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  1. Dielectric and impedance spectroscopic studies of neodymium gallate

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    Sakhya, Anup Pradhan; Dutta, Alo; Sinha, T. P.

    2016-05-01

    The AC electrical properties of a polycrystalline neodymium gallate, NdGaO3 (NGO), synthesized by the sol-gel method have been investigated by employing impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range from 42 Hz to 5 MHz and in the temperature range from 323 K to 593 K. The X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic phase with Pbnm space group at room temperature. Two relaxation processes with different relaxation times are observed from the impedance as well as modulus spectroscopic measurements, which have been attributed to the grain and the grain boundary effects at different temperatures in NGO. The complex impedance data are analyzed by an electrical equivalent circuit consisting of a resistance and a constant phase element in parallel. It has been observed that the value of the capacitance and the resistance associated with the grain boundary is higher than those associated with the grain. The temperature dependent electrical conductivity shows the negative temperature coefficient of resistance. The frequency dependent conductivity spectra are found to follow the power law.

  2. Impedance and modulus spectroscopic study of nano hydroxyapatite

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    Jogiya, B. V.; Jethava, H. O.; Tank, K. P.; Raviya, V. R.; Joshi, M. J.

    2016-05-01

    Hydroxyapatite (Ca10 (PO4)6 (OH)2, HAP) is the main inorganic component of the hard tissues in bones and also important material for orthopedic and dental implant applications. Nano HAP is of great interest due to its various bio-medical applications. In the present work the nano HAP was synthesized by using surfactant mediated approach. Structure and morphology of the synthesized nano HAP was examined by the Powder XRD and TEM. Impedance study was carried out on pelletized sample in a frequency range of 100Hz to 20MHz at room temperature. The variation of dielectric constant, dielectric loss, and a.c. conductivity with frequency of applied field was studied. The Nyquist plot as well as modulus plot was drawn. The Nyquist plot showed two semicircle arcs, which indicated the presence of grain and grain boundary effect in the sample. The typical behavior of the Nyquist plot was represented by equivalent circuit having two parallel RC combinations in series.

  3. Laser Raman and ac impedance spectroscopic studies of PVA: NH 4NO 3 polymer electrolyte

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    Hema, M.; Selvasekarapandian, S.; Hirankumar, G.; Sakunthala, A.; Arunkumar, D.; Nithya, H.

    2010-01-01

    Ion conducting polymer electrolyte PVA:NH 4NO 3 has been prepared by solution casting technique and characterized using XRD, Raman and ac impedance spectroscopic analyses. The amorphous nature of the polymer films has been confirmed by XRD and Raman spectroscopy. An insight into the deconvoluted Raman peaks of υ1 vibration of NO 3- anion for the polymer electrolyte reveals the dominancy of ion aggregates at higher NH 4NO 3 concentration. From the ac impedance studies, the highest ion conductivity at 303 K has been found to be 7.5 × 10 -3 S cm -1 for 80PVA:20NH 4NO 3. The conductivity of the polymer electrolytes has been found to depend on the degree of dissociation of the salt in the host polymer matrix. The combination of the above-mentioned analyses has proven worth while and in fact necessary in order to achieve better understanding of these complex systems.

  4. Laser Raman and ac impedance spectroscopic studies of PVA: NH4NO3 polymer electrolyte.

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    Hema, M; Selvasekarapandian, S; Hirankumar, G; Sakunthala, A; Arunkumar, D; Nithya, H

    2010-01-01

    Ion conducting polymer electrolyte PVA:NH(4)NO(3) has been prepared by solution casting technique and characterized using XRD, Raman and ac impedance spectroscopic analyses. The amorphous nature of the polymer films has been confirmed by XRD and Raman spectroscopy. An insight into the deconvoluted Raman peaks of upsilon(1) vibration of NO(3)(-) anion for the polymer electrolyte reveals the dominancy of ion aggregates at higher NH(4)NO(3) concentration. From the ac impedance studies, the highest ion conductivity at 303 K has been found to be 7.5x10(-3)Scm(-1) for 80PVA:20NH(4)NO(3). The conductivity of the polymer electrolytes has been found to depend on the degree of dissociation of the salt in the host polymer matrix. The combination of the above-mentioned analyses has proven worth while and in fact necessary in order to achieve better understanding of these complex systems. Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Interdigitated microelectrode-based microchip for electrical impedance spectroscopic study of oral cancer cells.

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    Mamouni, Jaouad; Yang, Liju

    2011-12-01

    In this study, electric/electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry were used to study the cellular activities of oral cancer cell line CAL 27, including the kinetics of cell adhesion, spreading, and cell proliferation on interdigitated microelectrodes (IMEs). Impedance spectra of CAL 27 cells on IMEs electrodes were obtained in cell growth medium and in 0.1 M PBS with 50 mM [Fe(CN)₆]³⁻/⁴⁻ as redox probe. Equivalent circuits were used to model both cases. In cell growth medium, impedance spectra allowed us to analyze the changes in capacitance and resistance due to cell attachment on the IMEs over the entire experiment period. It was found that cell spreading caused the most significant decrease in capacitance component and slight increase in resistance component. Impedance change at given frequencies (between 10 kHz to 100 kHz) was found to be linearly increased with increasing cell number of CAL 27 on the IMEs. In comparison with non-cancer oral epithelial cells (Het-1A), at equal cell number, cancer cells always generated impedance several folds higher than that of non-cancer cells. In the presence of [Fe(CN)₆]³⁻/⁴⁻, impedance spectra allowed us to analyze the change in electron transfer resistance of IMEs due to cell attachment, in which an increase trend was observed at 24 h with increasing cell number from 2500 cells to 10,000 cells on IMEs. Double layer capacitance was also affected by cell attachment, and a decrease in double layer capacitance was observed with increasing cell number on the electrodes. Cyclic voltammetric measurements correlated well with the impedance results. The results of this study demonstrated the use of electrochemical approaches to obtain and understand cellular behaviors/activities of oral cancer cells, potentially providing useful tools for cancer cell research.

  6. Impedance Spectroscopic Studies of BiFeO3-Pb(ZrTi)O3 Nanocomposites

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    Choudhary, R. N. P.; Barik, Subrat K.; Katiyar, R. S.

    BiFeO3-Pb(ZrTi)O3 [i.e., (Bi1-xPbx)(Fe1-xZr0.6xTi0.4x)O3 (x = 0.15, 0.25, 0.40, 0.50)] nanocomposites were synthesized using mechanical activation followed by a solid-state reaction technique. The dielectric parameters (capacitance, dissipation factor D, impedance Z and phase angle Φ) of all the samples were measured in a wide range of frequencies (1 kHz-1 MHz) and temperatures (300-630 K) in air atmosphere using an impedance analyzer with low signal amplitude of 500 mV. Electrical properties of the compounds were studied using a complex impedance spectroscopy (CIS) technique. The frequency dependence of electrical data was analyzed in the framework of conductivity and modulus formalisms. AC conductivity spectrum obeys Jonscher's universal power law.

  7. Spectroscopic study of the surface density of states of superfluid {sup 3}He by transverse acoustic impedance measurements

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    Saitoh, Masamichi; Wada, Yuichiro; Aoki, Yuki; Murakawa, Satoshi; Nomura, Ryuji; Okuda, Yuichi

    2006-12-01

    The surface density of states (SDOS) in superfluid {sup 3}He at a diffusive wall was investigated by systematic measurements of the transverse acoustic impedance Z. The observed difference between the temperature dependence of Z in the A and B phases can be explained by a difference in the SDOS of each phase. In the B phase, an additional gap in the SDOS opened between the upper energy edge {delta}* of the surface Andreev bound states band and the bulk energy gap {delta}. The temperature dependence of {delta}* was measured and was about 30% smaller than the theoretical value. In the A phase, a flat and gapless SDOS was confirmed experimentally.

  8. Impedance spectroscopic characterization of gadolinium substituted cobalt ferrite ceramics

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    Rahman, Md. T. Ramana, C. V.

    2014-10-28

    Gadolinium (Gd) substituted cobalt ferrites (CoFe{sub 2−x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 4}, referred to CFGO) with variable Gd content (x = 0.0–0.4) have been synthesized by solid state ceramic method. The crystal structure and impedance properties of CFGO compounds have been evaluated. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that CFGO crystallize in the inverse spinel phase. The CFGO compounds exhibit lattice expansion due to substitution of larger Gd ions into the crystal lattice. Impedance spectroscopy analysis was performed under a wide range of frequency (f = 20 Hz–1 MHz) and temperature (T = 303–573 K). Electrical properties of Gd incorporated Co ferrite ceramics are enhanced compared to pure CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} due to the lattice distortion. Impedance spectroscopic analysis illustrates the variation of bulk grain and grain-boundary contributions towards the electrical resistance and capacitance of CFGO materials with temperature. A two-layer heterogeneous model consisting of moderately conducting grain interior (ferrite-phase) regions separated by insulating grain boundaries (resistive-phase) accurately account for the observed temperature and frequency dependent electrical characteristic of CFGO ceramics.

  9. Impedance Study for BEPC Separator

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    Zhou, Feng; Tang, Chuanxiang

    1997-05-01

    This paper focuses on the impedance studies for the separator. The impedance measurement results show that the shunt impedances of trapped modes in the separator are very small, and find that the load connected to the plates can damp some modes. The field distributions of these modes are also presented. Its wake is also calculated by using 3-D MAFIA. The relations between its wake with separator length, separator width, and etc are studied in detail.

  10. Structural and complex impedance spectroscopic studies of Ni0.5Mg0.3Cu0.2Fe2O4 ferrite nanoparticle

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    Dhaou, Mohamed Houcine; Hcini, Sobhi; Mallah, Abdulrahman; Bouazizi, Mohamed Lamjed; Jemni, Abdelmajid

    2017-01-01

    Spinel ferrite having composition Ni0.5Mg0.3Cu0.2Fe2O4 was prepared by the sol-gel technique at 1473 K. The X-ray diffraction results indicate that the ferrite sample has a cubic spinel-type structure with Fdbar{3}m space group. The electrical properties of the studied sample using complex impedance spectroscopy technique have been investigated in the frequency range 102-107 Hz and in the temperature range 300-500 K. The total conductivity curves for sample are found to obey Jonscher power law ( σ( ω) = σ dc + Aω n ) with an increase in the frequency exponent ( n) as temperature increases. The activation energy deduced from the analysis of the conductivity curves matches very well with the value estimated from the relaxation time, indicating that relaxation process and electrical conductivity are attributed to the same defect. Nyquist plots of impedance show semicircle arcs for sample, and an electrical equivalent circuit has been proposed to explain the impedance results. The effect of frequency and temperature on dielectric constant ( ɛ″) and dielectric loss (tan δ) has also been discussed in terms of hopping of charge carriers between Fe2+ and Fe3+ ions.

  11. Raman and impedance spectroscopic studies of the specific features of the transport properties of electrolytes based on CeO2

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    Sal'nikov, V. V.; Pikalova, E. Yu.

    2015-10-01

    The solid solutions CeO2-(Sm,Nd)2O3 have been prepared by the solid-phase synthesis. The microstructure, density, and electrical conductivity of ceramic samples obtained by rolling with an organic binder, followed by sintering in air at a temperature of 1600°C have been investigated. The contributions to the total conductivity from the grain volume and grain boundaries in the temperature range of 250-700°C have been separated using impedance spectroscopy. The impedance spectroscopy data have revealed a significant effect of grain boundaries on the transport properties of the solid electrolyte with a Sm dopant as compared to the electrolyte with Nd. The optical properties of the polycrystalline electrolytes Ce1- x Nd x O2-δ and Ce0.8Sm0.2O2-δ have been studied using Raman spectroscopy. In the spectrum of the ceramic samples, there are two modes: a mode of CeO2 at a frequency of 465 cm-1 and an additional mode at a frequency of ~550 cm-1 due to vibrations associated with oxygen vacancies, the intensity of which depends on the dopant concentration and the energy of the dopant cation-oxygen vacancy bond. The binding energy of oxygen vacancies in the fluorite structure correlates with the behavior of bulk conductivity, and the solid solutions with samarium exhibit the highest bulk conductivity.

  12. Structural and complex AC impedance spectroscopic studies of A 2CoNbO 6 (A = Sr, Ba) ordered double perovskites

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    Bashir, J.; Shaheen, R.

    2011-05-01

    Powder X-ray diffraction has been employed to study the crystal structures of Sr 2CoNbO 6 ( SCNO) and Ba 2CoNbO 6 ( BCNO) double perovskites. Rietveld fit to the X-ray diffraction data showed that Ba 2CoNbO 6 perovskites was monoclinic with space group P2 1/ n whereas Sr 2CoNbO 6 was found to be tetragonal with space group I4/ m. Like other cobalt based perovskites, both materials exhibit high values of dielectric constant at room temperature and low frequencies. Room temperature impedance and modulus spectra, measured over the 1 Hz to 10 MHz, reveal two relaxation processes with different relaxation times which were attributed to the grain and grain boundaries.

  13. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopic Sensing of Methamphetamine by a Specific Aptamer

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    Ebrahimi, Mohsen; Johari-Ahar, Mohammad; Hamzeiy, Hossein; Barar, Jaleh; Mashinchian, Omid; Omidi, Yadollah

    2012-01-01

    Introduction Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is a simple and highly sensitive technique that can be used for evaluation of the aptamer-target interaction even in a label-free approach. Methods To pursue the effectiveness of EIS, in the current study, the folding properties of specific aptamer for methamphetamine (METH) (i.e., aptaMETH) were evaluated in the presence of METH and amphetamine (Amph). Folded and unfolded aptaMETH was mounted on the gold electrode surface and the electron charge transfer was measured by EIS. Results The Ret of methamphetamine-aptaMETH was significantly increased in comparison with other folding conditions, indicating specific detection of METH by aptaMETH. Conclusion Based on these findings, methamphetamine-aptaMETH on the gold electrode surface displayed the most interfacial electrode resistance and thus the most folding situation. This clearly indicates that the aptaMETH can profoundly and specifically pinpoint METH; as a result we suggest utilization of this methodology for fast and cost-effective identification of METH. PMID:23678446

  14. Alternating current impedance spectroscopic analysis of biofunctionalized vertically-aligned silica nanospring surface for biosensor applications

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    Timalsina, Yukta P.; Branen, Joshua; Aston, D. Eric; Noren, Kenneth; Corti, Giancarlo; Schumacher, Randi; McIlroy, David N.

    2011-07-01

    In this study, alternating current impedance spectroscopic analysis of the biofunctionalization process of a vertically-aligned (silica) nanosprings (VANS) surface is presented. The VANS surface is functionalized with a biotinylated immunoglobulin G (B-IgG) layer formed by physisorption of B-IgG from the solution phase. Bovine serum albumin passivation of the B-IgG layer reduces additional surface adsorption by blocking the potential sites of weak bond formation via electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions. As avidin acts as a receptor of biotinylated compounds, avidin conjugated glucose oxidase (Av-GOx) binds to the B-IgG layer via biotin. This avidin-biotin bond is a stable bond with high association affinity (Ka = 1015 M-1) that withstands wide variations in chemistry and pH. An IgG layer without biotin shows no binding to the Av-GOx, indicating that bonding is through the avidin-biotin interaction. Finally, fluoroscein iso-thiocyanate (FITC) labeled biotinylated bovine serum albumin (B-BSA) added to the Av-GOx surface is used to fluorescently label Av-GOx for fluorescent measurements that allow for the correlation of surface binding with impedance measurements. Modeling of impedance spectra measured after the addition of each biological solution indicates that the bimolecular layers behave as insulating layers. The impedance spectra for the VANS-based sensor are compared to simple parallel capacitor sensors, sans VANS, and serve as controls. VANS-based sensors exhibit a greater magnitude of change between successive bio-layers relative to the controls below 10 kHz. Changes in the magnitudes of the components of the VANS equivalent circuit indicate that the addition of biological layers changes the effective dielectric response of the VANS via the impediment of ionic motion and biomolecule polarization.

  15. Impedance spectroscopic analysis of nanoparticle functionalized graphene/p-Si Schottky diode sensors

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    Uddin, Md Ahsan; Singh, Amol; Daniels, Kevin; Vogt, Thomas; Chandrashekhar, M. V. S.; Koley, Goutam

    2016-11-01

    Metallic nanoparticle (NP) functionalized graphene/p-Si Schottky diode (chemidiode) sensors have been investigated through dc amperometric and ac impedance spectroscopic (IS) measurements. Four fold sensitivity enhancement for NH3 is demonstrated after Pt nanoparticle functionalization of graphene/p-Si Schottky diode sensor, and the response is also orders of magnitude higher compared to functionalized graphene chemiresistor. Experimentally obtained impedance spectra were modeled utilizing an equivalent circuit for both sensor types, and the junction resistance and capacitance were extracted for various gaseous analytes exposure. Variations in junction resistance, capacitance and 3-dB cut-off frequency plotted in three-dimensional (3D) enables extraction of unique signatures for various analyte gases.

  16. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopic measurements of FCCP-induced change in membrane permeability of MDCK cells.

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    Zhao, Lingzhi; Li, Xianchan; Lin, Yuqing; Yang, Lifen; Yu, Ping; Mao, Lanqun

    2012-05-07

    This study demonstrates a new electrochemical impedance spectroscopic (EIS) method for measurements of the changes in membrane permeability during the process of cell anoxia. Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells were employed as the model cells and were cultured onto gelatin-modified glassy carbon (GC) electrodes. EIS measurements were conducted at the MDCK/gelatin-modified GC electrodes with Fe(CN)(6)(3-/4-) as the redox probe. The anoxia of the cells grown onto electrode surface was induced by the addition of carbonycyanide p-(trifluoromethoxy) phenylhydrazone (FCCP) into the cell culture, in which the MDCK/gelatin-modified GC electrodes were immersed for different times. The EIS results show that the presence of FCCP in the cell culture clearly decreases the charge-transfer resistance of the Fe(CN)(6)(3-/4-) redox probe at the MDCK/gelatin-modified GC electrodes, and the charge-transfer resistance decreases with increasing time employed for immersing the MDCK/gelatin-modified GC electrodes into the cell culture containing FCCP. These results demonstrate that the EIS method could be used to monitor the changes in the cell membrane permeability during the FCCP-induced cell anoxia. To simulate the EIS system, a rational equivalent circuit was proposed and the values of ohmic resistance of the electrolyte, charge-transfer resistance and constant phase elements for both the gelatin and the cell layers are given with the fitting error in an acceptable value. This study actually offers a new and simple approach to measuring the dynamic process of cell death induced by anoxia through monitoring the changes in the cell membrane permeability.

  17. Impedance studies - Part 4: The APS impedance budget

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    1988-07-01

    This note will wrap up the numerical results that were obtained in our calculations of the wake potentials, the loss factors, and the impedances for a variety of structures in the APS storage ring. It consists of five sections and one appendix. Section 1 is an introduction. Section 2 summarizes the hand calculations. The computer calculations are the subject 1 of Section 3. Section 4 discusses several tests in our numerical methods. Section 5 presents the APS impedance budget, along with some discussion. The appendix contains the figures of the structures, the longitudinal/transverse wake potentials and the real/imaginary part of the impedances of various sorts of geometries that have been included in the budget.

  18. Determination of electron transfer kinetic parameters by fourier transform electrochemical impedance spectroscopic analysis.

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    Chang, Byoung-Yong; Hong, Sung-Young; Yoo, Jung-Suk; Park, Su-Moon

    2006-10-05

    A new attempt to obtain electron transfer kinetic parameters at an electrified electrode/electrolyte interface using Fourier transform electrochemical impedance spectroscopic (FTEIS) analyses of small potential step chronoamperometric currents is presented. The kinetic parameters thus obtained allowed mass transport free voltammograms to be constructed in an overpotential region, where the diffusion limits the electron transfer reaction, using the Butler-Volmer (B-V) relation. The B-V voltammograms clearly distinguish electrode reactions that are not much different in their electron transfer kinetic parameters, thus showing very similar normal linear sweep voltammetric (SCV) behaviors. Electrochemical reduction of p-benzoquinone, which displays nearly the same SCV responses at a gold electrode regardless whether the electrode is covered by a thiolated beta-cyclodextrin self-assembled monolayer, was taken as an example for the demonstration. The results show that the two voltametrically similar systems display very different electron transfer characteristics.

  19. CO 2 sensor studied by impedance spectroscopy

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    Wierzbicka, M.; Pasierb, P.; Rekas, M.

    2007-01-01

    Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was applied to study the effect of heat treatment conditions (temperature and time of heating) on electrical properties of electrochemical gas sensors. The use of EIS method allowed observing the effect of undesirable chemical reaction in electrochemical cells (sensors) by the detection of change of electrical properties at the very early stage of such reaction. Addition of barium carbonate to lithium carbonate resulted in long-term stabilization of electrical properties of the system carbonate phase solid electrolyte. It was found that impedance spectra of the cell: carbonate|Au|YSZ|Pt with inner Au electrode provided the most useful information about reactivity progress between both phases.

  20. Study of complex impedance spectroscopic properties of Na{sub 2}Pb{sub 2}Pr{sub 2}W{sub 2}Ti{sub 4}Nb{sub 4}O{sub 30} Ceramic

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    Biswal, L.; Das, Piyush R.; Behera, Banarji

    2012-07-23

    The polycrystalline sample of Na{sub 2}Pb{sub 2}Pr{sub 2}W{sub 2}Ti{sub 4}Nb{sub 4}O{sub 30} was prepared by high temperature solid state reaction technique. The formation of compounds with an orthorhombic structure was confirmed by X-ray diffraction technique. Surface morphology study showed homogenous distribution of plate and rod like grains over the entire surface with less porosity. The study of effect of temperature on impedance parameters in the frequency range 10{sup 2}-10{sup 6} Hz and temperature range 30-500 Degree-Sign C revealed the presence of both bulk and grain boundary effects above 275 Degree-Sign C. The bulk resistance of the material decreased with rise in temperature exhibiting a typical negative temperature coefficient of resistance (NTCR) behavior like a semiconductor. Both the complex impedance and modulus studies suggested the presence of non-Debye type of relaxation in the materials. The ac conductivity spectrum obeys Johnsche's universal power law.

  1. Impedance Spectroscopic Investigation of Proton Conductivity in Nafion Using Transient Electrochemical Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

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    Hink, Steffen; Wagner, Norbert; Bessler, Wolfgang G.; Roduner, Emil

    2012-01-01

    Spatially resolved impedance spectroscopy of a Nafion polyelectrolyte membrane is performed employing a conductive and Pt-coated tip of an atomic force microscope as a point-like contact and electrode. The experiment is conducted by perturbing the system by a rectangular voltage step and measuring the incurred current, followed by Fourier transformation and plotting the impedance against the frequency in a conventional Bode diagram. To test the potential and limitations of this novel method, we present a feasibility study using an identical hydrogen atmosphere at a well-defined relative humidity on both sides of the membrane. It is demonstrated that good quality impedance spectra are obtained in a frequency range of 0.2–1000 Hz. The extracted polarization curves exhibit a maximum current which cannot be explained by typical diffusion effects. Simulation based on equivalent circuits requires a Nernst element for restricted diffusion in the membrane which suggests that this effect is based on the potential dependence of the electrolyte resistance in the high overpotential region. PMID:24958175

  2. Spectroscopic Studies of Melanin.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1986-01-01

    il), and leading to the production of oxygen radicals (12). Gallas (13) and Kozikowski et al. (14) have studied melanin fluorescence. As part of a...Raman scattering unobservable in aqueous solution by continuous wave techniques. As was also observed by Kozikowski et al. (14), the intrinsic...168B. 14. Kozikowski SD, Wolfram LJ, Alfano RR. Fluorescence spectroscopy of eumelanins. IEEE J Quant Electron 1984;OE20:1379-1382. 15. Slawinski J

  3. Nuclear spectroscopic studies

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    Bingham, C.R.; Guidry, M.W.; Riedinger, L.L.; Sorensen, S.P.

    1993-02-08

    The Nuclear Physics group at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is involved in several aspects of heavy-ion physics including both nuclear structure and reaction mechanisms. While our main emphasis is on experimental problems involving heavy-ion accelerators, we have maintained a strong collaboration with several theorists in order to best pursue the physics of our measurements. During the last year we have led several experiments at the Holifield Heavy Ion Research Facility and participated in others at Argonne National Laboratory. Also, we continue to be very active in the collaboration to study ultra-relativistic heavy ion physics utilizing the SPS accelerator at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland and in a RHIC detector R D project. Our experimental work is in four broad areas: (1) the structure of nuclei at high angular momentum, (2) heavy-ion induced transfer reactions, (3) the structure of nuclei far from stability, and (4) ultra-relativistic heavy-ion physics. The results of studies in these particular areas will be described in this document in sections IIA, IIB, IIC, and IID, respectively. Areas (1), (3), and (4) concentrate on the structure of nuclear matter in extreme conditions of rotational motion, imbalance of neutrons and protons, or very high temperature and density. Area (2) pursues the transfer of nucleons to states with high angular momentum, both to learn about their structure and to understand the transfer of particles, energy, and angular momentum in collisions between heavy ions. An important component of our program is the strong emphasis on the theoretical aspects of nuclear structure and reactions.

  4. Impedance spectroscopic characterization of Sm2O3 containing lithium borate glasses.

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    Ramteke, D D; Gedam, R S

    2014-12-10

    27.5 Li2O-(72.5-X) B2O3-X Sm2O3 (X=0.5, 1, 1.5 and 2) were prepared by conventional melt quench technique. Impedance spectroscopy (IS) is used to study the electrical properties of these prepared glasses. Modulus formalism is introduced to study relaxation behaviour of these glasses. Scaling model shows the good overlap of data on single master curve which suggests that conduction mechanism in these glasses is compositional dependent. Variation of dielectric constant and dielectric loss with the addition of Sm2O3 and frequency are discussed here.

  5. Structural and impedance spectroscopic studies of CuO-doped (K0.5Na0.5Nb0.995Mn0.005O3) lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Kamal, Ahmed; Rafiq, Muhammad Asif; Rafiq, Muhammad Nadeem; Usman, Muhammad; Waqar, Moaz; Anwar, Muhammad Sabieh

    2016-12-01

    Polycrystalline lead-free (1 - x)(K0.5Na0.5)(Nb0.995Mn0.005O3)- xCuO ceramics where 0 ≤ x ≤ 2% were synthesized using the conventional solid-state reaction method. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the presence of single-phase possessing monoclinic symmetry for all the synthesized compositions. Scanning electron microscopy revealed a dense microstructure along with increase in grains size with Cu doping in the KNNMn ceramics. Impedance spectroscopy (IS) showed that Cu doping was found to be helpful in increasing the grain boundary resistance. A temperature-dependent and non-Debye-type relaxation process was also revealed by IS studies. The relaxation time for both bulk and grain boundary decreased with temperature indicating a hopping conduction mechanism. The activation energy was found to be 0.4-0.5 eV, indicating conduction of oxygen vacancies through hopping mechanism. Insights gained from this work could be useful in designing the optimum composition and microstructure of KNN-based ceramics for practical applications.

  6. Wakefield and impedance studies of a liner using MAFIA

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    Chou, W.; Barts, T.

    1993-03-01

    The liner is a perforated beam tube that is coaxial with an outer bore tube. The 3D code MAFIA (version 3.1) is used to study the wakefields, impedances, and resonances of this structure. The short-range wakes and low-frequency (below the cutoff) impedances are in agreement with the theoretical model. The long-range wakes and high-frequency resonances are associated with the distribution of the holes (or slots). The dependence of the impedance on the size, shape, and pattern of the holes (or slots) is studied. The impact of the liner impedance on the Superconducting Super Collider impedance budget is discussed.

  7. Wakefield and impedance studies of a liner using MAFIA

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    Chou, W.; Barts, T. )

    1993-12-25

    The liner is a perforated beam tube which is coaxial with an outer bore tube. The 3D code MAFIA version 3.1 is used to study the wakefields, impedances, and resonances of this structure. The short range wakes and low frequency (below the cutoff) impedances are in agreement with the theoretical model. The long range wakes and high frequency resonances are associated with the distribution of the holes (or slots). The dependence of the impedance on the size, shape, and pattern of the holes (or slots) is studied. The impact of the liner impedance on the SSC impedance budget is discussed.

  8. Beam Impedance Study for the BESSY-II Storage Ring

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    Khan, S.

    1997-05-01

    The beam impedance of the BESSY-II storage ring was studied using analytical estimates, simulating wake fields with the computer code MAFIA, and measuring the impedance of several vacuum chamber elements. The main contribution to the impedance comes from the cavity HOMs. The broadband impedance from other discontinuities of the vacuum chamber was minimized as far as possible, and the impedance due to the wall resistivity was taken into account. The results of this study are presented together with estimates for single- and coupled-bunch instabilities.

  9. Corrosion Study Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

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    Farooq, Muhammad Umar

    2003-01-01

    Corrosion is a common phenomenon. It is the destructive result of chemical reaction between a metal or metal alloy and its environment. Stainless steel tubing is used at Kennedy Space Center for various supply lines which service the orbiter. The launch pads are also made of stainless steel. The environment at the launch site has very high chloride content due to the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Also, during a launch, the exhaust products in the solid rocket boosters include concentrated hydrogen chloride. The purpose of this project was to study various alloys by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy in corrosive environments similar to the launch sites. This report includes data and analysis of the measurements for 304L, 254SMO and AL-6XN in primarily neutral 3.55% NaCl. One set of data for 304L in neutral 3.55%NaCl + 0.1N HCl is also included.

  10. Dielectric relaxation and electrical conduction mechanism in A2HoSbO6 (A=Ba, Sr, Ca) Double Perovskite Ceramics: An impedance spectroscopic analysis

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    Halder, Saswata; Dutta, Alo; Sinha, T. P.

    2017-03-01

    The AC electrical properties of polycrystalline double perovskite oxides A2HoSbO6 (A=Ba, Sr, Ca; AHS) synthesized by solid state reaction technique has been explored by using impedance spectroscopic studies. The Rietveld refinement of the room temperature X-ray diffraction data show that Ba2HoSbO6 (BHS) has cubic phase and Sr2HoSbO6 (SHS) and Ca2HoSbO6 (CHS) crystallize in monoclinic phase. The samples show significant frequency dispersion in their dielectric properties. The polydispersive nature of the relaxation mechanism is explained by the modified Cole-Cole model. The scaling behavior of dielectric loss indicate the temperature independence of the relaxation mechanism. The magnitude of the activation energy indicates that the hopping mechanism is responsible for carrier transport in AHS. The frequency dependent conductivity spectra follow the double power law. Impedance spectroscopic data presented in the Nyquist plot (Z" versus Z‧) are used to identify an equivalent circuit along with to know the grain, grain boundary and interface contributions. The constant phase element (CPE) is used to analyze the experimental response of BHS, SHS and CHS comprehending the contribution of different microstructural features to the conduction process. The temperature dependent electrical conductivity shows a semiconducting behavior.

  11. Photoelectrochemical and impedance spectroscopic investigation of water oxidation with "Co-Pi"-coated hematite electrodes.

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    Klahr, Benjamin; Gimenez, Sixto; Fabregat-Santiago, Francisco; Bisquert, Juan; Hamann, Thomas W

    2012-10-10

    Uniform thin films of hematite (α-Fe(2)O(3)) deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) coated with varying amounts of the cobalt phosphate catalyst, "Co-Pi," were investigated with steady-state and transient photoelectrochemical measurements and impedance spectroscopy. Systematic studies as a function of Co-Pi thickness were performed in order to clarify the mechanism by which Co-Pi enhances the water-splitting performance of hematite electrodes. It was found that under illumination, the Co-Pi catalyst can efficiently collect and store photogenerated holes from the hematite electrode. This charge separation reduces surface state recombination which results in increased water oxidation efficiency. It was also found that thicker Co-Pi films produced increased water oxidation efficiencies which is attributed to a combination of superior charge separation and increased surface area of the porous catalytic film. These combined results provide important new understanding of the enhancement and limitations of the Co-Pi catalyst coupled with semiconductor electrodes for water-splitting applications.

  12. Impedance spectroscopic analysis of lead iodide perovskite-sensitized solid-state solar cells.

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    Dualeh, Amalie; Moehl, Thomas; Tétreault, Nicolas; Teuscher, Joël; Gao, Peng; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja; Grätzel, Michael

    2014-01-28

    Mesoscopic solid-state solar cells based on the inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 in conjunction with the amorphous organic semiconductor spiro-MeOTAD as a hole transport material (HTM) are investigated using impedance spectroscopy (IS). A model to interpret the frequency response of these devices is established by expanding and elaborating on the existing models used for the liquid and solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. Furthermore, the influence of changing the additive concentrations of tert-butylpyridine and LiTFSI in the HTM and varying the HTM overlayer thickness on top of the sub-micrometer thick TiO2 on the extracted IS parameters is investigated. The internal electrical processes of such devices are studied and correlated with the overall device performance. In particular, the features in the IS responses that are attributed to the ionic and electronic transport properties of the perovskite material and manifest as a slow response at low frequency and an additional RC element at intermediate frequency, respectively, are explored.

  13. Impedance study for the PEP-II B-factory

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    Heifets, S.; Daly, C.E.; Ko, K.

    1995-06-01

    The paper summarizes results of the impedance studies of the components of the B-factory. The prime goal of this activity was to support the design of the vacuum chamber and, at the same time, to get a reasonable model of the machine impedance, which can be used later for detail studies of collective effects.

  14. Alternating current impedance spectroscopic analysis of biofunctionalized vertically-aligned silica nanospring surface for biosensor applications

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    Timalsina, Yukta P.

    In this dissertation, a process of vertically-aligned (silica) nanosprings (VANS) based biosensor development is presented. Alternating current (AC) impedance spectroscopy has been used to analyze sensor response as a function of saline phosphate (SP) buffer and biological solutions. The sensor is a parallel plate capacitor consisting of two glass substrates coated with indium tin oxide (ITO), where the VANS [or randomly-aligned nanosprings (RANS)] grown on one substrate serve as the dielectric spacer layer. The response of a VANS device as a function of ionic concentration in SP buffer was examined and an equivalent circuit model was developed. The results demonstrated that VANS sensors exhibited greater sensitivity to the changes in SP concentration relative to the ITO sensors, which serve as controls. The biofunctionalized VANS surface via physisorption and the cross-linker method demonstrates the repeatability, specificity, and selectivity of the binding. The physisorption of biotinylated immunoglobulin G (B-IgG) onto the VANS surface simplifies the whole sensing procedure for the detection of glucose oxidase, since the avidin-conjugated glucose oxidase (Av-GOx) can directly be immobilized on the B-IgG. The cross linker method involves the covalent attachment of antibodies onto the functionalized VANS surface via imine bond. The experiments revealed that the VANS sensor response is solely the result of the interaction of target molecule i.e. mouse IgG with the probe layer, i.e. goat antimouse IgG (GalphaM IgG). It was determined that VANS-based sensors exhibit a greater magnitude of change between successive bio-layers relative to the controls above 100 Hz, which indicates that the addition of biomolecules inhibits the diffusion of ions and changes the effective dielectric response of the VANS via biomolecular polarization. The study of ionic transport in nanosprings suggested that conductance follows a scaling law. It was demonstrated that a VANS-based device

  15. Study of the Electrical Impedance Scanning

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    2007-11-02

    exhibit conductive changes that cause an impedance variation between cancerous ant health tissues. Since there are very few commercial devices...contribute somehow in the evaluation of the parameters involved. Keywords – Electrical Transimpedance Scanning, Breast cancer I. INTRODUCTION The...Electrical Transimpedance Scanning (ETS) is a new technique, non-invasive, non-irradiant, used in the diagnosis of breast cancer . Combined with other

  16. AC impedance study of degradation of porous nickel battery electrodes

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    Lenhart, Stephen J.; Macdonald, D. D.; Pound, B. G.

    1987-01-01

    AC impedance spectra of porous nickel battery electrodes were recorded periodically during charge/discharge cycling in concentrated KOH solution at various temperatures. A transmission line model (TLM) was adopted to represent the impedance of the porous electrodes, and various model parameters were adjusted in a curve fitting routine to reproduce the experimental impedances. Degradation processes were deduced from changes in model parameters with electrode cycling time. In developing the TLM, impedance spectra of planar (nonporous) electrodes were used to represent the pore wall and backing plate interfacial impedances. These data were measured over a range of potentials and temperatures, and an equivalent circuit model was adopted to represent the planar electrode data. Cyclic voltammetry was used to study the characteristics of the oxygen evolution reaction on planar nickel electrodes during charging, since oxygen evolution can affect battery electrode charging efficiency and ultimately electrode cycle life if the overpotential for oxygen evolution is sufficiently low.

  17. Cell swelling, seizures and spreading depression: an impedance study.

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    Olsson, T; Broberg, M; Pope, K J; Wallace, A; Mackenzie, L; Blomstrand, F; Nilsson, M; Willoughby, J O

    2006-06-30

    The cellular processes that take place during the transition from pre-seizure state to seizure remain to be defined. In this study in awake, paralyzed rats, we used an electrical impedance measure of changes in extra-cellular intracranial volume to estimate changes in cell size in acute models of epilepsy. Animals were prepared with extradural electroencephalographic (EEG)/impedance electrodes and a venous catheter. On a subsequent day, animals were paralyzed, ventilated and treated with picrotoxin, kainic acid or fluorocitrate in doses that usually induce epileptiform discharges. We now report that increases in baseline impedance were induced by kainic acid and smaller increases by picrotoxin. We also demonstrated that epileptiform discharges were preceded by small, accelerated increases in impedance. Increases in baseline impedance were highly correlated with increases in power of non-ictal high frequency EEG activity. Seizures were accompanied by increases in impedance and all treatments induced transient, relatively large, increases in impedance often associated with unilateral reductions in low frequency EEG, likely periods of spreading depression. We conclude: cerebral cells swell in convulsant models of epilepsy, that there are pre-ictal accelerations in cell swelling, and that spreading depression-like events are frequently associated with seizures.

  18. Spectroscopic Studies of Abell Clusters

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    Way, Michael Joseph

    The objectives of this work are to use spectroscopic techniques to accurately categorize galaxies as either HII region star forming galaxies or as Active Galactic Nuclei powered via a black hole, and to use radial velocities and projected positions of galaxies in clusters to obtain the total cluster mass and its distribution. The masses and distributions compare well to X-ray mass measurements. The commonly used Dressler, A., Thompson, I. & Shectman, S. 1985, ApJ, 288, 481 technique for discriminating between Active Galactic Nuclei and HII region galaxies uses the measurement of the equivalent width of the emission lines (OII) 3727 A, H/beta, and (OIII) 5007 A. High quality spectra from 42 galaxies were taken and it is shown that their method is not capable of distinguishing between Active Galactic Nuclei and HII region galaxies. The emission line flux from H/beta, (OIII) 5007 A, (OI) 6300 A, Hα, (NII) 6583 A, and (SII) 6716+6731 A in combination with the method of Veilleux, S. & Osterbrock, D. E. 1987, ApJS, 63, 295 must be used to accurately distinguish between Active Galactic Nuclei and HII region galaxies. Galaxy radial velocities from spectroscopic data and their projected 2-D positions in clusters are used to obtain robust estimates of the total mass and mass distribution in two clusters. The total mass is calculated using the Virial theorem after removing substructure. The mass distribution is estimated via several robust statistical tests for 1-D, 2-D and 3-D structure. It is shown that the derived mass estimates agree well with those found independently from hot X-ray gas emission in clusters.

  19. A Chicken Tissue Phantom for Studying an Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) System Suitable for Clinical Imaging

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    Bera, Tushar Kanti; Nagaraju, J.

    2011-12-01

    The study of practical phantoms is essential for assessing the reconstruction algorithms and instrumentation used in Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT). Responses of saline phantoms with insulator inhomogeneities differ from the real tissue phantoms in several aspects. Also, it is difficult to reconstruct the actual resistivity of the insulator inhomogeneity in a saline background because of their large resistivity difference. A practical biological phantom consisting of two different materials with low resistivity difference is more suitable for impedance imaging studies. In order to demonstrate this, a chicken tissue phantom was developed to study the resistivity imaging in EIT. A 16-electrode array was placed inside the phantom tank filled with chicken muscle tissue paste and chicken tissue. A 1 mA, 50 kHz sinusoidal current was injected at the phantom boundary and the boundary potentials are measured using opposite current injection protocol. Resistivity images were reconstructed from the boundary data using Electrical Impedance and Diffuse Optical Reconstruction Software (EIDORS) and the reconstruction was evaluated by calculating the contrast parameters of the images. Results show that the resistivity of the chicken fat is successfully reconstructed with a proper background resistivity. Impedance spectroscopic studies show that the chicken tissue phantom can be suitably used to evaluate a multifrequency EIT system.

  20. Potentiostatic and ac impedance studies of the hydrogen electrodes used in Ni/H2 batteries

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    Le Helloco, Jean-Guy; Bojkov, Hristo; Parthasarathy, Arvind; Srinivasan, Supramaniam; Appleby, A. J.

    1992-01-01

    In a study of electrode activity for hydrogen evolution and hydrogen ionization, knowledge of the detailed kinetics and of the surface coverage by adsorbed hydrogen is essential. In the Ni/H2 battery, the hydrogen electrode is subjected to high hydrogen pressure; elucidation of the variation of kinetic parameters with hydrogen pressure is therefore of interest. Potentiostatic and ac impedance spectroscopic techniques were used in the present study. The equivalent circuit of the reaction, the kinetic parameters, and their pressure dependence have been determined.

  1. EPR and impedance spectroscopic investigations on lithium bismuth borate glasses containing nickel and vanadium ions

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    Yadav, Arti; Khasa, Satish; Hooda, Ashima; Dahiya, Manjeet S.; Agarwal, Ashish; Chand, Prem

    2016-03-01

    Glasses having composition 7NiO • 23Li2O • 20Bi2O3 • 50B2O3, 7V2O5 • 23Li2O • 20Bi2O3 • 50B2O3 and x(2NiO • V2O5) • (30 - x)Li2O • 50B2O3 • 20Bi2O3 (with x = 0, 2, 5, 7 & 10 mol%) prepared through melt-quench route are explored by analyzing density, impedance spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). It is found that both density and molar volume increase with an increase in substitution of 2NiO • V2O5 in the base glass matrix. Different dielectric parameters viz. dielectric loss (ε), electrical modulus (M), loss tangent (tanδ) etc. are evaluated and their variations with frequency and temperature are analyzed which reveals that these glasses exhibit a non-Debye relaxation behavior. A phenomenal description of the capacitive behavior is obtained by considering the circuitry as a parallel combination of bulk resistance (Rb) and constant phase element (CPE). The conduction mechanism is found to follow Quantum Mechanical Tunneling (QMT) model. Spin Hamiltonian Parameters (SHPs) and covalency rates are calculated from the EPR spectra of vanadyl ion. The observed EPR spectra confirmed that V4 + ion exists as vanadyl ion in the octahedral coordination with tetragonal compression.

  2. Spectroscopic study in Z-pinch discharge

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    Garamoon, A.A.; Saudy, A.H.; Shark, W.

    1995-12-31

    The temporal variation of the emitted line intensity has been investigated, and thus an important information about the dynamic ionization stages in the Z-pinch discharge has been studied. Also the electron temperature Te, has been deduced by using a spectroscopic technique.

  3. Studying Young Stars with Large Spectroscopic Surveys

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    Martell, Sarah L.

    2016-01-01

    Galactic archaeology is the study of the history of star formation and chemical evolution in the Milky Way, based on present-day stellar populations. Studies of young stars are a key anchor point for Galactic archaeology, since quantities like the initial mass function and the star formation rate can be studied directly in young clusters and star forming regions. Conversely, massive spectroscopic Galactic archaeology surveys can be used as a data source for young star studies.

  4. Synthesis, dielectric behavior and impedance measurement studies of Cr-substituted Zn-Mn ferrites

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    Hankare, P.P.; Patil, R.P.; Garadkar, K.M.; Sasikala, R.; Chougule, B.K.

    2011-03-15

    Graphical abstract: Variation of dielectric constant with frequency. Research highlights: {yields} Sol-gel route synthesized spherical crystalline nanoparticles of ZnMn{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}FeO{sub 4}. {yields} XRD, DTA, FTIR, SEM, dielectric and impedance study. {yields} The ferrites show concentration dependence of ac electrical conductivity. {yields} Impedance response is dominated by grain boundary behavior. -- Abstract: Nanocrystalline ZnMn{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}FeO{sub 4} (1.0 {>=} x {>=} 0) ferrites were synthesized by sol-gel technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirmed the formation of single phasic cubic spinel lattice for all the compositions studied. Lattice parameter shows a decreasing trend with an increase in Cr content in the compositions. Formation of spherical nanoparticles was revealed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis. Infrared spectroscopic studies revealed two main absorption bands in the range 400-800 cm{sup -1} arising due to tetrahedral (A) and octahedral (B) site vibrations. Dielectric constant, dielectric loss tangent, ac conductivity and complex impedance were measured as a function of frequency in the range 20 Hz to 1 MHz. Frequency dependence of dielectric constant shows dielectric dispersion due to the Maxwell-Wagner type of interfacial polarization. The role of chromium in modifying structural and dielectric properties of these ferrites has been explained.

  5. Impedance and Voltammetric Studies of Electrogenerated Polyaniline Conducting Films

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    1992-12-14

    discovered, such as polypyrrole, polythiophene and polyaniline ( PANI ) [3] which will be an object of this paper. All important conducting polymers, with...December 191 Technical _____________ 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE S. FUNDING NUMBERS Impedance and voltammetric studies of electrogenerated C polyaniline ...unlimited nl 13. ABSTRACT (Maximum 200 words) Polyaniline films were electrochemically synthesized from three acidic media; sulfuric, hydrochloric and

  6. Spectroscopic study of Mentha oils

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    Rai, A. K.; Singh, A. K.

    The visible fluorescence and excitation spectra of Mentha oils (Japanese mint oil, peppermint oil and spearmint oil) have been recorded. Different physical constants which are characteristic of the fluorescent molecules have been calculated for all three oils. Results reveal that the same group of organic compounds dominate in the oils of peppermint and spearmint, whereas some different compound is present in Japanese mint oil. It is also found that the fluorescence intensity of these oils is comparable to that of Rhodamine 6G dye in methanol solution. Our studies suggest that Mentha oils may be a useful lasing material in the 450-600 nm wavelength range.

  7. Nuclear spectroscopic studies. Progress report

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    Bingham, C.R.; Guidry, M.W.; Riedinger, L.L.; Sorensen, S.P.

    1994-02-18

    The Nuclear Physics group at UTK is involved in heavy-ion physics including both nuclear structure and reaction mechanisms. During the last year experimental work has been in 3 broad areas: structure of nuclei at high angular momentum, structure of nuclei far from stability, and ultra-relativistic heavy-ion physics. Results in these areas are described in this document under: properties of high-spin states, study of low-energy levels of nuclei far from stability, and high-energy heavy-ion physics (PHENIX, etc.). Another important component of the work is theoretical interpretation of experimental results (Joint Institute for Heavy Ion Research).

  8. Impedance mammograph 3D phantom studies.

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    Wtorek, J; Stelter, J; Nowakowski, A

    1999-04-20

    The results obtained using the Technical University of Gdansk Electroimpedance Mammograph (TUGEM) of a 3D phantom study are presented. The TUGEM system is briefly described. The hardware contains the measurement head and DSP-based identification modules controlled by a PC computer. A specially developed reconstruction algorithm, Regulated Correction Frequency Algebraic Reconstruction Technique (RCFART), is used to obtain 3D images. To visualize results, the Advance Visualization System (AVS) is used. It allows a powerful image processing on a fast workstation or on a high-performance computer. Results of three types of 3D conductivity perturbations used in the study (aluminum, Plexiglas, and cucumber) are shown. The relative volumes of perturbations less than 2% of the measurement chamber are easily evidenced.

  9. Spectroscopic studies of the transplutonium elements

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    Carnall, W.T.; Conway, J.G.

    1983-01-01

    The challenging opportunity to develop insights into both atomic structure and the effects of bonding in compounds makes the study of actinide spectroscopy a particularly fruitful and exciting area of scientific endeavor. It is also the interpretation of f-element spectra that has stimulated the development of the most sophisticated theoretical modeling attempted for any elements in the periodic table. The unique nature of the spectra and the wealth of fine detail revealed make possible sensitive tests of both physical models and the results of Hartree-Fock type ab initio calculations. This paper focuses on the unique character of heavy actinide spectroscopy. It discusses how it differs from that of the lighter member of the series and what are the special properties that are manifested. Following the introduction, the paper covers the following: (1) the role of systematic studies and the relationships of heavy-actinide spectroscopy to ongoing spectroscopic investigations of the lighter members of the series; (2) atomic (free-ion) spectra which covers the present status of spectroscopic studies with transplutonium elements, and future needs and directions in atomic spectroscopy; (3) the spectra of actinide compounds which covers the present status and future directions of spectroscopic studies with compounds of the transplutonium elements; and other spectroscopies. 1 figure, 2 tables.

  10. Nuclear spectroscopic studies. Progress report

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    Bingham, C.R.; Guidry, M.W.; Riedinger, L.L.; Sorensen, S.P.

    1993-02-08

    The Nuclear Physics group at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is involved in several aspects of heavy-ion physics including both nuclear structure and reaction mechanisms. While our main emphasis is on experimental problems involving heavy-ion accelerators, we have maintained a strong collaboration with several theorists in order to best pursue the physics of our measurements. During the last year we have led several experiments at the Holifield Heavy Ion Research Facility and participated in others at Argonne National Laboratory. Also, we continue to be very active in the collaboration to study ultra-relativistic heavy ion physics utilizing the SPS accelerator at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland and in a RHIC detector R&D project. Our experimental work is in four broad areas: (1) the structure of nuclei at high angular momentum, (2) heavy-ion induced transfer reactions, (3) the structure of nuclei far from stability, and (4) ultra-relativistic heavy-ion physics. The results of studies in these particular areas will be described in this document in sections IIA, IIB, IIC, and IID, respectively. Areas (1), (3), and (4) concentrate on the structure of nuclear matter in extreme conditions of rotational motion, imbalance of neutrons and protons, or very high temperature and density. Area (2) pursues the transfer of nucleons to states with high angular momentum, both to learn about their structure and to understand the transfer of particles, energy, and angular momentum in collisions between heavy ions. An important component of our program is the strong emphasis on the theoretical aspects of nuclear structure and reactions.

  11. Spectroscopic study of carbon nanotubes

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    Curran, Seamus; Weldon, Declan N.; Blau, Werner J.; Zandbergen, Henny W.; Kastner, J.; Kuzmany, Hans

    1994-11-01

    We present a comprehensive experimental study of the vibrational spectra of nanotubes. There are two main lines observed in the Raman spectrum, one positioned at 1350 cm-1, the D line, and the other at 1580 cm-1, the G line. Both these lines are very similar to those seen with disordered graphite. The disorder induced D line is very weak compared to the G line which is indicative of high crystalline materials. The position and intensity of the D line strongly depends on the energy of the exciting laser. This dispersion effect was also observed for graphitic particles and may be explained by a photoselective resonance process of nanotubes with different sizes. There are two optically active modes in the Infrared spectrum for highly orientated polycrystalline graphite which are the E1u and A2u modes. The E1u mode is positioned at 1587 cm-1 while the A2u mode is positioned at 868 cm-1. The Infrared spectrum of the nanotubes shows both modes although the E1u mode is downshifted to 1575 cm-1.

  12. Study of Influence of Electrode Geometry on Impedance Spectroscopy

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    Ahmed, Riaz; Reifsnider, Kenneth L

    2011-01-01

    Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) is a powerful and proven tool for analyzing AC impedance response. A conventional three electrode EIS method was used to perform the investigation in the present study. Saturated potassium chloride solution was used as the electrolyte and three different material rods were used as working electrodes. Different configurations of electrode area were exposed to the electrolyte as an active area to investigate electrode geometry effects. Counter to working electrode distance was also altered while keeping the working electrode effective area constant to explore the AC response dependence on the variation of ion travel distance. Some controlled experiments were done to validate the experimental setup and to provide a control condition for comparison with experimental results. A frequency range of 100 mHz to 1 MHz was used for all experiments. In our analysis, we have found a noteworthy influence of electrode geometry on AC impedance response. For all electrodes, impedance decreases with the increase of effective area of the electrolyte. High frequency impedance is not as dependent on geometry as low frequency response. The observed phase shift angle drops in the high frequency region with increased working electrode area, whereas at low frequency the reverse is true. Resistance and capacitive reactance both decrease with an increase of area, but resistance response is more pronounce than reactance. For lower frequencies, small changes in working area produce very distinctive EIS variations. Electrode material as well as geometry was systematically varied in the present study. From these and other studies, we hope to develop a fundamental foundation for understanding specific changes in local geometry in fuel cell (and other) electrodes as a method of designing local morphology for specific performance.

  13. Spectroscopic studies of individual plasmon resonant nanoparticles

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    Mock, Jack J.; Smith, David R.; Barbic, Mladen; Oldenburg, Steven J.; Schultz, David A.; Schultz, Sheldon

    2003-11-01

    We present a detailed description of the apparatus and techniques that we have utilized in our experimental study of individual plas on resonant nanoparticles,along with a brief description of some major results. The apparatus consists of a spectroscopic system combined with a modified darkfield microscope, which enables the user to sequentially select individual resonant nanostructures in the microscopic field of view for spectroscopic study. Plasmon resonant nanostructures scatter light elastically,and typically have very large scattering cross-sections at their resonant optical wavelengths. In general, spectra can be obtained with acquisition times between .1 to 30 seconds,and color images can be captured using consumer digital color cameras. Spheres,tetrahedrons,and pentagonal platelets were fabricated using colloidal chemistry techniques. To produce highly anisotropic structures such as nanorods and "barbells", templates were used. Many of these nanostructures have been individually spectroscopically characterized,and their spectra correlated with their shape and size as determined by transmission electron icroscope (TEM). The unique shape,size, composition,and dielectric surroundings of the individual plasmon resonant nanostructures determine their plasmon resonant behavior. We will show how the composition of the substrate on which the particles are immobilized and the dielectric of the surrounding medium have a significant effect on the plasmon resonance of the individual particles.

  14. The platinum microelectrode/Nafion interface - An electrochemical impedance spectroscopic analysis of oxygen reduction kinetics and Nafion characteristics

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    Parthasarathy, Arvind; Dave, Bhasker; Srinivasan, Supramaniam; Appleby, John A.; Martin, Charles R.

    1992-01-01

    The objectives of this study were to use electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to study the oxygen-reduction reaction under lower humidification conditions than previously studied. The EIS technique permits the discrimination of electrode kinetics of oxygen reduction, mass transport of O2 in the membrane, and the electrical characteristics of the membrane. Electrode-kinetic parameters for the oxygen-reduction reaction, corrosion current densities for Pt, and double-layer capacitances were calculated. The production of water due to electrochemical reduction of oxygen greatly influenced the EIS response and the electrode kinetics at the Pt/Nafion interface. From the finite-length Warburg behavior, a measure of the diffusion coefficient of oxygen in Nafion and diffusion-layer thickness was obtained. An analysis of the EIS data in the high-frequency domain yielded membrane and interfacial characteristics such as ionic conductivity of the membrane, membrane grain-boundary capacitance and resistance, and uncompensated resistance.

  15. Vibrational spectroscopic study of fluticasone propionate

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    Ali, H. R. H.; Edwards, H. G. M.; Kendrick, J.; Scowen, I. J.

    2009-03-01

    Fluticasone propionate is a synthetic glucocorticoid with potent anti-inflammatory activity that has been used effectively in the treatment of chronic asthma. The present work reports a vibrational spectroscopic study of fluticasone propionate and gives proposed molecular assignments on the basis of ab initio calculations using BLYP density functional theory with a 6-31G* basis set and vibrational frequencies predicted within the quasi-harmonic approximation. Several spectral features and band intensities are explained. This study generated a library of information that can be employed to aid the process monitoring of fluticasone propionate.

  16. Potassium polytitanate gas-sensor study by impedance spectroscopy.

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    Fedorov, F S; Varezhnikov, A S; Kiselev, I; Kolesnichenko, V V; Burmistrov, I N; Sommer, M; Fuchs, D; Kübel, C; Gorokhovsky, A V; Sysoev, V V

    2015-10-15

    Nanocrystalline potassium polytitanates K2O·nTiO2·mH2O represent a new type of semiconducting compounds which are characterized by a high specific surface that makes them promising for use in gas sensors. In this work, we have studied potassium polytitanate mesoporous nanoparticle agglomerates placed over a SiO2/Si substrate equipped with multiple coplanar electrodes to measure the electrical response to various organic vapors, 1000 ppm of concentration, mixed with air by impedance spectrometry in range of the 10(-2)-10(6) Hz. The recorded impedance data for each sensor segment are associated with RC components of an equivalent circuit which are applied to selectively recognize the test vapors exploiting a "multisensor array" approach. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. The Spectroscopic study of 33Ar

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    Adimi, N.; Dominguez-Reyes, R.; Alcorta, M.; Bey, A.; Blank, B.; Borge, M. J. G.; de Oliveira Santos, F.; Dossat, C.; Fynbo, H. O. U.; Giovinazzo, J.; Knudsen, H. H.; Madurga, M.; Matea, I.; Perea, A.; Sümmerer, K.; Tengblad, O.; Thomas, J. C.

    2011-10-01

    The proton-rich nucleus 33Ar has been produced at the low-energy facility SPIRAL at GANIL. Spectroscopic studies of gamma and p emission of this nucleus were performed with the "Silicon Cube" detection system. The analysis of proton and gamma singles and coincidence spectra allowed us to establish a complete decay scheme of this nucleus. The comparison of the Gamow-Teller strength distribution deduced from our experiment and the theoretical one obtained with the Shell Model permitted the determination of a quenching factor for the Gamow-Teller strength.

  18. The Spectroscopic study of {sup 33}Ar

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    Adimi, N.; Dominguez-Reyes, R.; Alcorta, M.; Borge, M. J. G.; Perea, A.; Tengblad, O.; Bey, A.; Blank, B.; Dossat, C.; Giovinazzo, J.; Matea, I.; Fynbo, H. O. U.; Knudsen, H. H.; Suemmerer, K.

    2011-10-28

    The proton-rich nucleus {sup 33}Ar has been produced at the low-energy facility SPIRAL at GANIL. Spectroscopic studies of gamma and p emission of this nucleus were performed with the 'Silicon Cube' detection system. The analysis of proton and gamma singles and coincidence spectra allowed us to establish a complete decay scheme of this nucleus. The comparison of the Gamow-Teller strength distribution deduced from our experiment and the theoretical one obtained with the Shell Model permitted the determination of a quenching factor for the Gamow-Teller strength.

  19. Impedance microflow cytometry for viability studies of microorganisms

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    Di Berardino, Marco; Hebeisen, Monika; Hessler, Thomas; Ziswiler, Adrian; Largiadèr, Stephanie; Schade, Grit

    2011-02-01

    Impedance-based Coulter counters and its derivatives are widely used cell analysis tools in many laboratories and use normally DC or low frequency AC to perform these electrical analyses. The emergence of micro-fabrication technologies in the last decade, however, provides a new means of measuring electrical properties of cells. Microfluidic approaches combined with impedance spectroscopy measurements in the radio frequency (RF) range increase sensitivity and information content and thus push single cell analyses beyond simple cell counting and sizing applications towards multiparametric cell characterization. Promising results have been shown already in the fields of cell differentiation and blood analysis. Here we emphasize the potential of this technology by presenting new data obtained from viability studies on microorganisms. Impedance measurements of several yeast and bacteria strains performed at frequencies around 10 MHz enable an easy discrimination between dead and viable cells. Moreover, cytotoxic effects of antibiotics and other reagents, as well as cell starvation can also be monitored easily. Control analyses performed with conventional flow cytometers using various fluorescent dyes (propidium iodide, oxonol) indicate a good correlation and further highlight the capability of this device. The label-free approach makes on the one hand the use of usually expensive fluorochromes obsolete, on the other hand practically eliminates laborious sample preparation procedures. Until now, online cell monitoring was limited to the determination of viable biomass, which provides rather poor information of a cell culture. Impedance microflow cytometry, besides other aspects, proposes a simple solution to these limitations and might become an important tool for bioprocess monitoring applications in the biotech industry.

  20. Study of surfactant-skin interactions by skin impedance measurements.

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    Lu, Guojin; Moore, David J

    2012-02-01

    The stratum corneum (SC) plays a very critical physiological role as skin barrier in regulating water loss through the skin and protects the body from a wide range of physical and chemical exogenous insults. Surfactant-containing formulations can induce skin damage and irritation owing to surfactant absorption and penetration. It is generally accepted that reduction in skin barrier properties occurs only after surfactants have penetrated/permeated into the skin barrier. To mitigate the harshness of surfactant-based cleansing products, penetration/permeation of surfactants should be reduced. Skin impedance measurements have been taken in vitro on porcine skin using vertical Franz diffusion cells to investigate the impact of surfactants, temperature and pH on skin barrier integrity. These skin impedance results demonstrate excellent correlation with other published methods for assessing skin damage and irritation from different surfactant chemistry, concentration, pH, time of exposure and temperature. This study demonstrates that skin impedance can be utilized as a routine approach to screen surfactant-containing formulations for their propensity to compromise the skin barrier and hence likely lead to skin irritation.

  1. Interdependence of initial cell density, drug concentration and exposure time revealed by real-time impedance spectroscopic cytotoxicity assay.

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    Caviglia, C; Zór, K; Canepa, S; Carminati, M; Larsen, L B; Raiteri, R; Andresen, T L; Heiskanen, A; Emnéus, J

    2015-05-21

    We investigated the combined effect of the initial cell density (12,500, 35,000, 75,000, and 100,000 cells cm(-2)) and concentration of the anti-cancer drug doxorubicin on HeLa cells by performing time-dependent cytotoxicity assays using real-time electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. A correlation between the rate of cell death and the initial cell seeding density was found at 2.5 μM doxorubicin concentration, whereas this was not observed at 5 or 100 μM. By sensing the changes in the cell-substrate interaction using impedance spectroscopy under static conditions, the onset of cytotoxicity was observed 5 h earlier than when using a standard colorimetric end-point assay (MTS) which measures changes in the mitochondrial metabolism. Furthermore, with the MTS assay no cytotoxicity was observed after 15 h of incubation with 2.5 μM doxorubicin, whereas the impedance showed at this time point cell viability that was below 25%. These results indicate that impedance detection reveals cytotoxic events undetectable when using the MTS assay, highlighting the importance of combining impedance detection with traditional drug toxicity assays towards a more in depth understanding of the effect of anti-cancer drugs on in vitro assays. Moreover, the detection of doxorubicin induced toxicity determined with impedance under static conditions proved to be 6 times faster than in perfusion culture.

  2. Value of impedance cardiography in patients studied for pulmonary hypertension.

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    Tonelli, Adriano R; Alnuaimat, Hassan; Li, Ning; Carrie, Robin; Mubarak, Kamal K

    2011-10-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy and precision of impedance cardiography as a method for noninvasive hemodynamic evaluation of patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH). We performed a prospective and blinded study of patients who underwent right heart catheterization (RHC) for evaluation of known or presumed PH at the University of Florida from August 2009 to March 2010. The cohort consisted of a total of 39 patients (age = 57 ± 14 years, 87% women) with presumed (23%) or confirmed PH (77%) of different etiologies. Patients underwent RHC and impedance cardiography using the PhysioFlow PF-05. The PhysioFlow PF-05 measures cardiac output (CO) and LV end-diastolic volume (LVEDV), among other parameters. The median pulmonary artery pressure was 36 (IQR 26-56) mmHg. The CO (mean ± SD) by thermodilution (CO-T) and by impedance cardiography (CO-IC) was 5.9 ± 2.2 and 5.6 ± 1.5 L/min, respectively. Bland-Altman analysis of CO-T versus CO-IC revealed a mean of 0.3 L/min (95% LoA: -2.2 to +2.8). In patients with PH, the correlation of CO-T and CO-IC had a mean of 0.4 L/min (95% LoA: 2.9 and -2.2). Pulmonary artery occlusion pressure (PAOP) correlated with LVEDV (R (2) = 0.2, p = 0.005). By ROC analysis, EDV ≥ 200 ml had a sensitivity of 53% and a specificity of 86% for PAOP > 15 mmHg (AUC = 0.78). In patients with PH, impedance cardiography had good accuracy and fair precision for CO determination when compared with thermodilution. Impedance cardiography may provide information about the preload status and has the potential to become a cost-effective and noninvasive method for the follow-up of patients with PH.

  3. Impedance spectroscopic analysis of composite electrode from activated carbon/conductive materials/ruthenium oxide for supercapacitor applications

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    Taer, E.; Awitdrus,; Farma, R.; Deraman, M. Talib, I. A.; Ishak, M. M.; Omar, R.; Dolah, B. N. M.; Basri, N. H.; Othman, M. A. R.; Kanwal, S.

    2015-04-16

    Activated carbon powders (ACP) were produced from the KOH treated pre-carbonized rubber wood sawdust. Different conductive materials (graphite, carbon black and carbon nanotubes (CNTs)) were added with a binder (polivinylidene fluoride (PVDF)) into ACP to improve the supercapacitive performance of the activated carbon (AC) electrodes. Symmetric supercapacitor cells, fabricated using these AC electrodes and 1 molar H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} electrolyte, were analyzed using a standard electrochemical impedance spectroscopy technique. The addition of graphite, carbon black and CNTs was found effective in reducing the cell resistance from 165 to 68, 23 and 49 Ohm respectively, and increasing the specific capacitance of the AC electrodes from 3 to 7, 17, 32 F g{sup −1} respectively. Since the addition of CNTs can produce the highest specific capacitance, CNTs were chosen as a conductive material to produce AC composite electrodes that were added with 2.5 %, 5 % and 10 % (by weight) electro-active material namely ruthenium oxide; PVDF binder and CNTs contents were kept at 5 % by weight in each AC composite produced. The highest specific capacitance of the cells obtained in this study was 86 F g{sup −1}, i.e. for the cell with the resistance of 15 Ohm and composite electrode consists of 5 % ruthenium oxide.

  4. Predictive Mechanistic Model for the Electrical Impedance and Intensity-Modulated Photocurrent and Photovoltage Spectroscopic Responses of an Organic Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cell

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    Set, Ying Ting; Birgersson, Erik; Luther, Joachim

    2016-05-01

    We develop a predictive and mechanistic model for the intensity-modulated photocurrent spectroscopic (IMPS), intensity-modulated photovoltage spectroscopic (IMVS), and electrical impedance spectroscopic (EIS) responses of organic bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells. Unlike the dominant analytical framework—equivalent circuit analysis—the model uses physical parameters that directly reflect the device's fundamental electronic mechanisms, eliminating the ambiguity associated with interpreting phenomenological parameters. Formulated in the frequency domain, the model is a computationally efficient tool for extracting parameters from the measured spectra. With a set of physical parameters representing a device, we predict the device's spectra (a) in techniques employing different methods of perturbing a device and (b) at different bias voltages and illumination intensities. The predicted spectra show good agreement with the measured ones. By quantifying the device's internal electric field and charge carrier concentration and relating them to the spectra, we determine that the IMPS responses at the short-circuit condition and the IMVS responses at the open-circuit condition directly reflect the charge carrier extraction and recombination, respectively. Furthermore, the EIS response indicates the device's recombination time scale at different bias voltages.

  5. Qualitative spectroscopic study of magnetic nozzle flow

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    Umeki, T.; Turchi, P. J.

    1992-01-01

    The physics of the magnetic nozzle flow for a 100-kW-level quasi-steady MPD thruster was studied by photographic spectroscopy focusing on the plasma model in the flow and the acceleration mechanism. Spectroscopic visualization for the flow-species analysis indicates that the plasma-exhaust flow dominated by NII species were confined by the magnetic nozzle effect to collimate the flow for the better thruster performance. Inside the nozzle, the plasma flow was found to be in nonhomogeneous collisional-radiative condition. There appears to be a substantial flow acceleration from the magnetic nozzle inlet to the outlet with slight expansion. This suggests that the flow resembles that of constant area supersonic duct flow with cooling.

  6. Impact of hydrogen concentrations on the impedance spectroscopic behavior of Pd-sensitized ZnO nanorods

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    2013-01-01

    ZnO nanorods were synthesized using a low-cost sol-gel spin coating technique. The synthesized nanorods were consisted of hexagonal phase having c-axis orientation. SEM images reflected perpendicular ZnO nanorods forming bridging network in some areas. The impact of different hydrogen concentrations on the Pd-sensitized ZnO nanorods was investigated using an impedance spectroscopy (IS). The grain boundary resistance (Rgb) significantly contributed to the sensing properties of hydrogen gas. The boundary resistance was decreased from 11.95 to 3.765 kΩ when the hydrogen concentration was increased from 40 to 360 ppm. IS gain curve showed a gain of 6.5 for 360 ppm of hydrogen at room temperature. Nyquist plot showed reduction in real part of impedance at low frequencies on exposure to different concentrations of hydrogen. Circuit equivalency was investigated by placing capacitors and resistors to identify the conduction mechanism according to complex impedance Nyquist plot. Variations in nanorod resistance and capacitance in response to the introduction of various concentrations of hydrogen gas were obtained from the alternating current impedance spectra. PMID:23399029

  7. An AC impedance study of steel in concrete

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    Lay, P.; Lawrence, P. F.; Wilkins, N. J. M.; Williams, D. E.

    1984-01-01

    Impedance measurements executed between both steel and platinum electrodes embedded in both porous and non-porous concretes were used to explore the physical characteristics of the system. A simple method is described for measuring high impedances (up to 500 M) in which the unknown impedance is compared with the imput impedance of the measuring instrument, previously calibrated. Impedance measurements on concrete immersed in an electrolyte were used to quantify concrete quality, and the dynamics of wetting, drying and electrolyte exchange were explored: the dynamics of such processes are considered to be among the factors determining the rate of corrosion of steel reinforcement under some conditions, since intermittent wetting is an efficient method for transporting oxygen and salt into the concrete. The existence of cracks along the electrode-concrete interface was inferred. Impedance changes consequent on the initiation of corrosion of steel electrodes were noted, but the changes were small and not clear-cut.

  8. Pore Characteristics of Chitosan Scaffolds Studied by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

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    Tully-Dartez, Stephanie; Cardenas, Henry E.

    2010-01-01

    In this study, a novel approach, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), was used to examine the pore characteristics of chitosan scaffolds under aqueous conditions. The EIS was run with a constant current of 0.1 mA with the frequency sweep of 106 to 10−4 Hz. The resulting complex impedance measurement was then used to calculate porosity, which was determined to be 71%. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP), two commonly used methods for scaffold characterization, were used to independently evaluate the pore characteristics and compare with that of EIS. The SEM and MIP were performed and analyzed under standard conditions. The pore diameter values found by SEM and MIP are 107 μm and 82 μm, respectively, indicating that both the image-based (SEM) and pressure-based (MIP) analyses provide similar results. The porosity of 73% calculated by MIP is comparable to that of EIS. From these results, it can be suggested that EIS, a relatively nondestructive test, is able to obtain comparable data on pore characteristics, as compared to SEM and MIP. The advantage of the EIS as an nondestructive test is that it can be performed under physiologically relevant conditions, whereas SEM and MIP require dry samples and vacuum conditions for measurement. These benefits make EIS a viable option for the characterization and long-term observation of tissue-engineered scaffolds. PMID:19580421

  9. Bioelectrical impedance validation studies: alternative approaches to their interpretation.

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    Ward, L C

    2013-01-01

    Cross-validation of methods of body composition assessment necessitates statistical evaluation of the degree to which the two methods are in agreement. Typically, impedance-based methods for predicting body composition are assessed against other methods using limits of agreement and correlation analysis. Alternative approaches are presented with reference to example body composition data obtained using bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). A randomly selected data set, drawn from a body composition database, was analysed by limits of agreement analysis and error grid analysis. The precision of BIS-derived predictions of percentage body fat relative to that of DXA can be determined from limits of agreement analysis. The importance of knowing the precision of the reference method in such analyses was highlighted. Error grid analysis has the potential to aid interpretation of method comparison data in an intuitively understandable way. Alternative ways of comparing analytical methods that are in use in other branches of biomedical research may prove useful when evaluating the utility of impedance-based methods and other methods for the assessment of body composition in cross-validation studies.

  10. Quadrupole resonance spectroscopic study of narcotic materials

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    Rayner, Timothy J.; West, Rebecca; Garroway, Allen N.; Lyndquist, R.; Yesinowski, James P.

    1997-02-01

    Bulk narcotic detection systems based upon Quadrupole Resonance Analysis (QRA) technology have a major advantage over imaging technologies, in that QRA is chemical-specific and consequently has a lower rate of false alarms. QRA is a magnetic resonance technology which occurs as a result of the inherent molecular properties of the atomic nuclei in crystalline and amorphous solids. The QRA response is characterized by 1) the precessional frequency of the nucleus, and 2) the nature of the electric field gradient experienced by the nucleus,due to its molecular environment. Another important detection parameter is linewidth, resonant quality. All of these parameters depend on sample purity and manufacturing process. Quantum Magnetics recently carried out a study on the QRA signatures of various narcotic materials with the support of the US Army, US Customs, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The aim of the study was to fully characterize the variation in QRA spectroscopic parameters of different samples of cocaine base and cocaine hydrochloride. The results from this study ar discussed here.

  11. Preparation of cesium targets for gamma-spectroscopic studies

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    Bhattacharyya, S.; Basu, S. K.; Chanda, S.; Deb, P.; Eqbal, Md; Kundu, S.; Joseph, D.

    2000-11-01

    A procedure to prepare monoisotopic cesium compound targets for gamma-spectroscopic experiments is described. Using this procedure, uniform targets up to thicknesses of 0.6-1.2 mg/cm 2 were prepared and used for in-beam spectroscopic studies. The purity of the target was tested by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) measurements.

  12. Fundamental spectroscopic studies of carbenes and hydrocarbon radicals

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    Gottlieb, C.A.; Thaddeus, P.

    1993-12-01

    Highly reactive carbenes and carbon-chain radicals are studied at millimeter wavelengths by observing their rotational spectra. The purpose is to provide definitive spectroscopic identification, accurate spectroscopic constants in the lowest vibrational states, and reliable structures of the key intermediates in reactions leading to aromatic hydrocarbons and soot particles in combustion.

  13. Spectroscopic studies of nanoscale metal clusters

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    Gangopadhyay, P.

    2013-06-01

    The present article is intended to elucidate a range of novel spectroscopic studies of nanoscale metal clusters. Various bottom-up and top-down techniques have been utilized to synthesize the metal nanoclusters. Materials like metal nanoclusters of cobalt, silver or gold in various dielectric matrices facilitate to explore interesting phenomena through optical, photoluminescence and vibrational spectroscopy. Interaction of uv-visible light with free electrons of metal nanoclusters, for example, leads to fascinating colors of dielectric matrices through an optical effect known as surface-plasmon resonance. This effect of quantum-confinement of the electrons leads to large enhancements of local electric field in metal nanoclusters. Enhancements of Raman scattering from metal nanoclusters are attributed to the increase of local fields. Optical absorption and Raman scattering spectroscopy particularly have been highlighted here as powerful non-destructive experimental methods to study evolution of metal nanoclusters in different dielectric matrices. In relatively large metal nanoclusters, besides dipolar, quadrupolar surface-plasmon resonances have been observed.

  14. Spectroscopic studies of detonating heterogeneous explosives. [HNS

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    Renlund, A.M.; Trott, W.M.

    1985-01-01

    The experimental objectives of this work are to use real-time spectroscopic techniques, emission spectroscopy and Raman spectra to monitor chemical and physical changes in shock-loaded or detonating high explosive (HE) samples. The investigators hope to identify chemical species including any transient intermediates. Also, they wish to determine the physical state of the material when the reactions are taking place; measure the temperature and the pressure; and study the effect of different initiation parameters and bulk properties of the explosive material. This work is just part of the effort undertaken to gain information on the detailed chemistry involved in initiation and detonation. In summary, the investigators have obtained vibrational temperatures of some small radical products of detonation, which may correlate with the detonation temperature. They have also observed that NO/sub 2/ is an early product from detonating HNS and RDX, and that other electronically excited radical species such as CN(B) are formed in HNS detonations. In the Raman work, the single-pulse spectra could be obtained even in the severe environment of a detonation, and that the rate of removal of the parent molecule could be monitored. 2 refs., 6 figs.

  15. Study of impedance spectra for dry and wet EarEEG electrodes.

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    Kappel, Simon L; Kidmose, Preben

    2015-01-01

    EarEEG is a novel recordings concept where electrodes are embedded on the surface of an earpiece customized to the individual anatomical shape of the users ear. A key parameter for recording EEG signals of good quality is a stable and low impedance electrode-body interface. This study characterizes the impedance for dry and wet EarEEG electrodes in a study of 10 subjects. A custom made and automated setup was used to characterize the impedance spectrum from 0.1 Hz-2 kHz. The study of dry electrodes showed a mean (standard deviation) low frequency impedance of the canal electrodes of 1.2 MΩ (1.4 MΩ) and the high frequency impedance was 230 kΩ (220 kΩ). For wet electrodes the low frequency impedance was 34 kΩ (37 kΩ) and the high frequency impedance was 5.1 kΩ (4.4 kΩ). The high standard deviation of the impedance for dry electrodes imposes very high requirements for the input impedance of the amplifier in order to achieve an acceptable common-mode rejection. The wet electrode impedance was in line with what is typical for a wet electrode interface.

  16. Spectroscopic studies of microwave plasmas containing hexamethyldisiloxane

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    Nave, A. S. C.; Mitschker, F.; Awakowicz, P.; Röpcke, J.

    2016-10-01

    Low-pressure microwave discharges containing hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) with admixtures of oxygen and nitrogen, used for the deposition of silicon containing films, have been studied spectroscopically. Optical emission spectroscopy (OES) in the visible spectral range has been combined with infrared laser absorption spectroscopy (IRLAS). The experiments were carried out in order to analyze the dependence of plasma chemical phenomena on power and gas mixture at relatively low pressures, up to 50 Pa, and power values, up to 2 kW. The evolution of the concentration of the methyl radical, CH3, and of seven stable molecules, HMDSO, CH4, C2H2, C2H4, C2H6, CO and CO2, was monitored in the plasma processes by in situ IRLAS using tunable lead salt diode lasers (TDL) and external-cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCL) as radiation sources. To achieve reliable values for the gas temperature inside and outside the plasma bulk as well as for the temperature in the plasma hot and colder zones, which are of great importance for calculation of species concentrations, three different methods based on emission and absorption spectroscopy data of N2, CH3 and CO have been used. In this approach line profile analysis has been combined with spectral simulation methods. The concentrations of the various species, which were found to be in the range between 1011 to 1015 cm-3, are in the focus of interest. The influence of the discharge parameters power, pressure and gas mixture on the molecular concentrations has been studied. To achieve further insight into general plasma chemical aspects the dissociation of the HMDSO precursor gas including its fragmentation and conversion to the reaction products was analyzed in detail.

  17. Optical and impedance studies of pure and Ba-doped ZnS quantum dots

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    Firdous, Arfat; Baba, M. Aslam; Singh, D.; Bhat, Abdul Hamid

    2015-02-01

    Chemical precipitation method using a high-boiling solvent is used to synthesize ZnS and Ba-doped ZnS quantum dots. The presence of organic ligands in the prepared nanostructures is verified using Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopic studies. The samples have been analysed using X-ray diffraction analysis confirming nanocrystallinity of the as-prepared quantum dots (QD). The mean crystal size obtained by full width half maxima analysis is 3.2 nm for ZnS and 3.9, 4.2 nm for ZnS:Ba (2, 4 mM). TEM micrographs also reveal nanosized particles of ZnS and Ba-doped ZnS. An optical absorption study conducted in UV-Vis range 150-600 nm reveals the transparency of these quantum dots in entire visible range but not in ultraviolet range. The results based on optical analysis yield band gap values as 4.88 eV for ZnS and 4.69, 4.43 eV for ZnS:Ba (2, 4 mM) quantum dots. Impedance analysis of the samples was carried out to reveal the variation of impedance with frequency at room temperature. These results show the capacitive admittance associated with the quantum dots and hence nanostructure ZnS and Ba-doped ZnS can have potential applications in electronics as nano-tuned devices in which resonant frequency can be adjusted by controlling the size and shape of the quantum dots.

  18. Electrochemical impedance study of the hematite/water interface.

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    Shimizu, Kenichi; Lasia, Andrzej; Boily, Jean-François

    2012-05-22

    Reactions taking place on hematite (α-Fe(2)O(3)) surfaces in contact with aqueous solutions are of paramount importance to environmental and technological processes. The electrochemical properties of the hematite/water interface are central to these processes and can be probed by open circuit potentials and cyclic voltammetric measurements of semiconducting electrodes. In this study, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to extract resistive and capacitive attributes of this interface on millimeter-sized single-body hematite electrodes. This was carried out by developing equivalent circuit models for impedance data collected on a semiconducting hematite specimen equilibrated in solutions of 0.1 M NaCl and NH(4)Cl at various pH values. These efforts produced distinct sets of capacitance values for the diffuse and compact layers of the interface. Diffuse layer capacitances shift in the pH 3-11 range from 2.32 to 2.50 μF·cm(-2) in NaCl and from 1.43 to 1.99 μF·cm(-2) in NH(4)Cl. Furthermore, these values reach a minimum capacitance at pH 9, near a probable point of zero charge for an undefined hematite surface exposing a variety of (hydr)oxo functional groups. Compact layer capacitances pertain to the transfer of ions (charge carriers) from the diffuse layer to surface hydroxyls and are independent of pH in NaCl, with values of 32.57 ± 0.49 μF·cm(-2)·s(-φ). However, they decrease with pH in NH(4)Cl from 33.77 at pH 3.5 to 21.02 μF·cm(-2)·s(-φ) at pH 10.6 because of the interactions of ammonium species with surface (hydr)oxo groups. Values of φ (0.71-0.73 in NaCl and 0.56-0.67 in NH(4)Cl) denote the nonideal behavior of this capacitor, which is treated here as a constant phase element. Because electrode-based techniques are generally not applicable to the commonly insulating metal (oxyhydr)oxides found in the environment, this study presents opportunities for exploring mineral/water interface chemistry by EIS studies of single

  19. Rapid Flow Analysis Studies with Spectroscopic Detectors.

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    Thalib, Amlius

    A rapid flow analysis study based on segmented flow and flow injection principles is described in this thesis. The main objective of this study was to establish the response characteristics in continuous flow analysis systems in order to improve sampling rates with several types of spectroscopic detectors. It was found from flame photometric studies that non-segmented flowing streams are applicable to rapid flow analysis with automatic sample aspiration. Calcium was used as a typical example and determined at sampling rates up to 360 h('-1) with a detection limit of 0.05 mg L(' -1). A rapid flow system is reported using direct aspiration for AAS analysis with both manual injection and automatic aspiration techniques, and found to give sampling rates of up to 600-720 samples h('-1). Speed of analysis was reduced by about 50% when using an external peristaltic pump in the flow system design, due to increased sample dispersion. A novel aspect of a rapid flow injection approach reported with ICPAES detection includes the method of injecting samples via a peristaltic pump with simultaneous computer data processing. Determination of serum cations (Na, K, Ca, Mg and Fe) was demonstrated as an example of an application of the technique at sampling rates of 240 h('-1). Precision and detection limits for 13 elements in a single standard solution are reported. The use of automated aspiration sampling is also reported in this method for comparison. Further studies on flow characteristics were carried out by a combination of the rapid flow system with very short sampling times as low as 2 seconds using UV-visible spectrophotometric detection. Analysis of human blood serum samples was used as an example where total protein and inorganic phosphate were determined at sampling rates of 240 h('-1) and 360 h('-1) respectively. The novel aspects of the results from these studies include the very rapid sample throughput developed with simple and inexpensive experimental approaches in

  20. [Experimental study on electrical impedance properties of human hepatoma cells].

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    Fang, Yun; Tang, Zhiyuan; Zhang, Qian; Zhao, Xin; Ma, Qing

    2014-10-01

    The AC impedance of human hepatoma SMMC-7721 cells were measured in our laboratory by Agilent 4294A impedance analyzer in the frequency range of 0.01-100 MHz. And then the effect of hematocrit on electrical impedance characteristics of hepatoma cells was observed by electrical impedance spectroscopy, Bode diagram, Nyquist diagram and Nichols diagram. The results showed that firstly, there is a frequency dependence, i.e., the increment of real part and the imaginary part of complex electrical impedance (δZ', δZ"), the increment of the amplitude modulus of complex electrical impedance (δ[Z *]) and phase angle (δθ) were all changed with the increasing frequency. Secondly, it showed cell volume fraction (CVF) dependence, i. e. , the increment of low-frequency limit (δZ'0, δ[Z*] 0), peak (δZ"(p), δθ(p)), area and radius (Nyquist diagram, Nichols diagram) were all increased along with the electric field frequency. Thirdly, there was the presence of two characteristic frequencies: the first characteristic frequency (f(c1)) and the second characteristic frequency (f(c2)), which were originated respectively in the polarization effects of two interfaces that the cell membrane and extracellular fluid, cell membrane and cytoplasm. A conclusion can be drawn that the electrical impedance spectroscopy is able to be used to observe the electrical characteristics of human hepatoma cells, and therefore this method can be used to investigate the electrophysiological mechanisms of liver cancer cells, and provide research tools and observation parameters, and it also has important theoretical value and potential applications for screening anticancer drugs.

  1. An impedance study on admiralty brass dezincification originated by microbiologically influenced corrosion.

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    Ibars, J R; Polo, J L; Moreno, D A; Ranninger, C; Bastidas, J M

    2004-09-30

    In this article we describe a field study of biofouling and microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) of admiralty brass heat exchanger tubes in contact with running fresh water on the river Tagus close to Almaraz nuclear power plant in Spain. Dezincification originated by biofouling and MIC was studied using impedance, polarization resistance, gravimetric, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. Close correlation was observed between the biofilms formed and the corrosion process (dezincification) using the different experimental techniques. Impedance data showed a capacitive behavior including two time constants. Kramers-Kronig (KK) transforms were used to validate impedance data. The admiralty tubes' impedance data satisfied the KK relations.

  2. Synthesis and Characterization of Ba(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3} Solid Solutions Using Impedance Spectroscopic Techniques

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    Bajpai, P. K.; Mohan, C. R. K.

    2011-11-22

    Technologically important solid solutions of Ba(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3} are synthesized using conventional solid state route. Relatively dense and single phase ceramics are confirmed using X-ray diffraction. Homogeneous and micron size grain growth is characterized using SEM. Impedance spectroscopy is used to study the electrical properties of ceramics. Broad and diffuse impedance loss peak is observed above 250 deg. C, which shifts towards higher frequency with increase in temperature. The distribution of relaxation frequency may be associated with the B-site cationic disorder due to the random distribution of (Zr{sup 4+}/Ti{sup +4}) having different ionic radii. Impedance relaxation obeys the Arrhenius relation with activation energy, E{tau} is 0.31 eV and 0.48 eV for BZT compositions with x = 0.10 and 0.15 respectively. Equivalent circuit representation using two RC element coupled in parallel is used to analyse the impedance response.

  3. Hygroscopic particle behavior studied by interdigitated array microelectrode impedance sensors.

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    Schindelholz, Eric; Tsui, Lok-kun; Kelly, Robert G

    2014-01-09

    The hygroscopic behavior of soluble salts bears importance in many research fields including atmospheric sciences, corrosion, porous building materials, and pharmaceuticals. Several methods have been used to study deliquescence (solid to liquid) and efflorescence (liquid to solid) phase transitions of these salts. In this study, we measured the deliquescence and efflorescence RH values of single salt microparticles deposited on an interdigitated microelectrode sensor via electrical impedance. The salts examined were NaCl, LiCl, NaBr, KCl, and MgCl2. Measured values were in agreement with in situ optical microscopic observations and, with the exception of MgCl2, literature values. In the case of MgCl2, deliquescence occurred at 33% RH and 12-15% RH, with the latter range being previously unreported. The depressed deliquescence RH was hypothesized to be a result of the formation of a metastable MgCl2 hydrate. Incomplete efflorescence of MgCl2 was also observed after exposure to <1.5% RH for up to 22 h due to formation of solid shells which trapped fluid. The phenomena elucidated by these results provide an explanation for the anomalous water retention and uptake behavior of MgCl2 below 33% RH reported elsewhere in the literature. The results presented in this study validate the use of this method as an alternative or complementary method for study of bulk-phase transitions of substrate-deposited particles across a broad RH range. These findings also demonstrate the utility of this method for detection of fluid trapping which cannot be directly ascertained by gravimetric and line-of-sight techniques commonly used in the study of hygroscopic particles.

  4. Photoelectrochemical and Impedance Spectroscopic Analysis of Amorphous Si for Light-Guided Electrodeposition and Hydrogen Evolution Reaction.

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    Lim, Sung Yul; Han, Donghyeop; Kim, Yang-Rae; Chung, Taek Dong

    2017-07-19

    For more efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting, there is a dilemma that a photoelectrode needs both light absorption and electrocatalytic faradaic reaction. One of the promising strategies is to deposit a pattern of electrocatalysts onto a semiconductor surface, leaving sufficient bare surface for light absorption while minimizing concentration overpotential as well as resistive loss at the ultramicroelectrodes for faradaic reaction. This scheme can be successfully realized by "maskless" direct photoelectrochemical patterning of electrocatalyst onto an SiOx/amorphous Si (a-Si) surface by the light-guided electrodeposition technique. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy at various pHs tells us much about how it works. The surface states at the SiOx/a-Si interface can mediate the photogenerated electrons for hydrogen evolution, whereas electroactive species in the solution undergo outer-sphere electron transfer, taking electrons tunneling across the SiOx layer from the conduction band. In addition to previously reported long-distance lateral electron transport behavior at a patterned catalyst/SiOx/a-Si interface, the charging process of the surface states plays a crucial role in proton reduction, leading to deeper understanding of the operation mechanisms for photoelectrochemical water splitting.

  5. Degradation in nickel-cadmium cells studied by impedance measurements

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    Haak, R.; Ogden, C.; Tench, D.; Di Stefano, S.

    1984-01-01

    The impedance characteristics of various Ni-Cd cells were measured at different times during accelerated charge/discharge trials to identify characteristics indicative of cell lifetime and cycle history. The tests were performed as part of an attempt to develop nondestructive testing techniques to detect flaws in batteries installed on low-earth orbit satellites. Trials consisted of 60 min charging and 40 min discharging, covering 20, 30, and 40 C temperatures, 20, 35, and 50 percent depth of discharge, and the average cycle life. No correlations were derived between impedance characteristics and cycle life. Other possible techniques for evaluating predictors of battery performance are discussed.

  6. Local impedance spectroscopic and microstructural analyses of Al-in-diffused Li7La3Zr2O12

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    Ahn, Jee Hyun; Park, Seung-Young; Lee, Jae-Myung; Park, Youngsin; Lee, Jong-Heun

    2014-05-01

    A cylindrical Li7La3Zr2O12 specimen in contact with an Al2O3 crucible is sintered and the effect of Al diffusion on the microstructure, phase composition, and Li-ion conductivity of Li7La3Zr2O12 is investigated. The decrease in the Li-ion conductivity and Al concentration with increasing distance from the contact area with the Al2O3 crucible is confirmed using spatially resolved local-impedance spectroscopy and compositional analysis. The region close to the Al2O3 crucible shows abnormally large grains (size > 0.7 mm) within a matrix of fine grains (size: ∼10 μm), abundant intergranular liquid, the Li7La3Zr2O12 phase mostly in cubic form, and a high Li-ion conductivity (8.5 × 10-5 S cm-1). In contrast, the region far from the Al2O3 crucible exhibits uniform fine grains (size: ∼10 μm), scarce intergranular liquid, the tetragonal form of the Li7La3Zr2O12 phase, and a low Li-ion conductivity (1.1 × 10-6 S cm-1). The incorporation of Al into the Li7La3Zr2O12 lattice and the resulting increase in the number of Li-ion vacancies is suggested to be the main reason for the increase in the Li-ion conductivity. The origins of the abnormal grain growth induced by the diffusion of Al are discussed in relation to the atomic surface structures of Li7La3Zr2O12 and the presence of intergranular liquid phase.

  7. Highly sensitive electrochemical impedance spectroscopic detection of DNA hybridization based on Au(nano)-CNT/PAN(nano) films.

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    Zhou, Na; Yang, Tao; Jiang, Chen; Du, Meng; Jiao, Kui

    2009-01-15

    A polyaniline nanofibers (PAN(nano))/carbon paste electrode (CPE) was prepared via dopping PAN(nano) in the carbon paste. The nanogold (Au(nano)) and carbon nanotubes (CNT) composite nanoparticles were bound on the surface of the PAN(nano)/CPE. The immobilization and hybridization of the DNA probe on the Au(nano)-CNT/PAN(nano) films were investigated with differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) using methylene blue (MB) as indicator, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) using [Fe(CN)(6)](3-/4-) as redox probe. The voltammetric peak currents of MB increased dramatically owing to the immobilization of the probe DNA on the Au(nano)-CNT/PAN(nano) films, and then decreased obviously owing to the hybridization of the DNA probe with the complementary single-stranded DNA (cDNA). The electron transfer resistance (R(et)) of the electrode surface increased after the immobilization of the probe DNA on the Au(nano)-CNT/PAN(nano) films and rose further after the hybridization of the probe DNA. The remarkable difference between the R(et) value at the DNA-immobilized electrode and that at the hybridized electrode could be used for the label-free EIS detection of the target DNA. The loading of the DNA probe on Au(nano)-CNT/PAN(nano) films was greatly enhanced and the sensitivity for the target DNA detection was markedly improved. The sequence-specific DNA of phosphinothricin acetyltransferase (PAT) gene and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of nopaline synthase (NOS) gene from transgenically modified beans were determined with this label-free EIS DNA detection method. The dynamic range for detecting the PAT gene sequence was from 1.0 x 10(-12)mol/L to 1.0 x 10(-6)mol/L with a detection limit of 5.6 x 10(-13)mol/L.

  8. [Input impedance for studying hydraulic parameters of the vessel system].

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    Naumov, A Iu; Sheptutsolov, K V; Balashov, S A; Mel'kumiants, A M

    2001-03-01

    Vascular input impedance can be used as an effective tool in estimating hydraulic parameters of arterial bed. These parameters may be interpreted as hydraulic resistance, elastance and inertance of particular sites of the arterial system. There is no significant difference between these parameters and those obtained through a direct measurement.

  9. Effect of sintering temperature on micro structural and impedance spectroscopic properties of Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nano ferrite

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    Venkatesh, Davuluri; Ramesh, K. V.; Sastry, C. V. S. S.

    2017-07-01

    Ni-Zn nanoferrite Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 is prepared by citrate gel auto combustion method and sintered at various temperatures 800, 900, 1000, 1100 and 1200°C. The room temperature x-ray diffraction conforms that the single phase spinel structure is formed. Crystallite size and density were increased with increasing of sintering temperature. From Raman spectroscopy all sintered samples are single phase with cubic spinel structure belong to Fd3m space group. From surface morphology studies it is clearly observed that the particle size increased with increasing of sintering temperature. Impedance spectroscopy revel that increasing of conductivity is due to grain resistance is decreased with increasing of sintering temperature. Cole-Cole plots are studied from impedance data. The electrical modulus analysis shows that non-Debye nature of Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 ferrite.

  10. The fabrication of low-impedance nanoporous gold multiple-electrode arrays for neural electrophysiology studies.

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    Seker, Erkin; Berdichevsky, Yevgeny; Begley, Matthew R; Reed, Michael L; Staley, Kevin J; Yarmush, Martin L

    2010-03-26

    Neural electrodes are essential tools for the study of the nervous system and related diseases. Low electrode impedance is a figure of merit for sensitive detection of neural electrical activity and numerous studies have aimed to reduce impedance. Unfortunately, most of these efforts have been tethered by a combination of poor functional coating adhesion, complicated fabrication techniques, and poor fabrication repeatability. We address these issues with a facile method for reliably producing multiple-electrode arrays with low impedance by patterning highly adherent nanoporous gold films using conventional microfabrication techniques. The high surface area-to-volume ratio of self-assembled nanoporous gold results in a more than 25-fold improvement in the electrode-electrolyte impedance, where at 1 kHz, 850 kOmega impedance for conventional Au electrodes is reduced to 30 kOmega for nanoporous gold electrodes. Low impedance provides a superior signal-to-noise ratio for detection of neural activity in noisy environments. We systematically studied the effect of film morphology on electrode impedance and successfully recorded field potentials from rat hippocampal slices. Here, we present our fabrication approach, the relationship between film morphology and impedance, and field potential recordings.

  11. Vibrational spectroscopic and DFT study of trimethoprim

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    Ungurean, Alia; Leopold, Nicolae; David, Leontin; Chiş, Vasile

    2013-02-01

    Structural investigations by different vibrational spectroscopic methods: FTIR, FT-Raman and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy, as well as density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed on trimethoprim (5-(3,4,5-trimethoxybenzyl)pyrimidine-2,4-diamine). A reliable assignment of vibrational IR, Raman and SERS bands was possible by a proper choice of model used in quantum chemical calculations. Based on SERS spectrum analysis it is shown that the molecule is adsorbed on the silver surface through the pyrimidine ring, in a perpendicular orientation. Two theoretical models were used in order to simulate the silver surface and the interaction with trimethoprim molecule, the accuracy of the models being evaluated by comparing the predicted bands position of the two complexes with the SERS result.

  12. Studies on Electrical behavior of Glucose using Impedance Spectroscopy

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    Juansah, Jajang; Yulianti, Wina

    2016-01-01

    In this work we report the electrical characteristics of glucose at different frequencies. We show the correlation between electrical properties (impedance, reactance, resistance and conductance) of glucose and glucose concentration. Electrical property measurements on glucose solution were performed in order to formulate the correlation. The measurements were conducted for frequencies between 50 Hz and 1 MHz. From the measurements, we developed a single-pole Cole-Cole graph as a function of glucose concentration.

  13. An impedance study of the adsorption of nucleic acid bases at glassy carbon electrodes.

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    Oliveira-Brett, A M; Brett, C M A; Silva, L A

    2002-05-15

    Electrochemical impedance has been used to study the adsorption at glassy carbon electrodes of guanine, its corresponding nucleoside, guanosine, and adenine. Impedance studies at different concentrations and applied potentials show clearly that all three bases are adsorbed on the electrode, blocking the surface. Irradiating the electrode with low-frequency (20 kHz) ultrasound whilst recording the impedance spectra increased transport of molecules to the electrode surface with cavitation cleaning the surface and removing strongly adsorbed molecules of bases. In this way, sonoelectrochemical experiments enabled the electrode processes to be studied in the absence of adsorption.

  14. Spectroscopic Studies of Double Beta Decays and MOON

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    Ejiri, H.

    2007-10-01

    This is a brief review of future spectroscopic experiments of neutrino-less double beta decays (0νββ) and the MOON (Mo Observatory Of Neutrinos) project. Spectroscopic 0νββ experiments of MOON, SuperNEMO and DCBA are planned to study Majorana masses in the quasi-degenerate (QD) and inverted mass hierarchy (IH) regions. MOON aims at 0νββ studies with the ν-mass sensitivities of 100-30 meV by means of a super ensemble of multi-layer modules, each being consist of a scintillator plate, two tracking detector planes and a thin ββ source film.

  15. Estimation of postmortem interval using an electric impedance spectroscopy technique: a preliminary study.

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    Mao, Shiwei; Dong, Xiuzhen; Fu, Feng; Seese, Ronald R; Wang, Zhenyuan

    2011-09-01

    The objective of this study was to develop a rapid method for the estimation of postmortem interval (PMI) using electric impedance spectroscopy. Postmortem rat spleens were studied at 10°C, 20°C, and 30°C; The results obtained demonstrated that postmortem interval negatively correlated with the absolute value of Im Z(//) (capacitive reactance component) in electrical impedance. This suggests that electric impedance spectroscopy may be a sensitive tool to determine the postmortem interval. Copyright © 2010 Forensic Science Society. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. A Comparative Study of Four Impedance Eduction Methodologies Using Several Test Liners

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    Watson, Willie R.; Jones, Michael G.

    2013-01-01

    A comparative study of four commonly used impedance eduction methods is presented for a range of liner structures and test conditions. Two of the methods are restricted to uniform flow while the other two accommodate both uniform and boundary layer flows. Measurements on five liner structures (a rigid-wall insert, a ceramic tubular liner, a wire mesh liner, a low porosity conventional liner, and a high porosity conventional liner) are obtained using the NASA Langley Grazing Flow Impedance Tube. The educed impedance of each liner is presented for forty-two test conditions (three Mach numbers and fourteen frequencies). In addition, the effects of moving the acoustic source from upstream to downstream and the refractive effects of the mean boundary layer on the wire mesh liner are investigated. The primary conclusions of the study are that: (1) more accurate results are obtained for the upstream source, (2) the uniform flow methods produce nearly identical impedance spectra at and below Mach 0.3 but significant scatter in the educed impedance occurs at the higher Mach number, (3) there is better agreement in educed impedance among the methods for the conventional liners than for the rigid-wall insert, ceramic, or wire mesh liner, and (4) the refractive effects of the mean boundary layer on the educed impedance of the wire mesh liner are generally small except at Mach 0.5.

  17. Studies of deionization and impedance spectroscopy for blood analyzer

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    Kwong, Charlotte C.; Li, Nan; Ho, Chih-Ming

    2005-11-01

    Blood analysis provides vital information for health conditions. For instance, typical infection response is correlated to an elevated White Blood Cell (WBC) count, while low Red Blood Cell (RBC) count, hemoglobin and hematocrit are caused by anemia or internal bleeding. We are developing two essential modules, deionization (DI) chip and microfluidic cytometer with impedance spectroscopy flow, for enabling the realization of a single platform miniaturized blood analyzer. In the proposed analyzer, blood cells are preliminarily sorted by Dielectrophoretic (DEP) means into sub-groups, differentiated and counted by impedance spectroscopy in a flow cytometer. DEP techniques have been demonstrated to stretch DNA, align Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) and trap cells successfully. However, DEP manipulation does not function in biological media with high conductivity. The DI module is designed to account for this challenge. H Filter will serve as an ion extraction platform in a microchamber. Sample and buffer do not mix well in micro scale allowing the ions being extracted by diffusion without increasing the volume. This can keep the downstream processing time short. Micro scale hydrodynamic focusing is employed to place single cell passing along the central plane of the flow cytometer module. By applying an AC electrical field, suspended cells are polarized, membrane capacitance C m, cytoplasm conductivity σ c, and cytoplasm permittivity ɛ c will vary as functions of frequency. Tracing back the monitored current, the numbers of individual cell species can be evaluated.

  18. Performance and optimal technique for pharyngeal impedance recording: A simulated pharyngeal reflux study.

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    Aslam, Muhammad; Bajaj, Shailesh; Easterling, Caryn; Kawamura, Osamu; Rittmann, Tanya; Hofmann, Candy; Liu, Jianxiang; Shaker, Reza

    2007-01-01

    Detection rate, influence of recording site, and subject posture for impedance monitoring of pharyngeal reflux of gastric contents remain unknown. We evaluated the ability of the impedance sensor for detection of various volumes of intrapharyngeal infusate at two sites and in two subject positions. Nineteen healthy subjects were studied using concurrent videoendoscopic, manometric, impedance, and pH recording. Detection rate of simulated pharyngeal reflux events ranged between 87% and 100% for 1-4 mL. Detection rate for 0.1-1 mL volumes in the upright position was significantly higher (78-85%) when the impedance sensor was located at the proximal margin of the upper esophageal sphincter (UES) compared to 2 cm proximally (38-68%) (P < 0.001). With the sensor at 2 cm above the UES, the average detection rate for all volumes in the upright position was significantly less (P < 0.001) compared to the supine position (48%vs 84%). There was substantial variability in the magnitude of impedance changes induced by different infusates. Impedance sensors can detect as small a volume as 0.1 mL and combined with a pH sensor can detect acidic and nonacidic liquid and mist reflux events. Sensor placement at the proximal margin of the UES yields the highest detection rate irrespective of subject posture compared to placement 2 cm proximally. Depending on the volume of refluxate and location of the impedance sensor, a substantial minority of simulated reflux events can be missed.

  19. High temperature furnace system for vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopic studies.

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    Brown, C M; Naber, R H; Tilford, S G; Ginter, M L

    1973-08-01

    An improved furnace system for use in vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopic studies of atomic and molecular species stable at high temperatures (800-2500 degrees C) is described in detail. A new and improved high resolution spectrum of Mg I and several impurity spectra produced in the furnace are presented.

  20. On-line separator for {gamma}-spectroscopic studies

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    Popeko, A. G.; Belozerov, A. V.; Chepigin, V. I.; Kabachenko, A. P.; Malyshev, O. N.; Shutov, A. V.; Svirikhin, A. I.; Yeremin, A. V.; Dorvaux, O.; Hauschild, K.; Korichi, A.; Lopez-Martens, A.

    2008-05-12

    We report about R and D of the new separator for spectroscopic studies which we plan to install at the beam of the modernized U400R FLNR cyclotron and which will allow to realize new possibilities of the JINR-IN2P3 collaboration project GABRIELA.

  1. On-line separator for γ-spectroscopic studies

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    Popeko, A. G.; Belozerov, A. V.; Chepigin, V. I.; Dorvaux, O.; Hauschild, K.; Kabachenko, A. P.; Korichi, A.; Lopez-Martens, A.; Malyshev, O. N.; Shutov, A. V.; Svirikhin, A. I.; Yeremin, A. V.

    2008-05-01

    We report about R&D of the new separator for spectroscopic studies which we plan to install at the beam of the modernized U400R FLNR cyclotron and which will allow to realize new possibilities of the JINR-IN2P3 collaboration project GABRIELA [1, 2].

  2. Studies of an Adaptive Kaczmarz Method for Electrical Impedance Imaging

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    Li, Taoran; Isaacson, David; Newell, Jonathan C.; Saulnier, Gary J.

    2013-04-01

    We present an adaptive Kaczmarz method for solving the inverse problem in electrical impedance tomography and determining the conductivity distribution inside an object from electrical measurements made on the surface. To best characterize an unknown conductivity distribution and avoid inverting the Jacobian-related term JTJ which could be expensive in terms of memory storage in large scale problems, we propose to solve the inverse problem by adaptively updating both the optimal current pattern with improved distinguishability and the conductivity estimate at each iteration. With a novel subset scheme, the memory-efficient reconstruction algorithm which appropriately combines the optimal current pattern generation and the Kaczmarz method can produce accurate and stable solutions adaptively compared to traditional Kaczmarz and Gauss-Newton type methods. Several reconstruction image metrics are used to quantitatively evaluate the performance of the simulation results.

  3. Impedance spectroscopy studies on Ga-ion-modified PLZT ceramics

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    Dutta, Soma; Choudhary, R. N. P.; Sinha, P. K.

    2005-05-01

    Polycrystalline samples of [Pb0.92(La1-zGaz)0.08][Zr0.65Ti0.35]0.98O3 (PLGZT) for z = 0.0, 0.3, 0.6, 0.9, and 1.0 were prepared by a solid-state reaction technique. The single-phase formation of the new compounds with tetragonal crystal structures was established by the room-temperature X-ray analysis. The occupancy of Ga ion in the La site has been confirmed by FTIR analysis. Complex impedance spectroscopy (CIS) has provided a convincing evidence for the existence of both grain (bulk) and grain boundary effects in the materials, which is also evident from the microstructures, comprise grains separated by well-defined boundaries. The electrical processes in the sample have been modeled in the form of an electrical equivalent circuit made up of a series combination of two parallel RC circuits attributed to grains and grain boundaries. The real and imaginary parts of dielectric constants have been separated from impedance spectrum results and expressed in terms of loss tangent (tan ). The ferroelectric transition temperature (Tc) of the materials is evaluated from the plot of real permittivity versus temperature and found to be shifted to higher temperature side with increasing Ga-ion concentration. A sharp rise in conductivity is observed in the nature of temperature variation of the bulk electrical conductivity (dc) at higher temperature for all the Ga-modified PLZT samples. This type of behavior is typical to dielectric ceramics having conductive grain boundary arising out of a relaxation process of the Maxwell-Wagner type. At higher temperature a substantial increase in conductivity 10-3 S cm-1 is achieved for complete replacement of the La ion by Ga (z = 1.0).

  4. Transport and spectroscopic studies of liquid and polymer electrolytes

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    Bopege, Dharshani Nimali

    Liquid and polymer electrolytes are interesting and important materials to study as they are used in Li rechargeable batteries and other electrochemical devices. It is essential to investigate the fundamental properties of electrolytes such as ionic conductivity, diffusion, and ionic association to enhance battery performance in different battery markets. This dissertation mainly focuses on the temperature-dependent charge and mass transport processes and ionic association of different electrolyte systems. Impedance spectroscopy and pulsed field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy were used to measure the ionic conductivity and diffusion coefficients of ketone and acetate based liquid electrolytes. In this study, charge and mass transport in non-aqueous liquid electrolytes have been viewed from an entirely different perspective by introducing the compensated Arrhenius formalism. Here, the conductivity and diffusion coefficient are written as an Arrhenius-like expression with a temperature-dependent static dielectric constant dependence in the exponential prefactor. The compensated Arrhenius formalism reported in this dissertation very accurately describes temperature-dependent conductivity data for acetate and ketone-based electrolytes as well as temperature-dependent diffusion data of pure solvents. We found that calculated average activation energies of ketone-based electrolytes are close to each other for both conductivity and diffusion data (in the range 24-26 kJ/mol). Also, this study shows that average activation energies of acetate-based electrolytes are higher than those for the ketone systems (in the range 33-37 kJ/mol). Further, we observed higher dielectric constants and ionic conductivities for both dilute and concentrated ketone solutions with temperature. Vibrational spectroscopy (Infrared and Raman) was used to probe intermolecular interactions in both polymer and liquid electrolytes, particularly those which contain lithium

  5. Halo Nucleus 11Be: A Spectroscopic Study via Neutron Transfer

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    Schmitt, Kyle; Jones, K. L.; Bey, A.; Ahn, S.H.; Bardayan, Daniel W; Blackmon, Jeffery C; Brown, S.; Chae, Kyung Yuk; Chipps, K.; Cizewski, J. A.; Kozub, R. L.; Liang, J Felix; Matei, Catalin; Matos, M.; Moazen, Brian H; Nesaraja, Caroline D; Nunes, F. M.; O'Malley, Patrick; Pain, Steven D; Peters, W. A.; Pittman, S. T.; Wilson, G.

    2012-01-01

    The best examples of halo nuclei, exotic systems with a diffuse nuclear cloud surrounding a tightly bound core, are found in the light, neutron-rich region, where the halo neutrons experience only weak binding and a weak, or no, potential barrier. Modern direct-reaction measurement techniques provide powerful probes of the structure of exotic nuclei. Despite more than four decades of these studies on the benchmark one-neutron halo nucleus 11Be, the spectroscopic factors for the two bound states remain poorly constrained. In the present work, the 10Be d;p reaction has been used in inverse kinematics at four beam energies to study the structure of 11Be. The spectroscopic factors extracted using the adiabatic model were found to be consistent across the four measurements and were largely insensitive to the optical potential used. The extracted spectroscopic factor for a neutron in an n j 2s1=2 state coupled to the ground state of 10Be is 0.71(5). For the first excited state at 0.32 MeV, a spectroscopic factor of 0.62(4) is found for the halo neutron in a 1p1=2 state.

  6. Comparative Study of Impedance Eduction Methods, Part 2: NASA Tests and Methodology

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    Jones, Michael G.; Watson, Willie R.; Howerton, Brian M.; Busse-Gerstengarbe, Stefan

    2013-01-01

    A number of methods have been developed at NASA Langley Research Center for eduction of the acoustic impedance of sound-absorbing liners mounted in the wall of a flow duct. This investigation uses methods based on the Pridmore-Brown and convected Helmholtz equations to study the acoustic behavior of a single-layer, conventional liner fabricated by the German Aerospace Center and tested in the NASA Langley Grazing Flow Impedance Tube. Two key assumptions are explored in this portion of the investigation. First, a comparison of results achieved with uniform-flow and shear-flow impedance eduction methods is considered. Also, an approach based on the Prony method is used to extend these methods from single-mode to multi-mode implementations. Finally, a detailed investigation into the effects of harmonic distortion on the educed impedance is performed, and the results are used to develop guidelines regarding acceptable levels of harmonic distortion

  7. Cochlear Implant Impedance Fluctuation in Ménière's Disease: A Case Study.

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    McNeill, Celene; Eykamp, Kate

    2016-08-01

    To contribute to the understanding of hearing fluctuation in Ménière's disease (MD) by disseminating a case study of a cochlear implanted ear with ongoing fluctuation of electrode impedances with episodic tinnitus and no associated vestibular symptoms. Retrospective case review. Tertiary referral audiology clinic. Man, born in 1936, with a total hearing loss in the right ear because of Mumps at age 8 years and a fluctuating progressive hearing loss in the left ear because of Ménière's disease since age 63 years. Sequential bilateral cochlear implantation right ear in August 2002 and left ear in March 2006. Impedance measurements of implanted intracochlear electrodes via common ground stimulation using proprietor programming software. Electrode impedances in the MD showed significant ongoing variation since implantation, whereas the contralateral non-MD ear remained stable over a period of 9 years. Electrode impedances in the ear with MD showed a variation pattern similar to that found in the hearing fluctuation characteristic of the disease. These findings raise the possibility that the same physiological mechanisms of hearing fluctuation may be responsible for intracochlear electrode impedance changes. We hypothesize that impedance fluctuation is because of changes in the permeability of the blood-labyrinth barrier because of cyclic immune activity in the inner ear which alters the electrical resistance between scala tympani and blood.

  8. Inhibition of urinary calculi -- a spectroscopic study

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    Manciu, Felicia; Govani, Jayesh; Durrer, William; Reza, Layra; Pinales, Luis

    2008-10-01

    Although a considerable number of investigations have already been undertaken and many causes such as life habits, metabolic disorders, and genetic factors have been noted as sources that accelerate calculi depositions and aggregations, there are still plenty of unanswered questions regarding efficient inhibition and treatment mechanisms. Thus, in an attempt to acquire more insights, we propose here a detailed scientific study of kidney stone formation and growth inhibition based on a traditional medicine approach with Rotula Aquatica Lour (RAL) herbal extracts. A simplified single diffusion gel growth technique was used for synthesizing the samples for the present study. The unexpected Zn presence in the sample with RAL inhibitor, as revealed by XPS measurements, explains the inhibition process and the dramatic reflectance of the incident light observed in the infrared transmission studies. Raman data demonstrate potential binding of the inhibitor with the oxygen of the kidney stone. Photoluminescence results corroborate to provide additional evidence of Zn-related inhibition.

  9. Fundamental spectroscopic studies of some atmospheric pollutants

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    Findley, G.L.; McGlynn, S.P.

    1980-01-01

    Molecular electronic transitions that lie in the vuv (vacuum ultraviolet) spectral region initiate many harmful photochemical modifications in the upper atmosphere. Consequently, investigations have focused on molecules that are primary atmospheric pollutants, but which are simple enough structurally to yield detailed photophysical information. Terminal electronic states for vuv transitions can be either valence or Rydberg and, at low enough energies, the distinction between the two becomes fuzzy. A major thrust of this program has been the classification and characterization of Rydberg transitions in an attempt to gain insight into Rydberg/valence state mixing Rydberg studies. It is concluded that in order to understand the nature of photochemical reactions of molecules in the upper atmosphere, it is necessary to understand the structure and function of high-energy molecular electronic states. It is also necessary to understand the ways in which these states interact and, thereby, facilitate energy transfer. The study of molecular Rydberg states provides information crucial to such an understanding.

  10. Spectroscopic analysis of bones for forensic studies

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    Tofanelli, Mirko; Pardini, Lorenzo; Borrini, Matteo; Bartoli, Fulvio; Bacci, Alessandra; D'Ulivo, Alessandro; Pitzalis, Emanuela; Mascherpa, Marco Carlo; Legnaioli, Stefano; Lorenzetti, Giulia; Pagnotta, Stefano; de Holanda Cavalcanti, Gildo; Lezzerini, Marco; Palleschi, Vincenzo

    2014-09-01

    The elemental analysis of human bones can give information about the dietary habits of the deceased, especially in the last years of their lives, which can be useful for forensic studies. The most important requirement that must be satisfied for this kind of analysis is that the concentrations of analyzed elements are the same as ante mortem. In this work, a set of bones was analyzed using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and validated using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES), in order to compare those two techniques and to investigate the effect of possible alterations in the elemental concentrations' proportion resulting from the treatment usually applied for preparing the bones for traditional forensic analysis. The possibility that elemental concentrations' changes would occur after accidental or intentional burning of the bones was also studied.

  11. Integrated Spectroscopic Studies of Hydrous Sulfate Minerals

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    Dyar, M. D.; Lane, M. D.; Bishop, J. L.; OConnor, V.; Cloutis, E.; Hiroi, T.

    2005-01-01

    Sulfate minerals have been identified in Martian meteorites and on Mars using a suite of instruments aboard the MER rovers. These results have confirmed previous groundbased observations and orbital measurements that suggested their presence. The orbiting OMEGA instrument on Mars Express is also finding evidence for sulfate. In order to better interpret remote-sensing data, we present here the results of a coordinated visible/near infrared (VNIR) reflectance, Moussbauer (MB), and thermal emittance study of wellcharacterized hydrous sulfate minerals.

  12. Progress report on nuclear spectroscopic studies

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    Bingham, C.R.; Guidry, M.W.; Riedinger, L.L.; Sorensen, S.P.

    1994-02-18

    The Nuclear Physics group at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is involved in several aspects of heavy-ion physics including both nuclear structure and reaction mechanisms. While the main emphasis is on experimental problems, the authors have maintained a strong collaboration with several theorists in order to best pursue the physics of their measurements. During the last year they have had several experiments at the ATLAS at Argonne National Laboratory, the GAMMASPHERE at the LBL 88 Cyclotron, and with the NORDBALL at the Niels Bohr Institute Tandem. Also, they continue to be very active in the WA93/98 collaboration studying ultra-relativistic heavy ion physics utilizing the SPS accelerator at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland and in the PHENIX Collaboration at the RHIC accelerator under construction at Brookhaven National Laboratory. During the last year their experimental work has been in three broad areas: (1) the structure of nuclei at high angular momentum, (2) the structure of nuclei far from stability, and (3) ultra-relativistic heavy-ion physics. The results of studies in these particular areas are described in this document. These studies concentrate on the structure of nuclear matter in extreme conditions of rotational motion, imbalance of neutrons and protons, or very high temperature and density. Another area of research is heavy-ion-induced transfer reactions, which utilize the transfer of nucleons to states with high angular momentum to learn about their structure and to understand the transfer of particles, energy, and angular momentum in collisions between heavy ions.

  13. Spectroscopic Study of Microwave Induced Plasma

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    Jovicevic, S.

    2004-12-01

    The results of the spatial distribution studies of electron densities, excitation and rotational temperatures and atomic line intensities of various elements in an atmospheric pressure mini-MIP torch with tangential argon flow. The electron number density, ne, is determined from the width of the hydrogen H{beta} 486.13 nm line while excitation temperature, Texc, is evaluated from the Boltzmann plot of relative line intensities either of carrier gas-argon or neutral iron that is introduced in the form of aerosols in MIP, The rotational temperatures, Trot, are determined from the relative intensities of OH (R2 and Q1 branch) electronic band A2{sigma} - X2{pi} (0,0) and to N{sub 2}{sup +} first negative system B{sup 2} {sigma}{sub u}{sup +} - X{sup 2} {sigma}{sub g}{sup +} (P branch). For the selected input power of 100 W, the influence of hydrogen in the wet and desolvated aerosols and support gas and the corresponding changes of the electron density, excitation and rotational temperature distributions are studied. The influence of potassium, low ionization potential element, to the spatial distribution of ne, Texc and Trot is studied also. Spatial intensity distributions and maximum intensities for investigate atomic line are determinate for the same conditions.

  14. Spectroscopic Studies of Atmospheric Aerosol Chemistry

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    Wamsley, R.; Leather, K.; Horn, A. B.; Percival, C.

    2008-12-01

    Particles are ubiquitous in the troposphere and are involved in chemical and physical processes affecting the composition of the atmosphere, climate, cloud albedo and human health (Finlayson-Pitts and Pitts, 2000). Organic species, such as alcohols, carboxylic acids, ketones, aldehydes, aromatics, alkenes and alkanes, originate both from anthropogenic and natural sources and comprise a large component of atmospheric particles. Gas-phase species, such as ozone, can oxidize these organics, changing the particle's oxygen-to carbon ratio and potentially altering its hygroscopicity, viscosity, morphology and reactivity. One reaction in particular, that between ozone and oleic acid, has been the focus of several recent studies and extensively researched by Ziemann (2005). Oleic acid reacts readily with ozone and has a low vapor pressure making this reaction convenient to study in the laboratory and has become the benchmark for studying heterogeneous reactions representing the oxidative processing of atmospheric organic aerosols. A critical source of uncertainty in reactivity estimates is a lack of understanding of the mechanism through which some VOCs are oxidized. This knowledge gap is especially critical for aromatic compounds. Because the intermediate reaction steps and products of aromatics oxidation are unknown, chemical mechanisms incorporate parameters estimated from environmental chamber experiments to represent their overall contribution to ozone formation, e.g. Volkamer et al. ( 2006). Previous studies of uncertainties in incremental reactivity estimates for VOCs found that the representation of aromatics chemistry contributed significantly to the estimated 40 - 50% uncertainties in the incremental reactivities of common aromatic compounds Carter et al. (2002). This study shows development of an effective IR method that can monitor the reaction and hence obtain the kinetics of the ozonolysis of an aromatic compound in the aerosol phase. The development of such

  15. Study of Gallstones by Spectroscopic Methods

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    Pichugina, A. A.; Tsyro, L. V.; Afanasyev, D. A.; Kiselev, S. A.; Unger, F. G.

    2017-03-01

    We have conducted studies of cholesterol gallstones by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), x-ray diffraction (XRD), and nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR). The results obtained indicate that the cholesterol gallstone spectra are identical. We have used EPR to establish the presence in the gallstones of species containing open shell spin orbitals, which act as centers for colloidal particles. The 1H NMR spectra and the XRD data indicate the presence in the gallstones of cholesterol and structures representing a desmosterol transition, which form shells around the spin centers.

  16. Progress report on nuclear spectroscopic studies

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    Bingham, C.R.; Riedinger, L.L.; Sorensen, S.P.

    1996-01-16

    The experimental program in nuclear physics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is led by Professors Carrol Bingham, Lee Riedinger, and Soren Sorenseni who respectively lead the studies of the exotic decay modes of nuclei far from stability, the program of high-spin research, and our effort in relativistic heavy-ion physics. Over the years, this broad program of research has been successful partially because of the shared University resources applied to this group effort. The proximity of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has allowed us to build extremely strong programs of joint research, and in addition to play an important leadership role in the Joint Institute for Heavy Ion Research (JIHIR). Our experimental program is also very closely linked with those at other national laboratories: Argonne (collaborations involving the Fragment Mass Analyzer (FMA) and {gamma}-ray arrays), Brookhaven (the RHIC and Phenix projects), and Berkeley (GAMMASPHERE). We have worked closely with a variety of university groups in the last three years, especially those in the UNISOR and now UNIRIB collaborations. And, in all aspects of our program, we have maintained close collaborations with theorists, both to inspire the most exciting experiments to perform and to extract the pertinent physics from the results. The specific areas discussed in this report are: properties of high-spin states; study of low-energy levels of nuclei far from stability; and high energy heavy-ion physics.

  17. Nonlinear spectroscopic studies of interfacial molecular ordering

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    Superfine, R.

    1991-07-01

    The second order nonlinear optical processes of second harmonic generation and sum frequency generation are powerful new probes of surfaces. They possess unusual surface sensitivity due to the symmetry properties of the nonlinear susceptibility. In particular, infrared-visible sum frequency generation (SFG) can obtain the vibrational spectrum of sub-monolayer coverages of molecules. In this thesis, we explore the unique information that can be obtained from SFG. We take advantage of the sensitivity of SFG to the conformation of alkane chains to study the interaction between adsorbed liquid crystal molecules and surfactant treated surfaces. The sign of the SFG susceptibility depends on the sign of the molecular polarizability and the orientation, up or down, of the molecule. We experimentally determine the sign of the susceptibility and use it to determine the absolute orientation to obtain the sign of the molecular polarizability and show that this quantity contains important information about the dynamics of molecular charge distributions. Finally, we study the vibrational spectra and the molecular orientation at the pure liquid/vapor interface of methanol and water and present the most detailed evidence yet obtained for the structure of the pure water surface. 32 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  18. Nonlinear spectroscopic studies of interfacial molecular ordering

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    Superfine, R.

    1991-07-01

    The second order nonlinear optical processes of second harmonic generation and sum frequency generation are powerful new probes of surfaces. They possess unusual surface sensitivity due to the symmetry properties of the nonlinear susceptibility. In particular, infrared-visible sum frequency generation (SFG) can obtain the vibrational spectrum of sub-monolayer coverages of molecules. In this thesis, we explore the unique information that can be obtained from SFG. We take advantage of the sensitivity of SFG to the conformation of alkane chains to study the interaction between adsorbed liquid crystal molecules and surfactant treated surfaces. The sign of the SFG susceptibility depends on the sign of the molecular polarizability and the orientation, up or down, of the molecule. We experimentally determine the sign of the susceptibility and use it to determine the absolute orientation to obtain the sign of the molecular polarizability and show that this quantity contains important information about the dynamics of molecular charge distributions. Finally, we study the vibrational spectra and the molecular orientation at the pure liquid/vapor interface of methanol and water and present the most detailed evidence yet obtained for the structure of the pure water surface.

  19. Spectroscopic studies of silver boro tellurite glasses

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    Kumar, E. Ramesh; Kumari, K. Rajani; Rao, B. Appa; Bhikshamaiah, G.

    2014-04-01

    The FTIR absorption and Raman scattering studies were used to obtain the structural information of AgI-Ag2O-[(1-x)B2O3-xTeO2] (x=0 to 1 mol% in steps of 0.2) glasses. The glassy nature of the compounds has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction. FTIR and Raman spectra were recorded for all samples at room temperature. FTIR spectra which provides the information about the change in bond structure of the glasses. Raman spectra provide the effect of TeO2 on SBT glass system is that as increasing the concentration of TeO2 the band intensity at 707 cm-1 increase.

  20. Terahertz spectroscopic study of benzodiazepine sedative hypnotics

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    Deng, Fusheng; Shen, Jingling; Wang, Xianfeng

    2011-08-01

    Terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is used to the pure active ingredient of three benzodiazepine sedative hypnotics with similar molecular structure. The absorption spectra of them are studied in the range of 0.2~2.6THz. Based on the experiment, the theoretical simulation results of diazepam, nitrazepam and clonazepam are got by the Gaussian03 package of DFT/B3LYP/6-31G* method in single-molecule models. The experimental results show that even if the molecular structure and medicine property of them are similar, the accurate identification of them can still be done with their characteristic absorption spectra. Theoretical simulation results are well consistent with the experimental results. It demonstrates that absorption peaks of them in THz range mainly come from intra-molecular forces and are less affected by the intermolecular interaction and crystal effects.ô

  1. Spectroscopic studies near the proton drip line

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    Toth, K.S. ); Moltz, D.M.; Nitschke, J.M.; Wilmarth, P.A. ); Robertson, J.D. )

    1990-01-01

    We have investigated nuclei close to the proton drip line by using heavy-ion fusion reactions to produce extremely neutron-deficient nuclides. Their nuclear decay properties were studied by using on-line isotope separators at Oak Ridge (UNISOR) and Berkeley (OASIS), the Oak Ridge National Laboratory velocity filter, and a fast helium-gas-jet transport system at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory 88-Inch Cyclotron. Many isotopes, isomers, and {beta}-delayed-proton and {alpha}-particle emitters were discovered. This contribution summarizes three topics that are part of our overall program: decay rates of even-even {alpha}-particle emitters, mass excesses of {sup 181}Pb, {sup 182}Pb, and {sup 183}Pb, and {beta}-delayed proton emitters near N = 82. 14 refs., 6 figs.

  2. Spectroscopic studies of silver boro tellurite glasses

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    Kumar, E. Ramesh Kumari, K. Rajani Rao, B. Appa Bhikshamaiah, G.

    2014-04-24

    The FTIR absorption and Raman scattering studies were used to obtain the structural information of AgI−Ag{sub 2}O−[(1−x)B{sub 2}O{sub 3}−xTeO{sub 2}] (x=0 to 1 mol% in steps of 0.2) glasses. The glassy nature of the compounds has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction. FTIR and Raman spectra were recorded for all samples at room temperature. FTIR spectra which provides the information about the change in bond structure of the glasses. Raman spectra provide the effect of TeO{sub 2} on SBT glass system is that as increasing the concentration of TeO{sub 2} the band intensity at 707 cm{sup −1} increase.

  3. Spectroscopic study of acetylene and hydrogen cyanide

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    Rozario, Hoimonti Immaculata

    High-resolution molecular spectroscopy has been used to study acetylene line parameters and emission spectra of hydrogen cyanide. All acetylene spectra were recorded in our laboratory at the University of Lethbridge using a 3-channel tuneable diode laser spectrometer. N2-broadened line widths and N2-pressure induced line shifts have been measured for transitions in the v1+v3 band of acetylene at seven temperatures in the range 213-333K to obtain the temperature dependences of broadening and shift coefficients. The Voigt and hard-collision line profile models were used to retrieve the line parameters. The line-broadening and line-shift coefficients as well as their temperature-dependent parameters have been also evaluated theoretically, in the frame work of a semi-classical approach based on an exponential representation of the scattering operator, an intermolecular potential composed of electrostatic quadrupole--quadrupole and pairwise atom--atom interactions as well as on exact trajectories driven by an effective isotropic potential. The experimental results for both N2-broadening and shifting show good agreement with the theoretical results. We have studied the line intensities of the 1vl 20←0v120 band system from the HCN emission spectrum. The infrared emission spectrum of H12C 14N was measured at the Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany. The emission spectrum was analyzed with the spectrum analysis software Symath running using Mathematica as a platform. This approach allowed us to retrieve information on band intensity parameters.

  4. Interactions of Isophorone Derivatives with DNA: Spectroscopic Studies

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    Deiana, Marco; Matczyszyn, Katarzyna; Massin, Julien; Olesiak-Banska, Joanna; Andraud, Chantal; Samoc, Marek

    2015-01-01

    Interactions of three new isophorone derivatives, Isoa Isob and Isoc with salmon testes DNA have been investigated using UV-Vis, fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopic methods. All the studied compounds interact with DNA through intercalative binding mode. The stoichiometry of the isophorone/DNA adducts was found to be 1:1. The fluorescence quenching data revealed a binding interaction with the base pairs of DNA. The CD data indicate that all the investigated isophorones induce DNA modifications. PMID:26069963

  5. Spectroscopic Studies of Nearby Cool Stars: The DUNES Sample

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    Maldonado, J.; Martínez-Arnáiz, R. M.; Eiroa, C.; Montes, D.

    2009-02-01

    At the Universities of Madrid we are carrying out a systematic analysis of the spectroscopic properties of the nearby (d<25 pc), late-type stellar population with the aim of contributing to the knowledge of the stellar formation history in the solar neighbourhood. Part of our sample will be observed by DUNES, a Herschel OTKP aiming at detecting and studying cold, faint dust disks around nearby stars. In this contribution we present some preliminary results of the kinematics of the DUNES sample.

  6. Spectroscopic Studies of Nearby Cool Stars: The DUNES Sample

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    Maldonado, J.; Martinez-Arnáiz, R. M.; Eiroa, C.; Montes, D.

    At the universities of Madrid we are carrying out a systematic analysis of the spectroscopic properties of the nearby (d<25pc), late-type stellar population with the aim of contributing to the knowledge of the stellar formation history in the solar neighbourhood. Part of our sample will be observed by DUNES, a Herschel OTKP aiming at detecting and studying cold, faint dust disks around nearby stars. In this contribution we present some preliminary results on the kinematics of the DUNES sample.

  7. Spectroscopic study of biologically active glasses

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    Szumera, M.; Wacławska, I.; Mozgawa, W.; Sitarz, M.

    2005-06-01

    It is known that the chemical activity phenomenon is characteristic for some inorganic glasses and they are able to participate in biological processes of living organisms (plants, animals and human bodies). An example here is the selective removal of silicate-phosphate glass components under the influence of biological solutions, which has been applied in designing glasses acting as ecological fertilizers of controlled release rate of the nutrients for plants. The structure of model silicate-phosphate glasses containing the different amounts of the glass network formers, i.e. Ca 2+ and Mg 2+, as a binding components were studied. These elements besides other are indispensable of the normal growth of plants. In order to establish the function and position occupied by the particular components in the glass structure, the glasses were examined by FTIR spectroscopy (with spectra decomposition) and XRD methods. It has been found that the increasing amount of MgO in the structure of silicate-phosphate glasses causes the formation of domains the structure of which changes systematically from a structure of the cristobalite type to a structure corresponding to forsterite type. Whilst the increasing content of CaO in the structure of silicate-phosphate glasses causes the formation of domains the structure of which changes from a structure typical for cristobalite through one similar to the structure of calcium orthophosphate, to a structure corresponding to calcium silicates. The changing character of domains structure is the reason of different chemical activity of glasses.

  8. Fluorescence spectroscopic studies of DNA dynamics

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    Scalettar, B.A.

    1987-04-01

    Random solvent induced motions of DNA are manifest as nanosecond torsional oscillations of the helix backbone, nanosecond through millisecond bending deformations and overall rotational and translational diffusion of the polymer. Fluorescence spectroscopy is used to study this spectrum of DNA motions while ethidium monoazide was covalently bounded. The steady state fluorescence depolarization data indicate that the covalent monoazide/DNA complex exhibits internal motions characterized by an average angular amplitude of 26 degrees confirming reports of fast torsional oscillations in noncovalent ethidium bromide/DNA systems. Data obtained by use of a new polarized photobleaching recovery technique (FPR) reflect both the rotational dynamics of the polymer and the reversible photochemistry of the dye. To isolate the reorientational motion of the DNA, the FPR experiments were ran in two modes that differ only in the polarization of the bleaching light. A quotient function constructed from the data obtained in these two modes monitors only the rotational component of the FPR recovery. In specific applications those bending deformations of long DNA molecules that have characteristic relaxation times on the order of 100 microseconds have been resolved. A fluorescence correlation technique that relates fluctuations in particle number to center-of-mass motion was used to measure translational diffusion on coefficients of the plasmid PBR322 and a short oligomeric DNA. A theory that describes angular correlation in systems exhibiting cyclic, biologically directed reorientation and random Brownian rotation is developed.

  9. Photoelectron spectroscopic studies of 5-halouracil anions

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    Radisic, Dunja; Ko, Yeon Jae; Nilles, John M.; Stokes, Sarah T.; Bowen, Kit H.; Sevilla, Michael D.; Rak, Janusz

    2011-01-07

    The parent negative ions of 5-chlorouracil, UCl{sup -} and 5-fluorouracil, UF{sup -} have been studied using anion photoelectron spectroscopy in order to investigate the electrophilic properties of their corresponding neutral halouracils. The vertical detachment energies (VDE) of these anions and the adiabatic electron affinities (EA) of their neutral molecular counterparts are reported. These results are in good agreement with the results of previously published theoretical calculations. The VDE values for both UCl{sup -} and UF{sup -} and the EA values for their neutral molecular counterparts are much greater than the corresponding values for both anionic and neutral forms of canonical uracil and thymine. These results are consistent with the observation that DNA is more sensitive to radiation damage when thymine is replaced by halouracil. While we also attempted to prepare the parent anion of 5-bromouracil, UBr{sup -}, we did not observe it, the mass spectrum exhibiting only Br{sup -} fragments, i.e., 5-bromouracil apparently underwent dissociative electron attachment. This observation is consistent with a previous assessment, suggesting that 5-bromouracil is the best radio-sensitizer among these three halo-nucleobases.

  10. Photoelectron spectroscopic studies of 5-halouracil anions

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    Radisic, Dunja; Ko, Yeon Jae; Nilles, John M.; Stokes, Sarah T.; Sevilla, Michael D.; Rak, Janusz; Bowen, Kit H.

    2011-01-01

    The parent negative ions of 5-chlorouracil, UCl- and 5-fluorouracil, UF- have been studied using anion photoelectron spectroscopy in order to investigate the electrophilic properties of their corresponding neutral halouracils. The vertical detachment energies (VDE) of these anions and the adiabatic electron affinities (EA) of their neutral molecular counterparts are reported. These results are in good agreement with the results of previously published theoretical calculations. The VDE values for both UCl- and UF- and the EA values for their neutral molecular counterparts are much greater than the corresponding values for both anionic and neutral forms of canonical uracil and thymine. These results are consistent with the observation that DNA is more sensitive to radiation damage when thymine is replaced by halouracil. While we also attempted to prepare the parent anion of 5-bromouracil, UBr-, we did not observe it, the mass spectrum exhibiting only Br- fragments, i.e., 5-bromouracil apparently underwent dissociative electron attachment. This observation is consistent with a previous assessment, suggesting that 5-bromouracil is the best radio-sensitizer among these three halo-nucleobases.

  11. Integrated Spectroscopic Studies of Anhydrous Sulfate Minerals

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    Lane, M. D.; Bishop, J. L.; Dyar, M. D.; Cloutis, E.; Forray, F. L.; Hiroi, T.

    2005-01-01

    Sulfates have been identified in Martian soils and bedrock and are emerging as an important indicator for aqueous activity on Mars. Sulfate minerals can form in a variety of low-temperature (evaporitic; chemical-weathering) and high-temperature (volcanic/fumarolic; hydrothermal) environments and their formational environments can range from alkaline to acidic. Although sulfates generally form in the presence of water, not all sulfates are hydrous or contain water in their structures. Many of these anhydrous sulfates (Dana group 28; Strunz class 67A) are minerals that form as accompanying phases to the main minerals in ore deposits or as replacement deposits in sedimentary rocks. However, some form from thermal decomposition of OH or H2O-bearing sulfates, such as from the reaction [1]: jarosite = yavapaiite + Fe2O3 + H2O. Where known, the stability fields of these minerals all suggest that they would be stable under martian surface conditions [2]. Thus, anhydrous sulfate minerals may contribute to martian surface mineralogy, so they must be well-represented in spectral libraries used for interpretation of the Martian surface. We present here the preliminary results of an integrated study of emittance, reflectance, and Mossbauer spectroscopy of a suite of wel-lcharacterized anhydrous sulfates.

  12. Spectroscopic studies of alkaline activated slag geopolymers

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    Mozgawa, W.; Deja, J.

    2009-04-01

    In the work, results of structural studies of different geopolymers, obtained using a granulated blast furnace slag, are presented. The slag was subjected to an alkaline activation process. As activators, NaOH, Na 2CO 3 and liquid glass were applied. IR and NMR spectroscopy were the main experimental methods used, the results obtained were compared with XRD phase analysis and SEM observations. In the IR spectra of raw slag as well as in the spectra of products of paste hydration, the bands due to the characteristic vibrations of bonds observed in both types of oxygen bridges: Si-O-Si and Si-O-Al, were assigned. These bridges constitute basic structural units, forming tetrahedral geopolymer chains. It was found that the slag composition, mainly SiO 2/Al 2O 3 ratio and modification in oxides concentration, influences the presence of the bands connected with the phases (mainly C-S-H) formed during the hydration in the IR spectra. Additionally, significant effect of amorphous phases share on the spectra shape was established. 29Si and 27Al MAS-NMR spectra of initial slag geopolymers and pastes provided information concerning coordination of both atoms in the structures. It was revealed that the kind of slag geopolymers and the conditions of paste hydration influence connectedness of silicooxygen tetrahedra and coordination number of aluminium atoms. Based on IR spectra, it was also possible to determine the influence of the activator type, activation time and hydration conditions on the products formed. Significant changes were observed for the bands assigned to vibrations of carbonate and hydroxide groups. The changes were also noticed in the case of bands due to vibrations of silicate and aluminosilicate bonds.

  13. Metamictization of zircon: Raman spectroscopic study

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    Zhang, Ming; Salje, Ekhard K. H.; Farnan, Ian; Graeme-Barber, Ann; Daniel, Philippe; Ewing, Rodney C.; Clark, Andrew M.; Leroux, Hugues

    2000-02-01

    Raman spectroscopy of radiation-damaged natural zircon samples shows increased line broadening and shifts of phonon frequencies with increasing radiation dose. Stretching and bending frequencies of SiO4 tetrahedra soften dramatically with increasing radiation damage. The frequency shifts can be used to determine the degree of radiation damage. Broad spectral bands related to Si-O stretching vibrations between 900 and 1000 cm-1 were observed in metamict/amorphous zircon. The radiation-dose-independent spectral profiles and the coexistence of this broad background and relative sharp Raman modes in partially damaged samples indicate that these bands are correlated with amorphous domains in zircon. The spectral profiles of metamict zircon suggest that in comparison with silica, the SiO4 tetrahedra are less polymerized in metamict zircon. This study also shows that ZrO2 and SiO2 are not the principal products of metamictization in zircon. No indication of bulk chemical unmixing of zircon into ZrO2 and SiO2 was found in 26 samples with a large variation of radiation damage (maximum dose: 23.5 × 1018 icons/Journals/Common/alpha" ALT="alpha" ALIGN="TOP"/> -events g-1 ). Only one sample showed clearly, in all measured sample areas, extra sharp lines at 146, 260, 312, 460 and 642 cm-1 characteristic of tetragonal ZrO2 . The geological (and possibly artificial heating) history of this sample is not known. It is concluded that radiation damage without subsequent high temperature annealing does not cause unmixing of zircon into constituent oxides.

  14. Studies of longitudinal profile of electron bunches and impedance measurements at Indus-2 synchrotron radiation source

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    Garg, Akash Deep; Yadav, S.; Kumar, Mukesh; Shrivastava, B. B.; Karnewar, A. K.; Ojha, A.; Puntambekar, T. A.

    2016-04-01

    Indus-2 is a 3rd generation synchrotron radiation source at the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) in India. We study the longitudinal profile of electrons in Indus-2 by using dual sweep synchroscan streak camera at visible diagnostic beamline. In this paper, the longitudinal profiles of electron bunch are analyzed by filling beam current in a single bunch mode. These studies are carried at injection energy (550 MeV) and at ramped beam energy (2.5 GeV). The effects of the wakefield generated interactions between the circulating electrons and the surrounding vacuum chamber are analyzed in terms of measured effects on longitudinal beam distribution. The impedance of the storage ring is obtained by fitting the solutions of Haissinski equation to the measured bunch lengthening with different impedance models. The impedance of storage ring obtained by a series R+L impedance model indicates a resistance (R) of 1350±125 Ω, an inductance (L) of 180±25 nH and broadband impedance of 2.69 Ω. These results are also compared with the values obtained from measured synchronous phase advancing and scaling laws. These studies are very useful in better understanding and control of the electromagnetic interactions.

  15. Spectroscopic studies of cold, gas-phase biomolecular ions

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    Rizzo, Thomas R.; Stearns, Jaime A.; Boyarkin, Oleg V.

    While the marriage of mass spectrometry and laser spectroscopy is not new, developments over the last few years in this relationship have opened up new horizons for the spectroscopic study of biological molecules. The combination of electrospray ionisation for producing large biological molecules in the gas phase together with cooled ion traps and multiple-resonance laser schemes are allowing spectroscopic investigation of individual conformations of peptides with more than a dozen amino acids. Highly resolved infrared spectra of single conformations of such species provide important benchmarks for testing the accuracy of theoretical calculations. This review presents a number of techniques employed in our laboratory and in others for measuring the spectroscopy of cold, gas-phase protonated peptides. We show examples that demonstrate the power of these techniques and evaluate their extension to still larger biological molecules.

  16. Spectroscopic studies of protein folding: Linear and nonlinear methods

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    Serrano, Arnaldo L; Waegele, Matthias M; Gai, Feng

    2012-01-01

    Although protein folding is a simple outcome of the underlying thermodynamics, arriving at a quantitative and predictive understanding of how proteins fold nevertheless poses huge challenges. Therefore, both advanced experimental and computational methods are continuously being developed and refined to probe and reveal the atomistic details of protein folding dynamics and mechanisms. Herein, we provide a concise review of recent developments in spectroscopic studies of protein folding, with a focus on new triggering and probing methods. In particular, we describe several laser-based techniques for triggering protein folding/unfolding on the picosecond and/or nanosecond timescales and various linear and nonlinear spectroscopic techniques for interrogating protein conformations, conformational transitions, and dynamics. PMID:22109973

  17. Analysis of different device-based intrathoracic impedance vectors for detection of heart failure events (from the Detect Fluid Early from Intrathoracic Impedance Monitoring study).

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    Heist, E Kevin; Herre, John M; Binkley, Philip F; Van Bakel, Adrian B; Porterfield, James G; Porterfield, Linda M; Qu, Fujian; Turkel, Melanie; Pavri, Behzad B

    2014-10-15

    Detect Fluid Early from Intrathoracic Impedance Monitoring (DEFEAT-PE) is a prospective, multicenter study of multiple intrathoracic impedance vectors to detect pulmonary congestion (PC) events. Changes in intrathoracic impedance between the right ventricular (RV) coil and device can (RVcoil→Can) of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy ICDs (CRT-Ds) are used clinically for the detection of PC events, but other impedance vectors and algorithms have not been studied prospectively. An initial 75-patient study was used to derive optimal impedance vectors to detect PC events, with 2 vector combinations selected for prospective analysis in DEFEAT-PE (ICD vectors: RVring→Can + RVcoil→Can, detection threshold 13 days; CRT-D vectors: left ventricular ring→Can + RVcoil→Can, detection threshold 14 days). Impedance changes were considered true positive if detected <30 days before an adjudicated PC event. One hundred sixty-two patients were enrolled (80 with ICDs and 82 with CRT-Ds), all with ≥1 previous PC event. One hundred forty-four patients provided study data, with 214 patient-years of follow-up and 139 PC events. Sensitivity for PC events of the prespecified algorithms was as follows: ICD: sensitivity 32.3%, false-positive rate 1.28 per patient-year; CRT-D: sensitivity 32.4%, false-positive rate 1.66 per patient-year. An alternative algorithm, ultimately approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (RVring→Can + RVcoil→Can, detection threshold 14 days), resulted in (for all patients) sensitivity of 21.6% and a false-positive rate of 0.9 per patient-year. The CRT-D thoracic impedance vector algorithm selected in the derivation study was not superior to the ICD algorithm RVring→Can + RVcoil→Can when studied prospectively. In conclusion, to achieve an acceptably low false-positive rate, the intrathoracic impedance algorithms studied in DEFEAT-PE resulted in low sensitivity for the prediction of heart

  18. Monitoring of CRT by means of impedance multiple measurements - simulation studies

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    Lewandowska, M.; Wtorek, J.; Bujnowski, A.; Mierzejewski, L.

    2010-04-01

    Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a very promising treatment for patients with congestive heart failure. An Impedance Cardiography (ICG) is used for evaluation of heart mechanical activity. A simulation study with the use of a FEM model was performed. The developed realistic model of the thorax, based on CT data obtained from examination of a 68-year-old man, consisted of 212 000 tetrahedral elements. Different configurations of electrodes allowing extraction of ventricular components from impedance signal were examined. The associated sensitivity distributions were calculated for different phases of heart contraction and blood distribution inside the thorax. These sensitivity distributions were compared to that obtained for a uniform model of the thorax described by average conductivity. The performed simulation studies proved that it is possible to extract ventricular components of impedance signal with a reasonable accuracy.

  19. A Study of Impedance Relationships in Dual Frequency PECVD Process Plasma

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    Keil, Douglas; Augustyniak, Edward; Sakiyama, Yukinori; Pecvd/Ald Team

    2016-09-01

    Commercial plasma process reactors are commonly operated with a very limited suite of on-board plasma diagnostics. However, as process demands advance so has the need for detailed plasma monitoring and diagnosis. The VI probe is one of the few instruments commonly available for this task. We present a study of voltage, current, impedance and phase trends acquired by off-the-shelf VI probes in Dual Frequency (DF) 400 kHz/13.56MHz capacitively-coupled plasma (CCP) as typically used for Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD). These plasmas typically operate at pressures from 1 to 5 Torr and at RF power levels of 3 W/cm2. Interpretation of DF VI probe impedance trends is challenging. Non-linear interactions are known to exist in plasma impedance scaling with low and high frequency RF power. Simple capacitive sheath models typically do not simultaneously reproduce the impedance observed at each drive frequency. This work will compare VI probe observed DF CCP impedance tends with plasma fluid simulation. Also explored is the agreement seen with sheath models presently available in the literature. Prospects for the creation of useful equivalent circuit models is also discussed.

  20. [A study of coordinates transform iterative fitting method to extract bio-impedance model parameters bio-impedance model parameters].

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    Zhou, Liming; Yang, Yuxing; Yuan, Shiying

    2006-02-01

    A new algorithm, the coordinates transform iterative optimizing method based on the least square curve fitting model, is presented. This arithmetic is used for extracting the bio-impedance model parameters. It is superior to other methods, for example, its speed of the convergence is quicker, and its calculating precision is higher. The objective to extract the model parameters, such as Ri, Re, Cm and alpha, has been realized rapidly and accurately. With the aim at lowering the power consumption, decreasing the price and improving the price-to-performance ratio, a practical bio-impedance measure system with double CPUs has been built. It can be drawn from the preliminary results that the intracellular resistance Ri increased largely with an increase in working load during sitting, which reflects the ischemic change of lower limbs.

  1. The influence of nanopore dimensions on the electrochemical properties of nanopore arrays studied by impedance spectroscopy.

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    Kant, Krishna; Priest, Craig; Shapter, Joe G; Losic, Dusan

    2014-11-11

    The understanding of the electrochemical properties of nanopores is the key factor for better understanding their performance and applications for nanopore-based sensing devices. In this study, the influence of pore dimensions of nanoporous alumina (NPA) membranes prepared by an anodization process and their electrochemical properties as a sensing platform using impedance spectroscopy was explored. NPA with four different pore diameters (25 nm, 45 nm and 65 nm) and lengths (5 μm to 20 μm) was used and their electrochemical properties were explored using different concentration of electrolyte solution (NaCl) ranging from 1 to 100 μM. Our results show that the impedance and resistance of nanopores are influenced by the concentration and ion species of electrolytes, while the capacitance is independent of them. It was found that nanopore diameters also have a significant influence on impedance due to changes in the thickness of the double layer inside the pores.

  2. The Influence of Nanopore Dimensions on the Electrochemical Properties of Nanopore Arrays Studied by Impedance Spectroscopy

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    Kant, Krishna; Priest, Craig; Shapter, Joe G.; Losic, Dusan

    2014-01-01

    The understanding of the electrochemical properties of nanopores is the key factor for better understanding their performance and applications for nanopore-based sensing devices. In this study, the influence of pore dimensions of nanoporous alumina (NPA) membranes prepared by an anodization process and their electrochemical properties as a sensing platform using impedance spectroscopy was explored. NPA with four different pore diameters (25 nm, 45 nm and 65 nm) and lengths (5 μm to 20 μm) was used and their electrochemical properties were explored using different concentration of electrolyte solution (NaCl) ranging from 1 to 100 μM. Our results show that the impedance and resistance of nanopores are influenced by the concentration and ion species of electrolytes, while the capacitance is independent of them. It was found that nanopore diameters also have a significant influence on impedance due to changes in the thickness of the double layer inside the pores. PMID:25393785

  3. Impedance study of membrane dehydration and compression in proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Le Canut, Jean-Marc; Latham, Ruth; Mérida, Walter; Harrington, David A.

    Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is used to measure drying and rehydration in proton exchange membrane fuel cells running under load. The hysteresis between forward and backward acquisition of polarization curves is shown to be largely due to changes in the membrane resistance. Drying tests are carried out with hydrogen and simulated reformate (hydrogen and carbon dioxide), and quasi-periodic drying and rehydration conditions are studied. The membrane hydration state is clearly linked to the high-frequency arc in the impedance spectrum, which increases in size for dry conditions indicating an increase in membrane resistance. Changes in impedance spectra as external compression is applied to the cell assembly show that EIS can separate membrane and interfacial effects, and that changes in membrane resistance dominate. Reasons for the presence of a capacitance in parallel with the membrane resistance are discussed.

  4. In situ anodization of aluminum surfaces studied by x-ray reflectivity and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

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    Bertram, F. Evertsson, J.; Messing, M. E.; Mikkelsen, A.; Lundgren, E.; Zhang, F.; Pan, J.; Carlà, F.; Nilsson, J.-O.

    2014-07-21

    We present results from the anodization of an aluminum single crystal [Al(111)] and an aluminum alloy [Al 6060] studied by in situ x-ray reflectivity, in situ electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and ex situ scanning electron microscopy. For both samples, a linear increase of oxide film thickness with increasing anodization voltage was found. However, the slope is much higher in the single crystal case, and the break-up of the oxide film grown on the alloy occurs at a lower anodization potential than on the single crystal. The reasons for these observations are discussed as are the measured differences observed for x-ray reflectivity and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

  5. Study on the Carbonation Behavior of Cement Mortar by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

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    Dong, Biqin; Qiu, Qiwen; Xiang, Jiaqi; Huang, Canjie; Xing, Feng; Han, Ningxu

    2014-01-01

    A new electrochemical model has been carefully established to explain the carbonation behavior of cement mortar, and the model has been validated by the experimental results. In fact, it is shown by this study that the electrochemical impedance behavior of mortars varies in the process of carbonation. With the cement/sand ratio reduced, the carbonation rate reveals more remarkable. The carbonation process can be quantitatively accessed by a parameter, which can be obtained by means of the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)-based electrochemical model. It has been found that the parameter is a function of carbonation depth and of carbonation time. Thereby, prediction of carbonation depth can be achieved. PMID:28788452

  6. Study on the Carbonation Behavior of Cement Mortar by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy.

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    Dong, Biqin; Qiu, Qiwen; Xiang, Jiaqi; Huang, Canjie; Xing, Feng; Han, Ningxu

    2014-01-03

    A new electrochemical model has been carefully established to explain the carbonation behavior of cement mortar, and the model has been validated by the experimental results. In fact, it is shown by this study that the electrochemical impedance behavior of mortars varies in the process of carbonation. With the cement/sand ratio reduced, the carbonation rate reveals more remarkable. The carbonation process can be quantitatively accessed by a parameter, which can be obtained by means of the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)-based electrochemical model. It has been found that the parameter is a function of carbonation depth and of carbonation time. Thereby, prediction of carbonation depth can be achieved.

  7. Spectroscopic and dynamical studies of highly energized small polyatomic molecules

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    Field, R.W.; Silbey, R.J.

    1993-12-01

    The authors have initiated a program to perform spectroscopic and dynamic studies of small molecules. Large amplitude motions in excited acetylene were discussed along with plans to record the dispersed fluorescence (DF) and the stimulated emission pumping (SEP) spectra. SEP spectra were reported for the formyl radical. A Fourier transform spectrometer was discussed with respect to its ability to probe the structure of radicals. This instrument is capable of performing studies using various techniques such as magnetic rotation spectroscopy and sub-Doppler sideband-OODR Zeman (SOODRZ) spectroscopy.

  8. Comparison of videofluoroscopy and impedance planimetry for the evaluation of oesophageal stenosis: a retrospective study.

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    Scharitzer, Martina; Lenglinger, Johannes; Schima, Wolfgang; Weber, Michael; Ringhofer, Claudia; Pokieser, Peter

    2017-04-01

    To compare videofluoroscopy that included a tablet test with impedance planimetry (EndoFLIP(®)) for the evaluation of oesophageal stenosis in patients with dysphagia. In 56 patients, videofluoroscopic examinations following the transit of a 14-mm tablet were retrospectively reviewed and correlated with impedance planimetry findings, a catheter-based method using impedance planimetry to display the oesophageal diameter estimates. Additional findings assessed were the occurrence of symptoms during tablet passage and evaluation of oesophageal motility. Impaction of the tablet occurred in 31/56 patients; nine showed a moderate delay (2-15 s), three a short delay (<2 s) and 13 no delay of tablet passage. Both methods showed a significant correlation between tablet impaction and oesophageal diameter <15.1 mm, as measured by impedance planimetry (p = 0.035). The feeling of the tablet getting stuck was reported by seven patients, six showing impaction of the tablet (four with an EndoFLIP-diameter < 13 mm, two with a diameter of 13-19 mm) and one showing delayed passage (EndoFLIP diameter of 17 mm). Videofluoroscopy and impedance planimetry correlate significantly regarding tablet impaction and residual oesophageal lumen. A standardized 14-mm tablet is helpful in demonstrating oesophageal strictures in dysphagic patients. Triggering of subjective symptoms provides valuable information during a videofluoroscopic study. • A 14-mm tablet can demonstrate oesophagogastric junction narrowing in patients with dysphagia. • Type of passage of a tablet enables estimation of oesophageal luminal diameter. • Videofluoroscopy and impedance planimetry correlate significantly regarding tablet impaction and residual oesophageal lumen.

  9. Mitochondrial Membrane Studies Using Impedance Spectroscopy with Parallel pH Monitoring

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    Padmaraj, Divya; Pande, Rohit; Miller, John H.; Wosik, Jarek; Zagozdzon-Wosik, Wanda

    2014-01-01

    A biological microelectromechanical system (BioMEMS) device was designed to study complementary mitochondrial parameters important in mitochondrial dysfunction studies. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been linked to many diseases, including diabetes, obesity, heart failure and aging, as these organelles play a critical role in energy generation, cell signaling and apoptosis. The synthesis of ATP is driven by the electrical potential across the inner mitochondrial membrane and by the pH difference due to proton flux across it. We have developed a tool to study the ionic activity of the mitochondria in parallel with dielectric measurements (impedance spectroscopy) to gain a better understanding of the properties of the mitochondrial membrane. This BioMEMS chip includes: 1) electrodes for impedance studies of mitochondria designed as two- and four-probe structures for optimized operation over a wide frequency range and 2) ion-sensitive field effect transistors for proton studies of the electron transport chain and for possible monitoring other ions such as sodium, potassium and calcium. We have used uncouplers to depolarize the mitochondrial membrane and disrupt the ionic balance. Dielectric spectroscopy responded with a corresponding increase in impedance values pointing at changes in mitochondrial membrane potential. An electrical model was used to describe mitochondrial sample’s complex impedance frequency dependencies and the contribution of the membrane to overall impedance changes. The results prove that dielectric spectroscopy can be used as a tool for membrane potential studies. It can be concluded that studies of the electrochemical parameters associated with mitochondrial bioenergetics may render significant information on various abnormalities attributable to these organelles. PMID:25010497

  10. Vibrational spectroscopic studies of newly developed synthetic biopolymers.

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    Bista, Rajan K; Bruch, Reinhard F; Covington, Aaron M

    2010-05-01

    Vibrational spectroscopic techniques such as near-infrared (NIR), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), and Raman spectroscopy are valuable diagnostic tools that can be used to elucidate comprehensive structural information of numerous biological samples. In this review article, we have highlighted the advantages of nanotechnology and biophotonics in conjunction with vibrational spectroscopic techniques in order to understand the various aspects of new kind of synthetic biopolymers termed as polyethylene glycol (PEG)ylated lipids. In contrast to conventional phospholipids, these novel lipids spontaneously form liposomes or nanovesicles upon hydration, without the supply of external activation energy. The amphiphiles considered in this study differ in their hydrophobic acyl chain length and contain different units of PEG hydrophilic headgroups. We have further explored the thermotropic phase behaviors and associated changes in the conformational order/disorder of such lipids by using variable-temperature FTIR and Raman spectroscopy. Phase transition temperature profiles and correlation between various spectral indicators have been identified by either monitoring the shifts in the vibrational peak positions or plotting vibrational peak intensity ratios in the C--H stretching region as a function of temperature. To supplement our observations of phase transformations, a thermodynamic approach known as differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) has been applied and revealed a good agreement with the infrared and Raman spectroscopic data. Finally, the investigation of thermal properties of lipids is extremely crucial for numerous purposes, thus the results obtained in this work may find application in a wide variety of studies including the development of PEGylated lipid based drug and substances delivery vehicles.

  11. The Origin, Composition and History of Comets from Spectroscopic Studies

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    Allamandola, L. J.

    1997-01-01

    A wealth of information essential to understanding the composition and physical structure of cometary ice and hence gain deep insight into the comet's origin and history, can be gleaned by carrying out a full range of spectroscopic studies on the returned sample. These studies ought to be among the first performed as they are generally non-destructive and will provide a broad data bank which will be crucial in planning subsequent analysis. Examples of the spectroscopic techniques along with relative sensitivities and transitions probed, are discussed. Different kind of "spectroscopy" is summarized, with emphasis placed on the kind of information each provides. Infrared spectroscopy should be the premier method of analysis as the mid-IR absorption spectrum of a substance contains more global information about the identity and structure of that material than any other property. In fact, the greatest strides in our understanding of the composition of interstellar ices (thought by many to be the primordial material from which comets have formed) have been taken during the past ten years or so because this was when high quality infrared spectra of the interstellar medium (ISM) first became available. The interpretation of the infrared spectra of mixtures, such as expected in comets, is often (not always) ambiguous. Consequently, a full range of other non-destructive, complementary spectroscopic measurements are required to fully characterize the material, to probe for substances for which the IR is not well suited and to lay the groundwork for future analysis. Given the likelihood that the icy component (including some of the organic and mineral phases) of the returned sample will be exceedingly complex, these techniques must be intensely developed over the next decade and then made ready to apply flawlessly to what will certainly be one of the most precious, and most challenging, samples ever analyzed.

  12. A study of ureteric peristalsis using a single catheter to record EMG, impedance, and pressure changes.

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    Roshani, H; Dabhoiwala, N F; Tee, S; Dijkhuis, T; Kurth, K H; Ongerboer de Visser, B W; de Jong, J M; Lamers, W H

    1999-03-01

    Ureteric peristalsis transports a urinary bolus from the renal pelvis to the bladder. We developed an intraluminal catheter with a pressure transducer on it to study intraluminal pressure changes and a twin bipolar electrode to record the ureteric EMG and impedance (Z) changes during a peristaltic wave. Five female New Yorkshire pigs (50-60 kg) were studied under light halothane anesthesia (5% at induction/1% for maintenance). A steady state of hydration was maintained using intravenous saline infusion. EMG spike burst activity was studied at a 10-cm interval using low (0-30) Hz filters. Impedance between the same electrodes is measured simultaneously in higher frequencies (1-5 KHz) as a function of ureteric motor activity. Pressure generation in the ureteric lumen was also measured simultaneously by a transducer on the same catheter. A digital signal processing program (Poly 4.9) was used for analysis. Parenteral furosemide was used to induce diuresis. Resting ureteric impedance (Z(R)) decreases to Z(B) (Z bolus) during the passage of the urinary bolus. Passage of a contractile zone during a peristaltic wave increases impedance from Z(B) to its Z(R) level and initiates a pressure rise. Bolus length (the length Z(B)) is not constant and decreases distally. EMG corresponds well in time to impedance. Z(R) disappears after infusion of furosemide because of increased urine load and changes of intraluminal ionic environment. The contractile segment of a ureteric peristaltic wave appears to be represented by an elevated Z segment (Z(C)). Pressure rise is recorded only at the beginning of a contractile zone. A specially adapted intraluminal catheter can be used to study peristalsis in the upper urinary tract. One can study all the three components of ureteric peristalsis (excitation, contraction, and intraluminal pressure rise) using such a catheter.

  13. Comparative study of electrolyte additives using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy on symmetric cells

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    Petibon, R.; Sinha, N. N.; Burns, J. C.; Aiken, C. P.; Ye, Hui; VanElzen, Collette M.; Jain, Gaurav; Trussler, S.; Dahn, J. R.

    2014-04-01

    The effect of various electrolyte additives and additive combinations added to a 1 M LiPF6 EC:EMC electrolyte on the positive and negative electrodes surface of 1 year old wound LiCoO2/graphite cells and Li[Ni0.4Mn0.4Co0.2])O2/graphite cells was studied using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) on symmetric cells. The additives tested were: vinylene carbonate (VC), trimethoxyboroxine (TMOBX), fluoroethylene carbonate (FEC), lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI), and H2O alone or in combination. In general, compared to control electrolyte, the additives tested reduced the impedance of the positive electrode and increased the impedance of the negative electrode with the exception of LiTFSI in Li[Ni0.4Mn0.4Co0.2]O2/graphite wound cells. Higher charge voltage led to higher positive electrode impedance, with the exception of 2%VC + 2% FEC, and 2% LiTFSI. In some cases, some additives when mixed with another controlled the formation of the SEI at one electrode, and shared the formation of the SEI at one electrode when mixed with a different additive.

  14. Studying the implementation of iterative impedance control for assistive hand rehabilitation using an exoskeleton.

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    Martineau, T; Vaidyanathan, R

    2017-07-01

    A positive training synergy can be obtained when two individuals attempt to learn the same motor task while mechanically coupled to one another. In this paper, we have studied how mimicking this interaction through impedance control can be exploited to improve assistance delivered by hand exoskeleton devices during rehabilitation. In this context, the machine and user take complementary roles akin to two coupled individuals. We present the derivation of a dynamic model of the human hand for the purpose of controller development for new hand exoskeleton platforms. Using this model, we have simulated the behavior of an iterative impedance controller programmed for rehabilitative training. The controller interacts with cylindrical objects to be grasped by means of an inverse kinematic mapping and tuning of mechanical impedance characteristic of the finger joints. Through fusion of concepts from motor control theory, muscle impedance and task oriented control, the controller is capable of iteratively learn to accomplish simple tasks involving grasping and lifting while cooperating with a user. The controller is also capable of adapting to more complex dynamics for more dexterous tasks, such as pulling on a hand-bar or loosening the cap of a jar. We believe the human-robot synergy established in this investigation has benefits to therapy. It can be combined with a broad range of training exercises and represents an incremental step towards mimicking natural human motor responses.

  15. Spectroscopic studies of interactions involving horseradish peroxidase and Tb3+.

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    Guo, Shaofen; Zhou, Qing; Lu, Tianhong; Ding, Xiaolan; Huang, Xiaohua

    2008-09-01

    The spectroscopic properties of interactions involving horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and Tb3+ in the simulated physiological solution was investigated with some electrochemical and spectroscopic methods, such as cyclic voltammetry (CV), circular dichroism (CD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and synchronous fluorescence (SF). It was found that Tb3+ can coordinate with oxygen atoms in carbonyl groups in the peptide chain of HRP, form the complex of Tb3+ and HRP (Tb-HRP), and then lead to the conformation change of HRP. The increase in the random coil content of HRP can disturb the microstructure of the heme active center of HRP, in which the planarity of the porphyrin cycle in the heme group is increased and then the exposure extent of the electrochemical active center is decreased. Thus Tb3+ can inhibit the electrochemical reaction of HRP and its electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of H2O2 at the Au/Cys/GC electrode. The changes in the microstructure of HRP obstructed the electron transfer of Fe(III) in the porphyrin cycle of the heme group, thus HRP catalytic activity is inhibited. The inhibition effect of Tb3+ on HRP catalytic activity is increased with the increasing of Tb3+ concentration. This study would provide some references for better understanding the rare earth elements and heavy metals on peroxidase toxicity in living organisms.

  16. Novel dipodal Schiff base compounds: Synthesis, characterization and spectroscopic studies

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    Obali, Aslihan Yilmaz; Ucan, Halil Ismet

    2015-02-01

    Two novel dipodal Schiff base compounds 1,2-benzyloxy-bis-[2-(benzylideneamino)phenol, L1 and 1,2-benzyloxy-bis[3-(benzylideneamino)pyridine], L2 were synthesized. Their sensing actions were confirmed by UV-Vis absorbance and emission spectroscopic studies in presence of Cr(III), Mn(II), Fe(III), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), Sn(II), Cd(II) and Pb(II) in methanol medium (1 × 10-4 M). It was found that the dipodal compounds can selectively bind to Cu(II) and Pb(II) metal ions with a significant change in its emission and absorption spectra, while the addition of other metal ions (Cr(III), Mn(II), Fe(III), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), Sn(II), Cd(II) and Pb(II)) produces insignificant or minor changes. The host-guest complexes formed were determined by Job's plot method. As a chemosensor, L1 and L2 dipodal Schiff base compounds shows a specific selectivity towards Cu(II) and Pb(II) ions in according to all spectroscopic data.

  17. Spectroscopic studies of carbon impurities in PISCES-A

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    Ra, Y.; Hirooka, Y.; Leung, W.K.; Conn, R.W. . Inst. of Plasma and Fusion Research); Pospieszczyk, A. . Inst. fuer Plasmaphysik)

    1989-08-01

    The graphite used for the limiter of the tokamak reactor produces carbon-containing molecular impurities as a result of the interactions with the edge plasma. The behavior of these molecular impurities has been studied using emission spectroscopy. The present study includes: finding molecular bands and atomic lines in the visible spectral range which can be used for the study of the molecular impurities, studying the breakup processes of the molecular impurities on their way from the source into the plasma, developing a spectroscopic diagnostic method for the absolute measurement of the molecular impurity flux resulting from graphite erosion. For these studies, carbon-containing molecules such as CH{sub 4}, C{sub 2}H{sub 2}, C{sub 2}H{sub 4}, and CO{sub 2} were injected into the tokamak-boundary,like plasma generated by PISCES-A. The spectrograms of these gases were taken. Many useful bands and lines were determined from the spectrograms. The breakup processes of these gases were studied by observing the spatial profiles of the emission of the molecules and their radicals for different plasma conditions. For the absolute measurement of the eroded molecular impurity flux, the photon efficiency of the lines and bands were found by measuring the absolute number of the emitted photons and injected gas molecules. The chemical sputtering yield of graphite by hydrogen plasma was spectroscopically measured using the previously obtained photon efficiencies. It showed good agreement with results obtained by weight loss measurements. 16 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  18. Impedance spectroscopy studies in cobalt ferrite-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite

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    Supriya, Sweety Kumar, Sunil Kar, Manoranjan

    2016-05-06

    (1-x)Cobalt ferrite-(x)reduced graphene oxidenanocomposites with x=0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 were prepared by the ultrasonic method. The crystal symmetry modification due to reduced graphene oxide and cobalt ferrite interaction has been studied by employing the X-ray diffraction technique. Morphology of the samples was studied by the Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Study on electrical properties of the cobalt ferrite-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites explores the possible application of these composites as anode material. Impedance decreases with an increase in frequency as well as temperature, which supports an increase in ac electrical conductivity. The modified Debye relaxation model can explain the behavior of impedance in cobalt ferrite-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites.

  19. Combined spectroscopic and quantum chemical studies of ezetimibe

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    Prajapati, Preeti; Pandey, Jaya; Shimpi, Manishkumar R.; Srivastava, Anubha; Tandon, Poonam; Velaga, Sitaram P.; Sinha, Kirti

    2016-12-01

    Ezetimibe (EZT) is a hypocholesterolemic agent used for the treatment of elevated blood cholesterol levels as it lowers the blood cholesterol by blocking the absorption of cholesterol in intestine. Study aims to combine experimental and computational methods to provide insights into the structural and vibrational spectroscopic properties of EZT which is important for explaining drug substance physical and biological properties. Computational study on molecular properties of ezetimibe is presented using density functional theory (DFT) with B3LYP functional and 6-311++G(d,p) basis set. A detailed vibrational assignment has been done for the observed IR and Raman spectra of EZT. In addition to the conformational study, hydrogen bonding and molecular docking studies have been also performed. For conformational studies, the double well potential energy curves have been plotted for the rotation around the six flexible bonds of the molecule. UV absorption spectrum was examined in methanol solvent and compared with calculated one in solvent environment (IEF-PCM) using TD-DFT/6-31G basis set. HOMO-LUMO energy gap of both the conformers have also been calculated in order to predict its chemical reactivity and stability. The stability of the molecule was also examined by means of natural bond analysis (NBO) analysis. To account for the chemical reactivity and site selectivity of the molecules, molecular electrostatic potential (MEPS) map has been plotted. The combination of experimental and calculated results provide an insight into the structural and vibrational spectroscopic properties of EZT. In order to give an insight for the biological activity of EZT, molecular docking of EZT with protein NPC1L1 has been done.

  20. Time Domain Reflectometric and spectroscopic studies on toluene + butyronitrile solution

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    Karthick, N. K.; Arivazhagan, G.; Kumbharkhane, A. C.; Joshi, Y. S.; Kannan, P. P.

    2016-03-01

    The dielectric parameters of toluene + butyronitrile solution have been obtained by time domain reflectometry (TDR) technique in the frequency range from 10 MHz to 30 GHz at 298 K. Spectroscopic (FTIR and 13C NMR) studies have also been carried out on the solution and the results of the studies show that neat butyronitrile is self-associative through C-H⋯N contacts and weak intermolecular forces of C-H⋯N and C-H⋯π type are operative in the solution. The obtained dielectric parameters such as Kirkwood correlation factor g, relaxation time τ etc. have been analyzed in view of these weak intermolecular forces. The weak non-covalent interactions between heteromolecules appear to have no influence on the ideality of ɛm vs X2 curve of the solution. Heteromolecular entities with weak intermolecular forces experience larger hindrance leading to longer relaxation time τ.

  1. Spectroscopic study of demineralization and restoration processes in dental enamel

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    Sokolova, Tatiana N.; Surmenko, Elena L.; Tuchin, Valery V.; Kishen, A.; Chebotarevsky, Yu. V.

    2007-07-01

    The spectroscopic study of dental enamel by LIBS (laser induced breakdown spectroscopy), FTIR (Fourier transform infrared) and XRD (X-ray diffraction) are represented. The changes of enamel structure and composition in process of natural (caries) and artificial demineralization and restoration were studied. In comparison of sound and carious enamel LIBS showed a decrease of the content of Ca, P and change of the content of some other macro-and trace elements (Mn, Na, Fe, Zn etc). The character of the elemental composition variation was stipulated by the concrete disease. Analysis of FTIR and XRD spectra of dental samples, subjected to artificial demineralization and restoration, showed that restoration action reveals slower, than demineralization. And in some cases the damage of crystals after restoration is more significant than after demineralization.

  2. [Spectroscopic studies on transition metal ions in colored diamonds].

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    Meng, Yu-Fei; Peng, Ming-Sheng

    2004-07-01

    Transition metals like nickel, cobalt and iron have been often used as solvent catalysts in high pressure high temperature (HPHT) synthesis of diamond, and nickel and cobalt ions have been found in diamond lattice. Available studies indicated that nickel and cobalt ions could enter the lattice as interstitial or substitutional impurities and form complexes with nitrogen. Polarized microscopy, SEM-EDS, EPR, PL and FTIR have been used in this study to investigate six fancy color natural and synthetic diamonds in order to determine the spectroscopic characteristics and the existing forms of transition metal ions in colored diamond lattice. Cobalt-related optical centers were first found in natural chameleon diamonds, and some new nickel and cobalt-related optical and EPR centers have also been detected in these diamond samples.

  3. Crystallographic and spectroscopic study on a known orally active progestin.

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    Ferraboschi, Patrizia; Ciuffreda, Pierangela; Ciceri, Samuele; Grisenti, Paride; Castellano, Carlo; Meneghetti, Fiorella

    2015-12-01

    6,17α-Dimethyl-4,6-pregnadiene-3,20-dione (medrogestone, 2) is for a long time known steroid endowed with progestational activity. In order to study its crystallographic and NMR spectroscopic properties with the aim to fill the literature gap, we prepared medrogestone following a traditional procedure. A careful NMR study allowed the complete assignment of the (1)H and (13)C NMR signals not only of medrogestone but also of its synthetic intermediates. The structural and stereochemical characterizations of medrogestone together with its precursor 17α-methyl-3-ethoxy-pregna-3,5-dien-20-one were described by means of X-ray analysis, allowing a deepened conformational investigation.

  4. Impedance Spectroscopy Study of Composite Thin Films of Hydrated Polyethylene Glycol

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    Al-Hamarneh, Ibrahim F.; Pedrow, Patrick D.; Goheen, Steven C.; Hartenstine, M. J.

    2007-05-01

    A polythelene glycol (PEG) polymer was synthesized using a dip coating procedure on 316L stainless steel (SS) substrate pre coated by radio frequency RF inductively coupled plasma polymerization with di (ethylene glycol) vinyl ether (EO2V) monomer that was used as a primer coat. The primer and PEG composite film was studied with profilometer, visible-light microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and a tape test to evaluate thickness, stability, morphology and adhesion. Response of the PEG composite film to an AC electric perturbation was studied as a function of hydration state using impedance spectroscopy (IS). A resistor/capacitor network was used to interpret the impedance spectra. The capacitance of the PEG film decreased with an exponentially decaying term as dehydration progressed. PEG film capacitance decay was consistent with a model describing water molecules diffusing through the PEG film.

  5. Impedance Spectroscopy Study of Composite Thin Films of Hydrated Polyethylene Glycol

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    Al-Hamarneh, Ibrahim F.; Pedrow, Patrick D.; Goheen, Steven C.; Hartenstine, M. J.

    2007-10-01

    A polyethylene glycol (PEG) polymer was synthesized using a dip coating procedure on 316L stainless steel (SS) substrate pre-coated with a primer that consisted of radio frequency RF inductively coupled plasma-polymerized di (ethylene glycol) vinyl ether (EO2V). The primer and PEG composite film was studied with profilometer, optical microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM), and a tape test to evaluate thickness, coverage, morphology, and adhesion, respectively. Response of the PEG composite film to an applied AC voltage was studied as a function of hydration state using impedance spectroscopy (IS). A resistor/capacitor network was used to interpret the impedance spectra. Electrical capacitance of the PEG film decreased with an exponentially decaying term as dehydration progressed. PEG film capacitance decay was consistent with a model describing water molecules diffusing through the PEG film.

  6. Study of Paclitaxel-Treated HeLa Cells by Differential Electrical Impedance Flow Cytometry.

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    Kirkegaard, Julie; Clausen, Casper Hyttel; Rodriguez-Trujillo, Romen; Svendsen, Winnie Edith

    2014-09-01

    This work describes the electrical investigation of paclitaxel-treated HeLa cells using a custom-made microfluidic biosensor for whole cell analysis in continuous flow. We apply the method of differential electrical impedance spectroscopy to treated HeLa cells in order to elucidate the changes in electrical properties compared with non-treated cells. We found that our microfluidic system was able to distinguish between treated and non-treated cells. Furthermore, we utilize a model for electrical impedance spectroscopy in order to perform a theoretical study to clarify our results. This study focuses on investigating the changes in the electrical properties of the cell membrane caused by the effect of paclitaxel. We observe good agreement between the model and the obtained results. This establishes the proof-of-concept for the application in cell drug therapy.

  7. Study of Paclitaxel-Treated HeLa Cells by Differential Electrical Impedance Flow Cytometry

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    Kirkegaard, Julie; Clausen, Casper Hyttel; Rodriguez-Trujillo, Romen; Svendsen, Winnie Edith

    2014-01-01

    This work describes the electrical investigation of paclitaxel-treated HeLa cells using a custom-made microfluidic biosensor for whole cell analysis in continuous flow. We apply the method of differential electrical impedance spectroscopy to treated HeLa cells in order to elucidate the changes in electrical properties compared with non-treated cells. We found that our microfluidic system was able to distinguish between treated and non-treated cells. Furthermore, we utilize a model for electrical impedance spectroscopy in order to perform a theoretical study to clarify our results. This study focuses on investigating the changes in the electrical properties of the cell membrane caused by the effect of paclitaxel. We observe good agreement between the model and the obtained results. This establishes the proof-of-concept for the application in cell drug therapy. PMID:25587422

  8. Optimal tissue types in the thoracic electrical impedance model for thoracic electrical bioimpedance (TEB) studies.

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    Akhand, M; Trakic, A; Terril, P; Liu, F; Wilson, S; Crozier, S

    2009-01-01

    In this study we have identified the tissues required to be included in the thoracic electrical impedance model for studies relating to impedance cardiography. This is a useful finding, as it expedites and simplifies the segmentation process when employed to construct digital human models from a set of magnetic resonance or computed tomography images. Laplace equations with inhomogeneous boundary conditions were solved within an anatomically accurate thorax model. When the number of tissue types in the model was reduced to only 7 (i.e. blood, fat, liver, lung, muscle, skin and bone) the calculations indicated a 3.6% error in the result. Addition of internal air reduced the error to as small as 1.3%. Further reductions in the number of tissue types introduced larger errors in the measurement. It was therefore concluded that 8 tissue types are essential to acceptably preserve the computational accuracy while facilitating a simplification of the segmentation process.

  9. Study of charge-carrier relaxation in a disordered organic semiconductor by simulating impedance spectroscopy

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    Mesta, M.; Cottaar, J.; Coehoorn, R.; Bobbert, P. A.

    2014-05-01

    Impedance spectroscopy is a very sensitive probe of nonstationary charge transport governed by charge-carrier relaxation in devices of disordered organic semiconductors. We simulate impedance spectroscopy measurements of hole-only devices of a polyfluorene-based disordered organic semiconductor by solving a time-dependent three-dimensional master equation for the occupational probabilities of transport sites in the semiconductor. We focus on the capacitance-voltage characteristics at different frequencies. In order to obtain good agreement with the measured characteristics, we have to assume a lower strength of a Gaussian energy disorder than obtained from best fits to the stationary current density-voltage characteristics. This lower disorder strength is in agreement with dark-injection studies of nonstationary charge transport on the same devices. The results add to solving the puzzle of reconciling nonstationary with stationary charge-transport studies of disordered organic semiconductors.

  10. Studying a new shape for mechanical impedance matchers in Mario Schenberg transducers

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    Frajuca, Carlos; da Silva Bortoli, Fabio; Simao Magalhaes, Nadja

    2006-03-01

    ``Mario Schenberg'' is a spherical resonant-mass gravitational wave (GW) detector that is expected to be part of a GW detection array of two detectors. Another one is been built in The Netherlands. Their resonant frequencies will be around 3 kHz with a bandwidth of about 200 Hz. This range of frequencies is new in a field where the typical frequencies lay below 1 kHz, making the transducer development much more complex. Some studies indicated that the use of low mass mechanical resonators (used for impedance matching to the parametric transducer, in a cold damping regime) allows the detector to reach the standard quantum limit. In this work we describe the study of a new shape for the impedance matching resonator used to obtain a better coupling between the sphere and the transducers and a better use of the space inside the experimental chamber.

  11. A Spectroscopic-Based Laboratory Experiment for Protein Conformational Studies

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    Ramos, Carlos Henrique I.

    2004-01-01

    This article describes a practical experiment for teaching basic spectroscopic techniques to introduce the topic of protein conformational change to students in the field of molecular biology, biochemistry, or structural biology. The spectroscopic methods employed in the experiment are absorbance, for protein concentration measurements, and…

  12. A Spectroscopic-Based Laboratory Experiment for Protein Conformational Studies

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    Ramos, Carlos Henrique I.

    2004-01-01

    This article describes a practical experiment for teaching basic spectroscopic techniques to introduce the topic of protein conformational change to students in the field of molecular biology, biochemistry, or structural biology. The spectroscopic methods employed in the experiment are absorbance, for protein concentration measurements, and…

  13. Electrical impedance measurements in the arm and the leg during a thirty day bed rest study

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    Cardus, David; Jaweed, Mazher; McTaggart, Wesley

    1995-01-01

    The need to detect, follow, and understand the effects of gravity on body fluid distribution is a constant stimulus to the quest for new techniques in this area of research. One of these techniques is electrical bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS). Although not new, this is a technique whose applications to biomedical research are fairly recent. What is new is the development of instrumentation that has made practical the use of impedance spectroscopy in the biomedical setting, particularly in studies involving human subjects. The purpose of this paper is to report impedance spectroscopy observations made on a subject who was submitted to bed rest for a period of thirty days. These observations were made as part of a study on muscle atrophy during a thirty day head down bed rest. Since bed rest studies are very costly in human and financial terms, and technically difficult to realize, we felt that even though the present study deals only with a single case it was worthy of reporting because it illustrates kinds of questions impedance spectroscopy may help to answer in microgravity research.

  14. Spectroscopic study of Gd nanostructures quantum confined in Fe corrals

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    Cao, R. X.; Sun, L.; Miao, B. F.; ...

    2015-07-10

    Low dimensional nanostructures have attracted attention due to their rich physical properties and potential applications. The essential factor for their functionality is their electronic properties, which can be modified by quantum confinement. Here the electronic states of Gd atom trapped in open Fe corrals on Ag(111) were studied via scanning tunneling spectroscopy. A single spectroscopic peak above the Fermi level is observed after Gd adatoms are trapped inside Fe corrals, while two peaks appear in empty corrals. The single peak position is close to the higher energy peak of the empty corrals. These findings, attributed to quantum confinement of themore » corrals and Gd structures trapped inside, are supported by tight-binding calculations. As a result, this demonstrates and provides insights into atom trapping in open corrals of various diameters, giving an alternative approach to modify the properties of nano-objects.« less

  15. Ultrasonic and spectroscopic studies on photoactivation of euglena

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    Saito, Mitsunori; Morita, Shin

    2006-12-01

    We studied the effect of the irradiation wavelength on the activity of photosynthetic euglena. The ultrasonic manipulation technique was used for both the activity evaluation and the movement restriction in the spectral measurements. Euglenas that had been preserved in darkness became inactive, and accordingly most of them were trapped by the ultrasonic standing wave (0.8mW/mm2). However, when they were exposed to light of 500 or 700nm wavelength (0.13W/m2), they became active enough to escape from the trapping. By contrast, irradiation at 550, 600, or 650nm wavelength had no effect on their activity. Spectroscopic measurements, which used to be difficult for locomotive microorganisms, were conducted successfully by trapping euglena at a node of the ultrasonic standing wave. The absorption bands were observed at around 500 or 700nm, which corresponded to the irradiation wavelengths that activated euglena.

  16. Raman spectroscopic study of cyclohexane at pressures below 1000 MPa

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    Qiao, Erwei; Zheng, Haifei

    2017-10-01

    At present, the room temperature freezing pressure of cyclohexane is still uncertain, and the phase transition pressure of solid I - solid III is not reliable at ambient temperature. In this work, we have performed a Raman spectroscopic study of cyclohexane in a Moissanite anvil cell at pressures below 1000 MPa at 25 °C, and analyzed the characteristic of Raman brands νs(CH2), νas(CH2) and νb(Ring). Two phase transition pressures 80 MPa and 550 MPa were determined by a quartz pressure gauge, and they are the room temperature freezing pressure of cyclohexane and the phase transition pressure of solid I to solid III, respectively. Furthermore, from the phase diagram of cyclohexane, it is inferred that pressure plays an important role on the stability of cyclohexane as the main constituent of oil, and it can be beneficial to understanding the formation, migration and preservation of petroleum in subterranean rock strata.

  17. A detailed spectroscopic study of an Italian fresco

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    Barilaro, Donatella; Crupi, Vincenza; Majolino, Domenico; Barone, Germana; Ponterio, Rosina

    2005-02-15

    In the present work we characterized samples of plasters and pictorial layers taken from a fresco in the Acireale Cathedral. The fresco represents the Coronation of Saint Venera, patron saint of this Ionian town. By performing a detailed spectroscopic analysis of the plaster preparation layer by Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction (XRD), and of the painting layer by FTIR and confocal Raman microspectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy+energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and XRD, we were able to identify the pigments and the binders present. In particular, Raman investigation was crucial to the characterization of the pigments thanks to the high resolution of the confocal apparatus used. It is worth stressing that the simultaneous use of complementary techniques was able to provide more complete information for the conservation of the artifact we studied.

  18. Spectroscopic Capabilities of XMM for Stellar Coronal Studies

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    Pallavicini, R.

    The turn of the millennium will be a marvelous time for X-ray astronomy with the launch of powerful missions such as AXAF, XMM, and ASTRO-E. Stellar coronae, with their spectra rich in emission lines, will be primary targets to exploit the spectroscopic capabilities of these missions. In particular, the CCD cameras and reflection gratings on XMM will allow us to address a number of key questions in stellar coronal physics. The capabilities of XMM for the study of stellar coronae are illustrated by means of simulations of EPIC and RGS spectra for a variety of typical stellar coronal sources. The mission time-line and the policy for accessing the data are also briefly illustrated.

  19. Spectroscopic study of Gd nanostructures quantum confined in Fe corrals

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    Cao, R. X.; Sun, L.; Miao, B. F.; Li, Q. L.; Zheng, C.; Wu, D.; You, B.; Zhang, W.; Han, P.; Bader, S. D.; Zhang, W. Y.; Ding, H. F.

    2015-07-10

    Low dimensional nanostructures have attracted attention due to their rich physical properties and potential applications. The essential factor for their functionality is their electronic properties, which can be modified by quantum confinement. Here the electronic states of Gd atom trapped in open Fe corrals on Ag(111) were studied via scanning tunneling spectroscopy. A single spectroscopic peak above the Fermi level is observed after Gd adatoms are trapped inside Fe corrals, while two peaks appear in empty corrals. The single peak position is close to the higher energy peak of the empty corrals. These findings, attributed to quantum confinement of the corrals and Gd structures trapped inside, are supported by tight-binding calculations. As a result, this demonstrates and provides insights into atom trapping in open corrals of various diameters, giving an alternative approach to modify the properties of nano-objects.

  20. Molecular spectroscopic study for suggested mechanism of chrome tanned leather

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    Nashy, Elshahat H. A.; Osman, Osama; Mahmoud, Abdel Aziz; Ibrahim, Medhat

    2012-03-01

    Collagen represents the structural protein of the extracellular matrix, which gives strength of hides and/or skin under tanning process. Chrome tan is the most important tanning agent all over the world. The methods for production of leather evolved over several centuries as art and engineering with little understanding of the underlying science. The present work is devoted to suggest the most probable mechanistic action of chrome tan on hide proteins. First the affect of Cr upon hide protein is indicated by the studied mechanical properties. Then the spectroscopic characterization of the hide protein as well as chrome tanned leather was carried out with Horizontal Attenuated Total Reflection (HATR) FT-IR. The obtained results indicate how the chromium can attached with the active sites of collagen. Molecular modeling confirms that chromium can react with amino as well as carboxylate groups. Four schemes were obtained to describe the possible interactions of chrome tan with hide proteins.

  1. Spectroscopic studies of anthracyclines: Structural characterization and in vitro tracking

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    Szafraniec, Ewelina; Majzner, Katarzyna; Farhane, Zeineb; Byrne, Hugh J.; Lukawska, Malgorzata; Oszczapowicz, Irena; Chlopicki, Stefan; Baranska, Malgorzata

    2016-12-01

    A broad spectroscopic characterization, using ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) and Fourier transform infrared absorption as well as Raman scattering, of two commonly used anthracyclines antibiotics (DOX) daunorubicin (DNR), their epimers (EDOX, EDNR) and ten selected analogs is presented. The paper serves as a comprehensive spectral library of UV-vis, IR and Raman spectra of anthracyclines in the solid state and in solution. The particular advantage of Raman spectroscopy for the measurement and analysis of individual antibiotics is demonstrated. Raman spectroscopy can be used to monitor the in vitro uptake and distribution of the drug in cells, using both 488 nm and 785 nm as source wavelengths, with submicrometer spatial resolution, although the cellular accumulation of the drug is different in each case. The high information content of Raman spectra allows studies of the drug-cell interactions, and so the method seems very suitable for monitoring drug uptake and mechanisms of interaction with cellular compartments at the subcellular level.

  2. Spectroscopic study of photo and thermal destruction of riboflavin

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    Astanov, Salikh; Sharipov, Mirzo Z.; Fayzullaev, Askar R.; Kurtaliev, Eldar N.; Nizomov, Negmat

    2014-08-01

    Influence of temperature and light irradiation on the spectroscopic properties of aqueous solutions of riboflavin was studied using linear dichroism method, absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. It was established that in a wide temperature range 290-423 K there is a decline of absorbance and fluorescence ability, which is explained by thermodestruction of riboflavin. It is shown that the proportion of molecules, which have undergone degradation, are in the range of 4-28%, and depends on the concentration and quantity of temperature effects. Introduction of hydrochloric and sulfuric acids, as well as different metal ions leads to an increase in the photostability of riboflavin solutions by 2-2.5 times. The observed phenomena are explained by the formation protonation form of riboflavin and a complex between the metal ions and oxygen atoms of the carbonyl group of riboflavin, respectively.

  3. Raman spectroscopic study of "The Malatesta": a Renaissance painting?

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    Edwards, Howell G M; Vandenabeele, Peter; Benoy, Timothy J

    2015-02-25

    Raman spectroscopic analysis of the pigments on an Italian painting described as a "Full Length Portrait of a Gentleman", known also as the "Malatesta", and attributed to the Renaissance period has established that these are consistent with the historical research provenance undertaken earlier. Evidence is found for the early 19th Century addition of chrome yellow to highlighted yellow ochre areas in comparison with a similar painting executed in 1801 by Sir Thomas Lawrence of John Kemble in the role of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. The Raman data are novel in that no analytical studies have previously been made on this painting and reinforces the procedure whereby scientific analyses are accompanied by parallel historical research.

  4. Spectroscopic Study of Low Mass Members of NGC 2244

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    Alty, Michelle; Ybarra, Jason E.; Román-Zúñiga, Carlos G.; Lada, Elizabeth A.

    2017-01-01

    The results of a near-infrared spectroscopic study of low-mass stars in open cluster NGC 2244 are presented. JH spectra of the stars were obtained using the FLAMINGOS instrument at KPNO. To determine cluster membership, we used Spitzer Space Telescope mid-infrared photometry along with X-ray detections from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The stars were spectral typed using absorption line ratios and spectral shapes. The stars were then plotted on an H-R diagram along with theoretical isochrones. We discuss these results in context of cluster evolution in the Rosette Molecular Complex. Work supported, in part, by the Dr. John W. Martin Summer Science Research Institute at Bridgewater College.

  5. Spectroscopic Studies of Quantum Well Structures in Pulsed Magnetic Fields

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    Perry, Clive H.

    1998-03-01

    Magneto-photoluminescence spectroscopy (MPS) at low temperatures is a powerful technique for investigating the ground and excited states of high quality quantum well-type semiconductor heterostructures. The spectra are strongly influenced by electron-electron interactions and the method offers a complimentary tool to electrical transport studies. We have established a MPS facility at NHMFL-LANL and have undertaken a comprehensive investigation of magneto-excitonic and Landau transitions in a large variety of undoped and doped (two-dimensional electron gas, 2DEG) GaAs/AlGaAs and InGaAs/GaAs quantum-well structures. Excitation energies are provided by UV, visible, and NIR lasers. Fiber optic probes are used to switch between steady state (to 18 tesla) and short-pulsed (to 65 tesla) magnetic fields applied perpendicular (Faraday geometry) and parallel (Voigt geometry) to the growth axis of the 2D layers. The experimental techniques, optical layout, and data acquisition are reviewed i n some detail. Short-pulse magnets require that the spectroscopic data acquisition to be obtained in a 2 ms time-frame in the 'flat-top' region at the peak of the field. A broad range of samples have been investigated as a function of temperature, sample geometry, and high pressure. Examples of MPL spectra of single and coupled double quantum wells, modulation-doped quantum wells, single interface structures, and other related semiconductor heterojunction structures are given. The recently commissioned long-pulse magnet at NHMFL-LANL offers several new exciting possibilities: (i) The long exponential decay associated with the crow-bar mode has the potential for spectroscopic studies from 60 -10 T in 0.5 T intervals from a single pulse. (ii) Field steps programmed to last from 100-500 ms or longer offer the opportunity for time-resolved MPL spectroscopy in the 60 - 10 T range.

  6. Spectroscopic study of the peculiar galaxy IC 883

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    Yakovleva, V. A.; Merkulova, O. A.; Karataeva, G. M.; Shalyapina, L. V.; Yablokova, N. V.; Burenkov, A. N.

    2016-04-01

    We analyze new optical spectroscopic observations obtained at the 6-m telescope of the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences with the SCORPIO focal reducer (in the modes of a Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) and long-slit spectroscopy) and the Multi-Pupil Fiber Spectrograph for the galaxy IC 883. We have confirmed that the main body of the galaxy rotates around its minor axis. The positions of the dynamical axes of the stellar and gaseous components have been found to differ by ~10°. The velocities in the SE tail do not correspond to the circular rotation around the galaxy's minor axis. This structure is probably a fragment of an unwound curved spiral arm. Regions with high velocity dispersions and peculiarities in the velocity fields have been found along the minor axis. Our study of the age and metallicity of the galaxy's stellar population has shown that the mean values of these parameters in the stellar disk, except for the central region ( r ≤ 5"), are ≈1 Gyr and ≈-0.4 dex, respectively. Both young (2-5 × 108 yr) and old (5-10 × 109 yr) stellar populations are present in the circumnuclear region. Our analysis of the spectroscopic data for the bright feature 8" south of the nucleus coincident in position with a compact X-ray source has shown that this is apparently a dwarf galaxy or a remnant of a companion galaxy. Our FPI observations in the Hα emission line and direct images have revealed a region of ionized gas that together with the already known structures along the minor axis forms a clumpy tidal structure of ionized gas pulled from the companion galaxy. The results of our study confirm the previously proposed hypothesis that the observed peculiar structures were formed by the merger of two galaxies. However, it can be said that IC 883 does not belong to the class of polar-ring galaxies.

  7. Influence of heart motion on cardiac output estimation by means of electrical impedance tomography: a case study.

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    Proença, Martin; Braun, Fabian; Rapin, Michael; Solà, Josep; Adler, Andy; Grychtol, Bartłomiej; Bohm, Stephan H; Lemay, Mathieu; Thiran, Jean-Philippe

    2015-06-01

    Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a non-invasive imaging technique that can measure cardiac-related intra-thoracic impedance changes. EIT-based cardiac output estimation relies on the assumption that the amplitude of the impedance change in the ventricular region is representative of stroke volume (SV). However, other factors such as heart motion can significantly affect this ventricular impedance change. In the present case study, a magnetic resonance imaging-based dynamic bio-impedance model fitting the morphology of a single male subject was built. Simulations were performed to evaluate the contribution of heart motion and its influence on EIT-based SV estimation. Myocardial deformation was found to be the main contributor to the ventricular impedance change (56%). However, motion-induced impedance changes showed a strong correlation (r = 0.978) with left ventricular volume. We explained this by the quasi-incompressibility of blood and myocardium. As a result, EIT achieved excellent accuracy in estimating a wide range of simulated SV values (error distribution of 0.57 ± 2.19 ml (1.02 ± 2.62%) and correlation of r = 0.996 after a two-point calibration was applied to convert impedance values to millilitres). As the model was based on one single subject, the strong correlation found between motion-induced changes and ventricular volume remains to be verified in larger datasets.

  8. Patterns of gas and liquid reflux during transient lower oesophageal sphincter relaxation: a study using intraluminal electrical impedance

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    Sifrim, D; Silny, J; Holloway, R; Janssens, J

    1999-01-01

    Background—Belching has been proposed as a major mechanism underlying acid gastro-oesophageal reflux in normal subjects. However, the presence of oesophageal gas has not been measured directly but only inferred from manometry. 
Aims—To investigate, using intraluminal electrical impedance, the patterns of gas and liquid reflux during transient lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS) relaxations, the main mechanism of acid reflux in normal subjects. 
Methods—Impedance changes associated with the passage of gas were studied in vitro, and in vivo in cats. Oesophageal manometry, pH, and intraluminal electrical impedance measurements were performed in 11 normal subjects after a meal. 
Results—Gas reflux caused a sudden increase in impedance that propagated rapidly to the proximal oesophagus whereas liquid reflux induced a retrogressively propagated fall in impedance. Impedance showed gas or liquid reflux during most (102/141) transient LOS relaxations. When acid reflux occurred, impedance showed evidence of intraoesophageal retrograde flow of liquid in the majority (78%) of events. Evidence of gas retroflow was found in almost half (47%) of acid reflux episodes. When present together, however, liquid preceded gas on 44% of occasions. Overall, gas reflux occurred as the initial event in only 25% of acid reflux episodes. 
Conclusions—These findings suggest that in upright normal subjects, although belching can precipitate acid reflux, most acid reflux occurs as a primary event. 

 Keywords: belching; gastro-oesophageal reflux disease; oesophageal manometry; intraluminal electrical impedance; lower oesophageal sphincter PMID:9862825

  9. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy for the study of juvenile hormones-recombinant protein interactions.

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    Stobiecka, Agata; Dvornyk, Anzhela; Grzelak, Krystyna; Radecka, Hanna

    2008-01-01

    The interactions of recombinant juvenile hormone binding protein (His8-rJHBP) with juvenile hormones (JHs), methoprene and farnesol have been studied with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The protein was immobilized on the dodecanethiol (DDT) modified gold electrodes. Each step of electrode modification has been confirmed with cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The conformation changes of His8-rJHBP upon JHs and methoprene binding have been presented. The EIS determined association constants in the JHs analogs-immobilized His8-rJHBP system indicate that lack of the epoxide moiety in methoprene molecule is not critical for observed high affinity of this compound to the binding region of the His8-rJHBP protein.

  10. A study of concrete slab damage detection based on the electromechanical impedance method.

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    Hu, Xianyan; Zhu, Hongping; Wang, Dansheng

    2014-10-23

    Piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) is being gradually applied into practice as a new intelligent material for structural health monitoring. In order to study the damage detection properties of PZT on concrete slabs, simply supported reinforced concrete slabs with piezoelectric patches attached to their surfaces were chosen as the research objects and the Electromechanical Impedance method (EMI) was adopted for research. Five kinds of damage condition were designed to test the impedance values at different frequency bands. Consistent rules are found by calculation and analysis. Both the root mean square deviation (RMSD) and the correlation coefficient deviation (CCD) damage indices are capable of detecting the structural damage. The newly proposed damage index Ry/Rx can also predict the changes well. The numerical and experimental studies verify that the Electromechanical Impedance method can accurately predict changes in the amount of damage in reinforced concrete slabs. The damage index changes regularly with the distance of damages to the sensor. This relationship can be used to determine the damage location. The newly proposed damage index Ry/Rx is accurate in determining the damage location.

  11. What Impedes or Enhances My Studying? The Interrelation between Approaches to Learning, Factors Influencing Study Progress and Earned Credits

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    Hailikari, Telle Katriina; Parpala, Anna

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the study is to explore how students' experiences of enhancing and impeding factors and approaches to learning are related to students' study progress. A total of 93 students from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities participated in the study by answering a Learn-questionnaire regarding their experiences of the enhancing and impeding…

  12. What Impedes or Enhances My Studying? The Interrelation between Approaches to Learning, Factors Influencing Study Progress and Earned Credits

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    Hailikari, Telle Katriina; Parpala, Anna

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the study is to explore how students' experiences of enhancing and impeding factors and approaches to learning are related to students' study progress. A total of 93 students from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities participated in the study by answering a Learn-questionnaire regarding their experiences of the enhancing and impeding…

  13. Impedance Mismatch study between the Microwave Generator and the PUPR Plasma Machine

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    Gaudier, Jorge R.; Castellanos, Ligeia; Encarnacion, Kabir; Zavala, Natyaliz; Rivera, Ramon; Farahat, Nader; Leal, Edberto

    2006-12-04

    Impedance mismatch inside the connection from the microwave power generator to the plasma machine is studied. A magnetron power generator transmits microwaves of 2.45 GHz and variable power from 50W to 5000W, through a flexible rectangular waveguide to heat plasma inside a Mirror Cusp devise located at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. Before the production of plasma, the residual gas of the devise must be extracted by a vacuum system (5Torr or better), then Argon gas is injected to the machine. The microwaves heat the Argon ions to initiate ionization and plasma is produced. A dielectric wall is used inside the rectangular waveguide to isolate the plasma machine and maintain vacuum. Even though the dielectric will not block the wave propagation, some absorption of microwaves will occur. This absorption will cause reflection, reducing the efficiency of the power transfer. Typically a thin layer of Teflon is used, but measurements using this dielectric show a significant reflection of power back to the generator. Due to the high-power nature of the generator (5KW), this mismatch is not desirable. An electromagnetic field solver based on the Finite Difference Time Domain Method(FDTD) is used to model the rectangular waveguide connection. The characteristic impedance of the simulation is compared with the analytical formula expression and a good agreement is obtain. Furthermore the Teflon-loaded guide is modeled using the above program and the input impedance is computed. The reflection coefficient is calculated based on the transmission line theory with the characteristic and input impedances. Based on the simulation results it is possible to optimize the thickness, shape and dielectric constant of the material, in order to seal the connection with a better match.

  14. Thoracic artificial lung impedance studies using computational fluid dynamics and in vitro models.

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    Schewe, Rebecca E; Khanafer, Khalil M; Orizondo, Ryan A; Cook, Keith E

    2012-03-01

    Current thoracic artificial lungs (TALs) possess blood flow impedances greater than the natural lungs, resulting in abnormal pulmonary hemodynamics when implanted. This study sought to reduce TAL impedance using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). CFD was performed on TAL models with inlet and outlet expansion and contraction angles, θ, of 15°, 45°, and 90°. Pulsatile blood flow was simulated for flow rates of 2-6 L/min, heart rates of 80 and 100 beats/min, and inlet pulsatilities of 3.75 and 2. Pressure and flow data were used to calculate the zeroth and first harmonic impedance moduli, Z(0) and Z(1), respectively. The 45° and 90° models were also tested in vitro under similar conditions. CFD results indicate Z(0) increases as stroke volume and θ increase. At 4 L/min, 100 beats/min, and a pulsatility of 3.75, Z(0) was 0.47, 0.61, and 0.79 mmHg/(L/min) for the 15°, 45°, and 90° devices, respectively. Velocity band and vector plots also indicate better flow patterns in the 45° device. At the same conditions, in vitro Z (0) were 0.69 ± 0.13 and 0.79 ± 0.10 mmHg/(L/min), respectively, for the 45° and 90° models. These Z(0) are 65% smaller than previous TAL designs. In vitro, Z(1) increased with flow rate but was small and unlikely to significantly affect hemodynamics. The optimal design for flow patterns and low impedance was the 45° model.

  15. Impedance Mismatch study between the Microwave Generator and the PUPR Plasma Machine

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    Gaudier, Jorge R.; Castellanos, Ligeia; Encarnación, Kabir; Zavala, Natyaliz; Rivera, Ramón; Farahat, Nader; Leal, Edberto

    2006-12-01

    Impedance mismatch inside the connection from the microwave power generator to the plasma machine is studied. A magnetron power generator transmits microwaves of 2.45 GHz and variable power from 50W to 5000W, through a flexible rectangular waveguide to heat plasma inside a Mirror Cusp devise located at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. Before the production of plasma, the residual gas of the devise must be extracted by a vacuum system (5Torr or better), then Argon gas is injected to the machine. The microwaves heat the Argon ions to initiate ionization and plasma is produced. A dielectric wall is used inside the rectangular waveguide to isolate the plasma machine and maintain vacuum. Even though the dielectric will not block the wave propagation, some absorption of microwaves will occur. This absorption will cause reflection, reducing the efficiency of the power transfer. Typically a thin layer of Teflon is used, but measurements using this dielectric show a significant reflection of power back to the generator. Due to the high-power nature of the generator (5KW), this mismatch is not desirable. An electromagnetic field solver based on the Finite Difference Time Domain Method(FDTD) is used to model the rectangular waveguide connection. The characteristic impedance of the simulation is compared with the analytical formula expression and a good agreement is obtain. Furthermore the Teflon-loaded guide is modeled using the above program and the input impedance is computed. The reflection coefficient is calculated based on the transmission line theory with the characteristic and input impedances. Based on the simulation results it is possible to optimize the thickness, shape and dielectric constant of the material, in order to seal the connection with a better match.

  16. Static ankle impedance in stroke and multiple sclerosis: a feasibility study.

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    Lee, Hyunglae; Patterson, Tara; Ahn, Jooeun; Klenk, Daniel; Lo, Albert; Krebs, Hermano Igo; Hogan, Neville

    2011-01-01

    Quantitative characterization of ankle mechanical impedance is critical for understanding lower extremity function in persons with neurological disorders. In this paper, we examine the feasibility of employing an ankle robot and multivariable analysis to determine static ankle impedance in 4 patients: 1 with multiple sclerosis and 3 with stroke. We employed a scalar based vector field approximation method which was successful in identifying young healthy subjects' ankle impedance. It enabled clear interpretation of spatial ankle impedance structure and intermuscular feedback at the ankle for both affected and unaffected legs. Measured impedance of two patients was comparable to healthy young subjects, while the other two patients had significantly different static ankle impedance properties.

  17. Study of S-wave ray elastic impedance for identifying lithology and fluid

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    Gong, Xue-Ping; Zhang, Feng; Li, Xiang-Yang; Chen, Shuang-Quan

    2013-06-01

    In this paper, we derive an approximation of the SS-wave reflection coefficient and the expression of S-wave ray elastic impedance (SREI) in terms of the ray parameter. The SREI can be expressed by the S-wave incidence angle or P-wave reflection angle, referred to as SREIS and SREIP, respectively. Our study using elastic models derived from real log measurements shows that SREIP has better capability for lithology and fluid discrimination than SREIS and conventional S-wave elastic impedance (SEI). We evaluate the SREIP feasibility using 25 groups of samples from Castagna and Smith (1994). Each sample group is constructed by using shale, brine-sand, and gas-sand. Theoretical evaluation also indicates that SREIP at large incident angles is more sensitive to fluid than conventional fluid indicators. Real seismic data application also shows that SREIP at large angles calculated using P-wave and S-wave impedance can efficiently characterize tight gas-sand.

  18. Effect of Yttrium Doping in Barium Zirconium Titanate Ceramics: A Structural, Impedance, and Modulus Spectroscopy Study

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    Badapanda, Tanmaya; Cavalcante, Laécio Santos; da Luz, Geraldo Eduardo; Batista, Nouga Cardoso; Anwar, Shahid; Longo, Elson

    2013-09-01

    In the current article, we studied the effect of yttrium [Y3+] ions' substitution on the structure and electric behavior of barium zirconate titanate (BZT) ceramics with a general formula [Ba1- x Y2 x/3](Zr0.25Ti0.75)O3 (BYZT) with [ x = 0, 0.025, and 0.05] which were prepared by the solid-state reaction method. X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that these ceramics have a single phase with a perovskite-type cubic structure. Rietveld refinement data confirmed [BaO12], [ZrO6], [TiO6], and [YO6] clusters in the cubic lattice. The Y3+ ions' effects on the electric conductivity behavior of BZT ceramics as a function of temperature and frequency are described, which are based on impedance spectroscopy analyses. The complex impedance plots display a double semicircle which highlights the influences of grain and grain boundary on the ceramics. Impedance analyses showed that the resistance decreased with the increasing temperature and resulted in a negative temperature coefficient of the resistance property in all compositions. Modulus plots represent a non-Debye-type dielectric relaxation which is related to the grain and grain boundary as well as temperature-dependent electric relaxation phenomenon and an enhancement in the mobility barrier by Y3+ ions. Moreover, the electric conductivity increases with the replacement of Ba2+ by Y3+ ions may be due to the rise in oxygen vacancies.

  19. Study of the Dynamics of Transcephalic Cerebral Impedance Data during Cardio-Vascular Surgery

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    Atefi, S. R.; Seoane, F.; Lindecrantz, K.

    2013-04-01

    Postoperative neurological deficits are one of the risks associated with cardio vascular surgery, necessitating development of new techniques for cerebral monitoring. In this study an experimental observation regarding the dynamics of transcephalic Electrical Bioimpedance (EBI) in patients undergoing cardiac surgery with and without extracorporeal circulation (ECC) was conducted to investigate the potential use of electrical Bioimpedance for cerebral monitoring in cardio vascular surgery. Tetrapolar transcephalic EBI measurements at single frequency of 50 kHz were recorded prior to and during cardio vascular surgery. The obtained results show that the transcephalic impedance decreases in both groups of patients as operation starts, however slight differences in these two groups were also observed with the cerebral impedance reduction in patients having no ECC being less common and not as pronounced as in the ECC group. Changes in the cerebral impedance were in agreement with changes of haematocrit and temperature. The origin of EBI changes is still unexplained however these results encourage us to continue investigating the application of electrical bioimpedance cerebral monitoring clinically.

  20. Laser irradiated gas jet: A spectroscopic experimental and theoretical study

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    Lee, R.W.; Matthews, D.L.; Koppel, L.; Busch, G.E.; Charatis, G.; Dunning, M.J.; Mayer, F.J.

    1983-09-01

    We present x-ray spectroscopic measurements of the longitudinal electron density profile and the longitudinal and transverse electron temperature profiles for a laser irradiated gas jet. We attempt to verify our spectroscopic method by laser interferometry and by comparison of inferred quantities to those determined from laser plasma interaction simulations. Because temperature profiles were time dependent, we used a theoretical time dependent radiation transport code to analyze the data.

  1. Electron Impedances

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    P Cameron

    2011-12-31

    It is only recently, and particularly with the quantum Hall effect and the development of nanoelectronics, that impedances on the scale of molecules, atoms and single electrons have gained attention. In what follows the possibility that characteristic impedances might be defined for the photon and the single free electron is explored is some detail, the premise being that the concepts of electrical and mechanical impedances are relevant to the elementary particle. The scale invariant quantum Hall impedance is pivotal in this exploration, as is the two body problem and Mach's principle.

  2. EPR Spectroscopic Studies of [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Maturation.

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    Suess, Daniel L M; Britt, R David

    2015-09-01

    Proton reduction and H2 oxidation are key elementary reactions for solar fuel production. Hydrogenases interconvert H(+) and H2 with remarkable efficiency and have therefore received much attention in this context. For [FeFe]-hydrogenases, catalysis occurs at a unique cofactor called the H-cluster. In this article, we discuss ways in which EPR spectroscopy has elucidated aspects of the bioassembly of the H-cluster, with a focus on four case studies: EPR spectroscopic identification of a radical en route to the CO and CN(-) ligands of the H-cluster, tracing (57)Fe from the maturase HydG into the H-cluster, characterization of the auxiliary Fe-S cluster in HydG, and isotopic labeling of the CN(-) ligands of HydA for electronic structure studies of its Hox state. Advances in cell-free maturation protocols have enabled several of these mechanistic studies, and understanding H-cluster maturation may in turn provide insights leading to improvements in hydrogenase production for biotechnological applications.

  3. Body fat measurement by bioelectrical impedance and air displacement plethysmography: a cross-validation study to design bioelectrical impedance equations in Mexican adults.

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    Macias, Nayeli; Alemán-Mateo, Heliodoro; Esparza-Romero, Julián; Valencia, Mauro E

    2007-08-15

    The study of body composition in specific populations by techniques such as bio-impedance analysis (BIA) requires validation based on standard reference methods. The aim of this study was to develop and cross-validate a predictive equation for bioelectrical impedance using air displacement plethysmography (ADP) as standard method to measure body composition in Mexican adult men and women. This study included 155 male and female subjects from northern Mexico, 20-50 years of age, from low, middle, and upper income levels. Body composition was measured by ADP. Body weight (BW, kg) and height (Ht, cm) were obtained by standard anthropometric techniques. Resistance, R (ohms) and reactance, Xc (ohms) were also measured. A random-split method was used to obtain two samples: one was used to derive the equation by the "all possible regressions" procedure and was cross-validated in the other sample to test predicted versus measured values of fat-free mass (FFM). The final model was: FFM (kg) = 0.7374 * (Ht2 /R) + 0.1763 * (BW) - 0.1773 * (Age) + 0.1198 * (Xc) - 2.4658. R2 was 0.97; the square root of the mean square error (SRMSE) was 1.99 kg, and the pure error (PE) was 2.96. There was no difference between FFM predicted by the new equation (48.57 +/- 10.9 kg) and that measured by ADP (48.43 +/- 11.3 kg). The new equation did not differ from the line of identity, had a high R2 and a low SRMSE, and showed no significant bias (0.87 +/- 2.84 kg). The new bioelectrical impedance equation based on the two-compartment model (2C) was accurate, precise, and free of bias. This equation can be used to assess body composition and nutritional status in populations similar in anthropometric and physical characteristics to this sample.

  4. Body fat measurement by bioelectrical impedance and air displacement plethysmography: a cross-validation study to design bioelectrical impedance equations in Mexican adults

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    Macias, Nayeli; Alemán-Mateo, Heliodoro; Esparza-Romero, Julián; Valencia, Mauro E

    2007-01-01

    Background The study of body composition in specific populations by techniques such as bio-impedance analysis (BIA) requires validation based on standard reference methods. The aim of this study was to develop and cross-validate a predictive equation for bioelectrical impedance using air displacement plethysmography (ADP) as standard method to measure body composition in Mexican adult men and women. Methods This study included 155 male and female subjects from northern Mexico, 20–50 years of age, from low, middle, and upper income levels. Body composition was measured by ADP. Body weight (BW, kg) and height (Ht, cm) were obtained by standard anthropometric techniques. Resistance, R (ohms) and reactance, Xc (ohms) were also measured. A random-split method was used to obtain two samples: one was used to derive the equation by the "all possible regressions" procedure and was cross-validated in the other sample to test predicted versus measured values of fat-free mass (FFM). Results and Discussion The final model was: FFM (kg) = 0.7374 * (Ht2 /R) + 0.1763 * (BW) - 0.1773 * (Age) + 0.1198 * (Xc) - 2.4658. R2 was 0.97; the square root of the mean square error (SRMSE) was 1.99 kg, and the pure error (PE) was 2.96. There was no difference between FFM predicted by the new equation (48.57 ± 10.9 kg) and that measured by ADP (48.43 ± 11.3 kg). The new equation did not differ from the line of identity, had a high R2 and a low SRMSE, and showed no significant bias (0.87 ± 2.84 kg). Conclusion The new bioelectrical impedance equation based on the two-compartment model (2C) was accurate, precise, and free of bias. This equation can be used to assess body composition and nutritional status in populations similar in anthropometric and physical characteristics to this sample. PMID:17697388

  5. Effects of hydrogen plasma treatment on sol-gel-derived ZnO studied by impedance spectroscopy

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    Kim, Se-Hun; Han, J. H.; Oh, B. H.; Park, J. K.; Lee, S.; Jeong, S.-Y.; Lee, Cheol Eui

    2017-07-01

    Effects of hydrogen plasma treatment on the electrical properties of a sol-gel-derived polycrystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) system have been studied by employing impedance spectroscopy. Complex impedance data were analyzed by employing an equivalent circuit. Hydrogen plasma treatment markedly increased the low-frequency range of constant values of the real part of complex impedance. As a result of plasma treatment, electrical conductivity was found to increase by about two orders of magnitude, with the activation energy being reduced from 0.62 eV to 0.30 eV. The dielectric constant also showed a two-fold increase following the plasma treatment.

  6. Theoretical and experimental study of the input impedance of the cylindrical cavity-backed rectangular slot antennas

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    Li, Ming-Yi; Hummer, Kenneth A.; Chang, Kai

    1991-01-01

    The authors study the input impedance of a cylindrical cavity-backed slot antenna based on mode matching and the complex Poynting theorem. Two cavity-backed slot antennas were fabricated to verify the theory. The numerical results agree very well with measurements. Two resonant frequencies were found from the input impedance. One resonant frequency is attributed to the rectangular slot and the other is due to the cavity. The slot length controls the first resonant frequency and has a much stronger effect on the input impedance at the antenna operating frequency as compared with the cavity length.

  7. Particle in a Disk: A Spectroscopic and Computational Laboratory Exercise Studying the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Corannulene

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    Frey, E. Ramsey; Sygula, Andrzej; Hammer, Nathan I.

    2014-01-01

    This laboratory exercise introduces undergraduate chemistry majors to the spectroscopic and theoretical study of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), corannulene. Students explore the spectroscopic properties of corannulene using UV-vis and Raman vibrational spectroscopies. They compare their experimental results to simulated vibrational…

  8. Particle in a Disk: A Spectroscopic and Computational Laboratory Exercise Studying the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Corannulene

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    Frey, E. Ramsey; Sygula, Andrzej; Hammer, Nathan I.

    2014-01-01

    This laboratory exercise introduces undergraduate chemistry majors to the spectroscopic and theoretical study of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), corannulene. Students explore the spectroscopic properties of corannulene using UV-vis and Raman vibrational spectroscopies. They compare their experimental results to simulated vibrational…

  9. Spectroscopic and DFT study of 3-quinolyl-α-aminophosphonates

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    Juribašić, Marina; Tušek-Božić, Ljerka

    2009-04-01

    Spectroscopic and DFT study of two types of 3-quinolyl-α-aminophosphonate derivatives obtained by one-pot microwave-assisted synthesis of quinoline-3-carboxaldehyde and aniline as well as 3-aminoquinoline and benzaldehyde, respectively, with diethyl phosphite, have been described. Besides the diethyl [α-anilino- N-(3-quinolylmethyl)]phosphonate ( 1) and diethyl [α-(3-quinolylamino)- N-benzyl]phosphonate ( 4) as the main reaction products, in both cases some unexpected monoester phosphonate derivatives were obtained as the by-products. In the first case along with diester 1, its corresponding monoethyl ester ( 2) and one monoethyl dihydrophosphonate-phosphate derivative ( 3) were formed, while in the second case diester 4 and a hydrogen phosphonamidate ( 5) were isolated. All quinoline-based α-aminophosphonates ( 1- 5) have been characterized by IR spectroscopy, and the results obtained are compared and discussed with those obtained by the NMR studies. Combining experimental IR, 1H and 13C NMR spectra with DFT calculations, most intensive IR spectral bands of diesters 1 and 4, along with 1H and 13C NMR resonances of 1, 2 and 4 derivatives, were assigned.

  10. Infrared Imaging, Spectroscopic, and Photometric Studies of Comets

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    Gehrz, Robert D.

    1997-01-01

    We have continued our program of infrared (IR) photometric, imaging, spectroscopic, and polarimetric temporal observations of comets to study the properties of comet dust and comet nuclei. During the first two years we digitized our IR data base on P/Halley and other recent comets to facilitate further analysis and comparison with other data bases, and found compelling evidence for the emission of a burst of small grains from P/Halley's nucleus at perihelion. We reported imaging and photometric observations of Comets Austin 1990 V and Swift-Tuttle 1992. The Swift-Tuttle 1992t observations included IR photometry, several 7-14 micron long-slit spectra of the coma and a time-sequence of more than 150 10 micron broadband images of the coma. An analysis of near-IR images of the inner coma of P/Halley obtained on three consecutive nights in 1986 March showed sunwardjets. We completed our analysis of IR imaging spectrosco-photometric data on comets. We also obtained observations of Comets Hyakutake 1996 B2 and Hale/Bopp 1995 01. We obtained infrared imaging, photometric, spectroscopic and polarimetric temporal observations of bright comets using a network of five telescopes, with emphasis on simultaneous observations of comets at many wavelengths with different instruments. Our program offers several unique advantages: 1) rapid observational response to new comets with dedicated infrared telescopes; 2) observations within a few degrees of the sun when comets are near perihelion and 3) access to advanced infrared array imagers and spectrometers. In particular, reduction, analysis, publication and archiving of our Jupiter/sl-9 and Comet Hyakutake infrared data received special emphasis. Instrumentation development included installation of the latest version of the innovative FORTH telescope control and a data acquisition system that enables us to control three telescopes remotely by telephone from anywhere in the world for comet observations in broad daylight. We have

  11. Spectroscopic Studies of Molecular Systems relevant in Astrobiology

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    Fornaro, Teresa

    2016-01-01

    In the Astrobiology context, the study of the physico-chemical interactions involving "building blocks of life" in plausible prebiotic and space-like conditions is fundamental to shed light on the processes that led to emergence of life on Earth as well as to molecular chemical evolution in space. In this PhD Thesis, such issues have been addressed both experimentally and computationally by employing vibrational spectroscopy, which has shown to be an effective tool to investigate the variety of intermolecular interactions that play a key role in self-assembling mechanisms of nucleic acid components and their binding to mineral surfaces. In particular, in order to dissect the contributions of the different interactions to the overall spectroscopic signals and shed light on the intricate experimental data, feasible computational protocols have been developed for the characterization of the spectroscopic properties of such complex systems. This study has been carried out through a multi-step strategy, starting the investigation from the spectroscopic properties of the isolated nucleobases, then studying the perturbation induced by the interaction with another molecule (molecular dimers), towards condensed phases like the molecular solid, up to the case of nucleic acid components adsorbed on minerals. A proper modeling of these weakly bound molecular systems has required, firstly, a validation of dispersion-corrected Density Functional Theory methods for simulating anharmonic vibrational properties. The isolated nucleobases and some of their dimers have been used as benchmark set for identifying a general, reliable and effective computational procedure based on fully anharmonic quantum mechanical computations of the vibrational wavenumbers and infrared intensities within the generalized second order vibrational perturbation theory (GVPT2) approach, combined with the cost-effective dispersion-corrected density functional B3LYP-D3, in conjunction with basis sets of

  12. In vitro spectroscopic study of piperine-encapsulated nanosize liposomes.

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    Pentak, Danuta

    2016-03-01

    Black pepper is a source of effective antioxidants. It contains several powerful antioxidants and is thus one of the most important spices for preventing and curtailing oxidative stress. There is considerable interest in the development of a drug-delivery systems that would result in the selective delivery of antioxidants to tissues in sufficient concentrations to ameliorate oxidant-induced tissue injuries. Liposomes are biocompatible, biodegradable and nontoxic artificial phospholipid vesicles that offer the possibility of carrying hydrophilic, hydrophobic and amphiphilic molecules. This article focuses on the use of liposomes for the delivery of antioxidants in the prevention or treatment of pathological conditions related to oxidative stress. Liposome formulations of piperine were analyzed with various spectroscopic methods. The formulation with the highest entrapment efficiency (90.5%) was formulated with an L-α-phosphatidylcholine dipalmitoyl (DPPC):piperine, 30:1 molar ratio, and total lipid count of 19.47 mg/ml in the final liposomal preparation. The liposome formulation was found to be stable after storage at 4 °C, protected from light, for a minimum of 3 weeks. The incremental process of piperine penetration through the phospholipid membrane was analyzed using the FT-IR, UV-Vis and NMR methods. Temperature stability studies carried out at 37 °C showed the highest percentage of piperine release in the first 3 h of incubation.

  13. A spectroscopic study of the globular Cluster NGC 4147

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    Villanova, S.; Monaco, L.; Moni Bidin, C.; Assmann, P.

    2016-08-01

    We present the abundance analysis for a sample of 18 red giant branch stars in the metal-poor globular cluster NGC 4147 based on medium- and high-resolution spectra. This is the first extensive spectroscopic study of this cluster. We derive abundances of C, N, O, Na, Mg, Al, Si, Ca, Ti, Cr, Fe, Ni, Y, Ba, and Eu. We find a metallicity of [Fe/H] = -1.84 ± 0.02 and an α-enhancement of +0.38 ± 0.05 (errors on the mean), typical of halo globular clusters in this metallicity regime. A significant spread is observed in the abundances of light elements C, N, O, Na, and Al. In particular, we found an Na-O anticorrelation and Na-Al correlation. The cluster contains only ˜15 per cent of stars that belong to the first generation (Na-poor and O-rich). This implies that it suffered a severe mass-loss during its lifetime. Its [Ca/Fe] and [Ti/Fe] mean values agree better with the Galactic halo trend than with the trend of extragalactic environments at the cluster metallicity. This possibly suggests that NGC 4147 is a genuine Galactic object at odd with what claimed by some author that proposed the cluster to be member of the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy. An antirelation between the light s-process element Y and Na may also be present.

  14. Spectroscopic study of HNO3 dissociation on ice.

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    Marchand, Patrick; Marcotte, Guillaume; Ayotte, Patrick

    2012-12-13

    A detailed spectroscopic study of HNO(3):H(2)O binary amorphous mixtures, and of the adsorption of HNO(3) onto ice, is reported. Using a classical optics model, the extent of intermixing and of ionic dissociation of adsorbed HNO(3), which forms a strong acid with liquid water, is determined as a function of HNO(3) coverage and temperature. Even at temperatures as low as 45 K, where intermixing is limited to at most a few molecular layers at the interface, ionic dissociation of adsorbed HNO(3) is observed to be extensive. While some amount of molecularly adsorbed HNO(3) is observed at the surface of ice at 45 K, its ionic dissociation occurs irreversibly upon heating the ice substrate to 120 K. The molecularly adsorbed state of HNO(3) is not restored upon cooling, suggesting HNO(3) is a metastable entity at the surface of ice. Therefore, despite ionic dissociation of HNO(3) being thermodynamically favored, it appears to be kinetically inhibited at the surface of amorphous solid water at temperatures below 120 K.

  15. Spectroscopic and Microscopic Study of Peroxyformic Pulping of Agave Waste.

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    Hernández-Hernández, Hilda M; Chanona-Pérez, Jorge J; Vega, Alberto; Ligero, Pablo; Farrera-Rebollo, Reynold R; Mendoza-Pérez, Jorge A; Calderón-Domínguez, Georgina; Vera, Norma Güemes

    2016-10-01

    The peroxyformic process is based on the action of a carboxylic acid (mainly formic acid) and the corresponding peroxyacid. The influences of processing time (60-180 min), formic acid concentration (80-95%), temperature (60-80°C), and hydrogen peroxide concentration (2-4%) on peroxyformic pulping of agave leaves were studied by surface response methodology using a face-centered factorial design. Empirical models were obtained for the prediction of yield, κ number (KN) and pulp viscosity as functions of the aforementioned variables. Mathematical optimization enabled us to select a set of operational variables that produced the best fractionation of the material with the following results: pulp yield (26.9%), KN (3.6), and pulp viscosity (777 mL/g). Furthermore, this work allowed the description and evaluation of changes to the agave fibers during the fractionation process using different microscopic and spectroscopic techniques, and provided a comprehensive and qualitative view of the phenomena occurring in the delignification of agave fibers. The use of confocal and scanning electron microscopy provided a detailed understanding of the microstructural changes to the lignin and cellulose in the fibers throughout the process, whereas Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that cellulose in the pulp after treatment was mainly of type I.

  16. Spectroscopic studies of cryogenic fluids: Benzene in propane

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    Nowak, R.; Bernstein, E. R.

    1987-03-01

    Energy shifts and bandwidths for the 1B2u↔1A1g optical absorption and emission transitions of benzene dissolved in propane are presented as a function of pressure, temperature, and density. Both absorption and emission spectra exhibit shifts to lower energy as a function of density, whereas no shifts are observed if density is kept constant and temperature and pressure are varied simultaneously. Density is thus the fundamental microscopic parameter for energy shifts of optical transitions. The emission half-width is a linear function of both temperature and pressure but the absorption half-width is dependent only upon pressure. These results are interpreted qualitatively in terms of changes occurring in the intermolecular potentials of the ground and excited states. Both changes in shape of and separation between the ground and excited state potentials are considered as a function of density. Classical dielectric (Onsager-Böttcher), microscopic dielectric (Wertheim) and microscopic quantum statistical mechanical (Schweizer-Chandler) theories of solvent effects on solute electronic spectra are compared with the experimental results. Calculations suggest limited applicability of dielectric theories but good agreement between experiment and microscopic theory. The results demonstrate the usefulness of cryogenic solutions for high pressure, low temperature spectroscopic studies of liquids.

  17. Nonplanar property study of antifungal agent tolnaftate-spectroscopic approach

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    Arul Dhas, D.; Hubert Joe, I.; Roy, S. D. D.; Balachandran, S.

    2011-09-01

    Vibrational analysis of the thionocarbamate fungicide tolnaftate which is antidermatophytic, antitrichophytic and antimycotic agent, primarily inhibits the ergosterol biosynthesis in the fungus, was carried out using NIR FT-Raman and FTIR spectroscopic techniques. The equilibrium geometry, various bonding features, harmonic vibrational wavenumbers and torsional potential energy surface (PES) scan studies have been computed using density functional theory method. The detailed interpretation of the vibrational spectra has been carried out with the aid of VEDA.4 program. Vibrational spectra, natural bonding orbital (NBO) analysis and optimized molecular structure show the clear evidence for electronic interaction of thionocarbamate group with aromatic ring. Predicted electronic absorption spectrum from TD-DFT calculation has been compared with the UV-vis spectrum. The Mulliken population analysis on atomic charges and the HOMO-LUMO energy were also calculated. Vibrational analysis reveals that the simultaneous IR and Raman activation of the C-C stretching mode in the phenyl and naphthalene ring provide evidence for the charge transfer interaction between the donor and acceptor groups and is responsible for its bioactivity as a fungicide.

  18. Spectroscopic Study on the Interaction of 4-dimethylaminochalcones with Phospholipids

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    Tomečková, V.; Revická, M.; Sassen, A.; Veliká, B.; Stupák, M.; Perjési, P.

    2014-11-01

    The ultraviolet-visible and fluorescence spectroscopic properties of 4'-dimethylaminochalcone ( 1a) and its cyclic analogs 2a-4a have been studied in the presence of phospholipid vesicles (i.e., egg yolk lecithin and dipalmitoylpho sphatidylcholine), bovine serum albumin (BSA), and lipoprotein particles (i.e., bovine serum albumin plus egg yolk lecithin). The spectral results showed that compounds 1a-4a formed hydrophobic interactions with the phospholipids, lipoproteins, and BSA at the polar/nonpolar interface. Compounds 3a and 4a exhibited the strongest hydrophobic interactions of all of the compounds tested towards the phospholipids. Compound 2a gave the best fluorescent fluorophore indicating interactions with the lipids, lipoproteins, and proteins. Fluorescent microscopic imaging of breast cancer cells treated with compounds 1a-4a revealed that they could be used to stain all of the cellular components and destroy the nuclear structure. Compounds 1a-4a were found to be concentrated predominantly on the surfaces of the liposomes and lipoproteins.

  19. Spectroscopic and molecular docking studies on chlorambucil interaction with DNA.

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    Charak, Sonika; Shandilya, Manish; Tyagi, Gunjan; Mehrotra, Ranjana

    2012-11-01

    Chlorambucil (CMB) is an anticancer drug used for the treatment of variety of cancers. Structural and conformational changes associated with DNA after binding with CMB were explored using spectroscopic techniques to get insight into the mechanism of action of CMB at molecular level. Different molar ratios of CMB-DNA complex were prepared with constant DNA concentration under physiological conditions. FTIR spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, CD spectroscopy and molecular docking studies were employed to determine the binding site and binding constant of CMB with DNA. The results show CMB binds DNA through nitrogenous bases (thymine, guanine and cytosine). The binding constant was calculated to be 1.3 × 10³ M⁻¹, which suggests weak binding of CMB with DNA double helix. FTIR and CD results show that CMB do not disturb native B-conformation of DNA and it continues to remain in its B conformation even at higher concentrations of CMB. The molecular docking results are in corroboration with our experimental results and provides structural insight into the interaction site. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Spectroscopic Studies of Dehydrogenation of Ammonia Borane in Carbon Cryogel

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    Sepehri, Saghar; Feaver, Aaron M.; Shaw, Wendy J.; Howard, Christopher J.; Zhang, Qifeng; Autrey, Thomas; Cao, Guozhong

    2007-12-27

    The reaction pathways leading to the thermal decomposition of solid state ammonia borane (AB) incorporated in carbon cryogels (CC) have been studied by spectroscopic methods. The time dependent thermal decomposition was followed by in situ 11B NMR and showed a significant increase in hydrogen release kinetics. Both 11B NMR and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) show new reaction products formed in the thermal decomposition of AB-CC that are assigned to reactions with surface oxygen groups. The results indicate that incorporation of AB in CC enhance kinetics due to reactions with residual surface-bound oxygen functional groups. The formation of new products with surface-O-B bonds is consistent with the greater reaction exothermicity observed when hydrogen is released from AB-CC materials. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) shows different morphology of AB in ammonia borane – carbon cryogel (AB-CC) nanocomposite as compared to neat AB. Support for this work is provided by NSF (DMR-0605159), WTC, and EnerG2 LLC as well as the DoE Center of Excellence in Chemical Hydrogen Storage funded by the DOE H2 Program. FTIR experiments were performed in Professor Zhang’s lab in MSE department at UW. Part of this research was performed in the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, located at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is operated by the Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy.

  1. Vibrational spectroscopic study of vinyl substituted polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

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    Maurya, Anju; Rastogi, Shantanu

    2015-12-05

    The mid infrared emission features observed in various astrophysical sources are attributed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules. The models of emission spectra from a collection of PAHs show uncertainty in matching the 6.2 μm feature. This indicates the need to consider a larger variety of PAHs and PAH derivatives. Chemical pathways towards formation of PAHs in the astrophysical environments involve vinyl substituted PAHs as intermediate products. Vibrational spectroscopic study of vinyl-PAHs is reported in the present work. The vinyl group is substituted at similar positions in eight different PAHs. The obtained optimized structures show that vinyl substitution at 2 position in acenes gives planar geometry, while all other vinyl-PAHs are non-planar. Infrared spectra is simulated for neutrals as well as for cations. The results are compared with the spectra of corresponding plain PAHs and analyzed for possible match with astrophysical observations. New features, due to vinyl group in the composite spectra, identified at 6.64, 6.92, 7.27, 8.77 and 10.35 μm fall close to some sub features of the observed emission spectra. The paper provides data that may be used in the emission models particularly along proto planetary nebulae type cool objects. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Molecular docking, spectroscopic studies and quantum calculations on nootropic drug.

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    Uma Maheswari, J; Muthu, S; Sundius, Tom

    2014-04-05

    A systematic vibrational spectroscopic assignment and analysis of piracetam [(2-oxo-1-pyrrolidineacetamide)] have been carried out using FT-IR and FT-Raman spectral data. The vibrational analysis was aided by an electronic structure calculation based on the hybrid density functional method B3LYP using a 6-311G++(d,p) basis set. Molecular equilibrium geometries, electronic energies, IR and Raman intensities, and harmonic vibrational frequencies have been computed. The assignments are based on the experimental IR and Raman spectra, and a complete assignment of the observed spectra has been proposed. The UV-visible spectrum of the compound was recorded and the electronic properties, such as HOMO and LUMO energies and the maximum absorption wavelengths λmax were determined by the time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) method. The geometrical parameters, vibrational frequencies and absorption wavelengths were compared with the experimental data. The complete vibrational assignments are performed on the basis of the potential energy distributions (PED) of the vibrational modes in terms of natural internal coordinates. The simulated FT-IR, FT-Raman, and UV spectra of the title compound have been constructed. Molecular docking studies have been carried out in the active site of piracetam by using Argus Lab. In addition, the potential energy surface, HOMO and LUMO energies, first-order hyperpolarizability and the molecular electrostatic potential have been computed.

  3. Study on the immobilization of anti-IgG on Au-colloid modified gold electrode via potentiometric immunosensor, cyclic voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance techniques.

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    Fu, Yingzi; Yuan, Ruo; Tang, Dianping; Chai, Yaqin; Xu, Lan

    2005-01-15

    The immobilization of anti-IgG on Au-colloid modified gold electrodes has been investigated. A cleaned gold electrode was first immersed in a mercaptoethylamine (AET) solution, and then gold nanoparticles were chemisorbed onto the thiol groups of the mercaptoethylamine. Finally, anti-IgG was adsorbed onto the surface of the gold nanoparticles. Potentiometric immunosensor, cyclic voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance techniques were used to investigate the immobilization of anti-IgG on Au colloids. In the impedance spectroscopic study, an obvious difference of the electron transfer resistance between the Au-colloid modified electrode and the bare gold electrode was observed. The cyclic voltammogram tends to be more irreversible with increased anti-IgG concentration. Using the potentiometric immunosensor, the proposed technique is based on that the specific agglutination of antibody-coated gold nanoparticles, averaging 16 nm in diameter, in the presence of the corresponding antigen causes a potential change that is monitored by a potentiometry. It is found that the developed immunoagglutination assay system is sensitive to the concentration of IgG antigen as low as 12 ng mL(-1). Experimental results showed that the developed technique is in satisfactory agreement with the ELISA method, and that gold nanoparticles can be used as a biocompatible matrix for antibody or antigen immobilization.

  4. Thermoporometry and impedance analysis to study dynamics of water and polymer present in hydrogel.

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    Selestin Raja, I; Nishad Fathima, Nishter

    2015-01-01

    Though various conventional methods are available to explore hydrogels, they have drawbacks such as analysis in solid state and failure to give insights into individual components of hydrogel viz. water (dispersion medium) and hydrophilic polymers (dispersed phase). The combined study of porosity and dielectric nature of hydrogel succeeds, in this context, as it investigates both the components individually. In this study, we have taken well-known hydrogel system gelatin-polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) cross linked with genipin. Thermoporometry has been used to investigate the state of water and porosity whereas Alternative Current (AC) impedance analysis has been used to study about nature of polymers through dielectric properties in hydrogel. The influence of physic-chemical properties was examined with SEM and in vitro drug release using catechin. The study revealed that increasing concentration of PVA to gelatin has retained excessive bound water molecules exhibiting high polarity in each polymeric component. Further, it is shown that reduction in pore size and high reactivity with drug molecules have led to lower initial release and increase total amount of release. We conclude that non-conventional methods such as thermoporometry and AC impedance analysis yield more valuable information about hydrogel, which can aid in designing appropriate biomaterial for intended drug release. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Gastroesophageal reflux in asymptomatic obese subjects: An esophageal impedance-pH study

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    Akyüz, Filiz; Uyanıkoglu, Ahmet; Ermis, Fatih; Arıcı, Serpil; Akyüz, Ümit; Baran, Bülent; Pinarbasi, Binnur; Gul, Nurdan

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the relationship between reflux and body mass index (BMI) in the asymptomatic obese population using the impedance-pH technique. METHODS: Gastroesophageal reflux is frequent in the obese population. However, the relationship between acid reflux and BMI in asymptomatic obese people is unclear. Forty-six obese (BMI > 25 kg/m2) people were enrolled in this prospective study. We evaluated the demographic findings and 24-h impedance pH values of the whole group. Gas, acid (pH < 4), weak acid (pH = 4-7) and weak alkaline (pH ≥ 7) reflux parameters were analyzed. RESULTS: The mean age of patients was 49.47 ± 12.24 years, and half of them were men. The mean BMI was 30.64 ± 3.95 kg/m2 (25.14-45.58 kg/m2). BMI of 23 was over 30 kg/m2. Seventeen patients had a comorbidity (hypertension, diabetes mellitus, or ischemic heart disease). Endoscopic examination revealed esophagitis in 13 of the 28 subjects (10 Grade A, 3 Grade B). The subjects were divided into two groups according to BMI (< 30 and > 30 kg/m2). Demographic and endoscopic findings, and impedance results were similar in these two groups. However, there was a positive correlation between BMI and total and supine pH < 4 episodes (P = 0.002, r = 0.414; P = 0.000, r = 0.542), pH < 4 reflux time (P = 0.015, r = 0.319; P = 0.003, r = 0.403), and DeMeester score (P = 0.012, r = 0.333). CONCLUSION: Acid reflux is correlated with BMI in asymptomatic obese individuals. PMID:25780302

  6. Lung volume changes during cleaning of closed endotracheal suction catheters: a randomized crossover study using electrical impedance tomography.

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    Corley, Amanda; Sharpe, Nicola; Caruana, Lawrence R; Spooner, Amy J; Fraser, John F

    2014-04-01

    Airway suctioning in mechanically ventilated patients is required to maintain airway patency. Closed suction catheters (CSCs) minimize lung volume loss during suctioning but require cleaning post-suction. Despite their widespread use, there is no published evidence examining lung volumes during CSC cleaning. The study objectives were to quantify lung volume changes during CSC cleaning and to determine whether these changes were preventable using a CSC with a valve in situ between the airway and catheter cleaning chamber. This prospective randomized crossover study was conducted in a metropolitan tertiary ICU. Ten patients mechanically ventilated via volume-controlled synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilation (SIMV-VC) and requiring manual hyperinflation (MHI) were included in this study. CSC cleaning was performed using 2 different brands of CSC (one with a valve [Ballard Trach Care 72, Kimberly-Clark, Roswell, Georgia] and one without [Portex Steri-Cath DL, Smiths Medical, Dublin, Ohio]). The maneuvers were performed during both SIMV-VC and MHI. Lung volume change was measured via impedance change using electrical impedance tomography. A mixed model was used to compare the estimated means. During cleaning of the valveless CSC, significant decreases in lung impedance occurred during MHI (-2563 impedance units, 95% CI 2213-2913, P < .001), and significant increases in lung impedance occurred during SIMV (762 impedance units, 95% CI 452-1072, P < .001). In contrast, cleaning of the CSC with a valve in situ resulted in non-significant lung volume changes and maintenance of normal ventilation during MHI and SIMV-VC, respectively (188 impedance units, 95% CI -136 to 511, P = .22; and 22 impedance units, 95% CI -342 to 299, P = .89). When there is no valve between the airway and suction catheter, cleaning of the CSC results in significant derangements in lung volume. Therefore, the presence of such a valve should be considered essential in preserving lung volumes

  7. Photoacoustic FTIR spectroscopic study of undisturbed human cortical bone

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    Gu, Chunju; Katti, Dinesh R.; Katti, Kalpana S.

    2013-02-01

    Chemical pretreatment has been the prevailing sample preparation procedure for infrared (IR) spectroscopic studies on bone. However, experiments have indicated that chemical pretreatment can potentially affect the interactions between the components. Typically the IR techniques have involved transmission experiments. Here we report experimental studies using photoacoustic Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (PA-FTIR). As a nondestructive technique, PA-FTIR can detect absorbance spectrum from a sample at controllable sampling depth and with little or no sample preparation. Additionally, the coupling inert gas, helium, which is utilized in the PA-FTIR system, can inhibit bacteria growth of bone by displacing oxygen. Therefore, we used this technique to study the undisturbed human cortical bone. It is found that photoacoustic mode (linear-scan, LS-PA-FTIR) can obtain basically similar spectra of bone as compared to the traditional transmission mode, but it seems more sensitive to amide III and ν2 carbonate bands. The ν3 phosphate band is indicative of detailed mineral structure and symmetry of native bone. The PA-FTIR depth profiling experiments on human cortical bone also indicate the influence of water on OH band and the cutting effects on amide I and mineral bands. Our results indicate that phosphate ion geometry appears less symmetric in its undisturbed state as detected by the PA-FTIR as compared to higher symmetry observed using transmission techniques on disturbed samples. Moreover, the PA-FTIR spectra indicate a band at 1747 cm-1 possibly resulting from Cdbnd O stretching of lipids, cholesterol esters, and triglycerides from the arteries. Comparison of the spectra in transverse and longitudinal cross-sections demonstrates that, the surface area of the longitudinal section bone appears to have more organic matrix exposed and with higher mineral stoichiometry.

  8. Synthesis, structural, spectroscopic and biological studies of Schiff base complexes

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    Diab, M. A.; El-Sonbati, A. Z.; Shoair, A. F.; Eldesoky, A. M.; El-Far, N. M.

    2017-08-01

    Schiff base ligand 4-((pyridin-2- yl)methyleneamino)-1,2-dihydro-2,3-dimethyl-1-phenylpyrazol-5-one (PDMP) and its complexes were prepared and characterized on the basis of elemental analysis, IR, mass spectra and thermogravimetric analysis. All results confirm that the complexes have 1:1 (M: PMDP) stoichiometric formula [M(PMDP)Cl2H2O ] (M = Cu(II), Co(II), Ni(II) and Mn(II)), [Cd(PMDP)Cl2] and the ligand behaves as a bi/tridentate forming five-membered chelating ring towards the metal ions, bonding through azomethine nitrogen/exocyclic carbonyl oxygen, azomethine pyridine nitrogen and exocyclic carbonyl oxygen. The shift in the band positions of the groups involved in coordination has been utilized to estimate the metal-nitrogen and/or oxygen bond lengths. The complexes of Co(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II) are paramagnetic and the magnetic as well as spectral data suggest octahedral geometry, whereas the Cd(II) complex is tetrahedral. The XRD studies show that both the ligand and its metal complexes (1 and 3) show polycrystalline with crystal structure. Molecular docking was used to predict the binding between PMDP ligand and the receptors. The corrosion inhibition of mild steel in 2 M HCl solution by PDMP was explored utilizing potentiodynamic polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and (EFM) electrochemical frequency modulation method. Potentiodynamic polarization demonstrated that PDMP compound is mixed-type inhibitor. EIS spectra exhibit one capacitive loop and confirm the protective ability. The percentage of inhibition efficiency was found to increase with increasing the inhibitor concentration.

  9. Middle ear impedance studies in elderly patients implications on age-related hearing loss.

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    Sogebi, Olusola Ayodele

    2015-01-01

    Controversies arise with respect to functioning of the middle ear over time. To assess changes in middle ear impedance that may be related to aging, and/or if there was an association of these changes with those of the inner ear in the elderly patients. Cross-sectional, comparative study of elderly patients managed in ear, nose and throat clinics. A structured questionnaire was administered to obtain clinical information. Pure tone audiometry, tympanometry, and acoustic reflexes were performed. Comparative analyses were performed to detect intergroup differences between clinico-audiometric findings and middle ear measures, viz. tympanograms and acoustic reflexes. One hundred and three elderly patients participated in the study; 52.4% were male, averagely 70.0±6.3 years old, age-related hearing loss in 59.2%, abnormal tympanograms in 39.3%, absent acoustic reflex in 37.9%. There was no association between age and gender in patients with abnormal tympanograms and absent acoustic reflex. Significantly more patients with different forms and grades of age-related hearing loss had abnormal tympanometry and absent acoustic reflex. Some abnormalities were observed in the impedance audiometric measures of elderly patients, which were significantly associated with parameters connected to age-related hearing loss. Copyright © 2014 Associação Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia e Cirurgia Cérvico-Facial. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  10. Lead sorption on ruthenium oxide: a macroscopic and spectroscopic study.

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    Scheckel, Kirk G; Impellitteri, Christopher A; Ryan, James A

    2004-05-15

    The sorption and desorption of Pb on RuO2.xH2O were examined kinetically and thermodynamically via spectroscopic and macroscopic investigations. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) was employed to determine the sorption mechanism with regard to identity and interaction of nearest atomic neighbors, bond distances (R), and coordination numbers (N). The kinetics of the Pb-Ru-oxide sorption reaction are rapid with the equilibrium loading of Pb on the surface achieving approximately 1:1 wt/wt (129 micromol m(-2)). XAS data indicate that Pb adsorbed as bidentate innersphere complexes with first shell Pb-O parameters of RPb-O = 2.27 A and NPb-O = 2.1-2.5. Pb-Ru interatomic associations suggest two distinct bidentate surface coordinations of Pb to edges (RPb-RuI approximately 3.38 A, NPb-RuI approximately 1.0) and shared corners (RPb-RuII approximately 4.19 A, NPb-RuII approximately 0.8) on RuO2 octahedra (cassiterite-like structure), and an additional second neighbor backscattering of Pb indicates the formation of Pb-Pb dimers (RPb-Pb degrees 3.89 A, NPb-Pb approximately 0.9). Desorption studies as a function of aging time (1 h to 1 year) using a continuous stirred-flow reactor with a background electrolyte (0.01 M NaNO3, pH 6) demonstrated that Pb was tightly bound (99.7-99.9% retained). The Pb sorption capacity and retention on RuO2.xH2O is greater than that of other metal oxides examined in the literature. The results of this study imply that RuO2.xH2O may serve as a high capacity remediation treatment media.

  11. Effect of temperature on the methotrexate BSA interaction: Spectroscopic study

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    Sułkowska, A.; Maciążek, M.; Równicka, J.; Bojko, B.; Pentak, D.; Sułkowski, W. W.

    2007-05-01

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune and chronic inflammatory illness which affects about one percent of the world's population. Methotrexate (4-amino-10-methylfolic acid) (MTX) also known as amethopterin is commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is transported in the circulary system as a complex with serum albumin. The aim of this study was to investigate the interactions of MTX with transporting protein with the use of spectroscopic methods. The binding of MTX to bovine serum albumin (BSA) was studied by monitoring the changes in the emission fluorescence spectra of protein in the presence of MTX at excitation wavelength of 280 nm and 295 nm. The quenching of protein fluorescence at temperature range from 298 K to 316 K was observed. Energy transfer between methotrexate and fluorophores contained in the serum albumin structure was found at the molar ratio MTX:BSA 7.5:1. The relative fluorescence intensity of BSA decreases with increase of temperature. Similar results were observed for BSA excited with 280 nm and 295 nm at the same temperature range. The presence of MTX seems to prevent these changes. Temperature dependence of the binding constant has been presented. The binding and quenching constants for equilibrium complex were calculated using Scatchard and Stern-Volmer method, respectively. The results show that MTX forms π-π complex with aromatic amino acid residues of BSA. The binding site for MTX on BSA was found to be situated in the hydrophobic IIA or IB subdomain where the Trps were located. The spontaneity of MTX-BSA complex formation in the temperature range 298-316 K was ascertained.

  12. Spectroscopic study of graphene oxide membranes exposed to ultraviolet light

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    Schwenzer, Birgit; Kaspar, Tiffany C.; Shin, Yongsoon; Gotthold, David W.

    2016-05-16

    Research on graphene oxide (GO) as anything but a precursor material for synthesizing graphene started to pick up in 20061,2 and was soon followed by a first report of freestanding GO membranes (also referred to as GO paper) from R. S. Ruoff’s group at Northwestern University.3 The first GO membranes were prepared by vacuum filtration. More recently, larger scale GO membranes have been prepared by tape casting4 and other methods.5 In step with the development of new fabrication techniques, GO membranes are now tested for a wide array of applications6 ranging from energy-related4,7 or biomedical8 applications to more conventional uses for filtration9 and dehumidification.10 For all these proposed and implemented applications it remains to be seen how sensitive each of them is with respect to chemical and physical changes of the GO membranes over time. In this study, we report the effects of UV exposure on 2D-hierarchically stacked (Fig. S1 in ESI†) GO membranes. Macroscopically observable changes, such as darkening and mechanical deformation, have been correlated to chemical changes at the molecular level through spectroscopic measurements. Not only do the results of this work offer insights into the stability of GO membranes under UV light, but the findings will enable researchers, who are studying the use of these materials for different applications, to better understand the shelf life and packaging requirements for GO membranes. Furthermore, our results demonstrate the feasibility of deep ultraviolet (DUV) photolithography for graphene oxide-based devices. This approach is readily scalable as opposed to previous reports on photolithographic patterned reduction of GO to graphene by AFM,11 electron-beam12 or with an extreme ultraviolet (λ = 46.9 nm) laser.13

  13. A spectroscopic study of anomalous stellar populations in M67

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    McGahee, Courtney Elizabeth

    A population of stars exists in the old, open cluster M67, whose photometry, color magnitude diagram locations and associated evolutionary states cannot be explained by current, standard single star evolution theory. These stars are often referred to as "yellow straggler" stars. Yellow stragglers have been identified in multiple star clusters suggesting that these stars constitute a real population. Additionally, according to independent studies, at least some of the yellow straggler stars in M67 are likely cluster members. Therefore, cluster non-membership is not a sufficient explanation for the observed anomalous photometry of these stars. It is possible that the yellow stragglers occupy their precarious color magnitude diagram positions as a result of the evolution of mass transfer blue straggler stars. These are stars which have been formed by Roche Lobe overflow mass transfer in close binary systems. If this the case for the yellow stragglers, it is hypothesized that they could potentially exhibit two spectroscopic characteristics that can be indicative of this type of mass transfer system. Specifically, variable radial velocities can be used to indicate that the yellow stragglers exist in binary systems and enhancements of s-process elements in yellow stragglers can indicate Roche Lobe overflow mass transfer from a once asymptotic giant branch star which has since evolved into a white dwarf. This dissertation details the radial velocity survey and the chemical abundance analysis that have been conducted to investigate the yellow stragglers with regard to this hypothesis. The radial velocity survey revealed that eight of the ten yellow stragglers studied exhibit variable radial velocities indicating that the yellow straggler population of M67 possess a high binary frequency. However, the chemical abundance analysis revealed that none of the yellow stragglers exhibited enhancements of the s-process elements Y and Ba. Therefore, a history which involves Roche

  14. The spectroscopic study of building composites containing natural sorbents

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    Król, M.; Mozgawa, W.

    2011-08-01

    This work presents the results of FT-IR spectroscopic studies of heavy metal cations (Ag +, Pb 2+, Zn 2+, Cd 2+ and Cr 3+) immobilization from aqueous solutions on natural sorbents. The sorption has been conducted on sodium forms of zeolite (clinoptilolite) and clay minerals (mixtures containing mainly montmorillonite and kaolinite) which have been separated from natural Polish deposit. In the next part of the work both sorbents were used to obtain new building composites. It was proven those heavy metal cations' sorption causes changes in IR spectra of the zeolite and clay minerals. These alterations are dependent on the way the cations were sorbed. In the case of zeolite, variations of the bands corresponding to the characteristic ring vibrations have been observed. These rings occur in pseudomolecular complexes 4-4-1 (built of alumino- and silicooxygen tetrahedra) which constitute the secondary building units (SBU) and form spatial framework of the zeolite. The most significant changes have been determined in the region of pseudolattice vibrations (650-700 cm -1). In the instance of clay minerals, changes in the spectra occur at two ranges: 1200-800 cm -1 - the range of the bands assigned to asymmetric Si-O(Si,Al) and bending Al-OH vibrations and 3800-3000 cm -1 - the range of the bands originating from OH - groups stretching vibrations. Next results indicate possibilities of applying the used natural sorbents for the obtainment of new building materials having favourable composition and valuable properties. The zeolite was used for obtaining autoclaved materials with an addition of CaO, and the clay minerals for ceramic sintered materials with an addition of quartz and clinoptilolite were produced. FT-IR studies were also conducted on the obtained materials.

  15. LEAD SORPTION ON RUTHENIUM OXIDE: A MACROSCOPIC AND SPECTROSCOPIC STUDY

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    The sorption and desorption of Pb on RuO2 xH2O were examined kinetically and thermodynamically via spectroscopic and macroscopic investigations. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) was employed to determine the sorption mechanism with regard to identity of nearest atomic neighbo...

  16. LEAD SORPTION ON RUTHENIUM OXIDE: A MACROSCOPIC AND SPECTROSCOPIC STUDY

    EPA Science Inventory

    The sorption and desorption of Pb on RuO2 xH2O were examined kinetically and thermodynamically via spectroscopic and macroscopic investigations. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) was employed to determine the sorption mechanism with regard to identity of nearest atomic neighbo...

  17. Optical and spectroscopic study of erbium doped calcium borotellurite glasses

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    Gomes, J. F.; Lima, A. M. O.; Sandrini, M.; Medina, A. N.; Steimacher, A.; Pedrochi, F.; Barboza, M. J.

    2017-04-01

    In this study, 10CaF2 - (29.9-0.4x)CaO - (60-0.6x)B2O3 - xTeO2 - 0,1Er2O3 (x = 10, 16, 22, 30 and 50 mol %) glasses were synthesized, and their optical and spectroscopic properties were investigated. X-ray diffraction, density, glass transition temperature (Tg), crystallization temperature (Tx), refraction index, luminescence, radiative lifetime and optical absorption measurements were carried out. Molar volume (Vm), thermal stability (Tx-Tg), electronic polarizability (αm), optical bang gap energy (Eg) and Judd-Ofelt (JO) parameters Ωt (2,4,6) were also calculated. The results are discussed in terms of tellurium oxide content. The increase of TeO2 in the glasses composition increases density, refractive index and electronic polarizability. The optical band gap energy decreases varying from 3.37 to 2.71 eV for the glasses with 10 and 50 mol% of TeO2, respectively. The optical absorption coefficient spectra show characteristic bands of Er3+ ions. Furthermore, these spectra in NIR region show a decrease of hydroxyl groups as a function of TeO2 addition. Luminescence intensity and radiative lifetimes at 1530 nm show an increasing with the TeO2 content. The JO parameters of Er:CaBTeX glasses follow the trend Ω2 > Ω4 > Ω6 and the quality factor values (Ω4/Ω6) were between 1.37 and 3.07. By comparing the measured lifetime with the calculated radiative decay time, quantum efficiency was calculated. The luminescence emission intensity at 1530 nm decreases with the increase of temperature. The lifetime values show a slight trend to decrease with the temperature increase, from 300 to 420 K, for all the samples.

  18. Application of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy: A phase behavior study of babassu biodiesel-based microemulsions.

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    Pereira, Thulio C; Conceição, Carlos A F; Khan, Alamgir; Fernandes, Raquel M T; Ferreira, Maira S; Marques, Edmar P; Marques, Aldaléa L B

    2016-11-05

    Microemulsions are thermodynamically stable systems of two immiscible liquids, one aqueous and the other of organic nature, with a surfactant and/or co-surfactant adsorbed in the interface between the two phases. Biodiesel-based microemulsions, consisting of alkyl esters of fatty acids, open a new means of analysis for the application of electroanalytical techniques, and is advantageous as it eliminates the required pre-treatment of a sample. In this work, the phase behaviours of biodiesel-based microemulsions were investigated through the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) technique. We observed thatan increase in the amount of biodiesel in the microemulsion formulation increases the resistance to charge transfer at the interface. Also, the electrical conductivity measurements revealed that a decrease or increase in electrical properties depends on the amount of biodiesel. EIS studies of the biodiesel-based microemulsion samples showed the presence of two capacitive arcs: one high-frequency and the other low-frequency. Thus, the formulation of microemulsions plays an important role in estimating the electrical properties through the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy technique. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Application of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy: A phase behavior study of babassu biodiesel-based microemulsions

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    Pereira, Thulio C.; Conceição, Carlos A. F.; Khan, Alamgir; Fernandes, Raquel M. T.; Ferreira, Maira S.; Marques, Edmar P.; Marques, Aldaléa L. B.

    2016-11-01

    Microemulsions are thermodynamically stable systems of two immiscible liquids, one aqueous and the other of organic nature, with a surfactant and/or co-surfactant adsorbed in the interface between the two phases. Biodiesel-based microemulsions, consisting of alkyl esters of fatty acids, open a new means of analysis for the application of electroanalytical techniques, and is advantageous as it eliminates the required pre-treatment of a sample. In this work, the phase behaviours of biodiesel-based microemulsions were investigated through the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) technique. We observed thatan increase in the amount of biodiesel in the microemulsion formulation increases the resistance to charge transfer at the interface. Also, the electrical conductivity measurements revealed that a decrease or increase in electrical properties depends on the amount of biodiesel. EIS studies of the biodiesel-based microemulsion samples showed the presence of two capacitive arcs: one high-frequency and the other low-frequency. Thus, the formulation of microemulsions plays an important role in estimating the electrical properties through the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy technique.

  20. Combined Impedance Probe and Langmuir Probe Studies of the Low-Latitude E Region

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    Rowland, D. E.; Pfaff, R. F.; Steigies, C. T.

    2008-01-01

    The EQUIS-2 sounding rocket and radar campaign, launched from Kwajalein Atoll in 2004, included a mission to study low-latitude irregularities and electrodynamics, led by NASA GSFC. This mission included two instrumented rockets launched into the nighttime E region (apogee near 120 km), which included comprehensive electrodynamics and neutral density instrumentation. These rockets carried the first of a new generation of impedance probes, that utilize a wide-band drive signal to simultaneously measure the impedance of an antenna in a plasma as a function of frequency from 7 kEIz to 4 MHz. at a rapid cadence. This technique promises to permit true plasma spectroscopy, and resulted in the identification of multiple plasma resonances and accurate measurements of the plasma density, even in the low density nighttime E region. We present analyses of the technique and resulting spectra, and show how these data may be combined with fixed-bias Langmuir Probe data to infer the temperature structure of the E region as well as providing accurate absolute calibrations for the very high time resolution fixed-bias probe data. The data is shown to agree well with data from ionosonde, the ALTAIR radar, and the Peruvian beacon experiment.

  1. Impedance studies of Sb doped SnO 2 thin film prepared by sol gel process

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    Benrabah, B.; Bouaza, A.; Kadari, A.; Maaref, M. A.

    2011-12-01

    Antimony-doped tin oxide thin films have a range of technological applications as conductive coatings, and sol-gel processing seems to offer some advantages over other coating techniques. In this study antimony-doped tin oxide (ATO) thin films have been prepared by the sol-gel dip-coating (SGDC) process, using tin (II) chloride dehydrate (SnCl 2, 2H 2O) and antimony (III) chloride (SbCl 3) as host and dopant precursors respectively. The structure of the (ATO) powders was analysed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the microstructure of the thin films by atomic force microscopy (AFM). These investigations show that the structure is tetragonal rutile type and that an increase in Sb-doping decreases the crystallite size of the (ATO) particles. To analyze the impedance spectroscopy data, the Nyquist ( Z″ vs . Z') plots as well as the representation of imaginary ( Z″) and real ( Z') parts of impedance vs. frequency were used. The Nyquist plots suggest that only the grain boundaries are responsible in the conduction mechanism of the material. From the variation of lnσ vs. inverse of absolute T we have deduced the activation energy found to be 0.87 eV.

  2. Spectroscopic studies of cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Totir, Dana Alexa

    2000-10-01

    Structural changes that occur during electrochemical cycling of lithium-ion battery cathode materials have been investigated using in situ spectroscopic techniques. A new method was developed for the preparation of carbon and binder free cathodes utilizing powder materials of interest for commercial batteries. The extraordinary quality of the cyclic voltammetric curves recorded for this type of electrodes during the in situ measurements allows direct correlations to be made between the state of charge of the material and its structural and electronic characteristics. LiCoO2, LiMn2O4 and LiCo0.15Ni 0.85O2 electrodes were evaluated using cycling voltammetry and the mean diffusion coefficient for Li-ions in the lattice (DLi) was calculated for LiMn2O4. LiMn2O4 electrodes prepared by this technique have been studied in situ using Mn K-edge XAS. Data analysis for the species formed at different potentials indicated a contraction of the lattice associated with the increase in the oxidation state of manganese. In situ Raman spectra of particles of LiMn2O 4, and LiCoO2 embedded in Au and also of KS-44 graphite and carbon microfibers MCF28 embedded in thermally annealed Ni have been recorded as a function of the applied potential. Fe K-edge XAFS of pyrite electrodes in a Li/PEO(LiClO4)/FeS 2 cell and S K-edge XANES measurements of a FeS2 electrode in a non-aqueous electrolyte have been acquired as a function of the state of charge. The studies have clearly evidenced the formation of metallic Fe and Li2S as intermediates after 4 e- discharge and the formation of Li2FeS2 after 2 e- recharge. While Fe K-edge studies have indicated that there is no change in the Fe environment and oxidation state upon 4 e- recharge, the results obtained from S K-edge studies are inconclusive for this stage. Finally, in situ Co K-edge XAFS data were obtained for the first time during the electrochemical cycling of electrodeposited Co(OH) 2 films in alkaline solutions. The results support

  3. Spectroscopic studies of uranium species for environmental decontamination applications

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    Eng, Charlotte

    After the Cold War, Department of Energy began to concentrate its efforts on cleanup of former nuclear material processing facilities, especially uranium-contaminated groundwater and soil. This research aims to study uranium association to both organic and inorganic compounds found in the contaminated environment in the hopes that the information gathered can be applied to the development and optimization of cost-effective remediation techniques. Spectroscopic and electrochemical methods will be employed to examine the behavior of uranium in given conditions to further our understanding of its impact on the environment. Uranium found in groundwater and soil bind with various ligands, especially organic ligands present in the environment due to natural sources (e.g. metabolic by-products or degradation of plants and animals) or man-made sources (e.g. chelating agents used in operating or cleanup of uranium processing facilities). We selected reasonable analogs of naturally occurring matter and studied their structure, chemical and electrochemical behavior and found that the structure of uranyl complexes depends heavily on the nature of the ligand and environmental factors such as pH. Association of uranium-organic complexes with anaerobic bacteria, Clostridium sp. was studied to establish if the bacteria can effectively bioreduce uranium while going through normal bacterial activity. It was found that the nature of the organic ligand affected the bioavailability and toxicity of the uranium on the bacteria. In addition, we have found that the type of iron corrosion products and uranyl species present on the surface of corroded steel depended on various environmental factors, which subsequently affected the removal rate of uranium by a citric acid/hydrogen peroxide/deionized water cleaning process. The method was found to remove uranium from only the topmost corrosion layers and residual uranium could be found (a) deeper in the corrosion layers where it is occluded by

  4. X-ray spectroscopic studies of secondary battery materials

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    Kostov, Svilen Dimitar

    1998-09-01

    X-ray spectroscopic methods, both NEXAFS and EXAFS were used in the study of the structural and electronic properties of different types of new battery materials. NEXAFS analysis of the spectra of Lisb{1-x}CoO2 secondary battery cathodes revealed that the addition of Li proceeds is strongly correlated to the increase in electronic charge on the Co ion. A structural phase transition is confirmed for x=0.5. The presence of Mnsp{+2} is detected in the conventionally made LiMnOsb2 cathodes but not in ones prepared according to the new ADL process. Lisb{x}Vsb6Osb{13} cathode material, where 0≤ x≤6, was measured using x-ray absorption, EPR and NMR techniques. The intercalation mechanism involves a conversion of Vsp{+5} to Vsp{+4} in Vsb6Osb{13} until the composition Lisb2Vsb6Osb{13} is reached. Further addition of lithium is accompanied by the conversion of Vsp{+4} to Vsp{+3} until Lisb8Vsb6Osb{13} is reached. The process is complicated and involves structural phase changes and increasing structural disorder within the multi-phase system as Li concentration is increased. Studies of LiNi/CoOsb2 intercalation cathodes prepared by a novel sol-gel technique suggests that although the partial substitution of Co for Ni stabilizes the system by removing Nisp{+2}, a Jahn-Teller type structural distortion in the predominantly Nisp{=3} system persists. In-situ EXAFS measurements of the pyrite cathode in a new Li/CPE/FeSsb2 showed two distinct environments of the Fe ion, which were interpreted as those of metallic Fe and residual FeSsb2 at high lithium concentration, and Lisb2FeSsb2 and residual FeSsb2 at low lithium concentration. The formation of FeS was not detected. A new type of hydrogen ion battery incorporating a MnSOsb4sp&*slash;Hsb2O based cathode and polymer electrolyte was also studied. Heavily cycled and discharged cathodes showed an almost identical Mn local structure to that of single cycled ones. The Mn environment becomes very different in the charged cathodes

  5. Spectroscopic Studies of the Several Isomers of UO3

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    Sweet, Lucas E.; Reilly, Dallas D.; Abrecht, David G.; Buck, Edgar C.; Meier, David E.; Su, Yin-Fong; Brauer, Carolyn S.; Schwantes, Jon M.; Tonkyn, Russell G.; Szecsody, James E.; Blake, Thomas A.; Johnson, Timothy J.

    2013-09-26

    Uranium trioxide is known to adopt seven different structural forms. While these structural forms have been well characterized using x-ray or neutron diffraction techniques, little work has been done to characterize their spectroscopic properties, particularly of the pure phases. Since the structural isomers of UO3 all have similar thermodynamic stabilities and most tend to hydrolyze under open atmospheric conditions, mixtures of UO3 phases and the hydrolysis products are common. Much effort went into isolating pure phases of UO3. Utilizing x-ray diffraction as a sample identification check, UV/Vis/NIR spectroscopic signatures of α-UO3, β-UO3, γ-UO3 and UO2(OH)2 products were obtained. The spectra of the pure phases can now be used to characterize typical samples of UO3, which are often mixtures of isomers.

  6. Structural, spectroscopic and theoretical study of novel ephedrinum salt

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    Ivanova, B.; Kolev, T.; Lamshöft, M.; Mayer-Figge, H.; Seidel, R.; Sheldrick, W. S.; Spiteller, M.

    2010-05-01

    Ephedrinum violurate dihydrate was synthesized, spectroscopically and structural elucidated. The data are compared with those of the free-base ephedrine hemihydrate. Discussion on the stable conformer of the ephedrinum cation is carried out. Quantum chemical calculations were performed for the theoretical elucidation of the conformational preference of the ephedrinum cation and its vibrational properties. The model systems neutral ephedrine hemihydrate ( 1) and violurate salt dihydrate ( 2) are elucidated.

  7. The electronic structure of pyracene: a spectroscopic and computational study.

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    Auerswald, Johannes; Engels, Bernd; Fischer, Ingo; Gerbich, Thiemo; Herterich, Jörg; Krueger, Anke; Lang, Melanie; Schmitt, Hans-Christian; Schon, Christof; Walter, Christof

    2013-06-07

    We report a synthetic, spectroscopic and computational study of the polycyclic aromatic molecule pyracene, which contains aliphatic five-membered rings annealed to a naphthalene chromophore. An improved route to synthesize the compound is described. Gas-phase IR and solid-state Raman spectra agree with a ground-state D2h structure. The electronically excited S1 A(1)B3u state has been studied by resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionisation. An adiabatic excitation energy T0 = 30,798 cm(-1) (3.818 eV) was determined. SCS-ADC(2) calculations found a D2h minimum energy structure of the S1 state and yielded an excitation energy of +3.98 eV, including correction for zero point vibrational energy. The spectrum shows a rich low-frequency vibrational structure that can be assigned to the overtones of out-of-plane deformation modes of the five-membered rings by comparison with computations. The appearance of these modes as well as the frequency reduction in the excited state indicate that the potential in the S1 state is very flat. At higher excess energies most bands can be assigned to fundamentals, overtones and combination bands of either totally symmetric ag modes or of b2g modes that appear due to vibronic coupling. Lifetimes between 43 ns and 76 ns were measured for a number of vibronic bands. For the S2 state an equilibrium geometry with a non-planar carbon framework was computed. In addition a signal from the pyracene dimer was present. The spectrum shows several broad and structureless transitions. The origin band has a maximum at around 329 nm (30,400 cm(-1)). Again lifetimes between 60 ns and 70 ns were found. The dimer ion signal rises within less than 10 ps. Computations show that a crossed geometry with the long axis of one unit aligned with the short axis of the second constitutes the most stable structure. The broadening of the bands is most likely caused by excimer formation.

  8. A Basic Study About Multi Channel Measurement of Skin Impedance Vector Loci on the Acupuncture Points

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    2001-10-25

    frequencies. B. An application example of the result – 4 channels mea- surments of skin impedance vector loci around the acupuncure point – We applied the...results to 4 channels impedance meau- rements around acupuncure points. The experiments were performed on one healthly hu- man subject (man, aged 23

  9. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy study of high-palladium dental alloys. Part II: behavior at active and passive potentials.

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    Sun, D; Monaghan, P; Brantley, W A; Johnston, W M

    2002-05-01

    Electrochemical impedance spectroscopic (EIS) analyses were performed on three high-palladium alloys and a gold-palladium alloy at active and passive potentials in five electrolytes that simulated body fluid and oral environmental conditions. All four alloys were previously found to have excellent corrosion resistance in these in vitro environments. Before performing the EIS analyses, alloy specimens were subjected to a clinically relevant heat treatment that simulated the firing cycles for a dental porcelain. It was found that the EIS spectra varied with test potential and electrolyte. Diffusional effects, related to the dealloying and subsequent surface enrichment in palladium of the high-palladium alloys, along with species adsorption and passivation, were revealed at both active and passive potentials, although these effects were more evident at the passive potentials.

  10. A new application of electrical impedance spectroscopy for measuring glucose metabolism: a phantom study

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    Dhurjaty, Sreeram; Qiu, Yuchen; Tan, Maxine; Liu, Hong; Zheng, Bin

    2015-03-01

    Glucose metabolism relates to biochemical processes in living organisms and plays an important role in diabetes and cancer-metastasis. Although many methods are available for measuring glucose metabolism-activities, from simple blood tests to positron emission tomography, currently there is no robust and affordable device that enables monitoring of glucose levels in real-time. In this study we tested feasibility of applying a unique resonance-frequency based electronic impedance spectroscopy (REIS) device that has been, recently developed to measure and monitor glucose metabolism levels using a phantom study. In this new testing model, a multi-frequency electrical signal sequence is applied and scanned through the subject. When the positive reactance of an inductor inside the device cancels out the negative reactance of the capacitance of the subject, the electrical impedance reaches a minimum value and this frequency is defined as the resonance frequency. The REIS system has a 24-bit analog-to-digital signal convertor and a frequency-resolution of 100Hz. In the experiment, two probes are placed inside a 100cc container initially filled with distilled water. As we gradually added liquid-glucose in increments of 1cc (250mg), we measured resonance frequencies and minimum electrical signal values (where A/D was normalized to a full scale of 1V). The results showed that resonance frequencies monotonously decreased from 243kHz to 178kHz, while the minimum voltages increased from 405mV to 793mV as the added amount of glucose increased from 0 to 5cc. The study demonstrated the feasibility of applying this new REIS technology to measure and/or monitor glucose levels in real-time in future.

  11. NMR spectroscopic study of organic phosphate esters coprecipitated with calcite

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    Phillips, Brian L.; Zhang, Zelong; Kubista, Laura; Frisia, Silvia; Borsato, Andrea

    2016-06-01

    Organic phosphorus incorporated in calcite during laboratory precipitation experiments and in natural cave deposits was investigated by solid-state NMR spectroscopy. For calcite precipitated in the presence of organic phosphoesters of varying size and functionality, solid-state 31P{1H} CP/MAS NMR shows that the phosphoesters were incorporated intact into the solid. Systematic changes in the 31P NMR chemical shift of the phosphate group were observed between the solid phosphoester and that incorporated in the solid precipitate, yielding 31P NMR chemical shifts of the coprecipitates in the range of +1.8 to -2.2 ppm. These chemical shifts are distinct from that of similarly prepared calcite coprecipitated with inorganic phosphate, 3.5 ppm. Only minor changes were noted in the phosphoester 31P chemical shift anisotropy (CSA) which suggests no significant change in the local structure of the phosphate group, which is dominated by C-O-P bonding. Close spatial proximity of the organic phosphate group to calcite structural components was revealed by 31P/13C rotational echo double resonance (REDOR) experiments for coprecipitates prepared with 13C-labeled carbonate. All coprecipitates showed significant 31P dephasing effects upon 13C-irradiation, signaling atomic-scale proximity to carbonate carbon. The dephasing rate for smaller organophosphate molecules is similar to that observed for inorganic phosphate, whereas much slower dephasing was observed for larger molecules having long and/or bulky side-chains. This result suggests that small organic molecules can be tightly enclosed within the calcite structure, whereas significant structural disruption required to accommodate the larger organic molecules leads to longer phosphate-carbonate distances. Comparison of 31P NMR spectroscopic data from the synthetic coprecipitates with those from calcite moonmilk speleothems indicates that phosphorus occurs mainly as inorganic orthophosphate in the natural deposits, although small

  12. Spectroscopic and structural studies of environmentally relevant neptunyl carbonate complexes

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    Palmer, P.D.; Clark, D.L.; Neu, M.P.

    1995-12-01

    Carbonate and bicarbonate are common anions in many natural waters, consequently carbonate complexes of the actinides may play an important role in actinide migration from a nuclear waste repository. Due to its relatively high solubility, neptunium is the most important actinide for consideration. Carbonate complexation was examined for NpO{sub 2}{sup +} and NpO{sub 2}{sup 2+} ions using a variety of techniques including UV-Vis-NIR and NMR spectroscopics. NpO{sub 2}{sup +} carbonates have been difficult to observe by UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy due to the formation of insoluble NaNp{sub 2}O{sub 2}(CO{sub 3}) or Na{sub 3}NpO{sub 2}(CO{sub 3}){sub 2} salts. However, by employing tetrabutylammonium as the counter cation, millimolar concentrations have been obtained and utilized for temperature dependent carbonate complexation studies by conventional UV-Vis-NIR methods. The NpO{sub 2}{sup 2+} carbonate complexes were examined as a function of pH using {sup 13}C and {sup 17}O NMR spectroscopy. The NMR data are consistent with the formation of NpO{sub 2}(CO{sub 3}){sub 3}{sup 4-} and (NpO{sub 2}){sub 3}(CO{sub 3}){sub 6}{sup 6-}. The pH dependence of the {sup 13}C NMR spectra was used to determine the equilibrium constant for the reaction: 3NpO{sub 2}CO{sub 3}{sub 3}{sup 4-} +3H{sup +}{r_reversible}(NpO{sub 2}){sub 3}(CO{sub 3}){sub 6}{sup 6-}+3HCO{sub 3}{sup -}, log K=19.7({plus_minus}0.8) (I=2.5m). This work was supported by the Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project Office as part of the Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Program, managed by the U.S. D.O.E., YMP project office.

  13. A Raman Spectroscopic Study of Kernite to 25 GPa

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    Silva, M. E.; O'Bannon, E. F., III; Williams, Q. C.

    2015-12-01

    A Raman spectroscopic study of kernite to 25 GPaMarcus Silva, Earl O'Bannon III, and Quentin Williams Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz The Raman spectrum of kernite (Na2B4O6(OH)2·3(H2O)) has been characterized up to ~25 GPa in order to explore pressure-induced changes in a structurally novel mineral that contains mixed coordination borate groups (three- and four-fold), and both hydroxyl units and water. During compression, all of the ~30 modes monitored shift positively and monotonically until ~2.2 GPa where a few low frequency modes disappear and tetrahedral borate modes merge. The low frequency modes that disappear at ~2.2 GPa are likely associated with Na vibrations, and their disappearance suggests that dramatic changes occur in the Na sites at ~2.2 GPa. The merging of the boron bending and stretching modes at ~2.2 GPa suggests that the local symmetry of the BO4 tetrahedra changes at this pressure, and likely becomes more symmetric. The remaining modes shift positively up to ~7.4 GPa where a second notable change occurs. All but 5 modes (with initial frequencies of 150, 166, 289, 307, and 525 cm-1) disappear at ~7.4 GPa. This indicates that a second phase transition has occurred which affects both the BO3H and BO4­ groups: based on the loss of modes, this transition may be associated with disordering of the crystal. These 5 modes persist and shift monotonically up to ~25 GPa. On decompression, the 5 modes shift smoothly down to ~2.0 GPa where a few new modes appear in the spectrum. When fully decompressed to room pressure, the Raman spectrum of the recovered sample is significantly different from the ambient spectrum of the initial sample. Thus, our results are suggest a phase transition occurring at 2.2 GPa with changes in the Na and tetrahedral boron sites, followed by an additional transition at 7.4 GPa that may involve disordering of the crystal. In the latter transition, at least the BO3H groups appear to be

  14. Numerical Study of Three Dimensional Effects in Longitudinal Space-Charge Impedance

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    Halavanau, A.; Piot, P.

    2015-06-01

    Longitudinal space-charge (LSC) effects are generally considered as detrimental in free-electron lasers as they can seed instabilities. Such “microbunching instabilities” were recently shown to be potentially useful to support the generation of broadband coherent radiation pulses [1, 2]. Therefore there has been an increasing interest in devising accelerator beamlines capable of sustaining this LSC instability as a mechanism to produce a coherent light source. To date most of these studies have been carried out with a one-dimensional impedance model for the LSC. In this paper we use a N-body “Barnes-Hut” algorithm [3] to simulate the 3D space charge force in the beam combined with elegant [4] and explore the limitation of the 1D model often used

  15. Impedance studies of a green blend polymer electrolyte based on PVA and Aloe-vera

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    Selvalakshmi, S.; Mathavan, T.; Vijaya, N.; Selvasekarapandian, Premalatha, M.; Monisha, S.

    2016-05-01

    The development of polymer electrolyte materials for energy generating and energy storage devices is a challenge today. A new type of blended green electrolyte based on Poly-vinyl alcohol (PVA) and Aloe-vera has been prepared by solution casting technique. The blending of polymers may lead to the increase in stability due to one polymer portraying itself as a mechanical stiffener and the other as a gelled matrix supported by the other. The prepared blend electrolytes were subjected to Ac impedance studies. It has been found out that the polymer film in which 1 gm of PVA was dissolved in 40 ml of Aloe-vera extract exhibits highest conductivity and its value is 3.08 × 10-4 S cm-1.

  16. Impedance calculation for ferrite inserts

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    Breitzmann, S.C.; Lee, S.Y.; Ng, K.Y.; /Fermilab

    2005-01-01

    Passive ferrite inserts were used to compensate the space charge impedance in high intensity space charge dominated accelerators. They study the narrowband longitudinal impedance of these ferrite inserts. they find that the shunt impedance and the quality factor for ferrite inserts are inversely proportional to the imaginary part of the permeability of ferrite materials. They also provide a recipe for attaining a truly passive space charge impedance compensation and avoiding narrowband microwave instabilities.

  17. Esophageal solid bolus transit: studies using combined multichannel intraluminal impedance and manometry in healthy volunteers.

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    Chen, C L; Yi, C H; Chou, A S B; Liu, T T

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to apply combined multichannel intraluminal impedance and esophageal manometry (MII-EM) to test esophageal function during solid swallowing in a normal healthy population. We determined whether combined MII-EM with solid bolus is more sensitive than that with viscous bolus in the detection of motility abnormality. Eighteen healthy volunteers (11 men and 7 women; mean age 22 years, range 20-26 years) underwent combined MII-EM with a catheter containing four impedance-measuring segments and five solid-state pressure transducers. Each subject received 10 viscous and 10 solid materials. Tracings were analyzed manually for bolus presence time, total bolus transit time, contraction amplitude, duration, and onset velocity. Three hundred and sixty swallows including viscous and solid materials were analyzed. Contraction amplitude for the viscous swallows was higher at 20 cm above the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) (P= 0.049) but lower at 15 cm above the LES (P < 0.001). Duration of contractions for the solid swallows was longer at 15 cm (P= 0.002) and 10 cm above the LES (P= 0.011) compared with viscous swallows. The total bolus transit time for solid was significantly shorter than that for viscous boluses (6.8 vs. 7.7 seconds, P < 0.001). Bolus presence time appeared to be similar between viscous and solid boluses (except in the proximal esophagus). The percentage of swallows with ineffective peristalsis by manometry, as well as those with incomplete bolus transit by impedance, did not differ between viscous and solid swallows. The proportion of manometrically ineffective solid swallows with incomplete bolus transit was greater than that of viscous swallows (62.1% vs. 34.8%, P= 0.05). Application of solid boluses may potentially enhance diagnostic capability of esophageal function testing. Solid boluses can be regarded as a valuable complement to viscous boluses in the detection of esophageal motility abnormalities when applied with

  18. The Use of Electrical Impedance to Identify Intraneural Needle Placement in Human Peripheral Nerves: A Study on Amputated Human Limbs.

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    Vydyanathan, Amaresh; Kosharskyy, Boleslav; Nair, Singh; Gritsenko, Karina; Kim, Ryung S; Wang, Dan; Shaparin, Naum

    2016-07-01

    Even as the use of peripheral nerve blockade in the perioperative setting is increasing, neural injury secondary to accidental intraneural injection remains a significant patient safety concern. Current modalities, including electrical stimulation and ultrasound imaging, still lack consistency and absolute reliability in both the detection and prevention of this complication. The measurement of electrical impedance (EI) could be an easy and valuable additional tool to detect intraneural needle placement. Our objectives in this study were to measure the change in EI with intraneural needle advancement in recently amputated human limbs. The study was conducted within 45 minutes of amputation. The nerves that were studied were the sciatic nerve in the popliteal fossa in above-knee amputations or the tibial nerve below the calf in below-knee amputations. The amputated limb was placed on a tray and under ultrasound imaging guidance, an insulated peripheral block needle connected to a nerve stimulator was placed extraneurally and subsequently advanced intraneurally. The experiment was repeated on the same nerve after exposure by surgical dissection. The differences in impedance measurements between intraneural and extraneural needle placement were compared. In the below-knee amputated extremity (tibial nerve, n = 6) specimens based on the ultrasound methods, mean ± SD for ultrasound-guided intraneural impedance was 10 ± 2 kΩ compared with an extraneural impedance of 6 ± 1.6 kΩ (P = 0.005). The difference between intraneural and extraneural impedance after open dissection was also significant when we repeated the analysis based on the same specimens (P = 0.005). Similarly, in the above-the-knee amputated extremity (sciatic nerve, n = 5) specimens, mean intraneural impedance was 35.2 ± 7.9 kΩ compared with an extraneural impedance of 25.2 ± 5.3 kΩ (P = 0.037). The difference between intraneural and extraneural impedance obtained after open dissection was also

  19. Biomechanical wall properties of the human rectum. A study with impedance planimetry.

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    Dall, F H; Jørgensen, C S; Houe, D; Gregersen, H; Djurhuus, J C

    1993-01-01

    Biomechanical properties of the rectal wall were studied in 17 healthy adult volunteers (nine men and eight women). With impedance planimetry it is possible to obtain simultaneous measurements of pressure and rectal cross sectional area (CSA) during balloon inflations. Rectal distensions were done with an intraluminal balloon using specified pressures up to 40 cmH2O above baseline rectal pressure. Balloon inflation elicited a phase of rapid increase in rectal CSA followed by a phase of slow increase until a steady state was reached. Steady state occurred within 67 to 140 seconds with the shortest period at the highest distension pressures. Steady state rectal CSA values had a non-linear relation to increasing distension pressure. Rectal CSA values in women showed a tendency of being slightly higher than male values at all pressure steps with a significant difference at 3 and 5 cm H2O. Biomechanical parameters were calculated from rectal CSA pressure relations. Circumferential wall tension increased in a linear way. Rectal compliance decreased in a non-linear way with no further decline between 30 and 40 cmH2O. The pressure elastic modulus increased steeply until a distension pressure of 35 cmH2O with no further increase to 40 cmH2O. This suggests that rectal tone is reduced as the muscle fails to resist further distension at 35 cmH2O and higher pressures. Impedance planimetry offers new possibilities for investigation of anorectal physiology through the study of segmental biomechanical wall properties of the human rectum. PMID:8244148

  20. Real-time Doppler-based arterial vascular impedance and peripheral pressure-flow loops: a pilot study.

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    Thiele, Robert H; Bartels, Karsten; Esper, Stephen; Ikeda, Keita; Gan, Tong-Joo

    2014-02-01

    Arterial pressure-flow loops and vascular impedance provide additional data that could be used to assess the hemodynamic effects of therapeutic interventions in anesthetized patients. To evaluate the utility of such an approach, the authors sought to design a device that combines flow waveforms from an esophageal Doppler probe and pressure waveforms from a peripheral artery to produce real-time pressure-flow loops and estimates of arterial vascular impedance. Prospective, cohort study. Single center, university-based teaching hospital. Patients undergoing surgery in whom the attending anesthesiologist had opted to place an esophageal Doppler probe and a peripheral arterial catheter for hemodynamic monitoring. This was a non-interventional study designed to record pressure-flow loops and arterial vascular impedance intraoperatively using a novel, noninvasive device. Pressure-flow loops and arterial vascular impedance were measured noninvasively using radial artery pressure and descending thoracic aorta flow waveforms in real time. Real-time arterial vascular impedance and peripheral pressure-volume loops can be determined using available monitoring devices. Technical feasibility of this technology in patients is a crucial first step to permit meaningful evaluation of the clinical value of this approach for accurate determination of complex hemodynamic indices and, eventually, improvement of outcomes. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Spectroscopic studies of the cytochrome P450 reaction mechanisms.

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    Mak, Piotr J; Denisov, Ilia G

    2017-06-28

    The cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (P450s) are thiolate heme proteins that can, often under physiological conditions, catalyze many distinct oxidative transformations on a wide variety of molecules, including relatively simple alkanes or fatty acids, as well as more complex compounds such as steroids and exogenous pollutants. They perform such impressive chemistry utilizing a sophisticated catalytic cycle that involves a series of consecutive chemical transformations of heme prosthetic group. Each of these steps provides a unique spectral signature that reflects changes in oxidation or spin states, deformation of the porphyrin ring or alteration of dioxygen moieties. For a long time, the focus of cytochrome P450 research was to understand the underlying reaction mechanism of each enzymatic step, with the biggest challenge being identification and characterization of the powerful oxidizing intermediates. Spectroscopic methods, such as electronic absorption (UV-Vis), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR), Mössbauer, X-ray absorption (XAS), and resonance Raman (rR), have been useful tools in providing multifaceted and detailed mechanistic insights into the biophysics and biochemistry of these fascinating enzymes. The combination of spectroscopic techniques with novel approaches, such as cryoreduction and Nanodisc technology, allowed for generation, trapping and characterizing long sought transient intermediates, a task that has been difficult to achieve using other methods. Results obtained from the UV-Vis, rR and EPR spectroscopies are the main focus of this review, while the remaining spectroscopic techniques are briefly summarized. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Cytochrome P450 biodiversity and biotechnology, edited by Erika Plettner, Gianfranco Gilardi, Luet Wong, Vlada Urlacher, Jared Goldstone. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Picosecond flash spectroscopic studies on ultraviolet stabilizers and stabilized polymers

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    Scott, G. W.

    1982-01-01

    Spectroscopic and excited state decay kinetics are reported for monomeric and polymeric forms of ultraviolet stabilizers in the 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)-benzotriazole and 2-hydroxybenzophenone classes. For some of these molecules in various solvents at room temperature, (1) ground state absorption spectra, (2) emission spectra, (3) picosecond time-resolved transient absorption spectra, (4) ground state absorption recovery kinetics, (5) emission kinetics, and (6) transient absorption kinetics are reported. In the solid state at low temperatures, emission spectra and their temperature dependent kinetics up to approximately 200K as well as, in one case, the 12K excitation spectra of the observed dual emission are also reported.

  3. Spectroscopic study of the extremely fast rotating star 44 Geminorum

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    Iliev, L.; Vennes, S.; Kawka, A.; Kubat, J.; Nemeth, P.; Borisov, G.; KRaus, M.

    Stars with extremely fast rotation represent interesting challenge to modern understanding of the stellar evolution. The reasons why such a spin-up process should occur during the evolution to otherwise normal star are still not well understood. Already in the beginning of the XX century Otto Struve proposed that fast rotation of the group of stars spectroscopically classified as Be could be the main reason for the formation of observed disks of circumstellar material around them. This circumstellar material is responsible for the emission lines observed in the spectrum of Be-stars as well as for the whole complex of spectral and photometrical patterns called in general Be-phenomenon.

  4. Spectroscopic and dynamical studies of highly energized small polyatomic molecules

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    Stimulated emission pumping (SEP) spectroscopy was used on acetylene and on formyl radical. An attempt was made for pattern recognition based on statistics; a method was invented that combined CNPI (complete nuclear permutation-inversion) group theory and SCC (spectral cross-correlation). But the direction away from statistical pattern recognition back to traditional spectroscopic pattern recognition was taken. Vibrational states and quantum numbers are discussed. For the formyl radical, the fluorescence excitation spectrum was recorded and a rotational analysis of the 0(sup 0)(sub 0) band performed.

  5. Impedance study of undoped, polycrystalline diamond layers obtained by HF CVD

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    Paprocki, Kazimierz; Fabisiak, Kazimerz; Dychalska, Anna; Szybowicz, Mirosław; Dudkowiak, Alina; Iskaliyeva, Aizhan

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, we report results of impedance measurements in polycrystalline diamond films deposited on n-Si using HF CVD method. The temperature was changed from 170 K up to RT and the scan frequency from 42 Hz to 5 MHz. The results of impedance measurement of the real and imaginary parts were presented in the form of a Cole-Cole plot in the complex plane. In the temperatures below RT, the observed impedance response of polycrystalline diamond was in the form of a single semicircular form. In order to interpret the observed response, a double resistor-capacitor parallel circuit model was used which allow for interpretation physical mechanisms responsible for such behavior. The impedance results were correlated with Raman spectroscopy measurements.

  6. Studies of Impedance in Cardiac Tissue Using Sucrose Gap and Computer Techniques

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    McCann, Frances V.; Stibitz, George R.; Huguenin, Jan

    1973-01-01

    Impedances of cardiac cells of an insect were determined as a function of time to test the effects of sucrose and oil as insulating media in a gap arrangement. Impedance values are shown to increase markedly with time when sucrose is used as the insulating agent. Although impedance values are steady when oil is used, it is suggested that a layer of trapped electrolyte provides a shunt pathway and seriously impairs the validity of the measurements. A quick wash with sucrose followed by oil does not alleviate the situation but leaves a layer of sucrose trapped at the tissue-medium interface into which ions diffuse. The hypotheses (a) that the diffusion of intracellular K+ into the sucrose would result in an increase in tissue impedance and (b) that a layer of trapped electrolyte under the oil film provides a shunt pathway are examined by computer analyses of a simple model. ImagesFigure 1AFigure 1B PMID:4754198

  7. A PARAMETRIC STUDY OF BCS RF SURFACE IMPEDANCE WITH MAGNETIC FIELD USING THE XIAO CODE

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    Reece, Charles E.; Xiao, Binping

    2013-09-01

    A recent new analysis of field-dependent BCS rf surface impedance based on moving Cooper pairs has been presented.[1] Using this analysis coded in Mathematica TM, survey calculations have been completed which examine the sensitivities of this surface impedance to variation of the BCS material parameters and temperature. The results present a refined description of the "best theoretical" performance available to potential applications with corresponding materials.

  8. An impedance device for study of multisegment hemodynamic changes during orthostatic stress

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    Montgomery, L. D.; Hanish, H. M.; Marker, R. A.

    1989-11-01

    Definition of multisegment hemodynamic changes that take place in the body would provide a more complete understanding of the physiologic responses to various orthostatic stress techniques. A self-contained impedance device is described which may be used to measure the electrical transmission characteristics produced by blood flow and volume changes in six segments of the human body during head-up tilt, bed rest, and lower body negative pressure. The device consists of a module that contains the electronics for the impedance system, a separate controller/multiplexer, a personal computer interface/analog to digital conversion/power supply system, and the associated computer control softwave. The instrument is linear over a range of 0 to 200 ohms; provides analog outputs of base impedance, phase angle, pulsatile impedance change, and the first derivative of the pulsatile impedance changes; and can be used to automatically record basal impedance values into spread-sheet format with cycle times between 12 s and 1 h. Typical results are presented to illustrate its application in aerospace research.

  9. Exploring How Substance Use Impedes Engagement along the HIV Care Continuum: A Qualitative Study

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    Gwadz, Marya; de Guzman, Rebecca; Freeman, Robert; Kutnick, Alexandra; Silverman, Elizabeth; Leonard, Noelle R.; Ritchie, Amanda Spring; Muñoz-Plaza, Corinne; Salomon, Nadim; Wolfe, Hannah; Hilliard, Christopher; Cleland, Charles M.; Honig, Sylvie

    2016-01-01

    Drug use is associated with low uptake of HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART), an under-studied step in the HIV care continuum, and insufficient engagement in HIV primary care. However, the specific underlying mechanisms by which drug use impedes these HIV health outcomes are poorly understood. The present qualitative study addresses this gap in the literature, focusing on African-American/Black and Hispanic persons living with HIV (PLWH) who had delayed, declined, or discontinued ART and who also were generally poorly engaged in health care. Participants (N = 37) were purposively sampled from a larger study for maximum variation on HIV indices. They engaged in 1–2 h audio-recorded in-depth semi-structured interviews on HIV histories guided by a multilevel social-cognitive theory. Transcripts were analyzed using a systematic content analysis approach. Consistent with the existing literature, heavy substance use, but not casual or social use, impeded ART uptake, mainly by undermining confidence in medication management abilities and triggering depression. The confluence of African-American/Black or Hispanic race/ethnicity, poverty, and drug use was associated with high levels of perceived stigma and inferior treatment in health-care settings compared to their peers. Furthermore, providers were described as frequently assuming participants were selling their medications to buy drugs, which strained provider–patient relationships. High levels of medical distrust, common in this population, created fears of ART and of negative interactions between street drugs and ART, but participants could not easily discuss this concern with health-care providers. Barriers to ART initiation and HIV care were embedded in other structural- and social-level challenges, which disproportionately affect low-income African-American/Black and Hispanic PLWH (e.g., homelessness, violence). Yet, HIV management was cyclical. In collaboration with trusted providers and ancillary staff

  10. Exploring How Substance Use Impedes Engagement along the HIV Care Continuum: A Qualitative Study.

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    Gwadz, Marya; de Guzman, Rebecca; Freeman, Robert; Kutnick, Alexandra; Silverman, Elizabeth; Leonard, Noelle R; Ritchie, Amanda Spring; Muñoz-Plaza, Corinne; Salomon, Nadim; Wolfe, Hannah; Hilliard, Christopher; Cleland, Charles M; Honig, Sylvie

    2016-01-01

    Drug use is associated with low uptake of HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART), an under-studied step in the HIV care continuum, and insufficient engagement in HIV primary care. However, the specific underlying mechanisms by which drug use impedes these HIV health outcomes are poorly understood. The present qualitative study addresses this gap in the literature, focusing on African-American/Black and Hispanic persons living with HIV (PLWH) who had delayed, declined, or discontinued ART and who also were generally poorly engaged in health care. Participants (N = 37) were purposively sampled from a larger study for maximum variation on HIV indices. They engaged in 1-2 h audio-recorded in-depth semi-structured interviews on HIV histories guided by a multilevel social-cognitive theory. Transcripts were analyzed using a systematic content analysis approach. Consistent with the existing literature, heavy substance use, but not casual or social use, impeded ART uptake, mainly by undermining confidence in medication management abilities and triggering depression. The confluence of African-American/Black or Hispanic race/ethnicity, poverty, and drug use was associated with high levels of perceived stigma and inferior treatment in health-care settings compared to their peers. Furthermore, providers were described as frequently assuming participants were selling their medications to buy drugs, which strained provider-patient relationships. High levels of medical distrust, common in this population, created fears of ART and of negative interactions between street drugs and ART, but participants could not easily discuss this concern with health-care providers. Barriers to ART initiation and HIV care were embedded in other structural- and social-level challenges, which disproportionately affect low-income African-American/Black and Hispanic PLWH (e.g., homelessness, violence). Yet, HIV management was cyclical. In collaboration with trusted providers and ancillary staff

  11. Influence of different electrode belt positions on electrical impedance tomography imaging of regional ventilation: a prospective observational study.

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    Karsten, Jan; Stueber, Thomas; Voigt, Nicolas; Teschner, Eckhard; Heinze, Hermann

    2016-01-08

    Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a non-invasive bedside tool which allows an individualized ventilator strategy by monitoring tidal ventilation and lung aeration. EIT can be performed at different cranio-caudal thoracic levels, but data are missing about the optimal belt position. The main goal of this prospective observational study was to evaluate the impact of different electrode layers on tidal impedance variation in relation to global volume changes in order to propose a proper belt position for EIT measurements. EIT measurements were performed in 15 mechanically ventilated intensive care patients with the electrode belt at different thoracic layers (L1-L7). All respiratory and hemodynamic parameters were recorded. Blood gas analyses were obtained once at the beginning of EIT examination. Off-line tidal impedance variation/tidal volume (TV/VT) ratio was calculated, and specific patterns of impedance distribution due to automatic and user-defined adjustment of the colour scale for EIT images were identified. TV/VT ratio is the highest at L1. It decreases in caudal direction. At L5, the decrease of TV/VT ratio is significant. We could identify patterns of diaphragmatic interference with ventilation-related impedance changes, which owing to the automatically adjusted colour scales are not obvious in the regularly displayed EIT images. The clinical usability and plausibility of EIT measurements depend on proper belt position, proper impedance visualisation, correct analysis and data interpretation. When EIT is used to estimate global parameters like VT or changes in end-expiratory lung volume, the best electrode plane is between the 4th and 5th intercostal space. The specific colour coding occasionally suppresses user-relevant information, and manual rescaling of images is necessary to visualise this information.

  12. Raman spectroscopic study of a genetically altered kidney cell

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    Joshi, Joel; Garcia, Francisco; Centeno, Silvia P.; Joshi, N. V.

    2008-02-01

    A Raman spectroscopic investigation of a genetically altered Human Embryonic Kidney Cell (HEK293) along with a pathologically normal cell has been carried out by a conventional method. The genetic alteration was carried out with a standard protocol by using a Green Fluorescence Protein (GFP). Raman spectra show that there are dramatic differences between the spectrum obtained from a genetically altered cell and that obtained from a pathologically normal cell. The former shows three broad bands; meanwhile the latter shows several sharp peaks corresponding to the ring vibrational modes of Phen, GFP and DNA. The present analysis provides an indication that the force field near Phen located at 64, 65 and 66 was altered during the genetic transformation. The Raman spectrum could be a direct experimental evidence for substantial modifications triggered due to the expression of specific genes.

  13. Structure and vibrational spectroscopic study of alpha-tocopherol

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    Singh, Gurpreet; Sachdeva, Ritika; Rai, Bimal; Saini, G. S. S.

    2017-09-01

    We report here the vibrational and structural analysis of alpha-tocopherol. The vibrational analysis has been accomplished experimentally by infrared and Raman spectroscopic techniques and theoretically by density functional theory. Two conformers of alpha-tocopherol have been optimized with the help of density functional theory. Energy minimized structures have been further used for vibrational frequencies calculations. Calculated values of molecular parameters of both the conformers have been comparable with the available experimental values in literature. All the observed vibrational bands have been assigned with the help of potential energy distribution calculations and intensity patterns of the simulated spectra. The ultraviolet-visible spectrum has been reported in wavelength range of 200 nm-500 nm. Observed ultraviolet-visible bands have been assigned to various electronic transitions, which have also been calculated using time dependent density functional theory.

  14. Spectroscopic study of Er:Sm doped barium fluorotellurite glass.

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    Bahadur, A; Dwivedi, Y; Rai, S B

    2010-09-15

    In this paper, we report the physical and spectroscopic properties of Er(3+), Sm(3+) and Er(3+):Sm(3+) ions codoped barium fluorotellurite (BFT) glasses. Different Stokes and anti-Stokes emissions were observed under 532 nm and 976 nm laser excitations. Energy transfer from Er(3+) ion to Sm(3+) ion was confirmed on the basis of luminescence intensity variation and decay curve analysis in both the cases. Under green (532 nm) excitation emission intensity of Sm(3+) ion bands improves whereas on NIR (976 nm) excitation new emission bands of Sm(3+) ions were observed in Er:Sm codoped samples. Ion interactions and the different energy transfer parameters were also calculated. Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. A Spectroscopic Study of Anomalous Stellar Populations in M67

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    McGahee, Courtney; King, Jeremy R.; Deliyannis, Constantine P.

    2015-01-01

    A population of so-called "yellow straggler" stars occupy precarious color magnitude diagram positions in the old open cluster M67 that cannot be explained by standard single star evolution theory. These stars may have been formed by Roche lobe overflow mass transfer in close binary systems. We present new radial velocities and spectroscopic abundances of M67 yellow stragglers to test this hypothesis, and find that these objects possess a high binary frequency, but no enhancements of s-process elements that might be a smoking gun signature of mass transfer. Observations were conducted using the WIYN 3.5 m telescope in conjunction with the HYDRA spectrograph at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Support for this project was provided by NSF grants AST 09-08342, AST 0607567, and AST 1211699.

  16. Using Spectroscopic Profiles to Study the Morphology of Comets

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    Harris, Ien; Pierce, Donna M.; Cochran, Anita L.

    2016-10-01

    We have used the integral-field unit spectrograph (the George and Cynthia Mitchell Spectrograph) on the 2.7m Harlan J. Smith telescope at McDonald Observatory to obtain spectroscopic images of the comae of several comets. The images were obtained for various radical species (C2, C3. CH, CN, NH2). Radial and azimuthal average profiles of the radical species were created to enhance any observed cometary coma morphological features. We compare the observed coma features across the observed species and over the different observation periods in order to constrain possible rotational states of the observed comets. We will present results for several comets, including 2009P1 (Garradd). This work was funded by NASA's Planetary Atmospheres program (Award No. NNX14AH186).

  17. Models of chemical biosignatures - a vibrational spectroscopic study

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    Bödeker, B.; Böttger, U.; Hübers, H.-W.; deVera, J.-P.; Fox, S.; Strasdeit, H.

    2013-09-01

    Investigating possible biosignatures is of central interest in the search for the oldest traces of terrestrial life. Possible biosignatures are: (i) physical structures, such as fossilized single-celled or colonyforming microorganisms; (ii) biomolecules and their altered residues (chemical biosignatures); (iii) altered element, isotope and mineral compositions in former microbial habitats and related effects caused by metabolic activity [1]. New insights in this field of research are also important in the search for life on other planets and moons, especially Mars. However, abiotically formed organic compounds are widely distributed in the universe. Therefore, in future Mars missions, it will be essential to know whether organic molecules are actually of biological origin. Here, we describe the syntheses and spectroscopic (Raman and infrared) properties of artificial chemical biosignatures that might help answering this question.

  18. Spectroscopic and Photometric Study of Open Cluster Trumpler 27

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    Obonyo, W. O.; Baki, P.

    2016-12-01

    Open clusters are essential laboratories for understanding stellar evolution, as they allow constraints to be placed on stellar ages and luminosities. As distance indicators, they are important tracers of star formation in the Milky Way. One such cluster is Trumpler 27. Spectroscopic and photometric data of Trumpler 27 was used to estimate its distance, radial velocity, age, membership and reddening. The Spectroscopic data collected from SAAO's 1.9m telescope and photometric ones from catalogues were used to estimate reddening, identify cluster stars and approximate cluster distance. Classification of spectra was done by comparing them to spectral templates. The result from this work suggests that Trumpler 27 is made up of ∼55 stars which are at different stages of evolution. The stars include main sequence stars, blue supergiants, two cool supergiants and maybe the two WR stars. The cluster's age and distance were found to be 10Myrs old and 2.6 ± 0.2 kpc away from the Sun respectively suggesting that it is located on the outer part of Scutum Centaurus arm of the Galaxy. Its reddening, E(B - V) varies substantially across the field with the average value being 1.3±0.2. It has a radial velocity of -15.3±3km/s, as approximated from some of its cool supergiants. There is a likelihood of a younger population of OB stars located at 3.5 kpc away from the sun, that is right behind Trumpler 27 interpreted as either a cluster or background stars that mimic a cluster.

  19. Bipolar current injection methods for electrical impedance tomography: a comparative study

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    Alex, Anitha; Ramasubba Reddy, M.

    2017-03-01

    A comparative study of different bipolar current injection methods viz. Adjacent method, Cross method and Opposite method used in Electrical Impedance Tomography(EIT) is reported in this paper. Different electrode configurations are considered for current injection and voltage measurement to identify the one which yields better signal strength. Sensitivity of different current injection methods to inhomogeneity at different locations is examined. The effect of conductivity contrast on boundary voltages is studied by varying the conductivity of the inhomogeneity from 0.01mS/cm to 9.1mS/cm. Ill-posedness of the inverse problem is analyzed in terms of condition number for the aforementioned methods. Reconstruction of two closely placed inhomogeneities is done using Levenberg Marquardt method for different current injection methods to compare the resolution and corresponding error voltage is determined. Experiments are conducted using agar phantoms to validate some of the results obtained from the simulations. Based on the simulation studies and experimental validations, cross method is found to be the optimal current injection method to attain better data acquisition and image reconstruction.

  20. An impedance matching of femoral-popliteal arterial grafts: a theoretical study.

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    Hirayama, H; Nishimura, T; Fukuyama, Y

    1997-05-01

    We have proposed a mathematical method to investigate the matching conditions for an arterial graft in the femoral-popliteal region from a mechanical stand-point. Pulsatory blood flow, arterial wall motions, and conservation law are expressed by linear dynamical equations based on strict mechanical and constitutional considerations. To express the physiological blood flow in an actual arterial system, the tethering effects from the surrounding tissue and wall tensions were incorporated. The physiological parameters of arterial wall and tethering were utilized from reported experimental data. By complex analysis, mathematical expressions for the local impedance and reflection coefficient were obtained. They include not only blood properties such as viscosity and density, but also arterial properties including elastic modulus, radius, Poisson ratio, wall thickness, wall tension, frequency, and tethering effects from surrounding tissue. A matching condition was defined for minimizing the local impedance and reflection coefficient. The biophysical background was to reduce any mechanical mismatches, thus minimizing the disturbance of the flow velocity profile and shear stress distribution within the artery. Impedance matching in turn diminishes the negative factors for graft substitution represented by intimal hyperplasia and thrombosis. The calculated impedance and reflection coefficient inversed parabolically to functions of the resistance of the host artery, and there was one host arterial resistance that minimized the impedance and reflection coefficient. The present analysis revealed that for matching host artery with an elevated resistance, the dynamic elastic modulus of the wall of the graft that minimizes the impedance and reflection coefficient was increased. This indicates that for a host artery with a high resistance, an impedance matched stiff wall graft is preferable. For a large radius and a compliant host artery on the other hand, a large compliant graft

  1. AC impedance spectroscopy and conductivity studies of Dy doped Bi4V2O11 ceramics

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    Bag, Sasmitarani; Das, Parthasarathi; Behera, Banarji

    2017-03-01

    The ac impedance and conductivity properties of Dy doped Bi4V2 - x Dy x O11 (x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20) ceramics prepared by solid-state reaction technique, in a wide frequency range at different temperatures have been studied. All the samples exhibited β-type phase orthorhombic structure at room temperature. The Nyquist plot confirmed the presence of both grain and grain boundary effects for all Dy doped samples. Double relaxation behavior was also observed. The grain and grain boundary resistance decreases with rise in temperature for all the concentration and exhibits a typical negative temperature co-efficient of resistance (NTCR) behavior. An analysis of the electric modulus suggests the possible hopping mechanism for electrical transport processes of all the materials. The ac conductivity spectrum obeys Jonscher's universal power law. DC conductivity of the materials were also studied and values of the activation energy found to be 0.40, 0.49, 0.73 and 0.78 eV for the compositions x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20, respectively, at different temperatures (150-375 °C).

  2. AC impedance spectroscopy and conductivity studies of Dy doped Bi4V2O11 ceramics

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    Bag, Sasmitarani; Das, Parthasarathi; Behera, Banarji

    2017-03-01

    The ac impedance and conductivity properties of Dy doped Bi4V2 - x Dy x O11 ( x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20) ceramics prepared by solid-state reaction technique, in a wide frequency range at different temperatures have been studied. All the samples exhibited β-type phase orthorhombic structure at room temperature. The Nyquist plot confirmed the presence of both grain and grain boundary effects for all Dy doped samples. Double relaxation behavior was also observed. The grain and grain boundary resistance decreases with rise in temperature for all the concentration and exhibits a typical negative temperature co-efficient of resistance (NTCR) behavior. An analysis of the electric modulus suggests the possible hopping mechanism for electrical transport processes of all the materials. The ac conductivity spectrum obeys Jonscher's universal power law. DC conductivity of the materials were also studied and values of the activation energy found to be 0.40, 0.49, 0.73 and 0.78 eV for the compositions x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20, respectively, at different temperatures (150-375 °C).

  3. Can acid (pH) refluxes predict multichannel intraluminal impedance refluxes? A correlation study.

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    Misra, Sudipta

    2010-04-01

    The present study aims to explore if and when acid (pH) refluxes can predict refluxes detected by multichannel intraluminal impedance (MII) studies. This correlation may indicate whether pH probe-only and MII-pH studies are interchangeable. Prospective observational cross sectional study of symptomatic children (below 18 years) who had MII-pH studies done for gastroesophageal reflux. Clinical data were extracted from patient records. Non-parametric tests, Pearson's rho and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were used for data analysis. A total of 153 children were included in the study and 62% were on acid suppression. Indices for acid and MII refluxes correlated with each other only in those without acid suppression. This correlation was lost in children on acid suppression. There was no statistically significant difference in acid or MII reflux indices in children with or without acid suppression. Like acid reflux, indices for MII refluxes had good correlation with each other irrespective of acid suppression. Liquid and mixed MII refluxes showed excellent correlation with respective types of proximally migrating refluxes. The values for MII reflux indices derived from our patient population were in broad agreement with available pediatric and adult data. A pH probe-only study in patients without acid suppression may reflect both acid and volume (MII) reflux activities adequately and can substitute for MII-pH study. The observed excellent correlation between acid and MII refluxes with proximal migration may justify using pH probe-only studies for extra esophageal symptoms in patients without acid suppression.

  4. Study of human serum albumin-TiO(2) nanocrystalline electrodes interaction by impedance electrochemical spectroscopy.

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    Oliva, F Y; Avalle, L B; Macagno, V A; De Pauli, C P

    2001-07-02

    The adsorption of human serum albumin (HSA) onto nanocrystalline TiO(2) electrodes was studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in function of pH and electrode potential. The characterization and physico-chemical properties of the TiO(2) electrode were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), cyclic voltammetry and capacitance measurements. The impedance response of the particulate TiO(2) electrode/protein interface was fitted using an equivalent circuit model to describe the adsorption process. The adsorbed protein layer, which is formed as soon as the protein is injected into the solution and becomes in contact with the electrode, was investigated as a function of electrode potential and solution pH. The measurements were performed under pseudo-steady-state and steady-state conditions, which gave information about the different states of the system. With the pseudo-steady state measurements, it was possible to determine two rate constants of the protein adsorption process, which correspond to two different states of the protein. The shortest one was associated with the first contact between the protein and the substrate and the second relaxation time, with the protein suffering an structural rearrangement due to the interaction with the TiO(2) electrode. It was detected that at sufficiently long times (approx. 1 h, where the system was under steady state conditions), a quasi-reversible protein adsorption mechanism was established. The measurements performed as a function of frequency under steady-state conditions, an equivalent circuit with a Warburg element gave the better fitting to data taken at -0.585 V closer to the oxide flat band potential and it was associated with protein diffusion. Experimental results obtained at only one frequency as a function of potential could be fitted to a model that takes into account non-specific and probable specific protein adsorption, which renders to be

  5. Time-Lapse Acoustic Impedance Inversion in CO2 Sequestration Study (Weyburn Field, Canada)

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    Wang, Y.; Morozov, I. B.

    2016-12-01

    Acoustic-impedance (AI) pseudo-logs are useful for characterising subtle variations of fluid content during seismic monitoring of reservoirs undergoing enhanced oil recovery and/or geologic CO2 sequestration. However, highly accurate AI images are required for time-lapse analysis, which may be difficult to achieve with conventional inversion approaches. In this study, two enhancements of time-lapse AI analysis are proposed. First, a well-known uncertainty of AI inversion is caused by the lack of low-frequency signal in reflection seismic data. To resolve this difficulty, we utilize an integrated AI inversion approach combining seismic data, acoustic well logs and seismic-processing velocities. The use of well logs helps stabilizing the recursive AI inverse, and seismic-processing velocities are used to complement the low-frequency information in seismic records. To derive the low-frequency AI from seismic-processing velocity data, an empirical relation is determined by using the available acoustic logs. This method is simple and does not require subjective choices of parameters and regularization schemes as in the more sophisticated joint inversion methods. The second improvement to accurate time-lapse AI imaging consists in time-variant calibration of reflectivity. Calibration corrections consist of time shifts, amplitude corrections, spectral shaping and phase rotations. Following the calibration, average and differential reflection amplitudes are calculated, from which the average and differential AI are obtained. The approaches are applied to a time-lapse 3-D 3-C dataset from Weyburn CO2 sequestration project in southern Saskatchewan, Canada. High quality time-lapse AI volumes are obtained. Comparisons with traditional recursive and colored AI inversions (obtained without using seismic-processing velocities) show that the new method gives a better representation of spatial AI variations. Although only early stages of monitoring seismic data are available, time

  6. A study of IOS data using the aRIC+I(p) model of respiratory impedance.

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    Nguyen, T-U; Diong, B; Goldman, M

    2009-01-01

    Development of better methods to assess human lung function has been continuing since the existing standard lung function test of spirometry requires subjects to inhale and exhale with maximum effort, which may be troublesome especially for the elderly and young children, leading to unreliable results. Therefore, the method of forced oscillation, and the Impulse Oscillometry System (IOS) in particular, has been developed to lessen the effort of the patients while obtaining valid measurements. The applied pressure waves and the resulting airflow responses are recorded to provide information about the respiratory system's input impedance, which can be fit by electric circuit models to possibly serve as a means to detect and diagnose respiratory diseases. Presently, research continues to find a more accurate model that also provides reasonable component values. This paper proposes the augmented RIC+I(p)(aRIC+I(p)) model and compares it to five other well-known models (the RIC, extended RIC, augmented RIC, DuBois and Mead models) in fitting the IOS data from adult COPD patients and healthy subjects. While the aRIC+I(p) model yielded slightly higher fitting error than the Mead and DuBois models, it did not produce unphysiologically large values for any of its components, unlike the Mead and DuBois models. Hence, the aRIC+(p) model appears to be the most reasonable one for use, at this point in time, in studying IOS-based computer-aided detection and diagnosis of COPD.

  7. Biological capacitance studies of anodes in microbial fuel cells using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

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    Lu, Zhihao; Girguis, Peter; Liang, Peng; Shi, Haifeng; Huang, Guangtuan; Cai, Lankun; Zhang, Lehua

    2015-07-01

    It is known that cell potential increases while anode resistance decreases during the start-up of microbial fuel cells (MFCs). Biological capacitance, defined as the apparent capacitance attributed to biological activity including biofilm production, plays a role in this phenomenon. In this research, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was employed to study anode capacitance and resistance during the start-up period of MFCs so that the role of biological capacitance was revealed in electricity generation by MFCs. It was observed that the anode capacitance ranged from 3.29 to 120 mF which increased by 16.8% to 18-20 times over 10-12 days. Notably, lowering the temperature and arresting biological activity via fixation by 4% para formaldehyde resulted in the decrease of biological capacitance by 16.9 and 62.6%, indicating a negative correlation between anode capacitance and anode resistance of MFCs. Thus, biological capacitance of anode should play an important role in power generation by MFCs. We suggest that MFCs are not only biological reactors and/or electrochemical cells, but also biological capacitors, extending the vision on mechanism exploration of electron transfer, reactor structure design and electrode materials development of MFCs.

  8. A study of double stranded DNA adsorption on aluminum surface by means of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

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    Heli, H

    2014-04-01

    Immobilization of DNA on the solid surfaces is one of the goals in bio- and nano-technologies. Adsorption of double stranded DNA on the surface of aluminum was electrochemically studied by means of impedance spectroscopy. Nyquist diagram of aluminum in a tris (hydroxymethyl) ammoniummethane-HCl (Tris-HCl) buffer solution, pH 7.4 consisted of two overlapped capacitive semicircles. The high-frequency semicircle was related to the passivity of Cl(-)-containing aluminum species in the oxide layer, and low-frequency semicircle was attributed to metal dissolution. When DNA was added to the Tris-HCl buffer solution, Nyquist diagrams represented an inductive loop at low frequencies due to the adsorption of DNA on the pre-covered aluminum surface by hydroxy-contained species. The DNA adsorption on the aluminum surface was also confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Open circuit potential variation with time also indicated the chemical adsorption of DNA on the aluminum surface. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Assessing the applicability of the earth impedance method for in situ studies of tree root systems

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    Urban, Josef; Bequet, Raphael; Mainiero, Raphael

    2011-01-01

    Several electrical methods have been introduced as non-invasive techniques to overcome the limited accessibility to root systems. Among them, the earth impedance method (EIM) represents the most recent development. Applying an electrical field between a cormus and the rooted soil, the EIM measures the absorptive root surface area (ARSA) from grounding resistance patterns. Allometric relationships suggested that this method was a valuable tool. Crucial assumptions for the applicability of the EIM, however, have not been tested experimentally. Focusing on tree root systems, the present study assesses the applicability of the EIM. Six hypotheses, deduced from the EIM approach, were tested in several experiments and the results were compared with conventional methods. None of the hypotheses could be verified and the results allow two major conclusions. First, in terms of an analogue electrical circuit, a tree-root–soil continuum appears as a serial circuit with xylem and soil resistance being the dominant components. Allometric variation in contact resistance, with the latter being the proxy for root surface area, are thus overruled by the spatial and seasonal variation of soil and xylem resistances. Second, in a tree-root–soil continuum, distal roots conduct only a negligible portion of the electric charge. Most of charge carriers leave the root system in the proximal parts of the root–soil interface. PMID:21273337

  10. High Resistivity Lipid Bilayers Assembled on Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Cushions: An Impedance Study.

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    Diamanti, Eleftheria; Gregurec, Danijela; Rodríguez-Presa, María José; Gervasi, Claudio A; Azzaroni, Omar; Moya, Sergio E

    2016-06-28

    Supported membranes on top of polymer cushions are interesting models of biomembranes as cell membranes are supported on a polymer network of proteins and sugars. In this work lipid vesicles formed by a mixture of 30% 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) and 70% 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-l-serine (DOPS) are assembled on top of a polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) cushion of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and poly(styrene sodium sulfonate) (PSS). The assembly results in the formation of a bilayer on top of the PEM as proven by means of the quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation technique (QCM-D) and by cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM). The electrical properties of the bilayer are studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The bilayer supported on the PEMs shows a high resistance, on the order of 10(7) Ω cm(2), which is indicative of a continuous, dense bilayer. Such resistance is comparable with the resistance of black lipid membranes. This is the first time that such values are obtained for lipid bilayers supported on PEMs. The assembly of polyelectrolytes on top of a lipid bilayer decreases the resistance of the bilayer up to 2 orders of magnitude. The assembly of the polyelectrolytes on the lipids induces defects or pores in the bilayer which in turn prompts a decrease in the measured resistance.

  11. The relationship between respiratory system impedance and lung function in asthmatics: A prospective observational study.

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    Kamada, Takahiro; Kaneko, Masahiro; Tomioka, Hiromi

    2017-05-01

    The aim was to elucidate the relationship between the annual changes in respiratory system impedance, measured by FOT, and lung function tests in patients with asthma. Between March 2011 and March 2012, asthma outpatients who attended Kobe City Medical Center West Hospital were recruited. Lung function tests, FOT were conducted every 6 months until March 2016. The relationships between annual parameter changes were evaluated. Sixty-four patients were completed this study. The median follow-up period was 55 months. At enrollment, although resistance showed no relationship with forced expiratory volume in one second (%FEV1), the reactance was moderately correlated with X5 (r=0.524, r(2)=0.275, <0.001), Fres (r=-0.498, r(2)=0.248, <0.001) and ALX (r=-0.416, r(2)=0.173, p=<0.001). By contrast, the annual resistance change at 5Hz (R5) was highly and significantly associated with%FEV1 change (r=-0.564, r(2)=0.318, p<0.001). Longitudinal changes in airway resistance and reactance measured by FOT might be useful for the assessment of lung function in patients with asthma. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Characterisation of nano-particles in colloids: relationship between particle size and electrical impedance spectra.

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    Zhao, Yanlin; Wang, Mi; Hammond, Robert B

    2013-02-01

    The nano-particles in colloidal dispersions usually carry an electrical charge and have an electrical double layer associated with their surfaces, however, while remaining electrically neutral overall. Under the effect of an external electric field, the electrical double layer is deformed or in other words, the suspension is polarized. The mechanism of electrochemical polarization is partially dependent on the surface charge and the size of particles. It is known that properties of nano-particles in suspensions may affect the colloids' electrical-impedance spectroscopic properties, e.g., the complex impedance, complex permittivity, complex conductivity, relaxation frequency, and phase angle. However, reports on colloids' electrical-impedance spectroscopic properties are very limited in the current literature. In this paper a simple system, aqueous silica suspensions, was studied using electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). A series of experiments were designed to reveal the effect of particle size on the electrical impedance spectra of silica suspensions. The size effect was studied on silica suspensions with the same concentration (10.0 wt%) but different principle particle size (12 nm, 35 nm, 70 nm, 90 nm and 220 nm). The EIS results show that the relaxation frequency decreased with increasing of particle size. This tendency is explained by the polarization effect of electrical double layer and two dispersion mechanisms were analysed in this study. The results provide supportive information for on-line characterisation of nano-particles using electrical impedance spectroscopy.

  13. Comparative Study of Impedance Eduction Methods. Part 1; DLR Tests and Methodology

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    Busse-Gerstengarbe, Stefan; Bake, Friedrich; Enghardt, Lars; Jones, Michael G.

    2013-01-01

    The absorption efficiency of acoustic liners used in aircraft engines is characterized by the acoustic impedance. World wide, many grazing ow test rigs and eduction methods are available that provide values for that impedance. However, a direct comparison and assessment of the data of the di erent rigs and methods is often not possible because test objects and test conditions are quite di erent. Only a few papers provide a direct comparison. Therefore, this paper together with a companion paper, present data measured with a reference test object under similar conditions in the DLR and NASA grazing ow test rigs. Additionally, by applying the in-house methods Liner Impedance Non-Uniform ow Solving algorithm (LINUS, DLR) and Convected Helmhholtz Equation approach (CHE, NASA) on the data sets, similarities and differences due to underlying theory are identi ed and discussed.

  14. Crew Quarters (CQ) and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Measurement Facility Combined Impedance Study

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    Scully, Robert C.

    2011-01-01

    This report documents an investigation into observed failures associated with conducted susceptibility testing of Crew Quarters (CQ) hardware in the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Measurement Facility, and the work accomplished to identify the source of the observed behavior. Investigation led to the conclusion that the hardware power input impedance was interacting with the facility power impedance leading to instability at the observed frequencies of susceptibility. Testing performed in other facilities did not show this same behavior, pointing back to the EMI Measurement Facility power as the potential root cause. A LISN emulating the Station power bus impedance was inserted into the power circuit, and the susceptibility was eliminated from the measurements.

  15. Optical properties of InN studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Chunya, Ye; Wei, Lin; Jin, Zhou; Shuping, Li; Li, Chen; Heng, Li; Xiaoxuan, Wu; Songqing, Liu; Junyong, Kang

    2016-10-01

    With recently developed InN epitaxy via a controlling In bilayer, spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurements had been carried out on the grown InN and the measured ellipsometric spectra were fitted with the Delta Psi2 software by using a suitable model and the dispersion rule. The thickness was measured by a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Insight into the film quality of InN and the lattice constant were gained by X-ray diffraction (XRD). By fitting the SE, the thickness of the InN film is consistent with that obtained by SEM cross-sectional thickness measurement. The optical bandgap of InN was put forward to be 1.05 eV, which conforms to the experimental results measured by the absorption spectrum and cathodoluminescence (CL). The refractive index and the extinction coefficient of interest were represented for InN, which is useful to design optoelectronic devices. Project supported by the State Key Development Program for Basic Research of China (No. 2012CB619301), the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (No. 2014AA032608), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 11204254, 11404271), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Nos. 2012121014, 20720150027).

  16. Spectroscopic ellipsometry studies of HF treated Si (100) surfaces

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    Yao, Huade; Woollam, John A.; Alterovitz, Samuel A.

    1993-08-01

    Both ex situ and in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurements were employed to investigate the effects of HF cleaning on Si surfaces. The hydrogen-terminated (H-terminated) Si surface was modeled as an equivalent dielectric layer, and monitored in real time by SE measurements. The SE analyses indicate that after a 20-s 9:1 HF dip without rinse, the Si(100) surface was passivated by the hydrogen termination and remained chemically stable. Roughness of the HF-etched bare Si(100) surface was observed, in an ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) chamber, and analyzed by the in situ SE. Evidence for desorption of the H-terminated Si surface-layer, after being heated to approximately 550 C in the UHV chamber, is presented and discussed. This is the first use of an ex situ and in situ real-time, nondestructive technique capable of showing state of passivation, the rate of reoxidation, and the surface roughness of the H-terminated Si surfaces.

  17. Spectroscopic ellipsometry studies of HF treated Si (100) surfaces

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    Yao, Huade; Woollam, John A.; Alterovitz, Samuel A.

    1993-06-01

    Both ex situ and in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurements were employed to investigate the effect of HF cleaning on Si surfaces. The hydrogen-terminated (H-terminated) Si surface was modeled as an equivalent dielectric layer, and monitored in real time by SE measurements. The SE analyses indicate that, after a 20-sec 9:1 HF dip without rinse, the Si (100) surface was passivated by the hydrogen termination and remained chemically stable. Roughness of the HF-etched bare Si (100) surface was observed, in an ultrahigh vacuum chamber (UHV), and analyzed by the in situ SE. Evidence for desorption of the H-terminated Si surface layer, after being heated to about 550 C in the UHV chamber, is presented and discussed. This is the first use of an ex situ and in situ real-time, nondestructive technique capable of showing state of passivation, the rate of reoxidation, and the surface roughness of the H-terminated Si surfaces.

  18. Spectroscopic ellipsometry studies of HF treated Si (100) surfaces

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    Yao, Huade; Woollam, John A.; Alterovitz, Samuel A.

    1993-01-01

    Both ex situ and in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurements were employed to investigate the effects of HF cleaning on Si surfaces. The hydrogen-terminated (H-terminated) Si surface was modeled as an equivalent dielectric layer, and monitored in real time by SE measurements. The SE analyses indicate that after a 20-s 9:1 HF dip without rinse, the Si(100) surface was passivated by the hydrogen termination and remained chemically stable. Roughness of the HF-etched bare Si(100) surface was observed, in an ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) chamber, and analyzed by the in situ SE. Evidence for desorption of the H-terminated Si surface-layer, after being heated to approximately 550 C in the UHV chamber, is presented and discussed. This is the first use of an ex situ and in situ real-time, nondestructive technique capable of showing state of passivation, the rate of reoxidation, and the surface roughness of the H-terminated Si surfaces.

  19. Microcrystalline silicon thin films studied using spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Kang, T. D.; Lee, Hosun; Park, S. J.; Jang, J.; Lee, Soonil

    2002-09-01

    We used spectroscopic ellipsometry to characterize four different microcrystalline silicon (muc-Si) films, which were fabricated by crystallizing a-Si:H films predeposited on glass substrates using solid phase crystallization (SPC), excimer laser annealing (ELA), Ni induced silicide-mediated crystallization (Ni-SMC), and field enhanced silicide-mediated crystallization (FESMC) method, respectively. A linear regression analysis, which took the effective dielectric function of muc-Si layer into account using effective medium approximation, showed that all these films were homogeneous throughout their thickness except the oxide overlayers, and completely crystallized regardless of the crystallization method. In our linear regression analysis, the complex dielectric function of silicon microcrystallites was represented by the Adachi model dielectric function (MDF) [T. Suzuki and S. Adachi, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys., Part1 32, 4900 (1993)], and the broadening parameters of the critical points (CPs) in MDF were allowed to vary. The dielectric function of silicon microcrystallites showed systematic broadening and shrinking of the peak features corresponding to the E1 and E2 CPs, from which we concluded that the average microcrystallite size increased in the order of SPC, ELA, Ni-SMC, and FESMC muc-Si. The Raman spectra and the transmission-electron-microscopy images of these films also supported the idea of systematic variation in the microcrystallite size.

  20. Acid doping of polyaniline: Spectroscopic and electrochemical studies

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    Hatchett, D.W.; Josowicz, M.; Janata, J.

    1999-12-16

    A detailed investigation of the acid doping behavior of polyaniline has led to a robust and reproducible procedure for controlled adjustment of the redox state of dry polyaniline films. The initial step in this procedure is the casting of PANI films from formic acid. The subsequent exchange of the trapped formic acid for other primary dopants obtained from mono- and polyprotic acids (e.g., CH{sub 3}COO{sup {minus}}, BF{sub 4}{sup {minus}}, HSO{sub 4}{sup {minus}}, SO{sub 4}{sup 2{minus}}, H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}{sup {minus}}, and HPO{sub 4}{sup 2{minus}}) is demonstrated. The voltammetric and the spectroscopic behavior of the PANI doped with different anions indicate that both the protons and the anions of dopant acids influence the structure and redox properties of the polymer. The redox state of PANI doped with homologous series of chloroacetic and carboxylic acids correlates with the pK{sub a} of the dopant acid. These results show that it is possible to prepare the polymer with a desired oxidation state according to the pK{sub a} of the dopant acid of a given homologous series. The exchange of the formic acid for both stronger and weaker doping acid can be repeatedly accomplished by electrochemical cycling.

  1. Precise Theoretical Study of Spectroscopic Constants in Diatomics

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    Skripnikov, L. V.; Petrov, A. N.; Titov, A. V.; Mosyagin, N. S.

    2013-06-01

    During the last decade a significant progress in methods of molecular spectroscopy was achieved. One of the most important applications of these methods is a measurement of an electron electric dipole moment in diatomic molecules and cations containing heavy elements. In order to speed up such experiments, which usually prepared for many years, one can apply accurate ab initio quantum-chemical methods to predict different spectroscopic constants of a molecule or cation under consideration: scheme of electronic terms, vibrational and rotation constants, hyperfine structure constants, g-factors, lifetimes etc. In such calculations both correlation and relativistic effects should be taken into account. This is not a trivial problem for systems containing transition elements and especially lanthanides and actinides. %Therefore, ``direct'' 4-component Hamiltonians are not always the best choice and some alternative We report results of our recent investigations of a number of diatomics including theoretical investigation of HfF^{+}. Details of used methods are discussed. K. C. Cossel, D. N. Gresh, L. C. Sinclair, T. Coffey, L. V. Skripnikov, A. N. Petrov, N. S. Mosyagin, A. V. Titov, R. W. Field, E. R. Meyer, E. A. Cornell and J. Ye, Chem. Phys. Lett., 546, 1 (2012).

  2. Synthesis and characterization of cancrinite-type zeolite, and its ionic conductivity study by AC impedance analysis

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    Kriaa, A.; Ben Saad, K.; Hamzaoui, A. H.

    2012-12-01

    The synthesis of cancrinite in the system NaOH-SiO2-Al2O3-NaHCO3-H2O was performed, according to methods described in the literature, in an autoclave under hydrothermal conditions at T = 473 K. The electrical properties of cancrinite-type zeolite pellets were investigated by complex impedance spectroscopy in the temperature range 465-800°C. The effect of temperature on impedance parameters was studied using an impedance analyzer in a wide frequency range (1 Hz to 13 MHz). The real and imaginary parts of complex impedance trace semicircles in the complex plane are plotted. The bulk resistance of the material decreases with rise in temperature. This exhibits a typical negative temperature coefficient of resistance (NTCR) behavior of the material. The results of bulk electrical conductivity and its activation energy are presented. The modulus analysis suggests that the electrical transport processes in the material are very likely to be of electronic nature. Relaxation frequencies follow an Arrhenius behavior with activation energy values not comparable to those found for the electrical conductivity.

  3. Electrochemical impedance and surface plasmon resonance studies of reactions at solid-liquid interfaces

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    Pettit, Christopher

    The interface created by the presence of a solid material placed in a liquid environment can be studied using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR). A selected set of systems are studied using these techniques and explored as is relevant to their applications in chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) and for the development of chemical and biological sensors. Studies of Cu in the presence of KI was performed as a means of exploring the capabilities of EIS for determining the differential capacitance (C diff) under potentiodynamic conditions, and examine the constraints and experimental variables present for such measurements. The use of Cu in the presence of KI was a sample system for these measurements and also provided us with the opportunity to examine the specific adsorption of I- on Cu which is relevant to CMP of Cu. EIS was also applied to study of Ta in the presence of KIO3. This system used EIS measurements to examine the specific surface reactions that occur during the CMP of Ta, due to the presence of KIO3, in order to explore other means of chemically or electrochemically removing excess material after it is deposited on nano-scale structures. We propose that the presence of KIO3 supports similar reactions to those reported by us for peroxide based alkaline solutions and will therefore result in the same soluble hexatantalate complex. The formation of a self-assembled molecule (SAM) of 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (MUA) on thin film gold was studied using SPR. The kinetics of the formation of the MUA layer on the Au surface in ethanol and the kinetics associated with the conformational changes in MUA due to changes in the pH of the ambient aqueous solution were explored by examining the changes in the structural and optical characteristics of the MUA layer. The formation of MUA exhibited simple Langmuir kinetics during early and late stages in the formation and reorientation during the intermediate stages. The

  4. Raman spectroscopic study of the Chromobacterium violaceum pigment violacein using multiwavelength excitation and DFT calculations.

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    Jehlička, Jan; Edwards, Howell G M; Němec, Ivan; Oren, Aharon

    2015-01-01

    Violacein is a bisindole pigment occurring as a biosynthetic product of Chromobacterium violaceum and Janthinobacterium lividum. It has some structural similarities to the cyanobacterial UV-protective pigment scytonemin, which has been the subject of comprehensive spectroscopic and structural studies. A detailed experimental Raman spectroscopic study with visible and near-infrared excitation of violacein produced by C. violaceum has been undertaken and supported using theoretical DFT calculations. Raman spectra with 514 and 785 nm excitation of cultivated cells as well as extracts and Gaussian (B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p)) calculations with proposed molecular vibrational assignments are reported here.

  5. Electrical Impedance Tomography: a new study method for neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome?

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    Chatziioannidis, I; Samaras, T; Nikolaidis, N

    2011-07-01

    Treatment of cardiorespiratory system diseases is a procedure that usually demands data collection on terms of the anatomy and the operation of the organs that are under study. Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) is an alternative approach, in comparison to existing techniques. With EIT electrodes are placed in the perimeter of the human body and images of the estimated organ are reconstructed, using the measurement of its impendence (or resistance) distribution and determining its alteration through time, while at the same time the patient is not exposed to ionizing radiation. Its clinical use presupposes the correct placement of the electrodes over the perimeter of the human body, the rapid data collection and electrical safety. It is a low cost technique and it is implemented near the patient. It is able to determine the distribution of ventilation, blood supply, diffused or localized lung defects, but it can also estimate therapeutic interventions or alteration to assisted ventilation of the neonate. EIT was developed at the beginning of the 1980s, but it has only recently begun to be implemented on neonates, and especially in the study of their respiratory system function. The low rate of image analysis is considered to be a drawback, but it is offset by the potential offered for the estimation of lungs' function (both under normal and pathological conditions), since ventilation and resistance are two quite similar concepts. In this review the most important studies about EIT are mentioned as a method of estimating respiratory distress syndrome in neonates. In terms of the above mentioned development, it is supposed that this technique will offer a great amount of help to the doctor in his / her estimations of the cardiorespiratory system and to his / her selection of the best intervening strategies.

  6. X-ray spectroscopic methods in the studies of nonstoichiometric TiO2-x thin films

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    Kollbek, K.; Sikora, M.; Kapusta, Cz.; Szlachetko, J.; Zakrzewska, K.; Kowalski, K.; Radecka, M.

    2013-09-01

    X-ray spectroscopic techniques have been used in the studies of electronic and structural properties of nonstoichiometric TiO2-x thin films obtained by reactive sputtering from Ti target. Films characterisation has been completed by means of X-ray diffraction in grazing incidence, GID, UV Raman and impedance spectroscopy, optical spectrophotometry, 1s3p Resonant X-ray Emission Spectroscopy, RXES, and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, XPS. Stoichiometric thin films of TiO2 are composed of a well-crystallised anatase-rutile mixture with the predominance of anatase while the films with higher oxygen deficit are amorphous to larger extent. Oxidation state changes from Ti4+ in stoichiometric films towards Ti3+ upon increasing departure from stoichiometric composition. This change is accompanied by the significant decrease in the electrical resistivity. The comparison of band gap energies, determined independently from optical and valence band X-ray absorption/emission spectra is good assuming direct allowed transitions.

  7. Spectroscopic studies of yellow supergiants in the Cepheid instability strip

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    Usenko, I. A.

    2017-04-01

    High-resolution spectra of nine yellow nonvariable supergiants (NVSs) located within the canonical Cepheid instability strip from Sandage and Tammann (1969) ( α Aqr, ɛ Leo, μ Per, ω Gem, BD+60 2532, HD 172365, HD 187299, HD 190113, and HD 200102) were taken with the 1-m Zeiss and 6-m BTA telescopes at the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the 1990s. These have been used to determine the atmospheric parameters, chemical composition, radial velocities, reddenings, luminosities, distances, and radii. The spectroscopic estimates of T eff and the luminosities determined from the Hipparcos parallaxes have shown eight of the nine program NVSs on the T eff-log( L/ L ⊙) diagram to be outside the canonical Cepheid instability strip. When the edges of the Cepheid instability strip from Bono et al. (2000) are used, out of the NVSs from the list on the diagram one is within the Cepheid instability strip but closer to the red edge, two are at the red edge, three are beyond the red edge, two are at the blue edge, and one is beyond the blue edge. The evolutionary masses of the objects have been estimated. The abundances of α-elements, r- and s-process elements for all program objects have turned out to be nearly solar. The CNO, Na, Mg, and Al abundance estimates have shown that eight of the nine NVSs from the list have already passed the first dredge-up. Judging by the abundances of the key elements and its position on the T eff-log( L/ L ⊙) diagram, the lithium-rich supergiant HD 172365 is at the post-main-sequence evolutionary stage of gravitational helium core contraction and moves toward the first crossing of the Cepheid instability strip. The star ɛ Leo should be assigned to bright supergiants, while HD 187299 and HD 190113 may have already passed the second dredge-up and move to the asymptotic branch.

  8. Electrochemical and spectroscopic study of octadecyltrimethylammonium bromide/DNA surfoplexes.

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    Rodríguez-Pulido, Alberto; Aicart, Emilio; Junquera, Elena

    2009-04-21

    The use of cationic micelles consisting of octadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (C18TAB) to compact calf thymus DNA has been investigated in aqueous buffered solution at 310.15 K by means of conductometry, electrophoretic mobility, and several fluorescence spectroscopy methods. The results indicate that C18TAB micelles, consisting of 44 monomers on average, may compact DNA molecule by an electrostatic interaction that takes place at the cationic spherical micelle surface. The surfoplexes thus formed show a surface density charge that goes from negative to positive values at a Lmic/D mass ratio of around 1.0 (where Lmic and D are the masses of micellized cationic surfactant and DNA), called the isoneutrality ratio (Lmic/D)phi. Values of this characteristic parameter, determined in this work not only from the electrochemical experimental data but also from spectroscopic measurements, are in very good agreement with those ones calculated from molecular parameters and some other properties also obtained in this work. The electrostatic character of the DNA-micelle interaction has been confirmed by analyzing the decrease in fluorescence emission of the fluorophore ethidium bromide, EtBr, initially intercalated between DNA base pairs, as long as the surfoplexes are formed. Fluorescence anisotropy experiments have revealed that micelle packing becomes more rigid in the presence of DNA, but once the surfoplex is formed, the fluidity increases with the Lmic/D mass ratio, attaining its maximum when the isoneutrality ratio is exceeded. This fact, together with the net positive charge of the surfoplexes with the Lmic/D mass ratio over the isoneutrality ratio, makes this regimen of lipid and DNA content the optimum for efficiency in the transfection process.

  9. Esophageal Bolus Transit in Newborns with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Symptoms: A Multichannel Intraluminal Impedance Study

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    Liguori, Stefania Alfonsina; Maggiora, Elena; Locatelli, Emanuela; Indrio, Flavia; Bertino, Enrico; Coscia, Alessandra

    2015-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this study was to evaluate bolus transit during esophageal swallow (ES) and gastroesophageal reflux (GER) events and to investigate the relationship between the characteristics of ES and GER events in a population of term and preterm newborns with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Methods The study population consisted of term and preterm newborns referred to combined multichannel intraluminal impedance (MII) and pH monitoring for GERD symptoms. The frequency and characteristics of ES and GER events were assessed by two independent investigators. Statistical significance was set at p<0.05. Results Fifty-four newborns (23 preterm) were included in the analyses. Median bolus head advancing time corrected for esophageal length (BHATc) was shorter during mealtime than during the postprandial period (median, interquartile range): 0.20 (0.15-0.29) s/cm vs. 0.47 (0.39-0.64) s/cm, p<0.001. Median bolus presence time (BPT) was prolonged during mealtime: 4.71(3.49-6.27) s vs. 2.66 (1.82-3.73) s, p<0.001. Higher BHATc (p=0.03) and prolonged BPT (p<0.001) were observed in preterm newborns during the postprandial period. A significant positive correlation between BHATc and bolus clearance time was also observed (ρ=0.33, p=0.016). Conclusion The analysis of ES and GER events at the same time by MII provides useful information to better understand the physiopathology of GERD. In particular, the analysis of BHATc during the postprandial period could help clinicians identify newborns with prolonged esophageal clearance time due to impaired esophageal motility, which could allow for more accurate recommendations regarding further tests and treatment. PMID:26770898

  10. Electric impedance platelet aggregometry in cardiac surgery patients: A comparative study of two technologies.

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    Ranucci, Marco; Baryshnikova, Ekaterina; Crapelli, Giulia Beatrice; Ranucci, Matteo; Meloni, Silvia; Pistuddi, Valeria

    2016-01-01

    Platelet function tests are suggested to assess platelet reactivity before cardiac and major non-cardiac surgery. Different point-of-care platelet function tests are available. Among these, electric impedance platelet aggregometry (EIPA) (Multiplate®, MP) is one of the most widely used techniques. Recently, a new EIPA system (Rotem Platelet®, RP) was released. This is a comparative study of platelet function measured with MP and RP. Fifty cardiac surgery patients were admitted to this study. All the patients received a preoperative platelet function test with both the MP and the RP; for each technology, two tests were performed: the ADPtest (investigating P2Y12 receptor platelet reactivity) and the TRAPtest (investigating the thrombin-dependent platelet reactivity). ADP-based platelet reactivity values demonstrated a significant (p = 0.019) correlation between the MP and the RP; and a marginally significant (p = 0.042) correlation for TRAP-based tests. The Bland-Altman analysis of the ADPtest demonstrated a positive bias of 5.94 units (MP > RP) and a percentage error of 88%. For the TRAPtest, there was a positive bias of 12 units (MP > RP) and a percentage error of 89%. In patients who were preoperatively treated with P2Y12 receptor inhibitors, only the MP ADPtest was positively associated with the days from drug discontinuation (p = 0.003). Platelet function assessment with RP greatly differs from the equivalent MP measure, and no correction value can be applied due to the low level of precision. This applies both to ADPtest and TRAPtest. The MP ADPtest is more reliable for platelet reactivity after discontinuation of P2Y12 receptor inhibitors.

  11. In Vitro and In Vivo Studies for a Bio-Impedance Vital-Sign Monitor

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    2006-10-01

    Patterson R: Bioelectric impedance measurement. In: Bronzino JD. The biomedical engineering handbook. Boca Raton, CRC Press, 1995. pp 1223-1230. 35 11...28. Cohen A: Biomedical signals: Origin and dynamic characteristics; frequency domain analysis. In: Bronzino JD. The biomedical engineering handbook

  12. Cell Electrical Impedance as a Novel Approach for Studies on Senescence Not Based on Biomarkers

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    Cha, Jung-Joon; Park, Yangkyu; Yun, Joho; Kim, Hyeon Woo; Park, Chang-Ju; Kang, Giseok; Jung, Minhyun; Pak, Boryeong; Jin, Suk-Won

    2016-01-01

    Senescence of cardiac myocytes is frequently associated with heart diseases. To analyze senescence in cardiac myocytes, a number of biomarkers have been isolated. However, due to the complex nature of senescence, multiple markers are required for a single assay to accurately depict complex physiological changes associated with senescence. In single cells, changes in both cytoplasm and cell membrane during senescence can affect the changes in electrical impedance. Based on this phenomenon, we developed MEDoS, a novel microelectrochemical impedance spectroscopy for diagnosis of senescence, which allows us to precisely measure quantitative changes in electrical properties of aging cells. Using cardiac myocytes isolated from 3-, 6-, and 18-month-old isogenic zebrafish, we examined the efficacy of MEDoS and showed that MEDoS can identify discernible changes in electrical impedance. Taken together, our data demonstrated that electrical impedance in cells at different ages is distinct with quantitative values; these results were comparable with previously reported ones. Therefore, we propose that MEDoS be used as a new biomarker-independent methodology to obtain quantitative data on the biological senescence status of individual cells. PMID:27812531

  13. Spectroscopic study of molecular structure, antioxidant activity and biological effects of metal hydroxyflavonol complexes

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    Samsonowicz, Mariola; Regulska, Ewa

    2017-02-01

    Flavonols with varied hydroxyl substitution can act as strong antioxidants. Thanks to their ability to chelate metals as well as to donate hydrogen atoms they have capacity to scavenge free radicals. Their metal complexes are often more active in comparison with free ligands. They exhibit interesting biological properties, e.g. anticancer, antiphlogistic and antibacterial. The relationship between molecular structure and their biological properties was intensively studied using spectroscopic methods (UV-Vis, IR, Raman, NMR, ESI-MS). The aim of this paper is review on spectroscopic analyses of molecular structure and biological activity of hydroxyflavonol metal complexes.

  14. Impedance function study for cylindrical tanks surrounded by an earthen embankment

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    Houston, T.W.; Mertz, G.E.

    1995-12-31

    The Department of Energy (DOE) operates many which are used to store radioactive waste material. The original design of the tanks was often based on criteria which did not meet current seismic codes. As a result DOE is undertaking a comprehensive review of the adequacy of these structures to meet current seismic standards. This comprehensive review includes an evaluation of soil-structure interaction. One method available for performing soil structure interaction analyses of structures couples a discrete model of the structure to a lumped parameter model of the soil. This method requires the knowledge of the expected dynamic stiffness and damping functions of the rigid, massless structure resting on the soil. These are commonly referred to as the impedance functions. Lumped parameter analysis is cost effective for the surface and embedded structure cases where impedance functions are available in the literature. For a complex case with the structure located on the surface surrounded by an embankment, the impedance functions must be established prior to using a lumped parameter model approach. The present paper describes the development of horizontal impedance functions for the structure surrounded by an embankment which are developed using a finite element approach as implemented by SASSI. Impedance functions for vertical, torsional, and rocking degrees of freedom can be developed in a similar manner. These functions are easily incorporated into simple models which provide conceptual and physical insight to the response of structures. These models provide both a check of more sophisticated methods, and, due to their simplicity, permit assessment of a wide range of site and structural parameters that my affect the dynamic response of structural systems.

  15. Assessment of Ventilation Distribution during Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery: An Electrical Impedance Tomography Study.

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    Stankiewicz-Rudnicki, Michal; Gaszynski, Wojciech; Gaszynski, Tomasz

    2016-01-01

    Introduction. The aim of the study was to assess changes of regional ventilation distribution at the level of the 3rd intercostal space in the lungs of morbidly obese patients as a result of general anaesthesia and laparoscopic surgery as well as the relation of these changes to lung mechanics. We also wanted to determine if positive end-expiratory pressure of 10 cm H2O prevents the expected atelectasis in the morbidly obese patients during general anaesthesia. Materials and Methods. 49 patients completed the examination and were randomized to 2 groups: ventilated without positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP 0) and with PEEP of 10 cm H2O (PEEP 10) preceded by a recruitment maneuver with peak inspiratory pressure of 40 cm H2O. Impedance Ratio (IR) was utilized to examine ventilation distribution changes as a result of anaesthesia, pneumoperitoneum, and change of body position. We also analyzed intraoperative respiratory mechanics and pulse oximetry values. Results. In both groups general anaesthesia caused a ventilation shift towards the nondependent lungs which was not further intensified after pneumoperitoneum. Reverse Trendelenburg position promoted homogeneous ventilation distribution. Respiratory system compliance was reduced after insufflation and improved after exsufflation of pneumoperitoneum. There were no statistically significant differences in ventilation distribution between the examined groups. Respiratory system compliance, plateau pressure, and pulse oximetry values were higher in PEEP 10. Conclusions. Changes of ventilation distribution in the obese do occur at cranial lung regions. During pneumoperitoneum alterations of ventilation distribution may not follow the direction of the changes of lung mechanics. In the obese patients PEEP level of 10 cm H2O preceded by a recruitment maneuver improves respiratory compliance and oxygenation but does not eliminate atelectasis induced by general anaesthesia.

  16. Tethered bilayer lipid membranes studied by simultaneous attenuated total reflectance infrared spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

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    Erbe, Andreas; Bushby, Richard J.; Evans, Stephen D.; Jeuken, Lars J. C.

    2013-01-01

    The formation of tethered lipid bilayer membranes (tBLMs) from unilamelar vesicles of egg yolk phosphatidylcholine (EggPC) on mixed self–assembled monolayers (SAMs) from varying ratios of 6-mercaptohexanol and EO3Cholesteryl on gold has been monitored by simultaneous attenuated total reflectance fourier transform infrared (ATR–FTIR) spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The influence of the lipid orientation (and hence the anisotropy) of lipids on a gold film on the dichroic ratio was studied by simulations of spectra with a matrix method for anisotropic layers. It is shown that for certain tilt angles of the dielectric tensor of the adsorbed anisotropic layer dispersive and negative absorption bands are possible. The experimental data indicates that the structure of the assemblies obtained varies with varying SAM composition. On SAMs with a high content of EO3Cholesteryl, tBLMs with reduced fluidity are formed. For SAMs with high content of 6-mercaptohexanol, the results are consistent with the adsorption of flattened vesicles, while spherical vesicles have been found in a small range of surface compositions. The kinetics of the adsorption process is consistent with the assumption of spherical vesicles as long–living intermediates for surfaces of high 6-mercaptohexanol content. No long–living spherical vesicles have been detected for surfaces with large fraction of EO3Cholesteryl tethers. The observed differences between the surfaces suggest that for the formation of tBLMs (unlike supported BLMs) no critical surface coverage of vesicles is needed prior to lipid bilayer formation. PMID:17388505

  17. Total body fat and the risk of Barrett's oesophagus - a bioelectrical impedance study.

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    Kendall, Bradley J; Macdonald, Graeme A; Prins, Johannes B; O'Brien, Suzanne; Whiteman, David C

    2014-06-01

    Body mass index is associated with the risk of Barrett's oesophagus (BO). It is uncertain whether this is related to total body fat or other factors that correlate with body mass index. We aimed to quantify the association between total body fat (measured by bioelectrical impedance) and risk of BO and examine if this association was modified by gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) and abdominal obesity. In 2007-2009, we surveyed 235 cases (69% Males, Mean age 62.1 years) and 244 age and sex matched population controls from a population based case-control study of BO. We conducted structured interviews, standard anthropometry and bioimpedance analysis of total body fat. Odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were estimated using multivariable logistic regression analysis. There was a significantly increased risk of BO among those in the highest tertile of total body fat weight (OR 2.01; 95%CI 1.26-3.21) and total body fat percentage (OR 1.86; 95%CI 1.10-3.15). These risks were largely attenuated after adjustment for GOR and waist circumference. There was a significantly increased risk of BO among those in the highest tertile of waist circumference (OR 2.21; 95%CI 1.39-3.51) and this was minimally attenuated after adjustment for total body fat and moderately attenuated after adjustment for GOR. Total body fat is associated with an increased risk of BO but this appears to be mediated via both abdominal obesity and GOR. These findings provide evidence that abdominal obesity is more important than total body fat in the development of BO. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Mechanical History Dependence in Carbon Black Suspensions for Flow Batteries: A Rheo-Impedance Study

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    2017-01-01

    We studied the effects of shear and its history on suspensions of carbon black (CB) in lithium ion battery electrolyte via simultaneous rheometry and electrical impedance spectroscopy. Ketjen black (KB) suspensions showed shear thinning and rheopexy and exhibited a yield stress. Shear step experiments revealed a two time scale response. The immediate effect of decreasing the shear rate is an increase in both viscosity and electronic conductivity. In a much slower secondary response, both quantities change in the opposite direction, leading to a reversal of the initial change in the conductivity. Stepwise increases in the shear rate lead to similar responses in the opposite direction. This remarkable behavior is consistent with a picture in which agglomerating KB particles can stick directly on contact, forming open structures, and then slowly interpenetrate and densify. The fact that spherical CB particles show the opposite slow response suggests that the fractal structure of the KB primary units plays an important role. A theoretical scheme was used to analyze the shear and time-dependent viscosity and conductivity. Describing the agglomerates as effective hard spheres with a fractal architecture and using an effective medium approximation for the conductivity, we found the changes in the derived suspension structure to be in agreement with our qualitative mechanistic picture. This behavior of KB in flow has consequences for the properties of the gel network that is formed immediately after the cessation of shear: both the yield stress and the electronic conductivity increase with the previously applied shear rate. Our findings thus have clear implications for the operation and filling strategies of semisolid flow batteries. PMID:28122184

  19. Assessment of Ventilation Distribution during Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery: An Electrical Impedance Tomography Study

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    Gaszynski, Wojciech

    2016-01-01

    Introduction. The aim of the study was to assess changes of regional ventilation distribution at the level of the 3rd intercostal space in the lungs of morbidly obese patients as a result of general anaesthesia and laparoscopic surgery as well as the relation of these changes to lung mechanics. We also wanted to determine if positive end-expiratory pressure of 10 cm H2O prevents the expected atelectasis in the morbidly obese patients during general anaesthesia. Materials and Methods. 49 patients completed the examination and were randomized to 2 groups: ventilated without positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP 0) and with PEEP of 10 cm H2O (PEEP 10) preceded by a recruitment maneuver with peak inspiratory pressure of 40 cm H2O. Impedance Ratio (IR) was utilized to examine ventilation distribution changes as a result of anaesthesia, pneumoperitoneum, and change of body position. We also analyzed intraoperative respiratory mechanics and pulse oximetry values. Results. In both groups general anaesthesia caused a ventilation shift towards the nondependent lungs which was not further intensified after pneumoperitoneum. Reverse Trendelenburg position promoted homogeneous ventilation distribution. Respiratory system compliance was reduced after insufflation and improved after exsufflation of pneumoperitoneum. There were no statistically significant differences in ventilation distribution between the examined groups. Respiratory system compliance, plateau pressure, and pulse oximetry values were higher in PEEP 10. Conclusions. Changes of ventilation distribution in the obese do occur at cranial lung regions. During pneumoperitoneum alterations of ventilation distribution may not follow the direction of the changes of lung mechanics. In the obese patients PEEP level of 10 cm H2O preceded by a recruitment maneuver improves respiratory compliance and oxygenation but does not eliminate atelectasis induced by general anaesthesia. PMID:28058262

  20. Spectroscopic Signatures and Structural Motifs of Dopamine: a Computational Study

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    Srivastava, Santosh Kumar; Singh, Vipin Bahadur

    2016-06-01

    Dopamine (DA) is an essential neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and it plays integral role in numerous brain functions including behaviour, cognition, emotion, working memory and associated learning. In the present work the conformational landscapes of neutral and protonated dopamine have been investigated in the gas phase and in aqueous solution by MP2 and DFT (M06-2X, ωB97X-D, B3LYP and B3LYP-D3) methods. Twenty lowest energy structures of neutral DA were subjected to geometry optimization and the gauche conformer, GIa, was found to be the lowest gas phase structure at the each level of theory in agreement with the experimental rotational spectroscopy. All folded gauche conformers (GI) where lone electron pair of the NH2 group is directed towards the π system of the aromatic ring ( 'non up' ) are found more stable in the gas phase. While in aqueous solution, all those gauche conformers (GII) where lone electron pair of the NH2 group is directed opposite from the π system of the aromatic ring ('up' structures) are stabilized significantly.Nine lowest energy structures, protonated at the amino group, are optimized at the same MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ level of theory. In the most stable gauche structures, g-1 and g+1, mainly electrostatic cation - π interaction is further stabilized by significant dispersion forces as predicted by the substantial differences between the DFT and dispersion corrected DFT-D3 calculations. In aqueous environment the intra-molecular cation- π distance in g-1 and g+1 isomers, slightly increases compared to the gas phase and the magnitude of the cation- π interaction is reduced relative to the gas phase, because solvation of the cation decreases its interaction energy with the π face of aromatic system. The IR intensity of the bound N-H+ stretching mode provides characteristic 'IR spectroscopic signatures' which can reflect the strength of cation- π interaction energy. The CC2 lowest lying S1 ( 1ππ* ) excited state of neutral

  1. Laser Raman and infrared spectroscopic studies of molecular systems: Structural analysis of some clathrate compounds

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    Akyuz, S.

    1990-09-01

    The structural analyses of some molecular systems, namely clathrates, depending on the laser Raman and infrared spectroscopic studies are reported. The following subject areas are covered: Raman effect; Raman spectroscopy; IR spectroscopy; mutual exclusion principle; vibrational spectra of the polymeric layers; and fundamental vibrations of pyrazine molecules.

  2. A Spectroscopic study on the fuel value of softwoods in relation to chemical composition

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    Chi-Leung So; Thomas L. Eberhardt; Les Groom; Todd F. Shupe

    2012-01-01

    The recent focus on bioenergy has led to interest in developing alternative technologies for assessing the fuel value of available biomass resources. In this study, both near- and mid-infrared spectroscopic datawere used to predict fuel value in relation to extractives and lignin contents for longleaf pine wood. Samples were analyzed both before and after extraction....

  3. A study of high-impedance fault detection in distribution systems using a Kalman-filtering approach

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    Chang Wen Bin.

    1991-01-01

    Pitfalls associated with application of conventional filtering, fast fourier transform (FFT), and discrete Fourier transform (DFT) on signals with time-varying amplitude are first studied. These pitfalls are demonstrated by two numerical examples. The Kalman-filtering algorithm is then illustrated by examples to be well capable of tracking time-varying amplitude. The proposed high-impedance fault-detection scheme uses the Kalman-filtering algorithm for the optimal estimation of low-order harmonic components. A logic reasoning method is then applied to the estimated harmonic components for determining the possible cause of the disturbance. The performance of the detection scheme is evaluated by several staged arcing faults. A full investigation of these actual recorded arcing-fault data is also performed. Analysis results are used to justify the threshold values used in the proposed detection algorithm and to study the trends of variation of low-order harmonic components in the presence of a high-impedance fault.

  4. Single cell studies of mouse embryonic stem cell (mESC) differentiation by electrical impedance measurements in a microfluidic device

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    Zhou, Ying; Basu, Srinjan; Laue, Ernest; Seshia, Ashwin A.

    2016-01-01

    Biological populations of cells show considerable cell-to-cell variability. Study of single cells and analysis of cell heterogeneity are considered to be critical in understanding biological processes such as stem cell differentiation and cancer development. Recent advances in lab-on-a-chip techniques have allowed single-cell capture in microfluidic channels with the possibility of precise environmental control and high throughput of experiments with minimal usage of samples and reagents. In recent years, label-free techniques such as electrical impedance spectroscopy have emerged as a non-invasive approach to studying cell properties. In this study, we have designed and fabricated a microfluidic device that combines hydrodynamic trapping of single cells in pre-defined locations with the capability of running electrical impedance measurements within the same device. We have measured mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) at different states during differentiation (t=0 h, 24 h and 48 h) and quantitatively analysed the changes in electrical parameters of cells during differentiation. A marked increase in the magnitude of the cell impedance is found during cell differentiation, which can be attributed to an increase in cell size. The analysis of the measurements shows that the nucleus-to-cytoplasm ratio decreases during this process. The degree of cell heterogeneity is observed to be the highest when the cells are at the transition state (24 h), compare with cells at undifferentiated (0 h) and fully differentiated (48 h) states. The device enables highly efficient single cell trapping and provides sensitive, label-free electrical impedance measurements of individual cells, enabling the possibility of quantitatively analysing their physical state as well as studying the associated heterogeneity of a cell population. PMID:26963790

  5. Single cell studies of mouse embryonic stem cell (mESC) differentiation by electrical impedance measurements in a microfluidic device.

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    Zhou, Ying; Basu, Srinjan; Laue, Ernest; Seshia, Ashwin A

    2016-07-15

    Biological populations of cells show considerable cell-to-cell variability. Study of single cells and analysis of cell heterogeneity are considered to be critical in understanding biological processes such as stem cell differentiation and cancer development. Recent advances in lab-on-a-chip techniques have allowed single-cell capture in microfluidic channels with the possibility of precise environmental control and high throughput of experiments with minimal usage of samples and reagents. In recent years, label-free techniques such as electrical impedance spectroscopy have emerged as a non-invasive approach to studying cell properties. In this study, we have designed and fabricated a microfluidic device that combines hydrodynamic trapping of single cells in pre-defined locations with the capability of running electrical impedance measurements within the same device. We have measured mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) at different states during differentiation (t=0h, 24h and 48h) and quantitatively analysed the changes in electrical parameters of cells during differentiation. A marked increase in the magnitude of the cell impedance is found during cell differentiation, which can be attributed to an increase in cell size. The analysis of the measurements shows that the nucleus-to-cytoplasm ratio decreases during this process. The degree of cell heterogeneity is observed to be the highest when the cells are at the transition state (24h), compare with cells at undifferentiated (0h) and fully differentiated (48h) states. The device enables highly efficient single cell trapping and provides sensitive, label-free electrical impedance measurements of individual cells, enabling the possibility of quantitatively analysing their physical state as well as studying the associated heterogeneity of a cell population.

  6. A study on calculation method for mechanical impedance of air spring

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    Changgeng, SHUAI; Penghui, LI; Rustighi, Emiliano

    2016-09-01

    This paper proposes an approximate analytic method of obtaining the mechanical impedance of air spring. The sound pressure distribution in cylindrical air spring is calculated based on the linear air wave theory. The influences of different boundary conditions on the acoustic pressure field distribution in cylindrical air spring are analysed. A 1-order ordinary differential matrix equation for the state vector of revolutionary shells under internal pressure is derived based on the non-moment theory of elastic thin shell. Referring to the transfer matrix method, a kind of expanded homogeneous capacity high precision integration method is introduced to solve the non-homogeneous matrix differential equation. Combined the solved stress field of shell with the calculated sound pressure field in air spring under the displacement harmonic excitation, the approximate analytical expression of the input and transfer mechanical impedance for the air spring can be achieved. The numerical simulation with the Comsol Multiphysics software verifies the correctness of theoretical analysis result.

  7. Studies of Impedance in Cardiac Tissue using Sucrose Gap and Computer Techniques

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    Stibitz, George R.; McCann, Frances V.

    1974-01-01

    The impedance measured in a strip of heart tissue from the moth Hyalophora cecropia is fitted by circuit models of several configurations. The circuits include: (a) a single R-C circuit (b) a double R-C circuit (c) terminated transmission lines, and (d) a pattern of cells with cell-to-cell transmission paths. The last of these is found to give the best fit. Calculation of the model impedances and optimization of element values are performed by a computer. The possibility that the mechanism of cell-to-cell transmission may be capacitative rather than conductive is explored using values of capacitance derived from the circuit models to calculate the effect of capacitative coupling alone on signal transmission. The calculations show that sufficient voltage can be transmitted from the excited cell to an adjacent cell to effect excitation. ImagesFIGURE 9 PMID:4813160

  8. Microstructural studies of AgNbO{sub 3} ceramic by using complex impedance spectroscopy

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    Gangaprasad, K.; Rao, T. Durga; Niranjan, Manish K.; Asthana, Saket

    2015-06-24

    Lead-free piezoelectric silver niobate ceramic was synthesized by conventional solid state route. Room temperature X-ray diffraction pattern revealed that the sample crystallizes in single phase orthorhombic perovskite structure. Scanning electron micrographs of AgNbO{sub 3} ceramic showed that the average grain size is in the range 2–3 µm. The electrical properties were investigated by using impedance spectroscopy. Appearance of single semicircular arc in the Nyquist plot indicated the presence of grain contribution in the sample. Single RC parallel circuit model was employed to extract bulk capacitance (C{sub b}), resistance (R{sub b}) and electrical conductivity (σ{sub b}). The activation energy calculated from impedance and modulus data indicate that same types of charge carriers (oxygen vacancy movements) are responsible for conduction and relaxation.

  9. An impedance study of complex Al/Cu-Al2O3 electrode

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    Denisova, J.; Katkevics, J.; Erts, D.; Viksna, A.

    2011-06-01

    Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to investigate different Cu deposition regimes on Al surface obtained by internal electrolysis and to characterize properties of fabricated electrodes. EIS experimental data confirmed that Cu deposition by internal electrolysis is realized and the complex electrode system is obtained. The main difficulty in preparation of Al/Cu electrodes is to prevent aluminium oxidation before and during electrochemical deposition of Cu particles. In this work NaCl, CH3COONa, K2SO4, mono- and diammonium citrate electrolytes were examined to determine their suitability for impedance measurements. Al/Cu-Al2O3 electrode composition was approved by equivalent circuit analysis, optical and scanning electron microscope methods. The most optimal Cu deposition mode using internal electrolysis was determined. The obtained results are promising for future electrochemical fabrication of nanostructures directly on Al surfaces by internal electrolysis.

  10. Evaluation of Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis for Identifying Overweight Individuals at Increased Cardiometabolic Risk: A Cross-Sectional Study

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    Lamb, Maxine J. E.; Byrne, Christopher D.; Wilson, James F.; Wild, Sarah H.

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate whether bioelectrical impedance analysis could be used to identify overweight individuals at increased cardiometabolic risk, defined as the presence of metabolic syndrome and/or diabetes. Design and Methods Cross-sectional study of a Scottish population including 1210 women and 788 men. The diagnostic performance of thresholds of percentage body fat measured by bioelectrical impedance analysis to identify people at increased cardiometabolic risk was assessed using receiver-operating characteristic curves. Odds ratios for increased cardiometabolic risk in body mass index categories associated with values above compared to below sex-specific percentage body fat thresholds with optimal diagnostic performance were calculated using multivariable logistic regression analyses. The validity of bioelectrical impedance analysis to measure percentage body fat in this population was tested by examining agreement between bioelectrical impedance analysis and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry in a subgroup of individuals. Results Participants were aged 16-91 years and the optimal bioelectrical impedance analysis cut-points for percentage body fat for identifying people at increased cardiometabolic risk were 25.9% for men and 37.1% for women. Stratifying by these percentage body fat cut-points, the prevalence of increased cardiometabolic risk was 48% and 38% above the threshold and 24% and 19% below these thresholds for men and women, respectively. By comparison, stratifying by percentage body fat category had little impact on identifying increased cardiometabolic risk in normal weight and obese individuals. Fully adjusted odds ratios of being at increased cardiometabolic risk among overweight people with percentage body fat ≥25.9/37.1% compared with percentage body fat <25.9/37.1% as a reference were 1.93 (95% confidence interval: 1.20–3.10) for men and 1.79 (1.10–2.92) for women. Conclusion Percentage body fat measured using bioelectrical impedance

  11. Abdominal fat thickness measurement using Focused Impedance Method (FIM) - phantom study

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    Haowlader, Salahuddin; Baig, Tanveer Noor; Siddique-e Rabbani, K.

    2010-04-01

    Abdominal fat thickness is a risk indicator of heart diseases, diabetes, etc., and its measurement is therefore important from the point of view of preventive care. Tetrapolar electrical impedance measurements (TPIM) could offer a simple and low cost alternative for such measurement compared to conventional techniques using CT scan and MRI, and has been tried by different groups. Focused Impedance Method (FIM) appears attractive as it can give localised information. An intuitive physical model was developed and experimental work was performed on a phantom designed to simulate abdominal subcutaneous fat layer in a body. TPIM measurements were performed with varying electrode separations. For small separations of current and potential electrodes, the measured impedance changed little, but started to decrease sharply beyond a certain separation, eventually diminishing gradually to negligible values. The finding could be explained using the intuitive physical model and gives an important practical information. TPIM and FIM may be useful for measurement of SFL thickness only if the electrode separations are within a certain specific range, and will fail to give reliable results if beyond this range. Further work, both analytical and experimental, are needed to establish this technique on a sound footing.

  12. Study on electromechanical impedance characteristics of part of structures made of CFRP

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    Malinowski, Paweł H.; Wandowski, Tomasz; Ostachowicz, Wiesław M.

    2016-04-01

    Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymers (CFRP) are more and more used in many branches of industry. Researchers are developing numerous techniques of non-destructive assessment of the structures made out of CFRP such as guided waves, ultrasonics, laser induced fluorescence and others. In this research we focus on electromechanical impedance (EMI) technique. In this technique a piezoelectric sensor is either surface mounted or embedded into investigated host structure. The electrical quantities of the sensor are measured for wide frequency range. Due to piezoelectric effect the electrical response of the sensor is related to mechanical response of the structure to which the sensors is bonded to. In the reported research impedance spectra in the vicinity of the transducer thickness mode were investigated as well as the lower frequency range. The spectra that were analysed were gathered from samples with surface treatment such as thermal degradation and samples adhesively bonded with film adhesive with symmetric and unsymmetric bond. Moreover, the samples with modified adhesive bonds were investigated. These spectra for different cases were compared with reference measurement results gathered from pristine samples. Numerical indexes for comparison of the EMI characteristics were proposed. The comparison of the indexes was also conducted. In the experimental part of the research the piezoelectric transducer was mounted at the sample surface. Measurements were conducted using HIOKI Impedance Analyzer IM3570.

  13. RF impedance studies of a beam chamber and longitudinally slot-coupled vacuum pumping antechamber

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    Kustom, R.L.; Nicholls, G.L.; Kramer, S.L.; Khoe, T.K.; Cook, J.M.

    1987-01-01

    The storage ring vacuum chamber of the proposed 7-GeV synchrotron light source at Argonne National Laboratory is planned to have a semi-elliptical beam chamber, with a longitudinal slot coupled to an antechamber containing NEG pumping strips. Concern over the RF impedance of this complex chamber has stimulated the need to understand the limitations it will have on the beam intensity, the RF acceleration system and on the beam lifetime. Calculations using numerical EM field programs have estimated the waveguide modes of this chamber and the impedance and loss parameter for the expected 1 to 2 cm beam bunch length. The loss parameter is shown to differ little from an elliptical beam chamber without the slot and antechamber. An experimental program has begun to verify the estimates of the impedance for these complex vacuum chamber components using laboratory methods. Preliminary results are presented for the measured loss parameter for a short length of beam vacuum chamber and for other components. These results are compared with their calculated values.

  14. Acoustic impedance studies in Triassic reservoirs in the Netherlands - application to development and exploration

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    Griffiths, M.; Ford, J.

    1995-08-01

    Simple and cost effective seismic forward modelling techniques have been used in conjunction with petrophysical and geological data to provide an integrated approach to understanding the seismic response of Triassic gas reservoirs onshore and offshore Netherlands. Analysis shows that for the Volpriehausen Sandstone in the offshore sector a relationship exists between reservoir acoustic impedance and porosity such that an increase in porosity leads to a decrease in acoustic impedance. Data can be sub-divided on the basis of fluid fill and cementation with trends for both gas and water cases. Regression analysis has defined the optimum relationship for each fluid case and these relationships have been used to predict the acoustic impedance profiles for a variety of reservoir scenarios. Modelling shows that the highest seismic amplitudes and the greatest relative amplitude variation with fluid fill are related to high porosity reservoir. In the onshore sector, analysis for the Roet Sandstone has shown that even small scale variations in reservoir properties can be recorded within the detail of the seismic response. Results from seismic forward modelling compare with amplitude variations observed in real data and suggest that, within the limitations of the dataset and methodology, the technique can be used to predict reservoir attributes from the seismic response. So far, the technique has been sucessfully applied to both exploration and field development projects.

  15. An Experimental Study on the Effect of Temperature on Piezoelectric Sensors for Impedance-Based Structural Health Monitoring

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    Baptista, Fabricio G.; Budoya, Danilo E.; de Almeida, Vinicius A. D.; Ulson, Jose Alfredo C.

    2014-01-01

    The electromechanical impedance (EMI) technique is considered to be one of the most promising methods for developing structural health monitoring (SHM) systems. This technique is simple to implement and uses small and inexpensive piezoelectric sensors. However, practical problems have hindered its application to real-world structures, and temperature effects have been cited in the literature as critical problems. In this paper, we present an experimental study of the effect of temperature on the electrical impedance of the piezoelectric sensors used in the EMI technique. We used 5H PZT (lead zirconate titanate) ceramic sensors, which are commonly used in the EMI technique. The experimental results showed that the temperature effects were strongly frequency-dependent, which may motivate future research in the SHM field. PMID:24434878

  16. The accurate use of impedance analysis for the study of microbial electrochemical systems.

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    Dominguez-Benetton, Xochitl; Sevda, Surajbhan; Vanbroekhoven, Karolien; Pant, Deepak

    2012-11-07

    The present critical review aims to portray the principles and theoretical foundations that have been used for the application of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to study electron-transfer mechanisms, mass transfer phenomena and distribution of the heterogeneous properties of microbial electrochemical systems (MXCs). Over the past eight years, the application of this method has allowed major breakthroughs, especially in the field of microbial fuel cells (MFCs); however, it is still most widely extended only to the calculation of internal resistances. The use and interpretation of EIS should greatly improve since the intrinsic knowledge of this field, and efforts and current trends in this field have already allowed its understanding based on rather meaningful physical properties and not only on fitting electrical analogues. From this perspective, the use, analysis and interpretation of EIS applied to the study of MXCs are critically examined. Together with the revision of more than 150 articles directly devoted to this topic, two examples of the correct and improved analysis of EIS data are extensively presented. The first one focuses on the use of graphical methods for improving EIS analysis and the other one concentrates on the elucidation of the constant phase element (CPE) parameters. CPEs have been introduced in equivalent circuit models, sometimes without solid justification or analysis; the effective capacitance has been obtained from CPE parameters, following an unsuitable theory for the case of microbial-electrochemical interfaces. The use of CPE is reviewed in terms of meaningful physical parameters, such as biofilm thickness. The use of a finite-diffusion element is reviewed throughout estimation of accurate values for obtaining the dimensionless numbers, Schmidt and Sherwood, in the context of a dioxygen-reducing-biocathode, under different flow-rate conditions. The use and analysis of EIS in this context are still emerging, but because of

  17. Nissen Fundoplication for Laryngopharyngeal Reflux After Patient Selection Using Dual pH, Full Column Impedance Testing: A Pilot Study.

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    Carroll, Thomas L; Nahikian, Kael; Asban, Ammar; Wiener, Daniel

    2016-09-01

    Prior studies demonstrate inconsistent diagnostic strategies for laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPR) patients who are offered laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication (Nissen). Superior symptom resolution outcomes are demonstrated in patients with accompanying typical gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) symptoms. This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of selecting patients with LPR complaints for Nissen using full column, dual pH impedance catheters (multichannel intraluminal impedance catheters [MII]). All patients who underwent Nissen for management of LPR symptoms refractory to at least 3 months of twice daily (BID) proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy with reflux symptom index (RSI) of 13 or higher and who had demonstrable reflux on MII were included. Pre- and (minimum) 16 week post-Nissen RSI scores as well as LPR-specific complaints were collected. Eleven patients met criteria. Nine subjects (5 female, 4 male) had complete data. All 9 (100%) achieved improvement in RSI. The average pre-Nissen RSI was 31.7, and average post-Nissen RSI was 10 (P < .001). Six (67%) subjects dropped below an RSI of 13. Seven subjects (78%) had resolution of their primary LPR symptom, and 6 (67%) subjects had resolution of all LPR symptoms. Patients with LPR who are selected using dual pH and full column impedance are likely to demonstrate improvement in RSI following Nissen. © The Author(s) 2016.

  18. Impact of exacerbations on respiratory system impedance measured by a forced oscillation technique in COPD: a prospective observational study.

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    Kamada, Takahiro; Kaneko, Masahiro; Tomioka, Hiromi

    2017-01-01

    Forced oscillation technique (FOT) has been reported to be useful in the evaluation and management of obstructive lung disease, including COPD. To date, no data are available concerning long-term changes in respiratory system impedance measured by FOT. Additionally, although exacerbations have been reported to be associated with excessive lung function decline in COPD, the impact of exacerbations on the results of FOT has not been demonstrated. The aim of this study was to investigate the longitudinal changes in respiratory system impedance and the influence of exacerbations thereon. Between March 2011 and March 2012, outpatients who attended Kobe City Medical Center West Hospital with a diagnosis of COPD were assessed for eligibility. Baseline patient characteristics (age, sex, body mass index, smoking history, current smoking status, COPD stage), lung function (post-bronchodilator forced expiratory volume in 1 second [FEV1]), blood tests (neutrophils and eosinophils), FOT, and COPD assessment test results were collected at enrollment. Lung function and FOT were examined every 6 months until March 2016. Annual changes in FEV1 and FOT parameters were obtained from the slope of the linear regression curve. The patients were divided into 2 groups based on exacerbation history. Fifty-one of 58 patients with COPD were enrolled in this study. The median follow-up period was 57 (52-59) months. Twenty-five (49%) patients experienced exacerbations. A significant annual decline in FEV1 and respiratory system impedance were shown. Additionally, annual changes in FEV1, respiratory system resistance at 5 Hz, respiratory system reactance at 5 Hz, and resonant frequency were greater in patients with exacerbations than in those without exacerbations. Exacerbations of COPD lead not only to a decline in lung function but also to an increase in respiratory system impedance.

  19. Impact of exacerbations on respiratory system impedance measured by a forced oscillation technique in COPD: a prospective observational study

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    Kamada, Takahiro; Kaneko, Masahiro; Tomioka, Hiromi

    2017-01-01

    Background Forced oscillation technique (FOT) has been reported to be useful in the evaluation and management of obstructive lung disease, including COPD. To date, no data are available concerning long-term changes in respiratory system impedance measured by FOT. Additionally, although exacerbations have been reported to be associated with excessive lung function decline in COPD, the impact of exacerbations on the results of FOT has not been demonstrated. The aim of this study was to investigate the longitudinal changes in respiratory system impedance and the influence of exacerbations thereon. Methods Between March 2011 and March 2012, outpatients who attended Kobe City Medical Center West Hospital with a diagnosis of COPD were assessed for eligibility. Baseline patient characteristics (age, sex, body mass index, smoking history, current smoking status, COPD stage), lung function (post-bronchodilator forced expiratory volume in 1 second [FEV1]), blood tests (neutrophils and eosinophils), FOT, and COPD assessment test results were collected at enrollment. Lung function and FOT were examined every 6 months until March 2016. Annual changes in FEV1 and FOT parameters were obtained from the slope of the linear regression curve. The patients were divided into 2 groups based on exacerbation history. Results Fifty-one of 58 patients with COPD were enrolled in this study. The median follow-up period was 57 (52–59) months. Twenty-five (49%) patients experienced exacerbations. A significant annual decline in FEV1 and respiratory system impedance were shown. Additionally, annual changes in FEV1, respiratory system resistance at 5 Hz, respiratory system reactance at 5 Hz, and resonant frequency were greater in patients with exacerbations than in those without exacerbations. Conclusion Exacerbations of COPD lead not only to a decline in lung function but also to an increase in respiratory system impedance. PMID:28223791

  20. Study of Characterization of Pure and Malachite Green Doped Samples Using Spectroscopic Studies

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    Mishra, Jyoti; Mishra, Pankaj K.; Khare, P. K.

    2011-07-01

    This paper describes the results of SEM, EDX, UV-vis and TSDC study of malachite green doped PVK thermelectrets. TSDC study has been carried out in the temperature range 300 °C to 1500 °C with four different polarizing fields. One peak was observed at 110±10 °C which shifts toward high temperature with the increase in polarizing field. The activation energy found by initial rise method are 0.27±0.02 eV for pure and 0.40±0.03 eV for malachite green doped PVK thermoelectrets. Spectroscopic study concluded that impregnation of malachite green in polymer matrix forms charge transfer complexes.

  1. Vibrational spectroscopic studies to acquire a quality control method of Eucalyptus essential oils.

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    Baranska, M; Schulz, H; Reitzenstein, S; Uhlemann, U; Strehle, M A; Krüger, H; Quilitzsch, R; Foley, W; Popp, J

    2005-08-05

    This article presents a novel and original approach to analyze in situ the main components of Eucalyptus oil by means of Raman spectroscopy. The obtained two-dimensional Raman maps demonstrate a unique possibility to study the essential oil distribution in the intact plant tissue. Additionally, Fourier Transform (FT)-Raman and attenuated total reflection (ATR)-IR spectra of essential oils isolated from several Eucalyptus species by hydrodistillation are presented. Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations were performed in order to interpret the spectra of the essential oils of the Eucalyptus species. It is shown that the main components of the essential oils can be recognized by both vibrational spectroscopic techniques using the spectral information of the pure terpenoids. Spectroscopic analysis is based on the key bands of the individual volatile substances and therefore allows one to discriminate different essential oil profiles of several Eucalyptus species. It has been found that the presented spectroscopic data correlate very well with those obtained by gas chromatography (GC) analysis. All these investigations are helpful tools to generate a fast and easy method to control the quality of the essential oils with vibrational spectroscopic techniques in combination with DFT calculations.

  2. How specific Raman spectroscopic models are: a comparative study between different cancers

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    Singh, S. P.; Kumar, K. Kalyan; Chowdary, M. V. P.; Maheedhar, K.; Krishna, C. Murali

    2010-02-01

    Optical spectroscopic methods are being contemplated as adjunct/ alternative to existing 'Gold standard' of cancer diagnosis, histopathological examination. Several groups are actively pursuing diagnostic applications of Ramanspectroscopy in cancers. We have developed Raman spectroscopic models for diagnosis of breast, oral, stomach, colon and larynx cancers. So far, specificity and applicability of spectral- models has been limited to particular tissue origin. In this study we have evaluated explicitly of spectroscopic-models by analyzing spectra from already developed spectralmodels representing normal and malignant tissues of breast (46), cervix (52), colon (25), larynx (53), and oral (47). Spectral data was analyzed by Principal Component Analysis (PCA) using scores of factor, Mahalanobis distance and Spectral residuals as discriminating parameters. Multiparametric limit test approach was also explored. The preliminary unsupervised PCA of pooled data indicates that normal tissue types were always exclusive from their malignant counterparts. But when we consider tissue of different origin, large overlap among clusters was found. Supervised analysis by Mahalanobis distance and spectral residuals gave similar results. The 'limit test' approach where classification is based on match / mis-match of the given spectrum against all the available spectra has revealed that spectral models are very exclusive and specific. For example breast normal spectral model show matches only with breast normal spectra and mismatch to rest of the spectra. Same pattern was seen for most of spectral models. Therefore, results of the study indicate the exclusiveness and efficacy of Raman spectroscopic-models. Prospectively, these findings might open new application of Raman spectroscopic models in identifying a tumor as primary or metastatic.

  3. Structural, functional and spectroscopic MRI studies of methamphetamine addiction.

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    Salo, Ruth; Fassbender, Catherine

    2012-01-01

    This chapter reviews selected neuroimaging findings related to long-term amphetamine and methamphetamine (MA) use. An overview of structural and functional (fMRI) MR studies, Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) studies conducted in long-term MA abusers is presented. The focus of this chapter is to present the relevant studies as tools to understand brain changes following drug abstinence and recovery from addiction. The behavioral relevance of these neuroimaging studies is discussed as they relate to clinical symptoms and treatment. Within each imaging section this chapter includes a discussion of the relevant imaging studies as they relate to patterns of drug use (i.e., duration of MA use, cumulative lifetime dose and time MA abstinent) as well as an overview of studies that link the imaging findings to cognitive measures. In our conclusion we discuss some of the future directions of neuroimaging as it relates to the pathophysiology of addiction.

  4. In vivo localized proton spectroscopic studies of human gastrocnemius muscle

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    Narayana, P.A.; Jackson, E.F.; Hazle, J.D.; Fotedar, L.K.; Kulkarni, M.V.; Flamig, D.P.

    1988-10-01

    In vivo proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy studies of gastrocnemius muscle were performed in six normal volunteers. Both spatially resolved spectroscopy (SPARS) and stimulated echo acquisition mode (STEAM) sequences were used for volume localization. A number of water suppression sequences have been combined with these localization schemes. Among the various techniques investigated in these studies, STEAM with an inversion pulse (T1-discriminated spectrum) seems to have the best potential for in vivo localized high-resolution proton spectroscopy studies of human muscle.

  5. Homogeneous superconducting phase in TiN film: A complex impedance study

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    Diener, P.; Schellevis, H.; Baselmans, J. J. A.

    2012-12-01

    The low frequency complex impedance of a high resistivity 92 μ Ω cm and 100 nm thick TiN superconducting film has been measured via the transmission of several high sensitivity GHz microresonators, down to TC/50. The temperature dependence of the kinetic inductance follows closely BCS local electrodynamics, with one well defined superconducting gap. This evidences the recovery of a homogeneous superconducting phase in TiN far from the disorder and composition driven transitions. Additionally, we observe a linearity between resonator quality factor and frequency temperature changes, which can be described by a two fluid model.

  6. SPECTROSCOPIC STUDIES OF MATERIALS FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL ENERGY STORAGE

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    Greenbaum, Steven G.

    2014-03-01

    Several battery materials research projects were undertaken, suing NMR spectroscopy as a primary analytical tool. These include transport proerties of liquid and solid electrolytes and structural studies of Li ion electrodes.

  7. SPECTROSCOPIC STUDY OF SORPTION OF NITROGEN HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS ON PHYLLOSILICATES

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    The present study focused on understanding the sorption characteristics of acridine (AcN)and acridine-9-carboxylic acid (AcNCOOH), two typical nitrogen heterocyclic compounds (NHCs), on well-characterized phyllosilicates (hectorite, saponite, and muscovite). Results presented in...

  8. Computational, electrochemical, and spectroscopic, studies of acetycholinesterase covalently attached to carbon nanotubes.

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    Cabral, Murilo F; Barrios, Joseph D; Kataoka, Erica M; Machado, Sergio A S; Carrilho, Emanuel; Garcia, Carlos D; Ayon, Arturo A

    2013-03-01

    This manuscript describes results related to the characterization of electrodes modified with a composite of acetylcholinesterase covalently bound to carbon nanotubes (CNT). The characterization was performed by computational methods and complemented by cyclic voltammetry, infrared spectroscopy, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. In-silico simulations enabled the identification of the binding site and the calculation of the interaction energy. Besides complementing the computational studies, experimental results obtained by cyclic voltammetry showed that the addition of CNT to the surface of electrodes yielded significant increases in effective area and greatly facilitated the electron transfer reactions. These results are also in agreement with impedance spectroscopy data, which indicated a high apparent rate constant, even after the immobilization of the enzyme. These results lend new information about the physical and chemical properties of biointerfaces at the molecular level, specifically about the mechanism and consequences of the interaction of a model enzyme with CNT. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Conceptual design study to determine optimal enclosure vent configuration for the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE)

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    Szeto, Kei; Vogiatzis, Konstantinos; Hangan, Horia; Jubayer, Chowdhury M.; Breckenridge, Craig; Loewen, Nathan; Bauman, Steven; Salmon, Derrick

    2014-07-01

    The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE; formerly Next Generation Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope) is a dedicated, 10m aperture, wide-field, fiber-fed multi-object spectroscopic facility proposed as an upgrade to the existing Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea. The enclosure vent configuration design study is the last of three studies to examine the technical feasibility of the proposed MSE baseline concept. The enclosure vent configuration study compares the aero-thermal performance of three enclosure ventilation configurations based on the predicted dome thermal seeing and air flow attenuation over the enclosure aperture opening of a Calotte design derived from computational fluid dynamics simulations. In addition, functional and operation considerations such as access and servicing of the three ventilation configurations is discussed.

  10. Spectroscopic and time domain reflectometry studies on acetonitrile - Ethylene glycol binary solutions

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    Mahendraprabu, A.; Kumbharkhane, A. C.; Joshi, Y. S.; Shaikh, S. S.; Kannan, P. P.; Karthick, N. K.; Arivazhagan, G.

    2017-05-01

    Spectroscopic (FTIR and 13C NMR) and time domain reflectometry (in the frequency range from 10 MHz to 25 GHz) studies have been carried out on the binary solutions of acetonitrile (AN) with ethylene glycol (EG). The presence of EG-EG multimers of various orders in neat EG has been confirmed by spectroscopic studies. AN-EG association through the formation of ∁ ≡ N ⋯ H - O , ∁ ≡ N ⋯ H - C(EG) and (EG) C - O ⋯ H - C(AN) hydrogen bonds have been identified using spectral studies. The principal relaxation process of the heteromolecular entities that involve higher order alcohol association in ethylene glycol rich solutions is found to be relatively slower than that in acetonitrile rich solutions in which lower order alcohol association involves in heterointeraction. The angular correlation among the dipoles appears to be described more precisely when the experimental ε∞ values rather than ε∞ =n2 are used for the calculation of geff .

  11. Spectroscopic and theoretical study on alkali metal phenylacetates

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    Regulska, E.; Świsłocka, R.; Samsonowicz, M.; Lewandowski, W.

    2013-07-01

    The influence of lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium and cesium cations on the electronic system of phenylacetic acid was studied. The FT-IR, FT-Raman and 1H and 13C NMR spectra were recorded for studied compounds. Characteristic shifts in IR and NMR spectra along alkali metal phenylacetates were observed. Good correlations between the wavenumbers of the vibrational bands in the IR spectra of phenylacetates and some alkali metal parameters such as ionic potential, electronegativity, inverse of atomic mass, atomic radius and ionization energy were found. The density functional hybrid method B3LYP with 6-311++G** basis set was used to calculate optimized geometrical structures of studied compounds. Aromaticity indices, atomic charges, dipole moments and energies were calculated as well as the wavenumbers and intensities of IR spectra and chemical shifts in NMR spectra. The theoretical parameters were compared to experimental characteristic of alkali metal phenylacetates.

  12. Spectroscopic and Raman excitation profile studies of 3-benzoylpyridine

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    Sett, Pinaky; Datta, Shirsendu; Chowdhury, Joydeep; Ghosh, Manash; Mallick, Prabal Kumar

    2017-03-01

    In the present work IR, UV absorption and Raman spectra including Raman excitation profiles and structure of 3-benzoyl pyridine have been investigated. Detailed studies on the vibrational and electronic properties of the molecule have been carried out. All these studies are aided with valuable quantum chemical calculations. The structural changes encountered on excitation to the low lying excited states have been investigated. Theoretical profiles determined by the sum-over-states method based on pertinent Franck-Condon and Herzberg-Teller terms have satisfactorily simulated the experimentally measured relative Raman intensities and these are also in compliance with the structural changes and potential energy distributions.

  13. An impedance study of two types of stainless steel in Ringer physiological solution containing complexing agents.

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    Slemnik, Mojca; Milosev, Ingrid

    2006-10-01

    The effect of complexing agents EDTA and citric acid on the electrochemical behaviour of AISI 304 and orthopaedic stainless steels in Ringer physiological solution was investigated by potentiodynamic polarization method and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The content of Mo has a pronounced effect on the corrosion resistance, as evident by the broader passive range of the orthopaedic stainless steel containing Mo. The addition of complexing agents induces significant changes in polarization and impedance characteristics, i.e., the shift of corrosion and breakdown potentials in a more negative direction, an increase in current density, and a significant decrease in charge transfer resistance. The results were interpreted by the formation of soluble complexes of metal ions with chelating agents, especially EDTA, which suppressed the formation of the outer Fe(III) layer of the passive film. The impact of complexing agent on the electrochemical parameters was found to be related to its concentration in electrolyte and the stability constant of the complex formed with the related metal ion.

  14. A Comparison Study of Normal-Incidence Acoustic Impedance Measurements of a Perforate Liner

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    Schultz, Todd; Liu, Fei; Cattafesta, Louis; Sheplak, Mark; Jones, Michael

    2009-01-01

    The eduction of the acoustic impedance for liner configurations is fundamental to the reduction of noise from modern jet engines. Ultimately, this property must be measured accurately for use in analytical and numerical propagation models of aircraft engine noise. Thus any standardized measurement techniques must be validated by providing reliable and consistent results for different facilities and sample sizes. This paper compares normal-incidence acoustic impedance measurements using the two-microphone method of ten nominally identical individual liner samples from two facilities, namely 50.8 mm and 25.4 mm square waveguides at NASA Langley Research Center and the University of Florida, respectively. The liner chosen for this investigation is a simple single-degree-of-freedom perforate liner with resonance and anti-resonance frequencies near 1.1 kHz and 2.2 kHz, respectively. The results show that the ten measurements have the most variation around the anti-resonance frequency, where statistically significant differences exist between the averaged results from the two facilities. However, the sample-to-sample variation is comparable in magnitude to the predicted cross-sectional area-dependent cavity dissipation differences between facilities, providing evidence that the size of the present samples does not significantly influence the results away from anti-resonance.

  15. Study of metal corrosion using ac impedance techniques in the STS launch environment

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    Calle, Luz M.

    1989-01-01

    AC impedance measurements were performed to investigate the corrosion resistance of 19 alloys under conditions similar to the STS launch environment. The alloys were: Zirconium 702, Hastelloy C-22, Inconel 625, Hastelloy C-276, Hastelloy C-4, Inconel 600, 7Mo + N, Ferralium 255, Inco Alloy G-3, 20Cb-3, SS 904L, Inconel 825, SS 304LN, SS 316L, SS 317L, ES 2205, SS 304L, Hastelloy B-2, and Monel 400. AC impedance data were gathered for each alloy after one hour immersion time in each of the following three electrolyte solutions: 3.55 percent NaCl, 3.55 percent NaCl-0.1N HCl, and 3.55 percent NaCl-1.0N HCl. The data were analyzed qualitatively using the Nyquist plot and quantitatively using the Bode plot. Polarization resistance, Rp, values were obtained using the Bode plot. Zirconium 702 was the most corrosion resistant alloy in the three electrolytes. The ordering of the other alloys according the their resistance to corrosion varied as the concentration of hydrochloric acid in the electrolyte increased. The corrosion resistance of Zirconium 702 and Ferralium 255 increased as the concentration of hydrochloric acid in the electrolyte increased. The corrosion resistance of the other 17 alloys decreased as the concentration of the hyrdochloric acid in the electrolyte increased.

  16. A combined complex electrical impedance and acoustic emission study in limestone samples under uniaxial loading

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    Saltas, V.; Fitilis, I.; Vallianatos, F.

    2014-12-01

    In the present work, complex electrical impedance measurements in the frequency range of 10 mHz to 1 MHz were carried out in conjunction with acoustic emission monitoring in limestone samples subjected to linear and stepped-like uniaxial loading, up to ultimate failure. Cole-Cole plots of the complex impedance during the stepped loading of limestone have been used to discriminate the contributions of grains interior, grain boundaries and electrode polarization effects to the overall electrical behavior. The latter is well-described with an equivalent-circuit model which comprises components of constant phase elements and resistances in parallel connection. Electrical conductivity increases upon uniaxial loading giving rise to negative values of effective activation volume. This is a strong experimental evidence for the generation of transient electric signals recorded prior to seismic events and may be attributed to charge transfer (proton conduction) due to cracks generation and propagation as a result of the applied stress. The time-series of ac-conductivity at two distinct frequencies (10 kHz, 200 kHz) during linear loading of limestone samples exhibits a strong correlation with the acoustic emission activity obeying the same general self-similar law for critical phenomena that has been reported for the energy release before materials fracture.

  17. LEAD SORPTION ON RUTHENIUM OXIDE: A MACROSCOPIC AND SPECTROSCOPIC STUDY

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    Metal oxide phases play an important role in governing the sorption and desorption mechanisms of metals in water, soils, and sediments. Many researchers have examined the efficiency of Pb sorption on Mn, Fe, Al, Ti, and Si oxide surfaces. Most studies concluded that adsorption ...

  18. LEAD SORPTION ON RUTHENIUM OXIDE: A MACROSCOPIC AND SPECTROSCOPIC STUDY

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    Metal oxide phases play an important role in governing the sorption and desorption mechanisms of metals in water, soils, and sediments. Many researchers have examined the efficiency of Pb sorption on Mn, Fe, Al, Ti, and Si oxide surfaces. Most studies concluded that adsorption ...

  19. Optical spectroscopic studies of heme proteins at high pressure

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    Swanson, B.I.; Agnew, S.F.; Ondrias, M.R.; Alden, R.G.

    1986-01-22

    There has been considerable interest in studying the physical and chemical behavior of small molecules at high static pressure by using diamond-anvil cells. In contrast to the relatively rich chemistry now developing on small molecules at high densities, studies of metalloproteins have largely been limited to relatively low pressures (<7 kbar) using UV-vis absorption, magnetic susceptibility, or NMR spectroscopy. Low-pressure studies of a variety of oxidized heme proteins have conclusively shown evidence for spin-state changes for the iron site at pressures above 1 kbar. Optical absorption studies of reduced heme proteins, while not conclusive, have also been interpreted in terms of spin-state changes. Other changes within the heme pocket most notably in the proximal histidine in the ..beta..-chain of Hb via proton NMR, have also been detected. The molecular bases for these changes and the behavior of the heme electronic states at higher pressures, however, remain open questions. In this paper both resonance Raman and absorption spectroscopy are used to address these problems in reduced heme proteins. Resonance Raman scattering is well suited for this application as it provides a structurally specific probe of the heme active site. 11 references, 2 figures.

  20. Spectroscopic studies of the interfacial interactions between polymers and nanostructures

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    Sampson, William M.

    Optical and vibrational spectroscopies are used to study the interactions of various polymers with several nanoscopic materials. First, two new conjugated polymers manufactured by the Ferraris Group in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Texas at Dallas, poly [1,4-bis-2-ethylhexylmercapto]- p-phenylenevinylene (BEHM-PPV)and poly [1,4-bis-(2-ethylhexyl-sulfinyl)]- p-phenylenevinylene (BEHSO-PPV) are studied along with poly (2,5-bis (2'-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-p-phenylenevinylene) (BEH-PPV). It is found that the two sulphur containing polymers BEHM-PPV and BEHSO-PPV have a greater tendency to aggregate than does BEH-PPV, and also have bluer photoluminescence. These three polymers are then studied in composite with single walled carbon nanotubes where charge transfer occurs across the interface from the polymer to the nanotubes. These three polymers are studied in mixture with aggregated quantum dots, where it is seen that the quantum dot aggregation prevents significant interactions to occur. The energy transfer interaction between conjugated polymers and transparent, conducting multiwalled carbon nanotubes films is investigated. It is found that a coating of PEDOT-PSS between the nanotubes and conjugated polymer suppresses the quenching of photoluminescence. This effect is important for enhancement of electroluminescence of organic LED devices, in which MWCNT hole injectors are used instead of the usual ITO. The University of Texas developed peptide nano-1 has been shown to engage in charge transfer interactions with SWNTs and, perhaps more importantly, can enable self assembly of complex nanotube structures. Finally, poly [2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)- p-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV) and poly[3-hexyl thiophene] (P3HT) are studied in composite with titanium dioxide and an increase in the photoluminescence is seen, induced by interfacial interactions between the polymer and TiO 2. An explanation based on polaron mediated triplet to singlet exciton conversion

  1. Green-synthesis, characterization, photostability and polarity studies of novel Schiff base dyes using spectroscopic methods.

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    Marwani, Hadi M; Asiri, Abdullah M; Khan, Salman A

    2012-01-01

    Preparation, characterization, photostability and polarity studies of novel Schiff base dyes using spectroscopic methods were achieved. The Schiff base dyes were prepared by the reaction of salicylaldehyde/2-Hydroxy-1-naphthaldehyde with aminophenazone under microwave irradiation. The spectroscopic (FT-IR, 1H NMR, 13C-NMR, Mass) studies and elemental analyses were in good agreement with chemical structure of synthesized compounds. In addition, UV-Vis and fluorescence spectroscopic experiments showed that these dyes are good absorbent and fluorescent. Based on the photostability study of these dyes, minimal to no loss in fluorescence intensities of 4-[(2-Hydroxy-benzylidene)-amino] 1,5-dimethyl-2-phenyl-1,2-dihydro-pyrazol-3-one (D1) (6.14%) and 4-[(2-Hydroxy-naphthalen-1-ylmethylene)-amino]-1,5-dimethyl-2-phenyl-1,2-dihydro-pyrazol-3-one (D2) (2.95%) was observed with an increase in the exposure time using time-based fluorescence steady-state experiments. These studies also inferred that these Schiffbase dyes have a high photostability against photobleaching. In addition, Dye 2 is found to be more sensitive than Dye 1 to the polarity of the microenvironment provided by different solvents based on the results of fluorescence polarity studies.

  2. Magnetic resonance and optical spectroscopic studies of carotenoids

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    Kispert, L.D.

    1991-05-01

    It is our goal to study the role of a host lattice in the formation of radicals and excited singlet and triplet states that are relevant to photosynthesis. Particular emphasis is being placed on determining what is special about carotenoids that natural photosynthetic systems require them as antennae as well as for protection. We are thus manipulating the host matrix so as to understand the carotenoid function (protection, quenching, energy transfer and antenna) and the structure of carotenoid cations. To characterize their properties, we have carried out EPR, ENDOR, optical, molecular orbital and electrochemical studies of carotenoids and carotenoid cations produced chemically, electrochemically, radiolytically (x-ray irradiated freon matrices) and photolytically (solution photolysis by excimer radiation) as a function of the host matrix. 36 refs.

  3. Studies of tropical fruit ripening using three different spectroscopic techniques

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    Zhang, Hao; Huang, Jing; Li, Tianqi; Wu, Xiuxiang; Svanberg, Sune; Svanberg, Katarina

    2014-06-01

    We present a noninvasive method to study fruit ripening. The method is based on the combination of reflectance and fluorescence spectroscopies, as well as gas in scattering media absorption spectroscopy (GASMAS). Chlorophyll and oxygen are two of the most important constituents in the fruit ripening process. Reflectance and fluorescence spectroscopies were used to quantify the changes of chlorophyll and other chromophores. GASMAS, based on tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy, was used to measure free molecular oxygen in the fruit tissue at 760 nm, based on the fact that the free gases have much narrower spectral imprints than those of solid materials. The fruit maturation and ripening processes can be followed by studying the changes of chlorophyll and oxygen contents with these three techniques.

  4. Chemical and spectroscopic studies of metal oxide surfaces

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    Goodman, D.W.

    1996-05-01

    Thin oxide films (e.g., 5{endash}10 nm of SiO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, NiO, MgO) supported on a refractory metal substrate (e.g., Mo, W, Ta, Re) have been prepared by deposition of the oxide metal precursor in a background of oxygen. The thin-film nature of these samples facilitates investigation by an array of surface techniques, many of which cannot be effectively utilized on the corresponding bulk oxide. The structural, electronic, and chemical properties of these films have been studied with temperature programmed desorption, Auger electron spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ion scattering spectroscopy, high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy, and infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy. The results of these studies demonstrate the viability of using thin oxide films as models for the corresponding bulk oxide. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Vacuum Society}

  5. Photoelectron spectroscopic and computational study of hydrated pyrimidine anions.

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    Kelly, John T; Xu, Shoujun; Graham, Jacob; Nilles, J Michael; Radisic, Dunja; Buonaugurio, Angela M; Bowen, Kit H; Hammer, Nathan I; Tschumper, Gregory S

    2014-12-26

    The stabilization of the pyrimidine anion by the addition of water molecules is studied experimentally using photoelectron spectroscopy of mass-selected hydrated pyrimidine clusters and computationally using quantum-mechanical electronic structure theory. Although the pyrimidine molecular anion is not observed experimentally, the addition of a single water molecule is sufficient to impart a positive electron affinity. The sequential hydration data have been used to extrapolate to -0.22 eV for the electron affinity of neutral pyrimidine, which agrees very well with previous observations. These results for pyrimidine are consistent with previous studies of the hydrated cluster anions of uridine, cytidine, thymine, adenine, uracil, and naphthalene. This commonality suggests a universal effect of sequential hydration on the electron affinity of similar molecules.

  6. Spectroscopic Studies of Metal-Ligand-Surface Interactions

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    1988-10-01

    consistent with the deduced relative bonding strength in the different complexes. In the second study of the complexation of hydrazine, the Raman spectra of...hydrazine dimer. The assignments of the monomer bands in Figure 4 were deduced primarily by comparison of matrix wavenumbers with predicted wavenumbers...be deduced by referring to Figure 12. Hydrazine has a pair of inner and a pair of outer hydrogen-atom sites. Normally, substitution by another

  7. Spectroscopic and computational study of a new isomer of salinomycin

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    Pankiewicz, Radosław

    2013-09-01

    A new derivative of polyether ionophore salinomycin was obtained as a result of a rearrangement catalysed by sulphuric acid in two-phase medium of water/methylene chloride solution. The new isomer was fully characterized by multinuclear 2D NMR, NOESY and MALDI-TOF. The properties of the new compound were additionally study by semiempirical (PM5) and DFT (B3LYP) methods. A potential mechanism of the rearrangement was also proposed.

  8. Spectroscopic studies of model polar stratospheric cloud films

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    Tolbert, Margaret A.; Koehler, Birgit G.; Middlebrook, Ann M.

    1993-01-01

    Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy has been used to study nitric-acid/ice films representative of type I polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs). These studies reveal that in addition to amorphous nitric acid/ice mixtures, there are three stable stoichiometric hydrates of nitric acid: nitric-acid monohydrate (NAM), dihydrate (NAD), and trihydrate (NAT). We also observe two distinct crystalline forms of the trihydrate, which we denote alpha- and beta-NAT. These two forms appear to differ in their concentration of crystalline defects, but not in their chemical composition. In addition to probing the composition of type I PSCs, we have also used FTIR spectroscopy to study the interaction of HCl with model PSC films. In this work we find that for HCl pressures in the range 10 exp -5 to 10 exp -7 Torr, HCl is taken up by ice at 155 K to form a thin layer of HCl.6H2O. At 193 K, the uptake of HCl by ice was consistent with less than or equal to monolayer coverage. Uptake of HCl by alpha and beta-NAT at 175 K was also consistent with less than or equal to monolayer coverage.

  9. SPECTROSCOPIC STUDIES OF STRUCTURE, DYNAMICS AND REACTIVITY IN IONIC LIQUIDS.

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    WISHART,J.F.

    2007-11-30

    Ionic liquids (ILs) are a rapidly expanding family of condensed-phase media with important applications in energy production, nuclear fuel and waste processing, improving the efficiency and safety of industrial chemical processes, and pollution prevention. ILs are generally nonvolatile, noncombustible, highly conductive, recyclable and capable of dissolving a wide variety of materials. They are finding new uses in chemical synthesis, catalysis, separations chemistry, electrochemistry and other areas. Ionic liquids have dramatically different properties compared to conventional molecular solvents, and they provide a new and unusual environment to test our theoretical understanding of charge transfer and other reactions. We are interested in how IL properties influence physical and dynamical processes that determine the stability and lifetimes of reactive intermediates and thereby affect the courses of chemical reactions and product distributions. Successful use of ionic liquids in radiation-filled environments, where their safety advantages could be significant, requires an understanding of ionic liquid radiation chemistry. For example, characterizing the primary steps of IL radiolysis will reveal radiolytic degradation pathways and suggest ways to prevent them or mitigate their effects on the properties of the material. An understanding of ionic liquid radiation chemistry will also facilitate pulse radiolysis studies of general chemical reactivity in ILs, which will aid in the development of applications listed above. Very early in our radiolysis studies it became evident that slow solvation dynamics of the excess electron in ILs (which vary over a wide viscosity range) increases the importance of pre-solvated electron reactivity and consequently alters product distributions. Parallel studies of IL solvation phenomena using coumarin-153 dynamic Stokes shifts and polarization anisotropy decay rates are done to compare with electron solvation studies and to evaluate

  10. Excitation induced spectroscopic study and quenching effect in cerium samarium codoped lithium aluminoborate glasses

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    Kaur, Parvinder; Kaur, Simranpreet; Singh, Gurinder Pal; Arora, Deepawali; Kumar, Sunil; Singh, D. P.

    2016-08-01

    Lithium aluminium borate host has been codoped with cerium and samarium to prepare glass by conventional melt quench technique. Their structural and spectroscopic investigation has been carried out using XRD, FTIR and density measurements. The UV-Vis absorption spectra and fluorescence spectra (λexc.=380 nm and 400 nm) have been studied for spectroscopic analysis. The amorphous nature of the prepared samples is shown by XRD. The density is increasing with addition of cerium at the expense of aluminium, keeping other components constant. FTIR study also shows the presence of compact and stable tetrahedral BO4 units thus supporting the density results. The UV- Vis absorption spectra show a shift of optical absorption edge towards longer wavelength along with an increase in intensity of peaks with rising samarium concentration. The fluorescence spectra show a blue shift and subsequent suppression of cerium peaks with addition of samarium.

  11. Molecular interactions in ethyl acetate-chlorobenzene binary solution: Dielectric, spectroscopic studies and quantum chemical calculations

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    Karthick, N. K.; Kumbharkhane, A. C.; Joshi, Y. S.; Mahendraprabu, A.; Shanmugam, R.; Elangovan, A.; Arivazhagan, G.

    2017-05-01

    Dielectric studies using Time Domain Reflectometry method has been carried out on the binary solution of Ethyl acetate (EA) with Chlorobenzene (CBZ) over the entire composition range. Spectroscopic (FTIR and 13C NMR) signatures of neat EA, CBZ and their equimolar binary solution have also been recorded. The results of the spectroscopic studies favour the presence of (CBZ) Csbnd H ⋯ Odbnd C (EA), (EA) methylene Csbnd H ⋯ π electrons (CBZ) and (EA) methyl Csbnd H ⋯ Cl (CBZ) contacts which have been validated using quantum chemical calculations. Dimerization of CBZ has been identified. Presence of β-clusters has been identified in all the solutions. Although EA and CBZ molecules have nearly equal molar volumes, CBZ molecules experience larger hindrance for the rotation than EA molecules. Very small excess dielectric constant (εE) values may be correlated with weak heteromolecular forces and/or closed heteromolecular association.

  12. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopic Studies of Small Pure Carbon Clusters

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    Kranze, Richard Harlow

    1996-01-01

    Fourier transform infrared studies of small pure carbon linear chains have been carried out by trapping the products of the vacuum ultraviolet photolysis of 2 -methyl-1,3,-butadiene and by the high temperature evaporation of graphite, in solid Ar at 10 K. Isotopic data obtained for each of the species studied enabled the unambiguous assignments. Comparison of these assignments with theoretical calculations yielded very good agreement. The results of the presented research have resulted in new information on two pure carbon linear chains, C _5 and C_9, and have cleared up considerable confusion surrounding previous assignments to the linear C_6 carbon cluster. In the course of the C_9 study, however, it was also determined that in certain circumstances extreme care must be taken when making assignments based on isotopic substitutions. The v_4(sigma_{u }) antisymmetric stretch at 1446.6 cm ^{-1} of the linear C_5 carbon cluster has been identified for the first time by the analysis of isotopic data. This assignment agrees well with the predicted frequencies of both Botschwina and Sebald (1989) and Ewing and Shavitt (1992). Several isotopic bands belonging to the v_3(sigma u) antisymmetric stretch were also reassigned as a result of the better resolution available in the present study. Both the v_4(sigma_ {u}) and v_5(sigma u) assignments for the linear C_6 carbon cluster were confirmed through the analysis of isotopic data. Prior to publication of this work, it had been suggested by Neumark et al. (1993) that the assignments particularly for v_5( sigmau) were incorrect on the basis of force constant adjustment calculations. However, publication of the present work with the isotopic evidence, which definitively proved that the proposed assignments were correct, Neumark et al. agreed and concluded their difficulty resulted from the large anharmonicity involved with the v_5(sigma_{u }) mode. A second antisymmetric stretch, v_7( sigmau), for the linear C_9 cluster has

  13. Spectroscopic studies of the molecular imprinting self-assembly process.

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    Svenson, J; Andersson, H S; Piletsky, S A; Nicholls, I A

    1998-01-01

    A method for the rapid estimation of the extent of complex formation in molecular imprinting prepolymerization mixtures is described. By the use of a UV spectroscopy titration procedure, apparent binding constants for such self-assembly processes have been obtained. This method was used for comparison of the interactions between a dipeptide template (N-acetyl-L-phenylalaninyl-L-tryptophanyl methyl ester) and the functional monomer methacrylic acid, and the monomer analogues acetic acid and trifluoroacetic acid. The importance of template-monomer association during the molecular imprinting prepolymerization phase is discussed with respect to the systems studied.

  14. Fourier transform Raman spectroscopic studies of human and animal skins

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    Barry, Brian W.; Edwards, Howell G.; Williams, Adrian C.

    1994-01-01

    The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the skin and provides the principal barrier for the ingress of chemicals and environmental toxins into human and animal tissues. However, human skin has several advantages for the administration of therapeutic agents (transdermal drug delivery), but problems occur with the supply, storage, and biohazardous nature of human tissue. Hence, alternative animal tissues have been prepared to model drug diffusion across human skin but the molecular basis for comparison is lacking. Here, FT-Raman spectra of mammalian (human and pig) and reptilian (snake) skins have been obtained and the structural dissimilarities are correlated with drug diffusion studies across the tissues.

  15. Electrochemical and spectroscopic studies of fuel cell reactions

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    Shao, Minhua

    Fuel cells, especially proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) are expected soon to become a major source of clean energy. However, the sluggish kinetics of the fuel cell reactions, i.e., the fuel oxidation and oxygen reduction, hinders the wide-spread application of PEMFCs. These problems prompted our studies to focus on elucidating the nature of the reaction intermediates during the oxidation of fuels and the reduction of oxygen on electrocatalysts, and understanding the mechanisms of these reactions. The results from these studies will provide basic information for designing new electrocatalysts. In this dissertation, the oxidation reactions of ethanol and dimethyl ether (DME) on Pt were investigated by the surface enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy with an attenuated total reflection configuration (ATR-SEIRAS). Various reaction intermediates were detected and their electrochemical behaviors were studied. We also benefited from advantages of the ATR-SEIRAS technique and observed superoxide anion (O2-) and hydrogen peroxide anion (H2-) as the intermediates in the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) on Pt and Au electrodes for the first time. The other main goal of this study is design of new electrocatalysts for ORR with low cost and high activity. Two novel electrocatalysts were developed. One is Pt monolayer electrocatalysts consisting of a Pt monolayer formed by a red-ox replacement of the Cu monolayer by Pt atoms on non-noble metal-noble metal core-shell nanoparticles. In such catalyst, the total noble mass activity of the catalyst was 2--6 times larger that of commercial Pt catalyst. Another way of lowering the cost of catalysts and enhancing the ORR activity involves alloying less expensive noble metals with other non-noble elements. In this dissertation, the nano-structured Pd based alloy electrocatalysts have been explored. The results showed that their ORR activities surpass that of commercial Pt. The density functional theory (DFT) calculations

  16. Mössbauer spectroscopic study of iron-chelate trammels

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    Pal, Sangita; Meena, S. S.; Ningthoujam, R. S.; Goswami, D.

    2014-04-01

    Any kind of waste effluent in the Indian context and other countries contains a lot of iron in any ore. During mining, milling, extraction and purification process iron acts as contaminant towards other metal's purity. It is essential to remove iron to the maximum extent. In this case, an "IN-HOUSE" resin polyacrylamidehydroxamic acid (PHOA) has been designed and developed which is highly hydrophilic three dimensionally cross-linked. It has an excellent iron binding capacity with almost no leaching. Interaction of resin with ammonium ferrous sulphate and red-mod (Fe2O3) is studied using Mössbauer spectroscopy.

  17. Raman and infrared spectroscopic study of turquoise minerals.

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    Čejka, Jiří; Sejkora, Jiří; Macek, Ivo; Malíková, Radana; Wang, Lina; Scholz, Ricardo; Xi, Yunfei; Frost, Ray L

    2015-10-05

    Raman and infrared spectra of three well-defined turquoise samples, CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8·4H2O, from Lavender Pit, Bisbee, Cochise county, Arizona; Kouroudaiko mine, Faleme river, Senegal and Lynch Station, Virginia were studied, interpreted and compared. Observed Raman and infrared bands were assigned to the stretching and bending vibrations of phosphate tetrahedra, water molecules and hydroxyl ions. Approximate O-H⋯O hydrogen bond lengths were inferred from the Raman and infrared spectra. No Raman and infrared bands attributable to the stretching and bending vibrations of (PO3OH)(2-) units were observed.

  18. Raman and infrared spectroscopic study of turquoise minerals

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    Čejka, Jiří; Sejkora, Jiří; Macek, Ivo; Malíková, Radana; Wang, Lina; Scholz, Ricardo; Xi, Yunfei; Frost, Ray L.

    2015-10-01

    Raman and infrared spectra of three well-defined turquoise samples, CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8·4H2O, from Lavender Pit, Bisbee, Cochise county, Arizona; Kouroudaiko mine, Faleme river, Senegal and Lynch Station, Virginia were studied, interpreted and compared. Observed Raman and infrared bands were assigned to the stretching and bending vibrations of phosphate tetrahedra, water molecules and hydroxyl ions. Approximate O-H⋯O hydrogen bond lengths were inferred from the Raman and infrared spectra. No Raman and infrared bands attributable to the stretching and bending vibrations of (PO3OH)2- units were observed.

  19. Vibrational spectroscopic studies of adsorbates on bimetallic surfaces. Doctoral thesis

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    Kuhn, W.K.

    1992-12-01

    In this work, well-defined bimetallic surfaces have been studied using carbon monoxide adsorption in conjunction with infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRAS). These studies have indicated that for CO adsorbed on Cu overlayers, the bond between the CO and the Cu adatoms is comprised of both pi-back-donation and polarization interaction components. The sum of the contributions from these effects determines the observed bond strength with the observed CO stretching frequency being determined by the relative contributions of the components. In addition, it was determined that IR spectra of adsorbed CO show a remarkable sensitivity to surface structure. Three-dimensional Cu clusters, well-ordered two dimensional Cu islands and isolated Cu atoms are distinctively characterized by their CO IR peaks. In addition, both disorder-order and order-order transitions are observed for the metal overlayers on the single crystal metal substrates. It was also observed that localized segregation and ordering of mixed Co and S overlayers on a Mo(110) substrate occurs upon annealing.

  20. Ligand exchange in quaternary alloyed nanocrystals--a spectroscopic study.

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    Gabka, Grzegorz; Bujak, Piotr; Giedyk, Kamila; Kotwica, Kamil; Ostrowski, Andrzej; Malinowska, Karolina; Lisowski, Wojciech; Sobczak, Janusz W; Pron, Adam

    2014-11-14

    Exchange of initial, predominantly stearate ligands for pyridine in the first step and butylamine (BA) or 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (MUA) in the second one was studied for alloyed quaternary Cu-In-Zn-S nanocrystals. The NMR results enabled us to demonstrate, for the first time, direct binding of the pyridine labile ligand to the nanocrystal surface as evidenced by paramagnetic shifts of the three signals attributed to its protons to 7.58, 7.95 and 8.75 ppm. XPS investigations indicated, in turn, a significant change in the composition of the nanocrystal surface upon the exchange of initial ligands for pyridine, which being enriched in indium in the 'as prepared' form became enriched in zinc after pyridine binding. This finding indicated that the first step of ligand exchange had to involve the removal of the surface layer enriched in indium with simultaneous exposure of a new, zinc-enriched layer. In the second ligand exchange step (replacement of pyridine with BA or MUA) the changes in the nanocrystal surface compositions were much less significant. The presence of zinc in the nanocrystal surface layer turned out necessary for effective binding of pyridine as shown by a comparative study of ligand exchange in Cu-In-Zn-S, Ag-In-Zn-S and CuInS2, carried out by complementary XPS and NMR investigations.

  1. Vibrational spectroscopic studies of Isoleucine by quantum chemical calculations.

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    Moorthi, P P; Gunasekaran, S; Ramkumaar, G R

    2014-04-24

    In this work, we reported a combined experimental and theoretical study on molecular structure, vibrational spectra and NBO analysis of Isoleucine (2-Amino-3-methylpentanoic acid). The optimized molecular structure, vibrational frequencies, corresponding vibrational assignments, thermodynamics properties, NBO analyses, NMR chemical shifts and ultraviolet-visible spectral interpretation of Isoleucine have been studied by performing MP2 and DFT/cc-pVDZ level of theory. The FTIR, FT-Raman spectra were recorded in the region 4000-400 cm(-1) and 3500-50 cm(-1) respectively. The UV-visible absorption spectra of the compound were recorded in the range of 200-800 nm. Computational calculations at MP2 and B3LYP level with basis set of cc-pVDZ is employed in complete assignments of Isoleucine molecule on the basis of the potential energy distribution (PED) of the vibrational modes, calculated using VEDA-4 program. The calculated wavenumbers are compared with the experimental values. The difference between the observed and calculated wavenumber values of most of the fundamentals is very small. (13)C and (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance chemical shifts of the molecule were calculated using the gauge independent atomic orbital (GIAO) method and compared with experimental results. The formation of hydrogen bond was investigated in terms of the charge density by the NBO calculations. Based on the UV spectra and TD-DFT calculations, the electronic structure and the assignments of the absorption bands were carried out. Besides, molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) were investigated using theoretical calculations.

  2. Raman spectroscopic study of Lactarius spores (Russulales, Fungi)

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    De Gussem, Kris; Vandenabeele, Peter; Verbeken, Annemieke; Moens, Luc

    2005-10-01

    Fungi are important organisms in ecosystems, in industrial and pharmaceutical production and are valuable food sources as well. Classical identification is often time-consuming and specialistic. In this study, Raman spectroscopy is applied to the analysis of fungal spores of Lactarius, an economically and ecologically important genus of Basidiomycota. Raman spectra of spores of Lactarius controversus Pers.: Fr., Lactarius lacunarum (Romagn.) ex Hora, Lactarius quieticolor Romagn. and Lactarius quietus (Fr.: Fr.) Fr. are reported for the first time. The spectra of these species show large similarity. These spectra are studied and compared with the Raman spectra of reference substances known to occur in macrofungi, including saccharides, lipids and some minor compounds that may serve as specific biomarkers (adenine, ergosterol and glycine). Most Raman bands could be attributed to specific components. In agreement with the biological role of fungal spores, high amounts of lipids were observed, the main fatty acid being oleate. In addition to different types of lipids and phospholipids, the polysaccharides chitin and amylopectin could be detected as well. The presence of trehalose is not equivocally shown, due to overlapping bands. Raman band positions are reported for the observed bands of the different species and reference products.

  3. Spectroscopic Studies on the Molecular Ageing of Serum Albumin.

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    Chudzik, Mariola; Maciążek-Jurczyk, Małgorzata; Pawełczak, Bartosz; Sułkowska, Anna

    2016-12-27

    Pathological states in the organism, e.g., renal or hepatic diseases, cataract, dysfunction of coronary artery, diabetes mellitus, and also intensive workout, induce the structural modification of proteins called molecular ageing or N-A isomerization. The aim of this study was to analyze the structural changes of serum albumin caused by alkaline ageing using absorption, spectrofluorescence, and circular dichroism spectroscopy. The N-A isomerization generates significant changes in bovine (BSA) and human (HSA) serum albumin subdomains-the greatest changes were observed close to the tryptophanyl (Trp) and tyrosyl (Tyr) residue regions while a smaller change was observed in phenyloalanine (Phe) environment. Moreover, the changes in the polarity of the Trp neighborhood as well as the impact of the ageing process on α-helix, β-sheet content, and albumin molecule rotation degree have been analyzed. Based on the spectrofluorescence study, the alterations in metoprolol binding affinity to the specific sites that increase the toxicity of the drug were investigated.

  4. Photoacoustic FTIR spectroscopic study of undisturbed nacre from red abalone

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    Verma, Devendra; Katti, Kalpana; Katti, Dinesh

    2006-07-01

    In this work, photoacoustic Fourier transform infrared (PA-FTIR) spectroscopy has been utilized to study interfacial interactions of undisturbed nacre and nacre powder from red abalone shell. The spectra of both undisturbed nacre and nacre powder showed characteristic bands of aragonite and proteins. Although nacre powder and undisturbed nacre are chemically identical, PA-FTIR spectrum of undisturbed nacre is found to be significantly different from that of nacre powder. A broad and strong band is observed at around 1485 cm -1 in nacre powder. The intensity of this band is notably reduced in undisturbed nacre. This result is explained on the basis of interfacial interactions between aragonite platelets and acidic proteins. It is also observed that band at around 1788 cm -1 originates from three overlapping bands 1797, 1787 and 1778 cm -1. The band at around 1787 cm -1 is assigned to C dbnd O stretching of carboxylate groups of acidic proteins. The other two bands at 1797 and 1778 cm -1, originate from aragonite and have been assigned to combination bands, ν 3 + ν 4a and ν 3 + ν 4b, respectively. For the study of stratification in undisturbed nacre, PA-FTIR spectra have been collected in step scan mode. The variation in spectra with depth can be attributed to changes in conformation of proteins as well as interfacial interactions.

  5. [Infrared spectroscopic study on leaf senescence of evergreen tree].

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    Li, Lun; Zhou, Xiang-Ping; Liu, Gang; Zhang, Li; Ou, Quan-Hong; Hao, Jian-Ming

    2013-02-01

    In order to investigate plant physiological process of leaf senescence and aging, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy was used to study the young, mature, and old yellow leaves from seven species of evergreen trees. The spectra of the leaves from different growing period are different in the region of 1 800-700 cm(-1). The absorption ratios A1 070/A2 927, A1 070/A1 160 were used to evaluate the relative changes of polysaccharides, and A1 318/A2 922 was used to estimate the change of calcium oxalate during leaf senescence. Decomposition and curve-fitting analysis was performed in the region of 1 800 -1 500 cm(-1). The sub-band absorption ratio H1 650/H1 740 was used to evaluate the relative changes of protein in the leaves. The results show that the accumulation and mobilization of polysaccharides, protein, and calcium oxalate during leaf growing period were different in different plant species. This study demonstrates the potential of mid-infrared spectroscopy for investigation of plants senescence, as well as physiological and biochemical changes of plants.

  6. Multinuclear nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic study of cartilage proteoglycans

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    Lerner, L.

    1985-01-01

    Hyaline cartilage is a composite material whose major function is to withstand compression while retaining flexibility. Its mechanical properties are affected by tissue hydration and ionic composition. Models of the mechanical behavior of cartilage have incorporated certain assumptions about the interactions of the major components of cartilage: collagen, proteoglycans, water, and cations. To determine the validity of these assumption, the authors have used nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). Two approaches have been used: (a) natural abundance carbon-13 NMR; and (b) NMR of sodium-23, potassium-39, magnesium-25, and calcium-43. Evidence from studies in intact tissues are reinforced by extensive measurements on solutions of proteoglycans and other relevant macromolecules. Based on the measurements of NMR relaxation rates and lineshapes reported here, it is concluded that neither sodium nor potassium interact strongly with bovine nasal proteoglycan aggregates or their substituent glycosaminoglycan chains in solution. Proteoglycans do bind magnesium and calcium. Therefore there is a qualitative difference between monovalent and divalent cations, which is not taken into account by polyelectrolyte models or models for the ionic dependence of mechanical properties. Cation binding to heparin, which has a higher charge density than cartilage proteoglycans, was also studied. The results presented here establish that heparin binds sodium, magnesium, and calcium.

  7. Spectroscopic, structural and drug docking studies of carbocysteine

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    Manivannan, M.; Rajeshwaran, K.; Govindhan, R.; Karthikeyan, B.

    2017-09-01

    Carbocysteine or carbocisteine having the empirical formula C5H9NO4S,is one of the most therapeutically prescribed expectorant, sold under the brand name viz., Mucodyne (UK and India), Rhinathiol and Mucolite. In pediatric respiratory pathology, it can relieve the symptoms of obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchiectasis. On the consideration of its extensive pharmaceutical usage and medicinal value, we have investigated its chemical structure and composition by employing various spectral techniques like 1H, 13C NMR, FT-IR,Raman, UV-Visible spectroscopy and powder X-ray diffraction method. Density Functional Theoretical (DFT) studies on its electronic structure is also carried out. Drug docking studies were carried out to ascertain the nature of molecular interaction with the biological protein system. Furthermore theoretical Raman spectrum of this molecule has been computed and compared with the experimental Raman spectrum. The forbidden energy gap between its frontier molecular orbitals, viz., HOMO-LUMO is calculated and correlated with its observed λmax value. Atomic orbitals which are mainly contributes to the frontier molecular orbitals were identified. Molecular electrostatic potential diagram has been mapped to explain its chemical activity. Based on the results, a suitable mechanism of its protein binding mode and drug action has been discussed.

  8. Theoretical spectroscopic study of protonated and deuteronated PAHs

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    Buragohain, Mridusmita; Pathak, Amit

    The study of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) plays a key role to understand astrophysical environments as they are ubiquitous in the Interstellar Medium (ISM). They account for about 5-10% of carbon budget in the universe and are responsible for the strong IR emission features at 3.3, 6.2, 7.7, 8.6, 11.2 and 12.7mum seen towards most of the interstellar objects including HII regions, reflection nebulae, planetary nebulae, late-type stars, as well as active star-forming regions. These IR features result from the relaxation of vibrationally excited PAHs. As PAHs are stable enough to survive the interstellar conditions, they could possibly be responsible for the enigmatic Diffuse Interstellar Bands (DIBs) which are optical absorption features on the interstellar extinction curve. The fact that interstellar PAHs are more likely to be ions has motivated the study of radical PAHs. Protonated PAHs formed by H(+) addition to neutral parent molecules, denoted as HPAH(+) , are an important form of closed shell PAH cation. Protonated forms show electronic transitions in the visible part of the spectrum where most DIBs are present, whereas neutral forms generally show their strongest electronic transitions in the UV region. We also report quantum chemical calculations on HPAH(+) and DPAH(+) (D(+) attached to PAH) to get the electronic and IR spectra to understand the IR emission and DIB features. A comparison of theoretical spectra with the available experimental spectra has also been carried out.

  9. Kinetic and Spectroscopic Studies of Heterogeneous Catalytic Reactions

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    Wilke, Todd E.

    1990-01-01

    The selective oxidation of ethylene was studied on a high surface area colloidal silver catalyst. In 0.1 to 1 torr of 20% ethylene in oxygen, the catalyst produced ethylene oxide with a selectivity of 20 to 30% at temperatures between 473 and 573 K. Surface-enhanced Raman (SER) spectra exhibited a distinct feature at 995 cm^ {-1}. This band was also observed for catalysts exposed to just oxygen, and it shifted to 980 cm^{-1} after heating the catalyst to 873 K in ^{18} O_2. No isotopic shift was observed with ^{18}O _2 at temperatures below 573 K. Similar spectral results were obtained at atmospheric pressure. For silver catalysts that contain adsorbed chlorine, SER bands were observed at 240, 1015, and 1045 cm^ {-1} in oxygen-containing atmospheres; the 995 cm^{-1} band was not evident. The extension of SERS to other metals that do not exhibit the surface-enhanced effect was examined by electrodepositing thin layers (2 to 3 monolayers) of platinum, rhodium, and ruthenium on a roughened gold substrate. At atmospheric pressure and temperatures between 298 and 473 K, metal-oxygen features were observed at 500 cm ^{-1}, and 490 and 600 cm ^{-1} in SER spectra of rhodium and ruthenium surfaces exposed to oxygen, respectively. Bands attributed to adsorbed carbon monoxide were observed in SER spectra of platinum (470, 2060, 390, and 1890 cm ^{-1}) and rhodium (465 and 2040 cm^{-1}) surfaces exposed to carbon monoxide and oxygen mixtures. The temporal replacement of adsorbed carbon monoxide by nitric oxide as well as temperature-induced changes in the surface composition were studied on a seconds timescale with a spectrograph -charge coupled device detector arrangement. The adsorption and oxidation of sulfur dioxide was also studied. A band assigned to the S-O stretch of molecularly adsorbed sulfur dioxide was observed at 1130 cm^{-1} on unmodified gold and platinum-coated gold surfaces exposed to sulfur dioxide at 298 K. Dissociative chemisorption of sulfur dioxide on

  10. Negative ion photoelectron spectroscopic studies of transition metal cluster

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    Marcy, Timothy Paul

    The studies reported in this thesis were performed using a negative ion photoelectron spectrometer consisting of a cold cathode DC discharge ion source, a flowing afterglow ion-molecule reactor, a magnetic sector mass analyzer, an argon ion laser for photodetachment and a hemispherical electron kinetic energy analyzer and microchannel plate detector for photoelectron spectrum generation. The 476.5 nm (2.601 eV), 488.0 nm (2.540 eV) and 514.5 nm (2.410 eV) negative ion photoelectron spectra of VMn are reported and compared to the previously studied spectra of isoelectronic Cr2.1 The photoelectron spectra are remarkably similar to those of Cr2 in electron affinity and vibrational frequencies. The 488.0 nm photoelectron spectra and electron affinities of Nb n- (n = 1 - 9) are reported with discussion of observed vibrational structure. There are transitions to several electronic states of Nb2 in the reported spectra with overlapping vibrational progressions. The spectra of Nb3, Nb4 and Nb6 show partially resolved vibrational structure in the transitions to the lowest observed electronic state of each cluster. There is a single distinct active vibrational mode in the transition to the ground state of Nb8. Spin-orbit energies of Nb- are also reported. The 488.0 nm negative ion photoelectron spectra of Nb3H(D) are reported and compared to those of Nb3. There is a single vibrational mode active in the spectra of Nb3H(D) which is very similar to the most distinct mode active in the spectrum of Nb3. The 488.0 nm photoelectron spectra of the NbxCyH(D) y- (x = 1, 2, 3, y = 2, 4, 6) dehydrogenated products of the reactions of ethylene with niobium cluster anions are reported. Temperature studies of some of these species give evidence for the presence of multiple isomers of each molecule in the ion beam. The spectra of NbC6H(D) 6 are identical to those obtained from the reactions of benzene with niobium clusters and indicate that benzene is being formed from ethylene in the flow

  11. Spectroscopic STM studies of single gold(III) porphyrin molecules.

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    Müllegger, Stefan; Schöfberger, Wolfgang; Rashidi, Mohammad; Reith, Lorenz M; Koch, Reinhold

    2009-12-16

    Low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, a well-established technique for single-molecule investigations in an ultrahigh vacuum environment, has been used to study the electronic properties of Au(III) 5,10,15,20-tetraphenylporphyrin (AuTPP) molecules on Au(111) at the submolecular scale. AuTPP serves as a model system for chemotherapeutically relevant Au(III) porphyrins. For the first time, real-space images and local scanning tunneling spectroscopy data of the frontier molecular orbitals of AuTPP are presented. A comparison with results from density functional theory reveals significant deviations from gas-phase behavior due to a non-negligible molecule/substrate interaction. We identify the oxidation state of the central metal ion in the adsorbed AuTPP as Au(3+).

  12. Raman spectroscopic study of plasma-treated salmon DNA

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    Lee, Geon Joon; Kim, Yong Hee; Choi, Eun Ha; Kwon, Young-Wan

    2013-01-14

    In this research, we studied the effect of plasma treatment on the optical/structural properties of the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) extracted from salmon sperm. DNA-cetyltrimethylammonium (CTMA) films were obtained by complexation of DNA with CTMA. Circular dichroism (CD) and Raman spectra indicated that DNA retained its double helical structure in the solid film. The Raman spectra exhibited several vibration modes corresponding to the nuclear bases and the deoxyribose-phosphate backbones of the DNA, as well as the alkylchains of CTMA. Dielectric-barrier-discharge (DBD) plasma treatment induced structural modification and damage to the DNA, as observed by changes in the ultraviolet-visible absorption, CD, and Raman spectra. The optical emission spectra of the DBD plasma confirmed that DNA modification was induced by plasma ions such as reactive oxygen species and reactive nitrogen species.

  13. Spectroscopic structural studies of salicylic acid, salicylamide and aspirin

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    El-Shahawy, Anwar S.

    The electronic absorption spectra of the salicylic acid and the salicylamide molecules have been studied using SCF—CL calculations. The singlet and the triplet electronic transition energies have been calculated. The state functions of eight excited states for these molecules have been calculated in addition to the oscillator strengths, charge densities, ionization potentials and electron affinities. Our calculations lead to the presence of salicylic acid and salicylamide in the β-forms in which the carboxylic hydroxyl group or the amino group is directed toward the enolic hydroxyl group. The salicylic acid and the salicylamide molecules have the Cs point group symmetry, but the aspirin molecule has the C1 point group symmetry, in which the acetyl group does not lie in the plane of the salicylic acid molecule.

  14. Raman and infrared spectroscopic study of kamphaugite-(Y)

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    Frost, Ray L.; López, Andrés; Scholz, Ricardo

    2015-05-01

    We have studied the carbonate mineral kamphaugite-(Y)(CaY(CO3)2(OH)·H2O), a mineral which contains yttrium and specific rare earth elements. Chemical analysis shows the presence of Ca, Y and C. Back scattering SEM appears to indicate a single pure phase. The vibrational spectroscopy of kamphaugite-(Y) was obtained using a combination of Raman and infrared spectroscopy. Two distinct Raman bands observed at 1078 and 1088 cm-1 provide evidence for the non-equivalence of the carbonate anion in the kamphaugite-(Y) structure. Such a concept is supported by the number of bands assigned to the carbonate antisymmetric stretching mode. Multiple bands in the ν4 region offers further support for the non-equivalence of carbonate anions in the structure. Vibrational spectroscopy enables aspects of the structure of the mineral kamphaugite-(Y) to be assessed.

  15. Mechanism of Arsenic Adsorption Using Wheat Biomass -- a spectroscopic study

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    Calvo, Oscar; Manciu, Felicia; Maldonado, Josefina; Gardea-Torresdey, Jorge

    2006-10-01

    Arsenic is a trace element that is toxic to animals, humans included. Since the current Environmental Protection Agency guidelines regarding water quality standards indicate that arsenic concentrations in excess of 50 ppb are hazardous to welfare of humans, the search for new water remediation methods or improvements of previous methods have been a focus in environmental technology. Investigations of arsenic uptake have used wide range of sorbents including iron oxides and oxyhydroxides, for which it have been proved that arsenic shows high affinity. In this study, we used far-infrared spectroscopy to examine the arsenic reduction using biomaterials. pH dependence analysis by FTIR demonstrates the sorption of iron oxides and oxyhydroxides by the wheat biomass. The splitting of 350 cm-1 amorphous iron oxide vibrations is a direct proof of the arsenic uptake. In addition, there is evidence of sorption of arsenic at sulfhydryl group of cysteine existent in wheat.

  16. Enhanced Raman spectroscopic study of rotational isomers on metal surfaces

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    Loo, B. H.; Lee, Y. G.; Frazier, D. O.

    1986-01-01

    Surfaced-enhanced Raman spectroscopy has been used to study rotational isomers of succinonitrile and N-methyl-thioacetamide on Cu and Ag surfaces. Both the gauche and trans conformers of succinonitrile are found to chemisorb on the metal surface. The doubly degenerate nu(C-triple bond-N) in the free molecules is removed when succinonitrile adsorbs on copper, which indicates that the two (C-triple bond-N) groups are no longer chemically equivalent. Both conformers are found to coordinate to the copper surface through the pi system of one of the two (C-triple bond-N) groups. In the case of N-methyl-thioacetamide, the population of the cis isomer is greatly increased on Cu and Ag surfaces. This is probably due to surface-induced cis-trans isomerization, in which the predominant trans isomer is converted to the cis isomer.

  17. Spectroscopic Study of Sediments from Chapala Lake in Western Mexico

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    Arízaga, G. G. Carbajal; Doumer, M. E.; Lucio, G. Álvarez; Salazar, S. Gómez; Mangrich, A. S.; Huerta, A. García

    2016-11-01

    The first 10 cm of sediment from Lake Chapala, Western Mexico are in constant activity related to the exchange and speciation of metal cations. Samples of this sediment were analyzed in electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) equipment to study the paramagnetic metals. Assays indicated that only Fe3+ was present in a detectable amount. This cation, along with chemical fractions of sediment obtained by sequential extraction, was analyzed by EPR. The analysis supported by infrared data revealed that Fe3+ was present in diluted and concentrated domains. Easily exchangeable iron was retained by carbonyl groups in organic matter. The carbonate fraction and oxides contained iron in concentrated domains. The alumina-silicate fraction (that resisted the sequential extraction digestions) presented diluted domains of iron in the octahedral alumina sheet along with occlusions of concentrated domains. This last inference was obtained by comparing EPR results against the spectrum of iron in synthetic model clay.

  18. Computational and vibrational spectroscopic studies of ipratropium bromide.

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    Ali, H R H; Edwards, H G M; Kendrick, J; Scowen, I J

    2009-02-01

    In this study, ipratropium bromide is investigated using vibrational spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations. The structure of ipratropium bromide was optimised using density functional theory calculations and the geometry optimisation has been carried out on two conformations with and without intramolecular hydrogen bonding. Infrared and Raman spectra were calculated from the optimised structures. Many modes in the calculated spectra could be matched with the experimental spectra and a description of the modes is given. By analysis of the theoretical vibrational modes, it is shown that ipratropium bromide specimens are likely to be a mixture of the two conformations with and without intramolecular hydrogen bonding. In addition, several spectral features and band intensities in the CH and OH stretching regions are explained. Quantum mechanical calculations allowed improved understanding of ipratropium bromide and its vibrational spectra.

  19. Spectroscopic study of low-temperature hydrogen absorption in palladium

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    Ienaga, K. Takata, H.; Onishi, Y.; Inagaki, Y.; Kawae, T.; Tsujii, H.; Kimura, T.

    2015-01-12

    We report real-time detection of hydrogen (H) absorption in metallic palladium (Pd) nano-contacts immersed in liquid H{sub 2} using inelastic electron spectroscopy (IES). After introduction of liquid H{sub 2}, the spectra exhibit the time evolution from the pure Pd to the Pd hydride, indicating that H atoms are absorbed in Pd nano-contacts even at the temperature where the thermal process is not expected. The IES time and bias voltage dependences show that H absorption develops by applying bias voltage 30 ∼ 50 mV, which can be explained by quantum tunneling. The results represent that IES is a powerful method to study the kinetics of high density H on solid surface.

  20. A spectroscopic study of the blue stragglers in M67

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    Liu, G. Q.; Deng, L.; Chávez, M.; Bertone, E.; Davo, A. Herrero; Mata-Chávez, M. D.

    2008-10-01

    Based on spectrophotometric observations from the Guillermo Haro Observatory (Cananea, Mexico), a study of the spectral properties of the complete sample of 24 blue straggler stars (BSs) in the old Galactic open cluster M67 (NGC 2682) is presented. All spectra, calibrated using spectral standards, were recalibrated by means of photometric magnitudes in the Beijing-Arizona-Taipei-Connecticut system, which includes fluxes in 11 bands covering ~3500-10000 Å. The set of parameters was obtained using two complementary approaches that rely on a comparison of the spectra with (i) an empirical sample of stars with well-established spectral types and (ii) a theoretical grid of optical spectra computed at both low and high resolution. The overall results indicate that the BSs in M67 span a wide range in Teff(~ 5600 -12600 K) and surface gravities that are fully compatible with those expected for main-sequence objects (log g = 3.5 -5.0 dex).

  1. Identification and derivatization of selected cathinones by spectroscopic studies.

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    Nycz, Jacek E; Pazdziorek, Tadeusz; Malecki, Grzegorz; Szala, Marcin

    2016-09-01

    In this study we identified three novel hydrochloride salts of cathinones 2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)-1-(5,6,7,8-tetrahydronaphthalen-2-yl)pentan-1-one (1a) (TH-PVP), 2-(methylamino)-1-(2-methylphenyl)-1-propanone (1b) (2-MMC) and 1-(4-chlorophenyl)-2-(methylamino)propan-1-one (1c) (4-CMC). Their properties have been examined through combinations of GC-MS, IR, NMR, electronic absorption spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray diffraction method. NMR solution spectra showed readily diagnostic H-1 and C-13 signals from methyl, N-methyl and carbonyl groups. Additionally the use of thionation and amination reactions for identification of selected cathinones was presented.

  2. Micro-Ft Spectroscopic Studies of Breast Tissues

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    Anastassopoulou, J.; Arapantoni, P.; Boukaki, E.; Konstadoudakis, S.; Theophanides, T.; Valavanis, C.; Conti, C.; Ferraris, P.; Giorgini, G.; Sabbatini, S.; Tosi, G.

    Micro-FT-IR spectroscopy was used to study breast cancer tissues and, in particular osteosarcoma tissue. By analysing the spectra, we have found characteristic bands in the infrared regions, where the main components of these signature bands are located. In the region between 1680-1660 cm-1 are found the characteristic bands of Amide I and II of proteins. The bands, which correspond to the vibrations of the phosphate groups, are found in the region near 1140-900 cm-1. These characteristic bands have been monitored as a function of the degree of cancer progression. The results have been obtained with chemometric methods, such as cluster analysis, principal component analysis and custom analysis in order to distinguish the neoplastic zones from the normal zones.

  3. Spectroscopic and quantum chemical calculation study on 2-ethoxythiazole molecule

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    Avcı, Davut; Dede, Bülent; Bahçeli, Semiha; Varkal, Döndü

    2017-06-01

    In this study, the 2-ethoxythiazole molecule (C5H7NSO) which is a member of the five-membered heterocyles with one nitrogen atom group has been investigated by using the experimental UV-vis (in three different solvents) and FT-IR spectral results as well as some magnetic properties. Furthermore, the calculated molecular geometric parameters, vibrational wavenumbers, HOMO-LUMO energies, 1H and 13C NMR chemical shift values and natural bond orbitals (NBO) of the title molecule have been calculated at the B3LYP and HSEH1PBE levels of theory with the 6-311++G(d,p) basis set. The spectral results obtained from the quantum chemical calculations are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  4. Preparations and spectroscopic studies of organotin complexes of diclofenac*1

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    Kourkoumelis, Nikolaos; Demertzis, Mavroudis A.; Kovala-Demertzi, Dimitra; Koutsodimou, Aglaia; Moukarika, Alice

    2004-08-01

    The reactions of the potent and widely used anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac, HL, with diorganotin(IV) oxides were studied. The dimeric tetraorganodistannoxane complexes [Me 2LSnOSnLMe 2] 2, [Bu 2LSnOSnLBu 2] 2, [Ph 2LSnOSnLPh 2] 2 and the dibutyltin complex [Bu 2SnL 2], have been prepared and structurally characterized in the solid state by means of vibrational and 119Sn Mössbauer spectroscopy. Determination of lattice dynamics by temperature-dependent 119Sn Mössbauer spectroscopy. From the variable-temperature Mössbauer effect, the Debye temperature was determined. The complexes have been characterized in solution by NMR ( 1H and 13C) spectroscopy. Vibrational, Mössbauer, and NMR data are discussed in terms of the proposed structures.

  5. [Spectroscopic studies of guanidine hydrochloride-induced unfolding of hemoglobin].

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    Li, Jin-Jing; Tang, Qian; Cao, Hong-Yu; Zhang, Yu-Jiao; Zhang, Tao; Zheng, Xue-Fang

    2012-09-01

    In the present paper, based on the ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and stopped flow-fluorescence spectroscopy, the authors studied the protein unfolding process of hemoglobin induced by GdmHcl. The experiments result shows that there were two different procedures about GdmHcl inducing hemoglobin unfolding from the evidences of UV-Vis absorption spectrum and fluorescence phase diagrams. Namely, the hemoglobin subunit exhibits depolymerization, forming the intermediates when incubated with GdmHcl at the concentration of 1. 0 mol x L(-1). With the increase in the concentration, various subunit structure became loose gradually, and the protoheme collapsed eventually. UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy indicates that the addition of reductant can cooperate with the depolymerization of hemoglobin subunit and the disaggregation of protoheme. The reductant results in the unfolding procedure that hemoglobin from "three-state model" turns into "two-state model".

  6. Conformational analysis and vibrational spectroscopic studies on dapsone

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    Ildiz, Gulce Ogruc; Akyuz, Sevim

    2012-11-01

    In this study, the theoretical conformation analysis of free dapsone has been performed by single point energy calculations at both semi-empirical PM3 and DFT/B3LYP-3-21G theory levels and three stable conformers were determined. Both the IR and Raman spectra of the molecule in solid phase have been recorded. The IR intensities and harmonic vibrational wavenumbers of each conformer were calculated by DFT method at B3LYP/6-31++G(d,p) theory level. For the fundamental characterization, the total energy distribution (TED) calculations of the vibrational modes were done using parallel quantum mechanic solution program (SQM) and the fundamental modes were assigned. The theoretical results are in agreement with the experimental ones.

  7. Raman spectroscopic study of ancient South African domestic clay pottery.

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    Legodi, M A; de Waal, D

    2007-01-01

    The technique of Raman spectroscopy was used to examine the composition of ancient African domestic clay pottery of South African origin. One sample from each of four archaeological sites including Rooiwal, Lydenburg, Makahane and Graskop was studied. Normal dispersive Raman spectroscopy was found to be the most effective analytical technique in this study. XRF, XRD and FT-IR spectroscopy were used as complementary techniques. All representative samples contained common features, which were characterised by kaolin (Al2Si2O5(OH)5), illite (KAl4(Si7AlO20)(OH)4), feldspar (K- and NaAlSi3O8), quartz (alpha-SiO2), hematite (alpha-Fe2O3), montmorillonite (Mg3(Si,Al)4(OH)2 x 4.5 5H(2)O[Mg]0.35), and calcium silicate (CaSiO3). Gypsum (CaSO4 x 2H2O) and calcium carbonates (most likely calcite, CaCO3) were detected by Raman spectroscopy in Lydenburg, Makahane and Graskop shards. Amorphous carbon (with accompanying phosphates) was observed in the Raman spectra of Lydenburg, Rooiwal and Makahane shards, while rutile (TiO(2)) appeared only in Makahane shard. The Raman spectra of Lydenburg and Rooiwal shards further showed the presence of anhydrite (CaSO4). The results showed that South African potters used a mixture of clays as raw materials. The firing temperature for most samples did not exceed 800 degrees C, which suggests the use of open fire. The reddish brown and grayish black colours were likely due to hematite and amorphous carbon, respectively.

  8. Raman spectroscopic study of ancient South African domestic clay pottery

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    Legodi, M. A.; de Waal, D.

    2007-01-01

    The technique of Raman spectroscopy was used to examine the composition of ancient African domestic clay pottery of South African origin. One sample from each of four archaeological sites including Rooiwal, Lydenburg, Makahane and Graskop was studied. Normal dispersive Raman spectroscopy was found to be the most effective analytical technique in this study. XRF, XRD and FT-IR spectroscopy were used as complementary techniques. All representative samples contained common features, which were characterised by kaolin (Al 2Si 2O 5(OH) 5), illite (KAl 4(Si 7AlO 20)(OH) 4), feldspar (K- and NaAlSi 3O 8), quartz (α-SiO 2), hematite (α-Fe 2O 3), montmorillonite (Mg 3(Si,Al) 4(OH) 2·4.5H 2O[Mg] 0.35), and calcium silicate (CaSiO 3). Gypsum (CaSO 4·2H 2O) and calcium carbonates (most likely calcite, CaCO 3) were detected by Raman spectroscopy in Lydenburg, Makahane and Graskop shards. Amorphous carbon (with accompanying phosphates) was observed in the Raman spectra of Lydenburg, Rooiwal and Makahane shards, while rutile (TiO 2) appeared only in Makahane shard. The Raman spectra of Lydenburg and Rooiwal shards further showed the presence of anhydrite (CaSO 4). The results showed that South African potters used a mixture of clays as raw materials. The firing temperature for most samples did not exceed 800 °C, which suggests the use of open fire. The reddish brown and grayish black colours were likely due to hematite and amorphous carbon, respectively.

  9. FTIR Spectroscopic Studies on Cross Linking of SU-8 Photoresist

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    Kalaiselvi, S. M. P.; Tan, T. L.; Rawat, R. S.; Lee, P.; Heussler, S. P.; Breese, M. B. H.

    2013-11-01

    The usage of chemically-amplified, negative tone SU-8 photoresist is numerous, spanning industrial, scientific and medical fields. Hence, in this study, some preliminary studies were conducted to understand the dosage and heat treatment requirements of the SU-8 photoresist essential for pattern generation using X-ray lithography. In this work, using Synchrotron as the X-ray source, SU-8 photoresist was characterized for X-ray lithography in terms of its process parameters such as X-ray exposure dose, post exposure bake (PEB) time and temperature for various photoresist thicknesses which is considered worthwhile in view of applications of SU-8 for the fabrication of very high aspect ratio micro structures. The process parameters were varied and the resultant cross linking of the molecular chains of the photoresist was accurately monitored using a Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) spectrometer and the results are discussed. The infrared absorption peak at 914 cm-1 in the spectrum of the SU-8 photoresist was found to be a useful indicator for the completion of cross linking in the SU-8 photoresist. Results show that the cross linking of the SU-8 photoresist is at a higher rate from 0 J/cm3 to 30 J/cm3 after which the peak almost saturates regardless of the PEB time. It is a good evidence for the validation of dosage requirement of SU-8 photoresist for effective completion of cross linking, which in turn is a requirement for efficient fabrication of micro and nano structures. An analogous behavior was also observed between the extent of cross linking and the PEB time and temperature. The rate of cross linking declines after a certain period of PEB time regardless of PEB temperature. The obtained results also show a definite relation between variation of the absorbance area of the peak at 914 cm-1 and the X-ray exposure dose.

  10. Raman spectroscopic studies of carbon in extra-terrestrial materials

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    Macklin, John; Brownlee, Donald; Chang, Sherwood; Bunch, Ted

    1990-01-01

    The measurements obtained here indicate ways in which micro-Raman spectroscopy can be used to elucidate structural characteristics and distribution of carbon in meteorites and interplanetary dust particles (IDPs). Existing information about structurally significant aspects of Raman measurements of graphite is combined with structurally relevant findings from the present micro-Raman studies of carbons prepared by carbonization of polyvinylidine chloride (PVDC) at various temperatures and natural material, as well as several acid residues from the Allende and Murchison meteorites in order to establish new spectra-structure relationships. Structural features of many of the materials in this study have been measured by x ray analysis and electron microscopy: thus, their structural differences can be directly correlated with differences in the Raman spectra. The spectral parameters consequently affirmed as indicators of structure are used as a measure of structure in materials that have unknown carbon structure, especially IDPs. The unique applicability of micro-Raman spectroscopy is realized not only in the ability to conveniently measure spectra of micron-size IDPs, but also micro-sized parts of an inhomogeneous material. Microcrystalline graphite is known to give Raman spectra that differ dependent on crystallite size (see e.g., Lespade, et. al., 1984, or Nemanich and Solin, 1979). The spectral changes that accompany decreasing particle size include increase in the ratio (R) of the intensity of the band near 1350 cm(-1) (D band) to that of the band near 1600 cm(-1) (G band) increase in the half width of the D band (wD) increase in the frequency maximum of the G band and increase in the half-width (wG) of the 2nd order band near 2700 cm(-1) (G) band.

  11. Raman spectroscopic studies of carbon in extra-terrestrial materials

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    Macklin, John; Brownlee, Donald; Chang, Sherwood; Bunch, Ted

    1990-01-01

    The measurements obtained here indicate ways in which micro-Raman spectroscopy can be used to elucidate structural characteristics and distribution of carbon in meteorites and interplanetary dust particles (IDPs). Existing information about structurally significant aspects of Raman measurements of graphite is combined with structurally relevant findings from the present micro-Raman studies of carbons prepared by carbonization of polyvinylidine chloride (PVDC) at various temperatures and natural material, as well as several acid residues from the Allende and Murchison meteorites in order to establish new spectra-structure relationships. Structural features of many of the materials in this study have been measured by x ray analysis and electron microscopy: thus, their structural differences can be directly correlated with differences in the Raman spectra. The spectral parameters consequently affirmed as indicators of structure are used as a measure of structure in materials that have unknown carbon structure, especially IDPs. The unique applicability of micro-Raman spectroscopy is realized not only in the ability to conveniently measure spectra of micron-size IDPs, but also micro-sized parts of an inhomogeneous material. Microcrystalline graphite is known to give Raman spectra that differ dependent on crystallite size (see e.g., Lespade, et. al., 1984, or Nemanich and Solin, 1979). The spectral changes that accompany decreasing particle size include increase in the ratio (R) of the intensity of the band near 1350 cm(-1) (D band) to that of the band near 1600 cm(-1) (G band) increase in the half width of the D band (wD) increase in the frequency maximum of the G band and increase in the half-width (wG) of the 2nd order band near 2700 cm(-1) (G) band.

  12. Spectroscopic study of intermolecular complexes between FAD and some β-carboline derivatives

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    Codoñer, Armando; Monzó, Isidro S.; Tomás, Francisco; Valero, Rosa

    The formation of molecular complexes between flavine adenine dinucleotide (FAD) and some β-carboline derivatives [antidepressant drugs that have a pronounced inhibition of monoamine oxidase (MAO)] has been studied by using electronic absorption and fluorescence spectroscopic methods. Thermodynamic parameters have been determined from the values of association constants for the molecular complexes at various temperatures. The influence of substituents in the β-carboline molecule on the stability of the complexes formed was also investigated.

  13. Impedance and AC conductivity studies of Sm3+ substituted 0.8Ba0.2(Bi0.5K0.5)TiO3 lead free ceramics

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    Sastry, C. V. S. S.; Ramesh, M. N. V.; Ramesh, K. V.

    2017-07-01

    Samarium substituted 0.8Ba0.2(Bi0.5K0.5)TiO3 (here after abbreviated as BTBKT-20) lead free ceramics with composition 0.8Ba0.2(Bi0.5(1-x)Sm0.5xK0.5)TiO3 (where x=0.01,0.03,0.05) lead free ceramics have been prepared by solid state reaction and followed by high energy ball milling process. The present paper focuses the impedance and ac conductivity studies of Sm substituted BTBKT-20 lead free ceramics. Impedance spectroscopic studies revealthat temperature dependent relaxation process. Single depressed semi circle was observed in Cole-Cole plots, indicates non-Debye kind of relaxation process. Maximum grain resistance was observed for x=0.03 Sm substituted BTBKT-20 sample. Frequency and temperature dependent AC conductivity was calculated and it found to obey the universal Jonscher's power law and the values of activation energies suggest that conduction is ionic in nature.

  14. Ir Spectroscopic Studies on Microsolvation of HCl by Water

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    Mani, Devendra; Schwan, Raffael; Fischer, Theo; Dey, Arghya; Kaufmann, Matin; Redlich, Britta; van der Meer, Lex; Schwaab, Gerhard; Havenith, Martina

    2016-06-01

    Acid dissociation reactions are at the heart of chemistry. These reactions are well understood at the macroscopic level. However, a microscopic level understanding is still in the early stages of development. Questions such as 'how many H_2O molecules are needed to dissociate one HCl molecule?' have been posed and explored both theoretically and experimentally.1-5 Most of the theoretical calculations predict that four H_2O molecules are sufficient to dissociate one HCl molecule, resulting in the formation of a solvent separated H_3O+(H_2O)3Cl- cluster.1-3 IR spectroscopy in helium nanodroplets has earlier been used to study this dissociation process.3-5 However, these studies were carried out in the region of O-H and H-Cl stretch, which is dominated by the spectral features of undissociated (HCl)m-(H_2O)n clusters. This contributed to the ambiguity in assigning the spectral features arising from the dissociated cluster.4,5 Recent predictions from Bowman's group, suggest the presence of a broad spectral feature (1300-1360 wn) for the H_3O+(H_2O)3Cl- cluster, corresponding to the umbrella motion of H_3O+ moiety.6 This region is expected to be free from the spectral features due to the undissociated clusters. In conjunction with the FELIX laboratory, we have performed experiments on the (HCl)m(H_2O)n (m=1-2, n≥4) clusters, aggregated in helium nanodroplets, in the 900-1700 wn region. Mass selective measurements on these clusters revealed the presence of a weak-broad feature which spans between 1000-1450 wn and depends on both HCl as well as H_2O concentration. Measurements are in progress for the different deuterated species. The details will be presented in the talk. References: 1) C.T. Lee et al., J. Chem. Phys., 104, 7081 (1996). 2) H. Forbert et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 133, 4062 (2011). 3) A. Gutberlet et al., Science, 324, 1545 (2009). 4) S. D. Flynn et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 1, 2233 (2010). 5) M. Letzner et al., J. Chem. Phys., 139, 154304 (2013). 6) J. M

  15. Fourier Transform Infrared and Resonance Raman Spectroscopic Studies of Bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Earnest, Thomas Nixon

    Fourier transform infrared and resonance Raman spectroscopy were used to investigate the structure and function of the light-activated, transmembrane proton pump, bacteriorhodopsin, from the purple membrane of Halobacterium halobium. Bacteriorhodopsin (bR) is a 27,000 dalton integral membrane protein consisting of 248 amino acids with a retinylidene chromophore. Absorption of a photon leads to the translocation of one or two protons from the inside of the cell to the outside. Resonance Raman spectroscopy allows for the study of the configuration of retinal in bR and its photointermediates by the selective enhancement of vibrational modes of the chromophore. This technique was used to determine that the chromophore is attached to lysine-216 in both the bR _{570} and the M _{412} intermediates. In bR with tyrosine-64 selectively nitrated or aminated, the chromophore appears to have the same configuration in that bR _{570} (all- trans) and M _{412} (13- cis) states as it does in unmodified bR. Polarized Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) permits the study of the direction of transition dipole moments arising from molecular vibrations of the protein and the retinal chromophore. The orientation of alpha helical and beta sheet components was determined for bR with the average helical tilt found to lie mostly parallel to the membrane normal. The beta sheet structures also exhibit an IR linear dichroism for the amide I and amide II bands which suggest that the peptide backbone is mostly perpendicular to the membrane plane although it is difficult to determine whether the bands originate from sheet or turn components. The orientation of secondary structure components of the C-1 (residues 72-248) and C-2 (residues 1-71) fragments were also investigated to determine the structure of these putative membrane protein folding intermediates. Polarized, low temperature FTIR -difference spectroscopy was then used to investigate the structure of bR as it undergoes

  16. Raman spectroscopic study of chemically-doped few layer graphenes

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    Tan, Pingheng; Zhao, Weijie; Zhang, Jun; Liu, Jian

    2011-03-01

    Graphene, the latest carbon allotrope discovered at 2004, has attracted intensively scientific interest owing to its distinctive properties. Chemical doping is expected to substantially increase the density of free charge carriers by charge transfer and to modify the Fermi level of doped materials. Here, we investigated charge transfer and optical phonon mixing in few layer graphenes in detail by utilizing sulfuric acid as an electron-acceptor dopant. Sulfuric acid molecules are found to be only physically adsorbed on the surface layers of graphenes and no intercalation happens. The top and bottom layers of bilayer graphenes can be intentionally doped differently by concentrated sulfuric acid. The difference of hole doping between the top and bottom layers results in phonon mixing of symmetric and antisymmetric modes in bilayer graphenes. The Raman frequency evolution with the doping level qualitatively agrees with recent ab initio theoretical calculations. Sulfuric acid molecules can be expected as a stable electron-acceptor dopant for graphenes to study the physical properties of few layer graphenes at different doping levels.

  17. Spectroscopic study of neodymium doped lead-bismuth-borate glasses

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    Pasha, Altaf; Dayani, P.; Negalur, Mahesh; Swamy, Manjunatha; Abhiram, J.; Rajaramakrishna, R.

    2016-05-01

    This paper reports on different physical and optical properties of rare earth doped heavy metal oxide glasses. The glass composition of 10Bi2O3-30PbO-60B2O3-xNd2O3 where x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.5 and 1 (in mol %) has been synthesized using melt-quenching technique. Refractive index measurements for these glasses were done and physical parameters were studied. Structural properties of these glasses were analysed through infrared spectra that was recorded between 1600cm-1 and 300cm-1 in transmission mode. The optical absorption spectra were recorded in the wavelength range from 300 to 700 nm. The transitions originated from ground state energy 4I9/2. The energy level analysis has been carried out by considering absorption spectral bands. The results thus obtained are comparable with reports on similar glasses, indicating that the prepared glasses may have potential laser applications.

  18. Spectroscopic study on binding of rutin to human serum albumin

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    Pastukhov, Alexander V.; Levchenko, Lidiya A.; Sadkov, Anatoli P.

    2007-10-01

    Steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy techniques were used to study the interaction of the flavonoid rutin with human serum albumin (HSA) as well as spectral properties of the protein-bound flavonoid. Both quenching of the intrinsic fluorescence of the protein (Trp214) and the ligand fluorescence, appearing upon complexation with HSA, were used to determine binding parameters. The binding constant determined from the quenching of the Trp214 fluorescence by rutin is equal to 6.87 ± 0.22 × 10 4 M -1 and that obtained from the fluorescence of HSA-bound rutin is 3.8 ± 0.4 × 10 4 M -1. Based on the Job plot analysis, the 1:1 binding stoichiometry for the HSA-rutin complex was determined. The efficient quenching of the Trp214 fluorescence by rutin, fluorescence resonance energy transfer from excited Trp214 to rutin, and competitive binding of warfarin indicate that the binding site for the flavonoid is situated within subdomain IIA of HSA. The presence of the sugar moiety in the flavonoid molecule reduces affinity of rutin for binding to HSA but does not affect the binding stoichiometry and location of the binding site compared with aglycone analogues.

  19. Synthesis, spectroscopic, thermogravimetric and antimicrobial studies of mixed ligands complexes

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    Mahmoud, Walaa H.; Mahmoud, Nessma F.; Mohamed, Gehad G.; El-Sonbati, Adel Z.; El-Bindary, Ashraf A.

    2015-09-01

    An interesting series of mixed ligand complexes have been synthesized by the reaction of metal chloride with guaifenesin (GFS) in the presence of 2-aminoacetic acid (HGly) (1:1:1 molar ratio). The elemental analysis, magnetic moments, molar conductance, spectral (UV-Vis, IR, 1H NMR and ESR) and thermal studies were used to characterize the isolated complexes. The molecular structure of GFS is optimized theoretically and the quantum chemical parameters are calculated. The IR showed that the ligand (GFS) acts as monobasic tridentate through the hydroxyl, phenoxy etheric and methoxy oxygen atoms and co-ligand (HGly) as monobasic bidentate through the deprotonated carboxylate oxygen atom and nitrogen atom of amino group. The molar conductivities showed that all the complexes are non-electrolytes except Cr(III) complex is electrolyte. Electronic and magnetic data proposed the octahedral structure for all complexes under investigation. ESR spectrum for Cu(II) revealed data which confirm the proposed structure. Antibacterial screening of the compounds were carried out in vitro on gram positive (Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus), gram negative (Escherichia coli and Neisseria gonorrhoeae) bacteria and for in vitro antifungal activity against Candida albicans organism. However, some complexes showed more chemotherapeutic efficiency than the parent GFS drug. The complexes were also screened for their in vitro anticancer activity against the breast cell line (MFC7) and the results obtained showed that they exhibit a considerable anticancer activity.

  20. A spectroscopic study of the open cluster NGC 6250

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    Martin, A. J.; Stift, M. J.; Fossati, L.; Bagnulo, S.; Scalia, C.; Leone, F.; Smalley, B.

    2017-04-01

    We present the chemical abundance analysis of 19 upper main-sequence stars of the young open cluster NGC 6250 (log t ∼ 7.42 yr). This work is part of a project aimed at setting observational constraints on the theory of atomic diffusion in stellar photospheres, by means of a systematic study of the abundances of the chemical elements of early F-, A- and late B-type stars of well-determined age. Our data set consists of low-, medium- and high-resolution spectra obtained with the Fibre Large Array Multi Element Spectrograph (FLAMES) instrument of the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT). To perform our analysis, we have developed a new suite of software tools for the chemical abundance analysis of stellar photospheres in local thermodynamical equilibrium. Together with the chemical composition of the stellar photospheres, we have provided new estimates of the cluster mean radial velocity, proper motion, refined the cluster membership, and we have given the stellar parameters including masses and fractional age. We find no evidence of statistically significant correlation between any of the parameters, including abundance and cluster age, except perhaps for an increase in Ba abundance with cluster age. We have proven that our new software tool may be successfully used for the chemical abundance analysis of large data sets of stellar spectra.

  1. Vibrational spectroscopic and computational studies on diisopropylammonium bromide

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    Sahoo, Shradhanjali; Ravindran, T. R.; Chandra, Sharat; Sarguna, R. M.; Das, B. K.; Sairam, T. N.; Sivasubramanian, V.; Thirmal, C.; Murugavel, P.

    2017-09-01

    Diisopropylammonium bromide (DIPAB) can be crystallized either in an orthorhombic (P212121) or in a monoclinic (P21) structure at room temperature depending on synthesis conditions. The non-polar orthorhombic structure exhibits a subtle, irreversible transformation into the ferroelectric monoclinic-II (m-II) phase above 421 K. At a slightly higher temperature of 426 K this m-II (P21) phase reversibly transforms into a disordered, paraelectric monoclinic-I (P21/m) structure. We synthesized DIPAB in the orthorhombic structure, heated it to obtain the m-II phase and carried out a systematic study of their Raman and IR spectra. We obtained the phonon irreducible representations from factor group analysis of the orthorhombic and m-II structures based on the reported structural information. DIPAB is an organic molecular crystal, and the vibrational spectra in the intramolecular region (200-3500 cm- 1) of the two different phases are identical to each other, indicating weak inter-molecular interactions in both crystalline structures. In the low wavenumber region (10-150 cm- 1) the Raman spectra of the two phases are different due to their sensitivity to molecular environment. We also carried out first principles calculations using Gaussian 09 and CASTEP codes to analyze the vibrational frequencies. Mode assignments were facilitated by isolated molecule calculations that are also in good agreement with intramolecular vibrations, whereas CASTEP (solid state) results could explain the external modes.

  2. HPLC assisted Raman spectroscopic studies on bladder cancer

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    Zha, W. L.; Cheng, Y.; Yu, W.; Zhang, X. B.; Shen, A. G.; Hu, J. M.

    2015-04-01

    We applied confocal Raman spectroscopy to investigate 12 normal bladder tissues and 30 tumor tissues, and then depicted the spectral differences between the normal and the tumor tissues and the potential canceration mechanism with the aid of the high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) technique. Normal tissues were demonstrated to contain higher tryptophan, cholesterol and lipid content, while bladder tumor tissues were rich in nucleic acids, collagen and carotenoids. In particular, β-carotene, one of the major types of carotenoids, was found through HPLC analysis of the extract of bladder tissues. The statistical software SPSS was applied to classify the spectra of the two types of tissues according to their differences. The sensitivity and specificity of 96.7 and 66.7% were obtained, respectively. In addition, different layers of the bladder wall including mucosa (lumps), muscle and adipose bladder tissue were analyzed by Raman mapping technique in response to previous Raman studies of bladder tissues. All of these will play an important role as a directive tool for the future diagnosis of bladder cancer in vivo.

  3. Borax methylene blue: a spectroscopic and staining study.

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    Donaldson, P T; Russo, A; Reynolds, C; Lillie, R D

    1978-07-01

    Borax methylene blue is quite stable at room temperatures of 22-25 C. At 30 C polychroming is slow; during 50 days in a water bath at this temperature the absorption peak moves from 665 to 656 nm. At 35 C, the absorption peak reaches 660 nm in 7 days, 654 nm in 14. At 60 C polychroming is rapid, the absorption peak reaching 640-620 nm in 3 days. When the pH of the borax methylene blue solutions, normally about 9.0, is adjusted to pH 6.5, the absorption peak remains at 665 nm even when incubated at 60 C for extended periods. When used as a blood stain 0.4 ml borax methylene blue (1% methylene blue in 1% borax), 4 ml acetone, 2 ml borax-acid phosphate buffer to bring the solution to pH 6.5, and distilled water to make 40 ml, with 0.2 ml 1% eosin added just before using, an excellent Nocht-Giemsa type stain is achieved after 30 minutes staining. The material plasmodia P. falciparum, P. vivax, and P. berghei stain moderate blue with dark red chromatin and green to black pigment granules. The study confirms Malachowski's 1891 results and explains Gautier's 1896-98 failure to duplicate it.

  4. Raman spectroscopic studies of gas/aerosol chemical reactions

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    Aardahl, C.L.; Davis, E.J.

    1995-12-31

    Reactions between sorbent particles and SO{sub 2} can be used to reduce atmospheric pollution either by {open_quotes}dry scrubbing{close_quotes} or {open_quotes}wet scrubbing{close_quotes} processes. This paper reports Raman spectroscopy results for single electrodynamically levitated droplets of NaOH reacting with SO{sub 2} and studies of the dehydration reactions of some hygroscopic salt species. The NaOH/SO{sub 2} reaction products and the liquid or solid state of the products are shown to depend on the gas phase SO{sub 2} concentration. Deliquesced particles of NaOH exhibit enhanced light scattering intensities associated with morphological resonances of the incident laser light, but crystalline materials show no such resonances. Raman-active hygroscopic salts exhibit bond frequencies characteristic of the stretching vibrations of the anionic group, but these frequencies are different in the presence of water because hydrogen bonding changes the bond force. This allows efficient tracking of the dehydration reactions in hygroscopic aerosols by Raman spectroscopy as the intensities of the two different modes are related to the degree of dehydration in the particle.

  5. Effects of dust absorption on spectroscopic studies of turbulence

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    Kandel, D.; Lazarian, A.; Pogosyan, D.

    2017-09-01

    We study the effect of dust absorption on the recovery velocity and density spectra as well as on the anisotropies of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence using the velocity channel analysis (VCA), velocity coordinate spectrum (VCS) and velocity centroids. The dust limits volume up to an optical depth of unity. We show that in the case of the emissivity proportional to the density of emitters, the effects of random density get suppressed for strong dust absorption intensity variations arise from the velocity fluctuations only. However, for the emissivity proportional to squared density, both density and velocity fluctuations affect the observed intensities. We predict a new asymptotic regime for the spectrum of fluctuations for large scales exceeding the physical depths to unit optical depth. The spectrum gets shallower by unity in this regime. In addition, the dust absorption removes the degeneracy resulted in the universal K-3 spectrum of intensity fluctuations of self-absorbing medium reported by Lazarian & Pogosyan. We show that the predicted result is consistent with the available H ii region emission data. We find that for sub-Alfvénic and trans-Alfvénic turbulence one can get the information about both the magnetic field direction and the fundamental Alfvén, fast and slow modes that constitute MHD turbulence.

  6. Spectroscopic and kinetic studies of lipases solubilized in reverse micelles.

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    Walde, P; Han, D; Luisi, P L

    1993-04-20

    The conformation and activity of three different lipases have been studied in reverse micelles formed by sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) in isooctane. In the case of human pancreatic lipase, the conformation of the polypeptide chain--as judged from far-UV circular dichroism measurements--is only slightly altered after the enzyme is transferred from a bulk aqueous solution into the microenvironment of reverse micelles. Significant spectral changes in the near-UV circular dichroism and fluorescence spectrum indicate, however, that the solvation of aromatic amino acid side chains is considerably different in reverse micelles. Conversely, the circular dichroism spectra of the lipases from Candida rugosa and Pseudomonas sp. are considerably different in reverse micelles, compared with the spectra in aqueous solution, indicating that both enzymes loose the native structure at the water/AOT/oil interface. Bound substrate and/or product can prevent this denaturation. While Pseudomonas sp. and human pancreatic lipase are inhibited by tetrahydrolipstatin (THL), the lipase from Candida rugosa is not. These data, together with additional activity and inhibition data, indicate that the micellar microenvironment accentuates the difference between the different enzymes in terms of the relation structure/activity.

  7. Micro-Raman spectroscopic study of thyroid tissues.

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    Medeiros Neto, Lázaro Pinto; das Chagas E Silva de Carvalho, Luis Felipe; Santos, Laurita Dos; Tellez Soto, Cláudio Alberto; de Azevedo Canevari, Renata; de Oliveira Santos, André Bandiera; Mello, Evandro Sobroza; Pereira, Marina Aparecida; Cernea, Cláudio Roberto; Brandão, Lenine Garcia; Martin, Aírton Abrahão

    2017-03-01

    Thyroid carcinomas are the most common endocrine malignancy. Inconclusive results for the analysis of malignancies are an issue in the diagnosis of thyroid carcinomas; 20% of thyroid cancer diagnoses are indeterminate or suspicious, resulting in a surgical procedure without immediate need. The use of Raman spectroscopy may help improve the diagnosis of thyroid carcinoma. In this study, 30 thyroid samples, including normal thyroid, goiter and thyroid cancer, were analyzed by confocal Raman spectroscopy. Principal component analysis (PCA), linear discriminant analysis (LDA) with cross validation and binary logistic regression (BLR) analysis were applied to discriminate among tissues. Significant discrimination was observed, with a consistent rate of concordant pairs of 89.2% for normal thyroid versus cancer, 85.7% for goiter versus cancer and 80.6% for normal thyroid versus goiter using just the amide III region. Raman spectroscopy was thus proven to be an important and fast tool for the diagnosis of thyroid tissues. The spectral region of 1200-1400cm(-1) discriminated normal versus goiter tissues despite the great similarity of these tissues.

  8. A spectroscopic study of laser ablation plasma from Mo target

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    Jakubowska, Katarzyna; Kubkowska, Monika; Blagoev, Alexander; Rosiński, Marcin; Parys, Piotr; Gąsior, Paweł

    2014-05-01

    The goal of this contribution is to present time-resolved optical spectroscopy studies of laser ablation of the Mo target with ˜ 3.5 ns, 0.4 J pulses delivered by the Nd-YAG laser system at 1.06 μm. The sample was placed in a vacuum chamber under 5 × 10-5 mbar pressure and irradiated, with power densities varied up to 22.7 GW cm-2. The ion emission from the plasma plume was measured using an electrostatic ion energy analyzer (IEA) and ion collector, which allowed us to estimate the ion kinetic energy and charge independent of the applied power densities. The signal collected by the IEA indicated the presence of molybdenum ions up to eight-ion charge. Simultaneously after the ion emission, the optical spectra acquired within 2 μs of exposure time were observed in the wavelength range from 200 to 1000 nm with a Mechelle 5000 spectrometer equipped with an iCCD (iStar) detector. The plasma electron temperature was estimated from a Boltzmann plot based on the registered spectra as well as from the ion measurements.

  9. High resolution spectroscopic study of BeΛ10

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    Gogami, T.; Chen, C.; Kawama, D.; ...

    2016-03-10

    Spectroscopy of amore » $$^{10}_{\\Lambda}$$Be hypernucleus was carried out at JLab Hall C using the $$(e,e^{\\prime}K^{+})$$ reaction. A new magnetic spectrometer system (SPL+HES+HKS), specifically designed for high resolution hypernuclear spectroscopy, was used to obtain an energy spectrum with a resolution of 0.78 MeV (FWHM). The well-calibrated spectrometer system of the present experiment using the $$p(e,e^{\\prime}K^{+})\\Lambda,\\Sigma^{0}$$ reactions allowed us to determine the energy levels, and the binding energy of the ground state peak (mixture of 1$$^{-}$$ and 2$$^{-}$$ states) was obtained to be B$$_{\\Lambda}$$=8.55$$\\pm$$0.07(stat.)$$\\pm$$0.11(sys.) MeV. Furthermore, the result indicates that the ground state energy is shallower than that of an emulsion study by about 0.5 MeV which provides valuable experimental information on charge symmetry breaking effect in the $$\\Lambda N$$ interaction.« less

  10. Luminescence and spectroscopic studies of halosulfate phosphors: a review.

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    Gedam, S C; Thakre, P S; Dhoble, S J

    2015-03-01

    This review discusses the photoluminescence (PL) characteristics of halosulfate phosphors developed by us. Halosulfate phosphors KCaSO4 Cl:X,Y (X = Eu or Ce; Y = Dy or Mn) and Na6 (SO4 )2 FCl (doped with Dy, Ce or Eu) were prepared using a solid-state diffusion method. The mechanism of energy transfer from Eu(2+) →Dy(3+) , Ce(3+) →Dy(3+) and Ce(3+) →Mn(2+) has also been studied. Dy(3+) emission in the host at 475 and 570 nm is observed due to (4) F9/2 →(6) H15/2 and (4) F9/2 →(6) H13/2 transition, whereas the PL emission spectra of Na6 (SO4 )2 FCl:Ce phosphor shows Ce(3+) emission at 322 nm due to 5d→4f transition of the Ce(3+) ion. The main property of KCaSO4 Cl is its very high sensitivity, particularly when doped by Dy, Mn or Pb activators. This review also discusses the PL characteristics of some new phosphors such as LiMgSO4 F, Na6 Pb4 (SO4 )6 Cl2 , Na21 Mg(SO4 )10 Cl3 and Na15 (SO4 )5 F4 Cl. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  11. Spectroscopic studies on the antioxidant activity of ellagic acid

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    Kilic, Ismail; Yeşiloğlu, Yeşim; Bayrak, Yüksel

    2014-09-01

    Ellagic acid (EA, C14H6O8) is a natural dietary polyphenol whose benefits in a variety of diseases shown in epidemiological and experimental studies involve anti-inflammation, anti-proliferation, anti-angiogenesis, anticarcinogenesis and anti-oxidation properties. In vitro radical scavenging and antioxidant capacity of EA were clarified using different analytical methodologies such as total antioxidant activity determination by ferric thiocyanate, hydrogen peroxide scavenging, 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl free radical (DPPH) scavenging, 2,2‧-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) radical scavenging activity and superoxide anion radical scavenging, ferrous ions (Fe2+) chelating activity and ferric ions (Fe3+) reducing ability. EA inhibited 71.2% lipid peroxidation of a linoleic acid emulsion at 45 μg/mL concentration. On the other hand, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), α-tocopherol and ascorbic acid displayed 69.8%, 66.8%, 64.5% and 59.7% inhibition on the peroxidation of linoleic acid emulsion at the same concentration, respectively. In addition, EA had an effective DPPH• scavenging, ABTSrad + scavenging, superoxide anion radical scavenging, hydrogen peroxide scavenging, ferric ions (Fe3+) reducing power and ferrous ions (Fe2+) chelating activities. Also, those various antioxidant activities were compared to BHA, BHT, α-tocopherol and ascorbic acid as references antioxidant compounds. These results suggested that EA can be used in the pharmacological, food industry and medicine because of these properties.

  12. [The IR spectroscopic study of hydrothermal synthetic KTP].

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    Xie, Hao; Pei, Jing-Cheng; Qi, Li-Jian; Zhong, Zeng-Qiu

    2010-05-01

    In the present paper, different-generation hydrothermally grown KTP crystals were tested by the Nicolet 550 type FIR spectrometer with the reflective technique. They were studied on different crystal faces. Since the hydrothermally grown KTP crystal usually grows (100), (011) and (201) crystal faces, these faces were tested in different-generation products, and they were tested by two spectral wave bands, 2 000-4 000 and 400-2 000 cm(-1). The figures were compared with the flux-melt grown KTP crystal. In addition, making reference to the method of calculation about the consistence of OH- in quartz, the consistence of OH- in different -generation hydrothermally grown KTP crystals was estimated. In the hydrothermal grown KTP crystals, the stretching vibration of OH- shows distinct directivity characteristic. The absorption at [100] direction is obvious and the frequency is about 30 cm(-1) higher than the flux-melt grown KTP. Each new generation weakened the consistency of OH-, which restrained the growth of the KTP crystal. Accordingly, increasing the purity of rough materials plays a very important role in improving the quality of the crystals.

  13. Spectroscopic studies on the antioxidant activity of ellagic acid.

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    Kilic, Ismail; Yeşiloğlu, Yeşim; Bayrak, Yüksel

    2014-09-15

    Ellagic acid (EA, C14H6O8) is a natural dietary polyphenol whose benefits in a variety of diseases shown in epidemiological and experimental studies involve anti-inflammation, anti-proliferation, anti-angiogenesis, anticarcinogenesis and anti-oxidation properties. In vitro radical scavenging and antioxidant capacity of EA were clarified using different analytical methodologies such as total antioxidant activity determination by ferric thiocyanate, hydrogen peroxide scavenging, 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl free radical (DPPH) scavenging, 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) radical scavenging activity and superoxide anion radical scavenging, ferrous ions (Fe2+) chelating activity and ferric ions (Fe3+) reducing ability. EA inhibited 71.2% lipid peroxidation of a linoleic acid emulsion at 45 μg/mL concentration. On the other hand, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), α-tocopherol and ascorbic acid displayed 69.8%, 66.8%, 64.5% and 59.7% inhibition on the peroxidation of linoleic acid emulsion at the same concentration, respectively. In addition, EA had an effective DPPH• scavenging, ABTS+ scavenging, superoxide anion radical scavenging, hydrogen peroxide scavenging, ferric ions (Fe3+) reducing power and ferrous ions (Fe2+) chelating activities. Also, those various antioxidant activities were compared to BHA, BHT, α-tocopherol and ascorbic acid as references antioxidant compounds. These results suggested that EA can be used in the pharmacological, food industry and medicine because of these properties.

  14. Spectroscopic studies of aluminosilicate formation in tank waste simulants

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    Su, Y.; Wang, L.; Bunker, B.C.; Windisch, C.F.

    1997-12-31

    Aluminosilicates are one of the major class of species controlling the volume of radioactive high-level waste that will be produced from future remediation at Hanford site. Here the authors present studies of the phases and structures of aluminosilicates as a function of sludge composition using X-ray powder diffraction, solid state {sup 27}Al and {sup 29}Si NMR, and Raman spectroscopy. The results show that the content of NaNO{sub 3} in solution has significant effects on the nature of the insoluble aluminosilicate phases produced. It was found that regardless of the initial Si:Al ratio, nitrate cancrinite was the main phase formed in the solution with pH of 13.5 and 5 M NaNO{sub 3}. However, at lower NaNO{sub 3} concentration with initial Si:Al ratios of 1.1, 2.2, and 11.0 in the solutions, a range of aluminosilicate zeolites was produced with Si:Al ratios of 1.1, 1.3, and 1.5, respectively. Lowering the solution pH appears to promote the formation of amorphous aluminosilicates. The results presented here are important for the prediction of the solubility and dissolution rate of Al in tank wastes.

  15. A Spectroscopic Study of the Blue Component of Albireo

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    Whight, Kenneth R.

    2013-05-01

    This paper describes an investigation into what can be learned about the physical properties of the blue component of the Albireo double star system from both low (150 lines/mm) and high (2400 lines/mm) resolution spectra, based on the simple model that the star is a rotating uniformly emitting oblate spheroid with a photosphere that is a single layer in thermal equilibrium. The blue component of Albireo is an interesting target in that it exhibits emission at both Halpha and Hbeta wavelengths; this emission is believed to originate from an equatorial decretion disk spun off from the star. The aim of this work was to split the observed high resolution spectra into an absorption component, from the star, and an emission component, from the disk. To achieve this aim the continuum spectrum was modeled as a "black body" to obtain an effective temperature and the Hgamma absorption line was studied to obtain values for the star's model parameters. These results were then used to predict the expected absorption at Halpha and Hbeta wavelengths. Measured Halpha and Hbeta lines were then divided by their expected absorption lines to reveal the pure disk emission for further analysis.

  16. A theoretical and spectroscopic study of conformational structures of piroxicam

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    Souza, Kely Ferreira de; Martins, José A.; Pessine, Francisco B. T.; Custodio, Rogério

    2010-02-01

    Piroxicam (PRX) has been widely studied in an attempt to elucidate the causes and mechanisms of its side effects, mainly the photo-toxicity. In this paper fluorescence spectra in non-protic solvents and different polarities were carried out along with theoretical calculations. Preliminary potential surfaces of the keto and enol forms were obtained at AM1 level of theory providing the most stable conformers, which had their structure re-optimized through the B3LYP/CEP-31G(d,p) method. From the optimized structures, the electronic spectra were calculated using the TD-DFT method in vacuum and including the solvent effect through the PCM method and a single water molecule near PRX. A new potential surface was constructed to the enol tautomer at DFT level and the most stable conformers were submitted to the QST2 calculations. The experimental data showed that in apolar media, the solution fluorescence is raised. Based on conformational analysis for the two tautomers, keto and enol, the results indicated that the PRX-enol is the main tautomer related to the drug fluorescence, which is reinforced by the spectra results, as well as the interconvertion barrier obtained from the QST2 calculations. The results suggest that the PRX one of the enol conformers presents great possibility of involvement in the photo-toxicity mechanisms.

  17. Spectroscopic study of neodymium doped lead-bismuth-borate glasses

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    Pasha, Altaf; Dayani, P.; Negalur, Mahesh; Swamy, Manjunatha; Abhiram, J.; Rajaramakrishna, R.

    2016-05-06

    This paper reports on different physical and optical properties of rare earth doped heavy metal oxide glasses. The glass composition of 10Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-30PbO-60B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-xNd{sub 2}O{sub 3} where x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.5 and 1 (in mol %) has been synthesized using melt-quenching technique. Refractive index measurements for these glasses were done and physical parameters were studied. Structural properties of these glasses were analysed through infrared spectra that was recorded between 1600cm{sup −1} and 300cm{sup −1} in transmission mode. The optical absorption spectra were recorded in the wavelength range from 300 to 700 nm. The transitions originated from ground state energy {sup 4}I{sub 9/2}. The energy level analysis has been carried out by considering absorption spectral bands. The results thus obtained are comparable with reports on similar glasses, indicating that the prepared glasses may have potential laser applications.

  18. Spectroscopic studies of particulate formation in fuel blends

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    Manciu, Felicia; Subramanya, Mahesh; Govani, Jayesh; Choudhuri, Ahsan

    2007-10-01

    The Raman and infrared absorption spectroscopy were used to investigate the properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) flame-synthesized using CH4-H2 low calorific value gases. The development of large amounts of CNTs benefits from flame synthesis processes, where the fuel serves as both the heating and the reactant source. As a result of flame condition studies it was determined that the CNT growth region is at 20-30% of the visible flame height and at a flow rate between 7.18E-07 m^3/s and 9.57E-07 m^3/s. Preliminary characterizations of the samples by Scanning Electron Microscopy demonstrate that the formation of nanostructure occurs only for <10% H2 concentration. The Raman analysis of the pristine samples shows the existence of distinctive multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT) D and G bands at 1321 cm-1 and 1595 cm-1, respectively. Besides the vibrational lines characteristic to MWNTs, infrared absorption measurements also reveal the presence of C-H bonds.

  19. Speciation of Rhenium in Chloride Melts: Spectroscopic and Electrochemical Study

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    Danilov, Danil A.; Volkovich, Vladimir A.; Vasin, Boris D.; Aleksandrov, Denis E.; Polovov, Ilya B.; Griffiths, Trevor R.

    2008-06-01

    Speciation of rhenium in high-temperature alkali chloride-based melts was studied using electronic absorption and IR spectroscopy of molten salts and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy of quenched melts. Rhenium was added to the melts by anodic dissolution of the metal (at anodic current densities of 0.005 - 0.05 A/cm2), by reacting Re and ReO2 with Cl2 and HCl, and by dissolving K2[ReCl6]. The melts included 3LiCl-2KCl and NaCl-2CsCl eutectics, an NaCl-KCl equimolar mixture, and pure NaCl, KCl and CsCl between 450 and 850 ◦C. Rhenium was present in the melts as Re(IV) hexachloro-ions, [ReCl6]2-; no evidence of species containing rhenium in oxidation states below four was obtained. The kinetics of [ReCl6]2- disproportionation in molten alkali chlorides were investigated, and the IR spectra of [ReO4]- ions in molten CsCl-CsI and CsI were measured for the first time.

  20. Chemical and spectroscopic study of ferredoxin l from Azotobacter vinellandii

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    Malikayil, J.A.

    1987-01-01

    Ferredoxin l of Azotobacter vinelandii is an iron sulfur protein containing one (4Fe-S) cluster and one (3Fe-3S) cluster. The structure and geometry of the 3Fe cluster is under dispute. The X-ray crystal structure of the protein describes the 3Fe cluster as a planar (3Fe-3S) cluster in which one of the iron atoms is ligated to a solvent accessible oxoligand, presumably from water or hydroxide. Efforts to displace the oxoligand were unsuccessful even when the protein was demonstrably denatured in 80% (V/V) dimethyl sulfoxide. In addition, comparison of the electron spin echo envelopes for H/sub 2/O and D/sub 2/O-equilibrated samples of ferredoxin l showed only a slight deuterium modulation, far less than would be expected were water to be bound as an iron ligand. Studies were also conducted in an effort to characterize the hyperfine-shifted resonances in the proton magnetic resonance spectrum of ferredoxin l. A. vinelandii was grown on synthetic media that contained isotopically labelled cystine as the only sulfur source. In independent experiments ferredoxin l was isolated from organism that was shown on such medium that contained alpha-/sup 2/H-dl-cystine, beta=/sup 2/H-dl-cystine, or betal-/sup 13/C-dl-cystine. However, ferredoxins isolated from these media were devoid of the corresponding isotopic labels. Thus, the experiments designed to characterize the hyperfine-shifted resonances of ferredoxin l were unsuccessful.

  1. Spectroscopic Studies on the Characterization of a Persian Playing Card.

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    Holakooei, Parviz; Niknejad, Maryam; Vaccaro, Carmela

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents the results of our investigations on a playing card preserved at The Mūzih-i Āynih va Rushanāī in Yazd, Iran. Conducting micro X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (μ-XRF), micro-Raman spectroscopy (μ-Raman), infrared reflectography (IRR), ultraviolet fluorescence photography, radiography, and optical microscopy, various paints applied on the playing card were identified. According to our analytical studies, red, green, blue, black, and gold-like metallic paints were identified to be a red monoazo pigment (β-naphthol PR 53:1), chrome green, artificial ultramarine blue, carbon black, and brass powder (Dutch metal powder), respectively, dating the playing card to 1895 onward based on the manufacturing date of the red monoazo pigment. Barite was also shown to be mixed with the pigments as an extender. On the other hand, the portrait's face of the playing card was peculiarly blackened. Our analytical approach toward characterizing the blackened face showed that the black paint was achieved by carbon black and, in other words, the face was not blackened due to the darkening of Pb-bearing pigments. Moreover, it was shown that there was no underdrawing under the black face and the black paint was most probably executed in the same time with the other paints. Considering the possible use of the playing card, it was suggested not to remove the blackened face in the cleaning process since the black paint was a part of the integrity of the playing card. © The Author(s) 2015.

  2. Synchronous fluorescence spectroscopic study of solvatochromic curcumin dye

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    Patra, Digambara; Barakat, Christelle

    2011-09-01

    Curcumin, the main yellow bioactive component of turmeric, has recently acquired attention by chemists due its wide range of potential biological applications as an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory, and an anti-carcinogenic agent. This molecule fluoresces weakly and poorly soluble in water. In this detailed study of curcumin in thirteen different solvents, both the absorption and fluorescence spectra of curcumin was found to be broad, however, a narrower and simple synchronous fluorescence spectrum of curcumin was obtained at Δ λ = 10-20 nm. Lippert-Mataga plot of curcumin in different solvents illustrated two sets of linearity which is consistent with the plot of Stokes' shift vs. the ET30. When Stokes's shift in wavenumber scale was replaced by synchronous fluorescence maximum in nanometer scale, the solvent polarity dependency measured by λSFSmax vs. Lippert-Mataga plot or ET30 values offered similar trends as measured via Stokes' shift for protic and aprotic solvents for curcumin. Better linear correlation of λSFSmax vs. π* scale of solvent polarity was found compared to λabsmax or λemmax or Stokes' shift measurements. In Stokes' shift measurement both absorption/excitation as well as emission (fluorescence) spectra are required to compute the Stokes' shift in wavenumber scale, but measurement could be done in a very fast and simple way by taking a single scan of SFS avoiding calculation and obtain information about polarity of the solvent. Curcumin decay properties in all the solvents could be fitted well to a double-exponential decay function.

  3. Influence of environment on piroxicam polymorphism: vibrational spectroscopic study.

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    Taddei, P; Torreggiani, A; Simoni, R

    2001-01-01

    FTIR and FT-Raman spectroscopies were used to evaluate the mechanism of transformation of piroxicam into its different forms (alpha, beta, and monohydrate), depending on the environment. These vibrational techniques allowed us to identify the forms of piroxicam that crystallize from different solvents at different cooling rates and the conformation of the drug in some of its derivatives: piroxicam hydrochloride, piroxicam thallium and sodium salt hemihydrates, and piroxicam sodium salt. The usefulness of Raman spectroscopy in characterizing piroxicam:beta-cyclodextrin (PbetaCD) inclusion compounds was described. The Raman spectrum of 1:2 PbetaCD was discussed in comparison with that of the corresponding piroxicam sodium salt containing inclusion compound (1:2 PNabetaCD) in order to study the influence of the piroxicam derivative used on the structure of the inclusion compound. The Raman results showed that in both of the inclusion compounds the piroxicam mainly assumes the zwitterionic structure typical of a monohydrate; therefore, the kind of derivative used does not affect the conformation of the drug in its inclusion compound. The effect of the method of synthesis utilized (freeze-drying or freeze-thaw cycling) to obtain 1:2.5 PbetaCD was investigated. The inclusion compound obtained by freeze-thaw cycling proved to be more crystalline and to contain a higher amount of the beta form than the freeze-dried inclusion compound. Raman spectroscopy proved to be a useful technique for evaluating the effectiveness of the manufacturing process in relation to the pharmaceutical properties of the drug and to the nondestructive and noninvasive on-line quality control of the industrial products.

  4. Electron spin resonance spectroscopic studies of radical cation reactions

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    Dai, S.

    1990-01-01

    A spin Hamiltonian suitable for theoretical analyses of ESR spectra is derived using the general effective Hamiltonian theory in the usual Schroedinger representation. The Permutation Indices method is extended to obtain the dynamic exchange equations used in ESR lineshape simulation. The correlation between [beta]-hydrogen coupling constants and their geometric orientations are derived using a perturbation method. The three electron bond model is extended to rationalize unimolecular rearrangements of radical cations. The ring-closed radical cations of 9,10-octalin oxide and synsesquinorbornene oxide have been characterized by ESR spectroscopy in the CFCl[sub 3] matrix at low temperature. The self-electron-transfer rate constants between the methyl viologen dication and cation have been determined by dynamic ESR lineshape simulations at room temperature in allyl alcohol, water, methanol and propargyl alcohol solvents. The radical cation formed by the radiolytic oxidation of allylamine in Freon matrices at 77 K is the 3-iminiopropyl distonic species(3-iminium-1-propyl radical). The nucleophilic endocylization of the but-3-en-1-ol radical cation to the protonated tetrahydrofuran-3-yl radical was observed in the radiolytic oxidation of but-3-en-1-ol in Freon matrices. ESR studies of the radiolytic oxidation of 1,5-hexdiyne have resulted in characterization the 1,5-hexadiyne radical cation isomerizing to the 1,2,4,5-hexatetraene radical cation. The symmetric (C[sub 2v]) bicyclo[3.3.0]-octa-2,6-diene-4,8-diyl(a bridged 1,4-bishomobenzene species) radical cation is produced by the radiolytic oxidation of semibullvalene in Freon matrices. The ring-opening 3,4-dimethylenecyclobutene radical cation to 1,2,4,5-hexatetraene radical cation was observed in the photolysis of 3,4-dimethylenecyclobutene radical cation. The cyclooctatetraene radical cation generated by radiolytic oxidation photoisomerizes to bicyclo[3.3.0]octa-2,6-diene-4,8-diyl radical cation.

  5. Raman spectroscopic study of the tellurite minerals: rajite and denningite.

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    Frost, Ray L; Dickfos, Marilla J; Keeffe, Eloise C

    2008-12-15

    Tellurites may be subdivided according to formula and structure. There are five groups based upon the formulae (a) A(XO3), (b) A(XO3).xH2O, (c) A2(XO3)3.xH2O, (d) A2(X2O5) and (e) A(X3O8). Raman spectroscopy has been used to study rajite and denningite, examples of group (d). Minerals of the tellurite group are porous zeolite-like materials. Raman bands for rajite observed at 740, and 676 and 667 cm(-1) are attributed to the nu1 (Te2O5)(2-) symmetric stretching mode and the nu3 (TeO3)(2-) antisymmetric stretching modes, respectively. A second rajite mineral sample provided a more complex Raman spectrum with Raman bands at 754 and 731 cm(-1) assigned to the nu1 (Te2O5)(2-) symmetric stretching modes and two bands at 652 and 603 cm(-1) are accounted for by the nu3 (Te2O5)(2-) antisymmetric stretching mode. The Raman spectrum of dennigite displays an intense band at 734 cm(-1) attributed to the nu1 (Te2O5)(2-) symmetric stretching mode with a second Raman band at 674 cm(-1) assigned to the nu3 (Te2O5)(2-) antisymmetric stretching mode. Raman bands for rajite, observed at (346, 370) and 438 cm(-1) are assigned to the (Te2O5)(2-)nu2 (A1) bending mode and nu4 (E) bending modes.

  6. Spectroscopic studies of Synechococcus sp PCC 7002 phycobilisome core mutants

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    Gindt, Y.M.

    1993-04-01

    The role of the L{sub cm} (I), {beta}{sup 18} (II), and {alpha}{sup AP-B} (III) chromoproteins in the phycobilisome (PBS) core was investigated using genetically engineered strains of Synechococcus missing different polypeptides. Intact cells, isolated PBS, and subcore preparations for each mutant were studied to determine the effect of that mutation on energy transfer within the PBS core and to the reaction centers. Three mutants lacked the II and/or III polypeptides, while the I chromophore was altered in others. A lower energy absorbing chromophore, A{sub max} = 695 nm, was substituted for the I chromophore. The deletion of the II and III subunits had no discernible effect on energy transfer from the PBS to PSII. In cells and isolated PBS, the altered I chromophore acts to quench the PBS complex and to redirect the energy which would be transferred to PSII. In the PBS and subcore preparations, deletion of the III subunit did not alter energy transfer within the core. The deletion of the II subunit from the PBS caused a small decrease in the excited state lifetimes of the final emitters indicating more disorder within the core. The I chromophore was found to absorb at 670nm and to emit at 683nm within the intact PBS. The II chromophore emits at 679nm while the III chromophore emits at 682nm. A strong interaction exists between the I chromophore and the II subunit. Upon deletion of the II subunit from the PBS core, the I chromophore emits at a higher energy. The II subunit could act to stabilize the I chromophore-binding pocket, or exciton coupling could be occurring between the two. The role of the III chromophore is still unclear at this time. The III chromophore does contribute to the RT emission of the isolated PBS, but it transfers energy to I at 77 K. One can conclude that the III subunit is adjacent to the trimer containing the I polypeptide.

  7. Spectroscopic studies of Synechococcus sp PCC 7002 phycobilisome core mutants

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    Gindt, Y.M.

    1993-04-01

    The role of the L[sub cm] (I), [beta][sup 18] (II), and [alpha][sup AP-B] (III) chromoproteins in the phycobilisome (PBS) core was investigated using genetically engineered strains of Synechococcus missing different polypeptides. Intact cells, isolated PBS, and subcore preparations for each mutant were studied to determine the effect of that mutation on energy transfer within the PBS core and to the reaction centers. Three mutants lacked the II and/or III polypeptides, while the I chromophore was altered in others. A lower energy absorbing chromophore, A[sub max] = 695 nm, was substituted for the I chromophore. The deletion of the II and III subunits had no discernible effect on energy transfer from the PBS to PSII. In cells and isolated PBS, the altered I chromophore acts to quench the PBS complex and to redirect the energy which would be transferred to PSII. In the PBS and subcore preparations, deletion of the III subunit did not alter energy transfer within the core. The deletion of the II subunit from the PBS caused a small decrease in the excited state lifetimes of the final emitters indicating more disorder within the core. The I chromophore was found to absorb at 670nm and to emit at 683nm within the intact PBS. The II chromophore emits at 679nm while the III chromophore emits at 682nm. A strong interaction exists between the I chromophore and the II subunit. Upon deletion of the II subunit from the PBS core, the I chromophore emits at a higher energy. The II subunit could act to stabilize the I chromophore-binding pocket, or exciton coupling could be occurring between the two. The role of the III chromophore is still unclear at this time. The III chromophore does contribute to the RT emission of the isolated PBS, but it transfers energy to I at 77 K. One can conclude that the III subunit is adjacent to the trimer containing the I polypeptide.

  8. Reaction and spectroscopic study of supported metal oxide catalysts

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    Ramani, Narayanan C.

    The role of surface structure, cation reducibility, surface acidity and the effect of the support was examined in the reaction of 1-butene over well characterized, supported metal oxide catalysts. Cr, Mo and W oxides supported on SiOsb2 were used to study the effect of structure, surface acidity and cation reducibility in the isomerization and selective oxidation of 1-butene. Supported oxides of Mo on TiOsb2,\\ Alsb2Osb3 and SiOsb2 were used to understand the role of the support in the selective oxidation of 1-butene. The surface acidity of SiOsb2 supported Cr, Mo, W and V oxide catalysts was examined by pyridine adsorption. Existing theoretical models of acidity were compared against experimental data. Over Mo(VI)/SiOsb2 and W(VI)/SiOsb2, isomerization through both a Bronsted catalyzed pathway and an allylic pathway were observed, while only the allylic pathway was observed over Cr(VI)/SiOsb2. The greater reducibility of the Cr cation compared to Mo and W cations was identified as the reason for the allylic pathway being dominant over Cr(VI)/SiOsb2. Cation reducibility was again seen to play an important role in the selective oxidation of 1-butene over SiOsb2 supported metal oxides. The turn over frequencies for 1,3-butadiene formation followed the trend in red-ox ability, with Cr > Mo > W. The activity to 1,3-butadiene formation did not change with increasing weight loading of Mo over TiOsb2 and Alsb2Osb3 supports. An analysis of the turn over frequencies of the supports and the supported cations revealed that a support effect, through the bridging oxygen ligand, dominated the intrinsic cation reducibility of Mo for these catalysts. The existence of Bronsted acidity over SiOsb2 supported Cr, Mo and V oxides was shown by an analysis of the OH region of the infrared spectrum, and by the adsorption of 1-butene and pyridine. Existing theoretical models for Bronsted acidity over supported metal oxides were shown to be inadequate to describe the observed results over

  9. Spectroscopic studies of molybdenum complexes as models for nitrogenase

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    Walker, T.P.

    1981-05-01

    Because biological nitrogen fixation requires Mo, there is an interest in inorganic Mo complexes which mimic the reactions of nitrogen-fixing enzymes. Two such complexes are the dimer Mo/sub 2/O/sub 4/ (cysteine)/sub 2//sup 2 -/ and trans-Mo(N/sub 2/)/sub 2/(dppe)/sub 2/ (dppe = 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane). The H/sup 1/ and C/sup 13/ NMR of solutions of Mo/sub 2/O/sub 4/(cys)/sub 2//sup 2 -/ are described. It is shown that in aqueous solution the cysteine ligands assume at least three distinct configurations. A step-wise dissociation of the cysteine ligand is proposed to explain the data. The Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) of trans-Mo(N/sub 2/)/sub 2/(dppe)/sub 2/ is described and compared to the EXAFS of MoH/sub 4/(dppe)/sub 2/. The spectra are fitted to amplitude and phase parameters developed at Bell Laboratories. On the basis of this analysis, one can determine (1) that the dinitrogen complex contains nitrogen and the hydride complex does not and (2) the correct Mo-N distance. This is significant because the Mo inn both complexes is coordinated by four P atoms which dominate the EXAFS. A similar sort of interference is present in nitrogenase due to S coordination of the Mo in the enzyme. This model experiment indicates that, given adequate signal to noise ratios, the presence or absence of dinitrogen coordination to Mo in the enzyme may be determined by EXAFS using existing data analysis techniques. A new reaction between Mo/sub 2/O/sub 4/(cys)/sub 2//sup 2 -/ and acetylene is described to the extent it is presently understood. A strong EPR signal is observed, suggesting the production of stable Mo(V) monomers. EXAFS studies support this suggestion. The Mo K-edge is described. The edge data suggests Mo(VI) is also produced in the reaction. Ultraviolet spectra suggest that cysteine is released in the course of the reaction.

  10. A spectroscopic and dynamical study of binary and other Cepheids

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    Petterson, Orlon King Lee

    High resolution observations have been made of a number of southern Cepheids to make an observational and theoretical study of Cepheid variables using radial velocities. The stars studied were part of a long term programme to observe southern variable stars, from which a valuable database of radial velocities gathered over a long period were available. Sixteen échelle spectrograph orders in the wavelength region 5400 - 8600Å were used, which included a number of absorption lines covering a range of species and excitation potentials. The line bisector technique was used to measure stellar and telluric lines and to obtain radial velocities. To improve the precision of the radial velocities we used telluric lines to calibrate the observations to a common reference frame. The radial velocities have a precision of ~300ms-1 allowing the detection of velocity differences of ~1 kms-1 with confidence. The radial velocity data obtained at Mount John University Observatory (MJUO) was combined with data from various sources to determine the orbits of any Cepheids exhibiting orbital motion. The various orbital parameters were determined for a number of systems and where radial velocities for the companions exist, some estimate of the mass was made. The precision of the radial velocities obtained from MJUO also allowed us to search for line level effects for a number of species among the Cepheid spectra. A number of IAU standard stars were observed to calibrate the radial velocities obtained at MJUO to the IAU standard scale. The radial velocities from MJUO were found not to differ significantly from the IAU values. Binary Cepheids are particularly useful in the determination of Cepheid masses, which are still an active topic for astronomical research. The value of the MJUO data was that it provided a consistent set of data against which other sources of data could be compared. For 8 of the Cepheids new or improved orbital solutions were found. They are Y Car, YZ Car, AX Cir

  11. Percentiles of body fat measured by bioelectrical impedance in children and adolescents from Bogotá (Colombia): the FUPRECOL study.

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    Escobar-Cardozo, Germán D; Correa-Bautista, Jorge E; González-Jiménez, Emilio; Schmidt-RioValle, Jacqueline; Ramírez-Vélez, Robinson

    2016-04-01

    The analysis of body composition is a fundamental part of nutritional status assessment. The objective of this study was to establish body fat percentiles by bioelectrical impedance in children and adolescents from Bogotá (Colombia) who were part of the FUPRECOL study (Asociación de la Fuerza Prensil con Manifestaciones Tempranas de Riesgo Cardiovascular en Niños y Adolescentes Colombianos - Association between prehensile force and early signs of cardiovascular risk in Colombian children and adolescents). This was a cross-sectional study conducted among 5850 students aged 9-17.9 years old from Bogotá (Colombia). Body fat percentage was measured using foot-to-foot bioelectrical impedance (Tanita®, BF-689), by age and gender. Weight, height, waist circumference, and hip circumference were measured, and sexual maturity was self-staged. Percentiles (P3, P10, P25, P50, P75, P90 and P97) and centile curves were estimated using the LMS method (L [BoxCox curve], M [median curve] and S [variation coefficient curve]), by age and gender. Subjects included were 2526 children and 3324 adolescents. Body fat percentages and centile curves by age and gender were established. For most age groups, values resulted higher among girls than boys. Participants with values above P90 were considered to have a high cardiovascular risk due to excess fat (boys > 23.428.3, girls > 31.0-34.1). Body fat percentage percentiles measured using bioelectrical impedance by age and gender are presented here and may be used as reference to assess nutritional status and to predict cardiovascular risk due to excess fat at an early age. Sociedad Argentina de Pediatría.

  12. Radio-colouration of diamond: a spectroscopic study

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    Nasdala, Lutz; Grambole, Dieter; Wildner, Manfred; Gigler, Alexander M.; Hainschwang, Thomas; Zaitsev, Alexander M.; Harris, Jeffrey W.; Milledge, Judith; Schulze, Daniel J.; Hofmeister, Wolfgang; Balmer, Walter A.

    2013-05-01

    We have undertaken a study of the common green or orange-brown spots at the surface of rough diamond specimens, which are caused by alpha particles emanating from radioactive sources outside the diamond. Richly coloured haloes represent elevated levels of structural damage, indicated by strong broadening of the main Raman band of diamond, intense strain birefringence, and up-doming of spots due to their extensive volume expansion. Green radio-colouration was analogously generated through the irradiation of diamond with 8.8 MeV helium ions. The generation of readily visible radio-colouration was observed after irradiating diamond with ≥1015 He ions per cm2. The accumulation of such a high number of alpha particles requires irradiation of the diamond from a radioactive source over long periods of time, presumably hundreds of millions of years in many cases. In the samples irradiated with He ions, amorphisation was observed in volume areas where the defect density exceeded 5 × 10-3 Å-3 (or 0.03 dpa; displacements per target atom). In contrast, graphitisation as a direct result of the ion irradiation was not observed. The green colouration transformed to brown at moderate annealing temperatures (here 450 °C). The colour transformation is associated with only partial recovery of the radiation damage. The colour change is mainly due to the destruction of the GR1 centre, explained by trapping of vacancies at A defects to form the H3 centre. An activation energy of ~2.4 ± 0.2 eV was determined for the GR1 reduction. The H3 centre, in turn, causes intense yellowish-green photoluminescence under ultraviolet illumination. Radio-colouration and associated H3 photoluminescence are due to point defects created by the ions irradiated, whereas lattice ionisation is of minor importance. This is concluded from the depth distribution of the colouration and the photoluminescence intensity (which corresponds to the defect density but not the ionisation distribution pattern). The

  13. Vibrational and Raman Spectroscopic Study of Cubic Boron Nitride Under Pressure Using Density Functional Theory

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    Pillai, Sharad Babu; Mankad, Venu; Jha, Prafulla K.

    2017-08-01

    Pressure-dependent mechanical, vibrational and Raman spectroscopic study of the cubic boron nitride in context of recent experimental Raman spectroscopic has been performed using the ab initio calculations based on density functional theory. Detailed analysis of the pressure-dependent mechanical and phonon properties shows that the pressure significantly affects the elastic constants and phonon frequencies. There is a systematic variation of elastic properties with pressure while a polynomial expression is used to fit the pressure dependence of the Raman shift. The longitudinal optical-transverse optical (LO-TO) splitting reduces with pressure, and the intensity of both LO and TO peaks start diminishing after 750 GPa. The phonon dispersion curves up to 1000 GPa indicate its dynamical stability. The lower slope of frequency versus pressure for the LO and TO modes at higher pressures suggests its use for pressure calibration at higher pressures.

  14. Studies on the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of Zr-based Laves phase metal hydride electrodes

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    Chen, J.; Dou, S.X.; Bradhurst, D.; Liu, H.K.

    1997-12-01

    The impedance spectra of Zr(V{sub 0.4}Ni{sub 0.6}){sub 2}, Zr(V{sub 0.2}Mn{sub 0.2}Ni{sub 0.6}){sub 2}, Zr(V{sub 0.2}Mn{sub 0.2}Ni{sub 0.55}Si{sub 0.05}){sub 2} alloys have been investigated. An equivalent circuit for the reaction of an MH electrode is proposed. The results reveal that: (1) the additions of Mn and Si have significant effects on the reaction resistances of the alloys; (2) Ni powder is an appropriate additive material in the manufacturing process of an MH electrode; (3) the amounts of Ni powder in the alloy electrode also should be considered in the practical utilization.

  15. Impedance Spectroscopy as a Tool for the Electrochemical Study of Mixed Conducting Ceria

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    Lai, Wei

    2007-10-01

    The A.C. impedance response of mixed ionic and electronic conductors (MIECs) is derived from first principles and quantitatively compared with experimental data of three model systems: pO2 |Pt|Sm0.15Ce0.85O2--delta(1350°C)|Pt| pO2 (system I), pO2 |Pt|Sm0.15Ce0.85O2--delta(1550°C|Pt| pO2 (system II), and pO2 (c)|Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe 0.2O3--delta|Sm0.15Ce0.85O 2--delta(1350°C)|Pt| pO2 (a) (system III). For the equilibrium systems I and II, which differ in terms of the preparation of the electrolyte, a broad spectrum of electrical and thermodynamic properties is extracted solely from the measurement of impedance spectra over wide oxygen partial pressure (10--31--0.21 atm) and temperature ranges (500 to 650°C). Electrolyte parameters derived from quantitative fitting of the impedance spectra include the concentration of free electron carriers, the mobilities for both ion and electron transport, the entropy and enthalpy of reduction of Ce4+ to Ce3+, and, for system II, the space charge potential characterizing the grain boundary behavior. In addition, the electrochemical behavior of O2 and H2 at the Pt|ceria interface has been characterized from these measurements. Under oxidizing conditions, the data suggest an oxygen electro-reduction reaction that is rate limited by the dissociated adsorption/discussion of oxygen species on the Pt electrode, similar to Pt|zirconia. Under reducing conditions, the inverse of the electrode polarization resistivity obeys a p-1/4O2 dependence, with an activation energy that is similar to that measured for the electronic conductivity. These results suggest that ceria is electrochemically active for hydrogen electro-oxidation and that the reaction is limited by the rate of removal of electrons from the ceria surface. For the nonequilibrium system III, examined from 550 to 650°C, the cathode oxygen partial pressure was fixed at 0.21 atm and the anode H2 was varied from 0.2 to 1 atm. The combination of Open Circuit Voltage (OCV) measurement

  16. Mediatorless Impedance Studies with Titanium Dioxide Conjugated Gold Nanoparticles for Hydrogen Peroxide Detection.

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    Abdul Halim, Nur Hamidah; Lee, Yook Heng; Marugan, Radha Swathe Priya Malon; Hashim, Uda

    2017-09-18

    An impedimetric-based biosensor constructed using gold nanoparticles (AuNP) entrapped within titanium dioxide (TiO₂) particles for hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂) detection is the main feature of this research. The matrix of the biosensor employed the surface of TiO₂, which was previously modified with an amine terminal group using 3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS) at a low temperature to create a ready to immobilise surface for the biosensor application. Hemoglobin (Hb), which exhibits peroxidase-like activity, was used as the bioreceptor in the biosensor to detect H₂O₂ in solution. The analysis was carried out using an alternative impedance method, in which the biosensor exhibited a wide linear range response between 1 × 10(-4) M and 1.5 × 10(-2) M and a limit of detection (LOD) of 1 × 10(-5) M without a redox mediator.

  17. Electrochemical characteristics and impedance spectroscopy studies of nano-cobalt silicate hydroxide for supercapacitor

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    Zhang, Guo-Qing; Zhao, Yong-Qing; Tao, Feng; Li, Hu-Lin

    Cobalt silicate hydroxide (Co 3[Si 2O 5] 2[OH] 2) was prepared by chemical method for use in electrochemical capacitors. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) tests indicate that the material was pure hexagonal phase with uniform nanometer size distribution. Cyclic voltammeter (CV) and galvanostatic charge/discharge measurements show that the cobalt silicate hydroxide-based electrode has stable electrochemical capacitor properties between potential range of 0.1-0.55 V with a maximum specific capacitance of 237 F g -1 in alkaline solution and 95% of capacity efficiency was reached after 150 cycles. Electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) investigation illustrates that the capacitance of the test electrode was mainly consisted of pseudo-capacitance, which was caused by underpotential deposition of H 3O + at the electrode surface.

  18. AC Impedance Studies on Metal/Nanoporous Silicon/ p-Silicon Structures

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    Mabrook, M. F.; Ray, A. K.

    2017-04-01

    Alternating current (AC) impedance measurements have been performed on 10- to 15- μm thick porous silicon layers on a (100) p-type silicon ( p(+)Si) substrate with the aluminium (Al) top electrode in a sandwich configuration in the range of 20 Hz-1 MHz and in the temperature ranging between 152 K and 292 K. The ac conductivity σ ac was found to increase with frequency f according to the universal power law: σ_{{ac}} = Afs where the exponent s is a frequency and temperature-dependent quantity. A hopping process is found to be dominant at low temperatures and high frequencies, while a thermally activated free band process is responsible for conduction at higher temperatures. Capacitance is found to decrease with frequency but increase with temperature. Frequency dependence of the loss tangent is observed with a temperature-dependent minimum value.

  19. Impedance spectroscopy study on graphene wrapped nanocrystalline V2O5

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    Bhaskaram, D. Surya; Govindaraj, G.; Cheruku, Rajesh

    2016-05-01

    Nanocrystalline V2O5 was synthesized by solvothermal technique, which has potential application as electrode material in supercapacitors. The graphene oxide (GO) was prepared by modified Hummer's method. The V2O5/ reduced graphene oxide (RGO) composite was synthesized using surfactant free hydrothermal technique to enhance the functionality in terms of conductivity and surface area of V2O5. The structural characterization was accomplished through X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Morphology was identified by SEM and surface area of VRGO was enhanced by 8 times in comparison with V2O5 nano particles, as confirmed through BET surface area analysis. Electrical characterization was done through impedance spectroscopy and the results showed decrease in sample resistance after wrapping V2O5 with RGO.

  20. Impedance spectroscopy study on graphene wrapped nanocrystalline V{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Bhaskaram, D. Surya Govindaraj, G.; Cheruku, Rajesh

    2016-05-23

    Nanocrystalline V{sub 2}O{sub 5} was synthesized by solvothermal technique, which has potential application as electrode material in supercapacitors. The graphene oxide (GO) was prepared by modified Hummer’s method. The V{sub 2}O{sub 5}/ reduced graphene oxide (RGO) composite was synthesized using surfactant free hydrothermal technique to enhance the functionality in terms of conductivity and surface area of V{sub 2}O{sub 5}. The structural characterization was accomplished through X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Morphology was identified by SEM and surface area of VRGO was enhanced by 8 times in comparison with V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nano particles, as confirmed through BET surface area analysis. Electrical characterization was done through impedance spectroscopy and the results showed decrease in sample resistance after wrapping V{sub 2}O{sub 5} with RGO.

  1. Impedance and self-discharge mechanism studies of nickel metal hydride batteries for energy storage applications

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    Zhu, Wenhua; Zhu, Ying; Tatarchuk, Bruce

    2013-04-01

    Nickel metal hydride battery packs have been found wide applications in the HEVs (hybrid electric vehicles) through the on-board rapid energy conservation and efficient storage to decrease the fossil fuel consumption rate and reduce CO2 emissions as well as other harmful exhaust gases. In comparison to the conventional Ni-Cd battery, the Ni-MH battery exhibits a relatively higher self-discharge rate. In general, there are quite a few factors that speed up the self-discharge of the electrodes in the sealed nickel metal hydride batteries. This disadvantage eventually reduces the overall efficiency of the energy conversion and storage system. In this work, ac impedance data were collected from the nickel metal hydride batteries. The self-discharge mechanism and battery capacity degradation were analyzed and discussed for further performance improvement.

  2. Electromagnetic scattering by impedance structures

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    Balanis, Constantine A.; Griesser, Timothy

    1987-01-01

    The scattering of electromagnetic waves from impedance structures is investigated, and current work on antenna pattern calculation is presented. A general algorithm for determining radiation patterns from antennas mounted near or on polygonal plates is presented. These plates are assumed to be of a material which satisfies the Leontovich (or surface impedance) boundary condition. Calculated patterns including reflection and diffraction terms are presented for numerious geometries, and refinements are included for antennas mounted directly on impedance surfaces. For the case of a monopole mounted on a surface impedance ground plane, computed patterns are compared with experimental measurements. This work in antenna pattern prediction forms the basis of understanding of the complex scattering mechanisms from impedance surfaces. It provides the foundation for the analysis of backscattering patterns which, in general, are more problematic than calculation of antenna patterns. Further proposed study of related topics, including surface waves, corner diffractions, and multiple diffractions, is outlined.

  3. High-impedance wire grid method to study spatiotemporal behavior of hot electron clump generated in a plasma

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    Terasaka, K. Kato, Y.; Tanaka, M. Y.; Yoshimura, S.; Morisaki, T.; Furuta, K.; Aramaki, M.

    2014-11-15

    High-impedance Wire Grid (HIWG) detector has been developed to study spatiotemporal behavior of a hot electron clump generated in an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma. By measuring the floating potentials of the wire electrodes, and generating structure matrix made of geometrical means of the floating potentials, the HIWG detector reconstructs the spatial distribution of high-temperature electron clump at an arbitrary instant of time. Time slices of the spike event in floating potential revealed the growth and decay process of a hot spot occurs in an ECR plasma.

  4. High-impedance wire grid method to study spatiotemporal behavior of hot electron clump generated in a plasma.

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    Terasaka, K; Yoshimura, S; Kato, Y; Furuta, K; Aramaki, M; Morisaki, T; Tanaka, M Y

    2014-11-01

    High-impedance Wire Grid (HIWG) detector has been developed to study spatiotemporal behavior of a hot electron clump generated in an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma. By measuring the floating potentials of the wire electrodes, and generating structure matrix made of geometrical means of the floating potentials, the HIWG detector reconstructs the spatial distribution of high-temperature electron clump at an arbitrary instant of time. Time slices of the spike event in floating potential revealed the growth and decay process of a hot spot occurs in an ECR plasma.

  5. A study on transmission characteristics and specific absorption rate using impedance-matched electrodes for various human body communication.

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    Machida, Yuta; Yamamoto, Takahiko; Koshiji, Kohji

    2013-01-01

    Human body communication (HBC) is a new communication technology that has presented potential applications in health care and elderly support systems in recent years. In this study, which is focused on a wearable transmitter and receiver for HBC in a body area network (BAN), we performed electromagnetic field analysis and simulation using the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method with various models of the human body. Further we redesigned a number of impedance-matched electrodes to allow transmission without stubs or transformers. The specific absorption rate (SAR) and transmission characteristics S21 of these electrode structures were compared for several models.

  6. Comparative study of human erythrocytes by digital holographic microscopy, confocal microscopy, and impedance volume analyzer.

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    Rappaz, Benjamin; Barbul, Alexander; Emery, Yves; Korenstein, Rafi; Depeursinge, Christian; Magistretti, Pierre J; Marquet, Pierre

    2008-10-01

    Red blood cell (RBC) parameters such as morphology, volume, refractive index, and hemoglobin content are of great importance for diagnostic purposes. Existing approaches require complicated calibration procedures and robust cell perturbation. As a result, reference values for normal RBC differ depending on the method used. We present a way for measuring parameters of intact individual RBCs by using digital holographic microscopy (DHM), a new interferometric and label-free technique with nanometric axial sensitivity. The results are compared with values achieved by conventional techniques for RBC of the same donor and previously published figures. A DHM equipped with a laser diode (lambda = 663 nm) was used to record holograms in an off-axis geometry. Measurements of both RBC refractive indices and volumes were achieved via monitoring the quantitative phase map of RBC by means of a sequential perfusion of two isotonic solutions with different refractive indices obtained by the use of Nycodenz (decoupling procedure). Volume of RBCs labeled by membrane dye Dil was analyzed by confocal microscopy. The mean cell volume (MCV), red blood cell distribution width (RDW), and mean cell hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) were also measured with an impedance volume analyzer. DHM yielded RBC refractive index n = 1.418 +/- 0.012, volume 83 +/- 14 fl, MCH = 29.9 pg, and MCHC 362 +/- 40 g/l. Erythrocyte MCV, MCH, and MCHC achieved by an impedance volume analyzer were 82 fl, 28.6 pg, and 349 g/l, respectively. Confocal microscopy yielded 91 +/- 17 fl for RBC volume. In conclusion, DHM in combination with a decoupling procedure allows measuring noninvasively volume, refractive index, and hemoglobin content of single-living RBCs with a high accuracy. Copyright 2008 International Society for Advancement of Cytometry.

  7. Transport in fuel cells: Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and neutron imaging studies

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    Aaron, Douglas Scott

    This dissertation focuses on two powerful methods of performing in-situ studies of transport limitations in fuel cells. The first is electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) while the second is neutron imaging. Three fuel cell systems are studied in this work: polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and enzyme fuel cells (EFCs). The first experimental section of this dissertation focuses on application of EIS and neutron imaging to an operating PEMFC. The effects of cathode-side humidity and flow rate, as well as cell temperature and a transient response to cathode-side humidity, were studied for a PEMFC via EIS. It was found that increased air humidity in the cathode resulted in greatly reduced cathode resistance as well as a significant reduction in membrane resistance. The anode resistance was only slightly reduced in this case. Increased air flow rate was observed to have little effect on any resistance in the PEMFC, though slight reductions in both the anode and the cathode were observed. Increased cell temperature resulted in decreased cathode and anode resistances. Finally, the transient response to increased humidity exhibited unstable behavior for both the anode and the cathode resistances and the PEMFC power output. Neutron imaging allowed the calculation of water content throughout the PEMFC, showing a maximum in water content at the cathode gas diffusion layer - membrane interface. The second experimental section of this dissertation delves into the world of microbial fuel cells. Multiple long-term observations of changes in internal resistances were performed and illustrated the reduction in anode resistance as the bacterial community was established. Over this same time period, the cathode resistance was observed to have increased; these two phenomena suggest that the anode improved over time while the cathode suffered from degradation. Increased anode fluid ionic strength and flow rate both led to significant

  8. Characterization of porcine skin as a model for human skin studies using infrared spectroscopic imaging.

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    Kong, Rong; Bhargava, Rohit

    2011-06-07

    Porcine skin is often considered a substitute for human skin based on morphological and functional data, for example, for transdermal drug diffusion studies. A chemical, structural and temporal characterization of porcine skin in comparison to human skin is not available but will likely improve our understanding of this porcine skin model. Here, we employ Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopic imaging to holistically measure chemical species as well as spatial structure as a function of time to characterize porcine skin as a model for human skin. Porcine skin was found to resemble human skin spectroscopically and differences are elucidated. Cryo-prepared fresh porcine skin samples for spectroscopic imaging were found to be stable over time and small variations are observed. Hence, we extended characterization to the use of this model for dynamic processes. In particular, the capacity and stability of this model in transdermal diffusion is examined. The results indicate that porcine skin is likely to be an attractive tool for studying diffusion dynamics of materials in human skin.

  9. Platelet function in baboons and humans - A comparative study of whole blood using impedance platelet aggregometry (Multiplate®).

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    Ponschab, Martin; van Griensven, Martijn; Heitmeier, Stefan; Laux, Volker; Schlimp, Christoph J; Calatzis, Andreas; Bahrami, Soheyl; Redl, Heinz; Schöchl, Herbert

    2016-11-01

    Platelets play a pivotal role in coagulation, inflammation and wound healing. Suitable animal models that have the potential to mimic human platelet function are limited. The objective of the current study was to compare platelet aggregation response in the whole blood of baboons and humans using impedance aggregometry. Blood was drawn from 24 anesthetised male baboons and 25 healthy volunteers. The platelet aggregation response was determined by impedance aggregometry (Multiplate®). Platelets in the hirudinised whole blood samples were stimulated with four different activators: adenosine diphosphate (ADP), collagen (COL), thrombin receptor activating peptide-6 (TR1AP), and activation of PAR-4 thrombin receptor subtype (TR4AP) at standard concentrations. Higher than standard concentrations were tested in a subgroup of the animals. The cell counts showed no differences between baboons and humans. The platelet aggregation response was significantly lower in baboons compared to humans when stimulated with the platelet agonists ADP (p<0.0001), COL (p=0.021) and TR4AP (p<0.0001). TR1AP did not stimulate platelet aggregation in the baboon blood. Doubling the concentration of ADP and of TR4AP significantly increased the AUC compared to the standard concentration. In contrast, increased COL levels did not further increase the AUC. The current study revealed that testing the platelet function in baboon blood by impedance aggregometry is feasible with ADP, COL and TR4AP, but not with TR1AP. Compared to humans, the aggregation response is lower in baboons. Considering the limitations in accordance to these results, baboons might represent a potential species for further platelet research. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  10. An observational study of the effect of coronary artery disease severity on acute pacing threshold and lead impedance in patients with permanent pacemaker.

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    Ekinci, Selim; Yeşil, Murat; Bayata, Serdar; Arikan, Erdinç; Vurgun, Veysel Kutay; Postaci, Nursen; Safak, Ozgen; Ozdemir, Emre

    2012-05-01

    This study investigated the effect of coronary artery disease (CAD) severity, distribution and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) on acute ventricular pacing threshold and lead impedance at the time of pacemaker implantation. One hundred and thirty-two patients who received a ventricular pacemaker or internal cardioverter-defibrilator (ICD) lead in our institution between 2007-2010 were included in this observational study. Patients were divided into ICD and anti-bradycardic pacemaker (PM) groups. Groups were compared for ventricular stimulation threshold, lead impedance and LVEF. Later, groups were sub-grouped according to the severity and distribution of CAD and subgroups were compared in both groups for ventricular stimulation threshold, lead impedance. Quantitative data of groups were compared by means of independent samples t-test. Ventricular pacing thresholds were found significantly higher ICD group compared with PM group (p<0.05). Impedance and LVEF values were significantly lower in ICD group (p<0.05). Impedance and ventricular pacing thresholds were comparable in subgroups of ICD and PM groups. Our study does not confirm any relationship between pacing parameters and severity-distribution of CAD and LVEF. Patients with ventricular ICD lead had higher pacing thresholds but lower pacing impedance values comparing with PM group. This study did not find any significant relationship between pacing parameters at implantation and LVEF, severity and distribution of CAD.

  11. Dual electrode stimulation using the nucleus CI24RE cochlear implant: electrode impedance and pitch ranking studies.

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    Busby, Peter A; Plant, Kerrie L

    2005-10-01

    The first aim of the study was to determine the reduction in electrode impedances using dual electrode stimulation compared with single electrode stimulation in the new Nucleus CI24RE receiver-stimulator. The CI24RE is connected to the Nucleus 22-electrode intracochlear array. Dual electrode stimulation is produced by electrically coupling two adjacent single electrodes. The second aim was to determine whether dual electrode stimulation produced pitch percepts that were intermediate to the pitch of the two adjacent single electrodes. Eight postlingually hearing-impaired adults with severe to profound loss, implanted with the CI24RE, participated in the study. Electrode impedances were measured by using the standard telemetry function of the system. A pitch ranking task was used to measure pitch for dual and single electrodes. Seven sets of three electrodes along the electrode array were tested. Each set of electrodes consisted of a dual electrode and the two adjacent single electrodes. Pitch ranking was measured using a two-alternative forced choice procedure, with the three electrodes in each set paired with each other as AB and BA pairs. The subject indicated which of the two stimuli had the higher pitch. Random variation in current level was used to remove any loudness cues. The average electrode impedance was 38.6% lower for dual electrodes compared with single electrodes. Three subjects were able to successfully rank the three electrodes in each set in the expected tonotopic order for all seven sets of electrodes along the array. Three other subjects were able to rank sets of electrodes in the tonotopic order for most of the tested positions on the array. The remaining two subjects gave more variable pitch ranking across positions along the array, although successful tonotopic ranking was demonstrated for several sets of electrodes. Dual electrode stimulation with the CI24RE receiver-stimulator produced systematically lower electrode impedances and was capable

  12. Use of neural networks for prediction of lateral reservoir porosity from seismic acoustic impedance: A case study from Saudi Arabia

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    Alamoudi, Waleed Ahmad

    Reservoir porosity controls the strategies for reservoir management. Porosity is the primary key to a reliable reservoir model. The most economic method of evaluating reservoir porosity on a foot-by-foot basis is from core and well log data analysis. Lateral reservoir porosity is estimated using geostatistical method from well log data or from the integration of well log data and seismic data. However, the petroleum industry needs more accurate, reliable methods to estimate porosity from seismic data. Neural network analysis is one of the latest technologies available to the petroleum industry. In this study, I report results of an investigation of the use of neural network to predict lateral reservoir porosity. The approach is based on using average seismic acoustic impedances extracted from a 3D seismic volume to predict lateral average porosity for 13 reservoir geological layers. A neural network was trained using different subsets of well log data from 9 hydrocarbon wells and validated using the reminder of the wells. Data from the Unayzah reservoir in CNR field located in central basin of Saudi Arabia was used in this study. Model-based post-stack seismic inversion was used to produce a seismic acoustic impedance volume. Average impedance maps were then created for 13 layers from the Unayzah reservoir interval in the CNR field. Back-propagation neural network technique successfully estimated lateral reservoir porosity from seismic acoustic impedance and density attributes. The neural network performance using data from 6 wells (C, D, F, G, I, J), more or less distributed along the field axis, provided a better correlation and less scatter than other well training geometries in the testing phase. The A, B, and H wells were used for validation. Goodness of fit was 0.9985. The good neural network prediction in the testing phase reflects the neural network capability to estimate average reservoir porosities. Predicted lateral porosity maps incorporate

  13. A feasibility study for evaluation of mechanical properties of articular cartilage with a two-electrode electrical impedance method.

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    Morita, Yusuke; Kondo, Hideo; Tomita, Naohide; Suzuki, Shigehiko

    2012-05-01

    Since articular cartilage has important mechanical properties such as load-bearing, shock absorption and lubrication for activities in daily life, it is important to evaluate the mechanical properties of repaired cartilage in terms of whether those properties are the same as those of natural cartilage. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of an electrical impedance method for quantitatively measuring the mechanical properties of cartilage. Cartilage specimens were harvested from porcine knee joint, and two kinds of enzyme-treated cartilages were prepared to investigate the correlation between mechanical and electrical properties resulting from changes in the structure of the extracellular matrix. Collagenase solution and hyaluronidase solution were used to digest the collagen fibril and proteoglycan, respectively. Electrical impedance measurement, indentation test and biochemical analysis were carried out for the enzyme-treated cartilages. The water content increased with enzyme treatment time, and the permeability of the treated cartilages increased with decreasing glycosaminoglycan content for both types of enzyme-treated cartilages. The aggregate modulus and the electrical resistivity for both types of enzyme-treated cartilages decreased with increasing permeability after 12-h treatment. The aggregate modulus and the electrical resistivity for both types of treated cartilages decreased with increasing water content and permeability after 24-h treatment. The electrical resistivity and the aggregate modulus of articular cartilage depended not only on the water content, but also on the permeability, and the electrical resistivity for both types of enzyme-treated cartilages was found to be significantly linearly correlated with the aggregate modulus. These results showed that the aggregate modulus of articular cartilage can be estimated by measuring its electrical impedance.

  14. Exploring binding properties of sertraline with human serum albumin: Combination of spectroscopic and molecular modeling studies.

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    Shahlaei, Mohsen; Rahimi, Behnoosh; Nowroozi, Amin; Ashrafi-Kooshk, Mohammad Reza; Sadrjavadi, Komail; Khodarahmi, Reza

    2015-12-05

    Human serum albumin (HSA)-drug binding is an important factor to determine half life and bioavailability of drugs. In the present research, the interaction of sertraline (SER) to HSA was investigated using combination of spectroscopic and molecular modeling techniques. Changes in the UV-Vis, CD and FT-IR spectra as well as a significant degree of tryptophan fluorescence quenching were observed upon SER-HSA interaction. Data obtained by spectroscopic methods along with the computational studies suggest that SER binds to residues located in subdomain IIA of HSA. Analysis of spectroscopic data represented the formation of 1:1 complex, significant binding affinity, negative values of entropy and enthalpy changes and the essential role of hydrophobic interactions in binding of SER to HSA. The binding models were demonstrated in the aspects of SER's conformation, active site interactions, important amino acids and hydrogen bonding. Computational mapping of the possible binding site of SER confirmed that the ligand to be bound in a large hydrophobic cavity of HSA. In accordance with experimental data, computational analyses indicated that SER binding does not alter the secondary structure of the protein. The results not only lead to a better understanding of interaction between SER and HSA but also provide useful data about the influence of SER on the protein conformation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Ultraviolet and optical spectroscopic studies of Lambda Andromedae - The chromosphere and interstellar medium

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    Baliunas, S. L.; Dupree, A. K.

    1979-01-01

    Chromospheric lines of, and interstellar lines toward, the spectroscopic binary Lambda And (primary component G7-G8 III-IV) have been observed in the ultraviolet with the spectrometer and telescope on board the Copernicus satellite. An extensive, high-resolution spectroscopic study of the Ca II H and K profiles has also been undertaken. Some of these optical spectra were obtained simultaneously with the ultraviolet data. The ultraviolet emission lines of Lamba And are compared to the sun and to stars of similar spectral type. The star Lamba And resembles the active sun in surface brightness of chromospheric emissions and in appearance of the Mg II and Ca II profiles. The largest variations in the integrated calcium emission cores amount to an 80% increase in the K core and a corresponding 40% increase in the H core between observations two years apart. Variations in the cores may show a dependence on spectroscopic phase, and may be contributed to by circumstellar matter in the binary system. Previously unreported, transient emission features have also been observed, at a velocity of -70 km/s with respect to the Ca II emission cores.

  16. Computational studies of the electronic, conductivities, and spectroscopic properties of hydrolysed Ru(II) anticancer complexes.

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    Adeniyi, Adebayo A; Ajibade, Peter A

    2013-11-01

    The mechanism of activation of metal-based anticancer agents was reported to be through hydrolysis. In this study, computational method was used to gain insight to the correlation between the chemistry of the hydrolysis and the anticancer activities of selected Ru(II)-based complexes. Interestingly, we observed that the mechanism of activation by hydrolysis and their consequential anticancer activities is associated with favourable thermodynamic changes, higher hyperpolarizability (β), lower band-gap and higher first-order net current. The Fermi contact (FC) and spin dipole (SD) are found to be the two most significant Ramsey terms that determine the spin-spin couplings (J(HZ)) of most of the existing bonds in the complexes. Many of the computed properties give insights into the change in the chemistry of the complexes due to hydrolysis. Besides strong correlations of the computed properties to the anticancer activities of the complexes, using the quantum theory of atoms in a molecule (QTAIM) to analyse the spectroscopic properties shows a stronger correlation between the spectroscopic properties of Ru atom to the reported anticancer activities than the sum over of the spectroscopic properties of all atoms in the complexes.

  17. Computational studies of the electronic, conductivities, and spectroscopic properties of hydrolysed Ru(II) anticancer complexes

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    Adeniyi, Adebayo A.; Ajibade, Peter A.

    2013-11-01

    The mechanism of activation of metal-based anticancer agents was reported to be through hydrolysis. In this study, computational method was used to gain insight to the correlation between the chemistry of the hydrolysis and the anticancer activities of selected Ru(II)-based complexes. Interestingly, we observed that the mechanism of activation by hydrolysis and their consequential anticancer activities is associated with favourable thermodynamic changes, higher hyperpolarizability (β), lower band-gap and higher first-order net current. The Fermi contact (FC) and spin dipole (SD) are found to be the two most significant Ramsey terms that determine the spin-spin couplings (J(HZ)) of most of the existing bonds in the complexes. Many of the computed properties give insights into the change in the chemistry of the complexes due to hydrolysis. Besides strong correlations of the computed properties to the anticancer activities of the complexes, using the quantum theory of atoms in a molecule (QTAIM) to analyse the spectroscopic properties shows a stronger correlation between the spectroscopic properties of Ru atom to the reported anticancer activities than the sum over of the spectroscopic properties of all atoms in the complexes.

  18. ADVANCES IN IMPEDANCE THEORY

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    Stupakov, G.; /SLAC

    2009-06-05

    We review recent progress in the following areas of the impedance theory: calculation of impedance of tapers and small angle collimators; optical approximation and parabolic equation for the high-frequency impedance; impedance due to resistive inserts in a perfectly conducting pipe.

  19. Comparative electrochemical and impedance studies of self-assembled rigid-rod molecular wires and alkanethiols on gold substrates.

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    Aguiar, Francisco A; Campos, Rui; Wang, Changsheng; Jitchati, Rukkiat; Batsanov, Andrei S; Bryce, Martin R; Kataky, Ritu

    2010-11-28

    A study of the charge transfer and self-assembly characteristics of two new rigid-rod molecular wires 1 and 2 assembled on polycrystalline gold electrodes was carried out using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. This class of wires have precisely controlled (ca. 1.5-2.5 nm) lengths of π-conjugation, with extended HOMO and LUMO wavefunctions. While rotations can occur around the C-C single bonds, the molecules cannot isomerise or fold due to their rigid backbone structures. The behaviour of these wires was compared with SAMs of heptanethiol (HPT) and dodecanethiol (DDT). It was found that SAMs of 1, which bears flexible hexyloxy sidechains, had randomly distributed pinholes which show microelectrode behaviour even when diluted with DDT. SAMs of 2, which do not have any sidechains, were well-organised at open-circuit potentials enabling evaluation of electron transfer kinetics assuming an average film thickness. However, impedance studies show that deviations from open circuit potentials resulted in an exponential decrease in charge transfer resistance, whereas capacitance remained constant, possibly attributable to conformational changes of the SAM. The syntheses and characterisation of the molecules is described.

  20. Impedance spectroscopy study of a catechol-modified activated carbon electrode as active material in electrochemical capacitor

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    Cougnon, C.; Lebègue, E.; Pognon, G.

    2015-01-01

    Modified activated carbon (Norit S-50) electrodes with electrochemical double layer (EDL) capacitance and redox capacitance contributions to the electric charge storage were tested in 1 M H2SO4 to quantify the benefit and the limitation of the surface redox reactions on the electrochemical performances of the resulting pseudo-capacitive materials. The electrochemical performances of an electrochemically anodized carbon electrode and a catechol-modified carbon electrode, which make use both EDL capacitance of the porous structure of the carbon and redox capacitance, were compared to the performances obtained for the pristine carbon. Nitrogen gas adsorption measurements have been used for studying the impact of the grafting on the BET surface area, pore size distribution, pore volume and average pore diameter. The electrochemical behavior of carbon materials was studied by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The EIS data were discussed by using a complex capacitance model that allows defining the characteristic time constant, the global capacitance and the frequency at which the maximum charge stored is reached. The EIS measurements were achieved at different dc potential values where a redox activity occurs and the evolution of the capacitance and the capacitive relaxation time with the electrode potential are presented. Realistic galvanostatic charge/discharge measurements performed at different current rates corroborate the results obtained by impedance.

  1. Spectroscopic studies on the interaction of Ga3+-hypocrellin A with myoglobin.

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    Xie, Wenli; Wei, Shaohua; Liu, Jihua; Ge, Xuefeng; Zhou, Lin; Zhou, Jiahong; Shen, Jian

    2014-01-01

    In this article, the interaction mechanism of Ga(3+)-hypocrellin A (Ga(3+)-HA) with myoglobin (Mb) is studied in detail through various spectroscopic technologies. UV-vis absorption and fluorescence spectra demonstrate the interaction process. The Stern-Volmer plot and the time-resolved fluorescence study suggest the fluorescence quenching mechanism of Mb by Ga(3+)-HA is a static quenching procedure, and the electronic transfer forces play a major role in binding Ga(3+)-HA to Mb. Furthermore, synchronous fluorescence studies and circular dichroism (CD) spectra reveal that the conformation of Mb is changed after its conjugation with Ga(3+)-HA.

  2. Spectroscopic studies on the interaction of Ga3+-hypocrellin A with myoglobin

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    Xie, Wenli; Wei, Shaohua; Liu, Jihua; Ge, Xuefeng; Zhou, Lin; Zhou, Jiahong; Shen, Jian

    2014-03-01

    In this article, the interaction mechanism of Ga3+-hypocrellin A (Ga3+-HA) with myoglobin (Mb) is studied in detail through various spectroscopic technologies. UV-vis absorption and fluorescence spectra demonstrate the interaction process. The Stern-Volmer plot and the time-resolved fluorescence study suggest the fluorescence quenching mechanism of Mb by Ga3+-HA is a static quenching procedure, and the electronic transfer forces play a major role in binding Ga3+-HA to Mb. Furthermore, synchronous fluorescence studies and circular dichroism (CD) spectra reveal that the conformation of Mb is changed after its conjugation with Ga3+-HA.

  3. Impedance analysis of acupuncture points and pathways

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    Teplan, Michal; Kukučka, Marek; Ondrejkovičová, Alena

    2011-12-01

    Investigation of impedance characteristics of acupuncture points from acoustic to radio frequency range is addressed. Discernment and localization of acupuncture points in initial single subject study was unsuccessfully attempted by impedance map technique. Vector impedance analyses determined possible resonant zones in MHz region.

  4. Soybean oil in water-borne coatings and latex film formation study by AC impedance

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    Jiratumnukul, Nantana

    Conventional coalescing agents such as butyl cellosolve, butyl carbitol, and TexanolRTM are widely use in the latex coatings industry to facilitate film formation at ambient temperature. Coalescent aids are composed of solvents with low evaporation rates. After water evaporates, coalescent aids would help soften polymer molecules and form continuous films, then gradually evaporates from the film. Coalescent aids, therefore, are considered as volatile organic compounds (VOC), which are of environmental concern. The main purpose of this research project was to prepare a fatty acid glycol ester from soybean oil and glycol (polyols). The soybean oil glycol ester can be used as a coalescent aid in latex paint formulation. The soybean oil glycol ester not only lowered the minimum film formation temperature of latex polymers and continuous film formed at ambient temperature, but also after it has facilitated film formation, does not substantially evaporate, but becomes part of the film. Soybean oil glycol esters, therefore, can reduce the VOC levels and facilitate film formation of latex paints. In the second part of this research AC-Impedance was used to investigate the efficiency of soybean oil coalescent aid in latex film formation relative to the conventional ones. The coating resistance showed that the efficiency of film formation was increased as a function of dry time. The coating resistance also exhibited the effect of soybean oil ester in latex film formation in the same fashion as a conventional coalescent aid, TexanolRTM.

  5. Electrochemical Impedance Studies on Tribocorrosion Behavior of Plasma-Sprayed Al2O3 Coatings

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    Liu, Zhe; Chu, Zhenhua; Chen, Xueguang; Dong, Yanchun; Yang, Yong; Li, Yingzhen; Yan, Dianran

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, the tribocorrosion of plasma-sprayed Al2O3 coatings in simulated seawater was investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) technique, complemented by scanning electron microscopy to observe the morphology of the tribocorrosion attack. Base on EIS of plasma-sprayed Al2O3 coatings undergoing long-time immersion in simulated seawater, the corrosion process of Al2O3 coatings can be divided into the earlier stage of immersion (up to 20 h) and the later stage (beyond 20 h). Then, the wear tests were carried out on the surface of Al2O3 coating undergoing different times of immersion to investigate the influence of wear on corrosion at different stages. The coexistence of wear and corrosion condition had been created by a boron nitride grinding head rotating on the surface of coatings corroded in simulated seawater. The measured EIS and the values of the fitting circuit elements showed that wear accelerated corrosion at the later stage, meanwhile, corrosion accelerated wear with the immersion time increasing.

  6. Charge Carrier Conduction Mechanism in PbS Quantum Dot Solar Cells: Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Study.

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    Wang, Haowei; Wang, Yishan; He, Bo; Li, Weile; Sulaman, Muhammad; Xu, Junfeng; Yang, Shengyi; Tang, Yi; Zou, Bingsuo

    2016-07-20

    With its properties of bandgap tunability, low cost, and substrate compatibility, colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) are becoming promising materials for optoelectronic applications. Additionally, solution-processed organic, inorganic, and hybrid ligand-exchange technologies have been widely used in PbS CQDs solar cells, and currently the maximum certified power conversion efficiency of 9.9% has been reported by passivation treatment of molecular iodine. Presently, there are still some challenges, and the basic physical mechanism of charge carriers in CQDs-based solar cells is not clear. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy is a monitoring technology for current by changing the frequency of applied alternating current voltage, and it provides an insight into its electrical properties that cannot be measured by direct current testing facilities. In this work, we used EIS to analyze the recombination resistance, carrier lifetime, capacitance, and conductivity of two typical PbS CQD solar cells Au/PbS-TBAl/ZnO/ITO and Au/PbS-EDT/PbS-TBAl/ZnO/ITO, in this way, to better understand the charge carriers conduction mechanism behind in PbS CQD solar cells, and it provides a guide to design high-performance quantum-dots solar cells.

  7. Electrical impedance myography for the assessment of children with muscular dystrophy: a preliminary study

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    Rutkove, S. B.; Darras, B. T.

    2013-04-01

    Electrical impedance myography (EIM) provides a non-invasive approach for quantifying the severity of neuromuscular disease. Here we determine how well EIM data correlates to functional and ultrasound (US) measures of disease in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and healthy subjects. Thirteen healthy boys, aged 2-12 years and 14 boys with DMD aged 4-12 years underwent both EIM and US measurements of deltoid, biceps, wrist flexors, quadriceps, tibialis anterior, and medial gastrocnemius. EIM measurements were performed with a custom-designed probe using a commercial multifrequency bioimpedance device. US luminosity data were quantified using a gray-scale analysis approach. Children also underwent the 6-minute walk test, timed tests and strength measurements. EIM and US data were combined across muscles. EIM 50 kHz phase was able to discriminate DMD children from healthy subjects with 98% accuracy. In the DMD patients, average EIM phase measurements also correlated well with standard functional measures. For example the 50 kHz phase correlated with the Northstar Ambulatory Assessment test (R = 0.83, p = 0.02). EIM 50 kHz phase and US correlated as well, with R = -0.79 (p < 0.001). These results show that EIM provides valuable objective measures Duchenne muscular dystrophy severity.

  8. Effects of Operating Conditions on Internal Resistances in Enzyme Fuel Cells Studied via Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

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    Aaron, D; Borole, Abhijeet P; Yiacoumi, Sotira; Tsouris, Costas

    2012-01-01

    Enzyme fuel cells (EFCs) offer some advantages over traditional precious-metal-catalyzed fuel cells, such as polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). However, EFCs exhibit far less power output than PEMFCs and have relatively short life spans before materials must be replaced. In this work, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is used to analyze the internal resistances throughout the EFC at a variety of operating conditions. EIS analysis is focused primarily on the resistances of the anode, solution/membrane, and cathode. Increased enzyme loading results in improved power output and reductions in internal resistance. Conditions are identified for which enzyme loading does not limit the EFC performance. EIS experiments are also reported for EFCs operated continuously for 2 days; power output declines sharply over time, while all internal resistances increase. Drying of the cathode and enzyme/mediator degradation are believed to have contributed to this behavior. Finally, experiments are performed at varying air-humidification temperatures. Little effect on internal resistances or power output is observed. However, it is anticipated that increased air humidification can improve longevity by delivering more water to the cathode. Improvements to the enzymatic cathode are needed for EFC development. These improvements need to focus on improving transport rather than increasing enzyme loading.

  9. Enhancement of corrosion resistance of polypyrrole using metal oxide nanoparticles: Potentiodynamic and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy study.

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    Hosseini, Marzieh; Fotouhi, Lida; Ehsani, Ali; Naseri, Maryam

    2017-11-01

    We introduce a simple and facile strategy for dispersing of nanoparticles within a p-type conducting polymer matrix by in situ electropolymerization using oxalic acid as the supporting electrolyte. Coatings prepared from polypyrrole-nano-metal oxide particles synthesized by in situ polymerization were found to exhibit excellent corrosion resistance much superior to polypyrrole (Ppy) in aggressive environments. The anti-corrosion behavior of polypyrrole films in different states and the presence of TiO2, Mn2O3 and ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by electropolymerization on Al electrodes have been investigated in corrosive solutions using potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The electrochemical response of the coated electrodes in polymer and nanocomposite state was compared with bare electrodes. The use of TiO2 nanoparticles has proved to be a great improvement in the performances of polypyrrole films for corrosion protection of Al samples. The polypyrrole synthesized in the presence of TiO2 nanoparticles coated electrodes offered a noticeable enhancement of protection against corrosion processes. The exceptional improvement of performance of these coatings has been associated with the increase in barrier to diffusion, prevention of charge transport by the nanosize TiO2, redox properties of polypyrrole as well as very large surface area available for the liberation of dopant due to nano-size additive. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Phase, thermal and impedance studies of nanosize LiWO via mechanical milling and sintering

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    Han, Tan Kim; Ahmad, Roslina; Johan, Mohd Rafie

    2011-01-01

    Nanosize Li 2WO 4 is successfully synthesized using a mechanical milling method. The mean particle size of milled Li 2WO 4 is 37 nm and 31 nm as measured by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, respectively. The calculated lattice parameter of as-received and milled powder are 0.8326 and 0.8321 nm, respectively. Both powders have been hydrated at room temperature and are highly crystalline with the presence of different types of phases at varying sintering temperatures. There is no Li 2W 2O 7 (JCPDS 28-0598) phase present in the milled powder during the whole sintering process. Meanwhile, the thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) of both powders is in accordance with their phase changes as presented in the XRD spectra. The impedance measurements show that the milled powder has a lower conductivity than that of the as-received powder in overall. The conductivity of the as-received powder increases with sintering temperature but this phenomenon is vice versa for the milled powder. All these trends can be correlated with the Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM) micrographs on both powders.

  11. Effects of hydration and dehydration on body composition analysis: a comparative study of bioelectric impedance analysis and hydrodensitometry.

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    Thompson, D L; Thompson, W R; Prestridge, T J; Bailey, J G; Bean, M H; Brown, S P; McDaniel, J B

    1991-12-01

    Since 1983, bioelectric impedance has been researched with respect to its validity and reliability in the determination of body composition. It continues to be compared to hydrostatic weighing, the anthropometric "gold standard". This study was designed to investigate the relationship between bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA) and hydrodensitometry (HW) under three conditions: control, hydration and dehydration. Caucasian males (aged 18-44 years) served as subjects (n = 10). Body composition was determined by BIA and HW before intervention, 30 minutes post-hydration, and following a combination of exercise and sitting in a steam room to decrease body weight by two to four percent (mean = 2.81%). Statistical treatment by two-way analysis of variance for repeated measures revealed that although there were no significant differences between the two techniques of body composition determination under any of the three conditions, there was a statistically significant decrease in percent body fat determined in the dehydrated state as compared to the control and hydrated conditions. Recommendations include the determination of hydration state prior to engaging in body composition analysis by either method.

  12. Synthesis, structural and spectroscopic studies of two new benzimidazole derivatives: A comparative study

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    Saral, Hasan; Özdamar, Özgür; Uçar, İbrahim

    2017-02-01

    In the present work, structural and spectroscopic studies on 1-Methyl-2-(2‧-hydroxy-4‧-chlorophenyl)benzimidazole (1) and 1-Methyl-2-(2‧-hydroxy-4‧-methoxyphenyl)benzimidazole (2), have been carried out extensively by X-ray diffraction, HRMS, UV-Vis, FT-IR and 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy. The crystal structure of both compounds is stabilized by Osbnd H⋯N hydrogen bond and π-π interactions. Contrary to compound 1, the skeleton of compound 2 is considerably deviated from the planarity probably caused by intermolecular hydrogen bonding. The experimental results were compared to the theoretical ones, obtained at DFT level. Ground state geometry, electronic structure, vibrational and NMR spectra have been performed using the B3LYP functional with the 6-31 G(d,p) basis set. It was observed that the bond distances and angles in the both compounds were in good with those of the experiment. The energetic behaviors of the both compounds in methanol solvent were examined using by time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) method by applying the polarizable continuum model (PCM). Isotropic chemical shifts (13C and 1H NMR) were calculated using the gauge-invariant atomic orbital (GIAO) method. The HOMO and LUMO analyses were used to elucidate information regarding charge transfer within the molecule.

  13. Study of spectroscopic and thermal characteristics of nonlinear optical molecular crystals based on 4-nitrophenol

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    Pavlovetc, I. M.; Fokina, M. I.

    2016-08-01

    The paper presents the results of study of spectroscopic and thermal characteristics of molecular co-crystals: 2-aminopyridine-4-nitrophenol-4-mtrophenolate (2AP4N) and 2,6- diaminopyridine-4-nitrophenol-4nitrophenolate (26DAP4N). Crystals were successfully grown by slow evaporation technique. Optical transparency in the region of 190-1100 was found to be suitable for applications with cut off wavelengths 420 and 430 nm respectively. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis show good quality and thermal stability for studied crystals. Kurtz and Perry powder technique proves that the crystals are acentric and have significant nonlinear optical response.

  14. Spectroscopic study of sub-barrier quasi-elastic nuclear reactions

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    Pass, C.N.; Evans, P.M.; Smith, A.E.; Stuttge, L.; Betts, R.R.; Lilley, J.S.; Connell, K.A.; Simpson, J.; Smith, J.R.; James, A.N.

    1988-01-01

    The technique developed in this paper is particularly well suited to the detailed spectroscopic study of low energy quasi-elastic nuclear reactions and by overcoming the limitations of conventional procedure, the prospect of detailed studies of inclusive reaction mechanism may be realised. With only limited statistics we find evidence for strong multistep character in the transfer of a single nucleon from spherical vibrational target to spherical projectile nuclei. The suggestive measurements reported here may be made definitive through extended runs based on this technique and experiments planned for the future offer the real prospect of developing a quantified interpretation of the reaction process. 9 refs. 5 figs.

  15. Fourier transform Raman spectroscopic studies of a novel wood pulp bleaching system

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    Weinstock, Ira A.; Atalla, Rajai H.; Agarwal, Umesh P.; Minor, James L.; Petty, Chris

    1993-06-01

    The use of near-infrared (NIR) Fourier transform (FT) Raman spectroscopy for the study of lignocellulosic materials is discussed. An application utilizing NIR FT-Raman spectroscopy to study a novel chlorine-free process for the bleaching of wood pulps is presented in detail. The new process, still under development, entails the oxidation of residual lignin in wood pulps by vanadium-substituted polyoxometalates, and reoxidation of the reduced polyoxometalates by chlorine-free oxidants such as air, dioxygen, peroxides or ozone. Results from FT-Raman measurements of polyoxometalate-treated pulps are compared with those from chemical, spectroscopic and optical techniques commonly used in the pulp and paper industry.

  16. High-Resolution Photoionization, Photoelectron and Photodissociation Studies. Determination of Accurate Energetic and Spectroscopic Database for Combustion Radicals and Molecules

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    Ng, Cheuk-Yiu

    2016-04-25

    The main goal of this research program was to obtain accurate thermochemical and spectroscopic data, such as ionization energies (IEs), 0 K bond dissociation energies, 0 K heats of formation, and spectroscopic constants for radicals and molecules and their ions of relevance to combustion chemistry. Two unique, generally applicable vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) laser photoion-photoelectron apparatuses have been developed in our group, which have used for high-resolution photoionization, photoelectron, and photodissociation studies for many small molecules of combustion relevance.

  17. Thermal Physical, and Infrared Spectroscopic Studies on Glasses Prepared by Microwave Route

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    Jagadeesha, N.; Gowda, V. C. Veeranna; Chakradhar, R. P. S.; Reddy, C. Narayana

    2011-07-15

    This paper describes thermal, physical and spectroscopic properties of glasses prepared by a novel micro wave method. These studies exhibited a strong compositional dependent trend and existence of characteristic boro-vanadate groups in these glasses. The scheme of modification of borate and vanadate groups is controlled by Sanderson's electronegativity principle. Analysis of density and glass transition temperatures suggests the presence of characteristic four coordinated borate and diboro - vanadate groups in these glasses. The presence of [BO{sub 4/2}]{sup -} and [B{sub 2}V{sub 2}O{sub 9}]{sup 2-}) groups are confirmed by Infrared Spectroscopy of investigated glasses.

  18. HeI photoelectron spectroscopic studies on the electronic structure of alkyl nitrosamines

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    Jiang, Peng; Qian, Ximei; Li, Chunhui; Qiao, Chunhua; Wang, Dianxun

    1997-10-01

    HeI photoelectron spectroscopic (PES) studies on the electronic structure of alkyl nitrosamines R 2N 2O (R = CH 3-, CH 3CH 2-, and CH 3CH 2CH 2-) are reported. The assignment of the PES bands for this series of compounds has been made with the aid of the band shapes, the band intensity and ab initio SCF MO calculations based on the 631 ∗ G basis sets. Both PES experiment and the ab initio SCF MO calculations show that the detoxification ability of nitrosamine with longer alkyl chain is stronger.

  19. Fourier transform Raman spectroscopic studies of encrustations formed at the lichen-substratum interface

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    Edwards, Howell G.; Farwell, Dennis W.; Lewis, Ian R.; Seaward, Mark R.

    1994-01-01

    FT-Raman microscope spectra of lichen-substratum samples of Xanthoria parietina and Ochrolechia parella growing in situ on sandstone have been obtained. The presence of small amounts of calcium oxalate and evidence for biodeterioration by lichen metabolic by-products is confirmed spectroscopically. Comparisons are made with similar studies of aggressive colonization by the high oxalate-producing lichen Dirina massiliensis forma sorediata on Renaissance frescoes. Spatial discrimination of the Raman microprobe technique for high and low oxalate-producing lichens is demonstrated.

  20. On-line separator for {gamma}-spectroscopic studies at FLNR JINR

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    Popeko, A. G.; Belozerov, A. V.; Chepigin, V. I.; Kabachenko, A. P.; Malyshev, O. N.; Shutov, A. V.; Svirikhin, A. I.; Yeremin, A. V.; Dorvaux, O.; Hauschild, K.; Korichi, A.; Lopez-Martens, A.

    2007-05-22

    A JINR - IN2P3 collaboration project named 'GABRIELA' aimed at the nuclear spectroscopy of transfermium elements using the recoil separator VASSILISSA was launched in 2004 at JINR in Dubna. In the close future the FLNR cyclotron U400M will go through a major upgrade with the goal to deliver heavy ion beams at the energy close to the Coulomb barrier in a new experimental area. Here we report about R and D of the new separator for spectroscopic studies which we plan to install at the beam of the modernized accelerator and which will allow to realize new possibilities of the GABRIELA project.