum concentration of lead (3.88Bq/kg). In most species there is preferential accumulation of polonium over its parent radium as indicated by (210)Po:(226)Ra activity ratio with Cystoseria (brown algae) showing the highest value at 8.81. On the other hand, (210)Po:(210)Pb activity concentration ratio revealed that coral species Favites (9.97) and the brown algae Sargassum (1.85) have a greater tendency to accumulate (210)Po over (210)Pb, while in the rest of species; this ratio is less than unity.

  2. Natural radionuclides (210)Po and (210)Pb in the Delaware and Chesapeake Estuaries: modeling scavenging rates and residence times.

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    Marsan, D; Rigaud, S; Church, T

    2014-12-01

    During the spring and summer months of 2012, (210)Po and (210)Pb activity were measured in the dissolved and particulate phases from the Delaware and upper Chesapeake estuaries. The upper Delaware estuary, near the freshwater end member, was characterized by high-suspended matter concentrations that scavenged dissolved (210)Po and (210)Pb. Box models were applied using mass balance calculations to assess the nuclides residence times in each estuary. Only 60% of the dissolved (210)Po and 55% of the dissolved (210)Pb from the Delaware estuary were exported to coastal waters. A large fraction of soluble (210)Po and (210)Pb within the estuary was either reversibly adsorbed onto suspended particles, trapped in sediment accumulation zones (such as intertidal marshes), bioaccumulated into phytoplankton and discharged to the coastal ocean. The upper Chesapeake estuary was largely characterized by sub-oxic bottom waters that contained higher concentrations of dissolved (210)Po and (210)Pb, hypothesized to be subjected to redox cycling of manganese. The Delaware and Chesapeake estuary mean residence times for (210)Po differed significantly at 86 ± 7 and 126 ± 10 days respectively, while they were similar for (210)Pb (67 ± 6-55 ± 5 days). The difference in residence times corresponds to the greater extent of biogeochemical scavenging and regeneration processes within the upper Chesapeake.

  3. Polonium (210Po) and lead (210Pb) in marine organisms and their transfer in marine food chains.

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    Carvalho, Fernando P

    2011-05-01

    The determination of (210)Po and (210)Pb was performed in marine organisms from the seashore to abyssal depths, encompassing a plethora of species from the microscopic plankton to the sperm whale. Concentrations of those radionuclides ranged from low values of about 5 × 10(-1) Bq kg(-1) (wet wt.) in jellyfish, to very high values of about of 3 × 10(4) Bq kg(-1) (wet wt.) in the gut walls of sardines, with a common pattern of (210)Po > (210)Pb.These radionuclides are primarily absorbed from water and concentrated by phyto- and microzooplankton, and then are transferred to the next trophic level along marine food chains. Investigation in epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathypelagic and abyssobenthic organisms revealed that (210)Po is transferred in the marine food webs with transfer factors ranging from 0.1 to 0.7, and numerically similar to those of the energy transfer in the marine food chains. As (210)Po preferentially binds to amino acids and proteins, its transfer in food chains likely traces protein transfer and, thus, (210)Po transfer factors are similar to ecotrophic coefficients. (210)Pb is transferred less efficiently in marine food chains and this contributes to increased (210)Po:(210)Pb activity ratios in some trophic levels.

  4. Morphology-controlled synthesis of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} nano/microcrystals and their antibacterial properties

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    Wu, Aiping; Tian, Chungui; Chang, Wei; Hong, Yu; Zhang, Qi; Qu, Yang; Fu, Honggang

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: The Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} with rhombic dodecahedral, spherical and small size particles were controllable fabricated just by changing the types of the solvent. The materials possess good antibacterial properties toward different kinds of bacteria. - Highlights: • The Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} with three morphologies were controllable fabricated. • The Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} as-prepared possess obvious antibacterial properties in the dark. • The antibacterial ability of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} could be greatly improved under the visible light irradiation. - Abstract: We reported the controllable fabrication of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} nano/microcrystals through a simple solution-based precipitation reaction. The samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy. The results indicated that the Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} crystals with three different morphology, including the rhombic dodecahedron of 500 nm, the sphere of 100 nm and the particles with small-size of 20 nm, could be obtained in the solvents of water, ethylene glycol (EG) and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). The antibacterial assay showed that all samples possess obvious antibacterial properties. In addition, the Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} with small size of 20 nm showed better activity due to their high specific surface areas. Notably, we have found that the antibacterial ability of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} could be greatly improved under the visible light irradiation, which are superior to that in the dark and commercial streptomycin.

  5. Anisotropic lithium ion migration in LiFePO4

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    Park, S. B.; Park, C. K.; Hwang, J. T.; Cho, W. I.; Jang, H.

    2011-12-01

    An anisotropic behavior of lithium ion migration in LiFePO4 is investigated using the cathode particles after chemical delithiation. A phase contrast of a LiFePO4 particle validating the directional property is also found. It suggests that the lithium ion migration path is limited to the [010] direction and the phase boundary between LiFePO4 and FePO4 is perpendicular [010]. The symmetric phase boundary inside the LiFePO4 particle is contrary to the non-directional core-shell model reported by others. The molecular dynamics simulation confirms the crystallographic direction with the lowest energy for lithium ion migration.

  6. 137Cs and 210Po in Pacific Walrus and Bearded Seal from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

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    Hamilton, T F; Seagars, D J; Jokela, T; Layton, D

    2005-02-02

    The activity concentration of Cesium-137 ({sup 137}Cs) and naturally-occurring Polonium-210 ({sup 210}Po) were measured in the muscle tissue, kidney and liver of Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) and bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) collected by native hunters from the Bering Sea. The mean {sup 137}Cs concentrations in muscle, liver and kidney of Pacific walrus were 0.07, 0.09 and 0.07 Bq kg{sup -1} (N= 5, wet weight), respectively, and 0.17, 0.10, and 0.17 Bq kg{sup -1} (N=2, wet weight), respectively, in bearded seal. In general, {sup 137}Cs tissue concentrations are significantly lower than those previously reported for mammals from other regions. By comparison, {sup 210}Po activity concentrations appear to be higher than those reported elsewhere but a larger variation. The mean {sup 210}Po concentration in the muscle tissue, liver and kidney of Pacific walrus (N=5, wet weight) were 28.7, 189, and 174 Bq kg{sup -1}, respectively. This compares with {sup 210}Po concentration values (N=2, wet weight) of 27, 207, and 68 Bq kg{sup -1} measured in the muscle tissue, liver and kidney, of bearded seal, respectively. Estimated bioaccumulation factors--as defined by the radionuclide concentration ratio between the target tissue to that in sea water--were two to three orders of magnitude higher for {sup 210}Po that those of {sup 137}Cs. We conclude from radiological dose estimates that ingestion of {sup 137}Cs in foods derived from walrus and seal will pose no threat to human health. This work has important implications for assessing health risks to Alaskan coastal communities concerned about the dumping of nuclear waste in the Russia Arctic.

  7. 137Cs and 210Po in Pacific walrus and bearded seal from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.

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    Hamilton, Terry; Seagars, Dana; Jokela, Terry; Layton, David

    2008-06-01

    The activity concentration of Cesium-137 ((137)Cs) and naturally-occurring Polonium-210 ((210)Po) were measured in the muscle tissue, kidney and liver of Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) and bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) collected by native hunters from the Bering Sea during May 1996. The mean (137)Cs concentrations in muscle, liver and kidney of Pacific walrus were 0.07, 0.09 and 0.07 Bq kg(-1) (n=5, wet weight), respectively, and 0.17, 0.10, and 0.17 Bq kg(-1) (n=2, wet weight), respectively, in bearded seal. In general, (137)Cs tissue concentrations are significantly lower than those previously reported for mammals from other regions. By comparison, (210)Po activity concentrations are more variable and appear to be higher level compared with mammal data from other regions. The mean (210)Po concentration in the muscle tissue, liver and kidney of Pacific walrus (n=5, wet weight) were 28.7, 189, and 174 Bq kg(-1), respectively. This compares with (210)Po concentration values (n=2, wet weight) of 27, 207 and 68 Bq kg(-1) measured in the muscle tissue, liver and kidney, of bearded seal, respectively. Estimated concentration factors--as defined by the radionuclide concentration ratio between the target tissue to that in sea water--were two to three orders of magnitude higher for (210)Po that those of (137)Cs. We conclude from radiological dose estimates that ingestion of (137)Cs in foods derived from walrus and seal will pose no threat to human health. This work has important implications for assessment of risks of Alaskan coastal communities concerned about the dumping of nuclear waste in the Russia Arctic.

  8. Hydrothermal preparation of LiFePO 4 nanocrystals mediated by organic acid

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    Ni, Jiangfeng; Morishita, Masanori; Kawabe, Yoshiteru; Watada, Masaharu; Takeichi, Nobuhiko; Sakai, Tetsuo

    Well-crystallized LiFePO 4 nanoparticles have been directly synthesized in a short time via hydrothermal process in the presence of organic acid, e.g. citric acid or ascorbic acid. These acid-mediated LiFePO 4 products exhibit a phase-pure and nanocrystal nature with size about 50-100 nm. Two critical roles that the organic acid mediator plays in hydrothermal process are recognized and a rational mechanism is explored. After a post carbon-coating treatment at 600 °C for 1 h, these mediated LiFePO 4 materials show a high electrochemical activity in terms of reversible capacity, cycling stability and rate capability. Particularly, LiFePO 4 mediated by ascorbic acid can deliver a capacity of 162 mAh g -1 at 0.1 C, 154 mAh g -1 at 1 C, and 122 mAh g -1 at 5 C. The crystalline structure, particle morphology, and surface microstructure were characterized by high-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Raman spectroscopy, respectively. And the electrochemical properties were thoroughly investigated by galvanostatic test and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS).

  9. Thermodynamic and kinetic investigations of PO3-4 adsorption on blast furnace slag.

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    Oguz, Ensar

    2005-01-01

    The kinetics of adsorption of PO(3-)(4) by blast furnace slag were found to be fast, reaching equilibrium in 20 min and following a pseudo-second-order rate equation. The adsorption behavior of PO(3-)(4) on blast furnace slag has been studied as a function of the solution agitation speed, pH, and temperature. Results have been analyzed by Freundlich, Langmuir, BET, and Dubinin-Radushkevich (D-R) adsorption isotherms. The mean energy of adsorption, 10.31 kJ mol(-1), was calculated from the D-R adsorption isotherm. The rate constants were calculated for 293, 298, 303, and 308 K using a pseudo-second-order rate equation and the activation energy (E(a)) was derived using the Arrhenius equation. Thermodynamic parameters such as DeltaH(0), DeltaS(0), and DeltaG(0) were calculated from the slope and intercept of linear plot of lnK(D) against 1/T. The DeltaH(0) and DeltaG(0) values of PO(3-)(4) adsorption on the blast furnace slag show endothermic heat of adsorption. But there is a negative free energy value, indicating that the process of PO(3-)(4) adsorption is favored at high temperatures.

  10. Po-210 and Pb-210 as atmospheric tracers and global atmospheric Pb-210 fallout: a review.

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    Baskaran, M

    2011-05-01

    Over the past ∼ 5 decades, the distribution of (222)Rn and its progenies (mainly (210)Pb, (210)Bi and (210)Po) have provided a wealth of information as tracers to quantify several atmospheric processes that include: i) source tracking and transport time scales of air masses; ii) the stability and vertical movement of air masses iii) removal rate constants and residence times of aerosols; iv) chemical behavior of analog species; and v) washout ratios and deposition velocities of aerosols. Most of these applications require that the sources and sink terms of these nuclides are well characterized. Utility of (210)Pb, (210)Bi and (210)Po as atmospheric tracers requires that data on the (222)Rn emanation rates is well documented. Due to low concentrations of (226)Ra in surface waters, the (222)Rn emanation rates from the continent is about two orders of magnitude higher than that of the ocean. This has led to distinctly higher (210)Pb concentrations in continental air masses compared to oceanic air masses. The highly varying concentrations of (210)Pb in air as well the depositional fluxes have yielded insight on the sources and transit times of aerosols. In an ideal enclosed air mass (closed system with respect to these nuclides), the residence times of aerosols obtained from the activity ratios of (210)Pb/(222)Rn, (210)Bi/(210)Pb, and (210)Po/(210)Pb are expected to agree with each other, but a large number of studies have indicated discordance between the residence times obtained from these three pairs. Recent results from the distribution of these nuclides in size-fractionated aerosols appear to yield consistent residence time in smaller-size aerosols, possibly suggesting that larger size aerosols are derived from resuspended dust. The residence times calculated from the (210)Pb/(222)Rn, (210)Bi/(210)Pb, and (210)Po/(210)Pb activity ratios published from 1970's are compared to those data obtained in size-fractionated aerosols in this decade and possible reasons for

  11. Investigations of the partitioning and residence times of Po-210 and Pb-210 in a riverine system in Southeast Michigan, USA.

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    Mudbidre, R; Baskaran, M; Schweitzer, L

    2014-12-01

    Some of the daughter products in the (222)Rn-decay series, such as (210)Po and (210)Pb, have been widely used as tracers and chronometers in aqueous systems. We measured the concentrations of (210)Pb and (210)Po in the dissolved (≤0.5 μm), bulk (unfiltered) and particulate phases (≥1 μm) collected in the Clinton River in the Lake St. Clair watershed in Southeast Michigan in order to investigate their partitioning between particulate and dissolved phases. Activity measurements of the dissolved and particulate phases revealed that an average of 38% (range: 12-59%) and 33% (range: 12-66%) of the total (210)Pb and (210)Po, respectively, in the water column was found in the particulate phase. The activity of dissolved and total (210)Pb was higher than that of (210)Po because of the higher atmospheric depositional fluxes of (210)Pb compared to (210)Po. Although the calculated Kd values of (210)Pb and (210)Po were similar, there was an inverse relationship between the Kd and suspended particulate matter concentration, indicating the presence of a particle concentration effect and we attribute this observation to the presence of significant amounts of colloidal (210)Po and (210)Pb in the dissolved phase. The fractionation factors for Po and Pb were found to be less than 1 in most cases. The first-order box model calculation-based residence times with respect to scavenging varied from 2 to 25 days for (210)Pb and 19-78 days for (210)Po, indicating higher particle-reactivity of (210)Pb compared to (210)Po.

  12. A novel visible light-driven Ag3PO4/SBA-15 nanocomposite: Preparation and application in the photo-degradation of pollutants

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    Chai, Yuanyuan; Wang, Li; Ren, Jia; Dai, Wei-Lin

    2015-01-01

    A novel visible light-driven environmental-benign Ag3PO4/SBA-15 nanocomposite photo-catalyst was synthesized for the photo-degradation of pollutants. The exploration on adsorption and photo-catalysis of dye or organic pollution for the nanocomposite was carried out. The adsorption capability for Ag3PO4/SBA-15 nanocomposite increases by 3 times compared with that of the Ag3PO4 particles. The photo-catalytic activity of nanocomposite is higher than pristine Ag3PO4 nanoparticle for the degradation of RhB or MO under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). The effect of Ag3PO4 loading on the catalytic performance was also studied. The results show that the optimum degradation is achieved over 20% Ag3PO4/SBA-15. Compared to pure Ag3PO4 nanoparticle, the most efficient catalyst showed 8 times higher photo-catalytic activity for the degradation of RhB. The Ag3PO4/SBA-15 catalysts were systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and N2-adsorption-desorption isotherms (BET). A possible mechanism scheme regarding photo-degradation enhancement induced by dye enrichments has been proposed on the Ag3PO4/SBA-15 nanocomposite. Additionally, the SBA-15 support can enhance the efficiency of separation of catalyst from the reaction mixture, implying that the Ag3PO4 loading on the SBA-15 catalyst will not result in the extra environment and health problems and reduce the cost of wastewater treatment.

  13. Specific absorption spectra of hemoglobin at different PO2 levels: potential noninvasive method to detect PO2 in tissues.

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    Liu, Peipei; Zhu, Zhirong; Zeng, Changchun; Nie, Guang

    2012-12-01

    Hemoglobin (Hb), as one of main components of blood, has a unique quaternary structure. Its release of oxygen is controlled by oxygen partial pressure (PO2). We investigate the specific spectroscopic changes in Hb under different PO2 levels to optimize clinical methods of measuring tissue PO2. The transmissivity of Hb under different PO2 levels is measured with a UV/Vis fiber optic spectrometer. Its plotted absorption spectral curve shows two high absorption peaks at 540 and 576 nm and an absorption valley at 560 nm when PO2 is higher than 100 mm Hg. The two high absorption peaks decrease gradually with a decrease in PO2, whereas the absorption valley at 560 nm increases. When PO2 decreases to approximately 0 mm Hg, the two high absorption peaks disappear completely, while the absorption valley has a hypochromic shift (8 to 10 nm) and forms a specific high absorption peak at approximately 550 nm. The same phenomena can be observed in visible reflectance spectra of finger-tip microcirculation. Specific changes in extinction coefficient and absorption spectra of Hb occur along with variations in PO2, which could be used to explain pathological changes caused by tissue hypoxia and for early detection of oxygen deficiency diseases in clinical monitoring.

  14. Specific absorption spectra of hemoglobin at different PO2 levels: potential noninvasive method to detect PO2 in tissues

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    Liu, Peipei; Zhu, Zhirong; Zeng, Changchun; Nie, Guang

    2012-12-01

    Hemoglobin (Hb), as one of main components of blood, has a unique quaternary structure. Its release of oxygen is controlled by oxygen partial pressure (PO2). We investigate the specific spectroscopic changes in Hb under different PO2 levels to optimize clinical methods of measuring tissue PO2. The transmissivity of Hb under different PO2 levels is measured with a UV/Vis fiber optic spectrometer. Its plotted absorption spectral curve shows two high absorption peaks at 540 and 576 nm and an absorption valley at 560 nm when PO2 is higher than 100 mm Hg. The two high absorption peaks decrease gradually with a decrease in PO2, whereas the absorption valley at 560 nm increases. When PO2 decreases to approximately 0 mm Hg, the two high absorption peaks disappear completely, while the absorption valley has a hypochromic shift (8 to 10 nm) and forms a specific high absorption peak at approximately 550 nm. The same phenomena can be observed in visible reflectance spectra of finger-tip microcirculation. Specific changes in extinction coefficient and absorption spectra of Hb occur along with variations in PO2, which could be used to explain pathological changes caused by tissue hypoxia and for early detection of oxygen deficiency diseases in clinical monitoring.

  15. Partial characterisation of pediocin PO2 and comparison with nisin for biopreservation of meat products.

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    Coventry, M J; Muirhead, K; Hickey, M W

    1995-07-01

    A plasmid associated bacteriocin (pediocin PO2) was isolated by ammonium sulphate precipitation from cell-free growth media and subsequent studies showed that the partially purified pediocin PO2 was most likely identical (molecular mass approximately 3200 daltons in size by SDS-PAGE, stable to low pH and heat at 121 degrees C for 15 min, inactivated by various proteolytic enzymes and resistant to treatment with a range of solvents, except 10% formaldehyde) to other pediocins (PA-1 and AcH) previously reported. The antagonistic spectrum of activity of pediocin PO2 was compared with nisin and showed a narrower host-range, but a much greater activity against Listeria species including strains of Listeria monocytogences, than did nisin. A rapid method of reflectance colorimetry was used to quantitate growth and acid production (as determined by the colour change in bromcresol purple) of Lactobacillus curvatus, added to a meat product model system. The combined effects of refrigeration temperature, microbial load and bacteriocin concentration were determined in the model over 15 days storage. Both nisin and pediocin demonstrated inhibitory activity against Lactobacillus curvatus in the model system. However, when bacteriocins were incorporated into a manufactured cooked meat product only low nisin activity and no pediocin activity was detected, after challenge of vacuum packaged slices of product with Lactobacillus curvatus, over a 21 day storage trial under refrigeration temperatures.

  16. Comparison of S, Se, and 210Po accumulation patterns in common squid Todarodes pacificus from the Yellow Sea and East/Japan Sea

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    Waska, Hannelore; Kim, Guebuem; Kim, Gi Beum

    2013-06-01

    Activities of 210Po and concentrations of the chalcogen elements S and Se, were measured in muscle, stomach, gill, and hepatopancreas tissues of two groups of the common squid, Todarodes pacificus, from common spawning grounds but different feeding grounds: The Yellow Sea and the East/Japan Sea. All elements displayed lowest concentrations in the muscle tissues, but while S was highest in stomach and gills tissues, Se and 210Po were highest in hepatopancreas tissues, probably due to compartmentalization based on their toxicity. Whole body burden calculations based on organ weight contributions confirmed that the majority of the squids total S is contributed by the muscle while the majority of 210Po is contributed by the hepatopancreas. Overall, squids from the East/Japan Sea displayed significantly higher 210Po activities than those from the Yellow Sea, in line with previous reports on higher activities of dissolved 210Po in the water column of the former compared to the latter, which likely affects bioaccumulation by the foodweb. Tissue-based correlation patterns of the three chalcogens with each other and with the toxic heavy metal Cd suggest S- and Se-containing detoxifying mechanisms for 210Po and Cd in stomach and gills, but not in the hepatopancreas, which supports previous hypotheses that both 210Po and Cd could be bound to S- and Se-depleted compounds in the squid hepatopancreas.

  17. 210Po, 210Pb, 40K and 137Cs in edible wild berries and mushrooms and ingestion doses to man from high consumption rates of these wild foods.

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    Gwynn, Justin P; Nalbandyan, Anna; Rudolfsen, Geir

    2013-02-01

    This paper discusses activity concentrations of (210)Po, (210)Pb, (40)K and (137)Cs in edible wild berries and mushrooms collected from Øvre Dividalen national park, Northern Norway and derives committed effective ingestion doses to man based on high consumption rates of these wild foods. Edible wild berries and mushrooms accumulated similar levels of (210)Pb, but mushrooms accumulated higher levels of (210)Po and (40)K than berries. There appears to be a clear difference in the ability of Leccinum spp. of fungi to accumulate (210)Po and/or translocate (210)Po to mushrooms compared to Russula spp. of fungi. Activity concentrations of (137)Cs in edible wild berries and mushrooms from Øvre Dividalen national park reflected the lower levels of fallout of this radionuclide in Northern Norway compared to more central areas following the Chernobyl accident. For mushrooms, ingestion doses are dominated by (210)Po, while for berries, (40)K is typically the main contributor to dose. Based on high consumption rates, ingestion doses arising from the combination of (210)Po, (210)Pb and (40)K were up to 0.05 mSv/a for berries and 0.50 mSv/a for mushrooms. Consumption of such wild foods may result in a significant contribution to total annual doses when consumed in large quantities, particularly when selecting mushrooms species that accumulate high activity concentrations of (210)Po.

  18. 210Po and 210Pb trophic transfer within the phytoplankton-zooplankton-anchovy/sardine food web: a case study from the Gulf of Lion (NW Mediterranean Sea).

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    Strady, Emilie; Harmelin-Vivien, Mireille; Chiffoleau, Jean François; Veron, Alain; Tronczynski, Jacek; Radakovitch, Olivier

    2015-05-01

    The transfer of (210)Po and (210)Pb in the food web of small pelagic fishes (from phytoplankton and zooplankton to anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus and sardine Sardina pilchardus) is investigated in the Gulf of Lion (GoL). We present original data of (210)Po and (210)Pb activity concentrations, C and N stable isotope ratios, measured (i) from different size classes of phytoplankton and zooplankton during spring and winter in different environments of the GoL, and (ii) in two fish species. Significant spatial patterns based on (210)Po, (210)Pb activity concentrations and (210)Po/(210)Pb ratios in the different plankton size classes are evidenced by hierarchical clustering, both in spring and winter. This variability, also observed for C and N stable isotopes ratios, is connected to local specific pelagic habitats and hydrodynamics. The sampling strategy suggests that (210)Po bioaccumulation in the GoL remains at a constant level from the first (dominated by phytoplankton) to the second trophic level (zooplankton), while (210)Pb bioaccumulation shows an increase in winter. Based on stable N isotope ratios and (210)Po activity concentrations measured in anchovies and sardines, we evidence (210)Po bio-magnification along the trophic food web of these two planktivorous pelagic fishes.

  19. Monodispersed Ag3PO4 nanocrystals loaded on the surface of spherical Bi2MoO6 with enhanced photocatalytic performance.

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    Xu, Yang-Sen; Zhang, Wei-De

    2013-01-28

    Spherical Bi(2)MoO(6) nanoarchitectures with scale of 500 nm-2 μm were prepared by a solvothermal reaction using bismuth nitrate and ammonium molybdate as precursors. Ag(3)PO(4) nanoparticles were then deposited onto the surface of Bi(2)MoO(6)via a facile deposition-precipitation technique. The photocatalytic tests display that the Ag(3)PO(4)/Bi(2)MoO(6) nanocomposites possess a much higher rate for degradation of rhodamine B and methylene blue than the pure Ag(3)PO(4) nanoparticles and Bi(2)MoO(6) under visible light. The catalytic activity of the composite photocatalysts is greatly influenced by the loading level of Ag(3)PO(4). The 50 mol% Ag(3)PO(4)-loaded Bi(2)MoO(6) spheres exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity in both the decolorization of RhB and MB. The observed improvement in photocatalytic activity is associated with the extended absorption in the visible light region resulting from the Ag(3)PO(4) nanoparticles, and the effective separation of photogenerated carriers at the Ag(3)PO(4)/Bi(2)MoO(6) interfaces. In addition, the composite can be easily reclaimed by sedimentation without any loss of its stability. Moreover, the tests of radical scavengers confirmed that h(+) and ˙OH were the main reactive species for the degradation of RhB.

  20. Estimation of past radon exposure to indoor radon from embedded (210)Po in household glass.

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    Gusain, G S; Rautela, B S; Ramola, R C

    2012-11-01

    In the present investigation, the surface-deposited polonium activities were measured in houses in the Ukhimath region of Garhwal Himalaya, India. The surface-deposited (210)Po activity concentrations were found to vary from 0.7 to 15.40 Bq m(-2) with an average of 5.95 Bq m(-2). The radon concentration estimated on the basis of (210)Po activity was found to vary from 0.29 to 700 Bq m(-3) with an average value 242 Bq m(-3). The contemporary radon concentration in the area was found to vary from 13 to 181 Bq m(-3) with an average of 46 Bq m(-3). The annual effective dose due to (210)Po activity in houses in the Garhwal Himalaya region was found to vary from 0.61 to 13.33 mSv with an average of 5.15 mSv. Some worldwide studies have shown the relation between the increased risk of lung cancer and smoking habits. Data on smoking have also been collected from the same dwellings. The significance of this work is also discussed in detail from a radiation protection point of view.

  1. Synthesis, crystal structure, and ionic conductivity of a new layered metal phosphate, Li2Sr2Al(PO4)3

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    Kim, Sung-Chul; Kwak, Hyun-Jung; Yoo, Chung-Yul; Yun, Hoseop; Kim, Seung-Joo

    2016-11-01

    A new layered metal phosphate, Li2Sr2Al(PO4)3, was synthesized in the form of either a single-crystal or polycrystalline powder using the molten hydroxide flux method or a solid-state reaction, respectively. Li2Sr2Al(PO4)3 crystallizes to the P21/n (Z=4) monoclinic space group with lattice parameters a≈4.95 Å, b≈22.06 Å, c≈8.63 Å, and β≈91.5°. The structure is composed of stacked [LiSrAl(PO4)2] layers alternating regularly with [LiSrPO4] layers. In the [LiSrAl(PO4)2] sublattice, the AlO6 octahedra and PO4 tetrahedra are tilted cooperatively to form an anionic, corrugated, two-dimensional [Al(PO4)2]3- framework that can be regarded as a "distorted-glaserite" structure. The [LiSrPO4] sublattice is that of a layered block containing a six-membered ring formed from alternating linkages of LiO4 and PO4 tetrahedra. The six-membered rings show a boat-type arrangement with the up(U) or down(D) pointing sequence, UUDUUD. The interspace between the two sublattices generates a two-dimensional pathway for Li+ ion conduction. The impedance measurement indicated that Li2Sr2Al(PO4)3 had a moderate ion conductivity (σ≈1.30×10-4 S cm-1 at 667 K), with an activation energy Ea≈1.02 eV.

  2. A new polymorph of Lu(PO3)3

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    Bejaoui, Anis; Horchani-Naifer, Karima; Férid, Mokhtar

    2008-01-01

    A new polymorph of lutetium polyphosphate, Lu(PO3)3, was found to be isotypic with the trigonal form of Yb(PO3)3. Two of the three Lu atoms occupy special positions (Wyckoff positions 3a and 3b, site symmetry ). The atomic arrangement consists of infinite helical polyphosphate chains running along the c axis, with a repeat period of 12 PO4 tetra­hedra, joined with LuO6 octa­hedra. PMID:21202991

  3. Nanocomposite of exfoliated bentonite/g-C3N4/Ag3PO4 for enhanced visible-light photocatalytic decomposition of Rhodamine B.

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    Ma, Jianfeng; Huang, Daiqin; Zhang, Wenyi; Zou, Jing; Kong, Yong; Zhu, Jianxi; Komarneni, Sridhar

    2016-11-01

    Novel visible-light-driven heterojunction photocatalyst comprising exfoliated bentonite, g-C3N4 and Ag3PO4 (EB/g-C3N4/Ag3PO4) was synthesized by a facile and green method. The composites EB/g-C3N4/Ag3PO4 were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and the Brunauer, Emmett, and Teller (BET) surface area method. Under visible light irradiation, EB/g-C3N4/Ag3PO4 composites displayed much higher photocatalytic activity than that of either pure g-C3N4 or pure Ag3PO4 in the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB). Among the hybrid photocatalysts, EB/g-C3N4/Ag3PO4 composite containing 20 wt% Ag3PO4 exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity for the decolorization of RhB. Under the visible-light irradiation, the RhB dye was completely decolorized in less than 60 min. The enhanced photocatalytic performance is attributed to the stable structure, enlarged surface area, strong adsorbability, strong light absorption ability, and high-efficiency separation rate of photoinduced electron-hole pairs. Our finding paves a way to design highly efficient and stable visible-light-induced photocatalysts for practical applications in wastewater treatment.

  4. Chemistry and electrochemistry of composite LiFePO4 materials for secondary lithium batteries

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    Franger, S.; Benoit, C.; Bourbon, C.; Le Cras, F.

    2006-05-01

    In this paper, we report some practical data concerning the electrochemical behaviour of composite lithium iron phosphates, at higher rates of charge discharge, at lower operating temperatures and during long cycle life tests. These results were collected on composite LiFePO4 powders (whose submicrometer particles were coated by carbon or boron-based wraps), all obtained from optimized syntheses using mechanochemical activation of an iron (II) precursor as main starting material.

  5. [The management of nurses' training school of PO KU NYO KWAN (1903~1933)].

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    Lee, Bang-weon

    2011-12-31

    This paper aims to examine the establishing background, curriculum and organization of personnel of Nurses' Training School of PO KU NYO KWAN(Caring For and Saving Woman's Hospital), the first nurses' training school in Korea. It is attempt to richen Korean medical history by the historical approach to modern nurses' training institution in Korea. PO KU NYO KWAN, the first women's hospital in Korea was established in 1887 by Metta Howard, who was sent by the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of Northern Methodist Episcopal Church. Women doctors who were responsible for PO KU NYO KWAN felt the necessity of the professional nurses' training institution during performing medical activity with the help of Korean assistants and asked the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society to establish the nurses' training institution consistently. Margaret J. Edmunds was sent with the mission to establish nurses' training school in PO KU NYO KWAN. She made regulations for establishing nurses' training school, translated 'nurse' into "Gan-ho-won" in Korean language, made nurses' uniforms and prepared textbooks. Nurses' Training School of PO KU NYO KWAN was opened late December in 1903 officially. It had various subjects relating nursing in curriculum. The faculty of it was mainly comprised of medical missionaries of Methodist Episcopal Church and Presbyterian Church. Also the graduates of Severance Medical School and the graduates and students of Nurses' Training School of PO KU NYO KWAN participated its curriculum as teaching staff. In late 1920, Joseon Nurses Association (Joseon ganhobuhoe) discussed about the requirements for admission and the course of study for missionary nurses training school. After this process, students who were qualified for high-level class could have admission for Nurses' Training School of PO KU NYO KWAN. Medical staff belonged to East Gate Hospital and the graduates of Ewha College taught classes in it. First capping ceremony was held on January 25, 1906

  6. (7)Be, (210)Pb, and (210)Po in the surface air from the Arctic to Antarctica.

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    Persson, Bertil R R; Holm, Elis

    2014-12-01

    In the present study we have investigated the activity concentrations of (210)Pb, (210)Po as well as (7)Be in surface air of the North and South Atlantic (1988-1989), the Arctic Ocean (1991), and along the coastline of Siberia (1994) during succeeding expeditions in the Swedish Polar Research program. During the cruises in the Arctic Ocean during 1991-07-28 to 1991-10-04 the average air concentrations of (7)Be was 0.6 ± 0.4 mBq/m(3), (210)Pb 40 ± 4 μBq/m(3) and (210)Po-38 ± 10 μBq/m(3). During the Swedish-Russian Tundra Ecology-94 expedition along the Siberian coastline the average air concentrations of (7)Be and (210)Pb measured during May-July were 11 ± 3, and 2.4 ± 0.4 mBq/m(3), and during July-September they were 7.2 ± 2 and 2.7 ± 1.1 mBq/m(3) respectively. The results from measurements of the activity concentration of (210)Pb in the air over the Arctic Ocean vary between 75 and 176 μBq/m(3). In the air close to land masses, however, the activity concentration of (210)Pb in the air increases to 269-2712 μBq/m(3). The activity concentration of (7)Be in the South Atlantic during the cruise down to Antarctica varied between 1.3 and 1.7 with an average of 1.5 ± 0.8 mBq/m(3). The activity concentration of (210)Pb in the South Atlantic down to Antarctica varied between 6 and 14 μBq/m(3). At the Equator the activity concentration recorded in November 1988 was 630 μBq/m(3) and in April 1989 it was 260 μBq/m(3). The average activity concentration of (210)Pb during the route Gothenburg-Montevideo in 1988 was 290 and on the return Montevideo-Gothenburg it was 230 μBq/m(3). The activity concentration of (210)Po in the South Atlantic down to Antarctica varied between 15 and 58 μBq/m(3). At the Equator the activity concentration in November 1988 was 170 and in April 1989 it was 70 μBq/m(3). The average activity concentration of (210)Po during the route Gothenburg-Montevideo in 1988 was 63 and on the return Montevideo

  7. Association between radionuclides ((210)Po and (210)Pb) and antioxidant enzymes in oak (Quercus coccifera) and mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus).

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    Uğur Görgün, A; Aslan, E; Kül, M; İlhan, S; Dimlioğlu, G; Bor, M; Özdemir, F

    2016-08-27

    The activity levels of naturally occurring radionuclides Polonium-210 and lead-210 in different subjects including plant species have direct or indirect impact on human beings. High levels of ionising radiation cause oxidative stress and the interaction between antioxidative defense and radionuclides is not well established in plant systems. In this study, we aimed to understand the impact of oxidative stress caused by (210)Po and (210)Pb in two Mediterranean plants; Quercus coccifera and Pistacia lentiscus. We analysed the constitutive and seasonal levels of (210)Po, (210)Pb, lipid peroxidation levels, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and ascorbate peroxidase (APX) activities in the field-collected samples. The highest activity concentrations of (210)Po and (210)Pb were detected in both plants in summer and Q. coccifera had higher levels than that of P. lentiscus. SOD and APX activity trends were different between oak and mastic; as compared to P. lentiscus, Q. coccifera efficiently used the two major components of antioxidative defense. Lipid peroxidation levels were low in both plants in all seasons except that of spring which were in good agreement with high antioxidant enzyme activities. In conclusion, we found that high (210)Po and (210)Pb activity concentrations in oak and mastic did not interfere with their growth and life cycles. The ability of both plants for survival and adaptation to Mediterranean environmental constraints provided an additional advantage for coping radionuclide induced oxidative stress as well.

  8. (210)Po poisoning as possible cause of death: forensic investigations and toxicological analysis of the remains of Yasser Arafat.

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    Froidevaux, Pascal; Bochud, François; Baechler, Sébastien; Castella, Vincent; Augsburger, Marc; Bailat, Claude; Michaud, Katarzyna; Straub, Marietta; Pecchia, Marco; Jenk, Theo M; Uldin, Tanya; Mangin, Patrice

    2016-02-01

    The late president of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat, died in November 2004 in Percy Hospital, one month after having experienced a sudden onset of symptoms that included severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain and which were followed by multiple organ failure. In spite of numerous investigations performed in France, the pathophysiological mechanisms at the origin of the symptoms could not be identified. In 2011, we found abnormal levels of polonium-210 ((210)Po) in some of Arafat's belongings that were worn during his final hospital stay and which were stained with biological fluids. This finding led to the exhumation of Arafat's remains in 2012. Significantly higher (up to 20 times) activities of (210)Po and lead-210 ((210)Pb) were found in the ribs, iliac crest and sternum specimens compared to reference samples from the literature (p-value <1%). In all specimens from the tomb, (210)Po activity was supported by a similar activity of (210)Pb. Biokinetic calculations demonstrated that a (210)Pb impurity, as identified in a commercial source of 3MBq of (210)Po, may be responsible for the activities measured in Arafat's belongings and remains 8 years after his death. The absence of myelosuppression and hair loss in Mr Arafat's case compared to Mr Litvinenko's, the only known case of malicious poisoning with (210)Po, could be explained by differences in the time delivery-scheme of intake. In conclusion, statistical Bayesian analysis combining all the evidence gathered in our forensic expert report moderately supports the proposition that Mr Arafat was poisoned by (210)Po.

  9. Controlled synthesis of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} composites with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic performance for the degradation of RhB and 2, 4-DCP

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    Qi, Xuemei; Gu, Miaoli; Zhu, Xinyuan; Wu, Jiang; Wu, Qiang; Long, Huimin; He, Kai

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} composites were synthesized by in-situ precipitation method. • Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} is more efficient than pure Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} and BiVO{sub 4} for RhB and 2, 4-DCP degradation. • Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} can act as a high performance and low cost photocatalyst. - Abstract: Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} composites were fabricated by in-situ precipitation method. Results showed that Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} composites exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than that of pure BiVO{sub 4} and Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} sample under visible light irradiation. The effect of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}:BiVO{sub 4} ratio on the photocatalytic activity was systemically studied and the optimum molar ratio of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}:BiVO{sub 4} was 1:5. The Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4}-5 exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity for the degradation of Rhodamine B (ca. 92% in 30 min) and 2, 4-dichlorophenol (ca. 84% in 180 min) under visible light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic activity could be mainly ascribed to the suitable Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} heterojunction interface and the smaller particles of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} compared to pure Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} particles which could promote the separation of photoinduced electron-hole pairs. The Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} composite can significantly reduce the silver consumption compared to the pure Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. It is worth noting that Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/BiVO{sub 4} composite can act as a high performance and low cost visible-light-driven photocatalyst for environmental remediation.

  10. Muon spin relaxation study of Zr(H2PO4)(PO4).2H2O.

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    Clayden, Nigel J; Cottrell, Stephen P

    2006-07-14

    Muon spin relaxation has been used to study the muon dynamics in the layered zirconium phosphate Zr(H(2)PO(4))(PO(4)).2H(2)O as a function of temperature. Radiofrequency decoupling was used to establish the origin of the local dipolar field as coupling with (1)H spins. Muons were trapped at two sites, one identified as HMuO and the other consistent with PO-Mu on the basis of their zero-field second moments. Although a small decrease in the local nuclear dipolar field was seen with temperature, the muons remained essentially static over the temperature range 20-300 K.

  11. Nurturing The STEM Pipeline: Graduate Student Leadership In NIRCam's Ongoing E/PO Mission For JWST

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    Schlingman, Wayne M.; Stock, N.; Teske, J.; Tyler, K.; Biller, B.; Donley, J.; Hedden, A.; Knierman, K.; Young, P.

    2011-01-01

    The Astronomy Camp for Girl Scout Leaders is an education and public outreach (E/PO) program offered by the science team of the Near-InfraRed Camera (NIRCam) for NASA's 6.5-meter James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Since 2003, astronomy graduate students have helped design and lead biannual "Train the Trainer” workshops for adults from the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), engaging these trainers in the process of scientific inquiry and equipping them to host astronomy-related activities at the troop level. These workshops have helped revise the national GSUSA badge curriculum and directly benefitted thousands of young girls of all ages, not only in general science and math education but also in specific astronomical and technological concepts relating to JWST. To date, nine graduate students have become members of NIRCam's E/PO team. They have developed curriculum and activities used to teach concepts in stellar nucleosynthesis, lookback time, galaxy classification, etc. They have also contributed to the overall strategic approach and helped lead more general activities in basic astronomy (night sky, phases of the Moon, the scale of the Solar System and beyond, stars, galaxies, telescopes, etc.) as well as JWST-specific research areas in extrasolar planetary systems and cosmology, to pave the way for girls and women to understand the first images from JWST. The resulting experience has empowered these students to propose and to develop their own E/PO programs after graduation as postdocs and young faculty. They also continue as part of NIRCam's growing worldwide network of 160 trainers teaching young women essential STEM-related concepts using astronomy, the night sky environment, applied math, engineering, and critical thinking. NIRCam and its E/PO program are funded by NASA under contract NAS5-02105.

  12. 3 D Co3 (PO4 )2 -Reduced Graphene Oxide Flowers for Photocatalytic Water Splitting: A Type II Staggered Heterojunction System.

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    Samal, Alaka; Swain, Smrutirekha; Satpati, Biswarup; Das, Dipti Prakasini; Mishra, Barada Kanta

    2016-11-23

    The design, synthesis, and photoelectrochemical characterization of Co3 (PO4 )2 , a hydrogen evolving catalyst modified with reduced graphene oxide (RGO), is reported. The 3 D flowerlike Co3 (PO4 )2 heterojunction system, consisting of 3 D flowerlike Co3 (PO4 )2 and RGO sheets, was synthesized by a one-pot in situ photoassisted method under visible-light irradiation, which was achieved without the addition of surfactant or a structure-directing reagent. For the first time, Co3 (PO4 )2 is demonstrated to act as a hydrogen evolving catalyst rather than being used as an oxygen evolving photoanode. In particular, 3 D flowerlike Co3 (PO4 )2 anchored to RGO nanosheets is shown to possess dramatically improved photocatalytic activity. This enhanced photoactivity is mainly due to the staggered type II heterojunction system, in which photoinduced electrons from 3 D flowerlike Co3 (PO4 )2 transfer to the RGO sheets and result in decreased charge recombination, as evidenced by photoluminescence spectroscopy. The band gap of Co3 (PO4 )2 was calculated to be 2.35 eV by the Kubelka-Munk method. Again, the Co3 (PO4 )2 semiconductor displays n-type behavior, as observed from Mott-Schottky measurements. These RGO-Co3 (PO4 )2 conjugates are active in the visible range of solar light for water splitting and textile dye degradation, and can be used towards the development of greener and cheaper photocatalysts by exploiting solar light.

  13. Degradation of benzo[a]pyrene by Pleurotus ostreatus PO-3 in the presence of defined fungal and bacterial co-cultures.

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    Bhattacharya, Sourav; Das, Arijit; Palaniswamy, Muthusamy; Angayarkanni, Jayaraman

    2017-02-01

    Benzo[a]pyrene, a high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon possesses carcinogenic, teratogenic, and mutagenic properties. The present study focuses on benzo[a]pyrene degradation by Pleurotus ostreatus PO-3, characterization and identification of metabolites produced and the extent of degradation in the presence of axenic culture of P. ostreatus PO-3 and defined co-cultures of the basidiomycete with bacteria and non-basidiomycete fungi. Thin-layer chromatography revealed that P. ostreatus PO-3 transformed benzo[a]pyrene to polar metabolites. Following degradation, appearance of numerous peaks in the mass spectrum indicated that benzo[a]pyrene degradation was a result of the metabolic activity of P. ostreatus PO-3. A degradation product corresponding to the m/z 284.2 was detected which could possibly be BaP-quinone, resulting from the oxidation of benzo[a]pyrene. Compared to the axenic culture of P. ostreatus PO-3 (64.3%), co-cultures of P. ostreatus PO-3 and Penicillium chrysogenum MTCC 787 and P. ostreatus PO-3 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa MTCC 1688 could degrade 86.1 and 75.1% of benzo[a]pyrene, respectively. Thus it could be inferred from the present investigation that the combined catabolic activities of P. ostreatus PO-3 with bacteria and non-basidiomycete fungi can produce synergistic effects to enhance BaP degradation. The increase in the generation of polar metabolites as degradation products from the recalcitrant parent compound advocates the potential application of P. ostreatus PO-3 in benzo[a]pyrene bioremediation.

  14. A monoclinic polymorph of KY(PO(3))(4).

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    Horchani-Naifer, Karima; Jouini, Anis; Férid, Mokhtar

    2008-05-17

    The title compound, potassium yttrium polyphosphate, KY(PO(3))(4), was synthesized using the flux method. The atomic arrangement consists of an infinite long-chain polyphosphate organization. Chains, with a period of four PO(4) tetra-hedra, run along the a-axis direction. Two other polymorphs of this phosphate are known, in space groups P21/n and C2/c.

  15. A monoclinic polymorph of KY(PO3)4

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    Horchani-Naifer, Karima; Jouini, Anis; Férid, Mokhtar

    2008-01-01

    The title compound, potassium yttrium polyphosphate, KY(PO3)4, was synthesized using the flux method. The atomic arrangement consists of an infinite long-chain polyphosphate organization. Chains, with a period of four PO4 tetra­hedra, run along the a-axis direction. Two other polymorphs of this phosphate are known, in space groups P21/n and C2/c. PMID:21202436

  16. Scavenging and fractionation of particle-reactive radioisotopes 7Be, 210Pb and 210Po in the atmosphere

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    Chen, Jinfang; Luo, Shangde; Huang, Yipu

    2016-09-01

    The scavenging and fractionation of 7Be, 210Pb, and 210Po in the atmosphere are investigated by measuring their activities in rainwater collected from 68 rain events during March 2004 to April 2006 at a coastal station of Xiamen, southeastern China. In addition to documenting the large temporal variations in activities, fluxes, and isotope ratios of 7Be, 210Pb and 210Po in rainwater and the role of rainfall intensity in radionuclide scavenging, our results show that an enhanced deposition of 7Be and 210Pb occurs in the spring than in other seasons and is attributed to the "funnel effect" due to the increased atmospheric vertical convective mixing in the spring. This latter hypothesis is further supported by the observed seasonal and inter-annual variations in 7Be/210Pb and 210Po/210Pb ratios showing that the weakening of vertical convective mixing or stratosphere-troposphere exchange (STE) at the study site is linked with the enhancement of summer monsoons. It appears that the rainfall intensity, in connection with the vertical (e.g., STE) and horizontal (summer monsoons) air transport, exerts an important control on the activities, fluxes, and isotope ratios of 7Be, 210Pb, and 210Po in the atmosphere. Application of the observational data to a theoretical model shows that there are significant fractionations among 7Be, 210Pb, and 210Po in the atmosphere, with the scavenging rate constant or reciprocal of the residence time of radionuclide in the atmosphere being 210Pb > 7Be > 210Po. A revised Poet et al. (1972)'s method is proposed for quantitative constraint on the scavenging behavior of radionuclide, aerosols, and aerosol-associated trace pollutants in the atmosphere.

  17. Occurrence of 210Po in periwinkle (Littorina undulata, Gray, 1839) collected from Kudankulam (Gulf of Mannar (GOM), Southeast coast of India).

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    Sunith Shine, S R; Feroz Khan, M; Godwin Wesley, S

    2013-10-15

    Polonium-210 activity concentration was analysed in the whole body tissue of periwinkle Littorina undulata collected from intertidal rocky shore along Kudankulam coast. We carried out the study for a period of 12 months (2011-2012) focusing on three seasons. (210)Po was found non-uniformly distributed among the periwinkles depending on the allometry. The (210)Po accumulation showed a significant difference between seasons (p<0.05). Smaller sized winkles registered higher activity of (210)Po compared to larger ones (p<0.05). The overall activity range of (210)Po varied from 13.5 to 58.9 Bq/kg (wet). The activity of (210)Po was also quantified in seawater and intertidal sediments to calculate the biological concentration factor (BCF) and radiation dose rate. The dose rate to the winkles was performed using ERICA Assessment Tool and it was within the prescribed limit. The intake of (210)Po through periwinkles delivered an effective dose in the range of 2.2-9.6 μSv/y to human beings.

  18. Implementing DOIs for Oceanographic Satellite Data at PO.DAAC

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    Hausman, J.; Tauer, E.; Chung, N.; Chen, C.; Moroni, D. F.

    2013-12-01

    The Physical Oceanographic Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) is NASA's archive for physical oceanographic satellite data. It distributes over 500 datasets from gravity, ocean wind, sea surface topography, sea ice, ocean currents, salinity, and sea surface temperature satellite missions. A dataset is a collection of granules/files that share the same mission/project, versioning, processing level, spatial, and temporal characteristics. The large number of datasets is partially due to the number of satellite missions, but mostly because a single satellite mission typically has multiple versions or even temporal and spatial resolutions of data. As a result, a user might mistake one dataset for a different dataset from the same satellite mission. Due to the PO.DAAC'S vast variety and volume of data and growing requirements to report dataset usage, it has begun implementing DOIs for the datasets it archives and distributes. However, this was not as simple as registering a name for a DOI and providing a URL. Before implementing DOIs multiple questions needed to be answered. What are the sponsor and end-user expectations regarding DOIs? At what level does a DOI get assigned (dataset, file/granule)? Do all data get a DOI, or only selected data? How do we create a DOI? How do we create landing pages and manage them? What changes need to be made to the data archive, life cycle policy and web portal to accommodate DOIs? What if the data also exists at another archive and a DOI already exists? How is a DOI included if the data were obtained via a subsetting tool? How does a researcher or author provide a unique, definitive reference (standard citation) for a given dataset? This presentation will discuss how these questions were answered through changes in policy, process, and system design. Implementing DOIs is not a trivial undertaking, but as DOIs are rapidly becoming the de facto approach, it is worth the effort. Researchers have historically referenced the source

  19. Lattice dynamics of xenotime: The phonon dispersion relations and density of states of LuPO{sub 4}

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    Nipko, J.C.; Loong, C.; Loewenhaupt, M.; Braden, M.; Reichardt, W.; Boatner, L.A.

    1997-11-01

    LuPO{sub 4} is the nonmagnetic end member of a series of rare-earth phosphates with a common zircon-type crystal structure. The phonon-dispersion curves of LuPO{sub 4} along the [x,0,0], [x,x,0], and [0,0,x] symmetry directions were measured by neutron triple-axis spectroscopy using single-crystal samples. The phonon density of states was determined by time-of-flight neutron scattering using polycrystalline samples. Phonons involving mainly motions of rare-earth ions were found to be well separated in energy from those of the P and O vibrations. A large gap in the phonon-frequency-distribution function, which divides the O-P-O bending-type motions from the P-O stretches, was observed. All of the experimental results were satisfactorily accounted for by lattice-dynamic shell-model calculations. LuPO{sub 4} is a host material for the incorporation of rare-earth ions to produce activated luminescence. Information regarding the phonon and thermodynamic properties of LuPO{sub 4} is pertinent to extended investigations of additional rare-earth spin-lattice interactions in other zircon-structure rare-earth orthophosphates. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  20. Synthesis of LiFePO4/Li2SiO3/reduced Graphene Oxide (rGO) Composite via Hydrothermal Method

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    Arifin, M.; Iskandar, F.; Aimon, A. H.; Munir, M. M.; Nuryadin, B. W.

    2016-08-01

    LiFePO4 is a type of cathode active material used for lithium ion batteries. It has a high electrochemical performance. However, it suffers from certain disadvantages such as a very low intrinsic electronic conductivity and low ionic diffusion. This study was conducted to increase the conductivity of LiFePO4. We have investigated the addition of Li2SiO3 and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) to LiFePO4. The objective of this research was to synthesize LiFePO4/Li2SiO3/rGO via hydrothermal method. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) measurement showed that the peaks corresponded to the vibration of LiFePO4/Li2SiO3. Further, X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement confirmed a single phase of LiFePO4. Finally, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed that rGO was distributed on the LiFePO4/Li2SiO3 structure.

  1. Technologically enhanced 210Pb and 210Po in iron and steel industry.

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    Khater, Ashraf E M; Bakr, Wafaa F

    2011-05-01

    Iron and steel manufacture has been ranked as the largest industrial source of environmental contamination in the USA; the wastes generated in their production processes contain heavy elements that can be a source of contamination, and natural radionuclides that can produce an occupational and/or public radiological impact. In this work the potential occupational effective dose rate (μSv/y) due to inhalation in four integrated steel-making factories from Egypt has been evaluated, by assuming a well defined scenario and with basis in the (210)Pb and (210)Po activity concentrations determined in ore and wastes collected in the aforementioned factories. Activity concentrations, in Bq/kg, of (210)Pb and (210)Po, and leachable Pb and Fe were measured using gamma-ray spectrometry based on HPGe detector, alpha particle spectrometry based on PIPS detector, and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Levels of (210)Pb and (210)Po in the range of

  2. Alpha Cyclotron Production Studies of the Alpha Emitter 211AT/211gPO for High-Let Metabolic Radiotherapy

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    Morzenti, S.; Bonardi, M. L.; Groppi, F.; Zona, C.; Canella, L.; Menapace, E.; Alfassi, Z. B.; Abbas, K.; Holzwarth, U.

    2006-04-01

    A series of high specific activity accelerator-produced radionuclides in no-carrier-added (NCA) form, for uses in metabolic radiotherapy and for PET, has been investigated and produced at JRC-Ispra Cyclotron Laboratory. In this study we present, in particular, the NCA 211At/211gPo (LET = 130 eV.nm-1, t1/2= 7.214 h), produced by 209Bi(α,2n) reaction, with internal spike of gamma emitter 210At (e.g. negligible amount of 210Po as radiotoxic long-lived impurity), for high-LET targeted radiotherapy and immunoradiotherapy. A selective radiochemical separation, based on liquid/liquid extraction, of At radionuclides from Bi target and Po impurities has been developed. High resolution gamma, X and alpha spectrometric techniques have been adopted for quality controls of different radiochemical fractions.

  3. Spectroscopic properties of Eu 3+-doped KLa(PO 3) 4 and LiLa(PO 3) 4 powders

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    Ferhi, M.; Horchani-Naifer, K.; Férid, M.

    2011-11-01

    KLa(PO 3) 4 (KLP) and LiLa(PO 3) 4 (LLP) doped with different concentrations of Eu 3+ are grown by solid state reaction. The obtained powders are identified by X-ray diffraction, Raman and FT-IR spectroscopies. These polyphosphates KLa(PO 3) 4 and LiLa(PO 3) 4 crystallize in the monoclinic system but with different space groups respectively P2 1 and C2/c. The evolution of crystal lattice parameters as function of Eu 3+ concentration in these host lattices was studied. Spectroscopic properties of the Eu 3+-doped KLa(PO 3) 4 and LiLa(PO 3) 4 at room temperature (RT) are presented. The excitation spectra of the Eu 3+ ion in condensed polyphosphates along the UV-Visible domain are registered. They show that the position of the charge transfer band (CTB) depends on the host lattices. The effect of structural characteristics of condensed polyphosphates on their optical and colorimetric properties was investigated for the first time. Colorimetric parameters of the Eu 3+ ions red emission in KLP and LLP are determined and compared with other host matrices. Evolution of colorimetric properties as function of Eu 3+concentration was discussed.

  4. 49 CFR 604.34 - Chief Counsel decisions and appointment of a PO.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 7 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Chief Counsel decisions and appointment of a PO... Presiding Official (PO) § 604.34 Chief Counsel decisions and appointment of a PO. (a) After receiving a... decision based on the pleadings filed to date; (2) Appoint a PO to review the matter; or (3) Dismiss...

  5. 46 CFR 154.405 - Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank.

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    2012-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 5 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank. 154.405... Equipment Cargo Containment Systems § 154.405 Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank. (a) The design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank must be equal to or greater than the MARVS. (b) The Po of a...

  6. 46 CFR 154.405 - Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank.

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    2013-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 5 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank. 154.405... Equipment Cargo Containment Systems § 154.405 Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank. (a) The design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank must be equal to or greater than the MARVS. (b) The Po of a...

  7. 46 CFR 154.405 - Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank.

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    2010-10-01

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  8. 46 CFR 154.405 - Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

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  9. 46 CFR 154.405 - Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

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  10. The December, 1931 absorption experiments by Irene and Fredrick Joliot-Curie using Po Be, PoB and PoLi sources to study penetrating radiation

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    Shafroth, Stephen

    2005-03-01

    The December, 1931 absorption experiments by Irene and Fredrick Joliot-Curie using Po Be, PoB and PoLi sources to study penetrating radiation S.M. Shafroth, Physics and Astronomy Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 27599-3255, mailto:shafroth@physics.unc.edushafroth@physics.unc.edu The experimental arrangement including the Hoffman electroscope radiation detector and samples of the raw data are shown.^1 The emitted neutrons were interpreted as very high energy penetrating gammas. The exponential decay of detected radiation with thicknesses of Pb from 1.5- 5 cm are shown. I. Curie concludes, based on current knowledge of absorption coefficients vs gamma energy, that the gamma energy from PoBe was 15-20 MeV. However cloud chamber experiments had shown that the ``penetrating radiation'' could eject protons from paraffin with energies of 4.5 and 2 MeV in the case of Be and B respectively. If the ejection mechanism were the Compton effect, the gamma energies had to be 50 and 35 MeV respectively. Finally they conclude that the discrepancy in gamma energies could be ``due to the uncertainties.'' 1. Comptes Rendus de l'Academie des Sciences, S'eance du 28 Decembre 1931

  11. RAPID DETERMINATION OF {sup 210} PO IN WATER SAMPLES

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    Maxwell, S.

    2013-05-22

    A new rapid method for the determination of {sup 210}Po in water samples has been developed at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) that can be used for emergency response or routine water analyses. If a radiological dispersive device (RDD) event or a radiological attack associated with drinking water supplies occurs, there will be an urgent need for rapid analyses of water samples, including drinking water, ground water and other water effluents. Current analytical methods for the assay of {sup 210}Po in water samples have typically involved spontaneous auto-deposition of {sup 210}Po onto silver or other metal disks followed by counting by alpha spectrometry. The auto-deposition times range from 90 minutes to 24 hours or more, at times with yields that may be less than desirable. If sample interferences are present, decreased yields and degraded alpha spectrums can occur due to unpredictable thickening in the deposited layer. Separation methods have focused on the use of Sr Resin, often in combination with 210Pb analysis. A new rapid method for {sup 210}Po in water samples has been developed at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) that utilizes a rapid calcium phosphate co-precipitation method, separation using DGA Resin (N,N,N,N-tetraoctyldiglycolamide extractant-coated resin, Eichrom Technologies or Triskem-International), followed by rapid microprecipitation of {sup 210}Po using bismuth phosphate for counting by alpha spectrometry. This new method can be performed quickly with excellent removal of interferences, high chemical yields and very good alpha peak resolution, eliminating any potential problems with the alpha source preparation for emergency or routine samples. A rapid sequential separation method to separate {sup 210} Po and actinide isotopes was also developed. This new approach, rapid separation with DGA Resin plus microprecipitation for alpha source preparation, is a significant advance in radiochemistry for the rapid

  12. Get Involved in Education and Public Outreach! The Science Mission Directorate Science E/PO Forums Are Here to Help

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    Shipp, S. S.; Buxner, S.; Schwerin, T. G.; Hsu, B. C.; Peticolas, L. M.; Smith, D.; Meinke, B. K.

    2013-12-01

    NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) Forums help to engage, extend, support, and coordinate the efforts of the community of E/PO professionals and scientists involved in Earth and space science education activities. This work is undertaken to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the overall national NASA science education and outreach effort made up of individual efforts run by these education professionals. This includes facilitating scientist engagement in education and outreach. The Forums have been developing toolkits and pathways to support planetary, Earth, astrophysics, and heliophysics scientists who are - or who are interested in becoming - involved in E/PO. These tools include: 1) Pathways to learn about SMD and E/PO community announcements and opportunities, share news about E/PO programs, let the E/PO community know you are interested in becoming involved, and discover education programs needing scientist input and/or support. These pathways include weekly e-news, the SMD E/PO online community workspace, monthly community calls, conferences and meetings of opportunity. 2) Portals to help you find out what education resources already exist, obtain resources to share with students of all levels - from K-12 to graduate students, - and disseminate your materials. These include E/PO samplers and toolkits (sampling of resources selected for scientists who work with students, teachers, and the public), the one-stop shop of reviewed resources from the NASA Earth and space science education portfolio NASAWavelength.org, and the online clearinghouse of Earth and space science higher education materials EarthSpace (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/earthspace). 3) Connections to education specialists who can help you design and implement meaningful E/PO programs - small to large. Education specialists can help you understand what research says about how people learn and effective practices for achieving your goals, place your

  13. Opportunities for Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) Support Through NASA's Office of Space Science (OSS)

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    Lowes, L.; Rosendhal, J.

    2001-11-01

    NASA's Office of Space Science has made strong commitment to education, with an increased emphasis in recent years that is keyed around the participation of the space science research community in K-14 education and public outreach activities. The strategy includes funding of E/PO activities embedded into each mission, as well as opportunities for direct funding and participation for space scientists awarded research grants through OSS and for special independent E/PO program opportunities. This paper will emphasize the funding and participation opportunities available to the individual research scientist, outside of flight project missions. Recognition has recently been given to the need for space scientists to have a variety of ways to participate in E/PO activities, both in the depth (level of involvement) and the type of activity (review of material, museum exhibit development, classroom visits, etc.). This paper focuses on the specific NASA OSS opportunities for funding as well as volunteer activities for the individual space science researcher or a group of researchers at a single institution. In particular, we will discuss the NASA IDEAS program (Initiative to Develop Education Through Astronomy and Space Science) and the recently revised NASA OSS NRA E/PO funding process and the associated menu of participation opportunities. Our emphasis here will be on immediate ways to participate and propose for funding for these programs. We will present guidelines for the types of programs generally supported through these funding sources, summarize the administrative requirements for proposing and participating (including deadlines), and introduce a menu of opportunities for researchers who wish to participate through existing E/PO programs.

  14. Visible light driven Ag/Ag3PO4/AC photocatalyst with highly enhanced photodegradation of tetracycline antibiotics

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    Wang, Huiqin; Ye, Zhefei; Liu, Chun; Li, Jinze; Zhou, Mingjun; Guan, Qingfeng; Lv, Peng; Huo, Pengwei; Yan, Yongsheng

    2015-10-01

    Ag/Ag3PO4/active carbon (AC) composite photocatalysts were successfully synthesized using the simple deposition and photoinduced methods. The structures, morphology and photocatalytic properties of as-prepared photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The Ag/Ag3PO4/AC composite photocatalysts exhibited a conspicuously improved photocatalytic performance for tetracycline (TC) degradation. The optimal conditions of loaded dosage and photoinduced time were investigated, and the results showed that the photoinduced time played an important role in prepared processes, and also that for the loaded dosage of Ag3PO4. The DRS analysis showed that the composite photocatalysts exhibited strong absorption ability in the visible light range. The radicals trap experiments demonstrated that there were multiple active species during the degrading process of TC. The possible mechanism of improved photocatalytic activity of Ag-Ag3PO4/AC composite was also proposed.

  15. PoSSUM: Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere

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    Reimuller, J. D.; Fritts, D. C.; Thomas, G. E.; Taylor, M. J.; Mitchell, S.; Lehmacher, G. A.; Watchorn, S. R.; Baumgarten, G.; Plane, J. M.

    2013-12-01

    Project PoSSUM (www.projectpossum.org) is a suborbital research project leveraging imaging and remote sensing techniques from Reusable Suborbital Launch Vehicles (rSLVs) to gather critical climate data through use of the PoSSUM Observatory and the PoSSUM Aeronomy Laboratory. An acronym for Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere, PoSSUM grew from the opportunity created by the Noctilucent Cloud Imagery and Tomography Experiment, selected by the NASA Flight Opportunities Program as Experiment 46-S in March 2012. This experiment will employ an rSLV (e.g. the XCOR Lynx Mark II) launched from a high-latitude spaceport (e.g. Eielson AFB, Alaska or Kiruna, Sweden) during a week-long deployment scheduled for July 2015 to address critical questions concerning noctilucent clouds (NLCs) through flights that transition the cloud layer where the clouds will be under direct illumination from the sun. The 2015 Project PoSSUM NLC campaign will use the unique capability of rSLVs to address key under-answered questions pertaining to NLCs. Specifically, PoSSUM will answer: 1) What are the small-scale dynamics of NLCs and what does this tell us about the energy and momentum deposition from the lower atmosphere? 2) What is the seasonal variability of NLCs, mesospheric dynamics, and temperatures? 3) Are structures observed in the OH layer coupled with NLC structures? 4) How do NLCs nucleate? and 5) What is the geometry of NLC particles and how do they stratify? Instrumentation will include video and still-frame visible cameras (PoSSUMCam), infrared cameras, a mesospheric temperatures experiment, a depolarization LiDAR, a mesospheric density and temperatures experiment (MCAT), a mesospheric winds experiment, and a meteoric smoke detector (MASS). The instrument suite used on PoSSUM will mature through subsequent campaigns to develop an integrated, modular laboratory (the ';PoSSUM Observatory') that will provide repeatable, low cost, in-situ NLC and aeronomy observations as well

  16. The Legacy of NASA Astrophysics E/PO: Scientist Engagement and Higher Education

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    Manning, Jim; Smith, Denise A.; Meinke, Bonnie; Lawton, Brandon; Schulz, Gregory; Bartolone, Lindsay; Bianchi, Luciana; NASA SMD Astrophysics E/PO Community

    2016-01-01

    For the past six years, NASA's Science Mission Directorate has coordinated the work of its mission- and program-embedded education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts through four forums representing its four science divisions. The Astrophysics forum, as the others, has built on the long-standing mission E/PO 1% allocation and embedded scientist/educator partnerships to encourage and coordinate collaborative efforts to make the most efficient and effective use of NASA resources, personnel, data and discoveries in leveraged ways, in support of the nation's science education. Two of the priorities established early in the forum's period of activity were to enhance scientist engagement in E/PO and to coordinate the community in providing useful higher education resources based on determined needs. This presentation will highlight some of the achievements for these two priorities over the past six years, how the products and efforts are being preserved, and how they can continue to be accessed as NASA SMD transitions to a new Education and Communication landscape. The work constitutes an ongoing legacy--a firm foundation on which the new structure of NASA SMD Education efforts will go forward.

  17. Concentration of 210Po and 210Pb in the diet at the Marshall Islands.

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    Noshkin, V E; Robison, W L; Wong, K M

    1994-09-30

    The concentrations of 210Po and 210Pb have been determined in many local foods consumed by societies residing on different atolls in the Marshall Islands. The average daily intake of these two naturally occurring radionuclides from local and imported food is estimated to be 2.18 and 0.36 Bq, respectively. Local foods contribute 87% of the 210Po and 47% of the 210Pb associated with the diet. The items contributing the majority of the activity to the diet are derived from the marine environment and include parts of fish, invertebrates, seabirds and eggs of seabirds. The committed effective dose from ingestion of 210Po and 210Pb is approximately 2 mSv/year (200 mrem/year). This pathway now contributes 83% of the natural background irradiation received by residents in the Marshall Islands. Because the naturally occurring radionuclides are omnipresent in terrestrial and marine foods at all atolls, the annual intake and computed dose can be considered as typical values for individuals with comparable diets and inhabiting other islands in the Pacific.

  18. Deposition, structure, physical and invitro characteristics of Ag-doped β-Ca3(PO4)2/chitosan hybrid composite coatings on Titanium metal.

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    Singh, Ram Kishore; Awasthi, Sharad; Dhayalan, Arunkumar; Ferreira, J M F; Kannan, S

    2016-05-01

    Pure and five silver-doped (0-5Ag) β-tricalcium phosphate [β-TCP, β-Ca3(PO4)2]/chitosan composite coatings were deposited on Titanium (Ti) substrates and their properties that are relevant for applications in hard tissue replacements were assessed. Silver, β-TCP and chitosan were combined to profit from their salient and complementary antibacterial and biocompatible features.The β-Ca3(PO4)2 powders were synthesized by co-precipitation. The characterization results confirmed the Ag(+) occupancy at the crystal lattice of β-Ca3(PO4)2. The Ag-dopedβ-Ca3(PO4)2/chitosan composite coatings deposited by electrophoresis showed good antibacterial activity and exhibited negative cytotoxic effects towards the human osteosarcoma cell line MG-63. The morphology of the coatings was observed by SEM and their efficiency against corrosion of metallic substrates was determined through potentiodynamic polarization tests.

  19. Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/ZnO: An efficient visible-light-sensitized composite with its application in photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B

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    Liu, Wei; Wang, Mingliang; Xu, Chunxiang; Chen, Shifu; Fu, Xianliang

    2013-01-15

    Graphical abstract: The free OH radicals generated in the VB of ZnO play the primary role in the visible-light photocatalytic degradation of RhB in Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/ZnO system. The accumulated electrons in the CB of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} can be transferred to O{sub 2} adsorbed on the surface of the composite semiconductors and H{sub 2}O{sub 2} yields. H{sub 2}O{sub 2} reacts with electrons in succession to produce active ·OH to some extent. Display Omitted Highlights: ► Efficient visible-light-sensitized Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/ZnO composites were successfully prepared. ► Effect of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} content on the catalytic activity of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/ZnO is studied in detail. ► Rate constant of RhB degradation over Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}(3.0 wt.%)/ZnO is 3 times that of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. ► The active species in RhB degradation are examined by adding a series of scavengers. ► Visible light degradation mechanism of RhB over Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/ZnO is systematically studied. -- Abstract: The efficient visible-light-sensitized Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/ZnO composites with various weight percents of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} were prepared by a facile ball milling method. The photocatalysts were characterized by XRD, DRS, SEM, EDS, XPS, and BET specific area. The ·OH radicals produced during the photocatalytic reaction was detected by the TA–PL technique. The photocatalytic property of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/ZnO was evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B under visible light irradiation. Significantly, the results revealed that the photocatalytic activity of the composites was much higher than that of pure Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} and ZnO. The rate constant of RhB degradation over Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}(3.0 wt.%)/ZnO is 3 times that of single-phase Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. The optimal percentage of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} in the composite is 3.0 wt.%. It is proposed that the ·OH radicals produced in the valence band of ZnO play the leading role in the photocatalytic degradation of

  20. Degradation of microcystin-LR by highly efficient AgBr/Ag3PO4/TiO2 heterojunction photocatalyst under simulated solar light irradiation

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    Wang, Xin; Utsumi, Motoo; Yang, Yingnan; Li, Dawei; Zhao, Yingxin; Zhang, Zhenya; Feng, Chuanping; Sugiura, Norio; Cheng, Jay Jiayang

    2015-01-01

    A novel photocatalyst AgBr/Ag3PO4/TiO2 was developed by a simple facile in situ deposition method and used for degradation of mirocystin-LR. TiO2 (P25) as a cost effective chemical was used to improve the stability of AgBr/Ag3PO4 under simulated solar light irradiation. The photocatalytic activity tests for this heterojunction were conducted under simulated solar light irradiation using methyl orange as targeted pollutant. The results indicated that the optimal Ag to Ti molar ratio for the photocatalytic activity of the resulting heterojunction AgBr/Ag3PO4/TiO2 was 1.5 (named as 1.5 BrPTi), which possessed higher photocatalytic capacity than AgBr/Ag3PO4. The 1.5 BrPTi heterojunction was also more stable than AgBr/Ag3PO4 in photocatalysis. This highly efficient and relatively stable photocatalyst was further tested for degradation of the hepatotoxin microcystin-LR (MC-LR). The results suggested that MC-LR was much more easily degraded by 1.5 BrPTi than by AgBr/Ag3PO4. The quenching effects of different scavengers proved that reactive h+ and •OH played important roles for MC-LR degradation.

  1. Distribution and biokinetic analysis of 210Pb and 210Po in poultry due to ingestion of dicalcium phosphate.

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    Casacuberta, N; Traversa, F L; Masqué, P; Garcia-Orellana, J; Anguita, M; Gasa, J; Garcia-Tenorio, R

    2010-09-15

    Dicalcium phosphate (DCP) is used as a calcium supplement for food producing animals (i.e., cattle, poultry and pig). When DCP is produced via wet acid digestion of the phosphate rock and depending on the acid used in the industrial process, the final product can result in enhanced (210)Pb and (210)Po specific activities (approximately 2000 Bq.kg(-1)). Both (210)Pb and (210)Po are of great interest because their contribution to the dose received by ingestion is potentially large. The aims of this work are to examine the accumulation of (210)Pb and (210)Po in chicken tissues during the first 42 days of life and to build a suitable single-compartment biokinetic model to understand the behavior of both radionuclides within the entire animal using the experimental results. Three commercial corn-soybean-based diets containing different amounts and sources of DCP were fed to broilers during a period of 42 days. The results show that diets containing enhanced concentrations of (210)Pb and (210)Po lead to larger specific accumulation in broiler tissues compared to the blank diet. Radionuclides do not accumulate homogeneously within the animal body: (210)Pb follows the calcium pathways to some extent and accumulates largely in bones, while (210)Po accumulates to a large extent in liver and kidneys. However, the total amount of radionuclide accumulation in tissues is small compared to the amounts excreted in feces. The single-compartment non-linear biokinetic model proposed here for (210)Pb and (210)Po in the whole animal takes into account the size evolution and is self-consistent in that no fitting parameterization of intake and excretions rates is required.

  2. Schistosoma mansoni Mucin Gene (SmPoMuc) Expression: Epigenetic Control to Shape Adaptation to a New Host

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    Perrin, Cecile; Lepesant, Julie M. J.; Roger, Emmanuel; Duval, David; Fneich, Sara; Thuillier, Virginie; Alliene, Jean-Francois; Mitta, Guillaume; Grunau, Christoph; Cosseau, Celine

    2013-01-01

    The digenetic trematode Schistosoma mansoni is a human parasite that uses the mollusc Biomphalaria glabrata as intermediate host. Specific S. mansoni strains can infect efficiently only certain B. glabrata strains (compatible strain) while others are incompatible. Strain-specific differences in transcription of a conserved family of polymorphic mucins (SmPoMucs) in S. mansoni are the principle determinants for this compatibility. In the present study, we investigated the bases of the control of SmPoMuc expression that evolved to evade B. glabrata diversified antigen recognition molecules. We compared the DNA sequences and chromatin structure of SmPoMuc promoters of two S. mansoni strains that are either compatible (C) or incompatible (IC) with a reference snail host. We reveal that although sequence differences are observed between active promoter regions of SmPoMuc genes, the sequences of the promoters are not diverse and are conserved between IC and C strains, suggesting that genetics alone cannot explain the evolution of compatibility polymorphism. In contrast, promoters carry epigenetic marks that are significantly different between the C and IC strains. Moreover, we show that modifications of the structure of the chromatin of the parasite modify transcription of SmPoMuc in the IC strain compared to the C strain and correlate with the presence of additional combinations of SmPoMuc transcripts only observed in the IC phenotype. Our results indicate that transcription polymorphism of a gene family that is responsible for an important adaptive trait of the parasite is epigenetically encoded. These strain-specific epigenetic marks are heritable, but can change while the underlying genetic information remains stable. This suggests that epigenetic changes may be important for the early steps in the adaptation of pathogens to new hosts, and might be an initial step in adaptive evolution in general. PMID:24009504

  3. Bioaccumulation of 210Po and 210Pb in cephalopods collected from Kudankulam (Southeastern coast of Gulf of Mannar, India) and assessment of dose in human beings.

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    Khan, M Feroz; Wesley, S Godwin

    2011-11-01

    Activities of (210)Po and (210)Pb in various tissues of two common species of cephalopod molluscs (cuttlefishes) of Kudankulam coast were studied. Of all the tissues, (210)Po and (210)Pb were found accumulated more in the digestive gland, shell gland and intestine. Urotheuthis duvauceli accumulated more (210)Po and (210)Pb in certain organs when compared with Sepiella inermis. The activity ratio of (210)Po/(210)Pb fell within the range of 0.6-29.3 in the organs. The biological concentration factor for the organs ranged from 1.2×10(3) to 2×10(5) for (210)Po and 3.6×10(2) to 7.6×10(4) for (210)Pb. A significant variation in the accumulation of (210)Po and (210)Pb was noted between species, organs and seasons (p < 0.05). The whole-body internal dose rate due to (210)Po was 1.24 and 0.83 µGy h(-1) and it was 2×10(-3) and 3×10(-3) µGy h(-1) due to (210)Pb for both the species. The effective dose in humans due to (210)Po intake ranged from 96.3 to 376.6 µSv y(-1) and that of (210)Pb ranged from 35.2 to 105.7 µSv y(-1), respectively. The data generated will act as a reference database for these organisms of this coast in which a nuclear power station is under construction.

  4. Engaging Scientists in Meaningful E/PO: How the NASA SMD E/PO Community Addresses the Needs of the Higher Ed Community

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    Manning, James; Meinke, Bonnie K.; Schultz, Gregory R.; Smith, Denise A.; Lawton, Brandon L.; Gurton, Suzanne; NASA Astrophysics E/PO Community

    2015-01-01

    The NASA Astrophysics Science Education and Public Outreach Forum (SEPOF) coordinates the work of NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Astrophysics EPO projects and their teams to bring cutting-edge discoveries of NASA missions to the introductory astronomy college classroom. The Astrophysics Forum assists scientist and educator involvement in SMD E/PO (uniquely poised to foster collaboration between scientists with content expertise and educators with pedagogy expertise) and makes SMD E/PO resources and expertise accessible to the science and education communities. We present three new opportunities for college instructors to bring the latest NASA discoveries in Astrophysics into their classrooms.To address the expressed needs of the higher education community, the Astrophysics Forum collaborated with the Astrophysics E/PO community, researchers, and Astronomy 101 instructors to place individual science discoveries and learning resources into context for higher education audiences. Among these resources are two Resource Guides on the topics of cosmology and exoplanets, each including a variety of accessible sources.The Astrophysics Forum also coordinates the development of the Astro 101 slide set series--5 to 7-slide presentations on new discoveries from NASA Astrophysics missions relevant to topics in introductory astronomy courses. These sets enable Astronomy 101 instructors to include new discoveries not yet in their textbooks into the broader context of the course: http://www.astrosociety.org/education/astronomy-resource-guides/.The Astrophysics Forum also coordinated the development of 12 monthly Universe Discovery Guides, each featuring a theme and a representative object well-placed for viewing, with an accompanying interpretive story, strategies for conveying the topics, and supporting NASA-approved education activities and background information from a spectrum of NASA missions and programs: http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/news-display.cfm?News_ID=611

  5. An assessment of the (210)Po ingestion dose due to the consumption of agricultural, marine, fresh water and forest foodstuffs in Gudalore (India).

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    Sivakumar, R

    2014-11-01

    The activity concentration of (210)Po in cereals, pulses, food materials of animal origin, vegetables and spices collected from Gudalore (India) has been estimated by radiochemical method. The activity concentration of (210)Po in cereals is found to vary from 124 to 604 mBq kg(-1). Raw rice registered the highest mean activity 504 ± 61 mBq kg(-1). In pulses (210)Po activity concentration varies from 42 to 320 mBq kg(-1) and the highest activity is found in black lentil with the average value of 172 ± 38 mBq kg(-1). Leafy vegetables registered the highest (210)Po activity concentration (662-7336 mBq kg(-1)) and are followed by tuber vegetables (390-1269 mBq kg(-1)) and then by other vegetables (75-595 mBq kg(-1)). The higher concentration of (210)Po observed in leafy vegetables may be attributed to the dry deposition of (210)Po and other daughter products of (222)Rn on large leaf surfaces from the air. Among animal products fish of marine origin registered the highest (210)Po activity concentration 36,850-48,964 mBq kg(-1). The mean (210)Po activity concentration in coffee has been estimated as 7500 mBq kg(-1). The activity concentration of (210)Po in leaf and bark of tree Cinnamom zeylanicum, a popular spice, is found to vary from 3500 to 11,100 mBq kg(-1) and 1600-3400 mBq kg(-1). The consumption of marine and fresh water fish contribute 60.7% (506.1 μSv y(-1)) to the total ingestion dose received. Cereals being consumed in a large scale, contribute 23.4% (194.9 μSv y(-1)) of the total ingestion dose received. The contribution from spices and leafy vegetables consumed is 5.8% (48.1 μSv y(-1)) and 6.5% (54.3 μSv y(-1)), respectively. The remaining 3.6% (30.0 μSv y(-1)) contribution to the total ingestion dose comes from other food materials and vegetables.

  6. Optimization of carbon coatings on LiFePO 4

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    Doeff, Marca M.; Wilcox, James D.; Kostecki, Robert; Lau, Grace

    The electrochemical performance of LiFePO 4 in lithium cells is strongly dependent on the structure (disordered/graphene or D/G ratio) of the in situ carbon produced during synthesis from carbon-containing precursors. Addition of pyromellitic acid (PA) prior to final calcination results in lower D/G ratios, yielding a higher-rate material. Further, improvements in electrochemical performance are realized when graphitization catalysts such as ferrocene are also added during LiFePO 4 preparation, although overall carbon content is still less than 2 wt.%.

  7. Optimization of Carbon Coatings on LiFePO4

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    Doeff, Marca M.; Wilcox, James D.; Kostecki, Robert; Lau, Grace

    2005-07-14

    The electrochemical performance of LiFePO{sub 4} in lithium cells is strongly dependent on the structure (disordered/graphene or D/G ratio) of the in situ carbon produced during synthesis from carbon-containing precursors. Addition of pyromellitic acid (PA) prior to final calcination results in lower D/G ratios, yielding a higher-rate material. Further, improvements in electrochemical performance are realized when graphitization catalysts such as ferrocene are also added during LiFePO{sub 4} preparation, although overall carbon content is still less than 2 wt.%.

  8. A novel route for FePO4 olivine synthesis from sarcopside oxidation

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    Crouzet, Camille; Recham, Nadir; Brunet, Fabrice; Findling, Nathaniel; David, Rénald; Sougrati, Moulay-Tahar

    2016-12-01

    Heterosite FePO4 is synthesized for the first time by direct thermal oxidation of sarcopside Fe3(PO4)2. Both FePO4 and Fe3(PO4)2 have a pseudo olivine structure. Complete isostructural conversion of sarcopside into FePO4 is achieved at a temperature of 450 °C within 3 days according to the reaction Fe3(PO4)2 + ¾ O2 → 2 FePO4 + ½ Fe2O3 which leads to the extraction of iron from the sarcopside structure. Appropriate heating ramp must be applied in order to avoid the crystallization of Fe7(PO4)6. Electrochemical performances of the oxidation product are consistent with those of olivine FePO4.

  9. Assessing the 210At impurity in the production of 211At for radiotherapy by 210Po analysis via isotope dilution alpha spectrometry.

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    Schultz, Michael K; Hammond, Michelle; Cessna, Jeffrey T; Plascjak, Paul; Norman, Bruce; Szajek, Lawrence; Garmestani, Kayhan; Zimmerman, Brian E; Unterweger, Michael

    2006-01-01

    A method for assessing the impurity 210At in cyclotron-produced 211At via isotope dilution alpha spectrometry is presented. The activity of 210At is quantified by measuring the activity of daughter nuclide 210Po. Counting sources are prepared by spontaneous deposition of Po on a silver disc. Activity of 210At (at the time of 210Po maximum activity) is found to be 83.5+/-9.0 Bq, corresponding to an atom ratio (210At:211At at the time of distillation) of 0.010+/-0.007% (k=2). The method produces high-quality alpha spectra, with baseline alpha-peak resolution and chemical yields of greater than 85%.

  10. Structural and Electrochemical Characterization of Pure LiFePO 4 and Nanocomposite C- LiFePO 4 Cathodes for Lithium Ion Rechargeable Batteries

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    Kumar, Arun; Thomas, R.; Karan, N. K.; ...

    2009-01-01

    Pure limore » thium iron phosphate ( LiFePO 4 ) and carbon-coated LiFePO 4 (C- LiFePO 4 ) cathode materials were synthesized for Li-ion batteries. Structural and electrochemical properties of these materials were compared. X-ray diffraction revealed orthorhombic olivine structure. Micro-Raman scattering analysis indicates amorphous carbon, and TEM micrographs show carbon coating on LiFePO 4 particles. Ex situ Raman spectrum of C- LiFePO 4 at various stages of charging and discharging showed reversibility upon electrochemical cycling. The cyclic voltammograms of LiFePO 4 and C- LiFePO 4 showed only a pair of peaks corresponding to the anodic and cathodic reactions. The first discharge capacities were 63, 43, and 13 mAh/g for C/5, C/3, and C/2, respectively for LiFePO 4 where as in case of C- LiFePO 4 that were 163, 144, 118, and 70 mAh/g for C/5, C/3, C/2, and 1C, respectively. The capacity retention of pure LiFePO 4 was 69% after 25 cycles where as that of C- LiFePO 4 was around 97% after 50 cycles. These results indicate that the capacity and the rate capability improved significantly upon carbon coating.« less

  11. Size-dependent magnetic ordering and spin-dynamics in DyPO4 and GdPO4 nanoparticles

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    Evangelisti, Marco; Sorop, Tibi G; Bakharev, Oleg N; Visser, Dirk; Hillier, Adrian D.; Alonso, Juan; Haase, Markus; Boatner, Lynn A; De Jongh, L. Jos

    2011-01-01

    Low-temperature magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity measurements on nanoparticles (d 2.6 nm) of the antiferromagnetic compounds DyPO4 (TN = 3:4 K) and GdPO4 (TN = 0:77 K) provide clear demonstrations of finite-size effects, which limit the divergence of the magnetic correlation lengths, thereby suppressing the bulk long-range magnetic ordering transitions. Instead, the incomplete antiferromagnetic order inside the particles leads to the formation of net magnetic moments on the particles. For the nanoparticles of Ising-type DyPO4 superparamagnetic blocking is found in the ac-susceptibility at 1 K, those of the XY-type GdPO4 analogue show a dipolar spin-glass transition at 0:2 K. Monte Carlo simulations for the magnetic heat capacities of both bulk and nanoparticle samples are in agreement with the experimental data. Strong size effects are also apparent in the Dy3+ and Gd3+ spin-dynamics, which were studied by zero-field SR relaxation and high-field 31P-NMR nuclear relaxation measurements. The freezing transitions observed in the ac-susceptibility of the nanoparticles also appear as peaks in the temperature dependence of the zero-field SR rates, but at slightly higher temperatures - as to be expected from the higher frequency of the muon probe. For both bulk and nanoparticles of GdPO4, the muon and 31P-NMR rates are for T 5 K dominated by exchange-narrowed hyperfine broadening arising from the electron spin-spin interactions inside the particles. The dipolar hyperfine interactions acting on the muons and the 31P are, however, much reduced in the nanoparticles. For the DyPO4 analogues the high-temperature rates appear to be fully determined by electron spin-lattice relaxation processes.

  12. Dominant-negative effect on adhesion by myelin Po protein truncated in its cytoplasmic domain

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    1996-01-01

    The myelin Po protein is believed to hold myelin together via interactions of both its extracellular and cytoplasmic domains. We have already shown that the extracellular domains of Po can interact in a homophilic manner (Filbin, M.T., F.S. Walsh, B.D. Trapp, J.A. Pizzey, and G.I. Tennekoon. 1990. Nature (Lond.). 344:871-872). In addition, we have shown that for this homophilic adhesion to take place, the cytoplasmic domain of Po must be intact and most likely interacting with the cytoskeleton; Po proteins truncated in their cytoplasmic domains are not adhesive (Wong, M.H., and M.T. Filbin, 1994. J. Cell Biol. 126:1089-1097). To determine if the presence of these truncated forms of Po could have an effect on the functioning of the full-length Po, we coexpressed both molecules in CHO cells. The adhesiveness of CHO cells expressing both full-length Po and truncated Po was then compared to cells expressing only full-length Po. In these coexpressors, both the full-length and the truncated Po proteins were glycosylated. They reached the surface of the cell in approximately equal amounts as shown by an ELISA and surface labeling, followed by immunoprecipitation. Furthermore, the amount of full-length Po at the cell surface was equivalent to other cell lines expressing only full-length Po that we had already shown to be adhesive. Therefore, there should be sufficient levels of full-length Po at the surface of these coexpressors to measure adhesion of Po. However, as assessed by an aggregation assay, the coexpressors were not adhesive. By 60 min they had not formed large aggregates and were indistinguishable from the control transfected cells not expressing Po. In contrast, in the same time, the cells expressing only the full-length Po had formed large aggregates. This indicates that the truncated forms of Po have a dominant-negative effect on the adhesiveness of the full-length Po. Furthermore, from cross-linking studies, full-length Po, when expressed alone but not when

  13. The influence of reduced graphene oxide on electrical conductivity of LiFePO{sub 4}-based composite as cathode material

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    Arifin, Muhammad; Aimon, Akfiny Hasdi; Winata, Toto; Abdullah, Mikrajuddin; Iskandar, Ferry

    2016-02-08

    LiFePO{sub 4} is fascinating cathode active materials for Li-ion batteries application because of their high electrochemical performance such as a stable voltage at 3.45 V and high specific capacity at 170 mAh.g{sup −1}. However, their low intrinsic electronic conductivity and low ionic diffusion are still the hindrance for their further application on Li-ion batteries. Therefore, the efforts to improve their conductivity are very important to elevate their prospecting application as cathode materials. Herein, we reported preparation of additional of reduced Graphene Oxide (rGO) into LiFePO{sub 4}-based composite via hydrothermal method and the influence of rGO on electrical conductivity of LiFePO{sub 4}−based composite by varying mass of rGO in composition. Vibration of LiFePO{sub 4}-based composite was detected on Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) spectra, while single phase of LiFePO{sub 4} nanocrystal was observed on X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) pattern, it furthermore, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images showed that rGO was distributed around LiFePO4-based composite. Finally, the 4-point probe measurement result confirmed that the optimum electrical conductivity is in additional 2 wt% rGO for range 1 to 2 wt% rGO.

  14. A label-free electrochemiluminescence immunosensor based on EuPO4 nanowire for the ultrasensitive detection of Prostate specific antigen.

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    Ma, Hongmin; Zhou, Jing; Li, Yan; Han, Tongqian; Zhang, Yong; Hu, Lihua; Du, Bin; Wei, Qin

    2016-06-15

    EuPO4 nanowire, which exhibited strong and stable cathodic electrochemiluminescence (ECL) activity, was used for the first time to fabricate an immunosensor for the detection of prostate specific antigen (PSA). EuPO4 has some inherent excellent properties such as long luminescence lifetime, narrow emission band, high quantum yield and low toxicity. Based on these properties, a novel label-free ECL immunosensor was developed using EuPO4 as a sensing matrix. Chitosan solution was used to disperse EuPO4 nanowires and the amino groups on chitosan enabled the covalent attachment of capture antibodies. After the modification of the electrode surface with EuPO4 nanowires, anti-PSA was then immobilized on them, forming a label-free immunosensing interface. The specific binding of PSA on the electrode inhibited the ECL reaction of EuPO4 nanowires with the coreactant due to the steric hindrance effect (Deng et al., 2013). Under the optimum conditions, a good linear relationship between ECL intensity and the logarithm of PSA concentration was obtained in the range of 0.0005-80 ng/mL with a detection limit of 177.33 fg/mL. The proposed ECL immunosensor showed good stability, acceptable selectivity and reproducibility.

  15. First-principles study of paraelectric and ferroelectric CsH2PO4 including dispersion forces: Stability and related vibrational, dielectric, and elastic properties

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    Van Troeye, Benoit; van Setten, Michiel Jan; Giantomassi, Matteo; Torrent, Marc; Rignanese, Gian-Marco; Gonze, Xavier

    2017-01-01

    Using density functional theory (DFT) and density functional perturbation theory (DFPT), we investigate the stability and response functions of CsH2PO4 , a ferroelectric material at low temperature. This material cannot be described properly by the usual (semi)local approximations within DFT. The long-range e--e- correlation needs to be properly taken into account, using, for instance, Grimme's DFT-D methods, as investigated in this work. We find that DFT-D3(BJ) performs the best for the members of the dihydrogenated alkali phosphate family (KH2PO4 , RbH2PO4 , CsH2PO4 ), leading to experimental lattice parameters reproduced with an average deviation of 0.5%. With these DFT-D methods, the structural, dielectric, vibrational, and mechanical properties of CsH2PO4 are globally in excellent agreement with the available experiments (<2 % MAPE for Raman-active phonons). Our study suggests the possible existence of a new low-temperature phase of CsH2PO4 , not yet reported experimentally. Finally, we report the implementation of DFT-D contributions to elastic constants within DFPT.

  16. Crystal structure, thermally stability and photoluminescence properties of novel Sr{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:Eu{sup 2+} phosphors

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    Guo, Qingfeng; Liao, Libing Mei, Lefu; Liu, Haikun

    2015-03-15

    A series of novel luminescent phosphors Sr{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:Eu{sup 2+} with apatite structure were synthesized via a high temperature solid-state reaction. The phase structure, photoluminescence (PL) properties, the PL thermal stability, as well as the fluorescence decay curves of the samples were investigated to characterize the resulting samples, and the selected Sr{sub 9.97}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:0.03Eu{sup 2+} phosphor exhibits strong thermal quenching resistance, retaining the luminance of 88.73% at 150 °C. The quenching concentration of Eu{sup 2+} in Sr{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O was about 0.03 attributing to the dipole–quadrupole interaction. The Sr{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor exhibited a broad-band blue emission at 439 nm upon excitation at 346 nm. The results indicate that Sr{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:Eu{sup 2+} phosphors have potential applications as near UV-convertible phosphors for white-light UV LEDs. - Graphical abstract: Sr{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:Eu{sup 2+} phosphors have potential applications as near UV-convertible phosphors for white-light UV LEDs. - Highlights: • Sr{sub 9.97}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O:0.03Eu{sup 2+} phosphor exhibits strong thermal quenching resistance. • Two different Eu{sup 2+} emission centers exists in Sr{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}O. • The activation energy was also estimated for the Eu{sup 2+} luminescence center.

  17. Measurement of airborne {sup 218}Po - A Bayesian approach

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    Groer, P.G.; Lo, Y.

    1996-12-01

    The standard mathematical treatment of the buildup and decay of airborne radionuclides on a filter paper uses the solutions of the so-called bateman equations adapted to the sampling process. The equations can be interpreted as differential equations for the expectation of an underlying stochastic process, which describes the random fluctuations in the accumulation and decay of the sampled radioactive atoms. The process for the buildup and decay of airborne {sup 218}Po can be characterized as an {open_quotes}immigration-death process{close_quotes} in the widely adopted, biologically based jargon. The probability distribution for the number of {sup 218}Po atoms, accumulated after sampling time t, is Poisson. We show that the distribution of the number of counts, registered by a detector with efficiency {epsilon} during a counting period T after the end of sampling, it also Poisson, with mean dependent on {epsilon},t,T, the flowrate and N{sub o}, the number of airborne {sup 218}Po atoms per unit volume. This Poisson distribution was used to construct the likelihood given the observed number of counts. After inversion with Bayes` Theorem we obtained the posterior density for N{sub o}. This density characterizes the remaining uncertainty about the measured under of {sup 218}Po atoms per unit volume of air. 6 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  18. America's Earliest Revolutionary Voice: Po-Pay--Not Patrick Henry.

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    Owen, Gordon R.

    A full century before Patrick Henry's persuasive battle for the rights of oppressed people, a San Juan Pueblo Indian medicine man known only as Po-Pay was the masterful communicator and agitator who orchestrated the first American revolution to drive the Spanish back into Mexico. Seeking mineral wealth, cheap labor, and the maximum number of…

  19. PoGOLite measurement of Crab polarisation and future plans

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    Pearce, Mark

    2016-07-01

    (For the PoGOLite Collaboration) The PoGOLite Pathfinder is a balloon-borne hard X-ray polarimeter designed for the observation of bright, ~1 Crab, sources. Polarisation is determined by measuring the azimuthal Compton scattering angle of incident X-rays in an array of plastic scintillators housed in an BGO anticoincidence well. The PoGOLite Pathfinder was launched from the SSC Esrange Space Centre in July 2013 resulting in a near-circumpolar flight of two weeks duration. The linear polarisation of hard X-ray emissions from the Crab was measured in a previously unexplored energy interval, 20-120 keV. The polarimetric response was characterised prior to flight using both polarised and unpolarised calibration sources. Systematic effects were addressed through observations of a background field. An upgraded polarimeter, PoGO+, is scheduled to fly in summer 2016 from Esrange. Results from the 2013 Pathfinder flight and prospects for the 2016 flight will be discussed.

  20. [K(2)CsYb(PO(4))(2)].

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    Rghioui, Lotfi; el-Ammari, Lahcen; Benarafa, Larbi; Wignacourt, Jean Pierre

    2002-07-01

    The crystal structure of dipotassium caesium ytterbium bis(phosphate) is built up from regular independent PO(4) tetrahedra and YbO(6) octahedra sharing corners and arranged in layers. The structure is, in many respects, similar to that of glaserite.

  1. Structure for Storing Properties of Particles (PoP)

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    Patel, N. R.; Mattoon, C. M.; Beck, B. R.; Summers, N. C.; Brown, D. A.

    2014-06-01

    Some evaluated nuclear databases are critical for applications such as nuclear energy, nuclear medicine, homeland security, and stockpile stewardship. Particle masses, nuclear excitation levels, and other “Properties of Particles” are essential for making evaluated nuclear databases. Currently, these properties are obtained from various databases that are stored in outdated formats. Moreover, the “Properties of Particles” (PoP) structure is being designed that will allow storing all information for one or more particles in a single place, so that each evaluation, simulation, model calculation, etc. can link to the same data. Information provided in PoP will include properties of nuclei, gammas and electrons (along with other particles such as pions, as evaluations extend to higher energies). Presently, PoP includes masses from the Atomic Mass Evaluation version 2003 (AME2003), and level schemes and gamma decays from the Reference Input Parameter Library (RIPL-3). The data are stored in a hierarchical structure. An example of how PoP stores nuclear masses and energy levels will be presented here.

  2. Structure for Storing Properties of Particles (PoP)

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    Patel, N.R.; Mattoon, C.M.; Beck, B.R.; Summers, N.C.; Brown, D.A.

    2014-06-15

    Evaluated nuclear databases are critical for applications such as nuclear energy, nuclear medicine, homeland security, and stockpile stewardship. Particle masses, nuclear excitation levels, and other “Properties of Particles” are essential for making evaluated nuclear databases. Currently, these properties are obtained from various databases that are stored in outdated formats. A “Properties of Particles” (PoP) structure is being designed that will allow storing all information for one or more particles in a single place, so that each evaluation, simulation, model calculation, etc. can link to the same data. Information provided in PoP will include properties of nuclei, gammas and electrons (along with other particles such as pions, as evaluations extend to higher energies). Presently, PoP includes masses from the Atomic Mass Evaluation version 2003 (AME2003), and level schemes and gamma decays from the Reference Input Parameter Library (RIPL-3). The data are stored in a hierarchical structure. An example of how PoP stores nuclear masses and energy levels will be presented here.

  3. Development of a Portable Motor Learning Laboratory (PoMLab)

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    Shinya, Masahiro

    2016-01-01

    Most motor learning experiments have been conducted in a laboratory setting. In this type of setting, a huge and expensive manipulandum is frequently used, requiring a large budget and wide open space. Subjects also need to travel to the laboratory, which is a burden for them. This burden is particularly severe for patients with neurological disorders. Here, we describe the development of a novel application based on Unity3D and smart devices, e.g., smartphones or tablet devices, that can be used to conduct motor learning experiments at any time and in any place, without requiring a large budget and wide open space and without the burden of travel on subjects. We refer to our application as POrtable Motor learning LABoratory, or PoMLab. PoMLab is a multiplatform application that is available and sharable for free. We investigated whether PoMLab could be an alternative to the laboratory setting using a visuomotor rotation paradigm that causes sensory prediction error, enabling the investigation of how subjects minimize the error. In the first experiment, subjects could adapt to a constant visuomotor rotation that was abruptly applied at a specific trial. The learning curve for the first experiment could be modeled well using a state space model, a mathematical model that describes the motor leaning process. In the second experiment, subjects could adapt to a visuomotor rotation that gradually increased each trial. The subjects adapted to the gradually increasing visuomotor rotation without being aware of the visuomotor rotation. These experimental results have been reported for conventional experiments conducted in a laboratory setting, and our PoMLab application could reproduce these results. PoMLab can thus be considered an alternative to the laboratory setting. We also conducted follow-up experiments in university physical education classes. A state space model that was fit to the data obtained in the laboratory experiments could predict the learning curves

  4. Development of a Portable Motor Learning Laboratory (PoMLab).

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    Takiyama, Ken; Shinya, Masahiro

    2016-01-01

    Most motor learning experiments have been conducted in a laboratory setting. In this type of setting, a huge and expensive manipulandum is frequently used, requiring a large budget and wide open space. Subjects also need to travel to the laboratory, which is a burden for them. This burden is particularly severe for patients with neurological disorders. Here, we describe the development of a novel application based on Unity3D and smart devices, e.g., smartphones or tablet devices, that can be used to conduct motor learning experiments at any time and in any place, without requiring a large budget and wide open space and without the burden of travel on subjects. We refer to our application as POrtable Motor learning LABoratory, or PoMLab. PoMLab is a multiplatform application that is available and sharable for free. We investigated whether PoMLab could be an alternative to the laboratory setting using a visuomotor rotation paradigm that causes sensory prediction error, enabling the investigation of how subjects minimize the error. In the first experiment, subjects could adapt to a constant visuomotor rotation that was abruptly applied at a specific trial. The learning curve for the first experiment could be modeled well using a state space model, a mathematical model that describes the motor leaning process. In the second experiment, subjects could adapt to a visuomotor rotation that gradually increased each trial. The subjects adapted to the gradually increasing visuomotor rotation without being aware of the visuomotor rotation. These experimental results have been reported for conventional experiments conducted in a laboratory setting, and our PoMLab application could reproduce these results. PoMLab can thus be considered an alternative to the laboratory setting. We also conducted follow-up experiments in university physical education classes. A state space model that was fit to the data obtained in the laboratory experiments could predict the learning curves

  5. Pb-210 and Po-210 atmospheric releases via fly ash from oil shale-fired power plants.

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    Vaasma, Taavi; Loosaar, Jüri; Gyakwaa, Francis; Kiisk, Madis; Özden, Banu; Tkaczyk, Alan H

    2017-03-01

    During high temperature processes in the furnace volatile and semi-volatile elements and radionuclides are partially emitted to the environment, depending on their chemical form in the original fuel, the technological set-up of the combustion system, and the prevailing combustion conditions. Two of the world's largest oil shale-fired power plants (PPs) have been operational in Estonia from the 1960s, during which time creation of significant environmental emissions and waste containing naturally occurring radionuclides has occurred. Pb-210 and (210)Po are considered natural radionuclides with the highest emission rates from PPs and possess elevated potential radiation exposure risks to humans and the environment. These radionuclides have the highest activity concentration values in fine ash fractions, especially in fractions remaining below 2.5 μm. To determine the activity concentrations of (210)Pb and (210)Po in the PPs' outlet, sampling was conducted from boilers operating on pulverized fuel (PF) technology with novel integrated desulphurization (NID) system and bag filters as well as with electrostatic precipitators (ESPs). The (210)Pb and (210)Po activity concentrations remained around 300 Bq kg(-1) for the NID system compared to 60-80 Bq kg(-1) in the ESP system. The dominant ash fraction in both systems was PM2.5, constituting over 50% of the fly ash mass collected from the outlet. The authors estimate that the total atmospherically emitted activity for the modernized PPs remains dominantly below 1% of the activity that is inserted via fuel. The implementation of higher efficiency purifications systems has significantly reduced the negative effect of these PPs. Based on annually emitted fly ash and boilers' working hours, the (210)Pb and (210)Po activity released relative to energy production were up to 68.3 kBq GWhel(-1) for (210)Pb and 64.6 kBq GWhel(-1) for (210)Po. These values are 1 to 2 orders of magnitude lower compared to the situation in the 1980s

  6. Carbon nanostructures modified LiFePO4 cathodes for lithium ion battery applications: optimized porosity and composition

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    Mahmoud, Lama; Singh Lalia, Boor; Hashaikeh, Raed

    2016-12-01

    Lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery cathode was fabricated without using any metallic current collector and polymeric binder. Carbon nanostructures (CNS) were used as microbinders for LiFePO4 particles and at the same time as a 3D current collector. A facile and cost effective method of fabricating composite cathodes of CNS and LiFePO4 was developed. Thick electrodes with high loading of active material (20-25 mg cm-2) were obtained that are almost 2-3 folds higher than commercial electrodes. SEM images confirm that the 3D CNS conductive network encapsulated the LiFePO4 particles homogenously facilitating the charge transfer at the electrode-CNS interface. The composition, scan rate and porosity of the paper-like cathode were sequentially varied and their influence was systematically monitored by means of linear sweep cyclic voltammetry and AC electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Addition of CNS improved the electrode’s bulk electronic conductivity, mechanical integrity, surface area and double layer capacitance, yet compromised the charge transfer resistance at the electrode-electrolyte interface. Based on a range of the tested binder-free electrodes, this study proposes that electrodes with 20 wt% CNS having 49 ± 2.5% porosity had realized best improvements of two folds and four folds in the electronic conductivity and diffusion coefficient, respectively.

  7. Preparation and luminescence properties of orange-red Ba3Y(PO4)3:Sm3+ phosphors

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    Xu, Qiguang; Xu, Denghui; Sun, Jiayue

    2015-04-01

    Ba3Y(PO4)3:Sm3+ phosphors were prepared by a high temperature solid-state reaction in air. X-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence spectra and temperature-dependent emission spectra were utilized to characterize the structure and luminescence properties of the as-prepared phosphor. The results show that the phosphor can be efficiently excited by ultraviolet light and emit a satisfactory orange-red performance, nicely, fitting in well with the widely used UV LED chip. Under 403 nm excitation, the 4G5/2 → 6HJ (J = 5/2, 7/2, 9/2, and 11/2) emissions of Sm3+ are obviously observed. The optimum doping concentration is 5 mol% and corresponding quenching behavior is ascribed to be electric dipole-dipole interaction according to Dexter's theory. The temperature dependent luminescence of Ba3Y(PO4)3:Sm3+ phosphor is also discussed, and the activation energy for thermal quenching is calculated as 0.34 eV. Furthermore, the chromaticity coordinates of Ba3Y(PO4)3:Sm3+ phosphor are calculated to be (0.5558, 0.4380) and the lifetime values of Ba3Y0.995(PO4)3:0.005Sm3+ was 2.45 ms.

  8. Post-test analysis of PIPER-ONE PO-IC-2 experiment by RELAP5/MOD3 codes

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    Bovalini, R.; D`Auria, F.; Galassi, G.M.; Mazzini, M.

    1996-11-01

    RELAP5/MOD3.1 was applied to the PO-IC-2 experiment performed in PIPER-ONE facility, which has been modified to reproduce typical isolation condenser thermal-hydraulic conditions. RELAP5 is a well known code widely used at the University of Pisa during the past seven years. RELAP5/MOD3.1 was the latest version of the code made available by the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory at the time of the reported study. PIPER-ONE is an experimental facility simulating a General Electric BWR-6 with volume and height scaling ratios of 1/2,200 and 1./1, respectively. In the frame of the present activity a once-through heat exchanger immersed in a pool of ambient temperature water, installed approximately 10 m above the core, was utilized to reproduce qualitatively the phenomenologies expected for the Isolation Condenser in the simplified BWR (SBWR). The PO-IC-2 experiment is the flood up of the PO-SD-8 and has been designed to solve some of the problems encountered in the analysis of the PO-SD-8 experiment. A very wide analysis is presented hereafter including the use of different code versions.

  9. Conversion of core oxos to water molecules by 4e-/4H+ reductive dehydration of the Mn4O2(6+) core in the manganese-oxo cubane complex Mn4O4(Ph2PO2)6: a partial model for photosynthetic water binding and activation.

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    Ruettinger, W F; Dismukes, G C

    2000-03-06

    Reaction of the Mn4O4(6+) "cubane" core complex, Mn4O4L6 (1) (L = diphenylphosphinate, Ph2PO2-), with a hydrogen atom donor, phenothiazine (pzH), forms the dehydrated cluster Mn4O2L6 (2), which has lost two mu-oxo bridges by reduction to water (H2O). The formation of 2 was established by electrospray mass spectrometry, whereas FTIR spectroscopy confirmed the release of water molecules into solution during the reduction of 1. UV-vis and EPR spectroscopies established the stoichiometry and chemical form of the pzH product by showing the production of 4 equiv of the neutral pz radical. By contrast, the irreversible decomposition of 1 to individual Mn(II) ions occurs if the reduction is performed using electrons provided by various proton-lacking reductants, such as cobaltocene or electrochemical reduction. Thus, cubane 1 undergoes coupled four-electron/four-proton reduction with the release of two water molecules, a reaction formally analogous to the reverse sequence of the steps that occur during photosynthetic water oxidation leading to O2 evolution. 1H NMR of solutions of 2 reveal that all six of the phosphinate ligands exhibit paramagnetic broadening, due to coordination to Mn ions, and are magnetically equivalent. A symmetrical core structure is thus indicated. We hypothesize that this structure is produced by the dynamic averaging of phosphinato ligand coordination or exchange of mu-oxos between vacant mu-oxo sites. The paramagnetic 1H NMR of water molecules in solution shows that they are able to freely exchange with water molecules that are bound to the Mn ion(s) in 2, and this exchange can be inhibited by the addition of coordinating anions, such as chloride. Thus, 2 possesses open or labile coordination sites for water and anions, in contrast to solutions of 1, which reveal no evidence for water coordination. Complex 2 exhibits greater paramagnetism than that of 1, as seen by 1H NMR, and it possesses a broad (440 G wide) EPR absorption, centered at g = 2

  10. A synthesis of LiFePO{sub 4} starting from FePO{sub 4} under reducing atmosphere

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    Prosini, Pier Paolo; Cento, Cinzia; Masci, Amedeo; Carewska, Maria; Gislon, Paola

    2014-06-19

    A fast and easy way to produce LiFePO{sub 4} starting from FePO{sub 4}, used as iron and phosphorus source, is proposed. 5% hydrogen is employed as a reducing agent and various compounds containing lithium as lithiation agents. The selected lithiation agents included: LiCl, CH{sub 3}COOLi, LiOH, Li{sub 2}S, LiH, and Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3}. Solid state synthesis is used for the LiFePO{sub 4} preparation and the so obtained materials are structurally characterized by XRD. The materials are used to fabricate composite electrode and their specific capacity is evaluated by low rate galvanostatic charge/discharge cycles (C/10 rate). Among the various lithium salts, the acetate give rise to the LiFePO{sub 4} with the best electrochemical performance. The morphology of this material is further investigated by SEM microscopy and the specific capacity is evaluated as a function of the discharge rate and the cycle number.

  11. NASA's Planetary Science E/PO Forum: Reflections on Five Years of Effort to Support an E/PO Community

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    Shipp, S. S.; Shebby, S.; Buxner, S.; Boonstra, D.; Cobabe-Ammann, E. A.; Cobb, W. H.; Dalton, H.; Grier, J.; Klug Boonstra, S. L.; LaConte, K.; Ristvey, J.; Shupla, C. B.; Weeks, S.; Wessen, A. S.; Zimmerman-Brachman, R.

    2014-12-01

    Over the past decade, NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has funded four education and public outreach (E/PO) forums, aligned with each of its science divisions, including Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Science. Together, these forums help organize individual division E/PO programs into a coordinated, effective, efficient, nationwide effort that shares the scientific discoveries of NASA across a broad array of audiences. In the past four-and-a-half years, the Planetary Science Division's Forum - in collaboration with the other three Forums - has worked to support its community of education professionals and scientists involved in E/PO to communicate, collaborate, and strengthen their efforts. The Forum's work encompasses identification of best practices based on educational research, increasing understanding of needs through audience-based working groups, the development of strategic collaborations and partnerships to increase programmatic reach, and the creation of strategic resources to support community members in their E/PO work (e.g., an online workspace for the community to communicate, collaborate, and share practices; recommendations to scientists for increasing impact in educational settings; a one-stop shop for NASA SMD classroom and informal education products, http://nasawavelength.org). Drawing on evaluation data, the presentation will explore what resources and support mechanisms are valued by the community, ways the community uses the available resources, and the outcomes of the effort to date.

  12. One-pot synthesis of visible-light-driven Ag/Ag3PO4 photocatalyst immobilized on exfoliated montmorillonite by clay-mediated in situ reduction

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    Liu, Chang; Zhang, Xiaoyuan; Wu, Jianning; Meng, Guihua; Guo, Xuhong; Liu, Zhiyong

    2016-11-01

    In order to find efficient photocatalytic materials and convenient preparation method, a well-designed Ag/Ag3PO4-OMMT (organically modified montmorillonite) plasmonic photocatalyst was synthesized via the "one-pot" process without any reducing species. Ag+ could be reduced by Si-OH moiety on the surface of OMMT. The resulting samples were thoroughly studied by using X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectra, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscope, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra, and so on. The as-prepared Ag/Ag3PO4-OMMT photocatalyst exhibited efficient, stable photocatalytic activity and recyclability for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light radiation ( λ > 420 nm). The optimum synergetic effect of Ag3PO4/OMMT was found at a weight ratio of 50 %. The degradation efficiency of RhB over Ag/Ag3PO4-OMMT (1:1) was about 92.9 %, and photocatalytic activity remained stable after three cycles. The results show that the designed photocatalyst is feasible and effective. The proposed photocatalysis mechanism is probably attributed to surface plasmon resonance of metallic Ag nanoparticles (NPs) and also attributed to negatively charged exfoliated montmorillonite. The Ag/Ag3PO4-OMMT composites showed highly visible light photocatalytic activity, which makes them promising nanomaterials for further applications in water treatment.

  13. Mobility of Po and U-isotopes under acid mine drainage conditions: an experimental approach with samples from Río Tinto area (SW Spain).

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    Barbero, L; Gázquez, M J; Bolívar, J P; Casas-Ruiz, M; Hierro, A; Baskaran, M; Ketterer, M E

    2014-12-01

    Under acid mine drainage (AMD) conditions, the solubilities and mobilities of many elements are vastly different from conditions prevailing in most natural waters. Studies are underway in the Río Tinto area (Iberian Pyrite Belt), in order to understand the behavior and mobility of long-lived U-series radionuclides under AMD conditions. A set of leaching experiments utilizing typical country rocks from the Tinto River basin, waste rock pile composite materials, iron-rich riverbed sediments and gossan (weathered naturally rock) were performed towards this purpose. Initial leaching experiments using distilled water kept in contact with solid material for 300, 100, 50 and 1 h resulted in very low concentrations of U with (234)U/(238)U activity ratios close to equilibrium and activity concentrations of (210)Po < 0.03 mBq/g. Leaching experiments performed with sulfuric acid media (0.1 and 0.01 M), and contact times between the solid and solution for 24 h were conducted to quantify the amount of U-isotopes and (210)Po leached, and the radioactive disequilibria generated between the radionuclides in the leachate. These experiments show that Po mobility in acidic conditions (pH around 1-2) is very low, with (210)Po activity in the leachate to be 6% in average for the solid sample. By contrast, mobility of U-isotopes is higher than that of Po, around 1.2%.

  14. Synthesis of magnetically separable Ag3PO4/TiO2/Fe3O4 heterostructure with enhanced photocatalytic performance under visible light for photoinactivation of bacteria.

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    Xu, Jing-Wen; Gao, Zhi-Da; Han, Kun; Liu, Yongmin; Song, Yan-Yan

    2014-09-10

    Silver orthophosphate (Ag3PO4) is a low-band-gap photocatalyst that has received considerable research interest in recent years. In this work, the magnetic Ag3PO4/TiO2/Fe3O4 heterostructured nanocomposite was synthesized. The nanocomposite was found to exhibit markedly enhanced photocatalytic activity, cycling stability, and long-term durability in the photodegradation of acid orange 7 (AO7) under visible light. Moreover, the antibacterial film prepared from Ag3PO4/TiO2/Fe3O4 nanocomposite presented excellent bactericidal activity and recyclability toward Escherichia coli (E. coli) cells under visible-light irradiation. In addition to the intrinsic cytotoxicity of silver ions, the elevated bactericidal efficiency of Ag3PO4/TiO2/Fe3O4 can be largely attributed to its highly enhanced photocatalytic activity. The photogenerated hydroxyl radicals and superoxide ions on the formed Ag/Ag3PO4/TiO2 interfaces cause considerable morphological changes in the microorganism's cells and lead to the death of the bacteria.

  15. (137)Cs, (40)K and (210)Po in marine mammals from the southern Baltic Sea.

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    Ciesielski, Tomasz; Góral, Marta; Szefer, Piotr; Jenssen, Bjørn Munro; Bojanowski, Ryszard

    2015-12-15

    This study provides information on baseline concentrations of the radionuclides Cesium-137, Potassium-40 and Polonium-210 in sea mammals from the Baltic Sea. The radionuclides were analyzed in the liver, kidney and muscle of harbor porpoises, striped dolphins, and gray and ringed seals from the Polish coast by γ- and α-spectrometry. Median (137)Cs activities were 14.8, 13.2 and 23.2 Bq kg(-1) w.w. in the liver, kidney and muscles, respectively. Activities of (40)K and (210)Po in the respective tissues were found to be 79.1, 79.8 and 111 Bq kg(-1) for (40)K and 58.1, 59.2 and 32.9 Bq kg(-1) for (210)Po. The measured (137)Cs concentrations were extraordinarily high in comparison to those reported in sea mammals from other locations. However, dose assessments did not imply health effects from (137)Cs exposure in Baltic Sea mammals. Correlations between (137)Cs tissue activities and reported sea water concentrations highlight the potential use of marine mammals for biomonitoring purposes.

  16. Aquifer recharge from infiltration basins in a highly urbanized area: the river Po Plain (Italy)

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    Masetti, M.; Nghiem, S. V.; Sorichetta, A.; Stevenazzi, S.; Santi, E. S.; Pettinato, S.; Bonfanti, M.; Pedretti, D.

    2015-12-01

    Due to the extensive urbanization in the Po Plain in northern Italy, rivers need to be managed to alleviate flooding problems while maintaining an appropriate aquifer recharge under an increasing percentage of impermeable surfaces. During the PO PLain Experiment field campaign in July 2015 (POPLEX 2015), both active and under-construction infiltration basins have been surveyed and analyzed to identify appropriate satellite observations that can be integrated to ground based monitoring techniques. A key strategy is to have continuous data time series on water presence and level within the basin, for which ground based monitoring can be costly and difficult to be obtained consistently.One of the major and old infiltration basin in the central Po Plain has been considered as pilot area. The basin is active from 2003 with ground based monitoring available since 2009 and supporting the development of a calibrated unsaturated-saturated two-dimensional numerical model simulating the infiltration dynamics through the basin.A procedure to use satellite data to detect surface water change is under development based on satellite radar backscatter data with an appropriate incidence angle and polarization combination. An advantage of satellite radar is that it can observe surface water regardless of cloud cover, which can be persistent during rainy seasons. Then, the surface water change is correlated to the reservoir water stage to determine water storage in the basin together with integrated ground data and to give quantitative estimates of variations in the local water cycle.We evaluated the evolution of the infiltration rate, to obtain useful insights about the general recharge behavior of basins that can be used for informed design and maintenance. Results clearly show when the basin becomes progressively clogged by biofilms that can reduce the infiltration capacity of the basin by as much as 50 times compared to when it properly works under clean conditions.

  17. Stability of luminescence in LaPO4, LaPO4 :RE(3+) (RE = Dy, Eu) nanophosphors.

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    Pimpalshende, D M; Dhoble, S J

    2015-03-01

    The property of high refractive index, low solubility in water as well as stability to high temperature variation of lanthanum phosphate (LaPO4 ) proved it was the most effective candidate for the production of display lamps, and plasma display panel devices and sensors. The morphological and nanostructural characteristics play a key role in the working efficiency of the luminescent material. These properties can be controlled by the synthesis method, which we have adopted in this paper. We have prepared LaPO4 nanoparticles at a relatively low temperature (110 ºC) in polyethylene glycol medium by using a wet chemical one-step synthesis. The phase composition and structural properties of the sample have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared, transmission electron microscopy and the luminescent property by photoluminescence and thermoluminescence. The samples were well crystallized and the average crystallite size of 15 nm has been calculated for pure LaPO4 using the Debye-Scherrer equation. The result from heat-treated samples shows the phase combination and morphological structure of the powder depend on the annealing temperature. The heat treatment changes the structure of LaPO4 from cuboid rods to fine grains at about 600 °C. The emission spectrum of LaPO4 shows the broad emission band at 368 nm and shoulder at 465 nm with emission of blue color when monitored at an excitation wavelength at 256 nm. The stability of phosphor has been studied with respect to humidity, temperature, doping, doping concentration, γ-ray exposures, etc. The prepared nanosized phosphors were thermally stable and may be a promising blue phosphor for lighting technology as well as radiation dosimetry.

  18. Improvement of innate immune responses and defense activity in mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis) by oral administration of beta-glucan.

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    Zhou, Jin; Wang, Yong-Hong; Chu, Ju; Luo, Ling-Zhi

    2008-10-01

    The beta-glucan (BG), extracted from Saccharomyces cerevisiae cell wall, was orally administrated to the mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis) at 0, 1, 5 and 10 g BG/kg diet for 28 days, followed by a challenge with Vibrio mimicus by intramuscular injection. Growth, phenoloxidase, superoxide dismutase, acid phosphatase and alkaline phosphatase activity were monitored after 14 and 28 days. The results showed an immunomodulatory effect and protection against V. mimicus by dietary supplementation of BG. The recommended concentration is 5 g BG/kg diet.

  19. Cd2Cu(PO4)2.

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    Stojanović, Jovica; Dordvić, Tamara; Karanović, Ljiljana

    2008-11-01

    During an investigation of the insufficiently known system M1O-M2O-X(2)O(5)-H(2)O (M1 = Cd(2+), Sr(2+) and Ba(2+); M2 = Cu(2+), Ni(2+), Co(2+), Zn(2+) and Mg(2+); X = P(5+), As(5+) and V(5+)), single crystals of the novel compound dicadmium copper(II) bis[phosphate(V)], Cd(2)Cu(PO(4))(2), were obtained. This compound belongs to a small group of compounds adopting a Cu(3)(PO(4))(2)-type structure and having the general formula M1(2)M2(XO(4))(2) (M1/M2 = Cd(2+), Cu(2+), Mg(2+) and Zn(2+); X = As(5+), P(5+) and V(5+)). The crystal structure is characterized by the interconnection of infinite [Cu(PO(4))(2)](n) chains and [Cd(2)O(10)](n) double chains, both extending along the a axis. Exceptional characteristics of this structure are its novel chemical composition and the occurrence of double chains of CdO(6) polyhedra that were not found in related structures. In contrast to the isomorphous compounds, where the M1 cations are coordinated by five O atoms, the Cd atom is coordinated by six. The dissimilarity in the geometry of M1 coordination between Cd(2)Cu(PO(4))(2) and the isomorphous compounds is mostly due to the larger ionic radius of the Cd cation in comparison with the Cu, Mg and Zn cations. Sharing a common edge, two CdO(6) polyhedra form Cd(2)O(10) dimers. Each such dimer is bonded to another dimer sharing common vertices, forming [Cd(2)O(10)](n) double chains in the [100] direction. The Cu atoms, located on an inversion centre (site symmetry \\overline{1}), form isolated CuO(4) squares interconnected by PO(4) tetrahedra, forming [Cu(PO(4))(2)](n) chains similar to those found in related structures. Conversely, the [Cd(2)O(10)](n) double chains, which were not found in related structures, are an exclusive feature of this structure.

  20. 76 FR 54931 - Post Office (PO) Box Fee Groups for Merged Locations

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    2011-09-06

    ... 111 Post Office (PO) Box Fee Groups for Merged Locations AGENCY: Postal Service TM . ACTION: Final..., Domestic Mail Manual (DMM ) 508.4 to allow Post Office Box TM (PO Box TM ) fee groups to be merged due to... for PO Boxes by more than one level (higher or lower) when boxes move to a different ZIP Code...

  1. Pressure-induced zircon-type to scheelite-type phase transitions in YbPO{sub 4} and LuPO{sub 4}

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    Zhang, F.X. Lang, M.; Ewing, R.C. Lian, J.; Wang, Z.W.; Hu, J.; Boatner, L.A.

    2008-10-15

    The tetragonal orthophosphates, YbPO{sub 4} and LuPO{sub 4}, were studied by in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) at pressures up to 52 and 43 GPa, respectively. A reversible phase transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type was found at {approx}22 GPa for YbPO{sub 4} and 19 GPa for LuPO{sub 4}. Coinciding with the transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type, there is a {approx}10% reduction in volume and a significant increase in the bulk modulus for both compounds. - Graphical abstract: The tetragonal orthophosphates, YbPO{sub 4} and LuPO{sub 4}, show reversible phase transitions from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type at {approx}22 and 19 Gpa, respectively. Coinciding with the phase transition, there is a {approx}10% reduction in unit cell volume.

  2. Nanoscale LiFePO4 and Li4Ti5O12 for High Rate Li-ion Batteries

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    Jaiswal, A.; Horne, C.R.; Chang, O.; Zhang, W.; Kong, W.; Wang, E.; Chern, T.; Doeff, M. M.

    2009-08-04

    The electrochemical performances of nanoscale LiFePO4 and Li4Ti5O12 materials are described in this communication. The nanomaterials were synthesized by pyrolysis of an aerosol precursor. Both compositions required moderate heat-treatment to become electrochemically active. LiFePO4 nanoparticles were coated with a uniform, 2-4 nm thick carbon-coating using an organic precursor in the heat treatment step and showed high tap density of 1.24 g/cm3, in spite of 50-100 nm particle size and 2.9 wtpercent carbon content. Li4Ti5O12 nanoparticles were between 50-200 nm in size and showed tap density of 0.8 g/cm3. The nanomaterials were tested both in half cell configurations against Li-metal and also in LiFePO4/Li4Ti5O12 full cells. Nano-LiFePO4 showed high discharge rate capability with values of 150 and 138 mAh/g at C/25 and 5C, respectively, after constant C/25 charges. Nano-Li4Ti5O12 also showed high charge capability with values of 148 and 138 mAh/g at C/25 and 5C, respectively, after constant C/25 discharges; the discharge (lithiation) capability was comparatively slower. LiFePO4/Li4Ti5O12 full cells deliver charge/discharge capacity values of 150 and 122 mAh/g at C/5 and 5C, respectively.

  3. Lipopolysaccharide and β-1,3-glucan-binding protein (LGBP) bind to seaweed polysaccharides and activate the prophenoloxidase system in white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei.

    PubMed

    Chen, Yu-Yuan; Chen, Jiann-Chu; Kuo, Yi-Hsuan; Lin, Yong-Chin; Chang, Yu-Hsuan; Gong, Hong-Yi; Huang, Chien-Lun

    2016-02-01

    Lipopolysaccharide and β-1,3-glucan-binding protein (LGBP), important pattern recognition proteins (PRPs), recognize lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and β-1,3-glucan (βG), known as pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs), and subsequently trigger innate immunity. Several seaweed polysaccharides and seaweed extracts increase immune parameters and resistance to pathogens. Here, we constructed the expression vector pET28b-LvLGBP and transferred it into Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) for protein expression and to produce the recombinant protein LGBP (rLvLGBP) in white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei. We examined the binding of rLvLGBP with seaweed-derived polysaccharides including alginate, carrageenan, fucoidan, laminarin, Gracilaria tenuistipitata extract (GTE), and Sargassum duplicatum extract (SDE), and examined the phenoloxidase activity of shrimp haemocytes incubated with a mixture of rLvLGBP and each polysaccharide. We also examined the binding of rLvLGBP with LPS and βG, and the phenoloxidase activity of shrimp haemocytes incubated with a mixture of rLvLGBP and LPS (rLvLGBP-LPS) or a mixture of rLvLGBP and βG (rLvLGBP-βG). An ELISA binding assay indicated that rLvLGBP binds to LPS, βG, alginate, carrageenan, fucoidan, laminarin, GTE, and SDE with dissociation constants of 0.1138-0.1770 μM. Furthermore, our results also indicated that the phenoloxidase activity of shrimp haemocytes incubated with a mixture of rLvLGBP and LPS, βG, alginate, carrageenan, fucoidan, laminarin, GTE, and SDE significantly increased by 328%, 172%, 200%, 213%, 197%, 194%, 191%, and 197%, respectively compared to controls (cacodylate buffer). We conclude that LvLGBP functions as a PRP, recognizes and binds to LPS, βG, alginate, carrageenan, fucoidan, laminarin, GTE, and SDE, and subsequently leads to activating innate immunity in shrimp.

  4. Exploring the impact of semicore level electronic relaxation on polaron dynamics: An adiabatic ab initio study of FePO4

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    Wang, Zi; Bevan, Kirk H.

    2016-01-01

    In the present work, we study the effects of the electronic relaxation of semicore levels on polaron activation energies and dynamics. Within the framework of adiabatic ab initio theory, we utilize both static transition state theory and molecular dynamics methods for an in-depth study of polaronic hopping in delithiated LiFePO4 (FePO4). Our results show that electronic relaxation of semicore states is significant in FePO4, resulting in a lower activation barrier and kinetics that is one to two orders faster compared to the result of calculations that do not incorporate semicore states. In general, the results suggest that the relaxation of states far below the Fermi energy could dramatically impact the ab initio polaronic barrier estimates for many transition metal oxides and phosphates.

  5. Hierarchical Fe3O4@MoS2/Ag3PO4 magnetic nanocomposites: Enhanced and stable photocatalytic performance for water purification under visible light irradiation

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    Guo, Na; Li, Haiyan; Xu, Xingjian; Yu, Hongwen

    2016-12-01

    Novel hierarchical Fe3O4@MoS2/Ag3PO4 magnetic nanophotocatalyst with remarkable photocatalytic capability were prepared by simply depositing the Ag3PO4 onto the surface of crumpled Fe3O4@MoS2 nanosphere. The nanocomposites were characterized by XRD, TEM, HRTEM, XPS, BET, and UV-vis DRS. The outcome of the photocatalytic experiments demonstrated that Fe3O4@MoS2/Ag3PO4 with 6 wt% content of Ag3PO4 (FM/A-6%) showed the highest photocatalytic activity upon the degradation Congo red (CR) and Rhodamine B (RhB) under both visible light and simulated sunlight irradiation. In addition, FM/A-6% possessed larger specific surface area (76.56 m2/g) and excellent optical property. The possible Z-scheme charge carriers transfer mechanism for the enhanced photocatalytic properties of the FM/A-6% was also discussed. The Z-scheme charge carriers transfer mechanism established between MoS2 and Ag3PO4 facilitate the charge separation efficiency. Moreover, FM/A-6% can be separated and collected easily by external magnetic field and maintain high activity after five times photoreaction cycles. Given the remarkable photocatalytic performance and high stability of FM/A-6% nanocomposite, it is looking forward to exhibit great potential for applications in water purification.

  6. Boron and Nitrogen Codoped Carbon Layers of LiFePO4 Improve the High-Rate Electrochemical Performance for Lithium Ion Batteries.

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    Zhang, Jinli; Nie, Ning; Liu, Yuanyuan; Wang, Jiao; Yu, Feng; Gu, Junjie; Li, Wei

    2015-09-16

    An evolutionary composite of LiFePO4 with nitrogen and boron codoped carbon layers was prepared by processing hydrothermal-synthesized LiFePO4. This novel codoping method is successfully applied to LiFePO4 for commercial use, and it achieved excellent electrochemical performance. The electrochemical performance can be improved through single nitrogen doping (LiFePO4/C-N) or boron doping (LiFePO4/C-B). When modifying the LiFePO4/C-B with nitrogen (to synthesis LiFePO4/C-B+N) the undesired nonconducting N-B configurations (190.1 and 397.9 eV) are generated. This decreases the electronic conductivity from 2.56×10(-2) to 1.30×10(-2) S cm(-1) resulting in weak electrochemical performance. Nevertheless, using the opposite order to decorate LiFePO4/C-N with boron (to obtain LiFePO4/C-N+B) not only eliminates the nonconducting N-B impurity, but also promotes the conductive C-N (398.3, 400.3, and 401.1 eV) and C-B (189.5 eV) configurations-this markedly improves the electronic conductivity to 1.36×10(-1) S cm(-1). Meanwhile the positive doping strategy leads to synergistic electrochemical activity distinctly compared with single N- or B-doped materials (even much better than their sum capacity at 20 C). Moreover, due to the electron and hole-type carriers donated by nitrogen and boron atoms, the N+B codoped carbon coating tremendously enhances the electrochemical property: at the rate of 20 C, the codoped sample can elevate the discharge capacity of LFP/C from 101.1 mAh g(-1) to 121.6 mAh g(-1), and the codoped product based on commercial LiFePO4/C shows a discharge capacity of 78.4 mAh g(-1) rather than 48.1 mAh g(-1). Nevertheless, the B+N codoped sample decreases the discharge capacity of LFP/C from 101.1 mAh g(-1) to 95.4 mAh g(-1), while the commercial LFP/C changes from 48.1 mAh g(-1) to 40.6 mAh g(-1).

  7. Redirected charge transport arising from diazonium grafting of carbon coated LiFePO4.

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    Madec, L; Seid, K A; Badot, J-C; Humbert, B; Moreau, P; Dubrunfaut, O; Lestriez, B; Guyomard, D; Gaubicher, J

    2014-11-07

    The morphological and the electrical properties of carbon coated LiFePO4 (LFPC) active material functionalized by 4-ethynylbenzene tetrafluoroboratediazonium salt were investigated. For this purpose, FTIR, Raman, XPS, High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) and Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy (BDS) were considered. Electronic conductivities of LFPC samples at room temperature were found to decrease in a large frequency range upon simple immersion in polar solvents and to decrease further upon functionalization. Due to their high dipole moment, strongly physisorbed molecules detected by XPS likely add barriers to electron hopping. Significant alteration of the carbon coating conductivity was only observed, however, upon functionalization. This effect is most presumably associated with an increase in the sp(3) content determined by Raman spectroscopy, which is a strong indication of the formation of a covalent bond between the organic layer and the carbon coating. In this case, the electron flux appears to be redirected and relayed by short-range (intra chain) and long-range (inter chain) electron transport through molecular oligomers anchored at the LFPC surface. The latter are controlled by tunnelling and slightly activated hopping, which enable higher conductivity at low temperature (T < 250 K). Alteration of the electron transport within the carbon coating also allows detection of a relaxation phenomenon that corresponds to small polaron hopping in bulk LiFePO4. XPS and HRTEM images allow a clear correlation of these findings with the island type oligomeric structure of grafted molecules.

  8. High pressure structural phase transitions of PbPo

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    Bencherif, Y.; Boukra, A.; Zaoui, A.; Ferhat, M.

    2012-09-01

    First-principles calculations have been performed to investigate the high pressure phase transitions and dynamical properties of the less known lead polonium compound. The calculated ground state parameters for the NaCl phase show good agreement with the experimental data. The obtained results show that the intermediate phase transition for this compound is the orthorhombic Pnma phase. The PbPo undergoes from the rocksalt to Pnma phase at 4.20 GPa. Further structural phase transition from intermediate to CsCl phase has been found at 8.5 GPa. In addition, phonon dispersion spectra were derived from linear-response to density functional theory. In particular, we show that the dynamical properties of PbPo exhibit some peculiar features compared to other III-V compounds. Finally, thermodynamics properties have been also addressed from quasiharmonic approximation.

  9. The BiPo detector for ultralow radioactivity measurements

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    Bongrand, M.

    2007-03-28

    The BiPo project is dedicated to the measurement of extremely low radioactivity contamination of SuperNEMO source foils (208Tl < 2 {mu}Bq/kg and 214Bi < 10 {mu}Bq/kg). The R and D phase is started : a modular BiPo prototype with its shielding test facility is under construction. The goal of this prototype is to study the background and particularly the surface contamination of scintillators. The first capsule has been installed in the Canfranc Underground Laboratory in October, 17th and is now taking data. After 10.7 days of measurements, a preliminary upper limit on the surface radiopurity of the scintillators of A(208Tl) < 60 {mu}Bq/m2 (90% C. L.) has been obtained.

  10. Fluorescent acridine-based receptors for H2PO4(-).

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    Martí-Centelles, Vicente; Burguete, M Isabel; Galindo, Francisco; Izquierdo, M Angeles; Kumar, D Krishna; White, Andrew J P; Luis, Santiago V; Vilar, Ramón

    2012-01-06

    Two new pseudopeptidic molecules (one macrocyclic and one open chain) containing an acridine unit have been prepared. The fluorescence response of these receptors to a series of acids was measured in CHCl(3). Receptors are selective to H(2)PO(4)(-) versus HSO(4)(-), and an even higher selectivity is found over other anions such as Cl(-), Br(-), CH(3)COO(-), and CF(3)COO(-). We show that the macrocyclic receptor is more selective for H(2)PO(4)(-) than the related open chain receptor. The supramolecular interactions of triprotonated receptors with different anions have been modeled in silico and have been studied by different experimental techniques. Optimized geometries obtained by computational calculations agree well with experimental data, in particular fluorescence experiments, suggesting that the selective supramolecular interaction takes places through coordination of the anions to the triprotonated form of the receptor.

  11. The trypsin inhibitor panulirin regulates the prophenoloxidase-activating system in the spiny lobster Panulirus argus.

    PubMed

    Perdomo-Morales, Rolando; Montero-Alejo, Vivian; Corzo, Gerardo; Besada, Vladimir; Vega-Hurtado, Yamile; González-González, Yamile; Perera, Erick; Porto-Verdecia, Marlene

    2013-11-01

    The melanization reaction promoted by the prophenoloxidase-activating system is an essential defense response in invertebrates subjected to regulatory mechanisms that are still not fully understood. We report here the finding and characterization of a novel trypsin inhibitor, named panulirin, isolated from the hemocytes of the spiny lobster Panulirus argus with regulatory functions on the melanization cascade. Panulirin is a cationic peptide (pI 9.5) composed of 48 amino acid residues (5.3 kDa), with six cysteine residues forming disulfide bridges. Its primary sequence was determined by combining Edman degradation/N-terminal sequencing and electrospray ionization-MS/MS spectrometry. The low amino acid sequence similarity with known proteins indicates that it represents a new family of peptidase inhibitors. Panulirin is a competitive and reversible tight-binding inhibitor of trypsin (Ki = 8.6 nm) with a notable specificity because it does not inhibit serine peptidases such as subtilisin, elastase, chymotrypsin, thrombin, and plasmin. The removal of panulirin from the lobster hemocyte lysate leads to an increase in phenoloxidase response to LPS. Likewise, the addition of increasing concentrations of panulirin to a lobster hemocyte lysate, previously depleted of trypsin-inhibitory activity, decreased the phenoloxidase response to LPS in a concentration-dependent fashion. These results indicate that panulirin is implicated in the regulation of the melanization cascade in P. argus by inhibiting peptidase(s) in the pathway toward the activation of the prophenoloxidase enzyme.

  12. The Trypsin Inhibitor Panulirin Regulates the Prophenoloxidase-activating System in the Spiny Lobster Panulirus argus

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    Perdomo-Morales, Rolando; Montero-Alejo, Vivian; Corzo, Gerardo; Besada, Vladimir; Vega-Hurtado, Yamile; González-González, Yamile; Perera, Erick; Porto-Verdecia, Marlene

    2013-01-01

    The melanization reaction promoted by the prophenoloxidase-activating system is an essential defense response in invertebrates subjected to regulatory mechanisms that are still not fully understood. We report here the finding and characterization of a novel trypsin inhibitor, named panulirin, isolated from the hemocytes of the spiny lobster Panulirus argus with regulatory functions on the melanization cascade. Panulirin is a cationic peptide (pI 9.5) composed of 48 amino acid residues (5.3 kDa), with six cysteine residues forming disulfide bridges. Its primary sequence was determined by combining Edman degradation/N-terminal sequencing and electrospray ionization-MS/MS spectrometry. The low amino acid sequence similarity with known proteins indicates that it represents a new family of peptidase inhibitors. Panulirin is a competitive and reversible tight-binding inhibitor of trypsin (Ki = 8.6 nm) with a notable specificity because it does not inhibit serine peptidases such as subtilisin, elastase, chymotrypsin, thrombin, and plasmin. The removal of panulirin from the lobster hemocyte lysate leads to an increase in phenoloxidase response to LPS. Likewise, the addition of increasing concentrations of panulirin to a lobster hemocyte lysate, previously depleted of trypsin-inhibitory activity, decreased the phenoloxidase response to LPS in a concentration-dependent fashion. These results indicate that panulirin is implicated in the regulation of the melanization cascade in P. argus by inhibiting peptidase(s) in the pathway toward the activation of the prophenoloxidase enzyme. PMID:24047891

  13. Pressure-Induced Zircon-Type to Scheelite-Type Phase Transition in Orthophosphates YbPO4 and LuPO4

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang, F.; Maik, L; Ewing, R; Lian, J; Wang, Z; Hu, J; Boatner, L

    2008-01-01

    The tetragonal orthophosphates, YbPO4 and LuPO4, were studied by in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) at pressures up to 52 and 43 GPa, respectively. A reversible phase transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type was found at not, vert, similar22 GPa for YbPO4 and 19 GPa for LuPO4. Coinciding with the transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type, there is a not, vert, similar 10% reduction in volume and a significant increase in the bulk modulus for both compounds.

  14. HST Cycle 11 E/PO Grant Program

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    Eisenhamer, B.; Bradbury, Heather

    2001-12-01

    Space Science Enterprise education and public outreach goals center on sharing the results of our missions and research programs with wide audiences and using space science discoveries as vehicles to improve teaching and learning at all levels. - the space science enterprise strategic plan In support of the OSS education and public outreach mission, STScI is announcing the opportunity for current Hubble Fellows and accepted HST Cycle 11 GO/AR/SNAP researchers to submit proposals for an E/PO extension to their "parent" research proposal. The spirit of the HST Cycle 11 E/PO Grant Program is to encourage collaborative efforts between professional astronomers/space scientists and professional educators that would broaden the knowledge and understanding of the latest discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope. The proposed E/PO program should have some degree of intellectual linkage to the objectives of the "parent" research proposal and/or the science expertise of its Principal Investigator (PI). The goal is to provide K-12 and community college education institutions, pre-service and in-service educators, and museums, science centers and planetariums with current astronomy/space science content. Up to \\10,000 per year may be proposed for an E/PO program, with a possible teamed effort of \\50,000. The Call for Proposals will be released the first week of February. The deadline for submitting a proposal is Friday, 22 March 2002 at 5:00 p.m. EST. This poster will provide potential proposers an opportunity to find out more about the grant program.

  15. Stoichiometry, spin fluctuations, and superconductivity in LaNiPO

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    McQueen, Tyrel M.; Klimczuk, Tomasz; Williams, Anthony J.; Huang, Qiang; Cava, Robert J.

    2009-05-18

    Superconductivity in LaNiPO is disrupted by small ({approx}5%) amounts of non-stoichiometry on the lanthanum site, even though the electronic contribution to the heat capacity increases with increasing non-stoichiometry. All samples also exhibit specific heat anomalies consistent with the presence of ferromagnetic spin fluctuations (T{sub sf}{approx} 14K). Comparison of layered nickel phosphide and nickel borocarbide superconductors reveals different structure-property correlations in the two families.

  16. Graphs for Isotopes of 84-Po(Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides a graphic representation of nucleon separation energies and residual interaction parameters for isotopes of the chemical element 84-Po (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84).

  17. Can Vanadium Be Substituted into LiFePO4

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    Omenya F.; Nam K.; Chernova N.A.; Upreti S.; Zavalij P.Y.; Nam K.-W.; Yang X.-Q.; Whittingham M.S.

    2011-11-08

    Vanadium is shown to substitute for iron in the olivine LiFePO{sub 4} up to at least 10 mol %, when the synthesis is carried out at 550 C. In the solid solution LiFe{sub 1-3y/2}V{sub y}PO{sub 4}, the a and b lattice parameters and cell volume decrease with increasing vanadium content, while the c lattice parameter increases slightly. However, when the synthesis is performed at 650 C, a NASICON phase, Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, is also formed, showing that solid solution is a function of the synthesis temperature. X-ray absorption near-edge structure indicates vanadium is in the 3+ oxidation state and in an octahedral environment. Magnetic studies reveal a shift of the antiferromagnetic ordering transition toward lower temperatures with increasing vanadium substitution, confirming solid solution formation. The addition of vanadium enhances the electrochemical performance of the materials especially at high current densities.

  18. Magnetic and Diffusive Nature of LiFePO4

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    Sugiyama, Jun; Nozaki, Hiroshi; Kamazawa, Kazuya; Ofer, Oren; Månsson, Martin; Ansaldo, Eduardo J.; Brewer, Jess H.; Chow, Kim H.; Watanabe, Isao; Ikedo, Yutaka; Miyake, Yasuhiro; Kobayashi, Genki; Kanno, Ryoji

    In order to elucidate the magnetism and Li diffusion in LiFePO4, we have measured muon-spin rotation and relaxation (μ+SR) spectra for a polycrystalline LiFePO4 sample in the temperature range between 1.8 and 500 K. Below TN ∼ 52 K, two oscillatory signals together with onefast relaxation signal were clearly found in the zero-field (ZF) μ+SR spectrum. The three signals are reasonably explained using an antiferromagnetic (AF) spin structure proposedby neutron measurements, because electrostatic potential calculations suggests multiple different muon sites in the LiFePO4 lattice. However, the AF ordered moment estimated from μ+SR was about 3/4 of that reported by neutron, probably due to a different time window between the two techniques. In the paramagnetic state, ZF-and longitudinal-field (LF-) μ+SR spectraexhibiteda dynamic nuclear field relaxation. From the temperature dependence of the field fluctuation rate, a diffusion coeffcient of Li+ ions (DLi) at300K was estimated about 3.6×10-10 cm2/s, assuming that diffusing Li+ ions jump between the regular site and interstitial sites.

  19. Origin of the charge gap in LaMnPO

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    McNally, D. E.; Simonson, Jack W.; Post, K. W.; ...

    2014-11-18

    In this paper, we present high temperature inelastic neutron scattering and magnetic susceptibility measurements of the antiferromagnetic insulator LaMnPO that are consistent with the presence of two-dimensional magnetic correlations up to a temperature Tmax≈700K»TN=375 K, the Néel temperature. Optical transmission measurements show the T=300 K direct charge gap Δ=1 eV has decreased only marginally by 500 K and suggest it decreases by only 10% at Tmax. Density functional theory and dynamical mean-field theory calculations reproduce a direct charge gap in paramagnetic LaMnPO only when a strong Hund's coupling JH=0.9 eV is included, as well as on-site Hubbard U=8 eV. Inmore » conclusion, our results show that LaMnPO is a Mott-Hund's insulator, in which the charge gap is rather insensitive to antiferromagnetic exchange coupling.« less

  20. Effect of Li3PO4 coating of layered lithium-rich oxide on electrochemical performance

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    Chen, Dongrui; Zheng, Feng; Li, Liu; Chen, Min; Zhong, Xiaoxin; Li, Weishan; Lu, Li

    2017-02-01

    A novel composite of layered lithium-rich oxide, Li-Rich@Li3PO4, coated with Li3PO4 is synthesized through polydopamine template method. Physical characterizations reveal that Li-Rich@Li3PO4 is composed of nanoparticles of 100-200 nm that are coated with a uniform Li3PO4 layer of about 5 nm in thickness. Galvanostatic charge/discharge tests demonstrate enhanced cycling stability and largely increased rate capability of the material after Li3PO4 coating.

  1. Luminescence properties of long-lasting phosphor SrMg2(PO4)2:Eu2+, Ho3+, Zr4+

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    Tang, Wei; Wang, Mingwen; Lin, Wei; Ye, Yaping; Wu, Xue

    2016-12-01

    Novel long lasting phosphors SrMg2(PO4)2:Eu2+, SrMg2(PO4)2:Eu2+, Zr4+, SrMg2(PO4)2:Eu2+, Ho3+ and SrMg2(PO4)2:Eu2+, Ho3+, Zr4+ were synthesized by conventional solid-state reaction method. The luminescent properties were systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction, photoluminescent excitation and emission spectra, as well as thermoluminescence spectrum and decay curves. The XRD patterns indicated that the samples belonged to monoclinic phase and co-doping Eu2+, Ho3+ and Zr4+ ions had no effect on the basic crystal structure. These phosphors emitting purplish blue light is related to the characteristic emission of Eu2+. The afterglow time of Eu2+ activated SrMg2(PO4)2 can be greatly enhanced by the co-doping of Ho3+, Zr4+. After the 365 nm UV light excitation source switching off, the Sr0.92Mg1.95(PO4)2:Eu2+0.01, Zr4+0.05, Ho3+0.07 phosphorescence can be observed for more than 1013 s in the limit of light perception of dark-adapted human eyes (0.32 mcd/m2). Different kinds of TL peaks at 423, 448 and 473 K have appeared, and traps densities have increased compared with the Eu2+ single doped SrMg2(PO4)2 phosphor. By analyzing the TL curve the depths of traps were calculated to be 0.846, 0.896 and 0.946 eV, respectively, which suggested that the co-doping of Ho3+, Zr4+ improved the electron storage ability of material. Besides, the mechanism was discussed in this report.

  2. Synthesis and Electrochemical Properties of LiFePO4/C for Lithium Ion Batteries.

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    Gao, Hong; Wang, Jiazhao; Yin, Shengyu; Zheng, Hao; Wang, Shengfu; Feng, Chuanqi; Wang, Shiquan

    2015-03-01

    LiFePO4/C was prepared through a facile rheological phase reaction method by using Fe3(PO4)2, Li3PO4 · 8H2O, and glucose as reactants. The LiFePO4/C samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis. The electrochemical properties of the samples were investigated. The results show that the LiFePO4/C samples have single-phase olivine-type structure, and their particles feature a spherical shape. The carbon coating on the particles of LiFePO4 is about 1.8% of the LiFePO4/C by weight. The particle size was distributed from 0.2 to 1 µm. The initial discharge capacity of LiFePO4/C reached 154 mA h/g at 0.1 C. The retained discharge capacity of LiFePO4/C was 152.9 mA h g(-1) after 50 cycles. The LiFePO4/C also showed better cycling performance than that of the bare LiPeO4 at a higher charge/discharge rate (1 C). The LIFePO4/C prepared in this way could be a promising cathode material for lithium ion battery application.

  3. Visible light assisted degradation of organic dye using Ag3PO4

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    Dhanabal, R.; Velmathi, S.; Bose, A. Chandra

    2015-06-01

    The study of visible light photodegradation of organic dye Methylene Blue (MB) have been investigated using silver phosphate (Ag3PO4) as a photocatalyst which is good efficient material for photocatalytic reaction. The simple ion-exchange method is used to prepare Ag3PO4. The structure of the material have been confirmed using X-ray diffraction which shows cubic structure of Ag3PO4. The functional group of the Ag3PO4 has been verified by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The bandgap of Ag3PO4 is calculated using kubelka-munk function from the ultra violet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, the absorption of Ag3PO4 starts from 470 nm. Under simulated visible light irradiation, Ag3PO4 catalyst exhibits good catalytic ability for degrading MB dye.

  4. Seasonal variation of antifouling activities of marine algae from the Brittany coast (France).

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    Hellio, Claire; Marechal, Jean-Philippe; Véron, Benoît; Bremer, Graham; Clare, Anthony S; Le Gal, Yves

    2004-01-01

    The antifouling activity of extracts (aqueous, ethanol, and dichloromethane) of 9 marine macroalgae against bacteria, fungi, diatoms, macroalgal spores, mussel phenoloxidase activity, and barnacle cypris larvae has been investigated in relation to season in bimonthly samples from the Bay of Concarneau (France). Of the extracts tested, 48.2% were active against at least one of the fouling organisms, and of these extracts, 31.2% were seasonally active with a peak of activity in summer corresponding to maximal values for water temperature, light intensity, and fouling pressure, and 17% were active throughout the year. This seasonal activity may be adaptive as it coincides with maximal fouling pressure in the Bay of Concarneau. Dichloromethane extracts of Rhodophyceae were the most active in the antifouling assays.

  5. The Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) Education and Outreach (E/PO) Program

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    Peticolas, L. M.; Craig, N.; Odenwald, S. F.; Walker, A.; Russell, C. T.; Angelopoulos, V.; Willard, C.; Larson, M. B.; Hiscock, W. A.; Stoke, J. M.; Moldwin, M. B.

    2008-12-01

    During the pre-launch phase of NASA’s THEMIS mission, the Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) program successfully brought the excitement of THEMIS to the public, students and teachers through a variety of programs. The Geomagnetic Event Observation Network by Students (GEONS) was the main effort during this time, a project in which 13 magnetometers were placed in or near 13 rural schools across the country. High school teachers and a few middle school teachers at these and/or neighboring schools took part in a long-term professional development program based around space science and the magnetometer data. The teachers created week-long to semester-long projects during which their students worked on THEMIS lessons that they, their colleagues, and the E/PO team created. In addition to this program, THEMIS E/PO also launched the only Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) Great Explorations in Mathematics and Science (GEMS) site in Nevada. This site provides a sustainable place for teacher professional development using hands-on GEMS activities, and has been used by teachers around the state of Nevada. Short-term professional development for K-12 teachers (one-hour to two-day workshops), with a focus on the Tribal College and Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) communities have reached hundreds of teachers across the country. A Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) ViewSpace show on auroras and THEMIS was created and distributed, and shown in over a hundred science centers and museums nationwide. The THEMIS E/PO program developed and maintained a THEMIS E/PO Website for dissemination of (1) information and multimedia about the science and engineering of THEMIS, (2) updated news about the mission in language appropriate for the public, (3) the GEONS data, the GEONS teacher guides with classroom activities, and (4) information about the THEMIS E/PO program. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have viewed this website. In this

  6. Occurrence of 210Po and Biological Effects of Low-Level Exposure: The Need for Research

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    Wiemels, Joseph L.

    2012-01-01

    Background: Polonium-210 (210Po) concentrations that exceed 1 Bq/L in drinking-water supplies have been reported from four widely separated U.S. states where exposure to it went unnoticed for decades. The radionuclide grandparents of 210Po are common in sediments, and segments of the public may be chronically exposed to low levels of 210Po in drinking water or in food products from animals raised in contaminated areas. Objectives: We summarized information on the environmental behavior, biokinetics, and toxicology of 210Po and identified the need for future research. Methods: Potential linkages between environmental exposure to 210Po and human health effects were identified in a literature review. Discussion: 210Po accumulates in the ovaries where it kills primary oocytes at low doses. Because of its radiosensitivity and tendency to concentrate 210Po, the ovary may be the critical organ in determining the lowest injurious dose for 210Po. 210Po also accumulates in the yolk sac of the embryo and in the fetal and placental tissues. Low-level exposure to 210Po may have subtle, long-term biological effects because of its tropism towards reproductive and embryonic and fetal tissues where exposure to a single alpha particle may kill or damage critical cells. 210Po is present in cigarettes and maternal smoking has several effects that appear consistent with the toxicology of 210Po. Conclusions: Much of the important biological and toxicological research on 210Po is more than four decades old. New research is needed to evaluate environmental exposure to 210Po and the biological effects of low-dose exposure to it so that public health officials can develop appropriate mitigation measures where necessary. PMID:22538346

  7. A study on possible use of Urtica dioica (common nettle) plant as polonium (210)Po and lead (210)Pb contamination biomonitor in the area of phosphogypsum stockpile.

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    Olszewski, Grzegorz; Boryło, Alicja; Skwarzec, Bogdan

    2016-04-01

    The aim of this study was to test a possible use of Urtica dioica (common nettle) plant as a biomonitor of polonium (210)Po and lead (210)Pb contamination near phosphogypsum stacks by determining concentrations of these radionuclides in samples collected from the area of phosphogypsum stockpile in Wiślinka (northern Poland). The (210)Po and (210)Pb contents in roots depended on their concentrations in soils. Bioconcentration factor values from soil to root of the plant did not depend on (210)Po and (210)Pb contents in soils that leads to the conclusion that different polonium and lead species have different affinities to U. dioica plants. The main sources of both analyzed radionuclides in green parts of plants are wet and dry air deposition and transportation from soil. The values of (210)Po/(210)Pb activity ratio indicate natural origin of these radioisotopes in analyzed plants. (210)Po and (210)Pb concentration in U. dioica roots is negatively weakly correlated with distance from phosphogypsum stockpile.

  8. Combined operando X-ray diffraction–electrochemical impedance spectroscopy detecting solid solution reactions of LiFePO4 in batteries

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    Hess, Michael; Sasaki, Tsuyoshi; Villevieille, Claire; Novák, Petr

    2015-01-01

    Lithium-ion batteries are widely used for portable applications today; however, often suffer from limited recharge rates. One reason for such limitation can be a reduced active surface area during phase separation. Here we report a technique combining high-resolution operando synchrotron X-ray diffraction coupled with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to directly track non-equilibrium intermediate phases in lithium-ion battery materials. LiFePO4, for example, is known to undergo phase separation when cycled under low-current-density conditions. However, operando X-ray diffraction under ultra-high-rate alternating current and direct current excitation reveal a continuous but current-dependent, solid solution reaction between LiFePO4 and FePO4 which is consistent with previous experiments and calculations. In addition, the formation of a preferred phase with a composition similar to the eutectoid composition, Li0.625FePO4, is evident. Even at a low rate of 0.1C, ∼20% of the X-ray diffractogram can be attributed to non-equilibrium phases, which changes our understanding of the intercalation dynamics in LiFePO4. PMID:26345306

  9. Na3V2O2(PO4)2F/graphene sandwich structure for high-performance cathode of a sodium-ion battery.

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    Xu, Maowen; Wang, Long; Zhao, Xin; Song, Jie; Xie, Hui; Lu, Yuhao; Goodenough, John B

    2013-08-21

    A Na3V2O2(PO4)2F/reduced-graphene-oxide (RGO) sandwich structure has been synthesized by a facile one-step solvothermal method. Cubic Na3V2O2(PO4)2F nanoparticles are homogeneously trapped between conductive RGO sheets during its growth and assembled into a compact sandwich structure, which allows the electrically insulating Na3V2O2(PO4)2F nanoparticles to be wired up to a current collector through the underlying graphene conducting layers. As a sodium-insertion cathode material, the structure exhibits a high reversible capacity of 120 mA h g(-1) at a discharge rate of C/20 with a capacity retention of 100.4 mA h g(-1) at 1 C and an excellent cyclic retention of 91.4% after the 200th cycle at C/10. These results highlight the importance of anchoring Na3V2O2(PO4)2F on a conducting scaffold for maximum utilization of the electrochemically active Na3V2O2(PO4)2F particles in a high-performance sodium-ion battery.

  10. Li metal coated with amorphous Li3PO4 via magnetron sputtering for stable and long-cycle life lithium metal batteries

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    Wang, Liping; Wang, Qingji; Jia, Weishang; Chen, Shulin; Gao, Peng; Li, Jingze

    2017-02-01

    Lithium metal with high theoretical capacity (3860 mAh/g) and low operational voltage (-3.04 V vs. standard hydrogen electrode) reflects to be one of the most high energy density anodes for energy storage devices. While, its high chemical activity to continuously react with electrolytes causing low coulombic efficiency and formation of lithium dendrites leading safety concern limits practical applications. To conquer these challenges, amorphous Li3PO4 thin films with thickness of 0-200 nm are directly coated on the surface of Li metal foil via magnetron sputtering. The as-prepared Li3PO4 has almost insulated property with electronic conductivity of 1.4 × 10-10 S/cm and ionic conductivity of 2.8 × 10-8 S/cm. The conformal coating layer Li3PO4 can successfully suppress the lithium dendrites growth and improve its life span. The remarkable improvements of the Li3PO4-coated Li electrodes are mainly attributed to high chemical stability as well as amorphous nature of Li3PO4, which leads layer-by-layer growth Li film rather than islands form dendrites.

  11. Combined operando X-ray diffraction-electrochemical impedance spectroscopy detecting solid solution reactions of LiFePO4 in batteries.

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    Hess, Michael; Sasaki, Tsuyoshi; Villevieille, Claire; Novák, Petr

    2015-09-08

    Lithium-ion batteries are widely used for portable applications today; however, often suffer from limited recharge rates. One reason for such limitation can be a reduced active surface area during phase separation. Here we report a technique combining high-resolution operando synchrotron X-ray diffraction coupled with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to directly track non-equilibrium intermediate phases in lithium-ion battery materials. LiFePO4, for example, is known to undergo phase separation when cycled under low-current-density conditions. However, operando X-ray diffraction under ultra-high-rate alternating current and direct current excitation reveal a continuous but current-dependent, solid solution reaction between LiFePO4 and FePO4 which is consistent with previous experiments and calculations. In addition, the formation of a preferred phase with a composition similar to the eutectoid composition, Li0.625FePO4, is evident. Even at a low rate of 0.1C, ∼20% of the X-ray diffractogram can be attributed to non-equilibrium phases, which changes our understanding of the intercalation dynamics in LiFePO4.

  12. Combined operando X-ray diffraction-electrochemical impedance spectroscopy detecting solid solution reactions of LiFePO4 in batteries

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    Hess, Michael; Sasaki, Tsuyoshi; Villevieille, Claire; Novák, Petr

    2015-09-01

    Lithium-ion batteries are widely used for portable applications today; however, often suffer from limited recharge rates. One reason for such limitation can be a reduced active surface area during phase separation. Here we report a technique combining high-resolution operando synchrotron X-ray diffraction coupled with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to directly track non-equilibrium intermediate phases in lithium-ion battery materials. LiFePO4, for example, is known to undergo phase separation when cycled under low-current-density conditions. However, operando X-ray diffraction under ultra-high-rate alternating current and direct current excitation reveal a continuous but current-dependent, solid solution reaction between LiFePO4 and FePO4 which is consistent with previous experiments and calculations. In addition, the formation of a preferred phase with a composition similar to the eutectoid composition, Li0.625FePO4, is evident. Even at a low rate of 0.1C, ~20% of the X-ray diffractogram can be attributed to non-equilibrium phases, which changes our understanding of the intercalation dynamics in LiFePO4.

  13. First-principles investigation of the electronic and Li-ion diffusion properties of LiFePO{sub 4} by sulfur surface modification

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    Xu, Guigui E-mail: zghuang@fjnu.edu.cn; Zhong, Kehua; Zhang, Jian-Min; Huang, Zhigao E-mail: zghuang@fjnu.edu.cn

    2014-08-14

    We present a first-principles calculation for the electronic and Li-ion diffusion properties of the LiFePO{sub 4} (010) surface modified by sulfur. The calculated formation energy indicates that the sulfur adsorption on the (010) surface of the LiFePO{sub 4} is energetically favored. Sulfur is found to form Fe-S bond with iron. A much narrower band gap (0.67 eV) of the sulfur surface-modified LiFePO{sub 4} [S-LiFePO{sub 4} (010)] is obtained, indicating the better electronic conductive properties. By the nudged elastic band method, our calculations show that the activation energy of Li ions diffusion along the one-dimensional channel on the surface can be effectively reduced by sulfur surface modification. In addition, the surface diffusion coefficient of S-LiFePO{sub 4} (010) is estimated to be about 10{sup −11} (cm{sup 2}/s) at room temperature, which implies that sulfur modification will give rise to a higher Li ion carrier mobility and enhanced electrochemical performance.

  14. An Aqueous Symmetric Sodium-Ion Battery with NASICON-Structured Na3 MnTi(PO4 )3.

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    Gao, Hongcai; Goodenough, John B

    2016-10-04

    A symmetric sodium-ion battery with an aqueous electrolyte is demonstrated; it utilizes the NASICON-structured Na3 MnTi(PO4 )3 as both the anode and the cathode. The NASICON-structured Na3 MnTi(PO4 )3 possesses two electrochemically active transition metals with the redox couples of Ti(4+) /Ti(3+) and Mn(3+) /Mn(2+) working on the anode and cathode sides, respectively. The symmetric cell based on this bipolar electrode material exhibits a well-defined voltage plateau centered at about 1.4 V in an aqueous electrolyte with a stable cycle performance and superior rate capability. The advent of aqueous symmetric sodium-ion battery with high safety and low cost may provide a solution for large-scale stationary energy storage.

  15. Composite LiFePO 4/AC high rate performance electrodes for Li-ion capacitors

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    Böckenfeld, N.; Kühnel, R.-S.; Passerini, S.; Winter, M.; Balducci, A.

    This manuscript reports the performance of composite electrodes based on the mixture of two, electrochemically active, materials: lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO 4) and activated carbon (AC). The sodium salt of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) was used as binder to cast the composite electrodes out of aqueous slurries. The investigated electrodes display high specific capacity and high cycling stability. Upon constant current tests with a charge rate of 50C and a discharge rate of 1D, the electrodes display a capacity of ca. 70 mAh g -1 while 60 mAh g -1 are delivered during pulse sequence tests at 100C. These results indicate such electrodes as promising candidates for the realization of lithium-ion capacitors.

  16. Relating the 3D electrode morphology to Li-ion battery performance; a case for LiFePO4

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    Liu, Zhao; Verhallen, Tomas W.; Singh, Deepak P.; Wang, Hongqian; Wagemaker, Marnix; Barnett, Scott

    2016-08-01

    One of the main goals in lithium ion battery electrode design is to increase the power density. This requires insight in the relation between the complex heterogeneous microstructure existing of active material, conductive additive and electrolyte providing the required electronic and Li-ion transport. FIB-SEM is used to determine the three phase 3D morphology, and Li-ion concentration profiles obtained with Neutron Depth Profiling (NDP) are compared for two cases, conventional LiFePO4 electrodes and better performing carbonate templated LiFePO4 electrodes. This provides detailed understanding of the impact of key parameters such as the tortuosity for electron and Li-ion transport though the electrodes. The created hierarchical pore network of the templated electrodes, containing micron sized pores, appears to be effective only at high rate charge where electrolyte depletion is hindering fast discharge. Surprisingly the carbonate templating method results in a better electronic conductive CB network, enhancing the activity of LiFePO4 near the electrolyte-electrode interface as directly observed with NDP, which in a large part is responsible for the improved rate performance both during charge and discharge. The results demonstrate that standard electrodes have a far from optimal charge transport network and that significantly improved electrode performance should be possible by engineering the microstructure.

  17. Assessment of committed effective dose due to the ingestion of (210)Po and (210)Pb in consumed Lebanese fish affected by a phosphate fertilizer plant.

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    Aoun, M; El Samad, O; Bou Khozam, R; Lobinski, R

    2015-02-01

    Ingestion of radionuclides through seafood intake is a one of the sources contributing to the internal effective dose in the human organism. In order to evaluate the internal exposure and potential risks due to (210)Po and (210)Pb associated with fish consumption, these radionuclides were measured in commonly consumed fish species from a clean area and an area subjected to the impact of a Lebanese phosphate fertilizer plant. The highest concentration of (210)Pb was 98.7 Bq/kg fresh weight while (210)Po activity concentrations varied from 3.6 Bq/kg to 140 Bq/kg. A supplementary radiation exposure was detected; the highest committed effective dose due to (210)Po and (210)Pb was found to be 1110 μSv/y and 450 μSv/y, respectively. Moreover, the average mortality and morbidity risks due to the fish consuming were estimated.

  18. In Situ High Temperature High Pressure MAS NMR Study on the Crystallization of AlPO 4 -5

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    Zhao, Zhenchao; Xu, Suochang; Hu, Mary Y.; Bao, Xinhe; Hu, Jian Zhi

    2016-01-28

    A damped oscillating crystallization process of AlPO4-5 at the presence of small amount of water is demonstrated by in situ high temperature high pressure multinuclear MAS NMR. Crystalline AlPO4-5 is formed from an intermediate semicrystalline phase via continuous rearrangement of the local structure of amorphous precursor gel. Activated water catalyzes the rearrangement via repeatedly hydrolysis and condensation reaction. Strong interactions between organic template and inorganic species facilitate the ordered rearrangement. During the crystallization process, excess water, phosphate, and aluminums are expelled from the precursor. The oscillating crystallization reflects mass transportation between the solid and liquid phase during the crystallization process. This crystallization process is also applicable to AlPO4-5 crystallized in the presence of a relatively large amount of water.

  19. Red long-lasting phosphorescence (LLP) in β-TCP type Ca 9.5Mn(PO 4) 7 compounds

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    Lecointre, A.; Ait Benhamou, R.; Bessiére, A.; Wallez, G.; Elaatmani, M.; Viana, B.

    2011-12-01

    Mn-ion doped calcium phosphates namely Ca 5(PO 4) 3(OH) hydroxyapatite (HAP), β-Ca 3(PO 4) 2 (β-TCP) as well as Ca 9.5Mn(PO 4) 7 whitlockite were synthesized and the optical properties of the Mn 2+ cations were investigated. Annealing under reducing atmosphere enhances the emission of the divalent manganese species. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and optical spectroscopies confirm that Mn 2+ ions are the active species. Orange and red emissions occur respectively for the Mn:HAP and Mn:TCP. For this latter, long-lasting phosphorescence (LLP) coming from the Mn 2+ emission ( 4T 1 → 6A 1 transition) is observed at 640 nm but it appears that the traps depths are either two shallow or too deep to lead to an efficient long-lasting emission.

  20. Density functional theory study of lithium diffusion at the interface between olivine-type LiFePO4 and LiMnPO4

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    Shi, Jianjian; Wang, Zhiguo; Qing Fu, Yong

    2016-12-01

    Coating LiMnPO4 with a thin layer of LiFePO4 shows a better electrochemical performance than the pure LiFePO4 and LiMnPO4, thus it is critical to understand Li diffusion at their interfaces to improve the performance of electrode materials. Li diffusion at the (1 0 0)\\text{LiFeP{{\\text{O}}4}} //(1 0 0)\\text{LiMnP{{\\text{O}}4}} , (0 1 0)\\text{LiFeP{{\\text{O}}4}} //(0 1 0)\\text{LiMnP{{\\text{O}}4}} , and (0 0 1)\\text{LiFeP{{\\text{O}}4}} //(0 0 1)\\text{LiMnP{{\\text{O}}4}} interfaces between LiFePO4 and LiMnPO4 was investigated using density functional theory. The calculated diffusion energy barriers are 0.55 eV for Li to diffuse along the (0 0 1) interface, 0.44 and 0.49 eV for the Li diffusion inside the LiMnPO4 and along the (1 0 0) interface, respectively. When Li diffuses from the LiFePO4 to LiMnPO4 by passing through the (0 1 0) interfaces, the diffusion barriers are 0.45 and 0.60 eV for the Li diffusions in both sides. The diffusion barriers for Li to diffuse in LiMnPO4 near the interfaces decrease compared with those in the pure LiMnPO4. The calculated diffusion coefficient of Li along the (1 0 0) interface is in the range of 3.65  ×  10-11-5.28  ×  10-12 cm2 s-1, which is larger than that in the pure LiMnPO4 with a value of 7.5  ×  10-14 cm2 s-1. Therefore, the charging/discharging rate performance of the LiMnPO4 can be improved by surface coating with the LiFePO4.

  1. 210Po and 210Pb as Tracers of Particle Cycling and Resuspension in a Dynamic Freshwater System: Case Study from the Clinton River, Southeast Michigan

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    Mudbidre, R.; Baskaran, M. M.; Schweitzer, L.

    2013-12-01

    Polonium-210 and 210Pb are constantly delivered to the surface waters through atmospheric deposition with a 210Po/210Pb activity ratio (AR) of < 0.10. Freshly produced suspended particles in surface waters are ';tagged' with this ratio which tends to grow towards the secular equilibrium value of 1.0. This disequilibrium between 210Po and 210Pb in freshwater system with a relatively short hydrological residence time can be utilized to quantify sediment resuspension rates and to investigate the extent of recycling of sedimentary particulate matter. From the measurements of 210Po and 210Pb in particulate matter collected in sediment traps and surficial bottom sediments at 5 different sites in the Clinton River in southeast Michigan over a period of 6 months (April - September, 2005) and subsequent modeling of these data, we report the following: i) The direct atmospheric deposition of 210Po and 210Pb collected in the sediment trap materials accounted for 1% and 0.1%, respectively, of the total deposited in the sediment trap; ii) The ranges and mean values of the 210Po and 210Pb in the sediment trap material and bottom sediments are comparable, with near identical 210Po/210Pb ratios, indicating that most of the trapped 210Po and 210Pb were delivered by the resuspension of bottom sediments; iii) The particle residence times varied from 0.3 to 4 days for 210Pb and 0.9 to 13.4 days for 210Po; and iv) The sediment resuspension rates calculated via single box model approach yielded resuspension rates ranging from 0.2 to 14.2 g cm-2 yr-1 using 210Pb and 0.1 to 1.0 g cm-2 yr-1 using 210Po. We propose that the distribution of 210Bi (and 210Bi/210Pb) would provide better insight on particle cycling in short-time scales and a brief discussion will be presented on the utility of 210Bi/210Pb ratio as a powerful tool for short-term particle cycling and as tracers of POC, PON export studies in deeper freshwater lakes.

  2. 210Po concentration analysis on tobacco and cigarettes in Malaysia

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    Azman, Muhammad Azfar; Rahman, Irman Abdul; Yasir, Muhammad Samudi

    2013-05-01

    Tobacco or better known as the cigarette was smoked since ages. Although many efforts had been made by the Ministry of Health to prevent or reduce the cigarette problem, the smokers still consider that cigarette are not harmful to health. This work is conducted to study the concentration of radionuclides alpha in tobacco and tobacco products in Malaysia. The radionuclide sought in this study is 210Po which is an alpha emitter. The sample used are tobacco and cigarettes, the tobacco samples were taken from tobacco farms in Malaysia while the sample branded cigarettes Marlboro and Gudang Garam were bought in the supermarket. The objectives of this study are to determine the concentration of radionuclides 210Po in tobacco and tobacco products as well as to estimate the radioactivity doses contributing to the smokers in Malaysia. The results for Marlboro cigarettes and Gudang Garam were found to be on the average radionuclide concentration of 210Po is 13.3 mBq/g (Marlboro cigarettes) and 11.9 mBq/g (Gudang Garam). From the total concentration of the cigarette, the estimated annual contribution dose to smokers for every 20 cigarettes smoked per day are 111.9 ± 14.7 μSv/year for Marlboro cigarettes and 100.2 ± 3.3 μSv/year for Gudang Garam cigarettes. The average concentration of radionuclides for tobacco leaf tobacco for each area taken is 3.6 mBq / g for Bachok, 2.4 mBq / g for Tumpat and 3.1 mBq / g for Semerak district.

  3. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-210 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-210 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 210).

  4. An emergency bioassay method for (210)Po in urine.

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    Guérin, Nicolas; Dai, Xiongxin

    2015-09-01

    A rapid method was developed to efficiently measure (210)Po in urine samples in an emergency situation. Polonium-210 in small urine samples (10 mL) was spontaneously deposited on a stainless steel disc in 1 M HCl at room temperature for 4 h in a polyethylene bottle. The metallic disc was then counted for 4 h by alpha spectrometry. The developed method allowed the preparation of large sample batch in a short time. The method meets the requirements for an emergency bioassay procedure.

  5. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-281 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-281 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 281).

  6. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-278 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-278 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 278).

  7. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-279 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-279 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 279).

  8. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-268 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-268 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 268).

  9. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-282 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-282 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 282).

  10. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-269 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-269 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 269).

  11. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-276 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-276 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 276).

  12. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-280 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-280 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 280).

  13. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-271 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-271 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 271).

  14. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-273 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-273 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 273).

  15. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-270 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-270 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 270).

  16. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-284 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-284 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 284).

  17. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-272 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-272 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 272).

  18. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-283 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-283 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 283).

  19. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-274 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-274 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 274).

  20. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-275 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-275 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 275).

  1. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-277 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-277 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 277).

  2. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-211 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-211 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 211).

  3. AgCo3PO4(HPO4)2.

    PubMed

    Guesmi, Abderrahmen; Driss, Ahmed

    2002-01-01

    The structure of the hydrothermally synthesized compound AgCo3PO4(HPO4)2, silver tricobalt phosphate bis(hydrogen phosphate), consists of edge-sharing CoO6 chains linked together by the phosphate groups and hydrogen bonds. The three-dimensional framework delimits two types of tunnels which accommodate Ag+ cations and OH groups. The title compound is isostructural with the compounds AM3H2(XO4)3 (A = Na or Ag, M = Co or Mn, and X = P or As) of the alluaudite structure type.

  4. Superionicity in Na3 PO4 : A molecular dynamics simulation

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    Yin, Wei-Guo; Liu, Jianjun; Duan, Chun-Gang; Mei, W. N.; Smith, R. W.; Hardy, J. R.

    2004-08-01

    Fast ionic conduction in solid Na3PO4 is studied by use of molecular dynamics simulation based on the modified Lu -Hardy approach. We obtain reasonable agreement with experiment for the structural transition and diffusion of the sodium ions. All the sodium ions are found to contribute comparably to the high ionic conductivity. The results of the simulation are discussed in terms of the relative magnitude of the two proposed transport mechanisms: percolation and paddle-wheel. It appears to us that the percolation mechanism dominates the sodium diffusion.

  5. The Growth of Berlinite (AlPO4) Single Crystals.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-03-01

    0 u a) 00 1 4-) r4 - 0 xE x x oo " o 0 . 4 n 22 Figure 7. AIPO4 Seed Crystal - 23 - 2.8 Growth System 2.8.1 Tem-Pres Runs For small autoclave ...was about 300-3151C. For reasons of autoclave operation, the possibility of high quality, and - 37 - Figure 18 Close up of AlPO 4 Crystals -38- method...nutrient (#2) which was transported and recrystallized in the autoclaves , did not detect any sodium. As expected, the process of crystallization

  6. Energetics of phosphate frameworks containing zinc and cobalt: NaZnPO{sub 4}, NaH(ZnPO{sub 4}){sub 2}, NaZnPO{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O, NaZnPO{sub 4}.4/3 H{sub 2}O, and NaCo{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}PO{sub 4}.4/3 H{sub 2}O

    SciTech Connect

    Le, So-Nhu; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2007-09-15

    Differential scanning calorimetry and high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry were used to study the enthalpy of the {alpha}-{beta} phase transformation of NaZnPO{sub 4} and enthalpies of formation of {alpha}-NaZnPO{sub 4}, NaH(ZnPO{sub 4}){sub 2}, NaZnPO{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O, and NaCo{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}PO{sub 4}.4/3 H{sub 2}O (x=0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3). The enthalpies of formation from the oxides of cobalt substituted in NaZnPO{sub 4}.4/3 H{sub 2}O do not depend on cobalt content, confirming similar acid-base interactions for Zn-PO{sub 4} and Co-PO{sub 4}. While water molecules stabilize zinc phosphate frameworks through solvating a cation or forming extra hydrogen bonds, the partial substitution of water for sodium oxide to form NaH(ZnPO{sub 4}){sub 2} represents the formation of an acidic compound with weaker acid-base interactions and less exothermic enthalpy of formation from oxides than Na{sub 2}(ZnPO{sub 4}){sub 2}. - Graphical abstract: Relative stability of NaZnPO{sub 4} dense phases, open frameworks, and hydrated frameworks. Enthalpy of interaction between water and NaZnPO{sub 4} frameworks is presented by reaction: NaZnPO{sub 4} (cr, open framework) + nH{sub 2}O (l) {yields} NaZnPO{sub 4}.nH{sub 2}O (cr, hydrated framework)

  7. Micro-Raman observation on the H2PO4- association structures in a supersaturated droplet of potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KH2PO4)

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    Syed, Kamran Ajmal; Pang, Shu-Feng; Zhang, Yun; Zhang, Yun-Hong

    2013-01-01

    The efflorescence of an individual KH2PO4 droplet on Teflon substrate was investigated by micro-Raman spectroscopy. With the decrease of relative humidity (RH) from 98.0% to 73.0%, the KH2PO4 droplet lost water gradually and entered into supersaturated state, which was reflected by the area ratio between the water stretching band to the sum of νs-PO2 and νs-P(OH)2 bands of the H2PO4- (A_{H_2 O} /(A_{(ν _s -PO_2 } {+ A}_{ν _s -P(OH)_2 {)}} {)}). In 1.0 mol l-1 KH2PO4 solution, the νs-P(OH)2 and νs-PO2 bands appeared at 877 and 1077 cm-1. In the KH2PO4 droplet, the two bands shifted to 894 and 1039 cm-1 at 98.0% RH, to 899 and 1031 cm-1 at 89.6% RH, and then to 904 and 997 cm-1 at 73.0% RH. Moreover, the aggregation process between the H2PO4- ions was observed from the spectral characteristic of the νs-P(OH)2 band in the concentration process, including the transitions of the H2PO4- ions from monomer in bulk solutions (0.5-1.0 mol l-1) to possible dimers at 98.0% RH and then further to oligomers in the droplet with the RH decrease, which were indicated by the blueshift of the νs-P(OH)2 band and its full width at half-height as a function of the RH. When the RH reached at 72.0%, the anhydrous crystal was obtained. A strong peak appeared at 928 cm-1, implying that the four oxygen atoms of the H2PO4- were all hydrogen bonding through the bridge hydrogen atoms to get the extensive hydrogen-bonded network structure of the H2PO4- association, leading to the symmetric increase of the H2PO4- ion from C2v in dilute solution to quasi-Td in the anhydrous crystal.

  8. Micro-Raman observation on the H2PO4(-) association structures in a supersaturated droplet of potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KH2PO4).

    PubMed

    Syed, Kamran Ajmal; Pang, Shu-Feng; Zhang, Yun; Zhang, Yun-Hong

    2013-01-14

    The efflorescence of an individual KH(2)PO(4) droplet on Teflon substrate was investigated by micro-Raman spectroscopy. With the decrease of relative humidity (RH) from 98.0% to 73.0%, the KH(2)PO(4) droplet lost water gradually and entered into supersaturated state, which was reflected by the area ratio between the water stretching band to the sum of ν(s)-PO(2) and ν(s)-P(OH)(2) bands of the H(2)PO(4)(-) (A(H(2)O)/(A((ν(s)-PO(2))+A(ν(s)-P(OH)(2))))). In 1.0 mol l(-1) KH(2)PO(4) solution, the ν(s)-P(OH)(2) and ν(s)-PO(2) bands appeared at 877 and 1077 cm(-1). In the KH(2)PO(4) droplet, the two bands shifted to 894 and 1039 cm(-1) at 98.0% RH, to 899 and 1031 cm(-1) at 89.6% RH, and then to 904 and 997 cm(-1) at 73.0% RH. Moreover, the aggregation process between the H(2)PO(4)(-) ions was observed from the spectral characteristic of the ν(s)-P(OH)(2) band in the concentration process, including the transitions of the H(2)PO(4)(-) ions from monomer in bulk solutions (0.5-1.0 mol l(-1)) to possible dimers at 98.0% RH and then further to oligomers in the droplet with the RH decrease, which were indicated by the blueshift of the ν(s)-P(OH)(2) band and its full width at half-height as a function of the RH. When the RH reached at 72.0%, the anhydrous crystal was obtained. A strong peak appeared at 928 cm(-1), implying that the four oxygen atoms of the H(2)PO(4 (-) were all hydrogen bonding through the bridge hydrogen atoms to get the extensive hydrogen-bonded network structure of the H(2)PO(4)(-) association, leading to the symmetric increase of the H(2)PO(4)(-) ion from C(2v) in dilute solution to quasi-T(d) in the anhydrous crystal.

  9. 210Pb and 210Po, manganese and iron cycling across the O2/H2S interface of a permanently anoxic fjord: Framvaren, Norway

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    Swarzenski, Peter W.; McKee, Brent A.; Sorenson, Kai; Todd, James F.

    1999-01-01

    Vertical profiles of dissolved and particulate 201Po and 210Pb were measured across the redox transition zone at Station F1 in Framvaren Fjord, Norway. In this fjord, a sharp decrease in pH above the O2/H2S interface facilitates the aerobic dissolution of MnO2. In contrast, Fe(II) concentrations begin to increase only at the O2/H2S interface depth. Activity profiles reveal that dissolved 210Po and 210Pb are sequestered efficiently by particulates in surface waters. As polonium-210 and lead-210 activities descend down into the aerobic manganese reduction (AMR) zone, they are remobilized during the reductive dissolution of the carrier phase oxyhydroxides. Both 210Po and 210Pb are highly enriched at the O2/H2S interface where an active community of microbes, such as anoxygenic phototrophs (e.g., Chromatium, Chlorobium sp.), thrives. The coincident peaks in 210Po and 210Pb and microbial biomass suggest a strong biological influence on the behavior of these radionuclides. There is a strong covariance between the vertical distribution of Mn and Pb, indicating that their redox cycling is closely coupled and is likely microbially mediated.

  10. 210Pb and 210Po, manganese and iron cycling across the O2/H2S interface of a permanently anoxic fjord: Framvaren, Norway

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    Swarzenski, Peter W.; McKee, Brent A.; Sorensen, Kai; Todd, James F.

    1999-01-01

    Vertical profiles of dissolved and particulate 210Po and 210b were measured across the redox transition zone at Station F1 in Framvaren Fjord, Norway. In this fjord, a sharp decrease in pH above the O2/H2S interface facilitates the aerobic dissolution of MnO2. In contrast, Fe(II) concentrations begin to increase only at the O2/H2S interface depth. Activity profiles reveal that dissolved 210Po and 210Pb are sequestered efficiently by particulates in surface waters. As polonium-210 and lead-210 activities descend down into the aerobic manganese reduction (AMR) zone, they are remobilized during the reductive dissolution of the carrier phase oxyhydroxides. Both 210Po and 210Pb are highly enriched at the O2/H2S interface where an active community of microbes, such as anoxygenic phototrophs (e.g., Chromatium, Chlorobium sp.), thrives. The coincident peaks in 210Po, 210Pb and microbial biomass suggest a strong biological influence on the behavior of these radionuclides. There is a strong covariance between the vertical distribution of Mn and Pb, indicating that their redox cycling is closely coupled and is likely microbially mediated.

  11. Degassing dynamics at Mount Etna inferred from radioactive disequilibria (210Pb-210Bi-210Po) in volcanic gases

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    Terray, Luca; Gauthier, Pierre-Jean; Salerno, Giuseppe; La Spina, Alessandro; Giammanco, Salvatore; Sellitto, Pasquale; Briole, Pierre

    2016-04-01

    Volcanic gases are significantly enriched in the last short-half-life radionuclides of the 238U series, namely the so-called Radon daughters 210Pb, 210Bi and 210Po. Because of their contrasted volatilities, these isotopes are strongly fractionated upon degassing, which gives rise to significant radioactive disequilibria between them in the gas phase. These disequilibria carry precious information on shallow degassing processes beneath active volcanoes: they remarkably constrain the magma residence time in the degassing reservoir and the duration of gas extraction from magma to surface. On Mount Etna (Sicily), where the study of these disequilibria was initiated thirty years ago (Lambert et al., EPSL, 1985-86), no measurement of 210Pb, 210Bi and 210Po in the gases has been performed for the last twenty years. Here we present new 210Pb-210Bi-210Po radioactive disequilibria measurements in volcanic plume gases of Mount Etna. Samples were collected in the bulk diluted plume at kilometric distance from the summit area during the May 2015 eruption, then in more concentrated plumes arising from each summit crater of Etna during quiescent degassing in July 2015. We found values of (210Bi/210Pb) = 7.0 ± 0.3 and (210Po/210Pb) = 80 ± 6 during both periods. These results suggest that 210Pb, 210Bi and 210Po are not significantly fractionated during the transport of the plume from the crater rim to close-downslope sites (<1 km). None of the previous degassing models (Lambert et al., EPSL, 1985-86 ; Gauthier et al., JVGR, 2000) satisfactorily explain measured activity ratios. We propose here a new degassing model based on the previous conceptualization designed for basaltic open-conduit volcanoes, like Stromboli. This model considers extreme Radon enrichments in volcanic gases as a source of 210Pb atoms produced by radioactive decay of 222Rn within gas bubbles travelling to surface. We constrain a magma residence time of 470 ± 170 days and an extraction time of the gases of 4

  12. Energy transfer from PO excited states to alkali metal atoms in the phosphorus chemiluminescence flame

    PubMed Central

    Khan, Ahsan U.

    1980-01-01

    Phosphorus chemiluminescence under ambient conditions of a phosphorus oxidation flame is found to offer an efficient electronic energy transferring system to alkali metal atoms. The lowest resonance lines, 2P3 / 2,½→2S½, of potassium and sodium are excited by energy transfer when an argon stream at 80°C carrying potassium or sodium atoms intersects a phosphorus vapor stream, either at the flame or in the postflame region. The lowest electronically excited metastable 4IIi state of PO or the (PO[unk]PO)* excimer is considered to be the probable energy donor. The (PO[unk]PO)* excimer results from the interaction of the 4IIi state of one PO molecule with the ground 2IIr state of another. Metastability of the donor state is strongly indicated by the observation of intense sensitized alkali atom fluorescence in the postflame region. PMID:16592925

  13. Band structure engineering of anatase TiO2 by metal-assisted P-O coupling.

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    Wang, Jiajun; Meng, Qiangqiang; Huang, Jing; Li, Qunxiang; Yang, Jinlong

    2014-05-07

    In this work, we demonstrate that the metal-assisted P-O coupling is an effective approach to improve the photoelectrochemical properties of TiO2. The (Sc + P) and (In + P) codoping effects on electronic structures and photocatalytic activities of anatase TiO2 are examined by performing hybrid density functional theory calculations. It is found that the coupling of P dopant with the second-nearest neighboring O atom assisted by acceptor metals (Sc/In) leads to the fully occupied and delocalized intermediate bands within the band gap of anatase TiO2, which is driven by the P-O antibonding states (π*). This metal-assisted P-O coupling can prevent the recombination of photogenerated electron-hole pairs and effectively reduce the band gap of TiO2. Moreover, the band edge alignments in (Sc + P) and (In + P) codoped anatase TiO2 are desirable for water-splitting. The calculated optical absorption curves indicate that (Sc + P) and (In + P) codoping in anatase TiO2 can also effectively enhance the visible light absorption.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of metastable, 20 nm-sized Pna21-LiCoPO4 nanospheres

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    Ludwig, Jennifer; Nordlund, Dennis; Doeff, Marca M.; Nilges, Tom

    2017-04-01

    The majority of research activities on LiCoPO4 are focused on the phospho-olivine (space group Pnma), which is a promising high-voltage cathode material for Li-ion batteries. In contrast, comparably little is known about its metastable Pna21 modification. Herein, we present a comprehensive study on the structure-property relationships of 15-20 nm Pna21-LiCoPO4 nanospheres prepared by a simple microwave-assisted solvothermal process. Unlike previous reports, the results indicate that the compound is non-stoichiometric and shows cation-mixing with Co ions on the Li sites, which provides an explanation for the poor electrochemical performance. Co L2,3-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopic data confirm the local tetrahedral symmetry of Co2+. Comprehensive studies on the thermal stability using thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, and in situ powder X-ray diffraction show an exothermic phase transition to olivine Pnma-LiCoPO4 at 527 °C. The influence of the atmosphere and the particle size on the thermal stability is also investigated.

  15. Band structure engineering of anatase TiO{sub 2} by metal-assisted P-O coupling

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    Wang, Jiajun; Meng, Qiangqiang; Huang, Jing; Li, Qunxiang Yang, Jinlong

    2014-05-07

    In this work, we demonstrate that the metal-assisted P-O coupling is an effective approach to improve the photoelectrochemical properties of TiO{sub 2}. The (Sc + P) and (In + P) codoping effects on electronic structures and photocatalytic activities of anatase TiO{sub 2} are examined by performing hybrid density functional theory calculations. It is found that the coupling of P dopant with the second-nearest neighboring O atom assisted by acceptor metals (Sc/In) leads to the fully occupied and delocalized intermediate bands within the band gap of anatase TiO{sub 2}, which is driven by the P-O antibonding states (π*). This metal-assisted P-O coupling can prevent the recombination of photogenerated electron-hole pairs and effectively reduce the band gap of TiO{sub 2}. Moreover, the band edge alignments in (Sc + P) and (In + P) codoped anatase TiO{sub 2} are desirable for water-splitting. The calculated optical absorption curves indicate that (Sc + P) and (In + P) codoping in anatase TiO{sub 2} can also effectively enhance the visible light absorption.

  16. Natural and anthropogenic variations in the Po river waters (northern Italy): insights from a multi-isotope approach.

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    Marchina, Chiara; Bianchini, Gianluca; Knoeller, Kay; Natali, Claudio; Pennisi, Maddalena; Colombani, Nicolò

    2016-12-01

    Po is the main Italian river and the δ(18)O and δ(2)H of its water reveal a similarity between the current meteoric fingerprint and that of the past represented by groundwater. As concerns the hydrochemisty, the Ca-HCO3 facies remained constant over the last 50 year, and only nitrate significantly increased from less than 1 mg/L to more than 10 mg/L in the 1980s, and then attenuated to a value of 9 mg/L. Coherently, δ(13)CDIC and δ(34)SSO4 are compatible with the weathering of the lithologies outcropping in the basin, while extremely variable δ(15)NNO3 indicates contribution from pollutants released by urban, agricultural and zootechnical activities. This suggests that although the origin of the main constituents of the Po river water is geogenic, anthropogenic contributions are locally significant. Noteworthy, the associated aquifers have the same nitrogen isotopic signature of the Po river, but are characterized by significantly higher NO(-) 3 concentration. This implies that aquifers' pollution is not ascribed to inflow of current river water, and that the attenuation of the nitrogen load recorded in the river is not occurring in the aquifers, due to their longer water residence time and delayed recovery from anthropogenic contamination.

  17. Irradiation-induced amorphization of AlPO 4

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    Sreeram, A. N.; Hobbs, L. W.; Bordes, N.; Ewing, R. C.

    1996-08-01

    AlPO 4, in the mineral form berlinite, is isostructural with α-quartz. We have investigated the irradiation-induced amorphization of hydrothermally-grown berlinite and found that — like quartz and other silicas but unlike most other phosphates — it undergoes solid-state radiolyis, with an efficiency fifty times that of quartz at room temperature, and amorphizes at an absorbed ionization dose of about 1 GGy. High-resolution TEM revealed that — unlike quartz in which small amorphous inclusions nucleate — electron-irradiated AlPO 4 proceeds uniformly to an aperiodic state, much as do cristobalite and tridymite, and 20 times faster. It was found also to amorphize under 1.5 MeV Kr + ion irradiation at a collisional energy density (10 eV/atom) similar to that for quartz and in keeping with the degree of structural freedom afforded by its tetrahedral network structure. The critical ion fluence for amorphization was found to increase by a factor of 5 between 300 and 600 K. Radial distribution functions derived from energy-filtered electron diffraction patterns from regions amorphized by electrons resemble those of electron-amorphized quartz with some additional features.

  18. Quantitative palaeodrainage analysis in the Pleistocene of the Po Plain (Italy)

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    Vezzoli, G.; Garzanti, E.; Sciunnach, D.

    2009-04-01

    During the Pleistocene, Po Plain deposits recorded repeated waxing and waning of Alpine ice caps, and thus provide an excellent opportunity to investigate the interactions between pronounced climatic fluctuations and background tectonic activity (Scardia et al., 2006), resulting in frequent changes of drainage patterns. A high-resolution Pleistocene stratigraphy, with a complete sedimentological, paleontological, petrographic-mineralogical, magneto-stratigraphic, and seismic data base, was recently obtained from eleven continuous cores drilled in the Lombardy Po Plain north of the Po River (ENI and Regione Lombardia, 2002). In the present study we focus on two cores in the proximal (Cilavegna) and distal plain (Pianengo), which best exemplify the drastic change in sedimentary systems and drainage patterns associated with the onset of major Pleistocene glaciations in the Alps (˜870ky; Muttoni et al., 2003). This climatic event is recorded by a regional unconformity (named R-unconformity by Muttoni et al., 2003), traced all across the Po Basin and encountered at -81 m depth in the Pianengo Core and at -98 m depth in the Cilavegna Core. The Cilavegna Core consists of metamorphiclastic floodplain sediments, capped by the R-unconformity and overlain by quartzofeldspathic braidplain deposits. The Pianengo Core consists of metamorphiclastic deltaic to floodpain sediments, capped by the R-unconformity and overlain by alluvial-fan gravels rich in carbonate pebbles; another unconformity at -39 m depth is overlain by metamorphiclastic braidplain deposits. Our quantitative approach to paleodrainage analysis is based on comprehensive information obtained from modern settings (Garzanti et al., 2004; 2006). End-member modelling and similarity analysis allows us to objectively compare detrital modes from modern and ancient deposits, and to reconstruct the evolution of sediment pathways through geologic time (Vezzoli and Garzanti 2009). The Cilavegna Core documents stepwise south

  19. Li/Ag2VO2PO4 batteries: the roles of composite electrode constituents on electrochemistry

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    Bock, David C.; Bruck, Andrea M.; Pelliccione, Christopher J.; ...

    2016-11-01

    In this study, we utilize silver vanadium phosphorous oxide, Ag2VO2PO4, as a model system to systematically study the impact of the constituents of a composite electrode, including polymeric and conductive additives, on electrochemistry. Notably, although highly resistive, this bimetallic cathode can be discharged as a pure electroactive material in the absence of a conductive additive as it generates an in situ conductive matrix via a reduction displacement reaction resulting in the formation of silver metal nanoparticles. Also, three different electrode compositions were investigated: Ag2VO2PO4 only, Ag2VO2PO44 with binder, and Ag2VO2PO4 with binder and carbon. Constant current discharge, pulse testing andmore » impedance spectroscopy measurements were used to characterize the electrochemical properties of the electrodes as a function of depth of discharge. In situ EDXRD was used to spatially resolve the discharge progression within the cathode by following the formation of Ag0. Ex situ XRD and EXAFS modeling were used to quantify the amount of Ag0 formed. Results indicate that the metal center reduced (V5+ or Ag+) was highly dependent on composite composition (presence of PTFE, carbon), depth of discharge (Ag0 nanoparticle formation), and spatial location within the cathode. The addition of a binder was found to increase cell polarization, and the percolation network provided by the carbon in the presence of PTFE was further increased with reduction and formation of Ag0. Lastly, this study provides insight into the factors controlling the electrochemistry of resistive active materials in composite electrodes.« less

  20. Uptake and kinetics of /sup 226/Ra, /sup 210/Pb and /sup 210/Po in big sagebrush. [Artemisia tridentata

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    Simon, S.L.

    1985-01-01

    Root uptake of /sup 226/Ra, /sup 210/Pb and /sup 210/Po by mature sagebrush was studied using a soil injection method for spiking the soil with minimal root disturbance. The main objective was to measure vegetation concentrations and determine concentration ratios (CR's) due to root uptake as a function of time in mature big sagebrush. Concentration ratios obtained in mature vegetation and in steady-state situations may be valuable in assessing the impact of uranium mining and milling. The vegetation was sampled approximately every 3 months for a 2 year period. Significant levels of activity were detected in the vegetation beginning at the first sampling (81 days after soil injection for /sup 226/Ra, 28 days for /sup 210/Pb and /sup 210/Po). There was an exponential decrease in concentration to an apparent steady-state value. Mean values (geometric) of the data pooled over the second year period indicated that the steady-state CR's for /sup 226/Ra, /sup 210/Pb and /sup 210/Po, as determined in mature sagebrush, were 0.04, 0.009, and 0.08, respectively. A three compartment mathematical model was formulated to help understand mechanisms of plant uptake and to predict, if possible, the concentration of /sup 226/Ra, /sup 210/Pb and /sup 210/Po in vegetation as a function of time after soil spiking. A numerical solution was determined by 'calibrating' the general model solution with constants determined from regressions of concentrations in vegetation, soil leaching and leaf leaching data. Validation of the model is currently not possible because of an absence of similar time-dependent uptake studies. 168 refs., 19 figs., 18 tabs.

  1. Nanocomposite Electrodes for Advanced Lithium Batteries: The LiFePO4 Cathode

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    2001-11-01

    The LiFePO4 Cathode DISTRIBUTION: Approved for public release, distribution unlimited This paper is part of the following report: TITLE: Nanophase and...Nanocomposite Electrodes for Advanced Lithium Batteries: The LiFePO4 Cathode Shoufeng Yang, Yanning Song, Peter Y. Zavalij and M. Stanley Whittingham...Institute for Materials Research, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY 13902-1600, U.S.A. ABSTRACT LiFePO4 was successfully synthesized by high temperature

  2. Identify capacity fading mechanism in a commercial LiFePO 4 cell

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    Dubarry, Matthieu; Liaw, Bor Yann

    The capacity fading of an 18650 LiFePO 4-based lithium ion cell was studied using the dynamic stress test (DST) schedule in a cycle life evaluation. Intermittent reference performance tests were conducted to quantify capacity loss and peak power capability degradation with cycle number to the end-of-life. An incremental capacity analysis was applied to identify various contributions to capacity loss, whereas the open circuit voltage measurements were utilized to trace the correct state of charge as the cell degrades in order to accurately correlate the capacity degradation with SOC. Our non-invasive, in situ analyses are in general consistent with current understanding of the degradation mechanism in this chemistry derived from post-mortem analysis. Loss of lithium inventory is the main cause of capacity degradation, in addition to the loss of active materials. The degree of under-discharge and under-charge is quite minimal under the test protocol.

  3. In vitro cell irradiation systems based on 210Po alpha source: construction and characterisation

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    Szabo, J.; Feher, I.; Palfalvi, J.; Balashazy, I.; Dam, A. M.; Polonyi, I.; Bogdandi, E. N.

    2002-01-01

    One way of studying the risk to human health of low-level radiation exposure is to make biological experiments on living cell cultures. Two 210Po alpha-particle emitting devices, with 0.5 and 100 MBq activity, were designed and constructed to perform such experiments irradiating monolayers of cells. Estimates of dose rate at the cell surface were obtained from measurements by a PIPS alpha-particle spectrometer and from calculations by the SRIM 2000, Monte Carlo charged particle transport code. Particle fluence area distributions were measured by solid state nuclear track detectors. The design and dosimetric characterisation of the devices are discussed. c2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Etching of InP by H3PO4, H2O2 Solutions

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    Mouton, A.; Sundararaman, C. S.; Lafontaine, H.; Poulin, S.; Currie, J. F.

    1990-10-01

    This paper deals with the chemical etching of (100) InP using a phosphoric acid and hydrogen peroxide mixture. It is shown that the etching rate is strongly dependent on the relative concentration of the two species; it is maximal for an equivolumic solution, and depending on the dilution it ranges from 70 to 20 Å/min. The activation energy of a non-diluted solution is approximately 14 kcal/mol. The post-etch surface state of the sample analysed by SEM and XPS, shows a very smooth surface for all concentrations, and the formation of a InPO4\\cdotxH2O layer. This solution can be used as a very precise etchant in devices processes.

  5. Preparation and photocatalytic degradation performance of Ag3PO4 with a two-step approach

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    Li, Jiwen; Ji, Xiaojing; Li, Xian; Hu, Xianghua; Sun, Yanfang; Ma, Jingjun; Qiao, Gaowei

    2016-05-01

    Ag3PO4 photocatalysts were prepared via two and one-step through a facile ion-exchange route. The photocatalysts were then characterized through powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated on the basis of the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO) and methylene blue (MB) under solar irradiation. The MO degradation rate of the Photocatalyst synthesized by the two-step ion-exchange route was 89.18% in 60 min. This value was four times that of the Photocatalyst synthesized by the one-step approach.The MB degradation rate was 97% in 40 min. After six cycling runs were completed, the MO degradation rate was 73%

  6. Harmful Algae Records in Venice Lagoon and in Po River Delta (Northern Adriatic Sea, Italy)

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    Bilaničovà, Dagmar; Marcomini, Antonio

    2014-01-01

    A detailed review of harmful algal blooms (HAB) in northern Adriatic Sea lagoons (Po River Delta and Venice lagoon) is presented to provide “updated reference conditions” for future research and monitoring activities. In the study areas, the high mollusc production requires the necessity to identify better methods able to prevent risks for human health and socioeconomical interests. So, an integrated approach for the identification and quantification of algal toxins is presented by combining microscopy techniques with Liquid Chromatography coupled with High Resolution Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (HPLC-HR-TOF-MS). The method efficiency was first tested on some samples from the mentioned coastal areas, where Dinophysis spp. occurred during summer in the sites directly affected by seawaters. Although cell abundance was always <200 cells/L, the presence of Pectenotoxin-2 (PTX2), detected by HPLC-HR-TOF-MS, indicated the potential release of detectable amounts of toxins even at low cell abundance. PMID:24683360

  7. Structure of Li(x)Rb(1-x)PO(3) glasses near the glass transition.

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    Hall, Andreas; Swenson, Jan; Bowron, Daniel T; Adams, Stefan

    2009-06-17

    The temperature dependence of mixed alkali metaphosphate Li(x)Rb(1-x)PO(3) (x = 1, 0.5, 0) structures has been studied from room temperature up to about 20 K above the glass transition temperature (T(g)) by means of neutron diffraction and reverse Monte Carlo modelling. The results show that the structural changes are limited to a slight temperature-induced broadening of the peaks in S(Q) and a linear thermal expansion of 50-100 ppm K(-1). Furthermore, the possible diffusion pathways of the mobile ions have been investigated by the bond valence technique and the results show that they are not significantly affected as the glass is brought above T(g). The decrease in activation energy that occurs above T(g) is thus attributed to an increased coupling between the motions of the mobile ions and the relaxation of the phosphate network.

  8. Crystal structure and Temperature-Dependent Luminescence Characteristics of KMg4(PO4)3:Eu2+ phosphor for White Light-emitting diodes

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    Chen, Jian; Liu, Yangai; Mei, Lefu; Liu, Haikun; Fang, Minghao; Huang, Zhaohui

    2015-01-01

    The KMg4(PO4)3:Eu2+ phosphor was prepared by the conventional high temperature solid-state reaction. The crystal structure, luminescence and reflectance spectra, thermal stability, quantum efficiency and the application for N-UV LED were studied respectively. The phase formation and crystal structure of KMg4(PO4)3:Eu2+ were confirmed from the powder X-ray diffraction and the Rietveld refinement. The concentration quenching of Eu2+ in the KMg4(PO4)3 host was determined to be 1mol% and the quenching mechanism was certified to be the dipole–dipole interaction. The energy transfer critical distance of as-prepared phosphor was calculated to be about 35.84Å. Furthermore, the phosphor exhibited good thermal stability and the corresponding activation energy ΔE was reckoned to be 0.24eV. Upon excitation at 365nm, the internal quantum efficiency of the optimized KMg4(PO4)3:Eu2+ was estimated to be 50.44%. The white N-UV LEDs was fabricated via KMg4(PO4)3:Eu2+, green-emitting (Ba,Sr)2SiO4:Eu2+, and red-emitting CaAlSiN3:Eu2+ phosphors with a near-UV chip. The excellent color rendering index (Ra = 96) at a correlated color temperature (5227.08K) with CIE coordinates of x = 0.34, y = 0.35 of the WLED device indicates that KMg4(PO4)3:Eu2+ is a promising blue-emitting phosphor for white N-UV light emitting diodes (LEDs). PMID:25855866

  9. Crystal structure and temperature-dependent luminescence characteristics of KMg4(PO4)3:Eu(2+) phosphor for white light-emitting diodes.

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    Chen, Jian; Liu, Yangai; Mei, Lefu; Liu, Haikun; Fang, Minghao; Huang, Zhaohui

    2015-04-09

    The KMg4(PO4)3:Eu(2+) phosphor was prepared by the conventional high temperature solid-state reaction. The crystal structure, luminescence and reflectance spectra, thermal stability, quantum efficiency and the application for N-UV LED were studied respectively. The phase formation and crystal structure of KMg4(PO4)3:Eu(2+) were confirmed from the powder X-ray diffraction and the Rietveld refinement. The concentration quenching of Eu(2+) in the KMg4(PO4)3 host was determined to be 1 mol% and the quenching mechanism was certified to be the dipole-dipole interaction. The energy transfer critical distance of as-prepared phosphor was calculated to be about 35.84 Å. Furthermore, the phosphor exhibited good thermal stability and the corresponding activation energy ΔE was reckoned to be 0.24 eV. Upon excitation at 365 nm, the internal quantum efficiency of the optimized KMg4(PO4)3:Eu(2+) was estimated to be 50.44%. The white N-UV LEDs was fabricated via KMg4(PO4)3:Eu(2+), green-emitting (Ba,Sr)2SiO4:Eu(2+), and red-emitting CaAlSiN3:Eu(2+) phosphors with a near-UV chip. The excellent color rendering index (Ra = 96) at a correlated color temperature (5227.08 K) with CIE coordinates of x = 0.34, y = 0.35 of the WLED device indicates that KMg4(PO4)3:Eu(2+) is a promising blue-emitting phosphor for white N-UV light emitting diodes (LEDs).

  10. Tuning photocatalytic performance of the near-infrared-driven photocatalyst Cu2(OH)PO4 based on effective mass and dipole moment.

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    Li, Zhujie; Dai, Ying; Ma, Xiangchao; Zhu, Yingtao; Huang, Baibiao

    2014-02-21

    Recently, Cu2(OH)PO4 was found as the first photocatalyst active in the near-infrared(NIR) region of the solar spectrum (Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 4810; Chem. Eng. News, 2013, 91, 36), motivating us to explore systemically its photocatalytic mechanism under near-infrared light and how to improve and tune its photocatalytic performance. Herein, electronic structures, and effective masses of electron and hole at energy band edges are theoretically investigated by employing spin-polarized density functional theory calculations. The calculated energy band structure supports the absorption spectra of Cu2(OH)PO4 in the NIR region corresponding to the electron excitation from the valence band to the unoccupied bands in the gap. Our charge density analysis indicates that the O atoms in the hydroxyl serves as the effective bridge for the favoring separation of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs. Furthermore, the effective masses of electron and hole analysis demonstrate that the separation and transfer of photogenerated carriers along the [011] direction may be more effective than other possible directions. A qualitative comparison of carrier transfer ability along all the directions in the specific planes is displayed by the three-dimensional band structure. Interestingly, the calculated net dipole moment for the two basic units of Cu2(OH)PO4, octahedron and trigonal bipyramid, indicate that the macroscopic dipole moment for Cu2(OH)PO4 is zero, however, the distorted octahedron unit has a net dipole moment, which enables us to tune the macroscopic dipole moment by doping. The present work provides theoretical insight leading to a better understanding of the photocatalytic performance of Cu2(OH)PO4 and it may be beneficial to prepare more efficient Cu2(OH)PO4 for NIR light photocatalysis, which will also be helpful to design and prepare novel photocatalysts.

  11. Binary and ternary Po-containing molecules relevant for LBE cooled reactors at operating temperature

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    Van Yperen-De Deyne, Andy; Rijpstra, Kim; Waroquier, Michel; Van Speybroeck, Veronique; Cottenier, Stefaan

    2015-03-01

    Quantum-chemical calculations at several levels of theory were used to assess the stability at different temperatures of a set of 13 binary and ternary Po-containing molecules that could possibly be formed in an environment with lead, bismuth, oxygen and water. The conclusions are that especially PoPb, PbPoO and PoOH and to a lesser extent Po2 and PoO are stable. These small molecules are therefore likely to be found near the Lead-Bismuth eutectic (LBE) coolant at operational temperatures in a heavy liquid metal cooled fission reactor. In contrast, Po3 and PoBi are unlikely to be present under the assumed conditions. Several stability criteria, such as the dissociation into free atoms or into molecular fragments at realistic Po-concentrations or in the thermodynamic limit are discussed at different temperatures. The results obtained with a medium level of theory (Density Functional Theory, PBE0 with relativistic effective core potentials) show good qualitative correspondence with calculations performed at a much higher level of theory (Multi Reference Configuration Interaction, with spin-orbit coupling and scalar relativistic Hamiltonian).

  12. Important Variation in Vibrational Properties of LiFePO4 and FePO4 Induced by Magnetism

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    Seifitokaldani, Ali; Gheribi, Aïmen E.; Phan, Anh Thu; Chartrand, Patrice; Dollé, Mickaël

    2016-01-01

    A new thermodynamically self-consistent (TSC) method, based on the quasi-harmonic approximation (QHA), is used to obtain the Debye temperatures of LiFePO4 (LFP) and FePO4 (FP) from available experimental specific heat capacities for a wide temperature range. The calculated Debye temperatures show an interesting critical and peculiar behavior so that a steep increase in the Debye temperatures is observed by increasing the temperature. This critical behavior is fitted by the critical function and the adjusted critical temperatures are very close to the magnetic phase transition temperatures in LFP and FP. Hence, the critical behavior of the Debye temperatures is correlated with the magnetic phase transitions in these compounds. Our first-principle calculations support our conjecture that the change in electronic structures, i.e. electron density of state and electron localization function, and consequently the change in thermophysical properties due to the magnetic transition may be the reason for the observation of this peculiar behavior of the Debye temperatures. PMID:27604551

  13. Important Variation in Vibrational Properties of LiFePO4 and FePO4 Induced by Magnetism.

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    Seifitokaldani, Ali; Gheribi, Aïmen E; Phan, Anh Thu; Chartrand, Patrice; Dollé, Mickaël

    2016-09-08

    A new thermodynamically self-consistent (TSC) method, based on the quasi-harmonic approximation (QHA), is used to obtain the Debye temperatures of LiFePO4 (LFP) and FePO4 (FP) from available experimental specific heat capacities for a wide temperature range. The calculated Debye temperatures show an interesting critical and peculiar behavior so that a steep increase in the Debye temperatures is observed by increasing the temperature. This critical behavior is fitted by the critical function and the adjusted critical temperatures are very close to the magnetic phase transition temperatures in LFP and FP. Hence, the critical behavior of the Debye temperatures is correlated with the magnetic phase transitions in these compounds. Our first-principle calculations support our conjecture that the change in electronic structures, i.e. electron density of state and electron localization function, and consequently the change in thermophysical properties due to the magnetic transition may be the reason for the observation of this peculiar behavior of the Debye temperatures.

  14. Important Variation in Vibrational Properties of LiFePO4 and FePO4 Induced by Magnetism

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    Seifitokaldani, Ali; Gheribi, Aïmen E.; Phan, Anh Thu; Chartrand, Patrice; Dollé, Mickaël

    2016-09-01

    A new thermodynamically self-consistent (TSC) method, based on the quasi-harmonic approximation (QHA), is used to obtain the Debye temperatures of LiFePO4 (LFP) and FePO4 (FP) from available experimental specific heat capacities for a wide temperature range. The calculated Debye temperatures show an interesting critical and peculiar behavior so that a steep increase in the Debye temperatures is observed by increasing the temperature. This critical behavior is fitted by the critical function and the adjusted critical temperatures are very close to the magnetic phase transition temperatures in LFP and FP. Hence, the critical behavior of the Debye temperatures is correlated with the magnetic phase transitions in these compounds. Our first-principle calculations support our conjecture that the change in electronic structures, i.e. electron density of state and electron localization function, and consequently the change in thermophysical properties due to the magnetic transition may be the reason for the observation of this peculiar behavior of the Debye temperatures.

  15. Scintillation properties of rare-earth doped NaPO3-Al(PO3)3 glasses

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    Kuro, Tomoaki; Okada, Go; Kawaguchi, Noriaki; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Masai, Hirokazu; Yanagida, Takayuki

    2016-12-01

    We systematically investigated photoluminescence (PL), scintillation and dosimeter properties of rare-earth (RE) doped NaPO3-Al(PO3)3 (NAP) glasses. The NAP glasses doped with a series of RE ions (La-Yb, except Pm) with a consistent concentration (0.3 wt%) were prepared by the conventional melt-quenching method. The PL and scintillation decay time profiles showed fast (ns) and slow (μs or ms) components: the fast components from 15 to 100 ns were due to the host or 5d-4f transition emission, and the slow components from 15 μs to 5 ms were due to the 4f-4f transitions of RE. The thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) was evaluated as a dosimeter property, and glow peaks appeared around 400 °C in all the samples. The TSL dose response function was examined in the dose range from 10 mGy to 10 Gy. Among the samples tested, Nd and Tb doped glasses showed higher signal by at least one order of magnitude than those of non-doped and other RE-doped samples. Over the dose range tested, the TSL signals are linearly related with the incident X-ray dose, showing a potential for practical applications.

  16. Novel synergistic 0.9LiMn0.9Fe0.1PO4·0.1Na3V2(PO4)2F3/C nano-hybrid cathode with enhanced electrochemical performance for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhang, Zhijian; Hu, Guorong; Cao, Yanbing; Duan, Jianguo; Du, Ke; Peng, Zhongdong

    2016-01-01

    The nanostructured 0.9LiMn0.9Fe0.1PO4·0.1Na3V2(PO4)2F3/C composites are successfully synthesized by a facile solvothermal method followed by mechanical activation and subsequent carbonthermal reduction process. Behaviours of bi-phase co-existence and element mutual-substitution have been investigated by XRD, TEM/EDX and FTIR. The result shows that the composites have dual phase boundaries including the semi-coherent phase interface and incoherent phase interface, as well as the advantage of Na3V2(PO4)2F3 acting as ionic conductor. Due to the multifunctional phase and (Mn,Fe)-V mutual doping as well as nano-carbon continual conducting network, enhanced Li+ migration and charge transfer of nano-hybrid is obtained. Compared with pristine one, the 0.9LiMn0.9Fe0.1PO4·0.1Na3V2(PO4)2F3/C composites exhibit high rate capability and cycling ability, showing 125.5, 106.4 mAh g-1 at 1.0 C, 3.0 C at room temperature, respectively, with high capacity retention up to 93.9% after 600th at 2 C.

  17. Improved solar-driven photocatalytic performance of Ag3PO4/ZnO composites benefiting from enhanced charge separation with a typical Z-scheme mechanism

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    Zhong, Junbo; Li, Jianzhang; Wang, Tao; Zeng, Jun; Si, Yujun; Cheng, Chaozhu; Li, Minjiao; Wang, Pei; Ding, Jie

    2016-01-01

    In this work, efficient simulated solar-driven Ag3PO4/ZnO photocatalysts with different molar ratios of Ag/Zn have been prepared by a precipitation method and characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy and surface photovoltage (SPV) spectroscopy. Under simulated sunlight illumination, the Ag3PO4/ZnO composites exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activity compared with the pure ZnO toward the decolorization of rhodamine B (RhB) aqueous solution, and the Ag3PO4/ZnO composite with 4 % Ag/Zn molar ratio exhibits the highest activity. The quenching effects of scavengers indicate that O2•- plays the major role in RhB decolorization. Ag3PO4 deposited on the ZnO surface can promote the separation rate of photoinduced charge carriers, proven by the SPV results. Based on all the observations, the charge separation mechanism with a typical Z-scheme was proposed.

  18. Simultaneous covalent and noncovalent carbon nanotube/Ag3PO4 hybrids: new insights into the origin of enhanced visible light photocatalytic performance.

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    Zhang, Zhaogang; Huang, Wei-Qing; Xie, Zhong; Hu, Wangyu; Peng, Ping; Huang, Gui-Fang

    2017-03-15

    Understanding the interfacial interaction is of paramount importance for rationally designing carbon nanomaterial-based hybrids with optimal performance for electronics, optoelectronics, sensing, advanced energy conversion and storage. Here, we firstly reveal that both covalent and noncovalent interactions simultaneously exist in carbon nanotube (CNT)/Ag3PO4 hybrids by studying systematically the electronic and optical properties to elucidate the mechanism of their enhanced photocatalytic performance. Metallic CNT(9,0) may chemically or physically interact with the Ag3PO4(100) surface depending on its relative orientations, whereas semiconducting CNT(10,0) can only noncovalently functionalize Ag3PO4. The C-Ag bond in the covalently bonded hybrid and type-II, staggered, band alignment in noncovalent hybrids lead to a robust separation of photoexcited charge carriers between two constituents, thus enhancing the photocatalytic activity. The small band gap makes the CNT/Ag3PO4 hybrids absorb sunlight from the ultraviolet to infrared region. Moreover, CNTs are not only effective sensitizers, but also highly active co-catalysts in hybrids. The results can be rationalized by the available experiments, thereby partly resolving a debate on the interpretation of the experimental results, and paving the way for developing highly efficient carbon-based nanophotocatalysts.

  19. Probing magnetic order in LiMPO4 (M= Ni, Co, Fe) and lithium diffusion in LixFePO4

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    Baker, P. J.; Franke, I.; Pratt, F. L.; Lancaster, T.; Prabhakaran, D.; Hayes, W.; Blundell, S. J.

    2011-11-01

    Muon spin relaxation measurements are reported on three members of the LixMPO4 series. The magnetic properties of stoichiometric samples with M= Ni, Co, Fe were investigated at low temperature. In LiNiPO4 we observe different forms of the muon decay asymmetry in the commensurate and incommensurate antiferromagnetic phases, accompanied by a change in the temperature dependence of the muon oscillation frequency. In LiCoPO4 the form of the muon decay asymmetry indicates that the correlation between layers decreases as the Néel temperature is approached from below. LiFePO4 shows more conventional behavior, typical for a three-dimensional antiferromagnet. Measurements on LixFePO4 with x=0.8,0.9, and 1 show evidence for lithium diffusion below ˜250 K and muon diffusion dominating the form of the relaxation at higher temperature. The thermally activated form of the observed hopping rate suggests an activation barrier for lithium diffusion of ˜100 meV and a diffusion constant of DLi˜10-10to10-9 cm2 s-1 at room temperature.

  20. Role of graphene on the surface chemical reactions of BiPO4-rGO with low OH-related defects.

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    Gao, Erping; Wang, Wenzhong

    2013-11-21

    Graphene has been widely introduced into photocatalysis to enhance photocatalytic performance due to its unique physical and chemical properties. However, the effect of graphene on the surface chemical reactions of photocatalysis has not been clearly researched, which is important for photocatalysis because photocatalytic reactions ultimately occur on the catalyst surface. Herein, a two-step solution-phase reaction has been designed to synthesize quasi-core-shell structured BiPO4-rGO cuboids and the role of graphene on the surface chemical reactions was investigated in detail. It was found that the introduced graphene modified the process and the mechanism of the surface chemical reactions. The change mainly originates from the interaction between graphene and the adsorbed O2 molecule. Due to the electron transfer from graphene to adsorbed O2, graphene could tune the interfacial charge transport and efficiently activate molecular oxygen to form O2˙(-) anions as the major oxidation species instead of ˙OH. In addition, the two-step synthesis approach could efficiently suppress the formation of OH-related defects in the lattice. As a result, the BiPO4-rGO composite exhibited superior photocatalytic activity to BiPO4 and P25, about 4.3 times that of BiPO4 and 6.9 times that of P25.

  1. Chemical characterization of springtime submicrometer aerosol in Po Valley, Italy

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    Saarikoski, S.; Carbone, S.; Decesari, S.; Giulianelli, L.; Angelini, F.; Teinilä, K.; Canagaratna, M.; Ng, N. L.; Trimborn, A.; Facchini, M. C.; Fuzzi, S.; Hillamo, R.; Worsnop, D.

    2012-03-01

    The chemistry of submicron particles was investigated at San Pietro Capofiume (SPC) measurement station in the Po Valley, Italy, in spring 2008. The measurements were performed by using both off-line and on-line instruments. Organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon, organic acids and biomass burning tracers were measured off-line by using a 24-h PM1 filter sampling. More detailed particle chemistry was achieved by using an Aerodyne high resolution time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer (HR-ToF-AMS) and analyzing the data by positive matrix factorization (PMF). Oxalic acid had the highest concentrations of organic acids (campaign-average 97.4 ng m-3) followed by methane sulfonic, formic, malonic, and malic acids. Samples were also analyzed for glyoxylic, succinic, azelaic and maleic acids. In total, the nine acids composed 1.9 and 3.8% of OC and water-soluble OC, respectively (average), in terms of carbon atoms. Levoglucosan concentration varied from 17.7 to 495 ng m-3 with the concentration decreasing in the course of the campaign most likely due to the reduced use of domestic heating with wood. Six factors were found for organic aerosol (OA) at SPC by PMF: hydrocarbon-like OA (HOA), biomass burning OA (BBOA), nitrogen-containing OA (N-OA) and three different oxygenated OAs (OOA-a, OOA-b and OOA-c). Most of the OA mass was composed of OOA-a, HOA and OOA-c (26, 24 and 22%, respectively) followed by OOA-b (13%), BBOA (8%) and N-OA (7%). As expected, OOAs were the most oxygenated factors with organic matter:organic carbon (OM:OC) ratios ranging from 1.9 to 2.2. The diurnal variability of the aerosol chemical composition was greatly affected by the boundary layer meteorology. Specifically, the effect of the nocturnal layer break-up in morning hours was most evident for nitrate and N-OA indicating that these compounds originated mainly from the local sources in the Po Valley. For sulfate and OOA-a the concentration did not change during the break-up suggesting their

  2. Chemical characterization of springtime submicrometer aerosol in Po Valley, Italy

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    Saarikoski, S.; Carbone, S.; Decesari, S.; Giulianelli, L.; Angelini, F.; Canagaratna, M.; Ng, N. L.; Trimborn, A.; Facchini, M. C.; Fuzzi, S.; Hillamo, R.; Worsnop, D.

    2012-09-01

    The chemistry of submicron particles was investigated at San Pietro Capofiume (SPC) measurement station in the Po Valley, Italy, in spring 2008. The measurements were performed by using both off-line and on-line instruments. Organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon, organic acids and biomass burning tracers were measured off-line by using a 24-h PM1 filter sampling. More detailed particle chemistry was achieved by using a Aerodyne high resolution time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer (HR-ToF-AMS) and analyzing the data by positive matrix factorization (PMF). Oxalic acid had the highest concentrations of organic acids (campaign-average 97.4 ng m-3) followed by methane sulfonic, formic, malonic, and malic acids. Samples were also analyzed for glyoxylic, succinic, azelaic and maleic acids. In total, the nine acids composed 1.9 and 3.8% of OC and water-soluble OC, respectively (average), in terms of carbon atoms. Levoglucosan concentration varied from 17.7 to 495 ng m-3 with the concentration decreasing in the course of the campaign most likely due to the reduced use of domestic heating with wood. Six factors were found for organic aerosol (OA) at SPC by PMF: hydrocarbon-like OA (HOA), biomass burning OA (BBOA), nitrogen-containing OA (N-OA) and three different oxygenated OAs (OOA-a, OOA-b and OOA-c). Most of the OA mass was composed of OOA-a, HOA and OOA-c (26, 24 and 22%, respectively) followed by OOA-b (13%), BBOA (8%) and N-OA (7%). As expected, OOAs were the most oxygenated factors with organic matter:organic carbon (OM : OC) ratios ranging from 1.9 to 2.2. The diurnal variability of the aerosol chemical composition was greatly affected by the boundary layer meteorology. Specifically, the effect of the nocturnal layer break-up in morning hours was most evident for nitrate and N-OA indicating that these compounds originated mainly from the local sources in the Po Valley. For sulfate and OOA-a the concentration did not change during the break-up suggesting their

  3. Formation and emission of volatile polonium compound by microbial activity and polonium methylation with methylcobalamin.

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    Momoshima, N; Song, L X; Osaki, S; Maeda, Y

    2001-07-15

    We observed biologically mediated emission of Po from culture solution inoculated sea sediment extract and incubated under natural light/dark cycle condition or dark condition the emitted Po compound would be lipophilic because of effective collection in organic solvent. Sterilization of the culture medium with antibiotics or CuSO4 completely suppressed growth of microorganisms and resulted in no emission of Po, indicating biological activity of microorganisms is responsible for formation and emission of volatile Po compound. Po emission also occurred when seawater was used as a culture medium. Our finding indicates a possibility of biotic source for atmospheric Po in the environment, which has been believed to be originated from abiotic sources. We compared emission behavior of Po and S in the culture experiments, the elements belong to XVI group in the Periodical Table, and consider that their emission mechanisms involved would be different though the emission of both elements is supported by biological activity of microorganisms. One of the chemical forms of S emitted was confirmed to be dimethyl sulfide (DMS) but that of Po is not known. Methylation experiments of Po with methylcobalamin demonstrated a formation and emission of volatile Po compound. The methylation of Po with methylcobalamin might be related to the observed Po emission in the culture experiments.

  4. Neonatal phosphate nutrition alters in vivo and in vitro satellite cell activity in pigs.

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    Alexander, Lindsey S; Seabolt, Brynn S; Rhoads, Robert P; Stahl, Chad H

    2012-06-01

    Satellite cell activity is necessary for postnatal skeletal muscle growth. Severe phosphate (PO(4)) deficiency can alter satellite cell activity, however the role of neonatal PO(4) nutrition on satellite cell biology remains obscure. Twenty-one piglets (1 day of age, 1.8 ± 0.2 kg BW) were pair-fed liquid diets that were either PO(4) adequate (0.9% total P), supra-adequate (1.2% total P) in PO(4) requirement or deficient (0.7% total P) in PO(4) content for 12 days. Body weight was recorded daily and blood samples collected every 6 days. At day 12, pigs were orally dosed with BrdU and 12 h later, satellite cells were isolated. Satellite cells were also cultured in vitro for 7 days to determine if PO(4) nutrition alters their ability to proceed through their myogenic lineage. Dietary PO(4) deficiency resulted in reduced (P < 0.05) sera PO(4) and parathyroid hormone (PTH) concentrations, while supra-adequate dietary PO(4) improved (P < 0.05) feed conversion efficiency as compared to the PO(4) adequate group. In vivo satellite cell proliferation was reduced (P < 0.05) among the PO(4) deficient pigs, and these cells had altered in vitro expression of markers of myogenic progression. Further work to better understand early nutritional programming of satellite cells and the potential benefits of emphasizing early PO(4) nutrition for future lean growth potential is warranted.

  5. Crystal and magnetic structures of electrochemically delithiated Li 1- xCoPO 4 phases

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    Ehrenberg, Helmut; Bramnik, Natalia N.; Senyshyn, Anatoliy; Fuess, Hartmut

    2009-01-01

    Precise structural data have been determined from a combined Rietveld refinement, based on neutron and X-ray powder diffraction data simultaneously, for the three phases LiCoPO 4, Li zCoPO 4 with a specific intermediate Li-content z = 0.60(10) and CoPO 4, which are obtained by electrochemical Li-extraction from LiCoPO 4. All three phases are isopointal. Therefore, the transitions between these phases are necessarily of first order, in agreement with their observed coexistence. The same collinear antiferromagnetic structures with magnetic moments nearly parallel to the [010] direction are observed for LiCoPO 4 and Li zCoPO 4, but with a significantly higher Néel temperature of 76 K for the latter compound in comparison with 23 K for LiCoPO 4. Olivine-type CoPO 4 can only be prepared from LiCoPO 4 by delithiation and its physical properties were investigated for the first time. An antiferromagnetic arrangement along the [100] direction is observed for CoPO 4 with an additional weak ferromagnetic component along the [001] direction (magnetic space group Pn' m' a and TC = 45 K). The magnetic moment of 3.1(2) μ B per Co-ion indicates a mainly high-spin state for Co 3+ in the octahedral coordination of CoPO 4, which is exceptional and probably the first example in a phosphate. The easy axes and the magnetic exchange interactions between Co-ions change dramatically with the Co 2+ ↔ Co 3+ transition. A continuous change of the formal oxidation state of a transition element by electrochemical Li-extraction and a quasi-continuous in situ observation of the resulting magnetic structure by neutron diffraction appear feasible.

  6. Impact: Education/Public Outreach (E/PO)

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    Eisenhamer, B.

    2000-12-01

    What happens when professional astronomers/space scientists and professional educators work on an education and public outreach program together? With the IDEAS Grant Program, the outcomes are as plentiful as stars in the Milky Way. However, one sure thing is that real science is reaching more widespread audiences through small education and public outreach grants. The programs funded by IDEAS have allowed teams of scientists and educators to explore innovative methods of bringing astronomy and space science out of the research arena and into classrooms and the general public. Over the past years, the IDEAS Grant Program has amassed a wide array of E/PO products. This poster will look at some examples of the products and discuss how they have impacted their target audiences.

  7. Spectroscopy of {sup 193,195,197}Po

    SciTech Connect

    Fotiades, N.; Cizewski, J.A.; McNabb, D.P.; Ding, K.Y.; Davids, C.N.; Janssens, R.V.; Seweryniak, D.; Carpenter, M.P.; Amro, H.; Decrock, P.; Reiter, P.; Nisius, D.; Brown, L.T.; Fischer, S.; Lauritsen, T.; Wauters, J.; Bingham, C.R.; Huyse, M.; Andreyev, A.; Seweryniak, D.; Conticchio, L.F.; Brown, L.T.

    1997-08-01

    Excited states built on the 13/2{sup +} isomers of the odd-mass {sup 193,195,197}Po isotopes have been observed via in-beam {gamma}-ray spectroscopy. The {alpha} radioactivity of these isotopes has been used to tag {gamma}-ray transitions following the {sup A}Er+164 MeV {sup 32}S reactions, where A=164, 166, 167, 168, and 170. Prompt {gamma} radiation was measured by ten Compton-suppressed Ge detectors at the target position and the Fragment Mass Analyzer was used to select evaporation residues. The results are compared with the first excited states of the heavier odd-mass polonium isotopes and of the even-mass cores. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  8. PO*WW*ER mobile treatment unit process hazards analysis

    SciTech Connect

    Richardson, R.B.

    1996-06-01

    The objective of this report is to demonstrate that a thorough assessment of the risks associated with the operation of the Rust Geotech patented PO*WW*ER mobile treatment unit (MTU) has been performed and documented. The MTU was developed to treat aqueous mixed wastes at the US Department of Energy (DOE) Albuquerque Operations Office sites. The MTU uses evaporation to separate organics and water from radionuclides and solids, and catalytic oxidation to convert the hazardous into byproducts. This process hazards analysis evaluated a number of accident scenarios not directly related to the operation of the MTU, such as natural phenomena damage and mishandling of chemical containers. Worst case accident scenarios were further evaluated to determine the risk potential to the MTU and to workers, the public, and the environment. The overall risk to any group from operation of the MTU was determined to be very low; the MTU is classified as a Radiological Facility with low hazards.

  9. Magnetic phase diagram of magnetoelectric LiMnPO4

    SciTech Connect

    Toft-Petersen, Rasmus; Andersen, Niels H.; Li, Haifeng; Li, Jiying; Tian, Wei; Budko, Serguei L.; Jensen, Thomas B.S.; Niedermayer, Christof; Laver, Mark; Zaharko, Oksana; Lynn, Jeffrey W.; Vaknin, David

    2012-06-14

    The nature of the spin-flop (SF) transition in the magnetoelectric quasi-2D Heisenberg system LiMnPO4 is studied in fields applied along the a axis. A refinement of the magnetic structure using neutron diffraction data in the SF phase reveals that the spins reorient from being parallel to the a axis to be nearly along the c axis at magnetic fields between 4 and 4.7 T, depending on temperature. The low-field antiferromagnetic phase boundary is shown to join the spin-flop line tangentially at the so-called bicritical point, where there is a suppression of the ordering temperature. At the bicritical field, we observe an increased intensity of the Lorentz broadened elastic scattering at magnetic Bragg peaks above TN as compared to zero field and 10 T, without an increase in peak width. This suggests an increased density of fluctuations at the bicritical field as compared to zero field.

  10. 210Pb and 210Po Abundances in Dacites Erupted May, 2003 From Anatahan Volcano: Implications for the Time-scales of Magma Generation and Degassing

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    Reagan, M. K.; Matthew, W.; Brian, H.

    2003-12-01

    Six samples of dacite pumice and scoria erupted in May, 2003 and collected from a number of sites around Anathan by Tobias Fischer and David Hilton were analyzed for 210Po activities on three occasions between early June and the time of this writing. With two exceptions, all scoria and pumice samples have 210Po activities that plot on a single growth curve indicating initial (210Po)=0.15 +/-0.07 (1σ ) dpm/g and (210Pb)=1.08+/-0.20 dpm/g. More precise values for these initial activities will be presented at the meeting after further analyses are performed in November. Preliminary alpha spectrometry analyses for U and Th, and ICPMS analyses distributed by Terry Plank suggest that the average (238U) is about 0.53 dpm/g. Equilibrium (228Th)/( 232Th) ratios indicate that these samples do not have excess 228Ra. Assuming that (210Pb )< (226Ra) because of minor degassing of 210Pb (see Gauthier and Condomines, 1999, EPSL, v. 172), the degassing efficiency factor for 210Po is greater than or equal to about 0.85, which is identical to the value calculated for a basaltic andesitic lava from Arenal volcano in Costa Rica (Gill et al., 1985, GRL, v. 12). This is surprising, as the May 10 plinian eruption of Anatahan should have resulted in more closed-system degassing than a lava eruption. This and the similar 210Po values for the scoria and pumice samples suggest that the shallow-level degassing history has little impact on the efficiency of polonium degassing. The scoria and pumice samples from sample 8-1e both have significant excesses of 210Po over the calculated initial (210Pb) value for the other samples. These excesses were partially leachable, indicating that 210Po was sublimated onto these samples, and that these ejecta resided in the vent before being ejected and redeposited The high inferred (226Ra)/( 230Th) for the Anatahan dacites despite the nearly equilibrium (238U)/( 230Th) value measured for one sample contrasts with the values for these ratios in more mafic

  11. Rate-dependent, Li-ion insertion/deinsertion behavior of LiFePO4 cathodes in commercial 18650 LiFePO4 cells.

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    Liu, Qi; He, Hao; Li, Zhe-Fei; Liu, Yadong; Ren, Yang; Lu, Wenquan; Lu, Jun; Stach, Eric A; Xie, Jian

    2014-03-12

    We have performed operando synchrotron high-energy X-ray diffraction (XRD) to obtain nonintrusive, real-time monitoring of the dynamic chemical and structural changes in commercial 18650 LiFePO4/C cells under realistic cycling conditions. The results indicate a nonequilibrium lithium insertion and extraction in the LiFePO4 cathode, with neither the LiFePO4 phase nor the FePO4 phase maintaining a static composition during lithium insertion/extraction. On the basis of our observations, we propose that the LiFePO4 cathode simultaneously experiences both a two-phase reaction mechanism and a dual-phase solid-solution reaction mechanism over the entire range of the flat voltage plateau, with this dual-phase solid-solution behavior being strongly dependent on charge/discharge rates. The proposed dual-phase solid-solution mechanism may explain the remarkable rate capability of LiFePO4 in commercial cells.

  12. Electrochemical performance of NiO-doped LiFePO4/C cathode materials prepared from amorphous FePO4 · xH2O

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    Mahmud, Iqbal; Kim, Dong-Seob; Ur, Soon-Chul

    2016-05-01

    LiFePO4/C composites are prepared from amorphous FePO4 · xH2O and are modified with NiO (0.0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, and 0.04 mol) by using a solid-state reaction process with a spex milling system. The crystalline structure and the morphology of synthesized powders have been characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The XRD patterns indicate a complete solid solution for all the NiO-doped LiFePO4/C composites. The SEM images show that the sizes of the particles produced are distributed in the range of 200 - 300 nm. The electrochemical performances have been evaluated by using an impedance measurement and a galvanostatic charge/discharge test. The initial properties and impedance measurement reveal different improvements for different amounts of NiO doping in LiFePO4/C. A maximum capacity of 158.8 mAh/g at 0.1 C has been achieved LiFePO4/C doped with NiO at 0.01 mol. The present work reveals that the newly processed composite of LiFePO4/C doped with a small amount of NiO may be a promising material for using in a lithium-ion battery.

  13. Incorporation of 210Pb and 210Po to Poultry through the Addition of Dicalcium Phosphate (DCP) to the Diet

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    Casacuberta, N.; Masqué, P.; Garcia-Orellana, J.; Gasa, J.; Anguita, M.

    2008-08-01

    Due to the replacement of calcium by uranium in the phosphorite, sedimentary phosphate rock contains high concentrations of 238U (i.e. from 1500 Bqṡkg-1 in Morocco to 4000 Bqṡkg-1 in Tanzania ores). Dicalcium Phosphate (DCP) is produced by the wet acid digestion of the phosphorite, and is used as a source of calcium and phosphorus for livestock feed supplement. If the phosphorite acid digestion is made with hydrochloric acid, DCP may present specific activities of about 103 Bqṡkg-1 of 238U and some of its decay chain daughters. In particular, due to its radiological implications, the presence of 210Pb and 210Po in DCP is of special relevance. The aim of this work was to investigate the potential incorporation of these radionuclides to poultry through its diet. Three different diets were therefore prepared with different contents of both DCP and 210Pb and 210Po. Diet A was used as a blank, and had a 2.5% in weight of monocalcium phosphate (MCP); diet B, with a 5% in weight of DCP; and diet C, with a 2.5% of DCP. Concentrations of 210Pb were 0.93, 101.4 and 51.2 Bqṡkg-1; whereas concentrations of 210Po were 0.92, 74 and 36 Bqṡkg-1 of food for diets A, B and C, respectively. Accumulation of 210Pb and 210Po was analysed at several times during poultry growth in samples of bone, liver, kidney, muscle, excrements as well as entire animals, with a total of 30 broilers fed with the 3 different diets. Results showed clear enhancements in the accumulation of both 210Pb and 210Po in chicken for diets B and C, and in particular in liver and bone. However, total accumulation of radionuclides in chicken, and especially in edible parts, is low compared to its expulsion through excrements. These results are interpreted in terms of the potential dose through consumption of chicken.

  14. Characteristics and short-term changes of the Po Delta seafloor morphology through high-resolution bathymetric and backscatter data

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    Madricardo, Fantina; Bosman, Alessandro; Kruss, Aleksandra; Remia, Alessandro; Correggiari, Anna; Fogarin, Stefano; Romagnoli, Claudia; Moscon, Giorgia

    2016-04-01

    River deltas are highly dynamical and valuable environments and often undergo strong natural and human-induced actions that need constant monitoring. Whereas remote sensing observations of the sub-aerial part of the delta are very important for the assessment of the morphological changes over long time scales (years-decades), the short time-scale evolution of the submerged part of the system remains often undetermined. In particular, the shallow-water submarine pro-delta front is commonly characterized by active depositional and erosional processes. This area is crucial for the understanding of the fluvial and coastal dynamics. In this study, we applied geophysical investigations to characterize the very shallow-water area of the Po river delta in the northern Adriatic Sea. The modern Po delta is the result of increased sediment flux derived from both climate change (Little Ice Age) and human impact (deforestation and diversion and construction of artificial levees) and in recent years is suffering erosion. Here, we present the results of two high-resolution multibeam echosounder surveys carried out in June 2013 and in September 2014 on the Po river mouth and delta front in the framework of the Ritmare Project. The Po delta front, as other modern deltas, has a complicated morphology, consisting of multiple terminal distributary channels, subaqueous levee deposits, and mouth bars. The high-resolution bathymetric data show that the prodelta slope has a curved shape with an overall southward asymmetry of the submerged delta due to prevalent longshore currents. The 2013 bathymetric map highlights a number of sedimentary features, such as depositional bars, radiating in the prodelta slope with an asymmetric section, with steeper southward lee side. The new bathymetric map collected in 2014 shows impressive changes: in correspondence with the depositional lobes, we observed extensive collapse depressions with bathymetric changes of over 1 m in 15 months and widespread

  15. Forecasting skills of the ensemble hydro-meteorological system for the Po river floods

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    Ricciardi, Giuseppe; Montani, Andrea; Paccagnella, Tiziana; Pecora, Silvano; Tonelli, Fabrizio

    2013-04-01

    The Po basin is the largest and most economically important river-basin in Italy. Extreme hydrological events, including floods, flash floods and droughts, are expected to become more severe in the next future due to climate change, and related ground effects are linked both with environmental and social resilience. A Warning Operational Center (WOC) for hydrological event management was created in Emilia Romagna region. In the last years, the WOC faced challenges in legislation, organization, technology and economics, achieving improvements in forecasting skill and information dissemination. Since 2005, an operational forecasting and modelling system for flood modelling and forecasting has been implemented, aimed at supporting and coordinating flood control and emergency management on the whole Po basin. This system, referred to as FEWSPo, has also taken care of environmental aspects of flood forecast. The FEWSPo system has reached a very high level of complexity, due to the combination of three different hydrological-hydraulic chains (HEC-HMS/RAS - MIKE11 NAM/HD, Topkapi/Sobek), with several meteorological inputs (forecasted - COSMOI2, COSMOI7, COSMO-LEPS among others - and observed). In this hydrological and meteorological ensemble the management of the relative predictive uncertainties, which have to be established and communicated to decision makers, is a debated scientific and social challenge. Real time activities face professional, modelling and technological aspects but are also strongly interrelated with organization and human aspects. The authors will report a case study using the operational flood forecast hydro-meteorological ensemble, provided by the MIKE11 chain fed by COSMO_LEPS EQPF. The basic aim of the proposed approach is to analyse limits and opportunities of the long term forecast (with a lead time ranging from 3 to 5 days), for the implementation of low cost actions, also looking for a well informed decision making and the improvement of

  16. [Theoretical and experimental vibrational spectroscopy study of K3Ln(PO4)2 phosphates].

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    Benarafa, L; Rghioui, L; Nejjar, R; Saidi Idrissi, M; Knidiri, M; Lorriaux, A; Wallart, F

    2005-01-14

    The monoclinic phosphates with K3Ln(PO4)2 (Ln=rare earth) formula were synthesized. Their infrared and Raman spectra have been reported and analysed. The results of a force field calculation for K3Nd(PO4)2 are presented.

  17. 76 FR 40849 - Post Office (PO) Box Fee Groups for Merged Locations

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    2011-07-12

    ... 111 Post Office (PO) Box Fee Groups for Merged Locations AGENCY: Postal Service. TM ACTION: Proposed... Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM ) 508.4 to allow Post Office TM (PO) Box fee groups to be merged due to Post Office mergers and to have the ability to change a box fee group more than one higher or...

  18. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity special issue: international topical conference on Po and radioactive Pb isotopes.

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    Holm, Elis; Garcia-Tenorio, Rafael

    2011-05-01

    An international conference on polonium (Po) and radioactive isotopes was held in Seville Spain, 26-28 October 2009 at the Centro Nacional de Aceleradores. It was attended by 138 participants from 38 different countries. The sessions covered all aspects on Po and lead (Pb) such as radiochemistry, terrestrial and marine radioecology, kinetics, sedimentation rates, atmospheric tracers, NORM industries and dose assessment.

  19. Synthesis, characterization and electrical properties of carbon coated LiCoPO4 nanoparticles.

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    Kumar, P Ramesh; Venkateswarlu, M; Misra, Manjusri; Mohanty, Amar K; Satyanayana, N

    2011-04-01

    Lithium cobalt phosphate (LiCoPO4) nanoparticles were synthesized using modified polyol process. Shape and size of LiCoPO4 nanoparticles were controlled by using poly (vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) stabilizer. Coating of carbon over the LiCoPO4 nanoparticles was done using the resin coating process to enhance its conductivity. XRD and FTIR results respectively confirm the crystalline phase and structure of pure and carbon coated LiCoPO4 nanoparticles. SEM-EDX results confirm size and shape and also the presence of carbon over LiCoPO4 nanoparticles. Electrical conductivity of pure and carbon coated LiCoPO4 nanoparticles were evaluated by analyzing the measured impedance data using the win fit software. More than three orders of conductivity enhancement was observed in carbon coated LiCoPO4 nanoparticles when compared to pure ones. Further, transport properties like temperature dependence conductivity, AC conductivity, dielectric constant and electric modulus studies were made to find out the bulk and relaxation properties of LiCoPO4 nanoparticles.

  20. 40 CFR 721.9675 - Titanate [Ti6O13 (2-)], di-po-tas-sium.

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    2010-07-01

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  1. Amphiphilic carbonaceous material-intervened solvothermal synthesis of LiFePO4

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    Chen, Ming-ming; Ma, Qian-qian; Wang, Cheng-yang; Sun, Xin; Wang, Li-qun; Zhang, Cui

    2014-10-01

    LiFePO4 samples with preferred facets on the ac plane were prepared by the solvothermal method with or without well-dispersed amphiphilic carbonaceous material (ACM). The effects of ACM on the particle morphology, crystal orientation and electrochemical reactivity of the prepared LiFePO4 nanoparticles were investigated in detail. ACM serves a dual purpose. One purpose is facilitating the plate-like morphologies of LiFePO4 nanoparticles parallel to the bPnma axis by decreasing the surface energy of (010) facets of newly created LiFePO4 nuclei. The other purpose is suppressing crystal growth along the [010] direction by adhering onto the (010) surface of LiFePO4 nanoplates. Furthermore, ACM coating was performed and optimized using a carbon coating precursor. The electrochemical properties of the prepared LiFePO4 particles were characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge-discharge cycling tests. After the optimized coating of ACM, the ACM-intervened LiFePO4 composite was observed to deliver discharge capacities of 151.3 mAh g-1 at 1C and 132.2 mAh g-1 at 10C. Even after 1000 cycles at a high rate of 10C, the LiFePO4 cathode could maintain 80% of its initial capacity.

  2. Biocarbon-coated LiFePO4 nucleus nanoparticles enhancing electrochemical performances.

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    Zhang, Xueguang; Zhang, Xudong; He, Wen; Yue, Yuanzheng; Liu, Hong; Ma, Jingyun

    2012-10-18

    We report a simple, inexpensive green biomimetic way for developing the high performance LiFePO(4) for high-power lithium-ion batteries. Biocarbon-coated LiFePO(4) nucleus nanoparticles are synthesized by using yeast cells as both a structural template and a biocarbon source.

  3. 21 CFR 868.1200 - Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer.

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    2012-04-01

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  4. 21 CFR 868.1200 - Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer.

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    2011-04-01

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  5. 21 CFR 868.1200 - Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer.

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    2013-04-01

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  6. 21 CFR 868.1200 - Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer.

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    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2... Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer. (a) Identification. An indwelling blood oxygen... electrode) and that is used to measure, in vivo, the partial pressure of oxygen in blood to aid...

  7. 21 CFR 868.1200 - Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2... Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer. (a) Identification. An indwelling blood oxygen... electrode) and that is used to measure, in vivo, the partial pressure of oxygen in blood to aid...

  8. Draft Genome Sequence of Biocontrol Agent Pythium oligandrum Strain Po37, an Oomycota

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    Berger, Harald; Yacoub, Amira; Gerbore, Jonathan; Grizard, Damien; Rey, Patrice; Sessitsch, Angela

    2016-01-01

    The oomycota Pythium oligandrum Po37 is used as a biocontrol agent of plant diseases. Here, we present the first draft of the P. oligandrum Po37 genome sequence, which comprises 725 scaffolds with a total length of 35.9 Mb and 11,695 predicted protein-coding genes. PMID:27081125

  9. Hexamethylenetetramine assisted hydrothermal synthesis of BiPO4 and its electrochemical properties for supercapacitors

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    Nithya, V. D.; Kalai Selvan, R.; Vasylechko, Leonid

    2015-11-01

    The well defined microstructures of BiPO4 were successfully synthesized by the facile hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) assisted hydrothermal method. The low temperature monoclinic BiPO4 structure with space group P21/n, were obtained from X-ray diffraction (XRD) for the pristine and HMT-assisted BiPO4 with 1, 3, 5 and 10 mmole concentration. A transformation from low temperature monazite-type phase to the high temperature SbPO4-type phase of BiPO4 was observed at the 10 mmole concentration. There was a variation in the morphology from polyhedron to octahedra-like and finally into cube shape upon an increase in concentration of HMT. The role of reaction time in the morphology of BiPO4 particles was investigated. The selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern elucidated the ordered dot pattern and the calculated d-spacing revealed the formation of BiPO4. An increased specific capacitance of HMT assisted materials (202 F/g) compared with pristine BiPO4 (89 F/g) at 5 mA/cm2 was observed upon morphological variation due to HMT addition.

  10. The Year of the Solar System: An E/PO Community's Approach to Sharing Planetary Science

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    Shipp, S. S.; Boonstra, D.; Shupla, C.; Dalton, H.; Scalice, D.; Planetary Science E/Po Community

    2010-12-01

    YSS offers the opportunity to raise awareness, build excitement, and make connections with educators, students and the public about planetary science activities. The planetary science education and public outreach (E/PO) community is engaging and educating their audiences through ongoing mission and program activities. Based on discussion with partners, the community is presenting its products in the context of monthly thematic topics that are tied to the big questions of planetary science: how did the Sun’s family of planets and bodies originate and how have they evolved; and how did life begin and evolve on Earth, has it evolved elsewhere in our solar system, and what are characteristics that lead to the origins of life? Each month explores different compelling aspects of the solar system - its formation, volcanism, ice, life. Resources, activities, and events are interwoven in thematic context, and presented with ideas through which formal and informal educators can engage their audiences. The month-to-month themes place the big questions in a logical sequence of deepening learning experiences - and highlight mission milestones and viewing events. YSS encourages active participation and communication with its audiences. It includes nation-wide activities, such as a Walk Through the Solar System, held between October 2010 to March 2011, in which museums, libraries, science centers, schools, planetariums, amateur astronomers, and others are kicking off YSS by creating their own scale models of the solar system and sharing their events through online posting of pictures, video, and stories. YSS offers the E/PO community the opportunity to collaborate with each other and partners. The thematic approach leverages existing products, providing a home and allowing a “shelf life” that can outlast individual projects and missions. The broad themes highlight missions and programs multiple times. YSS also leverages existing online resources and social media. Hosted on

  11. 210Po Log-normal distribution in human urines: Survey from Central Italy people

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    Sisti, D.; Rocchi, M. B. L.; Meli, M. A.; Desideri, D.

    2009-01-01

    The death in London of the former secret service agent Alexander Livtinenko on 23 November 2006 generally attracted the attention of the public to the rather unknown radionuclide 210Po. This paper presents the results of a monitoring programme of 210Po background levels in the urines of noncontaminated people living in Central Italy (near the Republic of S. Marino). The relationship between age, sex, years of smoking, number of cigarettes per day, and 210Po concentration was also studied. The results indicated that the urinary 210Po concentration follows a surprisingly perfect Log-normal distribution. Log 210Po concentrations were positively correlated to age (p < 0.0001), number of daily smoked cigarettes (p = 0.006), and years of smoking (p = 0.021), and associated to sex (p = 0.019). Consequently, this study provides upper reference limits for each sub-group identified by significantly predictive variables. PMID:19750019

  12. Ultrathin carbon nanopainting of LiFePO4 by oxidative surface polymerization of dopamine

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    Ding, Bo; Tang, Wei Chin; Ji, Ge; Ma, Yue; Xiao, Pengfei; Lu, Li; Lee, Jim Yang

    2014-11-01

    The common strategy to address the low electronic conductivity of LiFePO4 is to downsize LiFePO4 and to coat the nanocrystal with conductive carbon film. The major issues with existing carbon coating techniques are thickness and quality control. This paper reports a facile carbon coating method which can provide ultrathin, uniform and fully encapsulating carbon coating on LiFePO4. This coating method capitalizes on the redox chemistry of surface Fe3+ on solvothermally synthesized LiFePO4 nanocrystal, to deposit uniform thin films of polydopamine films. The polymer film is easily carbonized into ultrathin carbon film. The carbon coated LiFePO4 exhibits very high rate performance (143 mAh g-1 at current density of 1700 mA g-1) with excellent capacity retention.

  13. Columnar order in jammed LiFePO4 cathodes: ion transport catastrophe and its mitigation.

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    Smith, Kyle C; Mukherjee, Partha P; Fisher, Timothy S

    2012-05-21

    The high-rate, high-capacity potential of LiFePO4-based lithium-ion battery cathodes has motivated numerous experimental and theoretical studies aiming to realize such performance through nano-sizing, tailoring of particle shape through synthesis conditions, and doping. Here, a granular mechanics study of microstructures formed by dense jammed packings of experimentally and theoretically inspired LiFePO4 particle shapes is presented. A strong dependence of the resultant packing structures on particle shapes is observed, in which columnar structures aligned with the [010] direction inhibit diffusion along [010] in anisotropic LiFePO4. Transport limitations are induced by [010] columnar order and lead to catastrophic performance degradation in anisotropic LiFePO4 electrodes. Further, judicious mixing of nanoplatelets with additive nanoparticles can frustrate columnar ordering and thereby enhance the rate capability of LiFePO4 electrodes by nearly an order of magnitude.

  14. First-principles study of Li ion diffusion in LiFePO4

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    Ouyang, Chuying; Shi, Siqi; Wang, Zhaoxiang; Huang, Xuejie; Chen, Liquan

    2004-03-01

    The diffusion mechanism of Li ions in the olivine LiFePO4 is investigated from first-principles calculations. The energy barriers for possible spatial hopping pathways are calculated with the adiabatic trajectory method. The calculations show that the energy barriers running along the c axis are about 0.6, 1.2, and 1.5 eV for LiFePO4, FePO4, and Li0.5FePO4, respectively. However, the other migration pathways have much higher energy barriers resulting in very low probability of Li-ion migration. This means that the diffusion in LiFePO4 is one dimensional. The one-dimensional diffusion behavior has also been shown with full ab initio molecular dynamics simulation, through which the diffusion behavior is directly observed.

  15. Mesoporous carbon-coated LiFePO4 nanocrystals co-modified with graphene and Mg2+ doping as superior cathode materials for lithium ion batteries.

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    Wang, Bo; Xu, Binghui; Liu, Tiefeng; Liu, Peng; Guo, Chenfeng; Wang, Shuo; Wang, Qiuming; Xiong, Zhigang; Wang, Dianlong; Zhao, X S

    2014-01-21

    In this work, mesoporous carbon-coated LiFePO4 nanocrystals further co-modified with graphene and Mg(2+) doping (G/LFMP) were synthesized by a modified rheological phase method to improve the speed of lithium storage as well as cycling stability. The mesoporous structure of LiFePO4 nanocrystals was designed and realized by introducing the bead milling technique, which assisted in forming sucrose-pyrolytic carbon nanoparticles as the template for generating mesopores. For comparison purposes, samples modified only with graphene (G/LFP) or Mg(2+) doping (LFMP) as well as pure LiFePO4 (LFP) were also prepared and investigated. Microscopic observation and nitrogen sorption analysis have revealed the mesoporous morphologies of the as-prepared composites. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Rietveld refinement data demonstrated that the Mg-doped LiFePO4 is a single olivine-type phase and well crystallized with shortened Fe-O and P-O bonds and a lengthened Li-O bond, resulting in an enhanced Li(+) diffusion velocity. Electrochemical properties have also been investigated after assembling coin cells with the as-prepared composites as the cathode active materials. Remarkably, the G/LFMP composite has exhibited the best electrochemical properties, including fast lithium storage performance and excellent cycle stability. That is because the modification of graphene provided active sites for nuclei, restricted the in situ crystallite growth, increased the electronic conductivity and reduced the interface reaction current density, while, Mg(2+) doping improved the intrinsically electronic and ionic transfer properties of LFP crystals. Moreover, in the G/LFMP composite, the graphene component plays the role of "cushion" as it could quickly realize capacity response, buffering the impact to LFMP under the conditions of high-rate charging or discharging, which results in a pre-eminent rate capability and cycling stability.

  16. Current density and state of charge inhomogeneities in Li-ion battery cells with LiFePO4 as cathode material due to temperature gradients

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    Fleckenstein, Matthias; Bohlen, Oliver; Roscher, Michael A.; Bäker, Bernard

    2011-05-01

    Current density distributions and local state of charge (SoC) differences that are caused by temperature gradients inside actively cooled Li-ion battery cells are discussed and quantified. As an example, a cylindrical Li-ion cell with LiFePO4 as cathode material (LiFePO4-cell) is analyzed in detail both experimentally and by means of spatial electro-thermal co-simulations. The reason for current density inhomogeneities is found to be the local electrochemical impedance varying with temperature in different regions of the jelly roll. For the investigated cell, high power cycling and the resulting temperature gradient additionally cause SoC-gradients inside the jelly roll. The local SoCs inside one cell diverge firstly because of asymmetric current density distributions during charge and discharge inside the cell and secondly because of the temperature dependence of the local open circuit potential. Even after long relaxation periods, the SoC distribution in cycled LiFePO4-cells remains inhomogeneous across the jelly roll as a result of hysteresis in the open circuit voltage. The occurring thermal electrical inhomogeneities are expected to influence local aging differences and thus, global cell aging. Additionally the occurrence of inhomogeneous current flow and SoC-development inside non-uniformly cooled battery packs of parallel connected LiFePO4-cells is measured and discussed.

  17. Fabrication of strongly attached hydroxyapatite coating on titanium by hydrothermal treatment of Ti-Zn-PO4 coated titanium in CaCl 2 solution.

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    Valanezhad, Alireza; Tsuru, Kanji; Ishikawa, Kunio

    2015-07-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp) coating was formed on zinc phosphate (Ti-Zn-PO4) coated Ti plates by hydrothermal treatment in CaCl2 solution at 200 °C for 12 h. Uniform surface coverage of the fabricated HAp coating was obtained by this method. SEM-EDX analysis of the adhesion test area showed that the presence of fractures only occurred in HAp crystals. On the other words cohesive fracture was seen in HAp coating layer formed on the Ti-Zn-PO4. The measured strength was around 42.3 ± 17 MPa. Rat bone marrow (RBM) mesenchymal stem cells were cultured and differentiation-induced on each sample (Ti plate, Ti-Zn-PO4 coated and HAp coated), and cell calcification properties were examined. Apparent differences in morphology and extension of the RBM cells were obtained, while the Ti-Zn-PO4 coated samples showed the highest cell number among all samples. After differentiation-induction, HAp coated samples showed the highest amount of alkaline phosphatase activity, and the highest level of cell calcification. Therefore, the hard tissue compatibility of Ti is improved by hydrothermally HAp coating of samples.

  18. Radioactivity concentrations in mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) of Turkish Sea coast and contribution of ²¹⁰Po to the radiation dose.

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    Kılıç, Önder; Belivermiş, Murat; Cotuk, Yavuz; Topçuoğlu, Sayhan

    2014-03-15

    Radionuclides levels were determined in indigenous and transplanted mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) collected from Turkish marine environment. Radioactivity concentrations of ¹³⁷Cs, ⁴⁰K, ²²⁶Ra, ²²⁸Ra, ²¹⁰Po and ²¹⁰Pb were determined in the soft tissues of the mussel samples collected in Bosphorus Strait, Coasts of Black Sea, Marmara Sea and Aegean Sea. Mussel transplantation was carried out by using mussel cages in Levantine Sea coast since M. galloprovincialis did not naturally adapt along the coast. The average activity concentrations of ¹³⁷Cs, ⁴⁰K, ²²⁶Ra, ²²⁸Ra, ²¹⁰Po and ²¹⁰Pb in the coastline of Turkey were found to be 0.7±0.1, 469±24, 0.9±0.1, 1.0±0.1, 122±4 and 10.9±0.9 Bq kg⁻¹ in dry weight (dw), respectively. The average of ²¹⁰Po/²¹⁰Pb ratio was found to be ∼14. Total annual effective ²¹⁰Po dose was calculated to be in the range of 0.25-3.30 μSv due to mussel consumption. Radioactivity and dose levels were compared with those of similar studies carried out in Mediterranean countries.

  19. Synthesis, luminescent properties and white light emitting diode application of Ba7Zr(PO4)6:Eu2+ yellow-emitting phosphor

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    Li, Chenxia; Dai, Jian; Deng, Degang; Shen, Changyu; Xu, Shiqing

    2015-10-01

    A yellow-emitting phosphor, Eu2+-activated Ba7Zr(PO4)6 phosphor was synthesized by solid-state reaction method and the luminescence properties were investigated. The phosphor exhibited strong absorption in near ultraviolet (n-UV) region, which matched well with the n-UV chip. Upon excitation at 370 nm, the Ba7Zr(PO4)6:Eu2+ phosphor has a broad yellow emission band with a peak at 585 nm and a full width at half maximum of 178 nm wider than that of the commercial yellow-emitting YAG:Ce3+ phosphor. The mechanism of concentration quenching of Eu2+ ions in Ba7Zr(PO4)6 phosphor is verified to be energy transfer among the nearest neighbor Eu2+ ions. The CIE value and temperature dependence of photoluminescence were also discussed. Furthermore, a white-LED was fabricated using a 370 nm UV chip pumped with a blend of phosphors consisting of yellow-emitting Ba6.97Zr(PO4)6:0.03Eu2+ and blue-emitting BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+ phosphors, which achieved a CIE of (0.3329, 0.3562) with a color-rendering index of 86.4 around the CCT of 5487 K.

  20. Exploring the connection between 210Po and organic matter in the northwestern Mediterranean

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    Stewart, Gillian; Kirk Cochran, J.; Xue, Jianhong; Lee, Cindy; Wakeham, Stuart G.; Armstrong, Robert A.; Masqué, Pere; Carlos Miquel, Juan

    2007-03-01

    The disequilibrium between 210Po and its grandparent 210Pb has been proposed as a tracer of the vertical flux of sinking particulate organic matter in the ocean. The mechanism of association between 210Po and organic matter is, however, still unclear. To investigate this association we measured trace metals, minerals, organic carbon, nitrogen, and the natural radioisotopes 234Th, 228Th, 210Po, and 210Pb in sinking particles collected in sediment traps at 200 m in the northwestern Mediterranean. Pigments, fatty acids, and amino acids were used to identify the types and sources of particulate organic matter. Multivariate analyses were used to determine which components of sinking particulate matter are traced by 210Po and/or by the 210Po/ 210Pb ratio. Statistical analysis of the results indicates that the distribution of polonium in sinking marine particles is influenced by fresh phytoplankton-derived, nitrogen-rich organic matter as well as sulfur-containing amino acids. These findings are consistent with previous laboratory observations that the distribution of 210Po in biota parallels the distributions of both sulfur and protein, and indicate that these associations persist as material sinks through the water column. While this research generally supports the use of 210Po as a specific tracer of the flux of organic matter, the signals traced by 210Po/ 210Pb and 234Th/ 238U are not as distinct in the field as in laboratory experiments. Further work is needed to determine more precisely what 210Po/ 210Pb traces in order to increase the correspondence of 210Po/ 210Pb measurements to biogeochemically important rates and quantities.

  1. Pnicogen bonded complexes of PO2X (X = F, Cl) with nitrogen bases.

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    Alkorta, Ibon; Elguero, José; Del Bene, Janet E

    2013-10-10

    An ab initio MP2/aug'-cc-pVTZ study has been carried out on complexes formed between PO2X (X = F and Cl) as the Lewis acids and a series of nitrogen bases ZN, including NH3, H2C═NH, NH2F, NP, NCH, NCF, NF3, and N2. Binding energies of these complexes vary from -10 to -150 kJ/mol, and P-N distances from 1.88 to 2.72 Å. Complexes ZN:PO2F have stronger P(...)N bonds and shorter P-N distances than the corresponding complexes ZN:PO2Cl. Charge transfer from the N lone pair through the π-hole to the P-X and P-O σ* orbitals leads to stabilization of these complexes, although charge-transfer energies can be evaluated only for complexes with binding energies less than -71 kJ/mol. Complexation of PO2X with the strongest bases leads to P···N bonds with a significant degree of covalency, and P-N distances that approach the P-N distances in the molecules PO2NC and PO2NH2. In these complexes, the PO2X molecules distort from planarity. Changes in (31)P absolute chemical shieldings upon complexation do not correlate with changes in charges on P, although they do correlate with the binding energies of the complexes. EOM-CCSD spin-spin coupling constants (1p)J(P-N) are dominated by the Fermi-contact term, which is an excellent approximation to total J. (1p)J(P-N) values are small at long distances, increase as the distance decreases, but then decrease at short P-N distances. At the shortest distances, values of (1p)J(P-N) approach (1)J(P-N) for the molecules PO2NC and PO2NH2.

  2. Processes controlling the distributions of Cd and PO4 in the ocean

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    Quay, Paul; Cullen, Jay; Landing, William; Morton, Peter

    2015-06-01

    Depth profiles of dissolved Cd and PO4 from a global data compilation were used to derive the Cd/P of particles exported from the surface layer, and the results indicate lowest values in the North Atlantic (0.17 ± 0.05), highest in the Southern (0.56 ± 0.24), and intermediate in the South Indian (0.31 ± 0.14) and North Pacific (0.36 ± 0.08) Ocean basins. The Cd/P of exported particles in high nutrient-low chlorophyll (HNLC) regions is twice that for particles exported in non-HNLC regions as is the fractionation effect during biological uptake of Cd and PO4, and these trends primarily determine the spatial trends of dissolved Cd/PO4 observed in the surface ocean. In deep waters the lowest dissolved Cd/PO4 of 0.23 ± 0.07 is found in the North Atlantic Ocean and the result primarily of low Cd/PO4 of North Atlantic Deep Water (0.23). In contrast, deep waters in the Southern Ocean have significantly higher dissolved Cd/PO4 (0.30 ± 0.06), which is a result of the Cd/PO4 of upwelled deep water from the South Pacific and South Indian (0.28) and the high Cd/P of degrading particles. A multibox model that accounts for the impacts of particle degradation and thermohaline circulation in the deep sea yields dissolved Cd and PO4 interbasin trends close to observations. Model experiments illustrate the dependence of the dissolved Cd/PO4 of the deep sea on the extent of HNLC conditions in the Southern Ocean and the impact on reconstructing paleo PO4 concentrations from a Cd proxy.

  3. Microwave spectroscopic detection of a transient phosphorus-bearing molecule, H3PO

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    Ahmad, Imtiaz K.; Ozeki, Hiroyuki; Saito, Shuji

    1999-01-01

    The microwave spectrum of the transient phosphine oxide, H3PO, was detected in the gas phase for the first time using a source-modulated spectrometer. The H3PO molecule was generated in a free space cell by a dc glow discharge of a mixture of PH3, CO2, and H2 gases and the corresponding spectral lines for each rotational transition of H3PO formed a pattern clearly indicative of a symmetric top molecule. Isotopomers of H3PO, i.e., H3P18O and D3PO were also produced; H3P18O in the same fashion as for H3PO, and D3PO, in a mixture of D2 and CO2 gases passing over red phosphorus grains. In total, 54 spectral lines of H3PO, 55 lines of H3P18O, and 61 lines of D3PO were measured for the fine structure of rotational transitions, J=2-1 to 12-11. The rotational constant, B0, and centrifugal constants, DJ, DJK, and HKJ were ascertained by a least squares analysis of the measured frequencies for each of the species. Using the rotational constants of the three isotopic species, the following r0 structure was determined: r0 (PO)=1.4763 Å, r0(PH)=1.4406 Å, and ∠HPO=114.26°. The value of each structural parameter deviates significantly from the most recent results predicted by ab initio calculations.

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  5. LiFePO4 Nanostructures Fabricated from Iron(III) Phosphate (FePO4 x 2H2O) by Hydrothermal Method.

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    Saji, Viswanathan S; Song, Hyun-Kon

    2015-01-01

    Electrode materials having nanometer scale dimensions are expected to have property enhancements due to enhanced surface area and mass/charge transport kinetics. This is particularly relevant to intrinsically low electronically conductive materials such as lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4), which is of recent research interest as a high performance intercalation electrode material for Li-ion batteries. Many of the reported works on LiFePO4 synthesis are unattractive either due to the high cost of raw materials or due to the complex synthesis technique. In this direction, synthesis of LiFePO4 directly from inexpensive FePO4 shows promise.The present study reports LiFePO4 nanostructures prepared from iron (III) phosphate (FePO4 x 2H2O) by precipitation-hydrothermal method. The sintered powder was characterized by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Inductive coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), and Electron microscopy (SEM and TEM). Two synthesis methods, viz. bulk synthesis and anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) template-assisted synthesis are reported. By bulk synthesis, micro-sized particles having peculiar surface nanostructuring were formed at precipitation pH of 6.0 to 7.5 whereas typical nanosized LiFePO4 resulted at pH ≥ 8.0. An in-situ precipitation strategy inside the pores of AAO utilizing the spin coating was utilized for the AAO-template-assisted synthesis. The template with pores filled with the precipitate was subsequently subjected to hydrothermal process and high temperature sintering to fabricate compact rod-like structures.

  6. Degradation diagnosis of aged Li4Ti5O12/LiFePO4 batteries

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    Castaing, Rémi; Reynier, Yvan; Dupré, Nicolas; Schleich, Donald; Jouanneau Si Larbi, Séverine; Guyomard, Dominique; Moreau, Philippe

    2014-12-01

    Li4Ti5O12/LiFePO4 cells are cycled under 4 different conditions of discharge profile (galvanostatic or driving-based) and cycling rates (C/8 or 1C) during 4-5 months. All the cells exhibit capacity fade whose extent is not correlated with the aging condition. In order to understand aging phenomena, cells are disassembled at the end of cycle life and the recovered electrodes are analyzed using electrochemistry, electron microscopy, XRD and MAS-NMR. Positive and negative electrodes show no loss in active material and no change in electrochemical activity, active material structure and composite electrode structure. This rules out any irreversible electrode degradation. Lithium stoichiometry estimated by both XRD and electrochemistry is unexpectedly low in the positive electrode when the aging is stopped at full discharge. That indicates a loss of cyclable lithium or electrons leading to cell balancing evolution. That loss may have been caused by parasitic reactions occurring at both electrodes, in accordance with their rich surface chemistry as evidenced by MAS-NMR.

  7. 3D Quaternary deformation pattern in the central Po Plain (Northern Italy)

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    Sileo, G.; Mueller, K.; Michetti, A. M.; Livio, F.; Berlusconi, A.; Carcano, C.; Rogledi, S.; Vittori, E.

    2009-04-01

    The Po Plain is a foredeep basin flanked by the two major and active orogens of the Italian Peninsula, the Alps to the North and the Apennines to the South. The basin has a quasi - triangular shape and grades longitudinally to the East in the Adriatic Sea. We used petroleum industry seismic reflection data acquired by ENI E&P in the Central Po Plain, over an area spanning about 6800 km2 from Lake Como to the W to Lake Garda to the E, and from the Lombardian Southern Alps to the N and the Emilia Apennines to the S, in order to analyze and interpret selected seismic reflectors and to define the evolution in space and time of the local active tectonic structures. Folds associated with underlying thrusts were recognized based on deformation recorded by two regional sequence boundary horizons, i.e. the ‘A' Surface (1.6 Myr) and the ‘R' Surface (0. 9 Myr; e.g., Carcano & Piccin, 2002; Muttoni et al., 2003), characterized by good stratigraphic and age bracketing, and marking significant changes in the sedimentary architecture of the Po Basin. Age controls are based on stratigraphic, paleontological and magnetostratigraphic analysis by ENI E&P and Regione Lombardia (Carcano & Piccin, 2002; Scardia et al., 2006). The analysis of strain recorded by these horizons allowed us to: A) recognize a belt of active fold and thrust structures, each 10 to 20 km long, arranged with an en-echelon pattern across the whole Po Basin, and B) analyze their evolution over the Quaternary. 'A' surface (1.6 Myr) The ‘A' surface has been mapped over about 7800 Km2. From North to South four major morphobathymetric domains can be defined in the Pleistocene marine Po Basin: an Alpine platform domain, a slope that links it with the wider central basin domain, a smaller and steeper slope and an Apennine platform domain. The basin shape has an asymmetric transversal profile and is ca. 40 km wide. Several tectonic structures affect this surface. On the Alpine platform domain two small structures

  8. Hollow GdPO4:Eu3+ microspheres: Luminescent properties and applications as drug carrier

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    Tang, Yanxia; Mei, Rui; Yang, Shaokun; Tang, Hongxia; Yin, Wenzhong; Xu, Yongchun; Gao, Yaping

    2016-04-01

    GdPO4:Eu3+ samples were synthesized by a hydrothermal process using melamine formaldehyde (MF) as template. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrum suggested that GdPO4:Eu3+ has a hexagonal phase. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) images showed that the obtained GdPO4:Eu3+ are hollow microspheres with diameters in the range of 1-1.5 μm. Under the excitation at 245 nm, hexagonal GdPO4:Eu3+ hollow microspheres showed emission bands originating from the 5D0 → 7FJ (J = 1, 2, 3 and 4) transitions of Eu3+. The drug release properties of hexagonal GdPO4:Eu3+ hollow microspheres were exhibited by the doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) release test. The biocompatibility of hexagonal GdPO4:Eu3+ hollow microsphere was tested by the standard 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. The results indicated that hollow GdPO4:Eu3+ microspheres have potential applications in biomedicine fields.

  9. On a framework for generating PoD curves assisted by numerical simulations

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    Subair, S. Mohamed Agrawal, Shweta Balasubramaniam, Krishnan Rajagopal, Prabhu; Kumar, Anish; Rao, Purnachandra B.; Tamanna, Jayakumar

    2015-03-31

    The Probability of Detection (PoD) curve method has emerged as an important tool for the assessment of the performance of NDE techniques, a topic of particular interest to the nuclear industry where inspection qualification is very important. The conventional experimental means of generating PoD curves though, can be expensive, requiring large data sets (covering defects and test conditions), and equipment and operator time. Several methods of achieving faster estimates for PoD curves using physics-based modelling have been developed to address this problem. Numerical modelling techniques are also attractive, especially given the ever-increasing computational power available to scientists today. Here we develop procedures for obtaining PoD curves, assisted by numerical simulation and based on Bayesian statistics. Numerical simulations are performed using Finite Element analysis for factors that are assumed to be independent, random and normally distributed.