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  1. General strategy for biodetection in high ionic strength solutions using transistor-based nanoelectronic sensors.

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    Gao, Ning; Zhou, Wei; Jiang, Xiaocheng; Hong, Guosong; Fu, Tian-Ming; Lieber, Charles M

    2015-03-11

    Transistor-based nanoelectronic sensors are capable of label-free real-time chemical and biological detection with high sensitivity and spatial resolution, although the short Debye screening length in high ionic strength solutions has made difficult applications relevant to physiological conditions. Here, we describe a new and general strategy to overcome this challenge for field-effect transistor (FET) sensors that involves incorporating a porous and biomolecule permeable polymer layer on the FET sensor. This polymer layer increases the effective screening length in the region immediately adjacent to the device surface and thereby enables detection of biomolecules in high ionic strength solutions in real-time. Studies of silicon nanowire field-effect transistors with additional polyethylene glycol (PEG) modification show that prostate specific antigen (PSA) can be readily detected in solutions with phosphate buffer (PB) concentrations as high as 150 mM, while similar devices without PEG modification only exhibit detectable signals for concentrations ≤10 mM. Concentration-dependent measurements exhibited real-time detection of PSA with a sensitivity of at least 10 nM in 100 mM PB with linear response up to the highest (1000 nM) PSA concentrations tested. The current work represents an important step toward general application of transistor-based nanoelectronic detectors for biochemical sensing in physiological environments and is expected to open up exciting opportunities for in vitro and in vivo biological sensing relevant to basic biology research through medicine.

  2. Mass action in ionic solutions

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    Eisenberg, Bob

    2011-07-01

    The law of mass action describes reactants as simple ideal fluids of concentrations of uncharged noninteracting particles. Ionic solutions contain interacting charged particles and are not ideal. Interactions of reactants can then be mistaken for complexities in chemical reactions or enzymatic catalysts. The variational theory of complex fluids describes flowing mixtures like biological solutions. When a component is added, the theory derives-by mathematics alone-a new set of differential equations that automatically captures all interactions. A variational theory of ionic solutions (as complex fluids) provides computable description of ions in solutions and proteins. Numerical inefficiencies have delayed experimental verification.

  3. Aqueous Biphasic Systems Based on Salting-Out Polyethylene Glycol or Ionic Solutions: Strategies for Actinide or Fission Product Separations

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    Rogers, Robin D.; Gutowski, Keith E.; Griffin, Scott T.; Holbrey, John D.

    2004-03-29

    Aqueous biphasic systems can be formed by salting-out (with kosmotropic, waterstructuring salts) water soluble polymers (e.g., polyethylene glycol) or aqueous solutions of a wide range of hydrophilic ionic liquids based on imidazolium, pyridinium, phosphonium and ammonium cations. The use of these novel liquid/liquid biphases for separation of actinides or other fission products associated with nuclear wastes (e.g., pertechnetate salts) has been demonstrated and will be described in this presentation.

  4. Ionic solutions of two-dimensional materials

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    Cullen, Patrick L.; Cox, Kathleen M.; Bin Subhan, Mohammed K.; Picco, Loren; Payton, Oliver D.; Buckley, David J.; Miller, Thomas S.; Hodge, Stephen A.; Skipper, Neal T.; Tileli, Vasiliki; Howard, Christopher A.

    2017-03-01

    Strategies for forming liquid dispersions of nanomaterials typically focus on retarding reaggregation, for example via surface modification, as opposed to promoting the thermodynamically driven dissolution common for molecule-sized species. Here we demonstrate the true dissolution of a wide range of important 2D nanomaterials by forming layered material salts that spontaneously dissolve in polar solvents yielding ionic solutions. The benign dissolution advantageously maintains the morphology of the starting material, is stable against reaggregation and can achieve solutions containing exclusively individualized monolayers. Importantly, the charge on the anionic nanosheet solutes is reversible, enables targeted deposition over large areas via electroplating and can initiate novel self-assembly upon drying. Our findings thus reveal a unique solution-like behaviour for 2D materials that enables their scalable production and controlled manipulation.

  5. Ionic solutions of two-dimensional materials

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    Cullen, Patrick L.; Cox, Kathleen M.; Bin Subhan, Mohammed K.; Picco, Loren; Payton, Oliver D.; Buckley, David J.; Miller, Thomas S.; Hodge, Stephen A.; Skipper, Neal T.; Tileli, Vasiliki; Howard, Christopher A.

    2016-11-01

    Strategies for forming liquid dispersions of nanomaterials typically focus on retarding reaggregation, for example via surface modification, as opposed to promoting the thermodynamically driven dissolution common for molecule-sized species. Here we demonstrate the true dissolution of a wide range of important 2D nanomaterials by forming layered material salts that spontaneously dissolve in polar solvents yielding ionic solutions. The benign dissolution advantageously maintains the morphology of the starting material, is stable against reaggregation and can achieve solutions containing exclusively individualized monolayers. Importantly, the charge on the anionic nanosheet solutes is reversible, enables targeted deposition over large areas via electroplating and can initiate novel self-assembly upon drying. Our findings thus reveal a unique solution-like behaviour for 2D materials that enables their scalable production and controlled manipulation.

  6. Membrane separation of ionic liquid solutions

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    Campos, Daniel; Feiring, Andrew Edward; Majumdar, Sudipto; Nemser, Stuart

    2015-09-01

    A membrane separation process using a highly fluorinated polymer membrane that selectively permeates water of an aqueous ionic liquid solution to provide dry ionic liquid. Preferably the polymer is a polymer that includes polymerized perfluoro-2,2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxole (PDD). The process is also capable of removing small molecular compounds such as organic solvents that can be present in the solution. This membrane separation process is suitable for drying the aqueous ionic liquid byproduct from precipitating solutions of biomass dissolved in ionic liquid, and is thus instrumental to providing usable lignocellulosic products for energy consumption and other industrial uses in an environmentally benign manner.

  7. Chiral discrimination by ionic liquids: impact of ionic solutes.

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    Brown, Christopher J; Hopkins, Todd A

    2015-04-01

    Chiral ionic liquids hold promise in many asymmetric applications. This study explores the impact of ionic solutes on the chiral discrimination of five amino acid methyl ester-based ionic liquids, including L- and D-alanine methyl ester, L-proline methyl ester, L-leucine methyl ester, and L-valine methyl ester cations combined with bis(trifluoromethanesulfonimide) anion. Circularly polarized luminescence spectroscopy was used to study the chiral discrimination by measuring the racemization equilibrium of a dissymmetric europium complex, Eu(dpa)3(3-) (where dpa = 2,6-pyridinedicarboxylate). The chiral discrimination measured was dependent on the concentration of Eu(dpa)3(3-) and this concentration-dependence was different in each of the ionic liquids. Ionic liquids with L-leucine methyl ester and L-valine methyl ester even switched enantiomeric preference based on the solute concentration. Changing the cation of the Eu(dpa)3(3-) salt from tetrabutylammonium to tetramethylammonium ion also affected the chiral discrimination demonstrated by the ionic liquids.

  8. Electroosmotic flow hysteresis for dissimilar ionic solutions

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    Lim, An Eng; Lam, Yee Cheong

    2015-01-01

    Electroosmotic flow (EOF) with two or more fluids is commonly encountered in various microfluidics applications. However, no investigation has hitherto been conducted to investigate the hysteretic or flow direction-dependent behavior during the displacement flow of solutions with dissimilar ionic species. In this investigation, electroosmotic displacement flow involving dissimilar ionic solutions was studied experimentally through a current monitoring method and numerically through finite element simulations. The flow hysteresis can be characterized by the turning and displacement times; turning time refers to the abrupt gradient change of current-time curve while displacement time is the time for one solution to completely displace the other solution. Both experimental and simulation results illustrate that the turning and displacement times for a particular solution pair can be directional-dependent, indicating that the flow conditions in the microchannel are not the same in the two different flow directions. The mechanics of EOF hysteresis was elucidated through the theoretical model which includes the ionic mobility of each species, a major governing parameter. Two distinct mechanics have been identified as the causes for the EOF hysteresis involving dissimilar ionic solutions: the widening/sharpening effect of interfacial region between the two solutions and the difference in ion concentration distributions (and thus average zeta potentials) in different flow directions. The outcome of this investigation contributes to the fundamental understanding of flow behavior in microfluidic systems involving solution pair with dissimilar ionic species. PMID:25945139

  9. Ionic liquids, electrolyte solutions including the ionic liquids, and energy storage devices including the ionic liquids

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    Gering, Kevin L.; Harrup, Mason K.; Rollins, Harry W.

    2015-12-08

    An ionic liquid including a phosphazene compound that has a plurality of phosphorus-nitrogen units and at least one pendant group bonded to each phosphorus atom of the plurality of phosphorus-nitrogen units. One pendant group of the at least one pendant group comprises a positively charged pendant group. Additional embodiments of ionic liquids are disclosed, as are electrolyte solutions and energy storage devices including the embodiments of the ionic liquid.

  10. Aqueous Solutions of Ionic Liquids: Microscopic Assembly.

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    Vicent-Luna, Jose Manuel; Dubbeldam, David; Gómez-Álvarez, Paula; Calero, Sofia

    2016-02-03

    Aqueous solutions of ionic liquids are of special interest, due to the distinctive properties of ionic liquids, in particular, their amphiphilic character. A better understanding of the structure-property relationships of such systems is hence desirable. One of the crucial molecular-level interactions that influences the macroscopic behavior is hydrogen bonding. In this work, we conduct molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the effects of ionic liquids on the hydrogen-bond network of water in dilute aqueous solutions of ionic liquids with various combinations of cations and anions. Calculations are performed for imidazolium-based cations with alkyl chains of different lengths and for a variety of anions, namely, [Br](-), [NO3](-), [SCN](-) [BF4](-), [PF6](-), and [Tf2N](-). The structure of water and the water-ionic liquid interactions involved in the formation of a heterogeneous network are analyzed by using radial distribution functions and hydrogen-bond statistics. To this end, we employ the geometric criterion of the hydrogen-bond definition and it is shown that the structure of water is sensitive to the amount of ionic liquid and to the anion type. In particular, [SCN](-) and [Tf2N](-) were found to be the most hydrophilic and hydrophobic anions, respectively. Conversely, the cation chain length did not influence the results.

  11. DNA denaturation in ionic solution

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    Maity, Arghya; Singh, Amar; Singh, Navin

    2016-05-01

    Salt or cations, present in solution play an important role in DNA denaturation and folding kinetics of DNA helix. In this work we study the thermal melting of double stranded DNA (dsDNA) molecule using Peyrard Bishop Dauxois (PBD) model. We modify the potential of H-bonding between the bases of the complimentary strands to introduce the salt and solvent effect. We choose different DNA sequences having different contents of GC pairs and calculate the melting temperatures. The melting temperature increases logarithmically with the salt concentration of the solution. The more GC base pairs in the chain enhance the stability of DNA chain at a fix salt concentration. The obtained results are in good accordance with experimental findings.

  12. Ionic liquids behave as dilute electrolyte solutions

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    Gebbie, Matthew A.; Valtiner, Markus; Banquy, Xavier; Fox, Eric T.; Henderson, Wesley A.; Israelachvili, Jacob N.

    2013-01-01

    We combine direct surface force measurements with thermodynamic arguments to demonstrate that pure ionic liquids are expected to behave as dilute weak electrolyte solutions, with typical effective dissociated ion concentrations of less than 0.1% at room temperature. We performed equilibrium force–distance measurements across the common ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([C4mim][NTf2]) using a surface forces apparatus with in situ electrochemical control and quantitatively modeled these measurements using the van der Waals and electrostatic double-layer forces of the Derjaguin–Landau–Verwey–Overbeek theory with an additive repulsive steric (entropic) ion–surface binding force. Our results indicate that ionic liquids screen charged surfaces through the formation of both bound (Stern) and diffuse electric double layers, where the diffuse double layer is comprised of effectively dissociated ionic liquid ions. Additionally, we used the energetics of thermally dissociating ions in a dielectric medium to quantitatively predict the equilibrium for the effective dissociation reaction of [C4mim][NTf2] ions, in excellent agreement with the measured Debye length. Our results clearly demonstrate that, outside of the bound double layer, most of the ions in [C4mim][NTf2] are not effectively dissociated and thus do not contribute to electrostatic screening. We also provide a general, molecular-scale framework for designing ionic liquids with significantly increased dissociated charge densities via judiciously balancing ion pair interactions with bulk dielectric properties. Our results clear up several inconsistencies that have hampered scientific progress in this important area and guide the rational design of unique, high–free-ion density ionic liquids and ionic liquid blends. PMID:23716690

  13. Ionic liquids behave as dilute electrolyte solutions.

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    Gebbie, Matthew A; Valtiner, Markus; Banquy, Xavier; Fox, Eric T; Henderson, Wesley A; Israelachvili, Jacob N

    2013-06-11

    We combine direct surface force measurements with thermodynamic arguments to demonstrate that pure ionic liquids are expected to behave as dilute weak electrolyte solutions, with typical effective dissociated ion concentrations of less than 0.1% at room temperature. We performed equilibrium force-distance measurements across the common ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([C4mim][NTf2]) using a surface forces apparatus with in situ electrochemical control and quantitatively modeled these measurements using the van der Waals and electrostatic double-layer forces of the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek theory with an additive repulsive steric (entropic) ion-surface binding force. Our results indicate that ionic liquids screen charged surfaces through the formation of both bound (Stern) and diffuse electric double layers, where the diffuse double layer is comprised of effectively dissociated ionic liquid ions. Additionally, we used the energetics of thermally dissociating ions in a dielectric medium to quantitatively predict the equilibrium for the effective dissociation reaction of [C4mim][NTf2] ions, in excellent agreement with the measured Debye length. Our results clearly demonstrate that, outside of the bound double layer, most of the ions in [C4mim][NTf2] are not effectively dissociated and thus do not contribute to electrostatic screening. We also provide a general, molecular-scale framework for designing ionic liquids with significantly increased dissociated charge densities via judiciously balancing ion pair interactions with bulk dielectric properties. Our results clear up several inconsistencies that have hampered scientific progress in this important area and guide the rational design of unique, high-free-ion density ionic liquids and ionic liquid blends.

  14. Do zwitterions contribute to the ionic strength of a solution?

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    Stellwagen, Earle; Prantner, Jason D.; Stellwagen, Nancy C.

    2008-01-01

    Capillary electrophoresis has been used to determine whether zwitterions contribute to the ionic strength of a solution, by measuring the mobility of a double-stranded DNA oligomer in cacodylate-buffered solutions containing various concentrations of the ionic salt tetraethylammonium chloride (TEA+Cl−) or the zwitterion tricine+/−. The mobility of the DNA decreased as the square root of ionic strength, as expected by the Debye-Hückel-Onsager theory of electrophoresis, when TEA+Cl− was added to the buffer. However, the mobility was independent of the concentration of added tricine+/−. Hence, zwitterions do not contribute to the ionic strength of a solution. PMID:18022379

  15. Surface tension of ionic liquids and ionic liquid solutions.

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    Tariq, Mohammad; Freire, Mara G; Saramago, Benilde; Coutinho, João A P; Lopes, José N Canongia; Rebelo, Luís Paulo N

    2012-01-21

    Some of the most active scientific research fronts of the past decade are centered on ionic liquids. These fluids present characteristic surface behavior and distinctive trends of their surface tension versus temperature. One way to explore and understand their unique nature is to study their surface properties. This critical review analyses most of the surface tension data reported between 2001 and 2010 (187 references).

  16. "Switchable water": aqueous solutions of switchable ionic strength.

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    Mercer, Sean M; Jessop, Philip G

    2010-04-26

    "Salting out" is a standard method for separating water-soluble organic compounds from water. In this method, adding a large amount of salt to the aqueous solution forces the organic compound out of the aqueous phase. However, the method can not be considered sustainable because it creates highly salty water. A greener alternative would be a method that allows reversible salting out. Herein, we describe aqueous solutions of switchable ionic strength. Aqueous solutions of a diamine in water have essentially zero ionic strength but are converted by CO(2) into solutions of high ionic strength. The change is reversible. Application to the reversible salting out of THF from water is described.

  17. Organic ionic salt draw solutions for osmotic membrane bioreactors.

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    Bowden, Katie S; Achilli, Andrea; Childress, Amy E

    2012-10-01

    This investigation evaluates the use of organic ionic salt solutions as draw solutions for specific use in osmotic membrane bioreactors. Also, this investigation presents a simple method for determining the diffusion coefficient of ionic salt solutions using only a characterized membrane. A selection of organic ionic draw solutions underwent a desktop screening process before being tested in the laboratory and evaluated for performance using specific salt flux (reverse salt flux per unit water flux), biodegradation potential, and replenishment cost. Two of the salts were found to have specific salt fluxes three to six times lower than two commonly used inorganic draw solutions, NaCl and MgCl(2). All of the salts tested have organic anions with the potential to degrade in the bioreactor as a carbon source and aid in nutrient removal. Results demonstrate the potential benefits of organic ionic salt draw solutions over currently implemented inorganics in osmotic membrane bioreactor systems. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. On the theory of ionic solutions.

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    Olivares, W; McQuarrie, D A

    1975-01-01

    One of the purposes of this paper is to assess the degree of applicability of the nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann equation. In order to do this we compare the thermodynamic properties calculated through this equation with Monte Carlo data on 1-1 and 2-2 electrolytes described by the restricted primitive model, in which the ions are modeled by hard spheres with a coulombic potential and the solvent is modeled as a continuum dielectric medium of uniform dielectric constant epsilon. We choose Monte Carlo data rather than real experimental data since all parameters are completely specified and there is no liberty for "adjustment." Thus this serves as a definitive test. In addition, we present a simple but numerically accurate alternative approximation scheme which is not only numerically superior to the Poisson-Boltzmann equation but avoids the necessity of solving a nonlinear partial differential equation which is approximate in the first place. The new approximation scheme that is presented here is suggested by recent developments in the statistical mechanical theories of ionic solutions which are reviewed in the Introduction. Although these theories themselves yield exceedingly good comparison with experimental (Monte Carlo) data, they involve fairly advanced theoretical and mathematical techniques and do not appear to be readily solvable for other than very simple geometries. The two approximations suggested here require only the solution of the linear Debye-Hückel equation, which has been solved for a variety of systems. These two approximations are simple to apply and yield good thermodynamic properties up to concentrations of 2 M for the restricted primitive model. In addition, they have a sound theoretical foundation and are offered as a substitute for the difficult-to-solve nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann equation. PMID:1111632

  19. Room temperature electrodeposition of actinides from ionic solutions

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    Hatchett, David W.; Czerwinski, Kenneth R.; Droessler, Janelle; Kinyanjui, John

    2017-04-25

    Uranic and transuranic metals and metal oxides are first dissolved in ozone compositions. The resulting solution in ozone can be further dissolved in ionic liquids to form a second solution. The metals in the second solution are then electrochemically deposited from the second solutions as room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL), tri-methyl-n-butyl ammonium n-bis(trifluoromethansulfonylimide) [Me.sub.3N.sup.nBu][TFSI] providing an alternative non-aqueous system for the extraction and reclamation of actinides from reprocessed fuel materials. Deposition of U metal is achieved using TFSI complexes of U(III) and U(IV) containing the anion common to the RTIL. TFSI complexes of uranium were produced to ensure solubility of the species in the ionic liquid. The methods provide a first measure of the thermodynamic properties of U metal deposition using Uranium complexes with different oxidation states from RTIL solution at room temperature.

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

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

    2015-12-10

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

  1. Molecular thermodynamics for micellar branching in solutions of ionic surfactants.

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    Andreev, Vasily A; Victorov, Alexey I

    2006-09-26

    We develop an analytical molecular-thermodynamic model for the aggregation free energy of branching portions of wormlike ionic micelles in 1:1 salt solution. The junction of three cylindrical aggregates is represented by a combination of pieces of the torus and bilayer. A geometry-dependent analytical solution is obtained for the linearized Poisson-Boltzmann equation. This analytical solution is applicable to saddle-like structures and reduces to the solutions known previously for planar, cylindrical, and spherical aggregates. For micellar junctions, our new analytical solution is in excellent agreement with numerical results over the range of parameters typical of ionic surfactant systems with branching micelles. Our model correctly predicts the sequence of stable aggregate morphologies, including a narrow bicontinuous zone, in dependence of hydrocarbon tail length, head size, and solution salinity. For predicting properties of a spatial network of wormlike micelles, our aggregation free energy is used in the Zilman-Safran theory. Our predictions are compared with experimental data for branching micelles of ionic surfactants.

  2. Selective counterion condensation in ionic micellar solutions

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    Aswal, V. K.; Goyal, P. S.

    2003-05-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering experiments have been carried out on micellar solutions of cationic surfactants of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTABr) and chloride (CTACl) in the presence of varying concentrations of salts KBr and KCl. In these systems, while the size of micelles strongly increases with the addition of KBr, the effect of addition of KCl in comparison is much less pronounced. It is found that in equimolar surfactant to salt micellar solutions of CTABr/KCl and CTACl/KBr, the micellar sizes are larger in CTACl/KBr than those in CTABr/KCl. The measurements have been done for different equimolar surfactant to salt concentrations and at different temperatures. We explain these results in terms of selective counterion condensation on the micelles. That is, while the condensation of Cl- counterions on the CTABr micelles in CTABr/KCl takes place around the condensed Br- counterions of CTABr, the Cl- counterions of CTACl in CTACl/KBr are replaced by Br- counterions of the salt. Similar results have also been obtained on micellar solutions of anionic surfactants of sodium dodecyl sulfate and lithium dodecyl sulfate in the presence of salts LiBr and NaBr, respectively.

  3. Selective counterion condensation in ionic micellar solutions.

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    Aswal, V K; Goyal, P S

    2003-05-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering experiments have been carried out on micellar solutions of cationic surfactants of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTABr) and chloride (CTACl) in the presence of varying concentrations of salts KBr and KCl. In these systems, while the size of micelles strongly increases with the addition of KBr, the effect of addition of KCl in comparison is much less pronounced. It is found that in equimolar surfactant to salt micellar solutions of CTABr/KCl and CTACl/KBr, the micellar sizes are larger in CTACl/KBr than those in CTABr/KCl. The measurements have been done for different equimolar surfactant to salt concentrations and at different temperatures. We explain these results in terms of selective counterion condensation on the micelles. That is, while the condensation of Cl- counterions on the CTABr micelles in CTABr/KCl takes place around the condensed Br- counterions of CTABr, the Cl- counterions of CTACl in CTACl/KBr are replaced by Br- counterions of the salt. Similar results have also been obtained on micellar solutions of anionic surfactants of sodium dodecyl sulfate and lithium dodecyl sulfate in the presence of salts LiBr and NaBr, respectively.

  4. Effects of ionic and non-ionic solutions on intradental nerve activity in the cat.

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    Bilotto, G; Markowitz, K; Kim, S

    1988-02-01

    Intradental nerve activity (INA) was recorded from cat canine teeth to determine whether solutions altering intradental nerve sensitivity were strongly correlated to the osmotic concentration of the solution or via a more direct action on intradental nerve excitability. The effects of various ionic and non-ionic solutions were tested in both deep and shallow dentinal cavities. With saline in the deep dentinal cavity a very low firing rate or resting nerve spike (action potentials) activity was recorded. When 3 M NaCl was placed in the same or similar cavity a high discharge rate of nerve spike activity was obtained. This 3 M NaCl elicited activity was utilized to determine the inhibitory or excitatory effects of various test agents on the intradental nerves. The following agents: MgCl2, MgSO4, and CaCl2 were inhibitory to the INA response elicited by 3 M NaCl. Non-ionic solutions of urea or sucrose failed to evoke INA and they were also minimally effective in altering 3 M NaCl elicited activity. Shallow cavities were utilized to maintain the tubular structure of dentin relatively intact. In the shallow cavity preparations hypertonic sucrose or urea failed to evoke INA, even when dentin was etched with 50% citric acid for 2 min. The results suggest that the osmolarity of these solutions is a poor indicator of the INA.

  5. Nanofluidic ionic diodes. Comparison of analytical and numerical solutions.

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    Vlassiouk, Ivan; Smirnov, Sergei; Siwy, Zuzanna

    2008-08-01

    Recently reported experimental and theoretical studies of nanofluidic nonlinear devices, such as bipolar and unipolar ionic diodes, have yet to answer the question about the possibility of their further miniaturization. In this Article, we theoretically investigate the effects of size reduction, applied bias, and solution ionic strength in such devices. We compare the numerical solutions of the Poisson, Nernst-Planck (PNP), and Navier-Stokes (NS) equations with their one-dimensional, analytical approximations. We demonstrate that the contribution of electroosmosis is insignificant and find analytical approximations to PNP for bipolar and unipolar diodes that are in good agreement with numerical 3D solutions. We identify the minimal dimensions for such diodes that demonstrate ion current rectification behavior and demonstrate the importance of the edge effect in very short diodes.

  6. Molecular Simulations of Concentrated Aqueous Solutions: Ionic Equilibrium Structures in Solutions

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    2001-01-01

    low concentrations of ions there is a number of theoretical models that work reasonably well: among others the Debye - Huckel theory , the hyper-netted...solution. Up to now, most of the research on ionic solutions was devoted to studies of the ionic hydration shells. However, beyond the Debye - Huckel ...chain theory , the mean spherical theory (see 1, 2 for references). All these theories converge to the same result - the limiting laws of the Debye

  7. Fluctuations in Supercooled Fluids and Ionic Solutions

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    Thorpe, Dayton Gray

    An overview of five studies is presented in two parts. The first part presents two studies of supercooled fluids. The second part presents three studies of water and aqueous solutions. Each study seeks a minimal model of a condensed matter system. In the first study, kinetically constrained models (KCM's) are compared to alternative theories of the glass transition in high dimensions. Dimensionality is used as a parameter to tune the connectivity of a lattice, where a higher dimensional model has more interactions between neighboring sites. This study finds that KCM's outperform alternative theories in high dimensions. The second study explores the possibility that bacteria have evolved to exploit the glass transition to enter a dormant state when environmental conditions are unfavorable. Although the available evidence shows that the bacterial cytoplasm does not meet the strict definition of a fragile glass former, much of its behavior is similar to and can be described using close analogies with the glass transition. In the second part, the third study describes the molecular mechanisms that gives rise to large electric field fluctuations, which in turn cause autoionization and ion dissociation. The fourth study analyzes several candidate order parameters as the basis for a Gaussian field theory of ion solvation. Finally, the fifth study discusses the most popular current explanation for observed charge asymmetry at liquid-vapor interfaces. This explanation, based on linear response of the surface polarization to the presence of an ion, is incorrect. Instead, the surface polarization responds non-linearly to the presence of an ion. Incorporating these non-linear fluctuations is essential to predict solvation free energies.

  8. Aggregation and micelle formation of ionic liquids in aqueous solution

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    Miskolczy, Zsombor; Sebők-Nagy, Krisztina; Biczók, László; Göktürk, Sinem

    2004-12-01

    Association of ionic liquids possessing n-octyl moiety either in the cation or in the anion has been studied in aqueous solution with conductivity and turbidity measurements as well as using 2-hydroxy-substituted Nile Red solvatochromic probe. 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium octyl sulfate was found to act as a surfactant above 0.031 M critical micelle concentration. In contrast, 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium chloride produced inhomogeneous solution of larger aggregates, which were dissolved on the addition of more than 2:1 molar excess of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) due to mixed micelle formation. Even small amount (<10 mM) of ionic liquids could markedly reduce the polarity of the Stern layer of SDS micelle.

  9. Direct Generation of Electric Currents from Flowing Neutral Ionic Solutions

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    2013-01-01

    We have discovered a new method of generating electric currents, directly from high pressure-induced flow of neutral ionic solutions. The mechanism is that the cations and anions have different flow velocities, if their atomic masses are dramatically different, due to different accelerations generated from the high applied pressure. The generated electric current is very sensitive to the strengths of the applied pressure, and it might be potentially used for detection of atomic masses and pressures. PMID:24187520

  10. Producing precipitated calcium carbonate by flowing ionic solution from column

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    Othman, Anuar; Isa, Nasharuddin; Othman, Rohaya; Sabri, Siti Noorzidah Mohd

    2017-07-01

    The objective of the study is to synthesis as fine as possible the particle size of precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC). In previous study carbon dioxide gas was introduced into ionic solution to produce PCC. In this study ionic solution was introduced from a column into water with dissolved CO2 gas. Four experiments were carried out by flowing 1 L ionic solution (calcium sucrate) into 3 L beaker that contained water at average flow rate of 0.1 L/min. The CO2 gas was flowed into 0.5 L of water at the rate of 0.5 L/min and 1.5 L/min respectively. This was repeated using 0.6 L of water. The micrographs of Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) show that fine particle size of PCC produced was 254.6 nm and cubic shapes were formed in all the products. Based on the pattern of X-ray Diffraction (XRD) results show that all PCC produced was calcite

  11. Solute-solvent interactions in imidazolium camphorsulfonate ionic liquids.

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    Nobuoka, Kaoru; Kitaoka, Satoshi; Iio, Masashi; Harran, Thomas; Ishikawa, Yuichi

    2007-11-28

    We directly observe the interaction between 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium (bmim) or 1-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium (bm(2)im) and the solute, ethyl acrylate (EA), which is the popular dienophile in the Diels-Alder reaction and an H-bonding acceptor, by using specially designed electrospray mass spectrometry. In imidazolium ionic liquids, cation-anion interactions are controlled by selecting the appropriate anion, and the naked C(2)-H of imidazolium, which loosely interacts with its counterion, can readily interact with an H-bonding acceptable solute. The ion-counterion (solvent-solvent) interaction affects the ion-solute (solvent-solute) interaction. This relation is one of the key criteria for selecting the cation-anion combination in tailoring ILs.

  12. Lorentz effect imaging of ionic currents in solution

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    Truong, Trong-Kha; Avram, Alexandru; Song, Allen W.

    2008-03-01

    Current functional MRI techniques relying on hemodynamic modulations are inherently limited in their ability to accurately localize neural activity in space and time. To address these limitations, we previously proposed a novel technique based on the Lorentz effect and demonstrated its ability to directly image minute electrical activity with a millisecond temporal resolution in gel phantoms containing conductive wires as well as in the human median nerve in vivo. To better characterize its contrast mechanism and ultimately further improve its sensitivity for in vivo applications, we now apply this technique to image ionic currents in solution, which serve as a better model for neural conduction in biological systems than the electronic currents in conductive wires used in previous phantom studies. Our results demonstrate that ionic currents with durations and current densities on the same order of magnitude as those induced by neuroelectric activity in nerve fibers and in the brain can be detected.

  13. Electric birefringence anomaly of solutions of ionically charged anisometric particles.

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    Hoffmann, H; Gräbner, Dieter

    2015-02-01

    The term "electric birefringence anomaly" is known as the electric birefringence (EB) signal that occurs in solutions of ionically charged anisometric particles in a narrow concentration region. The signal is of opposite sign to the normal birefringence that occurs below and above this narrow concentration region. The normal electric birefringence signals in the dilute and more concentrated regions are due to the orientation of the particles in the direction of the applied electric field. The origin for the anomalous signal was not completely understood until now. The article summarises previous results in which the anomalous results had been observed but not well understood. It shows that the birefringence anomaly occurs in systems as diverse as micellar solutions, polyelectrolytes, solutions of clays, viruses and fibres. In all these systems the anomaly signals are present at the concentration when the length of the colloidal particles including the thickness of the electric double layer are about the same as the mean distance between the colloidal particles. Under these conditions the electric double layers of the particles overlap along the main axis of the particles but not in the direction across the particles. As a consequence of this situation a dipole is built up across the particles by the migration of the counter-ions of the particles in the electric field and this dipole leads to an orientation of the particles perpendicular to the electric field. The anomalous signal can usually be observed simultaneously with the normal signal. The amplitude of the anomalous signal can be larger than the amplitude of the normal signal. As a consequence the total birefringence changes its sign in the anomalous concentration region. The anomaly signal of the clays can also be explained by a fluctuating dipole around the particles, which is due to the fact that the centre of the ionic charges of the particles does not fall on the centre of the ionic charge of the counter

  14. Charge inversion of divalent ionic solutions in silica channels

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    Lorenz, Christian D.; Travesset, Alex

    2007-06-01

    Recent experiments [F. H. J. van der Heyden , Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 224502 (2006)] of streaming currents in silica nanochannels with divalent ions report charge inversion, i.e., interfacial charges attracting counterions in excess of their own nominal charge, in conflict with existing theoretical and simulation results. We reveal the mechanism of charge inversion by using all-atomic molecular dynamics simulations. Our results show excellent agreement with experiments, both qualitatively and quantitatively. We further discuss the implications of our study for the general problem of ionic correlations in solutions as well as in regards to the properties of silica-water interfaces.

  15. Phase Behavior and Ionic Conductivity of Concentrated Solutions of Polystyrene-Poly(ethylene oxide) Diblock Copolymers in an Ionic Liquid

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    Simone, Peter M.; Lodge, Timothy P.

    2010-03-16

    Concentrated solutions of poly(styrene-b-ethylene oxide) (PS-PEO) diblock copolymers were prepared using the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [EMI][TFSI] as the solvent. The self-assembled microstructures adopted by the copolymer solutions have been characterized using small-angle X-ray scattering. Lyotropic mesophase transitions were observed, with a progression from hexagonally packed cylinders of PEO, to lamellae, to hexagonally packed cylinders of PS upon increasing [EMI][TFSI] content. The change in lamellar domain spacing with ionic liquid concentration was found to be comparable to that reported for other block copolymers in strongly selective solvents. The ionic conductivity of the concentrated PS-PEO/[EMI][TFSI] solutions was measured via impedance spectroscopy, and ranged from 1 x 10{sup -7} to 1 x 10{sup -3} S/cm at temperatures from 25-100 C. Additionally, the ionic conductivity of the solutions was found to increase with both ionic liquid concentration and molecular weight of the PEO blocks. The ionic conductivity of PEO homopolymer/[EMI][TFSI] solutions was also measured in order to compare the conductivity of the PS-PEO solutions to the expected limit for a lamellar sample with randomly oriented microstructure grains.

  16. A mechanistic study of danazol dissolution in ionic surfactant solutions.

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    Sun, Wei; Larive, Cynthia K; Southard, Marylee Z

    2003-02-01

    This study examined the dissolution mechanism of the neutral drug danazol into solutions of the ionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The effect of counterion concentration on drug dissolution was also studied by controlling the solution ionic strength (IS). The laminar flow apparatus of Shah and Nelson was chosen to measure in vitro dissolution rates for its simulation of physiological hydrodynamics. A mathematical model was developed to test the proposed mechanism for dissolution. Transport of the dissolved drug away from the tablet surface is the slow step in the process. Two major physicochemical properties, drug solubility in surfactant solutions and the effective diffusion coefficients used in the model, were measured in separate experiments for use in the transport model. Pulsed field proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H NMR) was used to measure the drug diffusion coefficient. Actual drug dissolution rates were determined by multiplying the measured effluent drug concentration in the aqueous medium by its flow rate. The assumption of a transport-controlled dissolution rate was tested by plotting the measured dissolution rates as a function of medium flow rate in a log-log plot. A slope of 1/3 is predicted by the model and slopes of 0.26 to 0.32 were found experimentally, suggesting that the transport controlled mechanism is accurate. The model-predicted dissolution rates were compared with the experimental data. For SDS solutions without IS control, the model calculated data are 20-35% lower than the experimental results, whereas with IS control, the error is only 0.4-4%. We believe that there is significant electrostatic interaction between micelles in processes with low IS or poor IS control. In that situation, the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-measured drug diffusivity would not be its actual value in the dissolution process.

  17. The magic of aqueous solutions of ionic liquids: ionic liquids as a powerful class of catanionic hydrotropes†

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    Cláudio, Ana Filipa M.; Neves, Márcia C.; Shimizu, Karina; Canongia Lopes, José N.; Freire, Mara G.; Coutinho, João A. P.

    2015-01-01

    Hydrotropes are compounds able to enhance the solubility of hydrophobic substances in aqueous media and therefore are widely used in the formulation of drugs, cleaning and personal care products. In this work, it is shown that ionic liquids are a new class of powerful catanionic hydrotropes where both the cation and the anion synergistically contribute to increase the solubility of biomolecules in water. The effects of the ionic liquid chemical structures, their concentration and the temperature on the solubility of two model biomolecules, vanillin and gallic acid were evaluated and compared with the performance of conventional hydrotropes. The solubility of these two biomolecules was studied in the entire composition range, from pure water to pure ionic liquids, and an increase in the solubility of up to 40-fold was observed, confirming the potential of ionic liquids to act as hydrotropes. Using dynamic light scattering, NMR and molecular dynamics simulations, it was possible to infer that the enhanced solubility of the biomolecule in the IL aqueous solutions is related to the formation of ionic-liquid–biomolecules aggregates. Finally, it was demonstrated that hydrotropy induced by ionic liquids can be used to recover solutes from aqueous media by precipitation, simply by using water as an anti-solvent. The results reported here have a significant impact on the understanding of the role of ionic liquid aqueous solutions in the extraction of value-added compounds from biomass as well as in the design of novel processes for their recovery from aqueous media. PMID:26379471

  18. Thermodynamic studies of ionic hydration and interactions for amino acid ionic liquids in aqueous solutions at 298.15 K.

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    Dagade, Dilip H; Madkar, Kavita R; Shinde, Sandeep P; Barge, Seema S

    2013-01-31

    Amino acid ionic liquids are a special class of ionic liquids due to their unique acid-base behavior, biological significance, and applications in different fields such as templates in synthetic chemistry, stabilizers for biological macromolecules, etc. The physicochemical properties of these ionic liquids can easily be altered by making the different combinations of amino acids as anion along with possible cation modification which makes amino acid ionic liquids more suitable to understand the different kinds of molecular and ionic interactions with sufficient depth so that they can provide fruitful information for a molecular level understanding of more complicated biological processes. In this context, volumetric and osmotic coefficient measurements for aqueous solutions containing 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ([Emim]) based amino acid ionic liquids of glycine, alanine, valine, leucine, and isoleucine are reported at 298.15 K. From experimental osmotic coefficient data, mean molal activity coefficients of ionic liquids were estimated and analyzed using the Debye-Hückel and Pitzer models. The hydration numbers of ionic liquids in aqueous solutions were obtained using activity data. Pitzer ion interaction parameters are estimated and compared with other electrolytes reported in the literature. The nonelectrolyte contribution to the aqueous solutions containing ionic liquids was studied by calculating the osmotic second virial coefficient through an application of the McMillan-Mayer theory of solution. It has been found that the second osmotic virial coefficient which includes volume effects correlates linearly with the Pitzer ion interaction parameter estimated independently from osmotic data as well as the hydrophobicity of ionic liquids. The enthalpy-entropy compensation effect, explained using the Starikov-Nordén model of enthalpy-entropy compensation, and partial molar entropy analysis for aqueous [Emim][Gly] solutions are made by using experimental Gibb

  19. Frequency dependence of ionic conductivity of electrolyte solutions

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    Chandra, Amalendu; Bagchi, Biman

    2000-01-01

    A theory for the frequency dependence of ionic conductivity of an electrolyte solution is presented. In this theory contributions to the conductivity from both the ion atmosphere relaxation and the electrophoretic effects are included in a self-consistent fashion. Mode coupling theory, combined with time-dependent density functional theory of ion atmosphere fluctuations, leads to expressions for these two contributions at finite frequencies. These expressions need to be solved self-consistently for the frequency dependence of the electrolyte friction and the ion conductivity at varying ion concentrations. In the limit of low concentration, the present theory reduces exactly to the well-known Debye-Falkenhagen (DF) expression of the frequency-dependent electrolyte friction when the non-Markovian effects in the ion atmosphere relaxation are ignored and in addition the ions are considered to be pointlike. The present theory also reproduces the expressions of the frequency-dependent conductivity derived by Chandra, Wei, and Patey when appropriate limiting situations are considered. We have carried out detailed numerical solutions of the self-consistent equations for concentrated solutions of a 1:1 electrolyte by using the expressions of pair correlation functions given by Attard. Numerical results reveal that the frequency dependence of the electrolyte friction at finite concentration can be quite different from that given by the DF expression. With the increase of ion concentration, the dispersion of the friction is found to occur at a higher frequency because of faster relaxation of the ion atmosphere. At low frequency, the real part of the conductivity shows a small increase with frequency which can be attributed to the well-known Debye-Falkenhagen effect. At high frequency, the conductivity decreases as expected. The extensions of the present theory to treat frequency-dependent diffusivities of charged colloid suspensions and conductivity of a dilute

  20. Single Molecule Electrochemical Detection in Aqueous Solutions and Ionic Liquids.

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    Byers, Joshua C; Paulose Nadappuram, Binoy; Perry, David; McKelvey, Kim; Colburn, Alex W; Unwin, Patrick R

    2015-10-20

    Single molecule electrochemical detection (SMED) is an extremely challenging aspect of electroanalytical chemistry, requiring unconventional electrochemical cells and measurements. Here, SMED is reported using a "quad-probe" (four-channel probe) pipet cell, fabricated by depositing carbon pyrolytically into two diagonally opposite barrels of a laser-pulled quartz quadruple-barreled pipet and filling the open channels with electrolyte solution, and quasi-reference counter electrodes. A meniscus forms at the end of the probe covering the two working electrodes and is brought into contact with a substrate working electrode surface. In this way, a nanogap cell is produced whereby the two carbon electrodes in the pipet can be used to promote redox cycling of an individual molecule with the substrate. Anticorrelated currents generated at the substrate and tip electrodes, at particular distances (typically tens of nanometers), are consistent with the detection of single molecules. The low background noise realized in this droplet format opens up new opportunities in single molecule electrochemistry, including the use of ionic liquids, as well as aqueous solution, and the quantitative assessment and analysis of factors influencing redox cycling currents, due to a precisely known gap size.

  1. Ultrasound response of aqueous poly(ionic liquid) solution.

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    Li, Kai; Kobayashi, Takaomi

    2016-05-01

    Ultrasound (US) effects on aqueous poly(ionic liquid) (PIL) solution were investigated using viscosity and FT-IR spectroscopy after exposure to US of 23, 43, and 96 kHz frequencies at 50 W. The viscosity of the poly(1-vinyl-3-butyl-imidazolium chloride) (PIL) aqueous solution decreased during exposure to US. It then increased gradually within about 10 min as US stopped. The aqueous PIL behavior was then observed using FT-IR spectroscopy. The US exposure enhanced the FT-IR band intensity of the OH stretching. The band intensity returned to its original value after the US stopped. These results responded cyclically to the US on/off. Analysis of the FT-IR spectra revealed that US influenced the breakage and reformation of hydrogen bonds in the PIL and water. Two-dimensional correlation and deconvolution were used to analyze the change of components in the region of 3000-3700 cm(-1) for US exposure. Results of these analyses suggest that US exposure might break hydrogen bonds between PIL segments and water. In the absence of US, hydrogen bonds reformation was also observed between the PIL and water. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Solution ionic strength engineering as a generic strategy to coat graphene oxide (GO) on various functional particles and its application in high-performance lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries.

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    Rong, Jiepeng; Ge, Mingyuan; Fang, Xin; Zhou, Chongwu

    2014-02-12

    A generic and facile method of coating graphene oxide (GO) on particles is reported, with sulfur/GO core-shell particles demonstrated as an example for lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery application with superior performance. Particles of different diameters (ranging from 100 nm to 10 μm), geometries, and compositions (sulfur, silicon, and carbon) are successfully wrapped up by GO, by engineering the ionic strength in solutions. Importantly, our method does not involve any chemical reaction between GO and the wrapped particles, and therefore, it can be extended to vast kinds of functional particles. The applications of sulfur/GO core-shell particles as Li-S battery cathode materials are further investigated, and the results show that sulfur/GO exhibit significant improvements over bare sulfur particles without coating. Galvanic charge-discharge test using GO/sulfur particles shows a specific capacity of 800 mAh/g is retained after 1000 cycles at 1 A/g current rate if only the mass of sulfur is taken into calculation, and 400 mAh/g if the total mass of sulfur/GO is considered. Most importantly, the capacity decay over 1000 cycles is less than 0.02% per cycle. The coating method developed in this study is facile, robust, and versatile and is expected to have wide range of applications in improving the properties of particle materials.

  3. Microwave-assisted separation of ionic liquids from aqueous solution of ionic liquids.

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    Ha, Sung Ho; Mai, Ngoc Lan; Koo, Yoon-Mo

    2010-12-03

    Microwave-assisted separation has been applied to recover ionic liquid (IL) from its aqueous solution as an efficient method with respect to time and energy compared to the conventional vacuum distillation. Hydrophilic ILs such as 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([Bmim][BF(4)]), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate ([Bmim][TfO]) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfate ([Emim][MS]) could be recovered in 6 min from the mixture of ILs and water (1:1, w/w) under microwave irradiation at constant power of 10 W while it took at least 240 min to obtain ILs containing same water content (less than 0.5 wt%) by conventional vacuum oven at 363.15 K with 90 kPa of vacuum pressure. Energy consumptions per gram of evaporated water from the homogeneous mixture of hydrophilic ILs and water (1:1, w/w) by microwave-assisted separation were at least 52 times more efficient than those in conventional vacuum oven. It demonstrated that microwave-assisted separation could be used for complete recovery of ILs in sense of time and energy as well as relevant purity.

  4. Solvent effects on the polar network of ionic liquid solutions

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    Bernardes, Carlos E. S.; Shimizu, Karina; Canongia Lopes, José N.

    2015-05-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations were used to probe mixtures of ionic liquids (ILs) with common molecular solvents. Four types of systems were considered: (i) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide plus benzene, hexafluorobenzene or 1,2-difluorobenzene mixtures; (ii) choline-based ILs plus ether mixtures (iii) choline-based ILs plus n-alkanol mixtures; and (iv) 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium nitrate and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate aqueous mixtures. The results produced a wealth of structural and aggregation information that highlight the resilience of the polar network of the ILs (formed by clusters of alternating ions and counter-ions) to the addition of different types of molecular solvent. The analysis of the MD data also shows that the intricate balance between different types of interaction (electrostatic, van der Waals, H-bond-like) between the different species present in the mixtures has a profound effect on the morphology of the mixtures at a mesoscopic scale. In the case of the IL aqueous solutions, the present results suggest an alternative interpretation for very recently published x-ray and neutron diffraction data on similar systems.

  5. A novel method of protein extraction from yeast using ionic liquid solution.

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    Ge, Liya; Wang, Xiao-Tao; Tan, Swee Ngin; Tsai, Heng Hang; Yong, Jean W H; Hua, Lin

    2010-06-15

    As the first attempt, ionic liquid solutions have been employed for direct extraction of proteins from yeast cells. Compared with effects of 21 different ionic liquid solutions on the extraction efficiency, 3-(dimethylamino)-1-propylaminium formate ([DMAPA]FA) was selected as the suitable ionic liquid solution. As this ionic liquid can be easily removed under vacuum, contamination by the chemical noise can be effectively reduced. Both sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) were employed to separate numerous proteins, and the results indicated that the chemical properties of target proteins remained unchanged during the extraction process. Furthermore, extracted proteins were applicable to the standard method for Western blotting which showed proteins maintain immunoreactivity and biological functions. These investigations indicated that the ionic liquid [DMAPA]FA is a promising reagent for protein extraction in yeast cells.

  6. Polyelectrolyte and carbon nanotube multilayers made from ionic liquid solutions

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    Nakashima, Takuya; Zhu, Jian; Qin, Ming; Ho, Szushen; Kotov, Nicholas A.

    2010-10-01

    The inevitable contact of substrates with water during the traditional practice of layer-by-layer assembly (LBL) creates problems for multiple potential applications of LBL films in electronics. To resolve this issue, we demonstrate here the possibility of a LBL process using ionic liquids (ILs), which potentially eliminates corrosion and hydration processes related to aqueous media and opens additional possibilities in structural control of LBL films. ILs are also considered to be one of the best ``green'' processing solvents, and hence, are advantageous in respect to traditional organic solvents. Poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) and poly(sodium styrenesulfonate) (PSS) were dispersed in a hydrophilic IL and successfully deposited in the LBL fashion. To produce electroactive thin films with significance to electronics, a similar process was realized for PSS-modified single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT-PSS) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA). Characterization of the coating using standard spectroscopy and microscopy techniques typical of the multilayer field indicated that there are both similarities and differences in the structure and properties of LBL films build from ILs and aqueous solutions. The films exhibited electrical conductivity of 102 S m-1 with transparency as high as 98% for visible light, which is comparable to similar parameters for many carbon nanotube and graphene films prepared by both aqueous LBL and other methods.The inevitable contact of substrates with water during the traditional practice of layer-by-layer assembly (LBL) creates problems for multiple potential applications of LBL films in electronics. To resolve this issue, we demonstrate here the possibility of a LBL process using ionic liquids (ILs), which potentially eliminates corrosion and hydration processes related to aqueous media and opens additional possibilities in structural control of LBL films. ILs are also considered to be one of the best ``green'' processing solvents, and hence, are

  7. Modeling colloid and microorganism transport and release with transients in solution ionic strength

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    The transport and fate of colloids, microorganisms, and nanoparticles in subsurface environments is strongly influenced by transients in solution ionic strength (IS). A sophisticated dual-permeability transport model that is capable of simulating exponential, hyperexponential, uniform, and nonmonot...

  8. Analysis of the antimicrobial effects of nonthermal plasma on fungal spores in ionic solutions.

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    Kang, Min Ho; Hong, Young June; Attri, Pankaj; Sim, Geon Bo; Lee, Geon Joon; Panngom, Kamonporn; Kwon, Gi Chung; Choi, Eun Ha; Uhm, Han S; Park, Gyungsoon

    2014-07-01

    The antimicrobial efficiency of reactive species-based control strategies is significantly affected by the dynamics of reactive species in the biological environment. Atmospheric-pressure nonthermal plasma is an ionized gas in which various reactive species are produced. The various levels of antimicrobial activity may result from the dynamic interaction of the plasma-generated reactive species with the environment. However, the nature of the interaction between plasma and environments is poorly understood. In this study, we analyzed the influence of the ionic strength of surrounding solutions (environment) on the antimicrobial activity of plasma in relation to the plasma-generated reactive species using a model filamentous fungus, Neurospora crassa. Our data revealed that the presence of sodium chloride (NaCl) in the background solution attenuated the deleterious effects of plasma on germination, internal structure, and genomic DNA of fungal spores. The protective effects of NaCl were not explained exclusively by pH, osmotic stability, or the level of reactive species in the solution. These were strongly associated with the ionic strength of the background solution. The presence of ions reduced plasma toxicity, which might be due to a reduced access of reactive species to fungal spores, and fungal spores were inactivated by plasma in a background fluid of nonionic osmolytes despite the low level of reactive species. Our results suggest that the surrounding environment may affect the behavior of reactive species, which leads to different biological consequences regardless of their quantity. Moreover, the microbicidal effect of plasma can be synergistically regulated through control of the microenvironment.

  9. Formulation and make-up of simulated acidic concentrated water (SAW), high ionic content aqueous solution

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    Gdowski, G.

    1996-09-30

    This procedure describes the formulation and make-up of Simulated Acidified Water (SAW), a high-ionic-content water to be used for Activity E-20-50 ''Long-Term Corrosion Studies.'' Acidic solutions at the repository may result as a consequence of microbial activity. In formulating the ionic composition of the SAW, it was attempted to simulate the acidification of high ionic content water contacting a waste package. Therefore, the composition of this water is based on the acidification of the Simulated Concentrated Water (SCW), which is described in TIP-CM-07. The pH of the solution will be controlled at a nominal value of 2.

  10. Molecular solutes in ionic liquids: a structural perspective.

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    Pádua, Agílio A H; Costa Gomes, Margarida F; Canongia Lopes, José N A

    2007-11-01

    Understanding physicochemical properties of ionic liquids is important for their rational use in extractions, reactions, and other applications. Ionic liquids are not simple fluids: their ions are generally asymetric, flexible, with delocalized electrostatic charges, and available in a wide variety. It is difficult to capture their subtle properties with models that are too simplistic. Molecular simulation using atomistic force fields, which describe structures and interactions in detail, is an excellent tool to gain insights into their liquid-state organization, how they solvate different compounds, and what molecular factors determine their properties. The identification of certain ionic liquids as self-organized phases, with aggregated nonpolar and charged domains, provides a new way to interpret the solvation and structure of their mixtures. Many advances are the result of a successful interplay between experiment and modeling, possible in this field where none of the two methodologies had a previous advance.

  11. Preparation of microfibers from wood/ionic liquid solutions.

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    Polaskova, Martina; Cermak, Roman; Verney, Vincent; Ponizil, Petr; Commereuc, Sophie; Gomes, Margarida F Costa; Padua, Agilio A H; Mokrejs, Pavel; Machovsky, Michal

    2013-01-30

    Two types of ionic liquids, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolim acetate and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium lactate, were employed for the direct processing of pine wood into microfibers. The concentration of 5 wt.% of wood in ionic liquids was rated as the most appropriate for electrospinning. The fibers were electrospun into the collector water bath. The final structure varied from individual microfibers to fiber bundles. It was demonstrated that 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium lactate is a powerful solvent and provides the direct transformation of pristine pine wood into the non-wovens.

  12. High energy supercapattery with an ionic liquid solution of LiClO4.

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    Yu, Linpo; Chen, George Z

    2016-08-15

    A supercapattery combining an ideally polarized capacitor-like electrode and a battery-like electrode is demonstrated theoretically and practically using an ionic liquid electrolyte containing 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium tri(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate (BMPyrrFAP), gamma-butyrolactone (γ-GBL) and LiClO4. The electrochemical deposition and dissolution of lithium metal on a platinum and glass carbon electrode were investigated in this ionic liquid solution. The CVs showed that the fresh electrochemically deposited lithium metal was stable in the electrolyte, which encouraged the investigation of this ionic liquid solution in a supercapattery with a lithium battery negative electrode. The active material counted specific energy of the supercapattery based on a lithium negative electrode and an activated carbon (Act-C) positive electrode could reach 230 W h kg(-1) under a galvanostatic charge-discharge current density of 1 mA cm(-2). The positive electrode material (Act-C) was also investigated by CV, AC impedance, SEM and BET. The non-uniform particle size and micropores dominated porous structure of the Act-C enabled its electric double layer capacitor (EDLC) behavior in the ionic liquid solution. The measured specific capacitance of the Act-C in this ionic liquid solution is higher than the same Act-C in aqueous solution, which indicates the Act-C can also perform well in the ionic liquid electrolyte.

  13. Shifts in the temperature of maximum density (TMD) of ionic liquid aqueous solutions.

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    Tariq, M; Esperança, J M S S; Soromenho, M R C; Rebelo, L P N; Lopes, J N Canongia

    2013-07-14

    This work investigates for the first time shifts in the temperature of maximum density (TMD) of water caused by ionic liquid solutes. A vast amount of high-precision volumetric data--more than 6000 equilibrated (static) high-precision density determination corresponding to ∼90 distinct ionic liquid aqueous solutions of 28 different types of ionic liquid--allowed us to analyze the TMD shifts for different homologous series or similar sets of ionic solutes and explain the overall effects in terms of hydrophobic, electrostatic and hydrogen-bonding contributions. The differences between the observed TMD shifts in the -2 < t/°C < 4 range and salting-in or salting-out effects produced by the same type of ions in aqueous solutions at higher temperatures are discussed taking into account the different types of possible solute-water interactions that can modify the structure of the aqueous phase. The results also reveal different insights concerning the nature of the ions that constitute typical ionic liquids and are consistent with previous results that established hydrophobic and hydrophilic scales for ionic liquid ions based on their specific interactions with water and other probe molecules.

  14. Room temperature ionic liquids-based salting-in strategy for counter-current chromatography in the separation of arctiin.

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    Wang, Yanyan; Zhang, Lihong; Wang, Dingding; Guo, Xiuyun; Wu, Shihua

    2016-12-23

    Counter-current chromatography (CCC) is a solid support-free liquid-liquid partition chromatography and has wide applications. However, CCC separation is still a challenging process and the selection of appropriate solvent system for separation of target compound(s) is still relatively time-consuming. In this work, we introduced a room temperature ionic liquids-based salting-in strategy for the rapid selection of suitable solvent systems for CCC separation. In the randomly selected solvent systems, such as ethyl acetate-water, n-butanol-water, n-pentanol-water, n-hexanol-water, and n-octanol-water, several ionic liquids such as [AMIM]Cl, [MAMIM]Cl, and [BMIM]Cl can increase the solubility of the solutes in the lower phase, which made a dose-dependent decreasing of partition coefficient of solute in the two-phase solvent system. Thus, it is possible to get a suitable solvent system with sweet K spot such as K=1 only by adding some ionic liquids into the systems. As an example, arctiin, a bioactive lignin component of the fruit of Arctium lappa. L. (Niubangzi in Chinese), was selected and successfully separated by CCC with room temperature ionic liquids-based n-butanol-water systems. It seems a very efficient alternative strategy for the optimization of solvent systems for CCC separation of natural products.

  15. Glyme-lithium salt equimolar molten mixtures: concentrated solutions or solvate ionic liquids?

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    Ueno, Kazuhide; Yoshida, Kazuki; Tsuchiya, Mizuho; Tachikawa, Naoki; Dokko, Kaoru; Watanabe, Masayoshi

    2012-09-13

    To demonstrate a new family of ionic liquids (ILs), i.e., "solvate" ionic liquids, the properties (thermal, transport, and electrochemical properties, Lewis basicity, and ionicity) of equimolar molten mixtures of glymes (triglyme (G3) and tetraglyme (G4)) and nine different lithium salts (LiX) were investigated. By exploring the anion-dependent properties and comparing them with the reported data on common aprotic ILs, two different classes of liquid regimes, i.e., ordinary concentrated solutions and "solvate" ILs, were found in the glyme-Li salt equimolar mixtures ([Li(glyme)]X) depending on the anionic structures. The class a given [Li(glyme)]X belonged to was governed by competitive interactions between the glymes and Li cations and between the counteranions (X) and Li cations. [Li(glyme)]X with weakly Lewis basic anions can form long-lived [Li(glyme)](+) complex cations. Thus, they behaved as typical ionic liquids. The lithium "solvate" ILs based on [Li(glyme)]X have many desirable properties for lithium-conducting electrolytes, including high ionicity, a high lithium transference number, high Li cation concentration, and high oxidative stability, in addition to the common properties of ionic liquids. The concept of "solvate" ionic liquids can be utilized in an unlimited number of combinations of other metal salts and ligands, and will thus open a new field of research on ionic liquids.

  16. The equilibrium structure of lithium salt solutions in ether-functionalized ammonium ionic liquids.

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    Figueiredo, Pedro Henrique; Siqueira, Leonardo J A; Ribeiro, Mauro C C

    2012-10-11

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been performed for ionic liquids based on a ternary mixture of lithium and ammonium cations and a common anion, bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, [Tf(2)N](-). We address structural changes resulting from adding Li(+) in ionic liquids with increasing length of an ether-functionalized chain in the ammonium cation. The calculation of static structure factors reveals the lithium effect on charge ordering and intermediate range order in comparison with the neat ionic liquids. The charge ordering is modified in the lithium solution because the coordination of [Tf(2)N](-) toward Li(+) is much stronger than ammonium cations. Intermediate range order is observed in neat ionic liquids based on ammonium cations with a long chain, but in the lithium solutions, there is also a nonhomogenous distribution of Li(+) cations. The presence of Li(+) enhances interactions between the ammonium cations due to correlations between the oxygen atom of the ether chain and the nitrogen atom of another ammonium cation.

  17. Maillard reaction products from chitosan-xylan ionic liquid solution.

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    Luo, Yuqiong; Ling, Yunzhi; Wang, Xiaoying; Han, Yang; Zeng, Xianjie; Sun, Runcang

    2013-10-15

    A facile method is reported to prepare Maillard reaction products (MRPs) from chitosan and xylan in co-solvent ionic liquid. UV absorbance and fluorescence changes were regarded as indicators of the occurrence of Maillard reaction. FT-IR, NMR, XRD and TG were used to investigate the structure of chitosan-xylan conjugate. The results revealed that when chitosan reacted with xylan in ionic liquid, the hydrogen bonds in chitosan were destroyed, the facts resulted in the formation of chitosan-xylan MRPs. Moreover, when the mass ratio of chitosan to xylan was 1:1, the Maillard reaction proceeded easily. In addition, relatively high antioxidant property was also noted for the chitosan-xylan conjugate with mass ratio 1:1. So the obtained chitosan-xylan MRP is a promising antioxidant agent for food industry. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Solute-induced dissolution of hydrophobic ionic liquids in water.

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    Rickert, Paul G; Stepinski, Dominique C; Rausch, David J; Bergeron, Ruth M; Jakab, Sandrine; Dietz, Mark L

    2007-04-15

    Significant solubilization of ostensibly water-immiscible ionic liquids (ILs) in acidic aqueous phases is induced by the presence of any of a variety of neutral extractants, the apparent result of the formation of the protonated form of the extractant and its subsequent exchange for the cationic component of the IL. The extent of this solubilization is shown to diminish with increasing hydrophobicity of the IL cation and decreasing extractant basicity. These observations raise concerns as to the viability of ILs as "drop in replacements" for traditional organic solvents in the solvent extraction of metal ions.

  19. Role of Heavy Meromyosin in Heat-Induced Gelation in Low Ionic Strength Solution Containing L-Histidine.

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    Hayakawa, Toru; Yoshida, Yuri; Yasui, Masanori; Ito, Toshiaki; Wakamatsu, Jun-ichi; Hattori, Akihito; Nishimura, Takanori

    2015-08-01

    The gelation of myosin has a very important role in meat products. We have already shown that myosin in low ionic strength solution containing L-histidine forms a transparent gel after heating. To clarify the mechanism of this unique gelation, we investigated the changes in the nature of myosin subfragments during heating in solutions with low and high ionic strengths with and without L-histidine. The hydrophobicity of myosin and heavy meromyosin (HMM) in low ionic strength solution containing L-histidine was lower than in high ionic strength solution. The SH contents of myosin and HMM in low ionic strength solution containing l-histidine did not change during the heating process, whereas in high ionic strength solution they decreased slightly. The heat-induced globular masses of HMM in low ionic strength solution containing L-histidine were smaller than those in high ionic strength solution. These findings suggested that the polymerization of HMM molecules by heating was suppressed in low ionic strength solution containing L-histidine, resulting in formation of the unique gel. © 2015 Institute of Food Technologists®

  20. Extraction of gallium(III) from hydrochloric acid solutions by trioctylammonium-based mixed ionic liquids.

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    Katsuta, Shoichi; Okai, Miho; Yoshimoto, Yuki; Kudo, Yoshihiro

    2012-01-01

    The extractabilities of aluminium(III), gallium(III), and indium(III) from hydrochloric acid solutions were investigated using a mixture of two protic ionic liquids, trioctylammonium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide ([TOAH][NTf(2)]) and trioctylammonium nitrate ([TOAH][NO(3)]). At a HCl concentration of 4 mol L(-1) or more, gallium(III) was nearly quantitatively extracted and the extractability order was Ga > Al > In. The extractability of gallium(III) increased with increasing [TOAH][NO(3)] content in the mixed ionic liquid. The extracted gallium(III) was quantitatively stripped with aqueous nitric acid solutions. The separation and recovery of gallium(III) from hydrochloric acid solutions containing excess indium(III) was demonstrated using the mixed ionic liquid.

  1. Determination of electroosmotic and electrophoretic mobility of DNA and dyes in low ionic strength solutions.

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    Lallman, Joshua; Flaugh, Rachel; Kounovsky-Shafer, Kristy L

    2017-08-23

    Nanocoding, a genome analysis platform, relies on very low ionic strength conditions to elongate DNA molecules up to 1.06 (fully stretched DNA = 1). Understanding how electroosmotic and electrophoretic forces vary, as ionic strength decreases, will enable better Nanocoding devices, or other genome analysis platforms, to be developed. Using gel electrophoresis to determine overall mobility (includes contributions from electrophoretic and electroosmotic forces) in different ionic strength conditions, linear DNA molecules (pUC19 (2.7 kb), pBR322 (4.4 kb), ΦX174 (5.4 kb), and PSNAPf-H2B (6.2 kb)) were analyzed in varying gel concentrations (1.50, 1.25, 1.00, 0.75, and 0.50%). Additionally, buffer concentration (Tris-EDTA, TE) was varied to determine free solution mobility at different ionic strength solutions. As ionic strength decreased from 13.8 to 7.3 mM, overall mobility increased. As TE buffer decreased (< 7.3 mM), overall mobility drastically decreased as ionic strength decreased. Rhodamine B dye was utilized to determine the electroosmotic mobility. As the ionic strength decreased, electroosmotic mobility increased. The experimental electrophoretic mobility was compared to theoretical considerations for electrophoretic mobility (Pitts and Debye-Hückel-Onsager). Electroosmotic forces decreased the overall mobility of DNA molecules and bromophenol blue migration in a gel matrix as ionic strength decreased. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Security solutions: strategy and architecture

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    Seto, Myron W. L.

    2002-04-01

    Producers of banknotes, other documents of value and brand name goods are being presented constantly with new challenges due to the ever increasing sophistication of easily-accessible desktop publishing and color copying machines, which can be used for counterfeiting. Large crime syndicates have also shown that they have the means and the willingness to invest large sums of money to mimic security features. To ensure sufficient and appropriate protection, a coherent security strategy has to be put into place. The feature has to be appropriately geared to fight against the different types of attacks and attackers, and to have the right degree of sophistication or ease of authentication depending upon by whom or where a check is made. Furthermore, the degree of protection can be considerably increased by taking a multi-layered approach and using an open platform architecture. Features can be stratified to encompass overt, semi-covert, covert and forensic features.

  3. Student Conceptions of Ionic Compounds in Solution and the Influences of Sociochemical Norms on Individual Learning

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    Warfa, Abdi-Rizak M.

    Using the symbolic interactionist perspective that meaning is constituted as individuals interact with one another, this study examined how group thinking during cooperative inquiry-based activity on chemical bonding theories shaped and influenced college students' understanding of the properties of ionic compounds in solution. The analysis revealed the development of sociochemical norms and specific ways of reasoning about chemical ideas that led to shifts in student thinking and understanding of the nature of dissolved ionic solids. The analysis similarly revealed two kinds of teacher-initiated discourses, dialogical and monologic, that impacted student learning differently. I discuss the nature of this teacher-initiated discourse and number of moves, such as confirming, communicative, and re-orienting, that the course instructor made to communicate to students what counts as justifiable chemical reasoning and appropriate representations of chemical knowledge. I further describe the use of sociochemical dialogues as lens to study the ways in which chemistry instructors and students develop normative ways of reasoning and chemical justifications. Because the activity was designed as an intervention to target student misconceptions about ionic bonding, I also examined the extent to which the activity elicited and corrected commonly found student chemical misconceptions. To do so, student-generated particulate drawings were coded qualitatively into one of four broad themes: i) use of molecular framework with discrete atoms, ii) use of ionic framework with discrete ionic species, iii) use of quasi-ionic framework with partial ionic-molecular thinking, or iv) use of an all-encompassing "other" category. The findings suggested the intervention significantly improved students' conceptual knowledge of ionic compounds in solution - there was statistically significant increase in the number of drawings using ionic and quasi-ionic frameworks in the pre-activity vs. post

  4. Quantifying bacterial attachment and detachment using leaching solutions of various ionic strengths after bacterial pulse.

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    Choi, Nag-Choul; Choi, Jae-Woo; Kwon, Kyu-Sang; Lee, Sang-Gil; Lee, Soonjae

    2017-12-01

    In this study, we quantified the attachment and detachment of bacteria during transport in order to elucidate the contributions of reversible attachment on bacterial breakthrough curves. The first set of breakthrough experiment was performed for a laboratory sand column using leaching solutions of deionized water and mineral salt medium (MSM) of 200 mM with reference to KCl solution by employing Pseudomonas putida as a model bacterium. In the second set of experiment, the ionic strengths of leaching solutions immediately after bacterial pulse were lowered to tenfold and 100-fold diluted system (2 and 20 mM MSM) to focus on the influence of physicochemical factor. Results have shown that bacterial retention occurred in the sand column due to the physical deposition and physicochemical attachment. The physicochemical attachment was attributed to the high ionic strength (200 mM MSM) of leaching solution and the formation of primary energy minimum. Replacing the 200 mM leaching solution with the lower ionic strengths after pulse resulted in the increased tailing of breakthrough curve due to the detachment from the attached bacteria. The detachment could be well explained by DLVO theory, which showed the formation of energy barrier and disappearance of the secondary minimum as the ionic strength gradually decreased. Analysis of mass recovery revealed that 12-20% of the attachment was due to physical and physicochemical attachment, respectively, where the latter consisted of 25-75% of irreversible and reversible attachment respectively.

  5. Thermodynamic and ultrasonic properties of ascorbic Acid in aqueous protic ionic liquid solutions.

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    Singh, Vickramjeet; Sharma, Gyanendra; Gardas, Ramesh L

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we report the thermodynamic and ultrasonic properties of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in water and in presence of newly synthesized ammonium based protic ionic liquid (diethylethanolammonium propionate) as a function of concentration and temperature. Apparent molar volume and apparent molar isentropic compression, which characterize the solvation state of ascorbic acid (AA) in presence of protic ionic liquid (PIL) has been determined from precise density and speed of sound measurements at temperatures (293.15 to 328.15) K with 5 K interval. The strength of molecular interactions prevailing in ternary solutions has been discussed on the basis of infinite dilution partial molar volume and partial molar isentropic compression, corresponding volume of transfer and interaction coefficients. Result has been discussed in terms of solute-solute and solute-solvent interactions occurring between ascorbic acid and PIL in ternary solutions (AA + water + PIL).

  6. Thermodynamic and Ultrasonic Properties of Ascorbic Acid in Aqueous Protic Ionic Liquid Solutions

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    Singh, Vickramjeet; Sharma, Gyanendra; Gardas, Ramesh L.

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we report the thermodynamic and ultrasonic properties of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in water and in presence of newly synthesized ammonium based protic ionic liquid (diethylethanolammonium propionate) as a function of concentration and temperature. Apparent molar volume and apparent molar isentropic compression, which characterize the solvation state of ascorbic acid (AA) in presence of protic ionic liquid (PIL) has been determined from precise density and speed of sound measurements at temperatures (293.15 to 328.15) K with 5 K interval. The strength of molecular interactions prevailing in ternary solutions has been discussed on the basis of infinite dilution partial molar volume and partial molar isentropic compression, corresponding volume of transfer and interaction coefficients. Result has been discussed in terms of solute-solute and solute-solvent interactions occurring between ascorbic acid and PIL in ternary solutions (AA + water + PIL). PMID:26009887

  7. Solution strategies for constant acceleration problems

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    Wheaton, S. M.; Binder, P.-M.

    2017-03-01

    We discuss strategies for the general solution of single-step 1D constant acceleration problems. In a slightly restricted form, these problems have five variables (Δx, v 0, v, a and t) and two independent equations, so three variables must be given to solve for the other two, giving 10 cases. Instead of the haphazard solution of individual problems, we advocate teaching a strategy for tackling the entire class of problems. We enumerate the possible strategies, and present in detail one which reveals a number of interesting special cases and also allows the possibility of developing an automatic problem generator and solver.

  8. Mean ionic activity coefficients in aqueous NaCl solutions from molecular dynamics simulations

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    Mester, Zoltan; Panagiotopoulos, Athanassios Z.

    2015-01-28

    The mean ionic activity coefficients of aqueous NaCl solutions of varying concentrations at 298.15 K and 1 bar have been obtained from molecular dynamics simulations by gradually turning on the interactions of an ion pair inserted into the solution. Several common non-polarizable water and ion models have been used in the simulations. Gibbs-Duhem equation calculations of the thermodynamic activity of water are used to confirm the thermodynamic consistency of the mean ionic activity coefficients. While the majority of model combinations predict the correct trends in mean ionic activity coefficients, they overestimate their values at high salt concentrations. The solubility predictions also suffer from inaccuracies, with all models underpredicting the experimental values, some by large factors. These results point to the need for further ion and water model development.

  9. Ionic enhancement of silica surface nanowear in electrolyte solutions.

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    Vakarelski, Ivan U; Teramoto, Naofumi; McNamee, Cathy E; Marston, Jeremy O; Higashitani, Ko

    2012-11-20

    The nanoscale wear and friction of silica and silicon nitride surfaces in aqueous electrolyte solutions were investigated by using sharp atomic force microscope (AFM) cantilever tips coated with silicon nitride. Measurements were carried out in aqueous solutions of varying pH and in monovalent and divalent cation chloride and nitrate solutions. The silica surface was shown to wear strongly in solutions of high pH (≈11.0), as expected, but the presence of simple cations, such as Cs(+) and Ca(2+), was shown to dramatically effect the wear depth and friction force for the silica surface. In the case of monovalent cations, their hydration enthalpies correlated well with the wear and friction. The weakest hydrated cation of Cs(+) showed the most significant enhancement of wear and friction. In the case of divalent cations, a complex dependence on the type of cation was found, where the type of anion was also seen to play an important role. The CaCl(2) solution showed the anomalous enhancement of wear depth and friction force, although the solution of Ca(NO(3))(2) did not. The present results obtained with an AFM tip were also compared with previous nanotribology studies of silica surfaces in electrolyte solutions, and possible molecular mechanisms as to why cations enhance the wear and friction were also discussed.

  10. Bilayer membrane permeability of ionic liquid-filled block copolymer vesicles in aqueous solution.

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    Bai, Zhifeng; Zhao, Bin; Lodge, Timothy P

    2012-07-19

    The bilayer membrane permeability of block copolymer vesicles ("polymersomes") with ionic liquid interiors dispersed in water is quantified using fluorescence quenching. Poly((1,2-butadiene)-b-ethylene oxide) (PB-PEO) block copolymer vesicles in water with their interiors filled with a common hydrophobic ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide, were prepared containing a hydrophobic dye, Nile Red, by intact migration of dye-encapsulated vesicles from the ionic liquid to water at room temperature. A small quencher molecule, dichloroacetamide, was added to the aqueous solution of the dye-loaded vesicles, and the permeation of the quencher passing through the membrane into the interior was determined from the fluorescence quenching kinetics. Rapid permeation of the quencher across the nanoscale membrane was observed, consistent with the high fluidity of the liquid polybutadiene membrane. Two different PB-PEO copolymers were employed, in order to vary the thickness of the solvophobic membrane. A significant increase in membrane permeability was also observed with decreasing membrane thickness, which is tentatively attributable to differences in quencher solubility in the membranes. Quantitative migration of the vesicles from the aqueous phase back to an ionic liquid phase was achieved upon heating. These microscopically heterogeneous and thermoresponsive vesicles with permeable and robust membranes have potential as recyclable nanoreactors, in which the high viscosity and capital expense of an ionic liquid reaction medium can be mitigated, while retaining the desirable features of ionic liquids as reaction media, and facile catalyst recovery.

  11. Apparent Ionic Charge in Electrolyte and Polyelectrolyte Solutions

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    Magdelenat, H.; And Others

    1978-01-01

    Compares average displacements of charged particles under thermal motion alone with those obtained by the action of an external electric field to develop a concept of "apparent charge" to approximate actual structural charge in an electrolyte solution. (SL)

  12. Student Conceptions of Ionic Compounds in Solution and the Influences of Sociochemical Norms on Individual Learning

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    Warfa, Abdi-Rizak M.

    2013-01-01

    Using the symbolic interactionist perspective that meaning is constituted as individuals interact with one another, this study examined how group thinking during cooperative inquiry-based activity on chemical bonding theories shaped and influenced college students' understanding of the properties of ionic compounds in solution. The analysis…

  13. Student Conceptions of Ionic Compounds in Solution and the Influences of Sociochemical Norms on Individual Learning

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    Warfa, Abdi-Rizak M.

    2013-01-01

    Using the symbolic interactionist perspective that meaning is constituted as individuals interact with one another, this study examined how group thinking during cooperative inquiry-based activity on chemical bonding theories shaped and influenced college students' understanding of the properties of ionic compounds in solution. The analysis…

  14. The Effect of Low Ionic Strength Extracellular Solutions on the Resting Potential in Skeletal Muscle Fibers

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    Holtzman, David

    1967-01-01

    Intracellular measurements of the resting potential were made in fibers of the frog sartorius muscle in solutions of varying salt composition and concentration to determine the effects of low ionic strength extracellular solutions on the resting potential. Changes in the glass microelectrode tip potential in low ionic strength solutions were minimized by adding ThCl4 to the extracellular solution. These experimental conditions allowed measurement of the relationship of the resting potential to the concentration of the salt in the extracellular solution by replacing it with the nonionic substance, sucrose. Substitution of sucrose for the extracellular NaCl produced a stable depolarization which was logarithmically related to the NaCl concentration. Substitution of sucrose for choline Cl, instead of NaCl, produced the same degree of depolarization. When Na salts of anions less permeable than chloride (Br, I, NO3) were used, the resting potentials in 116 mM solutions were close to those with chloride (±3mv). The depolarizations produced in low ionic strength solutions of these salts were significantly less than those with chloride. PMID:6034754

  15. Transferable ionic parameters for first-principles Poisson-Boltzmann solvation calculations: Neutral solutes in aqueous monovalent salt solutions

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    Ringe, Stefan; Oberhofer, Harald; Reuter, Karsten

    2017-04-01

    Implicit solvation calculations based on a Stern-layer corrected size-modified Poisson-Boltzmann (SMPB) model are an effective approach to capture electrolytic effects in first-principles electronic structure calculations. For a given salt solution, they require a range of ion-specific parameters, which describe the size of the dissolved ions as well as thickness and shape of the Stern layer. Out of this defined parameter space, we show that the Stern layer thickness expressed in terms of the solute's electron density and the resulting ionic cavity volume completely determine ion effects on the stability of neutral solutes. Using the efficient SMPB functionality of the full-potential density-functional theory package FHI-aims, we derive optimized such Stern layer parameters for neutral solutes in various aqueous monovalent electrolytes. The parametrization protocol relies on fitting to reference Setschenow coefficients that describe solvation free energy changes with ionic strength at low to medium concentrations. The availability of such data for NaCl solutions yields a highly predictive SMPB model that allows to recover the measured Setschenow coefficients with an accuracy that is comparable to prevalent quantitative regression models. Correspondingly derived SMPB parameters for other salts suffer from a much scarcer experimental data base but lead to Stern layer properties that follow a physically reasonable trend with ionic hydration numbers.

  16. Non-Debye screening in ionic solutions: Generalization of the modified mean spherical approximation

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    Varela, L. M.; Ruso, J. M.; Garcia, M.; Mosquera, V.

    2000-12-01

    In this paper screening phenomena in general binary ionic solutions are analyzed from an Ornstein-Zernike point of view. The modified mean spherical approximation (MMSA) closure relation for the direct correlation function [Varela et al., J. Chem. Phys. 109, 1930 (1998)] is generalized in order to allow the presence of several species in solution. This generalized approximation (GMMSA) explicitly accounts for specific interactions between ionic species and is seen to allow the prediction of the hypernetted chain calculated decay length of 1:z(z=1,…,4) electrolyte solutions, in terms of a mean interaction parameter. Particularly, for 1:1 electrolyte solutions the results of the GMMSA for the effective decay length are seen to recover the original MMSA ones, and they are compared to all the theoretical results which exist in literature.

  17. Atomization and rheology of mixed non-ionic and ionic polymer solutions

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    Sun, Patricia B.

    2003-06-01

    Misting problem of metalworking fluids caused by liquid jets breakup under high shear and strong impact working conditions during machining processes brings about significant health hazard and air pollution in automotive plants. The use of high molecular polyethylene oxide (PEO) is very effective to reduce mist formation of low viscosity aqueous solutions by bestowing elasticity to the system. However, severe chain scission induced high replenishment cost is the biggest economical barrier of this method. In this study, mixed polymer solutions with physical associating structures were developed to improve PEO's cost effectiveness as anti-misting agent for water-based machining fluids through improved shear stability (due to structure regeneration) and reduced polymer molecular weight and concentrations (due to enhanced mist suppression effectiveness). The association of sodium poly(styrene sulfonate salt) (SPSS) with PEO, particularly its impact on dynamics, rheology and atomization behavior of aqueous solutions were systematically investigated, providing a more reliable and efficient means of enhancing PEO mist reduction performances relative to PEO-surfactant systems. Strong structure-forming interaction of the two components was detected by dynamic light scatting. It yields pronounced enlargement in PEO's coil size, and consequently magnificent enhancement on solution's elongational viscosity, which contributes most in retarding liquid jet disintegration and exhibits direct correlation with the resultant drop size distribution under atomization. The degree of their association is dependent on both molecular weight and concentration of each species and their molar ratio. By using mixed polymeric solutions, the optimum anti-misting effectiveness can be obtained throughout a broad concentration range.

  18. Ionic liquid solutions as extractive solvents for value-added compounds from biomass

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    Passos, Helena; Freire, Mara G.; Coutinho, João A. P.

    2014-01-01

    In the past few years, the number of studies regarding the application of ionic liquids (ILs) as alternative solvents to extract value-added compounds from biomass has been growing. Based on an extended compilation and analysis of the data hitherto reported, the main objective of this review is to provide an overview on the use of ILs and their mixtures with molecular solvents for the extraction of value-added compounds present in natural sources. The ILs (or IL solutions) investigated as solvents for the extraction of natural compounds, such as alkaloids, flavonoids, terpenoids, lipids, among others, are outlined. The extraction techniques employed, namely solid–liquid extraction, and microwave-assisted and ultrasound-assisted extractions, are emphasized and discussed in terms of extraction yields and purification factors. Furthermore, the evaluation of the IL chemical structure and the optimization of the process conditions (IL concentration, temperature, biomass–solvent ratio, etc.) are critically addressed. Major conclusions on the role of the ILs towards the extraction mechanisms and improved extraction yields are additionally provided. The isolation and recovery procedures of the value-added compounds are ascertained as well as some scattered strategies already reported for the IL solvent recovery and reusability. Finally, a critical analysis on the economic impact versus the extraction performance of IL-based methodologies was also carried out and is here presented and discussed. PMID:25516718

  19. Ionic liquid solutions as extractive solvents for value-added compounds from biomass.

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    Passos, Helena; Freire, Mara G; Coutinho, João A P

    2014-12-01

    In the past few years, the number of studies regarding the application of ionic liquids (ILs) as alternative solvents to extract value-added compounds from biomass has been growing. Based on an extended compilation and analysis of the data hitherto reported, the main objective of this review is to provide an overview on the use of ILs and their mixtures with molecular solvents for the extraction of value-added compounds present in natural sources. The ILs (or IL solutions) investigated as solvents for the extraction of natural compounds, such as alkaloids, flavonoids, terpenoids, lipids, among others, are outlined. The extraction techniques employed, namely solid-liquid extraction, and microwave-assisted and ultrasound-assisted extractions, are emphasized and discussed in terms of extraction yields and purification factors. Furthermore, the evaluation of the IL chemical structure and the optimization of the process conditions (IL concentration, temperature, biomass-solvent ratio, etc.) are critically addressed. Major conclusions on the role of the ILs towards the extraction mechanisms and improved extraction yields are additionally provided. The isolation and recovery procedures of the value-added compounds are ascertained as well as some scattered strategies already reported for the IL solvent recovery and reusability. Finally, a critical analysis on the economic impact versus the extraction performance of IL-based methodologies was also carried out and is here presented and discussed.

  20. Influence of the organized structure of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium-based ionic liquids on the rotational diffusion of an ionic solute.

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    Gangamallaiah, V; Dutt, G B

    2013-08-29

    To understand the influence of organized structure of the ionic liquids on the rotational diffusion of a hydrogen bond donating ionic solute, reorientation times (τr) of rhodamine 110 (R110) have been measured in 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium ([Rmim+]) based ionic liquids with anions tetrafluoroborate ([BF4-]) and hexafluorophosphate ([PF6-]). The viscosity (η) was varied by changing the temperature (T) and also the alkyl chain length on the imidazolium cation (ethyl, butyl, hexyl, and octyl). It has been noticed that τr versus η/T plots contain two slopes corresponding to lower and higher values of η/T for ionic liquids with [BF4-] as well as [PF6-] anions. For lower values of η/T (<0.2 and <0.3 mPa s K(-1), respectively, for [Rmim+][BF4-] and [Rmim+][PF6-]), rotational diffusion of R110 follows Stokes-Einstein-Debye hydrodynamic theory with stick boundary condition due to specific interactions between the solute and the anions of the ionic liquids. In contrast, at higher η/T, the rotational diffusion of the solute is faster than the stick predictions and this trend could not be explained by the quasihydrodynamic theories of Gierer-Wirtz and Dote-Kivelson-Schwartz as well. Diminishing hydrogen bonding interactions between the solute and the anions, which transpire as a consequence of the organized structure of the ionic liquids, are responsible for the observed behavior.

  1. Salting-out effects in aqueous ionic liquid solutions: cloud-point temperature shifts.

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    Trindade, Joana R; Visak, Zoran P; Blesic, Marijana; Marrucho, Isabel M; Coutinho, João A P; Lopes, José N Canongia; Rebelo, Luis P N

    2007-05-10

    The effects of the addition of three inorganic salts, namely, NaCl, Na(2)SO(4), and Na(3)PO(4), on the liquid-liquid (L-L) phase diagram of aqueous solutions containing the model ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, [bmim][BF(4)], were investigated. All three inorganic salts trigger salting-out effects, leading to significant upward shifts of the L-L demixing temperatures of the systems. The magnitude of the shifts depends on both the water-structuring nature of the salt and its concentration; that is, the effects are correlated with the ionic strength of the solution and the Gibbs free energy of hydration of the inorganic salt. The pH effect and the occurrence of salt precipitation in concentrated solutions are also discussed.

  2. Reversible Sol-Gel Transitions in Aqueous Solutions of N-Isopropylacrylamide Ionic Copolymers

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    Krzyminski, Karol J.; Jasionowski, Marek; Gutowska, Anna

    2008-04-01

    Ionic copolymers of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPA) exhibiting sol-gel transitions in aqueous solutions were investigated. The studies were aimed at understanding of the structure-property relationship in design of injectable, in situ forming gels for potential biomedical applications in delivery of therapeutics and tissue engineering. Aqueous solutions of NIPA ionic copolymers were found to flow freely at ambient temperatures and formed soft gels with controlled syneresis above 32°C, the lower critical solution temperature of NIPA. The sol-gel transitions and temperature dependent properties of the resulting gels were analyzed using dynamic rheometry, UV and IR spectrometry, and were found to be controlled by the molecular weight and composition of copolymers, ionization state of comonomers, and composition of aqueous solvent.

  3. Asymmetric criticality of binary ionic solutions containing 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate and alcohol.

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    Yin, Tianxiang; Xu, Chen; Lv, Hekun; Liu, Shixia; Wang, Mingjie; Chen, Zhiyun; Shen, Weiguo

    2014-09-07

    The liquid-liquid coexistence curves for binary solutions {1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([C4mim][BF4]) + 1-propanol} and {1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([C4mim][BF4]) + 2-propanol} have been precisely measured. The values of the critical exponents β obtained from the liquid-liquid equilibrium data in the critical region confirmed the 3D-Ising universality. The isobaric heat capacities per unit volume were measured for {[C4mim][BF4] + 1-propanol (or 2-propanol, 1,3-propanediol, 1,4-butanediol)} in both critical and non-critical regions. The experimental results indicate a major solvophobic contribution to the criticality for the studied ionic solutions. The complete scaling theory was applied to well represent the asymmetric behavior of the diameter of the coexistence curves with the consideration of the heat capacity contribution. It was found that the contribution of the heat capacity related term in the ionic solution decreased with the increase of the permittivity of alcohol and was more important in the description of the asymmetry of the coexistence curve of the ionic solutions than that of the molecular solutions.

  4. Charge detector for the measurement of ionic solutes.

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    Yang, Bingcheng; Chen, Yongjing; Mori, Masanobu; Ohira, Shin-Ichi; Azad, Abul K; Dasgupta, Purnendu K; Srinivasan, Kannan

    2010-02-01

    We describe a flow-through ionic charge detector in the form of a three-compartmented system. A central water channel is separated from two outer channels bearing water (or a dilute electrolyte) by a cation-exchange membrane (CEM) and an anion-exchange membrane (AEM). Independent fluid input/output ports address all channels. One platinum electrode is put in each outer channel. When the AEM-side electrode is positive with respect to the CEM-side electrode and voltage (approximately 1-10 V) is applied, the observed background current is from the transport of H(+)/OH(-) through the CEM/AEM to the negative/positive electrodes, respectively. The H(+) and OH(-) are generated by the ionization of water, in part aided by the electric field. If an electrolyte (X(+)Y(-)) is injected in to the central channel, X(+) and Y(-) migrate through the CEM and AEM to the negative and positive electrodes, respectively, and generate a current pulse. The integrated area of the current signal (coulombs) elicited by this electrolyte injection is dependent on a number of variables, the most important being the central channel residence time and the applied voltage (V(app)); these govern the transport of the injected electrolyte to/through the membranes. Other parameters include electrode placement, fluid composition, and outer channel flow rates. For strong electrolytes, depending on the operating conditions, the current peak area (hereinafter called the measured charge signal, Q(m)) can both be less or more than the charge represented by the electrolyte injected (Q(i)). Q(m) is less than Q(i) if transport to/through the membranes is subquantitative. Q(m) can be greater than Q(i) at higher V(app). At constant V(app) more voltage is dropped across the membranes as the central channel becomes more conductive and water dissociation at the membrane surface is enhanced. Effectively, the membranes experience a greater applied voltage as the central channel becomes more conductive. The resulting

  5. Dipolar Poisson-Boltzmann approach to ionic solutions: a mean field and loop expansion analysis.

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    Levy, Amir; Andelman, David; Orland, Henri

    2013-10-28

    We study the variation of the dielectric response of ionic aqueous solutions as function of their ionic strength. The effect of salt on the dielectric constant appears through the coupling between ions and dipolar water molecules. On a mean-field level, we account for any internal charge distribution of particles. The dipolar degrees of freedom are added to the ionic ones and result in a generalization of the Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) equation called the Dipolar PB (DPB). By looking at the DPB equation around a fixed point-like ion, a closed-form formula for the dielectric constant is obtained. We express the dielectric constant using the "hydration length" that characterizes the hydration shell of dipoles around ions, and thus the strength of the dielectric decrement. The DPB equation is then examined for three additional cases: mixture of solvents, polarizable medium, and ions of finite size. Employing field-theoretical methods, we expand the Gibbs free-energy to first order in a loop expansion and calculate self-consistently the dielectric constant. For pure water, the dipolar fluctuations represent an important correction to the mean-field value and good agreement with the water dielectric constant is obtained. For ionic solutions we predict analytically the dielectric decrement that depends on the ionic strength in a nonlinear way. Our prediction fits rather well a large range of concentrations for different salts using only one fit parameter related to the size of ions and dipoles. A linear dependence of the dielectric constant on the salt concentration is observed at low salinity, and a noticeable deviation from linearity can be seen for ionic strength above 1 M, in agreement with experiments.

  6. Fabrication of carbon nanotube high-frequency nanoelectronic biosensor for sensing in high ionic strength solutions.

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    Kulkarni, Girish S; Zhong, Zhaohui

    2013-07-22

    The unique electronic properties and high surface-to-volume ratios of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) and semiconductor nanowires (NW) make them good candidates for high sensitivity biosensors. When a charged molecule binds to such a sensor surface, it alters the carrier density in the sensor, resulting in changes in its DC conductance. However, in an ionic solution a charged surface also attracts counter-ions from the solution, forming an electrical double layer (EDL). This EDL effectively screens off the charge, and in physiologically relevant conditions ~100 millimolar (mM), the characteristic charge screening length (Debye length) is less than a nanometer (nm). Thus, in high ionic strength solutions, charge based (DC) detection is fundamentally impeded. We overcome charge screening effects by detecting molecular dipoles rather than charges at high frequency, by operating carbon nanotube field effect transistors as high frequency mixers. At high frequencies, the AC drive force can no longer overcome the solution drag and the ions in solution do not have sufficient time to form the EDL. Further, frequency mixing technique allows us to operate at frequencies high enough to overcome ionic screening, and yet detect the sensing signals at lower frequencies. Also, the high transconductance of SWNT transistors provides an internal gain for the sensing signal, which obviates the need for external signal amplifier. Here, we describe the protocol to (a) fabricate SWNT transistors, (b) functionalize biomolecules to the nanotube, (c) design and stamp a poly-dimethylsiloxane (PDMS) micro-fluidic chamber onto the device, and (d) carry out high frequency sensing in different ionic strength solutions.

  7. Conductivity and electrophoretic mobility of dilute ionic solutions.

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    Allison, Stuart; Wu, Hengfu; Twahir, Umar; Pei, Hongxia

    2010-12-01

    Two complementary continuum theories of electrokinetic transport are examined with particular emphasis on the equivalent conductance of binary electrolytes. The "small ion" model [R.M. Fuoss, L. Onsager, J. Phys. Chem. 61 (1957) 668] and "large ion" model [R.W. O'Brien, L.R. White, J. Chem. Soc. Faraday Trans. 2 (74) (1978) 1607] are both discussed and the "large ion" model is generalized to include an ion exclusion distance and to account in a simple but approximate way for the Brownian motion of all ions present. In addition, the "large ion" model is modified to treat "slip" hydrodynamic boundary conditions in addition to the standard "stick" boundary condition. Both models are applied to the equivalent conductance of dilute KCl, MgCl(2), and LaCl(3) solutions and both are able to reproduce experimental conductances to within an accuracy of several tenths of a percent. Despite fundamental differences in the "small ion" and "large ion" theories, they both work equally well in this application. In addition, both "stick-large ion" and "slip-large ion" models are equally capable of accounting for the equivalent conductances of the three electrolyte solutions.

  8. The Effect of Water on Rheology of Native Cellulose/Ionic Liquids Solutions.

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    Nazari, Behzad; Utomo, Nyalaliska W; Colby, Ralph H

    2017-09-11

    Cellulose coagulates upon adding water to its solutions in ionic liquids. Although cellulose remains in solution with much higher water contents, here we report the effect of 0-3 wt % water on solution rheology of cellulose in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis, and polarized light microscopy were also used to study water absorbance to the solutions. Tiny amounts of water (0.25 wt %) can significantly affect the rheological properties of the solutions, imparting a yield stress, while dry solutions appear to be ordinary viscoelastic liquids. The yield stress grows linearly with water content and saturates at a level that increases with the square of cellulose content. Annealing the solutions containing small amounts of water at 80 °C for 20 min transforms the samples to the fully dissolved "dry" state.

  9. Infrared spectroscopy of aqueous ionic salt solutions at low concentrations

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    Max, Jean-Joseph; Gessinger, Véronique; van Driessche, Caroline; Larouche, Pascal; Chapados, Camille

    2007-05-01

    The analysis by infrared spectroscopy of aqueous solutions of the binary inorganic salts NaI and NaCl and the ternary salts CaCl2 and BaCl2 at concentrations from 1000to2mM was carried out to complement a previous study done at higher concentrations on nine binary salts (alkali halides) and one ternary salt (MgCl2) [J.-J. Max and C. Chapados, J. Chem. Phys. 115, 2664 (2001)]. These salts are completely ionized in aqueous solutions, forming monoatomic species that do not absorb IR but that perturb the surrounding water, modifying its spectrum. The factor analysis of the spectra revealed that all these salt solutions were composed of two water types: pure water and salt solvated water. The authors obtained pure salt solvated water spectra for all the salts using an extrapolation technique. The water types obtained are constant for the binary and ternary salts down to 2mM. For the binary salts, we determine that 5.0 and 4.0 water molecules are solvated to the Na +-Cl- and Na+-I- ion pairs, respectively. These numbers are the same as that obtained at higher concentrations. For the new ternary salts, we find that 6.0 and 8.0 water molecules are solvated to Ca++-(Cl-)2 and Ba++-(Cl-)2 ion pairs, respectively. These numbers are higher than the four water molecules solvated to Mg++-(Cl-)2 ion pairs determined previously, but show a progression that follows their atomic numbers. These results constitute new experimental results on "simple" systems whose molecular organization is still a matter of debate. The IR method that probes the system at the molecular level is a method different than the macroscopic ones that give the activity coefficients. The IR gives direct observation at the molecular level of the strong ion-water interactions that are often neglected and its water structure not considered in macroscopic methods. The present results and their analysis together with those obtained by other methods will facilitate the determination of the organization of these

  10. Solution Strategies for Constant Acceleration Problems

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    Wheaton, S. M.; Binder, P.-M.

    2017-01-01

    We discuss strategies for the general solution of single-step 1D constant acceleration problems. In a slightly restricted form, these problems have five variables (?"x," "v[subscript 0]," "v," "a" and "t") and two independent equations, so three variables must be given to solve for the other two,…

  11. Theoretical calculations of the thermodynamic stability of ionic substitutions in hydroxyapatite under an aqueous solution environment.

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    Matsunaga, Katsuyuki; Murata, Hidenobu; Shitara, Kazuki

    2010-09-29

    Defect formation energies in materials generally depend on chemical potentials determined by a chemical equilibrium condition. In particular, an aqueous solution environment is important for biomaterials such as hydroxyapatite studied here. Therefore, a methodology to obtain ionic chemical potentials under chemical equilibrium between solid and aqueous solution was introduced, and was applied to substitutional divalent cations formed via ion exchange with Ca(2+) in hydroxyapatite. The calculated ranking of the stability of substitutional cations in HAp was in good agreement with the experimentally observed trend. The present theoretical approach would be useful to explore the thermodynamic stability of defects in materials subjected to an aqueous solution environment.

  12. Electrospinning biopolymers from ionic liquids requires control of different solution properties than volatile organic solvents

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    Zavgorodnya, Oleksandra; Shamshina, Julia L.; Bonner, Jonathan R.; ...

    2017-04-27

    Here, we report the correlation between key solution properties and spinability of chitin from the ionic liquid (IL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C2mim][OAc]), and the similarities and differences to electrospinning solutions of non-ionic polymers in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). We found that when electrospinning is conducted from ILs, conductivity and surface tension are not the key parameters regulating spinability, while solution viscosity and polymer concentration are. Contrarily, for electrospinning of polymers from VOCs, solution conductivity and viscosity have been reported to be among some of the most important factors controlling fiber formation. For chitin electrospun from [C2mim][OAc], we found both a criticalmore » chitin concentration required for continuous fiber formation (> 0.20 wt%) and a required viscosity for the spinning solution (between ca. 450 – 1500 cP). The high viscosities of the biopolymer-IL solutions made it possible to electrospin solutions with low, less than 1 wt% of polymer concentration and produce thin fibers without the need to adjust the electrospinning parameters. These results suggest new prospects for the control of fiber architecture in non-woven mats, which is crucial for materials performance.« less

  13. An electric impedance based microelectromechanical system flow sensor for ionic solutions

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    Ayliffe, H Edward; Rabbitt, RD

    2008-01-01

    Microfluidic devices with channel cross sections measuring 4 × 10 μm2 instrumented with gold microelectrodes were used to sense flow rates of ionic solutions on the basis of electric impedance (EI) measured perpendicular to the flow. Negative pressures were applied to access ports of the microdevices to generate flow of saline solutions (physiologic concentrations 0.9%) through the micro-EI recording zone with flow rates between 2.4 and 4.8 μl min−1. The EI spectra (100 Hz–20 MHz) recorded under flow conditions were compared with the no-flow condition. Changes in the magnitude of EI (at 350 Hz) for flow rates as low as 2.4 μl min−1 were statistically significant compared with the no-flow condition. The observed dependence of EI on flow rate is attributed to the relative difference between the rate of migration of charge-balancing electrolyte ions to the electrode surface and the rate of removal of the same ions by forced convection. An electrochemical convection–diffusion model was used to study the observed dependence on flow. Simulations support the conceptual model that passing DC current from the gold electrodes into the ionic solution results in an increase in ionic concentration near the electrode surface (due to the inward migration of counter-balancing ions). When the fluid flow rates increase, these counter-balancing ions are replaced by the bulk solution, thereby lowering the average ionic concentration within the recording zone. This local concentration drop results in an increase in the real part of the impedance. PMID:19672321

  14. An electric impedance based microelectromechanical system flow sensor for ionic solutions.

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    Ayliffe, H Edward; Rabbitt, Rd

    2003-08-01

    Microfluidic devices with channel cross sections measuring 4 × 10 μm(2) instrumented with gold microelectrodes were used to sense flow rates of ionic solutions on the basis of electric impedance (EI) measured perpendicular to the flow. Negative pressures were applied to access ports of the microdevices to generate flow of saline solutions (physiologic concentrations 0.9%) through the micro-EI recording zone with flow rates between 2.4 and 4.8 μl min(-1). The EI spectra (100 Hz-20 MHz) recorded under flow conditions were compared with the no-flow condition. Changes in the magnitude of EI (at 350 Hz) for flow rates as low as 2.4 μl min(-1) were statistically significant compared with the no-flow condition. The observed dependence of EI on flow rate is attributed to the relative difference between the rate of migration of charge-balancing electrolyte ions to the electrode surface and the rate of removal of the same ions by forced convection. An electrochemical convection-diffusion model was used to study the observed dependence on flow. Simulations support the conceptual model that passing DC current from the gold electrodes into the ionic solution results in an increase in ionic concentration near the electrode surface (due to the inward migration of counter-balancing ions). When the fluid flow rates increase, these counter-balancing ions are replaced by the bulk solution, thereby lowering the average ionic concentration within the recording zone. This local concentration drop results in an increase in the real part of the impedance.

  15. An electric impedance based microelectromechanical system flow sensor for ionic solutions

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    Ayliffe, H. Edward; Rabbitt, R. D.

    2003-08-01

    Microfluidic devices with channel cross sections measuring 4 × 10 µm2 instrumented with gold microelectrodes were used to sense flow rates of ionic solutions on the basis of electric impedance (EI) measured perpendicular to the flow. Negative pressures were applied to access ports of the microdevices to generate flow of saline solutions (physiologic concentrations 0.9%) through the micro-EI recording zone with flow rates between 2.4 and 4.8 µl min-1. The EI spectra (100 Hz-20 MHz) recorded under flow conditions were compared with the no-flow condition. Changes in the magnitude of EI (at 350 Hz) for flow rates as low as 2.4 µl min-1 were statistically significant compared with the no-flow condition. The observed dependence of EI on flow rate is attributed to the relative difference between the rate of migration of charge-balancing electrolyte ions to the electrode surface and the rate of removal of the same ions by forced convection. An electrochemical convection-diffusion model was used to study the observed dependence on flow. Simulations support the conceptual model that passing DC current from the gold electrodes into the ionic solution results in an increase in ionic concentration near the electrode surface (due to the inward migration of counter-balancing ions). When the fluid flow rates increase, these counter-balancing ions are replaced by the bulk solution, thereby lowering the average ionic concentration within the recording zone. This local concentration drop results in an increase in the real part of the impedance.

  16. Ionic Behavior in Highly Concentrated Aqueous Solutions Nanoconfined between Discretely Charged Silicon Surfaces.

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    Qiu, Yinghua; Ma, Jian; Chen, Yunfei

    2016-05-17

    Through molecular dynamics simulations considering thermal vibration of surface atoms, ionic behaviors in concentrated NaCl solutions confined between discretely charged silicon surfaces have been investigated. The electric double layer structure was found to be sensitive to the density and distribution of surface charges. Due to the discreteness of the surface charge, a slight charge inversion appeared which depended on the surface charge density, bulk concentration, and confinement. In the nanoconfined NaCl solutions concentrated from 0.2 to 4.0 M, the locations of accumulation layers for Na(+) and Cl(-) ions remained stable, but their peak values increased. The higher the concentration was, the more obvious the charge inversion appeared. In 4.0 M NaCl solution, Na(+) and Cl(-) ions show obvious alternating layered distributions which may correspond to the solidification found in experiments. By changing surface separation, the confinement had a large effect on the ionic distribution. As both surfaces approached each other, many ions and water molecules were squeezed out of the confined space. Two adjacent layers in ion or water distribution profiles can be forced closer to each other and merge together. From ionic hydration analysis, the coordination number of Na(+) ions in highly confined space was much lower than that in the bulk.

  17. Spectroscopic and redox studies of actinides in high ionic strength solutions

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    Palmer, P.D.; Clark, D.L.; Tait, C.D.

    1996-12-31

    The redox behavior of pure oxidation states of environmentally relevant actinides (U, Np, Pu) in high ionic strength solutions at near neutral pH conditions are not well known. It is expected that relatively reducing conditions will be present in many geological waste disposal sites, and such conditions have important implications for the leachability of radioactive wastes into the environment. Millimolar concentrations of actinide ions in several oxidation states (U(VI), Np(VI), Pu(III), (IV), (V), (VI)) were prepared and the absorbtion spectra obtained in high ionic strength solutions by UV-Vis-NIR and/or photoacoustic spectroscopy. Spectroscopic results indicate that actinyl species have greater solubility under such conditions due to complexation by chloride ions. Actinyl carbonate and chloride complexes were prepared in high ionic strength solutions (approx. 5M) and the redox reactions monitored by UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy after exposure to a variety of inorganic reducing reagents (Fe{sup 0}, Fe{sub 2+}, S{sup 2-}, H{sub 2}). Several reducing agents were shown to be effective at limiting the solubility of the Pu(VI) complexes. These results will be discussed along with results of ongoing experiments.

  18. Ionic contribution to the viscosity of dilute electrolyte solutions: Towards a microscopic theory

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    Chandra, Amalendu; Bagchi, Biman

    2000-08-01

    The concentration dependence of viscosity of an electrolyte solution has remained largely an ill-understood problem of solution chemistry. Here we present a microscopic study of the problem aimed at removing this lacuna. A new microscopic expression for the ionic contribution to the viscosity of an electrolyte solution has been derived which expresses it in terms of the static and dynamic structure factors of the charge and the number densities of the electrolyte solution. This ionic contribution becomes the excess viscosity for extremely dilute solutions. The celebrated expression of Falkenhagen follows exactly from the microscopic expression in the limit of very low ion concentration. The present theory is a self-consistent theory which also includes the concentration dependence of the electrolyte friction on the ions. Numerical results reveal that the viscosity of a solution at finite concentration can be very different from that given by the Falkenhagen expression. The present theory predicts a stronger increase of viscosity with increase of ion concentration, especially for ions of higher valence which is in qualitative agreement with experimental results. The theory suggests that, for viscosity, the molecular nature of the ion-solvent interactions could be important even at very low ion concentration.

  19. State of ions in electrolyte solutions in the ionic-plasma approximation

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    Baldanov, M.M.; Mokhosoev, M.V.

    1986-04-01

    This paper examines the state of ions in the framework of the concept of an ionic plasma. Results are presented of the evaluations of the equivalent conductivity of lithium chloride in aqueous solutions at 18 C. The Debye-Falkenhagne effect and the Wien effect are discussed. The proposed interpretation of the state of ions in electrolyte solutions gives a more natural and more systematic explanation for such factors as the Debye-Falkenhagen dispersion of the electrical conductivity, the Wien effect, and the activity coefficients of electrolytes.

  20. Contracture Coupling of Slow Striated Muscle in Non-Ionic Solutions and Replacement of Calcium, Sodium, and Potassium

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    Irwin, Richard L.; Hein, Manfred M.

    1964-01-01

    The development of contracture related to changes of ionic environment (ionic contracture coupling) has been studied in the slowly responding fibers of frog skeletal muscle. When deprived of external ions for 30 minutes by use of solutions of sucrose, mannitol, or glucose, the slow skeletal muscle fibers, but not the fast, develop pronounced and easily reversible contractures. Partial replacement of the non-ionic substance with calcium or sodium reduces the development of the contractures but replacement by potassium does not. The concentration of calcium necessary to prevent contracture induced by a non-ionic solution is greater than that needed to maintain relaxation in ionic solutions. To suppress the non-ionic-induced contractures to the same extent as does calcium requires several fold higher concentrations of sodium. Two types of ionic contracture coupling occur in slow type striated muscle fibers: (a) a calcium deprivation type which develops maximally at full physiological concentration of external sodium, shows a flow rate dependency for the calcium-depriving fluid, and is lessened when the sodium concentration is decreased by replacement with sucrose; (b) a sodium deprivation type which occurs maximally without external sodium, is lessened by increasing the sodium concentration, and has no flow rate dependency for ion deprivation. Both types of contracture are largely prevented by the presence of sufficient calcium. There thus seem to be calcium- and sodium-linked processes at work in the ionic contracture coupling of slow striated muscle. PMID:14127603

  1. J-aggregation of ionic liquid solutions of meso-tetrakis(4-sulfonatophenyl)porphyrin

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    Ali, Maroof; Kumar, Vinod; Baker, Sheila N; Baker, Gary A; Pandey, Siddharth

    2010-01-01

    The title porphyrin was dissolved in the hydrophilic ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, [bmim][BF4], and triggered to assemble into J-aggregates by the addition of incremental volumes of water containing various amounts of acid (0.1, 0.2, or 1.0 M HCl). In contrast to recent studies, the current investigation is unique in that it centers on media that contain a predominant ionic liquid component (2.9 5.4 M [bmim][BF4]), as opposed to an aqueous electrolyte containing a small fraction of ionic liquid as dissociated solute. Complex aggregation and underlying photophysical behavior are revealed from absorption spectroscopy, steady-state fluorescence, and resonance light scattering studies. Upon addition of aqueous HCl, the efficient formation of H4TPPS2 J-aggregates from the diprotonated form of meso-tetrakis(4-sulfonatophenyl)porphyrin (H2TPPS4) occurs in [bmim][BF4]-rich media in a manner highly dependent upon the acidity, TPPS concentration, and solvent composition. The unique features of TPPS aggregation in this ionic liquid were elucidated, including the surprising disassembly of J-aggregates at higher aqueous contents, and our results are described qualitatively in terms of the molecular exciton theory. Finally, the potential of this system for the optical sensing of water at a sensitivity below 0.5 wt% is demonstrated. Overall, our findings accentuate how little is known about functional self-assembly within ionic liquids and suggest a number of avenues for exploring this completely untouched research landscape.

  2. High-Strength Composite Fibers from Cellulose-Lignin Blends Regenerated from Ionic Liquid Solution.

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    Ma, Yibo; Asaadi, Shirin; Johansson, Leena-Sisko; Ahvenainen, Patrik; Reza, Mehedi; Alekhina, Marina; Rautkari, Lauri; Michud, Anne; Hauru, Lauri; Hummel, Michael; Sixta, Herbert

    2015-12-07

    Composite fibres that contain cellulose and lignin were produced from ionic liquid solutions by dry-jet wet spinning. Eucalyptus dissolving pulp and organosolv/kraft lignin blends in different ratios were dissolved in the ionic liquid 1,5-diazabicyclo[4.3.0]non-5-enium acetate to prepare a spinning dope from which composite fibres were spun successfully. The composite fibres had a high strength with slightly decreasing values for fibres with an increasing share of lignin, which is because of the reduction in crystallinity. The total orientation of composite fibres and SEM images show morphological changes caused by the presence of lignin. The hydrophobic contribution of lignin reduced the vapour adsorption in the fibre. Thermogravimetric analysis curves of the composite fibres reveal the positive effect of the lignin on the carbonisation yield. Finally, the composite fibre was found to be a potential raw material for textile manufacturing and as a precursor for carbon fibre production.

  3. Extraction of Uranium from Aqueous Solutions Using Ionic Liquid and Supercritical Carbon Dioxide in Conjunction

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    Wang, Joanna S.; Sheaff, Chrystal N.; Yoon, Byunghoon; Addleman, Raymond S.; Wai, Chien M.

    2009-01-01

    Uranyl ions (UO2)2+ in aqueous nitric acid solutions can be extracted into supercritical CO2 (sc-CO2) via an imidazolium-based ionic liquid using tri-n-butylphosphate (TBP) as a complexing agent. The transfer of uranium from the ionic liquid to the supercritical fluid phase was monitored by UV/Vis spectroscopy using a high-pressure fiberoptic cell. The form of the uranyl complex extracted into the supercritical CO2 phase was found to be UO2(NO3)2(TBP)2. The extraction results were confirmed by UV/Vis spectroscopy and by neutron activation analysis. This technique could potentially be used to extract other actinides for applications in the field of nuclear waste management.

  4. Frequency dependence of dielectric characteristics of seawater ionic solution under static magnetic field

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    Guo, Shaoshuai; Peng, Yufeng; Han, Xueyun; Li, Jiangting

    2017-09-01

    In order to study the electromagnetic wave transmission characteristics in seawater under external physical effects, we present a study of seawater ionic solution and perform a theoretical basis of magnetic field on water molecules and ionic motion to investigate the variation of dielectric properties with frequency under static magnetic field (0.38 T). Seawater is a naturally multi-component electrolyte solution, the main ingredients in seawater are inorganic salts, such as NaCl, MgSO4, MgCl2, CaCl2, KCl, NaHCO3, etc. The dielectric properties of these electrolyte solutions with different salinity values (0.01-5%) were measured in frequencies ranging from 40 to 5 MHz at 12∘C. The results show that the dielectric constant decreases with increasing frequencies no matter with magnetic field or without it. Frequency dependence of the dielectric constant of NaCl solution increases under magnetic field at measure concentrations. In a solution of MgCl2 ṡ 6H2O, KCl and NaHCO3 are consistent with NaCl solution, while CaCl2 ṡ 2H2O solution is in contrast with it. We also find that dielectric loss plays a major role in complex permittivity. With the effect of magnetic field, the proportion of dielectric loss is reducing in complex permittivity. On this basis it was concluded that the magnetic field influences the orientation of dipoles and the variation is different in salt aqueous solution.

  5. Speciation of phytate ion in aqueous solution. Alkali metal complex formation in different ionic media.

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    De Stefano, Concetta; Milea, Demetrio; Pettignano, Alberto; Sammartano, Silvio

    2003-08-01

    The acid-base properties of phytic acid [ myo-inositol 1,2,3,4,5,6-hexakis(dihydrogen phosphate)] (H(12)Phy; Phy(12-)=phytate anion) were studied in aqueous solution by potentiometric measurements ([H+]-glass electrode) in lithium and potassium chloride aqueous media at different ionic strengths (0< I mol L(-1)< or =3) and at t=25 degrees C. The protonation of phytate proved strongly dependent on both ionic medium and ionic strength. The protonation constants obtained in alkali metal chlorides are considerably lower than the corresponding ones obtained in a previous paper in tetraethylammonium iodide (Et(4)NI; e.g., at I=0.5 mol L(-1), log K(3)(H)=11.7, 8.0, 9.1, and 9.1 in Et(4)NI, LiCl, NaCl and KCl, respectively; the protonation constants in Et(4)NI and NaCl were already reported), owing to the strong interactions occurring between the phytate and alkaline cations present in the background salt. We explained this in terms of complex formation between phytate and alkali metal ions. Experimental evidence allows us to consider the formation of 13 mixed proton-metal-ligand complexes, M(j)H(i)Phy((12-i-j)-), (M+ =Li+, Na+, K+), with j< or =7 and i< or =6, in the range 2.5< or =pH< or =10 (some measurements, at low ionic strength, were extended to pH=11). In particular, all the species formed are negatively charged: i+j-12=-5, -6. Very high formation percentages of M+-phytate species are observed in all the pH ranges investigated. The stability of alkali metal complexes follows the trend Li+ > or =Na+K+. Some measurements were also performed at constant ionic strength (I=0.5 mol L(-1)), using different mixtures of Et(4)NI and alkali metal chlorides, in order to confirm the formation of hypothesized and calculated metal-proton-ligand complex species and to obtain conditional protonation constants in these multi-component ionic media.

  6. Pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse by acid-catalysed process in aqueous ionic liquid solutions.

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    Zhang, Zhanying; O'Hara, Ian M; Doherty, William O S

    2012-09-01

    A biomass pretreatment process was developed using acidified ionic liquid (IL) solutions containing 10-30% water. Pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse at 130°C for 30 min by aqueous 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BMIMCl) solution containing 1.2% HCl resulted in a glucan digestibility of 94-100% after 72 h of enzymatic hydrolysis. HCl was found to be a more effective catalyst than H(2)SO(4) or FeCl(3). Increasing acid concentration (from 0.4% to 1.2%) and reaction temperature (from 90 to 130°C) increased glucan digestibility. The glucan digestibility of solid residue obtained with the acidified BMIMCl solution that was re-used for three times was >97%. The addition of water to ILs for pretreatment could significantly reduce IL solvent costs and allow for increased biomass loadings, making the pretreatment by ILs a more economic proposition. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Study of Unstirred Ternary Non-Ionic Solutions Transport in a Double-Membrane System

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    Ślęzak, A.; Grzegorczyn, S.

    1999-12-01

    Non-equilibrium thermodynamic model equations describing transport properties of non-ionic and heterogeneous n-component solutions have been studied in a double-membrane system. The system is composed of two complexes: boundary layer/membrane/boundary layer. Definitions of hydraulic permeability ( p), reflection (σ¯ *) and diffusive permeability (Ω¯) coefficients of the double-membrane system and relations between the coefficients of the double-membrane system ( p, σ¯ *, Ω¯) and the respective quantities of the single membranes of the system (L p, σ*, Ω) are given. The validity of the model has been checked in the case of binary and ternary solutions, using a membrane cell with horizontally mounted membranes. The diffusive permeability and reflection coefficients were determined as functions of solution concentration and gravitational configuration.

  8. Aqueous solutions of acidic ionic liquids for enhanced stability of polyoxometalate-carbon supercapacitor electrodes

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    Hu, Chenchen; Zhao, Enbo; Nitta, Naoki; Magasinski, Alexandre; Berdichevsky, Gene; Yushin, Gleb

    2016-09-01

    Nanocomposites based on polyoxometalates (POMs) nanoconfined in microporous carbons have been synthesized and used as electrodes for supercapacitors. The addition of the pseudocapacitance from highly reversible redox reaction of POMs to the electric double-layer capacitance of carbon lead to an increase in specific capacitance of ∼90% at 1 mV s-1. However, high solubility of POM in traditional aqueous electrolytes leads to rapid capacity fading. Here we demonstrate that the use of aqueous solutions of protic ionic liquids (P-IL) as electrolyte instead of aqueous sulfuric acid solutions offers an opportunity to significantly improve POM cycling stability. Virtually no degradation in capacitance was observed in POM-based positive electrode after 10,000 cycles in an asymmetric capacitor with P-IL aqueous electrolyte. As such, POM-based carbon composites may now present a viable solution for enhancing energy density of electrical double layer capacitors (EDLC) based on pure carbon electrodes.

  9. Dynamics in BSA solutions at low ionic strengths as observed by holographic relaxation spectroscopy

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    Barish, Amy O.; Gabriel, Don A.; Johnson, Charles S., Jr.

    1987-09-01

    Holographic relaxation techniques (HRS) were used to study dynamics in solutions of bovine serum albumin (BSA) labeled with azobenzene-p-isothiocyanate (ABITC). The ionic strengths ranged from 0.5 to 100 mM and the protein concentrations were 3 to 50 g/L. A single diffusive component was observed above 25 mM salt, but at lower ionic strengths two components were resolved. Also, electrophoresis combined with holographic relaxation spectroscopy (EHRS) showed two components. A photoionization model, in which the net charge of the BSA-ABITC molecule is altered by the writing laser pulse, is proposed to explain the results. The coupled diffusion problem for the bleached and unbleached macroions and the counter and coions is solved to obtain the concentration and ionic strength dependences of the diffusion coefficients. Also, effective diffusion coefficients for the components in EHRS are obtained. Overall, there is good agreement between this simple model and experiment; however, the macroion charges required in the theory are roughly a factor of two lower than those found by titration and electrolysis.

  10. Quantitative evaluation of myoglobin unfolding in the presence of guanidinium hydrochloride and ionic liquids in solution.

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    Fiebig, Olivia C; Mancini, Emily; Caputo, Gregory; Vaden, Timothy D

    2014-01-16

    The use of ionic liquids in biochemical and biophysical applications has increased dramatically in recent years due to their interesting properties. We report results of a thermodynamic characterization of the chaotrope-induced denaturation of equine myoglobin in two different ionic liquid aqueous environments using a combined absorption/fluorescence spectroscopic approach. Denaturation by guanidinium hydrochloride was monitored by loss of heme absorptivity and limited unfolding structural information was obtained from Förster resonance energy transfer experiments. Results show that myoglobin unfolding is generally unchanged in the presence of ethylmethylimidazolium acetate (EMIAc) in aqueous solution up to 150 mM concentration but is facilitated by butylmethylimidazolium boron tetrafluoride (BMIBF4) in solution. The presence of 150 mM BMIBF4 alone does not induce unfolding but destabilizes the structure as observed by a decrease in threshold denaturant concentration for unfolding and an 80% decrease in the magnitude of ΔGunfolding from 44 kJ/mol in the absence of BMIBF4 to 8 kJ/mol in the presence of 150 mM BMIBF4. Thus, the BMIBF4 significantly destabilizes the myoglobin structure while the EMIAc does not, likely due to differences in anion interaction capabilities. This is confirmed with control studies using NaAc and LiBF4 solutions. EMIAc may be chosen as cosolvent additive with minimal effects on protein structure while BMIBF4 may be used as a supplement in protein folding experiments, potentially allowing access to proteins which have been traditionally difficult to denature as well as designing ionic liquids to match protein characteristics.

  11. [The Influence of Different Ionic Concentration in Cell Physiological Solution on Temperature Measurement by Near Infrared].

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    Zheng, Yu; Chen, Xiong; Zhou, Mei; Wang, Meng-jun; Wang, Jin-hai; Li, Gang; Cui, Jun

    2015-10-01

    It is important to real-timely monitor and control the temperature of cell physiological solution in patch clamp experiments, which can eliminate the uncertainty due to temperature and improve the measurement accuracy. This paper studies the influence of different ions at different concentrations in the physiological solution on precision of a temperature model by using near infrared spectroscopy and chemometrics method. Firstly, we prepared twelve sample solutions respectively with the solutes of CaCl2, KCl and NaCl at four kinds of concentrations, and collected the spectra of different solutions at the setting temperature range 20-40 degrees C, the range of the spectra is 9 615-5 714 cm(-1). Then we divided the spectra of each solution at different temperatures into two parts (a training set and a prediction set) by three methods. Interval partial least squares method was used to select an effective wavelength range and develop calibration models between the spectra in the selected range and temperature velues. The experimental results show that RMSEP of CaCl2 solution with 0.25 g x mL(-1) is maximum, the result of the three tests are 0.386 3, 0.303 7 and 0.337 2 degrees C, RMSEP of NaCl with 0.005 g x mL(-1) solution is minimum, the result of the three tests are 0.220 8, 0.155 3 and 0.145 2 degrees C. The experimental results indicate that Ca2+ has the greatest influence on the accuracy of the temperature model of the cell physiological solution, then K+, and Na+ has the least influence. And with the ionic concentration increasing, the model accuracy decreases. Therefore; when we build the temperature model of cell physiological solution, it is necessary to change the proportion of the three kinds of main ions in cell physiological solution reasonably in order to correct the effects of different ionic concentrations in physiological solution and improve the accuracy of temperature measurements by near infrared spectroscopy.

  12. Electrical conductivity study on micelle formation of long-chain imidazolium ionic liquids in aqueous solution.

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    Inoue, Tohru; Ebina, Hayato; Dong, Bin; Zheng, Liqiang

    2007-10-01

    Electrical conductivity was measured for aqueous solutions of long-chain imidazolium ionic liquids (IL), 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium bromides with C(12)-C(16) alkyl chains. The break points appeared in specific conductivity (kappa) vs concentration (c) plot indicates that the molecular aggregates, i.e., micelles, are formed in aqueous solutions of these IL species. The critical micelle concentration (cmc) determined from the kappa vs c plot is somewhat lower than those for typical cationic surfactants, alkyltrimethylammonium bromides with the same hydrocarbon chain length. The electrical conductivity data were analyzed according to the mixed electrolyte model of micellar solution, and the aggregation number, n, and the degree of counter ion binding, beta, were estimated. The n values of the present ILs are somewhat smaller than those reported for alkyltrimethylammonium bromides, which may be attributed to bulkiness of the cationic head group of the IL species. The thermodynamic parameters for micelle formation of the present ILs were estimated using the values of cmc and beta as a function of temperature. The contribution of entropy term to the micelle formation is superior to that of enthalpy term below about 30 degrees C, and it becomes opposite at higher temperature. This coincides with the picture drawn for the micelle formation of conventional ionic surfactants.

  13. Interactions between hydrophobic and ionic solutes in aqueous guanidinium chloride and urea solutions: lessons for protein denaturation mechanism.

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    O'Brien, Edward P; Dima, Ruxandra I; Brooks, Bernard; Thirumalai, D

    2007-06-13

    In order to clarify the mechanism of denaturant-induced unfolding of proteins we have calculated the interactions between hydrophobic and ionic species in aqueous guanidinium chloride and urea solutions using molecular dynamics simulations. Hydrophobic association is not significantly changed in urea or guanidinium chloride solutions. The strength of interaction between ion pairs is greatly diminished by the guanidinium ion. Although the changes in electrostatic interactions in urea are small, examination of structures, using appropriate pair functions, of urea and water around the solutes show strong hydrogen bonding between urea's carbonyl oxygen and the positively charged solute. Our results strongly suggest protein denaturation occurs by the direct interaction model according to which the most commonly used denaturants unfold proteins by altering electrostatic interactions either by solvating the charged residues or by engaging in hydrogen bonds with the protein backbone. To further validate the direct interaction model we show that, in urea and guanidinium chloride solutions, unfolding of an unusually stable helix (H1) from mouse PrPC (residues 144-153) occurs by hydrogen bonding of denaturants to charged side chains and backbone carbonyl groups.

  14. Molar conductivity behavior of ionic liquid compare to inorganic salt in electrolyte solution at ambien temperature

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    Hanibah, H.; Hashim, N. Z. Nor; Shamsudin, I. J.

    2017-09-01

    Molar Conductivity (Λ) behaviour of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium (Bmin) acetate and Bmin chloride (Bmin Cl) ionic liquids compared to lithium perchlorate (LiClO4) has been studied in aqueous and acetonitrile (ACN) solution at ambient temperature. The limiting molar conductivity (Λ0) was obtained using the Kohlrausch's and Ostwald's equation for the investigated systems. The results show that the Λ0 value for LiClO4 in both aqueous or acetonitrile (ACN) electrolyte system with a highest value as compare to ionic liquid electrolyte systems. This might as a result of ions association of LiClO4 in aqueous medium as the concentration of the solute increases in the solvent. In addition, the partial dissociation behaviour of LiClO4 in less polar solvent such as ACN also significantly affects the Λ0 value for this electrolyte system. However, for Bmin acetate and Bmin Cl in the aqueous or ACN medium show a much lower Λ0 value as compare to LiClO4 electrolyte system, 45.64, 74.63 and 107.32 S cm2 mol-1 respectively. This as a result of the nature behaviour of ionic liquid itself that present as free moving ions at room temperature before any dissolution into the solvent. In addition, a vice versa trend of Λ0 value is noted for Bmin acetate and Bmin Cl, 21.34 and 14.56 S cm2 mol-1 respectively in ACN electrolyte system. This indicated the solvent and the size of the anion play an important role in the estimation of limiting molar conductivity values which significantly affect the present of total free moving ions in an electrolyte system.

  15. Solute diffusion in ionic liquids, NMR measurements and comparisons to conventional solvents.

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    Kaintz, Anne; Baker, Gary; Benesi, Alan; Maroncelli, Mark

    2013-10-03

    Diffusion coefficients of a variety of dilute solutes in the series of 1-alkyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imides ([Prn1][Tf2N], n = 3, 4, 6, 8, and 10), trihexyltetracedecylphosphonium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide [P14,666][Tf2N], and assorted imidazolium ionic liquids are measured using pulsed field gradient (1)H NMR. These data, combined with available literature data, are used to try to uncover the solute and solvent characteristics most important in determining tracer diffusion rates. Discussion is framed in terms of departures from simple hydrodynamic predictions for translational friction using the ratio ζobs/ζSE, where ζobs is the observed friction, determined from the measured diffusion coefficient D via ζobs = kBT/D, and ζSE = 6πηR is the Stokes friction on a sphere of radius R (determined from the solute van der Waals volume) in a solvent with viscosity η. In the case of neutral solutes, the primary determinant of whether hydrodynamic predictions are accurate is the relative size of solute versus solvent molecules. A single correlation, albeit with considerable scatter, is found between ζobs/ζSE and the ratio of solute-to-solvent van der Waals volumes, ζobs/ζSE = {1 + a(VU/VV)(-p)}, with constants a = 1.93 and p = 1.88. In the case of small solutes, the observed friction is over 100-fold smaller than predictions of hydrodynamic models. The dipole moment of the solute has little effect on the friction, whereas solute charge has a marked effect. For monovalent solutes of size comparable to or smaller than the solvent ions, the observed friction is comparable to or even greater than what is predicted by hydrodynamics. These general trends are shown to be quite similar to what is observed for tracer diffusion in conventional solvents.

  16. Ionic Liquid-Solute Interactions Studied by 2D NOE NMR Spectroscopy.

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    Khatun, Sufia; Castner, Edward W

    2015-07-23

    Intermolecular interactions between a Ru(2+)(bpy)3 solute and the anions and cations of four different ionic liquids (ILs) are investigated by 2D NMR nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) techniques, including {(1)H-(19)F} HOESY and {(1)H-(1)H} ROESY. Four ILs are studied, each having the same bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide anion in common. Two of the ILs have aliphatic 1-alkyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium cations, while the other two ILs have aromatic 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium cations. ILs with both shorter (butyl) and longer (octyl or decyl) cationic alkyl substituents are studied. NOE NMR results suggest that the local environment of IL anions and cations near the Ru(2+)(bpy)3 solute is rather different from the bulk IL structure. The solute-anion and solute-cation interactions are significantly different both for ILs with short vs long alkyl tails and for ILs with aliphatic vs aromatic cation polar head groups. In particular, the solute-anion interactions are observed to be about 3 times stronger for the cations with shorter alkyl tails relative to the ILs with longer alkyl tails. The Ru(2+)(bpy)3 solute interacts with both the polar head and the nonpolar tail groups of the 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium cation but only with the nonpolar tail groups of the 1-decyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium cation.

  17. Ionic Liquid–Solute Interactions Studied by 2D NOE NMR Spectroscopy

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    Khatun, Sufia; Castner, Edward W.

    2014-11-26

    Intermolecular interactions between a Ru²⁺(bpy)₃ solute and the anions and cations of four different ionic liquids (ILs) are investigated by 2D NMR nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) techniques, including {¹H-¹⁹F} HOESY and {¹H-¹H} ROESY. Four ILs are studied, each having the same bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide anion in common. Two of the ILs have aliphatic 1-alkyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium cations, while the other two ILs have aromatic 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium cations. ILs with both shorter (butyl) and longer (octyl or decyl) cationic alkyl substituents are studied. NOE NMR results suggest that the local environment of IL anions and cations near the Ru²⁺(bpy)₃ solute is rather different from the bulk IL structure. The solute-anion and solute-cation interactions are significantly different both for ILs with short vs long alkyl tails and for ILs with aliphatic vs aromatic cation polar head groups. In particular, the solute-anion interactions are observed to be about 3 times stronger for the cations with shorter alkyl tails relative to the ILs with longer alkyl tails. The Ru²⁺(bpy)₃ solute interacts with both the polar head and the nonpolar tail groups of the 1- butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium cation but only with the nonpolar tail groups of the 1-decyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium cation.

  18. Ionic Liquid–Solute Interactions Studied by 2D NOE NMR Spectroscopy

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    Khatun, Sufia; Castner, Edward W.

    2014-11-26

    Intermolecular interactions between a Ru²⁺(bpy)₃ solute and the anions and cations of four different ionic liquids (ILs) are investigated by 2D NMR nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) techniques, including {¹H-¹⁹F} HOESY and {¹H-¹H} ROESY. Four ILs are studied, each having the same bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide anion in common. Two of the ILs have aliphatic 1-alkyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium cations, while the other two ILs have aromatic 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium cations. ILs with both shorter (butyl) and longer (octyl or decyl) cationic alkyl substituents are studied. NOE NMR results suggest that the local environment of IL anions and cations near the Ru²⁺(bpy)₃ solute is rather different from the bulkmore » IL structure. The solute-anion and solute-cation interactions are significantly different both for ILs with short vs long alkyl tails and for ILs with aliphatic vs aromatic cation polar head groups. In particular, the solute-anion interactions are observed to be about 3 times stronger for the cations with shorter alkyl tails relative to the ILs with longer alkyl tails. The Ru²⁺(bpy)₃ solute interacts with both the polar head and the nonpolar tail groups of the 1- butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium cation but only with the nonpolar tail groups of the 1-decyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium cation.« less

  19. True molecular solutions of natural cellulose in the binary ionic liquid-containing solvent mixtures.

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    Rein, Dmitry M; Khalfin, Rafail; Szekely, Noemi; Cohen, Yachin

    2014-11-04

    Evidence is presented for the first time of true molecular dissolution of cellulose in binary mixtures of common polar organic solvents with ionic liquid. Cryogenic transmission electron microscopy, small-angle neutron-, X-ray- and static light scattering were used to investigate the structure of cellulose solutions in mixture of dimethyl formamide and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate. Structural information on the dissolved chains (average molecular weight ∼ 5 × 10(4)g/mol; gyration radius ∼ 36 nm, persistence length ∼ 4.5 nm), indicate the absence of significant aggregation of the dissolved chains and the calculated value of the second virial coefficient ∼ 2.45 × 10(-2)mol ml/g(2) indicates that this solvent system is a good solvent for cellulose. More facile dissolution of cellulose could be achieved in solvent mixtures that exhibit the highest electrical conductivity. Highly concentrated cellulose solution in pure ionic liquid (27 wt.%) prepared according to novel method, utilizing the rapid evaporation of a volatile co-solvent in binary solvent mixtures at superheated conditions, shows insignificant cellulose molecular aggregation.

  20. Size and shape of charged micelles of ionic surfactants in aqueous salt solutions.

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    Ikeda, S; Ozeki, S; Hayashi, S

    1980-06-01

    Light-scattering has been measured on aqueous NaCl solutions of dodecyldimethylammonium chloride and sodium dodecyl sulfate. From molecular weight determination it is confirmed that spherical micelles are formed at low NaCl concentrations, but at high NaCl concentrations the small micelles formed at the critical micelle concentration further associate to form large rod-like micelles with increasing micelle concentration. The reduction of repulsion between charged groups induces the sphere-rod transition of micelle shape. The dependence of molecular weight on ionic strength can be expressed by double logarithmic relations, which are dependent on the micelle shape. While dodecyldimethylammonium chloride dissolves even in 4.00 M NaCl, sodium dodecyl sulfate solutions exhibit some XXX in angular dissymmetry at NaCl concentrations higher than 0.50 M at low temperatures.

  1. Motion of Molecular Probes and Viscosity Scaling in Polyelectrolyte Solutions at Physiological Ionic Strength

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    Sozanski, Krzysztof; Wisniewska, Agnieszka; Kalwarczyk, Tomasz; Sznajder, Anna; Holyst, Robert

    2016-01-01

    We investigate transport properties of model polyelectrolyte systems at physiological ionic strength (0.154 M). Covering a broad range of flow length scales—from diffusion of molecular probes to macroscopic viscous flow—we establish a single, continuous function describing the scale dependent viscosity of high-salt polyelectrolyte solutions. The data are consistent with the model developed previously for electrically neutral polymers in a good solvent. The presented approach merges the power-law scaling concepts of de Gennes with the idea of exponential length scale dependence of effective viscosity in complex liquids. The result is a simple and applicable description of transport properties of high-salt polyelectrolyte solutions at all length scales, valid for motion of single molecules as well as macroscopic flow of the complex liquid. PMID:27536866

  2. Crossover Leung-Griffiths model and the phase behavior of dilute aqueous ionic solutions

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    Belyakov, M. Yu.; Kiselev, S. B.; Rainwater, J. C.

    1997-08-01

    A new parametric crossover model for the phase behavior of a binary mixture is presented that corresponds to the Leung-Griffiths model in the critical region and is transformed into the regular classical expansion far away from the critical point. The model is optimized to, and leads to excellent agreement with, isothermal vapor-liquid equilibrium data for dilute aqueous solutions of sodium chloride by Bischoff and co-workers. It then accurately predicts constant-composition phase equilibrium loci as measured by independent workers. This crossover model is therefore capable of representing the thermodynamic surface of ionic solutions in a large range of temperatures and densities around the critical points of vapor-liquid equilibrium.

  3. Exact mean-field theory of ionic solutions: non-Debye screening

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    Varela, Luis M.; García, Manuel; Mosquera, Víctor

    2003-07-01

    The main aim of this report is to analyze the equilibrium properties of primitive model (PM) ionic solutions in the formally exact mean-field formalism. Previously, we review the main theoretical and numerical results reported throughout the last century for homogeneous (electrolytes) and inhomogeneous (electric double layer, edl) ionic systems, starting with the classical mean-field theory of electrolytes due to Debye and Hückel (DH). In this formalism, the effective potential is derived from the Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) equation and its asymptotic behavior analyzed in the classical Debye theory of screening. The thermodynamic properties of electrolyte solutions are briefly reviewed in the DH formalism. The main analytical and numerical extensions of DH formalism are revised, ranging from the earliest extensions that overcome the linearization of the PB equation to the more sophisticated integral equation techniques introduced after the late 1960s. Some Monte Carlo and molecular dynamic simulations are also reviewed. The potential distributions in an inhomogeneous ionic system are studied in the classical PB framework, presenting the classical Gouy-Chapman (GC) theory of the electric double layer (edl) in a brief manner. The mean-field theory is adequately contextualized using field theoretic (FT) results and it is proven that the classical PB theory is recovered at the Gaussian or one-loop level of the exact FT, and a systematic way to obtain the corrections to the DH theory is derived. Particularly, it is proven following Kholodenko and Beyerlein that corrections to DH theory effectively lead to a renormalization of charges and Debye screening length. The main analytical and numerical results for this non-Debye screening length are reviewed, ranging from asymptotic expansions, self-consistent theory, nonlinear DH results and hypernetted chain (HNC) calculations. Finally, we study the exact mean-field theory of ionic solutions, the so-called dressed-ion theory

  4. Rotational Diffusion of Charged and Nondipolar Solutes in Ionic Liquid-Organic Solvent Mixtures: Evidence for Stronger Specific Solute-Solvent Interactions in Presence of Organic Solvent.

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    Prabhu, Sugosh R; Dutt, G B

    2015-08-20

    Rotational diffusion of a charged solute, rhodamine 110 (R110), and a nondipolar solute, 2,5-dimethyl-1,4-dioxo-3,6-diphenylpyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole (DMDPP), has been investigated in ionic liquids, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([BMIM][Tf2N]) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate ([BMIM][FAP]), with 0.8 mole fraction of dibenzyl ether (DBE). This study has been undertaken to find out how specific interactions between the solute and the ionic liquid are affected upon dilution with a nondipolar solvent. It has been observed that at a given viscosity (η) and temperature (T), the reorientation times of R110 increase by 40-60% in the ionic liquid-organic solvent mixtures compared to ones in the corresponding neat ionic liquids. In the case of DMDPP, the influence of DBE is less pronounced, and its reorientation times increase by 25-50% at a given η/T. The addition of DBE weakens the numerous interactions prevailing between the cations and the anions of the ionic liquids, which results in stronger specific interactions between the solutes and the constituent ions, consequently leading to slower rotation of the solutes.

  5. Ionic conductivity of dual-phase polymer electrolytes comprised of NBR/SBR latex films swollen with lithium salt solutions

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    Matsumoto, Morihiko; Ichino, Toshihiro; Rutt, J.S.; Nishi, Shiro . NTT Interdisciplinary Research Lab.)

    1994-08-01

    Dual-phase polymer electrolytes (DPE) with high ionic conductivity and good mechanical strength were prepared by swelling poly(acrylonitrile-co-butadiene) rubber (NBR) and poly(styrene-co-butadiene) rubber (SBR) mixed latex films with lithium salt solutions (e.g., 1M LiClO[sub 4]/[gamma]-butyrolactone). The latex films retain particle morphology in the solid state. The NBR phase (formed from fused NBR latex particles) is polar and is impregnated selectively with polar lithium salt solutions, yielding ion-conductive channels, whereas the SBR phase (formed from fused SBR latex particles) is nonpolar and is not impregnated, providing a mechanically supportive matrix. The ionic conductivity of the DPE increased dramatically with increasing content of lithium salt solution, and higher amounts of solution were imbibed with increasing content of NBR relative to SBR. Several factors which affect the ionic conductivity of this system were examined, and the highest ionic conductivity (>10[sup [minus]3] S/cm) was obtained when either an NBR/SBR 70/30 (w/w) or a 50/50 (w/w) latex film was saturated with 1M LiClO[sub 4]/[gamma]-BL solution or 1M LiClO[sub 4]/[gamma]-BL/DME solution. Ion-conductive behavior changed critically with increasing lithium salt solution uptake. At low levels of lithium salt solution uptake, evidence suggested that ionic conductivity of the absorbed lithium salt solution was strongly influenced by the presence of the NBR in the ion-conductive channel, but at higher levels, the effects of the NBR were reduced and free'' lithium salt solution was present.

  6. Role of the surfactant structure in the behavior of hydrophobic ionic liquids within aqueous micellar solutions.

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    Behera, Kamalakanta; Kumar, Vinod; Pandey, Siddharth

    2010-04-06

    The behavior of an ionic liquid (IL) within aqueous micellar solutions is governed by its unique property to act as both an electrolyte and a cosolvent. The influence of the surfactant structure on the properties of aqueous micellar solutions of zwitterionic SB-12, nonionic Brij-35 and TX-100, and anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) in the presence of the "hydrophobic" IL 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([bmim][PF(6)]) is assessed along with the possibility of forming oil-in-water microemulsions in which the IL acts as the "oil" phase. The solubility of [bmim][PF(6)] within aqueous micellar solutions increases with increasing surfactant concentration. In contrast to anionic SDS, the zwitterionic and nonionic surfactant solutions solubilize more [bmim][PF(6)] at higher concentrations and the average aggregate size remains almost unchanged. The formation of IL-in-water microemulsions when the concentration of [bmim][PF(6)] is above its aqueous solubility is suggested for nonionic Brij-35 and TX-100 aqueous surfactant solutions.

  7. Effect of ionic liquid treatment on the structures of lignins in solutions

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    Cheng, Gang; Kent, Michael S; He, Lilin; Varanasi, Patanjali; Dibble, Dean; Melnichenko, Yuri B; Simmons, Blake; Singh, Seema

    2012-01-01

    The solution structures of three types of isolated lignin - organosolv (OS), Kraft (K), and low sulfonate (LS) - before and after treatment with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate were studied using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) over a concentration range of 0.3-2.4 wt %. The results indicate that each of these lignins is comprised of aggregates of well-defined basal subunits, the shapes and sizes of which, in D{sub 2}O and DMSO-d{sub 6}, are revealed using these techniques. LS lignin contains a substantial amount of nanometer-scale individual subunits. In aqueous solution these subunits have a well-defined elongated shape described well by ellipsoidal and cylindrical models. At low concentration the subunits are highly expanded in alkaline solution, and the effect is screened with increasing concentration. OS lignin dissolved in DMSO was found to consist of a narrow distribution of aggregates with average radius 200 {+-} 30 nm. K lignin in DMSO consists of aggregates with a very broad size distribution. After ionic liquid (IL) treatment, LS lignin subunits in alkaline solution maintained the elongated shape but were reduced in size. IL treatment of OS and K lignins led to the release of nanometer-scale subunits with well-defined size and shape.

  8. Communication: Modeling of concentration dependent water diffusivity in ionic solutions: Role of intermolecular charge transfer.

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    Yao, Yi; Berkowitz, Max L; Kanai, Yosuke

    2015-12-28

    The translational diffusivity of water in solutions of alkali halide salts depends on the identity of ions, exhibiting dramatically different behavior even in solutions of similar salts of NaCl and KCl. The water diffusion coefficient decreases as the salt concentration increases in NaCl. Yet, in KCl solution, it slightly increases and remains above bulk value as salt concentration increases. Previous classical molecular dynamics simulations have failed to describe this important behavior even when polarizable models were used. Here, we show that inclusion of dynamical charge transfer among water molecules produces results in a quantitative agreement with experiments. Our results indicate that the concentration-dependent diffusivity reflects the importance of many-body effects among the water molecules in aqueous ionic solutions. Comparison with quantum mechanical calculations shows that a heterogeneous and extended distribution of charges on water molecules around the ions due to ion-water and also water-water charge transfer plays a very important role in controlling water diffusivity. Explicit inclusion of the charge transfer allows us to model accurately the difference in the concentration-dependent water diffusivity between Na(+) and K(+) ions in simulations, and it is likely to impact modeling of a wide range of systems for medical and technological applications.

  9. Communication: Modeling of concentration dependent water diffusivity in ionic solutions: Role of intermolecular charge transfer

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    Yao, Yi; Berkowitz, Max L. E-mail: ykanai@unc.edu; Kanai, Yosuke E-mail: ykanai@unc.edu

    2015-12-28

    The translational diffusivity of water in solutions of alkali halide salts depends on the identity of ions, exhibiting dramatically different behavior even in solutions of similar salts of NaCl and KCl. The water diffusion coefficient decreases as the salt concentration increases in NaCl. Yet, in KCl solution, it slightly increases and remains above bulk value as salt concentration increases. Previous classical molecular dynamics simulations have failed to describe this important behavior even when polarizable models were used. Here, we show that inclusion of dynamical charge transfer among water molecules produces results in a quantitative agreement with experiments. Our results indicate that the concentration-dependent diffusivity reflects the importance of many-body effects among the water molecules in aqueous ionic solutions. Comparison with quantum mechanical calculations shows that a heterogeneous and extended distribution of charges on water molecules around the ions due to ion-water and also water-water charge transfer plays a very important role in controlling water diffusivity. Explicit inclusion of the charge transfer allows us to model accurately the difference in the concentration-dependent water diffusivity between Na{sup +} and K{sup +} ions in simulations, and it is likely to impact modeling of a wide range of systems for medical and technological applications.

  10. Communication: Modeling of concentration dependent water diffusivity in ionic solutions: Role of intermolecular charge transfer

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    Yao, Yi; Berkowitz, Max L.; Kanai, Yosuke

    2015-12-01

    The translational diffusivity of water in solutions of alkali halide salts depends on the identity of ions, exhibiting dramatically different behavior even in solutions of similar salts of NaCl and KCl. The water diffusion coefficient decreases as the salt concentration increases in NaCl. Yet, in KCl solution, it slightly increases and remains above bulk value as salt concentration increases. Previous classical molecular dynamics simulations have failed to describe this important behavior even when polarizable models were used. Here, we show that inclusion of dynamical charge transfer among water molecules produces results in a quantitative agreement with experiments. Our results indicate that the concentration-dependent diffusivity reflects the importance of many-body effects among the water molecules in aqueous ionic solutions. Comparison with quantum mechanical calculations shows that a heterogeneous and extended distribution of charges on water molecules around the ions due to ion-water and also water-water charge transfer plays a very important role in controlling water diffusivity. Explicit inclusion of the charge transfer allows us to model accurately the difference in the concentration-dependent water diffusivity between Na+ and K+ ions in simulations, and it is likely to impact modeling of a wide range of systems for medical and technological applications.

  11. Accurate integral equation theory for the central force model of liquid water and ionic solutions

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    Ichiye, Toshiko; Haymet, A. D. J.

    1988-10-01

    The atom-atom pair correlation functions and thermodynamics of the central force model of water, introduced by Lemberg, Stillinger, and Rahman, have been calculated accurately by an integral equation method which incorporates two new developments. First, a rapid new scheme has been used to solve the Ornstein-Zernike equation. This scheme combines the renormalization methods of Allnatt, and Rossky and Friedman with an extension of the trigonometric basis-set solution of Labik and co-workers. Second, by adding approximate ``bridge'' functions to the hypernetted-chain (HNC) integral equation, we have obtained predictions for liquid water in which the hydrogen bond length and number are in good agreement with ``exact'' computer simulations of the same model force laws. In addition, for dilute ionic solutions, the ion-oxygen and ion-hydrogen coordination numbers display both the physically correct stoichiometry and good agreement with earlier simulations. These results represent a measurable improvement over both a previous HNC solution of the central force model and the ex-RISM integral equation solutions for the TIPS and other rigid molecule models of water.

  12. Ionic liquids modified graphene oxide composites: a high efficient adsorbent for phthalates from aqueous solution

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    Zhou, Xinguang; Zhang, Yinglu; Huang, Zuteng; Lu, Dingkun; Zhu, Anwei; Shi, Guoyue

    2016-01-01

    In 2015, more than 30% of erasers were found to contain a PAE content that exceeded the 0.1% limit established by the Quality and Technology Supervision Bureau of Jiangsu Province in China. Thus, strengthening the supervision and regulation of the PAE content in foods and supplies, in particular, remains necessary. Graphene oxide (GO) and its composites have drawn great interests as promising adsorbents for polar and nonpolar compounds. However, GO-based adsorbents are typically restricted by the difficult separation after treatment because of the high pressure in filtration and low density in centrifugation. Herein, a series of novel ionic liquids modified graphene oxide composites (GO-ILs) were prepared as adsorbents for phthalates (PAEs) in eraser samples, which overcame the conventional drawbacks. These novel composites have a combination of the high surface area of graphene oxide and the tunability of the ionic liquids. It is expected that the GO-ILs composites can be used as efficient adsorbents for PAEs from aqueous solution. This work also demonstrated a new technique for GO-based materials applied in sample preparation. PMID:27910926

  13. Ionic liquids modified graphene oxide composites: a high efficient adsorbent for phthalates from aqueous solution

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    Zhou, Xinguang; Zhang, Yinglu; Huang, Zuteng; Lu, Dingkun; Zhu, Anwei; Shi, Guoyue

    2016-12-01

    In 2015, more than 30% of erasers were found to contain a PAE content that exceeded the 0.1% limit established by the Quality and Technology Supervision Bureau of Jiangsu Province in China. Thus, strengthening the supervision and regulation of the PAE content in foods and supplies, in particular, remains necessary. Graphene oxide (GO) and its composites have drawn great interests as promising adsorbents for polar and nonpolar compounds. However, GO-based adsorbents are typically restricted by the difficult separation after treatment because of the high pressure in filtration and low density in centrifugation. Herein, a series of novel ionic liquids modified graphene oxide composites (GO-ILs) were prepared as adsorbents for phthalates (PAEs) in eraser samples, which overcame the conventional drawbacks. These novel composites have a combination of the high surface area of graphene oxide and the tunability of the ionic liquids. It is expected that the GO-ILs composites can be used as efficient adsorbents for PAEs from aqueous solution. This work also demonstrated a new technique for GO-based materials applied in sample preparation.

  14. Accurate measurements of thermodynamic properties of solutes in ionic liquids using inverse gas chromatography.

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    Mutelet, Fabrice; Jaubert, Jean-Noël

    2006-01-13

    Activity coefficients at infinite dilution of 29 organic compounds in two room temperature ionic liquids were determined using inverse gas chromatography. The measurements were carried out at different temperatures between 323.15 and 343.15K. To establish the influence of concurrent retention mechanisms on the accuracy of activity coefficients at infinite dilution for 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium octyl sulfate and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tosylate, phase loading studies of the net retention volume per gram of packing as a function of the percent phase loading were used. It is shown that most of the solutes are retained largely by partition with a small contribution from adsorption on 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium octyl sulfate and that the n-alkanes are retained predominantly by interfacial adsorption on 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tosylate.

  15. Solute-solvent hydrogen-bonding in room temperature ionic liquids studied by Raman spectroscopy.

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    Kobayashi, Akira; Osawa, Koji; Terazima, Masahide; Kimura, Yoshifumi

    2012-10-21

    The vibrational frequencies of the C=O + C=C band of diphenylcyclopropenone and the NH(2) stretching band of p-aminobenzonitrile were determined in various room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs). The vibrational frequency shifts of the C=O + C=C stretching mode were compared with Kamlet α values, and frequency shifts of the NH(2) stretching mode were compared with Kamlet β values. A nearly linear relationship was obtained for both parameters, although the solvatochromic parameters were more sensitive to changes of the cation species. Vibrational frequency calculations of a 1 : 1 cluster of p-aminobenzonitrile with the RTIL anions using DFT theory reproduced the observed frequency shifts of the NH(2) stretching mode fairly well. The frequency shifts of the CN stretching mode were well reproduced by the linear combination of dipolarity parameters, the hydrogen-bond donating and accepting parameters determined by the Raman shift of the solute molecule.

  16. A novel conductance glucose biosensor in ultra-low ionic strength solution triggered by the oxidation of Ag nanoparticles.

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    Song, Yonghai; Chen, Jingyi; Liu, Hongyu; Li, Ping; Li, Hongbo; Wang, Li

    2015-09-03

    A simple, sensitive and effective method to detect glucose in ultra-low ionic strength solution containing citrate-capped silver nanoparticles (CCAgNPs) was developed by monitoring the change of solution conductance. Glucose was catalyzed into gluconic acid firstly by glucose oxidase in an O2-saturated solution accompanied by the reduction of O2 into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Then, CCAgNPs was oxidized by H2O2 into Ag(+) and the capping regent of citrate was released at the same time. All these resulted Ag(+), gluconic acid and the released citrate would contribute to the increase of solution ionic strength together, leading to a detectable increase of solution conductance. And a novel conductance glucose biosensor was developed with a routine linear range of 0.06-4.0 mM and a suitable detection limit of 18.0 μM. The novel glucose biosensor was further applied in energy drink sample and proven to be suitable for practical system with low ionic strength. The proposed conductance biosensor achieved a significant breakthrough of glucose detection in ultra-low ionic strength media.

  17. The structure of ionic aqueous solutions at interfaces: An intrinsic structure analysis

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    Bresme, Fernando; Chacón, Enrique; Tarazona, Pedro; Wynveen, Aaron

    2012-09-01

    We investigate the interfacial structure of ionic solutions consisting of alkali halide ions in water at concentrations in the range 0.2-1.0 molal and at 300 K. Combining molecular dynamics simulations of point charge ion models and a recently introduced computational approach that removes the averaging effect of interfacial capillary waves, we compute the intrinsic structure of the aqueous interface. The interfacial structure is more complex than previously inferred from the analysis of mean profiles. We find a strong alternating double layer structure near the interface, which depends on the cation and anion size. Relatively small changes in the ion diameter disrupt the double layer structure, promoting the adsorption of anions or inducing the density enhancement of small cations with diameters used in simulation studies of lithium solutions. The density enhancement of the small cations is mediated by their strong water solvation shell, with one or more water molecules "anchoring" the ion to the outermost water layer. We find that the intrinsic interfacial electrostatic potential features very strong oscillations with a minimum at the liquid surface that is ˜4 times stronger than the electrostatic potential in the bulk. For the water model employed in this work, SPC/E, the electrostatic potential at the water surface is ˜-2 V, equivalent to ˜80 kBT (for T = 300 K), much stronger than previously considered. Furthermore, we show that the utilization of the intrinsic surface technique provides a route to extract ionic potentials of mean force that are not affected by the thermal fluctuations, which limits the accuracy of most past approaches including the popular umbrella sampling technique.

  18. Enhanced catalytic performance of Pd catalyst for formic acid electrooxidation in ionic liquid aqueous solution

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    Feng, Yuan-Yuan; Yin, Qian-Ying; Lu, Guo-Ping; Yang, Hai-Fang; Zhu, Xiao; Kong, De-Sheng; You, Jin-Mao

    2014-12-01

    A protic ionic liquid (IL), n-butylammonium nitrate (N4NO3), is prepared and employed as the electrolyte for formic acid electrooxidation reaction (FAOR) on Pd catalysts. The oxidation peak potential of FAOR in the IL solution shows about a 200 mV negative shift as compared with those in traditional H2SO4/HClO4 electrolytes, suggesting that FAOR can be more easily carried out on Pd catalysts in IL media. The catalytic properties of Pd toward FAOR are not only dependent on the concentration of IL, as a consequence of the varied electronic conductivity of the IL solution, but also on the high potential limit of the cyclic voltammograms. When the Pd catalyst is cycled up to 1.0 V (vs. SCE), which induces a significant oxidation of Pd, it shows ca. 4.0 times higher activity than that not subjected to the Pd oxidation (up to 0.6 V). The Pd oxides, which are more easily formed in IL solution than in traditional H2SO4/HClO4 electrolytes, may play a crucial role in increasing the catalytic activities of Pd toward FAOR. Our work would shed new light on the mechanism of FAOR and highlight the potential applications of IL as green and environment-friendly electrolytes in fuel cells and other technologies.

  19. Properties of Apolar Solutes in Alkyl Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids: The Importance of Local Interactions.

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    Lesch, Volker; Heuer, Andreas; Holm, Christian; Smiatek, Jens

    2016-02-03

    The solvation and the dynamic properties of apolar model solutes in alkyl imidazolium-based ionic liquids (IL) are studied by using all-atom molecular dynamics simulations. In regards to specific IL effects, we focused on the often used 1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium cation in combination with the anions tetrafluoroborate, acetate, and bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide. Our findings reveal that the size of the anion crucially influences the accumulation behavior of the cations, which results in modified IL solvation properties. Deviations between the different alkyl imidazolium-based IL combinations can be also observed with regard to the results for the radial distribution functions, the number of surrounding molecules, and the molecular orientation. The analysis of the van Hove function further shows pronounced differences in the dynamic behavior of the solutes. The simulations verify that the solute mobilities are mainly influenced by the composition of the local solvent shell and the properties of the underlying Lennard-Jones interactions. Additional simulations with regard to modified short-range dispersion energies for alkyl imidazolium-based ILs validate our conclusions.

  20. CHLORIDEDETERMINATION IN HIGH IONIC STRENGTH SOLUTION OF AMMONIUM ACETATE USING NEGATIVE ION ELECTRON SPRAY IONIZATION (HPLC/MS)

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    A precise ion chromatography method has been developed for the determination of chloride in high ionic strength ammonium acetate solutions (10-5 M-5 M) using sodium carbonate/sodium bicarbonate as eluent. Negative ion electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry was used for q...

  1. CHLORIDEDETERMINATION IN HIGH IONIC STRENGTH SOLUTION OF AMMONIUM ACETATE USING NEGATIVE ION ELECTRON SPRAY IONIZATION (HPLC/MS)

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    A precise ion chromatography method has been developed for the determination of chloride in high ionic strength ammonium acetate solutions (10-5 M-5 M) using sodium carbonate/sodium bicarbonate as eluent. Negative ion electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry was used for q...

  2. Delineating solute-solvent interactions in binary mixtures of ionic liquids in molecular solvents and preferential solvation approach.

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    Khupse, Nageshwar D; Kumar, Anil

    2011-02-03

    The effect of solute-solvent and solvent-solvent interactions on the preferential solvation of solvatochromic indicators in binary mixtures of ionic liquids with molecular solvents has been investigated. The binary mixtures of the pyridinium-based ionic liquids 1-butylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate ([BP][BF4]), 1-butyl-3-methylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate ([3-MBP][BF4]), and 1-butyl-4-methylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate ([4-MBP][BF4]) with molecular solvents like water, methanol, and dichloromethane have been selected for this investigation. The effect of addition of ionic liquids to molecular solvents on the polarity parameters E(T)(N), Kamlet-Taft parameters, hydrogen bond donor ability (HBD) (α), hydrogen bond acceptor ability (HBA) (β), and polarizability (π*) was obtained. The polarity parameters of the mixture display nonideality on addition of ionic liquids to water and dichloromethane. On the other hand, strong synergetic effects were seen in the ionic liquid-methanol binary mixtures. The preferential solvation models have been employed to analyze the collected data in order to achieve information on solute-solvent interactions in these binary mixtures.

  3. Pairing mechanism among ionic liquid ions in aqueous solutions. A molecular dynamics study

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    Annapureddy, Harsha V.; Dang, Liem X.

    2013-07-18

    In this study, we carried out molecular dynamics simulations to examine the molecular mechanism for ionic liquid pair association in aqueous solutions. We chose the commonly studied imidazolium-based ionic liquid pairs. We computed potentials of mean force (PMF) for four systems—1,3-dimethlylimidazoliumchloride; 1,3-dimethlylimidazolium iodide; 1-methly-3-octylimidazolium chloride; and 1-methly-3-octylimidazolium iodide. Our PMF studies show a stronger interaction for the ion pairs of systems involving dimethlylimidazolium as the cation species compared to that of the systems containing octylimidazolium. This result indicates a decrease in ion-pair association as the cation alkyl tail length increases. We also studied the kinetics of ion-pair dissociation using different rate theories such as the Grote-Hynes and Kramer’s theories. As expected, the computed rate results significantly deviated from results obtained from transition state theory because it does not account for dynamical solvent effects. Dissociative barrier curvatures are found to be very small for the systems investigated because the transmission coefficients computed using Grote-Hynes theory and Kramer’s theory are approximately equal. Our analysis of the rotational dynamics of cations revealed that the time scales for molecular reorientation are longer for cations with longer alkyl tails. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a multiprogram national laboratory operated for DOE by Battelle. The calculations were carried out using computer resources provided by BES.

  4. Influence of Solute Charge and Pyrrolidinium Ionic Liquid Alkyl Chain Length on Probe Rotational Reorientation Dynamics

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    Guo, Jianchang; Mahurin, Shannon Mark; Baker, Gary A; Hillesheim, Patrick C; Dai, Sheng; Shaw, Robert W

    2014-01-01

    In recent years, the effect of molecular charge on the rotational dynamics of probe solutes in room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) has been a subject of growing interest. For the purpose of extending our understanding of charged solute behavior within RTILs, we have studied the rotational dynamics of three illustrative xanthene fluorescent probes within a series of N-alkylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Cnmpyr][Tf2N]) RTILs with different n-alkyl chain lengths (n = 3, 4, 6, 8, or 10) using time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy decay. The rotational dynamics of the neutral probe rhodamine B dye lies between the stick and slip boundary conditions due to the influence of specific hydrogen bonding interactions. The rotation of the negatively-charged sulforhodamine 640 is slower than that of its positively-charged counterpart rhodamine 6G. An analysis based upon Stokes-Einstein-Debye hydrodynamics indicates that SR640 adheres to stick boundary conditions due to specific interactions, whereas the faster rotation of R6G is attributed to weaker electrostatic interactions. No dependence of the rotational dynamics on the solvent alkyl chain length was observed for any of the three dyes, suggesting that the specific interactions between dyes and RTILs are independent of this solvent parameter.

  5. Ionic solution and nanoparticle assisted MALDI-MS as bacterial biosensors for rapid analysis of yogurt.

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    Lee, Chia-Hsun; Gopal, Judy; Wu, Hui-Fen

    2012-01-15

    Bacterial analysis from food samples is a highly challenging task because food samples contain intensive interferences from proteins and carbohydrates. Three different conditions of yogurt were analyzed: (1) the fresh yogurt immediately after purchasing, (2) the yogurt after expiry date stored in the refrigerator and (3) the yogurt left outside, without refrigeration. The shelf lives of both these yogurt was compared in terms of the decrease in bacterial signals. AB which initially contained 10(9) cells/mL drastically reduced to 10(7) cells/mL. However, Lin (Feng-Yin) yogurt which initially (fresh) had 10(8) cells/mL, even after two weeks beyond the expiry period showed no marked drop in bacterial count. Conventional MALDI-MS analysis showed limited sensitivity for analysis of yogurt bacteria amidst the complex milk proteins present in yogurt. A cost effective ionic solution, CrO(4)(2-) solution was used to enable the successful detection of bacterial signals (40-fold increased in sensitivity) selectively without the interference of the milk proteins. 0.035 mg of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) were also found to improve the detection of bacteria 2-6 times in yogurt samples. The current approach can be further applied as a rapid, sensitive and effective platform for bacterial analysis from food. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Particulate hematite diffusion in sodium polyacrylate solutions. The effect of ionic strength.

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    Bremmell, Kristen E; Dunstan, David E; Scales, Peter J; Healy, Thomas W

    2002-03-15

    The diffusion coefficients of hematite particles in polyelectrolyte solution have been investigated using dynamic light scattering. Two apparent diffusion coefficients, a fast and a slow diffusional mode, are observed for the hematite particles in high-molecular-weight sodium polyacrylate solution at pH 10.5. The slow diffusion coefficient (Dslow) shows a decrease with increase in polyelectrolyte concentration. The fast diffusion coefficient (Dfast) shows an increase to a maximum with increasing polyelectrolyte concentration and then a rapid decrease as the polyelectrolyte concentration increases further. With an increase in ionic strength from 10(-4) to 0.1 M NaNO3, the maximum value of Dfast increased in magnitude, while the polyacrylate concentration at which the maximum occurs is seen to increase. The dependence of Dfast on the measurement angle indicates that it is coupled to the fluctuations of the chains. The observed behavior is attributed to the hematite probe particle sensing both macroscopic (viscous) and elastic fluctuations associated with the polyelectrolyte motion.

  7. Continuum description of ionic and dielectric shielding for molecular-dynamics simulations of proteins in solution.

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    Egwolf, Bernhard; Tavan, Paul

    2004-01-22

    We extend our continuum description of solvent dielectrics in molecular-dynamics (MD) simulations, which has provided an efficient and accurate solution of the Poisson equation, to ionic solvents as described by the linearized Poisson-Boltzmann (LPB) equation. We start with the formulation of a general theory for the electrostatics of an arbitrarily shaped molecular system, which consists of partially charged atoms and is embedded in a LPB continuum. This theory represents the reaction field induced by the continuum in terms of charge and dipole densities localized within the molecular system. Because these densities cannot be calculated analytically for systems of arbitrary shape, we introduce an atom-based discretization and a set of carefully designed approximations. This allows us to represent the densities by charges and dipoles located at the atoms. Coupled systems of linear equations determine these multipoles and can be rapidly solved by iteration during a MD simulation. The multipoles yield the reaction field forces and energies. Finally, we scrutinize the quality of our approach by comparisons with an analytical solution restricted to perfectly spherical systems and with results of a finite difference method.

  8. Quantification of stomatal uptake of ionic solutes using a new model system.

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    Eichert, T; Burkhardt, J

    2001-04-01

    Evidence for stomatal uptake of solutes by leaves without the application of surfactants or pressure has recently been provided (Eichert et al., 1998). In the present study, experimental conditions were refined in that the water potential was held at <0 on the physiologically inner side of the epidermal strips (ES) by use of a ceramic plate or the proper mesophyll of the plant. The penetrated substances were immobilized on the inner side by ion exchange membranes. The influence of humidity, light, stomatal density, and re-wetting on the uptake of anions (fluorescein) and cations (Fe(3+)) was investigated, using leaves of Allium porrum, Commelina communis and Sedum telephium. Uptake increased with humidity, stomatal aperture and stomatal density. It was restricted to stomatal areas, and was especially high below the rims of drying droplets. Again, penetration of stomatal pores was observed. Uptake was strongly correlated with the number of penetrated stomata, although usually less than 10% of the stomata contributed to uptake. The number of stomata that had been penetrated was highly variable, increasing extremely significantly with the number of repeated drying/ wetting cycles. These results indicate that stomatal uptake can be a major pathway for the foliar uptake of ionic solutes. It is a dynamic process, depending on environmental conditions and history of the residues on the leaf, aspects that had been neglected in previous concepts.

  9. Detection of electrically neutral and nonpolar molecules in ionic solutions using silicon nanowires.

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    Wu, Ying-Pin; Chu, Chia-Jung; Tsai, Li-Chu; Su, Ya-Wen; Chen, Pei-Hua; Moodley, Mathew K; Huang, Ding; Chen, Yit-Tsong; Yang, Ying-Jay; Chen, Chii-Dong

    2017-04-21

    We report on a technique that can extend the use of nanowire sensors to the detection of interactions involving nonpolar and neutral molecules in an ionic solution environment. This technique makes use of the fact that molecular interactions result in a change in the permittivity of the molecules involved. For the interactions taking place at the surface of nanowires, this permittivity change can be determined from the analysis of the measured complex impedance of the nanowire. To demonstrate this technique, histidine was detected using different charge polarities controlled by the pH value of the solution. This included the detection of electrically neutral histidine at a sensitivity of 1 pM. Furthermore, it is shown that nonpolar molecules, such as hexane, can also be detected. The technique is applicable to the use of nanowires with and without a surface-insulating oxide. We show that information about the changes in amplitude and the phase of the complex impedance reveals the fundamental characteristics of the molecular interactions, including the molecular field and the permittivity.

  10. Wetting of a solid substrate by a ``civilized'' model of ionic solutions

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    Oleksy, Anna; Hansen, Jean-Pierre

    2010-05-01

    We use classical density functional theory (DFT) and an explicit solvent description to investigate the wetting and drying behavior of ionic solutions in contact with a charged solid substrate. The solvent is modeled by dipolar hard spheres, while the monovalent ions are oppositely charged hard spheres; cohesion is ensured by a Yukawa attraction between all three species. The free energy functional describing the inhomogeneous solution includes the best available fundamental measure description of excluded volume correlations in a ternary mixture of hard spheres, whereas all electrostatic and cohesive interactions are treated within the mean-field approximation. We find both first and second order wetting transitions which are rather little affected by ions at low and moderate concentrations, compared to the wetting behavior of the pure solvent. A novel drying scenario is predicted, where complete drying is prevented by the electrostatic attraction between a positively charged substrate and the anions, while near a negatively charged substrate, a first order transition with a predrying line is observed. The various scenarios are surprisingly similar to our previous predictions based on a "semiprimitive" model where the solvent particles carry no dipole, but the ion-ion interactions are reduced by a local dielectric permittivity.

  11. Detection of electrically neutral and nonpolar molecules in ionic solutions using silicon nanowires

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    Wu, Ying-Pin; Chu, Chia-Jung; Tsai, Li-Chu; Su, Ya-Wen; Chen, Pei-Hua; Moodley, Mathew K.; Huang, Ding; Chen, Yit-Tsong; Yang, Ying-Jay; Chen, Chii-Dong

    2017-04-01

    We report on a technique that can extend the use of nanowire sensors to the detection of interactions involving nonpolar and neutral molecules in an ionic solution environment. This technique makes use of the fact that molecular interactions result in a change in the permittivity of the molecules involved. For the interactions taking place at the surface of nanowires, this permittivity change can be determined from the analysis of the measured complex impedance of the nanowire. To demonstrate this technique, histidine was detected using different charge polarities controlled by the pH value of the solution. This included the detection of electrically neutral histidine at a sensitivity of 1 pM. Furthermore, it is shown that nonpolar molecules, such as hexane, can also be detected. The technique is applicable to the use of nanowires with and without a surface-insulating oxide. We show that information about the changes in amplitude and the phase of the complex impedance reveals the fundamental characteristics of the molecular interactions, including the molecular field and the permittivity.

  12. Mobility and association of ions in aqueous solutions: the case of imidazolium based ionic liquids.

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    Bešter-Rogač, Marija; Fedotova, Marina V; Kruchinin, Sergey E; Klähn, Marco

    2016-10-19

    The mobility and the mechanism of ion pairing of 1,1 electrolytes in aqueous solutions were investigated systematically on nine imidazolium based ionic liquids (ILs) from 1-methylimidazolium chloride, [MIM][Cl], to 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, [1,3-DoMIM][Cl], with two isomers 1,2-dimethylimidazolium chloride, [1,2-MMIM][Cl], and 1,3-dimethylimidazolium chloride, [1,3-MMIM][Cl]. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, statistical mechanics calculations in the framework of the integral equation theory using one-dimensional (1D-) and three-dimensional (3D-) reference interaction site model (RISM) approaches as well as conductivity measurements were applied. From experiment and MD simulations it was found that the mobility/diffusion coefficients of cations in the limit of infinite dilution decrease with an increasing length of the cation alkyl chain, but not linearly. The aggregation tendency of cations with long alkyl chains at higher IL concentrations impedes their diffusivity. Binding free energies of imidazolium cations with the chloride anion estimated by RISM calculations, MD simulations and experiments reveal that the association of investigated ILs as model 1,1 electrolytes in water solutions is weak but evidently dependent on the molecular structure (alkyl chain length), which also strongly affects the mobility of cations.

  13. Multigrid solution strategies for adaptive meshing problems

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    Mavriplis, Dimitri J.

    1995-01-01

    This paper discusses the issues which arise when combining multigrid strategies with adaptive meshing techniques for solving steady-state problems on unstructured meshes. A basic strategy is described, and demonstrated by solving several inviscid and viscous flow cases. Potential inefficiencies in this basic strategy are exposed, and various alternate approaches are discussed, some of which are demonstrated with an example. Although each particular approach exhibits certain advantages, all methods have particular drawbacks, and the formulation of a completely optimal strategy is considered to be an open problem.

  14. Students' Use of "Look Back" Strategies in Multiple Solution Methods

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    Lee, Shin-Yi

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between both 9th-grade and 1st-year undergraduate students' use of "look back" strategies and problem solving performance in multiple solution methods, the difference in their use of look back strategies and problem solving performance in multiple solution methods, and the…

  15. Students' Use of "Look Back" Strategies in Multiple Solution Methods

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    Lee, Shin-Yi

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between both 9th-grade and 1st-year undergraduate students' use of "look back" strategies and problem solving performance in multiple solution methods, the difference in their use of look back strategies and problem solving performance in multiple solution methods, and the…

  16. Reorientational dynamics of charged and neutral solutes in 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazoilum bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ionic liquids: Realization of ionic component of hydrogen bond

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    Sahu, Prabhat Kumar; Sarkar, Moloy

    2016-05-01

    Role of electrostatic interaction on rotational relaxation dynamics of two charged solutes, sodium 8-methoxypyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonate (MPTS), 1-pyrenesulfonic acid sodium salt (1-PSA) and neutral perylene has been studied in two structurally similar but chemically distinguishable imidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs). Analysis of the results reveals that rotational relaxation of MPTS is significantly hindered even in the IL where acidic C2-H of the imidazolium moiety is replaced by the methyl group. Moreover, rotational relaxation of neutral perylene is found to be faster than mononegative 1-PSA which is again observed to be faster than that of tri-negative MPTS in the same ILs.

  17. Understanding the structural disorganization of starch in water-ionic liquid solutions.

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    Zhang, Binjia; Chen, Ling; Xie, Fengwei; Li, Xiaoxi; Truss, Rowan W; Halley, Peter J; Shamshina, Julia L; Rogers, Robin D; McNally, Tony

    2015-06-07

    Using synchrotron X-ray scattering analyses and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, this work provides insights into the solvent effects of water : [C2mim][OAc] solutions on the disorganization of a starch semi-crystalline structure. When a certain ratio (10.2 : 1 mol/mol) of water : [C2mim][OAc] solution is used, the preferential hydrogen bonding between starch hydroxyls and [OAc](-) anions results in the breakage of the hydrogen bonding network of starch and thus the disruption of starch lamellae. This greatly facilitates the disorganization of starch, which occurs much easier than in pure water. In contrast, when 90.8 : 1 (mol/mol) water : [C2mim][OAc] solution is used, the interactions between [OAc](-) anions and water suppress the solvent effects on starch, thereby making the disorganization of starch less easy than in pure water. All these differences can be shown by changes in the lamellar and fractal structures: firstly, a preferable increase in the thickness of the crystalline lamellae rather than that of the amorphous lamellae causes an overall increase in the thickness of the semi-crystalline lamellae; then, the amorphous lamellae start to decrease probably due to the out-phasing of starch molecules from them; this forms a fractal gel on a larger scale (than the lamellae) which gradually decreases to a stable value as the temperature increases further. It is noteworthy that these changes occur at temperatures far below the transition temperature that is thermally detectable as is normally described. This hints to our future work that using certain aqueous ionic liquids for destructuration of the starch semi-crystalline structure is the key to realize green processes to obtain homogeneous amorphous materials.

  18. Crafting Elegant Solutions: Strategies for Conflict Resolution.

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    Koch, Susan J.; Decker, Robert H.

    1993-01-01

    The conflict-resolution technique of interpersonal negotiation involves five steps: (1) state your positive intentions; (2) define, analyze, and discuss the problem; (3) summarize progress; (4) explore alternative solutions; and (5) set a time for follow-up. (MLF)

  19. Crafting Elegant Solutions: Strategies for Conflict Resolution.

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    Koch, Susan J.; Decker, Robert H.

    1993-01-01

    The conflict-resolution technique of interpersonal negotiation involves five steps: (1) state your positive intentions; (2) define, analyze, and discuss the problem; (3) summarize progress; (4) explore alternative solutions; and (5) set a time for follow-up. (MLF)

  20. Strategy for non-target ionic analysis by capillary electrophoresis with ultraviolet detection.

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    Sursyakova, Viktoria V; Burmakina, Galina V; Rubaylo, Anatoly I

    2017-02-01

    A strategy for non-target analysis of samples with unknown composition by capillary electrophoresis (CE) with ultraviolet (UV) detection is suggested. The strategy is based on the preliminary identification of analytes and further optimization of the conditions for their separation using the developed computational tool set ElphoSeparation. It is shown that, in order to record electrophoretic peaks with the mobilities from the maximum to minimum possible values, the positive and negative voltage polarity and hydrodynamic pressure should be used. To choose the optimal separation conditions, dynamic maps of electrophoretic separation (DMES) are suggested. DMES is a bar chart with theoretical resolutions of adjacent peaks presented in ascending order of the migration time. The resolution is calculated as the division of the difference of the effective electrophoretic mobilities of adjacent analytes by their average peak width in terms of electrophoretic mobility. The suggested strategy is tested by the example of the analysis of herbal medicine (Holosas) on the basis of rose hips. The approach should be used to analyze samples with not very complex composition, such as environmental water and precipitation samples, process liquors, some vegetable extracts, biological fluids, food, and other samples for the determination of widespread compounds capable of forming ionic species. For samples with complex composition, the approach used together with other techniques may produce advantageous information due to specificity of the method, particularly it can be useful for determination of compounds suffering from low volatility or thermal stability, and for analysis of samples with difficult matrices. Graphical Abstract The scheme of performing the non-target ionic analysis by capillary electrophoresis with ultraviolet detection.

  1. Preston M. Hickey memorial lecture. Ionic and nonionic iodinated contrast media: evolution and strategies for use.

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    McClennan, B L

    1990-08-01

    The search for better radiopaque iodinated contrast material for intravascular use is continuing, but the recent development of new lower osmolality contrast media (LOCM), both ionic and nonionic, has dramatically affected the practice of radiology. The major issue retarding the introduction of LOCM into clinical practice in this country has been the increased cost of the media. Numerous preliminary assumptions and probabilities about the tolerance, efficacy, and overall safety of LOCM have been documented in scientific studies. The lower osmolality, reduced chemotoxicity, and high hydrophilicity of new compounds, particularly the nonionic variety compared with conventional high osmolality ionic agents (HOCM), offer a significant margin of safety to patients with known risk factors. Mounting data suggest that low or no risk patients are benefited as well, perhaps to an even greater degree. Costly trade-offs to the universal use of LOCM exist, therefore careful consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of LOCM for intravascular administration is required. This article, presented as the Preston M. Hickey Memorial Lecture to the Michigan Radiological Society in March of 1990, explores the historical development of iodinated intravascular contrast media, especially LOCM, and cites existing data that form the basis for various strategies for their use, that is, selective, universal, or nonvascular use. Better, safer, and less expensive contrast media are a realistic expectation in this new decade of technological promise. Reducing adverse side effects from the use of any new drug or technology must be our continued, collective goal.

  2. Ionic Colloidal Molding as a Biomimetic Scaffolding Strategy for Uniform Bone Tissue Regeneration.

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    Zhang, Jian; Jia, Jinpeng; Kim, Jimin P; Shen, Hong; Yang, Fei; Zhang, Qiang; Xu, Meng; Bi, Wenzhi; Wang, Xing; Yang, Jian; Wu, Decheng

    2017-02-21

    Inspired by the highly ordered nanostructure of bone, nanodopant composite biomaterials are gaining special attention for their ability to guide bone tissue regeneration through structural and biological cues. However, bone malformation in orthopedic surgery is a lingering issue, partly due to the high surface energy of traditional nanoparticles contributing to aggregation and inhomogeneity. Recently, carboxyl-functionalized synthetic polymers have been shown to mimic the carboxyl-rich surface motifs of non-collagenous proteins in stabilizing hydroxyapatite and directing intrafibrillar mineralization in-vitro. Based on this biomimetic approach, it is herein demonstrated that carboxyl functionalization of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) can achieve great material homogeneity in nanocomposites. This ionic colloidal molding method stabilizes hydroxyapatite precursors to confer even nanodopant packing, improving therapeutic outcomes in bone repair by remarkably improving mechanical properties of nanocomposites and optimizing controlled drug release, resulting in better cell in-growth and osteogenic differentiation. Lastly, better controlled biomaterial degradation significantly improved osteointegration, translating to highly regular bone formation with minimal fibrous tissue and increased bone density in rabbit radial defect models. Ionic colloidal molding is a simple yet effective approach of achieving materials homogeneity and modulating crystal nucleation, serving as an excellent biomimetic scaffolding strategy to rebuild natural bone integrity.

  3. Phase equilibria and modeling of pyridinium-based ionic liquid solutions.

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    Domańska, Urszula; Królikowski, Marek; Ramjugernath, Deresh; Letcher, Trevor M; Tumba, Kaniki

    2010-11-25

    The phase diagrams of the ionic liquid (IL) N-butyl-4-methylpyridinium bis{(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl}imide ([BM(4)Py][NTf(2)]) with water, an alcohol (1-butanol, 1-hexanol, 1-octanol, 1-decanol), an aromatic hydrocarbon (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, n-propylbenzene), an alkane (n-hexane, n-heptane, n-octane), or cyclohexane have been measured at atmospheric pressure using a dynamic method. This work includes the characterization of the synthesized compound by water content and also by differential scanning calorimetry. Phase diagrams for the binary systems of [BM(4)Py][NTf(2)] with all solvents reveal eutectic systems with regards to (solid-liquid) phase equilibria and show immiscibility in the liquid phase region with an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) in most of the mixtures. The phase equilibria (solid, or liquid-liquid) for the binary systems containing aliphatic hydrocarbons reported here exhibit the lowest solubility and the highest immiscibility gap, a trend which has been observed for all ILs. The reduction of experimental data has been carried out using the nonrandom two-liquid (NRTL) correlation equation. The phase diagrams reported here have been compared with analogous phase diagrams reported previously for systems containing the IL N-butyl-4-methylpyridinium tosylate and other pyridinium-based ILs. The influence of the anion of the IL on the phase behavior has been discussed.

  4. Optical Kerr Effect Spectroscopy of a Nonpolar Solute in Dicationic versus Monocationic Ionic Liquids

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    Gurung, Eshan; Xue, Lianjie; Tamas, George; Quitevis, Edward

    2014-03-01

    A comparison of the intermolecular dynamics of small nonpolar solute molecules in monocationic and dicationic ionic liquids (ILs) was performed using optical heterodyne-detected Raman-induced Kerr effect spectroscopy (OHD-RIKES). The optical Kerr effect (OKE) spectrum of CS2 in 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethane-sulfonyl)amide [C3mim][NTf2] and 1,6-bis(3-methylimidazolium-1-yl) hexane bis(trifluoromethane-sulfonyl)amide [C6(mim)2][NTf2]2 was investigated as a function of concentration at 295 K. An additivity model with components from the subpicosecond dynamics of IL and CS2 was used to interpret the OKE spectra of the mixtures. The spectrum of CS2 in the two ILs is lower in frequency and narrower than that of neat CS2. The spectrum of CS2 in the dicationic IL is higher in frequency than in the monocationic IL. This result shows that CS2 molecule experiences a stiffer potential in dicationic ILs as compared to monocationic ILs. Higher stiffness in C6(mim)2][NTf2]2 might be due to a more ordered arrangement and lower mobility of the alkyl chains linking the imidazolium rings. This work was supported by NSF Grant CHE-1153077.

  5. The Amphiphilic Character of Cellulose Molecules in True Solution in Solvent Mixtures Containing Ionic Liquid and its Utilization in Emulsification

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    Napso, Sofia; Cohen, Yachin; Rein, Dmitry; Khalfin, Rafail; Szekely, Noemi

    2015-03-01

    Cellulose is the most abundant renewable material in nature that is utilized as a raw material for fabrication of synthetic products. Although it is not soluble in common solvents, there is significant interest in the use of solvent mixtures containing ionic liquids (IL) and polar organic solvents for cellulose dissolution. We present evidence for true molecular dissolution of cellulose in binary mixtures of common polar organic solvents with an ionic liquid, using cryogenic transmission electron microscopy, small-angle neutron-, x-ray- and static light scattering. In particular, the measured low values of the molecular, gyration radius and persistence length indicate the absence of significant aggregation of the dissolved chains. We conjecture that the dissolved cellulose chains are amphiphilic. This can be inferred from the facile fabrication of cellulose-encapsulated colloidal oil-in-water or water-in-oil dispersions. This may be done by mixing water, oil and cellulose solution in an ionic liquid. A more practical alternative is to form first a hydrogel from the cellulose/ionic liquid solution by coagulation with water and applying it to sonicated water/oil or oil/water mixtures. Apparently the dissolution/ regeneration process affords higher mobility to the cellulose molecules so an encapsulation coating can be formed at the water-oil interface.

  6. Protein interactions studied by SAXS: effect of ionic strength and protein concentration for BSA in aqueous solutions.

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    Zhang, Fajun; Skoda, Maximilian W A; Jacobs, Robert M J; Martin, Richard A; Martin, Christopher M; Schreiber, Frank

    2007-01-11

    We have studied a series of samples of bovine serum albumin (BSA) solutions with protein concentration, c, ranging from 2 to 500 mg/mL and ionic strength, I, from 0 to 2 M by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The scattering intensity distribution was compared to simulations using an oblate ellipsoid form factor with radii of 17 x 42 x 42 A, combined with either a screened Coulomb, repulsive structure factor, SSC(q), or an attractive square-well structure factor, SSW(q). At pH = 7, BSA is negatively charged. At low ionic strength, I < 0.3 M, the total interaction exhibits a decrease of the repulsive interaction when compared to the salt-free solution, as the net surface charge is screened, and the data can be fitted by assuming an ellipsoid form factor and screened Coulomb interaction. At moderate ionic strength (0.3-0.5 M), the interaction is rather weak, and a hard-sphere structure factor has been used to simulate the data with a higher volume fraction. Upon further increase of the ionic strength (I >or= 1.0 M), the overall interaction potential was dominated by an additional attractive potential, and the data could be successfully fitted by an ellipsoid form factor and a square-well potential model. The fit parameters, well depth and well width, indicate that the attractive potential caused by a high salt concentration is weak and long-ranged. Although the long-range, attractive potential dominated the protein interaction, no gelation or precipitation was observed in any of the samples. This is explained by the increase of a short-range, repulsive interaction between protein molecules by forming a hydration layer with increasing salt concentration. The competition between long-range, attractive and short-range, repulsive interactions accounted for the stability of concentrated BSA solution at high ionic strength.

  7. State of hydrophobic and hydrophilic ionic liquids in aqueous solutions: are the ions fully dissociated?

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    Yee, Patrick; Shah, Jindal K; Maginn, Edward J

    2013-10-17

    Molecular dynamics simulations were performed for aqueous solutions of five ionic liquids (ILs): 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ([C2mim]) bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide ([NTf2]), 1-n-butyl-3-methylimidazolium ([C4mim]) [NTf2], 1-n-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium ([C6mim]) [NTf2], [C2mim] ethylsulfate ([C2H5SO4]), and [C2mim] chloride (Cl) to determine whether the ions of these ILs are associated at relatively high dilutions and whether the association is governed by hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity of the ILs. The adaptive biasing force technique was applied to calculate the potential of mean force (PMF) for each IL ion pair. For all of the ILs, the PMF is characterized by two distinct contact minima in which the ions have different relative conformations. The hydrophobic ILs bearing the anion [NTf2](-) exist predominantly in the associative state; the strength of the association of these ILs increases with increase in the alkyl chain length. The most hydrophilic IL [C2mim] Cl was determined to be almost fully dissociated at the concentration examined in the study. [C2mim] [C2H5SO4] showed hydration behavior that was intermediate between that exhibited by the ILs in which the anion is substituted with either Cl(-) or [NTf2](-) paired with [C2mim](+). Association constants for these ILs were also computed. Radial distribution functions calculated by constraining the ions at the contact minima showed that hydration of the anion plays the dominant role in determining the microscopic behavior of these ILs in aqueous solutions.

  8. Using UCST Ionic Liquid as a Draw Solute in Forward Osmosis to Treat High-Salinity Water.

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    Zhong, Yujiang; Feng, Xiaoshuang; Chen, Wei; Wang, Xinbo; Huang, Kuo-Wei; Gnanou, Yves; Lai, Zhiping

    2016-01-19

    The concept of using a thermoresponsive ionic liquid (IL) with an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) as a draw solute in forward osmosis (FO) was successfully demonstrated here experimentally. A 3.2 M solution of protonated betaine bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Hbet][Tf2N]) was obtained by heating and maintaining the temperature above 56 °C. This solution successfully drew water from high-salinity water up to 3.0 M through FO. When the IL solution cooled to room temperature, it spontaneously separated into a water-rich phase and an IL-rich phase: the water-rich phase was the produced water that contained a low IL concentration, and the IL-rich phase could be used directly as the draw solution in the next cycle of the FO process. The thermal stability, thermal-responsive solubility, and UV-vis absorption spectra of the IL were also studied in detail.

  9. Redistribution of elements of metals in plant tissues under treatment by non-ionic colloidal solution of biogenic metal nanoparticles

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    Taran, Nataliya; Batsmanova, Ludmila; Konotop, Yevheniya; Okanenko, Alexander

    2014-07-01

    The content of metal elements in plant tissues of 10-day wheat seedlings after seed pre-treatment and foliar treatment with non-ionic colloidal solution of metal nanoparticles (Fe, Mn, Cu, Zn) was determined by an atomic absorption spectrometer. It was shown that metal nanoparticles due to their physical properties (nanoscale and uncharged state) were capable of penetrating rapidly into plant cells and optimizing plant metabolic processes at the early stages of growth and development.

  10. Self-assembly and antimicrobial activity of long-chain amide-functionalized ionic liquids in aqueous solution.

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    Garcia, M Teresa; Ribosa, Isabel; Perez, Lourdes; Manresa, Angeles; Comelles, Francesc

    2014-11-01

    Surface active amide-functionalized ionic liquids (ILs) consisting of a long alkyl chain (C6C14) connected to a polar head group (methylimidazolium or pyridinium cation) via an amide functional group were synthesized and their thermal stability, micellar properties and antimicrobial activity in aqueous solution investigated. The incorporation of an amide group increased the thermal stability of the functionalized ionic liquids compared to simple alkyl chain substituted ionic liquids. The surface activity and aggregation behaviour in aqueous solution of amide-functionalized ionic liquids were examined by tensiometry, conductivity and spectrofluorimetry. Amide-functionalized ILs displayed surface activity and their critical micelle concentration (cmc) in aqueous media decreased with the elongation of the alkyl side chain as occurs for typical surfactants. Compared to non-functionalized ILs bearing the same alkyl chain, ionic liquids with an amide moiety possess higher surface activity (pC20) and lower cmc values. The introduction of an amide group in the hydrophobic chain close to the polar head enhances adsorption at the air/water interface and micellization which could be attributed to the H-bonding in the headgroup region. The antimicrobial activity was evaluated against a panel of representative Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria and fungi. Amide-functionalized ILs with more than eight carbon atoms in the side chain showed broad antimicrobial activity. Antibacterial activities were found to increase with the alkyl chain length being the C12 homologous the most effective antimicrobial agents. The introduction of an amide group enhanced significantly the antifungal activity as compared to non-functionalized ILs.

  11. Synthesis of a novel ionic liquid modified copolymer hydrogel and its rapid removal of Cr (VI) from aqueous solution.

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    Jiang, Yinhua; Li, Fan; Ding, Guibing; Chen, Yecheng; Liu, Yan; Hong, Yuanzhi; Liu, Peipei; Qi, Xiuxiu; Ni, Liang

    2015-10-01

    A novel ionic liquid modified copolymer hydrogel (PAMDA) was successfully synthesized by a simple water solution copolymerization using acrylamide (AM), dimethyldiallylammonium chloride (DADMAC) and ionic liquid (1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride; [Amim]Cl) as copolymerization monomers. The structure and morphology of as-prepared copolymer hydrogel PAMDA were confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TG). The copolymer hydrogel was applied as a novel adsorbent for the rapid removal of Cr (VI) from aqueous solution. The effects of several parameters such as the content of ionic liquid [Amim]Cl, solution pH, contact time, adsorbent dosage and initial Cr (VI) concentration on the adsorption were also investigated. The modification of [Amim]Cl significantly enhanced Cr (VI) adsorption. The adsorption equilibrium data fitted with Langmuir isotherm model better than Freundlich isotherm model. The maximum adsorption capacity for Cr (VI) ions was 74.5 mg L(-1) at 323 K based on Langmuir isotherm model. The removal rate could reach 95.9% within 10 min at 323 K and the adsorption process of Cr (VI) on PAMDA was well described by the pseudo-second-order kinetic model. The activation energy of adsorption was further investigated and found to be 1.094 kJ mol(-1), indicating the adsorption of Cr (VI) onto PAMDA was physisorption.

  12. Doped ionic liquid crystals as effective weakly alignment media for polar solutes.

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    Di Pietro, Maria Enrica; Celebre, Giorgio; De Luca, Giuseppina

    2016-06-01

    The ionic liquid crystal 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate slightly doped with water is presented as a promising NMR alignment medium for the measurement of residual dipolar couplings for polar molecules dissolved therein.

  13. Doped ionic liquid crystals as effective weakly alignment media for polar solutes

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    Di Pietro, Maria Enrica; Celebre, Giorgio; De Luca, Giuseppina

    2016-06-01

    The ionic liquid crystal 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate slightly doped with water is presented as a promising NMR alignment medium for the measurement of residual dipolar couplings for polar molecules dissolved therein.

  14. Formulation and make-up of simulate dilute water, low ionic content aqueous solution

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    Gdowski, G.

    1997-04-04

    This procedure describes the formulation and make-up of Simulated Dilute Water (SOW), a low-ionic-content water to be used for Activity E-20-50, Long-Term Corrosion Studies. This water has an ionic content which is nominally a factor of ten higher than that of representative waters at or near Yucca Mountain. Representative waters were chosen as J-13 well water [Harrar, 1990] and perched water at Yucca Mountain [Glassley, 1996]. J-13 well water is obtained from ground water that is in contact with the Topopah Spring tuff, which is the repository horizon rock. The perched water is located in the Topopah Spring tuff, but below the repository horizon and above the water table. A nominal times ten higher ionic content was chosen to simulate the effect of ionic concentrating due to elevated temperature water flowing through fractures where salts and minerals have been deposited due to evaporation and boiling.

  15. Aqueous Solutions of the Ionic Liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium Chloride Denature Proteins

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    Baker, Gary A; Heller, William T

    2009-01-01

    As we advance our understanding, ionic liquids (ILs) are finding ever broader scope within the chemical sciences including, most recently, pharmaceutical, enzymatic, and bioanalytical applications. With examples of enzymatic activity reported in both neat ILs and in IL/water mixtures, enzymes are frequently assumed to adopt a quasi-native conformation, even if little work has been carried out to date toward characterizing the conformation, dynamics, active-site perturbation, cooperativity of unfolding transitions, free energy of stabilization, or aggregation/oligomerization state of enzymes in the presence of an IL solvent component. In this study, human serum albumin and equine heart cytochrome c were characterized in aqueous solutions of the fully water-miscible IL 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, [bmim]Cl, by small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering. At [bmim]Cl concentrations up to 25 vol.%, these two proteins were found to largely retain their higher-order structures whereas both proteins become highly denatured at the highest IL concentration studied here (i.e., 50 vol.% [bmim]Cl). The response of these proteins to [bmim]Cl is analogous to their behavior in the widely studied denaturants guanidine hydrochloride and urea which similarly lead to random coil conformations at excessive molar concentrations. Interestingly, human serum albumin dimerizes in response to [bmim]Cl, whereas cytochrome c remains predominantly in monomeric form. These results have important implications for enzymatic studies in aqueous IL media, as they suggest a facile pathway through which biocatalytic activity can be altered in these nascent and potentially green electrolyte systems.

  16. Structure and dynamics of POPC bilayers in water solutions of room temperature ionic liquids

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    Benedetto, Antonio; Bingham, Richard J.; Ballone, Pietro

    2015-03-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations in the NPT ensemble have been carried out to investigate the effect of two room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs), on stacks of phospholipid bilayers in water. We consider RTIL compounds consisting of chloride ([bmim][Cl]) and hexafluorophosphate ([bmim][PF6]) salts of the 1-buthyl-3-methylimidazolium ([bmim]+) cation, while the phospholipid bilayer is made of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC). Our investigations focus on structural and dynamical properties of phospholipid and water molecules that could be probed by inelastic and quasi-elastic neutron scattering measurements. The results confirm the fast incorporation of [bmim]+ into the lipid phase already observed in previous simulations, driven by the Coulomb attraction of the cation for the most electronegative oxygens in the POPC head group and by sizeable dispersion forces binding the neutral hydrocarbon tails of [bmim]+ and of POPC. The [bmim]+ absorption into the bilayer favours the penetration of water into POPC, causes a slight but systematic thinning of the bilayer, and further stabilises hydrogen bonds at the lipid/water interface that already in pure samples (no RTIL) display a lifetime much longer than in bulk water. On the other hand, the effect of RTILs on the diffusion constant of POPC (DPOPC) does not reveal a clearly identifiable trend, since DPOPC increases upon addition of [bmim][Cl] and decreases in the [bmim][PF6] case. Moreover, because of screening, the electrostatic signature of each bilayer is only moderately affected by the addition of RTIL ions in solution. The analysis of long wavelength fluctuations of the bilayers shows that RTIL sorption causes a general decrease of the lipid/water interfacial tension and bending rigidity, pointing to the destabilizing effect of RTILs on lipid bilayers.

  17. Structure and dynamics of POPC bilayers in water solutions of room temperature ionic liquids

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    Benedetto, Antonio; Bingham, Richard J.; Ballone, Pietro

    2015-03-28

    Molecular dynamics simulations in the NPT ensemble have been carried out to investigate the effect of two room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs), on stacks of phospholipid bilayers in water. We consider RTIL compounds consisting of chloride ([bmim][Cl]) and hexafluorophosphate ([bmim][PF{sub 6}]) salts of the 1-buthyl-3-methylimidazolium ([bmim]{sup +}) cation, while the phospholipid bilayer is made of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC). Our investigations focus on structural and dynamical properties of phospholipid and water molecules that could be probed by inelastic and quasi-elastic neutron scattering measurements. The results confirm the fast incorporation of [bmim]{sup +} into the lipid phase already observed in previous simulations, driven by the Coulomb attraction of the cation for the most electronegative oxygens in the POPC head group and by sizeable dispersion forces binding the neutral hydrocarbon tails of [bmim]{sup +} and of POPC. The [bmim]{sup +} absorption into the bilayer favours the penetration of water into POPC, causes a slight but systematic thinning of the bilayer, and further stabilises hydrogen bonds at the lipid/water interface that already in pure samples (no RTIL) display a lifetime much longer than in bulk water. On the other hand, the effect of RTILs on the diffusion constant of POPC (D{sub POPC}) does not reveal a clearly identifiable trend, since D{sub POPC} increases upon addition of [bmim][Cl] and decreases in the [bmim][PF{sub 6}] case. Moreover, because of screening, the electrostatic signature of each bilayer is only moderately affected by the addition of RTIL ions in solution. The analysis of long wavelength fluctuations of the bilayers shows that RTIL sorption causes a general decrease of the lipid/water interfacial tension and bending rigidity, pointing to the destabilizing effect of RTILs on lipid bilayers.

  18. A computational strategy for geometry optimization of ionic and covalent excited states, applied to butadiene and hexatriene.

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    Boggio-Pasqua, Martial; Bearpark, Michael J; Klene, Michael; Robb, Michael A

    2004-05-01

    We propose a computational strategy that enables ionic and covalent pipi* excited states to be described in a balanced way. This strategy depends upon (1) the restricted active space self-consistent field method, in which the dynamic correlation between core sigma and valence pi electrons can be described by adding single sigma excitations to all pi configurations and (2) the use of a new conventional one-electron basis set specifically designed for the description of valence ionic states. Together, these provide excitation energies comparable with more accurate and expensive ab initio methods--e.g., multiconfigurational second-order perturbation theory and multireference configuration interaction. Moreover, our strategy also allows full optimization of excited-state geometries--including conical intersections between ionic and covalent excited states--to be routinely carried out, thanks to the availability of analytical energy gradients. The prototype systems studied are the cis and trans isomers of butadiene and hexatriene, for which the ground 1A(1/g), lower-lying dark (i.e., symmetry forbidden covalent) 2A(1/g) and spectroscopic 1B(2/u) (valence ionic) states were investigated. Copyright 2004 American Institute of Physics

  19. Concentration dependence of ionic conductance measured with ion-selective sub-micro pipette probes in aqueous sodium and potassium chloride solutions

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    Son, J. W.; Takami, T.; Lee, J.-K.; Kawai, T.; Park, B. H.

    2011-07-01

    Selective ionic currents in aqueous sodium and potassium chloride solutions with concentrations from 0.01 M to 1.0 M were measured using sub-micro pipette probes in which a poly(vinyl chloride) film containing crown ethers selectively filtered sodium or potassium ions. The selective ionic currents were monitored with a sub-picoampere current measurement system developed from the techniques of TΩ-gap impedance scanning tunneling microscopy. The ionic currents increased with the concentration of the corresponding solution, and thus these sub-micro pipette probes can be applied to detect local ionic concentration of a specific ion in living cells with ionic concentration higher than 0.1 M.

  20. Dissecting ion-specific dielectric spectra of sodium-halide solutions into solvation water and ionic contributions

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    Rinne, Klaus F.; Netz, Roland R.; Gekle, Stephan

    2014-12-07

    Using extensive equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations we determine the dielectric spectra of aqueous solutions of NaF, NaCl, NaBr, and NaI. The ion-specific and concentration-dependent shifts of the static dielectric constants and the dielectric relaxation times match experimental results very well, which serves as a validation of the classical and non-polarizable ionic force fields used. The purely ionic contribution to the dielectric response is negligible, but determines the conductivity of the salt solutions. The ion-water cross correlation contribution is negative and reduces the total dielectric response by about 5%-10% for 1 M solutions. The dominating water dielectric response is decomposed into different water solvation shells and ion-pair configurations, by this the spectral blue shift and the dielectric decrement of salt solutions with increasing salt concentration is demonstrated to be primarily caused by first-solvation shell water. With rising salt concentration the simulated spectra show more pronounced deviations from a single-Debye form and can be well described by a Cole-Cole fit, in quantitative agreement with experiments. Our spectral decomposition into ionic and different water solvation shell contributions does not render the individual contributions more Debye-like, this suggests the non-Debye-like character of the dielectric spectra of salt solutions not to be due to the superposition of different elementary relaxation processes with different relaxation times. Rather, the non-Debye-like character is likely to be an inherent spectral signature of solvation water around ions.

  1. Solubilisation of myosin in a solution of low ionic strength L-histidine: Significance of the imidazole ring.

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    Chen, Xing; Zou, Yufeng; Han, Minyi; Pan, Lihua; Xing, Tong; Xu, Xinglian; Zhou, Guanghong

    2016-04-01

    Myosin, a major muscle protein, can be solubilised in a low ionic strength solution containing L-histidine (His). To elucidate which chemical constituents in His are responsible for this solubilisation, we investigated the effects of 5mM His, imidazole (Imi), L-α-alanine (Ala), 1-methyl-L-histidine (M-his) and L-carnosine (Car) on particle properties of myosin suspensions and conformational characteristics of soluble myosin at low ionic strength (1 mM KCl, pH 7.5). His, Imi and Car, each containing an imidazole ring, were able to induce a myosin suspension, which had small particle size species and high absolute zeta potential, thus increasing the solubility of myosin. His, Imi and Car affected the tertiary structure and decreased the α-helix content of soluble myosin. Therefore, the imidazole ring of His appeared to be the significant chemical constituent in solubilising myosin at low ionic strength solution, presumably by affecting its secondary structure. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Adaptation of the ion exchange method for the determination of the free ionic fraction of cadmium in solution.

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    Schneider, André

    2006-01-01

    The understanding of the availability of a metal in soil necessitates a minimum knowledge about its speciation in the soil solution. Here, we evaluated an alternative to the use of ion exchangers for estimating the free ionic fraction of cadmium (FCd) in solution. It is based on the exchange selectivity coefficient (VK) rather than the distribution coefficient (DK) to estimate FCd. Because VK for the Cd-Ca exchange for the used Amberlite resin was independent of the solution Ca concentration (0.5-7.5 mM) and pH (range: 4.5-6), the experiment on a solution mimicking the analyzed solution to estimate VK was not necessary. The influence of variable Ca and Mg concentrations in solution on FCd was assessed in synthetic solutions containing either citrate or malate. The best way to estimate FCd seemed to treat the exchange data as if Ca was solely present. However, neither the proposed approach nor those applying DK prevent the overestimation of FCd when Ca is partly complexed in the analyzed solution. A method intending to estimate two replicates of FCd for a given, unique solution was also studied on solutions issued from sorption-desorption experiments performed on a humic podzol. It consists of two successive supplies of a known resin mass to a unique sample. Both estimates were close and not significantly different.

  3. Nanoparticle transport in water-unsaturated porous media: effects of solution ionic strength and flow rate

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    Prédélus, Dieuseul; Lassabatere, Laurent; Louis, Cédric; Gehan, Hélène; Brichart, Thomas; Winiarski, Thierry; Angulo-Jaramillo, Rafael

    2017-03-01

    This paper presents the influence of ionic strength and flow on nanoparticle (NP) retention rate in an unsaturated calcareous medium, originating from a heterogeneous glaciofluvial deposit of the region of Lyon (France). Laboratory columns 10 cm in diameter and 30 cm in length were used. Silica nanoparticles (Au-SiO2-FluoNPs), with hydrodynamic diameter ranging from 50 to 60 nm and labeled with fluorescein derivatives, were used to simulate particle transport, and bromide was used to characterize flow. Three flow rates and five different ionic strengths were tested. The transfer model based on fractionation of water into mobile and immobile fractions was coupled with the attachment/detachment model to fit NPs breakthrough curves. The results show that increasing flow velocity induces a decrease in nanoparticle retention, probably as the result of several physical but also geochemical factors. The results show that NPs retention increases with ionic strength. However, an inversion of retention occurs for ionic strength >5.10-2 M, which has been scarcely observed in previous studies. The measure of zeta potential and DLVO calculations show that NPs may sorb on both solid-water and air-water interfaces. NPs size distribution shows the potential for nanoparticle agglomeration mostly at low pH, leading to entrapment in the soil pores. These mechanisms are highly sensitive to both hydrodynamic and geochemical conditions, which explains their high sensitivity to flow rates and ionic strength.

  4. Effects of the Ionic Composition and Water Potential of Aqueous Solution on the Activity and Survival of Orrina phyllobia

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    Robinson, A. F.; Orr, C. C.; Heintz, C. E.

    1984-01-01

    The activity and survival of Orrina phyllobia fourth-stage juveniles (J4) were examined in aqueous solutions representing 96 combinations of eight predominant soil solution ions at total concentrations of 100, 200, and 1,000 meq/liter. Various water potentials were imposed by the addition of mannitol or polyethylene glycol to ionic solutions. Nematode longevity increased as water potential was decreased. Longevity was approximately doubled at a water potential of -23 × 10⁵ Pa and more than tripled at -60 × 10⁵ Pa. No combination oflons at 200 meq/liter was lethal after a 6-day exposure. Several ion combinations significantly increased longevity at -10 and -23 × 10⁵ Pa. Single cation Na⁺ solutions consistently inhibited activity and more than doubled nematode longevity. PMID:19295870

  5. Formulation and make-up of simulated concentrated water, high ionic content aqueous solution

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    Gdowski, G.

    1997-04-04

    This procedure describes the formulation and make-up of Simulated Concentrated Water (SCW), a high-ionic-content water to be used for Activity E-20-50 Long-Term Corrosion Studies. This water has an ionic content which is nominally a factor of a thousand higher than that of representative waters at or near Yucca Mountain. Representative waters were chosen as J-13 well water [Harrar, 1990] and perched water at Yucca Mountain [Glassley, 1996]. J-13 well water is obtained from ground water that is in contact with the Topopah Spring tuff, which is the repository horizon rock. The perched water is located in the Topopah Spring tuff, but below the repository horizon and above the water table. A nominal thousand times higher ionic content was chosen to simulate the water that would result from the wetting of salts which have been previously deposited on a container surface.

  6. Evaluation of effects of pH and ionic strength on colloidal stability of IgG solutions by PEG-induced liquid-liquid phase separation

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    Thompson, Ronald W.; Latypov, Ramil F.; Wang, Ying; Lomakin, Aleksey; Meyer, Julie A.; Vunnum, Suresh; Benedek, George B.

    2016-11-01

    Colloidal stability of IgG antibody solutions is important for pharmaceutical and medicinal applications. Solution pH and ionic strength are two key factors that affect the colloidal stability of protein solutions. In this work, we use a method based on the PEG-induced liquid-liquid phase separation to examine the effects of pH and ionic strength on the colloidal stability of IgG solutions. We found that at high ionic strength (≥0.25M), the colloidal stability of most of our IgGs is insensitive to pH, and at low ionic strength (≤0.15M), all IgG solutions are much more stable at pH 5 than at pH 7. In addition, the PEG-induced depletion force is less efficient in causing phase separation at pH 5 than at pH 7. In contrast to the native inter-protein interaction of IgGs, the effect of depletion force on phase separation of the antibody solutions is insensitive to ionic strength. Our results suggest that the long-range electrostatic inter-protein repulsion at low ionic strength stabilizes the IgG solutions at low pH. At high ionic strength, the short-range electrostatic interactions do not make a significant contribution to the colloidal stability for most IgGs with a few exceptions. The weaker effect of depletion force at lower pH indicates a reduction of protein concentration in the condensed phase. This work advances our basic understanding of the colloidal stability of IgG solutions and also introduces a practical approach to measuring protein colloidal stability under various solution conditions.

  7. Evaluation of effects of pH and ionic strength on colloidal stability of IgG solutions by PEG-induced liquid-liquid phase separation.

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    Thompson, Ronald W; Latypov, Ramil F; Wang, Ying; Lomakin, Aleksey; Meyer, Julie A; Vunnum, Suresh; Benedek, George B

    2016-11-14

    Colloidal stability of IgG antibody solutions is important for pharmaceutical and medicinal applications. Solution pH and ionic strength are two key factors that affect the colloidal stability of protein solutions. In this work, we use a method based on the PEG-induced liquid-liquid phase separation to examine the effects of pH and ionic strength on the colloidal stability of IgG solutions. We found that at high ionic strength (≥0.25M), the colloidal stability of most of our IgGs is insensitive to pH, and at low ionic strength (≤0.15M), all IgG solutions are much more stable at pH 5 than at pH 7. In addition, the PEG-induced depletion force is less efficient in causing phase separation at pH 5 than at pH 7. In contrast to the native inter-protein interaction of IgGs, the effect of depletion force on phase separation of the antibody solutions is insensitive to ionic strength. Our results suggest that the long-range electrostatic inter-protein repulsion at low ionic strength stabilizes the IgG solutions at low pH. At high ionic strength, the short-range electrostatic interactions do not make a significant contribution to the colloidal stability for most IgGs with a few exceptions. The weaker effect of depletion force at lower pH indicates a reduction of protein concentration in the condensed phase. This work advances our basic understanding of the colloidal stability of IgG solutions and also introduces a practical approach to measuring protein colloidal stability under various solution conditions.

  8. Room-temperature ionic liquid-amine solutions: tunable solvents for efficient and reversible capture of CO{sub 2}

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    Dean Camper; Jason E. Bara; Douglas L. Gin; Richard D. Noble

    2008-11-05

    Solutions of room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) and commercially available amines were found to be effective for the capture of CO{sub 2} as carbamate salts. RTIL solutions containing 50 mol % (16% v/v) monoethanolamine (MEA) are capable of rapid and reversible capture of 1 mol of CO{sub 2} per 2 moles MEA to give an insoluble MEA-carbamate precipitate that helps to drive the capture reaction (as opposed to aqueous amine systems). Diethanolamine (DEA) can also be used in the same manner for CO{sub 2} capture in RTILs containing a pendant hydroxyl group. The captured CO{sub 2} in the resulting RTIL-carbamate salt mixtures can be readily released by either heating and/or subjecting them to reduced pressure. Using this unprecedented and industrially attractive mixing approach, the desirable properties of RTILs (i.e., nonvolatility, enhancedCO{sub 2} solubility, lower heat capacities) can be combined with the performance of amines for CO{sub 2} capture without the use of specially designed, functionalized 'task-specific' ionic liquids. By mixing RTILs with commercial amines, reactive solvents with a wide range of amine loading levels can be tailored to capture CO{sub 2} in a variety of conditions and processes. These RTIL-amine solutions behave similarly to their water-based counterparts but may offer many advantages, including increased energy efficiency, compared to current aqueous amine technologies.

  9. Testing Room-Temperature Ionic Liquid Solutions for Depot Repair of Aluminum Coatings

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    2011-05-01

    Electroplating Bath Lid Arrangement ;:::::::::::=== Thermometer Purge gas vent Anode lead Cathode lead (Extractable from the lid) Purge feed gas...Electroplating Ionic Liquid Bath Set-up Purge gas feed Anode (pure AI) Cathode (steel) Mixing stir Hot plate 21 Tooling Views of Lid for 1-Liter...test cell (insulated) Resistance heat variable transformer Power supply In-situ cyclic voltammetry 23 Cyclic Voltammetry for RTIL Contamination

  10. Bifunctional fluoroionphore-ionic liquid hybrid for toxic heavy metal ions: improving its performance via the synergistic extraction strategy.

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    Jin, Zhen; Xie, De-Xun; Zhang, Xiao-Bing; Gong, Yi-Jun; Tan, Weihong

    2012-05-15

    Several heavy metal ions (HMIs), such as Cd(2+), Pb(2+), and Hg(2+), are highly toxic even at very low concentrations. Although a large number of fluoroionphores have been synthesized for HMIs, only a few of them show detection limits that are below the maximum contamination levels in drinking water (usually in the nM range), and few of them can simultaneously detect and remove HMIs. In this work, we report a new fluoroionphore-ionic liquid hybrid-based strategy to improve the performance of classic fluoroionphores via a synergistic extraction effect and realize simultaneous instrument-free detection and removal of HMIs. As a proof-of-concept, Hg(2+) was chosen as a model HMI, and a rhodamine thiospirolactam was chosen as a model fluoroionphore to construct bifunctional fluoroionphore-ionic liquid hybrid 1. The new sensing system could provide obviously improved sensitivity by simply increasing the aqueous-to-ionic liquid phase volume ratio to 10:1, resulting in a detection limit of 800 pM for Hg(2+), and afford extraction efficiencies larger than 99% for Hg(2+). The novel strategy provides a general platform for highly sensitive detection and removal of various HMIs in aqueous samples and holds promise for environmental and biomedical applications.

  11. Generalized linear solvation energy model applied to solute partition coefficients in ionic liquid-supercritical carbon dioxide systems.

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    Planeta, Josef; Karásek, Pavel; Hohnová, Barbora; Sťavíková, Lenka; Roth, Michal

    2012-08-10

    Biphasic solvent systems composed of an ionic liquid (IL) and supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO(2)) have become frequented in synthesis, extractions and electrochemistry. In the design of related applications, information on interphase partitioning of the target organics is essential, and the infinite-dilution partition coefficients of the organic solutes in IL-scCO(2) systems can conveniently be obtained by supercritical fluid chromatography. The data base of experimental partition coefficients obtained previously in this laboratory has been employed to test a generalized predictive model for the solute partition coefficients. The model is an amended version of that described before by Hiraga et al. (J. Supercrit. Fluids, in press). Because of difficulty of the problem to be modeled, the model involves several different concepts - linear solvation energy relationships, density-dependent solvent power of scCO(2), regular solution theory, and the Flory-Huggins theory of athermal solutions. The model shows a moderate success in correlating the infinite-dilution solute partition coefficients (K-factors) in individual IL-scCO(2) systems at varying temperature and pressure. However, larger K-factor data sets involving multiple IL-scCO(2) systems appear to be beyond reach of the model, especially when the ILs involved pertain to different cation classes.

  12. Effect of Oxygen-containing Functional Groups on Protein Stability in Ionic Liquid Solutions

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    Turner, Megan B.; Holbrey, John D.; Spear, Scott K.; Pusey, Marc L.; Rogers, Robin D.

    2004-01-01

    The ability of functionalized ionic liquids (ILs) to provide an environment of increased stability for biomolecules has been studied. Serum albumin is an inexpensive, widely available protein that contributes to the overall colloid osmotic blood pressure within the vascular system. Albumin is used in the present study as a marker of biomolecular stability in the presence of various ILs in a range of concentrations. The incorporation of hydroxyl functionality into the methylimidazolium-based cation leads to increased protein stability detected by fluorescence spectroscopy and circular dichroic (CD) spectrometry.

  13. Effect of Oxygen-containing Functional Groups on Protein Stability in Ionic Liquid Solutions

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    Turner, Megan B.; Holbrey, John D.; Spear, Scott K.; Pusey, Marc L.; Rogers, Robin D.

    2004-01-01

    The ability of functionalized ionic liquids (ILs) to provide an environment of increased stability for biomolecules has been studied. Serum albumin is an inexpensive, widely available protein that contributes to the overall colloid osmotic blood pressure within the vascular system. Albumin is used in the present study as a marker of biomolecular stability in the presence of various ILs in a range of concentrations. The incorporation of hydroxyl functionality into the methylimidazolium-based cation leads to increased protein stability detected by fluorescence spectroscopy and circular dichroic (CD) spectrometry.

  14. [Me-too pharmaceuticals -- marketing-strategies of drug producers and drug purchasers. Example: non-ionic contrast media].

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    Wild, C; Puig, S

    2004-11-01

    In the context of increasing economic pressure upon on hospital budgets, it is inevitable that central and standardized purchasing of pharmaceuticals must be considered. It was the aim of this assessment to analyse the many different non-ionic contrast media/CM products on the actual "clinical relevance of the differences" in order to give advice for a more concerted purchasing of CM. The assessment was commissioned by a large scale Austrian hospital cooperation; it can be regarded as the beginning of a broad strategy against the many new, only rarely innovative, but nevertheless patent-protected pharmaceuticals. Eight different non-ionic contrast media - used in routine care - were compared for their physico-chemical characteristics: osmolality, nephrotoxicity, viscosity, hydrophilicity and electric charge. In a systematic review 193 publications were analysed. The examined CM show similar pharmacokinetic and -dynamic attributes, and no differences of clinical relevance. An optimisation of purchasing pharmaceuticals by standardisation of the range of products takes place in the context of common strategies of producers and buying agents in marketing-economies. The strategies of the pharmaceutical industry (patent protection of me-too drugs, high-price-policy, extensive marketing of up to 40 % of revenue) and the counter-strategies of the central hospital purchasers (market concentration, drug commissions, institutional measures to disentangle interests) are presented - exemplified by contrast media - in this article.

  15. A general strategy for the experimental study of the thermochemistry of protic ionic liquids: enthalpy of formation and vaporisation of 1-methylimidazolium ethanoate.

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    Vitorino, Joana; Bernardes, Carlos E S; Minas da Piedade, Manuel E

    2012-04-07

    A general strategy to determine enthalpies of formation of protic ionic liquids, based solely on enthalpy of solution measurements, was conceived and tested for 1-methylimidazolium ethanoate, leading to Δ(f)H°(m){[Hmim][O(2)CCH(3)], 1} = -(425.7 ± 1.2) kJ mol(-1). This result in conjunction with the enthalpy of formation of gaseous 1-methylimidazole (mim) proposed in this work, Δ(f)H°(m)(mim, g) = 126.5 ± 1.1 kJ mol(-1), and Δ(f)H°(m)(CH(3)COOH, g) taken from the literature, allowed the calculation of the enthalpy of the vaporisation process [Hmim][O(2)CCH(3)](l) → mim(g) + CH(3)COOH(g) as Δ(vap)H°(m){[Hmim][O(2)CCH(3)]} = 119.4 ± 3.0 kJ mol(-1). The agreement between this value and Δ(vap)H°(m){[Hmim][O(2)CCH(3)]} = 117.3 ± 0.5 kJ mol(-1), obtained for the direct vaporisation of [Hmim][O(2)CCH(3)], by Calvet-drop microcalorimetry, gives a good indication that, as previously suggested by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy, and GC-MS experiments, the vaporisation of [Hmim][O(2)CCH(3)] essentially involves a proton transfer mechanism with formation of the two volatile neutral precursor molecules (mim and CH(3)COOH). Although being a low ionicity protic ionic liquid, [Hmim][O(2)CCH(3)] was chosen to validate the methodology proposed here, since its vaporisation mechanism has been unequivocally demonstrated by different methods and for different pressure ranges.

  16. Micelle Formation in Aqueous Solutions of Room Temperature Ionic Liquids: A Molecular Dynamics Study.

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    Vicent-Luna, J M; Romero-Enrique, J M; Calero, S; Anta, J A

    2017-09-07

    1-Alkyl-3-methylimidazolium cations in the presence of water are used as a test system to study by molecular dynamics the formation of micelles in aqueous mixtures of highly anisotropic room temperature ionic liquids (IL). Structural properties, i.e., radial distribution functions (RDF) and transport parameters, such as diffusion coefficients and conductivities, are computed as a function of the IL/water mole fraction. The concentration plots reveal a sharp change of the slope of both the cation self-diffusion coefficient and the first peak of the head-head RDF at approximately the same value of the concentration. This transition, considered as a measure of a critical micellar concentration, appears only for the most anisotropic systems, composed of longer alkyl chains. The formation of the micelles is confirmed from the analysis of the tail-tail and cation-water RDFs. As a general result, we found that the larger the anisotropy of the ionic liquid the lower the critical concentration and the larger the proportion of monomers forming part of the micelles. The molecular dynamics predictions are in line with the experimental evidence reported for these systems.

  17. Phase equilibria and modeling of ammonium ionic liquid, C2NTf2, solutions.

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    Domańska, Urszula; Marciniak, Andrzej; Królikowski, Marek

    2008-01-31

    Novel quaternary ammonium ionic liquid, ethyl(2-hydroxyethyl)dimethylammonium bis(trifluomethylsulfonyl)imide (C2NTf2), has been prepared from N,N-dimethylethanolamine as a substrate. The paper includes a specific basic characterization of the synthesized compound by NMR and the basic thermophysical properties: the melting point, enthalpy of fusion, enthalpy of solid-solid phase transition, glass transition determined by the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), temperature of decomposition, and water content. The density of the new compound was measured. The solid-liquid or liquid-liquid phase equilibria of binary mixtures containing {C2NTf2+water or an alcohol (propan-1-ol, butan-1-ol, hexan-1-ol, octan-1-ol, decan-1-ol), aromatic hydrocarbons (benzene, toluene), aliphatic hydrocarbons (n-hexane, n-octane), dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), or tetrahydrofuran (THF)} have been measured by a dynamic method in a wide range of temperatures from 230 to 430 K. These data were correlated by means of the nonrandom two-liquid (NRTL) equation utilizing temperature-dependent parameters derived from the solid-liquid or liquid-liquid equilibrium. From the solubility results, the negative value of the partition coefficient of ionic liquid in binary system octan-1-ol/water (log P) at 298.15 K has been calculated.

  18. Removal of anionic azo dyes from aqueous solution by functional ionic liquid cross-linked polymer.

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    Gao, Hejun; Kan, Taotao; Zhao, Siyuan; Qian, Yixia; Cheng, Xiyuan; Wu, Wenli; Wang, Xiaodong; Zheng, Liqiang

    2013-10-15

    A novel functional ionic liquid based cross-linked polymer (PDVB-IL) was synthesized from 1-aminoethyl-3-vinylimidazolium chloride and divinylbenzene for use as an adsorbent. The physicochemical properties of PDVB-IL were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. The adsorptive capacity was investigated using anionic azo dyes of orange II, sunset yellow FCF, and amaranth as adsorbates. The maximum adsorption capacity could reach 925.09, 734.62, and 547.17 mg/g for orange II, sunset yellow FCF and amaranth at 25°C, respectively, which are much better than most of the other adsorbents reported earlier. The effect of pH value was investigated in the range of 1-8. The result shows that a low pH value is found to favor the adsorption of those anionic azo dyes. The adsorption kinetics and isotherms are well fitted by a pseudo second-order model and Langmuir model, respectively. The adsorption process is found to be dominated by physisorption. The introduction of functional ionic liquid moieties into cross-linked poly(divinylbenzene) polymer constitutes a new and efficient kind of adsorbent.

  19. Feynman force components: basis for a solution to the covalent vs. ionic dilemma.

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    Dominikowska, Justyna; Jabłoński, Mirosław; Palusiak, Marcin

    2016-09-14

    The Hellmann-Feynman theorem, when applied to nuclear coordinates in a molecular system, states that Feynman forces, i.e. forces acting on a nucleus in a molecule, are solely of an electrostatic nature. This theorem is described by Slater as "the most powerful" theorem applicable to molecules. However, its possibilities have hardly been harnessed. This work presents the use of the Hellmann-Feynman theorem in conjunction with the partitioning of the molecular space into atoms in the spirit of the quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM). Homopolar and heteropolar diatomic molecules of varying polarity are studied in the context of Feynman force components, i.e. the components exerted on each nucleus by the other nucleus and by the electron density distributions of each of the atoms. These results are further related to electronegativity differences used in the differentiation between covalent and ionic bond. The approach based on the directions of Feynman force components gives physical fundamentals for covalent vs. ionic bond distinction without referring to the electronegativity concept.

  20. Rheological properties of concentrated solutions of gelatin in an ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dimethyl phosphate.

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    Horinaka, Jun-Ichi; Okamoto, Arisa; Takigawa, Toshikazu

    2016-10-01

    Rheological properties of gelatin solutions were examined in concentrated regions. Gelatin species from porcine skin and from bovine bone were dissolved in an ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dimethyl phosphate. The dynamic viscoelasticity data for the solutions exhibited rubbery plateaus, indicating the existence of entanglement coupling between gelatin chains in the solutions. From the analogy with rubber elasticity, assuming that the molecular weight between entanglements (Me) is the average mesh size of the entanglement network, Me for gelatin in the solutions were determined from the heights of the rubbery plateaus. Then the value of Me in the molten state (Me,melt), a material constant reflecting the chemical structure of polymer species, for gelatin was estimated to be 8.7×10(3). Compared to synthetic polyamides whose Me,melt were known, Me,melt for gelatin was significantly larger, which could be explained by the densely repeating amide bonds composing gelatin. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Magnetic-resonance evaluation of the suitability of microstructured polymer optical fibers as sensors for ionic aqueous solutions.

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    Cox, Felicity M; Momot, Konstantin I; Kuchel, Philip W

    2009-01-01

    Nuclear magnetic resonance was used to probe the distribution of water and ionic species in a microstructured poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer optical fiber (MPOF), with a plan to assess the suitability of these fibers for aqueous chemosensing. The NMR spectra and the measurements of proton spin relaxation in hydrated fibers demonstrated the presence of two distinct pools of water: water residing in the microstructure channels and the hydration water residing in the polymer matrix of the fiber. No facile chemical exchange between these two pools was present. The NMR peaks of the two pools of water were separated by 1.53 ppm. Relaxation measurements of the fiber samples doped with aqueous copper sulfate showed that charged ions freely entered the microstructure channels but were completely excluded from the polymer matrix of the fiber. Measurements of the apparent diffusion coefficient of water along the axial direction of the fiber showed that water molecules moved unimpeded along the channels. This is the first reported magnetic-resonance study of microstructured optical fibers. The findings suggest that microstructured PMMA fibers are compatible with ionic aqueous solutions and could provide a robust and durable platform for chemical-sensing applications.

  2. Rotational diffusion of ionic and neutral solutes in mixed micelles: Effect of surfactant to block copolymer mole ratio on solute rotation

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    Mali, K. S.; Dutt, G. B.; Mukherjee, T.

    2007-10-01

    Rotational diffusion of an ionic solute rhodamine 110 and a neutral solute 2,5-dimethyl-1,4-dioxo-3,6-diphenylpyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole (DMDPP) has been investigated in aqueous mixtures of cetyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTAC) and poly(ethyleneoxide)20-poly(propyleneoxide)70-poly(ethyleneoxide)20 (P123). The purpose of this work is to understand how an increase in the mole ratio of surfactant to block copolymer from low to high influences the dynamics of ionic and neutral solute molecules. The variation in the mole ratio of CTAC to P123 from low to high has resulted in a drastic increase in the average reorientation time of rhodamine 110. In contrast, an exactly opposite trend has been noticed in the case of DMDPP. In the low mole ratio regime, rhodamine 110 and DMDPP are located at the interface and palisade layer, respectively, of P123 micelle-CTAC complexes. On the other hand, in the high mole ratio regime, both the probes are located in the Stern layer of CTAC-P123 complexes. The enhancement in the average reorientation time of rhodamine 110 with an increase in the mole ratio of surfactant to block copolymer has been rationalized on the basis of formation of rhodamine 110-Cl ion pair, which in turn associates with the cationic head groups of CTAC-P123 complexes. The observed decrease in the average reorientation time of DMDPP with an increase in the mole ratio of CTAC to P123 is a consequence of lower microviscosity of the Stern layer of CTAC-P123 complexes compared to the palisade layer of P123 micelle-CTAC complexes.

  3. Physicochemical study of solution behavior of ionic liquid prevalent in diverse solvent systems at different temperatures

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    Datta, Biswajit; Roy, Mahendra Nath

    2016-11-01

    Electrolytic conductivity, density, viscosity and FTIR study of an ionic liquid, 1-butyl-4-methylpyridinium hexafluorophosphate ([bmpy]PF6) have been measured in diverse industrially significant solvents viz. acetonitrile, tetrahydrofuran and 1,3 dioxolane at various temperatures. In acetonitrile, the ion-pair formation of the IL was analyzed by Fuoss conductance equation. In Tetrahydrofuran and 1,3 Dioxolane systems, triple-ion formation analyzed by the Fuoss-Kraus theory. Ion-solvent interactions have been inferred in terms of limiting apparent molal volumes and viscosity B-coefficients. The results obtained from the experimental study, have been conferred in terms of ion-dipole interactions, structural aspect, configurational theory and solvatochromic effect.

  4. Conformations of polyelectrolyte macromolecules with different charge density in solutions of different ionic strengths

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    Dommes, O. A.; Okatova, O. V.; Pavlov, G. M.

    2016-11-01

    Studies of charged polymer chains are interesting in both fundamental and applied aspects. Especially, polyelectrolytes attract huge attention of researchers due to their ability to form interpolymer complexes with synthetic and biopolymers. The study was carried out on the fractions of hydrophilic copolymers of N-methyl-N-vinyl acetamide and N-methyl-N-vinyl amine hydrochloride of different degrees of polymerization and of different charge density using methods of molecular hydrodynamics. Hydrodynamic and conformational characteristics as well as molar masses of isolated molecules were estimated. In addition, the intrinsic viscosity of fractions was studied at the extreme ionic strengths - in distilled water (∼10-6M) and in 6M NaCl. Scaling relations for intrinsic viscosity, sedimentation and translational diffusion coefficients with molar mass were obtained. Conformational behavior of macromolecules with different linear charge density was compared.

  5. Convection Induced by High Frequency Rotating Magnetic Field in Ionic Aqueous Solutions

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    Volz, Martin P.; Mazuruk, Konstantin

    2000-01-01

    Rotating magnetic fields (RMF) have found applications in modern metallurgy. Examples are casting and semiconductor crystal growth technology. Rotating convective flows can also be induced in ionic fluids. Due to optical transparency, these fluids offer a great opportunity to visualize convection. In this work, we investigate the dynamics of convection induced by a high frequency (100 kHz range) RMF. A dye injected into a cylindrical column of salty water serves as an indicator of the flow. The developed technique has been used to study mixing phenomena induced by a RMF both when the direc'tion of the field rotation is constant and when it is alternated. Optical recording has been used to analyze this process. A numerical model describing RMF mixing in the laminar regime will also be presented.

  6. Comparison of Solvation Effects on CO2 Capture with Aqueous Amine Solutions and Amine-Functionalized Ionic Liquids.

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    Yamada, Hidetaka

    2016-10-13

    Amines are the most widely utilized chemicals for postcombustion CO2 capture, because the reversible reactions between amines and CO2 through their moderate interaction allow effective "catch and release". Usually, CO2 is dissolved in the form of an anion such as carbamate or bicarbonate. Therefore, the reaction energy diagram is potentially governed to a large extent by the polarity of the surrounding solvent. Herein, we compared aqueous amine solutions and amine-functionalized ionic liquids by investigating their dielectric constants and performing an intrinsic reaction coordinate analysis of the CO2 absorption process. Quantum mechanical calculations at the CCSD(T)/6-311++G(d,p)//B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) level within the continuum solvation model (SMD/IEF-PCM) revealed contrasting dependencies of C-N bond formation on the dielectric constant in those solutions. Amines react with CO2 on an energy surface that is significantly affected by the dielectric constant in conventional aqueous amine solutions, whereas amine-functionalized anions and CO2 form stable C-N bonds with a comparatively lower activation energy regardless of the dielectric constant.

  7. Solvent-dependent molecular structure of ionic species directly measured by ultrafast x-ray solution scattering.

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    Kim, Kyung Hwan; Lee, Jae Hyuk; Kim, Joonghan; Nozawa, Shunsuke; Sato, Tokushi; Tomita, Ayana; Ichiyanagi, Kouhei; Ki, Hosung; Kim, Jeongho; Adachi, Shin-ichi; Ihee, Hyotcherl

    2013-04-19

    Ionic species often play important roles in chemical reactions occurring in water and other solvents, but it has been elusive to determine the solvent-dependent molecular structure with atomic resolution. The triiodide ion has a molecular structure that sensitively changes depending on the type of solvent and its symmetry can be broken by strong solute-solvent interaction. Here, by applying pump-probe x-ray solution scattering, we characterize the exact molecular structure of I(3)(-) ion in water, methanol, and acetonitrile with subangstrom accuracy. The data reveal that I(3)(-) ion has an asymmetric and bent structure in water. In contrast, the ion keeps its symmetry in acetonitrile, while the symmetry breaking occurs to a lesser extent in methanol than in water. The symmetry breaking of I(3)(-) ion is reproduced by density functional theory calculations using 34 explicit water molecules, confirming that the origin of the symmetry breaking is the hydrogen-bonding interaction between the solute and solvent molecules.

  8. Light scattering studies on solutions of charged rod-like fd-virus at very low ionic strength

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    Schulz, Susanne F.; Maier, Erich E.; Weber, R.

    1989-01-01

    Light scattering experiments are reported on semidilute, aqueous solutions of rod-like fd-virus (length L=880 nm, molecular weight 16.4×106 dalton) near the overlap concentration c*=1 particle/length3. In solutions of very low ionic strength, a liquid-like structure with a significant intensity maximum of the elastically scattered light is observed. The structure is caused by the electrostatic interaction of the charged rods. It vanishes, when enough salt is added so that the interaction potential is screened on the interparticle distance. The scattering vector qmax of the maximum scales with the fd concentration as c1/2. The experimental values for qmaxL fit very well to Monto Carlo simulations if the concentration is scaled to c*. Dynamic light scattering of the fd solutions reflects the influence of the static structure factor in the same way as observed for interacting spherical macromolecules: The first cumulant of the field correlation function divided by the square of the scattering vector shows a behavior reciprocal to that of the static structure factor.

  9. Equilibrium and dynamic interfacial properties of protein/ionic-liquid-type surfactant solutions at the decane/water interface.

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    Cao, Chong; Lei, Jinmei; Zhang, Lu; Du, Feng-Pei

    2014-11-25

    The interfacial behavior of β-casein and lysozyme solutions has been investigated in the presence of an ionic liquid-type imidazolium surfactant ([C16mim]Br) at the decane/water interface. The dynamic dilational properties of the protein/surfactant solutions are investigated by the oscillating drop method and interfacial tension relaxation method. The interfacial tension isotherms for the mixed adsorption layers indicate that the increased addition of [C16mim]Br to a pure protein changes the properties of the complex formed at the decane/water interface. Whereas the interfacial tension data of the protein/surfactant mixed layers do not clearly show differences with changing bulk composition, the dilational rheology provides undoubted evidence that the structure and, in particular, the dynamics of the adsorbed layers depend on the bulk surfactant concentration. The experiment data for β-casein/[C16mim]Br solutions indicate that at higher bulk [C16mim]Br concentrations, β-casein in the interfacial layer is subject to conformational changes, where it gives space to [C16mim]Br molecules in the form of coadsorb rather than replacement; in contrast, in lysozyme/[C16mim]Br solutions some lysozyme molecules desorb from the interface due to the competitive adsorption of free [C16mim]Br molecules. Experimental results related to the interfacial dilational properties of the protein/surfactant solutions show that the dilational modulus turns out to be more sensitive to the conformation of protein/surfactant mixture at the liquid interface than the interfacial tension.

  10. Mitochondrial function after liver preservation in high or low ionic-strength solutions: a comparison between UW-based and sucrose-based solution.

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    Somov, A Y; Semenchenko, O A; Green, C J; Petrenko, A Y; Fuller, B J

    2009-01-01

    In this study we evaluated mitochondrial function after liver cold storage and normothermic reperfusion. The preservation solutions were: modified University of Wisconsin (mod UW) and sucrose-based solution (SBS). After cold preservation liver was re-perfused for 1 hour in vitro with Krebs-Ringer buffer at 37 degree C. Samples of tissue were taken for ATP determination. Mitochondrial respiratory parameters, succinate oxidase complex activity, mitochondrial H+- ATPase and intramitochondrial potassium concentration were assayed. It was shown, that brief (1 hour) cold storage and subsequent normothermic reperfusion revealed no difference in liver ATP content between mod UW and SBS groups but resulted in a gradual decrease of 50 percent after 24-hour storage and reperfusion. Mitochondrial potassium ion concentration increased by 40 percent after 1-hour cold storage in the mod UW as compared to control (P value less than 0.05) and SBS. After brief cold storage ADP and uncoupler-stimulated respiration increased by 120 percent in SBS group, unlike mod UW, when succinate was used as substrate, and was more pronounced after 24 hour. Succinate oxidase complex activity did not change over either cold storage or warm reperfusion. Mitochondrial H+-ATPase activities in SBS and mod UW did not differ and both were inhibited after 24-hour cold storage. Our data demonstrate that low ionic strength preservation solution can substantially modulate mitochondrial energy turnover due to substrate oxidation increase. Many of the changes in mitochondrial function follow brief exposure to low temperatures.

  11. Phase behavior in quaternary ammonium ionic liquid-propanol solutions: Hydrophobicity, molecular conformations, and isomer effects

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    Abe, Hiroshi; Kohki, Erica; Nakada, Ayumu; Kishimura, Hiroaki

    2017-07-01

    In ionic liquids (ILs), the effects of a quaternary ammonium cation containing a hydroxyl group were investigated and compared with the effect of a standard quaternary ammonium cation. The cation possessing a hydroxyl group is choline, Chol+, and the anion is bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, TFSI-. Crystal polymorphism of pure [Chol][TFSI] was observed upon both cooling and heating by simultaneous X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry measurements. In contrast, [N3111][TFSI] (N3111+: N-trimethyl-N-propylammonium), a standard IL, demonstrated simple crystallization upon cooling. By adding 1-propanol or 2-propanol, the phase behaviors of the [Chol][TFSI]-based and [N3111][TFSI]-based mixtures were clearly distinguished. By Raman spectroscopy, the TFSI- anion conformers in the liquid state were shown to vary according to the propanol concentration, propanol isomer, and type of cation. The anomalous behaviors of pure [Chol][TFSI] and its mixtures are derived from hydrogen bonding of the hydroxyl group of Chol+ cation coupled with the hydrophobicity and packing efficiency of propanol.

  12. Transport and Retention of TiO2 Rutile Nanoparticles in Saturated Porous Media: Influence of Solution pH, Ionic Strength, and the Presence of Humic Acid

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    The influence of solution pH, ionic strength, and varying concentrations of the Suwannee River Humic Acid (SRHA) on the transport of titanium dioxide (TiO2, rutile) nanoparticle aggregates (nTiO2) in saturated porous media was investigated through systematically examining the tra...

  13. Transport and Retention of TiO2 Rutile Nanoparticles in Saturated Porous Media: Influence of Solution pH, Ionic Strength, and the Presence of Humic Acid

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    The influence of solution pH, ionic strength, and varying concentrations of the Suwannee River Humic Acid (SRHA) on the transport of titanium dioxide (TiO2, rutile) nanoparticle aggregates (nTiO2) in saturated porous media was investigated through systematically examining the tra...

  14. Influence of Ionic Inorganic Solutes on Self-Assembly and Polymerization Processes Related to Early Forms of Life: Implications for a Prebiotic Aqueous Medium

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    Monnard, Pierre-Alain; Apel, Charles L.; Kanavarioti, Anastassia; Deamer, David W.

    2002-06-01

    A commonly accepted view is that life began in a marine environment, which would imply the presence of inorganic ions such as Na+, Cl-, Mg2+, Ca2+, and Fe2+. We have investigated two processes relevant to the origin of life - membrane self-assembly and RNA polymerization - and established that both are adversely affected by ionic solute concentrations much lower than those of contemporary oceans. In particular, monocarboxylic acid vesicles, which are plausible models of primitive membrane systems, are completely disrupted by low concentrations of divalent cations, such as magnesium and calcium, and by high sodium chloride concentrations as well. Similarly, a nonenzymatic, nontemplated polymerization of activated RNA monomers in ice/eutectic phases (in a solution of low initial ionic strength) yields oligomers with >80% of the original monomers incorporated, but polymerization in initially higher ionic strength aqueous solutions is markedly inhibited. These observations suggest that cellular life may not have begun in a marine environment because the abundance of ionic inorganic solutes would have significantly inhibited the chemical and physical processes that lead to self-assembly of more complex molecular systems.

  15. Activity Coefficients at Infinite Dilution and Physicochemical Properties for Organic Solutes and Water in the Ionic Liquid 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluorotris(perfluoroethyl)phosphate.

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    Wlazło, Michał; Marciniak, Andrzej; Letcher, Trevor M

    New data of activity coefficients at infinite dilution, γ13(∞), for 65 different solutes including alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, cycloalkanes, aromatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, thiophene, ethers, ketones, aldehydes, esters and water in the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluorotris(perfluoroethyl)phosphate, were determined using inverse gas chromatography within the temperature range from 318.15 to 368.15 K. This is a continuation of our study of ionic liquids based on this anion. The results are compared with the other trifluorotris(perfluoroethyl)phosphate ionic liquids. The γ13(∞) values were used to calculate thermodynamic functions such as partial molar excess Gibbs energies [Formula: see text], enthalpies [Formula: see text] and entropies [Formula: see text] as well as gas-liquid partition coefficients of the solutes, KL. These values were used to determine the linear free energy relationship (LFER) system constants as a function of temperature. The selectivities at infinite dilution needed for some extraction problems were calculated and compared with literature data of ionic liquids based on the trifluorotris(perfluoroethyl)phosphate anion and the 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium cation. Additionally, the density and viscosity of the investigated ionic liquid at temperatures from 298.15 to 348.15 K were measured.

  16. Ionic Mechanisms Underlying Spontaneous CA1 Neuronal Firing in Ca2+-Free Solution

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    Shuai, Jianwei; Bikson, Marom; Hahn, Philip J.; Lian, Jun; Durand, Dominique M.

    2003-01-01

    Hippocampal CA1 neurons exposed to zero-[Ca2+] solutions can generate periodic spontaneous synchronized activity in the absence of synaptic function. Experiments using hippocampal slices showed that, after exposure to zero-[Ca2+]0 solution, CA1 pyramidal cells depolarized 5–10 mV and started firing spontaneous action potentials. Spontaneous single neuron activity appeared in singlets or was grouped into bursts of two or three action potentials. A 16-compartment, 23-variable cable model of a CA1 pyramidal neuron was developed to study mechanisms of spontaneous neuronal bursting in a calcium-free extracellular solution. In the model, five active currents (a fast sodium current, a persistent sodium current, an A-type transient potassium current, a delayed rectifier potassium current, and a muscarinic potassium current) are included in the somatic compartment. The model simulates the spontaneous bursting behavior of neurons in calcium-free solutions. The mechanisms underlying several aspects of bursting are studied, including the generation of triplet bursts, spike duration, burst termination, after-depolarization behavior, and the prolonged inactive period between bursts. We show that the small persistent sodium current can play a key role in spontaneous CA1 activity in zero-calcium solutions. In particular, it is necessary for the generation of an after-depolarizing potential and prolongs both individual bursts and the interburst interval. PMID:12609911

  17. Ionic mobility and dielectric relaxation in supercooled liquid KCl-glycerol solutions

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    Champeney, D. C.; Ould Kaddour, F.

    Measurements of the electrical conductivities of liquid and supercooled liquid KCl-glycerol solutions between + 50·6°C and -89·1°C are described. Time domain measurements of dielectric relaxation in pure glycerol between -78·1°C and -91·0°C, and in KCl-glycerol solutions between -77·5°C and -89·1°C are also described. Empirical equations are presented which in each case describe the non-Arrhenius temperature dependence over more than 12 decades in value with a r.m.s. deviation of less than 15 per cent. A 'power law' fit is found to be slightly better than a 'Vogel-Tammann-Fulcher' fit in each case. The temperature dependence of Walden product for KCl-glycerol solutions is discussed, and the relaxation data for pure glycerol is discussed in the light of the Kauzmann paradox.

  18. Solution of the nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann equation: Application to ionic diffusion in cementitious materials

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    Arnold, J.; Kosson, D.S.; Garrabrants, A.; Meeussen, J.C.L.; Sloot, H.A. van der

    2013-02-15

    A robust numerical solution of the nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann equation for asymmetric polyelectrolyte solutions in discrete pore geometries is presented. Comparisons to the linearized approximation of the Poisson-Boltzmann equation reveal that the assumptions leading to linearization may not be appropriate for the electrochemical regime in many cementitious materials. Implications of the electric double layer on both partitioning of species and on diffusive release are discussed. The influence of the electric double layer on anion diffusion relative to cation diffusion is examined.

  19. NMR Water Self–Diffusion and Relaxation Studies on Sodium Polyacrylate Solutions and Gels in Physiologic Ionic Solutions

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    Bai, Ruiliang; Basser, Peter J.; Briber, Robert M.; Horkay, Ferenc

    2013-01-01

    Water self-diffusion coefficients and longitudinal relaxation rates in sodium polyacrylate solutions and gels were measured by NMR, as a function of polymer content and structure in a physiological concentration range of monovalent and divalent cations, Ca2+ and Na+. Several physical models describing the self-diffusion of the solvent were applied and compared. A free-volume model was found to be in good agreement with the experimental results over a wide range of polymer concentrations. The longitudinal relaxation rate exhibited linear dependence on polymer concentration below a critical concentration and showed non-linear behavior at higher concentrations. Both the water self-diffusion and relaxation were less influenced by the polymer in the gel state than in the uncrosslinked polymer solutions. The effect of Na+ on the mobility of water molecules was practically undetectable. By contrast, addition of Ca2+ strongly increased the longitudinal relaxation rate while its effect on the self-diffusion coefficient was much less pronounced. PMID:24409001

  20. NMR Water Self-Diffusion and Relaxation Studies on Sodium Polyacrylate Solutions and Gels in Physiologic Ionic Solutions.

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    Bai, Ruiliang; Basser, Peter J; Briber, Robert M; Horkay, Ferenc

    2014-03-15

    Water self-diffusion coefficients and longitudinal relaxation rates in sodium polyacrylate solutions and gels were measured by NMR, as a function of polymer content and structure in a physiological concentration range of monovalent and divalent cations, Ca(2+) and Na(+). Several physical models describing the self-diffusion of the solvent were applied and compared. A free-volume model was found to be in good agreement with the experimental results over a wide range of polymer concentrations. The longitudinal relaxation rate exhibited linear dependence on polymer concentration below a critical concentration and showed non-linear behavior at higher concentrations. Both the water self-diffusion and relaxation were less influenced by the polymer in the gel state than in the uncrosslinked polymer solutions. The effect of Na(+) on the mobility of water molecules was practically undetectable. By contrast, addition of Ca(2+) strongly increased the longitudinal relaxation rate while its effect on the self-diffusion coefficient was much less pronounced.

  1. Impact of ionic liquids in aqueous solution on bacterial plasma membranes studied with molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Lim, Geraldine S; Zidar, Jernej; Cheong, Daniel W; Jaenicke, Stephan; Klähn, Marco

    2014-09-04

    The impact of five different imidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs) diluted in water on the properties of a bacterial plasma membrane is investigated using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Cations considered are 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium (OMIM), 1-octyloxymethyl-3-methylimidazolium (OXMIM), and 1-tetradecyl-3-methylimidazolium (TDMIM), as well as the anions chloride and lactate. The atomistic model of the membrane bilayer is designed to reproduce the lipid composition of the plasma membrane of Gram-negative Escherichia coli. Spontaneous insertion of cations into the membrane is observed in all ILs. Substantially more insertions of OMIM than of OXMIM occur and the presence of chloride reduces cation insertions compared to lactate. In contrast, anions do not adsorb onto the membrane surface nor diffuse into the bilayer. Once inserted, cations are oriented in parallel to membrane lipids with cation alkyl tails embedded into the hydrophobic membrane core, while the imidazolium-ring remains mostly exposed to the solvent. Such inserted cations are strongly associated with one to two phospholipids in the membrane. The overall order of lipids decreased after OMIM and OXMIM insertions, while on the contrary the order of lipids in the vicinity of TDMIM increased. The short alkyl tails of OMIM and OXMIM generate voids in the bilayer that are filled by curling lipids. This cation induced lipid disorder also reduces the average membrane thickness. This effect is not observed after TDMIM insertions due to the similar length of cation alkyl chain and the fatty acids of the lipids. This lipid-mimicking behavior of inserted TDMIM indicates a high membrane affinity of this cation that could lead to an enhanced accumulation of cations in the membrane over time. Overall, the simulations reveal how cations are inserted into the bacterial membrane and how such insertions change its properties. Moreover, the different roles of cations and anions are highlighted and the fundamental

  2. Colloid release and clogging in porous media: Effects of solution ionic strength and flow velocity.

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    Torkzaban, Saeed; Bradford, Scott A; Vanderzalm, Joanne L; Patterson, Bradley M; Harris, Brett; Prommer, Henning

    2015-10-01

    The release and retention of in-situ colloids in aquifers play an important role in the sustainable operation of managed aquifer recharge (MAR) schemes. The processes of colloid release, retention, and associated permeability changes in consolidated aquifer sediments were studied by displacing native groundwater with reverse osmosis-treated (RO) water at various flow velocities. Significant amounts of colloid release occurred when: (i) the native groundwater was displaced by RO-water with a low ionic strength (IS), and (ii) the flow velocity was increased in a stepwise manner. The amount of colloid release and associated permeability reduction upon RO-water injection depended on the initial clay content of the core. The concentration of released colloids was relatively low and the permeability reduction was negligible for the core sample with a low clay content of about 1.3%. In contrast, core samples with about 6 and 7.5% clay content exhibited: (i) close to two orders of magnitude increase in effluent colloid concentration and (ii) more than 65% permeability reduction. Incremental improvement in the core permeability was achieved when the flow velocity increased, whereas a short flow interruption provided a considerable increase in the core permeability. This dependence of colloid release and permeability changes on flow velocity and colloid concentration was consistent with colloid retention and release at pore constrictions due to the mechanism of hydrodynamic bridging. A mathematical model was formulated to describe the processes of colloid release, transport, retention at pore constrictions, and subsequent permeability changes. Our experimental and modeling results indicated that only a small fraction of the in-situ colloids was released for any given change in the IS or flow velocity. Comparison of the fitted and experimentally measured effluent colloid concentrations and associated changes in the core permeability showed good agreement, indicating that the

  3. Thermophysical properties of aqueous solution of ammonium-based ionic liquids.

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    Umapathi, Reddicherla; Attri, Pankaj; Venkatesu, Pannuru

    2014-06-05

    Experimental densities (ρ), ultrasonic sound velocities (u), viscosities (η), and refractive indices (n(D)) of binary mixtures of ammonium-based ionic liquids (ILs) such as diethylammonium acetate (DEAA) [(CH3CH2)2NH][CH3COO], triethylammonium acetate (TEAA) [(CH3CH2)3NH][CH3COO], diethylammonium hydrogen sulfate (DEAS) [(CH3CH2)2NH][HSO4], triethylammonium hydrogen sulfate (TEAS) [(CH3CH2)3NH][HSO4], trimethylammonium acetate (TMAA) [(CH3)3NH][CH3COO], and trimethylammonium hydrogen sulfate (TMAS) [(CH3)3NH][HSO4] with water are reported over the wide composition range at 25 °C under atmospheric pressure. The excess molar volumes (V(E)), deviation in isentropic compressibilities (Δκ(s)), deviation in viscosities (Δη) and deviation in refractive indices (Δn(D)) are calculated from experimental values and are correlated by Redlich-Kister polynomial equations. The V(E) and Δκ(s) values for the aforesaid systems are negative over the entire composition range while the Δη and Δn(D) values are positive under the same experimental conditions. The intermolecular interactions and structural effects were analyzed on the basis of measured and derived properties. A qualitative analysis of the results is discussed in terms of the ion-dipole, ion-pair interactions and hydrogen bonding between ILs and water. Furthermore, the hydrogen bonding features between ILs with water were analyzed by using a molecular modeling program with the help of HyperChem7.

  4. A general solution strategy of modified power method for higher mode solutions

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    Zhang, Peng; Lee, Hyunsuk; Lee, Deokjung

    2016-01-01

    A general solution strategy of the modified power iteration method for calculating higher eigenmodes has been developed and applied in continuous energy Monte Carlo simulation. The new approach adopts four features: 1) the eigen decomposition of transfer matrix, 2) weight cancellation for higher modes, 3) population control with higher mode weights, and 4) stabilization technique of statistical fluctuations using multi-cycle accumulations. The numerical tests of neutron transport eigenvalue problems successfully demonstrate that the new strategy can significantly accelerate the fission source convergence with stable convergence behavior while obtaining multiple higher eigenmodes at the same time. The advantages of the new strategy can be summarized as 1) the replacement of the cumbersome solution step of high order polynomial equations required by Booth's original method with the simple matrix eigen decomposition, 2) faster fission source convergence in inactive cycles, 3) more stable behaviors in both inactive and active cycles, and 4) smaller variances in active cycles. Advantages 3 and 4 can be attributed to the lower sensitivity of the new strategy to statistical fluctuations due to the multi-cycle accumulations. The application of the modified power method to continuous energy Monte Carlo simulation and the higher eigenmodes up to 4th order are reported for the first time in this paper.

  5. Active chemisorption sites in functionalized ionic liquids for carbon capture.

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    Cui, Guokai; Wang, Jianji; Zhang, Suojiang

    2016-07-25

    Development of novel technologies for the efficient and reversible capture of CO2 is highly desired. In the last decade, CO2 capture using ionic liquids has attracted intensive attention from both academia and industry, and has been recognized as a very promising technology. Recently, a new approach has been developed for highly efficient capture of CO2 by site-containing ionic liquids through chemical interaction. This perspective review focuses on the recent advances in the chemical absorption of CO2 using site-containing ionic liquids, such as amino-based ionic liquids, azolate ionic liquids, phenolate ionic liquids, dual-functionalized ionic liquids, pyridine-containing ionic liquids and so on. Other site-containing liquid absorbents such as amine-based solutions, switchable solvents, and functionalized ionic liquid-amine blends are also investigated. Strategies have been discussed for how to activate the existent reactive sites and develop novel reactive sites by physical and chemical methods to enhance CO2 absorption capacity and reduce absorption enthalpy. The carbon capture mechanisms of these site-containing liquid absorbents are also presented. Particular attention has been paid to the latest progress in CO2 capture in multiple-site interactions by amino-free anion-functionalized ionic liquids. In the last section, future directions and prospects for carbon capture by site-containing ionic liquids are outlined.

  6. Peroxymonosulfate-Co(II) oxidation system for the removal of the non-ionic surfactant Brij 35 from aqueous solution.

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    Pagano, Michele; Volpe, Angela; Mascolo, Giuseppe; Lopez, Antonio; Locaputo, Vito; Ciannarella, Ruggiero

    2012-01-01

    The non-ionic surfactant Brij 35 was effectively removed from concentrated aqueous solution by the peroxymonosulfate/Co(II) system, using oxone (2KHSO(5)·KHSO(4)·K(2)SO(4)) as a source of peroxymonosulfate. At pH=2.3 and initial Brij 35 concentration in the range 680-2410 mg L(-1), 86-94% removal was achieved after 24 h, using Co(II)=15 μM and oxone=5.9 mM. The effectiveness of removal did not change when initial pH was in the range 2.3-8.2. After five subsequent additions of Co(II) and oxone to the solution, COD and TOC removals increased up to 64% and 33%, respectively. Radical quenching tests confirmed that sulfate radical was the dominant radical species in the system. The main identified by-products from surfactant degradation were: (a) low molecular weight organic acids; (b) aldehydes and formates with shorter ethoxy chain than Brij 35; (c) alcohol ethoxylates carrying hydroxyl groups bonded to ethoxy chain. By-products identification allowed to hypothesize the pathways of Brij 35 degradation.

  7. Activity coefficients at infinite dilution of organic solutes in the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium nitrate.

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    Sobota, Marek; Dohnal, Vladimír; Vrbka, Pavel

    2009-04-02

    Infinite dilution activity coefficients gamma(1)(infinity) and gas-liquid partition coefficients K(L) of 30 selected hydrocarbons, alcohols, ketones, ethers, esters, haloalkanes, nitrogen- and sulfur-containing compounds in the ionic liquid (IL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium nitrate [EMIM][NO(3)] were determined by gas-liquid chromatography at five temperatures in the range from 318.15 to 353.15 K. Relative contribution of adsorption at gas-liquid interphase to the overall solute retention, as examined by varying sample size and IL loading in the column, was found negligible. Partial molar excess enthalpies and entropies at infinite dilution were derived from the temperature dependence of the gamma(1)(infinity) values. The linear free energy relationship (LFER) solvation model was used to correlate successfully the KL values. The LFER correlation parameters and excess thermodynamic functions were analyzed to disclose molecular interactions operating between the IL and the individual solutes. In addition, the promising potential of [EMIM][NO(3)] for applications in solvent-aided separation processes was identified, the selectivities of [EMIM][NO(3)] for separation of aromatic hydrocarbons and thiophene from saturated hydrocarbons ranking among the highest ever observed with ILs or molecular solvents.

  8. Free energetics of carbon nanotube association in pure and aqueous ionic solutions.

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    Ou, Shuching; Patel, Sandeep; Bauer, Brad A

    2012-07-19

    Carbon nanotubes are a promising platform across a broad spectrum of applications ranging from separations technology, drug delivery, to bio(electronic) sensors. Proper dispersion of carbon nanotube materials is important to retaining the electronic properties of nanotubes. Experimentally it has been shown that salts can regulate the dispersing properties of CNTs in aqueous system with surfactants (Niyogi, S.; Densmore, C. G.; Doorn, S. K. J. Am. Chem. Soc.2009, 131, 1144-1153); details of the physicochemical mechanisms underlying such effects continue to be explored. We address the effects of inorganic monovalent salts (NaCl and NaI) on dispersion stability of carbon nanotubes.We perform all-atom molecular dynamics simulations using nonpolarizable interaction models to compute the potential of mean force between two (10,10) single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) in the presence of NaCl/NaI and compare to the potential of mean force between SWNTs in pure water. Addition of salts enhances stability of the contact state between two SWNT's on the order of 4 kcal/mol. The ion-specific spatial distribution of different halide anions gives rise to starkly different contributions to the free energy stability of nanotubes in the contact state. Iodide anion directly stabilizes the contact state to a much greater extent than chloride anion. The enhanced stability arises from the locally repulsive forces imposed on nanotubes by the surface-segregated iodide anion. Within the time scale of our simulations, both NaI and NaCl solutions stabilize the contact state by equivalent amounts. The marginally higher stability for contact state in salt solutions recapitulates results for small hydrophobic solutes in NaCl solutions (Athawale, M. V.; Sarupria, S.; Garde, S. J. Phys. Chem. B2008, 112, 5661-5670) as well as single-walled carbon nanotubes in NaCl and CaCl2 aqueous solutions.

  9. Electrostatics in ionic solution : work and energy, charge regulation, and in homogeneous surfaces

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    Boon, N. J. H.

    2012-01-01

    This thesis concerns the electrostatic properties of charged objects that are immersed into an ionic solvent, for example water with dissolved salt. Typically, the ions inside such a solvent form layers of countercharge close to the charged objects, causing `screening' of the charges. By employing Density Functional Theory (DFT) one is able integrate out the degrees of freedom of the ions and find relations that describe the effective electrostatic properties of the charged objects. One finds that for a large parameter regime the electrostatic potential everywhere in the solvent should satisfy the well established Poisson-Boltzmann equation. We study the electrostatic capacity of porous electrodes in salt water, and derive a method to reversibly extract electric energy from salinity gradients that occur for example at an estuary where sea- and river water meet. However, in the main part of this thesis we consider charged colloidal particles, and study the effect of internal porosity as well as heterogeneities in the surface-charge density (patchy particles) on colloid-colloid interactions. In a far-field analysis we derive equations that describe these interactions for particles with nonvanishing multipole moments, for example `Janus' colloids with a strong dipole component. If such particles locally have a high surface charge density, then the nonlinear dependence of the counterion density on the local charge density leads to a generalisation of charge renormalisation from purely monopolar to dipolar, quadrupolar, etc., including `mode couplings'. In a more detailed approach, which turns out to be important for colloidal particles at smaller distances from each other, we consider the chemical processes that lead to surface charge, and specify a parameter regime in which charging can be described by a single `chargeability' parameter. As we show in this thesis, the phase diagrams we obtain within this regime have many similarities with a `constant surface potential

  10. Effect of ionic strength on the aggregation kinetics of the amidated amyloid beta peptide Aβ (1-40) in aqueous solutions.

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    Campos-Ramírez, Adriana; Márquez, Maripaz; Quintanar, Liliana; Rojas-Ochoa, Luis F

    2017-09-01

    In this work we study the effect of solution ionic strength on the structural evolution of amidated amyloid beta peptide Aβ (1-40) oligomers at the early stages of fibril formation. By light scattering, we follow the time evolution of the structure and short-time dynamics of peptide structures at low ionic strengths. Our results allow identifying initial oligomer structures as the effective building blocks in the amyloid fibrils formation and indicate that the oligomers growth pathway, from compact structures to flexible chain-like structures, becomes faster as the solution ionic strength is increased. Furthermore, we find no evidence of structural branching what suggests that elongation of amyloid fibrils is dominated by linear association. To describe our results we adapt a phenomenological model based on population balance equations and linear polymer growth, where the parameters required are obtained from the experiments. Model calculations are in good agreement with experimentally-obtained estimates for the radius of gyration of Aβ (1-40) oligomers, thus further supporting our findings. Additionally, we introduce a model for the effective interaction among initial Aβ structures that captures the dependence of the effective association rates on solution ionic strength. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. A general solution strategy of modified power method for higher mode solutions

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    Zhang, Peng; Lee, Hyunsuk; Lee, Deokjung

    2016-01-15

    A general solution strategy of the modified power iteration method for calculating higher eigenmodes has been developed and applied in continuous energy Monte Carlo simulation. The new approach adopts four features: 1) the eigen decomposition of transfer matrix, 2) weight cancellation for higher modes, 3) population control with higher mode weights, and 4) stabilization technique of statistical fluctuations using multi-cycle accumulations. The numerical tests of neutron transport eigenvalue problems successfully demonstrate that the new strategy can significantly accelerate the fission source convergence with stable convergence behavior while obtaining multiple higher eigenmodes at the same time. The advantages of the new strategy can be summarized as 1) the replacement of the cumbersome solution step of high order polynomial equations required by Booth's original method with the simple matrix eigen decomposition, 2) faster fission source convergence in inactive cycles, 3) more stable behaviors in both inactive and active cycles, and 4) smaller variances in active cycles. Advantages 3 and 4 can be attributed to the lower sensitivity of the new strategy to statistical fluctuations due to the multi-cycle accumulations. The application of the modified power method to continuous energy Monte Carlo simulation and the higher eigenmodes up to 4th order are reported for the first time in this paper. -- Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •Modified power method is applied to continuous energy Monte Carlo simulation. •Transfer matrix is introduced to generalize the modified power method. •All mode based population control is applied to get the higher eigenmodes. •Statistic fluctuation can be greatly reduced using accumulated tally results. •Fission source convergence is accelerated with higher mode solutions.

  12. Dependence of the dielectric constant of electrolyte solutions on ionic concentration: A microfield approach

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    Gavish, Nir; Promislow, Keith

    2016-07-01

    We present a microfield approach for studying the dependence of the orientational polarization of the water in aqueous electrolyte solutions upon the salt concentration and temperature. The model takes into account the orientation of the solvent dipoles due to the electric field created by ions, and the effect of thermal fluctuations. The model predicts a dielectric functional dependence of the form ɛ (c ) =ɛw-β L (3 α c /β ) ,β =ɛw-ɛms , where L is the Langevin function, c is the salt concentration, ɛw is the dielectric of pure water, ɛms is the dielectric of the electrolyte solution at the molten salt limit, and α is the total excess polarization of the ions. The functional form gives a remarkably accurate description of the dielectric constant for a variety of salts and a wide range of concentrations.

  13. Evaluation of the tapered PMMA fiber sensor response due to the ionic interaction within electrolytic solutions

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    Batumalay, M.; Rahman, H. A.; Kam, W.; Ong, Y. S.; Ahmad, F.; Zakaria, R.; Harun, S. W.; Ahmad, H.

    2014-01-01

    A tapered plastic multimode fiber (PMMA) optical sensor is proposed and demonstrated for continuous monitoring of solutions based on different concentration of sodium chloride and glucose in deionized water The tapered PMMA fiber was fabricated using an etching method involving deionized water and acetone to achieve a waist diameter and length of 0.45 mm and 10 mm, respectively, and was used to investigate the effect of straight, U-shape, and knot shape against concentration for both sodium chloride and glucose. The results show that there is a strong dependence of the electrolytic and non-electrolytic nature of the chemical solutions on the sensor output. It is found that the sensitivity of the sodium chloride concentration sensor with the straight tapered fiber probe was 0.0023 mV/%, which was better than the other probe arrangements of U-shape and knot. Meanwhile, the glucose sensor performs with the highest sensitivity of 0.0026 mV/wt % with the knot-shaped tapered fiber probe. In addition, a tapered PMMA probe which was coated by silver film was fabricated and demonstrated using calcium hypochlorite (G70) solution. The working mechanism of such a device is based on the observed increment in the transmission of the sensor that is immersed in solutions of higher concentration. As the concentration varies from 0 ppm to 6 ppm, the output voltage of the sensor increases linearly from 3.61 mV to 4.28 mV with a sensitivity of 0.1154 mV/ppm and a linearity of more than 99.47%. The silver film coating increases the sensitivity of the proposed sensor due to the effective cladding refractive index, which increases with the coating and thus allows more light to be transmitted from the tapered fiber.

  14. Collagen/cellulose hydrogel beads reconstituted from ionic liquid solution for Cu(II) adsorption.

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    Wang, Jilei; Wei, Ligang; Ma, Yingchong; Li, Kunlan; Li, Minghui; Yu, Yachen; Wang, Lei; Qiu, Huihui

    2013-10-15

    A novel adsorbent, biodegradable collagen/cellulose hydrogel beads (CCHBs), was prepared by reconstitution from a 1-butyl, 3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C4mim]Cl) solution. The adsorption properties of the CCHBs for Cu(II) ion removal from aqueous solutions were investigated and compared with those of cellulose hydrogel beads (CHBs). The CCHBs have a three-dimensional macroporous structure whose amino groups are believed to be the main active binding sites of Cu(II) ions. The equilibrium adsorption capacity (qe) of the CCHBs is greatly influenced by the collagen/cellulose mass ratio, and steeply increases until the collagen/cellulose mass ratio exceeds 2/1. The maximum adsorption is obtained at pH 6. The qe of Cu(II) ions increases with increased initial concentration of the solution. Based on Langmuir isotherms, the maximum adsorption capacity (qm) of CCHB3 (collagen/cellulose mass ratio of 3/1) is 1.06 mmol/g. The CCHBs maintain good adsorption properties after the fourth cycle of adsorption-desorption.

  15. Acidic ionic liquid/water solution as both medium and proton source for electrocatalytic H2 evolution by [Ni(P2N2)2]2+ complexes

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    Pool, Douglas H.; Stewart, Michael P.; O’Hagan, Molly; Shaw, Wendy J.; Roberts, John A. S.; Bullock, R. Morris; DuBois, Daniel L.

    2012-01-01

    The electrocatalytic reduction of protons to H2 by (where in the highly acidic ionic liquid dibutylformamidium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide shows a strong dependence on added water. A turnover frequency of 43,000–53,000 s-1 has been measured for hydrogen production at 25 °C when the mole fraction of water (χH2O) is 0.72. The same catalyst in acetonitrile with added dimethylformamidium trifluoromethanesulfonate and water has a turnover frequency of 720 s-1. Thus, the use of an ionic liquid/aqueous solution enhances the observed catalytic rate by more than a factor of 50, compared to a similar acid in a traditional organic solvent. Complexes (X = H, OMe,CH2P(O)(OEt)2, Br) are also catalysts in the ionic liquid/water mixture, and the observed catalytic rates correlate with the hydrophobicity of X. PMID:22685211

  16. Extraction and Chromatographic Determination of Shikimic Acid in Chinese Conifer Needles with 1-Benzyl-3-methylimidazolium Bromide Ionic Liquid Aqueous Solutions

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    Chen, Fengli; Hou, Kexin; Li, Shuangyang; Zu, Yuangang; Yang, Lei

    2014-01-01

    An ionic liquids-based ultrasound-assisted extraction (ILUAE) method was successfully developed for extracting shikimic acid from conifer needles. Eleven 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium ionic liquids with different cations and anions were investigated and 1-benzyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide solution was selected as the solvent. The conditions for ILUAE, including the ionic liquid concentration, ultrasound power, ultrasound time, and liquid-solid ratio, were optimized. The proposed method had good recovery (99.37%–100.11%) and reproducibility (RSD, n = 6; 3.6%). ILUAE was an efficient, rapid, and simple sample preparation technique that showed high reproducibility. Based on the results, a number of plant species, namely, Picea koraiensis, Picea meyeri, Pinus elliottii, and Pinus banksiana, were identified as among the best resources of shikimic acid. PMID:24782942

  17. Effects of pH, dissolved oxygen, and ionic strength on the survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in organic acid solutions.

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    Kreske, Audrey C; Bjornsdottir, Kristin; Breidt, Fred; Hassan, Hosni

    2008-12-01

    The ability of Escherichia coli O157:H7 to survive in acidified vegetable products is of concern because of previously documented outbreaks associated with fruit juices. A study was conducted to determine the survival of E. coli O157:H7 in organic acids at pH values typical of acidified vegetable products (pH 3.2 and 3.7) under different dissolved oxygen conditions (< or = 0.05 and 5 mg/liter) and a range of ionic strengths (0.086 to 1.14). All solutions contained 20 mM gluconic acid, which was used as a noninhibitory low pH buffer to compare the individual acid effect to that of pH alone on the survival of E. coli O157:H7. E. coli O157:H7 cells challenged in buffered solution with ca. 5-mg/liter dissolved oxygen (present in tap water) over a range of ionic strengths at pH 3.2 exhibited a decrease in survival over 6 h at 30 degrees C as the ionic strength was increased. Cells challenged in 40 mM protonated L-lactic and acetic acid solutions with ionic strength of 0.684 achieved a > 4.7-log CFU/ml reduction at pH 3.2. However, under oxygen-limiting conditions in an anaerobic chamber, with < or = 0.05-mg/ liter oxygen, E. coli O157:H7 cells showed < or = 1.55-log CFU/ml reduction regardless of pH, acid type, concentration, or ionic strength. Many acid and acidified foods are sold in hermetically sealed containers with oxygen-limiting conditions. Our results demonstrate that E. coli O157:H7 may survive better than previously expected from studies with acid solutions containing dissolved oxygen.

  18. MetILs3: A Strategy for High Density Energy Storage Using Redox-Active Ionic Liquids

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    Small, Leo J.; Pratt, Harry D.; Staiger, Chad L.; ...

    2017-07-26

    We present a systematic approach for increasing the concentration of redox-active species in electrolytes for nonaqueous redox flow batteries (RFBs). Starting with an ionic liquid consisting of a metal coordination cation (MetIL), ferrocene-containing ligands and iodide anions are substituted incrementally into the structure. While chemical structures can be drawn for molecules with 10 m redox-active electrons (RAE), practical limitations such as melting point and phase stability constrain the structures to 4.2 m RAE, a 2.3× improvement over the original MetIL. Dubbed “MetILs3,” these ionic liquids possess redox activity in the cation core, ligands, and anions. Throughout all compositions, infrared spectroscopymore » shows the ethanolamine-based ligands primarily coordinate to the Fe2+ core via hydroxyl groups. Calorimetry conveys a profound change in thermophysical properties, not only in melting temperature but also in suppression of a cold crystallization only observed in the original MetIL. Square wave voltammetry reveals redox processes characteristic of each molecular location. Testing a laboratory-scale RFB demonstrates Coulombic efficiencies >95% and increased voltage efficiencies due to more facile redox kinetics, effectively increasing capacity 4×. Application of this strategy to other chemistries, optimizing melting point and conductivity, can yield >10 m RAE, making nonaqueous RFB a viable technology for grid scale storage.« less

  19. Effect of surface chemistry, solution pH, and ionic strength on the removal of herbicides diuron and amitrole from water by an activated carbon fiber.

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    Fontecha-Cámara, M A; López-Ramón, M V; Alvarez-Merino, M A; Moreno-Castilla, C

    2007-01-30

    A study was conducted on the effects of carbon surface chemistry, solution pH, and ionic strength on the removal of diuron and amitrole from aqueous solutions by adsorption on an as-received and oxidized activated carbon fiber. Results obtained were explained by the surface characteristics of the adsorbents and the characteristics of the herbicide molecules. Under the experimental conditions used, diuron uptake was much higher than that of amitrole, despite its larger molecular dimensions, due to the lesser water solubility, greater hydrophobicity, and larger dipolar moment of diuron compared with amitrole. Uptake variations associated with differences in carbon surface oxidation, solution pH, and ionic strength were explained by corresponding changes in electrostatic, hydrophobic, and van der Waals interactions.

  20. Ionic association with anions of alizarin red S in aqueous solutions with surfactants

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    Shapovalov, S. A.

    2011-08-01

    The formation of associates of single (H2An-) or doubly charged anions (HAn2-) of alizarin red S with cations (Ct+) of cyanine dye pinacyanol in aqueous solution is considered. Thermodynamic values of equilibrium association constants were determined according to spectrophotometric data. Values of enthalpy of formation for the associates of the composition Ct+ · H2An- and (Ct+)2 · HAn2- were calculated with the help of semi-empirical methods. It was determined that the addition of cationic or anionic surfactant results in the destruction of associates.

  1. Frequency-Stable Ionic-Type Hybrid Gate Dielectrics for High Mobility Solution-Processed Metal-Oxide Thin-Film Transistors

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    Heo, Jae Sang; Choi, Seungbeom; Jo, Jeong-Wan; Kang, Jingu; Park, Ho-Hyun; Kim, Yong-Hoon; Park, Sung Kyu

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate high mobility solution-processed metal-oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs) by using a high-frequency-stable ionic-type hybrid gate dielectric (HGD). The HGD gate dielectric, a blend of sol-gel aluminum oxide (AlOx) and poly(4-vinylphenol) (PVP), exhibited high dielectric constant (ε~8.15) and high-frequency-stable characteristics (1 MHz). Using the ionic-type HGD as a gate dielectric layer, an minimal electron-double-layer (EDL) can be formed at the gate dielectric/InOx interface, enhancing the field-effect mobility of the TFTs. Particularly, using the ionic-type HGD gate dielectrics annealed at 350 °C, InOx TFTs having an average field-effect mobility of 16.1 cm2/Vs were achieved (maximum mobility of 24 cm2/Vs). Furthermore, the ionic-type HGD gate dielectrics can be processed at a low temperature of 150 °C, which may enable their applications in low-thermal-budget plastic and elastomeric substrates. In addition, we systematically studied the operational stability of the InOx TFTs using the HGD gate dielectric, and it was observed that the HGD gate dielectric effectively suppressed the negative threshold voltage shift during the negative-illumination-bias stress possibly owing to the recombination of hole carriers injected in the gate dielectric with the negatively charged ionic species in the HGD gate dielectric. PMID:28772972

  2. Dissolution of unmodified waxy starch in ionic liquid and solution rheological properties.

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    Liu, Weiqing; Budtova, Tatiana

    2013-03-01

    Dissolution of waxy corn starch in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate (EMIMAc) was qualitatively studied and compared with gelatinisation process in water. The rheological properties of starch-EMIMAc solutions were investigated in dilute and semi-dilute regions, from 0.1 to 10 wt% over temperature range from 20 °C to 100 °C. The values of zero shear viscosity were obtained by applying Carreau-Yasuda model to shear-thinning flow curves and plotted vs. polymer concentration. Power law exponents in viscosity-concentration dependence in semi-dilute region were compared with the ones reported previously for microcrystalline cellulose. Intrinsic viscosity was obtained as a function of temperature and compared with the one of microcrystalline cellulose; starch was found to be much less temperature sensitive than cellulose. Amylopectin overlap concentration in EMIMAc was compared with the one in water and 0.5 M NaOH-water. Based on these comparisons it was suggested that starch conformation in EMIMAc is similar to the one in water (compact ellipsoid). The activation energy was calculated for starch-EMIMAc solutions and demonstrated to obey power-law concentration dependence. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Rheological and hydrodynamic properties of cellulose acetate/ionic liquid solutions.

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    Rudaz, Cyrielle; Budtova, Tatiana

    2013-02-15

    Rheological properties of cellulose acetate/1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate (EMIMAc) solutions are studied using shear dynamic and steady state rheology in a large range of polymer concentrations (from 0.1 to 10 wt.%) and temperatures (from 0 °C to 80 °C). Master plots for storage and loss moduli and for dynamic viscosity were built and shift parameters determined. Cellulose acetate/EMIMAc behaves as a classical polymer solution and obeys Cox-Merz law. Cellulose acetate intrinsic viscosity [η] was determined as a function of temperature and compared with the literature data for cellulose acetates dissolved in other solvents and cellulose dissolved in EMIMAc. Cellulose acetate intrinsic viscosity turned out to be much less temperature sensitive than that of cellulose. Specific viscosity-C[η] master plot was built: the slopes in log-log scale are 1.2 and 3.1 in dilute and semi-dilute regions, respectively. The activation energy as a function of concentration follows a power-law dependence.

  4. Charge regulation in ionic solutions: thermal fluctuations and Kirkwood-Schumaker interactions.

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    Adžić, Nataša; Podgornik, Rudolf

    2015-02-01

    We study the behavior of two macroions with dissociable charge groups, regulated by local variables such as pH and electrostatic potential, immersed in a monovalent salt solution, considering cases where the net charge can either change sign or remain of the same sign depending on these local parameters. The charge regulation in both cases is described by the proper free-energy function for each of the macroions, while the coupling between the charges is evaluated on the approximate Debye-Hückel level. The charge correlation functions and the ensuing charge fluctuation forces are calculated analytically and numerically. Strong attraction between like-charged macroions is found close to the point of zero charge, specifically due to asymmetric, anticorrelated charge fluctuations of the macroion charges. The general theory is then implemented for a system of two proteinlike macroions, generalizing the form and magnitude of the Kirkwood-Schumaker interaction.

  5. Rotational diffusion of nonpolar and ionic solutes in 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imides: is solute rotation always influenced by the length of the alkyl chain on the imidazolium cation?

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    Gangamallaiah, V; Dutt, G B

    2012-10-25

    In an attempt to find out whether the length of the alkyl chain on the imidazolium cation has a bearing on solute rotation, temperature-dependent fluorescence anisotropies of three structurally similar solutes have been measured in a series of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium (alkyl = methyl, ethyl, propyl, butyl, and hexyl) bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imides. Solute-solvent coupling constants obtained from the experimentally measured reorientation times with the aid of Stokes-Einstein-Debye hydrodynamic theory indicate that there is no influence of the length of the alkyl chain on the rotation of nonpolar, anionic, and cationic solutes 9-phenylanthracene (9-PA), fluorescein (FL), and rhodamine 110 (R110), respectively. It has also been noticed that the rotational diffusion of 9-PA is closer to the predictions of slip hydrodynamics, whereas the rotation of negatively charged FL and positively charged R110 is almost identical and follows stick hydrodynamics in these ionic liquids. Despite having similar shape and size, ionic solutes rotate slower by a factor of 3-4 compared to the nonpolar solute. Interplay of specific and electrostatic interactions between FL and the imidazolium cation of the ionic liquids, and between R110 and the bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide anion, appear to be responsible for the observed behavior. These results are an indication that the length of the alkyl chain on the imidazolium cation does not alter their physical properties in a manner that has an effect on solute rotation.

  6. Maintaining exponential growth, solution conductivity, and solution pH in low-ionic-strength solution culture using a computer-controlled nutrient delivery system.

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    Blair, Laura M; Taylor, Gregory J

    2004-07-01

    Studies of plant nutrient requirements in solution culture have often used nutrient concentrations many-fold higher than levels found in fertile soils, creating an artificial rooting environment that can alter patterns of nutrient acquisition. The relative addition rate (RAR) technique addresses this problem by providing nutrients in exponentially increasing quantities to plant roots in solution culture. A computer-controlled RAR nutrient delivery system has been developed to reduce workload and to facilitate more frequent nutrient additions (4x daily) than is possible with manual additions. In initial experiments, a minimum background solution containing 500 microM nitrogen and all other essential nutrients in optimal proportions was required for the healthy growth of Triticum aestivum. This requirement was reduced to 50 microM nitrogen when calcium in the background solutions was increased to 400 microM. Varying the abundance of ammonium and nitrate in both background and delivery solutions provided a means of controlling plant-induced pH changes in growth solutions. In optimized solutions, plant relative growth rates (RGR) in the order of 0.2 g g(-1) plant d(-1) were maintained over a 22 d experimental period. Variation in RARs provided a means of growing plants with varying RGRs under relatively constant conditions of solution electrical conductivity and pH.

  7. ICT Solutions for Highly-Customized Water Demand Management Strategies

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    Giuliani, M.; Cominola, A.; Castelletti, A.; Fraternali, P.; Guardiola, J.; Barba, J.; Pulido-Velazquez, M.; Rizzoli, A. E.

    2016-12-01

    The recent deployment of smart metering networks is opening new opportunities for advancing the design of residential water demand management strategies (WDMS) relying on improved understanding of water consumers' behaviors. Recent applications showed that retrieving information on users' consumption behaviors, along with their explanatory and/or causal factors, is key to spot potential areas where targeting water saving efforts, and to design user-tailored WDMS. In this study, we explore the potential of ICT-based solutions in supporting the design and implementation of highly customized WDMS. On one side, the collection of consumption data at high spatial and temporal resolutions requires big data analytics and machine learning techniques to extract typical consumption features from the metered population of water users. On the other side, ICT solutions and gamifications can be used as effective means for facilitating both users' engagement and the collection of socio-psychographic users' information. This latter allows interpreting and improving the extracted profiles, ultimately supporting the customization of WDMS, such as awareness campaigns or personalized recommendations. Our approach is implemented in the SmartH2O platform and demonstrated in a pilot application in Valencia, Spain. Results show how the analysis of the smart metered consumption data, combined with the information retrieved from an ICT gamified web user portal, successfully identify the typical consumption profiles of the metered users and supports the design of alternative WDMS targeting the different users' profiles.

  8. Sorption of vanadium (V) onto natural soil colloids under various solution pH and ionic strength conditions.

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    Luo, Xiuhua; Yu, Lin; Wang, Changzhao; Yin, Xianqiang; Mosa, Ahmed; Lv, Jialong; Sun, Huimin

    2017-02-01

    Batch sorption kinetics and isothermal characteristics of V(V) were investigated on three natural soil colloids (manual loessial soil colloid (MSC), aeolian sandy soil colloid (ASC), and cultivated loessial soil colloid (CSC)) under various solution pH and ionic strength (IS) conditions. Colloids were characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). AFM micrographs showed CSC with an aggregated shape with larger particle diameter as compared with ASC and MSC. XRD spectra revealed the presence of different minerals in natural soil colloids including biotite, kaolinite, calcite and quartz, which might contribute to sorption process. The sorption ability decreased with increase of colloidal particle size. The sorption was mainly attributed to complexation by active carboxylate and alcohol groups of colloidal components. Sorption kinetics and isotherms of V(V) onto natural soil colloids were best fitted with Pseudo-second-order and Freundlich models. Langmuir model indicated that sorption capacity of MSC and ASC was comparable (285.7 and 238.1 mg g(-1)); however, CSC exhibited the lowest sorption capacity (41.5 mg g(-1)) due to its larger particle diameter and aggregated shape. The maximum V(V) sorption capacity reached plateau values at a solution pH ranged between 5.0 and 9.0 for MSC and ASC, and 6.0-8.0 for CSC. Sorption capacity of V(V) onto natural soil colloids decreased with increasing IS. Based on result of this study we can conclude that sorption of V(V) onto natural soil colloids is pH- and IS-dependent. These findings provide insights on the remediation of vanadium-contaminated soils. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Computing excess functions of ionic solutions: the smaller-ion shell model versus the primitive model. 1. Activity coefficients.

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    Fraenkel, Dan

    2015-01-13

    The present study compares the Monte Carlo (MC) simulation of the primitive model (PM) ( Abbas, Z. et al. J. Phys. Chem. B 2009 , 113 , 5905 ), by which activity coefficients of many binary ionic solutions have been computed through adjusting ion-size parameters (ISPs) for achieving best fit with experiment, with a parallel fit and ISP adjustment, employing the Smaller-ion Shell (SiS) treatment ( Fraenkel, D. Mol. Phys. 2010 , 108 , 1435 ), a Debye-Hückel type theory ("DH-SiS") considering counterions of unequal size. DH-SiS is analogous to the unrestricted PM (UPM), so the comparison is with the MC simulation of the UPM, "MC-UPM". Among the representative electrolytes NaCl, KCl, NaClO4, CaCl2, Ca(ClO4)2, and LaCl3, in water at 25 °C, the 1-1 electrolytes exhibit a far better fit quality for DH-SiS than for MC-UPM, and the fit extends to higher concentration. Moreover, theoretical single-ion activity coefficients derived from DH-SiS agree with experimental estimation for solutions of NaCl, CaCl2, and other electrolytes ( Fraenkel, D. J. Phys. Chem. B 2012 , 116 , 3603 ), whereas parallel MC-UPM predictions are at odds with experiment. Additional advantages of DH-SiS over MC-UPM are in (a) employing co-ion ISPs that are usually equal to the crystallographic ion diameters and (b) easily applying ISP nonadditivity in adjusting counterion ISPs.

  10. Sorption of ionic and nonionic organic solutes onto giant Miscanthus-derived biochar from methanol-water mixtures.

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    Kim, Juhee; Hyun, Seunghun

    2017-10-06

    The sorption of naphthalene (NAP) and 1-naphthoic acid (1-NAPA) onto giant Miscanthus-derived biochar was investigated in methanol volume fractions (fc) of 0-0.6 as a function of ionic composition (5mM CaCl2 and 10mM KCl) and liquid pH (2 and 7). The sorption onto biochar was nonlinear with 0.42≤N≤0.95; thus, a concentration-specific sorption constant (Km) was compared. The Km log linearly decreased with increasing fc, except for 1-NAPA from a CaCl2 mixture at pH7. Isotherm data was fitted with a cosolvency sorption model through which the slope (ασ) of the inverse log linear Km-fc plot and empirical constant (α) were obtained. NAP sorption was well described by the cosolvency model with the α value being 0.41-0.53, indicating a methanol-biochar interaction favoring more sorption than the cosolvency based prediction. In particular, the slope (ασ) of 1-NAPA was lower than that of NAP, indicating less reduction of 1-NAPA sorption (i.e., lower α value) by methanol. In comparison with other sorbents, the α value was approximately intermediate between a humic substance and kaolinite clay. An analysis of FT-IR spectra suggested the transformation of O-containing functional groups by methanol, which will subsequently boost the π-π interaction between an organic solute and biochar. Moreover, Ca(2+)-induced sorption between anionic 1-NAPA and a negatively charged biochar surface was also fortified in the methanol mixture. The results revealed unexplored cosolvent effects on organic solute sorption onto biochar and identified the hydrophobic and hydrophilic sorption moieties of biochar as affected by the cosolvent. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. RNA and Its Ionic Cloud: Solution Scattering Experiments and Atomically Detailed Simulations

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    Kirmizialtin, Serdal; Pabit, Suzette A.; Meisburger, Steve P.; Pollack, Lois; Elber, Ron

    2012-01-01

    RNA molecules play critical roles in many cellular processes. Traditionally viewed as genetic messengers, RNA molecules were recently discovered to have diverse functions related to gene regulation and expression. RNA also has great potential as a therapeutic and a tool for further investigation of gene regulation. Metal ions are an integral part of RNA structure and should be considered in any experimental or theoretical study of RNA. Here, we report a multidisciplinary approach that combines anomalous small-angle x-ray scattering and molecular-dynamics (MD) simulations with explicit solvent and ions around RNA. From experiment and simulation results, we find excellent agreement in the number and distribution of excess monovalent and divalent ions around a short RNA duplex. Although similar agreement can be obtained from a continuum description of the solvent and mobile ions (by solving the Poisson-Boltzmann equation and accounting for finite ion size), the use of MD is easily extended to flexible RNA systems with thermal fluctuations. Therefore, we also model a short RNA pseudoknot and find good agreement between the MD results and the experimentally derived solution structures. Surprisingly, both deviate from crystal structure predictions. These favorable comparisons of experiment and simulations encourage work on RNA in all-atom dynamic models. PMID:22385853

  12. Determination of luteolin and apigenin in celery using ultrasonic-assisted extraction based on aqueous solution of ionic liquid coupled with HPLC quantification.

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    Han, Dandan; Row, Kyung Ho

    2011-12-01

    Ionic liquids are a class of organic salts with melting points equal to or below 100 °C, and their use in sample preparation has shown its promise, for example, in alleviation of environmental pollution and improvement of selectivity and extraction of certain interesting compounds. Optimal conditions were obtained by using 1.0 mol L(-1) 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfate ([Bmim][MS]) aqueous solution at pH 1.0 as the extraction solvent. An ultrasonic power of 200 W was chosen to ensure complete dispersion of [Bmim][MS] into celery in 90 min and the solid:liquid ratio was 1:10. The proposed ultrasonic assistant extraction approach, based on ionic liquid aqueous solution, exhibited satisfactory results, with recovery values ranging from 72.7% to 89.5%. Under optimal conditions, compared with conventional solvent extraction amounts of luteolin and apigenin were more than doubled. Copyright © 2011 Society of Chemical Industry.

  13. Influence of solution ionic strength on the collision efficiency distribution and predicted transport distance of a Sphingomonas sp. flowing through porous media.

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    Abramson, Alon; Brown, Derick G

    2007-11-01

    The effects of solution ionic strength on the collision efficiency (alpha) distribution of a Sphingomonas sp. were investigated using multiple sand columns of varying lengths and analyzing the bacteria clean-bed breakthrough concentrations using a distributed colloid filtration theory (D-CFT). Five different probability density functions (PDFs) were investigated and all accurately replicated the lab-scale experimental data, whereas a single alpha value could not. The alpha distribution shifted toward smaller values with decreasing ionic strength and the PDF parameters were strongly correlated to the Debye length, indicating that electrostatic interactions had a direct impact on the alpha distribution. The results indicate that while ionic strength has a large impact on bacterial transport distances for a concentration reduction of a few orders of magnitude, as occurs at the laboratory scale, due to the distributed nature of the collision efficiency, it has a minor effect on predicted transport distances required to achieve concentration reductions on the order of 10(6), which occurs at the field scale. Because of this, bacterial inactivation (e.g., death), rather than physically removing the bacteria from solution via filtration, is likely the key process impacting the transport of viable bacteria at the field scale. Overall, for systems with a distributed alpha, the results indicate that ionic strength has a strong influence on the transport of bacteria at the lab-scale (centimeters to one meter), both ionic strength and bacterial inactivation are important at the meso-scale (tens of meters), and inactivation becomes the dominant mechanism for reducing the transport of viable bacteria at the field scale (hundreds of meters).

  14. Determination of solute partition behavior with room-temperature ionic liquid based micellar gas-liquid chromatography stationary phases using the pseudophase model.

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    Lantz, Andrew W; Pino, Verónica; Anderson, Jared L; Armstrong, Daniel W

    2006-05-19

    The use of micelles in ionic liquid based gas-chromatography stationary phases was evaluated using equations derived for a "three-phase" model. This model allows the determination of all three partition coefficients involved in the system, and elucidates the micellar contribution to retention and selectivity. Four types of micellar-ionic liquid columns were examined in this study: 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride with sodium dodecylsulfate or dioctyl sulfosuccinate, and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate with polyoxyethylene-100-stearyl ether or polyoxyethylene-23-lauryl ether. The partition coefficients were measured for a wide range of probe molecules capable of a variety of types and magnitudes of interactions. In general, most probe molecules preferentially partitioned to the micellar pseudophase over the bulk ionic liquid component of the stationary phase. Therefore, addition of surfactant to the stationary phase usually resulted in greater solute retention. It is also shown that the selectivity of the stationary phase is significantly altered by the presence of micelles, either by enhancing or lessening the separation. The effects of surfactant on the interaction parameters of the stationary phase are determined using the Abraham solvation parameter model. The addition of sodium dodecylsulfate and dioctyl sulfosuccinate to 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride stationary phases generally increased the phase's hydrogen bond basicity and increased the level of dispersion interaction. Polyoxyethylene-100-stearyl ether and polyoxyethylene-23-lauryl ether surfactants, however, enhanced the pi-pi/n-pi, polarizability/dipolarity, and hydrogen bond basicity interactions of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate to a greater degree than the ionic surfactants with 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride. However, these nonionic surfactants appeared to hinder the ability of the stationary phase to interact with solutes via dispersion forces

  15. Cr(VI) transport via a supported ionic liquid membrane containing CYPHOS IL101 as carrier: system analysis and optimization through experimental design strategies.

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    Rodríguez de San Miguel, Eduardo; Vital, Xóchitl; de Gyves, Josefina

    2014-05-30

    Chromium(VI) transport through a supported liquid membrane (SLM) system containing the commercial ionic liquid CYPHOS IL101 as carrier was studied. A reducing stripping phase was used as a mean to increase recovery and to simultaneously transform Cr(VI) into a less toxic residue for disposal or reuse. General functions which describe the time-depending evolution of the metal fractions in the cell compartments were defined and used in data evaluation. An experimental design strategy, using factorial and central-composite design matrices, was applied to assess the influence of the extractant, NaOH and citrate concentrations in the different phases, while a desirability function scheme allowed the synchronized optimization of depletion and recovery of the analyte. The mechanism for chromium permeation was analyzed and discussed to contribute to the understanding of the transfer process. The influence of metal concentration was evaluated as well. The presence of different interfering ions (Ca(2+), Al(3+), NO3(-), SO4(2-), and Cl(-)) at several Cr(VI): interfering ion ratios was studied through the use of a Plackett and Burman experimental design matrix. Under optimized conditions 90% of recovery was obtained from a feed solution containing 7mgL(-1) of Cr(VI) in 0.01moldm(-3) HCl medium after 5h of pertraction.

  16. An extraction technique for analytical sample preparation in aqueous solution based on controlling dispersion of ionic surfactant assemblies in isotachophoretic migration.

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    Wang, Tianlin; Qin, Yexin; He, Haibo; Lv, Jun; Fan, Yong

    2011-01-07

    An extraction technique for analytical sample preparation in aqueous solution has been developed based on controlling dispersion of ionic surfactant assemblies. An extraction technique was realized based on controlling dispersion of the ionic surfactant assemblies in their isotachophoretic migration during the extraction by arranging the solutions of leading electrolyte, ionic surfactant and terminating electrolyte in order and applying voltage. Potential of the technique for analytical sample preparation in aqueous solution has been demonstrated by extracting a model sample of four alkylphenones, which were analyzed by HPLC after the extraction. The extraction showed concentration effects on all the four alkylphenones of butyrophenone, valerophenone, hexanophenone and heptanophenone in the model sample. The enrichment factors were 5.29, 7.70, 7.25 and 7.49 for the four alkylphenones of butyrophenone, valerophenone, hexanophenone and heptanophenone, respectively. Linear relationship was obtained with all the four alkylphenones between their chromatographic peak areas before and after the extraction in the range of concentration from 0.05 ppm to 1.5 ppm. The RSD of the chromatographic peak areas in triplicate extractions was 7.97%, 3.75%, 2.91% and 4.45% for butyrophenone, valerophenone, hexanophenone and heptanophenone, respectively. Advantages of the extraction technique developed include ease of operation, low reagent cost, no consumption of organic solvents and no requirement for additional phase separation.

  17. The clouding behaviour of PEO-PPO based triblock copolymers in aqueous ionic surfactant solutions: a new approach for cloud point measurements.

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    Patel, Tejas; Bahadur, Pratap; Mata, Jitendra

    2010-05-15

    The cloud points (CP) of 1 g/dl solutions of polyethylene oxide-polypropylene oxide (PEO-PPO) based triblock copolymers (Pluronics® P84, L64, L44 and Reverse Pluronics® 10R5, 25R4, 17R4) were measured as a function of their molecular weight and added ionic surfactant. For identical PEO/PPO ratios, copolymers with lower molecular weight show a larger increase in the cloud point in the presence of surfactants than polymers with higher molecular weight. The opposite trend has been observed for reverse Pluronics. The cloud points of polymers with different PEO/PPO ratios have also been reported. An increase in the size of the middle PEO block in reverse Pluronics has a more significant effect on cloud points than molecular weight increment. Ionic surfactants produced marked increases in the cloud points of copolymer solutions. The effect was much larger for surfactants with higher hydrophobicity. Cationic surfactants with different chain lengths were used to examine the surfactant-polymer interaction. A novel approach for normalising the cloud points to their relative values has been carried out to see the clear effect of ionic surfactants. Tri component systems, comprising polymers, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (C(16)TABr) surfactant and salt (NaBr), have also been studied to see the effect of salt on the phase separation behaviour of solutions within the framework of our new cloud point approach.

  18. Solution-Processable Ionic Liquid as an Independent or Modifying Electron Transport Layer for High-Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Wu, Qiliang; Zhou, Weiran; Liu, Qing; Zhou, Pengcheng; Chen, Tao; Lu, Yalin; Qiao, Qiquan; Yang, Shangfeng

    2016-12-21

    Inorganic metal oxide, especially TiO2, has been commonly used as an electron transport layer (ETL) in regular-structure (n-i-p) planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells (PHJ-PSCs) but generally suffers from high electron recombination rate and incompatibility with low-temperature solution processability. Herein, by applying an ionic liquid (IL, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([EMIM]PF6)) as either a TiO2-modifying interlayer or an independent ETL, we investigated systematically IL interface engineering for PHJ-PSCs. Upon spin-coating [EMIM]PF6-IL onto TiO2 ETL as a modification layer, the average power conversion efficiency (PCE) of CH3NH3PbI3 PHJ-PSC devices reaches 18.42 ± 0.65%, which dramatically surpasses that based on commonly used TiO2 ETL (14.20 ± 0.43%), and the highest PCE (19.59%) is almost identical to that of the record PCE for planar CH3NH3PbI3 PSCs (19.62%) reported very recently. On the other hand, by applying [EMIM]PF6-IL as an independent ETL, we achieved an average PCE of 13.25 ± 0.55%, and the highest PCE (14.39%) approaches that obtained for PHJ-PSCs based on independent TiO2 ETL (14.96%). Both IL interface engineering methods reveal the effective electron transport of [EMIM]PF6-IL. The effects of [EMIM]PF6-IL on the surface morphology, crystallinity, and optical absorption of the perovskite film and the interface between the perovskite layer and substrate were investigated and compared with the case of independent TiO2 ETL, revealing the role of [EMIM]PF6-IL in efficient electron transport.

  19. NOVEL STRATEGIES FOR THE SYNTHESIS OF IONIC LIQUIDS IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MANNER

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    The collaborative research effort established between the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Kreido Laboratories has focused on the development of reaction strategies for the synthesis of chemicals and materials in a green and sustainable manner. One such area of ...

  20. NOVEL STRATEGIES FOR THE SYNTHESIS OF IONIC LIQUIDS IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MANNER

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    The collaborative research effort established between the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Kreido Laboratories has focused on the development of reaction strategies for the synthesis of chemicals and materials in a green and sustainable manner. One such area of ...

  1. Layer-by-layer encapsulated nano-emulsion of ionic liquid loaded with functional material for extraction of Cd(2+) ions from aqueous solutions.

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    Elizarova, Iuliia S; Luckham, Paul F

    2017-04-01

    Ionic liquids can serve as an environmentally-friendly replacement for solvents in emulsions, therefore they are considered suitable to be used as an emulsified medium for various active materials one of which are extractors of metal ions. Increasing the extraction efficiency is considered to be one of the key objectives when working with such extraction systems. One way to improve the extraction efficiency is to increase the contact area between the extractant and the working ionic solution. This can be accomplished by creating a nano-emulsion of ionic liquid containing such an extractant. Since emulsification of ionic liquid is not always possible in the sample itself, there is a necessity of creating a stable emulsion that can be added externally and on demand to samples from which metal ions need to be extracted. We propose a method of fabrication of a highly-stable extractant-loaded ionic liquid-in-water nano-emulsion via a low-energy phase reversal emulsification followed by continuous layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte deposition process to encapsulate the nano-emulsion and enhance the emulsion stability. Such a multilayered stabilized nano-emulsion was tested for extraction of Cd(2+) and Ca(2+) ions in order to determine its extraction efficiency and selectivity. It was found to be effective in the extraction of Cd(2+) ions with near 100% cadmium removal, as well as being selective since no Ca(2+) ions were extracted. The encapsulated emulsion was removed from samples post-extraction using two methods - filtration and magnetic separation, both of which were shown to be viable under different circumstances - larger and mechanically stronger capsules could be removed by filtration, however magnetic separation worked better for both smaller and bigger capsules. The long-term stability of nano-emulsion was also tested being a very important characteristic for its proposed use: it was found to be highly stable after four months of storage time.

  2. Strategies for decreasing contamination of homemade nasal saline irrigation solutions.

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    Hardy, Elliot T; Stringer, Scott P; O'Callaghan, Richard; Arana, Angela; Bierdeman, Michael A; May, Warren L

    2016-02-01

    Saline nasal irrigations (SNI) are an important adjunct in the treatment of rhinosinusitis, and many patients prepare and store these solutions in their homes without an awareness of the potential for contamination. The objectives of this study were to determine if such contamination occurs and the effect of preparation methods on contamination. Stock solutions of various tonicities and pHs were prepared using boiled, bottled, and distilled water (n = 57). The solutions were stored at ambient temperature or refrigerated for 1 week. Each day, 50 mL of the solutions were decanted to simulate transferring the stock solution into an irrigation vector. Cultures of the stock solutions were taken on days 1, 3, and 7. Overall contamination rate was 35.1%. The boiled water solutions were more likely to demonstrate bacterial growth (p < 0.001), as were those that were hypotonic (p = 0.046). pH had no significant effect (p = 0.127). Growth occurred as early as 24 hours after solution preparation. Pathogenic species isolated were Staphylococcus aureus, Moraxella sp, Sphingomonas paucimobilis, Acinetobacter junii, Methylobacterium sp, and Brevundimonas diminuta. No bacterial growth occurred in refrigerated solutions (p = 0.008). Pathogenic bacterial growth can occur in a short period of time in homemade SNI solutions with routine handling. Solutions should be refrigerated if possible. If solutions are to be stored at ambient temperature, they should be either isotonic or hypertonic and prepared from bottled or distilled water. © 2015 ARS-AAOA, LLC.

  3. Ionic liquid assisted chemical strategy to TiO2 hollow nanocube assemblies with surface-fluorination and nitridation and high energy crystal facet exposure for enhanced photocatalysis.

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    Yu, Shengli; Liu, Baocang; Wang, Qin; Gao, Yuxi; Shi, Ying; Feng, Xue; An, Xiaoting; Liu, Lixia; Zhang, Jun

    2014-07-09

    Realization of anionic nonmetal doping and high energy crystal facet exposure in TiO2 photocatalysts has been proven to be an effective approach for significantly improving their photocatalytic performance. A facile strategy of ionic liquid assisted etching chemistry by simply hydrothermally etching hollow TiO2 spheres composed of TiO2 nanoparticles with an ionic liquid of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate without any other additives is developed to create highly active anatase TiO2 nanocubes and TiO2 nanocube assemblies. With this one-pot ionic liquid assisted etching process, the surface-fluorination and nitridation and high energy {001} crystal facets exposure can be readily realized simultaneously. Compared with the benchmark materials of P25 and TiO2 nanostructures with other hierarchical architectures of hollow spheres, flaky spheres, and spindles synthesized by hydrothermally etching hollow TiO2 spheres with nonionic liquid of NH4F, the TiO2 nanocubes and TiO2 nanocube assemblies used as efficient photocatalysts show super high photocatalytic activity for degradation of methylene blue, methyl orange, and rhodamine B, due to their surface-fluorination and nitridation and high energy crystal facet exposure. The ionic liquid assisted etching chemistry is facile and robust and may be a general strategy for synthesizing other metal oxides with high energy crystal facets and surface doping for improving photocatalytic activity.

  4. The Effect of Ionic Strength, Temperature, and Pressure on the Interaction Potential of Dense Protein Solutions: From Nonlinear Pressure Response to Protein Crystallization

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    Möller, Johannes; Schroer, Martin A.; Erlkamp, Mirko; Grobelny, Sebastian; Paulus, Michael; Tiemeyer, Sebastian; Wirkert, Florian J.; Tolan, Metin; Winter, Roland

    2012-01-01

    Understanding the intermolecular interaction potential, V(r), of proteins under the influence of temperature, pressure, and salt concentration is essential for understanding protein aggregation, crystallization, and protein phase behavior in general. Here, we report small-angle x-ray scattering studies on dense lysozyme solutions of high ionic strength as a function of temperature and pressure. We show that the interaction potential changes in a nonlinear fashion over a wide range of temperatures, salt, and protein concentrations. Neither temperature nor protein and salt concentration lead to marked changes in the pressure dependence of V(r), indicating that changes of the water structure dominate the pressure dependence of the intermolecular forces. Furthermore, by analysis of the temperature, pressure, and ionic strength dependence of the normalized second virial coefficient, b2, we show that the interaction can be fine-tuned by pressure, which can be used to optimize b2 values for controlled protein crystallization. PMID:22713580

  5. Ultrasound-Assisted Extraction of Carnosic Acid and Rosmarinic Acid Using Ionic Liquid Solution from Rosmarinus officinalis

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    Zu, Ge; Zhang, Rongrui; Yang, Lei; Ma, Chunhui; Zu, Yuangang; Wang, Wenjie; Zhao, Chunjian

    2012-01-01

    Ionic liquid based, ultrasound-assisted extraction was successfully applied to the extraction of phenolcarboxylic acids, carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid, from Rosmarinus officinalis. Eight ionic liquids, with different cations and anions, were investigated in this work and [C8mim]Br was selected as the optimal solvent. Ultrasound extraction parameters, including soaking time, solid–liquid ratio, ultrasound power and time, and the number of extraction cycles, were discussed by single factor experiments and the main influence factors were optimized by response surface methodology. The proposed approach was demonstrated as having higher efficiency, shorter extraction time and as a new alternative for the extraction of carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid from R. officinalis compared with traditional reference extraction methods. Ionic liquids are considered to be green solvents, in the ultrasound-assisted extraction of key chemicals from medicinal plants, and show great potential. PMID:23109836

  6. Ultrasound-assisted extraction of carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid using ionic liquid solution from Rosmarinus officinalis.

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    Zu, Ge; Zhang, Rongrui; Yang, Lei; Ma, Chunhui; Zu, Yuangang; Wang, Wenjie; Zhao, Chunjian

    2012-01-01

    Ionic liquid based, ultrasound-assisted extraction was successfully applied to the extraction of phenolcarboxylic acids, carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid, from Rosmarinus officinalis. Eight ionic liquids, with different cations and anions, were investigated in this work and [C(8)mim]Br was selected as the optimal solvent. Ultrasound extraction parameters, including soaking time, solid-liquid ratio, ultrasound power and time, and the number of extraction cycles, were discussed by single factor experiments and the main influence factors were optimized by response surface methodology. The proposed approach was demonstrated as having higher efficiency, shorter extraction time and as a new alternative for the extraction of carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid from R. officinalis compared with traditional reference extraction methods. Ionic liquids are considered to be green solvents, in the ultrasound-assisted extraction of key chemicals from medicinal plants, and show great potential.

  7. Extraction of natural radionuclides from aqueous solutions by novel maltolate-based task-specific ionic liquids.

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    Platzer, Sonja; Sap, Orhan; Leyma, Raphlin; Wallner, Gabriele; Jirsa, Franz; Kandioller, Wolfgang; Krachler, Regina; Keppler, Bernhard K

    Two novel maltol-based ionic liquids, namely [A336][Mal] and [C101][Mal], were synthesized as potential extracting agents for radionuclides from water. These two room temperature task-specific ionic liquids could be easily prepared by anion metathesis starting from commercially available materials. The isolated compounds were characterized by standard analytical methods. Their application as extraction agent for Unat., (234)Th, (210)Pb, (210)Bi, (210)Po and (226)Ra was elucidated by liquid-liquid extraction and scintillation counting. Uranium was totally extracted by both ionic liquids over a broad pH range (2-8), while the other radionuclides were removed with differing efficacies depending on the respective pH value.

  8. Extraction of 2-Phenylethanol (PEA) from Aqueous Solution Using Ionic Liquids: Synthesis, Phase Equilibrium Investigation, Selectivity in Separation, and Thermodynamic Models.

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    Domańska, Urszula; Okuniewska, Patrycja; Paduszyński, Kamil; Królikowska, Marta; Zawadzki, Maciej; Więckowski, Mikołaj

    2017-08-17

    This study assessed the effect of ionic liquids (ILs) on extraction of 2-phenylethanol (PEA) from aqueous phase. It consists the synthesis of four new ILs, their physicochemical properties, and experimental solubility measurements in water as well as liquid-liquid phase equilibrium in ternary systems. ILs are an important new media for imaging and sensing applications because of their solvation property, thermal stability, and negligible vapor pressure. However, complex procedures and nonmiscibility with water are often required in PEA extraction. Herein, a facile and general strategy using four ILs as extraction media including the synthesis of new bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide-based ILs, 1-hexyl-methylmorpholinium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide, [HMMOR][FSI], N-octylisoquinolinium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide, [OiQuin][FSI], 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide, [BMPYR][FSI], and N-triethyl-N-octylammonium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide, [N2228][FSI], were investigated. The thermal properties, density, viscosity, and surface tension of new ILs were measured. Calorimetric measurements (DSC) were used to determine the melting point and the enthalpy of melting as well as the glass transition temperature and heat capacity at glass transition of the ILs. The phase equilibrium in binary systems (IL + PEA, or water) and in ternary systems {IL (1) + PEA (2) + water (3)} at temperature T = 308.15 K and ambient pressure are reported. All systems present liquid-liquid equilibrium with the upper critical solution temperature (UCST). All ILs revealed complete miscibility with PEA. In all ternary systems immiscibility gap was observed, which classified measured systems as Treybal's type II. The two partially miscible binaries (IL + water) and (PEA + water) exist in these systems. The discussion contains the specific selectivity and the solute distribution ratio of separation for the used ILs. The commonly used NRTL model was used for the correlation of the experimental binary and

  9. Gold particle synthesis via reduction of gold salt in the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate aqueous solution.

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    Xue, Yiguo; Du, Jimin; Zou, Hua; Wang, Xiaojun; Li, Zhonghao

    2012-06-01

    The formation of gold particles via reduction of HAuCl4 x 4H2O by ascorbic acid in the presence of ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate and sodium alginate has been studied. The shape of the synthesized particles could be tuned by controlling the reaction conditions. Specifically, the flowerlike gold particles can be synthesized by the present synthetic route. It demonstrates that both the ionic liquid and the sodium alginate play an important role for the formation of the flowerlike particles. The synthesized flowerlike particles show enhanced electroactivity for H2O2.

  10. Rotational Diffusion of Nonpolar and Ionic Solutes in 1-Alkyl-3-methylimidazolium Tetrafluoroborate-LiBF4 Mixtures: Does the Electrolyte Induce the Structure-Making or Structure-Breaking Effect?

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    Prabhu, Sugosh R; Dutt, G B

    2015-12-03

    Rotational diffusion of three structurally similar solutes, 9-phenylanthracene (9-PA), fluorescein (FL), and rhodamine 110 (R110), has been investigated in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate-lithium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIM][BF4]-LiBF4) mixtures to understand the influence of the added electrolyte on the mobility of nonpolar, anionic, and cationic solute molecules. It has been observed that the reorientation times of the nonpolar solute 9-PA become progressively shorter with an increase in the concentration of LiBF4 at a given viscosity (η) and temperature (T). In the case of ionic solutes also, a decrease in the reorientation times has been observed upon the addition of the electrolyte compared to those obtained in the neat ionic liquid at a given η/T. However, this decrease is found to be independent of [LiBF4]. 9-PA being a nonpolar solute is located in the nonpolar domains of the ionic liquid. An enhancement in [LiBF4] leads to an increase in the sizes of the nonpolar domains resulting in the faster rotation of the solute. Anionic solute FL and cationic solute R110, which are located in the ionic region experience specific interactions with the cation and anion of the ionic liquid, respectively. In the presence of electrolyte, however, the strengths of these specific interactions diminish as the ions of the ionic liquid are not readily accessible to the solute molecules due to the organized structure, which results in faster rotation. These observations suggest that addition of LiBF4 induces a structure-making effect in the ionic liquid.

  11. EFFECTS OF PH, SOLID/SOLUTION RATIO, IONIC STRENGTH, AND ORGANIC ACIDS ON PB AND CD SOPRTION ON KAOLINITE

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    Potentiometric and ion-selective electrode titrations together with batch sorption/desorption experiments, were performed to explain the aqueous and surface complexation reactions between kaolinite, Pb, Cd and three organic acids. Variables included pH, ionic strength, metal conc...

  12. EFFECTS OF PH, SOLID/SOLUTION RATIO, IONIC STRENGTH, AND ORGANIC ACIDS ON PB AND CD SOPRTION ON KAOLINITE

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    Potentiometric and ion-selective electrode titrations together with batch sorption/desorption experiments, were performed to explain the aqueous and surface complexation reactions between kaolinite, Pb, Cd and three organic acids. Variables included pH, ionic strength, metal conc...

  13. [Verification of a decrease in the rigidity of the phage lambda DNA polymeric chain in low ionic strength aqueous solutions by testing the polymer-polymer interlink interactions].

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    Arutiunian, A V; Ivanova, M A; Kurliand, D I; Kapshin, Iu S; Landa, S B; Poshekhonov, S T; Drobchenko, E A; Shevelev, I V

    2011-01-01

    Changes in the rigidity of the polymetric chain of phage lambda double-strand DNA have been studied by laser correlation spectroscopy. It was shown that, as the ionic strength increases, the effect of the screening of the hydrodynamic interaction of the links of the polymeric chain specific for polymeric coils arises in a DNA solution. It is assumed that the screening occurs when the threshold of the overlapping of DNA coils is achieved. The overlapping of coils is the result of a previously observed significant rise of DNA coil size from abnormally small DNA coils in low ionic strength buffers (about 10(-2) M Na+ or less) to maximum possible large coils in the 5SSC and 5SSC-like buffers. Further analysis of the far interlink interactions in linear lambda phage DNA coils in similar buffers at pH 7 and 4 confirms the earlier proposal about the role of H+ ions in the appearance of abnormally small DNA coils. The abnormal decrease in the DNA coil size in low ionic strength buffers is not a specific feature of lambda phage DNA only.

  14. An imidazolium-based polymerized ionic liquid via novel synthetic strategy as polymer electrolytes for lithium ion batteries

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    Yin, Kun; Zhang, Zhengxi; Yang, Li; Hirano, Shin-Ichi

    2014-07-01

    An imidazolium-based polymerized ionic liquid (PIL), poly(1-ethyl-3-vinylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonylimide)) is successfully synthesized via a new three-step process comprising the direct radical polymerization of the 1-vinylimidazole monomer, and subsequent quaternization reaction followed by an anion exchange procedure. Furthermore, polymer electrolytes are prepared by blending as-obtained PIL as the polymer host with an ionic liquid and LiTFSI salt. Electrochemical measurements demonstrate that compared with polymer electrolytes containing the PIL host synthesized by the conventional route, polymer electrolytes containing the PIL host obtained by new synthetic process exhibit significantly improved capacity and cycling performance, which is due to higher ionic liquid content.

  15. Study of a Li-air battery having an electrolyte solution formed by a mixture of an ether-based aprotic solvent and an ionic liquid

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    Cecchetto, Laura; Salomon, Mark; Scrosati, Bruno; Croce, Fausto

    2012-09-01

    Recent studies have clearly demonstrated that cyclic and linear carbonates are unstable when used in rechargeable Li-air batteries employing aprotic solvents mostly due to the cathodic formation of superoxide during the oxygen reduction reaction. In particular, it has been ascertained that nucleophilic attack by superoxide anion radical, O2-rad , at O-alkyl carbon is a common mechanism of decomposition of organic carbonates. Moreover, theoretical calculations showed that ether chemical functionalities are stable against nucleophilic substitution induced by superoxide. Aim of this study is to report on a new electrolyte solution for Li-air battery formed by a mixture of an ether-based aprotic solvent with an ionic liquid (IL). The IL-based electrolyte was obtained by mixing the pure ionic liquid N-methyl-(n-butyl) pyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethane sulfonyl) imide (here denoted as PYR14TFSI) to a 0.91 M solution of lithium triflate (LiCF3SO3) in tetra ethylene glycol dimethyl etcher (TEGDME). We observed that the presence of IL beneficially affects the kinetics and the reversibility of the oxygen reactions involved at the cathode. The most significant result being a lower overvoltage for the charge reaction, compared to a Li/air cell containing the same electrolyte solution without IL.

  16. A new strategy to determine the protein mutation site using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization in-source decay: derivatization by ionic liquid.

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    Guo, Mengzhe; Zhai, Yixing; Guo, Cheng; Liu, Yaqin; Tang, Daoquan; Pan, Yuanjiang

    2015-03-20

    Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOF-MS) can be considered as state of the art in the field of proteins and peptides analysis. In this work, we have designed an ionic liquid derivative strategy to obtain abundant fragment ions in MALDI in-source decay (ISD) and used the analysis of angiogenin with mutation in the fortieth (K40I) as an instance. Firstly, we have synthesized two types of ionic liquids, 3-allyl-4-methyl-1H-imidazol-3-ium and 4-methyl-3-(pent-4-yn-1-yl)-1H-imidazol-3-ium. Then in the light-catalyzed reaction, the alkenyl ionic liquid can open the disulfide bond of K40I protein and add to the thiol. And the derived protein can process in-source decay under the effect of ionic liquid group to produce c-z type ions. Additionally this fragmentation is potentiated to support widely range of fragment ions which can cover the location of mutation. Our results have supplied a new top-down method about how to analyze the mutation or even post-translational modification of proteins in MALDI mass spectrometry. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. A network thermodynamic method for numerical solution of the Nernst-Planck and Poisson equation system with application to ionic transport through membranes.

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    Horno, J; González-Caballero, F; González-Fernández, C F

    1990-01-01

    Simple techniques of network thermodynamics are used to obtain the numerical solution of the Nernst-Planck and Poisson equation system. A network model for a particular physical situation, namely ionic transport through a thin membrane with simultaneous diffusion, convection and electric current, is proposed. Concentration and electric field profiles across the membrane, as well as diffusion potential, have been simulated using the electric circuit simulation program, SPICE. The method is quite general and extremely efficient, permitting treatments of multi-ion systems whatever the boundary and experimental conditions may be.

  18. Conductivity and spectroscopic investigation of bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide solution in ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide.

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    Yu, Lei; Pizio, Benjamin S; Vaden, Timothy D

    2012-06-07

    Protic ionic liquids (PILs) are promising alternatives to water for swelling Nafion as a fuel cell proton exchange membrane (PEM). PILs can significantly improve the high-temperature performance of a PEM. The proton dissociation and solvation mechanisms in a PIL, which are keys to understanding the proton transportation and conductivity, have not been fully explored. In this paper, we used FTIR, Raman, and electronic spectroscopy with computational simulation techniques to explore the spectroscopic properties of bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (HTFSI) solutions in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (BMITFSI) ionic liquid at concentrations from ∼0.1 to as high as ∼1.0 M. Solution conductivities were measured at room temperature and elevated temperatures up to ∼65 °C. The solution structure and properties depend on the concentration of HTFSI. At lower concentration, around 0.1 M, the HTFSI solution has higher conductivity than pure BMITFSI. However, the conductivity decreases when the concentration increases from 0.1 to 1.0 M. Temperature-dependent conductivities followed the Vogel-Fulcher-Tamman equation at all concentrations. Conductivity and spectroscopy results elucidate the complicated ionization and solvation mechanism of HTFSI in BMITFSI solutions. Raman spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations are consistent with the complete ionization of HTFSI to generate solvated H(+) at low concentrations. FTIR, Raman, and electronic spectroscopic results as well as DFT computational simulation indicated that when the concentration is as high as 1.0 M, a significant amount of TFSI(-) is protonated, most likely at the imide nitrogen.

  19. Electrochemical preparation of standard solutions of Pb(II) ions in ionic liquid for analysis of hydrophobic samples: The olive oil case.

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    Baldo, M Antonietta; Stortini, Angela M; Moretto, Ligia M; Ongaro, Michael; Roman, Marco; Ugo, Paolo

    2017-09-01

    In this paper we present an electrochemical approach to prepare standard solutions of metal ions in a room temperature ionic liquid (IL), which can find useful application for analysis in hydrophobic matrices. The method, developed here for the case of lead ions, is based on the galvanostatic dissolution of a lead anode dipped directly in a suitable IL, namely tri-hexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium bis (trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide ([P14,6,6,6](+)[NTf2](-)). After each oxidation step, the metal dissolution process in the IL solutions was monitored by cyclic voltammetric measurements at a glassy carbon disk electrode. The results indicated that the peak current relevant to the reduction of the electro-generated Pb(II) increased linearly while increasing the oxidation time. By varying the oxidation time from 200 to 6000s, a set of Pb((II))/[P14,6,6,6](+)[NTf2](-) solutions at concentrations ranging between 10 and 300μgg(-1) was prepared. To validate the efficiency of the electrochemical procedure to produce metal ion standard solutions, the Pb content was quantified by developing a microwave digestion procedure specifically suitable for the IL medium, followed by ICP-QMS analysis in the digested standards. The results indicated a satisfactory agreement between concentrations found by ICP-QMS and calculated from electrochemical data, with a coulometric efficiency of Pb(II) generation in ionic liquid ≥95.6%. Finally, the applicability of the Pb((II))/IL solutions as standards for analyses in hydrophobic media was tested by determining, by ICP-QMS, the Pb content in an extra-virgin olive oil spiked with known amounts of a Pb((II))/IL standard. Satisfactory Pb recoveries, ≥96%, were measured. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Class of cooperative stochastic models: Exact and approximate solutions, simulations, and experiments using ionic self-assembly of nanoparticles.

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    Mazilu, I; Mazilu, D A; Melkerson, R E; Hall-Mejia, E; Beck, G J; Nshimyumukiza, S; da Fonseca, Carlos M

    2016-03-01

    We present exact and approximate results for a class of cooperative sequential adsorption models using matrix theory, mean-field theory, and computer simulations. We validate our models with two customized experiments using ionically self-assembled nanoparticles on glass slides. We also address the limitations of our models and their range of applicability. The exact results obtained using matrix theory can be applied to a variety of two-state systems with cooperative effects.

  1. Effect of Solution Ionic Strength on the pKa of the Nitroxide pH EPR Probe 2,2,3,4,5,5-Hexamethylimidazolidin-1-oxyl.

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    Margita, Kaleigh; Voinov, Maxim A; Smirnov, Alex I

    2017-02-17

    Spin probe and spin labeling Electron Paramagnetic Resonance methods are indispensable research tools for solving a wide range of bioanalytical problems-from measuring microviscosity and polarity of phase-separated liquids to oxygen concentrations in tissues. One of the emerging uses of spin probes are the studies of proton transfer-related and surface electrostatic phenomena. The latter Electron Paramagnetic Resonance methods rely on molecular probes containing an additional functionality capable of reversible ionization (protonation, in particular) in the immediate proximity to an Electron Paramagnetic Resonance-active reporter group, such as (N-O(•)) for nitroxides. The consequent formation of protonated and nonprotonated nitroxide species with different magnetic parameters (A iso, g iso) could be readily distinguished by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance. Bioanalytical Electron Paramagnetic Resonance studies employing pH-sensitive paramagnetic probes typically involve determination of the equilibrium constant (pK a) between the protonated and nonprotonated forms of the nitroxide. However, any chemical equilibrium involving charged species, such as ionization of acids and bases, and so the reversible protonation of the nitroxide, is known to be affected by an ionic strength of the solution. Currently, only scarce data for the effect of the solution ionic strength on the experimental pK a's of the ionizable nitroxides can be found in the literature. Here we have carried out a series of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance titration experiments for aqueous solutions of 2,2,3,4,5,5-hexamethylimidazolidin-1-oxyl (HMI) nitroxide known for one of the largest differences in the isotropic nitrogen hyperfine coupling constant A iso between the protonated and nonprotonated forms. Electrolyte concentration was varied over an exceptionally large range (i.e., from 0.05 to 5.0 M) to elucidate the effect of ionic strength on the ionization constant of this pH-sensitive Electron

  2. Spectroscopic insight into the interaction of bovine serum albumin with imidazolium-based ionic liquids in aqueous solution.

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    Satish, Lakkoji; Millan, Sabera; Sahoo, Harekrushna

    2016-11-03

    The study of protein-ionic liquid interactions is very important because of the widespread use of ionic liquids as protein stabilizer in the recent years. In this work, the interaction of bovine serum albumin (BSA) with different imidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs) such as [1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium ethyl sulfate (EmimESO4 ), 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium chloride (EmimCl) and 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium chloride (BmimCl)] has been investigated using different spectroscopic techniques. The intrinsic fluorescence of BSA is quenched by ILs by the dynamic mechanism. The thermodynamic analysis demonstrates that very weak interactions exist between BSA and ILs. 8-Anilino-1-naphthalenesulfonic acid (ANS) fluorescence and lifetime measurements reveal the formation of the compact structure of BSA in IL medium. The conformational changes of BSA were monitored by CD analysis. Temperature-dependent ultraviolet (UV) measurements were done to study the thermal stability of BSA. The thermal stability of BSA in the presence of ILs follows the trend EmimESO4  > EmimCl > BmimCl and in the presence of more hydrophobic IL, destabilization increases rapidly as a function of concentration.

  3. Nanostructured protic ionic liquids retain nanoscale features in aqueous solution while precursor Brønsted acids and bases exhibit different behavior.

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    Greaves, Tamar L; Kennedy, Danielle F; Weerawardena, Asoka; Tse, Nicholas M K; Kirby, Nigel; Drummond, Calum J

    2011-03-10

    Small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SWAXS) has been used to investigate the effect that water has on the nanoscale structure of protic ionic liquids (PILs) along with their precursor Brønsted acids and bases. The series of PILs consisted of primary, secondary, and tertiary alkylammonium cations in conjunction with formate, nitrate, or glycolate anions. Significant differences were observed for these systems. The nanoscale aggregates present in neat protic ionic liquids were shown to be stable in size on dilution to high concentrations of water, indicating that the water is localized in the ionic region and has little effect on the nonpolar domains. The Brønsted acid-water solutions did not display nanostructure at any water concentration. Primary amine Brønsted bases formed aggregates in water, which generally displayed characteristics of poorly structured microemulsions or a form of bicontinuous phase. Exceptions were butyl- and pentylamine with high water concentrations, for which the SWAXS patterns fitted well to the Teubner-Strey model for microemulsions. Brønsted base amines containing multiple alkyl chains or hydroxyl groups did not display nanostructure at any water concentration. IR spectroscopy was used to investigate the nature of water in the various solutions. For low PIL concentrations, the water was predominately present as bulk water for PIL molar fractions less than 0.4-0.5. At high PIL concentrations, in addition to the bulk water, there was a significant proportion of perturbed water, which is water influenced in some way by the cations and anions. The molecular state of the water in the studied amines was predominately present as bulk water, with smaller contributions from perturbed water than was seen in the PILs. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  4. Investigation of the dominant hydration structures among the ionic species in aqueous solution: Novel quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics simulations combined with the theory of energy representation

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    Takahashi, Hideaki; Ohno, Hajime; Yamauchi, Toshihiko; Kishi, Ryohei; Furukawa, Shin-ichi; Nakano, Masayoshi; Matubayasi, Nobuyuki

    2008-02-01

    In the present work, we have performed quantum chemical calculations to determine preferable species among the ionic complexes that are present in ambient water due to the autodissociation of water molecule. First, we have formulated the relative population of the hydrated complexes with respect to the bare ion (H3O+ or OH -) in terms of the solvation free energies of the relevant molecules. The solvation free energies for various ionic species (H3O+, H5O2+, H7O3+, H9O4+ or OH -, H3O2-, H5O3-, H7O4-, H9O5-), categorized as proton or hydroxide ion in solution, have been computed by employing the QM/MM-ER method recently developed by combining the quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) approach with the theory of energy representation (ER). Then, the computed solvation free energies have been used to evaluate the ratio of the populations of the ionic complexes to that of the bare ion (H3O+ or OH -). Our results suggest that the Zundel form, i.e., H5O2+, is the most preferable in the solution among the cationic species listed above though the Eigen form (H9O4+) is very close to the Zundel complex in the free energy, while the anionic fragment from water molecules mostly takes the form of OH -. It has also been found that the loss of the translational entropy of water molecules associated with the formation of the complex plays a role in determining the preferable size of the cluster.

  5. Effects of interaction of ionic and nonionic surfactants on self-assembly of PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer in aqueous solution.

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    Nambam, J S; Philip, John

    2012-02-09

    We study the effects of interaction of surfactants on the self-assembly of a triblock copolymer in aqueous solution by measuring percolation transition temperature (T(p)), micellar size, zeta potential, and rheological properties. We use PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer (Pluronics-F108) with anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), cationic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), and nonionic nonylphenolethoxylate (NP9) for our investigations. The addition of SDS in pluronics solution leads to a dramatic reduction in the viscoelastic properties, while it remains almost unaffected with CTAB and NP9. The 2 orders of magnitude decrease in the elastic modulus in the presence of SDS indicates a soft solid-like microstructure formed by aggregating self-assembled triblock polymers. Our results indicate a strong electrostatic barrier imparted by the headgroup of SDS at the core-corona interface that inhibits the formation of hexagonally packed layers of micelles and the packing order. The analysis of autocorrelation function at high concentrations of ionic surfactant indicates that pure surfactant micelles coexist with large intermicellar structures. With increasing surfactant concentration, the zeta potential of the pluronic micelle is found to decrease. These results suggest that the microstructure and elastic properties of block copolymer micelles can be tuned by varying the concentrations of ionic surfactant that enhances their potential in applications as nanocarriers for drug delivery systems.

  6. Interaction between the ionic liquids 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate and Pluronic® P103 in aqueous solution: A DLS, SANS and NMR study

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    Parmar, A.; Aswal, V. K.; Bahadur, P.

    2012-11-01

    The effect of three ionic liquids (ILs) 1-alkyl 3-methyl imidazlolium tetraflouroborates (Cnmim BF4n = 4, 6, 8) on micellar solutions of an ethylene oxide-propylene oxide block copolymer (PEO-PPO-PEO), Pluronic® P103 was examined from scattering and NMR techniques. The ILs alter the cloud point and micelle size dependant on their alkyl chain length and the results are discussed in terms of their behavior as cosolvent/cosurfactant. Cloud point data support the hydrogen bonding between the imidazolium cation and P103 while dynamic light scattering (DLS) and small angle neutron scattering (SANS) reveal that presence of ionic liquid is not conducive to the micelle formation of P103. The selective nuclear Overhauser effect (NOESY) indicates that the PPO block of the P103 interacts with the alkyl group of the Cnmim+ cation by hydrophobic interaction. Through this kind of interactions, Cnmim BF4 and P103 can form mixed micelles. This result indicates that the presence of ILs hinders the micelle formation of P103 in solution and promotes P103 to orient at air/water interface.

  7. Strategies of Successful Synthesis Solutions: Mapping, Mechanisms, and More

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    Bodé, Nicholas E.; Flynn, Alison B.

    2016-01-01

    Organic synthesis problems require the solver to integrate knowledge and skills from many parts of their courses. Without a well-defined, systematic method for approaching them, even the strongest students can experience difficulties. Our research goal was to identify the most successful problem-solving strategies and develop associated teaching…

  8. Strategies of Successful Synthesis Solutions: Mapping, Mechanisms, and More

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    Bodé, Nicholas E.; Flynn, Alison B.

    2016-01-01

    Organic synthesis problems require the solver to integrate knowledge and skills from many parts of their courses. Without a well-defined, systematic method for approaching them, even the strongest students can experience difficulties. Our research goal was to identify the most successful problem-solving strategies and develop associated teaching…

  9. Protic ionic liquid-induced changes in the properties of aqueous triton X-100-CTAB surfactant solution: Solvent and rotational relaxation studies

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    Rao, Vishal Govind; Brahmachari, Udita; Mandal, Sarthak; Ghosh, Surajit; Banerjee, Chiranjib; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2012-11-01

    We have investigated the effect of protic ionic liquid, N,N-Dimethylethanolammonium formate (DAF) addition on Triton X-100-cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) mixed micellar solution. We have shown the effect of DAF addition on the size and zeta potential of the mixed micellar aggregates using dynamic light scattering measurements. The steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy have been used to investigate the effect of increasing CTAB/Triton X-100 ratio and DAF addition on the solvent and rotational relaxation of Coumarin-153 in CTAB-Triton X-100 mixed micellar solutions. The average solvation time decreases with increasing CTAB/Triton X-100 ratio and increases with the addition of DAF.

  10. Local Solutions for National Challenges? Exploring Local Solutions through the Case of a National Succession Planning Strategy

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    Collins, Mike

    2013-01-01

    The notion of localism and decentralization in national policy has come increasingly to the fore in recent years. The national succession planning strategy for headteachers in England introduced by the National College for School Leadership promoted "local solutions for a national challenge". This article deals with some aspects of the…

  11. Local Solutions for National Challenges? Exploring Local Solutions through the Case of a National Succession Planning Strategy

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    Collins, Mike

    2013-01-01

    The notion of localism and decentralization in national policy has come increasingly to the fore in recent years. The national succession planning strategy for headteachers in England introduced by the National College for School Leadership promoted "local solutions for a national challenge". This article deals with some aspects of the…

  12. Nuclear Data for Astrophysics: Resources, Challenges, Strategies, and Software Solutions

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    Smith, Michael Scott; Lingerfelt, Eric J; Nesaraja, Caroline D; Hix, William Raphael; Roberts, Luke F; Koura, Hiroyuki; Fuller, George M; Tytler, David

    2008-01-01

    One of the most exciting utilizations of nuclear data is to help unlock the mysteries of the Cosmos -- the creation of the chemical elements, the evolution and explosion of stars, and the origin and fate of the Universe. There are now many nuclear data sets, tools, and other resources online to help address these important questions. However, numerous serious challenges make it important to develop strategies now to ensure a sustainable future for this work. A number of strategies are advocated, including: enlisting additional manpower to evaluate the newest data; devising ways to streamline evaluation activities; and improving communication and coordination between existing efforts. Software projects are central to some of these strategies. Examples include: creating a virtual ''pipeline'' leading from the nuclear laboratory to astrophysics simulations; improving data visualization and management to get the most science out of the existing datasets; and creating a nuclear astrophysics data virtual (online) community. Recent examples will be detailed, including the development of two first-generation software pipelines, the Computational Infrastructure for Nuclear Astrophysics for stellar astrophysics and the bigbangonline suite of codes for cosmology, and the coupling of nuclear data to sensitivity studies with astrophysical simulation codes to guide future research.

  13. Multiresolution strategies for the numerical solution of optimal control problems

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    Jain, Sachin

    There exist many numerical techniques for solving optimal control problems but less work has been done in the field of making these algorithms run faster and more robustly. The main motivation of this work is to solve optimal control problems accurately in a fast and efficient way. Optimal control problems are often characterized by discontinuities or switchings in the control variables. One way of accurately capturing the irregularities in the solution is to use a high resolution (dense) uniform grid. This requires a large amount of computational resources both in terms of CPU time and memory. Hence, in order to accurately capture any irregularities in the solution using a few computational resources, one can refine the mesh locally in the region close to an irregularity instead of refining the mesh uniformly over the whole domain. Therefore, a novel multiresolution scheme for data compression has been designed which is shown to outperform similar data compression schemes. Specifically, we have shown that the proposed approach results in fewer grid points in the grid compared to a common multiresolution data compression scheme. The validity of the proposed mesh refinement algorithm has been verified by solving several challenging initial-boundary value problems for evolution equations in 1D. The examples have demonstrated the stability and robustness of the proposed algorithm. The algorithm adapted dynamically to any existing or emerging irregularities in the solution by automatically allocating more grid points to the region where the solution exhibited sharp features and fewer points to the region where the solution was smooth. Thereby, the computational time and memory usage has been reduced significantly, while maintaining an accuracy equivalent to the one obtained using a fine uniform mesh. Next, a direct multiresolution-based approach for solving trajectory optimization problems is developed. The original optimal control problem is transcribed into a

  14. A massively parallel solution strategy for efficient thermal radiation simulation

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    Nguyen, P. D.; Moureau, V.; Vervisch, L.; Perret, N.

    2012-06-01

    A novel and efficient methodology to solve the Radiative Transfer Equations (RTE) in thermal radiation is discussed. The BiCGStab(2) iterative solution method, as designed for the non-symmetric linear equation systems, is used to solve the discretized RTE. The numerical upwind and central schemes are blended to provide a stable numerical scheme (MUCS) for interpolation of the cell facial radiation intensities in finite volume formulation. The combination of the BiCGStab(2) and MUCS methods proved to be very efficient when coupling with the DOM approach to solve the RTE. A cost-effective tabulation technique for the gaseous radiative property model SNB-FSCK using 7-point Gauss-Labatto quadrature scheme is also introduced. The whole methodology is implemented into a massively parallel unstructured CFD code where the radiative and fluid flow solutions share the same domain decomposition, which is the bottleneck in current radiative solvers. The dual mesh decomposition at the cell groups level and processors level is adopted to optimize the CFD code for massively parallel computing. The whole method is applied to simulate the radiation heat-transfer in a 3D rectangular enclosure containing non-isothermal CO2 and H2O mixtures. Two test cases are studied for homogeneous and inhomogeneous distributions of CO2 and H2O in the enclosure. The result is reported for the heat flux and radiation energy source and the comparison is also made between the present methodology BiCGStab(2)/MUCS/tabulated SNB-FSCK, the benchmark method SNB-CK (implemented at 25cm-1 narrow-band) and some other methods available in the literature. The present method (BiCGStab(2)/MUCS/tabulated SNB-FSCK) yields more accurate predictions particularly for the radiation source term. When comparing with the benchmark solution, the relative error of the radiation source term is remarkably reduced to less than 4% and the CPU time is drastically diminished.

  15. Removing Cr(VI) from aqueous solutions using a functional ionic liquid-based cross-linked polymer.

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    Gao, Hejun; Wang, Yun; Zheng, Liqiang

    2014-05-01

    A novel functional ionic liquid-based cross-linked polymer was synthesized from 1-aminoethyl-3-vinylimidazolium chloride hydrochloride and divinylbenzene. The physicochemical properties of the adsorbent were investigated using scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The adsorption capacity of the novel cross-linked polymer with respect to Cr(VI) was investigated using a batch adsorption procedure and the kinetics and thermodynamics of the adsorption process were further investigated. It was found that the adsorption kinetics was well fitted by a pseudo-second-order model and the adsorption isotherms agreed well with the Langmuir model. The maximum adsorption capacity after 5 min at room temperature (25 °C) was found to be 391.4 mg/g, which was much better than the most of the previously reported adsorbents. The adsorption process was found to be dominated by electrostatic interactions. The introduction of functional ionic liquid moieties into cross-linked poly(divinylbenzene) polymer constitutes a new and efficient kind of adsorbent. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Self-organisation of single-crystals as ripple patterns through laser ablation of ionic salt solutions

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    Sandu, Ion; Urzica, Iuliana; Niculescu, Ana Maria; Fleaca, Claudiu Teodor; Dumitrache, Florian; Badiceanu, Maria

    2017-09-01

    Relatively thin (d = 2.5 μm), diluted (c = 0.001-0.1%wt.) aqueous liquid films of ionic salts (NaCl, K2CrO4) were each irradiated with a single infrared laser pulse (wavelength, λ = 10.59 μm, fluence J -100 J/cm2, spot diameter D = 3 mm, irradiation time t = 100 μs). This approach has induced the formation of hierarchically arranged single crystal ripples near the edge of the laser impact zone. Depending on the ionic salt concentration and β angle of incidence in respect to the surface, the number of ripples varied between 5 and 100 and their interspacing between a few micrometres and hundreds of micrometres. In addition to ripples, K2CrO4 salts form beside ripples, parallel, long and thin single crystals, which orthogonally intersect the ripples to form a rectangular crystal grid. In addition to the theoretical gain, crystals have potential applications in optoelectronics and sensors.

  17. The Partitioning of Americium and the Lanthanides Using Tetrabutyldiglycolamide (TBDGA) in Octanol and in Ionic Liquid Solution

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    M.E. Mincher; D.L. Quach; Y.J. Liao; B.J. Mincher; C.M. Wai

    2012-11-01

    Separations among the lanthanides and the separation of Am from the lanthanides remain challenging, and research in this area continues to expand. The separation of adjacent lanthanides is of interest to high-tech industries because individual lanthanides have specialized uses and are in short supply. In nuclear fuel cycle applications Am would be incorporated into fast reactor fuels, yet the lanthanides are not desired. In this work the diamide N,N,N',N'-tetrabutyldiglycolamide (TBDGA) was investigated as a ligand for lanthanide and Am solvent extraction in both molecular and room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) diluents. The RTIL [C4MIM][Tf2N-] showed very high extraction efficiency for these trivalent metals from low nitric acid concentrations, while the molecular diluent 1-octanol showed high extraction efficiency at high acid concentrations. This was attributed to the extraction of ionic nitrate complexes by the RTIL, whereas 1-octanol extracted neutral nitrate complexes. TBDGA in RTIL did not provide adequate separation factors for Am/lanthanide partitioning, but 1-octanol did show reasonable separation possibilities. Lanthanide intergroup separations appeared to be feasible in both diluents, but with higher separation factors from 1-octanol.

  18. Comparison of Two Instructional Strategies for Teaching the Solution to Verbal Problems. Final Report.

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    Bassler, Otto C.; And Others

    Two distinct strategies for teaching the solution to verbal problems were compared. Programs of instruction were prepared that reflected the Polya Method (read and understand the problem, plan for a solution, carry out the plan, and check the result) and the Dahmus Method (translate the verbal statements into mathematical symbols prior to solving…

  19. Modelling Difficulties and Their Overcoming Strategies in the Solution of a Modelling Problem

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    Dede, Ayse Tekin

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of the study is to reveal the elementary mathematics student teachers' difficulties encountered in the solution of a modelling problem, the strategies to overcome those difficulties and whether the strategies worked or not. Nineteen student teachers solved the modelling problem in their four or five-person groups, and the video records…

  20. A Sustainable Approach to the Stereoselective Synthesis of Diazaheptacyclic Cage Systems Based on a Multicomponent Strategy in an Ionic Liquid.

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    Suresh Kumar, Raju; Almansour, Abdulrahman I; Arumugam, Natarajan; Altaf, Mohammad; Menéndez, José Carlos; Kumar, Raju Ranjith; Osman, Hasnah

    2016-01-29

    The microwave-assisted three-component reactions of 3,5-bis(E)-arylmethylidene]tetrahydro-4(1H)-pyridinones, acenaphthenequinone and cyclic α-amino acids in an ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide, occurred through a domino sequence affording structurally intriguing diazaheptacyclic cage-like compounds in excellent yields.

  1. An overview of the performance of the COSMO-RS approach in predicting the activity coefficients of molecular solutes in ionic liquids and derived properties at infinite dilution.

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    Paduszyński, Kamil

    2017-05-17

    This paper reports a comprehensive evaluation of the conductor-like screening model for real solvents (COSMO-RS) in predicting infinite dilution activity coefficients (γ(∞)) of molecular solutes in ionic liquids (ILs). In particular, comparative analysis of two quantum chemical levels of calculations used in the COSMO part of COSMO-RS, namely, TZVP-COSMO and TZVPD-FINE, is presented and discussed. The final assessment of the model performance is established based on a comparison of its predictions with the experimental data pool consisting of 41 868 data points extracted form 182 references, covering 233 ILs (including salts belonging to 12 different cationic families) and 150 molecular solutes (including a great variety of non-polar, polar and self-associating organic compounds and water) combined with 8554 distinct binary systems. The impact of the chemical family of both IL and molecular solute on the accuracy of the COSMO-RS predictions is analyzed in terms of both quantitative and qualitative measures. Relevant thermodynamic properties derived from γ(∞), namely, infinite dilution partial excess enthalpy of mixing and infinite dilution selectivity are considered and their values obtained from experimental and COSMO-RS predicted γ(∞) data are confronted. Finally, the impact of the molecular conformation of cations/anions/solutes on the quality of predictions is demonstrated based on some representative systems.

  2. Solubility and modeling acid-base properties of adrenaline in NaCl aqueous solutions at different ionic strengths and temperatures.

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    Bretti, Clemente; Cigala, Rosalia Maria; Crea, Francesco; De Stefano, Concetta; Vianelli, Giuseppina

    2015-10-12

    Solubility and acid-base properties of adrenaline were studied in NaCl aqueous solutions at different ionic strengths (0ionic strength was modeled by means of the Debye-Hückel type equation and of the SIT (Specific ion Interaction Theory) approach. The specific interaction parameters of the ion pairs were also reported. For the protonation constants, the following thermodynamic values at infinite dilution were obtained: T=298.15 K, logK1(H0)=10.674±0.018 and logK2(H0)=8.954±0.022; T=310.15K, logK1(H0)=10.355±0.018 and logK2(H0)=8.749±0.030. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Controlled synthesis of flower like zinc oxide nanostructures using ionic liquid through a simple alkaline aqueous solution growth technique

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    Singh, Neha; Haque, Fozia Z.

    2015-05-01

    This article describes the synthesis of ZnO nanostructures with different morphologies such as, flakes-like, flowers or mixture of both morphologies. The growth rate is enhanced by adjusting the concentration of ionic liquid (IL): Benzyltrimethylammoium hydroxide (BTMAH) and sodium hydroxide in reaction mixture. Different structures are obtained including a unique flower like ZnO nanostructures. These structures show three-order symmetry, groups of many oriented flakes and leaves grown on the branches symmetrically, indicating an interesting fractal growth. The products have been investigated by XRD, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), UV-Vis and photolumincence (PL). According to the investigation on the growth process, it was confirmed that as-prepared samples of ZnO nanoparticles morphologies and properties strongly dependant on the ratio of alkaline and IL.

  4. NMR Diffusion Measurements as a Simple Method to Examine Solvent-Solvent and Solvent-Solute Interactions in Mixtures of the Ionic Liquid [Bmim][N(SO2 CF3 )2 ] and Acetonitrile.

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    Keaveney, Sinead T; Schaffarczyk McHale, Karin S; Stranger, James W; Ganbold, Batchimeg; Price, William S; Harper, Jason B

    2016-12-05

    The self-diffusion coefficients of each component in mixtures of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([Bmim][N(SO2 CF3 )2 ]) and acetonitrile were determined. The results suggest that the hydrodynamic boundary conditions change from "stick" to "slip" as the solvent composition transitions from "ionic liquid dissolved in acetonitrile" (χIL <0.4) to "acetonitrile dissolved in ionic liquid" (χIL >0.4). At higher χIL , the acetonitrile species are affected by "cage" and "jump" events, as the acetonitrile molecules reside nearer to the charged centre on the ions than in the "non-polar" regions. The self-diffusion coefficients of hexan-1-amine, dipropylamine, 1-hexanol and dipropylether in mixtures of [Bmim][N(SO2 CF3 )2 ] and acetonitrile were determined. In general, the nitrogen-containing solutes were found to diffuse slower than the oxygen-containing solutes; this indicates that there are greater ionic liquid-N interactions than ionic liquid-O interactions. This work demonstrates that the self-diffusion coefficients of species can provide valuable information about solvent-solvent and solvent-solute interactions in mixtures containing an ionic liquid.

  5. Charge-tagged N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHC): Direct transfer from ionic liquid solutions and long-lived nature in the gas phase

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    Rodrigues, Thyago S.; Lesage, Denis; da Silva, Wender A.; Cole, Richard B.; Ebeling, Günter; Dupont, Jaïrton; de Oliveira, Heibbe C. B.; Eberlin, Marcos N.; Neto, Brenno A. D.

    2017-06-01

    Negatively charge-tagged N-heterocyclic carbenes have been formed in solution via deprotonation of imidazolium ions bearing acid side groups and transferred to the gas phase via ESI(-)-MS. The structure of the putative and apparently stable gaseous carbenes formed in such conditions were then probed via reactions with carbon dioxide using a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer particularly optimized for ion/molecule reactions of ESI-generated ions. Complete conversion to imidazolium carboxylates was achieved, which seems to demonstrate the efficiency of the transfer, the gas-phase stability, and the long-lived nature of these unprecedented charge-tagged carbenes and their predominance in the ionic population. Comprehensive studies on the intrinsic reactivity of N-heterocyclic carbenes with silent charge tags are therefore possible. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  6. Effect of alkyl chain length on the rotational diffusion of nonpolar and ionic solutes in 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium-bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imides.

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    Gangamallaiah, V; Dutt, G B

    2013-10-10

    Rotational diffusion of a nonpolar solute 9-phenylanthracene (9-PA) and a cationic solute rhodamine 110 (R110) has been examined in a series of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium (alkyl = octyl, decyl, dodecyl, tetradecyl, hexadecyl, and octadecyl) bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imides to understand the influence of alkyl chain length on solute rotation. In this study, reorientation times (τr) have been measured as a function of viscosity (η) by varying the temperature (T) of the solvents. These results have been analyzed using the Stokes-Einstein-Debye (SED) hydrodynamic theory along with the ones obtained for the same solutes in 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium (alkyl = methyl, ethyl, propyl, butyl, and hexyl) bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imides (Gangamallaiah and Dutt, J. Phys. Chem. B 2012, 116, 12819-12825). It has been noticed that the data for 9-PA and R110 follows the relation τr = A(η/T)(n) with A being the ratio of hydrodynamic volume of the solute to the Boltzmann constant and n = 1 as envisaged by the SED theory. However, upon increasing the alkyl chain length from methyl to octadecyl significant deviations from the SED theory have been observed especially from the octyl derivative onward. From methyl to octadecyl derivatives, the value of A decreases by a factor of 3 for both the solutes and n by a factor of 1.4 and 1.6 for 9-PA and R110, respectively. These observations have been rationalized by taking into consideration the organized structure of the ionic liquids, whose influence appears to be pronounced when the number of carbon atoms in the alkyl chain attached to the imidazolium cation exceeds eight.

  7. Anisole nitration during gamma-irradiation of aqueous nitrite and nitrate solutions: Free radical versus ionic mechanisms

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    Gracy Elias; Bruce J. Mincher; Leigh R. Martin; Stephen P. Mezyk; Thomas Cullen

    2010-04-01

    Radiolytic aromatic nitration mechanisms in the condensed phase are ubiquitous, and especially of interest in atmospheric aerosol chemistry, water treatment by advanced oxidation technologies, and nuclear fuel reprocessing. Here, the radiolytically-induced nitration reactions of anisole, the simplest aryl alkyl ether, were investigated in ?-irradiated acidic nitrate solution, and in neutral nitrate and nitrite solutions. The nitrated anisole product distribution was the same with and without radiation in acidic solution, although more products were formed as a result of irradiation. This suggests that the mechanism of nitration in acidic solution is nitronium ion- induced electrophilic aromatic substitution. The rate of production of nitrated products in neutral nitrate solution was much lower, although the distribution of isomers was similar to that expected for nitronium ion electrophilic nitration. In contrast, the product distribution in neutral nitrite solution approached a statistically random substitution pattern, suggesting a non-electrophilic free radical reaction involving •NO2 radical. When hydroxyl radical (•OH) was scavenged by varying the initial nitrite concentration, the concentration of nitrated products increased with increasing nitrite, indicating that the reaction was probably one of direct •NO2 radical addition. However, this latter mechanism will not be important in acidic solutions, such as those often encountered in atmospheric aerosols or ?-irradiated nuclear fuel reprocessing solutions, due to low amounts of produced •NO2 radical and the low reaction rate constants for the •NO2 radical with aromatic compounds.

  8. Ammonium ionic liquid as modulator of the critical micelle concentration of ammonium surfactant at aqueous solution: conductimetric and dynamic light scattering (DLS) studies.

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    Sifaoui, Hocine; Lugowska, Katarzyna; Domańska, Urszula; Modaressi, Ali; Rogalski, Marek

    2007-10-15

    We report measurements of self aggregation in aqueous solution of an ionic liquid (IL), didecyl-dimethylammonium nitrate ([DDA][NO(3)]) and a surfactant hexadecyl-trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and of mixtures of these two salts. The electrical conductivity and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements were used for the characterization of the aggregation process. The conductivity measurements were performed at three temperatures. The critical micelle concentration (CMC) was determined at different temperatures and at different ratio of two salts. The effect of IL on the micellization of CTAB has been discussed. Our results suggest that organized structures formed by CTAB and [DDA][NO(3)] self assembly in domains of several hundred nanometers size. The micellar solubility of the salicylic acid in mixed salt aqueous solutions was determined to probe the physical properties of these assemblies. We have observed, that the micellar solubility enhancement was only slightly influenced by the nature of micelles present in aqueous solution. This proves that salicylic acid solubilization is enthalpy driven.

  9. Thermoresponsive Poly(Ionic Liquid)s in Aqueous Salt Solutions: Salting-Out Effect on Their Phase Behavior and Water Absorption/Desorption Properties.

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    Okafuji, Akiyoshi; Kohno, Yuki; Ohno, Hiroyuki

    2016-07-01

    Here, a thermoresponsive phase behavior of polymerized ionic liquids (PILs) composed of poly([tri-n-alkyl(vinylbenzyl)phosphonium]chloride) (poly([Pnnn VB ]Cl) is reported, where n (the number of carbon atoms of an alkyl chain) = 4, 5, or 6 after mixing with aqueous sodium chloride solutions. Both monomeric [P555VB ]Cl and the resulting poly([P555VB ]Cl) linear homopolymer show a lower critical solution temperature (LCST)-type phase behavior in aq. NaCl solutions. The phase transition temperature of the PIL shifts to lower value by increasing concentration of NaCl. Also the swelling degree of cross-linked poly([P555VB ]Cl) gel decreases by increasing NaCl concentration, clearly suggesting the "salting-out" effect of NaCl results in a significant dehydration of the poly([P555VB ]Cl) gel. The absorbed water in the PIL gel is desorbed by moderate heating via the LCST behavior, and the absolute absorption/desorption amount is improved by copolymerization of [P555VB ]Cl with more hydrophilic [P444VB ]Cl monomer.

  10. Geometry of ionic arrangements and magnetic interactions in ordered ferri-ilmenite solid solutions and its effect on low-T magnetic behavior

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    Robinson, Peter; Fabian, Karl; McEnroe, Suzanne A.

    2010-05-01

    The magnetic properties of metastable chemically ordered ilmenite-rich Fe2O3-FeTiO3 solid solutions in the temperature range 500-0 K represent a complex amalgam of the incompatible properties of the end-members. While hematite is controlled by adjacent layer antiferromagnetic interactions, ilmenite is controlled by double-layer antiferromagnetic interactions. The complex geometry of the exchange-coupled ions is visualized, and tentative explanations of property changes with temperature are provided by schematic 2-D ionic images along a common (1 1 -2 0) plane showing the exchange interactions in the end-members and in Ilm 90, 80, and 70 solid solutions, accompanied by parallel temperature- and frequency-dependent susceptibility diagrams. To provide a larger-scale visualization of the extent of exchange clusters and networks, 3-D images of Ilm 95, 90, 85, 80, 75, and 70 containing 2592 atomic positions were also constructed. Both types of images together provide a conceptual overview of the physical mechanisms governing this complex solid-solution system and its low-temperature magnetic behavior. Even though the geometric approach does not in itself provide a quantitative model of physical properties, it is an indispensable prerequisite for designing realistic quantitative models, judging their validity, and interpreting model results. It also supplies information on the distributions, numbers, and orientations of magnetic exchange interactions, which can become guidelines for more sophisticated calculations.

  11. Structural characterization of zinc(II) chloride in aqueous solution and in the protic ionic liquid ethyl ammonium nitrate by x-ray absorption spectroscopy.

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    D'Angelo, Paola; Zitolo, Andrea; Ceccacci, Francesca; Caminiti, Ruggero; Aquilanti, Giuliana

    2011-10-21

    Extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy has been used to investigate the species and structures existing in a series of ZnCl(2)-H(2)O-NaCl solutions with different chloride/zinc ratios and in a solution of ZnCl(2) in the protic ionic liquid ethyl ammonium nitrate (EAN). The average coordination numbers and distances of zinc species were determined from the analysis of the EXAFS data. In aqueous solution the number of chloride ions tightly bounded to Zn(2+) is significantly related to the chloride/zinc ratio, and no inner complex formation between Zn(2+) and Cl(-) ions has been detected for low ZnCl(2) concentration (0.1 and 0.2 M). Conversely, in the same concentration range (0.13 M) the ZnCl(2) species do not dissociate in EAN and the Zn(2+) first coordination shell has two chloride ions and is completed by two oxygen atoms of the nitrate anion. The results of this investigation show that notwithstanding the existence of similar characteristics between EAN and water, the solvation properties of the two solvents are markedly different.

  12. In situ solvent formation microextraction based on ionic liquids: a novel sample preparation technique for determination of inorganic species in saline solutions.

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    Baghdadi, Majid; Shemirani, Farzaneh

    2009-02-23

    In this research, a novel microextraction technique based on ionic liquids (ILs) termed in situ solvent formation microextraction (ISFME) is developed. In this method, small amount of sodium hexafluorophosphate (NaPF(6), as an ion-pairing agent) was added to the sample solution containing very small amount of 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([Hmim][BF(4)], as hydrophilic IL). A cloudy solution was formed as a result of formation of fine droplets of 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate [Hmim][PF(6)]. After centrifuging, the fine droplets of the extractant phase settled to the bottom of the conical-bottom glass centrifuge tube. ISFME is a simple and rapid method for extraction and preconcentration of metal ions from water samples and can be applied for the sample solutions containing very high concentrations of salt. Furthermore, this technique is much safer in comparison with the organic solvent extraction. Reliability of the introduced methodology was evaluated by analyzing water reference material. ISFME was successfully applied to determining mercury (II) in several real water samples. Michler thioketone (TMK) was chosen as a complexing agent. Analysis was carried out using spectrophotometric detection method. Type and amount of IL, temperature and the other parameters were optimized. Under the optimum conditions, the limit of detection (LOD) was 0.7 ng mL(-1) and the relative standard deviation (R.S.D.) was 1.94% for 40 ng mL(-1) mercury.

  13. Complexation study of NpO{sub 2}{sup +} and UO{sub 2}{sup 2+} ions with several organic ligands in aqueous solutions of high ionic strength

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    Borkowski, M.; Lis, S.; Choppin, G.R.

    1995-09-01

    The acid dissociation constants, pK{sub a}, and the stability constants for NpO{sub 2}{sup +} and UO{sub 2}{sup 2+} have been measured for certain organic ligands [acetate, {alpha}-hydroxyisobutyrate, lactate, ascorbate, oxalate, citrate, EDTA, 8-hydroxyquinoline, 1, 10-phenanthroline, and thenoyltrifluoroacetone] in 5 m (NaCl) ionic strength solution. The pK{sub a} values were determined by potentiometry or spectrometry. These methods, as well as solvent extraction with {sup 233}U and {sup 237}Np radiotracers, were used to measure the stability constants of the 1:1 and 1:2 complexes of dioxo cations. These constants were used to estimate the concentrations required to result in 10 % competition with hydrolysis in the 5 m NaCl solution. Such estimates are of value in assessing the solubility from radioactive waste of AnO{sub 2}{sup +} and AnO{sub 2}{sup 2+} in brine solutions in contact with nuclear waste in a salt-bed repository.

  14. Anisole Nitration During Gamma-Irradiation of Aqueous Nitrite and Nitrate Solutions: Free Radical Versus Ionic Mechanisms

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    Gracy Elias; Bruce J. Mincher; Leigh R. Martin; Stephen P. Mezyk; Thomas D. Cullen

    2010-04-01

    The nitration of aromatic compounds in the condensed phase is of interest to nuclear waste treatment applications. This chapter discusses our investigation of radiolytic aromatic nitration mechanisms in the condensed phase toward understanding the nitration products created during nuclear fuel reprocessing. The nitration reactions of anisole, a model aromatic compound, were studied in ?-irradiated acidic nitrate, neutral nitrate, and neutral nitrite solutions. The nitrated anisole product distributions were the same with and without radiation in acidic solution, although more products were formed with radiation. In the irradiated acidic condensed phase, radiation-enhanced nitrous acid-catalyzed nitrosonium ion electrophilic aromatic substitution followed by oxidation reactions dominated over radical addition reactions. Neutral nitrate anisole solutions were dominated by mixed nitrosonium/nitronium ion electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions, but with lower product yields. Irradiation of neutral nitrite anisole solution resulted in a statistical substitution pattern for nitroanisole products, suggesting non-electrophilic free radical reactions involving the •NO2 radical.

  15. Charging and aggregation of latex particles in aqueous solutions of ionic liquids: towards an extended Hofmeister series.

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    Oncsik, Tamas; Desert, Anthony; Trefalt, Gregor; Borkovec, Michal; Szilagyi, Istvan

    2016-03-14

    The effect of ionic liquid (IL) constituents and other monovalent salts on the stability of polystyrene latex particles was studied by electrophoresis and light scattering in dilute aqueous suspensions. The surface charge and the aggregation rate were both sensitive to the type of ion leading to different critical coagulation concentration (CCC) values. Systematic variation of the type of IL cation and anion allows us to place these ions within the Hofmeister series. We find that the dicyanoamide anion should be placed between iodide and thiocyanate, while all 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium cations can be positioned to the left of the tetramethylammonium and ammonium ions. The hydrophobicity of the 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium (BMPL(+)) ion is intermediate between 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium (EMIM(+)) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium (BMIM(+)). With increasing alkyl chain length, the 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium cations adsorb on the latex particles very strongly, and 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium (HMIM(+)) and 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium (OMIM(+)) lead to pronounced charge reversal and to an intermediate restabilization region.

  16. A Long-Life Lithium Ion Battery with Enhanced Electrode/Electrolyte Interface by Using an Ionic Liquid Solution.

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    Elia, Giuseppe Antonio; Ulissi, Ulderico; Mueller, Franziska; Reiter, Jakub; Tsiouvaras, Nikolaos; Sun, Yang-Kook; Scrosati, Bruno; Passerini, Stefano; Hassoun, Jusef

    2016-05-10

    In this paper, we report an advanced long-life lithium ion battery, employing a Pyr14 TFSI-LiTFSI non-flammable ionic liquid (IL) electrolyte, a nanostructured tin carbon (Sn-C) nanocomposite anode, and a layered LiNi1/3 Co1/3 Mn1/3 O2 (NMC) cathode. The IL-based electrolyte is characterized in terms of conductivity and viscosity at various temperatures, revealing a Vogel-Tammann-Fulcher (VTF) trend. Lithium half-cells employing the Sn-C anode and NMC cathode in the Pyr14 TFSI-LiTFSI electrolyte are investigated by galvanostatic cycling at various temperatures, demonstrating the full compatibility of the electrolyte with the selected electrode materials. The NMC and Sn-C electrodes are combined into a cathode-limited full cell, which is subjected to prolonged cycling at 40 °C, revealing a very stable capacity of about 140 mAh g(-1) and retention above 99 % over 400 cycles. The electrode/electrolyte interface is further characterized through a combination of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) investigations upon cell cycling. The remarkable performances reported here definitively indicate that IL-based lithium ion cells are suitable batteries for application in electric vehicles. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Co-electroosmotic capillary electrophoresis of basic proteins with 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ionic liquids as non-covalent coating agents of the fused-silica capillary and additives of the electrolyte solution.

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    Corradini, Danilo; Nicoletti, Isabella; Bonn, Günther K

    2009-06-01

    The paper reports the results of a study carried out to evaluate the use of three 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium-based ionic liquids as non-covalent coating agents for bare fused-silica capillaries and additives of the electrolyte solutions (BGE) for CE of basic proteins in the co-EOF separation mode. The three ionic liquids are differentiated from each other by the length of the alkyl group on the imidazolium cation, consisting of either an ethyl, butyl or octyl substituent, whereas tetrafluoroborate is the common anionic component of the ionic liquids. Coating the capillary with the ionic liquid resulted in improved peak shape and protein separation, while the EOF was maintained cathodic. This indicates that each ionic liquid is effective at masking the protein interaction sites on the inner surface of the capillary, also when its adsorption onto the capillary wall has not completely neutralized all the negative charges arising from the ionization of the silanol groups and the ionic liquid is not incorporated into the BGE employed for separation. Using the coated capillaries with BGE containing the ionic liquid employed for the coating, at concentration low enough to maintaining the EOF cathodic, both peak shape and protein separation varied to different extents, based on the particular ionic liquid used and its concentration. Fast and efficient separation of the model basic protein mixture in co-electroosmotic CE is obtained with the 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate coated capillary and 100 mM acetate buffer (pH 4.0) containing 4.4 mM 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate as the BGE.

  18. Self adaptive solution strategies: Locally bound constrained Newton Raphson solution algorithms

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    Padovan, Joe

    1991-01-01

    A summary is given of strategies which enable the automatic adjustment of the constraint surfaces recently used to extend the range and numerical stability/efficiency of nonlinear finite element equation solvers. In addition to handling kinematic and material induced nonlinearity, both pre-and postbuckling behavior can be treated. The scheme employs localized bounds on various hierarchical partitions of the field variables. These are used to resize, shape, and orient the global constraint surface, thereby enabling essentially automatic load/deflection incrementation. Due to the generality of the approach taken, it can be implemented in conjunction with the constraints of an arbitrary functional type. To benchmark the method, several numerical experiments are presented. These include problems involving kinematic and material nonlinearity, as well as pre- and postbuckling characteristics. Also included is a list of papers published in the course of the work.

  19. A comparative study on the ionic liquid [bmim][BF 4] and its solution with transient absorption spectroscopy

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    Zhu, Guanglai; Wu, Guozhong; Xu, Xinsheng; Ji, Xuehan

    2011-11-01

    A detailed study was explored to compare the transient absorption spectra of the neat 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([bmim][BF 4]) with its solution in water or acetonitrile. It was concluded that the excited triplet state 3[bmim] +* was produced after 266 nm laser irradiation, and then the neutral radical [bmim] rad and the cation radical [bmim] 2+rad were formed through two possible paths. The transient absorption spectra of the neat [bmim][BF 4] and its solution were similar but the reaction kinetics were different due to their different local structures such as dimeric or cluster. The energy transfer between excited [bmim][BF 4] and β-carotene further affirmed the existence of 3[bmim] +*. And the reaction that the hydrated electron captured by [bmim] + to produce [bmim] rad in solution was observed.

  20. A bioelectrochemical method for the quantitative description of the Hofmeister effect of ionic liquids in aqueous solution.

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    Lu, Lu; Hu, Yan; Huang, Xirong; Qu, Yinbo

    2012-09-13

    It is imperative to establish a simple, efficient, and practical method to investigate the Hofmeister effect of ionic liquids (ILs) on the behavior of proteins (enzymes). In this study, the effects of the cations and anions of different ILs in aqueous media on the structural stability of horseradish peroxidase (HRP), a model oxidoreductase, were systematically investigated using electrochemical methods. It is found that without ILs no direct electron transfer current signals of HRP appear at bare glassy carbon electrode (GCE) in phosphate buffer (pH 7.0) even after incubation and accumulation at a negative potential. In the presence of ILs, however, a current signal occurs at GCE, depending on the structure of the IL and its concentration. A linear relationship between the peak currents and the scan rates demonstrates that the direct electron transfer is a surface-confined thin-layer electrochemical process. The redox signal at GCE is from the heme of HRP. An IL has a perturbing effect on the HRP structure. The anodic peak current of HRP at GCE, the catalytic activity of HRP, and the secondary structure of HRP are well correlated. Different cations or anions at varied concentrations have different effects on the structural stability of HRP, resulting in different current signals at GCE. Thus, the anodic peak current of HRP at GCE can be used as an indicator to quantitatively characterize the effect of ILs on the structural stability of HRP. The present Hofmeister series for cations and anions is in good agreement with that reported elsewhere. To our knowledge, this is a first attempt to establish a simple and practical electrochemical method to correlate Hofmeister effects with characteristics of ions and solvents. The present investigation not only deepens our understanding of the complex electrochemical behavior of proteins in ILs media but also offers a practical guidance to designing "green" and biocompatible ILs for protein (enzyme) separation, purification

  1. Coexistence of iso-nonergodic laponite gel and glass in 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid solutions.

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    Joshi, Nidhi; Rawat, Kamla; Bohidar, H B

    2014-06-12

    We report unique colloidal gel-glass coexistence in aqueous laponite dispersion (2% w/v) in the presence of 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid (IL, [C8mim][Cl], concentration 0.01 to 0.05% w/v), where both of the phases had identical nonergodicity and were dynamically interactive. With aging, the nascent heterogeneous dispersion exhibited spontaneous two-phase separation, and the time-dependent relative viscosity followed: η(r) = |ε|(-k) where ε = (t - t(g))/t(g) and t(g) is the time required for the system to get arrested, with k decreasing from 3.13 to 2.54 as the IL concentration was increased from 0 to 0.03% (w/v), implying slowing down of the arrest kinetics. This time was measured from viscosity and rheology studies, revealing the formation of IL-mediated finite size colloidal networks on a time scale of ~4 × 10(3) s, whereas the dispersion developed a large viscosity one decade in time later (~4 × 10(4) s). Homogeneous transparent upper phase was an entropic glass and exhibited substantial storage modulus gain (300-3000 Pa) with an increase in IL concentration (0 to 0.05% (w/v)). The translucent lower gel phase had a much higher storage modulus. Dynamic light scattering measured bimodal relaxation time of concentration fluctuations. The degree of nonergodicity in the two phases was approximately the same, implying laponite-IL cluster exchange across the interface (identical slow-mode diffusivity). In summary, IL-induced first-order phase separation in laponite dispersion produced a homogeneous colloidal gel coexisting with a glass not commonly observed in soft matter systems. This implied that the two phases were dynamically coupled on long time scales, whereas their short-time behavior was distinctively different.

  2. In Silico Calculation of Infinite Dilution Activity Coefficients of Molecular Solutes in Ionic Liquids: Critical Review of Current Methods and New Models Based on Three Machine Learning Algorithms.

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    Paduszyński, Kamil

    2016-08-22

    The aim of the paper is to address all the disadvantages of currently available models for calculating infinite dilution activity coefficients (γ(∞)) of molecular solutes in ionic liquids (ILs)-a relevant property from the point of view of many applications of ILs, particularly in separations. Three new models are proposed, each of them based on distinct machine learning algorithm: stepwise multiple linear regression (SWMLR), feed-forward artificial neural network (FFANN), and least-squares support vector machine (LSSVM). The models were established based on the most comprehensive γ(∞) data bank reported so far (>34 000 data points for 188 ILs and 128 solutes). Following the paper published previously [J. Chem. Inf. Model 2014, 54, 1311-1324], the ILs were treated in terms of group contributions, whereas the Abraham solvation parameters were used to quantify an impact of solute structure. Temperature is also included in the input data of the models so that they can be utilized to obtain temperature-dependent data and thus related thermodynamic functions. Both internal and external validation techniques were applied to assess the statistical significance and explanatory power of the final correlations. A comparative study of the overall performance of the investigated SWMLR/FFANN/LSSVM approaches is presented in terms of root-mean-square error and average absolute relative deviation between calculated and experimental γ(∞), evaluated for different families of ILs and solutes, as well as between calculated and experimental infinite dilution selectivity for separation problems benzene from n-hexane and thiophene from n-heptane. LSSVM is shown to be a method with the lowest values of both training and generalization errors. It is finally demonstrated that the established models exhibit an improved accuracy compared to the state-of-the-art model, namely, temperature-dependent group contribution linear solvation energy relationship, published in 2011 [J. Chem

  3. Impact of Alkyl Chain Length on the Transition of Hexagonal Liquid Crystal-Wormlike Micelle-Gel in Ionic Liquid-Type Surfactant Aqueous Solutions without Any Additive.

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    Hu, Yimin; Han, Jie; Ge, Lingling; Guo, Rong

    2015-11-24

    The search for functional supramolecular aggregations with different structure has attracted interest of chemists because they have the potential in industrial and technological application. Hydrophobic interaction has great influence on the formation of these aggregations, such as hexagonal liquid crystals, wormlike micelles, hydrogels, etc. So a systematical investigation was done to investigate the influence of alkyl chain length of surfactants on the aggregation behavior in water. The aggregation behavior of 1-hexadecyl-3-alkyl imidazolium bromide and water has been systematically investigated. These ionic liquid surfactants are denoted as C16-Cn (n = 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16). The rheological behavior and microstructure were characterized via a combination of rheology, cryo-etch scanning electron microscopy, polarization optical microscopy, and X-ray crystallography. The alkyl chain has great influence on the formation of surfactant aggregates in water at the molecular level. With increasing alkyl chain length, different aggregates, such as hexagonal liquid crystals, wormlike micelles, and hydrogels can be fabricated: C16-C2 aqueous solution only forms hexagonal liquid crystal; C16-C3 aqueous solution forms wormlike micelle and hexagonal liquid crystal; C16-C4, C16-C6 and C16-C8 aqueous solutions only form wormlike micelle; C16-C9 aqueous solution experiences a transition between wormlike micelle and hydrogel; C16-C10, C16-C12, C16-C14 and C16-C16 only form hydrogel. The mechanism of the transition of different aggregation with increasing alkyl chain length was also proposed.

  4. One-pot synthesis of SnO{sub 2}/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite in ionic liquid-based solution and its application for lithium ion batteries

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    Gu, Changdong Zhang, Heng; Wang, Xiuli; Tu, Jiangping

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A facile and low-temperature method is developed for SnO{sub 2}/graphene composite. • Synthesis performed in a choline chloride-based ionic liquid. • The composite shows an enhanced cycling stability as anode for Li-ion batteries. • 4 nm SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles mono-dispersed on the surface of reduced graphene oxide. - Abstract: A facile and low-temperature method is developed for SnO{sub 2}/graphene composite which involves an ultrasonic-assistant oxidation–reduction reaction between Sn{sup 2+} and graphene oxide in a choline chloride–ethylene glycol based ionic liquid under ambient conditions. The reaction solution is non-corrosive and environmental-friendly. Moreover, the proposed technique does not require complicated infrastructures and heat treatment. The SnO{sub 2}/graphene composite consists of about 4 nm sized SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles with cassiterite structure mono-dispersed on the surface of reduced graphene oxide. As anode for lithium-ion batteries, the SnO{sub 2}/graphene composite shows a satisfying cycling stability (535 mAh g{sup −1} after 50 cycles @100 mA g{sup −1}), which is significantly prior to the bare 4 nm sized SnO{sub 2} nanocrsytals. The graphene sheets in the hybrid nanostructure could provide a segmentation effect to alleviate the volume expansion of the SnO{sub 2} and restrain the small and active Sn-based particles aggregating into larger and inactive clusters during cycling.

  5. Studies on the movements of ionic selectivity, compatible solutes, and intracellular ions caused in the leaves of spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) plants cultured in a nutrient solution with seawater.

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    Sun, Jin; Jia, Yongxia; Guo, Shirong; Chen, Lifang

    2010-01-01

    Analyses of ionic selectivity, compatible solutes, and intracellular ions in the leaves of spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) plants cultured in the Hoagland's nutrient solution with or.without seawater (40%) were carried out using two cultivars--the Helan No.3 (seawater tolerant) and the Yuanye (seawater sensitive). When both cultivars were subjected to seawater stress, the leaves of the Helan No. 3 spinach preferred potassium (K+), calcium (Ca2+), magnesium (Mg2+), and sulfate (SO4(2-)) over sodium (Na+) and chlorine (Cl-) to keep high ratios of K/Na, Mg/Na, Ca/Na, and SO4(2-)/Cl- compared with the Yanye spinach. Moreover, those of the Helan No. 3 spinach under the seawater stress showed high efficiency of accumulation of compatible solutes (sugars and proline), low degradation of proteins, and suppression of free amino acids. However, the activities of plasma membrane H+ -ATPase and tonoplast H+ -ATPase in the leaves of spinach with the stress were enhanced. Taken together, the Helan No. 3 spinach under the seawater stress seems to acquire a high tolerance to the seawater salinity by inducing a high ion uptake, low concentration of Na+ and Cl-, efficient accumulation of compatible solutes, low decomposition of proteins, and suppression of free amino acids in the leaves.

  6. Penetration of betaxolol HCL ionic suspension 0.25% and betaxolol HCL solution 0.50% into the aqueous humor.

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    Yalvac, I Sagdic; Basci, N E; Dulger, B; Duman, S

    2007-01-01

    To determine the intraocular penetration of topical drops of betaxolol HCl 0.25% suspension and betaxolol HCl 0.50% solution into the aqueous humor. Fifteen patients were randomly assigned to receive topical betaxolol HCl 0.25% suspension (n=7) or topical betaxolol HCl 0.50% solution (n=8) the day before cataract surgery. Aqueous samples were collected 2 hours after the administration of the morning dose during cataract surgery. Drug concentrations were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection. The mean aqueous humor concentration of topical betaxolol HCl 0.25% suspension was 275.1+/-168.8 micro g/mL (range 570-70 micro g/mL) and the mean aqueous humor concentration of topical betaxolol HCl 0.50% solution was 195.4+/-102.4 micro g/mL (range 334-50 micro g/mL) (p=0.281). The mean aqueous humor concentration of betaxolol 0.25% suspension was higher than betaxolol 0.50% solution; however, the difference was not statistically significant. With twofold reduced concentration and similar anterior chamber penetration, betaxolol 0.25% suspension could be first choice for Beta 1 selective blocker therapy when considered for patients with glaucoma.

  7. Dual frequency open-loop electric potential microscopy for local potential measurements in electrolyte solution with high ionic strength.

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    Kobayashi, Naritaka; Asakawa, Hitoshi; Fukuma, Takeshi

    2012-03-01

    Recent development of open-loop electric potential microscopy (OL-EPM) has enabled to measure local potential distribution at a solid/liquid interface. However, the operating environment of OL-EPM has been limited to a weak electrolyte solution (<1 mM). This has significantly limited its application range in biology and chemistry. To overcome this limitation, we have developed dual frequency (DF) mode OL-EPM. In the method, an ac bias voltage consisting of two frequency components at f(1) and f(2) is applied between a tip and sample. The local potential is calculated from the amplitudes of the f(1) and |f(1) - f(2)| components of the electrostatic force. In contrast to the conventional single frequency (SF) mode OL-EPM, the detection of the 2f(1) component is not required in DF mode. Thus, the maximum bias modulation frequency in DF mode is twice as high as that in SF mode. The high bias modulation frequency used in DF mode prevents the generation of electrochemical reactions and redistribution of ions and water, which enables to operate OL-EPM even in a strong electrolyte solution. In this study, we have performed potential measurements of nanoparticles on a graphite surface in 1 and 10 mM NaCl solution. The results demonstrate that DF mode OL-EPM allows measurements of local potential distribution in 10 mM electrolyte solution.

  8. Facilitated transport of Cu with hydroxyapatite nanoparticles in saturated sand: Effects of solution ionic strength and composition

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    Column experiments were conducted to investigate the facilitated transport of Cu in association with hydroxyapatite nanoparticles (nHAP) in water-saturated quartz sand at different solution concentrations of NaCl (0 to 100 mM) or CaCl2 (0.1 to 1.0 mM). The experimental breakthrough curves and retent...

  9. Independence of the effective dielectric constant of an electrolytic solution on the ionic distribution in the linear Poisson-Nernst-Planck model.

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    Alexe-Ionescu, A L; Barbero, G; Lelidis, I

    2014-08-28

    We consider the influence of the spatial dependence of the ions distribution on the effective dielectric constant of an electrolytic solution. We show that in the linear version of the Poisson-Nernst-Planck model, the effective dielectric constant of the solution has to be considered independent of any ionic distribution induced by the external field. This result follows from the fact that, in the linear approximation of the Poisson-Nernst-Planck model, the redistribution of the ions in the solvent due to the external field gives rise to a variation of the dielectric constant that is of the first order in the effective potential, and therefore it has to be neglected in the Poisson's equation that relates the actual electric potential across the electrolytic cell to the bulk density of ions. The analysis is performed in the case where the electrodes are perfectly blocking and the adsorption at the electrodes is negligible, and in the absence of any ion dissociation-recombination effect.

  10. Coordination chemistry and antisolvent strategy to rare-earth solid solution colloidal spheres.

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    Li, Cheng Chao; Zeng, Hua Chun

    2012-11-21

    We have devised in this work a general synthetic strategy for preparation of single- and multicomponent rare-earth coordination polymer colloidal spheres (RE-CPCSs). This strategy is based on an integration of coordination chemistry and antisolvent effect for synchronized precipitation. Highly monodisperse RE-CPCSs with homogeneous mixing of RE elements, which are not readily attainable by any existing methods, have been successfully prepared for the first time. In addition, the type and molar ratio of these colloidal spheres can be adjusted easily in accordance to the variety and dosage of precursor salts. The molar ratio of RE elements in as-prepared colloidal spheres shows a linear relationship to that of starting reactants. Furthermore, the RE-based core/shell colloidal spheres can be facilely prepared by introducing other metal salts (beyond lanthanide elements) owing to their different coordination chemistry and precipitation behavior. By adjusting concentrations of the ionic activators, luminescent properties can be tuned accordingly. Moreover, the RE-CPCSs can be transformed to monodisperse lanthanide oxide spheres via simple heat treatment. We believe that the present synthetic strategy provides a viable route to prepare other lanthanide-containing colloidal spheres that have enormous potential for future applications as optoelectronic devices, catalysts, gas sensors, and solar cells.

  11. Vibrational Spectroscopy of Ionic Liquids.

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    Paschoal, Vitor H; Faria, Luiz F O; Ribeiro, Mauro C C

    2017-01-04

    Vibrational spectroscopy has continued use as a powerful tool to characterize ionic liquids since the literature on room temperature molten salts experienced the rapid increase in number of publications in the 1990's. In the past years, infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopies have provided insights on ionic interactions and the resulting liquid structure in ionic liquids. A large body of information is now available concerning vibrational spectra of ionic liquids made of many different combinations of anions and cations, but reviews on this literature are scarce. This review is an attempt at filling this gap. Some basic care needed while recording IR or Raman spectra of ionic liquids is explained. We have reviewed the conceptual basis of theoretical frameworks which have been used to interpret vibrational spectra of ionic liquids, helping the reader to distinguish the scope of application of different methods of calculation. Vibrational frequencies observed in IR and Raman spectra of ionic liquids based on different anions and cations are discussed and eventual disagreements between different sources are critically reviewed. The aim is that the reader can use this information while assigning vibrational spectra of an ionic liquid containing another particular combination of anions and cations. Different applications of IR and Raman spectroscopies are given for both pure ionic liquids and solutions. Further issues addressed in this review are the intermolecular vibrations that are more directly probed by the low-frequency range of IR and Raman spectra and the applications of vibrational spectroscopy in studying phase transitions of ionic liquids.

  12. Ionic Blocks

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    Sevcik, Richard S.; Gamble, Rex; Martinez, Elizabet; Schultz, Linda D.; Alexander, Susan V.

    2008-01-01

    "Ionic Blocks" is a teaching tool designed to help middle school students visualize the concepts of ions, ionic compounds, and stoichiometry. It can also assist high school students in reviewing their subject mastery. Three dimensional blocks are used to represent cations and anions, with color indicating charge (positive or negative) and size…

  13. Ionic Blocks

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    Sevcik, Richard S.; Gamble, Rex; Martinez, Elizabet; Schultz, Linda D.; Alexander, Susan V.

    2008-01-01

    "Ionic Blocks" is a teaching tool designed to help middle school students visualize the concepts of ions, ionic compounds, and stoichiometry. It can also assist high school students in reviewing their subject mastery. Three dimensional blocks are used to represent cations and anions, with color indicating charge (positive or negative) and size…

  14. Ionic liquid-modified magnetic polymeric microspheres as dispersive solid phase extraction adsorbent: a separation strategy applied to the screening of sulfamonomethoxine and sulfachloropyrazine from urine.

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    Yan, Hongyuan; Gao, Mengmeng; Yang, Chen; Qiu, Mande

    2014-04-01

    Ionic liquid-modified magnetic polymeric microspheres (ILMPM) were prepared based on Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) and ionic liquids (ILs) incorporated into a polymer. The composites were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction, and vibrating magnetometer, which indicated that ILMPM had a regularly spherical shape and strong magnetic property. The obtained ILMPM were successfully applied as a special adsorbent of magnetic dispersive solid phase extraction (MDSPE) for the rapid extraction and isolation of sulfamonomethoxine sodium and sulfachloropyrazine sodium in urine. The factors that affected extraction efficiency, such as adsorption conditions, desorption conditions, washing and elution solvents, and pH of the sample solution, were optimized. Under the optimum condition, good linearity in the range of 0.005-2.0 μg g(-1) (r ≥ 0.9996) was obtained for the two sulfonamides (SAs); the average recoveries at three spiked levels ranged from 86.9 to 102.1 %, with relative standard deviations of ≤4.3 %. The presented ILMPM-MDSPE method combined the advantages of ILs, MNPs, and MDSPE and therefore could be potentially applied for rapid screening of SAs in urine.

  15. Effect of the salt-induced micellar microstructure on the nonlinear shear flow behavior of ionic cetylpyridinium chloride surfactant solutions

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    Gaudino, D.; Pasquino, R.; Kriegs, H.; Szekely, N.; Pyckhout-Hintzen, W.; Lettinga, M. P.; Grizzuti, N.

    2017-03-01

    The shear flow dynamics of linear and branched wormlike micellar systems based on cetylpyridinium chloride and sodium salicylate in brine solution is investigated through rheometric and scattering techniques. In particular, the flow and the structural flow response are explored via velocimetry measurements and rheological and rheometric small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments, respectively. Although all micellar solutions display a similar shear thinning behavior in the nonlinear regime, the experimental results show that shear banding sets in only when the micelle contour length L ¯ is sufficiently long, independent of the nature of the micellar connections (either linear or branched micelles). Using rheometric SANS, we observe that the shear banding systems both show very similar orientational ordering as a function of Weissenberg number, while the short branched micelles manifest an unexpected increase of ordering at very low Weissenberg numbers. This suggests the presence of an additional flow-induced relaxation process that is peculiar for branched systems.

  16. A scaled-ionic-charge simulation model that reproduces enhanced and suppressed water diffusion in aqueous salt solutions.

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    Kann, Z R; Skinner, J L

    2014-09-14

    Non-polarizable models for ions and water quantitatively and qualitatively misrepresent the salt concentration dependence of water diffusion in electrolyte solutions. In particular, experiment shows that the water diffusion coefficient increases in the presence of salts of low charge density (e.g., CsI), whereas the results of simulations with non-polarizable models show a decrease of the water diffusion coefficient in all alkali halide solutions. We present a simple charge-scaling method based on the ratio of the solvent dielectric constants from simulation and experiment. Using an ion model that was developed independently of a solvent, i.e., in the crystalline solid, this method improves the water diffusion trends across a range of water models. When used with a good-quality water model, e.g., TIP4P/2005 or E3B, this method recovers the qualitative behaviour of the water diffusion trends. The model and method used were also shown to give good results for other structural and dynamic properties including solution density, radial distribution functions, and ion diffusion coefficients.

  17. What Do Women Students Want? (And Need!). Strategies and Solutions for Gender Equity.

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    Funk, Carole

    This paper argues that sexism and gender discrimination remain a significant problem in elementary, secondary, and higher education, and offers specific educational strategies and solutions to help overcome such inequalities. The paper explores female socialization and stereotyping, along with the real physiological and psychological differences…

  18. Extending the Use of Constructivist Approaches in Career Guidance and Counselling: Solution-Focused Strategies

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    Miller, Judi H.

    2004-01-01

    This article focuses on the use of constructivist approaches by career counsellors. A three phase solution-focused model is presented that will enable career counselling practitioners to use brief, positively oriented strategies in an integrated manner with their clients. In addition, possible ways counsellors might integrate systems thinking in…

  19. Influence of Design Training and Spatial Solution Strategies on Spatial Ability Performance

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    Lin, Hanyu

    2016-01-01

    Numerous studies have reported that spatial ability improves through training. This study investigated the following: (1) whether design training enhances spatial ability and (2) whether differing solution strategies are applied or generated following design training. On the basis of these two research objectives, this study divided the…

  20. Cognitive and Neural Determinants of Response Strategy in the Dual-Solution Plus-Maze Task

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    De Leonibus, Elvira; Costantini, Vivian J. A.; Massaro, Antonio; Mandolesi, Georgia; Vanni, Valentina; Luvisetto, Siro; Pavone, Flaminia; Oliverio, Alberto; Mele, Andrea

    2011-01-01

    Response strategy in the dual-solution plus maze is regarded as a form of stimulus-response learning. In this study, by using an outcome devaluation procedure, we show that it can be based on both action-outcome and stimulus-response habit learning, depending on the amount of training that the animals receive. Furthermore, we show that…

  1. Influence of Design Training and Spatial Solution Strategies on Spatial Ability Performance

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    Lin, Hanyu

    2016-01-01

    Numerous studies have reported that spatial ability improves through training. This study investigated the following: (1) whether design training enhances spatial ability and (2) whether differing solution strategies are applied or generated following design training. On the basis of these two research objectives, this study divided the…

  2. Cognitive and Neural Determinants of Response Strategy in the Dual-Solution Plus-Maze Task

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    De Leonibus, Elvira; Costantini, Vivian J. A.; Massaro, Antonio; Mandolesi, Georgia; Vanni, Valentina; Luvisetto, Siro; Pavone, Flaminia; Oliverio, Alberto; Mele, Andrea

    2011-01-01

    Response strategy in the dual-solution plus maze is regarded as a form of stimulus-response learning. In this study, by using an outcome devaluation procedure, we show that it can be based on both action-outcome and stimulus-response habit learning, depending on the amount of training that the animals receive. Furthermore, we show that…

  3. "Practical" Electrospinning of Biopolymers in Ionic Liquids.

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    Shamshina, Julia L; Zavgorodnya, Oleksandra; Bonner, Jonathan R; Gurau, Gabriela; Di Nardo, Thomas; Rogers, Robin D

    2017-01-10

    To address the need to scale up technologies for electrospinning of biopolymers from ionic liquids to practical volumes, a setup for the multi-needle electrospinning of chitin using the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate, [C2 mim]-[OAc], was designed, built, and demonstrated. Materials with controllable and high surface area were prepared at the nanoscale using ionic-liquid solutions of high-molecular-weight chitin extracted with the same ionic liquid directly from shrimp shells.

  4. A Cascade Optimization Strategy for Solution of Difficult Multidisciplinary Design Problems

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    Patnaik, Surya N.; Coroneos, Rula M.; Hopkins, Dale A.; Berke, Laszlo

    1996-01-01

    A research project to comparatively evaluate 10 nonlinear optimization algorithms was recently completed. A conclusion was that no single optimizer could successfully solve all 40 problems in the test bed, even though most optimizers successfully solved at least one-third of the problems. We realized that improved search directions and step lengths, available in the 10 optimizers compared, were not likely to alleviate the convergence difficulties. For the solution of those difficult problems we have devised an alternative approach called cascade optimization strategy. The cascade strategy uses several optimizers, one followed by another in a specified sequence, to solve a problem. A pseudorandom scheme perturbs design variables between the optimizers. The cascade strategy has been tested successfully in the design of supersonic and subsonic aircraft configurations and air-breathing engines for high-speed civil transport applications. These problems could not be successfully solved by an individual optimizer. The cascade optimization strategy, however, generated feasible optimum solutions for both aircraft and engine problems. This paper presents the cascade strategy and solutions to a number of these problems.

  5. Chromium(VI) Removal from Aqueous Solution by Magnetite Coated by a Polymeric Ionic Liquid-Based Adsorbent.

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    Ferreira, Thania Alexandra; Rodriguez, Jose Antonio; Paez-Hernandez, María Elena; Guevara-Lara, Alfredo; Barrado, Enrique; Hernandez, Prisciliano

    2017-05-06

    An evaluation of the chromium(VI) adsorption capacity of four magnetite sorbents coated with a polymer phase containing polymethacrylic acid or polyallyl-3-methylimidazolium is presented. Factors that influence the chromium(VI) removal such as solution pH and contact time were investigated in batch experiments and in stirred tank reactor mode. Affinity and rate constants increased with the molar ratio of the imidazolium. The highest adsorption was obtained at pH 2.0 due to the contribution of electrostatic interactions.

  6. Chromium(VI) Removal from Aqueous Solution by Magnetite Coated by a Polymeric Ionic Liquid-Based Adsorbent

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    Ferreira, Thania Alexandra; Rodriguez, Jose Antonio; Paez-Hernandez, María Elena; Guevara-Lara, Alfredo; Barrado, Enrique; Hernandez, Prisciliano

    2017-01-01

    An evaluation of the chromium(VI) adsorption capacity of four magnetite sorbents coated with a polymer phase containing polymethacrylic acid or polyallyl-3-methylimidazolium is presented. Factors that influence the chromium(VI) removal such as solution pH and contact time were investigated in batch experiments and in stirred tank reactor mode. Affinity and rate constants increased with the molar ratio of the imidazolium. The highest adsorption was obtained at pH 2.0 due to the contribution of electrostatic interactions. PMID:28772865

  7. The role of the binding salt sodium salicylate in semidilute ionic cetylpyridinium chloride micellar solutions: a rheological and scattering study.

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    Gaudino, D; Pasquino, R; Stellbrink, J; Szekely, N; Krutyeva, M; Radulescu, A; Pyckhout-Hintzen, W; Grizzuti, N

    2016-12-21

    The micellar system based on cetylpyridinium chloride (CPyCl) and sodium salicylate (NaSal) in brine solution is investigated on both macro- and micro-length scales through rheology and scattering measurements. The linear viscoelasticity of the system and its structural parameters are explored by systematically changing the amount of NaSal over an extremely wide range of concentrations, thus producing salt-to-surfactant molar ratios from zero to about 8.5. As a result, the well-known non-monotonic behaviour of the zero-shear rate viscosity as a function of salinity can be connected to micellar morphological changes, whose driving force is represented by the simultaneous binding and screening actions of NaSal. The viscosity behaviour can be seen as a direct consequence of consecutive lengthening/shortening of the contour length, where the micelles attempt to minimize the electrostatic charge density on their surface. Along similar lines, the scattering measurements of the semidilute solutions show that the local stiffness of the micellar chain changes with increasing salt content influencing the elasticity of the resulting network. Within this general view, the branching of the micelles can be seen as a side effect attributable to the main character of the play, namely, the binding salt NaSal, whereas the overall dynamics of the system is driven by the considerable changes in the entanglement density of the micellar network.

  8. Low GDP Solution and Glucose-Sparing Strategies for Peritoneal Dialysis.

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    Szeto, Cheuk Chun; Johnson, David W

    2017-01-01

    Long-term exposure to a high glucose concentration in conventional peritoneal dialysis (PD) solution has a number of direct and indirect (via glucose degradation products [GDP]) detrimental effects on the peritoneal membrane, as well as systemic metabolism. Glucose- or GDP-sparing strategies often are hypothesized to confer clinical benefits to PD patients. Icodextrin (glucose polymer) solution improves peritoneal ultrafiltration and reduces the risk of fluid overload, but these beneficial effects are probably the result of better fluid removal rather than being glucose sparing. Although frequently used for glucose sparing, the role of amino acid-based solution in this regard has not been tested thoroughly. When glucose-free solutions are used in a combination regimen, published studies showed that glycemic control was improved significantly in diabetic PD patients, and there probably are beneficial effects on peritoneal function. However, the long-term effects of glucose-free solutions, used either alone or as a combination regimen, require further studies. On the other hand, neutral pH-low GDP fluids have been shown convincingly to preserve residual renal function and urine volume. The cost effectiveness of these solutions supports the regular use of neutral pH-low GDP solutions. Nevertheless, further studies are required to determine whether neutral pH-low GDP solutions exert beneficial effects on patient-level outcomes, such as peritonitis, technique survival, and patient survival. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Ionic liquids as electrolytes for non-aqueous solutions electrochemical supercapacitors in a temperature range of 20 °C-80 °C

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    Zhang, Lei; Tsay, Ken; Bock, Christina; Zhang, Jiujun

    2016-08-01

    To increase the operating temperature of the supercapacitors (SCs) without compromising their high cycle-life, several typical fluoro- and non-fluoro containing ionic liquids (EMI-mesylate, EMI-hydrogen sulfate, PP13-triflate, PP13-TFSI, and EMI-TFSI, as shown in Fig. 1) are studied as the electrolytes to prepare organic solutions for SC performance measurements using a two-electrode cell. Both cyclic voltammograms and charge/discharge curves at various temperatures such as 20, 40, 60 and 80 °C are collected. At 60 °C, the increased performance order in both rating and cyclability measurements are found to be as follows: 1) EMI-hydrogen sulfate < PP13-TFSI < EMI-mesylate < PP13-triflate < EMI-TFSI for rating; and 2) EMI-hydrogen sulfate < EMI-mesylate < PP13-Triflate < PP13-TFSI < EMI-TFSI for life-time. The fluoro-containing group of ILs, i.e., PP13-Triflate, PP13-TFSI and EMI-TFSI can give a specific capacitance between 100 and 170 F/g for various scan rates for a conventional carbon electrode, and an extended lifetime test of 10, 000 cycles with a capacitance degradation of less than 10%, indicating that these two ion liquids can be used for SC electrolytes operated at high temperature.

  10. Dependence of DNA Persistence Length on Ionic Strength of Solutions with Monovalent and Divalent Salts: A Joint Theory-Experiment Study

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    Brunet, Annaël; Tardin, Catherine; Salome, Laurence; Rousseau, Philippe; Destainville, Nicolas; Manghi, Manoel

    2016-02-01

    Using high-throughput Tethered Particle Motion single molecule experiments, the double-stranded DNA persistence length, $L_p$, is measured in solutions with Na$^+$ and Mg$^{2+}$ ions of various ionic strengths, $I$. Several theoretical equations for $L_p(I)$ are fitted to the experimental data, but no decisive theory is found which fits all the $L_p$ values for the two ion valencies. Properly extracted from the particle trajectory using simulations, $L_p$ varies from 30~nm to 55~nm, and is compared to previous experimental results. For the Na$^+$ only case, $L_p$ is an increasing concave function of $I^{-1}$, well fitted by Manning's electrostatic stretching approach, but not by classical Odjik-Skolnick-Fixman theories with or without counter-ion condensation. With added Mg$^{2+}$ ions, $L_p$ shows a marked decrease at low $I$, interpreted as an ion-ion correlation effect, with an almost linear law in $I^{-1}$, fitted by a proposed variational approach.

  11. Stagnation point flow of wormlike micellar solutions in a microfluidic cross-slot device: effects of surfactant concentration and ionic environment.

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    Haward, Simon J; McKinley, Gareth H

    2012-03-01

    We employ the techniques of microparticle image velocimetry and full-field birefringence microscopy combined with mechanical measurements of the pressure drop to perform a detailed characterization of the extensional rheology and elastic flow instabilities observed for a range of wormlike micellar solutions flowing through a microfluidic cross-slot device. As the flow rate through the device is increased, the flow first bifurcates from a steady symmetric to a steady asymmetric configuration characterized by a birefringent strand of highly aligned micellar chains oriented along the shear-free centerline of the flow field. At higher flow rates the flow becomes three dimensional and time dependent and is characterized by aperiodic spatiotemporal fluctuations of the birefringent strand. The extensional properties and critical conditions for the onset of flow instabilities in the fluids are highly dependent on the fluid formulation (surfactant concentration and ionic strength) and the resulting changes in the linear viscoelasticity and nonlinear shear rheology of the fluids. By combining the measurements of critical conditions for the flow transitions with the viscometric material properties and the degree of shear-thinning characterizing each test fluid, it is possible to construct a stability diagram for viscoelastic flow of complex fluids in the cross-slot geometry.

  12. Effect of cation type, alkyl chain length, adsorbate size on adsorption kinetics and isotherms of bromide ionic liquids from aqueous solutions onto microporous fabric and granulated activated carbons.

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    Hassan, Safia; Duclaux, Laurent; Lévêque, Jean-Marc; Reinert, Laurence; Farooq, Amjad; Yasin, Tariq

    2014-11-01

    The adsorption from aqueous solution of imidazolium, pyrrolidinium and pyridinium based bromide ionic liquids (ILs) having different alkyl chain lengths was investigated on two types of microporous activated carbons: a fabric and a granulated one, well characterized in terms of surface chemistry by "Boehm" titrations and pH of point of zero charge measurements and of porosity by N2 adsorption at 77 K and CO2 adsorption at 273 K. The influence of cation type, alkyl chain length and adsorbate size on the adsorption properties was analyzed by studying kinetics and isotherms of eight different ILs using conductivity measurements. Equilibrium studies were carried out at different temperatures in the range [25-55 °C]. The incorporation of ILs on the AC porosity was studied by N2 adsorption-desorption measurements at 77 K. The experimental adsorption isotherms data showed a good correlation with the Langmuir model. Thermodynamic studies indicated that the adsorption of ILs onto activated carbons was an exothermic process, and that the removal efficiency increased with increase in alkyl chain length, due to the increase in hydrophobicity of long chain ILs cations determined with the evolution of the calculated octanol-water constant (Kow). The negative values of free energies indicated that adsorption of ILs with long chain lengths having hydrophobic cations was more spontaneous at the investigated temperatures.

  13. Extraction of silver(I) from aqueous solutions in the absence and presence of copper(II) with a methimazole-based ionic liquid.

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    Reyna-González, Juan M; Torriero, Angel A J; Siriwardana, Amal I; Burgar, Iko M; Bond, Alan M

    2011-08-21

    The ionic liquid (IL) 2-butylthiolonium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide, [mimSBu][NTf(2)], facilitates the efficient extraction of silver(I) from aqueous media via interaction with both the cation and anion components of the IL. Studies with a conventional aqueous-IL two phase system as well as microextraction of silver(I) by a thick IL film adhered to an electrode monitored in situ by cyclic voltammetry, established that [mimSBu][NTf(2)] can extract electroactive silver(I) ions from an aqueous solution. The pH of the aqueous phase decreases upon addition of [mimSBu](+), which is attributed to partial release of the hydrogen attached to the N(3) nitrogen atom of the imidazolium ring. The presence of silver(I) further increase the acidity of the aqueous phase as a consequence of coordination with the IL cation component. Voltammetric and (1)H and (13)C NMR techniques have been used to establish the nature of the silver(I) complexes extracted, and show that the form of interaction with the IL differs from that outlined previously for the extraction of copper(II). Insights on the competition established when silver(I) is extracted in the presence of copper(II) are provided. Finally, it is noted that metallic silver can be directly electrodeposited at the electrode surface after extraction of silver(I) into [mimSBu][NTf(2)] and that back extraction of silver(I) into aqueous media is achieved by addition of an acidic aqueous solution.

  14. Removal of malachite green dye from aqueous solution using mesoporous silica synthesized from 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid

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    Ekka, Basanti; Nayak, Soumitra Ranjan; Dash, Priyabrat; Patel, Raj Kishore

    2016-04-01

    In this research, mesoporous silica was synthesized via a modified sol-gel route using 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride and was employed to remove malachite green (MG) dye from aqueous solution. Subsequently, this material was characterized and identified by different techniques such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), N2 adsorption-desorption method, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and thermosgravimetric analysis (TGA). Unique properties such as high surface area and pore diameter, in addition to highly reactive atoms and presence of various functional groups make the mesoporous silica possible for efficient removal of malachite green (MG). In batch experimental set-up, optimum conditions for quantitative removal of MG by mesoporous silica was attained by varying different variables such as adsorbent dosage, initial dye concentration, contact time, and pH. Optimum values were set as pH of 8.0, 0.5 g of adsorbent at contact time of 120 min. The adsorption of MG follows the pseudo-second-order rate equation. Equilibrium data fitted well with the Freundlich model at all amount of adsorbent, while maximum adsorption capacity was 5.981 mg g-1 for 0.5 g mesoporous silica synthesized in IL.

  15. Removal of malachite green dye from aqueous solution using mesoporous silica synthesized from 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid

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    Ekka, Basanti; Nayak, Soumitra Ranjan; Dash, Priyabrat E-mail: rkpatel@nitrkl.ac.in; Patel, Raj Kishore E-mail: rkpatel@nitrkl.ac.in

    2016-04-13

    In this research, mesoporous silica was synthesized via a modified sol-gel route using 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride and was employed to remove malachite green (MG) dye from aqueous solution. Subsequently, this material was characterized and identified by different techniques such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption method, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and thermosgravimetric analysis (TGA). Unique properties such as high surface area and pore diameter, in addition to highly reactive atoms and presence of various functional groups make the mesoporous silica possible for efficient removal of malachite green (MG). In batch experimental set-up, optimum conditions for quantitative removal of MG by mesoporous silica was attained by varying different variables such as adsorbent dosage, initial dye concentration, contact time, and pH. Optimum values were set as pH of 8.0, 0.5 g of adsorbent at contact time of 120 min. The adsorption of MG follows the pseudo-second-order rate equation. Equilibrium data fitted well with the Freundlich model at all amount of adsorbent, while maximum adsorption capacity was 5.981 mg g{sup −}1 for 0.5 g mesoporous silica synthesized in IL.

  16. Molecular dynamics investigation of desorption and ion separation following picosecond infrared laser (PIRL) ablation of an ionic aqueous protein solution.

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    Zou, J; Wu, C; Robertson, W D; Zhigilei, L V; Miller, R J D

    2016-11-28

    Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to characterize the ablation process induced by a picosecond infrared laser (PIRL) operating in the regime of desorption by impulsive vibrational excitation (DIVE) of a model peptide (lysozyme)/counter-ion system in aqueous solution. The simulations were performed for ablation under typical experimental conditions found within a time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS), that is in vacuum with an applied electric field (E = ± 10(7) V/m), for up to 2 ns post-ablation and compared to the standard PIRL-DIVE ablation condition (E = 0 V/m). Further, a simulation of ablation under an extreme field condition (E = 10(10) V/m) was performed for comparison to extend the effective dynamic range of the effect of the field on charge separation. The results show that the plume dynamics were retained under a typical TOF-MS condition within the first 1 ns of ablation. Efficient desorption was observed with more than 90% of water molecules interacting with lysozyme stripped off within 1 ns post-ablation. The processes of ablation and desolvation of analytes were shown to be independent of the applied electric field and thus decoupled from the ion separation process. Unlike under the extreme field conditions, the electric field inside a typical TOF-MS was shown to modify the ions' motion over a longer time and in a soft manner with no enhancement to fragmentation observed as compared to the standard PIRL-DIVE. The study indicates that the PIRL-DIVE ablation mechanism could be used as a new, intrinsically versatile, and highly sensitive ion source for quantitative mass spectrometry.

  17. Molecular dynamics investigation of desorption and ion separation following picosecond infrared laser (PIRL) ablation of an ionic aqueous protein solution

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    Zou, J.; Wu, C.; Robertson, W. D.; Zhigilei, L. V.; Miller, R. J. D.

    2016-11-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to characterize the ablation process induced by a picosecond infrared laser (PIRL) operating in the regime of desorption by impulsive vibrational excitation (DIVE) of a model peptide (lysozyme)/counter-ion system in aqueous solution. The simulations were performed for ablation under typical experimental conditions found within a time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS), that is in vacuum with an applied electric field (E = ± 107 V/m), for up to 2 ns post-ablation and compared to the standard PIRL-DIVE ablation condition (E = 0 V/m). Further, a simulation of ablation under an extreme field condition (E = 1010 V/m) was performed for comparison to extend the effective dynamic range of the effect of the field on charge separation. The results show that the plume dynamics were retained under a typical TOF-MS condition within the first 1 ns of ablation. Efficient desorption was observed with more than 90% of water molecules interacting with lysozyme stripped off within 1 ns post-ablation. The processes of ablation and desolvation of analytes were shown to be independent of the applied electric field and thus decoupled from the ion separation process. Unlike under the extreme field conditions, the electric field inside a typical TOF-MS was shown to modify the ions' motion over a longer time and in a soft manner with no enhancement to fragmentation observed as compared to the standard PIRL-DIVE. The study indicates that the PIRL-DIVE ablation mechanism could be used as a new, intrinsically versatile, and highly sensitive ion source for quantitative mass spectrometry.

  18. A Strategy to Produce High Efficiency, High Stability Perovskite Solar Cells Using Functionalized Ionic Liquid-Dopants.

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    Zhang, Yi; Fei, Zhaofu; Gao, Peng; Lee, Yonghui; Tirani, Farzaneh Fadaei; Scopelliti, Rosario; Feng, Yaqing; Dyson, Paul J; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja

    2017-09-01

    Functionalized imidazolium iodide salts (ionic liquids) modified with CH2 CHCH2 , CH2 CCH, or CH2 CN groups are applied as dopants in the synthesis of CH3 NH3 PbI3 -type perovskites together with a fumigation step. Notably, a solar cell device prepared from the perovskite film doped with the salt containing the CH2 CHCH2 side-chain has a power conversion efficiency of 19.21%, which is the highest efficiency reported for perovskite solar cells involving a fumigation step. However, doping with the imidazolium salts with the CH2 CCH and CH2 CN groups result in perovskite layers that lead to solar cell devices with similar or lower power conversion efficiencies than the dopant-free cell. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Solubility of B-Nb2O5 and the Hydrolysis of Niobium(V) in Aqueous Solution as a Function of Temperature and Ionic Strength

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    Peiffert, C; Nguyen-Trung, Chinh {nmn}; Palmer, Donald; Laval, J. P.; Giffaut, E.

    2010-01-01

    B-Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} was recrystallized from commercially available oxide, and XRD analyses indicated that it is stable in contact with solutions over the pH range 0 to 9, whereas solid polyniobates such as Na{sub 8}Nb{sub 6}O{sub 19} 13H{sub 2}O(s) appear to predominate at pH > 9. Solubilities of the crystalline B-Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} were determined in five NaClO{sub 4} solutions (0.1 {le} Im/mol {center_dot} kg{sup -1} {le} 1.0) over a wide pH range at (25.0 {+-} 0.1) C and at 0.1 MPa. A limited number of measurements were also made at Im = 6.0 mol {center_dot} kg{sup -1}, whereas at Im = 1.0 mol {center_dot} kg{sup -1} the full range of pH was also covered at (10, 50 and 70) C. The pH of these solutions was fixed using either HClO{sub 4} (pH {le} 4) or NaOH (pH {ge} 10) and determined by mass balance, whereas the pH on the molality scale was measured in buffer mixtures of acetic acid + acetate (4 {le} pH {le} 6), Bis-Tris (pH {approx} 7), Tris (pH {approx} 8) and boric acid + borate (pH {approx} 9). Treatment of the solubility results indicated the presence of four species, Nb(OH){sub n}{sup 5-n} (where n = 4-7), so that the molal solubility quotients were determined according to: 0.5Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}(cr) + 0.5(2n-5)H{sub 2}O(l){sup {center_dot}-} Nb(OH){sub n}{sup 5-n} + (n-5)H{sup +} (n = 4-7) and were fitted empirically as a function of ionic strength and temperature, including the appropriate Debye-Hueckel term. A Specific Interaction Theory (SIT) approach was also attempted. The former approach yielded the following values of log 10 K{sub sn} (infinite dilution) at 25 C: -(7.4 {+-} 0.2) for n = 4; -(9.1 {+-} 0.1) for n = 5; -(14.1 {+-} 0.3) for n = 6; and -(23.9 {+-} 0.6) for n = 7. Given the experimental uncertainties (2{sigma}), it is interesting to note that the effect of ionic strength only exceeded the combined uncertainties significantly in the case of log 10 K{sub s6} to I{sub m} = 1.0 mol {center_dot} kg{sup -1}, such that these values may be of use by

  20. Molecular basis of high viscosity in concentrated antibody solutions: Strategies for high concentration drug product development

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    Tomar, Dheeraj S.; Kumar, Sandeep; Singh, Satish K.; Goswami, Sumit; Li, Li

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Effective translation of breakthrough discoveries into innovative products in the clinic requires proactive mitigation or elimination of several drug development challenges. These challenges can vary depending upon the type of drug molecule. In the case of therapeutic antibody candidates, a commonly encountered challenge is high viscosity of the concentrated antibody solutions. Concentration-dependent viscosity behaviors of mAbs and other biologic entities may depend on pairwise and higher-order intermolecular interactions, non-native aggregation, and concentration-dependent fluctuations of various antibody regions. This article reviews our current understanding of molecular origins of viscosity behaviors of antibody solutions. We discuss general strategies and guidelines to select low viscosity candidates or optimize lead candidates for lower viscosity at early drug discovery stages. Moreover, strategies for formulation optimization and excipient design are also presented for candidates already in advanced product development stages. Potential future directions for research in this field are also explored. PMID:26736022

  1. Finite Time Merton Strategy under Drawdown Constraint: A Viscosity Solution Approach

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    Elie, R.

    2008-12-15

    We consider the optimal consumption-investment problem under the drawdown constraint, i.e. the wealth process never falls below a fixed fraction of its running maximum. We assume that the risky asset is driven by the constant coefficients Black and Scholes model and we consider a general class of utility functions. On an infinite time horizon, Elie and Touzi (Preprint, [2006]) provided the value function as well as the optimal consumption and investment strategy in explicit form. In a more realistic setting, we consider here an agent optimizing its consumption-investment strategy on a finite time horizon. The value function interprets as the unique discontinuous viscosity solution of its corresponding Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation. This leads to a numerical approximation of the value function and allows for a comparison with the explicit solution in infinite horizon.

  2. Molecular basis of high viscosity in concentrated antibody solutions: Strategies for high concentration drug product development.

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    Tomar, Dheeraj S; Kumar, Sandeep; Singh, Satish K; Goswami, Sumit; Li, Li

    2016-01-01

    Effective translation of breakthrough discoveries into innovative products in the clinic requires proactive mitigation or elimination of several drug development challenges. These challenges can vary depending upon the type of drug molecule. In the case of therapeutic antibody candidates, a commonly encountered challenge is high viscosity of the concentrated antibody solutions. Concentration-dependent viscosity behaviors of mAbs and other biologic entities may depend on pairwise and higher-order intermolecular interactions, non-native aggregation, and concentration-dependent fluctuations of various antibody regions. This article reviews our current understanding of molecular origins of viscosity behaviors of antibody solutions. We discuss general strategies and guidelines to select low viscosity candidates or optimize lead candidates for lower viscosity at early drug discovery stages. Moreover, strategies for formulation optimization and excipient design are also presented for candidates already in advanced product development stages. Potential future directions for research in this field are also explored.

  3. Effect of Ionic Strength and Ion Pairing on Sound Absorption in Aqueous Solutions of MgSO4 and NaC1.

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    1982-04-15

    the data of Kurtze and Tam are in better agreement with theol.. The extension to high ionic strength of Debye - Huckel theory derived for low ionic...strength of ". Debye - Huckel theory derived for low ionic strength is discussed briefly. INTRODUCTION Below 300 kHz sound absorption in low concentration...0.178 (131 for MgSO 4, NaSO 4 " and MgCI respectively. The Debye - Huckel equation [251 [261 1271 -log fij - AI z, zsl 7+ i (10) J-: . ,.i_. -,,_,, , J

  4. Learning to solve a problem: a microanalysis of the solution strategies of children with learning disabilities.

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    Wansart, W L

    1990-03-01

    Ten subjects with learning disabilities and 10 normally achieving subjects, aged 10-5 to 12-5 years, were videotaped while attempting to solve the Tower of Hanoi problem (see Karat, 1982; Piaget, 1976; Simon, 1975). A microanalysis of their problem-solving activities provided a descriptive taxonomy used to analyze what, in fact, individual subjects did when constructing a solution strategy, and to categorize and compare changes in strategy. The results indicated that as a group the normally achieving subjects reached more sophisticated levels of strategy use (p less than .05). However, if the focus of the comparison is on an analysis of how learning proceeded in individuals, then the subjects with learning disabilities appear to be similar to the normally achieving subjects. There was no evidence in these subjects of the popular conception that individuals with learning disabilities are inactive, passive, or maladaptive in their attempts to learn to solve a problem.

  5. The influence of ionic strength on carbonate-based spectroscopic barometry for aqueous fluids: an in-situ Raman study on Na2CO3-NaCl solutions

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    Wu, Jia; Wang, Shixia; Zheng, Haifei

    2016-01-01

    The Raman wavenumber of the symmetric stretching vibration of carbonate ion (ν1-CO32−) was measured in three aqueous solutions containing 2.0 mol·L−1 Na2CO3 and 0.20, 0.42, or 0.92 mol·L−1 NaCl, respectively, from 122 to 1538 MPa at 22 °C using a moissanite anvil cell. The ν1 Raman signal linearly shifted to higher wavenumbers with increasing pressure. Most importantly, the slope of ν1-CO32− Raman frequency shift (∂ν1/∂P)I was independent of NaCl concentration. Moreover, elevated ionic strength was found to shift the apparent outline of the carbonate peak toward low wavenumbers, possibly by increasing the proportion of the contact ion pair NaCO3−. Further investigations revealed no cross-interaction between the pressure effect and the ionic strength effect on the Raman spectra, possibly because the distribution of different ion-pair species in the carbonate equilibrium was largely pressure-independent. These results suggested that the ionic strength should be incorporated as an additional constraint for measuring the internal pressure of various solution-based systems. Combining the ν1-CO32− Raman frequency slope with the pressure herein with the values for the temperature or the ionic strength dependencies determined from previous studies, we developed an empirical equation that can be used to estimate the pressure of carbonate-bearing aqueous solutions. PMID:27982064

  6. The influence of ionic strength on carbonate-based spectroscopic barometry for aqueous fluids: an in-situ Raman study on Na2CO3-NaCl solutions

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    Wu, Jia; Wang, Shixia; Zheng, Haifei

    2016-12-01

    The Raman wavenumber of the symmetric stretching vibration of carbonate ion (ν1-CO32-) was measured in three aqueous solutions containing 2.0 mol·L-1 Na2CO3 and 0.20, 0.42, or 0.92 mol·L-1 NaCl, respectively, from 122 to 1538 MPa at 22 °C using a moissanite anvil cell. The ν1 Raman signal linearly shifted to higher wavenumbers with increasing pressure. Most importantly, the slope of ν1-CO32- Raman frequency shift (∂ν1/∂P)I was independent of NaCl concentration. Moreover, elevated ionic strength was found to shift the apparent outline of the carbonate peak toward low wavenumbers, possibly by increasing the proportion of the contact ion pair NaCO3-. Further investigations revealed no cross-interaction between the pressure effect and the ionic strength effect on the Raman spectra, possibly because the distribution of different ion-pair species in the carbonate equilibrium was largely pressure-independent. These results suggested that the ionic strength should be incorporated as an additional constraint for measuring the internal pressure of various solution-based systems. Combining the ν1-CO32- Raman frequency slope with the pressure herein with the values for the temperature or the ionic strength dependencies determined from previous studies, we developed an empirical equation that can be used to estimate the pressure of carbonate-bearing aqueous solutions.

  7. A strategy for selecting the pH of protein solutions to enhance crystallization.

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    Zhang, Chen Yan; Wu, Zi Qing; Yin, Da Chuan; Zhou, Bo Ru; Guo, Yun Zhu; Lu, Hui Meng; Zhou, Ren Bin; Shang, Peng

    2013-07-01

    The pH of a solution is an important parameter in crystallization that needs to be controlled in order to ensure success. The actual pH of the crystallization droplet is determined by the combined contribution of the buffers in the screening and protein solutions, although the contribution of the latter to the pH is often ignored. In this study, the effects of the buffer and protein solution pH values on the results of screening are systematically investigated. It was found that these parameters significantly affected the results and thus the following strategy for the selection of appropriate pH values is proposed: (i) when screening with only one protein solution, the pH should be as low, as high or as divergent from the pI as possible for a basic, acidic or neutral protein, respectively, within its stable pH range; (ii) when screening with two protein solutions, the pH values should be well separated from one another; and (iii) when multiple pH values are utilized, an even distribution of pH values is the best approach to increase the success rate of crystallization.

  8. A strategy for selecting the pH of protein solutions to enhance crystallization

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    Zhang, Chen-Yan; Wu, Zi-Qing; Yin, Da-Chuan; Zhou, Bo-Ru; Guo, Yun-Zhu; Lu, Hui-Meng; Zhou, Ren-Bin; Shang, Peng

    2013-01-01

    The pH of a solution is an important parameter in crystallization that needs to be controlled in order to ensure success. The actual pH of the crystallization droplet is determined by the combined contribution of the buffers in the screening and protein solutions, although the contribution of the latter to the pH is often ignored. In this study, the effects of the buffer and protein solution pH values on the results of screening are systematically investigated. It was found that these parameters significantly affected the results and thus the following strategy for the selection of appropriate pH values is proposed: (i) when screening with only one protein solution, the pH should be as low, as high or as divergent from the pI as possible for a basic, acidic or neutral protein, respectively, within its stable pH range; (ii) when screening with two protein solutions, the pH values should be well separated from one another; and (iii) when multiple pH values are utilized, an even distribution of pH values is the best approach to increase the success rate of crystallization. PMID:23832217

  9. Physical Chemistry of Reaction Dynamics in Ionic Liquid

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    Maroncelli, Mark

    2016-10-02

    Work completed over the past year mainly involves finishing studies related to solvation dynamics in ionic liquids, amplifying and extending our initial PFG-NMR work on solute diffusion, and learning how to probe rotational dynamics in ionic liquids.

  10. Fluorescence response of a dipolar organic solute in a dicationic ionic liquid (IL): is the behavior of dicationic IL different from that of usual monocationic IL?

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    Sahu, Prabhat Kumar; Das, Sudhir Kumar; Sarkar, Moloy

    2014-07-07

    The solvation and rotational relaxation dynamics of coumarin 153 have been investigated in a dicationic ionic liquid (IL), 1,6-bis-(3-methylimidazolium-1-yl)hexane bis-(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide ([C6(MIm)2][NTf2]2), for the first time to provide a comprehensive and a quantitative understanding of the nature of the ionic fluid and its influence on the average solvation and rotational relaxation time. On several occasions, the photophysical data obtained in the present dicationic IL have also been compared with the monocationic imidazolium-based ionic liquid so as to find out the difference between their behaviors. The dicationic ionic liquid has been synthesized via a two step process and subsequently characterized by conventional spectroscopic methods. Steady state absorption and fluorescence measurements reveal that the polarity of the ionic liquid is close to that of dichloromethane. Steady state excitation wavelength dependent fluorescence measurement indicates the micro-heterogeneous nature of the ionic liquid. However, the steady state excitation wavelength dependent fluorescence response is found to be similar for both the dicationic and a structurally similar monocationic ionic liquid. In the time-resolved fluorescence studies, contrary to the monocationic imidazolium-based ionic liquid, no missing ultra-fast component of solvation has been observed in the present dicationic IL. Excitation wavelength dependence of the average solvation and rotation times also indicates the micro-heterogeneous nature of these media. When viscosity dependence (η) of the measured average solvation 〈τs〉 and rotation 〈τr〉 times are verified by the relation: 〈τx〉 ∝ (η/T)(p) (where 'x' is solvation or rotation, p is the exponent and T is the temperature), the fractional dependence of both average solvation and rotational times with the medium viscosity have been observed. The recent findings (J. Chem. Phys., 2012, 136, 174503; Chem. Phys. Lett., 2011, 517

  11. A novel contention solution strategy based on priority for optical burst switching networks

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    Guan, Ai-Hong; Cui, Fang-Fang

    2010-11-01

    A fundamental issue in optical burst switching (OBS) networks is to solve the burst contention for the core node. In this paper, a novel priority-based contention solution strategy for OBS networks is proposed. When the contention occurs, the burst priority is considered firstly, and then the burst segmentation method is used for the low priority bursts in this strategy. Ensuring the integrity of high priority bursts, part of the segmented bursts can be transmitted to the destination node via combining wavelength conversion and optical buffer method. Simulation results show that the proposed scheme not only ensures the integrity of high priority bursts, but also reduces the packet loss rate of the low priority bursts maximally, so that it can support good quality of service (QoS) for the network.

  12. Feasibility of using sodium bicarbonate solution as a damage-limiting strategy for erosion lesions.

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    Messias, Danielle Cristine Furtado; Martins, Mara Eliza Nogueria; Serra, Mônica Campos; Turssi, Cecilia Pedroso

    2008-01-01

    One of the recommended measures to prevent and control dental erosion is the oral rinse with sodium bicarbonate solution, which would neutralise the dietary acids. However, the prescription of this aqueous suspension has been made on an empirical basis. The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate whether the demineralisation caused by erosive episodes could be controlled by the potential neutralising effect exerted by a sodium bicarbonate solution. Bovine enamel slabs were embedded in epoxy resin, ground/polished and tested for initial surface microhardness. Twice daily for 2 days, specimens were subjected to an erosive challenge with orange juice in an orbital shaker. Following each erosive episode, specimens (n = 15) were immersed for either 30 or 60 seconds in a sodium bicarbonate solution or deionised water. The negative control group was left untreated. For the remaining daily time, specimens were kept in artificial saliva. New microhardness indentations were then made as described for the initial measurements. ANOVA applied to the percentage of surface microhardness change (%deltaSMH) showed no statistically significant difference among treatments (P = 0.5810). The use of sodium bicarbonate solution, at least under in vitro conditions, may not be a feasible strategy for managing enamel erosion.

  13. A comparison of ionic versus nonionic contrast medium during primary percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction (GUSTO IIb). Global Use of Strategies to Open Occluded Coronary Arteries in Acute Coronary Syndromes.

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    Batchelor, W B; Granger, C B; Kleiman, N S; Phillips, H R; Ellis, S G; Betriu, A; Criger, D A; Stebbins, A L; Topol, E J; Califf, R M

    2000-03-15

    The clinical impact of contrast medium selection during primary percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) has not been studied. We compared the clinical outcomes of patients who received ionic versus nonionic low osmolar contrast medium in the setting of primary percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty for AMI in the second Global Use of Strategies to Open Occluded Coronary Arteries in Acute Coronary Syndromes (GUSTO IIb) trial. Univariable and multivariable analyses were performed to assess the relation between contrast medium selection and clinical outcome (death, reinfarction, or refractory ischemia) at 30 days. Although baseline clinical and angiographic characteristics were generally similar between the 2 groups, patients who received ionic, low osmolar contrast were less likely to have been enrolled at a US site (23% vs 43%, p = 0.001) and less likely to have occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery (34% vs 47%, p = 0.03) or a history of prior AMI (8% vs 16%, p = 0.02). The triple composite end point of death, reinfarction, or refractory ischemia occurred less frequently in the ionic group, both in the hospital (4.4% vs 11%, p = 0.018) and at 30 days (5.5% vs 11%, p = 0.044). Although the trend favoring ionic contrast persisted, the differences were no longer statistically significant after adjustment for imbalances in baseline characteristics using a risk model developed from the study sample (n = 454, adjusted odds ratio for ionic contrast 0.48 [0.22 to 1.02], p = 0.055), and using a model developed from the entire GUSTO IIb study cohort (n = 12,142, adjusted odds ratio for ionic contrast 0.50 [0.23 to 1.06], p = 0.072). The results of this observational study warrant further elucidation by a randomized study design in this setting.

  14. Potential of Zero Charge and Its Temperature Derivative for Au(111) Electrode|Alkanethiol SAM|1.0 M Aqueous Electrolyte Solution Interfaces: Impact of Electrolyte Solution Ionic Strength and Its Effect on the Structure of the Modified Electrode|Electrolyte Solution Interface

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    Smalley, John F.

    2017-04-06

    In this study, we demonstrate how small and rapid temperature perturbations (produced by the indirect laser-induced temperature jump (ILIT) technique) of solid metal electrode|electrolyte solution interfaces may be used to determine the potential of zero (total) charge (Epzc) and its temperature derivativemore » $$\\left(\\frac{dEpzc}{dT}\\right)$$ of Au(111) electrode surfaces modified by alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers in contact with high ionic strength (i.e., 1.0 M) aqueous electrolyte solutions. The Epzc’s measured for two different types of SAMs (made from either HS(CH2)n-1CH3 (5 ≤ n ≤ 12, Epzc = -(0.99 ± 0.12) V vs SSCE) or HS(CH2)nOH (3 ≤ n ≤ 16, Epzc = (0.46 ± 0.22) V vs SSCE)) are considerably different than those measured previously at much lower electrolyte solution ionic strengths. For mixed monolayers made from both HS(CH2)n-1CH3 and HS(CH2)nFc (where Fc refers to ferrocene), the difference in Epzc decreases as a function of the surface concentration of the Fc moiety (i.e., [Fc]), and it completely disappears at a surprisingly small [Fc] (~4.0 × 10–11 mol cm–2). These observations for the Au(111)|hydrophobic (neat and mixed) SAM|aqueous electrolyte solution interfaces, along with the surface potentials (gSml(dip)) evaluated for the contacting electrolyte solution surfaces of these interfaces, are consistent with a structure for the water molecule components of these surfaces where there is a net orientation of the dipoles of these molecules. Accordingly, the negative (oxygen) ends of these molecules point toward the SAM surface. The positive values of gSml(dip) evaluated for hydrophilic SAM (e.g., made from HS(CH2)nOH)|aqueous electrolyte solution interfaces) also indicate that the structure of these interfaces is similar to that of the hydrophobic interfaces. However, gSml(dip) decreases with increasing ionic strength for the hydrophilic interfaces, while it increases with increasing ionic strength for the hydrophobic

  15. Highly Selective Ionic Block Copolymer Membranes

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    2010-11-10

    commonly used ionic polymer membrane in fuel cells ) as a function of methanol solution concentration using time-resolved FTIR-ATR spectroscopy. This...this field of study. These results suggest that methanol fuel cell performance and efficiency can be improved by developing new ionic polymers that...methanol sorption in the membrane and not diffusion. The typical assumption in ionic polymer development for the methanol fuel cell is that the diffusion

  16. Three strategies to stabilise nearly monodispersed silver nanoparticles in aqueous solution

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    2012-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles are extensively used due to their chemical and physical properties and promising applications in areas such as medicine and electronics. Controlled synthesis of silver nanoparticles remains a major challenge due to the difficulty in producing long-term stable particles of the same size and shape in aqueous solution. To address this problem, we examine three strategies to stabilise aqueous solutions of 15 nm citrate-reduced silver nanoparticles using organic polymeric capping, bimetallic core-shell and bimetallic alloying. Our results show that these strategies drastically improve nanoparticle stability by distinct mechanisms. Additionally, we report a new role of polymer functionalisation in preventing further uncontrolled nanoparticle growth. For bimetallic nanoparticles, we attribute the presence of a higher valence metal on the surface of the nanoparticle as one of the key factors for improving their long-term stability. Stable silver-based nanoparticles, free of organic solvents, will have great potential for accelerating further environmental and nanotoxicity studies. PACS: 81.07.-b; 81.16.Be; 82.70.Dd. PMID:22356679

  17. Three strategies to stabilise nearly monodispersed silver nanoparticles in aqueous solution

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    Stevenson, Amadeus PZ; Blanco Bea, Duani; Civit, Sergi; Antoranz Contera, Sonia; Iglesias Cerveto, Alberto; Trigueros, Sonia

    2012-02-01

    Silver nanoparticles are extensively used due to their chemical and physical properties and promising applications in areas such as medicine and electronics. Controlled synthesis of silver nanoparticles remains a major challenge due to the difficulty in producing long-term stable particles of the same size and shape in aqueous solution. To address this problem, we examine three strategies to stabilise aqueous solutions of 15 nm citrate-reduced silver nanoparticles using organic polymeric capping, bimetallic core-shell and bimetallic alloying. Our results show that these strategies drastically improve nanoparticle stability by distinct mechanisms. Additionally, we report a new role of polymer functionalisation in preventing further uncontrolled nanoparticle growth. For bimetallic nanoparticles, we attribute the presence of a higher valence metal on the surface of the nanoparticle as one of the key factors for improving their long-term stability. Stable silver-based nanoparticles, free of organic solvents, will have great potential for accelerating further environmental and nanotoxicity studies. PACS: 81.07.-b; 81.16.Be; 82.70.Dd.

  18. Ionic crystals

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    Mahan, G.D.

    1985-03-01

    The theme of the second Petra School of Physics was the optical properties of solids. The author's lectures will discuss the theory of ionic crystals such as the alkali halides. The general topics will include a discussion of: the local electric fields, multipole polarizability, core level spectra, and electron energy levels. The subject of alkali halides is today regarded as unfashionable. They were quite popular years ago, but fashions and fancies in science have moved elsewhere. One should not think they are well understood. The author's impression of this field is that activity stopped, not because the problems were solved, but rather because the workers got tired of not being able to solve them. For example, we still do not have a good theory of crystal structure, since microscopic forces are not well characterized. One concludes that other quantities which depend upon forces, such as the elastic constants, are also not well understood, although theories of them are published all of the time. As another example, we still do not have a good theory of bonding. Here there are two camps: one which regards the bonding as ionic, while the other advocates significant amounts of covalency. Recently we have shown that both the elastic constants, and the amount of covalent bonding, depend significantly upon the higher multipole polarizabilities. In summary, the subject of ionic crystals is a field where there are still many unresolved issues awaiting good research. 21 refs., 5 figs., 4 tabs.

  19. Design, characterization and applications of new ionic liquid matrices for multifunctional analysis of biomolecules: a novel strategy for pathogenic bacteria biosensing.

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    Abdelhamid, Hani Nasser; Khan, M Shahnawaz; Wu, Hui-Fen

    2014-05-01

    The design, preparation and performance for novel UV-light absorbing (room-temperature) ionic liquid matrices (UV-RTILMs) for matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) were reported. A series of UV-RTILMs was prepared by ultrasonication of equimolar of acid (mefenamic acid) and bases (aniline (ANI), pyridine (Pyr), dimethyl aniline (DMANI) and 2-methyl picoline (2-P)). The UV-RTILMs have not only significant absorbance at the desired wavelength (337 nm of the N2 Laser), but also have available protons that can easily undergo proton transfer reactions to ionize the target molecules. The novel UV-RTILMs have the ability to ionize different and wide classes of compounds such as drugs, carbohydrate, and amino acids. The new UV-RTILMs series have been successfully and selectively applied for biosensing the lysates of pathogenic bacteria in the presence of the cell macromolecules. A new strategy for biosensing pathogens was presented via sensing the pathogens lysate in the cell suspension. The new materials can effectively detect the bacterial toxins without separation or any pretreatment. They offered excellent ionization of labile oligosaccharides with protonated peaks. They could significantly enhance the analyte signals, produce homogeneous spotting, reducing spot-to-spot variation, excellent vacuum stability, higher ion peak intensity, and wide application possibility. The physical parameters such as molar refractivity, molar volume, parachor, surface tension, density and polarizability were calculated and tabulated. The new UV-RTILMs could offer excellent reproducibility and great repeatability and they are promising matrices for wide applications on MALDI-MS. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  20. Effect of solution pH and ionic strength on the stability of poly(acrylic acid)-encapsulated multiwalled carbon nanotubes aqueous dispersion and its application for NADH sensor.

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    Liu, Aihua; Watanabe, Takashi; Honma, Itaru; Wang, Jin; Zhou, Haoshen

    2006-12-15

    The optimal conditions to prepare water-soluble, stable poly(acrylic acid)-wrapped multiwalled carbon nanotubes (PAA-MWNTs) complex is presented. PAA-MWNTs shows high stability within weak acid to weak basic pH condition. The complex also shows good endurance to moderate ionic strengths in the buffer solution. The PAA-MWNTs complex film-covered electrode demonstrates stable, excellent electrocatalytic activity to oxidize NADH, which makes it possible to prepare NADH sensor at a low potential of approximately 0.13 V (versus Ag/AgCl) with the linear range of 4-100 microM by differential pulse voltammetry.

  1. Asynchronous, macrotasked relaxation strategies for the solution of viscous, hypersonic flows

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    Gnoffo, Peter A.

    1991-01-01

    A point-implicit, asynchronous macrotasked relaxation of the steady, thin-layer, Navier-Stokes equations is presented. The method employs multidirectional, single-level storage Gauss-Seidel relaxation sweeps, which effectively communicate perturbations across the entire domain in 2n sweeps, where n is the dimension of the domain. In order to enhance convergence the application of relaxation factors to specific components of the Jacobian is examined using a stability analysis of the advection and diffusion equations. Attention is also given to the complications associated with asynchronous multitasking. Solutions are generated for hypersonic flows over blunt bodies in two and three dimensions with chemical reactions, utilizing single-tasked and multitasked relaxation strategies.

  2. Asynchronous, macrotasked relaxation strategies for the solution of viscous, hypersonic flows

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    Gnoffo, Peter A.

    1991-01-01

    A point-implicit, asynchronous macrotasked relaxation of the steady, thin-layer, Navier-Stokes equations is presented. The method employs multidirectional, single-level storage Gauss-Seidel relaxation sweeps, which effectively communicate perturbations across the entire domain in 2n sweeps, where n is the dimension of the domain. In order to enhance convergence the application of relaxation factors to specific components of the Jacobian is examined using a stability analysis of the advection and diffusion equations. Attention is also given to the complications associated with asynchronous multitasking. Solutions are generated for hypersonic flows over blunt bodies in two and three dimensions with chemical reactions, utilizing single-tasked and multitasked relaxation strategies.

  3. Solution-Focused Strategies for Effective Sexual Health Communication among African American Parents and Their Adolescents.

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    Johnson, Sharon D; Williams, Sha-Lai

    2015-11-01

    The high rates of sexual risk behaviors, particularly among African American youths who may not be aware of their HIV status, provide indication that, unless prevention efforts are enhanced, this vulnerable group of youths will remain at greater risk for negative health status outcomes. Parents are important in efforts to reduce risk among youths and often have a willingness to be sexuality educators for their children; however, communication barriers often impede their ability to provide preventive sexual health knowledge to their youths. Social workers are often presented with opportunities to help parents develop effective sexual health communication skills in informal settings when formal interventions are not feasible. The present effort considers solution-focused strategies social workers can use to help parents overcome barriers and communicate more positively with their youths about sexual health.

  4. Efficient removal of H2S at high temperature using the ionic liquid solutions of [C4mim]3PMo12O40-An organic polyoxometalate.

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    Ma, Yunqian; Liu, Xinpeng; Wang, Rui

    2017-06-05

    An innovative approach to H2S capture and sulfur recovery via liquid redox at high temperature has been developed using [C4mim]3PMo12O40 at temperatures ranging from 80 to 180°C, which is superior to the conventional water-based system with an upper limit of working temperature normally below 60°C. The ionic liquids used as solvents include [C4mim]Cl, [C4mim]BF4, [C4mim]PF6 and [C4mim]NTf2. Microscopic observation and turbidity measurement were used to investigate the dissolution of [C4mim]3PMo12O40 in the ionic liquids. Stabilization energy between H2S and the anion of ionic liquid as well as H2O was calculated to illustrate the interaction between H2S and the solvents. The cavity theory can be adopted to illustrate the mechanism for H2S absorption: the Cl(-) ion with small radius can be incorporated into the cavities of [C4mim]3PMo12O40, and interact with H2S strongly. The underlying mechanism for sulfur formation is the redox reaction between H2S and PMo12O40(3-). H2S can be oxidized to elemental sulfur and Mo(6+) is partly reduced during absorption, according to UV-vis and FTIR spectra. The [C4mim]3PMo12O40-[C4mim]Cl after reaction can be readily regenerated by air and thus enabling its efficient and repeatitive use. The absorbent of [C4mim]3PMo12O40-ionic liquid system provides a new approach for wet oxidation desulfurization at high temperature. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Deposition and release kinetics of nano-TiO2 in saturated porous media: effects of solution ionic strength and surfactants.

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    Godinez, Itzel G; Darnault, Christophe J G; Khodadoust, Amid P; Bogdan, Dorin

    2013-03-01

    The aggregation, transport and deposition kinetics (i.e. attachment and release) of TiO(2) nanoparticles (nano-TiO(2)) were investigated as a function of ionic strength and the presence of anionic (sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate, SDBS) and non-ionic (Triton X-100) surfactants in 100% critical micelle concentration (CMC). The electrolyte concentration of the suspensions dictated the kinetic stability of nano-TiO(2) thus influencing the transport and retention of the nanoaggregates in the saturated porous medium. With increasing ionic strength, the interaction between approaching nano-TiO(2) and nano-TiO(2) already deposited onto collectors surfaces seemed to be more favorable than the interaction between approaching nano-TiO(2) and bare collectors surfaces. The abrupt and gradual reduction in electrolyte concentration during the flushing cycles of the column experiments induced the release of previously deposited nano-TiO(2) suggesting attachment of nano-TiO(2) through secondary energy minimum. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Ionic electroactive hybrid transducers

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    Akle, Barbar J.; Bennett, Matthew D.; Leo, Donald J.

    2005-05-01

    Ionic electroactive actuators have received considerable attention in the past ten years. Ionic electroactive polymers, sometimes referred to as artificial muscles, have the ability to generate large bending strain and moderate stress at low applied voltages. Typical types of ionic electroactive polymer transducers include ionic polymers, conducting polymers, and carbon nanotubes. Preliminary research combining multiple types of materials proved to enhance certain transduction properties such as speed of response, maximum strain, or quasi-static actuation. Recently it was demonstrated that ionomer-ionic liquid transducers can operate in air for long periods of time (>250,000 cycles) and showed potential to reduce or eliminate the back-relaxation issue associated with ionomeric polymers. In addition, ionic liquids have higher electrical stability window than those operated with water as the solvent thereby increasing the maximum strain that the actuator can produce. In this work, a new technique developed for plating metal particulates on the surface of ionomeric materials is applied to the development of hybrid transducers that incorporate carbon nanotubes and conducting polymers as electrode materials. The new plating technique, named the direct assembly process, consists of mixing a conducting powder with an ionomer solution. This technique has demonstrated improved response time and strain output as compared to previous methods. Furthermore, the direct assembly process is less costly to implement than traditional impregnation-reduction methods due to less dependence on reducing agents, it requires less time, and is easier to implement than other processes. Electrodes applied using this new technique of mixing RuO2 (surface area 45~65m2/g) particles and Nafion dispersion provided 5x the displacement and 10x the force compared to a transducer made with conventional methods. Furthermore, the study illustrated that the response speed of the transducer is optimized

  7. Nanoporous membranes with electrochemically switchable, chemically stabilized ionic selectivity.

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    Small, Leo J; Wheeler, David R; Spoerke, Erik D

    2015-10-28

    Nanopore size, shape, and surface charge all play important roles in regulating ionic transport through nanoporous membranes. The ability to control these parameters in situ provides a means to create ion transport systems tunable in real time. Here, we present a new strategy to address this challenge, utilizing three unique electrochemically switchable chemistries to manipulate the terminal functional group and control the resulting surface charge throughout ensembles of gold plated nanopores in ion-tracked polycarbonate membranes 3 cm(2) in area. We demonstrate the diazonium mediated surface functionalization with (1) nitrophenyl chemistry, (2) quinone chemistry, and (3) previously unreported trimethyl lock chemistry. Unlike other works, these chemistries are chemically stabilized, eliminating the need for a continuously applied gate voltage to maintain a given state and retain ionic selectivity. The effect of surface functionalization and nanopore geometry on selective ion transport through these functionalized membranes is characterized in aqueous solutions of sodium chloride at pH = 5.7. The nitrophenyl surface allows for ionic selectivity to be irreversibly switched in situ from cation-selective to anion-selective upon reduction to an aminophenyl surface. The quinone-terminated surface enables reversible changes between no ionic selectivity and a slight cationic selectivity. Alternatively, the trimethyl lock allows ionic selectivity to be reversibly switched by up to a factor of 8, approaching ideal selectivity, as a carboxylic acid group is electrochemically revealed or hidden. By varying the pore shape from cylindrical to conical, it is demonstrated that a controllable directionality can be imparted to the ionic selectivity. Combining control of nanopore geometry with stable, switchable chemistries facilitates superior control of molecular transport across the membrane, enabling tunable ion transport systems.

  8. pH-Responsive poly(itaconic acid-co-N-vinylpyrrolidone) hydrogels with reduced ionic strength loading solutions offer improved oral delivery potential for high isoelectric point-exhibiting therapeutic proteins

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    Koetting, Michael C.; Peppas, Nicholas A.

    2014-01-01

    pH-Responsive hydrogels comprised of itaconic acid copolymerized with N-vinylpyrrolidone (P(IA-co-NVP)) were synthesized and tested as carriers for the oral delivery of high isoelectric point (pI) exhibiting therapeutic proteins. Swelling studies show that P(IA-co-NVP) hydrogels exhibit significantly greater and faster pH-responsive swelling than previously studied methacrylic acid-based hydrogels, achieving up to 68% greater equilibrium swelling and 10.4 times greater swelling in time-limited experiments. Using salmon calcitonin as a model high pI protein therapeutic, we show that P(IA-co-NVP) hydrogels exhibit significantly greater delivery potential than methacrylic acid-based hydrogels. Additionally, we show that utilizing a lower ionic strength solution during drug loading significantly improves drug delivery potential for high pI therapeutics. By using a 1.5 mM PBS buffer rather than the standard 150 mM PBS buffer during loading, up to 83 times as much calcitonin can be delivered in neutral conditions, with up to a 9.6 fold improvement in percent release. Using P(IA-co-NVP) hydrogel microparticles and a low ionic strength loading solution, up to 48 μg calcitonin/mg hydrogel can be delivered in small intestinal conditions. Based on expected absorption in the small intestine, this is sufficient delivery potential for achieving therapeutic dosage via a single, regularly-sized pill taken daily. PMID:24853463

  9. Electrode screening by ionic liquids.

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    Lynden-Bell, R M; Frolov, A I; Fedorov, M V

    2012-02-28

    In this work we are concerned with the short-range screening provided by the ionic liquid dimethylimidazolium chloride near a charged wall. We study the free energy profiles (or potentials of mean force) for charged and neutral solutes as a function of distance from a charged wall. Four different wall charge densities are used in addition to a wall with zero charge. The highest magnitude of the charge densities is ±1 e nm(-2) which is close to the maximum limit of charge densities accessible in experiments, while the intermediate charges ±0.5 e nm(-2) are in the range of densities typically used in most of the experimental studies. Positively and negatively charged solutes of approximately the size of a BF ion and a Cl(-) ion are used as probes. We find that the ionic liquid provides excellent electrostatic screening at a distance of 1-2 nm. The free energy profiles show minima which are due to layering in the ionic liquid near the electrodes. This indicates that the solute ions tend to displace ionic liquid ions in the layers when approaching the electrode. The important role of non-electrostatic forces is demonstrated by the oscillations in the free energy profiles of uncharged solutes as a function of distance from the wall.

  10. Nonaqueous Electrolyte Systems Ionic Transport in Nonaqueous Media.

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    ALUMINATES, *IONIC CURRENT), (*ELECTROLYTES, ALUMINA), (*SULFITES, ELECTROLYTES), SODIUM COMPOUNDS, ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY, TRANSPORT PROPERTIES, SOLUTIONS(MIXTURES), PERCHLORATES, FLUOBORATES , LITHIUM COMPOUNDS, VISCOSITY

  11. Speciation of phytate ion in aqueous solution. Protonation constants and copper(II) interactions in NaNO3aq at different ionic strengths.

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    Crea, Pasquale; De Stefano, Concetta; Milea, Demetrio; Porcino, Nunziatina; Sammartano, Silvio

    2007-07-01

    The acid base behavior of phytate has been studied (at t=25 degrees C by potentiometry, ISE-H+ glass electrode) in NaNO3aq at different ionic strengths (0.1 < or = I/mol L(-1) < or = 1.0). The interactions with copper(II) were investigated in the same experimental conditions in different metal to ligand (Phy) ratios (1:1 < or = Cu2+ :Phy < or = 4:1), by using both ISE-H+ and ISE-Cu2+ electrodes. Phytate acid base behavior in sodium nitrate is very similar to that in sodium chloride, previously investigated. In the experimental conditions adopted, the formation of three CuiHjPhy(12-2i-j)- species is observed: the mononuclear CuH4Phy6- and CuH5Phy5-, and the dinuclear Cu2H5Phy3-. Analysis of complex formation constants at different ionic strengths reveals that both ISE-H+ and ISE-Cu2+ electrodes gave, within the experimental error, analogous values. Dependence of complex formation constants on ionic strength was modeled by EDH (Extended Debye-Hückel) and SIT (Specific ion Interaction Theory) equations. The sequestering ability of phytate toward copper(II) has been evaluated by the calculation of pL50 (the total ligand concentration, as -log CL, able to bind 50% of metal cation), an empirical parameter already proposed for an objective "quantification" of this ability. A thorough analysis of literature data on phytate-copper(II) complexes has been performed.

  12. Spectrophotometric determination of acidity constants of salicylaldoxime in aqueous solution at 25 degrees C and ionic strength of 0.5 M controlled with NaCl.

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    Tshuma, Joel; Alarcón-Angeles, Georgina; Palacios-Beas, Elia; Vargas-García, Roberto; Ramírez-Silva, María Teresa; Rojas-Hernández, Alberto

    2007-04-01

    The equilibrium constants of salicylaldoxime in water at 25 degrees C, 0.5 M of ionic strength with NaCl and concentration of 1x10(-4) M were determined spectrophotometrically. The spectral data were processed using SQUAD program. The salicylaldoxime in acid medium has the value of pKa1=1.224+/-0.027. In alkaline medium the salicylaldoxime has the values of pKa2=8.551+/-0.024 and pKa3=11.728+/-0.016.

  13. Spectrophotometric determination of acidity constants of salicylaldoxime in aqueous solution at 25 °C and ionic strength of 0.5 M controlled with NaCl

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    Tshuma, Joel; Alarcón-Ángeles, Georgina; Palacios-Beas, Elia; Vargas-García, Roberto; Ramírez-Silva, María Teresa; Rojas-Hernández, Alberto

    2007-04-01

    The equilibrium constants of salicylaldoxime in water at 25 °C, 0.5 M of ionic strength with NaCl and concentration of 1 × 10 -4 M were determined spectrophotometrically. The spectral data were processed using SQUAD program. The salicylaldoxime in acid medium has the value of p Ka1 = 1.224 ± 0.027. In alkaline medium the salicylaldoxime has the values of p Ka2 = 8.551 ± 0.024 and p Ka3 = 11.728 ± 0.016.

  14. Solvent and rotational relaxation of Coumarin-153 in a micellar solution of a room-temperature ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium octyl sulfate, in ethylammonium nitrate

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    Rao, Vishal Govind; Ghatak, Chiranjib; Pramanik, Rajib; Sarkar, Souravi; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2010-10-01

    We have investigated the micelle formation by room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium octyl sulfate (bmimOs) with another RTIL, ethyl ammonium nitrate (EAN). In addition, the effect of micelle formation on the solvation and rotational relaxation dynamics have been observed using steady-state and picoseconds time-resolved spectroscopy. Both the solvent and rotational relaxations of Coumarin-153 are retarded in the micelle compared to that of neat EAN. The increase in average solvation time on going from neat EAN to bmimOs-EAN micelle is very small compared to the increase in solvation time on going from pure water to water containing micelle.

  15. Better Strategies for Finite Element Solutions of Variable Viscosity Stokes Flow

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    Hasenclever, Jörg; Phipps Morgan, Jason; Shi, Chao

    2010-05-01

    Accurate numerical solution of variable viscosity Stokes Flow is one of the most important issues for better geodynamic understanding of mantle convection and mantle melting. While a good Stokes solver is usually an integral part of a good Navier-Stokes solver, typically Navier-Stokes equations are solved for flow of a fluid with uniform viscosity. The lumped-mass-matrix is an excellent and cheap preconditioner for uniform viscosity Stokes flow (cf. Maday and Patera, 1989), therefore for most applications to Navier-Stokes flow the ‘Stokes' part of the problem is viewed as well-resolved. Unfortunately, the inverse-viscosity-scaled lumped mass matrix does not work nearly as well to precondition Stokes flow in a fluid with strongly varying viscosity. This issue is already central to accurate numerical studies of convection in Earth's silicate-fluid mantle (May and Moresi, 2008; van Geenen et al., 2009; Burstedde et al., 2009) and may become central for researchers investigating Navier-Stokes problems with lateral variations in viscosity. Here we discuss several known computational hurdles to progress, and suggest strategies that offer promise in overcoming them. The choices for solving the discrete pressure equation arising from Stokes flow typically involve several tradeoffs between speed and storage requirements. In exact math, the discrete pressure matrix S is symmetric, so that it should be possible to use a symmetric preconditioned conjugate gradient (CG) Krylov algorithm instead of needing an asymmetric GMRES (cf. Saad, 2003) or GCR (Generalized Conjugate Residual, cf. Van der Vorst, 2003) that would require ~10-50 times more storage of past search directions. However, a CG-like method requires that the action of both S and any pressure preconditioner must be almost perfectly symmetric. This means that we must be very careful about the effects of roundoff in any iterative solver-based pressure preconditioner that may introduce numerically asymmetric operators

  16. Ionic Liquids Database- (ILThermo)

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    SRD 147 Ionic Liquids Database- (ILThermo) (Web, free access)   IUPAC Ionic Liquids Database, ILThermo, is a free web research tool that allows users worldwide to access an up-to-date data collection from the publications on experimental investigations of thermodynamic, and transport properties of ionic liquids as well as binary and ternary mixtures containing ionic liquids.

  17. Thermotropic Ionic Liquid Crystals

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    Axenov, Kirill V.; Laschat, Sabine

    2011-01-01

    The last five years’ achievements in the synthesis and investigation of thermotropic ionic liquid crystals are reviewed. The present review describes the mesomorphic properties displayed by organic, as well as metal-containing ionic mesogens. In addition, a short overview on the ionic polymer and self-assembled liquid crystals is given. Potential and actual applications of ionic mesogens are also discussed. PMID:28879986

  18. Insights into the mechanism of extraction of uranium (VI) from nitric acid solution into an ionic liquid by using tri-n-butyl phosphate.

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    Gaillard, Dr Clotilde; Boltoeva, Maria; Billard, Isabelle; Georg, Sylvia; Mazan, Valérie; Ouadi, Ali; Ternova, Dariia; Hennig, Christoph

    2015-08-24

    We present new results on the liquid-liquid extraction of uranium (VI) from a nitric acid aqueous phase into a tri-n-butyl phosphate/1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (TBP/[C4 mim][Tf2 N]) phase. The individual solubilities of the ionic-liquid ions in the upper part of the biphasic system are measured over the whole acidic range and as a function of the TBP concentration. New insights into the extraction mechanism are obtained through the in situ characterization of the extracted uranyl complexes by coupling UV/Vis and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy. We propose a chemical model to explain uranium (VI) extraction that describes the data through a fit of the uranyl distribution ratio DU . In this model, at low acid concentrations uranium (VI) is extracted as the cationic complex [UO2 (TBP)2 ](2+) , by an exchange with one proton and one C4 mim(+) . At high acid concentrations, the extraction proceeds through a cationic exchange between [UO2 (NO3 )(HNO3 )(TBP)2 ](+) and one C4 mim(+) . As a consequence of this mechanism, the variation of DU as a function of TBP concentration depends on the C4 mim(+) concentration in the aqueous phase. This explains why noninteger values are often derived by analysis of DU versus [TBP] plots to determine the number of TBP molecules involved in the extraction of uranyl in an ionic-liquid phase.

  19. Mean-Field Description of Ionic Size Effects with Non-Uniform Ionic Sizes: A Numerical Approach

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    Zhou, Shenggao; Wang, Zhongming; Li, Bo

    2013-01-01

    Ionic size effects are significant in many biological systems. Mean-field descriptions of such effects can be efficient but also challenging. When ionic sizes are different, explicit formulas in such descriptions are not available for the dependence of the ionic concentrations on the electrostatic potential, i.e., there is no explicit, Boltzmann type distributions. This work begins with a variational formulation of the continuum electrostatics of an ionic solution with such non-uniform ionic sizes as well as multiple ionic valences. An augmented Lagrange multiplier method is then developed and implemented to numerically solve the underlying constrained optimization problem. The method is shown to be accurate and efficient, and is applied to ionic systems with non-uniform ionic sizes such as the sodium chloride solution. Extensive numerical tests demonstrate that the mean-field model and numerical method capture qualitatively some significant ionic size effects, particularly those for multivalent ionic solutions, such as the stratification of multivalent counterions near a charged surface. The ionic valence-to-volume ratio is found to be the key physical parameter in the stratification of concentrations. All these are not well described by the classical Poisson–Boltzmann theory, or the generalized Poisson–Boltzmann theory that treats uniform ionic sizes. Finally, various issues such as the close packing, limitation of the continuum model, and generalization of this work to molecular solvation are discussed. PMID:21929014

  20. On-Demand Droplet Fusion: A Strategy for Stimulus-Responsive Biosensing in Solution

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    2015-01-01

    A novel strategy is reported for biochemically controlled fusion of oil-in-water (O/W) droplets as an in-solution sensor for biological targets. Inspired by the SNARE complex in cells, the emulsions were stabilized by a combination of phospholipids, phospholipid–poly(ethylene glycol) conjugates, and cholesterol-anchored oligonucleotides. Prior to oligonucleotide binding, the droplets were stable in aqueous media, but hybridization of the oligonucleotides in a zipperlike fashion was shown to initiate droplet fusion. Using image analysis of content mixing of dye-loaded droplets, fusion specificity was studied and optimized as a function of interfacial chemistry. Changing the orientation of the anchored oligonucleotides, using long-chain phospholipids (C18 and C22), and binding a complementary oligonucleotide slowed or even halted fusion completely. Based on these studies, a sensor for the biomarker thrombin was designed using competitive binding of aptamer strands, with droplet fusion increasing as a function of thrombin addition in accordance with a simple binding model, with sensitivity down to 100 nM and with results in as little as 15 min. Future efforts will focus on utilizing this mechanism of content mixing to facilitate highly sensitive detection via modalities such as magnetoresistance or chemiluminescence. PMID:25263344

  1. On-demand droplet fusion: a strategy for stimulus-responsive biosensing in solution.

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    Mohan, Praveena; Noonan, Patrick S; Nakatsuka, Matthew A; Goodwin, Andrew P

    2014-10-21

    A novel strategy is reported for biochemically controlled fusion of oil-in-water (O/W) droplets as an in-solution sensor for biological targets. Inspired by the SNARE complex in cells, the emulsions were stabilized by a combination of phospholipids, phospholipid-poly(ethylene glycol) conjugates, and cholesterol-anchored oligonucleotides. Prior to oligonucleotide binding, the droplets were stable in aqueous media, but hybridization of the oligonucleotides in a zipperlike fashion was shown to initiate droplet fusion. Using image analysis of content mixing of dye-loaded droplets, fusion specificity was studied and optimized as a function of interfacial chemistry. Changing the orientation of the anchored oligonucleotides, using long-chain phospholipids (C18 and C22), and binding a complementary oligonucleotide slowed or even halted fusion completely. Based on these studies, a sensor for the biomarker thrombin was designed using competitive binding of aptamer strands, with droplet fusion increasing as a function of thrombin addition in accordance with a simple binding model, with sensitivity down to 100 nM and with results in as little as 15 min. Future efforts will focus on utilizing this mechanism of content mixing to facilitate highly sensitive detection via modalities such as magnetoresistance or chemiluminescence.

  2. Controlling adsorption and passivation properties of bovine serum albumin on silica surfaces by ionic strength modulation and cross-linking.

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    Park, Jae Hyeon; Sut, Tun Naw; Jackman, Joshua A; Ferhan, Abdul Rahim; Yoon, Bo Kyeong; Cho, Nam-Joon

    2017-03-29

    Understanding the physicochemical factors that influence protein adsorption onto solid supports holds wide relevance for fundamental insights into protein structure and function as well as for applications such as surface passivation. Ionic strength is a key parameter that influences protein adsorption, although how its modulation might be utilized to prepare well-coated protein adlayers remains to be explored. Herein, we investigated how ionic strength can be utilized to control the adsorption and passivation properties of bovine serum albumin (BSA) on silica surfaces. As protein stability in solution can influence adsorption kinetics, the size distribution and secondary structure of proteins in solution were first characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS), nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA), and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. A non-monotonic correlation between ionic strength and protein aggregation was observed and attributed to colloidal agglomeration, while the primarily α-helical character of the protein in solution was maintained in all cases. Quartz crystal microbalance-dissipation (QCM-D) experiments were then conducted in order to track protein adsorption onto silica surfaces as a function of ionic strength, and the measurement responses indicated that total protein uptake at saturation coverage is lower with increasing ionic strength. In turn, the QCM-D data and the corresponding Voigt-Voinova model analysis support that the surface area per bound protein molecule is greater with increasing ionic strength. While higher protein uptake under lower ionic strengths by itself did not result in greater surface passivation under subsequent physiologically relevant conditions, the treatment of adsorbed protein layers with a gluteraldehyde cross-linking agent stabilized the bound protein in this case and significantly improved surface passivation. Collectively, our findings demonstrate that ionic strength modulation influences BSA adsorption

  3. Probing the interplay between electrostatic and dispersion interactions in the solvation of nonpolar nonaromatic solute molecules in ionic liquids: An OKE spectroscopic study of CS2/[CnC1im][NTf2] mixtures (n = 1-4)

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    Xue, Lianjie; Tamas, George; Gurung, Eshan; Quitevis, Edward L.

    2014-04-01

    The intermolecular dynamics of dilute solutions of CS2 in 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium bis[(trifluoromethane)sulfonyl]amide ([CnC1im][NTf2] for n = 1-4) were studied at 295 K using femtosecond optical Kerr effect (OKE) spectroscopy. The OKE spectra of the CS2/ionic liquid (IL) mixtures were analyzed using an additivity model to obtain the CS2 contribution to the OKE spectrum from which information about the intermolecular modes of CS2 in these mixtures was gleaned. The intermolecular spectrum of CS2 in these mixtures is lower in frequency and narrower than that of neat CS2, as found previously for CS2 in [C5C1im][NTf2]. Moreover, a dependence of the spectra on alkyl chain length is observed that is attributed to the interplay between electrostatic and dispersion interactions. The surprising result in this study is the solubility of CS2 in [C1C1im][NTf2], which involves the interaction of a nonpolar nonaromatic molecular solute and only the charged groups of the IL. We propose that the solubility of CS2 in [C1C1im][NTf2] is determined by three favorable factors - (1) large polarizability of the solute molecule; (2) small size of the solute molecule; and (3) low cohesive energy in the high-charge density regions of the IL.

  4. Synthesis of 5'-GalNAc-Conjugated Oligonucleotides: A Comparison of Solid and Solution-Phase Conjugation Strategies.

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    Cedillo, Isaiah; Chreng, Dana; Engle, Elyse; Chen, Lijian; McPherson, Andrew K; Rodriguez, Andrew A

    2017-08-15

    Antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) conjugated to triantennary N-acetyl galactosamine (GalNAc) ligands represent an emerging approach to antisense therapy. Our current generation of GalNAc-ASO conjugates link the GalNAc to the 5'-terminus of the ASO. The conjugation reaction can be accomplished using solution-phase or solid-phase techniques. Here we show a direct comparison of a solution-phase and a solid-phase conjugation strategy. The solution-phase approach, using amine-pentafluorophenyl (PFP) ester coupling, is higher yielding and gives material of slightly higher purity, but requires several additional unit operations and longer production time. The solid-phase approach, using a protected GalNAc ligand phosphoramidite, is more expedient, but results in lower yield and purity. Both strategies efficiently deliver conjugated material in excellent purity.

  5. NMR and Raman spectroscopy monitoring of proton/deuteron exchange in aqueous solutions of ionic liquids forming hydrogen bond: a role of anions, self-aggregation, and mesophase formation.

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    Klimavicius, Vytautas; Gdaniec, Zofia; Kausteklis, Jonas; Aleksa, Valdemaras; Aidas, Kestutis; Balevicius, Vytautas

    2013-09-05

    The H/D exchange process in the imidazolium-based room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) 1-decyl-3-methyl-imidazolium bromide- and chloride ([C10mim][Br] and [C10mim][Cl]) in D2O solutions of various concentrations was studied applying (1)H, (13)C NMR, and Raman spectroscopy. The time dependencies of integral intensities in NMR spectra indicate that the H/D exchange in [C10mim][Br] at very high dilution (10(-4) mole fraction of RTIL) runs only slightly faster than in [C10mim][Cl]. The kinetics of this process drastically changes above critical aggregation concentration (CAC). The time required to reach the apparent reaction saturation regime in the solutions of 0.01 mole fraction of RTIL was less 10 h for [C10mim][Br], whereas no such features were seen for [C10mim][Cl] even tens of days after the sample was prepared. The H/D exchange was not observed in the liquid crystalline gel mesophase. The role of anions, self-aggregation (micellization), and mesophase formation has been discussed. Crucial influence of Br(-) and Cl(-) anions on the H/D exchange rates above CAC could be related to the short-range ordering and molecular microdynamics, in particular that of water molecules. The concept of the conformational changes coupled with the H/D exchange in imidazolium-based ionic liquids with longer hydrocarbon chains can be rejected in the light of (13)C NMR experiment. The revealed changes in (13)C NMR spectra are caused by the secondary ((13)C) isotope effects not being the signal shifts due to the conformational trans-gauche transition.

  6. Problem-Solving Strategies for Efficient and Elegant Solutions: A Resource for the Mathematics Teacher.

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    Posamentier, Alfred S.; Krulik, Stephen

    In this book, 10 strategies that are widely used in problem-solving both in mathematics and real-life situations are examined. Approximately 200 problems are selected to illustrate these strategies. Chapters include: (1) Introduction To Problem-Solving Strategies; (2) Working Backwards; (3) Finding a Pattern; (4) Adopting a Different Point of…

  7. Why 'Science + Solutions' Is An Effective & Essential Climate Communications Strategy (Invited)

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    Haines-Stiles, G.; Alley, R. B.; Akuginow, E.

    2013-12-01

    , universities and church groups have used the project in this way. Alley is working with Penn State and Coursera on a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) focused on energy, economics and the environment and linking to several ETOM YouTube videos. As important as new media, however, is the core message-featured most prominently in the third ETOM program, 'Energy Quest USA'-that regardless of national policies states and cities are moving ahead on clean energy solutions with consequent beneficial impacts on climate change. By cutting demand through conservation and efficiency, Baltimore has avoided a new coal-fired generating plant. Through 30 years of wise urban planning and the support of mass transit, Portland, Oregon, has reduced an average family's transportation costs by some $2,500, while improving health by encouraging cycling and walking. There are proven ways both to adapt to a changing climate and to begin to mitigate its most severe impacts. The ETOM project shows that when presented in a wide and diverse set of media, and in an authoritative and apolitical framework, those messages are received and appreciated by large public audiences. This presentation will report on the success of several of the strategies adopted by the ETOM project, and how they contrast with, or complement, other communications efforts on clean energy and climate change.

  8. (BMI)3LnCl6 crystals as models for the coordination environment of LnCl3 (Ln = Sm, Eu, Dy, Er, Yb) in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic-liquid solution.

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    Han, Yulun; Lin, Cuikun; Meng, Qingguo; Dai, Fengrong; Sykes, Andrew G; Berry, Mary T; May, P Stanley

    2014-06-02

    A series of (BMI)3LnCl6 (Ln = Sm, Eu, Dy, Er, Yb) crystals was prepared from solutions of LnCl3 dissolved in the ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BMICl). Crystals with Ln = 5% Sm + 95% Gd and with Ln = 5% Dy + 95% Gd were also grown to assess the importance of cross-relaxation in the Sm and Dy samples. The crystals are isostructural, with monoclinic space group P21/c and four formula units per unit cell. The first coordination sphere of Ln(3+) consists of six Cl(-) anions forming a slightly distorted octahedral LnCl6(3-) center. The second coordination sphere is composed of nine BMI(+) cations. The emission spectra and luminescence lifetimes of both (BMI)3LnCl6 crystals and LnCl3 in BMICl solution were measured. The spectroscopic similarities suggest that crystalline (BMI)3LnCl6 provides a good model of the Ln(3+) coordination environment in BMICl solution.

  9. Ionic molecular interactions in solutions of alkali metal iodides in N-methylpyrrolidone at 298.15 K according to calorimetry and densimetry data

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    Novikov, A. N.; Rassokhina, L. Yu.

    2015-12-01

    The heat capacity and density of the ternary solutions of NaI-KI- N-methylpyrrolidone (MP), NaI-RbI-MP, KI-RbI-MP, and KI-BaI2-MP at 298.15 K were studied by calorimetry and densimetry. The changes in the heat capacity and volume during the formation of the ternary systems from binary solutions were calculated and discussed. Ion association was found to dominate during the mixing of electrolyte solutions of this type in MP, with ion resolvation occasionally producing a significant effect on ion association.

  10. Experimental determination of water activity for binary aqueous cerium(III) ionic solutions: application to an assessment of the predictive capability of the binding mean spherical approximation model.

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    Ruas, Alexandre; Simonin, Jean-Pierre; Turq, Pierre; Moisy, Philippe

    2005-12-08

    This work is aimed at a description of the thermodynamic properties of actinide salt solutions at high concentration. The predictive capability of the binding mean spherical approximation (BIMSA) theory to describe the thermodynamic properties of electrolytes is assessed in the case of aqueous solutions of lanthanide(III) nitrate and chloride salts. Osmotic coefficients of cerium(III) nitrate and chloride were calculated from other lanthanide(III) salts properties. In parallel, concentrated binary solutions of cerium nitrate were prepared in order to measure experimentally its water activity and density as a function of concentration, at 25 degrees C. Water activities of several binary solutions of cerium chloride were also measured to check existing data on this salt. Then, the properties of cerium chloride and cerium nitrate solutions were compared within the BIMSA model. Osmotic coefficient values for promethium nitrate and promethium chloride given by this theory are proposed. Finally, water activity measurements were made to examine the fact that the ternary system Ce(NO3)3/HNO3/H2O and the quaternary system Ce(NO3)3/HNO3/N2H5NO3/H2O may be regarded as "simple solutions" (in the sense of Zdanovskii and Mikulin).

  11. Enhanced super-hydrophobic and switching behavior of ZnO nanostructured surfaces prepared by simple solution--immersion successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction process.

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    Suresh Kumar, P; Sundaramurthy, J; Mangalaraj, D; Nataraj, D; Rajarathnam, D; Srinivasan, M P

    2011-11-01

    A simple and cost-effective successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method was adopted to fabricate hydrophobic ZnO nanostructured surfaces on transparent indium-tin oxide (ITO), glass and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates. ZnO films deposited on different substrates show hierarchical structures like spindle, flower and spherical shape with diameters ranging from 30 to 300 nm. The photo-induced switching behaviors of ZnO film surfaces between hydrophobic and hydrophilic states were examined by water contact angle and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. ZnO nanostructured films had contact angles of ~140° and 160°±2 on glass and PET substrates, respectively, exhibiting hydrophobic behavior without any surface modification or treatment. Upon exposure to ultraviolet (UV) illumination, the films showed hydrophilic behavior (contact angle: 15°±2), which upon low thermal stimuli revert back to its original hydrophobic nature. Such reversible and repeatable switching behaviors were observed upon cyclical exposure to ultraviolet radiation. These biomimetic ZnO surfaces exhibit good anti-reflective properties with lower reflectance of 9% for PET substrates. Thus, the present work is significant in terms of its potential application in switching devices, solar coatings and self-cleaning smart windows.

  12. Angular under-sampling effect on VMAT dose calculation: An analysis and a solution strategy.

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    Park, Ji-Yeon; Li, Feifei; Li, Jonathan; Kahler, Darren; Park, Justin C; Yan, Guanghua; Liu, Chihray; Lu, Bo

    2017-06-01

    Most VMAT algorithms compute the dose on discretized apertures with small angular separations for practical reasons. However, machines deliver the VMAT dose with a continuously moving MLC and gantry and a continuously changing dose rate. The computed dose can deviate from the delivered dose, especially if no, or loose, MLC movement constraints are applied for the VMAT optimization. The goal of this paper is to establish a simplified mathematical model to analyze the discrepancy between the VMAT plan calculation dose and the delivered dose and to provide a reasonable solution for clinical implementation. A simplified metric is first introduced to describe the discrepancy between doses computed with discretized apertures and a continuous delivery model. The delivery fluences were formed separately for six different leaf movement scenarios. The formula was then rewritten in a more general form. The correlation between discretized and continuous fluence is summarized using this general form. The Fourier analysis for the impacts from three separate factors - dose kernel width, aperture width, aperture distance - to the dose discrepancy is also presented in order to provide insight into the dose discrepancy caused by under-sampling in the frequency domain. Finally, a weighting-based interpolation (WBI) algorithm, which can improve the aperture interpolation efficiency, is proposed. The associated evaluation methods and criteria for the proposed algorithm are also given. The comparisons between the WBI algorithm and the equal angular interpolation (EAI) method suggested that the proposed algorithm has a great advantage with regard to aperture number efficiency. To achieve a 90% gamma passing rate using the dose computed with apertures generated with 0.5° EAI, with the initial optimization apertures as the standard for the comparison, the WBI needs only 66% and 54% of the aperture numbers that the EAI method needs for a 2° and a 4° angular separation of the VMAT

  13. Electrodeposition in Ionic Liquids.

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    Zhang, Qinqin; Wang, Qian; Zhang, Suojiang; Lu, Xingmei; Zhang, Xiangping

    2016-02-03

    Due to their attractive physico-chemical properties, ionic liquids (ILs) are increasingly used as deposition electrolytes. This review summarizes recent advances in electrodeposition in ILs and focuses on its similarities and differences with that in aqueous solutions. The electrodeposition in ILs is divided into direct and template-assisted deposition. We detail the direct deposition of metals, alloys and semiconductors in five types of ILs, including halometallate ILs, air- and water-stable ILs, deep eutectic solvents (DESs), ILs with metal-containing cations, and protic ILs. Template-assisted deposition of nanostructures and macroporous structures in ILs is also presented. The effects of modulating factors such as deposition conditions (current density, current density mode, deposition time, temperature) and electrolyte components (cation, anion, metal salts, additives, water content) on the morphology, compositions, microstructures and properties of the prepared materials are highlighted.

  14. Ionic liquids as surfactants

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    Smirnova, N. A.; Safonova, E. A.

    2010-10-01

    Problems of self-assembling in systems containing ionic liquids (ILs) are discussed. Main attention is paid to micellization in aqueous solutions of dialkylimidazolium ILs and their mixtures with classical surfactants. Literature data are reviewed, the results obtained by the authors and co-workers are presented. Thermodynamic aspects of the studies and problems of molecular-thermodynamic modeling receive special emphasis. It is shown that the aggregation behavior of dialkylimidazolium ILs is close to that of alkyltrimethylammonium salts (cationic surfactants) though ILs have a higher ability to self-organize, especially as it concerns long-range ordering. Some aspects of ILs applications are outlined where their common features with classical surfactants and definite specificity are of value.

  15. Acidic Ionic Liquids.

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    Amarasekara, Ananda S

    2016-05-25

    Ionic liquid with acidic properties is an important branch in the wide ionic liquid field and the aim of this article is to cover all aspects of these acidic ionic liquids, especially focusing on the developments in the last four years. The structural diversity and synthesis of acidic ionic liquids are discussed in the introduction sections of this review. In addition, an unambiguous classification system for various types of acidic ionic liquids is presented in the introduction. The physical properties including acidity, thermo-physical properties, ionic conductivity, spectroscopy, and computational studies on acidic ionic liquids are covered in the next sections. The final section provides a comprehensive review on applications of acidic ionic liquids in a wide array of fields including catalysis, CO2 fixation, ionogel, electrolyte, fuel-cell, membrane, biomass processing, biodiesel synthesis, desulfurization of gasoline/diesel, metal processing, and metal electrodeposition.

  16. Phase Behavior of Ionic Microgels

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    Gottwald, D.; Likos, C. N.; Kahl, G.; Löwen, H.

    2004-02-01

    We employ effective interaction potentials between spherical polyelectrolyte microgels in order to investigate theoretically the structure, thermodynamics, and phase behavior of ionic microgel solutions. Combining a genetic algorithm with accurate free energy calculations we are able to perform an unrestricted search of candidate crystal structures. Hexagonal, body-centered orthogonal, and trigonal crystals are found to be stable at high concentrations and charges of the microgels, accompanied by reentrant melting behavior and fluid-fcc-bcc transitions below the overlap concentration.

  17. Phase behavior of ionic microgels.

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    Gottwald, D; Likos, C N; Kahl, G; Löwen, H

    2004-02-13

    We employ effective interaction potentials between spherical polyelectrolyte microgels in order to investigate theoretically the structure, thermodynamics, and phase behavior of ionic microgel solutions. Combining a genetic algorithm with accurate free energy calculations we are able to perform an unrestricted search of candidate crystal structures. Hexagonal, body-centered orthogonal, and trigonal crystals are found to be stable at high concentrations and charges of the microgels, accompanied by reentrant melting behavior and fluid-fcc-bcc transitions below the overlap concentration.

  18. Nonideality in diffusion of ionic and neutral solutes and hydrogen bond dynamics in dimethyl sulfoxide-chloroform mixtures of varying composition.

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    Gupta, Rini; Chandra, Amalendu

    2011-09-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations of charged and neutral solutes in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)-chloroform mixtures reveal pronounced nonideality in the solute diffusion with changes of composition of the mixtures. The diffusion coefficient of the anionic solute first decreases, passes through a minimum at DMSO mole fraction of about 0.50, and then increases to reach its value for pure DMSO. The diffusion coefficients of the cationic and neutral solutes are found to decrease with increase in DMSO content of the solvent mixture. The extent of nonideality in the diffusion and orientational relaxation of solvent molecules is found to be somewhat stronger than that in diffusion of the anionic solute in these mixtures. We have also calculated the relaxation of hydrogen bonds formed between DMSO and chloroform molecules. The lifetimes of DMSO-chloroform hydrogen bonds are found to increase monotonically with increase in DMSO concentration. The average number of hydrogen bonds and their average energies are also computed. It is found that an increase in DMSO concentration causes a decrease in the number of DMSO-chloroform hydrogen bonds per DMSO or chloroform molecules but increases the strength of these hydrogen bonds. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Performance evaluation of ant colony optimization-based solution strategies on the mixed-model assembly line balancing problem

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    Akpinar, Sener; Mirac Bayhan, G.

    2014-06-01

    The aim of this article is to compare the performances of iterative ant colony optimization (ACO)-based solution strategies on a mixed-model assembly line balancing problem of type II (MMALBP-II) by addressing some particular features of real-world assembly line balancing problems such as parallel workstations and zoning constraints. To solve the problem, where the objective is to minimize the cycle time (i.e. maximize the production rate) for a predefined number of workstations in an existing assembly line, two ACO-based approaches which differ in the mission assigned to artificial ants are used. Furthermore, each ACO-based approach is conducted with two different pheromone release strategies: global and local pheromone updating rules. The four ACO-based approaches are used for solving 20 representative MMALBP-II to compare their performance in terms of computational time and solution quality. Detailed comparison results are presented.

  20. Statistical Significance of the Contribution of Variables to the PCA Solution: An Alternative Permutation Strategy

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    Linting, Marielle; van Os, Bart Jan; Meulman, Jacqueline J.

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, the statistical significance of the contribution of variables to the principal components in principal components analysis (PCA) is assessed nonparametrically by the use of permutation tests. We compare a new strategy to a strategy used in previous research consisting of permuting the columns (variables) of a data matrix…

  1. Solve the Problem First: Constructive Solution Strategies Can Influence the Accuracy of Retrospective Confidence Judgments

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    Mitchum, Ainsley L.; Kelley, Colleen M.

    2010-01-01

    Two experiments tested whether differences in problem-solving strategies influence the ability of people to monitor their problem-solving effectiveness as measured by confidence judgments. On multiple choice problems, people tend to use either a constructive matching strategy, whereby they attempt to solve a problem before looking at the response…

  2. Preschoolers' Practical Thinking and Problem Solving: The Acquisition of an Optimal Solution Strategy.

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    Cohen, Michael

    1996-01-01

    Investigated strategies used by preschoolers to accomplish a repeatedly requested practical task. Participants satisfied customer requests for vegetables in a play store, with the number of moves and strategy type recorded and coded. Arithmetic pre- and posttests were also administered. Found that with repeated exposure, the children became…

  3. Ionic-Liquid-Assisted Microwave Synthesis of Solid Solutions of Sr1-x Bax SnO3 Perovskite for Photocatalytic Applications.

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    Alammar, Tarek; Slowing, Igor I; Anderegg, Jim; Mudring, Anja-Verena

    2017-09-11

    Nanocrystalline Sr1-x Bax SnO3 (x=0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8, 1) perovskite photocatalysts were prepared by microwave synthesis in an ionic liquid (IL) and subsequent heat-treatment. The influence of the Sr/Ba substitution on the structure, crystallization, morphology, and photocatalytic efficiency was investigated and the samples were fully characterized. On the basis of X-ray diffraction results, as the Ba content in the SrSnO3 lattice increases, a symmetry increase was observed from the orthorhombic perovskite structure for SrSnO3 to the cubic BaSnO3 structure. The analysis of the sample morphology by SEM reveals that the Sr1-x Bax SnO3 samples favor the formation of nanorods (500 nm-5 μm in diameter and several micrometers long). The photophysical properties were examined by UV/Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The band gap decreases from 3.85 to 3.19 eV with increasing Ba(2+) content. Furthermore, the photocatalytic properties were evaluated for the hydroxylation of terephthalic acid (TA). The order of the activities for TA hydroxylation was Sr0.8 Ba0.2 SnO3 >SrSnO3 >BaSnO3 >Sr0.6 Ba0.4 SnO3 >Sr0.2 Ba0.8 SnO3 . The highest photocatalytic activity was observed for Sr0.8 Ba0.2 SnO3 , and this can be attributed to the synergistic impacts of the modification of the crystal structure and morphology, the relatively large surface area associated with the small crystallite size, and the suitable band gap and band-edge position. © 2017 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

  4. Cellulose hydrolysis and binding with Trichoderma reesei Cel5A and Cel7A and their core domains in ionic liquid solutions.

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    Wahlström, Ronny; Rahikainen, Jenni; Kruus, Kristiina; Suurnäkki, Anna

    2014-04-01

    Ionic liquids (ILs) dissolve lignocellulosic biomass and have a high potential as pretreatment prior to total enzymatic hydrolysis. ILs are, however, known to inactivate cellulases. In this article, enzymatic hydrolysis of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) and enzyme binding onto the cellulosic substrate were studied in the presence of cellulose-dissolving ILs. Two different ILs, 1,3-dimethylimidazolium dimethylphosphate ([DMIM]DMP) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([EMIM]AcO), and two monocomponent cellulases, Trichoderma reesei cellobiohydrolase Cel7A and endoglucanase Cel5A, were used in the study. The role and IL sensitivity of the carbohydrate-binding module (CBM) were studied by performing hydrolysis and binding experiments with both the intact cellulases, and their respective core domains (CDs). Based on hydrolysis yields and substrate binding experiments for the intact enzymes and their CDs in the presence of ILs, the function of the CBM appeared to be very IL sensitive. Binding data suggested that the CBM was more important for the substrate binding of endoglucanase Cel5A than for the binding of cellobiohydrolase Cel7A. The CD of Cel7A was able to bind well to cellulose even without a CBM, whereas Cel5A CD had very low binding affinity. Hydrolysis also occurred with Cel5A CD even if this protein had very low binding affinity in all the studied matrices. Binding and hydrolysis were less affected by the studied ILs for Cel7A than for Cel5A. To our knowledge, this is the first systematic study of IL effects on cellulase substrate binding.

  5. Ionic-Liquid-Assisted Microwave Synthesis of Solid Solutions of Sr1–xBaxSnO3 Perovskite for Photocatalytic Applications

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    Alammar, Tarek; Slowing, Igor I.; Anderegg, Jim; ...

    2017-06-06

    Nanocrystalline Sr1–xBaxSnO3 (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8, 1) perovskite photocatalysts were prepared by microwave synthesis in an ionic liquid (IL) and subsequent heat-treatment. The influence of the Sr/Ba substitution on the structure, crystallization, morphology, and photocatalytic efficiency was investigated and the samples were fully characterized. On the basis of X-ray diffraction results, as the Ba content in the SrSnO3 lattice increases, a symmetry increase was observed from the orthorhombic perovskite structure for SrSnO3 to the cubic BaSnO3 structure. The analysis of the sample morphology by SEM reveals that the Sr1–xBaxSnO3 samples favor the formation of nanorods (500 nm–5 μmmore » in diameter and several micrometers long). The photophysical properties were examined by UV/Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The band gap decreases from 3.85 to 3.19 eV with increasing Ba2+ content. Furthermore, the photocatalytic properties were evaluated for the hydroxylation of terephthalic acid (TA). The order of the activities for TA hydroxylation was Sr0.8Ba0.2SnO3 > SrSnO3 > BaSnO3 > Sr0.6Ba0.4SnO3 > Sr0.2Ba0.8SnO3. Here, the highest photocatalytic activity was observed for Sr0.8Ba0.2SnO3, and this can be attributed to the synergistic impacts of the modification of the crystal structure and morphology, the relatively large surface area associated with the small crystallite size, and the suitable band gap and band-edge position.« less

  6. Ionic liquid-modified silica-coated magnetic nanoparticles: promising adsorbents for ultra-fast extraction of paraquat from aqueous solution.

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    Latifeh, Farzad; Yamini, Yadollah; Seidi, Shahram

    2016-03-01

    In the present study, ionic liquid-modified silica-coated magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4@SiO2@IL) were synthesized and applied as adsorbents for extraction and determination of paraquat (PQ) followed by high-performance liquid chromatography. For assurance of the extraction efficiency, the obtained results were compared with those obtained by bared magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs). Experimental design and response surface methodology were used for optimization of different parameters which affect extraction efficiency of paraquat using both adsorbents. Under the optimized conditions, extraction recoveries in the range of 20-25 and 35-40 % with satisfactory repeatability values (RSDs%, n = 4) less than 5.0 % were obtained for bared MNPs and Fe3O4@SiO2@IL, respectively. The limits of detection were 0.1 and 0.25 μg/L using Fe3O4@SiO2@IL and bared MNPs, respectively. The linearity was obtained in the range of 0.25 to 25 μg/L and 0.5 to 25 μg/L for Fe3O4@SiO2@IL and bared MNPs, respectively, with the coefficients of determination better than 0.9950. Finally, Fe3O4@SiO2@IL was chosen as superior adsorbent due to more dispersion ability, higher extraction recovery, lower detection limit, as well as better linearity and repeatability. Calculated errors (%) were in the range of 3 to 10 % depicting acceptable accuracy for the analysis of PQ by the proposed method. Finally, the method was successfully applied for extraction and determination of PQ in some water and countryside soil samples.

  7. Experimental determination of solubilities of di-calcium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid hydrate [Ca2C10H12N2O8·7H2O(s)] in NaCl and MgCl2 solutions to high ionic strengths and its Pitzer model: Applications to geological disposal of nuclear waste and other low temperature environments

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    Xiong, Yongliang; Kirkes, Leslie; Westfall, Terry

    2017-04-01

    In this study, solubility measurements on di-calcium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid [Ca2C10H12N2O8(s), abbreviated as Ca2EDTA(s)] as a function of ionic strength are conducted in NaCl solutions up to I = 5.0 mol•kg–1 and in MgCl2 solutions up to I = 7.5 mol•kg–1, at room temperature (22.5 ± 0.5oC).

  8. Relationships between undergraduates' argumentation skills, conceptual quality of problem solutions, and problem solving strategies in introductory physics

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    Rebello, Carina M.

    This study explored the effects of alternative forms of argumentation on undergraduates' physics solutions in introductory calculus-based physics. A two-phase concurrent mixed methods design was employed to investigate relationships between undergraduates' written argumentation abilities, conceptual quality of problem solutions, as well as approaches and strategies for solving argumentative physics problems across multiple physics topics. Participants were assigned via stratified sampling to one of three conditions (control, guided construct, or guided evaluate) based on gender and pre-test scores on a conceptual instrument. The guided construct and guided evaluate groups received tasks and prompts drawn from literature to facilitate argument construction or evaluation. Using a multiple case study design, with each condition serving as a case, interviews were conducted consisting of a think-aloud problem solving session paired with a semi-structured interview. The analysis of problem solving strategies was guided by the theoretical framework on epistemic games adapted by Tuminaro and Redish (2007). This study provides empirical evidence that integration of written argumentation into physics problems can potentially improve the conceptual quality of solutions, expand their repertoire of problem solving strategies and show promise for addressing the gender gap in physics. The study suggests further avenues for research in this area and implications for designing and implementing argumentation tasks in introductory college physics.

  9. EFFECTS OF PH AND COMPETING ANIONS ON THE SPECIATION OF ARSENIC IN FIXED IONIC STRENGTH SOLUTIONS BY SOLID PHASE EXTRACTION CARTRIDGES

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    Anion-exchange resins (AERs) separate As(V) and As(lIl) in solution by retaining As(V) and allowing As(lIl) to pass through. AERs offer several advantages including portability, ease of use, and affordability (relative to other As speciation methods). The use of AERs for the inst...

  10. EFFECTS OF PH AND COMPETING ANIONS ON THE SPECIATION OF ARSENIC IN FIXED IONIC STRENGTH SOLUTIONS BY SOLID PHASE EXTRACTION CARTRIDGES

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    Anion-exchange resins (AERs) separate As(V) and As(lIl) in solution by retaining As(V) and allowing As(lIl) to pass through. AERs offer several advantages including portability, ease of use, and affordability (relative to other As speciation methods). The use of AERs for the inst...

  11. An aqueous solution-based doping strategy for large-scale synthesis of Sb-doped ZnO nanowires

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    Wang, Fei; Seo, Jung-Hun; Bayerl, Dylan; Shi, Jian; Mi, Hongyi; Ma, Zhenqiang; Zhao, Deyin; Shuai, Yichen; Zhou, Weidong; Wang, Xudong

    2011-06-01

    An aqueous solution-based doping strategy was developed for controlled doping impurity atoms into a ZnO nanowire (NW) lattice. Through this approach, antimony-doped ZnO NWs were successfully synthesized in an aqueous solution containing zinc nitrate and hexamethylenetetramine with antimony acetate as the dopant source. By introducing glycolate ions into the solution, a soluble antimony precursor (antimony glycolate) was formed and a good NW morphology with a controlled antimony doping concentration was successfully achieved. A doping concentration study suggested an antimony glycolate absorption doping mechanism. By fabricating and characterizing NW-based field effect transistors (FETs), stable p-type conductivity was observed. A field effect mobility of 1.2 cm2 V - 1 s - 1 and a carrier concentration of 6 × 1017 cm - 3 were achieved. Electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) characterization on doped and undoped ZnO NWs further illustrated the shift of the metal-semiconductor barrier due to Sb doping. This work provided an effective large-scale synthesis strategy for doping ZnO NWs in aqueous solution.

  12. An aqueous solution-based doping strategy for large-scale synthesis of Sb-doped ZnO nanowires.

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    Wang, Fei; Seo, Jung-Hun; Bayerl, Dylan; Shi, Jian; Mi, Hongyi; Ma, Zhenqiang; Zhao, Deyin; Shuai, Yichen; Zhou, Weidong; Wang, Xudong

    2011-06-03

    An aqueous solution-based doping strategy was developed for controlled doping impurity atoms into a ZnO nanowire (NW) lattice. Through this approach, antimony-doped ZnO NWs were successfully synthesized in an aqueous solution containing zinc nitrate and hexamethylenetetramine with antimony acetate as the dopant source. By introducing glycolate ions into the solution, a soluble antimony precursor (antimony glycolate) was formed and a good NW morphology with a controlled antimony doping concentration was successfully achieved. A doping concentration study suggested an antimony glycolate absorption doping mechanism. By fabricating and characterizing NW-based field effect transistors (FETs), stable p-type conductivity was observed. A field effect mobility of 1.2 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and a carrier concentration of 6 × 10(17) cm(-3) were achieved. Electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) characterization on doped and undoped ZnO NWs further illustrated the shift of the metal-semiconductor barrier due to Sb doping. This work provided an effective large-scale synthesis strategy for doping ZnO NWs in aqueous solution.

  13. Imitation or innovation? Unselective mixed strategies can provide a better solution.

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    Castro, Laureano; Toro, Miguel A

    2012-12-01

    Current theory about the evolution of social learning in a changing environment predicts the emergence of mixed strategies that rely on some selective combination of social and asocial learning. However, the results of a recent tournament of social learning strategies [Rendell et al. Science 328(5975):208-213, 2010] suggest that the success relies almost entirely on copying to learn behavior. Those authors conclude that mixed strategies are vulnerable to invasion by individuals using social learning strategies alone. Here we perform a competition using unselective strategies that differ only in the degree of social versus asocial learning. We show that, under the same conditions of the aforementioned tournament, a pure social learning strategy can be invaded by an unselectively mixed strategy and attain an equilibrium where the latter is majority. Although existing theory suggests that copying other individuals unselectively is not adaptive, we show that, at this equilibrium, the average individual fitness of the population is higher than for a population of pure asocial learners, overcoming Rogers' paradox in finite populations.

  14. The Jones-Ray effect reinterpreted: Surface tension minima of low ionic strength electrolyte solutions are caused by electric field induced water-water correlations

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    Okur, H. I.; Chen, Y.; Wilkins, D. M.; Roke, S.

    2017-09-01

    The surface tension of electrolyte solutions exhibits a minimum at millimolar electrolyte concentrations and then rises with increasing concentration. This minimum, known as the Jones-Ray effect, has been hotly debated over the past ∼80 years. If not considered as an artifact, it is typically ascribed to a phenomenological rare binding site for ions or ion pairs. Here, we propose an alternative underlying mechanism, namely that the hydrogen bond network of water responds to the collective electrostatic field of ions by increasing its orientational order, supported by recent surface tension measurements of NaCl solutions in H2O and D2O, and second harmonic scattering experiments in combination with ion resonant second harmonic reflection experiments. Recent thermodynamic and purely electrostatic treatments of the surface tension provide support for this interpretation. In addition, concerns related to possible artifacts influencing the measurements are quantified experimentally.

  15. Employing ionic liquids to deposit cellulose on PET fibers.

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    Textor, Torsten; Derksen, Leonie; Gutmann, Jochen S

    2016-08-01

    Several ionic liquids are excellent solvents for cellulose. Starting from that finishing of PET fabrics with cellulose dissolved in ionic liquids like 1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium acetate, diethylphosphate and chloride, or the chloride of butyl-methyl imidazolium has been investigated. Finishing has been carried out from solutions of different concentrations, using microcrystalline cellulose or cotton and by employing different cross-linkers. Viscosity of solutions has been investigated for different ionic liquids, concentrations, cellulose sources, linkers and temperatures. Since ionic liquids exhibit no vapor pressure, simple pad-dry-cure processes are excluded. Before drying the ionic liquid has to be removed by a rinsing step. Accordingly rinsing with fresh ionic liquid followed by water or the direct rinsing with water have been tested. The amount of cellulose deposited has been investigated by gravimetry, zinc chloride iodine test as well as reactive dyeing. Results concerning wettability, water up-take, surface resistance, wear-resistance or washing stability are presented.

  16. Dual-Code Solution Strategy for Chemically-Reacting Hypersonic Flows

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    Wood, William A.; Eberhardt, Scott

    1995-01-01

    A new procedure seeks to combine the thin-layer Navier-Stokes solver LAURA with the parabolized Navier-Stokes solver UPS for the aerothermodynamic solution of chemically-reacting air flow fields. The interface protocol is presented and the method is applied to two slender, blunted shapes. Both axisymmetric and three-dimensional solutions are included with surface pressure and heat transfer comparisons between the present method and previously published results. The case of Mach 25 flow over an axisymmetric six degree sphere-cone with a non-catalytic wall is considered to 100 nose radii. A stability bound on the marching step size was observed with this case and is attributed to chemistry effects resulting from the non-catalytic wall boundary condition. A second case with Mach 28 flow over a sphere-cone-cylinder-flare configuration is computed at both two and five degree angles of attack with a fully-catalytic wall. Surface pressures are seen to be within five percent with the present method compared to the baseline LAURA solution and heat transfers are within 10 percent. The effect of grid resolution is investigated in both the radial and streamwise directions. The procedure demonstrates significant, order of magnitude reductions in solution time and required memory for the three-dimensional case in comparison to an all thin-layer Navier-Stokes solution.

  17. Evaluation of strategies for nature-based solutions to drought: a decision support model at the national scale

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    Simpson, Mike; Ives, Matthew; Hall, Jim

    2016-04-01

    There is an increasing body of evidence in support of the use of nature based solutions as a strategy to mitigate drought. Restored or constructed wetlands, grasslands and in some cases forests have been used with success in numerous case studies. Such solutions remain underused in the UK, where they are not considered as part of long-term plans for supply by water companies. An important step is the translation of knowledge on the benefits of nature based solutions at the upland/catchment scale into a model of the impact of these solutions on national water resource planning in terms of financial costs, carbon benefits and robustness to drought. Our project, 'A National Scale Model of Green Infrastructure for Water Resources', addresses this issue through development of a model that can show the costs and benefits associated with a broad roll-out of nature based solutions for water supply. We have developed generalised models of both the hydrological effects of various classes and implementations of nature-based approaches and their economic impacts in terms of construction costs, running costs, time to maturity, land use and carbon benefits. Our next step will be to compare this work with our recent evaluation of conventional water infrastructure, allowing a case to be made in financial terms and in terms of security of water supply. By demonstrating the benefits of nature based solutions under multiple possible climate and population scenarios we aim to demonstrate the potential value of using nature based solutions as a component of future long-term water resource plans. Strategies for decision making regarding the selection of nature based and conventional approaches, developed through discussion with government and industry, will be applied to the final model. Our focus is on keeping our work relevant to the requirements of decision-makers involved in conventional water planning. We propose to present the outcomes of our model for the evaluation of nature

  18. Ionic liquids as a novel solvent for lanthanide extraction.

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    Nakashima, Kazunori; Kubota, Fukiko; Maruyama, Tatsuo; Goto, Masahiro

    2003-08-01

    Octyl(phenyl)-N,N-diisobutylcarbamoylmethyl phosphine oxide (CMPO) dissolved in an ionic liquids, 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium hexafluorophosphate, greatly enhances extractability and selectivity of lanthanide cations compared to that dissolved in conventional organic solvents; further, the recovery of lanthanides extracted into ionic liquids can be accomplished using several stripping solutions containing complexing agents. The possibility of utilizing ionic liquids as novel separation media in an industrial liquid-liquid extraction process was demonstrated.

  19. On the development of hierarchical solution strategies for nonlinear finite element formulations

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    Padovan, J.; Lackney, J.

    1984-01-01

    This paper develops a hierarchical type solution scheme which can handle the field equations associated with nonlinear finite element simulations. The overall procedure possesses various levels of application namely degree of freedom, nodal, elemental, substructural as well as global. In particular iteration, updating, assembly and solution control occurs at the various hierarchical levels. Due to the manner of formulation, the degree of matrix inversion depends on the size of the various hierarchical partitioned groups. In this context, degree of freedom partitioning requires no inversion. To benchmark the overall scheme, the results of several numerical examples are presented.

  20. Nanoconfined Ionic Liquids.

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    Zhang, Shiguo; Zhang, Jiaheng; Zhang, Yan; Deng, Youquan

    2016-12-29

    Ionic liquids (ILs) have been widely investigated as novel solvents, electrolytes, and soft functional materials. Nevertheless, the widespread applications of ILs in most cases have been hampered by their liquid state. The confinement of ILs into nanoporous hosts is a simple but versatile strategy to overcome this problem. Nanoconfined ILs constitute a new class of composites with the intrinsic chemistries of ILs and the original functions of solid matrices. The interplay between these two components, particularly the confinement effect and the interactions between ILs and pore walls, further endows ILs with significantly distinct physicochemical properties in the restricted space compared to the corresponding bulk systems. The aim of this article is to provide a comprehensive review of nanoconfined ILs. After a brief introduction of bulk ILs, the synthetic strategies and investigation methods for nanoconfined ILs are documented. The local structure and physicochemical properties of ILs in diverse porous hosts are summarized in the next sections. The final section highlights the potential applications of nanoconfined ILs in diverse fields, including catalysis, gas capture and separation, ionogels, supercapacitors, carbonization, and lubrication. Further research directions and perspectives on this topic are also provided in the conclusion.

  1. Membrane contactor assisted extraction/reaction process employing ionic liquids

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    Lin, Yupo J [Naperville, IL; Snyder, Seth W [Lincolnwood, IL

    2012-02-07

    The present invention relates to a functionalized membrane contactor extraction/reaction system and method for extracting target species from multi-phase solutions utilizing ionic liquids. One preferred embodiment of the invented method and system relates to an extraction/reaction system wherein the ionic liquid extraction solutions act as both extraction solutions and reaction mediums, and allow simultaneous separation/reactions not possible with prior art technology.

  2. Quantized ionic conductance in nanopores

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    Zwolak, Michael; Lagerqvist, Johan; Di Ventra, Massimilliano

    2009-01-01

    Ionic transport in nanopores is a fundamentally and technologically important problem in view of its ubiquitous occurrence in biological processes and its impact on DNA sequencing applications. Using microscopic calculations, we show that ion transport may exhibit strong non-liDearities as a function of the pore radius reminiscent of the conductance quantization steps as a function of the transverse cross section of quantum point contacts. In the present case, however, conductance steps originate from the break up of the hydration layers that form around ions in aqueous solution. Once in the pore, the water molecules form wavelike structures due to multiple scattering at the surface of the pore walls and interference with the radial waves around the ion. We discuss these effects as well as the conditions under which the step-like features in the ionic conductance should be experimentally observable.

  3. Family Literacy's Approach to Dropout Prevention. A Series of Solutions and Strategies. Number 6.

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    Mansbach, Sara Currie

    The program goal of family literacy is to use early intervention to break the cycle of illiteracy perpetuated by parents' undereducation. This paper describes family literacy as a dropout prevention strategy that should be most heavily concentrated on the prenatal through 8-year-old child; a child ready for school is less likely to become a…

  4. Paper-and-Pencil Programming Strategy toward Computational Thinking for Non-Majors: Design Your Solution

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    Kim, Byeongsu; Kim, Taehun; Kim, Jonghoon

    2013-01-01

    The paper-and-pencil programming strategy (PPS) is a way of representing an idea logically by any representation that can be created using paper and pencil. It was developed for non-computer majors to improve their understanding and use of computational thinking and increase interest in learning computer science. A total of 110 non-majors in their…

  5. Creating Active Learning with Examples Drawn from the Social Sciences. Strategies & Solutions 2.

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    Litecky, Larry

    This document examines the intricate web of active learning strategies, focusing on how to make the student an active thinker through specific writing and speaking activities. The introduction sets the learning and teaching context for the following chapters. It establishes the importance of a positive classroom climate and of engaging student…

  6. Solution Strategies and Achievement in Dutch Complex Arithmetic: Latent Variable Modeling of Change

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    Hickendorff, Marian; Heiser, Willem J.; van Putten, Cornelis M.; Verhelst, Norman D.

    2009-01-01

    In the Netherlands, national assessments at the end of primary school (Grade 6) show a decline of achievement on problems of complex or written arithmetic over the last two decades. The present study aims at contributing to an explanation of the large achievement decrease on complex division, by investigating the strategies students used in…

  7. Problem Definition and Solution Strategies in Dental Practice. Final Report, September 19, 1979-October 31, 1980.

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    Dane, J. K.; And Others

    A study was conducted to identify and analyze clinical and nonclinical problems commonly met by dental practitioners, and the strategies and resources used by dentists to resolve these problems. Nearly 50 individuals in dentistry and related areas were organized into a steering committee and four task groups. Data were gathered through meetings of…

  8. Paper-and-Pencil Programming Strategy toward Computational Thinking for Non-Majors: Design Your Solution

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    Kim, Byeongsu; Kim, Taehun; Kim, Jonghoon

    2013-01-01

    The paper-and-pencil programming strategy (PPS) is a way of representing an idea logically by any representation that can be created using paper and pencil. It was developed for non-computer majors to improve their understanding and use of computational thinking and increase interest in learning computer science. A total of 110 non-majors in their…

  9. Effect of Strategy Teaching for the Solution of Ratio Problems on Students' Proportional Reasoning Skills

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    Sen, Ceylan; Güler, Gürsel

    2017-01-01

    The study was conducted to reveal the effects of the instruction of different problem-solving strategies on the proportional reasoning skills of students in solving proportional problems in the 6th grade math's class. Quasi-experimental research model with pretest-posttest control group was employed in the study. For eight class hours, the…

  10. An Exploration of Strategies Used by Students To Solve Problems with Multiple Ways of Solution.

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    Santos-Trigo, Manuel

    1996-01-01

    Describes a study that provides information about the extent to which students actually use their mathematical resources and strategies to solve problems. Interviews were used to analyze the problem solving abilities of high school students (N=35) as they solved five problems. (DDR)

  11. An Exploration of Strategies Used by Students To Solve Problems with Multiple Ways of Solution.

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    Santos-Trigo, Manuel

    1996-01-01

    Describes a study that provides information about the extent to which students actually use their mathematical resources and strategies to solve problems. Interviews were used to analyze the problem solving abilities of high school students (N=35) as they solved five problems. (DDR)

  12. Polymer-assisted metal deposition (PAMD): a full-solution strategy for flexible, stretchable, compressible, and wearable metal conductors.

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    Yu, You; Yan, Casey; Zheng, Zijian

    2014-08-20

    Metal interconnects, contacts, and electrodes are indispensable elements for most applications of flexible, stretchable, and wearable electronics. Current fabrication methods for these metal conductors are mainly based on conventional microfabrication procedures that have been migrated from Si semiconductor industries, which face significant challenges for organic-based compliant substrates. This Research News highlights a recently developed full-solution processing strategy, polymer-assisted metal deposition (PAMD), which is particularly suitable for the roll-to-roll, low-cost fabrication of high-performance compliant metal conductors (Cu, Ni, Ag, and Au) on a wide variety of organic substrates including plastics, elastomers, papers, and textiles. This paper presents i) the principles of PAMD, and how to use it for making ii) flexible, stretchable, and wearable conductive metal electrodes, iii) patterned metal interconnects, and d) 3D stretchable and compressible metal sponges. A critical perspective on this emerging strategy is also provided.

  13. Analysis of Residential System Strategies Targeting Least-Cost Solutions Leading to Net Zero Energy Homes: Preprint

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    Anderson, R.; Christensen, C.; Horowitz, S.

    2006-04-01

    The U. S. Department of Energy's Building America residential systems research project uses an analysis-based system research approach to identify research priorities, identify technology gaps and opportunities, establish a consistent basis to track research progress, and identify system solutions that are most likely to succeed as the initial targets for residential system research projects. This report describes the analysis approach used by the program to determine the most cost-effective pathways to achieve whole-house energy-savings goals. This report also provides an overview of design/technology strategies leading to net zero energy buildings as the basis for analysis of future residential system performance.

  14. An efficient iteration strategy for the solution of the Euler equations

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    Walters, R. W.; Dwoyer, D. L.

    1985-01-01

    A line Gauss-Seidel (LGS) relaxation algorithm in conjunction with a one-parameter family of upwind discretizations of the Euler equations in two-dimensions is described. The basic algorithm has the property that convergence to the steady-state is quadratic for fully supersonic flows and linear otherwise. This is in contrast to the block ADI methods (either central or upwind differenced) and the upwind biased relaxation schemes, all of which converge linearly, independent of the flow regime. Moreover, the algorithm presented here is easily enhanced to detect regions of subsonic flow embedded in supersonic flow. This allows marching by lines in the supersonic regions, converging each line quadratically, and iterating in the subsonic regions, thus yielding a very efficient iteration strategy. Numerical results are presented for two-dimensional supersonic and transonic flows containing both oblique and normal shock waves which confirm the efficiency of the iteration strategy.

  15. A strategy for the solution-phase parallel synthesis of N-(pyrrolidinylmethyl)hydroxamic acids.

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    Takayanagi, M; Flessner, T; Wong, C H

    2000-06-16

    Both five- and six-membered iminocyclitols have proven to be useful transition-state analogue inhibitors of glycosidases. They also mimic the transition-state sugar moiety of the nucleoside phosphate sugar in glycosyltransferase-catalyzed reactions. Described here is the development of a general strategy toward the parallel synthesis of a five-membered iminocyclitol linked to a hydroxamic acid group designed to mimic the transition state of GDP-fucose complexed with Mn(II) in fucosyltransferase reactions. The iminocyclitol 8 containing a protected hydroxylamine unit was prepared from D-mannitol. The hydroxamic acid moiety was introduced via the reaction of 8 with various acid chlorides. The strategy is generally applicable to the construction of libraries for identification of glycosyltransferase inhibitors.

  16. Incorporation of Ag metallic nanoparticles in 3D gelatin matrix via the green strategy solution plasma.

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    Pootawang, Panuphong; Kim, Seong Cheol; Kim, Jung Wan; Lee, Sang Yul

    2013-01-01

    The environmental concern pays much attention to the recent cause of the global warming effect. The reduction of the chemical uses is one of many ways to avoid this crucial problem. Herein, the green process for silver nanometallic particle formation and incorporation in gelatin are proposed. By using a novel discharge process in solution named solution plasma, the silver nanometallic particle formation and its incorporation in gelatin could be accomplished in one-batch reactor during discharge by using silver nitrate (AgNO3) solution as the precursor and controlling systematical parameters. The three-dimensional scaffolds of gelatin/silver biocomposite were fabricated using lyophilizer and the water-soluble property of gelatin was improved by irradiation of ultraviolet ray. The well dispersed silver nanoparticles with the mean particle size 10-20 nm in the good texture of gelatin matrix were obtained. The density of micropore in gelatin/silver scaffold was proportional to the gelatin concentration. In addition, thermal stability of prepared samples had no change comparing with pure gelatin, indicating that the incorporation of silver nanoparticles in gelatin matrix did not affect to the nature of gelatin.

  17. A Go-to-Market Strategy: Promoting Private Sector Solutions to the Threat of Proliferation

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    2013-04-01

    2013. US government interlocutors spanned eight executive departments, the National Security Staff , and several congressional committees. Meetings were...articles/risk-assessment.html 40 White House, National Security Staff , “National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security Implementation Update...companies have adopted the POC:  AREVA  ATMEA  Babcock & Wilcox  Candu Energy  GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy  Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy  KEPCO

  18. Ionic liquid-assisted bidirectional regulation strategy for carbon quantum dots (CQDs)/Bi4O5I2 nanomaterials and enhanced photocatalytic properties.

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    Ji, Mengxia; Xia, Jiexiang; Di, Jun; Wang, Bin; Yin, Sheng; Xu, Li; Zhao, Junze; Li, Huaming

    2016-09-15

    In this study, novel visible-light-driven carbon quantum dots (CQDs)/Bi4O5I2 material has been prepared via a reactable ionic liquid 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium iodide ([Hmim]I) assisted bidirectional regulation solvothermal method. This is the first time for the preparation of CQDs/Bi4O5I2 material with halogen and CQDs bidirectional regulation at the same time. With CQDs modified on the surface of Bi4O5I2, fast transfer of photogenerated charges and low recombination of photo-induced electron-hole pairs facilitated the enhancement of photodegradation activity. At the same time, the introduction of CQDs made the electrons occupied in high-energy potential on the conduction band of Bi4O5I2 transfer to the reaction center CQDs and the molecular oxygen can be thus activated. The enhanced mechanisms for the active species (holes, hydroxyl and superoxide radicals) during the photocatalytic reaction under visible irradiation were analyzed using DRS analysis, electron spin resonance (ESR) technique and free radicals trapping experiments.

  19. Implementation of sustainable sanitation in existing urban areas: long-term strategies for an optimised solution.

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    Kaufmann, I; Meyer, T; Kalsch, M; Schmitt, T G; Hamacher, H W

    2007-01-01

    If technologies for decentralised sanitation and reuse (DESAR) and for natural stormwater management should at least partially replace existing systems, then intensive reconstruction work becomes essential. A conversion can only be realised successively over a long period due to high construction and financial expenses and requires new strategies. This paper presents the development and practical implementation of a mathematical tool to find an optimised strategy for the realisation of alternative and more decentralised drainage and sanitation concepts in existing urban areas. The succession of construction measures (e.g. the implementation of decentralised greywater recycling) for the whole period of consideration is determined based upon a mathematical optimisation model on the condition that the favoured future state is known. The model describes the complex interdependencies of the urban water and nutrient cycle and enables the minimisation of both financial efforts and ecological impacts on the way toward the future state. The results of the implementation for a rural area in Germany show that the mathematical optimisation is an adequate instrument to support decision-making processes in finding strategies for the realisation of sustainable urban water management.

  20. Ionic association of hydroperoxide anion HO2- in the binding mean spherical approximation. Spectroscopic study of hydrogen peroxide in concentrated sodium hydroxide solutions.

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    Chlistunoff, Jerzy; Simonin, Jean-Pierre

    2006-12-28

    The ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy of hydrogen peroxide in concentrated sodium hydroxide solutions was studied. The peroxide band in the UV range shifts from approximately 214 nm to approximately 236 nm as the NaOH concentration increases from 0.338 mol dm-3 to 13.1 mol dm-3. The band originates from an intramolecular electronic transition of the hydroperoxide anion HO2-, as indicated by the negligible temperature effect on the band position and confirmed by ab initio quantum mechanical calculations. It is postulated that the bathochromic shift of the peroxide band that accompanies the increase in NaOH concentration originates from the formation of the ion pair (Na+HO2-). The equilibrium constant for the ion association reaction (0.048 mol-1 dm3) and the characteristics of the individual absorption bands of the hydroperoxide anion and its associate with Na+ were determined from the numerical modeling of the absorbance data, using the binding mean spherical approximation (BIMSA).

  1. An investigation of bubble coalescence and post-rupture oscillation in non-ionic surfactant solutions using high-speed cinematography.

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    Bournival, G; Ata, S; Karakashev, S I; Jameson, G J

    2014-01-15

    Most processes involving bubbling in a liquid require small bubbles to maximise mass/energy transfer. A common method to prevent bubbles from coalescing is by the addition of surfactants. In order to get an insight into the coalescence process, capillary bubbles were observed using a high speed cinematography. Experiments were performed in solutions of 1-pentanol, 4-methyl-2-pentanol, tri(propylene glycol) methyl ether, and poly(propylene glycol) for which information such as the coalescence time and the deformation of the resultant bubble upon coalescence was extracted. It is shown in this study that the coalescence time increases with surfactant concentration until the appearance of a plateau. The increase in coalescence time with surfactant concentration could not be attributed only to surface elasticity. The oscillation of the resultant bubble was characterised by the damping of the oscillation. The results suggested that a minimum elasticity is required to achieve an increased damping and considerable diffusion has a detrimental effect on the dynamic response of the bubble, thereby reducing the damping.

  2. Molecular dynamics simulation study of ionic hydration and ion association in dilute and 1 molal aqueous sodium chloride solutions from ambient to supercritical conditions

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    Driesner, T.; Seward, T. M.; Tironi, I. G.

    1998-09-01

    The increasing demand for accurate equations of state of fluids under extreme conditions and the need for a detailed microscopic picture of aqueous fluids in some areas of geochemistry (e.g., mineral dissolution/precipitation kinetics) potentially make molecular dynamics (MD) simulations a powerful tool for theoretical geochemistry. We present MD simulations of infinitely dilute and 1 molal aqueous NaCl solutions that have been carried out in order to study the systematics of hydration and ion association over a wide range of conditions from ambient to supercritical and compare them to the available experimental data. In the dilute case, the hydration number of the Na + ion remains essentially constant around 5.5 from ambient to supercritical temperatures when the density is kept constant at 1 g cm -3 but decreases to below 5 along the liquid-vapor curve. In both cases, the average ion-first shell water distance decreases by about 0.03 Å from ambient to near critical temperatures. The Cl - ion shows a slight expansion of the first hydration shell by about 0.02 Å from ambient to near critical temperatures. The geometric definition of the first hydration shell becomes ambiguous due to a shift of the position of the first minimum of the Cl-O radial distribution function. In the case of the 1 molal solution, the contraction of the Na + first hydration shell is similar to that in the dilute case whereas the hydration number decreases drastically from 4.9 to 2.8 due to strong ion association. The released waters are replaced on a near 1:1 basis by chloride ions. Polynuclear clusters as predicted by Oelkers and Helgeson (1993b) are observed in the high temperature systems. The hydration shell of the Cl --ion shows significant deviation from the behavior in dilute systems, that is, at near vapor saturated conditions, the expansion of the hydration shell is significantly larger (0.12 Å from ambient to near critical temperatures). Due to a very large shift of the first

  3. An alternative local collocation strategy for high-convergence meshless PDE solutions, using radial basis functions

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    Stevens, D.; Power, H.; Meng, C. Y.; Howard, D.; Cliffe, K. A.

    2013-12-01

    This work proposes an alternative decomposition for local scalable meshless RBF collocation. The proposed method operates on a dataset of scattered nodes that are placed within the solution domain and on the solution boundary, forming a small RBF collocation system around each internal node. Unlike other meshless local RBF formulations that are based on a generalised finite difference (RBF-FD) principle, in the proposed "finite collocation" method the solution of the PDE is driven entirely by collocation of PDE governing and boundary operators within the local systems. A sparse global collocation system is obtained not by enforcing the PDE governing operator, but by assembling the value of the field variable in terms of the field value at neighbouring nodes. In analogy to full-domain RBF collocation systems, communication between stencils occurs only over the stencil periphery, allowing the PDE governing operator to be collocated in an uninterrupted manner within the stencil interior. The local collocation of the PDE governing operator allows the method to operate on centred stencils in the presence of strong convective fields; the reconstruction weights assigned to nodes in the stencils being automatically adjusted to represent the flow of information as dictated by the problem physics. This "implicit upwinding" effect mitigates the need for ad-hoc upwinding stencils in convective dominant problems. Boundary conditions are also enforced within the local collocation systems, allowing arbitrary boundary operators to be imposed naturally within the solution construction. The performance of the method is assessed using a large number of numerical examples with two steady PDEs; the convection-diffusion equation, and the Lamé-Navier equations for linear elasticity. The method exhibits high-order convergence in each case tested (greater than sixth order), and the use of centred stencils is demonstrated for convective-dominant problems. In the case of linear elasticity

  4. Understanding the polarity of ionic liquids.

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    Ab Rani, M A; Brant, A; Crowhurst, L; Dolan, A; Lui, M; Hassan, N H; Hallett, J P; Hunt, P A; Niedermeyer, H; Perez-Arlandis, J M; Schrems, M; Welton, T; Wilding, R

    2011-10-06

    The polarities of a wide range of ionic liquids have been determined using the Kamlet-Taft empirical polarity scales α, β and π*, with the dye set Reichardt's Dye, N,N-diethyl-4-nitroaniline and 4-nitroaniline. These have been compared to measurements of these parameters with different dye sets and to different polarity scales. The results emphasise the importance of recognising the role that the nature of the solute plays in determining these scales. It is particularly noted that polarity scales based upon charged solutes can give very different values for the polarity of ionic liquids compared to those based upon neutral probes. Finally, the effects of commonplace impurities in ionic liquids are reported.

  5. h-multigrid agglomeration based solution strategies for discontinuous Galerkin discretizations of incompressible flow problems

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    Botti, L.; Colombo, A.; Bassi, F.

    2017-10-01

    In this work we exploit agglomeration based h-multigrid preconditioners to speed-up the iterative solution of discontinuous Galerkin discretizations of the Stokes and Navier-Stokes equations. As a distinctive feature h-coarsened mesh sequences are generated by recursive agglomeration of a fine grid, admitting arbitrarily unstructured grids of complex domains, and agglomeration based discontinuous Galerkin discretizations are employed to deal with agglomerated elements of coarse levels. Both the expense of building coarse grid operators and the performance of the resulting multigrid iteration are investigated. For the sake of efficiency coarse grid operators are inherited through element-by-element L2 projections, avoiding the cost of numerical integration over agglomerated elements. Specific care is devoted to the projection of viscous terms discretized by means of the BR2 dG method. We demonstrate that enforcing the correct amount of stabilization on coarse grids levels is mandatory for achieving uniform convergence with respect to the number of levels. The numerical solution of steady and unsteady, linear and non-linear problems is considered tackling challenging 2D test cases and 3D real life computations on parallel architectures. Significant execution time gains are documented.

  6. Will the SAFE Strategy Be Sufficient to Eliminate Trachoma by 2020? Puzzlements and Possible Solutions

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    Lavett, Diane K.; Lansingh, Van C.; Carter, Marissa J.; Eckert, Kristen A.; Silva, Juan C.

    2013-01-01

    Since the inception of (the Global Elimination of Blinding Trachoma) GET 2020 in 1997 and the implementation of the SAFE strategy a year later, much progress has been made toward lowering the prevalence of trachoma worldwide with elimination of the disease in some countries. However, high recurrence of trichiasis after surgery, difficulty in controlling the reemergence of infection after mass distribution of azithromycin in some communities, the incomplete understanding of environment in relation to the disease, and the difficulty in establishing the prevalence of the disease in low endemic areas are some of the issues still facing completion of the GET 2020 goals. In this narrative review, literature was searched from 1998 to January 2013 in PubMed for original studies and reviews. Reasons for these ongoing problems are discussed, and several suggestions are made as avenues for exploration in relation to improving the SAFE strategy with emphasis on improving surgical quality and management of the mass treatment with antibiotics. In addition, more research needs to be done to better understand the approach to improve sanitation, hygiene, and environment. The main conclusion of this review is that scale-up is needed for all SAFE components, and more research should be generated from communities outside of Africa and Asia. PMID:23766701

  7. Origin of fast ion diffusion in super-ionic conductors

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    He, Xingfeng; Zhu, Yizhou; Mo, Yifei

    2017-01-01

    Super-ionic conductor materials have great potential to enable novel technologies in energy storage and conversion. However, it is not yet understood why only a few materials can deliver exceptionally higher ionic conductivity than typical solids or how one can design fast ion conductors following simple principles. Using ab initio modelling, here we show that fast diffusion in super-ionic conductors does not occur through isolated ion hopping as is typical in solids, but instead proceeds through concerted migrations of multiple ions with low energy barriers. Furthermore, we elucidate that the low energy barriers of the concerted ionic diffusion are a result of unique mobile ion configurations and strong mobile ion interactions in super-ionic conductors. Our results provide a general framework and universal strategy to design solid materials with fast ionic diffusion. PMID:28635958

  8. Origin of fast ion diffusion in super-ionic conductors

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    He, Xingfeng; Zhu, Yizhou; Mo, Yifei

    2017-06-01

    Super-ionic conductor materials have great potential to enable novel technologies in energy storage and conversion. However, it is not yet understood why only a few materials can deliver exceptionally higher ionic conductivity than typical solids or how one can design fast ion conductors following simple principles. Using ab initio modelling, here we show that fast diffusion in super-ionic conductors does not occur through isolated ion hopping as is typical in solids, but instead proceeds through concerted migrations of multiple ions with low energy barriers. Furthermore, we elucidate that the low energy barriers of the concerted ionic diffusion are a result of unique mobile ion configurations and strong mobile ion interactions in super-ionic conductors. Our results provide a general framework and universal strategy to design solid materials with fast ionic diffusion.

  9. Solution of nonlinear finite difference ocean models by optimization methods with sensitivity and observational strategy analysis

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    Schroeter, Jens; Wunsch, Carl

    1986-01-01

    The paper studies with finite difference nonlinear circulation models the uncertainties in interesting flow properties, such as western boundary current transport, potential and kinetic energy, owing to the uncertainty in the driving surface boundary condition. The procedure is based upon nonlinear optimization methods. The same calculations permit quantitative study of the importance of new information as a function of type, region of measurement and accuracy, providing a method to study various observing strategies. Uncertainty in a model parameter, the bottom friction coefficient, is studied in conjunction with uncertain measurements. The model is free to adjust the bottom friction coefficient such that an objective function is minimized while fitting a set of data to within prescribed bounds. The relative importance of the accuracy of the knowledge about the friction coefficient with respect to various kinds of observations is then quantified, and the possible range of the friction coefficients is calculated.

  10. Technology Solutions Case Study: Innovative Retrofit Foundation Insulation Strategies, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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    2015-07-01

    Basements in climates 6 & 7 can account for a fraction of a home's total heat loss when fully conditioned. These foundations are a source of moisture, with convection in open block cavities redistributing water from the wall base, usually when heating. Even when block cavities are capped, the cold foundation concrete can act as a moisture source for wood rim joist components that are in contact with the wall. As below-grade basements are increasingly retrofitted for habitable space, cold foundation walls pose increased challenges for moisture durability, energy use, and occupant comfort. To address this challenge, the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership evaluated a retrofit insulation strategy for foundations that is designed for use with open-core concrete block foundation walls. The three main goals were to improve moisture control, improve occupant comfort, and reduce heat loss.

  11. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the ecosystem-based approach – pitfalls and solutions.

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    Berg, Torsten; Fürhaupter, Karin; Teixeira, Heliana; Uusitalo, Laura; Zampoukas, Nikolaos

    2015-07-15

    The European Marine Strategy Framework Directive aims at good environmental status (GES) in marine waters, following an ecosystem-based approach, focused on 11 descriptors related to ecosystem features, human drivers and pressures. Furthermore, 29 subordinate criteria and 56 attributes are detailed in an EU Commission Decision. The analysis of the Decision and the associated operational indicators revealed ambiguity in the use of terms, such as indicator, impact and habitat and considerable overlap of indicators assigned to various descriptors and criteria. We suggest re-arrangement and elimination of redundant criteria and attributes avoiding double counting in the subsequent indicator synthesis, a clear distinction between pressure and state descriptors and addition of criteria on ecosystem services and functioning. Moreover, we suggest the precautionary principle should be followed for the management of pressures and an evidence-based approach for monitoring state as well as reaching and maintaining GES.

  12. Solution of nonlinear finite difference ocean models by optimization methods with sensitivity and observational strategy analysis

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    Schroeter, Jens; Wunsch, Carl

    1986-01-01

    The paper studies with finite difference nonlinear circulation models the uncertainties in interesting flow properties, such as western boundary current transport, potential and kinetic energy, owing to the uncertainty in the driving surface boundary condition. The procedure is based upon nonlinear optimization methods. The same calculations permit quantitative study of the importance of new information as a function of type, region of measurement and accuracy, providing a method to study various observing strategies. Uncertainty in a model parameter, the bottom friction coefficient, is studied in conjunction with uncertain measurements. The model is free to adjust the bottom friction coefficient such that an objective function is minimized while fitting a set of data to within prescribed bounds. The relative importance of the accuracy of the knowledge about the friction coefficient with respect to various kinds of observations is then quantified, and the possible range of the friction coefficients is calculated.

  13. Modeling of ionic liquids

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    Tatlipinar, Hasan

    2017-02-01

    Ionic liquids are very important entry to industry and technology. Because of their unique properties they may classified as a new class of materials. IL usually classified as a high temperature ionic liquids (HTIL) and room temperature ionic liquids (RTIL). HTIL are molten salts. There are many research studies on molten salts such as recycling, new energy sources, rare elements mining. RTIL recently become very important in daily life industry because of their "green chemistry" properties. As a simple view ionic liquids consist of one positively charged and one negatively charged components. Because of their Coulombic or dispersive interactions the local structure of ionic liquids emerges. In this presentation the local structural properties of the HTIL are discussed via correlation functions and integral equation theories. RTIL are much more difficult to do modeling, but still general consideration for the modeling of the HTIL is valid also for the RTIL.

  14. Specific ionic effect for simple and rapid colorimetric sensing assays of amino acids using gold nanoparticles modified with task-specific ionic liquid.

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    Wu, Datong; Cai, Pengfei; Tao, Zhihao; Pan, Yuanjiang

    2016-01-01

    In this study, a novel task-specific ionic liquid functionalized gold nanoparticle (TSIL-GNP) was successfully prepared and applied in the recognition of amino acids. Particularly, the surface of GNP was modified with the ionic liquid containing carbamido and ester group via thiol, which was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The stability of this material in aqueous solution improves apparently and can remain unchanged for more than three months. The effect of pH was also discussed in this study. Attractive ionic interaction would effectively weaken intensity of the covalent coupling between the metal ion and the functional groups of amino acids. Thus, TSIL-GNP was successfully applied to recognizing serine, aspartic acid, lysine, arginine, and histidine in the presence of Cu(2+) through distinctive color changes. Suspension would be generated once a spot of cysteine was added into the GNPs solution. Results indicated that it had a good linear relationship between extinction coefficients and concentration of amino acids in a wide range of 10(-3)-10(-6) M. Moreover, the proposed strategy was successfully used to analyze the histidine in urinary samples. In brief, TSIL-GNP is a suitable substrate for discrimination of five amino acids in a rapid and simple way without sophisticated instruments. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Ionic tracer movement through a Wyoming snowpack

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    Roger C. Bales; Richard A. Sommerfeld; David G. Kebler

    1990-01-01

    A meltwater ionic pulse with initial concentrations of 5-10 or more times the average was observed in lysimeters set at the base of a 2-m snowpack in an unpolluted, alpine watershed. Both background chemical species and added tracers exhibited the initial pulse. About 10 days after the onset of meltwater release, solute concentrations collected in the lysimeters...

  16. Reactions of Starch in Ionic Liquids

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    We found that starches are found to be soluble at 80 ºC in ionic liquids such as 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BMIMCl) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide (BMIMdca) in concentration up to 10% (w/w). Higher concentrations of biopolymers in these novel solvents resulted in solutions w...

  17. Radicals in ionic liquids.

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    Strehmel, Veronika

    2012-05-14

    Stable radicals and recombination of photogenerated lophyl radicals are investigated in ionic liquids. The 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-yloxyl derivatives contain various substituents at the 4-position to the nitroxyl group, including hydrogen-bond-forming or ionic substituents that undergo additional interactions with the individual ions of the ionic liquids. Some of these spin probes contain similar ions to ionic liquids to avoid counter-ion exchange with the ionic liquid. Depending on the ionic liquid anion, the Stokes-Einstein theory or the Spernol-Gierer-Wirtz theory can be applied to describe the temperature dependence of the average rotational correlation time of the spin probe in the ionic liquids. Furthermore, the spin probes give information about the micropolarity of the ionic liquids. In this context the substituent at the 4-position to the nitroxyl group plays a significant role. Covalent bonding of a spin probe to the imidazolium ion results in bulky spin probes that are strongly immobilized in the ionic liquid. Furthermore, lophyl radical recombination in the dark, which is chosen to understand the dynamics of bimolecular reactions in ionic liquids, shows a slow process at longer timescale and a rise time at a shorter timescale. Although various reactions may contribute to the slower process during lophyl radical recombination, it follows a second-order kinetics that does not clearly show solvent viscosity dependence. However, the rise time, which may be attributed to radical pair formation, increases with increasing solvent viscosity. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Strategies for constructing polymeric micelles and hollow spheres in solution via specific intermolecular interactions.

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    Chen, Daoyong; Jiang, Ming

    2005-06-01

    We succeeded recently in developing a series of new pathways to polymeric micelles and hollow spheres via intermolecular specific interactions. A new micellization mechanism of block copolymers was realized by using the specific interaction between a low molecular weight compound and one of the blocks in low-polarity solvents. Many more successes have been achieved by our "block copolymer-free" strategies. We are now able to use homopolymers, random copolymers, oligomers, etc. as building blocks to construct noncovalently connected micelles (NCCM), in which the core and shell are connected by hydrogen bonding. Some of such NCCMs are readily converted further into hollow spheres by cross-linking the shell and then switching the medium to one that dissolves the core. Rigid polymer chains and their complementary homopolymers can directly assemble into large hollow spheres thanks to the propensity to parallel packing of the rigid chains. In addition, some of the NCCMs show perfect stimuli-responsive properties. pH-dependent micellization and pH-dependent micelle-hollow-sphere transition are realized in water-soluble graft copolymers driven by complexation and decomplexation between the main chain and grafts.

  19. The improvement of the analytical performance of direct current atmospheric pressure glow discharge generated in contact with the small-sized liquid cathode after the addition of non-ionic surfactants to electrolyte solutions.

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    Gręda, Krzysztof; Jamróz, Piotr; Pohl, Paweł

    2013-04-15

    A low power direct current atmospheric glow discharge sustained in the open to air atmosphere in contact with a small-sized flowing liquid cathode was used as an excitation source in optical emission spectrometry. The composition of electrolyte solutions served as the liquid cathode was modified by the addition of non-ionic surfactants, namely Triton x-45, Triton x-100, Triton x-405 and Triton x-705. The effect of the concentration of each surfactant was thoroughly studied on the emission characteristic of molecular bands identified in spectra, atomic emission lines of 16 metals studied and the background level. It was found that the presence of both heavy surfactants results in a significant increase in the net intensity of analytical lines of metals and a notable reduction of the intensity of bands of diatomic molecules and the background. In conditions considered to be a compromise for all metals, selected figures of merit for this excitation source combined with the optical emission spectrometry detection were determined. Limits of detection for all metals were within the range of 0.0003-0.05 mg L(-1), the precision was better than 6%, while calibration curves were linear over 2 orders of the magnitude of the concentration or more, e.g., for K, Li, Mg, Na and Rb. The discharge system with the liquid cathode modified by the addition of the surfactant found its application in the determination of Ca, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na and Zn in selected environmental samples, i.e., waters, soils and spruce needles, with the quite good precision and the accuracy comparable to that for measurements with flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) and flame atomic emission spectrometry (FAES). Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Complexation of Microcystins and Nodularin by Cyclodextrins in Aqueous Solution, a Potential Removal Strategy

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    Chen, Lin; Dionysiou, Dionysios D.; O’Shea, Kevin

    2013-01-01

    Cyanotoxins are potent toxic compounds produced by cyanobacteria during algal blooms, which threaten drinking water supplies. These compounds can poison and kill animals and humans. The host—guest interactions of α-, β-, and γ-cyclodextrins (CD) with problematic cyanotoxins, including microcystins (MCs) and nodularin (NOD), were investigated to demonstrate the potential application of CDs for the removal of these toxins from drinking water or applications related to their separation or purification. MCs and NOD have a hydrophobic Adda chain, which contains diene and benzene functional groups. The complexation of these cyanotoxins with CDs was monitored by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The 1H NMR spectra for MCs are unchanged upon addition of α-CD (smallest host). However, addition of larger hosts, β-CD and γ-CD, leads to significant changes in chemical shifts of the benzene and diene resonances on the 3-amino-9-methoxy-2,6,8-trimethal-10-phenyldeca-4,6-dienoic acid (Adda) chain of MCs and NOD. Solution pH, natural organic matter, and salinity do not appreciably influence the host—guest complexation under our experimental conditions. The experimental binding constants for MCs and NOD with γ-CD are relatively strong, ranging from 1155 to 507 M−1. The observed changes in chemical shifts for specific protons and competitive binding experiments demonstrate a 1:1 inclusion complex between γ-CD and MCs or NOD, with the Adda chains threading through the CD ring, resulting in an inclusion complex. Our results suggest that CD-type substrates are useful hosts for the complexation of MCs and NOD. CDs can be readily attached to a number of polymeric or solid supports and their functionality tailored to strengthen specific host—guest interactions. With further development of such materials, CD host—guest chemistry may find direct application in the removal and/or separation science of these compounds. PMID:21322549

  1. Dispersal and life history strategies in epiphyte metacommunities: alternative solutions to survival in patchy, dynamic landscapes.

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    Löbel, Swantje; Rydin, Håkan

    2009-09-01

    Host trees for obligate epiphytes are dynamic patches that emerge, grow and fall, and metacommunity diversity critically depends on efficient dispersal. Even though species that disperse by large asexual diaspores are strongly dispersal limited, asexual dispersal is common. The stronger dispersal limitation of asexually reproducing species compared to species reproducing sexually via small spores may be compensated by higher growth rates, lower sensitivity to habitat conditions, higher competitive ability or younger reproductive age. We compared growth and reproduction of different groups of epiphytic bryophytes with contrasting dispersal (asexual vs. sexual) and life history strategies (colonists, short- and long-lived shuttle species, perennial stayers) in an old-growth forest stand in the boreo-nemoral region in eastern Sweden. No differences were seen in relative growth rates between asexual and sexual species. Long-lived shuttles had lower growth rates than colonists and perennial stayers. Most groups grew best at intermediate bark pH. Interactions with other epiphytes had a small, often positive effect on growth. Neither differences in sensitivity of growth to habitat conditions nor differences in competitive abilities among species groups were found. Habitat conditions, however, influenced the production of sporophytes, but not of asexual diaspores. Presence of sporophytes negatively affected growth, whereas presence of asexual diaspores did not. Sexual species had to reach a certain colony size before starting to reproduce, whereas no such threshold existed for asexual reproduction. The results indicate that the epiphyte metacommunity is structured by two main trade-offs: dispersal distance vs. reproductive age, and dispersal distance vs. sensitivity to habitat quality. There seems to be a trade-off between growth and sexual reproduction, but not asexual. Trade-offs in species traits may be shaped by conflicting selection pressures imposed by habitat

  2. Gender and cleaner production: toward a framework for including gender analysis when developing strategies and designing solutions.

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    Edwards, Sally; Quinn, Margaret

    2005-01-01

    Environmental policies that do not consider global gender dimensions often create benefits for some people and ecosystems but result in costs for others, in particular women, at some point along the global chain of production and consumption. This article is intended to begin a dialogue about the importance of including gender analysis in the design of cleaner production strategies. We review global development policy and its critiques that have identified a need for gender awareness and analysis. This examination provides a backdrop for a discussion of how to include gender analysis in cleaner production planning and implementation. We invite researchers and practitioners to enter this dialogue to further the field and develop effective tools and policies to analyze gender dynamics, support gender equity, and find environmentally sound solutions that are sustainable for the long-term.

  3. Dynamics of Ion Transport in Ionic Liquids.

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    Lee, Alpha A; Kondrat, Svyatoslav; Vella, Dominic; Goriely, Alain

    2015-09-04

    A gap in understanding the link between continuum theories of ion transport in ionic liquids and the underlying microscopic dynamics has hindered the development of frameworks for transport phenomena in these concentrated electrolytes. Here, we construct a continuum theory for ion transport in ionic liquids by coarse graining a simple exclusion process of interacting particles on a lattice. The resulting dynamical equations can be written as a gradient flow with a mobility matrix that vanishes at high densities. This form of the mobility matrix gives rise to a charging behavior that is different to the one known for electrolytic solutions, but which agrees qualitatively with the phenomenology observed in experiments and simulations.

  4. Ionic Conductivity in Lithium Hexaoxometallate Solid Solutions.

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    1983-07-26

    Bi2O3 and ZrO 2. Mixtures of appropriate composition were throughly mixed using agate mortar in a He dry box. For example, Li7Tal-xNbxO6 and Li7Tal...xBixO6 were prepared from Li20, Ta205 and Nb2O5 , and Li20, Ta205 and Bi2O3 , respectively, according to the following equation 7Li2O + (l-x)Ta2O5

  5. Modernization of Physical Appearance and Solution Color Tests Using Quantitative Tristimulus Colorimetry: Advantages, Harmonization, and Validation Strategies.

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    Pack, Brian W; Montgomery, Laura L; Hetrick, Evan M

    2015-10-01

    Color measurements, including physical appearance, are important yet often misunderstood and underappreciated aspects of a control strategy for drug substances and drug products. From a patient safety perspective, color can be an important control point for detecting contamination, impurities, and degradation products, with human visual acuity often more sensitive for colored impurities than instrumental techniques such as HPLC. Physical appearance tests and solution color tests can also serve an important role in ensuring that appropriate steps are taken such that clinical trials do not become unblinded when the active material is compared with another product or a placebo. Despite the importance of color tests, compendial visual tests are not harmonized across the major pharmacopoeias, which results in ambiguous specifications of little value, difficult communication of true sample color, and significant extra work required for global registration. Some pharmacopoeias have not yet recognized or adopted technical advances in the instrumental measurement of color and appearance, whereas others begin to acknowledge the advantage of instrumental colorimetry, yet leave implementation of the technology ambiguous. This commentary will highlight the above-mentioned inconsistencies, provide an avenue toward harmonization and modernization, and outline a scientifically sound approach for implementing quantitative technologies for improved measurement, communication, and control of color and appearance for both solutions and solids. Importantly, this manuscript, for the first time, outlines a color method validation approach that is consistent with the International Conference on Harmonization's guidance on the topic of method validation.

  6. Multi-Target-Directed Ligands and other Therapeutic Strategies in the Search of a Real Solution for Alzheimer's Disease

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    Agis-Torres, Angel; Sölhuber, Monica; Fernandez, Maria; Sanchez-Montero, J.M.

    2014-01-01

    The lack of an adequate therapy for Alzheimer's Disease (AD) contributes greatly to the continuous growing amount of papers and reviews, reflecting the important efforts made by scientists in this field. It is well known that AD is the most common cause of dementia, and up-to-date there is no prevention therapy and no cure for the disease, which contrasts with the enormous efforts put on the task. On the other hand many aspects of AD are currently debated or even unknown. This review offers a view of the current state of knowledge about AD which includes more relevant findings and processes that take part in the disease; it also shows more relevant past, present and future research on therapeutic drugs taking into account the new paradigm “Multi-Target-Directed Ligands” (MTDLs). In our opinion, this paradigm will lead from now on the research toward the discovery of better therapeutic solutions, not only in the case of AD but also in other complex diseases. This review highlights the strategies followed by now, and focuses other emerging targets that should be taken into account for the future development of new MTDLs. Thus, the path followed in this review goes from the pathology and the processes involved in AD to the strategies to consider in on-going and future researches. PMID:24533013

  7. Highly sensitive label free electrochemical detection of VGEF165 tumor marker based on "signal off" and "signal on" strategies using an anti-VEGF165 aptamer immobilized BSA-gold nanoclusters/ionic liquid/glassy carbon electrode.

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    Shamsipur, Mojtaba; Farzin, Leila; Amouzadeh Tabrizi, Mahmoud; Molaabasi, Fatemeh

    2015-12-15

    In this work, a label free electrochemical aptasensor for the detection of ultra-traces of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF165) based on "signal off" and "signal on" mechanisms of response was developed. The BSA-gold nanoclusters/ionic liquid (BSA-AuNCs/IL) was used as a suitable nanocomposite platform for immobilization of the aptamer on a glassy carbon electrode. In "signal off" mechanism, the interaction of VEGF165 with its anti-VEGF165 aptamers, resulted in desorption of methylene blue (MB) probe from aptamer and its release into solution. Consequently, the decrease in current intensity of the differential pulse voltammogram of adsorbed MB was monitored and found to be linearly proportional with increasing concentration of VEGF165 in sample solution in the range of 1-120 pM with a limit of detection of 0.32p M. While, in "signal on" mechanism, the interaction of immobilized anti-VEGF165 aptamers on the electrode surface with VEGF165, led to more mass-transfer limiting of the [Fe(CN)6](3-/4-) probe to the electrode surface. Therefore, the charge transfer resistance (Rct) of the probe was increased linearly with increasing concentration of VEGF165 in the range of 2.5-250 pM with a limit of detection of 0.48 pM. The experimental results demonstrated that both of these mechanisms are suitable for determination of low levels of the VEGF165 tumor marker in serum samples. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Direct extraction of genomic DNA from maize with aqueous ionic liquid buffer systems for applications in genetically modified organisms analysis.

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    Gonzalez García, Eric; Ressmann, Anna K; Gaertner, Peter; Zirbs, Ronald; Mach, Robert L; Krska, Rudolf; Bica, Katharina; Brunner, Kurt

    2014-12-01

    To date, the extraction of genomic DNA is considered a bottleneck in the process of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) detection. Conventional DNA isolation methods are associated with long extraction times and multiple pipetting and centrifugation steps, which makes the entire procedure not only tedious and complicated but also prone to sample cross-contamination. In recent times, ionic liquids have emerged as innovative solvents for biomass processing, due to their outstanding properties for dissolution of biomass and biopolymers. In this study, a novel, easily applicable, and time-efficient method for the direct extraction of genomic DNA from biomass based on aqueous-ionic liquid solutions was developed. The straightforward protocol relies on extraction of maize in a 10 % solution of ionic liquids in aqueous phosphate buffer for 5 min at room temperature, followed by a denaturation step at 95 °C for 10 min and a simple filtration to remove residual biopolymers. A set of 22 ionic liquids was tested in a buffer system and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dimethylphosphate, as well as the environmentally benign choline formate, were identified as ideal candidates. With this strategy, the quality of the genomic DNA extracted was significantly improved and the extraction protocol was notably simplified compared with a well-established method.

  9. Evaluation of Load Estimation Methods and Sampling Strategies by Confidence Intervals in Estimating Solute Flux from a Small Forested Catchment

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    Tada, A.; Tanakamaru, H.

    2008-12-01

    Total mass flux (load) from a catchment is a basic factor in evaluating chemical weathering or in TMDLs implementation. So far, many combinations of load estimation methods with sampling strategies were tested to obtain an unbiased flux estimate. To utilize such flux estimates in the political or scientific application, the information of uncertainty of flux estimates should also be provided. Giving the interval estimate of total flux may be a desirable solution to this situation. Total solute flux from a small, undisturbed forested catchment (12.8ha) during 10 months were calculated based on high-temporal resolution data and used in validation of 95% confidence intervals (CIs) of flux estimates. Water quality data (sodium, potassium, and chloride concentration) were collected and measured every 15 minutes during 10 months in 2004 by the on-site monitoring system using FIP (flow injection potentiometry) method with ion-selective electrodes. Water quantity data (the flow rate data) were measured continuously by V-notch weir at the catchment outlet. Flux estimates and 95% CIs were calculated for three indices with 41 methods; sample average, flow- weighted average, the Beale ratio estimator, rating curve method with simple linear regression between flux and the flow rate, and nine regression models in the USGS Load Estimator (Loadest). Smearing estimates, MVUE estimates, and estimates by composite method were also evaluated concerning nine regression models in Load Estimator. Two sampling strategies were tested; periodical sampling (daily and weekly) and flow stratified sampling. After data were sorted in ascending order of the flow rate, five strata were configured so that each stratum contained same number of data in flow stratified sampling. The performance of these 95% CIs was evaluated by the rate of inclusion of true flux value within these CIs, which should be expected as 0.95. A simple bootstrap method was adopted to construct the CIs with 2,000 bootstrap

  10. Ionic liquids in tribology.

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    Minami, Ichiro

    2009-06-24

    Current research on room-temperature ionic liquids as lubricants is described. Ionic liquids possess excellent properties such as non-volatility, non-flammability, and thermo-oxidative stability. The potential use of ionic liquids as lubricants was first proposed in 2001 and approximately 70 articles pertaining to fundamental research on ionic liquids have been published through May 2009. A large majority of the cations examined in this area are derived from 1,3-dialkylimidazolium, with a higher alkyl group on the imidazolium cation being beneficial for good lubrication, while it reduces the thermo-oxidative stability. Hydrophobic anions provide both good lubricity and significant thermo-oxidative stability. The anions decompose through a tribochemical reaction to generate metal fluoride on the rubbed surface. Additive technology to improve lubricity is also explained. An introduction to tribology as an interdisciplinary field of lubrication is also provided.

  11. Individual SWCNT based ionic field effect transistor

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    Pang, Pei; He, Jin; Park, Jae Hyun; Krstic, Predrag; Lindsay, Stuart

    2011-03-01

    Here we report that the ionic current through a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) can be effectively gated by a perpendicular electrical field from a top gate electrode, working as ionic field effect transistor. Both our experiment and simulation confirms that the electroosmotic current (EOF) is the main component in the ionic current through the SWCNT and is responsible for the gating effect. We also studied the gating efficiency as a function of solution concentration and pH and demonstrated that the device can work effectively in the physiological relevant condition. This work opens the door to use CNT based nanofluidics for ion and molecule manipulation. This work was supported by the DNA Sequencing Technology Program of the National Human Genome Research Institute (1RC2HG005625-01, 1R21HG004770-01), Arizona Technology Enterprises and the Biodesign Institute.

  12. Static dielectric properties of dense ionic fluids.

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    Zarubin, Grigory; Bier, Markus

    2015-05-14

    The static dielectric properties of dense ionic fluids, e.g., room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) and inorganic fused salts, are investigated on different length scales by means of grandcanonical Monte Carlo simulations. A generally applicable scheme is developed which allows one to approximately decompose the electric susceptibility of dense ionic fluids into the orientation and the distortion polarization contribution. It is shown that at long range, the well-known plasma-like perfect screening behavior occurs, which corresponds to a diverging distortion susceptibility, whereas at short range, orientation polarization dominates, which coincides with that of a dipolar fluid of attached cation-anion pairs. This observation suggests that the recently debated interpretation of RTILs as dilute electrolyte solutions might not be simply a yes-no-question but it might depend on the considered length scale.

  13. Applications of ionic liquids.

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    Patel, Divia Dinesh; Lee, Jong-Min

    2012-06-01

    Ionic liquids have recently gained popularity in the scientific community owing to their special properties and characteristics. One of the reasons why ionic liquids have been termed "green solvents" is due to their negligible vapour pressure. Their use in electrochemical, biological and metal extraction applications is discussed. Wide research has been carried out for their use in batteries, solar panels, fuel cells, drug deliveries and biomass pretreatments. This work aims to consolidate the various findings from previous works in these areas.

  14. Strategies to indium nitride and gallium nitride nanoparticles: Low-temperature, solution-phase and precursor routes

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    Dingman, Sean Douglas

    I present new strategies to low-temperature solution-phase synthesis of indium and gallium nitride (InN and GaN) ceramic materials. The strategies include: direct conversion of precursor molecules to InN by pyrolysis, solution-phase synthesis of nanostructured InN fibers via molecular precursors and co-reactants, and synthesis of powders through reactions derived from molten-salt chemistry. Indium nitride powders are prepared by pyrolysis of the precursors R 2InN3 (R = t-Bu (1), i-Amyl(2), Et(3), i-Pr( 4)). The precursors are synthesized via azide-alkoxide exchange of R2InOMe with Me3SiN3. The precursors are coordination polymers containing five-coordinate indium centers. Pyrolysis of 1 and 2 under N2 at 400°C yields powders consisting primarily of InN with average crystal sizes of 15--35 nm. 1 yields nanocrystalline InN with average particle sizes of 7 nm at 250°C. 3 and 4 yield primarily In metal from pyrolysis. Refluxing 1 in diisopropylbenzene (203°C) in the presence of primary amines yields InN nanofibers 10--100 nm in length. InN nanofibers of up to 1 mum can be synthesized by treating 1 with 1,1-dimethylhydrazine (DMHy) The DMHy appears to control the fiber length by acting as a secondary source of active nitrogen in order to sustain fiber growth. The resulting fibers are attached to droplets of indium metal implying a solution-liquid-solid growth mechanism. Precursor 4 yields crystalline InN whiskers when reacted with DMHy. Reactions of 4 with reducing agents such as HSnBu3, yield InN nanoparticles with an average crystallite size of 16 nm. Gallium precursors R2GaN3 (R = t-Bu( 5), Me3SiCH2(6) and i-Pr( 7)), synthesized by azide-alkoxide exchange, are found to be inert toward solution decomposition and do not yield GaN. These compounds are molecular dimers and trimers unlike the indium analogs. Compound 6 displays a monomer-dimer equilibrium in benzene solution, but exists as a solid-state trimer. InN powders are also synthesized by reactions of InCl3 and

  15. Ionic liquids as active pharmaceutical ingredients.

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    Ferraz, Ricardo; Branco, Luís C; Prudêncio, Cristina; Noronha, João Paulo; Petrovski, Zeljko

    2011-06-06

    Ionic liquids (ILs) are ionic compounds that possess a melting temperature below 100 °C. Their physical and chemical properties are attractive for various applications. Several organic materials that are now classified as ionic liquids were described as far back as the mid-19th century. The search for new and different ILs has led to the progressive development and application of three generations of ILs: 1) The focus of the first generation was mainly on their unique intrinsic physical and chemical properties, such as density, viscosity, conductivity, solubility, and high thermal and chemical stability. 2) The second generation of ILs offered the potential to tune some of these physical and chemical properties, allowing the formation of "task-specific ionic liquids" which can have application as lubricants, energetic materials (in the case of selective separation and extraction processes), and as more environmentally friendly (greener) reaction solvents, among others. 3) The third and most recent generation of ILs involve active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), which are being used to produce ILs with biological activity. Herein we summarize recent developments in the area of third-generation ionic liquids that are being used as APIs, with a particular focus on efforts to overcome current hurdles encountered by APIs. We also offer some innovative solutions in new medical treatment and delivery options.

  16. Nonlocal Poisson-Fermi model for ionic solvent.

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    Xie, Dexuan; Liu, Jinn-Liang; Eisenberg, Bob

    2016-07-01

    We propose a nonlocal Poisson-Fermi model for ionic solvent that includes ion size effects and polarization correlations among water molecules in the calculation of electrostatic potential. It includes the previous Poisson-Fermi models as special cases, and its solution is the convolution of a solution of the corresponding nonlocal Poisson dielectric model with a Yukawa-like kernel function. The Fermi distribution is shown to be a set of optimal ionic concentration functions in the sense of minimizing an electrostatic potential free energy. Numerical results are reported to show the difference between a Poisson-Fermi solution and a corresponding Poisson solution.

  17. Nonlocal Poisson-Fermi model for ionic solvent

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    Xie, Dexuan; Liu, Jinn-Liang; Eisenberg, Bob

    2016-07-01

    We propose a nonlocal Poisson-Fermi model for ionic solvent that includes ion size effects and polarization correlations among water molecules in the calculation of electrostatic potential. It includes the previous Poisson-Fermi models as special cases, and its solution is the convolution of a solution of the corresponding nonlocal Poisson dielectric model with a Yukawa-like kernel function. The Fermi distribution is shown to be a set of optimal ionic concentration functions in the sense of minimizing an electrostatic potential free energy. Numerical results are reported to show the difference between a Poisson-Fermi solution and a corresponding Poisson solution.

  18. Ionic homeostasis in brain conditioning

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    Cuomo, Ornella; Vinciguerra, Antonio; Cerullo, Pierpaolo; Anzilotti, Serenella; Brancaccio, Paola; Bilo, Leonilda; Scorziello, Antonella; Molinaro, Pasquale; Di Renzo, Gianfranco; Pignataro, Giuseppe

    2015-01-01

    Most of the current focus on developing neuroprotective therapies is aimed at preventing neuronal death. However, these approaches have not been successful despite many years of clinical trials mainly because the numerous side effects observed in humans and absent in animals used at preclinical level. Recently, the research in this field aims to overcome this problem by developing strategies which induce, mimic, or boost endogenous protective responses and thus do not interfere with physiological neurotransmission. Preconditioning is a protective strategy in which a subliminal stimulus is applied before a subsequent harmful stimulus, thus inducing a state of tolerance in which the injury inflicted by the challenge is mitigated. Tolerance may be observed in ischemia, seizure, and infection. Since it requires protein synthesis, it confers delayed and temporary neuroprotection, taking hours to develop, with a pick at 1–3 days. A new promising approach for neuroprotection derives from post-conditioning, in which neuroprotection is achieved by a modified reperfusion subsequent to a prolonged ischemic episode. Many pathways have been proposed as plausible mechanisms to explain the neuroprotection offered by preconditioning and post-conditioning. Although the mechanisms through which these two endogenous protective strategies exert their effects are not yet fully understood, recent evidence highlights that the maintenance of ionic homeostasis plays a key role in propagating these neuroprotective phenomena. The present article will review the role of protein transporters and ionic channels involved in the control of ionic homeostasis in the neuroprotective effect of ischemic preconditioning and post-conditioning in adult brain, with particular regards to the Na+/Ca2+ exchangers (NCX), the plasma membrane Ca2+-ATPase (PMCA), the Na+/H+ exchange (NHE), the Na+/K+/2Cl− cotransport (NKCC) and the acid-sensing cation channels (ASIC). Ischemic stroke is the third leading

  19. Ternary mixtures of ionic liquids for better salt solubility, conductivity and cation transference number improvement

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    Karpierz, E.; Niedzicki, L.; Trzeciak, T.; Zawadzki, M.; Dranka, M.; Zachara, J.; Żukowska, G. Z.; Bitner-Michalska, A.; Wieczorek, W.

    2016-01-01

    We hereby present the new class of ionic liquid systems in which lithium salt is introduced into the solution as a lithium cation−glyme solvate. This modification leads to the reorganisation of solution structure, which entails release of free mobile lithium cation solvate and hence leads to the significant enhancement of ionic conductivity and lithium cation transference numbers. This new approach in composing electrolytes also enables even three-fold increase of salt concentration in ionic liquids. PMID:27767069

  20. A Solution Strategy to Include the Opening of the Opercular Slits in Moving-Mesh CFD Models of Suction Feeding.

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    Van Wassenbergh, Sam

    2015-07-01

    The gill cover of fish and pre-metamorphic salamanders has a key role in suction feeding by acting as a one-way valve. It initially closes and avoids an inflow of water through the gill slits, after which it opens to allow outflow of the water that was sucked through the mouth into the expanded buccopharyngeal cavity. However, due to the inability of analytical models (relying on the continuity principle) to calculate the flow of fluid through a cavity with two openings and that was changing in shape and size, stringent boundary conditions had to be used in previously developed mathematical models after the moment of the valve's opening. By solving additionally for the conservation of momentum, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has the capacity to dynamically simulate these flows, but this technique also faces complications in modeling a transition from closed to open valves. Here, I present a relatively simple solution strategy to incorporate the opening of the valves, exemplified in an axisymmetrical model of a suction-feeding sunfish in ANSYS Fluent software. By controlling viscosity of a separately defined fluid entity in the region of the opercular cavity, early inflow can be blocked (high viscosity assigned) and later outflow can be allowed (changing viscosity to that of water). Finally, by analyzing the CFD solution obtained for the sunfish model, a few new insights into the biomechanics of suction feeding are gained. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. All rights reserved. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.