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  1. Reticulated Nanoporous Polymers by Controlled Polymerization-Induced Microphase Separation

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    Seo, Myungeun; Hillmyer, Marc A.

    2013-04-08

    Materials with percolating mesopores are attractive for applications such as catalysis, nanotemplating, and separations. Polymeric frameworks are particularly appealing because the chemical composition and the surface chemistry are readily tunable. We report on the preparation of robust nanoporous polymers with percolating pores in the 4- to 8-nanometer range from a microphase-separated bicontinuous precursor. We combined polymerization-induced phase separation with in situ block polymer formation from a mixture of multifunctional monomers and a chemically etchable polymer containing a terminal chain transfer agent. This marriage results in microphase separation of the mixture into continuous domains of the etchable polymer and the emergent cross-linked polymer. Precise control over pore size distribution and mechanical integrity renders these materials particularly suited for various advanced applications.

  2. Crystallization in sequence-defined peptoid diblock copolymers induced by microphase separation.

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    Sun, Jing; Teran, Alexander A; Liao, Xunxun; Balsara, Nitash P; Zuckermann, Ronald N

    2014-02-05

    Atomic level synthetic control over a polymer's chemical structure can reveal new insights into the crystallization kinetics of block copolymers. Here, we explore the impact of side chain structure on crystallization behavior, by designing a series of sequence-defined, highly monodisperse peptoid diblock copolymers poly-N-decylglycine-block-poly-N-2-(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy)ethylglycine (pNdc-b-pNte) with volume fraction of pNte (ϕNte) values ranging from 0.29 to 0.71 and polydispersity indices ≤1.00017. Both monomers have nearly identical molecular volumes, but the pNte block is amorphous while the pNdc block is crystalline. We demonstrate by X-ray scattering and calorimetry that all the block copolypeptoids self-assemble into lamellar microphases and that the self-assembly is driven by crystallization of the pNdc block. Interestingly, the microphase separated pNdc-b-pNte diblock copolymers form two distinct crystalline phases. Crystallization of the normally amorphous pNte chains is induced by the preorganization of the crystalline pNdc chains. We hypothesize that this is due to the similarity of chemical structure of the monomers (both monomers have linear side chains of similar lengths emanating from a polyglycine backbone). The pNte block remains amorphous when the pNdc block is replaced by another crystalline block, poly-N-isoamylglycine, suggesting that a close matching of the lattice spacings is required for induced crystallization. To our knowledge, there are no previous reports of crystallization of a polymer chain induced by microphase separation. These investigations show that polypeptoids provide a unique platform for examining the effect of intertwined roles of side chain organization on the thermodynamic properties of diblock copolymers.

  3. Proton conducting, high modulus polymer electrolyte membranes by polymerization-induced microphase separation

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    Chopade, Sujay; Hillmyer, Marc; Lodge, Timothy

    Robust solid-state polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) are vital for designing next-generation lithium-ion batteries and high-temperature fuel cells. However, the performance of diblock polymer electrolytes is generally limited by poor mechanical stability and network defects in the conducting pathways. We present the in-situ preparation of robust cross-linked PEMs via polymerization-induced microphase separation, and incorporation of protic ionic liquid (IL) into one of the microphase separated domains. The facile design strategy involves a delicate balance between the controlled growth of polystyrene from a poly(ethylene oxide) macro-chain transfer agent (PEO-CTA) and simultaneous chemical cross-linking by divinylbenzene in the presence of IL. Small angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy confirmed the formation of a disordered structure with bicontinuous morphology and a characteristic domain size of order 20 nm. The long-range continuity of the PEO/protic IL conducting nanochannels and cross-linked polystyrene domains imparts high thermal and mechanical stability to the PEMs, with elastic modulus approaching 10 MPa and a high ionic conductivity of 15 mS/cm at 180 °C.

  4. Flexible Epoxy Resin Formed Upon Blending with a Triblock Copolymer through Reaction-Induced Microphase Separation

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    Chu, Wei-Cheng; Lin, Wei-Sheng; Kuo, Shiao-Wei

    2016-01-01

    In this study, we used diglycidyl ether bisphenol A (DGEBA) as a matrix, the ABA block copolymer poly(ethylene oxide–b–propylene oxide–b–ethylene oxide) (Pluronic F127) as an additive, and diphenyl diaminosulfone (DDS) as a curing agent to prepare flexible epoxy resins through reaction-induced microphase separation (RIMPS). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirmed the existence of hydrogen bonding between the poly(ethylene oxide) segment of F127 and the OH groups of the DGEBA resin. Small-angle X-ray scattering, atomic force microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy all revealed evidence for the microphase separation of F127 within the epoxy resin. Glass transition temperature (Tg) phenomena and mechanical properties (modulus) were determined through differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical analysis, respectively, of samples at various blend compositions. The modulus data provided evidence for the formation of wormlike micelle structures, through a RIMPS mechanism, in the flexible epoxy resin upon blending with the F127 triblock copolymer. PMID:28773571

  5. Development of Self-Assembled Nanoscale Templates via Microphase Separation Induced by Polymer Brushes

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    Chu, Elza

    Phase separation in soft matter has been the crucial element in generating hybrid materials, such as polymer blends and mixed polymer brushes. This dissertation discusses two methods of developing self-assembled nanoscale templates via microphase separation induced by polymer brush synthesis. This work introduces a novel soft substrate approach with renewable grafting sites where polyacrylamide is "grafted through" chitosan soft substrates. The mechanism of grafting leads to ordered arrays of filament-like nanostructures spanning the chitosan-air interface. Additionally, the chemical composition of the filaments allows for post-chemical modification to change the physical properties of the filaments, and subsequently tailor surfaces for specific application. Unlike traditional materials, multi-functional or "smart" materials, such as binary polymer brushes (BPB) are capable of spontaneously changing the spatial distribution of functional groups and morphology at the surface upon external stimuli. Although promising in principle, the limited range of available complementary polymers with common non-selective solvents confines the diversity of usable materials and restricts any further advancement in the field. This dissertation also covers the fabrication and characterization of responsive nanoscale polystyrene templates or "mosaic" brushes that are capable of changing interfacial composition upon exposure to varying solvent qualities. Using a "mosaic" brush template is a unique approach that allows the fabrication of strongly immiscible polymer BPB without the need for a common solvent. The synthesis of such BPB is exemplified by two strongly immiscible polymers, i.e. polystyrene (polar) and polyacrylamide (non-polar), where polyacrylamide brush is "graft through" a Si-substrate modified with the polystyrene collapsed "mosaic" brush. The surface exhibits solvent-triggered responses, as well as application potential for anti-biofouling.

  6. Direct solvent induced microphase separation, ordering and nano-particles infusion of block copolymer thin films

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    Modi, Arvind; Sharma, Ashutosh; Karim, Alamgir

    2013-03-01

    Kinetics of block copolymer (BCP) microphase separation by thermal annealing is often a challenge to low-cost and faster fabrication of devices because of the slow ordering. Towards the objective of rapid processing and accessing desired nanostructures, we are developing methods that enable a high degree of mobility of BCP phases while maintaining phase separation conditions via control of effective interaction parameter between the blocks in BCP thin films. We study the self-assembly of PS-P2VP thin films in various solvent mixtures. While non-solvent prevents dissolution of film into the bulk solution, the good solvent penetrates the film and makes polymer chains mobile. As a result of controlled swelling and mobility of BCP blocks, solvent annealing of pre-cast BCP thin films in liquid mixture of good solvent and non-solvent is a promising method for rapid patterning of nanostructures. Interestingly, we demonstrate simultaneous BCP microphase separation and infusion of gold nano-particles into selective phase offering a wide range of application from plasmonics to nanoelectronics. University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF)

  7. Formation of lens-like vesicles induced via microphase separations on a sorbitan monoester membrane with different headgroups.

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    Hayashi, Keita; Iwai, Hideka; Shimanouchi, Toshinori; Umakoshi, Hiroshi; Iwasaki, Tomoyuki; Kato, Ayako; Nakamura, Hidemi

    2015-11-01

    The microphase separation of lipid molecules on a vesicle membrane can be induced, depending on the difference in the geometric structures of their headgroups. Through cryo-transmission-electron-microscopy analysis, a lens-like vesicle was prepared by mixing 50 wt% Span 40 (sorbitan monopalmitate) and 50 wt% Tween 40 [polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monopalmitate]. Considering the molecular structures of Span 40 and Tween 40, the high-curvature region was mainly formed by Tween 40. As determined by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, dielectric-dispersion analysis, and differential scanning calorimetry, a hydration layer was likely formed because polyoxyethylene conjugates with the headgroups of Tween 40. These investigations of the obtained self-assembled aggregates of nonionic surfactants with heterogeneous surfaces could contribute to the development of new types of biomaterials.

  8. Microphase separation in random multiblock copolymers

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    Govorun, E. N.; Chertovich, A. V.

    2017-01-01

    Microphase separation in random multiblock copolymers is studied with the mean-field theory assuming that long blocks of a copolymer are strongly segregated, whereas short blocks are able to penetrate into "alien" domains and exchange between the domains and interfacial layer. A bidisperse copolymer with blocks of only two sizes (long and short) is considered as a model of multiblock copolymers with high polydispersity in the block size. Short blocks of the copolymer play an important role in the microphase separation. First, their penetration into the "alien" domains leads to the formation of joint long blocks in their own domains. Second, short blocks localized at the interface considerably change the interfacial tension. The possibility of penetration of short blocks into the "alien" domains is controlled by the product χ Nsh (χ is the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter and Nsh is the short block length). At not very large χ Nsh , the domain size is larger than that for a regular copolymer consisting of the same long blocks as in the considered random copolymer. At a fixed mean block size, the domain size grows with an increase in the block size dispersity, the rate of the growth being dependent of the more detailed parameters of the block size distribution.

  9. An effective strategy to increase hydroxide-ion conductivity through microphase separation induced by hydrophobic-side chains

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    Zeng, L.; Zhao, T. S.

    2016-01-01

    A highly conductive and durable anion exchange membrane (AEM) is an essential component for alkaline electrochemical conversion and storage systems. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that the ionic conductivity can be improved by increasing the ion exchange capacity (IEC) through a cross-linking process, in this work, a new approach to improve the ionic conductivity by enhancing the ionic mobility is adopted. The microstructure of quaternary ammonia poly (2, 6-dimethyl-1, 4-phenylene oxide) (QAPPO) is manipulated through grafting with hydrophobic side chains, which will drive the well-established hydrophilic/hydrophobic domains and nano-phase separated, well-connected ionic channels. As a result, the local hydroxide concentration is enhanced by the novel microstructure, thereby improving the ionic conductivity of the as-prepared ionomers. The as-prepared ionomers, denoted as self-aggregated QAPPO-CF, with an intermediate IEC value achieved an ionic conductivity of 65 mS cm-1 at 80 °C, outperforming the QAPPO with an even higher IEC value. This result suggests that the microphase separation is an effective approach to enhance the ionic conductivity.

  10. Complex macrophase-separated nanostructure induced by microphase separation in binary blends of lamellar diblock copolymer thin films.

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    Zhang, Jianqi; Posselt, Dorthe; Smilgies, Detlef-M; Perlich, Jan; Kyriakos, Konstantinos; Jaksch, Sebastian; Papadakis, Christine M

    2014-09-01

    The nanostructures of thin films spin-coated from binary blends of compositionally symmetric polystyrene-b-polybutadiene (PS-b-PB) diblock copolymer having different molar masses are investigated by means of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) after spin-coating and after subsequent solvent vapor annealing (SVA). In thin films of the pure diblock copolymers having high or low molar mass, the lamellae are perpendicular or parallel to the substrate, respectively. The as-prepared binary blend thin films feature mainly perpendicular lamellae in a one-phase state, indicating that the higher molar mass diblock copolymer dominates the lamellar orientation. The lamellar thickness decreases linearly with increasing volume fraction of the low molar mass diblock copolymer. After SVA, well-defined macrophase-separated nanostructures appear, which feature parallel lamellae near the film surface and perpendicular ones in the bulk.

  11. Patterned silica films using microphase separation of a block copolymer

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    Kataoka, Sho; Takeuchi, Yasutaka; Endo, Akira

    2014-11-01

    Block copolymers exhibit various nanoscale ordered morphologies induced by microphase separation. Here, we present a method for providing two types of patterned silica films on Si wafer substrates simply by shifting the phase equilibrium of a block copolymer, polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-P4VP). In this method, siloxane is adsorbed onto poly(4-vinylpyridine) blocks of PS-P4VP whose structure varies with solvent polarity and is calcined to remove the block copolymer. Siloxane is in a dispersed phase with toluene as a solvent resulting in silica nanoparticle arrays, while siloxane is in a continuous phase with N, N-dimethylformamide (DMF) resulting in silica films with ordered mesopores. Since the pore size of silica films prepared in DMF is approximately 20 nm, the film has the ability to serve as a support for enzymes such as laccase.

  12. Formation of ordered microphase-separated pattern during spin coating of ABC triblock copolymer.

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    Huang, Weihuan; Luo, Chunxia; Zhang, Jilin; Han, Yanchun

    2007-03-14

    In this paper, the authors have systematically studied the microphase separation and crystallization during spin coating of an ABC triblock copolymer, polystyrene-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-P2VP-b-PEO). The microphase separation of PS-b-P2VP-b-PEO and the crystallization of PEO blocks can be modulated by the types of the solvent and the substrate, the spinning speed, and the copolymer concentration. Ordered microphase-separated pattern, where PEO and P2VP blocks adsorbed to the substrate and PS blocks protrusions formed hexagonal dots above the P2VP domains, can only be obtained when PS-b-P2VP-b-PEO is dissolved in N,N-dimethylformamide and the films are spin coated onto the polar substrate, silicon wafers or mica. The mechanism of the formation of regular pattern by microphase separation is found to be mainly related to the inducement of the substrate (middle block P2VP wetting the polar substrate), the quick vanishment of the solvent during the early stage of the spin coating, and the slow evaporation of the remaining solvent during the subsequent stage. On the other hand, the probability of the crystallization of PEO blocks during spin coating decreases with the reduced film thickness. When the film thickness reaches a certain value (3.0 nm), the extensive crystallization of PEO is effectively prohibited and ordered microphase-separated pattern over large areas can be routinely prepared. When the film thickness exceeds another definite value (12.0 nm), the crystallization of PEO dominates the surface morphology. For films with thickness between these two values, microphase separation and crystallization can simultaneously occur.

  13. Hierarchical scaffolds via combined macro- and micro-phase separation.

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    George, Peter A; Quinn, Katie; Cooper-White, Justin J

    2010-02-01

    Recent advances in biomaterial surface engineering have shown that surface biomechanical, spatial and topographical properties can elicit control over fundamental biological processes such as cell shape, proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. Along these lines, we have very recently shown that the self-assembly of block copolymers into thin films can be used as an extremely labile method to precisely position cellular adhesion molecules, at nanometre lateral spacings, to effect control over cell attachment and morphology. Here, we extend our work in 2-dimensional block copolymer films into the production of 3-dimensional porous block copolymer scaffolds. The reported method combines macro-scale temperature induced phase separation and micro-phase separation of block copolymers to produce highly porous scaffolds with surfaces comprised of nano-scale self-assembled block copolymer domains, representing a significant advance in currently available scaffold engineering technologies. The phase behaviour of these polymer-solvent systems is described and potential mechanisms leading to the observed structure formation are presented. The nano-domains have thereafter been functionalised with CGRGDS peptides throughout the scaffold and shown to effect changes in cell attachment and spreading, in agreement with previous 2-dimensional studies. These multi-scale, functional scaffolds are easy to manufacture and scaleable, making them ideal candidates for tissue engineering applications.

  14. Self-doped microphase separated block copolymer electrolyte

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    Mayes, Anne M.; Sadoway, Donald R.; Banerjee, Pallab; Soo, Philip; Huang, Biying

    2002-01-01

    A polymer electrolyte includes a self-doped microphase separated block copolymer including at least one ionically conductive block and at least one second block that is immiscible in the ionically conductive block, an anion immobilized on the polymer electrolyte and a cationic species. The ionically conductive block provides a continuous ionically conductive pathway through the electrolyte. The electrolyte may be used as an electrolyte in an electrochemical cell.

  15. Direct observations of transition dynamics from macro- to micro-phase separation in asymmetric lipid bilayers induced by externally added glycolipids

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    Shimobayashi, Shunsuke F.; Ichikawa, Masatoshi; Taniguchi, Takashi

    2016-03-01

    We present the first direct observations of morphological transitions from macro- to micro-phase separation using micrometer-sized asymmetric lipid vesicles exposed to externally added glycolipids (GM1:monosialotetrahexosylganglioside). The transition occurs via an intermediate stripe morphology state. During the transition, monodisperse micro-domains emerge through repeated scission events of the stripe domains. Moreover, we numerically confirmed such transitions using a time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau model, which describes both the intramembrane phase separation and the bending elastic membrane. The experimental and simulation results are in quantitative agreement.

  16. Kinetics of Microphase Separation in Crosslinked Polymer Blend

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    Bettachy, A.; Benhamou, M.; Derouiche, A.; Fazni, A.

    2009-04-19

    The solvent effect on the early kinetics of the microphase separation (MPS) in binary crosslinked polymer was studied. In the presence of a good solvent, calculations were done using first the random phase approximation method and second an extended blob model, where a crosslinked chain is viewed as a sequence having blobs as new units. Kinetics were studied through the variation of the relaxation rate, {tau}{sub q}, upon the wave number, q, in the region around the spinodal temperature. When the temperature is changed from an initial value, T{sub i}, toward the final value, T{sub f}, very close to the critical point, the only motion allowed to the crosslinked chains is of Rouse type because of the presence of the crosslinks. The swelling effect on the MPS leads to a multiplicative renormalization of critical parameters of the molten state by factors as power of the overall monomer volume fraction, {phi}. The characteristic frequency, {omega}{sub (q)}, inverse of {tau}{sub q}, scales as {omega}(q) congruent with q{sup 6}{epsilon}{sup 3}, where {epsilon} stands for the traditional screening length. The study of kinetics of MPS is then extended in the presence of a theta solvent.

  17. Nanopatterning of Viruses and Proteins Using Microphase Separated Block Copolymers

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    Cresce, Arthur; Lewandowski, Angela; Bentley, William; Kofinas, Peter

    2006-03-01

    Diblock copolymers containing nickel ions have been prepared that are capable of selectively adsorbing histidine-tagged green fluorescent protein (hisGFP), and also binding tobacco mosaic virus (TMV). A block copolymer of norbornene and norbornene dicarboxylic acid was synthesized using ring-opening metathesis polymerization. A 400/50 block ratio achieved a spherical microphase-separated morphology with roughly 20 nm diameter dicarboxylic acid spheres. The spherical phase was exposed to nickel ions in solution, templating the formation of nickel nanoparticles. This process gave a nickel-loaded diblock copolymer film whose surface was used to chelate hisGFP. Fluorescence spectroscopy and TEM confirmed the presence of the protein on the polymer surface. A sulfonated triblock copolymer was loaded with nickel ions using a similar solution-doping procedure. The morphology of this copolymer was lamellar, and its sulfonated block was loaded with nickel ions. TEM studies revealed the presence of the virus on the surface of the copolymer and showed that the bond between the TMV and the polymer surface can withstand severe detergent washes.

  18. Transition dynamics from macro- to micro-phase separation in asymmetric lipid bilayers

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    Shimobayashi, Shunsuke; Ichikawa, Masatoshi; Taniguchi, Takashi

    In general, phase separation in binary liquid mixtures completes by relaxation below the transition temperature. The coarsening dynamics to complete phase separation have been extensively investigated in binary mixture systems. In contrast, the reverse dynamics from macro- to micro-phase separation remains poorly understood because no appropriate experiments and models exist for investigating this phenomenon. In this talk, we present the direct observations of morphological transitions from macro- to micro-phase separation using micrometer-sized asymmetric lipid vesicles exposed to externally added glycolipids (GM1:monosialotetrahexosylganglioside). The transition occurs via stripe morphology as a metastable state. During the transition, monodisperse micro domains emerge through repeated scission events of the stripe domains. Moreover, we numerically confirmed the transitions by the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau model, which describes phase separation and bending elastic membrane. Numerical results suggest crucial roles of the local spontaneous curvature induced by the local asymmetric lipid composition. This work was supported by Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows Grant (No. 25-1270) and by KAKENHI (Nos. 26707020, 25103012, 26115709 and 15H03708).

  19. Microphase separation in thin films of lamellar forming polydisperse di-block copolymers

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    Kumar, Rajeev; Lokitz, Bradley S.; Sides, Scott W.; ...

    2015-02-03

    Despite the ubiquity of polydispersity in chain lengths of di-block copolymers, its effects on microphase separation in thin films have eluded a clear understanding. In this paper, we have studied effects of polydispersity on the microphase separation in thin films of lamellar forming di-block copolymers using self-consistent field theory (SCFT) and neutron reflectivity experiments. Di-block copolymers containing a polydisperse block of poly(glycidylmethacrylate) (PGMA) connected to a near-monodisperse block poly(2-vinyl-4,4-dimethyl-d6 azlactone) (PVDMA-d6) are considered in this work. Effects of chain length polydispersity, film thickness, substrate–monomer and monomer–monomer interactions on the microphase segregation are studied using SCFT. The theoretical study reveals thatmore » in comparison to a film created with monodisperse di-block copolymers, an increase in polydispersity tends to decrease the number of lamellar strata that can be packed in a film of given thickness. This is a direct consequence of an increase in lamellar domain spacing with an increase in polydispersity index. Furthermore, it is shown that polydispersity induces conformational asymmetry and an increase in the polydispersity index leads to an increase in the effective Kuhn segment length of the polydisperse blocks. It is shown that the conformational asymmetry effects, which are entropic in origin and of increasing importance as film thickness decreases, drive the polydisperse blocks to the middle of the films despite favorable substrate interactions. These predictions are verified by results from neutron reflectivity experiments on thin films made from moderately polydisperse PGMA-PVDMA-d6 di-block copolymer deposited on silicon substrates. In conclusion, results from SCFT are used to predict neutron reflectivity profiles, providing a facile and robust route to obtain useful physical insights into the structure of polydisperse diblock copolymers at interfaces.« less

  20. Microphase separation in thin films of lamellar forming polydisperse di-block copolymers

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    Kumar, Rajeev; Lokitz, Bradley S.; Sides, Scott W.; Chen, Jihua; Heller, William T.; Ankner, John F.; Browning, James F.; Kilbey, II, S. Michael; Sumpter, Bobby G.

    2015-02-03

    Despite the ubiquity of polydispersity in chain lengths of di-block copolymers, its effects on microphase separation in thin films have eluded a clear understanding. In this paper, we have studied effects of polydispersity on the microphase separation in thin films of lamellar forming di-block copolymers using self-consistent field theory (SCFT) and neutron reflectivity experiments. Di-block copolymers containing a polydisperse block of poly(glycidylmethacrylate) (PGMA) connected to a near-monodisperse block poly(2-vinyl-4,4-dimethyl-d6 azlactone) (PVDMA-d6) are considered in this work. Effects of chain length polydispersity, film thickness, substrate–monomer and monomer–monomer interactions on the microphase segregation are studied using SCFT. The theoretical study reveals that in comparison to a film created with monodisperse di-block copolymers, an increase in polydispersity tends to decrease the number of lamellar strata that can be packed in a film of given thickness. This is a direct consequence of an increase in lamellar domain spacing with an increase in polydispersity index. Furthermore, it is shown that polydispersity induces conformational asymmetry and an increase in the polydispersity index leads to an increase in the effective Kuhn segment length of the polydisperse blocks. It is shown that the conformational asymmetry effects, which are entropic in origin and of increasing importance as film thickness decreases, drive the polydisperse blocks to the middle of the films despite favorable substrate interactions. These predictions are verified by results from neutron reflectivity experiments on thin films made from moderately polydisperse PGMA-PVDMA-d6 di-block copolymer deposited on silicon substrates. In conclusion, results from SCFT are used to predict neutron reflectivity profiles, providing a facile and robust route to obtain useful physical insights into the structure of polydisperse diblock copolymers at

  1. Microphase separation in thin films of lamellar forming polydisperse di-block copolymers

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    Kumar, Rajeev; Lokitz, Bradley S.; Sides, Scott W.; Chen, Jihua; Heller, William T.; Ankner, John F.; Browning, James F.; Kilbey II, S. Michael; Sumpter, Bobby G.

    2015-01-01

    Despite the ubiquity of polydispersity in chain lengths of di-block copolymers, its effects on microphase separation in thin films have eluded a clear understanding. In this work, we have studied effects of polydispersity on the microphase separation in thin films of lamellar forming di-block copolymers using self-consistent field theory (SCFT) and neutron reflectivity experiments. Di-block copolymers containing a polydisperse block of poly(glycidylmethacrylate) (PGMA) connected to a near-monodisperse block poly(2-vinyl-4,4-dimethyl-d6 azlactone) (PVDMA-d6) are considered in this work. Effects of chain length polydispersity, film thickness, substrate-monomer and monomer-monomer interactions on the microphase segregation are studied using SCFT. The theoretical study reveals that in comparison to a film created with monodisperse di-block copolymers, an increase in polydispersity tends to decrease the number of lamellar strata that can be packed in a film of given thickness. This is a direct consequence of an increase in lamellar domain spacing with an increase in polydispersity index. Furthermore, it is shown that polydispersity induces conformational asymmetry and an increase in the polydispersity index leads to an increase in the effective Kuhn segment length of the polydisperse blocks. It is shown that the conformational asymmetry effects, which are entropic in origin and of increasing importance as film thickness decreases, drive the polydisperse blocks to the middle of the films despite favorable substrate interactions. These predictions are verified by results from neutron reflectivity experiments on thin films made from moderately polydisperse PGMA-PVDMA-d6 di-block copolymer deposited on silicon substrates. Finally, results from SCFT are used to predict neutron reflectivity profiles, providing a facile and robust route to obtain useful physical insights into the structure of polydisperse diblock copolymers at interfaces.

  2. Theory of microphase separation in homopolymer oligomer mixtures

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    Olemskoi, Alexander; Savelyev, Alexey

    2005-11-01

    This work starts with the review of theoretical methods proposed, during past decades, for description of phase behavior in different polymer systems, involving variety of linear polymers (regular and polydisperse block (co)polymers, random polymers) and the polymer systems with non-covalent bonds of different strength. Microphase separation (MS) into different ordered mesophases is known to be the principal property of such systems. It is shown that most of the theoretical approaches proposed for description of the MS are based on the simple random phase approximation (RPA). It turns out, however, that mean field RPA method applied to description of the systems with non-covalent bonds does not provide the whole picture of MS. We show that the problem here arises when one treats both Flory-Huggins non-associated interactions and non-covalent bonds (hydrogen, ionic) within the unified RPA scheme, which is obviously rough for description of the latter type of interactions. Such a theory was developed in a few recent papers for the systems involving weak hydrogen bonds between homopolymer chains and the low molecular weight oligomers (surfactants). However, it leaves some experimental data unaccounted. The purpose of this review is to consider more detailed theory which is able to explain not only all the experimental data for the above systems but also to take into account the strength variation of non-bonding interactions. In particular, we consider the strong ionic interactions, weak hydrogen bonding, and the interactions of intermediate strength between polymer chain and short oligomers within our unifying theory. To develop such a description in a self-consistent way we propose to use a general field theory of stochastic systems. The mesoscopic (lamellar) structure of the periodically alternating layers of stretched homopolymer chains surrounded by perpendicularly oriented oligomeric tails is studied for the systems with both strong (ionic) and weak (hydrogen

  3. Equilibrium microphase separation in the two-leaflet model of lipid membranes

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    Reigada, Ramon; Mikhailov, Alexander S.

    2016-01-01

    Because of the coupling between local lipid composition and the thickness of the membrane, microphase separation in two-component lipid membranes can take place; such effects may underlie the formation of equilibrium nanoscale rafts. Using a kinetic description, this phenomenon is analytically and numerically investigated. The phase diagram is constructed through the stability analysis for linearized kinetic equations, and conditions for microphase separation are discussed. Simulations of the full kinetic model reveal the development of equilibrium membrane nanostructures with various morphologies from the initial uniform state.

  4. Controlling Solution Self-assembly and Non-Solvent Induced Microphase Separation of Triblock Terpolymers to Generate Nanofiltration Membranes with Chemically-Tailored Pore Walls

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    Boudouris, Bryan; Mulvenna, Ryan; Weidman, Jacob; Phillip, William

    2014-03-01

    Block polymer-based templates have been utilized in a number of membrane applications; however, there has yet to be a demonstration of a nanoporous block polymer thin film that can achieve high flux and high selectivity simultaneously while also allowing for the facile tuning of the pore wall chemistry. Here, we demonstrate that by synthesizing and controlling the solution self-assembly of a triblock terpolymer, polyisoprene- b-polystyrene- b-poly(N, N-dimethylacrylamide) (PI-PS-PDMA), and precisely inducing non-solvent induced phase separation during the self-assembly process allows for the creation of an asymmetric nanoporous membrane with PDMA-lined pore walls. This PDMA functionality is then converted to any number of side chain functionalities through simple chemistry in the solid state. In this way, we are able to show a highly selectivity membrane that can separate analytes of interest based both on size and chemical composition at a high solution flux. In fact, this high fidelity structure has a very narrow distribution of pore sizes (<10% variation in diameter) over large areas (>500 cm2) . This has allowed for the separation of particles with hydrodynamic radii as low as 0.8 nm, which is the smallest separation achieved using a block polymer-based membrane to date.

  5. Microphase Separated Block Copolymers in Pervaporation Membranes for Biofuels Processing

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    Greer, Douglas; Shin, Chae-Young; Ozcam, Evren; Skerker, Jeffrey; Basso, Thalita; Leon, Dacia; Bauer, Stefan; Balsara, Nitash; Energy Biosciences Institute Collaboration

    2014-03-01

    The production of transportation biofuels requires numerous continuous separation processes. We designed block copolymer membranes for pervaporation as a means to achieve these separations. These block copolymers contain a glassy structure block for support and a rubbery transport block for sorption and diffusion. We create membranes with nanoscale conducting channels using the unique trait of block copolymers to assemble into ordered morphologies. We have previously used nanostructured membranes to separate ethanol/water binary mixtures [J. Membr. Sci. 373, 112 (2011)], [J. Membr. Sci. 401, 125 (2012)]. We report this type of membranes is effective in other, more complex separations important to biofuel production. These separations increase yield and decrease process time.

  6. Cation-containing Polymers with Co-continuous Microphase-Separated Morphologies for Rapid Transport Membranes

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    Beyer, Frederick; Price, Samuel; Savage, Alice; Ren, Xiaoming; Pomerantz, Natalie; Zukas, Walter

    2015-03-01

    Cation-containing polymer membranes are the subject of renewed research for their potential to enable the use of alkaline fuel cells, and are also of interest for their water vapor transport properties. Charge and water vapor transport are both heavily dependent on membrane morphology and the development of hydrophilic channels throughout the material. Reaction induced phase separation has been shown to create such morphologies when used with uncharged copolymers and crosslinking monomers. Here we have applied this same technique but used ion-containing block copolymers of 4-vinylbenzyltrimethylammonium chloride and styrene to create a cation-containing polymer membrane having a microphase-separated, co-continuous morphology, as characterized by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and high-angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF STEM). These materials show excellent charge transport behavior and water vapor transport properties, surpassing commercially available materials. These results and efforts to improve other important physical characteristics for membrane applications will be presented.

  7. Control of Crystallization to Promote Microphase Separation in Fully Conjugated Block Copolymers

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    Lee, Youngmin; Le, Thinh P.; Seibers, Zach; Kilbey, S. Michael, II; Wang, Qing; Gomez, Enrique D.

    Donor -acceptor fully conjugated block copolymers, where donor and acceptor conjugated polymers are covalently bonded together, are interesting as single-component active-layer materials for photovoltaics because it can adopt mesoscale microphase separated structures with length scales comparable to the exciton diffusion length. Nevertheless, due to the strong crystallization of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT), morphologies of fully conjugated block copolymers containing P3HT are predominantly driven by crystallization as opposed to microphase separation. We control the crystallization in block copolymers to promote microphase separation in fully conjugated block copolymers through the addition of small amounts of 3-octylthiophene to the polymerization of P3HT. Poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl- r-3-octylthiophene-2,5-diyl)-block-poly((9,9-dioctylfluorene-2,7-diyl)-alt-(4,7-di(thiophene-2-yl)-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole)-5',5''-diyl) (P3HT- b-PFTBT) copolymers were prepared by Grignard metathesis for the alkylthiophene block followed by chain extension through a Suzuki-Miyaura polycondensation. We compare the crystallization, self-assembly and performance in devices of P3HT-b-PFTBT with a few mole percent of 3-octylthiophene in the P3HT block. Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.

  8. Interconnected ionic domains enhance conductivity in microphase separated block copolymer electrolytes

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    Arges, Christopher G.; Kambe, Yu; Dolejsi, Moshe; Wu, Guang-Peng; Segal-Pertz, Tamar; Ren, Jiaxing; Cao, Chi; Craig, Gordon S. W.; Nealey, Paul F.

    2017-01-01

    Block copolymer electrolytes (BCEs) represent an attractive choice as solid-state ionic conductors for electrochemical technologies used in energy storage and conversion, water treatment, sensors, and data storage and processing. Unlocking the maximum ionic conductivity of BCEs requires an intimate understanding as to how the microphase separated structure influences transport properties. However, elucidating such knowledge remains elusive due to the challenging task of precisely engineering BCEs with a defined structure in bulk materials. In this work, we examined BCEs in a thin film format because it was amenable to attaining BCEs with a desired nanostructure. Specifically, we systematically investigated anion-conducting BCEs with different degrees of connectivity of the ionic domains. For the first time, we demonstrate that increasing terminal defects in the ionic domain from 1 terminal defect per mu m(2) to 20 terminal defects per mu m(2) ( a relatively small amount of defects) decreased ionic conductivity by 67% compared to the maximum value attained. Conversely, maximizing ionic domain connectivity increased the ionic conductivity by two-fold over a non-ordered BCE film. These experiments highlight that microphase separation alone was insufficient for ameliorating ionic conductivity in BCEs. Rather, microphase separation coupled with complete ionic domain connectivity realized BCEs with significantly enhanced ionic conductivity.

  9. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Penetrants in Microphase Separated Tapered Diblock Copolymers

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    Seo, Youngmi; Brown, Jonathan R.; Hall, Lisa M.

    Tapered AB diblock copolymers contain pure A and B monomer blocks on the ends with a tapered midblock of intermediate composition, providing taper length as an additional tuning parameter to control microphase separation and interfacial behavior. We model the midblock as a statistical linear gradient from pure A to pure B. Recent experiments with salt dissolved in one of microphases show that a certain length of taper increases ion conductivity while the same length of inverse taper lowers conductivity. We perform coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations of tapered copolymers with monomer sized penetrants, which have preferential interactions with one microphase, to better understand this observation and the general effects of tapering on dynamics. We calculate penetrant diffusion, polymer relaxation times, and other quantities over the range from 0% (diblock) to 100% (full gradient) taper length, with the taper direction either normal or inverse (with the A side of the taper connected to the pure B block). Normal taper results typically lie between those of diblocks and full gradients, while inverse tapers show strong nonmonotonic behavior as a function of taper length. For intermediate length inverse tapers, penetrant and monomer dynamics are significantly slower than those of diblocks or normal tapers, and this relates to the folding of the inverse chains back and forth across the interface. To provide further insight, we also compare to the dynamics of random copolymers of various compositions. Based upon work supported by NSF Grant 1454343.

  10. Microphase separation through competitive hydrogen bonding in self-assembled A-b-B/C diblock copolymer/homopolymer complexes

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    Hameed, Nishar; Salim, Nisa V.; Guo, Qipeng

    2009-12-01

    We present a study of microphase separation induced by competitive hydrogen bonding in A-b-B/C diblock copolymer/homopolymer complexes where the diblock copolymer A-b-B is immiscible and the homopolymer C can interact unequally with both A and B blocks through hydrogen bonding. A model system containing poly(2-vinyl pyridine)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (P2VP-b-PMMA) and poly(4-vinyl phenol) (PVPh) in tetrahydrofuran was investigated. In these self-assembled complexes, microphase separation takes place due to the disparity in intermolecular interactions. Specifically, PVPh and P2VP blocks interact strongly to form complex, whereas PVPh and PMMA blocks interact weakly. The hydrogen bonding interactions were revealed by infrared spectroscopy and analyzed in terms of the difference in interassociation constants (K), i.e., interaction parameters of each blocks of the block copolymer to the homopolymer and according to the random phase approximation. The phase behavior of the complexes was investigated with small-angle x-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy. A series of morphologies including lamellae, hexagonal cylinders, wormlike microdomains, and hierarchical structures was documented as a function of the copolymer concentration. Moreover, we outlined how hydrogen bonding determines the self-assembly and causes morphological transitions in different A-b-B/C diblock copolymer/homopolymer systems with respect to the K values.

  11. Lamellar, micro-phase separated blends of methyl cellulose and dendritic polyethylene glycol, POSS-PEG.

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    Chinnam, Parameswara Rao; Mantravadi, Ramya; Jimenez, Jayvic C; Dikin, Dmitriy A; Wunder, Stephanie L

    2016-01-20

    Blends of methyl cellulose (MC) and liquid pegylated polyoctahedralsilsesquioxane (POSS-PEG) were prepared from non-gelled, aqueous solutions at room temperature (RT), which was below their gel temperatures (Tm). Lamellar, fibrillated films (pure MC) and increasingly micro-porous morphologies with increasing POSS-PEG content were formed, which had RT moduli between 1 and 5GPa. Evidence of distinct micro-phase separated MC and POSS-PEG domains was indicated by the persistence of the MC and POSS-PEG (at 77K) crystal structures in the X-ray diffraction data, and scanning transmission electron images. Mixing of MC and POSS-PEG in the interface region was indicated by suppression of crystallinity in the POSS-PEG, and increases/decreases in the glass transition temperatures (Tg) of POSS-PEG/MC in the blends compared with the pure components. These interface interactions may serve as cross-link sites between the micro-phase separated domains that permit incorporation of high amounts of POSS-PEG in the blends, prevent macro-phase separation and result in rubbery material properties (at high POSS-PEG content). Above Tg/Tm of POSS-PEG, the moduli of the blends increase with MC content as expected. However, below Tg/Tm of POSS-PEG, the moduli are greater for blends with high POSS-PEG content, suggesting that it behaves like semi-crystalline polyethylene oxide reinforced with silica (SiO1.5).

  12. Microphase separation patterns in diblock copolymers on curved surfaces using a nonlocal Cahn-Hilliard equation.

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    Jeong, Darae; Kim, Junseok

    2015-11-01

    We investigate microphase separation patterns on curved surfaces in three-dimensional space by numerically solving a nonlocal Cahn-Hilliard equation for diblock copolymers. In our model, a curved surface is implicitly represented as the zero level set of a signed distance function. We employ a discrete narrow band grid that neighbors the curved surface. Using the closest point method, we apply a pseudo-Neumann boundary at the boundary of the computational domain. The boundary treatment allows us to replace the Laplace-Beltrami operator by the standard Laplacian operator. In particular, we can apply standard finite difference schemes in order to approximate the nonlocal Cahn-Hilliard equation in the discrete narrow band domain. We employ a type of unconditionally stable scheme, which was introduced by Eyre, and use the Jacobi iterative to solve the resulting implicit discrete system of equations. In addition, we use the minimum number of grid points for the discrete narrow band domain. Therefore, the algorithm is simple and fast. Numerous computational experiments are provided to study microphase separation patterns for diblock copolymers on curved surfaces in three-dimensional space.

  13. Probing the micro-phase separation of thermo-responsive amphiphilic polymer in water/ethanol solution.

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    Labuta, Jan; Hill, Jonathan P; Hanyková, Lenka; Ishihara, Shinsuke; Ariga, Katsuhiko

    2010-12-01

    The temperature-induced coil-globule transition (micro-phase separation) in water/ethanol solutions of poly(vinyl methyl ether) was studied using NMR spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, optical microscopy and dynamic light scattering. NMR sequence based on spin-echo was introduced in order to determine lower critical solution temperature with high accuracy. Variation in DSC profiles and enthalpy increments depending on ethanol concentration in a water/ethanol mixture was found. Evolution of morphology pattern during heating-cooling cycle was observed using optical microscopy. At lower PVME concentration the globule size distribution was determined using digital image processing. Relative number and relative mass size distributions of globules in a dilute sample were measured by differential scanning calorimetry and subsequently compared with those obtained by optical microscopy.

  14. Microphase Separation Controlled beta-Sheet Crystallization Kinetics in Fibrous Proteins

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    Hu, X.; Lu, Q; Kaplan, D; Cebe, P

    2009-01-01

    Silk is a naturally occurring fibrous protein with a multiblock chain architecture. As such, it has many similarities with synthetic block copolymers, including the possibility for e-sheet crystallization restricted within the crystallizable blocks. The mechanism of isothermal crystallization kinetics of e-sheet crystals in silk multiblock fibrous proteins is reported in this study. Kinetics theories, such as Avrami analysis which was established for studies of synthetic polymer crystal growth, are for the first time extended to investigate protein self-assembly in e-sheet rich Bombyx mori silk fibroin samples, using time-resolved Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and synchrotron real-time wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS). The Avrami exponent, n, was close to 2 for all methods and crystallization temperatures, indicating formation of e-sheet crystals in silk proteins is different from the 3-D spherulitic crystal growth found in synthetic polymers. Observations by scanning electron microscopy support the view that the protein structures vary during the different stages of crystal growth, and show a microphase separation pattern after chymotrypsin enzyme biodegradation. We present a model to explain the crystallization of the multiblock silk fibroin protein, by analogy to block copolymers: crystallization of e-sheets occurs under conditions of geometrical restriction caused by phase separation of the crystallizable and uncrystallizable blocks. This crystallization model could be widely applicable in other proteins with multiblock (i.e., crystallizable and noncrystallizable) domains.

  15. Organic Solar Cells with Controlled Nanostructures Based on Microphase Separation of Fullerene-Attached Thiophene-Selenophene Heteroblock Copolymers.

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    Chen, Peihong; Nakano, Kyohei; Suzuki, Kaori; Hashimoto, Kazuhito; Kikitsu, Tomoka; Hashizume, Daisuke; Koganezawa, Tomoyuki; Tajima, Keisuke

    2017-02-08

    Heteroblock copolymers consisting of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and fullerene-attached poly(3-alkylselenophene) (T-b-Se-PCBP) were synthesized for organic photovoltaic applications by quasi-living catalyst transfer polycondensation and subsequent conversion reactions. Characterization of the polymers confirmed the formation of well-defined diblock structures with high loading of the fullerene at the side chain (∼40 wt %). Heteroblock copolymer cast as a thin film showed a clear microphase-separated nanostructure approximately 30 nm in repeating unit after thermal annealing, which is identical to the microphase-separated nanostructure of diblock copolymer consisting of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and fullerene-attached poly(3-alkylthiophene) (T-b-T-PCBP). These heteroblock copolymers provide an ideal platform for investigating the effects of nanostructures and interfacial energetics on the performance of organic photovoltaic devices.

  16. Conjugated block copolymer photovoltaics with near 3% efficiency through microphase separation.

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    Guo, Changhe; Lin, Yen-Hao; Witman, Matthew D; Smith, Kendall A; Wang, Cheng; Hexemer, Alexander; Strzalka, Joseph; Gomez, Enrique D; Verduzco, Rafael

    2013-06-12

    Organic electronic materials have the potential to impact almost every aspect of modern life including how we access information, light our homes, and power personal electronics. Nevertheless, weak intermolecular interactions and disorder at junctions of different organic materials limit the performance and stability of organic interfaces and hence the applicability of organic semiconductors to electronic devices. Here, we demonstrate control of donor-acceptor heterojunctions through microphase-separated conjugated block copolymers. When utilized as the active layer of photovoltaic cells, block copolymer-based devices demonstrate efficient photoconversion well beyond devices composed of homopolymer blends. The 3% block copolymer device efficiencies are achieved without the use of a fullerene acceptor. X-ray scattering results reveal that the remarkable performance of block copolymer solar cells is due to self-assembly into mesoscale lamellar morphologies with primarily face-on crystallite orientations. Conjugated block copolymers thus provide a pathway to enhance performance in excitonic solar cells through control of donor-acceptor interfaces.

  17. Olefinic Thermoplastic Elastomer Gels: Combining Polymer Crystallization and Microphase Separation in a Selective Solvent

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    Armstrong, Daniel P.; Mineart, Kenneth P.; Lee, Byeongdu; Spontak, Richard J.

    2016-01-01

    Since selectively swollen thermoplastic elastomer gels (TPEGs) afford a wide range of beneficial properties that open new doors to developing elastomer-based technologies, we examine the unique structure−property behavior of TPEGs composed of olefinic block copolymers (OBCs) in this study. Unlike their styrenic counterparts typically possessing two chemically different blocks, this class of multiblock copolymers consists of linear polyethylene hard blocks and poly(ethylene-co-α-octene) soft blocks, in which case, microphase separation between the hard and the soft blocks is accompanied by crystallization of the hard blocks. Here, we prepare olefinic TPEGs (OTPEGs) through the incorporation of a primarily aliphatic oil that selectively swells the soft block and investigate the resultant morphological features through the use of polarized light microscopy and small-/wideangle X-ray scattering. These features are correlated with thermal and mechanical property measurements from calorimetry, rheology, and extensiometry to elucidate the roles of crystallization and self-assembly on gel characteristics and establish useful structure−property relationships.

  18. Olefinic Thermoplastic Elastomer Gels: Combining Polymer Crystallization and Microphase Separation in a Selective Solvent

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    Armstrong, Daniel P.; Mineart, Kenneth P.; Lee, Byeongdu; ...

    2016-11-01

    Since selectively swollen thermoplastic elastomer gels (TPEGs) afford a wide range of beneficial properties that open new doors to developing elastomer-based technologies, in this study we examine the unique structure-property behavior of TPEGs composed of olefinic block copolymers (OBCs). Unlike their styrenic counterparts typically possessing two chemically different blocks, this class of multiblock copolymers consists of linear polyethylene hard blocks and poly(ethylene-co-α-octene) soft blocks, in which case, microphase separation between the hard and the soft blocks is accompanied by crystallization of the hard blocks. We prepare olefinic TPEGs (OTPEGs) through the incorporation of a primarily aliphatic oil that selectively swellsmore » the soft block and investigate the resultant morphological features through the use of polarized light microscopy and small-/wideangle X-ray scattering. These features are correlated with thermal and mechanical property measurements from calorimetry, rheology, and extensiometry to elucidate the roles of crystallization and self-assembly on gel characteristics and establish useful structure-property relationships.« less

  19. Olefinic Thermoplastic Elastomer Gels: Combining Polymer Crystallization and Microphase Separation in a Selective Solvent

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    Armstrong, Daniel P.; Mineart, Kenneth P.; Lee, Byeongdu; Spontak, Richard J.

    2016-11-01

    Since selectively swollen thermoplastic elastomer gels (TPEGs) afford a wide range of beneficial properties that open new doors to developing elastomer-based technologies, in this study we examine the unique structure-property behavior of TPEGs composed of olefinic block copolymers (OBCs). Unlike their styrenic counterparts typically possessing two chemically different blocks, this class of multiblock copolymers consists of linear polyethylene hard blocks and poly(ethylene-co-α-octene) soft blocks, in which case, microphase separation between the hard and the soft blocks is accompanied by crystallization of the hard blocks. We prepare olefinic TPEGs (OTPEGs) through the incorporation of a primarily aliphatic oil that selectively swells the soft block and investigate the resultant morphological features through the use of polarized light microscopy and small-/wideangle X-ray scattering. These features are correlated with thermal and mechanical property measurements from calorimetry, rheology, and extensiometry to elucidate the roles of crystallization and self-assembly on gel characteristics and establish useful structure-property relationships.

  20. Chemical Interactions and Their Role in the Microphase Separation of Block Copolymer Thin Films

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    Farrell, Richard A.; Fitzgerald, Thomas G.; Borah, Dipu; Holmes, Justin D.; Morris, Michael A.

    2009-01-01

    The thermodynamics of self-assembling systems are discussed in terms of the chemical interactions and the intermolecular forces between species. It is clear that there are both theoretical and practical limitations on the dimensions and the structural regularity of these systems. These considerations are made with reference to the microphase separation that occurs in block copolymer (BCP) systems. BCP systems self-assemble via a thermodynamic driven process where chemical dis-affinity between the blocks driving them part is balanced by a restorative force deriving from the chemical bond between the blocks. These systems are attracting much interest because of their possible role in nanoelectronic fabrication. This form of self-assembly can obtain highly regular nanopatterns in certain circumstances where the orientation and alignment of chemically distinct blocks can be guided through molecular interactions between the polymer and the surrounding interfaces. However, for this to be possible, great care must be taken to properly engineer the interactions between the surfaces and the polymer blocks. The optimum methods of structure directing are chemical pre-patterning (defining regions on the substrate of different chemistry) and graphoepitaxy (topographical alignment) but both centre on generating alignment through favourable chemical interactions. As in all self-assembling systems, the problems of defect formation must be considered and the origin of defects in these systems is explored. It is argued that in these nanostructures equilibrium defects are relatively few and largely originate from kinetic effects arising during film growth. Many defects also arise from the confinement of the systems when they are ‘directed’ by topography. The potential applications of these materials in electronics are discussed. PMID:19865513

  1. Chemical interactions and their role in the microphase separation of block copolymer thin films.

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    Farrell, Richard A; Fitzgerald, Thomas G; Borah, Dipu; Holmes, Justin D; Morris, Michael A

    2009-08-25

    The thermodynamics of self-assembling systems are discussed in terms of the chemical interactions and the intermolecular forces between species. It is clear that there are both theoretical and practical limitations on the dimensions and the structural regularity of these systems. These considerations are made with reference to the microphase separation that occurs in block copolymer (BCP) systems. BCP systems self-assemble via a thermodynamic driven process where chemical dis-affinity between the blocks driving them part is balanced by a restorative force deriving from the chemical bond between the blocks. These systems are attracting much interest because of their possible role in nanoelectronic fabrication. This form of self-assembly can obtain highly regular nanopatterns in certain circumstances where the orientation and alignment of chemically distinct blocks can be guided through molecular interactions between the polymer and the surrounding interfaces. However, for this to be possible, great care must be taken to properly engineer the interactions between the surfaces and the polymer blocks. The optimum methods of structure directing are chemical pre-patterning (defining regions on the substrate of different chemistry) and graphoepitaxy (topographical alignment) but both centre on generating alignment through favourable chemical interactions. As in all self-assembling systems, the problems of defect formation must be considered and the origin of defects in these systems is explored. It is argued that in these nanostructures equilibrium defects are relatively few and largely originate from kinetic effects arising during film growth. Many defects also arise from the confinement of the systems when they are 'directed' by topography. The potential applications of these materials in electronics are discussed.

  2. More room for microphase separation: An extended study on binary liquids confined in SBA-15 cylindrical pores

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    Mhanna, Ramona; Abdel Hamid, Abdel Razzak; Dutta, Sujeet; Lefort, Ronan; Noirez, Laurence; Frick, Bernhard; Morineau, Denis

    2017-01-01

    The confinement of liquid mixtures in porous channels provides new insight into fluid ordering at the nanoscale. In this study, we address a phenomenon of microphase separation, which appears as a novel fascinating confinement effect for fully miscible binary liquids. We investigate the structure of tert-butanol-toluene mixtures confined in the straight and mono-dispersed cylindrical nanochannels of SBA-15 mesoporous silicates (D = 8.3 nm). Small angle neutron scattering experiments on samples with carefully designed isotopic compositions are performed to systematically vary the scattering length density of the different compounds and assess the radial concentration profile of the confined phases. The resulting modulation of the Bragg reflections of SBA-15 is compared with the predictions from different core-shell models, highlighting a molecular-scale phase-separated tubular structure with the tert-butanol forming a layer at the pore surface, surrounding a toluene-rich core. The present structural study suggests that the microphase separation phenomenon in confinement, which so far had only been reported for a smaller pore size (D = 3.65 nm) and a unique mixture composition, must be considered as a general phenomenon. It also highlights the strength of neutron scattering method with isotopic substitution, which is a unique experimental approach to reveal this phenomenon.

  3. Effects of heating rate and pH on fracture and water-holding properties of globular protein gels as explained by micro-phase separation.

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    Leksrisompong, Phanin N; Lanier, Tyre C; Foegeding, E Allen

    2012-02-01

    The effect of heating rate and pH on fracture properties and held water (HW) of globular protein gels was investigated. The study was divided into 2 experiments. In the 1st experiment, whey protein isolate (WPI) and egg white protein (EWP) gels were formed at pH 4.5 and 7.0 using heating rates ranging from 0.1 to 35 °C/min and holding times at 80 °C up to 240 min. The 2nd experiment used one heating condition (80 °C for 60 min) and probed in detail the pH range of 4.5 to 7.0 for EWP gels. Fracture properties of gels were measured by torsional deformation and HW was measured as the amount of fluid retained after a mild centrifugation. Single or micro-phase separated conditions were determined by confocal laser scanning microscopy. The effect of heating rate on fracture properties and HW of globular protein gels can be explained by phase stability of the protein dispersion and total thermal input. Minimal difference in fracture properties and HW of EWP gels at pH 4.5 compared with pH 7.0 were observed while WPI gels were stronger and had higher HW at pH 7.0 as compared to 4.5. This was due to a mild degree of micro-phase separation of EWP gels across the pH range whereas WPI gels only showed an extreme micro-phase separation in a narrow pH range. In summary, gel formation and physical properties of globular protein gels can be explained by micro-phase separation. The effect of heating conditions on hardness and water-holding properties of protein gels is explained by the relative percentage of micro-phase separated proteins. Heating rates that are too rapid require additional holding time at the end-point temperature to allow for full network development. Increase in degree of micro-phase separation decreases the ability for protein gels to hold water. © 2012 Institute of Food Technologists®

  4. Block copolymer strands with internal microphase separation structure via self-assembly at the air-water interface.

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    Price, Eric W; Guo, Yunyong; Wang, C-W; Moffitt, Matthew G

    2009-06-02

    Block copolymer microphase separation in the bulk is coupled to amphiphilic block copolymer self-assembly at the air-water interface to yield hierarchical Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) structures combining organization at the meso- and nanoscales. A blend of polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) (Mn=141K, 11.4 wt % PEO) and polystyrene-b-poly(butadiene) (PS-b-PB) (Mn=31.9K, 28.5 wt % PB) containing a PS-b-PB weight fraction of f=0.75 was deposited at the air-water interface, resulting in the spontaneous generation of aggregates with multiscale organization, including nanoscale cylinders in mesoscale strands, via evaporation of the spreading solvent. The resulting features were characterized in LB films via AFM and TEM and at the air-water interface via Langmuir compression isotherms. Blends containing lower PS-b-PB contents formed mesoscale aggregate morphologies of continents and strands (f=0.50) or mesoscale continents with holes (f=0.25), but without the internal nanoscale organization found in the f=0.75 blend. The interfacial self-assembly of pure PS-b-PB at the air-water interface (f=1) yielded taller and more irregularly shaped aggregates than blends containing PS-b-PEO, indicating the integral role of the amphiphilic copolymer in regulating the mesoscale organization of the hierarchically structured features.

  5. Solution-Processed Ambipolar Organic Thin-Film Transistors by Blending p- and n-Type Semiconductors: Solid Solution versus Microphase Separation.

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    Xu, Xiaomin; Xiao, Ting; Gu, Xiao; Yang, Xuejin; Kershaw, Stephen V; Zhao, Ni; Xu, Jianbin; Miao, Qian

    2015-12-30

    Here, we report solid solution of p- and n-type organic semiconductors as a new type of p-n blend for solution-processed ambipolar organic thin film transistors (OTFTs). This study compares the solid-solution films of silylethynylated tetraazapentacene 1 (acceptor) and silylethynylated pentacene 2 (donor) with the microphase-separated films of 1 and 3, a heptagon-embedded analogue of 2. It is found that the solid solutions of (1)x(2)1-x function as ambipolar semiconductors, whose hole and electron mobilities are tunable by varying the ratio of 1 and 2 in the solid solution. The OTFTs of (1)0.5(2)0.5 exhibit relatively balanced hole and electron mobilities comparable to the highest values as reported for ambipolar OTFTs of stoichiometric donor-acceptor cocrystals and microphase-separated p-n bulk heterojunctions. The solid solution of (1)0.5(2)0.5 and the microphase-separated blend of 1:3 (0.5:0.5) in OTFTs exhibit different responses to light in terms of absorption and photoeffect of OTFTs because the donor and acceptor are mixed at molecular level with π-π stacking in the solid solution.

  6. The Relationship between the Hydrophilicity and Surface Chemical Composition Microphase Separation Structure of Multicomponent Silicone Hydrogels.

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    Zhao, Zheng-Bai; An, Shuang-Shuang; Xie, Hai-Jiao; Han, Xue-Lian; Wang, Fu-He; Jiang, Yong

    2015-07-30

    Three series of multicomponent silicone hydrogels were prepared by the copolymerization of two hydrophobic silicon monomers bis(trimethylsilyloxy) methylsilylpropyl glycerol methacrylate (SiMA) and tris(trimethylsiloxy) 3-methacryloxypropylsilane (TRIS) with three hydrophilic monomers. The surface hydrophilicity of the silicone hydrogels was characterized by contact angle measurements, and an interesting phenomenon was found that the silicone hydrogels made from less hydrophobic monomer SiMA possess more hydrophobic surfaces than those made from TRIS. The surface properties such as morphology and elemental composition of the silicone hydrogels were explored by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) analysis, and their relationships with the surface hydrophilicity were investigated in details. The results show neither the surface morphology nor the elemental composition has obvious impact on the surface hydrophilicity. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging revealed that SiMA hydrogel had a more significant phase separation structure, which also made its surface uneven: a lot of tiny holes were observed on the surface. This surface phase separation structure made SiMA hydrogel more difficult to be wetted by water or PBS buffer, i.e., more hydrophobic than TRIS hydrogel. On the basis of these results, we propose that the phase separation structure as well as the nature of silicon monomers might be the fundamental reasons of surface hydrophilicity. These results could help to design a silicone hydrogel with better surface properties and wider application.

  7. Microphase-Separation Interpretation of the Covariation of Several Polyurethane Dielectric Properties

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    1990-09-28

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  8. Microphase Separation and Shear Alignment of Gradient Copolymers: Melt Rheology and Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering Analysis

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    Mok, Michelle M.; Pujari, Saswati; Burghardt, Wesley R.; Dettmer, Christine M.; Nguyen, SonBinh T.; Ellison, Christopher J.; Torkelson, John M.

    2008-10-24

    The degree of microphase or nanophase segregation in gradient copolymers with compositions varying across the whole copolymer backbone is studied via low-amplitude oscillatory shear (LAOS) measurements and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Studies are done as a function of comonomer segregation strength, molecular weight (MW), gradient architecture and temperature. Controlled radical polymerization is used to synthesize strongly segregating styrene/4-acetoxystyrene (S/AS) and the more weakly segregating S/n-butyl acrylate (S/nBA) gradient copolymers. Results are compared to those from S/AS and S/nBA random and block copolymers. The higher MW S/AS gradient copolymer exhibits LAOS behavior similar to the highly microphase segregated S/AS block copolymer, while the lower MW S/AS gradient copolymer exhibits complex, nonterminal behavior indicative of a lower degree of microphase segregation. The S/nBA gradient copolymers demonstrate more liquidlike behavior, with the lower MW sample exhibiting near-Newtonian behavior, indicative of a weakly segregating structure, while the higher MW, steeper gradient sample shows behavior ranging from solidlike to more liquidlike with increasing temperature. With the exception of the lower MW S/nBA case, the gradient copolymers exhibit temperature-dependent LAOS behavior over a wide temperature range, reflecting their temperature-dependent nanodomain composition amplitudes. The S/AS samples have SAXS results consistent with the degree of microphase segregation observed via rheology. Shear alignment studies are done on the higher MW S/AS gradient copolymer, which is the most highly microphase segregated gradient copolymer. Rheology and SAXS provide evidence of shear alignment, despite the gradual variation in composition profile across the nanodomains of such gradient copolymers. A short review of the nomenclature and behavior of linear copolymer architectures is also provided.

  9. Microphase segregation in molten randomly grafted copolymers

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    Qi, Shuyan; Chakraborty, Arup K.; Balsara, Nitash P.

    2001-08-01

    We study microphase ordering of molten randomly grafted copolymers (RGCs) by using a mean field theory and the replica method to calculate the quenched average. Our results illustrate that in the weak segregation limit (WSI), the optimal wave vector q* of the lamellar phase formed by molten RGCs, has a temperature dependence different from either linear random copolymers (LRCs) or diblock copolymers (DCPs): when close, but below the microphase separation transition (MST) temperature, q* increases sharply with decreasing temperature; then q* gradually acquires an asymptotic value determined by the length of the branch and the average distance between branch points on the backbone. Our results are compared with recent experiments, and the effects of chain architecture on the microphase separation characteristics of RGCs are delineated. Our results suggest a new method for controlling the microphase spacing by exploiting quenched disorder.

  10. Ordered, microphase-separated, noncharged-charged diblock copolymers via the sequential ATRP of styrene and styrenic imidazolium monomers

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    Shi, ZX; Newell, BS; Bailey, TS; Gin, DL

    2014-12-15

    A series of imidazolium-based noncharged-charged diblock copolymers (1) was synthesized by the direct, sequential ATRP of styrene and styrenic imidazolium bis(trifluoromethyl)sulfonamide monomers with methyl, n-butyl, and n-decyl side-chains. Small-angle X-ray scattering studies on initial examples of 1 with a total of 50 repeat units and styrene:imidazolium-styrene repeat unit ratios of 25:25, 20:30, and 15:35 showed that their ability to form ordered nanostructures (i.e., sphere and cylinder phases) in their neat states depends on both the block ratio and the length of the alkyl side-chain on the imidazolium monomer. To our knowledge, the synthesis of imidazolium-based BCPs that form ordered, phase-separated nanostructures via direct ATRP of immiscible co-monomers is unprecedented. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Microphase morphology in two-dimensional fluids under lateral confinement.

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    Imperio, Alessandra; Reatto, Luciano

    2007-10-01

    We study the effects of confinement between two parallel walls on a two dimensional fluid with competing interactions which lead to the formation of particle microdomains at the thermodynamic equilibrium (microphases or microseparation). The possibility to induce structural changes of the morphology of the microdomains is explored, under different confinement conditions and temperatures. In the presence of neutral walls, a switch from stripes of particles to circular clusters (droplets) occurs as the temperature decreases, which does not happen in bulk. While the passage from droplets to stripes, as the density increases, is a well-known phenomenon, the change of the stripes into droplets as an effect of temperature is rather unexpected. Depending on the wall separation and on the wall-fluid interaction parameters, the stripes can switch from parallel to perpendicular to the walls and also a mixed morphology can be stable.

  12. Microphase separation in mixed monolayers of DPPG with a double hydrophilic block copolymer at the air-water interface: a BAM, LSCFM, and AFM study.

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    Romão, Rute I S; Ferreira, Quirina; Morgado, Jorge; Martinho, José M G; Gonçalves da Silva, Amélia M P S

    2010-11-16

    Phase separation and interactions in mixed monolayers of dipalmitoylphosphatidylglycerol (DPPG) with the rhodamine B end-labeled double-hydrophilic block copolymer (DHBC), poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide)-block-poly(N,N-diethylacrylamide) (RhB-PDMA(207)-b-PDEA(177)), was studied at the air-water interface. Surface pressure versus area isotherms indicate that both components behave almost independently. Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) images show a random distribution of liquid condensed (LC) domains of DPPG in an apparent homogeneous matrix of DHBC, excluding the macroscopic phase separation. The laser scanning confocal fluorescence microscopy (LSCFM) of the rhodamine dye at the end of the PDMA chain showed how the DHBC is distributed in Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) mixed monolayers. The high spatial resolution of atomic force microscopy (AFM) combined with the LCSFM images indicates that DHBC incorporates in the expanded phase of DPPG to form mixed domains, being excluded from the condensed regions. Upon compression, nanosized LC domains of DPPG nucleate inside the mixed domains corralled in the nanopatterning of pure DHBC. The negatively charged polar group of DPPG inhibits rhodamine aggregation, while the long polymer chains promote the formation of corralled nanodomains of DPPG in two dimensions.

  13. Communication: Microphase equilibrium and assembly dynamics

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    Zhuang, Yuan; Charbonneau, Patrick

    2017-09-01

    Despite many attempts, ordered equilibrium microphases have yet to be obtained in experimental colloidal suspensions. The recent computation of the equilibrium phase diagram of a microscopic, particle-based microphase former [Zhuang et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 098301 (2016)] has nonetheless found such mesoscale assemblies to be thermodynamically stable. Here, we consider their equilibrium and assembly dynamics. At intermediate densities above the order-disorder transition, we identify four different dynamical regimes and the structural changes that underlie the dynamical crossovers from one disordered regime to the next. Below the order-disorder transition, we also find that periodic lamellae are the most dynamically accessible of the periodic microphases. Our analysis thus offers a comprehensive view of the dynamics of disordered microphases and a route to the assembly of periodic microphases in a putative well-controlled, experimental system.

  14. Motility-Induced Phase Separation

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    Cates, Michael E.; Tailleur, Julien

    2015-03-01

    Self-propelled particles include both self-phoretic synthetic colloids and various microorganisms. By continually consuming energy, they bypass the laws of equilibrium thermodynamics. These laws enforce the Boltzmann distribution in thermal equilibrium: The steady state is then independent of kinetic parameters. In contrast, self-propelled particles tend to accumulate where they move more slowly. They may also slow down at high density for either biochemical or steric reasons. This creates positive feedback, which can lead to motility-induced phase separation (MIPS) between dense and dilute fluid phases. At leading order in gradients, a mapping relates variable-speed, self-propelled particles to passive particles with attractions. This deep link to equilibrium phase separation is confirmed by simulations but generally breaks down at higher order in gradients: New effects, with no equilibrium counterpart, then emerge. We give a selective overview of the fast-developing field of MIPS, focusing on theory and simulation but including a brief speculative survey of its experimental implications.

  15. Rheology of colloidal microphases in a model with competing interactions.

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    Imperio, Alessandra; Reatto, Luciano; Zapperi, Stefano

    2008-08-01

    We study the rheological properties of colloidal microphases in two dimensions simulating a model of colloidal particles with competing interactions. Due to the competition between short-range attraction and long-range repulsion, as a function of the density the model exhibits a variety of microphases such as clusters, stripes, or crystals with bubbles. We prepare the system in a confined microphase employing Monte Carlo simulations and then shear the resulting configurations by applying a drag force profile. We integrate numerically the equation of motion for the particles and analyze the dynamics as a function of the density and the applied strain rate. We measure the stress-strain curves and characterize the yielding of the colloidal microphases. The results depend on the type of microphase. (i) Clusters are easily sheared along layers and the relative motion is assisted by rotations. (ii) Stripes shear easily when they are parallel to the flow and tend to jam when they are perpendicular to it. Under a sufficiently strong shear rate perpendicular stripes orient in the flow direction. (iii) Crystals with bubbles yield by fracturing along the bubbles and eventually forming stripes. We discuss the role of dislocations, emitted by the bubbles, in the yielding process. Finally, we analyze the effect of thermal fluctuations on the rheological properties.

  16. Free-surface wave-induced separation

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    Zhang, Z.J.; Stern, F.

    1996-09-01

    Free-surface wave-induced separation is studied for a surface-piercing NACA 0024 foil over a range of Froude numbers (0, .2, .37, .55) through computational fluid dynamics of the unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes and the continuity equations with the Baldwin-Lomax turbulence model, exact nonlinear kinematic and approximate dynamic free-surface boundary conditions, and a body/free-surface conforming grid. The flow conditions and uncertainty analysis are discussed. A topological rule for a surface-piercing body is derived and verified. Steady-flow results are presented and analyzed with regard to the wave and viscous flow and the nature of the separation.

  17. Does dynamic vulcanization induce phase separation?

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    Abolhasani, Mohammad Mahdi; Zarejousheghani, Fatemeh; Naebe, Minoo; Guo, Qipeng

    2014-08-14

    Immiscible and miscible blends of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and acrylic rubber (ACM) were subjected to dynamic vulcanization to investigate the effect of crosslinking on phase separation. As a result of different processability, mixing torque behavior of miscible and immiscible blends was significantly different from one another. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to investigate the morphology of the system. After dynamic vulcanization, submicron ACM droplets were observed in the samples near the binodal curve of the system under mixing conditions. Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis were used to investigate the effect of dynamic vulcanization on the lamellar structure of the system. It was shown that for samples near the boundary of phase separation, increasing the crosslink density led to a decrease in the lamellar long period (L) as a sign of increment of crosslink density induced phase decomposition. Effects of shear rate on the final morphology of the system were investigated by changing the mixing temperature and by comparing the results of dynamic vulcanization at one phase and two phase regions.

  18. Thermocapillary-Induced Phase Separation with Coalescence

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    Davis, Robert H.

    2003-01-01

    Research has been undertaken on interactions of two or more deformable drops (or bubbles) in a viscous fluid and subject to a temperature, gravitational, or flow field. An asymptotic theory for nearly spherical drops shows that small deformations reduce the coalescence and phase separation rates. Boundary-integral simulations for large deformations show that bubbles experience alignment and enhanced coalescence, whereas more viscous drops may break as a result of hydrodynamic interactions. Experiments for buoyancy motion confirm these observations. Simulations of the sedimentation of many drops show clustering phenomena due to deformations, which lead to enhanced phase separation rates, and simulations of sheared emulsions show that deformations cause a reduction in the effective viscosity.

  19. Microphase structure of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogels as seen by small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering and pulsed field gradient NMR.

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    László, Krisztina; Guillermo, Armel; Fluerasu, Andrei; Moussaïd, Abdellatif; Geissler, Erik

    2010-03-16

    Above the lower critical solution temperature T(c) (ca. 34 degrees C), poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogels become weakly hydrophobic and undergo microphase separation. Macroscopic deswelling, however, is extraordinarily slow, the out-of equilibrium state of the gel being conserved for many days. In this article the structure of the microphase-separated state above T(c) is probed by small-angle X-ray scattering and by pulsed field gradient NMR of the protons of water, both in the water phase and in the polymer-rich phase. Above T(c) the gel comprises two microphases, separated by smooth interfaces. The cavities occupied by the water phase form a connected network. The diffusion rate of the water molecules in this phase varies from one cavity to another and can be described by a Gaussian distribution. Water molecules belonging to the polymer-rich phase are also mobile, but their self-diffusion coefficient D is greatly diminished. Absence of compartmentalization of the water phase implies that the slow deswelling rate of the gel is not due to trapping of the water phase.

  20. Secondary Structure-Induced Micro- and Macro-Phase Separation in Polypeptide Diblock, Triblock and Star-Block Copolymers

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    Sanchez-Ferrer, Antoni; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2010-03-01

    Self-organized polypeptide block copolymers are of great interest due to their potential uses as materials for nano-devices and bio-engineering. In order to explore the effect of block copolymer topologies on their structures, a series of di-, tri- and tetra-block copolymers has been synthesized. A coil-like soft block based on poly(propylene oxide) chemistry was chosen due to its low glass transition temperature, amorphous nature and immiscibility with biological systems. On the other hand, rod-like block polypeptide based on poly(L-glutamic acid γ-benzyl ester) was selected and grown from the coil soft macroinitiator by ring opening polymerization. Because of the mono-, bi-, or tri-functionality of the coiled blocks, linear di-block, tri-block and star-like tetra-block copolymers could be successfully synthesized. The resulting materials show micro-phase separated liquid-crystalline morphologies, in which the architecture or connectivity of the blocks, the molecular weight of the coil segment, the volume fraction and the secondary structure of the polypeptide blocks all contribute to their micro-phase separated features. These materials can be seen as model reference systems towards the design of biocompatible scaffolds and artificial muscles.

  1. Dual Phase Separation for Synthesis of Bimodal Meso/Macroporous Carbon Monoliths

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    Liang, Chengdu; Dai, Sheng

    2009-01-01

    Polymerization-induced spinodal decomposition was conducted in glycolic solutions of phloroglucinol/formaldehyde (PF) copolymer and poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) to synthesize bicontinuous macroporous morphologies with micro-domains from 0.5 to 6 microns. The polymeric materials were further carbonized at elevated temperature to yield bimodal meso/macroporous carbon monoliths after the thermal decomposition of the PEO-PPO-PEO template. The bimodal porous nature of the resultant carbon monoliths resulted from the dual phase separation, in which spinodal decomposition and microphase separation occurred simultaneously. We demonstrated the tunability of macropores without alteration of mesopore sizes.

  2. Laser-induced phase separation of silicon carbide.

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    Choi, Insung; Jeong, Hu Young; Shin, Hyeyoung; Kang, Gyeongwon; Byun, Myunghwan; Kim, Hyungjun; Chitu, Adrian M; Im, James S; Ruoff, Rodney S; Choi, Sung-Yool; Lee, Keon Jae

    2016-11-30

    Understanding the phase separation mechanism of solid-state binary compounds induced by laser-material interaction is a challenge because of the complexity of the compound materials and short processing times. Here we present xenon chloride excimer laser-induced melt-mediated phase separation and surface reconstruction of single-crystal silicon carbide and study this process by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and a time-resolved reflectance method. A single-pulse laser irradiation triggers melting of the silicon carbide surface, resulting in a phase separation into a disordered carbon layer with partially graphitic domains (∼2.5 nm) and polycrystalline silicon (∼5 nm). Additional pulse irradiations cause sublimation of only the separated silicon element and subsequent transformation of the disordered carbon layer into multilayer graphene. The results demonstrate viability of synthesizing ultra-thin nanomaterials by the decomposition of a binary system.

  3. Laser-induced phase separation of silicon carbide

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    Choi, Insung; Jeong, Hu Young; Shin, Hyeyoung; Kang, Gyeongwon; Byun, Myunghwan; Kim, Hyungjun; Chitu, Adrian M.; Im, James S.; Ruoff, Rodney S.; Choi, Sung-Yool; Lee, Keon Jae

    2016-11-01

    Understanding the phase separation mechanism of solid-state binary compounds induced by laser-material interaction is a challenge because of the complexity of the compound materials and short processing times. Here we present xenon chloride excimer laser-induced melt-mediated phase separation and surface reconstruction of single-crystal silicon carbide and study this process by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and a time-resolved reflectance method. A single-pulse laser irradiation triggers melting of the silicon carbide surface, resulting in a phase separation into a disordered carbon layer with partially graphitic domains (~2.5 nm) and polycrystalline silicon (~5 nm). Additional pulse irradiations cause sublimation of only the separated silicon element and subsequent transformation of the disordered carbon layer into multilayer graphene. The results demonstrate viability of synthesizing ultra-thin nanomaterials by the decomposition of a binary system.

  4. Laser-induced phase separation of silicon carbide

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    Choi, Insung; Jeong, Hu Young; Shin, Hyeyoung; Kang, Gyeongwon; Byun, Myunghwan; Kim, Hyungjun; Chitu, Adrian M.; Im, James S.; Ruoff, Rodney S.; Choi, Sung-Yool; Lee, Keon Jae

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the phase separation mechanism of solid-state binary compounds induced by laser–material interaction is a challenge because of the complexity of the compound materials and short processing times. Here we present xenon chloride excimer laser-induced melt-mediated phase separation and surface reconstruction of single-crystal silicon carbide and study this process by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and a time-resolved reflectance method. A single-pulse laser irradiation triggers melting of the silicon carbide surface, resulting in a phase separation into a disordered carbon layer with partially graphitic domains (∼2.5 nm) and polycrystalline silicon (∼5 nm). Additional pulse irradiations cause sublimation of only the separated silicon element and subsequent transformation of the disordered carbon layer into multilayer graphene. The results demonstrate viability of synthesizing ultra-thin nanomaterials by the decomposition of a binary system. PMID:27901015

  5. Military-Induced Family Separation: A Stress Reduction Intervention.

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    Black, William G., Jr.

    1993-01-01

    Notes that Persian Gulf War focused public attention on the problems military families face in coping with military-induced family separation. Highlights some of the unique stressors faced by active-duty, national guard, and reserve military families. Presents practical guidelines to assist social workers in designing interventions to help these…

  6. Military-Induced Family Separation: A Stress Reduction Intervention.

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    Black, William G., Jr.

    1993-01-01

    Notes that Persian Gulf War focused public attention on the problems military families face in coping with military-induced family separation. Highlights some of the unique stressors faced by active-duty, national guard, and reserve military families. Presents practical guidelines to assist social workers in designing interventions to help these…

  7. Cohesion Fatigue Induces Chromatid Separation in Cells Delayed at Metaphase

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    Daum, John R.; Potapova, Tamara A.; Sivakumar, Sushama; Daniel, Jeremy J.; Flynn, Jennifer N.; Rankin, Susannah; Gorbsky, Gary J.

    2011-01-01

    Summary Background Chromosome instability is thought to be a major contributor to cancer malignancy and birth defects. For balanced chromosome segregation in mitosis, kinetochores on sister chromatids bind and pull on microtubules emanating from opposite spindle poles. This tension contributes to the correction of improper kinetochore attachments and is opposed by the cohesin complex that holds the sister chromatids together. Normally, within minutes of alignment at the metaphase plate, chromatid cohesion is released, allowing each cohort of chromatids to move synchronously to opposite poles in anaphase, an event closely coordinated with mitotic exit. Results Here we show that during experimentally induced metaphase delay spindle pulling forces can cause asynchronous chromatid separation, a phenomenon we term “cohesion fatigue.” Cohesion fatigue is not blocked by inhibition of Plk1, a kinase essential for the “prophase pathway” of cohesin release from chromosomes or by depletion of separase, the protease that normally drives chromatid separation at anaphase. Cohesion fatigue is inhibited by drug-induced depolymerization of mitotic spindle microtubules and by experimentally increasing the levels of cohesin on mitotic chromosomes. In cells undergoing cohesion fatigue, cohesin proteins remain associated with the separated chromatids. Conclusion In cells arrested at metaphase, pulling forces originating from kinetochore-microtubule interactions can, with time, rupture normal sister chromatid cohesion. This cohesion fatigue, resulting in unscheduled chromatid separation in cells delayed at metaphase, constitutes a previously overlooked source for chromosome instability in mitosis and meiosis. PMID:21658943

  8. Separation of components in lipid membranes induced by shape transformation

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    Góźdź, W. T.; Bobrovska, N.; Ciach, A.

    2012-07-01

    Vesicles composed of a two component membrane with each component characterized by different spontaneous curvature are investigated by minimization of the free energy consisting of Helfrich elastic energy and entropy of mixing. The results show that mixing and demixing of membrane components can be induced by elongating a vesicle or changing its volume, if one of the components forms a complex with macromolecules on the outer monolayer. The influence of elastic coefficients on the separation of components is also examined.

  9. Coherent entropy induced and acoustic noise separation in compact nozzles

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    Tao, Wenjie; Schuller, Thierry; Huet, Maxime; Richecoeur, Franck

    2017-04-01

    A method to separate entropy induced noise from an acoustic pressure wave in an harmonically perturbed flow through a nozzle is presented. It is tested on an original experimental setup generating simultaneously acoustic and temperature fluctuations in an air flow that is accelerated by a convergent nozzle. The setup mimics the direct and indirect noise contributions to the acoustic pressure field in a confined combustion chamber by producing synchronized acoustic and temperature fluctuations, without dealing with the complexity of the combustion process. It allows generating temperature fluctuations with amplitude up to 10 K in the frequency range from 10 to 100 Hz. The noise separation technique uses experiments with and without temperature fluctuations to determine the relative level of acoustic and entropy fluctuations in the system and to identify the nozzle response to these forcing waves. It requires multi-point measurements of acoustic pressure and temperature. The separation method is first validated with direct numerical simulations of the nonlinear Euler equations. These simulations are used to investigate the conditions for which the separation technique is valid and yield similar trends as the experiments for the investigated flow operating conditions. The separation method then gives successfully the acoustic reflection coefficient but does not recover the same entropy reflection coefficient as predicted by the compact nozzle theory due to the sensitivity of the method to signal noises in the explored experimental conditions. This methodology provides a framework for experimental investigation of direct and indirect combustion noises originating from synchronized perturbations.

  10. Kinetics of motility-induced phase separation and swim pressure

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    Patch, Adam; Yllanes, David; Marchetti, M. Cristina

    2017-01-01

    Active Brownian particles (ABPs) represent a minimal model of active matter consisting of self-propelled spheres with purely repulsive interactions and rotational noise. Here we examine the pressure of ABPs in two dimensions in both closed boxes and systems with periodic boundary conditions and show that its nonmonotonic behavior with density is a general property of ABPs and is not the result of finite-size effects. We correlate the time evolution of the mean pressure towards its steady-state value with the kinetics of motility-induced phase separation. For parameter values corresponding to phase-separated steady states, we identify two dynamical regimes. The pressure grows monotonically in time during the initial regime of rapid cluster formation, overshooting its steady-state value and then quickly relaxing to it, and remains constant during the subsequent slower period of cluster coalescence and coarsening. The overshoot is a distinctive feature of active systems.

  11. Polymer-induced phase separation in suspensions of bacteria

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    Schwarz-Linek, J.; Dorken, G.; Winkler, A.; Wilson, L. G.; Pham, N. T.; French, C. E.; Schilling, T.; Poon, W. C. K.

    2010-03-01

    We study phase separation in suspensions of two unrelated species of rod-like bacteria, Escherichia coli and Sinorhizobium meliloti, induced by the addition of two different anionic polyelectrolytes, sodium polystyrene sulfonate or succinoglycan, the former being synthetic and the latter of natural origin. Comparison with the known behaviour of synthetic colloid-polymer mixtures and with simulations show that "depletion" (or, equivalently, "macromolecular crowding") is the dominant mechanism: exclusion of the non-adsorbing polymer from the region between two neighbouring bacteria creates an unbalanced osmotic force pushing them together. The implications of our results for understanding phenomena such as biofilm formation are discussed.

  12. Plasmon-induced charge separation: chemistry and wide applications

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    Nishi, Hiroyasu; Ishida, Takuya

    2017-01-01

    Recent development of nanoplasmonics has stimulated chemists to utilize plasmonic nanomaterials for efficient and distinctive photochemical applications, and physicists to boldly go inside the “wet” chemistry world. The discovery of plasmon-induced charge separation (PICS) has even accelerated these trends. On the other hand, some confusion is found in discussions about PICS. In this perspective, we focus on differences between PICS and some other phenomena such as co-catalysis effect and plasmonic nanoantenna effect. In addition, materials and nanostructures suitable for PICS are shown, and characteristics and features unique to PICS are documented. Although it is well known that PICS has been applied to photovoltaics and photocatalysis, here light is shed on other applications that take better advantage of PICS, such as chemical sensing and biosensing, various photochromisms, photoswitchable functionalities and nanoscale photofabrication. PMID:28507702

  13. Internal Phase Separation Induces Dewetting in Multicomponent Polymer Films

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    Chung, Hyun-Joong; Composto, Russell J.; Ohno, Kohji; Fukuda, Takeshi

    2006-03-01

    Thin liquid films that dewet from their substrate are ubiquitous as demonstrated by the beading of paint on oily surface. Although most coatings contain more than one component, the dewetting mechanisms in multicomponent films are not understood. Using dPMMA:SAN (50:50) films (550 nm) with or without nanoparticles (NP), we demonstrate, for the first time, that the Laplace pressure induced by internal phase-separated structure is the driving force for roughening and rupture in polymer blend films. Three NP were investigated, namely NPA, NPB, and NPC which either partition into dPMMA or weakly and strongly segregate to the dPMMA/SAN interface, respectively. NPB are more effective than NPA at stabilizing the film, whereas NPC are able to prevent film rupture. Upon annealing, roughened films display a periodic, lacey structure, resembling patterns from spinodal dewetting. The fluctuation periodicity scales with roughness evolution as λs Rq^1/4 for neat blends and blends with NPA, whereas the scaling breaks down for blends containing NPB and NPC. These studies show that phase separation is responsible for film roughening.

  14. Silk fibroin gelation via non-solvent induced phase separation.

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    Kasoju, Naresh; Hawkins, Nicholas; Pop-Georgievski, Ognen; Kubies, Dana; Vollrath, Fritz

    2016-03-01

    Tissue engineering benefits from novel materials with precisely tunable physical, chemical and mechanical properties over a broad range. Here we report a practical approach to prepare Bombyx mori silk fibroin hydrogels using the principle of non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS). A combination of reconstituted silk fibroin (RSF) and methanol (non-solvent), with a final concentration of 2.5% w/v and 12.5% v/v respectively, maintained at 22 °C temperature turned into a hydrogel within 10 hours. Freeze-drying of this gel gave a foam with a porosity of 88%, a water uptake capacity of 89% and a swelling index of 8.6. The gelation kinetics and the loss tangent of the gels were investigated by rheometry. The changes in the morphology of the porous foams were visualized by SEM. The changes in RSF chemical composition and the relative fraction of its secondary structural elements were analyzed by ATR-FTIR along with Fourier self-deconvolution. And, the changes in the glass transition temperature, specific heat capacity and the relative fraction of crystallinity of RSF were determined by TM-DSC. Data suggested that RSF-water-methanol behaved as a polymer-solvent-non-solvent ternary phase system, wherein the demixing of the water-methanol phases altered the thermodynamic equilibrium of RSF-water phases and resulted in the desolvation and eventual separation of the RSF phase. Systematic analysis revealed that both gelation time and the properties of hydrogels and porous foams could be controlled by the ratios of RSF and non-solvent concentration as well as by the type of non-solvent and incubation temperature. Due to the unique properties we envisage that the herein prepared NIPS induced RSF hydrogels and porous foams can possibly be used for the encapsulation of cells and/or for the controlled release of both hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs.

  15. Controlling sub-microdomain structure in microphase-ordered block copolymers and their nanocomposites

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    Bowman, Michelle Kathleen

    Block copolymers exhibit a wealth of morphologies that continue to find ubiquitous use in a diverse variety of mature and emergent (nano)technologies, such as photonic crystals, integrated circuits, pharmaceutical encapsulents, fuel cells and separation membranes. While numerous studies have explored the effects of molecular confinement on such copolymers, relatively few have examined the sub-microdomain structure that develops upon modification of copolymer molecular architecture or physical incorporation of nanoscale objects. This work will address two relevant topics in this vein: (i) bidisperse brushes formed by single block copolymer molecules and (ii) copolymer nanocomposites formed by addition of molecular or nanoscale additives. In the first case, an isomorphic series of asymmetric poly(styrene-b -isoprene-b-styrene) (S1IS2) triblock copolymers of systematically varied chain length has been synthesized from a parent SI diblock copolymer. Small-angle x-ray scattering, coupled with dynamic rheology and self-consistent field theory (SCFT), reveals that the progressively grown S2 block initially resides in the I-rich matrix and effectively reduces the copolymer incompatibility until a critical length is reached. At this length, the S2 block co-locates with the S1 block so that the two blocks generate a bidisperse brush (insofar as the S1 and S2 lengths differ). This single-molecule analog to binary block copolymer blends affords unique opportunities for materials design at sub-microdomain length scales and provides insight into the transition from diblock to triblock copolymer (and thermoplastic elastomeric nature). In the second case, I explore the distribution of molecular and nanoscale additives in microphase-ordered block copolymers and demonstrate via SCFT that an interfacial excess, which depends strongly on additive concentration, selectivity and relative size, develops. These predictions are in agreement with experimental findings. Moreover, using a

  16. Separating triggered and stress-change induced seismcity

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    Zhuang, J.

    2013-12-01

    Once a major earthquake occurs, it usually not only triggers a sequence of many aftershock, but also changes the tectonic stress field in the regions nearby. According to the rate and state law (Dieterich, 1994), such stress changes result in a permanent change of the seismicity rate, increment or decrement. However, since aftershock sequence lasts quite a long time before it decays off, it is hard tell whether the high level of seismicity after a big earthquake is the continuation of the aftershock activity or caused by the changes of stress due this big earthquake. In this study, by making use of the space-time ETAS model (Ogata, 1998) and the stochastic declustering method (Zhuang et al., 2002, 2004), I developed a method to separate the seismicity induced by stress-change from the aftershock activity in a probability manner. For example, it is found that the probabilities that Lushan earthquakes belong the background seismcity, aftershock of the Wenchuan earthquake, are stress-change induced seismcity are, respectively, 38% and 12%, 50%. References Dieterich, J.H. (1994) A constitutive law for rate of earthquake production and its application to earthquake clustering, J. Geophys. Res. , 99 , 2601-2618. Ogata, Y. (1998. Space-time point-process models for earthquake occur- rences, Ann. Inst. Stat. Math., 50, 379-402. Zhuang J., Ogata Y. and Vere-Jones D. (2004). Analyzing earthquake clustering features by using stochastic reconstruction. Journal of Geophysical Research, 109, No. B5, B05301, doi:10.1029/2003JB002879. Zhuang J., Ogata Y. and Vere-Jones D. (2002). Stochastic declustering of space-time earthquake occurrences. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 97: 369-380.

  17. Thermodynamics of the motility-induced phase separation

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    Solon, Alexandre; Stenhammar, Joachim; Cates, Michael; Tailleur, Julien

    Self-propelled particles are known to accumulate in regions of space where their velocity is lowered. In addition, if their velocity diminishes when the local density increases (for example due to crowding effects), a positive feedback loop leads to the now well-established motility-induced phase separation (MIPS) between a dense immotile phase and a dilute motile phase. Understanding the phase equilibrium of MIPS is still a matter of debate. Although, depending on the models used to study the transition, a chemical potential or a pressure can be defined, these quantities do not play their usual thermodynamic role. In particular, the usual common tangent or equal-area constructions fail in these systems. Indeed, we will show that describing the phase equilibrium of MIPS necessitates generalized thermodynamics that include non-equilibrium contributions. This approach allows us to predict correctly the phase diagram of MIPS and to gain insight into the thermodynamics of active systems. It also sheds light on the (in)equivalence of statistical ensembles for these systems, paving the way for more efficient computational studies.

  18. A Comparative Study of Microphase Separation of Polyurethane Multiblock Copolymers with Different Soft Segment Chemistries.

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    Hernandez, Rebeca; Choi, Taeyi; Weksler, Jadwiga; Padsalgikar, Ajay; Xu, Lichong; Siedlecki, Christopher; Runt, James

    2008-03-01

    We focus in this study on three series of chemically well-defined polyurethanes (PUs) with the same hard segments (MDI-BDO) but different soft segment chemistries of interest in biomedical applications: 1000 g/mol aliphatic polycarbonate, polytetramethylenoxide and a mixed macrodiol of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and polyhexamethylenoxide. Using quantitative small-angle X-ray scattering we demonstrate that the degree of hard/soft segment demixing varies greatly between the materials. For example, the PDMS-based copolymers exhibit a three phase, core-shell morphology, while the other copolymers exhibit a typical two phase structure. Additional analysis was conducted with a number of experimental probes including FTIR to assess inter- and intracomponent hydrogen bonding, and tapping mode AFM to characterize the nanoscale morphology.

  19. Computer simulation of structure and microphase separation in model A-B-A triblock copolymers

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    Banaszak, M.; Wołoszczuk, S.; Pakula, T.; Jurga, S.

    2002-09-01

    A set of computer simulations for three symmetric A-B-A triblock copolymer microarchitectures at varying temperatures is reported. By using the cooperative motion algorithm we obtain energy, specific heat, end-to-end distance, and bridging fraction as a function of the reduced temperature. The order-disorder transition temperatures are determined, an outline of a symmetric A-B-A triblock copolymer phase diagram is presented, and the visualization of different microstructures is given. A bicontinuous microstructure is reported at 67% fraction of A component.

  20. Maternal Separation Induced Visceral Hypersensitivity from Childhood to Adulthood.

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    Yi, Lisha; Zhang, Haiqin; Sun, Huihui; Zhou, Lu; Chen, Ying; Xuan, Liqian; Jiang, Yuanxi; Xu, Shuchang

    2017-04-30

    Early adverse life events (EALs) are relevant to irritable bowel syndrome in adulthood. Maternal separation (MS), as one of the EALs, has proved to induce visceral hypersensitivity in adult rats. However, the effect of MS on visceral hypersensitvity from the post-weaning period to adulthood remains unknown. One hundred and ten neonatal Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 2 groups: rats in the MS group were exposed to 3 hours daily MS on postnatal day (PND) 2-14; the normal control (NC) group remained undisturbed. Visceral sensitivity was determined by measuring the visceromotor response to colorectal distention on PND21, 35, and 56. Anxiety-like behaviors were measured by the open field test. Compared with NC rats, MS rats showed significant visceral hypersensitivity from the post-weaning period to adult. The proportion of visceral hypersensitive rats decreased with age from 87.5% to 70.0% in the female MS group and from 90.0% to 66.7% in the male MS group. The relative VMR ratio of MS and NC on PND21 was higher than PND35 and PND56. MS rats showed decreased ability of movement and exploration to the novel environment in the post-weaning period, obesity in the prepubertal period, and more anxiety-like behaviors in adulthood. MS can significantly affect visceral sensitivity and behaviors of rats in different age stages, especially in the post-weaning period. Visceral hypersensitivity of MS rats is more pronounced in the post-weaning period and slightly restored in adults. Thus, visceral hypersensitivity in the post-weaning period might play a more meaningful pathophysiologic role in the formation of adult irritable bowel syndrome.

  1. Maternal Separation Induced Visceral Hypersensitivity from Childhood to Adulthood

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    Yi, Lisha; Zhang, Haiqin; Sun, Huihui; Zhou, Lu; Chen, Ying; Xuan, Liqian; Jiang, Yuanxi; Xu, Shuchang

    2017-01-01

    Background/Aims Early adverse life events (EALs) are relevant to irritable bowel syndrome in adulthood. Maternal separation (MS), as one of the EALs, has proved to induce visceral hypersensitivity in adult rats. However, the effect of MS on visceral hypersensitvity from the post-weaning period to adulthood remains unknown. Methods One hundred and ten neonatal Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 2 groups: rats in the MS group were exposed to 3 hours daily MS on postnatal day (PND) 2–14; the normal control (NC) group remained undisturbed. Visceral sensitivity was determined by measuring the visceromotor response to colorectal distention on PND21, 35, and 56. Anxiety-like behaviors were measured by the open field test. Results Compared with NC rats, MS rats showed significant visceral hypersensitivity from the post-weaning period to adult. The proportion of visceral hypersensitive rats decreased with age from 87.5% to 70.0% in the female MS group and from 90.0% to 66.7% in the male MS group. The relative VMR ratio of MS and NC on PND21 was higher than PND35 and PND56. MS rats showed decreased ability of movement and exploration to the novel environment in the post-weaning period, obesity in the prepubertal period, and more anxiety-like behaviors in adulthood. Conclusions MS can significantly affect visceral sensitivity and behaviors of rats in different age stages, especially in the post-weaning period. Visceral hypersensitivity of MS rats is more pronounced in the post-weaning period and slightly restored in adults. Thus, visceral hypersensitivity in the post-weaning period might play a more meaningful pathophysiologic role in the formation of adult irritable bowel syndrome. PMID:28238254

  2. Prediction of fluctuating pressure environments associated with plume-induced separated flow fields

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    Plotkin, K. J.

    1973-01-01

    The separated flow environment induced by underexpanded rocket plumes during boost phase of rocket vehicles has been investigated. A simple semi-empirical model for predicting the extent of separation was developed. This model offers considerable computational economy as compared to other schemes reported in the literature, and has been shown to be in good agreement with limited flight data. The unsteady pressure field in plume-induced separated regions was investigated. It was found that fluctuations differed from those for a rigid flare only at low frequencies. The major difference between plume-induced separation and flare-induced separation was shown to be an increase in shock oscillation distance for the plume case. The prediction schemes were applied to PRR shuttle launch configuration. It was found that fluctuating pressures from plume-induced separation are not as severe as for other fluctuating environments at the critical flight condition of maximum dynamic pressure.

  3. Injection Induced Mixing in Flows Separating From Smooth Surfaces

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    Adamczyk, John J. (Technical Monitor); Wundrow, David W.

    2004-01-01

    An analytic model for predicting the effect of unsteady local surface injection on the flow separating from a streamlined body at angle of attack is proposed. The model uses the premise that separation control results from enhanced mixing along the shear layer that develops between the main stream and the fluid in the underlying recirculation zone. High-Reynolds-number asymptotic methods are used to connect the unsteady surface injection to an instability wave propagating on the separating shear layer and then to the large-scale coherent structures that produce the increased mixing. The results is a tool that can guide the choice of fluid-actuator parameters to maximize flow-control effectiveness and may also facilitate computer-based numerical experiments.

  4. A Simplified Microfluidic Device for Particle Separation with Two Consecutive Steps: Induced Charge Electro-osmotic Prefocusing and Dielectrophoretic Separation.

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    Chen, Xiaoming; Ren, Yukun; Liu, Weiyu; Feng, Xiangsong; Jia, Yankai; Tao, Ye; Jiang, Hongyuan

    2017-09-05

    Continuous dielectrophoretic separation is recognized as a powerful technique for a large number of applications including early stage cancer diagnosis, water quality analysis, and stem-cell-based therapy. Generally, the prefocusing of a particle mixture into a stream is an essential process to ensure all particles are subjected to the same electric field geometry in the separation region. However, accomplishing this focusing process either requires hydrodynamic squeezing, which requires an encumbering peripheral system and a complicated operation to drive and control the fluid motion, or depends on dielectrophoretic forces, which are highly sensitive to the dielectric characterization of particles. An alternative focusing technique, induced charge electro-osmosis (ICEO), has been demonstrated to be effective in focusing an incoming mixture into a particle stream as well as nonselective regarding the particles of interest. Encouraged by these aspects, we propose a hybrid method for microparticle separation based on a delicate combination of ICEO focusing and dielectrophoretic deflection. This method involves two steps: focusing the mixture into a thin particle stream via ICEO vortex flow and separating the particles of differing dielectic properties through dielectrophoresis. To demonstrate the feasibility of the method proposed, we designed and fabricated a microfluidic chip and separated a mixture consisting of yeast cells and silica particles with an efficiency exceeding 96%. This method has good potential for flexible integration into other microfluidic chips in the future.

  5. Effect of surface compositional heterogeneities and microphase segregation of fluorinated amphiphilic copolymers on antifouling performance.

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    Zhao, Zeliang; Ni, Huagang; Han, Zhiyuan; Jiang, Tengfei; Xu, Yongjuan; Lu, Xiaolin; Ye, Peng

    2013-08-28

    In this paper, a series of fluorinated amphiphilic copolymers composed of 2-perfluorooctylethyl methacrylate (FMA) and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) monomers were prepared, and their surface properties and antifouling performance were investigated. Bovine serum albumin (BSA) and human plasma fibrinogen (HFg) were used as model proteins to study protein adsorption onto the fluorinated amphiphilic surfaces. All the fluorinated amphiphilic surfaces exhibit excellent resistant performance of protein adsorption measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The surface compositional heterogeneities on the molecular scale play an important role in the antifouling properties. It was found that the copolymers exhibited better antifouling properties than the corresponding homopolymers did, when the percentage of hydrophilic hydroxyl groups is from 4% to 7% and the percentage of hydrophobic fluorinated moieties is from 4% to 14% on the surface. In addition, the protein molecular size scale and the pattern of microphase segregation domains on the surface strongly affect the protein adsorption behaviors. These results demonstrate the desirable protein-resistant performance from the fluorinated amphiphilic copolymers and provide deeper insight of the effect of surface compositional heterogeneity and microphase segregation on the protein adsorption behaviors.

  6. Experimental investigation of hypersonic flow induced separation over double wedges

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    Hashimoto, Tokitada

    2009-09-01

    Flow separation occurs over the compression corners generated by deflected control surfaces on hypersonic re-entry vehicles and in the inlet of scram jet engines. Configurations like a double wedge and double cone model are useful for studying the separated flow features. Flow fields around concave corners are relatively complicated and produce several classical viscous flow features depending on the combination of the first and second wedge or cone half apex angles. Particularly characteristic phenomena are mainly shock/boundary layer, shock/shock interaction, unsteady shear layers and non-linear shock oscillations. Although most of these basic gas dynamics characteristics are well known, it is not clear what happens at high enthalpy conditions. This paper reports a result of flow fields over a double wedge at a stagnation enthalpy of 4.8 MJ/kg. The experiment was carried out in a free piston shock tunnel at a nominal Mach number of 6.99. Schlieren and double exposure holographic interferometry were applied to visualize the flow field over the double wedge.

  7. Light-induced charge separation across bio-inorganic interface.

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    Dimitrijevic, N. M.; Rajh, T.; De La Garza, L.; Valdosta State Univ.

    2009-01-01

    Rational design of hybrid biomolecule - nanoparticulate semiconductor conjugates enables coupling of functionality of biomolecules with the capability of semiconductors for solar energy capture, that can have potential application in energy conversion, sensing and catalysis. The particular challenge is to obtain efficient charge separation analogous to the natural photosynthesis process. The synthesis of axially anisotropic TiO{sub 2} nano-objects such as tubes, rods and bricks, as well as spherical and faceted nanoparticles has been developed in our laboratory. Depending on their size and shape, these nanostructures exhibit different domains of crystallinity, surface areas and aspect ratios. Moreover, in order to accommodate for high curvature in nanoscale regime, the surfaces of TiO{sub 2} nano-objects reconstructs resulting in changes in the coordination of surface Ti atoms from octahedral (D{sub 2d}) to square pyramidal structures (C{sub 4v}). The formation of these coordinatively unsaturated Ti atoms, thus depends strongly on the size and shape of nanocrystallites and affects trapping and reactivity of photogenerated charges. We have exploited these coordinatively unsaturated Ti atoms to coupe electron-donating (such as dopamine) and electron-accepting (pyrroloquinoline quinone) conductive linkers that allow wiring of biomolecules and proteins resulting in enhanced charge separation which increases the yield of ensuing chemical transformations.

  8. Deuterium separation by infrared-induced addition reaction

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    Marling, John B.

    1977-01-01

    A method for deuterium enrichment by the infrared-induced addition reaction of a deuterium halide with an unsaturated aliphatic compound. A gaseous mixture of a hydrogen halide feedstock and an unsaturated aliphatic compound, particularly an olefin, is irradiated to selectively vibrationally excite the deuterium halide contained therein. The excited deuterium halide preferentially reacts with the unsaturated aliphatic compound to produce a deuterated addition product which is removed from the reaction mixture.

  9. Laser-induced charge separation in CdSe nanowires.

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    Schäfer, Sebastian; Wang, Zhe; Zierold, Robert; Kipp, Tobias; Mews, Alf

    2011-07-13

    A combination of electrostatic force microscopy and optical microscopy was used to investigate the charge state of individual CdSe nanowires upon local illumination with a focused laser beam. The nanowires were found to be positively charged at the excitation spot and negatively charged at the distant end(s). For high laser powers, the amount of accumulated charges increases logarithmically with the laser power. These effects are described by a diffusion-based model where the results are in good agreement with the experimentally observed effects. On the basis of this model the charge imbalance along the nanowire should establish in the course of nanoseconds. The net charge separation within homogeneous nanowires upon local illumination is of importance for several electronic devices.

  10. tritium isotope separation by CO 2 laser-induced multiphoton dissociation of CTF 3

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    Makide, Yoshihiro; Hagiwara, Satoru; Tominaga, Takeshi; Takeuchi, Kazuo; Nakane, Ryohei

    1981-08-01

    Isotope separation of tritium at ppm concentration level was achieved by CO 2 laser-induced multiphoton dissociation of CTF 3 in CHF 3 with single-step separation factors exceeding 500. The effects of laser frequency, pulse energy, pulse duration, irradiation geometry, tritium concentration, sample pressure, and buffer gas were investigated.

  11. Entropy-induced separation of star polymers in porous media

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    Blavats'ka, V.; Ferber, C. von; Holovatch, Yu.

    2006-09-15

    We present a quantitative picture of the separation of star polymers in a solution where part of the volume is influenced by a porous medium. To this end, we study the impact of long-range-correlated quenched disorder on the entropy and scaling properties of f-arm star polymers in a good solvent. We assume that the disorder is correlated on the polymer length scale with a power-law decay of the pair correlation function g(r){approx}r{sup -a}. Applying the field-theoretical renormalization group approach we show in a double expansion in {epsilon}=4-d and {delta}=4-a that there is a range of correlation strengths {delta} for which the disorder changes the scaling behavior of star polymers. In a second approach we calculate for fixed space dimension d=3 and different values of the correlation parameter a the corresponding scaling exponents {gamma}{sub f} that govern entropic effects. We find that {gamma}{sub f}-1, the deviation of {gamma}{sub f} from its mean field value is amplified by the disorder once we increase {delta} beyond a threshold. The consequences for a solution of diluted chain and star polymers of equal molecular weight inside a porous medium are that star polymers exert a higher osmotic pressure than chain polymers and in general higher branched star polymers are expelled more strongly from the correlated porous medium. Surprisingly, polymer chains will prefer a stronger correlated medium to a less or uncorrelated medium of the same density while the opposite is the case for star polymers.

  12. Microphase-contrast x-ray computed tomography for basic biomedical study at SPring-8

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    Wu, Jin; Takeda, Tohoru; Lwin, Thet-Thet; Koyama, Ichiro; Momose, Atsushi; Fujii, Akiko; Hamaishi, Yoshitaka; Kuroe, Taichi; Yuasa, Tetsuya; Suzuki, Yoshio; Akatsuka, Takao

    2004-10-01

    Micro-phase-contrast X-ray computed tomography with an X-ray interferometer (micro-phase-contrast CT) is in operation to obtain high spatial resolution images of less than 0.01 mm at the undulator beam-line 20XU of SPring-8, Japan, and we applied micro-phase-contrast CT to observe the organs of rats and hamsters. The excised kidney and spleen fixed by formalin were imaged. The fine inner-structures such as vessels, glomeruli of kidney and white and red pulps of spleen were visualized clearly about 0.01-mm spatial resolutions without using contrast agent or staining procedure. The results were very similar to those by optical microscopic images with 20-fold magnification. These results suggest that the micro-phase tomography might be a useful tool for various biomedical researches.

  13. Injection slot location for boundary-layer control in shock-induced separation

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    Viswanath, P. R.; Sankaran, L.; Sagdeo, P. M.; Narasimha, R.; Prabhu, A.

    1978-01-01

    An experimental investigation of the effect of tangential air injection, when the injection slot is located inside of what would otherwise have been the dead air zone in a separated flow, in controlling shock-induced turbulent boundary layer separation is presented. The experiments were carried out at a free-stream Mach number of 2.5 in the separated flow induced by a compression corner with a 20 deg angle. The observations made were wall static pressures, pitot profiles, and schlieren visualizations of the flow. The results show that the present location for injection is more effective in suppressing boundary-layer separation than the more conventional one, where the slot is located upstream of where separation would occur in the absence of injection.

  14. An unconstrained DFT approach to microphase formation and application to binary Gaussian mixtures

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    Pini, Davide; Parola, Alberto; Reatto, Luciano

    2015-07-01

    The formation of microphases in systems of particles interacting by repulsive, bounded potentials is studied by means of density-functional theory (DFT) using a simple, mean-field-like form for the free energy which has already been proven accurate for this class of soft interactions. In an effort not to constrain the configurations available to the system, we do not make any assumption on the functional form of the density profile ρ(r), save for its being periodic. We sample ρ(r) at a large number of points in the unit cell and minimize the free energy with respect to both the values assumed by ρ(r) at these points and the lattice vectors which identify the Bravais lattice. After checking the accuracy of the method by applying it to a one-component generalized exponential model (GEM) fluid with pair potential ɛexp[ - (r/R)4], for which extensive DFT and simulation results are already available, we turn to a binary mixture of Gaussian particles which some time ago was shown to support microphase formation [A. J. Archer, C. N. Likos, and R. Evans, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 16, L297 (2004)], but has not yet been investigated in detail. The phase diagram which we obtain, that supersedes the tentative one proposed by us in a former study [M. Carta, D. Pini, A. Parola, and L. Reatto, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 24, 284106 (2012)], displays cluster, tubular, and bicontinuous phases similar to those observed in block copolymers or oil/water/surfactant mixtures. Remarkably, bicontinuous phases occupy a rather large portion of the phase diagram. We also find two non-cubic phases, in both of which one species is preferentially located inside the channels left available by the other, forming helices of alternating chirality. The features of cluster formation in this mixture and in GEM potentials are also compared.

  15. Control of Shock-Induced Boundary Layer Separation by using Pulsed Plasma Jets

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    Greene, Benton R.; Clemens, Noel T.; Micka, Daniel

    2012-11-01

    Shock-induced turbulent boundary layer separation can have many detrimental effects in supersonic flow including flow instability, fatigue of structural panels, and unstart in supersonic inlets. Pulsed plasma jets (or ``spark jets''), which are characterized by high bandwidth and the ability to direct momentum into the flow, are one promising method of reducing shock-induced separation. The current study is focused on investigating the efficacy of plasma jets to reduce the separated flow induced by a compression ramp in a Mach 3 flow. Three different 3-jet actuator configurations are tested: 20° pitched, 45° pitched, and 22° pitched and 45° skewed. The jets are pulsed at frequencies between 2 kHz and 4 kHz with duty cycles between 5 and 15%. The shock wave is generated using a 20° compression ramp, and the location of the shock-induced separation is visualized using surface oil streak visualization as well as particle image velocimetry. The results of the study show that of the three configurations, the plasma jets pitched at 20° from the streamwise direction cause the greatest reduction in separation, and when pulsed at a frequency of 3.2 kHz and 12% duty cycle can reduce the size of the separation region by up to 40%. This work is supported by AFRL under SBIR contract.

  16. Some Observations of Shock-induced Turbulent Separation on Supersonic Diffusers

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    Nussdorfer, Theodore J

    1954-01-01

    A survey of experimental data at supersonic speed indicated that shock-induced separation of a turbulent boundary layer will result for Mach numbers of approximately 1.33 or greater when a theoretical stream static-pressure-rise ratio of approximately 1.89 occurs across a shock interacting with the boundary layer. The significance of this tentative criterion for turbulent boundary-layer separation is discussed with respect to the design of supersonic diffusers.

  17. Active Vector Separation Using Induced Charge Electro-osmosis with Polarizable Obstacle Arrays

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    Sugioka, Hideyuki

    2016-09-01

    Vector separation using obstacle post arrays is promising for various microfluidic applications. Here, we propose a novel active sieve using induced charge electro-osmosis (ICEO). By the multi-physics simulation technique based on the boundary element method combined with a thin electric double-layer approximation, we find that the active sieve having a polarizable post array shows excellent vector separation with dynamic size selectivity owing to the hydrodynamic interactions between the polarizable post array and the target particle. We consider that our separation device is useful for realizing innovative high-throughput biomedical systems with a simple structure.

  18. Photo-induced cataphoretic isotope separation. Final report, June 15, 1976-June 15, 1981

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    Carruthers, J A

    1981-03-01

    The original studies were undertaken to study the feasibility of radiation-induced cataphoretic separation. This part of the work is concerned with laser-induced cataphoretic separation in neon using a He-Ne 6328A laser. The basic concept of radiation-induced caphoretic isotope separation is based on the preferential excitation of one isotope with the result that one isotope is more readily ionized, and relatively more of its ions move toward the cathode in the dc discharge. For the later part of the work a second radiation source was added, a helical Ne/sup 20/ radiation lamp. Radiation-induced cataphoretic isotope separation has not been observed. Selective excitation has been achieved by both the He-Ne/sup 20/ 6328A laser and the Ne/sup 20/ helical radiation lamp in spite of the fact that the isotope shift is comprable with Doppler-broadened linewidths. Collisional excitation exchange between the Ne/sup 20/ and Ne/sup 22/ atoms does not appear to be a problem for the neon partial pressure range involved. The population of the 3S/sub 2/ and 2p/sub 4/ laser levels (6328A) are apparently too low to offer reasonable expectation of inducing observable cataphoretic isotope separation by means of the 6328A laser radiation, even with the high detection sensitivity of the scanning Fabry-Perot spectrometer sytem. The use of the additional radiation source in the form of a helical Ne/sup 20/ radiation lamp has not improved the effectiveness of the laser 6328A laser. It has become clear from these experiments, however, that for isotope separation in neon it is well to concentrate on using radiation sources that interact mainly with the ls population.

  19. Perceived location specificity in perceptual separation-induced but not fear conditioning-induced enhancement of prepulse inhibition in rats.

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    Lei, Ming; Luo, Lu; Qu, Tianshu; Jia, Hongxiao; Li, Liang

    2014-08-01

    Prepulse inhibition (PPI) is the suppression of the startle reflex when the startling stimulus is shortly preceded by a non-startling stimulus (the prepulse). Previous studies have shown that both fear conditioning of a prepulse and precedence-effect-induced perceptual separation between the conditioned prepulse and a noise masker facilitate selective attention to the prepulse and consequently enhance PPI with a remarkable prepulse-feature specificity. This study investigated whether the two types of attentional enhancements of PPI in rats also exhibit a prepulse-location specificity. The results showed that when a prepulse was delivered by each of the two spatially separated loudspeakers, fear conditioning of the prepulse at a particularly perceived location (left or right to the tested rat) enhanced PPI without exhibiting any perceived-location specificity. However, when a noise masker was presented, the precedence-effect-induced perceptual separation between the conditioned prepulse and the noise masker further enhanced PPI when the prepulse was perceived as coming from the location that was conditioned but not the location without being conditioned. Moreover, both conditioning-induced and perceptual separation-induced PPI enhancements were eliminated by extinction learning, whose effect could be blocked by systemic injection of the selective antagonist of metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 5 (mGluR5), 2-methyl-6-(phenylethynyl)-pyridine (MPEP). Thus, fear conditioning of a prepulse perceived at a particular location not only facilitates selective attention to the conditioned prepulse but also induces a learning-based spatial gating effect on the spatial unmasking of the conditioned prepulse, leading to that the perceptual separation-induced PPI enhancement becomes perceived-location specific. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Epigenetic Upregulation of Corticotrophin-Releasing Hormone Mediates Postnatal Maternal Separation-Induced Memory Deficiency

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    Wang, Aiyun; Nie, Wenying; Li, Haixia; Hou, Yuhua; Yu, Zhen; Fan, Qing; Sun, Ruopeng

    2014-01-01

    Accumulating evidences demonstrated that early postnatal maternal separation induced remarkable social and memory defects in the adult rodents. Early-life stress induced long-lasting functional adaptation of neuroendocrine hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, including neuropeptide corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) in the brain. In the present study, a significantly increased hippocampal CRH was observed in the adult rats with postnatal maternal separation, and blockade of CRHR1 signaling significantly attenuated the hippocampal synaptic dysfunction and memory defects in the modeled rats. Postnatal maternal separation enduringly increased histone H3 acetylation and decreased cytosine methylation in Crh promoter region, resulting from the functional adaptation of several transcriptional factors, in the hippocampal CA1 of the modeled rats. Enriched environment reversed the epigenetic upregulation of CRH, and ameliorated the hippocampal synaptic dysfunction and memory defects in the adult rats with postnatal maternal separation. This study provided novel insights into the epigenetic mechanism underlying postnatal maternal separation-induced memory deficiency, and suggested environment enrichment as a potential approach for the treatment of this disorder. PMID:24718660

  1. Prednisolone-induced predisposition to femoral head separation and the accompanying plasma protein changes in chickens

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    Femoral head separation (FHS) is an idiopathic bone problem that causes lameness and production losses in commercial poultry. In a model of prednisolone induced susceptibility to FHS, the changes in plasma proteins and peptides were analyzed to find possible biomarkers. Plasma from control and FHS-s...

  2. Coping Repertoires of Families Adapting to Prolonged War-Induced Separations

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    McCubbin, Hamilton I.; And Others

    1976-01-01

    Coping with husband absence, an enigma of family life in the military, stimulated questions as to how wives endure hardships engendered by war-induced separations. The investigators studied the adjustment of 47 families of servicemen missing in action. Findings are explained in terms of psychological and sociological theories of coping. (Author)

  3. Phase separation induced molecular fractionation of gum arabic--sugar beet pectin systems.

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    Mao, Peng; Zhao, Meng; Zhang, Fan; Fang, Yapeng; Phillips, Glyn O; Nishinari, Katsuyoshi; Jiang, Fatang

    2013-10-15

    This paper investigates the phase separation and phase separation-induced fractionation of gum arabic (GA)/sugar beet pectin (SBP) mixed solutions. A phase diagram, including cloud and binodal curves, was established by visual observation and phase composition analysis. The deviation of the binodal curve from the cloud curve was a result of phase separation-induced fractionation of polydisperse GA and SBP molecules. Fractionation of GA increased the content of arabinogalactan-protein complex (AGP) from ca. 13% to 27%. The fractionated GA (FGA) showed improved emulsifying functionality, whereas the fractionated SBP (FSBP) had a reduced emulsifying functionality. The changes in emulsifying efficiency can be explained by interfacial adsorption behaviors at the oil-water interface as indicated by interfacial tension measurements. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Structural characteristics of the shock-induced boundary layer separation extended to the leading edge

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    Tao, Y.; Liu, W. D.; Fan, X. Q.; Zhao, Y. L.

    2017-07-01

    For a better understanding of the local unstart of supersonic/hypersonic inlet, a series of experiments has been conducted to investigate the shock-induced boundary layer separation extended to the leading edge. Using the nanoparticle-based planar laser scattering, we recorded the fine structures of these interactions under different conditions and paid more attention to their structural characteristics. According to their features, these interactions could be divided into four types. Specifically, Type A wave pattern is similar to the classic shock wave/turbulent boundary layer interaction, and Type B wave configuration consists of an overall Mach reflection above the large scale separation bubble. Due to the gradual decrease in the size of the separation bubble, the separation bubble was replaced by several vortices (Type C wave pattern). Besides, for Type D wave configuration which exists in the local unstart inlet, there appears to be some flow spillage around the leading edge.

  5. Maternal Separation Impairs Cocaine-Induced Behavioural Sensitization in Adolescent Mice

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    Gracia-Rubio, Irene; Martinez-Laorden, Elena; Moscoso-Castro, Maria; Milanés, M. Victoria; Laorden, M. Luisa

    2016-01-01

    Adverse early-life conditions induce persistent disturbances that give rise to negative emotional states. Therefore, early life stress confers increased vulnerability to substance use disorders, mainly during adolescence as the brain is still developing. In this study, we investigated the consequences of maternal separation, a model of maternal neglect, on the psychotropic effects of cocaine and the neuroplasticity of the dopaminergic system. Our results show that mice exposed to maternal separation displayed attenuated behavioural sensitization, while no changes were found in the rewarding effects of cocaine in the conditioned place preference paradigm and in the reinforcing effects of cocaine in the self-administration paradigm. The evaluation of neuroplasticity in the striatal dopaminergic pathways revealed that mice exposed to maternal separation exhibited decreased protein expression levels of D2 receptors and increased levels of the transcriptional factor Nurr1. Furthermore, animals exposed to maternal separation and treated with cocaine exhibited increased DA turnover and protein expression levels of DAT and D2R, while decreased Nurr1 and Pitx3 protein expression levels were observed when compared with saline-treated mice. Taken together, our data demonstrate that maternal separation caused an impairment of cocaine-induced behavioural sensitization possibly due to a dysfunction of the dopaminergic system, a dysfunction that has been proposed as a factor of vulnerability for developing substance use disorders. PMID:27936186

  6. Use of a rotating cylinder to induce laminar and turbulent separation over a flat plate

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    Afroz, F.; Lang, A.; Jones, E.

    2017-06-01

    An innovative and easy technique using a rotating cylinder system has been implemented in a water tunnel experiment to generate an adverse pressure gradient (APG). The strength of the APG was varied through adjustment in the rotation speed and location of the cylinder. Then the technique was used for inducing a laminar separation bubble (LSB) and turbulent boundary layer (TBL) separation over a flat plate. A theoretical model to predict the pressure variation induced on the plate consists of an inviscid flow over a reverse doublet-like configuration of two counter rotating cylinders. This model quantified the pressure distribution with changes of cylinder speed and location. The dimensionless velocity ratio (VR) of the cylinder rotation rate to the mainstream velocity and gap to diameter ratio \\tfrac{G}{D} were chosen as the two main ways of varying the strength of the APG, which affects the nature and extent of the LSB as well as TBL separation. The experimental parametric study, using time-resolved digital particle image velocimetry, was then conducted in a water tunnel. The variation in height (h), length (l), and the separation point (S) of the LSB was documented due to the variation in the APG. The similar type of experimental parametric study was used to explore the unsteady, turbulent separation bubble in a 2D plane aligned with the flow and perpendicular to the plate. The mean detachment locations of TBL separation are determined by two different definitions: (i) back-flow coefficient (χ) = 50%, and (ii) location of start of negative mean skin friction coefficient (C f). They are in good agreement and separation bubble characteristics agreed well with results obtained using different methods thus proving the validity of the technique.

  7. Laser-induced separation of hydrogen isotopes in the liquid phase

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    Freund, Samuel M.; Maier, II, William B.; Beattie, Willard H.; Holland, Redus F.

    1980-01-01

    Hydrogen isotope separation is achieved by either (a) dissolving a hydrogen-bearing feedstock compound in a liquid solvent, or (b) liquefying a hydrogen-bearing feedstock compound, the liquid phase thus resulting being kept at a temperature at which spectral features of the feedstock relating to a particular hydrogen isotope are resolved, i.e., a clear-cut isotope shift is delineated, irradiating the liquid phase with monochromatic radiation of a wavelength which at least preferentially excites those molecules of the feedstock containing a first hydrogen isotope, inducing photochemical reaction in the excited molecules, and separating the reaction product containing the first isotope from the liquid phase.

  8. Aero-acoustics source separation with sparsity inducing priors in the frequency domain

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    Schwander, Olivier; Picheral, José; Gac, Nicolas; Mohammad-Djafari, Ali; Blacodon, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    The characterization of acoustic sources is of great interest in many industrial applications, in particular for the aeronautic or automotive industry for the development of new products. While localization of sources using observations from a wind tunnel is a well-known subject, the characterization and separation of the sources still needs to be explored. We present here a Bayesian approach for sources separation. Two prior modeling of the sources are considered: a sparsity inducing prior in the frequency domain and an autoregressive model in the time domain. The proposed methods are evaluated on synthetic data simulating noise sources emitting from an airfoil inside a wind tunnel.

  9. An investigation of the unsteady flow associated with plume induced flow separation

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    Boggess, A. L., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    A wind tunnel study of the basic nature of plume induced flow separation is reported with emphasis on the unsteady aspects of the flow. Testing was conducted in a 6 inch by 6 inch blow-down supersonic wind tunnel. A cone-cylinder model with a pluming jet was used as the test model. Tests were conducted with a systematic variation in Mach number and plume pressure. Results of the tests are presented in the form of root-mean-squared surface pressure levels, power spectral densities, photographs of the flow field from which shock angles and separation lengths were taken, and time-averaged surface pressure profiles.

  10. Numerical study on the suppression of shock induced separation on the non-adiabatic wall

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    Lee, Doug-Bong

    2000-12-01

    A numerical model is constructed to simulate the interaction of supersonic ( M=2.4) oblique shock wave / turbulent boundary layer on a strongly heated wall. The heated wall temperature is two times higher than the adiabatic wall temperature and the shock wave is strong enough to induce boundary layer separation. The turbulence model is Spalart-Allmaras model. The comparison of the wall pressure distribution with the experimental data ensures the validity of this numerical model. The effect of strong wall heating enlarges the separation region upstream and downstream. In order to eliminate the separation, wall bleeding is applied at the shock foot position. As a result of the parametric study, the best position of the bleeding slot is selected. The position of the bleeding is very important for the separation suppression. If the bleeding is applied upstream of shock foot, then separation reoccurs after the bleeding slot. If the bleeding is applied downstream of shock foot, the upstream boundary layer is little influenced and still separated. The bleeding vent width is about same as the upstream boundary layer thickness and suction mass flow is 20 to 80 % of the flow rate in the upstream boundary layer. The bleeding mass flow rate is very sensitive to the bleeding vent position if we fix the vent outlet pressure. The final configuration of the shock reflection pattern approaches to the non-viscous value when wall bleeding is applied at the shock impinging point.

  11. Unsteady free surface wave-induced separation: Vortical structures and instabilities

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    Kandasamy, M.; Xing, T.; Stern, F.

    2009-02-01

    Vortical structures and instability mechanisms of the unsteady free surface wave-induced separation around a surface-piercing NACA0024 foil at a Froude number of 0.37 and a Reynolds number of 1.52×106 are studied using an unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (URANS) code with a blended k-ɛ/k-ω turbulence model and a free surface tracking method. At the free surface, the separated flow reattaches to the foil surface resulting in a wall-bounded separation bubble. The mean and instantaneous flow topologies in the separation region are similar to the owl-face pattern. The initial shear-layer instability, the Karman-like instability, and the flapping instability are identified, and their scaling and physical mechanisms are studied. Validation with experimental fluid dynamics (EFD) and comparison with complementary detached-eddy simulation (DES) indicate that URANS resolves part of the organized oscillations due to the large-scale unsteady vortical structures and instabilities, thereby capturing the gross features of the unsteady separation. The URANS solutions show an initial amplitude defect of 30% for the free surface oscillations where the shear layer separates, and the defect progressively increases downstream as URANS rapidly dissipates the rolled up vortices.

  12. The role of mechanically induced separator creep in lithium-ion battery capacity fade

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    Peabody, Christina; Arnold, Craig B.

    2011-10-01

    Lithium-ion batteries are well-known to be plagued by a gradual loss of capacity and power which occur regardless of use and can be limiting factors in the development of emerging energy technologies. Here we show that separator deformation in response to mechanical stimuli that arise under normal operation and storage conditions, such as external stresses on the battery stack or electrode expansion associated with lithium insertion/deinsertion, leads to increased internal resistance and significant capacity fade. We find this mechanically induced capacity fade to be a result of viscoelastic creep in the electrochemically inactive separator which reduces ion transport via a pore closure mechanism. By applying compressive stress on the battery structure we are able to accelerate aging studies and identify this unexpected, but important and fundamental link between mechanical properties and electrochemical performance. Furthermore, by making simple modifications to the electrode structure or separator properties, these effects can be mitigated, providing a pathway for improved battery performance.

  13. Contraction ratio effect on boundary layer separation induced by shockwave boundary layer interactions

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    Im, Seongkyun; di Cristina, Giovanni; Do, Hyungrok

    2016-11-01

    Boundary layer separations induced by shockwave boundary layer interaction at various contraction ratios were investigated at a Mach 4.5 flow. Stagnation pressure and temperature condition of 10 bars and 295 K were used, and a high-speed schlieren system visualized the flow features. A shockwave generator with 12 degree wedge generated an impinging shockwave onto a laminar boundary layer on a flat plate. The contraction ratio of the flow was varied by changing the distance between the shockwave generator and the flat plate. The location of the shockwave impingement was fixed while the contraction ratios were changed. Flow visualization showed that the flow separation and its size were influenced by the contraction ratio although overall flow features were similar. At higher contraction ratio, stronger impinging shockwave and more severe flow separation were observed.

  14. Synthesis of semicrystalline nanocapsular structures obtained by Thermally Induced Phase Separation in nanoconfinement

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    Torino, Enza; Aruta, Rosaria; Sibillano, Teresa; Giannini, Cinzia; Netti, Paolo A.

    2016-01-01

    Phase separation of a polymer solution exhibits a peculiar behavior when induced in a nanoconfinement. The energetic constraints introduce additional interactions between the polymer segments that reduce the number of available configurations. In our work, this effect is exploited in a one-step strategy called nanoconfined-Thermally Induced Phase Separation (nc-TIPS) to promote the crystallization of polymer chains into nanocapsular structures of controlled size and shell thickness. This is accomplished by performing a quench step of a low-concentrated PLLA-dioxane-water solution included in emulsions of mean droplet size <500 nm acting as nanodomains. The control of nanoconfinement conditions enables not only the production of nanocapsules with a minimum mean particle diameter of 70 nm but also the tunability of shell thickness and its crystallinity degree. The specific properties of the developed nanocapsular architectures have important implications on release mechanism and loading capability of hydrophilic and lipophilic payload compounds. PMID:27604818

  15. Synthesis of semicrystalline nanocapsular structures obtained by Thermally Induced Phase Separation in nanoconfinement

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    Torino, Enza; Aruta, Rosaria; Sibillano, Teresa; Giannini, Cinzia; Netti, Paolo A.

    2016-09-01

    Phase separation of a polymer solution exhibits a peculiar behavior when induced in a nanoconfinement. The energetic constraints introduce additional interactions between the polymer segments that reduce the number of available configurations. In our work, this effect is exploited in a one-step strategy called nanoconfined-Thermally Induced Phase Separation (nc-TIPS) to promote the crystallization of polymer chains into nanocapsular structures of controlled size and shell thickness. This is accomplished by performing a quench step of a low-concentrated PLLA-dioxane-water solution included in emulsions of mean droplet size <500 nm acting as nanodomains. The control of nanoconfinement conditions enables not only the production of nanocapsules with a minimum mean particle diameter of 70 nm but also the tunability of shell thickness and its crystallinity degree. The specific properties of the developed nanocapsular architectures have important implications on release mechanism and loading capability of hydrophilic and lipophilic payload compounds.

  16. Polymerization- and solvent-induced phase separation in hydrophilic-rich dentin adhesive mimic.

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    Abedin, Farhana; Ye, Qiang; Good, Holly J; Parthasarathy, Ranganathan; Spencer, Paulette

    2014-07-01

    Current dental resin undergoes phase separation into hydrophobic-rich and hydrophilic-rich phases during infiltration of the over-wet demineralized collagen matrix. Such phase separation undermines the integrity and durability of the bond at the composite/tooth interface. This study marks the first time that the polymerization kinetics of model hydrophilic-rich phase of dental adhesive has been determined. Samples were prepared by adding varying water content to neat resins made from 95 and 99 wt.% hydroxyethylmethacrylate and 5 and 1 wt.% (2,2-bis[4-(2-hydroxy-3-methacryloxypropoxy)phenyl1]-propane prior to light curing. Viscosity of the formulations decreased with increased water content. The photopolymerization kinetics study was carried out with a time-resolved Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. All of the samples exhibited two-stage polymerization behavior which has not been reported previously for dental resin formulation. The lowest secondary rate maxima were observed for water contents of 10-30 wt.%. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) showed two glass transition temperatures for the hydrophilic-rich phase of dental adhesive. The DSC results indicate that the heterogeneity within the final polymer structure decreased with increasing water content. The results suggest a reaction mechanism involving both polymerization-induced phase separation and solvent-induced phase separation for the model hydrophilic-rich phase of dental resin.

  17. Shear-induced phase separation in polyelectrolyte/mixed micelle coacervates.

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    Liberatore, Matthew W; Wyatt, Nicholas B; Henry, Mikayla; Dubin, Paul L; Foun, Elaine

    2009-12-01

    A quantitative study of the shear-induced phase separation of a polycation/anionic-nonionic micelle coacervate is presented. Simultaneous rheology and small-angle light scattering (SALS) measurements allow the elucidation of micrometer-scale phase separation under flow in three coacervate solutions. Below 18 degrees C, all three of the coacervate solutions are optically clear Newtonian fluids across the entire shear rate range investigated. Once a critical temperature range and/or shear rate is achieved, phase separation is observed in the small-angle light scattering images and the fluid exhibits shear thinning. Two definitive SALS patterns demonstrate the appearance of circular droplets at low shear rates near the critical temperature and ellipsoidal droplets at higher temperatures and shear rates. The shear-induced droplets range in size from approximately 1 to 4 mum. The ellipsoidal droplets have aspect ratios as high as 4. A conceptual picture in which shear flow extends the polyelectrolyte chains of the clear coacervate liquid phase is proposed. The extended chains create interpolyelectrolyte-micelle interactions and promote expulsion of small ions from the complex, resulting in the formation of micrometer-scale phase-separated droplets.

  18. Experimental Investigation of Upstream Boundary Layer Acceleration on Unsteadiness of Shock-Induced Separation

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-11-02

    Experimental Study of the Driving Mechanism and Control of the Unsteady Shock Induced Turbulent Separation in a Mach 5 compression Corner Flow...University of Tokyo, Hongo Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113, Japan, Oct. 25-29, 1987. 12 Figure 1. Schematic diagram of the test section with compression...ramp. Seeding System Optics FLOW CCD Cameras Dual-Cavity Nd: Yag Laser Photodiode Beam Splitter Timing Electronics ``` FLC Shutter Controller

  19. CO-laser-induced photochemical reaction of UF6 with HCl for the isotope separation of uranium hexafluoride

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    Ding, Hong-Bin; Shen, Z. Y.; Zhang, Cun H.

    1993-05-01

    In this paper, we report the results of CO-laser induced photochemical reaction of UF6 with HCl for the isotope separation of uranium hexafluoride, we also discussed that the molecular collision inducing V-T, V-V relaxation process affects on the selectivity of the isotope separation. The obtained quantum coefficiency of the reaction is about 0.34.

  20. Maternal separation increases methamphetamine-induced damage in the striatum in male, but not female rats.

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    Hensleigh, Emily; Pritchard, Laurel M

    2015-12-15

    Methamphetamine abuse impacts the global economy through costs associated with drug enforcement, emergency room visits, and treatment. Previous research has demonstrated early life stress, such as childhood abuse, increases the likelihood of developing a substance abuse disorder. However, the effects of early life stress on neuronal damage induced by binge methamphetamine administration are unknown. We aimed to elucidate the effects of early life stress on methamphetamine induced dopamine damage in the striatum. Pups were separated from dams for 3h per day during the first two weeks of development or 15 min for control. In adulthood, rats received either subcutaneous 0.9% saline or 5.0mg/kg METH injections every 2h for a total of four injections. Rectal temperatures were taken before the first injection and 1h after each subsequent injection. Seven days after treatment, rats were euthanized and striatum was collected for quantification of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) and dopamine transporters (DAT) content by Western blot. Methamphetamine significantly elevated core body temperature in males and decreased striatal DAT and TH content, and this effect was potentiated by early life stress. Females did not exhibit elevated core body temperatures or changes in DAT or TH in either condition. Results indicate maternal separation increases methamphetamine induced damage, and females are less susceptible to methamphetamine induced damage. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Phase separation of polymer mixtures induced by light and heat: a comparative study by light scattering

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    Ochi, Yuki; Kawakubo, Rie; Van-Pham, Dan-Thuy; Kitamura, Yuki; Nakanishi, Hideyuki; Norisuye, Tomohisa; Tran-Cong-Miyata, Qui

    2015-12-01

    Phase separation of binary blends composed of a polystyrene derivative (PS) and poly (vinyl methyl ether) (PVME) with a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) was experimentally induced by two different methods: heating and UV light irradiation. Using laser light scattering combined with the temperature jump (T-jump) technique, it was demonstrated that in the case of heating, the mixture undergoes phase separation via the nucleation-and-growth (NG) and the spinodal decomposition (SN) processes under shallow and deep quenches, respectively. Particularly, the crossover from the spinodal decomposition to the nucleation-and-growth process was observed at long time under a deep T-jump by light-scattering experiments. On the other hand, in the photo-crosslink case, the PS/PVME blends undergo a nucleation-and-growth process upon irradiation with weak light intensity, whereas the mixture exhibits the spinodal decomposition under irradiation with strong light intensity. From the analysis of the light-scattering data obtained for the blends under the photo-crosslink, the kinetic data reveal the suppression of morphologies having large characteristic length scales. This feature clearly differs from the phase separation induced by heating where no mode-suppression process was observed. It was also found that distribution of the characteristic length scales (the regularity) of the morphology becomes narrow as the phase separation proceeds for reacting blends, whereas it becomes broader as the phase separation proceeds by heating, revealing the important roles of reaction in the suppression of fluctuations with long wavelengths. These experimental results establish a method to control the length scales and the regularity of the morphology of polymer blends by chemical reaction.

  2. Ordered three- and five-ply nanocomposites from ABC block terpolymer microphase separation with niobia and aluminosilicate sols

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    Stefik, Morgan; Mahajan, Surbhi; Sai, Hiroaki; Epps, Thomas H.; Bates, Frank S.; Gruner, Sol M; DiSalvo, Francis J.; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2009-01-01

    We report the first use of a non-frustrated block terpolymer for the synthesis of highly ordered oxide nanocomposites containing multiple plies. The morphological behavior of 15 ISO-oxide nanocomposites was investigated spanning a large range of compositions along the ƒI=ƒS isopleth using aluminosilicate and niobia sols. Morphologies were determined by TEM and SAXS measurements. Four morphologies were identified, including core-shell hexagonal, core-shell double gyroid, three-domain lamellae, and core-shell inverse-hexagonal, in order of increasing O+oxide vol fraction. All of the resulting nanocomposites had three- or five-ply morphologies containing domains that were continuous in one, two, or three dimensions. The five-ply core-shell double gyroid phase was only found to be stable when the O+oxide domain was a minority. Removal of the polymer enabled simple and direct synthesis of mesoporous oxide materials while retaining the ordered network structure. We believe that advances in the synthesis of multi-ply nanocomposites will lead to advanced materials and devices containing multiple plies of functional materials. PMID:20209023

  3. Effects of interaction range and compressibility on the microphase separation of diblock copolymers: Mean-field analysis.

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    Wang, Qiang

    2008-08-07

    Using the random-phase approximation and self-consistent field calculations, we have investigated the effects of finite interaction range and compressibility on the order-disorder transition (ODT) and the lamellar structure of symmetric diblock copolymers. While the compressibility does not affect the ODT, both the values of chiN and bulk lamellar period at the ODT increase with increasing interaction range. On the other hand, both the free-energy density and bulk period of the lamellae increase with either increasing interaction range or decreasing compressibility. Even with a finite compressibility, the mean-field ODT is still a second-order phase transition. The scaling exponent of bulk lamellar period with chiN, however, decreases with increasing compressibility. Our mean-field analysis provides a well understood reference for the study of fluctuation effects in diblock copolymers with finite interaction range and compressibility.

  4. Preparation and dielectric analysis of microphase-separated poly(acrylonitrile-co-acrylamide-co-acrylic acid) hydrogels

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    Hu, D.Shiaw-Guang; Lin, Yow-Shi

    1993-12-31

    The acidic hydrolysis of polyacrylonitrile was carried out to yield a variety of terpolymers made up of nitriles, amides and acids. The formation of block structure was shown to follow a ripper mechanism occurring to acrylamide groups, that is more pronounced for a certain range of acrylamide content, evidenced by the composition analysis using {sup 1}H-NMR and base titration. The rates of formation of acrylamide fraction and acid fraction in the consecutive mode are approximately the same, yielding the content of ionic groups from 0.8 to 2.2. mole percent, dependent on the time of hydrolysis. The dielectric relaxation measurement on swollen gels shows three relaxation transitions, {alpha}, {beta}, {gamma}, over -150{degrees}C to 0{degrees}C, as influenced by the chemical composition and water absorption. The {beta} and {gamma} are associated with the polymer-water interaction and short-range motion of polymers and water.

  5. On the comparisons between dissipative particle dynamics simulations and self-consistent field calculations of diblock copolymer microphase separation

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    Sandhu, Paramvir; Zong, Jing; Yang, Delian; Wang, Qiang

    2013-05-01

    To highlight the importance of quantitative and parameter-fitting-free comparisons among different models/methods, we revisited the comparisons made by Groot and Madden [J. Chem. Phys. 108, 8713 (1998), 10.1063/1.476300] and Chen et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 122, 104907 (2005), 10.1063/1.1860351] between their dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulations of the DPD model and the self-consistent field (SCF) calculations of the "standard" model done by Matsen and Bates [Macromolecules 29, 1091 (1996), 10.1021/ma951138i] for diblock copolymer (DBC) A-B melts. The small values of the invariant degree of polymerization used in the DPD simulations do not justify the use of the fluctuation theory of Fredrickson and Helfand [J. Chem. Phys. 87, 697 (1987), 10.1063/1.453566] by Groot and Madden, and their fitting between the DPD interaction parameters and the Flory-Huggins χ parameter in the "standard" model also has no rigorous basis. Even with their use of the fluctuation theory and the parameter-fitting, we do not find the "quantitative match" for the order-disorder transition of symmetric DBC claimed by Groot and Madden. For lamellar and cylindrical structures, we find that the system fluctuations/correlations decrease the bulk period and greatly suppress the large depletion of the total segmental density at the A-B interfaces as well as its oscillations in A- and B-domains predicted by our SCF calculations of the DPD model. At all values of the A-block volume fractions in the copolymer f (which are integer multiples of 0.1), our SCF calculations give the same sequence of phase transitions with varying χN as the "standard" model, where N denotes the number of segments on each DBC chain. All phase boundaries, however, are shifted to higher χN due to the finite interaction range in the DPD model, except at f = 0.1 (and 0.9), where χN at the transition between the disordered phase and the spheres arranged on a body-centered cubic lattice is lower due to N = 10 in the DPD model. Finally, in 11 of the total 20 cases (f-χN combinations) studied in the DPD simulations, a morphology different from the SCF prediction was obtained due to the differences between these two methods.

  6. Nanostructured carbon-crystalline titania composites from microphase separation of poly(ethylene oxide-b-acrylonitrile) and titania sols.

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    Stefik, Morgan; Lee, Jinwoo; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2009-05-14

    A simple "one-pot" method utilizing a graphitic carbon source containing poly(ethylene oxide-b-acrylonitrile) diblock copolymer as a structure directing agent was used to synthesize carbon-crystalline titania composites as well as crystalline mesoporous titania materials after oxidative carbon removal.

  7. Ordered three- and five-ply nanocomposites from ABC block terpolymer microphase separation with niobia and aluminosilicate sols.

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    Stefik, Morgan; Mahajan, Surbhi; Sai, Hiroaki; Epps, Thomas H; Bates, Frank S; Gruner, Sol M; Disalvo, Francis J; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2009-11-24

    We report the first use of a non-frustrated block terpolymer for the synthesis of highly ordered oxide nanocomposites containing multiple plies. The morphological behavior of 15 ISO-oxide nanocomposites was investigated spanning a large range of compositions along the ƒ(I)=ƒ(S) isopleth using aluminosilicate and niobia sols. Morphologies were determined by TEM and SAXS measurements. Four morphologies were identified, including core-shell hexagonal, core-shell double gyroid, three-domain lamellae, and core-shell inverse-hexagonal, in order of increasing O+oxide vol fraction. All of the resulting nanocomposites had three- or five-ply morphologies containing domains that were continuous in one, two, or three dimensions. The five-ply core-shell double gyroid phase was only found to be stable when the O+oxide domain was a minority. Removal of the polymer enabled simple and direct synthesis of mesoporous oxide materials while retaining the ordered network structure. We believe that advances in the synthesis of multi-ply nanocomposites will lead to advanced materials and devices containing multiple plies of functional materials.

  8. Design and characterization of materials with microphase-separated surface patterns for screening osteoblast response to adhesion

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    Wingkono, Gracy A.

    Combinatorial techniques have changed the paradigm of materials research by allowing efficient screening of complex materials problems with large, multidimensional parameter spaces. The focus of this thesis is to demonstrate combinatorial methods (CM) and high-throughput methods (HTM) applied to biomaterials design, characterization, and screening. In particular, this work focuses on screening the effects of biomaterial surface features on adherent bone cell cultures. Polymeric biomaterials were prepared on two-dimensional combinatorial libraries that systematically varied the size and shape of chemically-distinct microstructural patterns. These libraries were generated from blends of biodegradable polyurethanes and polyesters prepared with thickness, composition and temperature gradient techniques. Characterization and screening were performed with high-throughput optical and fluorescence microscopy. A unique advance of this work is the application of data mining techniques to identify the controlling structural features that affect cell behavior from among the myriad variety of metrics from the microscope images. Libraries were designed to exhibit chemically-distinct cell-adhesive versus non-adhesive microstructural domains that improve library performance compared to previous implementations that had employed only modest chemical differences. Improving adhesive contrast should minimize combination of effects of chemistry and physical structure, making data interpretation simpler. To accomplish this, a method of blending and crosslinking cell-non-adhesive poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) with cell-adhesive poly(·-caprolactone) (PCL) was developed. The behavior of MC3T3-E1 osteoblast cells cultured on the PCL-PEG libraries were observed, equivalent to thousands of distinct chemistries and microstructures. Cell spreading area, shape, and density upon adhesion on surface patterns are observed in this study. Characterization of the surface library and screening of surface physical properties via HTM and PCA show that cell density is sensitive to the physical distribution, shape, solidity, and orientation of the PCL and PEG domains. Correlation is shown between surface pattern descriptors and the subsequent cellular adhesion responses. Certain spacing and shapes in surface pattern are preferred to others for distinct cellular states; circular pattern favors apoptotic cells, while elongated patterns favor viable cells---for both cases, cells preferred anchoring themselves to surface patterns. However, the effect of surface pattern's solidity and area did not show any conclusive trend in this dataset. This might be due to the existence of correlation between solidity and eccentricity as described in Chapter 1. Further improvement in the surface pattern library generation is necessary for future studies. The results from this study demonstrated the potentials of CM/HTS to be applied to exploratory studies involving complex systems in life sciences. This study accomplishes the goal to demonstrate the efficient screening and exploration of vast and complex dataset, extracting important and meaningful information to narrow down the future path of study in this field. Further study aimed to tuning cellular responses via signals from surface cues will be necessary to examine the causal relationships beyond the observed correlations shown in this exploratory study. It is recommended for further studies to narrow down the range for surface patterning around each of the three 'activation' ranges found in this study: apoptotic, viable, and one unknown state to be studied further. Different cellular-function staining methods will be necessary to be used in cellular imaging techniques in order to explore this unknown state further.

  9. Milk Thistle Extract and Silymarin Inhibit Lipopolysaccharide Induced Lamellar Separation of Hoof Explants in Vitro

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    Reisinger, Nicole; Schaumberger, Simone; Nagl, Veronika; Hessenberger, Sabine; Schatzmayr, Gerd

    2014-01-01

    The pathogenesis of laminitis is not completely identified and the role of endotoxins (lipopolysaccharides, LPS) in this process remains unclear. Phytogenic substances, like milk thistle (MT) and silymarin, are known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and might therefore have the potential to counteract endotoxin induced effects on the hoof lamellar tissue. The aim of our study was to investigate the influence of endotoxins on lamellar tissue integrity and to test if MT and silymarin are capable of inhibiting LPS-induced effects in an in vitro/ex vivo model. In preliminary tests, LPS neutralization efficiency of these phytogenics was determined in an in vitro neutralization assay. Furthermore, tissue explants gained from hooves of slaughter horses were tested for lamellar separation after incubation with different concentrations of LPS. By combined incubation of explants with LPS and either Polymyxin B (PMB; positive control), MT or silymarin, the influence of these substances on LPS-induced effects was assessed. In the in vitro neutralization assay, MT and silymarin reduced LPS concentrations by 64% and 75%, respectively, in comparison PMB reduced 98% of the LPS concentration. In hoof explants, LPS led to a concentration dependent separation. Accordantly, separation force was significantly decreased by 10 µg/mL LPS. PMB, MT and silymarin could significantly improve tissue integrity of explants incubated with 10 µg/mL LPS. This study showed that LPS had a negative influence on the structure of hoof explants in vitro. MT and silymarin reduced endotoxin activity and inhibited LPS-induced effects on the lamellar tissue. Hence, MT and silymarin might be used to support the prevention of laminitis and should be further evaluated for this application. PMID:25290524

  10. Milk thistle extract and silymarin inhibit lipopolysaccharide induced lamellar separation of hoof explants in vitro.

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    Reisinger, Nicole; Schaumberger, Simone; Nagl, Veronika; Hessenberger, Sabine; Schatzmayr, Gerd

    2014-10-06

    The pathogenesis of laminitis is not completely identified and the role of endotoxins (lipopolysaccharides, LPS) in this process remains unclear. Phytogenic substances, like milk thistle (MT) and silymarin, are known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and might therefore have the potential to counteract endotoxin induced effects on the hoof lamellar tissue. The aim of our study was to investigate the influence of endotoxins on lamellar tissue integrity and to test if MT and silymarin are capable of inhibiting LPS-induced effects in an in vitro/ex vivo model. In preliminary tests, LPS neutralization efficiency of these phytogenics was determined in an in vitro neutralization assay. Furthermore, tissue explants gained from hooves of slaughter horses were tested for lamellar separation after incubation with different concentrations of LPS. By combined incubation of explants with LPS and either Polymyxin B (PMB; positive control), MT or silymarin, the influence of these substances on LPS-induced effects was assessed. In the in vitro neutralization assay, MT and silymarin reduced LPS concentrations by 64% and 75%, respectively, in comparison PMB reduced 98% of the LPS concentration. In hoof explants, LPS led to a concentration dependent separation. Accordantly, separation force was significantly decreased by 10 µg/mL LPS. PMB, MT and silymarin could significantly improve tissue integrity of explants incubated with 10 µg/mL LPS. This study showed that LPS had a negative influence on the structure of hoof explants in vitro. MT and silymarin reduced endotoxin activity and inhibited LPS-induced effects on the lamellar tissue. Hence, MT and silymarin might be used to support the prevention of laminitis and should be further evaluated for this application.

  11. Using geomagnetic secular variation to separate remanent and induced sources of the crustal magnetic field

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    Lesur, Vincent; Gubbins, David

    2000-09-01

    Magnetic fields originating from magnetized crustal rocks dominate the geomagnetic spectrum at wavelengths of 0.1-100km. It is not known whether the magnetization is predominantly induced or remanent, and static surveys cannot discriminate between the two. Long-running magnetic observatories offer a chance, in principle, of separating the two sources because secular variation leads to a change in the main inducing field, which in turn causes a change in the induced part of the short-wavelength crustal field. We first argue that the induced crustal field, bI(t), is linearly related to the local core field, B(t), through a symmetric, trace-free matrix A: bI(t)=AB(t). We then subtract a core field model from the observatory annual means and invert the residuals for three components of the remanent field, bR(t), and the five independent elements of A. Applying the method to 20 European observatories, all of which have recorded for more than 50 years, shows that the most difficult task is to distinguish bR from the steady part of bI. However, for nine observatories a time-dependent induced field fits the data better than a steady remanent field at the 99 per cent confidence level, suggesting the presence of a significant induced component to the magnetization.

  12. Maternal separation fails to render animals more susceptible to methamphetamine-induced conditioned place preference.

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    Faure, Jacqueline; Stein, Dan J; Daniels, William

    2009-12-01

    The maternal separation (MS) paradigm is an animal model that has been successfully used to study the long term effects of child abuse and neglect. Experiments showed that animals subjected to trauma and stress early in life display behavioural, endocrinological and growth factor abnormalities at a later stage in life, results that mirrored clinical conditions. It is apparent that adverse events early in life may affect the development and maturation of the brain negatively. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether the abnormal brain development occurring in separated animals would also enhance the development of a preference for psychostimulant drug usage. Rats were subjected to maternal deprivation and further exposed to methamphetamine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) which primarily measures drug reward (ventral striatum) learning and memory. Apomorphine-induced locomotor activity was also assessed to investigate the effects of methamphetamine on the dorsal (primarily locomotor activity) striatal dopaminergic system. We found that four consecutive injections of methamphetamine resulted in CPP behaviour 24 h after the 4th injection. A further four injections yielded similar CPP results and this effect lasted for at least 7 days until the third CPP assessment. These animals also had decreased ACTH and corticosterone secretions, but the prolactin levels were increased. Prior exposure to maternal separation did not have any effect on the CPP test. The ACTH and corticosterone secretions were also similarly reduced. However maternal separation decreased the release of prolactin and this reduction was not evident in the separated group that received methamphetamine. There was no significant difference in the apomorphine-induced locomotor activity of normally reared animals whether they received methamphetamine or saline. Interestingly there was a significant difference in locomotor activity between the two groups of animals that were

  13. Facile synthesis of gradient mesoporous carbon monolith based on polymerization-induced phase separation

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    Xu, Shunjian; Luo, Yufeng; Zhong, Wei; Xiao, Zonghu; Luo, Yongping; Ou, Hui; Zhao, Xing-Zhong

    2014-06-01

    In this paper, a gradient mesoporous carbon (GMC) monolith derived from the mixtures of phenolic resin (PF) and ethylene glycol (EG) was prepared by a facile route based on polymerization-induced phase separation under temperature gradient (TG). A graded biphasic structure of PF-rich and EG-rich phases was first formed in preform under a TG, and then the preform was pyrolyzed to obtain the GMC monolith. The TG is mainly induced by the thermal resistance of the preferential phase separation layer at high temperature region. The pore structure of the monolith changes gradually along the TG direction. When the TG varies from 58°C to 29°C, the pore size, apparent porosity and specific surface area of the monolith range respectively from 18 nm to 83 nm, from 32% to 39% and from 140.5 m2/g to 515.3 m2/g. The gradient porous structure of the monolith is inherited from that of the preform, which depends on phase separation under TG in the resin mixtures. The pyrolysis mainly brings about the contraction of the pore size and wall thickness as well as the transformation of polymerized PF into glassy carbon.

  14. Conditionally analyzed mean velocity and turbulence measurements in a plume-induced boundary layer separated flowfield

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    Palko, Carl Wayne

    1998-11-01

    A supersonic plume-induced boundary layer separated (PIBLS) flowfield occurs when an underexpanded exhaust plume obstructs the flow around a rocket causing an oblique shock wave to form on the afterbody. The shock oscillates randomly in the streamwise direction causing an unsteady boundary layer separation that complicates prediction and measurement of PIBLS flowfields. This study provides the first turbulence measurements in a PIBLS flowfield and, consequently, the first benchmark data for evaluating future computational models for such flows. Conditionally analyzed two-component laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV) measurements were made in a planar, two-dimensional PIBLS flow containing an unsteady oblique shock wave formed by the convergence of two supersonic streams past a thick plate. High-speed wall pressure measurements were used to locate the shock wave and, consequently, allow separation of the effects of shock wave motion from the turbulence fluctuations in the velocity measurements of a shock-separated free shear layer. It was found that isolating the large-scale changes in the shock position from the turbulence reduces the experimental scatter rather than substantially changing the shapes or magnitudes of the turbulent stress profiles. Changes in shock motion direction, however, do significantly alter the turbulent stresses. This is the first evidence of the dependence of turbulence level and structure on shock motion direction and the first direct evidence of the effects of changes in shock wave position on turbulence amplification. The shock-induced separation process was found to dramatically increase the streamwise and transverse Reynolds normal stresses (which both peak near reattachment), the primary shear stress, and the normal stress anisotropy. The shock-separated shear layer consists of only a single layer with a large initial growth rate followed by a much smaller growth rate, instead of the two layers found in rapidly expanded shear layers. The

  15. Chiral separation of benzoporphyrin derivative mono- and diacids by laser induced fluorescence-capillary electrophoresis.

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    Peng, Xuejun; Sternberg, Ethan; Dolphin, David

    2002-01-01

    A method for the separation of benzoporphyrin derivative mono- and diacid (BPDMA, BPDDA) enantiomers by laser induced fluorescence-capillary electrophoresis (LIF-CE) has been developed. By using 300 mM borate buffer, pH 9.2, 25 mM sodium cholate and 10% acetronitrile as electrolyte, +10 kV electrokinetic sampling injection of 2 s and an applied +20 kV voltage across the ends of a 37 cm capillary (30 cm to the detector, 50 microm ID), all six BPD stereoisomers were baseline-separated within 20 min. Formation constants, free electrophoretic and complexation mobilities with borate and cholate were determined based on dynamic complexation capillary electrophoresis theory. The BPD enantiomers can be quantitatively determined in the range of 10(-2)-10(-5) mg mL(-1). The correlation coefficients (r2) of the least-squares linear regression analysis of the BPD enantiomers are in the range of 0.9914-0.9997. Their limits of detection are 2.18-3.5 x 10(-3) mg mL(-1). The relative standard deviations for the separation were 2.90-4.64% (n = 10). In comparison with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), CE has better resolution and efficiency. This separation method was successfully applied to the BPD enantiomers obtained from a matrix of bovine serum and from liposomally formulated material as well as from studies with rat, dog and human microsomes.

  16. Separated Immobilization of Incompatible Enzymes on Polymer Substrate via Visible Light Induced Living Photografting Polymerization.

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    Zhu, Xing; He, Bin; Zhao, Changwen; Ma, Yuhong; Yang, Wantai

    2017-06-06

    The use of the mixed catalytic system with several enzymes can provide multiple benefits in terms of the cost, simplification of a multistep reaction, and effectiveness of complex chemical reactions. Although study of different enzyme coimmobilization systems has attracted increasing attention in recent years, separately immobilizing enzymes which can not coexist on one support is still one of the great challenges. In this paper, a simple and effective strategy was introduced to separately encapsulate incompatible trypsin and transglutaminase (TGase) into different poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) network layer grafted on low-density polyethylene (LDPE) film via visible light induced living photografting polymerization. As a proof of concept, this dual-enzyme separately loaded film was used to catalyze the synthesis of a new target antitumor drug LTV-azacytidine. The final results demonstrated that this strategy could maintain higher activities of both enzymes than the mixed coimmobilization method. And the mass spectra analysis results demonstrated that LTV-azacytidine was successfully synthesized. We believe that this facile and mild separately immobilizing incompatible enzyme strategy has great application potential in the field of biocatalysis.

  17. An investigation of passive control methods for shock-induced separation at hypersonic speeds

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    Rallo, R.; Walsh, M.; Van Leer, Bram

    1992-01-01

    The effectiveness of several passive control techniques on shock-induced boundary-layer separation at hypersonic speed was investigated. Two approaches for alleviating the turbulent separation losses were examined: porous surface mass transfer and surface grooving. A total of four perforated surfaces with varying porosities were evaluated, and three groove orientations with respect to the freestream direction were studied. A comparison of the results from passive control techniques with those from an 'uncontrolled' shock impingement showed that the porous surface with the greatest porosity provided the greatest reduction in the pressure rise across the oblique shock wave. The grooved surface tested were found to be not effective; each of the grooved configurations examined increased the peak pressure value.

  18. Laser-induced fluorescence imaging system for protein separations in microfluidic devices

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    Das, Champak; Stoyanov, Alexander; Fredrickson, Carl; Tran-Son-Tay, Roger; Fan, Zhonghui H.

    2004-12-01

    This paper describes a laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) detection system for imaging proteins separated in a microfluidic device. The diameter of a laser beam is first increased through a beam expander, and subsequently focused into a line using a cylindrical lens. The resultant laser line is used to image an entire capillary or channel in which protein separation took place. The fluorescence emission is collected with a cooled, scientific grade charge-coupled device (CCD) camera. The detection limit was determined using a series of concentrations of fluorescein solutions. The temporal and spatial effects of photobleaching from laser irradiation were analyzed and the parameters to reduce the effect of photobleaching are discussed. We used the imaging system to demonstrate rapid analysis of proteins using isoelectric focusing.

  19. On the ejection-induced instability in Navier-Stokes solutions of unsteady separation.

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    Obabko, Aleksandr V; Cassel, Kevin W

    2005-05-15

    Numerical solutions of the flow induced by a thick-core vortex have been obtained using the unsteady, two-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations. The presence of the vortex causes an adverse pressure gradient along the surface, which leads to unsteady separation. The calculations by Brinckman and Walker for a similar flow identify a possible instability, purported to be an inviscid Rayleigh instability, in the region where ejection of near-wall vorticity occurs during the unsteady separation process. In results for a range of Reynolds numbers in the present investigation, the oscillations are also found to occur. However, they can be eliminated with increased grid resolution. Despite this behaviour, the instability may be physical but requires a sufficient amplitude of disturbances to be realized.

  20. Magnetically induced nonvolatile magnetoresistance and resistance memory effect in phase-separated manganite thin films

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    Li, Qian; Cao, Qingqi; Wang, Dunhui; Du, Youwei

    2017-03-01

    We report the observation of magnetically induced resistance memory effect in a typical electronic phase-separated manganite La5/8‑x Pr x Ca3/8MnO3 (x  =  0.3) thin film. In the hysteresis region of metal-to-insulator transition, the resistance exhibits a sharp drop with the application of magnetic field and maintains the low resistance state after the removal of field, showing a nonvolatile magnetoresistance effect. The high resistance state can be recovered until the temperature is warmed. More explicit measurements at the hysteresis region exhibit the non-volatility and irreversibility of magnetoresistance, which can be ascribed to the percolative feature in the electronic phase-separated manganite. The origin and potential applications of these interesting effects are discussed.

  1. In search of chiral magnetic effect: Separating flow-driven background effects and quantifying anomaly-induced charge separations

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    Xu -Guang Huang; Yin, Yi; Liao, Jinfeng

    2015-10-05

    Here we report our recent progress on the search of Chiral Magnetic Effect (CME) by developing new measurements as well as by hydrodynamic simulations of CME and background effects, with both approaches addressing the pressing issue of separating flow-driven background contributions and possible CME signal in current heavy ion collision measurements.

  2. Chronic Exposure to Particulate Chromate Induces Premature Centrosome Separation and Centriole Disengagement in Human Lung Cells

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    Martino, Julieta; Holmes, Amie L.; Xie, Hong; Wise, Sandra S.; Wise, John Pierce

    2015-01-01

    Particulate hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) is a well-established human lung carcinogen. Lung tumors are characterized by structural and numerical chromosome instability. Centrosome amplification is a phenotype commonly found in solid tumors, including lung tumors, which strongly correlates with chromosome instability. Human lung cells exposed to Cr(VI) exhibit centrosome amplification but the underlying phenotypes and mechanisms remain unknown. In this study, we further characterize the phenotypes of Cr(VI)-induced centrosome abnormalities. We show that Cr(VI)-induced centrosome amplification correlates with numerical chromosome instability. We also show chronic exposure to particulate Cr(VI) induces centrosomes with supernumerary centrioles and acentriolar centrosomes in human lung cells. Moreover, chronic exposure to particulate Cr(VI) affects the timing of important centriolar events. Specifically, chronic exposure to particulate Cr(VI) causes premature centriole disengagement in S and G2 phase cells. It also induces premature centrosome separation in interphase. Altogether, our data suggest that chronic exposure to particulate Cr(VI) targets the protein linkers that hold centrioles together. These centriolar linkers are important for key events of the centrosome cycle and their premature disruption might underlie Cr(VI)-induced centrosome amplification. PMID:26293554

  3. Effect of alkaline earth oxides on the formation of surface microphases that protect strontium titanate from reduction

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    Aksenova, L.A.; Kostikov, Yu.P.; Leonov, A.I.; Rotenberg, B.A.; Strykanov, V.S.

    1986-08-20

    The authors studied the effect of addition of strontium oxide, barium oxide, and calcium oxide on the formation of surface microphases and the reduction of strontium titanate. The materials were strontium carbonate, barium carbonate, and calcium carbonate (analytical grade) and titanium dioxide (pure grade). X-ray diffraction analysis was carried out on a DRON-2.0 diffractometer (CuK/sub ..cap alpha../, Ni filter). The surface layers were studies in an electron spectrometer by ESCA (exciting irradiation Al/sub K..cap alpha../; bond energy in standard gold sample Au/sub 4/f/sub 1/2/ = 84.1 eV; depth of layer 8 nm). Samplers were prepared according to the usual ceramic technology. It was found that protection from reduction of strontium titanate that is doped with calcium, strontium, or barium oxide is related to the formation of surface microphases that are close to M/sub 2/TiO/sub 4/ in composition and do not undergo reduction when calcined in a medium at low partial pressure of oxygen.

  4. Liquid-crystal-anchoring transitions at surfaces created by polymerization-induced phase separation

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    Amundson, Karl R.; Srinivasarao, Mohan

    1998-08-01

    A surface anchoring transition of a nematic at polymer surfaces created by polymerization-induced phase separation is presented. This transition is unusual in that it occurs far from bulk nematic phase transitions and it is tunable across nearly the entire nematic temperature range by modification of the polymer side group. Anchoring behavior is qualitatively understood by considerating enthalpic and entropic contributions to surface energy. Interesting behavior of some polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal films is explained, and observations provide a pathway to control properties.

  5. Macroscopic Polarization Enhancement Promoting Photo- and Piezoelectric-Induced Charge Separation and Molecular Oxygen Activation.

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    Huang, Hongwei; Tu, Shuchen; Zeng, Chao; Zhang, Tierui; Reshak, Ali H; Zhang, Yihe

    2017-09-18

    Efficient photo- and piezoelectric-induced molecular oxygen activation are both achieved by macroscopic polarization enhancement on a noncentrosymmetric piezoelectric semiconductor BiOIO3 . The replacement of V(5+) ions for I(5+) in IO3 polyhedra gives rise to strengthened macroscopic polarization of BiOIO3 , which facilitates the charge separation in the photocatalytic and piezoelectric catalytic process, and renders largely promoted photo- and piezoelectric induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) evolution, such as superoxide radicals ((.) O2(-) ) and hydroxyl radicals ((.) OH). This work advances piezoelectricity as a new route to efficient ROS generation, and also discloses macroscopic polarization engineering on improvement of multi-responsive catalysis. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Continuous particle separation using pressure-driven flow-induced miniaturizing free-flow electrophoresis (PDF-induced μ-FFE)

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    Jeon, Hyungkook; Kim, Youngkyu; Lim, Geunbae

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we introduce pressure-driven flow-induced miniaturizing free-flow electrophoresis (PDF-induced μ-FFE), a novel continuous separation method. In our separation system, the external flow and electric field are applied to particles, such that particle movement is affected by pressure-driven flow, electroosmosis, and electrophoresis. We then analyzed the hydrodynamic drag force and electrophoretic force applied to the particles in opposite directions. Based on this analysis, micro- and nano-sized particles were separated according to their electrophoretic mobilities with high separation efficiency. Because the separation can be achieved in a simple T-shaped microchannel, without the use of internal electrodes, it offers the advantages of low-cost, simple device fabrication and bubble-free operation, compared with conventional μ-FFE methods. Therefore, we expect the proposed separation method to have a wide range of filtering/separation applications in biochemical analysis.

  7. Continuous particle separation using pressure-driven flow-induced miniaturizing free-flow electrophoresis (PDF-induced μ-FFE).

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    Jeon, Hyungkook; Kim, Youngkyu; Lim, Geunbae

    2016-01-28

    In this paper, we introduce pressure-driven flow-induced miniaturizing free-flow electrophoresis (PDF-induced μ-FFE), a novel continuous separation method. In our separation system, the external flow and electric field are applied to particles, such that particle movement is affected by pressure-driven flow, electroosmosis, and electrophoresis. We then analyzed the hydrodynamic drag force and electrophoretic force applied to the particles in opposite directions. Based on this analysis, micro- and nano-sized particles were separated according to their electrophoretic mobilities with high separation efficiency. Because the separation can be achieved in a simple T-shaped microchannel, without the use of internal electrodes, it offers the advantages of low-cost, simple device fabrication and bubble-free operation, compared with conventional μ-FFE methods. Therefore, we expect the proposed separation method to have a wide range of filtering/separation applications in biochemical analysis.

  8. Continuous particle separation using pressure-driven flow-induced miniaturizing free-flow electrophoresis (PDF-induced μ-FFE)

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    Jeon, Hyungkook; Kim, Youngkyu; Lim, Geunbae

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we introduce pressure-driven flow-induced miniaturizing free-flow electrophoresis (PDF-induced μ-FFE), a novel continuous separation method. In our separation system, the external flow and electric field are applied to particles, such that particle movement is affected by pressure-driven flow, electroosmosis, and electrophoresis. We then analyzed the hydrodynamic drag force and electrophoretic force applied to the particles in opposite directions. Based on this analysis, micro- and nano-sized particles were separated according to their electrophoretic mobilities with high separation efficiency. Because the separation can be achieved in a simple T-shaped microchannel, without the use of internal electrodes, it offers the advantages of low-cost, simple device fabrication and bubble-free operation, compared with conventional μ-FFE methods. Therefore, we expect the proposed separation method to have a wide range of filtering/separation applications in biochemical analysis. PMID:26819221

  9. Fabrication of poly(γ-glutamic acid) monolith by thermally induced phase separation and its application.

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    Park, Sung-Bin; Fujimoto, Takashi; Mizohata, Eiichi; Inoue, Tsuyoshi; Sung, Moon-Hee; Uyama, Hiroshi

    2013-01-01

    Monoliths are functional porous materials with a three-dimensional continuous interconnected pore structure in a single piece. A monolith with uniform shape based on poly(γ-glutamic acid) (PGA) has been prepared via a thermally induced phase separation technique using a mixture of dimethyl sulfoxide, water, and ethanol as solvent. The morphology of the obtained monolith was observed by scanning electron microscopy and the surface area of the monolith was evaluated by the Brunauer Emmett Teller method. The effects of fabrication parameters such as the concentration and molecular mass of PGA and the solvent composition have been systematically investigated. The PGA monolith was cross-linked with hexamethylene diisocyanate to produce the water-insoluble monolith. The addition of sodium chloride to the phase separation solvent affected the properties of the cross-linked monolith. The swelling ratio of the cross-linked monolith toward aqueous solutions depended on the buffer pH as well as the monolith fabrication condition. Copper(II) ion was efficiently adsorbed on the cross-linked PGA monolith, and the obtained copper-immobilized monolith showed strong antibacterial activity for Escherichia coli. By combination of the characteristic properties of PGA (e.g., high biocompatibility and biodegradability) and the unique features of monoliths (e.g., through-pore structure, large surface area, and high porosity with small pore size), the PGA monolith possesses large potentials for various industrial applications in the biomedical, environmental, analytical, and separation fields.

  10. Photopolymerization-induced crystallization and phase separation in poly(ethylene oxide)/triacrylate blends

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    Park, Soo Jeoung; Kyu, Thein

    2008-12-28

    The present article describes experimental and theoretical investigations of miscibility and crystallization behavior of blends of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and triacrylate monomer (TA) using differential scanning calorimetry and optical microscopy. The PEO/TA blends manifested a single T{sub g} varying systematically with composition suggestive of a miscible character in their amorphous states. Moreover, there occurs melting point depression of PEO crystals with increasing TA. A phase diagram was subsequently established that exhibited a solid+liquid coexistence region bound by the liquidus and solidus lines, followed by an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) at a lower temperature. The emerging phase morphology was investigated to verify the coexistence regions. Upon photopolymerization in the isotropic melt above the melting point depression curve, both the UCST and the melting temperatures move upward and eventually surpass the reaction temperature, resulting in phase separation as well as crystallization of PEO driven by the changing supercooling, i.e., the thermodynamic driving force. Of particular interest is the interplay between photopolymerization-induced phase separation and crystallization, which eventually determines the final phase morphology of the PEO/TA blend such as crystalline lamellae, sheaf, or spherulites in isotropic liquid, phase separated domains, and viscous fingering liquids.

  11. Microbially induced separation of quartz from hematite using sulfate reducing bacteria.

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    Prakasan, M R Sabari; Natarajan, K A

    2010-07-01

    Cells and metabolic products of Desulfovibrio desulfuricans were successfully used to separate quartz from hematite through environmentally benign microbially induced flotation. Bacterial metabolic products such as extracellular proteins and polysaccharides were isolated from both unadapted and mineral-adapted bacterial metabolite and their basic characteristics were studied in order to get insight into the changes brought about on bioreagents during adaptation. Interaction between bacterial cells and metabolites with minerals like hematite and quartz brought about significant surface-chemical changes on both the minerals. Quartz was rendered more hydrophobic, while hematite became more hydrophilic after biotreatment. The predominance of bacterial polysaccharides on interacted hematite and of proteins on quartz was responsible for the above surface-chemical changes, as attested through adsorption studies. Surface-chemical changes were also observed on bacterial cells after adaptation to the above minerals. Selective separation of quartz from hematite was achieved through interaction with quartz-adapted bacterial cells and metabolite. Mineral-specific proteins secreted by quartz-adapted cells were responsible for conferment of hydrophobicity on quartz resulting in enhanced separation from hematite through flotation.

  12. Photopolymerization-induced crystallization and phase separation in poly(ethylene oxide)/triacrylate blends.

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    Park, Soo Jeoung; Kyu, Thein

    2008-12-28

    The present article describes experimental and theoretical investigations of miscibility and crystallization behavior of blends of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and triacrylate monomer (TA) using differential scanning calorimetry and optical microscopy. The PEO/TA blends manifested a single T(g) varying systematically with composition suggestive of a miscible character in their amorphous states. Moreover, there occurs melting point depression of PEO crystals with increasing TA. A phase diagram was subsequently established that exhibited a solid+liquid coexistence region bound by the liquidus and solidus lines, followed by an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) at a lower temperature. The emerging phase morphology was investigated to verify the coexistence regions. Upon photopolymerization in the isotropic melt above the melting point depression curve, both the UCST and the melting temperatures move upward and eventually surpass the reaction temperature, resulting in phase separation as well as crystallization of PEO driven by the changing supercooling, i.e., the thermodynamic driving force. Of particular interest is the interplay between photopolymerization-induced phase separation and crystallization, which eventually determines the final phase morphology of the PEO/TA blend such as crystalline lamellae, sheaf, or spherulites in isotropic liquid, phase separated domains, and viscous fingering liquids.

  13. Pattern Polymerization-Induced Phase Separation in a Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal System

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    Kyu, Thein

    2002-03-01

    Liquid crystal (LC)/polymer composite films have gained attention increasingly due to their applications in flat panel displays and shutters. Photopolymerization is a preferred method to produce LC/polymer composite films from mixtures of reactive monomers and LCs. On the basis of the combined Flory-Huggins free energy for isotropic mixing and Maier-Saupe free energy for nematic ordering along with the elastic free energy of the network, phase diagrams have been established by solving self-consistently. A theoretical simulation has been modeled by incorporating the kinetics of crosslinking reaction into the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau (TDGL-model C) equations to elucidate the emergence of nematic domains during photopolymerization induced phase separation in electrically switchable holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (H-PDLC). The simulated morphological patterns in the concentration and orientation order parameter fields show discrete layers of liquid crystal droplets alternating periodically with polymer network-rich layers. Furthermore, we recognized the potential for producing electrically tunable microlens from PDLC systems through pattern-photopolymerization-induced phase separation by means of the interference of two horizontal waves and two vertical waves. Our simulation revealed that the emerged LC microlens are of the order of a few hundred nanometers. These LC microlens are not only uniformed in size, but also form in regular arrays, reminiscence of the compound eyes found in flies, ants, and wasps. Supported by ALCOM, NSF DMR 99-03519, and OBR.

  14. Thermally induced coupling of phase separation and gelation in an aqueous solution of hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC)

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    Kita, Rio; Kaku, Takeshi; Ohashi, Hitoshi; Kurosu, Tateki; Iida, Masamori; Yagihara, Shin; Dobashi, Toshiaki

    2003-03-01

    Thermally induced coupling of gelation and phase separation in polysaccharide aqueous solutions has a complex feature because of critical and tricritical phenomena, thermally induced hydrophobic interaction, and molecular-weight distribution of the polysaccharide. To elucidate the process, the criticality of a hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) aqueous solution was assessed, and then dielectric relaxation and fluorescence intensity experiments were carried out. The diffusion coefficient of the solution with a weight fraction of HPMC being 0.06 could be extrapolated to zero at the cloud-point curve which showed the criticality of the solution. The fluorescence intensity increased at a temperature much lower than the cloud point and the gel point, especially for concentrated solutions, indicating the hydrophobic interaction as the driving force of the gelation coupled by the phase separation. Dielectric relaxation measurements by time-domain reflectometry revealed two characteristic relaxations of chain motions around 100 MHz and orientation of free water around 20 GHz, which is accompanied by a low-frequency tail reflecting hydration water.

  15. ILES for mechanism of ramp-type MVG reducing shock induced flow separation

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    Yang, Yong; Yan, YongHua; Liu, ChaoQun

    2016-12-01

    A high order implicit large eddy simulation (ILES) is carried out to study the mechanism of shock induced flow separation reduction under ramp-type MVG control. The mechanism was originally considered as that MVG can generate streamwise vortices which strongly mix boundary layer and the boundary layer becomes more capable to resist strong adverse pressure gradient caused by shock and to keep the boundary layer attached. However, according to our ILES, a chain of ring-like vortices is generated behind the ramp-type MVG and goes further to interact with the shock. When the ring-like vortices pass through the shock, the shock wave is weakened and altered while the vortex structures are quite stable. The instantaneous simulation shows that the spanwise ring-like vortex, not the streamwise vortex, plays a key role to weaken the shock and reduce the shock-induced separation. Detailed investigation on ring-like vortices and shock interaction will be given in this paper.

  16. The lonely mouse: verification of a separation-induced model of depression in female mice.

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    Martin, Alison L; Brown, Richard E

    2010-02-11

    Animal models of depression seldom test females, even though women are twice as likely as men to suffer from major depressive disorder. Since female mice are sensitive to social isolation, we tested a separation-based model of depression in three experiments. In experiment 1 female C57BL/6J mice were housed in three conditions: isolated (housed individually from 8 weeks of age), separated (housed in groups and then separated and housed individually at 23 weeks of age) and grouped (housed in groups from 8 weeks of age). At 24 weeks of age, there was a significant increase in weight and in immobility in individually housed mice in the forced swim test (FST) and tail suspension test (TST), a reduction in transitions in the L/D box, a reduced startle response and reduced prepulse inhibition, but no differences in cued or context fear conditioning. Experiment 2 showed that fluoxetine treatment administered via drinking water attenuated depressive-like behaviour in the FST and TST in individually housed female C57BL/6J mice, but had no effect on anxiety-like behaviour. Experiment 3 found that group-housed females had higher baseline corticosterone (CORT) levels than isolated females and fluoxetine had no effect on CORT levels. Thus, separation from group housing is a reliable and valid method for inducing depression-like behaviour in female mice. This procedure is both versatile, allowing for the study of genetic and environmental interactions, and accessible, making it useful for studying depression and testing new drugs for its treatment.

  17. Prednisolone-Induced Predisposition to Femoral Head Separation and the Accompanying Plasma Protein Changes in Chickens

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    Packialakshmi, B; Liyanage, R; Lay, JO; Okimoto, R; Rath, NC

    2015-01-01

    Femoral head separation (FHS) is an idiopathic bone problem that causes lameness and production losses in commercial poultry. In a model of prednisolone-induced susceptibility to FHS, the changes in plasma proteins and peptides were analyzed to find possible biomarkers. Plasma samples from control and FHS-susceptible birds were depleted of their high abundance proteins by acetonitrile precipitation and were then subjected to cation exchange and reverse-phase (RP) fractionations. Analysis with matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) showed several differentially expressed peptides, two of which were isolated by RP-HPLC and identified as the fragments of apolipoprotein A-I. The acetonitrile fractionated plasma proteins were subjected to reduction/alkylation and trypsin digestion followed by liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry, which showed the absence of protocadherin 15, vascular endothelial growth factor-C, and certain transcription and ubiquitin-mediated proteolytic factors in FHS-prone birds. It appears that prednisolone-induced dyslipidemia, vascular, and tissue adhesion problems may be consequential to FHS. Validity of these biomarkers in our model and the natural disease must be verified in future using traditional approaches. BIOMARKER INSIGHTS Lameness because of femoral head separation (FHS) is a production and welfare problem in the poultry industry. Selection against FHS requires identification of the birds with subclinical disease with biomarkers from a source such as blood. Prednisolone can induce femoral head problems and predisposition to FHS. Using this experimental model, we analyzed the plasma peptides and proteins from normal and FHS-prone chickens by mass spectrometry to identify differentially expressed peptides and proteins. We found two peptides, both derived from apolipoprotein A-I, quantitatively elevated and two proteins, protocadherin 15 and VEGF-C, that were conspicuously

  18. Prolonged maternal separation induces undernutrition and systemic inflammation with disrupted hippocampal development in mice.

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    Figueiredo, Ítalo Leite; Frota, Priscila B; da Cunha, Davi G; da Silva Raposo, Ramon; Canuto, Kildere M; de Andrade, Geanne M; Sousa, Nuno; Moore, Sean R; Anstead, Gregory M; Alvarez-Leite, Jacqueline I; Guerrant, Richard L; Oriá, Reinaldo B

    2016-09-01

    Prolonged maternal separation (PMS) in the first 2 wk of life has been associated with poor growth with lasting effects in brain structure and function. This study aimed to investigate whether PMS-induced undernutrition could cause systemic inflammation and changes in nutrition-related hormonal levels, affecting hippocampal structure and neurotransmission in C57BL/6J suckling mice. This study assessed mouse growth parameters coupled with insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) serum levels. In addition, leptin, adiponectin, and corticosterone serum levels were measured following PMS. Hippocampal stereology and the amino acid levels were also assessed. Furthermore, we measured myelin basic protein and synapthophysin (SYN) expression in the overall brain tissue and hippocampal SYN immunolabeling. For behavioral tests, we analyzed the ontogeny of selected neonatal reflexes. PMS was induced by separating half the pups in each litter from their lactating dams for defined periods each day (4 h on day 1, 8 h on day 2, and 12 h thereafter). A total of 67 suckling pups were used in this study. PMS induced significant slowdown in weight gain and growth impairment. Significant reductions in serum leptin and IGF-1 levels were found following PMS. Total CA3 area and volume were reduced, specifically affecting the pyramidal layer in PMS mice. CA1 pyramidal layer area was also reduced. Overall hippocampal SYN immunolabeling was lower, especially in CA3 field and dentate gyrus. Furthermore, PMS reduced hippocampal aspartate, glutamate, and gamma-aminobutyric acid levels, as compared with unseparated controls. These findings suggest that PMS causes significant growth deficits and alterations in hippocampal morphology and neurotransmission. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Photo Induced Membrane Separation for Water Purification and Desalination Using Azobenzene Modified Anodized Alumina Membranes.

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    Fujiwara, Masahiro; Imura, Tatsuki

    2015-06-23

    Water purification and desalination to produce end-use water are important agendas in 21st century, because the global water shortage is becoming increasingly serious. Those processes using light energy, especially solar energy, without the consumption of fossil fuels are desired for creating sustainable society. For these earth-friendly water treatments, nanoporous materials and membranes are expected to provide new technologies. We have reported before that the repetitive photo isomerization of azobenzene groups between the trans and cis isomers induced by the simultaneous irradiation of UV and visible lights accelerates the molecular movement of nearby molecules in nanoporous materials. After further studies, we recently found that the permeation of water through azobenzene modified anodized alumina membranes as a photo responsive nanoporous membrane was achieved by the simultaneous irradiation of UV and visible lights, while no water penetration occurred under no light, only single UV or visible light. The photo induced permeation of water was promoted by the vaporization of water with the repetitive photo isomerization of azobenzene. This membrane permeation achieved the purification of water solutions, because dye molecules and a protein dissolved in aqueous solutions were not involved in the photo induced penetrated water. When 3.5% of sodium chloride solution as model seawater was employed for this membrane separation, the salt content of the permeated water was less than 0.01% to accomplish the complete desalination of seawater.

  20. Dynamics of crowding-induced mixing in phase separated lipid bilayers

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    Zeno, Wade F.; Johnson, Kaitlin E.; Sasaki, Darryl Y.; ...

    2016-10-10

    We use fluorescence microscopy to examine the dynamics of the crowding-induced mixing transition of liquid ordered (Lo)–liquid disordered (Ld) phase separated lipid bilayers when the following particles of increasing size bind to either the Lo or Ld phase: Ubiquitin, green fluorescent protein (GFP), and nanolipoprotein particles (NLPs) of two diameters. These proteinaceous particles contained histidine-tags, which were phase targeted by binding to iminodiacetic acid (IDA) head groups, via a Cu2+ chelating mechanism, of lipids that specifically partition into either the Lo phase or Ld phase. The degree of steric pressure was controlled by varying the size of the bound particlemore » (10–240 kDa) and the amount of binding sites present (i.e., DPIDA concentrations of 9 and 12 mol%) in the supported lipid multibilayer platform used here. We develop a mass transfer-based diffusional model to analyze the observed Lo phase domain dissolution that, along with visual observations and activation energy calculations, provides insight into the sequence of events in crowding-induced mixing. Furthermore, our results suggest that the degree of steric pressure and target phase influence not only the efficacy of steric-pressure induced mixing, but the rate and controlling mechanism for which it occurs.« less

  1. Dynamics of crowding-induced mixing in phase separated lipid bilayers

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    Zeno, Wade F.; Johnson, Kaitlin E.; Sasaki, Darryl Y.; Risbud, Subhash H.; Longo, Marjorie L.

    2016-10-10

    We use fluorescence microscopy to examine the dynamics of the crowding-induced mixing transition of liquid ordered (Lo)–liquid disordered (Ld) phase separated lipid bilayers when the following particles of increasing size bind to either the Lo or Ld phase: Ubiquitin, green fluorescent protein (GFP), and nanolipoprotein particles (NLPs) of two diameters. These proteinaceous particles contained histidine-tags, which were phase targeted by binding to iminodiacetic acid (IDA) head groups, via a Cu2+ chelating mechanism, of lipids that specifically partition into either the Lo phase or Ld phase. The degree of steric pressure was controlled by varying the size of the bound particle (10–240 kDa) and the amount of binding sites present (i.e., DPIDA concentrations of 9 and 12 mol%) in the supported lipid multibilayer platform used here. We develop a mass transfer-based diffusional model to analyze the observed Lo phase domain dissolution that, along with visual observations and activation energy calculations, provides insight into the sequence of events in crowding-induced mixing. Furthermore, our results suggest that the degree of steric pressure and target phase influence not only the efficacy of steric-pressure induced mixing, but the rate and controlling mechanism for which it occurs.

  2. Dynamics of crowding-induced mixing in phase separated lipid bilayers

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    Zeno, Wade F.; Johnson, Kaitlin E.; Sasaki, Darryl Y.; Risbud, Subhash H.; Longo, Marjorie L.

    2016-10-10

    We use fluorescence microscopy to examine the dynamics of the crowding-induced mixing transition of liquid ordered (Lo)–liquid disordered (Ld) phase separated lipid bilayers when the following particles of increasing size bind to either the Lo or Ld phase: Ubiquitin, green fluorescent protein (GFP), and nanolipoprotein particles (NLPs) of two diameters. These proteinaceous particles contained histidine-tags, which were phase targeted by binding to iminodiacetic acid (IDA) head groups, via a Cu2+ chelating mechanism, of lipids that specifically partition into either the Lo phase or Ld phase. The degree of steric pressure was controlled by varying the size of the bound particle (10–240 kDa) and the amount of binding sites present (i.e., DPIDA concentrations of 9 and 12 mol%) in the supported lipid multibilayer platform used here. We develop a mass transfer-based diffusional model to analyze the observed Lo phase domain dissolution that, along with visual observations and activation energy calculations, provides insight into the sequence of events in crowding-induced mixing. Furthermore, our results suggest that the degree of steric pressure and target phase influence not only the efficacy of steric-pressure induced mixing, but the rate and controlling mechanism for which it occurs.

  3. Distress, support, and relationship satisfaction during military-induced separations: a longitudinal study among spouses of Dutch deployed military personnel.

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    Andres, Manon

    2014-02-01

    The aim of this study was to examine (a) how life stress, work-family conflict, social support, psychological distress, and relationship satisfaction develop over the course of military-induced separations; (b) what best predicts relationship satisfaction after being separated for several months; and (c) whether the effects were mediated by spousal interaction. Longitudinal data were collected among 153 spouses of Dutch military personnel before, during, and after military-induced separations. Analyses demonstrated a significant decrease in relationship satisfaction, psychological distress, and social support over time. Controlling for predeployment levels of relationship satisfaction, work-family conflict, social support, psychological distress, and spousal interaction made significant contributions to the explanation of relationship satisfaction after military-induced separations. However, the effects on relationships varied for each stage of the work-related spousal separation. Hence, clinical implications for psychological service delivery suggested by these findings are impacted by the stage of the work-related spousal separation. Specifically, before the separation, services might focus upon balancing work and family demands; during the separation, services that facilitate building networks are important; and finally, communication remains the key service focus upon reunion. PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved.

  4. Ion-implantation-induced phase separation and crystallization in lithia-silica glasses

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    Arnold, G. W.; Peercy, P. S.; Doyle, B. L.

    1980-01-01

    Crystallization of annealed Li/sub 2/O.2SiO/sub 2/ glasses implanted with inert ions and fused SiO/sub 2/ glass implanted with Li ions was monitored using infrared reflection spectroscopy. Elastic recoil detection analysis was used to study changes in the Li and H concentration induced in these glasses by implantation and annealing. Implantation of Li/sub 2/O.2SiO/sub 2/ with inert ions results in Li depletion, accompanied by H indiffusion, in the implanted region. For Li-implanted SiO/sub 2/, crystallization of ..cap alpha..-quartz is accompanied by appreciable Li diffusion to the surface and attendant H migration to the Li-depleted region. The crystallization mechanisms are discussed in terms of phase separation in the lithia-silica system.

  5. Tailorable Surface Morphology of 3D Scaffolds by Combining Additive Manufacturing with Thermally Induced Phase Separation.

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    Di Luca, Andrea; de Wijn, Joost R; van Blitterswijk, Clemens A; Camarero-Espinosa, Sandra; Moroni, Lorenzo

    2017-08-01

    The functionalization of biomaterials substrates used for cell culture is gearing towards an increasing control over cell activity. Although a number of biomaterials have been successfully modified by different strategies to display tailored physical and chemical surface properties, it is still challenging to step from 2D substrates to 3D scaffolds with instructive surface properties for cell culture and tissue regeneration. In this study, additive manufacturing and thermally induced phase separation are combined to create 3D scaffolds with tunable surface morphology from polymer gels. Surface features vary depending on the gel concentration, the exchanging temperature, and the nonsolvent used. When preosteoblasts (MC-3T3 cells) are cultured on these scaffolds, a significant increase in alkaline phosphatase activity is measured for submicron surface topography, suggesting a potential role on early cell differentiation. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Surface roughness induced superhydrophobicity of graphene foam for oil-water separation.

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    Yang, Sudong; Chen, Lin; Wang, Chunchun; Rana, Masud; Ma, Peng-Cheng

    2017-12-15

    Surface free energy and roughness are two predominant factors governing the hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity of materials. This paper reported the surface roughness induced hydrophobicity of graphene foam by incorporating silica nanoparticles onto graphene sheet via a sol-gel method and subsequent modification using silane. Various techniques were employed to characterize the morphology, composition and surface properties of sample. The results showed that the as-prepared graphene foam exhibited a superhydrophobic surface with a high water contact angle of 156°, as well as superoleophilicity with excellent adsorption capacities for a variety of oil compounds. Benefiting from the integration of enhancement on the surface roughness and reduction on the surface free energy of material, the graphene foam developed in this study had the capability to effectively separate oil-water mixture with excellent stability and recyclability. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Separation of the intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms of the photo-induced anomalous Hall effect

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    Yu, J. L.; Chen, Y. H.; Cheng, S. Y.; Zeng, X. L.; Liu, Y.; Lai, Y. F.; Zheng, Q.

    2017-06-01

    The photocurrent spectra induced by the anomalous Hall effect (AHE) of the (001)-oriented GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells (QWs) with well width of 3 and 7 nm have been investigated at room temperature. Ultra-thin InAs layers with a thickness of 1 monolayer have been inserted at GaAs/AlGaAs interfaces to tune the asymmetry of the QWs. It is demonstrated that the AHE current can be effectively tuned by the inserted ultra-thin InAs layers and by the well width. A method has been proposed to separate the intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms of the AHE, which can be also applied to spin Hall effect.

  8. Gamma-effects on 2-dimensional transonic aerodynamics. [specific heat ratio due to shock induced separation

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    Tuzla, K.; Russell, D. A.; Wai, J. C.

    1976-01-01

    Nonlifting 10% biconvex airfoils are mounted in a 30 x 40 cm Ludwieg-tube-driven transonic test-section and the flow field recorded with a holographic interferometer. Nitrogen, argon, and carbon dioxide are used as the principal test gases. Experiments are conducted with Reynolds number based on chord of (0.5-3.5) x 10 to the 6th with Mach numbers of 0.70, 0.75, and 0.80. Supporting calculations use inviscid transonic small-disturbance and full-potential computer codes coupled with simple integral boundary-layer modeling. Systematic studies show that significant gamma-effects can occur due to shock-induced separation.

  9. Escitalopram improves memory deficits induced by maternal separation in the rat.

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    Couto, Frederico Simões do; Batalha, Vânia L; Valadas, Jorge S; Data-Franca, João; Ribeiro, Joaquim A; Lopes, Luísa V

    2012-11-15

    Maternal separation (MS) induces depressive-like behavior and long-term changes in cognition in rats. Escitalopram is an antidepressant drug shown to reverse the depressive-like features caused by this stress model. However, it is not known if it can ameliorate the affected cognition. We now characterized the effect of escitalopram on hippocampal-dependent memory in rats submitted to the MS protocol. Male Wistar rats were assigned either to control (CTR) or maternal separated (MS) group. MS were separated from their dams between 2-14 postnatal days (PND) for 180min daily. Escitalopram was given in food pellets (0.34g/kg/day first 2 weeks and 0.41g/kg/day the subsequent period, average dose 25mg/kg) from PND 43 onwards, during 1 month. Depressive behavior was assessed in the forced swimming test (FST), and memory performance in the Morris water maze (MWM). Escitalopram significantly improved the FST's latency to despair in the MS group (n=6), but did not change the immobility time. All groups showed a significant learning effect in the MWM over time, but no differences have been found upon treatment (n=6). However, escitalopram treatment significantly increased the time spent on the platform quadrant in the probe trial in the MS group. We report here that chronic treatment with escitalopram is able to improve hippocampal dependent memory in a chronic stress model, while not changing the learning ability. Moreover, this is accompanied by an amelioration of the depressive like behavior. These results support the use of escitalopram to tackle underlying cognitive deficits caused by stress in early-life.

  10. Membrane nanotubes induced by aqueous phase separation and stabilized by spontaneous curvature

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    Li, Yanhong; Lipowsky, Reinhard; Dimova, Rumiana

    2011-01-01

    Tubular membrane structures are widespread in eukaryotic cells, but the mechanisms underlying their formation and stability are not well understood. Previous work has focused on tube extrusion from cells and model membranes under the application of external forces. Here, we present novel membrane/polymer systems, where stable tubes form in the absence of externally applied forces. Solutions of two water-soluble polymers, polyethylene glycol and dextran, were encapsulated in giant lipid vesicles, cell-size model systems. Hypertonic deflation induced phase separation of the enclosed solution. The excess membrane area created during the deflation process was stored in a large number of membrane nanotubes inside the vesicle. The tubes had a diameter below optical resolution and became visible only when fluorescently labeled. The tubes were rather stable: In the absence of external forces, they existed for several days. A theoretical analysis of the shapes of the deflated vesicles reveals that these shapes would be unstable if the membranes had no spontaneous curvature. Using the large separation of length scales between the tube diameter and the overall size of the vesicles, the spontaneous curvature can be calculated and is found to be about -1/(240 nm) for a certain range of polymer concentrations. The nanotubes could also be retracted back into the mother vesicle by increasing the membrane tension via micropipette aspiration of the vesicle. Membrane tubes, which can form and be retracted easily, should be relevant for lipid storage in cells. PMID:21383120

  11. Three-Dimensional Flow Separation Induced by a Model Vocal Fold Polyp

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    Stewart, Kelley C.; Erath, Byron D.; Plesniak, Michael W.

    2012-11-01

    The fluid-structure energy exchange process for normal speech has been studied extensively, but it is not well understood for pathological conditions. Polyps and nodules, which are geometric abnormalities that form on the medial surface of the vocal folds, can disrupt vocal fold dynamics and thus can have devastating consequences on a patient's ability to communicate. A recent in-vitro investigation of a model polyp in a driven vocal fold apparatus demonstrated that such a geometric abnormality considerably disrupts the glottal jet behavior and that this flow field adjustment was a likely reason for the severe degradation of the vocal quality in patients. Understanding of the formation and propagation of vortical structures from a geometric protuberance, and their subsequent impact on the aerodynamic loadings that drive vocal fold dynamic, is a critical component in advancing the treatment of this pathological condition. The present investigation concerns the three-dimensional flow separation induced by a wall-mounted prolate hemispheroid with a 2:1 aspect ratio in cross flow, i.e. a model vocal fold polyp. Unsteady three-dimensional flow separation and its impact of the wall pressure loading are examined using skin friction line visualization and wall pressure measurements. Supported by the National Science Foundation, Grant No. CBET-1236351 and GW Center for Biomimetics and Bioinspired Engineering (COBRE).

  12. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; Luetkens, Hubertus; Amato, Alex; Biswas, Pabitra K.; Rüegg, Christian; Susner, Michael A.; Sefat, Athena S.; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D.; Morenzoni, Elvezio

    2015-01-01

    The recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p  3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p  7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum Tc  1.2 K which decreases upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5  p  7 kbar) the superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (Tc) and of the superfluid density (ρs). A scaling of ρs with as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper-pairing in CrAs. PMID:26346548

  13. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs.

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; Luetkens, Hubertus; Amato, Alex; Biswas, Pabitra K; Rüegg, Christian; Susner, Michael A; Sefat, Athena S; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D; Morenzoni, Elvezio

    2015-09-08

    The recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p ≃ 3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p ≃ 7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum Tc ≃ 1.2 K which decreases upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5 < or ~  p < or ~ 7 kbar) the superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (Tc) and of the superfluid density (ρs). A scaling of ρs with Tc(3.2) as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper-pairing in CrAs.

  14. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; Luetkens, Hubertus; Amato, Alex; Biswas, Pabitra K.; Ruegg, Christian; Susner, Michael A.; Sefat, Athena S.; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D.; Morenzoni, Elvezio

    2015-09-08

    We report that the recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p ≃ 3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p ≃ 7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum Tc ≃ 1.2 K which decreases upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5≲ p ≲ 7 kbar) the superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (Tc) and of the superfluid density (ρs). A scaling of ρs with Tc3.2 as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper-pairing in CrAs.

  15. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; ...

    2015-09-08

    We report that the recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p ≃ 3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p ≃ 7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum Tc ≃ 1.2 K which decreasesmore » upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5≲ p ≲ 7 kbar) the superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (Tc) and of the superfluid density (ρs). A scaling of ρs with Tc3.2 as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper-pairing in CrAs.« less

  16. Investigating the Three-dimensional Flow Separation Induced by a Model Vocal Fold Polyp

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    Stewart, Kelley C.; Erath, Byron D.; Plesniak, Michael W.

    2014-01-01

    The fluid-structure energy exchange process for normal speech has been studied extensively, but it is not well understood for pathological conditions. Polyps and nodules, which are geometric abnormalities that form on the medial surface of the vocal folds, can disrupt vocal fold dynamics and thus can have devastating consequences on a patient's ability to communicate. Our laboratory has reported particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements, within an investigation of a model polyp located on the medial surface of an in vitro driven vocal fold model, which show that such a geometric abnormality considerably disrupts the glottal jet behavior. This flow field adjustment is a likely reason for the severe degradation of the vocal quality in patients with polyps. A more complete understanding of the formation and propagation of vortical structures from a geometric protuberance, such as a vocal fold polyp, and the resulting influence on the aerodynamic loadings that drive the vocal fold dynamics, is necessary for advancing the treatment of this pathological condition. The present investigation concerns the three-dimensional flow separation induced by a wall-mounted prolate hemispheroid with a 2:1 aspect ratio in cross flow, i.e. a model vocal fold polyp, using an oil-film visualization technique. Unsteady, three-dimensional flow separation and its impact of the wall pressure loading are examined using skin friction line visualization and wall pressure measurements. PMID:24513707

  17. Charge-separated atmospheric neutrino-induced muons in the MINOS far detector

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    Adamson, P.; Andreopoulos, Constantinos V.; Arms, Kregg E.; Armstrong, Stephen Randolph; Auty, D.J.; Avvakumov, S.; Ayres, David S.; Baller, Bruce R.; Barish, Barry C.; Barnes, P.D., Jr.; Barr, Giles David; /Oxford U. /Western Washington U.

    2007-01-01

    We found 140 neutrino-induced muons in 854.24 live days in the MINOS far detector, which has an acceptance for neutrino-induced muons of 6.91 x 10{sup 6} cm{sup 2} sr. We looked for evidence of neutrino disappearance in this data set by computing the ratio of the number of low momentum muons to the sum of the number of high momentum and unknown momentum muons for both data and Monte Carlo expectation in the absence of neutrino oscillations. The ratio of data and Monte Carlo ratios, R, is R = 0.65{sub 0.12}{sup +0.15}(stat) {+-} 0.09(syst), a result that is consistent with an oscillation signal. A fit to the data for the oscillation parameters sin{sup 2} 2{theta}{sub 23} and {Delta}m{sub 23}{sup 2} excludes the null oscillation hypothesis at the 94% confidence level. We separated the muons into {mu}{sup -} and {mu}{sup +} in both the data and Monte Carlo events and found the ratio of the total number of {mu}{sup -} to {mu}{sup +} in both samples. The ratio of those ratios, {cflx R}{sub CPT}, is a test of CPT conservation. The result {cflx R}{sub CPT} = 0.72{sub -0.18}{sup +0.24}(stat){sub -0.04}{sup +0.08}(syst), is consistent with CPT conservation.

  18. Combining mechanical foaming and thermally induced phase separation to generate chitosan scaffolds for soft tissue engineering.

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    Biswas, D P; Tran, P A; Tallon, C; O'Connor, A J

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, a novel foaming methodology consisting of turbulent mixing and thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) was used to generate scaffolds for tissue engineering. Air bubbles were mechanically introduced into a chitosan solution which forms the continuous polymer/liquid phase in the foam created. The air bubbles entrained in the foam act as a template for the macroporous architecture of the final scaffolds. Wet foams were crosslinked via glutaraldehyde and frozen at -20 °C to induce TIPS in order to limit film drainage, bubble coalescence and Ostwald ripening. The effects of production parameters, including mixing speed, surfactant concentration and chitosan concentration, on foaming are explored. Using this method, hydrogel scaffolds were successfully produced with up to 80% porosity, average pore sizes of 120 μm and readily tuneable compressive modulus in the range of 2.6 to 25 kPa relevant to soft tissue engineering applications. These scaffolds supported 3T3 fibroblast cell proliferation and penetration and therefore show significant potential for application in soft tissue engineering.

  19. Observations and Large-Eddy Simulations of Wave-Induced Boundary-Layer Separation

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    Grubisic, V.; Serafin, S.; Strauss, L.

    2011-12-01

    Wave-induced boundary-layer separation in flow over orography has received significant attention in recent years, especially in relation to the formation of atmospheric rotors. Traditionally depicted as horizontal eddies in the lee of mountain ranges, rotors are characterized by intense turbulence and pose a known threat to aviation. This study focuses on the first observationally documented case of wave-induced boundary-layer separation, which occurred on Jan 26 2006 in the lee of the Medicine Bow Mountains in SE Wyoming. Observations from the University of Wyoming King Air (UWKA) aircraft, in particular, the remote sensing measurements with the dual-Doppler Wyoming Cloud Radar (WCR), indicate strong wave activity, downslope winds in excess of 30 m s-1 within 200 m above the ground, and near-surface flow reversal in the lee of the mountain range. The fine resolution of WCR data (on the order of 40x40 m2 for two-dimensional velocity fields) reveals fine-scale coherent vortical structures which are embedded within the rotor zone and whose intensity contributes to the severity of turbulence therein. A series of semi-idealized three-dimensional large-eddy simulations of the Medicine Bow case was carried out using the CM1 model. Simulations represent the flow of an air mass with invariant profiles of wind speed and potential temperature over an isolated mountain ridge: the atmospheric soundings match the available observations and the ridge has the same size and shape as the Medicine Bow range. Model runs consider a simplified two-dimensional geometry where the complex topographic obstacle is represented as a smooth linear mountain ridge, but they are fully three-dimensional allowing for realistic turbulence dynamics. The simulated flow field is strikingly similar to the observed, with the simulations reproducing strong downslope flow detaching from the ground, with a patch of considerably lower wind intensities and embedded reverse flow further downstream. The near

  20. High Reynolds number tests of a C-141A aircraft semispan model to investigate shock-induced separation. [boundary layer separation

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    Blackerby, W. T.; Cahill, J. F.

    1975-01-01

    Results from a high Reynolds number transonic wind tunnel investigation are presented. Wing chordwise pressure distributions were measured over a matrix of Mach numbers and angles-of-attack for which shock-induced separations are known to exist. The range of Reynolds number covered by these data nearly spanned the gap between previously available wind tunnel and flight test data. The results are compared with both flight and low Reynolds number data, and show that use of the semispan test technique produced good correlation with the prior data at both ends of the Reynolds number range, but indicated strong sensitivity to details of the test setup.

  1. Tuning PEG-DA hydrogel properties via solvent-induced phase separation (SIPS)†

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    Bailey, Brennan Margaret; Hui, Vivian; Fei, Ruochong

    2012-01-01

    Poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEG-DA) hydrogels are widely utilized to probe cell-material interactions and ultimately for a material-guided approach to tissue regeneration. In this study, PEG-DA hydrogels were fabricated via solvent-induced phase separation (SIPS) to obtain hydrogels with a broader range of tunable physical properties including morphology (e.g. porosity), swelling and modulus (G′). In contrast to conventional PEG-DA hydrogels prepared from an aqueous precursor solution, the reported SIPS protocol utilized a dichloromethane (DCM) precursor solution which was sequentially photopolymerized, dried and hydrated. Physical properties were further tailored by varying the PEG-DA wt% concentration (5 wt%–25 wt%) and Mn (3.4k and 6k g mol −1). SIPS produced PEG-DA hydrogels with a macroporous morphology as well as increased G′ values versus the corresponding conventional PEG-DA hydrogels. Notably, since the total swelling was not significantly changed versus the corresponding conventional PEG-DA hydrogels, pairs or series of hydrogels represent scaffolds in which morphology and hydration or G′ and hydration are uncoupled. In addition, PEG-DA hydrogels prepared via SIPS exhibited enhanced degradation rates. PMID:22956857

  2. The role of shock induced trailing-edge separation in limit cycle oscillations

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    Cunningham, Atlee M., Jr.

    1989-01-01

    The potential role of shock induced trailing edge separation (SITES) in limit cycle oscillations (LCO) was established. It was shown that the flip-flop characteristics of transition to and from SITES as well as its hysteresis could couple with wing modes with torsional motion and low damping. This connection led to the formulation of a very simple nonlinear math model using the linear equations of motion with a nonlinear step forcing function with hysteresis. A finite difference solution with time was developed and calculations were made for the F-111 TACT were used to determine the step forcing function due to SITES transition. Since no data were available for the hysteresis, a parameter study was conducted allowing the hysteresis effect to vary. Very small hysteresis effects, which were within expected bounds, were required to obtain reasonable response levels that essentially agreed with flight test results. Also in agreement with wind tunnel tests, LCO calculations for the 1/6 scale F-111 model showed that the model should have not experienced LCO.

  3. USM3D Simulations of Saturn V Plume Induced Flow Separation

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    Deere, Karen; Elmlilgui, Alaa; Abdol-Hamid, K. S.

    2011-01-01

    The NASA Constellation Program included the Ares V heavy lift cargo vehicle. During the design stage, engineers questioned if the Plume Induced Flow Separation (PIFS) that occurred along Saturn V rocket during moon missions at some flight conditions, would also plague the newly proposed rocket. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was offered as a tool for initiating the investigation of PIFS along the Ares V rocket. However, CFD best practice guidelines were not available for such an investigation. In an effort to establish a CFD process and define guidelines for Ares V powered simulations, the Saturn V vehicle was used because PIFS flight data existed. The ideal gas, computational flow solver USM3D was evaluated for its viability in computing PIFS along the Saturn V vehicle with F-1 engines firing. Solutions were computed at supersonic freestream conditions, zero degree angle of attack, zero degree sideslip, and at flight Reynolds numbers. The effects of solution sensitivity to grid refinement, turbulence models, and the engine boundary conditions on the predicted PIFS distance along the Saturn V were discussed and compared to flight data from the Apollo 11 mission AS-506.

  4. Freezing-induced phase separation and spatial microheterogeneity in protein solutions.

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    Dong, Jinping; Hubel, Allison; Bischof, John C; Aksan, Alptekin

    2009-07-30

    Amid decades of research, the basic mechanisms of lyo-/cryostabilization of proteins and more complex organisms have not yet been fully established. One major bottleneck is the inability to probe into and control the molecular level interactions. The molecular interactions are responsible for the significant differences in the outcome of the preservation processes. (1) In this communication, we have utilized confocal Raman microspectroscopy to quantify the freezing-induced microheterogeneity and phase separation (solid and liquid) in a frozen solution composed of a model protein (lysozyme) and a lyo-/cryoprotectant (trehalose), which experienced different degrees of supercooling. Detailed quantitative spectral analysis was performed across the ice, the freeze-concentrated liquid (FCL) phases, and the interface region between them. It was established that the characteristics of the microstructures observed after freezing depended not only on the concentration of trehalose in the solution but also on the degree of supercooling. It was shown that, when samples were frozen after high supercooling, small amounts of lysozyme and trehalose were occluded in the ice phase. Lysozyme preserved its native-like secondary structure in the FCL region but was denatured in the ice phase. Also, it was observed that induction of freezing after a high degree of supercooling of high trehalose concentrations resulted in aggregation of the sugar and the protein.

  5. Methamphetamine reversed maternal separation-induced decrease in nerve growth factor in the ventral hippocampus.

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    Dimatelis, J J; Russell, V A; Stein, D J; Daniels, W M

    2014-06-01

    Stress has been suggested to predispose individuals to drug abuse. The early life stress of maternal separation (MS) is known to alter the response to drugs of abuse later in life. Exposure to either stress or methamphetamine has been shown to alter neurotrophic factors in the brain. Changes in neurotrophin levels may contribute to the underlying molecular mechanisms responsible for drug use- and stress-induced behaviours. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the individual effects of MS and methamphetamine administration during adolescence and the combined effects of both stressors on brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and nerve growth factor (NGF) levels in the dorsal and ventral hippocampus (HC) in adulthood. Methamphetamine administration (1 mg/kg, daily from postnatal day (PND) 33 to 36 and from PND 39 to 42), MS and the combination of the two stressors resulted in decreased BDNF levels in both the dorsal and ventral HC. MS decreased NGF levels in the ventral HC which was restored by methamphetamine administration in adolescence. In the dorsal HC, NGF remained unaltered by either stressor alone or in combination. We propose that the restoration of NGF levels in the ventral HC may reflect a possible compensatory mechanism in response to methamphetamine exposure in adolescence following the early life stress of MS.

  6. Modafinil ameliorates cognitive deficits induced by maternal separation and sleep deprivation.

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    Garcia, Vanessa Athaíde; Hirotsu, Camila; Matos, Gabriela; Alvarenga, Tathiana; Pires, Gabriel Natan; Kapczinski, Flávio; Schröder, Nadja; Tufik, Sergio; Andersen, Monica Levy

    2013-09-15

    Animals exposed to an early adverse event may be more susceptible to a second source of stress later in life, and these stressors may have additive deleterious effects. Sleep deprivation is known to be a stressor, affecting multiple body functions such as the cognition. Modafinil enhances working memory and attention in healthy non-sleep deprived subjects and in animal models of sleep deprivation. The first aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of maternal separation (MS) combined with paradoxical sleep deprivation (PSD) in adulthood on recognition memory in rats. Second, we aimed to evaluate whether the administration of modafinil would be able to ameliorate memory deficits induced by MS and PSD. Wistar rat pups were initially distributed into MS and handling (H) groups, with their litters standardized in 4 females and 4 males. In adulthood, the male rats were submitted to PSD or control condition, being redistributed afterwards in modafinil- or vehicle-treatment immediately after the training session of object recognition task. PSD did not potentiate the cognitive deficit due to MS. However, modafinil was able to recover memory impairments associated to PSD and also to MS in the neonatal period. This study demonstrates for the first time that modafinil ameliorates cognitive deficits associated to MS and to PSD in adulthood, independent from MS in the neonatal period.

  7. New considerations on scale extrapolation of wing pressure distributions affected by transonic shock-induced separations

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    Kahn, M. M. S.; Cahill, J. F.

    1983-01-01

    Use of this analytical parameter, it is shown, highlights the distinction between cases which are dominated by trailing-edge separation, and those for which separation at the shock foot is dominant. Use of the analytical parameter and the distinction noted above greatly improves the correlation of separation data and the extrapolation of wind tunnel data to flight conditions.

  8. Pain and distress induced by elastomeric and spring separators in patients undergoing orthodontic treatment

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    Al-Balbeesi, Hana O.; Bin Huraib, Sahar M.; AlNahas, Nadia W.; AlKawari, Huda M.; Abu-Amara, Abdulrahman B.; Vellappally, Sajith; Anil, Sukumaran

    2016-01-01

    Aims and Objectives: The objective of the present investigation is to evaluate patients’ pain perception and discomfort, the duration of pain and the level of self-medication over time during tooth separation, and the effectiveness of elastomeric and spring types of orthodontic separators in Saudi population. Materials and Methods: The study group consisted of 30 female adolescent patients who had elastomeric/spring separators as part of their orthodontic treatment. A self-administrated questionnaire comprising 16 multiple choice questions and another with visual analog scale were used to record the patient's pain perceptions at 4 hours, 24 hours, 3 days, 5 days, and 7 days from the time of insertion. The level of pain and discomfort during these time periods were assessed by a visual analog scale. After a separation period of 7 days, the amount of separation was measured with a leaf gauge. Type and frequency of analgesic consumption was also recorded. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20 (IBM SPSS -Chicago, IL: SPSS Inc.,) was used for statistical analysis. Results: The data showed significant increase in the level of pain at 4 hours, 24 hours, and 3 days from separator placement. The elastomeric separators produced significantly more separation than the spring separators and also caused maximum pain during the first 3 days after insertion. However, there was no significant difference between the score of pain between two separators at all time intervals. Conclusion: Both elastomeric and spring separators showed comparative levels of pain and discomfort during the early phase of separation. Elastomeric separators were found to be more effective in tooth separation than spring separators. However, further studies are necessary to substantiate this preliminary observation. PMID:28032047

  9. Pain and distress induced by elastomeric and spring separators in patients undergoing orthodontic treatment.

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    Al-Balbeesi, Hana O; Bin Huraib, Sahar M; AlNahas, Nadia W; AlKawari, Huda M; Abu-Amara, Abdulrahman B; Vellappally, Sajith; Anil, Sukumaran

    2016-01-01

    The objective of the present investigation is to evaluate patients' pain perception and discomfort, the duration of pain and the level of self-medication over time during tooth separation, and the effectiveness of elastomeric and spring types of orthodontic separators in Saudi population. The study group consisted of 30 female adolescent patients who had elastomeric/spring separators as part of their orthodontic treatment. A self-administrated questionnaire comprising 16 multiple choice questions and another with visual analog scale were used to record the patient's pain perceptions at 4 hours, 24 hours, 3 days, 5 days, and 7 days from the time of insertion. The level of pain and discomfort during these time periods were assessed by a visual analog scale. After a separation period of 7 days, the amount of separation was measured with a leaf gauge. Type and frequency of analgesic consumption was also recorded. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20 (IBM SPSS -Chicago, IL: SPSS Inc.,) was used for statistical analysis. The data showed significant increase in the level of pain at 4 hours, 24 hours, and 3 days from separator placement. The elastomeric separators produced significantly more separation than the spring separators and also caused maximum pain during the first 3 days after insertion. However, there was no significant difference between the score of pain between two separators at all time intervals. Both elastomeric and spring separators showed comparative levels of pain and discomfort during the early phase of separation. Elastomeric separators were found to be more effective in tooth separation than spring separators. However, further studies are necessary to substantiate this preliminary observation.

  10. Cube-textured Si-steel sheets by oxide-separator-induced decarburization and growth mechanism of cube grains

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    Tomida, T.; Sano, N.; Ueda, K.; Fujiwara, K.; Takahashi, N.

    2003-01-01

    Oxide-separator-induced decarburization causes a pronounced cube-texture development in Si-steel sheets. Cube grains nucleate prior to the decarburization, and they then selectively grow when a diffusion-induced transformation occurs. The 0.35 mm thick cube-textured strips show 2D magnetic properties with an almost ideal four-fold symmetry as well as surprisingly low core losses in the easy magnetizing directions.

  11. Spatial patterning of P granules by RNA-induced phase separation of the intrinsically-disordered protein MEG-3.

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    Smith, Jarrett; Calidas, Deepika; Schmidt, Helen; Lu, Tu; Rasoloson, Dominique; Seydoux, Geraldine

    2016-12-03

    RNA granules are non-membrane bound cellular compartments that contain RNA and RNA binding proteins. The molecular mechanisms that regulate the spatial distribution of RNA granules in cells are poorly understood. During polarization of the C. elegans zygote, germline RNA granules, called P granules, assemble preferentially in the posterior cytoplasm. We present evidence that P granule asymmetry depends on RNA-induced phase separation of the granule scaffold MEG-3. MEG-3 is an intrinsically disordered protein that binds and phase separates with RNA in vitro. In vivo, MEG-3 forms a posterior-rich concentration gradient that is anti-correlated with a gradient in the RNA-binding protein MEX-5. MEX-5 is necessary and sufficient to suppress MEG-3 granule formation in vivo, and suppresses RNA-induced MEG-3 phase separation in vitro. Our findings suggest that MEX-5 interferes with MEG-3's access to RNA, thus locally suppressing MEG-3 phase separation to drive P granule asymmetry. Regulated access to RNA, combined with RNA-induced phase separation of key scaffolding proteins, may be a general mechanism for controlling the formation of RNA granules in space and time.

  12. Spatial patterning of P granules by RNA-induced phase separation of the intrinsically-disordered protein MEG-3

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    Smith, Jarrett; Calidas, Deepika; Schmidt, Helen; Lu, Tu; Rasoloson, Dominique; Seydoux, Geraldine

    2016-01-01

    RNA granules are non-membrane bound cellular compartments that contain RNA and RNA binding proteins. The molecular mechanisms that regulate the spatial distribution of RNA granules in cells are poorly understood. During polarization of the C. elegans zygote, germline RNA granules, called P granules, assemble preferentially in the posterior cytoplasm. We present evidence that P granule asymmetry depends on RNA-induced phase separation of the granule scaffold MEG-3. MEG-3 is an intrinsically disordered protein that binds and phase separates with RNA in vitro. In vivo, MEG-3 forms a posterior-rich concentration gradient that is anti-correlated with a gradient in the RNA-binding protein MEX-5. MEX-5 is necessary and sufficient to suppress MEG-3 granule formation in vivo, and suppresses RNA-induced MEG-3 phase separation in vitro. Our findings suggest that MEX-5 interferes with MEG-3’s access to RNA, thus locally suppressing MEG-3 phase separation to drive P granule asymmetry. Regulated access to RNA, combined with RNA-induced phase separation of key scaffolding proteins, may be a general mechanism for controlling the formation of RNA granules in space and time. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.21337.001 PMID:27914198

  13. EARLY MATERNAL SEPARATION AFFECTS ETHANOL-INDUCED CONDITIONING IN A nor-BNI INSENSITIVE MANNER, BUT DOES NOT ALTER ETHANOL-INDUCED LOCOMOTOR ACTIVITY

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    Pautassi, Ricardo Marcos; Nizhnikov, Michael E.; Fabio, Ma. Carolina; Spear, Norman E.

    2011-01-01

    Early environmental stress significantly affects the development of offspring. This stress has been modeled in rats through the maternal separation (MS) paradigm, which alters the functioning of the HPA axis and can enhance ethanol intake at adulthood. Infant rats are sensitive to ethanol’s reinforcing effects, which modulate ethanol seeking and intake. Little is known about the impact of MS on sensitivity to ethanol’s appetitive and aversive effects during infancy. The present study assessed ethanol-induced conditioned place preference established through second-order conditioning (SOC), spontaneous or ethanol-induced locomotor activity and ethanol intake in preweanling rats that experienced normal animal facility rearing (AFR) or daily episodes of maternal separation (MS) during postnatal days 1-13 (PDs 1-13). Low-ethanol dose (0.5 g/kg) induced appetitive conditioned place preference (via SOC) in control rats given conventional rearing but not in rats given maternal separation in early infancy, whereas 2.0 g/kg ethanol induced aversive conditioned place preference in the former but not the latter. The administration of a kappa antagonist at PD1 or immediately before testing did not alter ethanol-induced reinforcement. High (i.e., 2.5 and 2.0 g/kg) but not low (i.e., 0.5 g/kg) ethanol dose induced reliable motor stimulation, which was independent of early maternal separation. Ethanol intake and blood alcohol levels during conditioning were unaffected by rearing conditions. Pups given early maternal separation had lower body weights than controls and showed an altered pattern of exploration when placed in an open field. These results indicate that, when assessed in infant rats, earlier maternal separation alters the balance between the appetitive and aversive motivational effects of ethanol but has no effect on the motor activating effects of the drug. PMID:22108648

  14. Dual-Phase Separation in a Semiconfined System: Monodispersed Heterogeneous Block-Copolymer Membranes for Cell Encoding and Patterning.

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    Wang, Xiuyu; Feng, Xueyan; Ma, Guiping; Zhang, Di; Chai, Yahong; Ge, Maofa; Yao, Li

    2017-03-15

    Block copolymers (BCPs) have the capacity to self-assemble into a myriad of well-defined aggregate structures, offering great promise for the construction of drug delivery, photolithographic templates, and complex nanoscale assemblies. A uniqueness of these materials is their propensity to become kinetically frozen in non-equilibrium states, implying that the process of self-assembly can be utilized to remodel the resulting structures. Here, a new semiconfined system for processing the BCP self-assembly is constructed, in which an unusual dual-phase separation occurs, including nonsolvent-induced microphase separation and osmotically driven macrophase separation, ultimately yielding heterogeneous BCP membranes. These membranes with cellular dimensions show unique anisotropy that can be used for cell encoding and patterning, which are highly relevant to biology and medicine. This processing method not only provides new levels of tailorability to the structures and encapsulated contents of BCP assemblies, but can also be generalized to other block polymers, particularly those with attractive electronic and/or optical properties.

  15. Gentamicin-induced ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity vary with circadian time of treatment and entail separate mechanisms.

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    Blunston, Mary A; Yonovitz, Al; Woodahl, Erica L; Smolensky, Michael H

    2015-01-01

    The aminoglycoside antibiotic gentamicin can cause both ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity, the severity of which varies with circadian time of daily treatment. However, it is not yet resolved if such drug-induced adverse effects are independent or interdependent phenomena. Two groups of 9 female Sprague-Dawley rats (200-250 g), each housed separately and entrained to a 12 h light (06:00-18:00 h) - 12 h dark cycle, received a daily subcutaneous injection of 100 mg/kg gentamicin. One group was treated at the beginning of the activity span, 2 Hours After Lights On (HALO), and the other at the beginning of the rest span, 14 HALO. Global toxicity was gauged by both body weight loss relative to the pre-treatment baseline and number of deaths. Ototoxicity, i.e., hearing loss, was assessed by changes in auditory brainstem response (ABR) for pure tone stimuli of 8, 16, 24, and 32 kHz before and after 2 and 4 weeks of gentamicin treatment. Renal toxicity was evaluated by changes in urinary N-acetyl-β-glucosaminidase (NAG)/creatinine (CR) concentration ratio before and after each week of treatment. In a complementary substudy of separate but comparable 2 and 14 HALO groups of rats, blood samples were obtained before and 30, 60, 120, and 240 min post-subcutaneous injection of 100 mg/kg gentamicin. Number of animal deaths was greater in the 2 (4 deaths) than 14 HALO (1 death) group, mirroring more severe initial (first two weeks of treatment) body weight losses from baseline, being more than 2-fold greater in animals of the 2 than 14 HALO group. Ototoxicity progressively worsened during the treatment; although, the extent of hearing loss varied according to circadian time of treatment across all frequencies (p < 0.05), particularly the 24 and 32 kHz ones (both p < 0.005), both at the 2 and 4 week assessments. At 32 kHz after 4 weeks of gentamicin dosing, the 2 HALO group showed an average 42 dB hearing loss, while the 14 HALO group exhibited only an

  16. Female rats are resistant to developing the depressive phenotype induced by maternal separation stress.

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    Dimatelis, J J; Vermeulen, I M; Bugarith, K; Stein, D J; Russell, V A

    2016-02-01

    Many stress-related psychiatric disorders are more common in women than in men. We aimed to determine how female rats respond to maternal separation (MS; removal of the dam from the litter for 3 h/day from postnatal day (P) 2-14)). A subset of MS females were also exposed to chronic constant light for 3 weeks during adolescence (P42-63) to investigate whether the antidepressant effect of light treatment, previously observed in male rats, could be seen in female rats. Ultrasonic vocalizations (22 kHz) were recorded and the forced swim test was conducted immediately after light exposure (P65-67) and 33 days later (P98-99) to determine depressive-like behaviour. Key proteins in the MAPK signal transduction pathway (MKP-1, phospho-ERK, total ERK) and a synaptosomal marker (synaptophysin) were measured in the ventral hippocampus. We found that MS decreased the duration of 22 kHz vocalizations at P65 which was reversed by subsequent light. Light exposure increased time spent in the inner zone of the open field and the number of 22 kHz calls in response to novelty at P98. MS decreased the time females spent immobile and increased time actively swimming in the forced swim test at P67 but not at P99. MKP-1 and synaptophysin levels remained unchanged while MS decreased phospho-ERK levels in the ventral hippocampus. In contrast to clinical findings, the results suggest that female rats may be resistant to MS-induced depression-like behaviour. The behavioural effects of MS and light treatment in female rats may involve the MAPK/ERK signal transduction pathway.

  17. Experimental Investigation of Plume-Induced Flow Separation on the National Launch System 1 1/2-Stage Launch Vehicle

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    Springer, A.

    1994-01-01

    An experimental investigation of plume-induced flow separation on the National Launch System (NLS) 1 1/2-stage launch vehicle was done. This investigation resulted from concerns raised about the flow separation that was encountered on the Saturn 5. A large similarity exists between configurations and nominal trajectories. The study involved the use of solid plume simulators to simulate the base pressure encountered by the vehicle due to engine exhaust plumes at predetermined critical Mach numbers based on Saturn 5 flight plume effects. The solid plume was varied in location, resulting in a parametric study of base pressure effects on flow separation. In addition to the parametric study of arbitrary plume locations, the base pressure resulting from the nominal trajectory was tested. This analysis was accomplished through two wind tunnel tests run at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's 14 x 14-inch Trisonic Wind Tunnel during 1992. The two tests were a static stability and a pressure test each using a 0.004-scale NLS 1 1/2-stage model. This study verified that flow separation is present at Mach 2.74 and 3.48 for predicted flight base pressures at nominal or higher levels. The flow separation at the predicted base pressure is only minor and should not be of great concern. It is not of the magnitude of the flow separation that was experienced on the Saturn 5. If the base pressure exceeds these nominal conditions, the flow separation can drastically increase, and is of concern.

  18. Late stage of the phase-separation process: coalescence-induced coalescence, gravitational sedimentation, and collective evaporation mechanisms.

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    Kalwarczyk, Tomasz; Ziebacz, Natalia; Fiałkowski, Marcin; Hołyst, Robert

    2008-06-01

    We study the separation in the binary and ternary mixtures of the water/surfactant C12E5/polymer PEG system. The phase separation in the mixtures at late stages is governed by two distinct mechanisms: the coalescence-induced coalescence and the droplet evaporation mechanism. We show that when the coalescence-induced coalescence process is globally terminated in the sample consisting of a dense system of domains, another mechanism, which we call the collective droplet evaporation, starts to dominate. It manifests itself as a front of "evaporating" domains, which propagates at constant speed in the system. We show that the collective evaporation is induced by the gravitational drift of large droplets.

  19. Charge-based separation of proteins and peptides by electrically induced dynamic pH profiles.

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    Brod, E; S Ben-Yosef, V; Bandhakavi, S; Sivan, U

    2016-01-29

    A new method for generating complex, dynamic pH profiles in an ampholyte-free separation channel is presented together with the theory behind its operation. The pH is modulated by an array of proton and hydroxide ion injectors placed along the separation channel. The ions generated in-situ by electrically driven water splitting across a bipolar membrane are injected to the channel in the presence of a longitudinal electric field, leading to the formation of a multi-step pH profile. Real-time control over the pH profile along the channel facilitates new dynamic separation strategies as well as steering and harvesting of focused molecules, which are both impossible with conventional separation methods. These freedoms are particularly attractive for Lab-on-a-Chip applications. The pH step-like profile alleviates one of the main hurdles of conventional isoelectric separation methods, namely, the slowing down of focused molecules as they approach their focusing spot. As a result, separation is completed within minutes for both peptides and proteins, even with low applied electric fields. We demonstrate protein and peptide separation within minutes, and resolution of ΔpI=0.2. Novel separation strategies based on spatio-temporal pH control are demonstrated as well.

  20. Chemical shift-based water/fat separation in the presence of susceptibility-induced fat resonance shift

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    Karampinos, Dimitrios C.; Yu, Huanzhou; Shimakawa, Ann; Link, Thomas M.; Majumdar, Sharmila

    2011-01-01

    Chemical shift-based water/fat separation methods have been emerging due to the growing clinical need for fat quantification in different body organs. Accurate quantification of proton-density fat fraction requires the assessment of many confounding factors, including the need of modeling the presence of multiple peaks in the fat spectrum. Most recent quantitative chemical shift-based water/fat separation approaches rely on a multi-peak fat spectrum with pre-calibrated peak locations and pre-calibrated or self-calibrated peak relative amplitudes. However, water/fat susceptibility differences can induce fat spectrum resonance shifts depending on the shape and orientation of the fatty inclusions. The effect is of particular interest in the skeletal muscle due to the anisotropic arrangement of extracellular lipids. In the present work, the effect of susceptibility-induced fat resonance shift on the fat fraction is characterized in a conventional complex-based chemical shift-based water/fat separation approach that does not model the susceptibility-induced fat resonance shift. A novel algorithm is then proposed in order to quantify the resonance shift in a complex-based chemical shift-based water/fat separation approach that considers the fat resonance shift in the signal model, aiming to extract information about the orientation/geometry of lipids. The technique is validated in a phantom and preliminary in vivo results are shown in the calf musculature of healthy and diabetic subjects. PMID:22247024

  1. Rapid and label-free separation of Burkitt's lymphoma cells from red blood cells by optically-induced electrokinetics.

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    Liang, Wenfeng; Zhao, Yuliang; Liu, Lianqing; Wang, Yuechao; Dong, Zaili; Li, Wen Jung; Lee, Gwo-Bin; Xiao, Xiubin; Zhang, Weijing

    2014-01-01

    Early stage detection of lymphoma cells is invaluable for providing reliable prognosis to patients. However, the purity of lymphoma cells in extracted samples from human patients' marrow is typically low. To address this issue, we report here our work on using optically-induced dielectrophoresis (ODEP) force to rapidly purify Raji cells' (a type of Burkitt's lymphoma cell) sample from red blood cells (RBCs) with a label-free process. This method utilizes dynamically moving virtual electrodes to induce negative ODEP force of varying magnitudes on the Raji cells and RBCs in an optically-induced electrokinetics (OEK) chip. Polarization models for the two types of cells that reflect their discriminate electrical properties were established. Then, the cells' differential velocities caused by a specific ODEP force field were obtained by a finite element simulation model, thereby established the theoretical basis that the two types of cells could be separated using an ODEP force field. To ensure that the ODEP force dominated the separation process, a comparison of the ODEP force with other significant electrokinetics forces was conducted using numerical results. Furthermore, the performance of the ODEP-based approach for separating Raji cells from RBCs was experimentally investigated. The results showed that these two types of cells, with different concentration ratios, could be separated rapidly using externally-applied electrical field at a driven frequency of 50 kHz at 20 Vpp. In addition, we have found that in order to facilitate ODEP-based cell separation, Raji cells' adhesion to the OEK chip's substrate should be minimized. This paper also presents our experimental results of finding the appropriate bovine serum albumin concentration in an isotonic solution to reduce cell adhesion, while maintaining suitable medium conductivity for electrokinetics-based cell separation. In short, we have demonstrated that OEK technology could be a promising tool for efficient and

  2. Modification of linear prepolymers to tailor heterogeneous network formation through photo-initiated Polymerization-Induced Phase Separation.

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    Szczepanski, Caroline R; Stansbury, Jeffrey W

    2015-07-23

    Polymerization-induced phase separation (PIPS) was studied in ambient photopolymerizations of triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) modified by poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). The molecular weight of PMMA and the rate of network formation (through incident UV-irradiation) were varied to influence both the promotion of phase separation through increases in overall free energy, as well as the extent to which phase development occurs during polymerization through diffusion prior to network gelation. The overall free energy of the polymerizing system increases with PMMA molecular weight, such that PIPS is promoted thermodynamically at low loading levels (5 wt%) of a higher molecular weight PMMA (120 kDa), while a higher loading level (20 wt%) is needed to induce PIPS with lower PMMA molecular weight (11 kDa), and phase separation was not promoted at any loading level tested of the lowest molecular weight PMMA (1 kDa). Due to these differences in overall free energy, systems modified by PMMA (11 kDa) underwent phase separation via Nucleation and Growth, and systems modified by PMMA (120 kDa), followed the Spinodal Decomposition mechanism. Despite differences in phase structure, all materials form a continuous phase rich in TEGDMA homopolymer. At high irradiation intensity (Io=20mW/cm(2)), the rate of network formation prohibited significant phase separation, even when thermodynamically preferred. A staged curing approach, which utilizes low intensity irradiation (Io=300µW/cm(2)) for the first ~50% of reaction to allow phase separation via diffusion, followed by a high intensity flood-cure to achieve a high degree of conversion, was employed to form phase-separated networks with reduced polymerization stress yet equivalent final conversion and modulus.

  3. Modification of linear prepolymers to tailor heterogeneous network formation through photo-initiated Polymerization-Induced Phase Separation

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    Szczepanski, Caroline R.; Stansbury, Jeffrey W.

    2015-01-01

    Polymerization-induced phase separation (PIPS) was studied in ambient photopolymerizations of triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) modified by poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). The molecular weight of PMMA and the rate of network formation (through incident UV-irradiation) were varied to influence both the promotion of phase separation through increases in overall free energy, as well as the extent to which phase development occurs during polymerization through diffusion prior to network gelation. The overall free energy of the polymerizing system increases with PMMA molecular weight, such that PIPS is promoted thermodynamically at low loading levels (5 wt%) of a higher molecular weight PMMA (120 kDa), while a higher loading level (20 wt%) is needed to induce PIPS with lower PMMA molecular weight (11 kDa), and phase separation was not promoted at any loading level tested of the lowest molecular weight PMMA (1 kDa). Due to these differences in overall free energy, systems modified by PMMA (11 kDa) underwent phase separation via Nucleation and Growth, and systems modified by PMMA (120 kDa), followed the Spinodal Decomposition mechanism. Despite differences in phase structure, all materials form a continuous phase rich in TEGDMA homopolymer. At high irradiation intensity (Io=20mW/cm2), the rate of network formation prohibited significant phase separation, even when thermodynamically preferred. A staged curing approach, which utilizes low intensity irradiation (Io=300µW/cm2) for the first ~50% of reaction to allow phase separation via diffusion, followed by a high intensity flood-cure to achieve a high degree of conversion, was employed to form phase-separated networks with reduced polymerization stress yet equivalent final conversion and modulus. PMID:26190865

  4. Rap1 overexpression reveals that activated RasD induces separable defects during Dictyostelium development.

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    Louis, S A; Weeks, G; Spiegelman, G B

    1997-10-15

    One of the Dictyostelium ras genes, rasD, is expressed preferentially in prestalk cells at the slug stage of development and overexpression of this gene containing a G12T activating mutation causes the formation of aberrant multitipped aggregates that are blocked from further development (Reymond et al., 1986, Nature, 323, 340-343). The ability of the Dictyostelium rap1 gene to suppress this abnormal developmental phenotype was investigated. The rap1 gene and G12V activated and G10V negative mutant forms of the rap1 gene were independently linked to the rasD promoter and each construct used to transform M1, a Dictyostelium cell line expressing RasD[G12T]. Transformants of M1 that expressed Rap1 or Rap1[G12V] protein still formed multitipped aggregates, but most tips were able to complete development and form fruiting bodies. Cell lines showing this modified phenotype were designated ME (multitipped escape). The rap1[G10V] construct did not modify the M1 phenotype. These data suggest that overexpression of RasD[G12T] has two effects, the formation of a multitipped aggregate and a block in subsequent differentiation and that the expression of Rap1 or Rap1[G12V] reverses only the latter. Differentiation of ME cells in low density monolayers showed the identical low level of stalk and spore cell formation seen for M1 cells under the same conditions. Thus the cell autonomous defect in monolayer differentiation induced in the M1 strain was not corrected in the ME strain. Cell type-specific gene expression during the development of M1 cells is dramatically altered: prestalk cell-specific gene expression is greatly enhanced, whereas prespore-specific gene expression is almost suppressed (Louis et al., 1997, Mol. Biol. Cell, 8, 303-312). During the development of ME cells, ecmA mRNA levels were restored to those seen for Ax3, and tagB mRNA levels were also markedly reduced, although not to Ax3 levels. cotC expression in ME cells was enhanced severalfold relative to M1

  5. Charge-based separation of particles and cells with similar sizes via the wall-induced electrical lift.

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    Thomas, Cory; Lu, Xinyu; Todd, Andrew; Raval, Yash; Tzeng, Tzuen-Rong; Song, Yongxin; Wang, Junsheng; Li, Dongqing; Xuan, Xiangchun

    2017-01-01

    The separation of particles and cells in a uniform mixture has been extensively studied as a necessity in many chemical and biomedical engineering and research fields. This work demonstrates a continuous charge-based separation of fluorescent and plain spherical polystyrene particles with comparable sizes in a ψ-shaped microchannel via the wall-induced electrical lift. The effects of both the direct current electric field in the main-branch and the electric field ratio in between the inlet branches for sheath fluid and particle mixture are investigated on this electrokinetic particle separation. A Lagrangian tracking method based theoretical model is also developed to understand the particle transport in the microchannel and simulate the parametric effects on particle separation. Moreover, the demonstrated charge-based separation is applied to a mixture of yeast cells and polystyrene particles with similar sizes. Good separation efficiency and purity are achieved for both the cells and the particles. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Fabrication of PVDF-based blend membrane with a thin hydrophilic deposition layer and a network structure supporting layer via the thermally induced phase separation followed by non-solvent induced phase separation process

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    Wu, Zhiguo; Cui, Zhenyu; Li, Tianyu; Qin, Shuhao; He, Benqiao; Han, Na; Li, Jianxin

    2017-10-01

    A simple strategy of thermally induced phase separation followed by non-solvent induced phase separation (TIPS-NIPS) is reported to fabricate poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF)-based blend membrane. The dissolved poly (styrene-co-maleic anhydride) (SMA) in diluent prevents the crystallization of PVDF during the cooling process and deposites on the established PVDF matrix in the later extraction. Compared with traditional coating technique, this one-step TIPS-NIPS method can not only fabricate a supporting layer with an interconnected network structure even via solid-liquid phase separation of TIPS, but also form a uniform SMA skin layer approximately as thin as 200 nm via surface deposition of NIPS. Besides the better hydrophilicity, what's interesting is that the BSA rejection ratio increases from 48% to 94% with the increase of SMA, which indicates that the separation performance has improved. This strategy can be conveniently extended to the creation of firmly thin layer, surface functionalization and structure controllability of the membrane.

  7. Modulation-induced error in comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatographic separations.

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    Harynuk, J J; Kwong, A H; Marriott, P J

    2008-07-18

    There is a fundamental difference between data collected in comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatographic (GCxGC) separations and data collected by one-dimensional GC techniques (or heart-cut GC techniques). This difference can be ascribed to the fact that GCxGC generates multiple sub-peaks for each analyte, as opposed to other GC techniques that generate only a single chromatographic peak for each analyte. In order to calculate the total signal for the analyte, the most commonly used approach is to consider the cumulative area that results from the integration of each sub-peak. Alternately, the data may be considered using higher order techniques such as the generalized rank annihilation method (GRAM). Regardless of the approach, the potential errors are expected to be greater for trace analytes where the sub-peaks are close to the limit of detection (LOD). This error is also expected to be compounded with phase-induced error, a phenomenon foreign to the measurement of single peaks. Here these sources of error are investigated for the first time using both the traditional integration-based approach and GRAM analysis. The use of simulated data permits the sources of error to be controlled and independently evaluated in a manner not possible with real data. The results of this study show that the error introduced by the modulation process is at worst 1% for analyte signals with a base peak height of 10xLOD and either approach to quantitation is used. Errors due to phase shifting are shown to be of greater concern, especially for trace analytes with only one or two visible sub-peaks. In this case, the error could be as great as 6.4% for symmetrical peaks when a conventional integration approach is used. This is contrasted by GRAM which provides a much more precise result, at worst 1.8% and 0.6% when the modulation ratio (MR) is 1.5 or 3.0, respectively for symmetrical peaks. The data show that for analyses demanding high precision, a MR of 3 should be targeted as

  8. A Study on the Kinetics of a Disorder-to-Order Transition Induced by Alkyne/Azide Click Reaction

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    X Wei; L Li; J Kalish; W Chen; T Russell

    2011-12-31

    The kinetics of binary blends of poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(n-butyl methacrylate-random-propargyl methacrylate) (PEO-b-P(nBMA-r-PgMA)) diblock copolymer and Rhodamine B azide was investigated during a disorder-to-order transition induced by alkyne/azide click reaction. The change in the domain spacing and conversion of reactants as a function of annealing time were investigated by in situ small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and infrared spectroscopy (IR), suggesting several kinetic processes with different time scales during thermal annealing. While a higher conversion can be realized by extending the annealing time, the microphase-separated morphology is independent of the annealing conditions, as long as both the reagents and final products have enough mobility.

  9. Disorder-to-order transitions induced by alkyne/azide click chemistry in diblock copolymer thin films.

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    Wei, X.; Gu, W.; Chen, W.; Shen, X.; Liu, F.; Strzalka, J. W.; Jiang, Z.; Russell, T. P.

    2012-01-01

    We investigated thin film morphologies of binary blends of alkyne-functionalized diblock copolymer poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(n-butyl methacrylate-random-propargyl methacrylate) (PEO-b-P(nBMA-r-PgMA)) and Rhodamine B azide, where the thermal alkyne/azide click reaction between the two components induced a disorder-to-order transition (DOT) of the copolymer. By controlling the composition of the neat copolymers and the mole ratio between the alkyne and azide groups, different microphase separated morphologies were achieved. At higher azide loading ratios, a perpendicular orientation of the microdomains was observed with wide accessible film thickness window. As less azide was incorporated, the microdomains have a stronger tendency to be parallel to the substrate, and the film thickness window for perpendicular orientation also became narrower.

  10. Separation of porphyrin-based photosensitizer isomers by laser-induced fluorescence capillary electrophoresis.

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    Peng, Xuejun; Sternberg, Ethan; Dolphin, David

    2005-10-01

    Methods for the separation of photosensitizer isomers, such as benzoporphyrin derivative monoacid, benzoporphyrin ethyl monoacid, 2-[1-hexyloxyethyl]-2-devinylpyropheophorbide-a, diethyleneglycol diester benzoporphyrin derivative, tin ethyl etiopurpurin, and phthalocyanine tetrasulfonate, have been systematically developed by CE. Detection was accomplished by UV absorption at 214 nm or by LIF with excitation at 442/488 nm and emission at 690 nm. The effects of three major experimental parameters of buffer types, organic solvents, and surfactant additives are described. The optimized separation conditions were determined so as to provide satisfactory separation efficiency and analysis time. The methods are shown to be suitable for the separation and determination of porphyrin and phthalocyanines regioisomers, diastereoisomers, and enantiomers.

  11. Investigation of shock-induced separation of a turbulent boundary layer using laser velocimetry

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    Modarress, D.; Johnson, D. A.

    1976-01-01

    Boundary-layer measurements realized by laser velocimetry are presented for a Mach 2.9, two-dimensional, shock-wave/turbulent boundary-layer interaction containing an extensive region of separated flow. Mean velocity and turbulent intensity profiles were obtained from upstream of the interaction zone to downstream of the mean reattachment point. The superiority of the laser velocimeter technique over pressure sensors in turbulent separated flows is demonstrated by a comparison of the laser velocimeter data with results obtained from local pitot and static pressure measurements for the same flow conditions. The locations of the mean separation and reattachment points as deduced from the mean velocity measurements are compared to oil-flow visualization results. Representative, velocity probability density functions obtained in the separated flow region are also presented. Critical to the success of this investigation were: (1) the use of Bragg cell frequency shifting and (2) artificial seeding of the flow with submicron light-scattering particles.

  12. Smart Fiber Membrane for pH-Induced Oil/Water Separation.

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    Li, Jin-Jin; Zhou, Yin-Ning; Luo, Zheng-Hong

    2015-09-09

    Wastewater contaminated with oil or organic compounds poses threats to the environment and humans. Efficient separation of oil and water are highly desired yet still challenging. This paper reports the fabrication of a smart fiber membrane by depositing pH-responsive copolymer fibers on a stainless steel mesh through electrospinning. The cost-effective precursor material poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PMMA-b-P4VP) was synthesized using copper(0)-mediated reversible-deactivation radical polymerization. The pH-responsive P4VP and the underwater oleophilic/hydrophilic PMMA confer the as-prepared membrane with switchable surface wettability toward water and oil. The three-dimensional network structure of the fibers considerably strengthens the oil/water wetting property of the membrane, which is highly desirable in the separation of oil and water mixtures. The as-prepared fiber membrane accomplishes gravity-driven pH-controllable oil/water separations. Oil selectively passes through the membrane, whereas water remains at the initial state; after the membrane is wetted with acidic water (pH 3), a reverse separation is realized. Both separations are highly efficient, and the membrane also exhibits switchable wettability after numerous cycles of the separation process. This cost-effective and easily mass-produced smart fiber membrane with excellent oil-fouling repellency has significant potential in practical applications, such as water purification and oil recovery.

  13. Spectroscopic and laser-induced damage properties of Fe2+-doped fluorophosphate glass, a new color-separation material

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    Fu, Lili; Ren, Wenyi; Liu, Chunxiao; Xu, Shennuo; Zheng, Ruilin; Wei, Wei; Zhang, Chunmin; Peng, Bo

    2013-10-01

    Fe2+-doped fluorophosphate glass (FEFG), a new color-separation material, is prepared by a melt-quenching method. The spectroscopic and laser-induced damage (LID) properties of FEFG are investigated by transmittance spectroscopy, LID tests, scanning electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. Results show that the sample has intensive absorption (>85 %) at 1,053 nm and high transmittance (~86.5 %) at 351 nm after introducing 0.3 wt% Fe2O3. The LID thresholds of 0.3 wt% Fe2O3-doped FEFG sample irradiated by 351- and 1,053-nm lasers with 8 ns pulse width are 4.5 and 36.0 J/cm2, respectively. Thus, FEFG has laser-separation ability and can resist nanosecond laser irradiation, indicating that FEFG is a potential color-separation material for high-power lasers.

  14. Porous polymer nanostructures fabricated by the surface-induced phase separation of polymer solutions in anodic aluminum oxide templates.

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    Wei, Tzu-Hui; Chi, Mu-Huan; Tsai, Chia-Chan; Ko, Hao-Wen; Chen, Jiun-Tai

    2013-08-13

    We study the formation of porous polymer nanostructures fabricated by the surface-induced phase separation of polymer solutions in anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates. Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and tetrahydrofuran (THF) are used to investigate the evolution process of the surface-induced phase separation. With the longer immersion time of the AAO template in the polymer solution, the size of the solvent-rich droplet is increased by the coarsening process, resulting in the formation of porous polymer nanostructures. The coarsening mechanism is further evaluated by changing the experimental parameters including the immersion time, the polymer concentration, the polymer molecular weight, and the solvent quality. Under conditions in which polymer solutions have higher viscosities, the coarsening process is slowed down and the formation of the porous nanostructures is prohibited. The prevention of the porous nanostructures can also be realized by adding water to the PMMA/THF solution before the immersion process.

  15. Laser-induced liquid-to-droplet extraction of chlorophenol: photothermal phase separation of aqueous triethylamine solutions.

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    Kitamura, Noboru; Yamada, Momoko; Ishizaka, Shoji; Konno, Kumiko

    2005-09-15

    Thermal phase separation of aqueous triethylamine (TEA) solutions (TEA wt % = 6.5-6.7 in H2O) was induced by irradiating a focused 1064-nm laser beam (spot size approximately 1 mum) under an optical microscope, and this produced a single micrometer-sized TEA droplet as demonstrated by in situ Raman microspectroscopy. Since H2O absorbs 1064-nm light, heat is generated at the focal spot of the incident laser beam, giving rise to photothermal phase separation of the aqueous TEA solution. The TEA droplet produced by phase separation was trapped simultaneously by the incident laser beam. In the presence of p-chlorophenol (CP) in an aqueous TEA solution, laser-induced photothermal phase separation and simultaneous TEA droplet formation brought about extraction/concentration of CP from the surrounding solution phase to the TEA droplet (approximately 15-mum diameter and 1.7-pL volume). Raman microspectroscopy demonstrated that the distribution coefficient of CP (KD) between the solution phase and the single TEA droplet was KD(drop) = approximately 21, while that in a bulk TEA/H2O system was KD(bulk) = 4.7. The larger KD(drop) value as compared to KD(bulk) was discussed in terms of radiation pressure exerted on CP in the TEA droplet.

  16. Preparation and Characterization of Hydrophilically Modified PVDF Membranes by a Novel Nonsolvent Thermally Induced Phase Separation Method.

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    Hu, Ningen; Xiao, Tonghu; Cai, Xinhai; Ding, Lining; Fu, Yuhua; Yang, Xing

    2016-11-18

    In this study, a nonsolvent thermally-induced phase separation (NTIPS) method was first proposed to fabricate hydrophilically-modified poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membranes to overcome the drawbacks of conventional thermally-induced phase separation (TIPS) and nonsolvent-induced phase separation (NIPS) methods. Hydrophilically-modified PVDF membranes were successfully prepared by blending in hydrophilic polymer polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) at 140 °C. A series of PVDF/PVA blend membranes was prepared at different total polymer concentrations and blend ratios. The morphological analysis via SEM indicated that the formation mechanism of these hydrophilically-modified membranes was a combined NIPS and TIPS process. As the total polymer concentration increased, the tensile strength of the membranes increased; meanwhile, the membrane pore size, porosity and water flux decreased. With the PVDF/PVA blend ratio increased from 10:0 to 8:2, the membrane pore size and water flux increased. The dynamic water contact angle of these membranes showed that the hydrophilic properties of PVDF/PVA blend membranes were prominently improved. The higher hydrophilicity of the membranes resulted in reduced membrane resistance and, hence, higher permeability. The total resistance Rt of the modified PVDF membranes decreased significantly as the hydrophilicity increased. The irreversible fouling related to pore blocking and adsorption fouling onto the membrane surface was minimal, indicating good antifouling properties.

  17. Preparation and Characterization of Hydrophilically Modified PVDF Membranes by a Novel Nonsolvent Thermally Induced Phase Separation Method

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    Hu, Ningen; Xiao, Tonghu; Cai, Xinhai; Ding, Lining; Fu, Yuhua; Yang, Xing

    2016-01-01

    In this study, a nonsolvent thermally-induced phase separation (NTIPS) method was first proposed to fabricate hydrophilically-modified poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membranes to overcome the drawbacks of conventional thermally-induced phase separation (TIPS) and nonsolvent-induced phase separation (NIPS) methods. Hydrophilically-modified PVDF membranes were successfully prepared by blending in hydrophilic polymer polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) at 140 °C. A series of PVDF/PVA blend membranes was prepared at different total polymer concentrations and blend ratios. The morphological analysis via SEM indicated that the formation mechanism of these hydrophilically-modified membranes was a combined NIPS and TIPS process. As the total polymer concentration increased, the tensile strength of the membranes increased; meanwhile, the membrane pore size, porosity and water flux decreased. With the PVDF/PVA blend ratio increased from 10:0 to 8:2, the membrane pore size and water flux increased. The dynamic water contact angle of these membranes showed that the hydrophilic properties of PVDF/PVA blend membranes were prominently improved. The higher hydrophilicity of the membranes resulted in reduced membrane resistance and, hence, higher permeability. The total resistance Rt of the modified PVDF membranes decreased significantly as the hydrophilicity increased. The irreversible fouling related to pore blocking and adsorption fouling onto the membrane surface was minimal, indicating good antifouling properties. PMID:27869711

  18. Control of unsteady shock-induced turbulent boundary layer separation upstream of blunt fins

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    Kleifges, K.; Dolling, D. S.

    1993-01-01

    Fluctuating wall pressure measurements have been made on centerline upstream of blunt fins in a Mach 5 turbulent boundary layer. Standard time series analysis and conditional sampling algorithms have been used to examine the effects of leading edge sweepback, leading edge shape, and fin root modifications on the fluctuating pressures. Leading edge sweep considerably reduces the mean and rms pressure loading at the fin root, the extent of the region of unsteady separation shock motion, and the separation length. The frequency of pressure fluctuations in the intermittent region increases with leading edge sweepback, while the spectral content of pressure fluctuations in the separated region is virtually unchanged by leading edge sweep. A swept hemicylindrically blunted root fillet reduces the centerline upstream influence and intermittent region length by 50 percent, and reduces the mean and rms pressure loading at the fin root by about 75 percent and 95 percent respectively. Experiments using hemicylindrical, wedge shaped and flat leading edges show that while separated flow scales increase with increasing 'bluntness', intermittent region length and root loading decrease, and separation shock frequency increases.

  19. Photochemically induced charge separation occurring in bacteriorhodopsin. Detection by time-resolved dielectric loss.

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    McIntosh, A R; Boucher, F

    1991-01-01

    Time-resolved dielectric loss (TRDL) measurements are reported for the photochemical excitation of bacteriorhodopsin (bR) in solid films of Halobacterium halobium purple membranes. These measurements provide an independent confirmation for the existence of an important component of charge separation in these membranes after photochemical excitation. The separation of charge is detected by the absorption of microwave energy by the multilayer films of purple membranes in a microwave cavity during flash photolysis experiments. The TRDL method has the advantage of being sensitive to charge separation occurring in both oriented and unoriented films of purple membranes. One disadvantage is that the water content of the samples must be minimized, however, there is some absorbed water present in our electrodeposited solid film samples. To the best of our knowledge, TRDL measurements have not been reported previously for photochemical charge separation in biological membranes. It is significant that an early decay component of TRDL in the 20-microseconds time domain corresponds to the relaxation of the negative charge displacement photocurrent in oriented samples of purple membranes. In addition, a component of charge separation persists during the first several hundred microseconds of the bR photocycle. PMID:1883930

  20. Effects of the positive feedback loop in polymerization on the reaction-induced phase separation of polymer mixturesa)

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    Furubayashi, Y.; Kawakubo, R.; Nakanishi, H.; Norisuye, T.; Tran-Cong-Miyata, Q.

    2015-06-01

    Phase separation of mixtures composed of a guest polymer dissolved in monomer of a host polymer was induced by photopolymerization. From the polymerization kinetics, it was found that for the host polymer with the glass transition temperature (Tg) higher than the experimental temperature, the Trommsdorff-Norrish effect emerges, providing a method to terminate the phase separation at various intermediate stages of the process and thereby a variety of morphologies can be constructed. For the host polymers with (Tg) lower than the experimental temperature, the freezing process of morphology is not complete, leading to the secondary phase separation inside the domains already generated by the primary process. The kinetics of this secondary phase separation indicates that the peculiar morphology like "sunny-side-up egg"-like structures was generated via spinodal decomposition. The experimental results obtained in this study show that the competition between photopolymerization and phase separation can provide a useful method of materials design in the micro- and sub-micrometer scales.

  1. From matrix nano- and micro-phase tougheners to composite macro-properties.

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    Kinloch, A J; Taylor, A C; Techapaitoon, M; Teo, W S; Sprenger, S

    2016-07-13

    In this paper, firstly, the morphology and toughness of a range of bulk epoxy polymers, which incorporate a second phase of well-dispersed silica nanoparticles and/or rubber microparticles, have been determined. Secondly, the macro-properties of natural-fibre reinforced-plastic (NFRP) composites based upon these epoxy polymers have been ascertained, using (i) unidirectional flax fibres or (ii) regenerated-cellulose fibres in the architecture of a plain-woven fabric. Thirdly, the toughening mechanisms which are induced in these materials by the presence of the silica nanoparticles, the rubber microparticles and the natural fibres have been identified. Finally, the values of the toughness of the bulk epoxy polymers and corresponding NFRPs have been quantitatively modelled. The increased toughness recorded for the bulk epoxy polymer due to the presence of the silica nanoparticles and/or rubber microparticles was indeed typically transferred to the NFRP composites when using such epoxies as the matrices for the fibres. Thus, the important role that may be played by modifications to the epoxy matrices in order to increase the toughness of the composites was very clearly demonstrated by these results. However, notwithstanding, the toughening mechanisms induced by the fibres were essentially responsible for the very high toughnesses of the NFRP composites, compared with the bulk epoxy polymers. The modelling studies successfully predicted the values of toughness of the bulk epoxy polymers and of the NFRP composites. These studies also quantified the extent to which each toughening mechanism, induced by the second-phase nano- and microparticles and the natural fibres, contributed to the overall values of toughness of the materials. This article is part of the themed issue 'Multiscale modelling of the structural integrity of composite materials'.

  2. Numerical simulation of shock-induced separated flows in overexpanded rocket nozzles

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    Shams, A.; Girard, S.; Comte, P.

    2012-01-01

    Flow separation in rocket nozzles is undesirable because of its unsteady and nonsymmetric nature, which leads to dangerous side-loads. At the initial stages of start-up, when a thrust optimized contour (TOC) nozzle operates under overexpanded conditions, free shock separation (FSS) takes place. Under certain conditions, this free separated flow reattaches back to the nozzle wall and forms restricted shock separation (RSS). The appearance of restricted shock separated flow depends upon the nozzle contour in a well-defined range of nozzle pressure ratios (NPR) and is characterized by a cap-shock pattern. The flow transition process from FSS to RSS flow configurations is a complex phenomenon and has been an area of interest for a few decades now. In the present study, an attempt has been made to understand the formation of the cap-shock pattern and the RSS flow configuration in a thrust optimized contour (TOC) nozzle. The presented research work consists of two parts. In the first part of the paper, numerical investigation of flow transition (FSS→RSS) has been performed to understand the formation of the cap-shock pattern, which is believed to be the main cause for this flow transition from FSS to RSS. Axisymmetric numerical calculations on a wide range of NPRs (15 25) are performed to reproduce the forward transition process and are found to be in good agreement with the experiments. In the second part, some light has been shed on various aspects of RSS flow regime. Three-dimensional (3D) numerical simulations have been performed on a wide range of NPRs, i. e., 25.0, 30.0, 38.0, 41.0, and 46.0. Detailed analysis of these numerical results allows examining the evolution of the separation point and the cap-shock pattern with respect to the NPR. Furthermore, some insights based on the axial momentum along the nozzle axis and radial momentum distributions across the quadruple point are given.

  3. Partitioning of gadolinium and its induced phase separation in sodium-aluminoborosilicate glasses

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    Qian, Maoxu; Li, Liyu; Li, Hong; Strachan, Denis M.

    2003-01-01

    Phase separation in sodium-aluminoborosilicate glasses was systematically studied as a function of Gd2O3 concentration with transmission electronic microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and electronic energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) methods. Dissolving Gd2O3 in sodium-aluminoborosilicate glasses causes phase separation when the Na2O/(Na2O + Al2O3) is between 0.4 and 0.6. Samples of these glasses were examined in the TEM with ELFS. The results are reported.

  4. Nitrogen mustard-induced corneal injury involves DNA damage and pathways related to inflammation, epithelial-stromal separation and neovascularization

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    Goswami, Dinesh G; Tewari-Singh, Neera; Dhar, Deepanshi; Kumar, Dileep; Agarwal, Chapla; Ammar, David A; Kant, Rama; Enzenauer, Robert W; Petrash, J Mark; Agarwal, Rajesh

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the toxic effects and associated mechanisms in corneal tissue exposed to vesicating agent, nitrogen mustard (NM), a bi-functional alkylating analog of chemical warfare agent sulfur mustard (SM). Methods Toxic effects and associated mechanisms were examined in maximal affected corneal tissue employing corneal cultures and human corneal epithelial (HCE) cells exposed to nitrogen mustard (NM). Results Analysis of ex vivo rabbit corneas showed that NM exposure increased apoptotic cell death, epithelial thickness, epithelial-stromal separation and levels of VEGF, COX-2 and MMP-9. In HCE cells, NM exposure resulted in a dose-dependent decrease in cell viability and proliferation, which was associated with DNA damage in terms of an increase in p53 ser15, total p53 and H2A.X ser139 levels. NM exposure also induced caspase-3 and PARP cleavage, suggesting their involvement in NM-induced apoptotic death in rabbit cornea and HCE cells. Similar to rabbit cornea, NM exposure caused an increase in COX-2, MMP-9 and VEGF levels in HCE cells, indicating a role of these molecules and related pathways in NM-induced corneal inflammation, epithelial-stromal separation and neovascularization. NM exposure also induced activation of AP-1 transcription factor proteins and upstream signaling pathways including MAPKs and Akt, suggesting that these could be key factors involved in NM-induced corneal injury. Conclusion Results from this study provide insight into the molecular targets and pathways that could be involved in NM-induced corneal injuries laying the background for further investigation of these pathways in vesicant–induced ocular injuries, which could be helpful in the development of targeted therapies. PMID:26555588

  5. The effects of military-induced separation on family factors and child behavior.

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    Kelley, M L

    1994-01-01

    Data from 61 mothers of school-age children were examined before, during, and after military deployment of their husbands. Separations resulted in temporary disruptions in families' reported ability to maintain supportive relationships. Wives of servicemen sent to the Persian Gulf War reported less nurturance and family cohesiveness, and more internalizing and externalizing in children than did those whose husbands' deployment was routine.

  6. A Classroom Demonstration of Water-Induced Phase Separation of Alcohol-Gasoline Biofuel Blends

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    Mueller, Sherry A.; Anderson, James E.; Wallington, Timothy J.

    2009-01-01

    A significant issue associated with ethanol-gasoline blends is the phase separation that occurs with the addition of small volumes of water, producing an ethanol-deficient gasoline layer and an ethanol-rich aqueous layer. The gasoline layer may have a lower-than-desired octane rating due to the decrease in ethanol content, resulting in engine…

  7. Traction–separation relationships for hydrogen induced grain boundary embrittlement in nickel via molecular dynamics simulations

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    Barrows, Wesley; Dingreville, Rémi; Spearot, Douglas

    2015-10-19

    A statistical approach combined with molecular dynamics simulations is used to study the influence of hydrogen on intergranular decohesion. This methodology is applied to a Ni Σ3(112)[11¯0] symmetric tilt grain boundary. Hydrogenated grain boundaries with different H concentrations are constructed using an energy minimization technique with initial H atom positions guided by Monte Carlo simulation results. Decohesion behavior is assessed through extraction of a traction–separation relationship during steady-state crack propagation in a statistically meaningful approach, building upon prior work employing atomistic cohesive zone volume elements (CZVEs). A sensitivity analysis is performed on the numerical approach used to extract the traction–separation relationships, clarifying the role of CZVE size, threshold parameters necessary to differentiate elastic and decohesion responses, and the numerical averaging technique. Results show that increasing H coverage at the Ni Σ3(112)[11¯0] grain boundary asymmetrically influences the crack tip velocity during propagation, leads to a general decrease in the work of separation required for crack propagation, and provides a reduction in the peak stress in the extracted traction–separation relationship. Furthermore the present framework offers a meaningful vehicle to pass atomistically derived interfacial behavior to higher length scale formulations for intergranular fracture.

  8. A Classroom Demonstration of Water-Induced Phase Separation of Alcohol-Gasoline Biofuel Blends

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    Mueller, Sherry A.; Anderson, James E.; Wallington, Timothy J.

    2009-01-01

    A significant issue associated with ethanol-gasoline blends is the phase separation that occurs with the addition of small volumes of water, producing an ethanol-deficient gasoline layer and an ethanol-rich aqueous layer. The gasoline layer may have a lower-than-desired octane rating due to the decrease in ethanol content, resulting in engine…

  9. (-)/(+)-Sparteine induced chirally-active carbon nanoparticles for enantioselective separation of racemic mixtures.

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    Vulugundam, Gururaja; Misra, Santosh K; Ostadhossein, Fatemeh; Schwartz-Duval, Aaron S; Daza, Enrique A; Pan, Dipanjan

    2016-06-14

    Chiral carbon nanoparticles (CCNPs) were developed by surface passivation using the chiral ligand (-)-sparteine or (+)-sparteine (denoted (-)-SP/CNP and (+)-SP/CNP, respectively). The chirality of the prepared CCNPs was demonstrated by circular dichroism and polarimetry and employed as an enantioselective separation platform for representative racemic mixtures.

  10. Investigation of Shock-Induced Laminar Separation Bubble in a Supersonic Boundary Layer

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    Sivasubramanian, Jayahar; Fasel, Hermann

    2015-11-01

    The interaction between an impinging oblique shock and a laminar boundary-layer on a flat plate is investigated using DNS. In particular, the two-dimensional separation bubble resulting from the shock/boundary-layer interaction (SBLI) at freestream Mach number of 2.0 is investigated in detail. The flow parameters used for the present investigation match the laboratory conditions in the experiments by Hakkinen et al. The skin friction and pressure distribution from the simulations are compared to the experimental measurements and numerical results available in the literature. Our results confirm the asymmetric nature of the separation bubble as reported in the literature. In addition to the steady flow field calculations, the response to low-amplitude disturbances is investigated in order to study the linear stability behavior of the separation bubble. For comparison, both the development of two-dimensional and three-dimensional (oblique) disturbances are studied with and without the impinging oblique shock. Furthermore, the effects of the shock incidence angle and Reynolds number are also investigated. Finally, three-dimensional simulations were performed in order to explore the laminar-turbulent transition process in the presence of a laminar separation bubble. Funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under grant FA9550-14-1-0195.

  11. Role of secondary flows on flow separation induced by shock/boundary layer interaction in supersonic inlets

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    Morajkar, Rohan

    Flow separation in the scramjet air intakes is one of the reasons of failure of these engines which rely on shock waves to achieve flow compression. The shock waves interact with the boundary layers (Shock/ Boundary Layer Interaction or SBLI) on the intake walls inducing adverse pressure gradients causing flow separation. In this experimental study we investigate the role of secondary flows associated with the corners of ducted flows and identify the mechanisms by which they affect flow separation induced by a shock wave interacting with the boundary layers developing along supersonic inlets. The coupling between flow three-dimensionality, shock waves and secondary flows is in fact a key aspect that limits the performance and control of supersonic inlets. The study is conducted at the University of Michigan Glass Supersonic Wind Tunnel (GSWT). This facility replicates some of the features of the three-dimensional (3D) flow-field in a low aspect ratio supersonic inlet. The study uses stereoscopic particle image velocimetry (SPIV) to measure the three-component (3C) velocity field on several orthogonal planes, and thus allows us to identify the length scales of separation, its locations and statistical properties. Furthermore, these measurements allow us to extract the 3D structure of the underlying vortical features, which are important in determining the overall structure of separated regions and their dynamics. The measurements and tools developed are used to study flow fields of three cases: (1) Moderately strong SBLI (Mach 2.75 with 6° deflection), (2) weak SBLI (Mach 2.75 with 4.6° deflection) and (3) secondary corner flows in empty channels. In the configuration of the initial work (moderately strong SBLI), the shock wave system interacts with the boundary layers on the sidewall and the floor of the duct (inlet), thus generating both a swept-shock and an incident-shock interactions. Furthermore, the swept-shock interaction taking place on the sidewalls

  12. Phase behavior and molecular dynamics simulation studies of new aqueous two-phase separation systems induced by HEPES buffer.

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    Taha, Mohamed; Khoiroh, Ianatul; Lee, Ming-Jer

    2013-01-17

    Here, for the first time, we show that with addition of a biological buffer, 4-(2-hydroxyethyl)piperazine-1-ethanesulfonic acid (HEPES), into aqueous solutions of tetrahydrofuran (THF), 1,3-dioxolane, 1,4-dioxane, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, tert-butanol, acetonitrile, or acetone, the organic solvent can be excluded from water to form a new liquid phase. The phase diagrams have been determined at ambient temperature. In order to understand why and how a zwitterion solute (HEPES) induced phase separation of the investigated systems, molecular dynamics (MD) simulation studies are performed for HEPES + water + THF system. The MD simulations were conducted for the aqueous mixtures with 12 different compositions. The reliability of the simulation results of HEPES in pure water and beyond the phase separation mixtures was justified by comparing the densities obtained from MD with the experimental values. The simulation results of HEPES in pure THF and in a composition inside the phase separation region were justified qualitatively. Interestingly, all HEPES molecules entirely aggregated in pure THF. This reveals that HEPES is insoluble in pure THF, which is consistent with the experimental results. Even more interestingly, the MD simulation for the mixture with composition inside the phase separation region showed the formation of two phases. The THF molecules are squeezed out from the water network into a new liquid phase. The hydrogen bonds (HBs), HB lifetime, HB Gibbs energy (ΔG), radial distribution functions (RDFs), coordination numbers (CNs), electrostatic interactions, and the van der Waals interactions between the different species have been analyzed. Further, MD simulations for the other phase separation systems by choosing a composition inside the two liquids region for each system were also simulated. Our findings will therefore pave the way for designing new benign separation auxiliary agents.

  13. Amphetamine-induced psychosis - a separate diagnostic entity or primary psychosis triggered in the vulnerable?

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    2012-01-01

    Use of amphetamine and methamphetamine is widespread in the general population and common among patients with psychiatric disorders. Amphetamines may induce symptoms of psychosis very similar to those of acute schizophrenia spectrum psychosis. This has been an argument for using amphetamine-induced psychosis as a model for primary psychotic disorders. To distinguish the two types of psychosis on the basis of acute symptoms is difficult. However, acute psychosis induced by amphetamines seems to have a faster recovery and appears to resolve more completely compared to schizophrenic psychosis. The increased vulnerability for acute amphetamine induced psychosis seen among those with schizophrenia, schizotypal personality and, to a certain degree other psychiatric disorders, is also shared by non-psychiatric individuals who previously have experienced amphetamine-induced psychosis. Schizophrenia spectrum disorder and amphetamine-induced psychosis are further linked together by the finding of several susceptibility genes common to both conditions. These genes probably lower the threshold for becoming psychotic and increase the risk for a poorer clinical course of the disease. The complex relationship between amphetamine use and psychosis has received much attention but is still not adequately explored. Our paper reviews the literature in this field and proposes a stress-vulnerability model for understanding the relationship between amphetamine use and psychosis. PMID:23216941

  14. Surface-induced dissociation of ion mobility-separated noncovalent complexes in a quadrupole/time-of-flight mass spectrometer.

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    Zhou, Mowei; Huang, Chengsi; Wysocki, Vicki H

    2012-07-17

    A custom in-line surface-induced dissociation (SID) device has been incorporated into a commercial ion mobility quadrupole/time-of-flight mass spectrometer in order to provide an alternative and potentially more informative activation method than the commonly used collision-induced dissociation (CID). Complicated sample mixtures can be fractionated by ion mobility (IM) and then dissociated by CID or SID for further structural analysis. Interpretation of SID spectra for cesium iodide clusters was greatly simplified with IM prior to dissociation because products originating from different precursors and overlapping in m/z but separated in drift time can be examined individually. Multiple conformations of two protein complexes, source-activated transthyretin tetramer and nativelike serum amyloid P decamer, were separated in ion mobility and subjected to CID and SID. CID spectra of the mobility separated conformations are similar. However, drastic differences can be observed for SID spectra of different conformations, implying different structures in the gas phase. This work highlights the potential of utilizing IM-SID to study quaternary structures of protein complexes and provides information that is complementary to our recently reported SID-IM approach.

  15. Separation and determination of β-casomorphins by using glass microfluidic chip electrophoresis together with laser-induced fluorescence detection.

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    Wang, ZongWen; Wang, WenJian; Wang, Wei; Xu, LiangJun; Chen, GuoNan; Fu, FengFu

    2011-01-01

    A simple, reliable and reproducible method for the separation and determination of five β-casomorphins (β-CMs, namely TPGN, PGPI, TPGI, TPGP and TPPG) based on glass microfluidic chip electrophoresis and laser-induced fluorescence detection is first described in here. The microfluidic chip electrophoresis and laser-induced fluorescence detection system consisted of a home-made glass "double-T" microchip and a simple LIF detector with excitation and emission wavelengths of 473 and 525 nm, respectively. Fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) was used as the precolumn derivatization reagent to label fluorophore on five β-CMs, and the optimum conditions of FITC-derivatization reaction and MCE separation were investigated in detail. Under optimum conditions, five β-CMs were completely separated and detected within 30 min with a detection limit of 18.7-75.1 nmol/L and an RSD (n=5) of 3.0-5.9%, respectively. The proposed method has been successfully used to detect β-CMs in real cheese sample with a recovery of 89-109%, suggesting that our method is sensitive and reliable. These features, as well as its low cost, operation convenience, stability and reusability, make it a promising alternative to β-CMs detection methods. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Polymer Wall Formation Using Liquid-Crystal/Polymer Phase Separation Induced on Patterned Polyimide Films

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2004-12-01

    We could form lattice-shaped polymer walls in a liquid crystal (LC) layer through the thermal phase separation of an LC/polystyrene solution between substrates with polyimide films etched by short-wavelength ultraviolet irradiation using a photomask. The LC wetting difference between the polyimide and substrate surfaces caused the coalescence of growing LC droplets on patterned polyimide films with the progress of phase separation. Consequently, polymer walls were formed on substrate surface areas without polyimide films. The shape of the polymer wall formed became sharp with the use of rubbed polyimide films because the nucleation of growing LC droplets concentrated on the patterned polyimide films. It is thought that the increase in the alignment order of LC molecules in the solution near the rubbed polyimide films promotes the formation of LC molecular aggregation, which becomes the growth nuclei of LC droplets.

  17. Hierarchical Learning Induces Two Simultaneous, But Separable, Prediction Errors in Human Basal Ganglia

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    Tsai, Karin; Wallis, Jonathan; Botvinick, Matthew

    2013-01-01

    Studies suggest that dopaminergic neurons report a unitary, global reward prediction error signal. However, learning in complex real-life tasks, in particular tasks that show hierarchical structure, requires multiple prediction errors that may coincide in time. We used functional neuroimaging to measure prediction error signals in humans performing such a hierarchical task involving simultaneous, uncorrelated prediction errors. Analysis of signals in a priori anatomical regions of interest in the ventral striatum and the ventral tegmental area indeed evidenced two simultaneous, but separable, prediction error signals corresponding to the two levels of hierarchy in the task. This result suggests that suitably designed tasks may reveal a more intricate pattern of firing in dopaminergic neurons. Moreover, the need for downstream separation of these signals implies possible limitations on the number of different task levels that we can learn about simultaneously. PMID:23536092

  18. Ramsey's method of separated oscillating fields and its application to gravitationally induced quantum phase shifts

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    Abele, H.; Jenke, T.; Leeb, H.; Schmiedmayer, J.

    2010-03-15

    We propose to apply Ramsey's method of separated oscillating fields to the spectroscopy of the quantum states in the gravity potential above a horizontal mirror. This method allows a precise measurement of quantum mechanical phaseshifts of a Schroedinger wave packet bouncing off a hard surface in the gravitational field of the Earth. Measurements with ultracold neutrons will offer a sensitivity to Newton's law or hypothetical short-ranged interactions, which is about 21 orders of magnitude below the energy scale of electromagnetism.

  19. Early maternal separation induces preference for sucrose and aspartame associated with increased blood glucose and hyperactivity.

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    Aya-Ramos, L; Contreras-Vargas, C; Rico, J L; Dueñas, Z

    2017-07-19

    Early life stress and exposure to sweeteners lead to physiological and behavioral alterations in adulthood. Nevertheless, many genetic and environmental factors as well as the neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to the development of these disorders are not fully understood. Similarly, evidence about the long-term metabolic effects of exposure to sweeteners in early life is limited and inconsistent. This study used an animal model of maternal separation during breastfeeding (MS) to analyze the effects of early life stress on consumption of sweeteners, weight gain, blood glucose and locomotion. Rats were housed under a reversed light/dark cycle (lights off at 7:00 h) with ad libitum access to water and food. In the MS protocol, MS pups were separated from the dam for 6 h per day in two periods of 180 minutes (7:00-10:00 and 13:00-16:00 h) during the dark phase of postnatal day (PND) 1 to PND 21. Non-separated (NS) pups served as controls. On PND 22 rats were grouped by sex and treatment. From PND 26 to PND 50 sucrose and aspartame were provided to rats, and sweetener intake, body weight and blood glucose-related measures were scored. On PND 50, both male and female rats were exposed to the open field test to obtain locomotion and anxiety-related measures. Results showed that both early maternal separation and sweetener intake during adolescence resulted in increased blood glucose and hyperactivity in male rats but not in female rats. Data suggest that the combination of early stress and exposure to sucrose and aspartame could be a risk factor for the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes, as well as for behavioral alterations.

  20. Salt-induced effective interactions and phase separation of an ultrasoft model of polyelectrolytes

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    Rotenberg, Benjamin; Bernard, Olivier; Hansen, Jean-Pierre

    2014-05-01

    We use a semi-grand canonical version of mean-field density functional theory to determine the total effective interaction energy of a solution of penetrable polyions characterised by a Gaussian charge distribution, in the presence of added salt. We then apply this effective representation of semi-flexible polyelectrolyte chains to investigate the possibility of a phase separation similar to that predicted earlier for charge-stabilised hard-sphere colloids. Apart from the absence of a hard-core repulsion, the effective pair potential is similar to the familiar Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) potential between charged-stabilised colloids, i.e. of the screened-Coulomb (Yukawa) form, but the effective valence of the polyions differs significantly from that of the DLVO pair potential, especially at high salt concentration. The existence of a well-defined closed-loop spinodal curve predicted by our mean-field calculation points to a phase separation between solutions with high and low polyion concentrations under reasonable physical conditions. The salt concentration at the upper critical point is typically two orders of magnitude larger than in the case of hard-core polyions, indicating that polyion penetrability appears to enhance the tendency towards phase separation.

  1. Maternal separation induces neuroinflammation and long-lasting emotional alterations in mice.

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    Gracia-Rubio, Irene; Moscoso-Castro, Maria; Pozo, Oscar J; Marcos, Josep; Nadal, Roser; Valverde, Olga

    2016-02-04

    Early life experiences play a key role in brain function and behaviour. Adverse events during childhood are therefore a risk factor for psychiatric disease during adulthood, such as mood disorders. Maternal separation is a validated mouse model for maternal neglect, producing negative early life experiences that result in subsequent emotional alteration. Mood disorders have been found to be associated with neurochemical changes and neurotransmitter deficits such as reduced availability of monoamines in discrete brain areas. Emotional alterations like depression result in reduced serotonin availability and enhanced kynurenine metabolism through the action of indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase in response to neuroinflammatory factors. This mechanism involves regulation of the neurotransmitter system by neuroinflammatory agents, linking mood regulation to neuroinmunological reactions. In this context, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of maternal separation with early weaning on emotional behaviour in mice. We investigated neuroinflammatory responses and the state of the tryptophan-kynurenine metabolic pathway in discrete brain areas following maternal separation. We show that adverse events during early life increase risk of long-lasting emotional alterations during adolescence and adulthood. These emotional alterations are particularly severe in females. Behavioural impairments were associated with microglia activation and disturbed tryptophan-kynurenine metabolism in brain areas related to emotional control. This finding supports the preeminent role of neuroinflammation in emotional disorders.

  2. Traction–separation relationships for hydrogen induced grain boundary embrittlement in nickel via molecular dynamics simulations

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    Barrows, Wesley; Dingreville, Rémi; Spearot, Douglas

    2015-10-19

    A statistical approach combined with molecular dynamics simulations is used to study the influence of hydrogen on intergranular decohesion. This methodology is applied to a Ni Σ3(112)[11¯0] symmetric tilt grain boundary. Hydrogenated grain boundaries with different H concentrations are constructed using an energy minimization technique with initial H atom positions guided by Monte Carlo simulation results. Decohesion behavior is assessed through extraction of a traction–separation relationship during steady-state crack propagation in a statistically meaningful approach, building upon prior work employing atomistic cohesive zone volume elements (CZVEs). A sensitivity analysis is performed on the numerical approach used to extract the traction–separationmore » relationships, clarifying the role of CZVE size, threshold parameters necessary to differentiate elastic and decohesion responses, and the numerical averaging technique. Results show that increasing H coverage at the Ni Σ3(112)[11¯0] grain boundary asymmetrically influences the crack tip velocity during propagation, leads to a general decrease in the work of separation required for crack propagation, and provides a reduction in the peak stress in the extracted traction–separation relationship. Furthermore the present framework offers a meaningful vehicle to pass atomistically derived interfacial behavior to higher length scale formulations for intergranular fracture.« less

  3. New influence factor inducing difficulty in selective flotation separation of Cu-Zn mixed sulfide minerals

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    Deng, Jiu-shuai; Mao, Ying-bo; Wen, Shu-ming; Liu, Jian; Xian, Yong-jun; Feng, Qi-cheng

    2015-02-01

    Selective flotation separation of Cu-Zn mixed sulfides has been proven to be difficult. Thus far, researchers have found no satisfactory way to separate Cu-Zn mixed sulfides by selective flotation, mainly because of the complex surface and interface interaction mechanisms in the flotation solution. Undesired activation occurs between copper ions and the sphalerite surfaces. In addition to recycled water and mineral dissolution, ancient fluids in the minerals are observed to be a new source of metal ions. In this study, significant amounts of ancient fluids were found to exist in Cu-Zn sulfide and gangue minerals, mostly as gas-liquid fluid inclusions. The concentration of copper ions released from the ancient fluids reached 1.02 × 10-6 mol/L, whereas, in the cases of sphalerite and quartz, this concentration was 0.62 × 10-6 mol/L and 0.44 × 10-6 mol/L, respectively. As a result, the ancient fluid is a significant source of copper ions compared to mineral dissolution under the same experimental conditions, which promotes the unwanted activation of sphalerite. Therefore, the ancient fluid is considered to be a new factor that affects the selective flotation separation of Cu-Zn mixed sulfide ores.

  4. A new approach to network heterogeneity: Polymerization Induced Phase Separation in photo-initiated, free-radical methacrylic systems

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    Szczepanski, Caroline R.; Pfeifer, Carmem S.; Stansbury, Jeffrey W.

    2012-01-01

    Non-reactive, thermoplastic prepolymers (poly- methyl, ethyl and butyl methacrylate) were added to a model homopolymer matrix composed of triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) to form heterogeneous networks via polymerization induced phase separation (PIPS). PIPS creates networks with distinct phase structure that can partially compensate for volumetric shrinkage during polymerization through localized internal volume expansion. This investigation utilizes purely photo-initiated, free-radical systems, broadening the scope of applications for PIPS since these processing conditions have not been studied previously. The introduction of prepolymer into TEGDMA monomer resulted in stable, homogeneous monomer formulations, most of which underwent PIPS upon photo-irradiation, creating heterogeneous networks. During polymerization the presence of prepolymer enhanced autoacceleration, allowing for a more extensive ambient cure of the material. Phase separation, as characterized by dynamic changes in sample turbidity, was monitored simultaneously with monomer conversion and either preceded or was coincident with network gelation. Dynamic mechanical analysis shows a broadening of the tan delta peak and secondary peak formation, characteristic of phase-separated materials, indicating one phase rich in prepolymer and another depleted form upon phase separation. In certain cases, PIPS leads to an enhanced physical reduction of volumetric shrinkage, which is attractive for many applications including dental composite materials. PMID:23109733

  5. A new approach to network heterogeneity: Polymerization Induced Phase Separation in photo-initiated, free-radical methacrylic systems.

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    Szczepanski, Caroline R; Pfeifer, Carmem S; Stansbury, Jeffrey W

    2012-09-28

    Non-reactive, thermoplastic prepolymers (poly- methyl, ethyl and butyl methacrylate) were added to a model homopolymer matrix composed of triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) to form heterogeneous networks via polymerization induced phase separation (PIPS). PIPS creates networks with distinct phase structure that can partially compensate for volumetric shrinkage during polymerization through localized internal volume expansion. This investigation utilizes purely photo-initiated, free-radical systems, broadening the scope of applications for PIPS since these processing conditions have not been studied previously.The introduction of prepolymer into TEGDMA monomer resulted in stable, homogeneous monomer formulations, most of which underwent PIPS upon photo-irradiation, creating heterogeneous networks. During polymerization the presence of prepolymer enhanced autoacceleration, allowing for a more extensive ambient cure of the material. Phase separation, as characterized by dynamic changes in sample turbidity, was monitored simultaneously with monomer conversion and either preceded or was coincident with network gelation. Dynamic mechanical analysis shows a broadening of the tan delta peak and secondary peak formation, characteristic of phase-separated materials, indicating one phase rich in prepolymer and another depleted form upon phase separation. In certain cases, PIPS leads to an enhanced physical reduction of volumetric shrinkage, which is attractive for many applications including dental composite materials.

  6. Comparative proteomic analysis of casein and whey as prepared by chymosin-induced separation, isoelectric precipitation or ultracentrifugation.

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    Jensen, Hanne B; Poulsen, Nina A; Møller, Hanne S; Stensballe, Allan; Larsen, Lotte B

    2012-11-01

    Fractionation of bovine milk was performed using chymosin-induced separation, isoelectric precipitation or ultracentrifugation as separation techniques prior to gel-based proteomic analysis. This approach allowed for comparative display and identification of proteins partitioned into casein and whey, respectively. Initially, three different staining methods (silver staining, colloidal Coomassie Blue G-250 or fluorescent Flamingo Pink staining) for two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DGE) analysis were compared for their suitability as staining agent, especially in relation to their suitability to reveal differences in the casein fractions. Fluorescent staining proved to be the most appropriate for this purpose, giving a high sensitivity, and using this staining method, characteristic 2-DGE fingerprints were obtained for each casein and whey fraction from each separation method. A number of protein spots in both casein and whey fractions varied with separation method and these spots were subsequently identified using tandem mass spectrometry (MS). In rennet casein, proteolytic fragmentation of caseins (α(s1)-, α(s2),-, β- and κ-) was identified as a result of chymosin hydrolysis, whereas the 2-DGE profile of acid and ultracentrifuged casein was dominated by the presence of multiple isoforms of κ-caseins. Furthermore, casein remnants were identified in milk serum after ultracentrifugation. This study shows that gel-based proteomic analysis is suitable for characterisation of subtle variations in protein composition of milk fractions that occur as a consequence of different milk fractionation strategies.

  7. Shear-induced crystallization in phase-separated blend of isotactic polypropylene and poly (ethylene-co-octene).

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    Meng, Kun; Dong, Xia; Hong, Song; Wang, Xin; Cheng, He; Han, Charles C

    2008-01-14

    Isothermal crystallization after shear in a blend of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) and poly (ethylene-co-octene) (PEOc) was investigated by in situ optical microscopy and shear hot stage under various thermal and shear histories. Crystalline cylindrites during growth were observed in phase-separated iPPPEOc blends for the first time. According to our results, the very long cylindrites are formed which are much longer than the dimensions of the liquid-liquid phase-separated domains under shear, and the cylindrites appear to grow through noncrystallizable domains, as well as through crystallizable ones. Obviously, the nuclei ("shish") come from the oriented and entangled network strands instead of pulled-out long chains. The number of cylindrites and the distortion and breakup of the cylindrites are related to the shear rate and shear time. On the other hand, the number of spherulites increases not only with shear rate but also with liquid-liquid phase separation time. Spherulites always form with longer induction time than cylindrites due to the different nucleation mechanism. The shish is nucleated through the shear-induced mechanism, and most of the spherulites are nucleated through liquid-liquid spinodal decomposition and crossover after the cessation of shear. During the process of experiments, we also found three kinds of shish-kebab structures, which provide further physical insights into the mechanism of the shish formation in polymer blend after liquid-liquid phase separation under shear.

  8. Shear-induced crystallization in phase-separated blend of isotactic polypropylene and poly (ethylene-co-octene)

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    Meng, Kun; Dong, Xia; Hong, Song; Wang, Xin; Cheng, He; Han, Charles C.

    2008-01-01

    Isothermal crystallization after shear in a blend of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) and poly (ethylene-co-octene) (PEOc) was investigated by in situ optical microscopy and shear hot stage under various thermal and shear histories. Crystalline cylindrites during growth were observed in phase-separated iPP/PEOc blends for the first time. According to our results, the very long cylindrites are formed which are much longer than the dimensions of the liquid-liquid phase-separated domains under shear, and the cylindrites appear to grow through noncrystallizable domains, as well as through crystallizable ones. Obviously, the nuclei ("shish") come from the oriented and entangled network strands instead of pulled-out long chains. The number of cylindrites and the distortion and breakup of the cylindrites are related to the shear rate and shear time. On the other hand, the number of spherulites increases not only with shear rate but also with liquid-liquid phase separation time. Spherulites always form with longer induction time than cylindrites due to the different nucleation mechanism. The shish is nucleated through the shear-induced mechanism, and most of the spherulites are nucleated through liquid-liquid spinodal decomposition and crossover after the cessation of shear. During the process of experiments, we also found three kinds of shish-kebab structures, which provide further physical insights into the mechanism of the shish formation in polymer blend after liquid-liquid phase separation under shear.

  9. Resonance energy transfer (RET)-Induced intermolecular pairing force: a tunable weak interaction and its application in SWNT separation.

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    Pan, Xiaoyong; Chen, Hui; Wang, Wei Zhi; Ng, Siu Choon; Chan-Park, Mary B

    2011-07-21

    This paper explores evidence of an optically mediated interaction that is active in the separation mechanism of certain selective agents through consideration of the contrasting selective behaviors of two conjugated polymers with distinct optical properties. The involvement of a RET-induced intermolecular pairing force is implied by the different illumination response behaviors. The magnitude of this interaction scales with the external stimulus parameter, the illumination irradiance (I), and thus is tunable. This suggests a facile technique to modify the selectivity of polymers toward specific SWNT species by altering the polymer structure to adjust the corresponding intermolecular interaction. This is the first experimental verification and application of a RET-induced intermolecular pairing force to SWNT separation. With this kind of interaction taken into account, reasonable interpretation of some conflicting data, especially PLE maps, can be easily made. The above conclusion can be applied to other substances as long as they are electrically neutral and there is photon-induced RET between them. The significant magnitude of this interaction makes direct manipulation of molecules/particles possible and is expected to have applications in molecular engineering.

  10. Photopolymerization-Induced Phase Separation Process of Thin Composite Films of Liquid Crystal and Polymer Fiber Networks

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Ikehata, Seiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2003-11-01

    It was clarified that a thin composite film of a liquid crystal (LC) and polymer fiber networks can be obtained through two phase separation processes: spinodal decomposition, and nucleation and growth. The phase separation phenomenon was observed using a polarizing microscope under ultraviolet irradiation. Results showed that spinodal decomposition initially occurred in the LC/polymer solution under photopolymerization of a monomer. The polymer fibers were then grown on a surface of solid materials (such as substrates and spacer particles) by the nucleation and growth process in the polymer-rich solution induced by the spinodal decomposition. It was found that the spatially noncyclic morphology of the polymer fibers dispersed in the LC was obtained by the intervention of the nucleation and growth process after the spinodal decomposition process.

  11. Influence of Substrate Surfaces on Thermal Behavior of Photopolymerization-Induced Phase Separation of Liquid Crystal and Polymer

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Ikehata, Seiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2003-01-01

    We studied photopolymerization-induced phase separation (P-PIPS) of polymer fibers and liquid crystal (LC) formed at various thicknesses between glass substrates using a differential scanning calorimeter to find the influence of substrates on the P-PIPS phenomenon. In this case, the energy of ultraviolet light adsorbed by the solution film of the LC and monomer was kept constant in a unit area even when the solution thickness was changed. As an experimental result, the thermal phase-transition sequence behavior of the LC component in the formed composite film of smaller thickness approached that of the original pure LC. The total reaction heat for the polymerization in any thickness solutions did not make meaningful difference. These indicate that the phase separation can be promoted by decreasing the distance between the substrates even under constant polymerization degree, which depends on the polymerization reaction.

  12. Mechanical enhancement through phase separation in a bicontinuous hydrogel network

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    Nixon, Ryan; Angelini, Thomas

    2015-03-01

    Bicontinous networks of phase separated polymers are often used in biomedical materials to control the spatial distribution of multiple surface functionalities. Here we describe a different use of phase separation, which leverages a balance of aggregating and swelling tendencies of the two separated components, producing a hydrogel that is highly stretchable and resilient after large extensions. In contrast to the typical one-component hydrogel, which is brittle and weak, the two-component micro-phase separated hydrogel recovers within just a few minutes after being stretched by several hundred percent, and fails at about 1000% strain. Our preliminary 3D reconstructions of the bi-continuous phases suggest that the gel's material properties arise from a system-spanning network of non-specific hydrophobic bonds that can be broken and re-formed under cycles of large strain, while elasticity is provided by the highly-solvated hydrogel that makes up the complementary phase.

  13. Tremor analysis separates Parkinson's disease and dopamine receptor blockers induced parkinsonism.

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    Shaikh, Aasef G

    2017-05-01

    Parkinson's disease, the most common cause of parkinsonism is often difficult to distinguish from its second most common etiology due to exposure to dopamine receptor blocking agents such as antiemetics and neuroleptics. Dual axis accelerometry was used to quantify tremor in 158 patients with parkinsonism; 62 had Parkinson's disease and 96 were clinically diagnosed with dopamine receptor blocking agent-induced parkinsonism. Tremor was measured while subjects rested arms (resting tremor), outstretched arms in front (postural tremor), and reached a target (kinetic tremor). Cycle-by-cycle analysis was performed to measure cycle duration, oscillation amplitude, and inter-cycle variations in the frequency. Patients with dopamine receptor blocker induced parkinsonism had lower resting and postural tremor amplitude. There was a substantial increase of kinetic tremor amplitude in both disorders. Postural and resting tremor in subjects with dopamine receptor blocking agent-induced parkinsonism was prominent in the abduction-adduction plane. In contrast, the Parkinson's disease tremor had equal amplitude in all three planes of motion. Tremor frequency was comparable in both groups. Remarkable variability in the width of the oscillatory cycles suggested irregularity in the oscillatory waveforms in both subtypes of parkinsonism. Quantitative tremor analysis can distinguish Parkinson's disease from dopamine receptor blocking agent-induced parkinsonism.

  14. Gas-phase separations of protein and peptide ion fragments generated by collision-induced dissociation in an ion trap.

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    Badman, Ethan R; Myung, S; Clemmer, David E

    2002-10-01

    Ion mobility/time-of-flight mass spectrometry techniques have been used to examine distributions of fragment ions generated by collision-induced dissociation (CID) in a quadrupole ion trap. The mobility-based separation step prior to mass-to-charge (m/z) analysis reduces spectral congestion and provides information that complements m/z-based assignments of peaks. The approach is demonstrated by examining fragmentation patterns of insulin chain B (a 30-residue peptide), and ubiquitin (a protein containing 76 amino acids). Some fragments of ubiquitin show evidence for multiple stable conformations.

  15. Interaction mechanisms of cavitation bubbles induced by spatially and temporally separated fs-laser pulses.

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    Tinne, Nadine; Kaune, Brigitte; Krüger, Alexander; Ripken, Tammo

    2014-01-01

    The emerging use of femtosecond lasers with high repetition rates in the MHz regime together with limited scan speed implies possible mutual optical and dynamical interaction effects of the individual cutting spots. In order to get more insight into the dynamics a time-resolved photographic analysis of the interaction of cavitation bubbles is presented. Particularly, we investigated the influence of fs-laser pulses and their resulting bubble dynamics with various spatial as well as temporal separations. Different time courses of characteristic interaction effects between the cavitation bubbles were observed depending on pulse energy and spatio-temporal pulse separation. These ranged from merely no interaction to the phenomena of strong water jet formation. Afterwards, the mechanisms are discussed regarding their impact on the medical application of effective tissue cutting lateral to the laser beam direction with best possible axial precision: the mechanical forces of photodisruption as well as the occurring water jet should have low axial extend and a preferably lateral priority. Furthermore, the overall efficiency of energy conversion into controlled mechanical impact should be maximized compared to the transmitted pulse energy and unwanted long range mechanical side effects, e.g. shock waves, axial jet components. In conclusion, these experimental results are of great importance for the prospective optimization of the ophthalmic surgical process with high-repetition rate fs-lasers.

  16. Anisotropic Metal Deposition on TiO2 Particles by Electric-Field-Induced Charge Separation.

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    Tiewcharoen, Supakit; Warakulwit, Chompunuch; Lapeyre, Veronique; Garrigue, Patrick; Fourier, Lucas; Elissalde, Catherine; Buffière, Sonia; Legros, Philippe; Gayot, Marion; Limtrakul, Jumras; Kuhn, Alexander

    2017-09-11

    Deposition of metals on TiO2 semiconductor particles (M-TiO2 ) results in hybrid Janus objects combining the properties of both materials. One of the techniques proposed to generate Janus particles is bipolar electrochemistry (BPE). The concept can be applied in a straightforward way for the site-selective modification of conducting particles, but is much less obvious to use for semiconductors. Herein we report the bulk synthesis of anisotropic M-TiO2 particles based on the synergy of BPE and photochemistry, allowing the intrinsic limitations, when they are used separately, to be overcome. When applying electric fields during irradiation, electrons and holes can be efficiently separated, thus breaking the symmetry of particles by modifying them selectively and in a wireless way on one side with either gold or platinum. Such hybrid materials are an important first step towards high-performance designer catalyst particles, for example for photosplitting of water. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Efficient UV-induced charge separation and recombination in an 8-oxoguanine-containing dinucleotide

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    Zhang, Yuyuan; Dood, Jordan; Beckstead, Ashley A.; Li, Xi-Bo; Nguyen, Khiem V.; Burrows, Cynthia J.; Improta, Roberto; Kohler, Bern

    2014-01-01

    During the early evolution of life, 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2′-deoxyguanosine (O) may have functioned as a proto-flavin capable of repairing cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers in DNA or RNA by photoinduced electron transfer using longer wavelength UVB radiation. To investigate the ability of O to act as an excited-state electron donor, a dinucleotide mimic of the FADH2 cofactor containing O at the 5′-end and 2′-deoxyadenosine at the 3′-end was studied by femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy in aqueous solution. Following excitation with a UV pulse, a broadband mid-IR pulse probed vibrational modes of ground-state and electronically excited molecules in the double-bond stretching region. Global analysis of time- and frequency-resolved transient absorption data coupled with ab initio quantum mechanical calculations reveal vibrational marker bands of nucleobase radical ions formed by electron transfer from O to 2′-deoxyadenosine. The quantum yield of charge separation is 0.4 at 265 nm, but decreases to 0.1 at 295 nm. Charge recombination occurs in 60 ps before the O radical cation can lose a deuteron to water. Kinetic and thermodynamic considerations strongly suggest that all nucleobases can undergo ultrafast charge separation when π-stacked in DNA or RNA. Interbase charge transfer is proposed to be a major decay pathway for UV excited states of nucleic acids of great importance for photostability as well as photoredox activity. PMID:25071180

  18. Interaction Mechanisms of Cavitation Bubbles Induced by Spatially and Temporally Separated fs-Laser Pulses

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    Tinne, Nadine; Kaune, Brigitte; Krüger, Alexander; Ripken, Tammo

    2014-01-01

    The emerging use of femtosecond lasers with high repetition rates in the MHz regime together with limited scan speed implies possible mutual optical and dynamical interaction effects of the individual cutting spots. In order to get more insight into the dynamics a time-resolved photographic analysis of the interaction of cavitation bubbles is presented. Particularly, we investigated the influence of fs-laser pulses and their resulting bubble dynamics with various spatial as well as temporal separations. Different time courses of characteristic interaction effects between the cavitation bubbles were observed depending on pulse energy and spatio-temporal pulse separation. These ranged from merely no interaction to the phenomena of strong water jet formation. Afterwards, the mechanisms are discussed regarding their impact on the medical application of effective tissue cutting lateral to the laser beam direction with best possible axial precision: the mechanical forces of photodisruption as well as the occurring water jet should have low axial extend and a preferably lateral priority. Furthermore, the overall efficiency of energy conversion into controlled mechanical impact should be maximized compared to the transmitted pulse energy and unwanted long range mechanical side effects, e.g. shock waves, axial jet components. In conclusion, these experimental results are of great importance for the prospective optimization of the ophthalmic surgical process with high-repetition rate fs-lasers. PMID:25502697

  19. Electrical field-induced extraction and separation techniques: promising trends in analytical chemistry--a review.

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    Yamini, Yadollah; Seidi, Shahram; Rezazadeh, Maryam

    2014-03-03

    Sample preparation is an important issue in analytical chemistry, and is often a bottleneck in chemical analysis. So, the major incentive for the recent research has been to attain faster, simpler, less expensive, and more environmentally friendly sample preparation methods. The use of auxiliary energies, such as heat, ultrasound, and microwave, is one of the strategies that have been employed in sample preparation to reach the above purposes. Application of electrical driving force is the current state-of-the-art, which presents new possibilities for simplifying and shortening the sample preparation process as well as enhancing its selectivity. The electrical driving force has scarcely been utilized in comparison with other auxiliary energies. In this review, the different roles of electrical driving force (as a powerful auxiliary energy) in various extraction techniques, including liquid-, solid-, and membrane-based methods, have been taken into consideration. Also, the references have been made available, relevant to the developments in separation techniques and Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) systems. All aspects of electrical driving force in extraction and separation methods are too specific to be treated in this contribution. However, the main aim of this review is to provide a brief knowledge about the different fields of analytical chemistry, with an emphasis on the latest efforts put into the electrically assisted membrane-based sample preparation systems. The advantages and disadvantages of these approaches as well as the new achievements in these areas have been discussed, which might be helpful for further progress in the future.

  20. Liquid filament instability due to stretch-induced phase separation in polymer solutions

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    Arinstein, Arkadii; Kulichikhin, Valery; Malkin, Alexander; Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Collaboration; Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Russian Academy of Sciences Team

    2015-03-01

    The instability in a jet of a viscoelastic semi-dilute entangled polymer solution under high stretching is discussed. Initially, the variation in osmotic pressure can compensate for decrease in the capillary force, and the jet is stable. The further evolution of the polymer solution along the jet results in formation of a filament in the jet center and of a near-surface solvent layer. Such a redistribution of polymer seems like a ``phase separation'', but it is related to stretching of the jet. The viscous liquid shell demonstrates Raleigh-type instability resulting in the formation of individual droplets on the oriented filament. Experimental observations showed that this separation is starting during few first seconds, and continues of about 10 -15 seconds. The modeling shows that a jet stretching results in a radial gradient in the polymer distribution: the polymer is concentrated in the jet center, whereas the solvent is remaining near the surface. The key point of this model is that a large longitudinal stretching of a polymer network results in its lateral contraction, so a solvent is pressed out of this polymer network because of the decrease in its volume. V.K. and A.M. acknowledge the financial support of the Russian Scientific Foundation (Grant 4-23-00003).

  1. Motility-Induced Phase Separation of Active Particles in the Presence of Velocity Alignment

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    Barré, Julien; Chétrite, Raphaël; Muratori, Massimiliano; Peruani, Fernando

    2015-02-01

    Self-propelled particle (SPP) systems are intrinsically out of equilibrium systems, where each individual particle converts energy into work to move in a dissipative medium. When interacting through a velocity alignment mechanism, and with the medium acting as a momentum sink, even momentum is not conserved. In this scenario, a mapping into an equilibrium system seems unlikely. Here, we show that an entropy functional can be derived for SPPs with velocity alignment and density-dependent speed, at least in the (orientationally) disordered phase. This non-trivial result has important physical consequences. The study of the entropy functional reveals that the system can undergo phase separation before the orientational-order phase transition known to occur in SPP systems with velocity alignment. Moreover, we indicate that the spinodal line is a function of the alignment sensitivity and show that density fluctuations as well as the critical spatial diffusion, that leads to phase separation, dramatically increase as the orientational-order transition is approached.

  2. Separation of retinoid-induced epidermal and dermal thickening from skin irritation.

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    Varani, James; Fligiel, Helene; Zhang, Jian; Aslam, Muhammad Nadeem; Lu, Yi; Dehne, Lindsay A; Keller, Evan T

    2003-11-01

    The ability of the synthetic retinoid MDI-301, in which the carboxylic acid of 9- cis-retinoic acid (9-cis-RA) is replaced with an ester linkage, to induce epidermal and dermal thickening and skin irritation (erythema and flaking) in hairless (rhino) mice following its topical application was investigated in comparison with that of 14-all- trans-retinoic acid (14-all-trans-RA) and 9-cis-RA. MDI-301 induced epidermal proliferation leading to a thickened epidermis. Treated animals also demonstrated a prominent band of organized connective tissue immediately below the epidermis. In its ability to induce epidermal thickening, MDI-301 was quantitatively similar to 14-all-trans-RA and 9-cis-RA. However, unlike 14-all-trans-RA and 9-cis-RA, which produced skin irritation associated with a perivascular influx of mononuclear leukocytes into the dermis, there was no evidence of irritation with MDI-301 and little leukocyte infiltration. Intraperitoneal injection of either 14-all-trans-RA or MDI-301 also resulted in epidermal and dermal thickening. Irritation of skin was not observed in these animals but splenomegaly was prominent in animals treated with either agent.

  3. Hour-glass magnetic excitations induced by nanoscopic phase separation in cobalt oxides

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    Drees, Y.; Li, Z. W.; Ricci, A.; Rotter, M.; Schmidt, W.; Lamago, D.; Sobolev, O.; Rütt, U.; Gutowski, O.; Sprung, M.; Piovano, A.; Castellan, J. P.; Komarek, A. C.

    2014-12-01

    The magnetic excitations in the cuprate superconductors might be essential for an understanding of high-temperature superconductivity. In these cuprate superconductors the magnetic excitation spectrum resembles an hour-glass and certain resonant magnetic excitations within are believed to be connected to the pairing mechanism, which is corroborated by the observation of a universal linear scaling of superconducting gap and magnetic resonance energy. So far, charge stripes are widely believed to be involved in the physics of hour-glass spectra. Here we study an isostructural cobaltate that also exhibits an hour-glass magnetic spectrum. Instead of the expected charge stripe order we observe nano phase separation and unravel a microscopically split origin of hour-glass spectra on the nano scale pointing to a connection between the magnetic resonance peak and the spin gap originating in islands of the antiferromagnetic parent insulator. Our findings open new ways to theories of magnetic excitations and superconductivity in cuprate superconductors.

  4. Hour-glass magnetic excitations induced by nanoscopic phase separation in cobalt oxides.

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    Drees, Y; Li, Z W; Ricci, A; Rotter, M; Schmidt, W; Lamago, D; Sobolev, O; Rütt, U; Gutowski, O; Sprung, M; Piovano, A; Castellan, J P; Komarek, A C

    2014-12-23

    The magnetic excitations in the cuprate superconductors might be essential for an understanding of high-temperature superconductivity. In these cuprate superconductors the magnetic excitation spectrum resembles an hour-glass and certain resonant magnetic excitations within are believed to be connected to the pairing mechanism, which is corroborated by the observation of a universal linear scaling of superconducting gap and magnetic resonance energy. So far, charge stripes are widely believed to be involved in the physics of hour-glass spectra. Here we study an isostructural cobaltate that also exhibits an hour-glass magnetic spectrum. Instead of the expected charge stripe order we observe nano phase separation and unravel a microscopically split origin of hour-glass spectra on the nano scale pointing to a connection between the magnetic resonance peak and the spin gap originating in islands of the antiferromagnetic parent insulator. Our findings open new ways to theories of magnetic excitations and superconductivity in cuprate superconductors.

  5. Strategies towards controlling strain-induced mesoscopic phase separation in manganite thin films

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    Habermeier, H.-U.

    2008-10-01

    Complex oxides represent a class of materials with a plethora of fascinating intrinsic physical functionalities. The intriguing interplay of charge, spin and orbital ordering in these systems superimposed by lattice effects opens a scientifically rewarding playground for both fundamental as well as application oriented research. The existence of nanoscale electronic phase separation in correlated complex oxides is one of the areas in this field whose impact on the current understanding of their physics and potential applications is not yet clear. In this paper this issue is treated from the point of view of complex oxide thin film technology. Commenting on aspects of complex oxide thin film growth gives an insight into the complexity of a reliable thin film technology for these materials. Exploring fundamentals of interfacial strain generation and strain accommodation paves the way to intentionally manipulate thin film properties. Furthermore, examples are given for an extrinsic continuous tuning of intrinsic electronic inhomogeneities in perovskite-type complex oxide thin films.

  6. Oscillatory phase separation in giant lipid vesicles induced by transmembrane osmotic differentials.

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    Oglęcka, Kamila; Rangamani, Padmini; Liedberg, Bo; Kraut, Rachel S; Parikh, Atul N

    2014-10-15

    Giant lipid vesicles are closed compartments consisting of semi-permeable shells, which isolate femto- to pico-liter quantities of aqueous core from the bulk. Although water permeates readily across vesicular walls, passive permeation of solutes is hindered. In this study, we show that, when subject to a hypotonic bath, giant vesicles consisting of phase separating lipid mixtures undergo osmotic relaxation exhibiting damped oscillations in phase behavior, which is synchronized with swell-burst lytic cycles: in the swelled state, osmotic pressure and elevated membrane tension due to the influx of water promote domain formation. During bursting, solute leakage through transient pores relaxes the pressure and tension, replacing the domain texture by a uniform one. This isothermal phase transition--resulting from a well-coordinated sequence of mechanochemical events--suggests a complex emergent behavior allowing synthetic vesicles produced from simple components, namely, water, osmolytes, and lipids to sense and regulate their micro-environment.

  7. Characterization of Polysulfone Membranes Prepared with Thermally Induced Phase Separation Technique

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    Tiron, L. G.; Pintilie, Ș C.; Vlad, M.; Birsan, I. G.; Baltă, Ș

    2017-06-01

    Abstract Membrane technology is one of the most used water treatment technology because of its high removal efficiency and cost effectiveness. Preparation techniques for polymer membranes show an important aspect of membrane properties. Generally, polysulfone (PSf) and polyethersulfone (PES) are used for the preparation of ultrafiltration (UF) membranes. Polysulfone (PSf) membranes have been widely used for separation and purification of different solutions because of their excellent chemical and thermal stability. Polymeric membranes were obtained by phase inversion method. The polymer solution introduced in the nonsolvent bath (distilled water) initiate the evaporation of the solvent from the solution, this phenomenon has a strong influence on the transport properties. The effect of the coagulation bath temperature on the membrane properties is of interest for this study. Membranes are characterized by pure water flux, permeability, porosity and retention of methylene blue. The low temperature of coagulation bath improve the membrane’s rejection and its influence was most notable.

  8. Synthesis of nanofibrous gelatin/silica bioglass composite microspheres using emulsion coupled with thermally induced phase separation.

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    Noh, Da-Young; An, Young-Hyeon; Jo, In-Hwan; Koh, Young-Hag; Kim, Hyoun-Ee

    2016-05-01

    This study proposes an innovative way of synthesizing porous gelatin/silica bioglass composite microspheres with a nanofibrous structure using emulsion coupled with thermally induced phase separation (TIPS). In particular, a mixture of the solvent (water) and non-solvent (ethanol) was used to induce a unique phase separation of gelatin/silica mixtures (i.e. gelatin/silica hybrid-rich and liquid-rich phases) at -70 °C for the creation of a nanofibrous structure. All the composite microspheres synthesized with silica contents of 10 wt.%, 15 wt.%, and 20 wt.% had well-defined spherical shapes between 124 and 136 μm in size. In addition, they were comprised of nanofibrous gelatin/silica composite walls (several tens of nanometers in thickness), where the sol-gel derived silica bioglass phase was uniformly distributed throughout the gelatin matrix. The in vitro apatite-forming ability and biocompatibility of the nanofibrous gelatin/silica bioglass composite microspheres was significantly enhanced with an increase in silica content, demonstrating their great potential for the promotion of bone tissue regeneration. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Hepatitis C Virus E1 and E2 Proteins Used as Separate Immunogens Induce Neutralizing Antibodies with Additive Properties

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    Beaumont, Elodie; Roch, Emmanuelle; Chopin, Lucie; Roingeard, Philippe

    2016-01-01

    Various strategies involving the use of hepatitis C virus (HCV) E1 and E2 envelope glycoproteins as immunogens have been developed for prophylactic vaccination against HCV. However, the ideal mode of processing and presenting these immunogens for effective vaccination has yet to be determined. We used our recently described vaccine candidate based on full-length HCV E1 or E2 glycoproteins fused to the heterologous hepatitis B virus S envelope protein to compare the use of the E1 and E2 proteins as separate immunogens with their use as the E1E2 heterodimer, in terms of immunogenetic potential and the capacity to induce neutralizing antibodies. The specific anti-E1 and anti-E2 antibody responses induced in animals immunized with vaccine particles harboring the heterodimer were profoundly impaired with respect to those in animals immunized with particles harboring E1 and E2 separately. Moreover, the anti-E1 and anti-E2 antibodies had additive neutralizing properties that increase the cross-neutralization of heterologous strains of various HCV genotypes, highlighting the importance of including both E1 and E2 in the vaccine for an effective vaccination strategy. Our study has important implications for the optimization of HCV vaccination strategies based on HCV envelope proteins, regardless of the platform used to present these proteins to the immune system. PMID:26966906

  10. Influence of acid-induced conformational variability on protein separation in reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Bobály, Balázs; Tóth, Eszter; Drahos, László; Zsila, Ferenc; Visy, Júlia; Fekete, Jenő; Vékey, Károly

    2014-01-17

    Influence of acid concentration in the mobile phase on protein separation was studied in a wide concentration range using trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) and formic acid (FA). At low, 0.001-0.01 (v/v%) TFA concentration and appropriate solvent strength proteins elute before the column's dead time. This is explained by the proteins having a structured, but relatively extended conformation in the eluent; and are excluded from the pores of the stationary phase. Above ca. 0.01-0.05 (v/v%) TFA concentration proteins undergo further conformational change, leading to a compact, molten globule-like structure, likely stabilized by ion pairing. Proteins in this conformation enter the pores and are retained on the column. The results suggest a pore exclusion induced separation related to protein conformation. This effect is influenced by the pH and type of acid used, and is likely to involve ion-pair formation. The TFA concentration needed to result in protein folding (and therefore to observe retention on the column) depends on the protein; and therefore can be utilized to improve chromatographic performance. Conformation change was monitored by circular dichroism spectroscopy and mass spectrometry; and it was shown that not only TFA but FA can also induce molten globule formation.

  11. Sex Determination in Honeybees: Two Separate Mechanisms Induce and Maintain the Female Pathway

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    Gempe, Tanja; Hasselmann, Martin; Schiøtt, Morten; Hause, Gerd; Otte, Marianne; Beye, Martin

    2009-01-01

    Organisms have evolved a bewildering diversity of mechanisms to generate the two sexes. The honeybee (Apis mellifera) employs an interesting system in which sex is determined by heterozygosity at a single locus (the Sex Determination Locus) harbouring the complementary sex determiner (csd) gene. Bees heterozygous at Sex Determination Locus are females, whereas bees homozygous or hemizygous are males. Little is known, however, about the regulation that links sex determination to sexual differentiation. To investigate the control of sexual development in honeybees, we analyzed the functions and the regulatory interactions of genes involved in the sex determination pathway. We show that heterozygous csd is only required to induce the female pathway, while the feminizer (fem) gene maintains this decision throughout development. By RNAi induced knockdown we show that the fem gene is essential for entire female development and that the csd gene exclusively processes the heterozygous state. Fem activity is also required to maintain the female determined pathway throughout development, which we show by mosaic structures in fem-repressed intersexuals. We use expression of Fem protein in males to demonstrate that the female maintenance mechanism is controlled by a positive feedback splicing loop in which Fem proteins mediate their own synthesis by directing female fem mRNA splicing. The csd gene is only necessary to induce this positive feedback loop in early embryogenesis by directing splicing of fem mRNAs. Finally, fem also controls the splicing of Am-doublesex transcripts encoding conserved male- and female-specific transcription factors involved in sexual differentiation. Our findings reveal how the sex determination process is realized in honeybees differing from Drosophila melanogaster. PMID:19841734

  12. Cellular Immune Responses in Humans Induced by Two Serogroup B Meningococcal Outer Membrane Vesicle Vaccines Given Separately and in Combination.

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    Oftung, Fredrik; Korsvold, Gro Ellen; Aase, Audun; Næss, Lisbeth M

    2016-04-01

    MenBvac and MeNZB are safe and efficacious outer membrane vesicle (OMV) vaccines against serogroup B meningococcal disease. Antibody responses have previously been investigated in a clinical trial with these two OMV vaccines given separately (25 μg/dose) or in combination (12.5 and 12.5 μg/dose) in three doses administered at 6-week intervals. Here, we report the results from analyzing cellular immune responses against MenBvac and MeNZB OMVs in terms of antigen-specific CD4(+)T cell proliferation and secretion of cytokines. The proliferative CD4(+)T cell responses to the combined vaccine were of the same magnitude as the homologous responses observed for each individual vaccine. The results also showed cross-reactivity in the sense that both vaccine groups receiving separate vaccines responded to both homologous and heterologous OMV antigen when assayed for antigen-specific cellular proliferation. In addition, a multiplex bead array assay was used to analyze the presence of Th1 and Th2 cytokines in cell culture supernatants. The results showed that gamma interferon, interleukin-4 (IL-4), and IL-10 responses could be detected as a result of vaccination with both the MenBvac and the MeNZB vaccines given separately, as well as when given in combination. With respect to cross-reactivity, the cytokine results paralleled the observations made for proliferation. In conclusion, the results demonstrate that cross-reactive cellular immune responses involving both Th1 and Th2 cytokines can be induced to the same extent by different tailor-made OMV vaccines given either separately or in combination with half the dose of each vaccine. Copyright © 2016, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  13. The Effects of Damage on Hydrogen-Implant-Induced Thin-Film Separation from Bulk Silicon Carbide

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    Gregory, R.B.; Holland, O.W.; Thomas, D.K.; Wetteroth, T.A.; Wilson, S.R.

    1999-04-05

    Exfoliation of Sic by hydrogen implantation and subsequent annealing forms the basis for a thin-film separation process which, when combined with hydrophilic wafer bonding, can be exploited to produce silicon-carbide-on-insulator, SiCOI. Sic thin films produced by this process exhibit unacceptably high resistivity because defects generated by the implant neutralize electrical carriers. Separation occurs because of chemical interaction of hydrogen with dangling bonds within microvoids created by the implant, and physical stresses due to gas-pressure effects during post-implant anneal. Experimental results show that exfoliation of Sic is dependent upon the concentration of implanted hydrogen, but the damage generated by the implant approaches a point when exfoliation is, in fact, retarded. This is attributed to excessive damage at the projected range of the implant which inhibits physical processes of implant-induced cleaving. Damage is controlled independently of hydrogen dosage by elevating the temperature of the SiC during implant in order to promote dynamic annealing. The resulting decrease in damage is thought to promote growth of micro-cracks which form a continuous cleave. Channeled H{sup +} implantation enhances the cleaving process while simultaneously minimizing residual damage within the separated film. It is shown that high-temperature irradiation and channeling each reduces the hydrogen fluence required to affect separation of a thin film and results in a lower concentration of defects. This increases the potential for producing SiC01 which is sufficiently free of defects and, thus, more easily electrically activated.

  14. Cellular Immune Responses in Humans Induced by Two Serogroup B Meningococcal Outer Membrane Vesicle Vaccines Given Separately and in Combination

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    Korsvold, Gro Ellen; Aase, Audun; Næss, Lisbeth M.

    2016-01-01

    MenBvac and MeNZB are safe and efficacious outer membrane vesicle (OMV) vaccines against serogroup B meningococcal disease. Antibody responses have previously been investigated in a clinical trial with these two OMV vaccines given separately (25 μg/dose) or in combination (12.5 and 12.5 μg/dose) in three doses administered at 6-week intervals. Here, we report the results from analyzing cellular immune responses against MenBvac and MeNZB OMVs in terms of antigen-specific CD4+ T cell proliferation and secretion of cytokines. The proliferative CD4+ T cell responses to the combined vaccine were of the same magnitude as the homologous responses observed for each individual vaccine. The results also showed cross-reactivity in the sense that both vaccine groups receiving separate vaccines responded to both homologous and heterologous OMV antigen when assayed for antigen-specific cellular proliferation. In addition, a multiplex bead array assay was used to analyze the presence of Th1 and Th2 cytokines in cell culture supernatants. The results showed that gamma interferon, interleukin-4 (IL-4), and IL-10 responses could be detected as a result of vaccination with both the MenBvac and the MeNZB vaccines given separately, as well as when given in combination. With respect to cross-reactivity, the cytokine results paralleled the observations made for proliferation. In conclusion, the results demonstrate that cross-reactive cellular immune responses involving both Th1 and Th2 cytokines can be induced to the same extent by different tailor-made OMV vaccines given either separately or in combination with half the dose of each vaccine. PMID:26865595

  15. Oscillatory phase separation in giant lipid vesicles induced by transmembrane osmotic differentials

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    Oglęcka, Kamila; Rangamani, Padmini; Liedberg, Bo; Kraut, Rachel S; Parikh, Atul N

    2014-01-01

    Giant lipid vesicles are closed compartments consisting of semi-permeable shells, which isolate femto- to pico-liter quantities of aqueous core from the bulk. Although water permeates readily across vesicular walls, passive permeation of solutes is hindered. In this study, we show that, when subject to a hypotonic bath, giant vesicles consisting of phase separating lipid mixtures undergo osmotic relaxation exhibiting damped oscillations in phase behavior, which is synchronized with swell–burst lytic cycles: in the swelled state, osmotic pressure and elevated membrane tension due to the influx of water promote domain formation. During bursting, solute leakage through transient pores relaxes the pressure and tension, replacing the domain texture by a uniform one. This isothermal phase transition—resulting from a well-coordinated sequence of mechanochemical events—suggests a complex emergent behavior allowing synthetic vesicles produced from simple components, namely, water, osmolytes, and lipids to sense and regulate their micro-environment. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.03695.001 PMID:25318069

  16. Calculations on Isotope Separation by Laser Induced Photodissociation of Polyatomic Molecules. Final Report

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    Lamb, W. E. Jr.

    1978-11-01

    This report describes research on the theory of isotope separation produced by the illumination of polyatomic molecules by intense infrared laser radiation. Newton`s equations of motion were integrated for the atoms of the SF{sub 6} molecule including the laser field interaction. The first year`s work has been largely dedicated to obtaining a suitable interatomic potential valid for arbitrary configurations of the seven particles. This potential gives the correct symmetry of the molecule, the equilibrium configuration, the frequencies of the six distinct normal modes of oscillation and the correct (or assumed) value of the total potential energy of the molecule. Other conditions can easily be imposed in order to obtain a more refined potential energy function, for example, by making allowance for anharmonicity data. A suitable expression was also obtained for the interaction energy between a laser field and the polyatomic molecule. The electromagnetic field is treated classically, and it would be easily possible to treat the cases of time dependent pulses, frequency modulation and noise.

  17. Pulse laser-induced particle separation from polymethyl methacrylate: a mechanistic study

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    Arif, S.; Armbruster, O.; Kautek, W.

    2013-04-01

    The separation mechanism of opaque and transparent model micro-particles, graphite and polystyrene copolymer spheres, respectively, from polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) substrates were investigated employing a ns-pulse laser radiating at 532 nm. The particles transparent in the visible wavelength range could be removed from PMMA efficiently in a very narrow fluence range between 1 and 2 J/cm2 according to a simple 1D thermal expansion model. Above this fluence region, with single pulses, the transparent microspheres caused local ablation of the PMMA substrate in the optical microlens nearfield. This process led to removal of the particles themselves due to the expansion of the ablation plasma. The irregularly shaped graphite particles shaded the underlying substrate from the incoming radiation so that no optical nearfield damage mechanism could be observed. Therefore, a substantial cleaning window between 0.5 and more than 16 J/cm2 was provided. The graphite data suggest an ablation mechanism of the particulates themselves due to a high optical absorption coefficient.

  18. Hydration-Induced Phase Separation in Amphiphilic Polymer Matrices and its Influence on Voclosporin Release

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    Khan, I. John; Murthy, N. Sanjeeva; Kohn, Joachim

    2012-01-01

    Voclosporin is a highly potent, new cyclosporine-A derivative that is currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the USA as a potential treatment for inflammatory diseases of the eye. Voclosporin represents a number of very sparingly soluble drugs that are difficult to administer. We therefore selected it as a model drug that is dispersed within amphiphilic polymer matrices, and investigated the changing morphology of the matrices using neutron and x-ray scattering during voclosporin release and polymer resorption. The hydrophobic segments of the amphiphilic polymer chain are comprised of desaminotyrosyl-tyrosine ethyl ester (DTE) and desaminotyrosyl-tyrosine (DT), and the hydrophilic component is poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). Water uptake in these matrices resulted in the phase separation of hydrophobic and hydrophilic domains that are a few hundred Angstroms apart. These water-driven morphological changes influenced the release profile of voclosporin and facilitated a burst-free release from the polymer. No such morphological reorganization was observed in poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), which exhibits an extended lag period, followed by a burst-like release of voclosporin when the polymer was degraded. An understanding of the effect of polymer composition on the hydration behavior is central to understanding and controlling the phase behavior and resorption characteristics of the matrix for achieving long-term controlled release of hydrophobic drugs such as voclosporin. PMID:24955746

  19. Hydration-Induced Phase Separation in Amphiphilic Polymer Matrices and its Influence on Voclosporin Release

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    Khan, I. John; Murthy, N. Sanjeeva; Kohn, Joachim

    2015-10-30

    Voclosporin is a highly potent, new cyclosporine -- a derivative that is currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the USA as a potential treatment for inflammatory diseases of the eye. Voclosporin represents a number of very sparingly soluble drugs that are difficult to administer. It was selected as a model drug that is dispersed within amphiphilic polymer matrices, and investigated the changing morphology of the matrices using neutron and x-ray scattering during voclosporin release and polymer resorption. The hydrophobic segments of the amphiphilic polymer chain are comprised of desaminotyrosyl-tyrosine ethyl ester (DTE) and desaminotyrosyl-tyrosine (DT), and the hydrophilic component is poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). Water uptake in these matrices resulted in the phase separation of hydrophobic and hydrophilic domains that are a few hundred Angstroms apart. These water-driven morphological changes influenced the release profile of voclosporin and facilitated a burst-free release from the polymer. No such morphological reorganization was observed in poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), which exhibits an extended lag period, followed by a burst-like release of voclosporin when the polymer was degraded. An understanding of the effect of polymer composition on the hydration behavior is central to understanding and controlling the phase behavior and resorption characteristics of the matrix for achieving long-term controlled release of hydrophobic drugs such as voclosporin.

  20. Phase separation predicted to induce water-rich channels in fuel cell membranes

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    Herbst, Daniel; Witten, Thomas; Tsai, Tsung-Han; Coughlin, Bryan; Maes, Ashley; Herring, Andrew

    2015-03-01

    Fuel cells are a promising alternative energy technology that convert chemical fuel directly into electric power. One important fundamental property is exactly how and where water is absorbed in the polyelectrolyte membrane. Previous theoretical studies have used idealized parameters. In this talk, I show how we made a rigorous connection to experiment to make parameter-free predictions of the water-swelling behavior, using self-consistent field theory. The model block co-polymers we studied form alternating hydrophilic/hydrophobic lamellar domains that absorb water in humid air. I will show how simple measurements of the hydrophilic portion in solution lead to predictions of non-uniform water distribution in the membrane, and compare the results to x-ray scattering. The results suggest locally near-uniform water distributions. In special cases, however, each hydrophilic lamella phase-separates, forming an additional water-rich lamella down the center, a beneficial arrangement for ion conductivity. A small amount of water enhances conductivity most when it is partitioned into such channels, improving fuel-cell performance. MURI #W911NF-10-1-0520.

  1. Navier-Stokes solutions of unsteady separation induced by a vortex: Comparison with theory and influence of a moving wall

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    Obabko, Aleksandr Vladimirovich

    Numerical solutions of the unsteady Navier-Stokes equations are considered for the flow induced by a thick-core vortex convecting along an infinite surface in a two-dimensional incompressible flow. The formulation is considered as a model problem of the dynamic-stall vortex and is relevant to other unsteady separation phenomena including vorticity ejections in juncture flows and the vorticity production mechanism in turbulent boundary-layers. Induced by an adverse streamwise pressure gradient due to the presence of the vortex above the wall, a primary recirculation region forms and evolves toward a singular solution of the unsteady non-interacting boundary-layer equations. The resulting eruptive spike provokes a small-scale viscous-inviscid interaction in the high-Reynolds-number regime. In the moderate-Reynolds-numbers regime, the growing recirculation region initiates a large-scale interaction in the form of local changes in the streamwise pressure gradient accelerating the spike formation and resulting small-scale interaction through development of a region of streamwise compression. It also was found to induce regions of streamwise expansion and "child" recirculation regions that contribute to ejections of near-wall vorticity and splitting of the "parent" region into multiple co-rotating eddies. These eddies later merge into a single amalgamated eddy that is observed to pair with the detaching vortex similar to the low-Reynolds-number regime where the large-scale interaction occurs, but there is no spike or subsequent small-scale interaction. It is also found that increasing the wall speed or vortex convection velocity toward a critical value results in solutions that are indicative of flows at lower Reynolds numbers eventually leading to suppression of unsteady separation and vortex detachment processes.

  2. Maternal separation enhances object location memory and prevents exercise-induced MAPK/ERK signalling in adult Sprague–Dawley rats

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    Bugarith, Kishor; Russell, Vivienne A

    2012-01-01

    Early life stress increases the risk of developing psychopathology accompanied by reduced cognitive function in later life. Maternal separation induces anxiety-like behaviours and is associated with impaired memory. On the other hand, exercise has been shown to diminish anxiety-like behaviours and improve cognitive function. The effects of maternal separation and exercise on anxiety, memory and hippocampal proteins were investigated in male Sprague–Dawley rats. Maternal separation produced anxiety-like behaviours which were reversed by exercise. Maternal separation also enhanced object location memory which was not affected by exercise. Exercise did, however, increase synaptophysin and phospho-extracellular signal-regulated kinase (p-ERK) in the hippocampus of non-separated rats and this effect was not observed in maternally separated rats. These findings show that maternal separation selectively enhanced n memory and prevented activation of the MAPK/ERK signalling pathway in the adult rat hippocampus. PMID:22476924

  3. Maternal separation enhances object location memory and prevents exercise-induced MAPK/ERK signalling in adult Sprague-Dawley rats.

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    Makena, Nokuthula; Bugarith, Kishor; Russell, Vivienne A

    2012-09-01

    Early life stress increases the risk of developing psychopathology accompanied by reduced cognitive function in later life. Maternal separation induces anxiety-like behaviours and is associated with impaired memory. On the other hand, exercise has been shown to diminish anxiety-like behaviours and improve cognitive function. The effects of maternal separation and exercise on anxiety, memory and hippocampal proteins were investigated in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Maternal separation produced anxiety-like behaviours which were reversed by exercise. Maternal separation also enhanced object location memory which was not affected by exercise. Exercise did, however, increase synaptophysin and phospho-extracellular signal-regulated kinase (p-ERK) in the hippocampus of non-separated rats and this effect was not observed in maternally separated rats. These findings show that maternal separation selectively enhanced n memory and prevented activation of the MAPK/ERK signalling pathway in the adult rat hippocampus.

  4. Cooling induces phase separation in membranes derived from isolated CNS myelin.

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    Pusterla, Julio M; Schneck, Emanuel; Funari, Sérgio S; Démé, Bruno; Tanaka, Motomu; Oliveira, Rafael G

    2017-01-01

    Purified myelin membranes (PMMs) are the starting material for biochemical analyses such as the isolation of detergent-insoluble glycosphingolipid-rich domains (DIGs), which are believed to be representatives of functional lipid rafts. The normal DIGs isolation protocol involves the extraction of lipids under moderate cooling. Here, we thus address the influence of cooling on the structure of PMMs and its sub-fractions. Thermodynamic and structural aspects of periodic, multilamellar PMMs are examined between 4°C and 45°C and in various biologically relevant aqueous solutions. The phase behavior is investigated by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Complementary neutron diffraction (ND) experiments with solid-supported myelin multilayers confirm that the phase behavior is unaffected by planar confinement. SAXS and ND consistently show that multilamellar PMMs in pure water become heterogeneous when cooled by more than 10-15°C below physiological temperature, as during the DIGs isolation procedure. The heterogeneous state of PMMs is stabilized in physiological solution, where phase coexistence persists up to near the physiological temperature. This result supports the general view that membranes under physiological conditions are close to critical points for phase separation. In presence of elevated Ca2+ concentrations (> 10 mM), phase coexistence is found even far above physiological temperatures. The relative fractions of the two phases, and thus presumably also their compositions, are found to vary with temperature. Depending on the conditions, an "expanded" phase with larger lamellar period or a "compacted" phase with smaller lamellar period coexists with the native phase. Both expanded and compacted periods are also observed in DIGs under the respective conditions. The observed subtle temperature-dependence of the phase behavior of PMMs suggests that the composition of DIGs is sensitive to the details of the

  5. Light-Induced Proton Pumping with a Semiconductor: Vision for Photoproton Lateral Separation and Robust Manipulation.

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    Maltanava, Hanna M; Poznyak, Sergey K; Andreeva, Daria V; Quevedo, Marcela C; Bastos, Alexandre C; Tedim, João; Ferreira, Mário G S; Skorb, Ekaterina V

    2017-07-19

    Energy-transfer reactions are the key for living open systems, biological chemical networking, and the development of life-inspired nanoscale machineries. It is a challenge to find simple reliable synthetic chemical networks providing a localization of the time-dependent flux of matter. In this paper, we look to photocatalytic reaction on TiO2 from different angles, focusing on proton generation and introducing a reliable, minimal-reagent-consuming, stable inorganic light-promoted proton pump. Localized illumination was applied to a TiO2 surface in solution for reversible spatially controlled "inorganic photoproton" isometric cycling, the lateral separation of water-splitting reactions. The proton flux is pumped during the irradiation of the surface of TiO2 and dynamically maintained at the irradiated surface area in the absence of any membrane or predetermined material structure. Moreover, we spatially predetermine a transient acidic pH value on the TiO2 surface in the irradiated area with the feedback-driven generation of a base as deactivator. Importantly we describe how to effectively monitor the spatial localization of the process by the in situ scanning ion-selective electrode technique (SIET) measurements for pH and the scanning vibrating electrode technique (SVET) for local photoelectrochemical studies without additional pH-sensitive dye markers. This work shows the great potential for time- and space-resolved water-splitting reactions for following the investigation of pH-stimulated processes in open systems with their flexible localization on a surface.

  6. Block copolymer-derived monolithic polymer films and membranes comprising self-organized cylindrical nanopores for chemical sensing and separations.

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    Ito, Takashi

    2014-10-01

    Microphase separation of block copolymers (BCPs) has been extensively studied because it leads to the self-assembled formation of periodic structures controlled on the scale of tens of nanometers. In particular, BCP-derived cylindrical microdomains have attracted considerable interest for various applications owing to their well-defined shapes of uniform and tunable diameters. This focus review highlights recent efforts to apply BCP-derived monolithic films/membranes comprising cylindrical nanopores for chemical sensing and separations. The nanopores provide confined molecular pathways that exhibit enhanced selectivity based on steric, electrostatic, and chemical interactions, and thus, enable us to design unique electrochemical sensors and highly efficient separation membranes.

  7. Separate fractions of mRNA from Torpedo electric organ induce chloride channels and acetylcholine receptors in Xenopus oocytes.

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    Sumikawa, K; Parker, I; Amano, T; Miledi, R

    1984-01-01

    Poly(A)+ mRNA extracted from the electric organ of Torpedo was fractionated by sucrose density gradient centrifugation. After injection into Xenopus oocytes one mRNA fraction induced the appearance of chloride channels in the oocyte membrane. Many of these channels were normally open, and the ensuing chloride current kept the resting potential of injected oocytes close to the chloride equilibrium potential. When the membrane was hyperpolarized, the chloride current was reduced. A separate fraction of mRNA induced the incorporation of acetylcholine receptors into the oocyte membrane. When translated in a cell-free system this fraction directed the synthesis of the alpha, beta, gamma, and delta subunits of the acetylcholine receptor. In contrast, the mRNA fraction that induced the chloride channels caused the synthesis of the delta subunit, a very small amount of alpha, and no detectable beta or gamma subunits. This suggests that the size of the mRNA coding for the chloride channel is similar to the preponderant species of mRNA coding for the delta subunit of the acetylcholine receptor. Images Fig. 1. PMID:6094179

  8. Genetic and Anatomical Basis of the Barrier Separating Wakefulness and Anesthetic-Induced Unresponsiveness

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    Hung, Hsiao-Tung; Koh, Kyunghee; Sowcik, Mallory; Sehgal, Amita; Kelz, Max B.

    2013-01-01

    A robust, bistable switch regulates the fluctuations between wakefulness and natural sleep as well as those between wakefulness and anesthetic-induced unresponsiveness. We previously provided experimental evidence for the existence of a behavioral barrier to transitions between these states of arousal, which we call neural inertia. Here we show that neural inertia is controlled by processes that contribute to sleep homeostasis and requires four genes involved in electrical excitability: Sh, sss, na and unc79. Although loss of function mutations in these genes can increase or decrease sensitivity to anesthesia induction, surprisingly, they all collapse neural inertia. These effects are genetically selective: neural inertia is not perturbed by loss-of-function mutations in all genes required for the sleep/wake cycle. These effects are also anatomically selective: sss acts in different neurons to influence arousal-promoting and arousal-suppressing processes underlying neural inertia. Supporting the idea that anesthesia and sleep share some, but not all, genetic and anatomical arousal-regulating pathways, we demonstrate that increasing homeostatic sleep drive widens the neural inertial barrier. We propose that processes selectively contributing to sleep homeostasis and neural inertia may be impaired in pathophysiological conditions such as coma and persistent vegetative states. PMID:24039590

  9. Microphase Separation in Pr0.67Ca0.33MnO3 by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Simon, Ch.; Mercone, S.; Guiblin, N.; Martin, C.; Brûlet, A.; André, G.

    2002-10-01

    We have evidenced by small-angle neutron scattering at low temperature the coexistence of ferromagnetism (F) and antiferromagnetism (AF) in Pr0.67Ca0.33MnO3. The results are compared to those obtained in Pr0.80Ca0.20MnO3 and Pr0.63Ca0.37MnO3, which are F and AF, respectively. Quantitative analysis shows that the small-angle scattering is not due to a mesoscopic mixing but to a nanoscopic electronic and magnetic ``red cabbage'' structure, in which the ferromagnetic phase exists in the form of thin layers in the AF matrix (stripes or 2D ``sheets'').

  10. Microphase Separation and Gelation of Methylcellulose in the Presence of Gallic Acid and NaCl as an In Situ Gel-Forming Drug Delivery System.

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    Sangfai, Tanatchaporn; Tantishaiyakul, Vimon; Hirun, Namon; Li, Lin

    2017-04-01

    Novel hydrogels of methylcellulose (MC) with gallic acid (GA) and NaCl were developed for an in situ gel-forming delivery system. Plain MC and GA/NaCl/MC were characterized using micro-differential scanning calorimetry (micro-DSC), rheological and turbidity methods. The gelation temperatures of MC were reduced to body temperature with adding GA/NaCl. GA and NaCl caused slightly different effects on the gelation/degelation temperatures during heating/cooling, respectively, based on the different sensitivities of these three techniques. The gelation mechanism was investigated by UV spectrophotometry, and the hydrophobic interaction between the aromatic ring of GA and MC was verified. The NaCl/MC hydrogel had smaller micropores than GA/MC and MC, indicating a greater cross-linked density. Doxycycline (DX) was loaded into the systems and demonstrated a synergistic effect of DX/GA. Both GA and DX exhibited a sustained release. The hydrogel of GA/4NaCl/MC could be potentially used for the in situ delivery of DX for deep wound healing.

  11. Temperature-Dependent Change of Packing Structure of Condensed-Phase in a Micro-Phase Separated Langmuir Monolayer Studied by Grazing-Incidence X-ray Diffraction

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    Iimura, Ken-ichi; Kato, Teiji; Brezesinski, Gerald

    2007-10-01

    Packing structure of condensed-phase in a binary mixed Langmuir monolayer of behenic acid (C22) and perfluoro-2,5,8-trimethyl-3,6,9-trioxadodecanoic acid (PFPE) on a cadmium acetate aqueous solution was studied by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD) as a function of the subphase temperature. The measurements were made during temperature scan at a fixed molecular area to explain the morphological change of the condensed-phase domains due to a thermal treatment reported previously [1]. Analysis of GIXD data implies that the condensed-phase domains are composed of only the C22 molecules perpendicularly oriented and very closely packed in a centered rectangular unit cell with orthorhombic distortion at low temperatures. As the temperature increases the area occupied by molecule increases, and above 25 °C the lattice becomes disordered, which would allow morphological transformation of the condensed-phase domains. The process of packing structure change is almost reversible except for non-equilibrium phases observed for the monolayer spread at a low temperature, 5.5 °C.

  12. Multiscale analysis of the effect of micro-phase separation on the charge transfer at the PEDOT:PSS and P3HT:PCBM layer interface

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    Huang, Min

    2015-09-01

    The influence of micro phase behavior on the charge transfer at the interface between PEDOT:PSS and P3HT:PCBM layers was studied using multiscale analysis. Calculated Flory- Huggins parameters indicated that the PEDOT attracts P3HT and repulses PCBM that agrees well with the experimental observation of the development of P3HT rich interface during the BHJ layer formation. Based on the calculated Flory-Huggins parameters, mesoscale DPD simulations were conducted for PEDOT:PSS and P3HT:PCBM layers. Results were mapped to the CG (coarse grained) and then atomistic scales where atomistic details of the interface were studied. The density of nonbonding close contacts including that from reorientation between PEDOT and P3HT was quantified, vibronic coupling and carrier transfer efficiency were discussed.

  13. Poly lactic acid based foams prepared via thermally induced phase separation (TIPS): A method to tune the crystallinity

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    Pavia, Francesco Carfı; La Carrubba, Vincenzo; Brucato, Valerio

    2012-07-01

    Blends of Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA) with two Poly-Lactic Acid (PLA) in different proportions (90/10 and 70/30) were utilized in order to produce biodegradable and biocompatible scaffolds for soft tissue engineering applications. The scaffolds were produced via thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) starting from ternary systems where dioxane was the solvent and water the non-solvent. Morphology was evaluated by Scanning Electron Microscopy (average pore size and interconnection). Moreover a DSC analysis was carried out on the as-obtained scaffold in order to obtain information about theirs thermal properties (enthalpy of melt and crystallization). The results showed that is possible to prepare scaffolds of PLLA/PLA via TIPS. Moreover, the PLA seems to influences the TIPS process in terms of demixing temperatures. The data confirm that the morphology and the mechanical properties of the scaffold can be tuned, starting from PLLA blends and using PLA with different molecular weights.

  14. Preparation of affinity membranes using thermally induced phase separation for one-step purification of recombinant proteins.

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    Honjo, Takafumi; Hoe, Kazuki; Tabayashi, Shunsuke; Tanaka, Tsutomu; Shimada, Josui; Goto, Masahiro; Matsuyama, Hideto; Maruyama, Tatsuo

    2013-03-15

    We synthesized several surfactant-like ligands and prepared affinity membranes by introducing them into porous polymeric membranes using the thermally induced phase separation method. The ligands (nitrilotriacetate, iminodiacetate, and glutathione) were successfully displayed on the surfaces of cellulose diacetate membranes. Membranes functionalized with nitrilotriacetate and glutathione captured and released hexahistidine-tagged enhanced green fluorescent protein (His-tag GFP) and glutathione S-transferase (GST) selectively under appropriate conditions. The affinity membranes also enabled highly selective purification of target proteins (GFP and GST) from cell lysates. The protein-binding capacity was 15 μg/cm(2) for His-tag GFP and 13 μg/cm(2) for GST. The application-specific membranes described in this work will aid high-throughput screening and high-throughput analysis of recombinant proteins.

  15. Effects of processing parameters in thermally induced phase separation technique on porous architecture of scaffolds for bone tissue engineering.

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    Akbarzadeh, Rosa; Yousefi, Azizeh-Mitra

    2014-08-01

    Tissue engineering makes use of 3D scaffolds to sustain three-dimensional growth of cells and guide new tissue formation. To meet the multiple requirements for regeneration of biological tissues and organs, a wide range of scaffold fabrication techniques have been developed, aiming to produce porous constructs with the desired pore size range and pore morphology. Among different scaffold fabrication techniques, thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) method has been widely used in recent years because of its potential to produce highly porous scaffolds with interconnected pore morphology. The scaffold architecture can be closely controlled by adjusting the process parameters, including polymer type and concentration, solvent composition, quenching temperature and time, coarsening process, and incorporation of inorganic particles. The objective of this review is to provide information pertaining to the effect of these parameters on the architecture and properties of the scaffolds fabricated by the TIPS technique. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Effect of freezing temperature in thermally induced phase separation method in hydroxyapatite/chitosan-based bone scaffold biomaterial

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    Albab, Muh Fadhil; Yuwono, Akhmad Herman; Sofyan, Nofrijon; Ramahdita, Ghiska

    2017-02-01

    In the current study, hydroxyapatite (HA)/chitosan-based bone scaffold has been fabricated using Thermally Induced Phase Separation (TIPS) method under freezing temperature variation of -20, -30, -40 and -80 °C. The samples with weight percent ratio of 70% HA and 30% chitosan were homogeneously mixed and subsequently dissolved in 2% acetic acid. The synthesized samples were further characterized using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), compressive test and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The investigation results showed that low freezing temperature reduced the pore size and increased the compressive strength of the scaffold. In the freezing temperature of -20 °C, the pore size was 133.93 µm with the compressive strength of 5.9 KPa, while for -80 °C, the pore size declined to 60.55 µm with the compressive strength 29.8 KPa. Considering the obtained characteristics, HA/chitosan obtained in this work has potential to be applied as a bone scaffold.

  17. Quantitative evaluation of colloidal stability of antibody solutions using PEG-induced liquid-liquid phase separation.

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    Wang, Ying; Latypov, Ramil F; Lomakin, Aleksey; Meyer, Julie A; Kerwin, Bruce A; Vunnum, Suresh; Benedek, George B

    2014-05-05

    Colloidal stability of antibody solutions, i.e., the propensity of the folded protein to precipitate, is an important consideration in formulation development of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies. In a protein solution, different pathways including crystallization, colloidal aggregation, and liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) can lead to the formation of precipitates. The kinetics of crystallization and aggregation are often slow and vary from protein to protein. Due to the diverse mechanisms of these protein condensation processes, it is a challenge to develop a standardized test for an early evaluation of the colloidal stability of antibody solutions. LLPS would normally occur in antibody solutions at sufficiently low temperature, provided that it is not preempted by freezing of the solution. Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) can be used to induce LLPS at temperatures above the freezing point. Here, we propose a colloidal stability test based on inducing LLPS in antibody solutions and measuring the antibody concentration of the dilute phase. We demonstrate experimentally that such a PEG-induced LLPS test can be used to compare colloidal stability of different antibodies in different solution conditions and can be readily applied to high-throughput screening. We have derived an equation for the effects of PEG concentration and molecular weight on the results of the LLPS test. Finally, this equation defines a binding energy in the condensed phase, which can be determined in the PEG-induced LLPS test. This binding energy is a measure of attractive interactions between antibody molecules and can be used for quantitative characterization of the colloidal stability of antibody solutions.

  18. Alcohol-induced drying of carbon nanotubes and its implications for alcohol/water separation: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Tian, Xingling; Yang, Zaixing; Zhou, Bo; Xiu, Peng; Tu, Yusong

    2013-05-28

    Alcohols are important products in chemical industry, but separating them from their aqueous solutions is very difficult due to the hydrophilic nature of alcohols. Based on molecular dynamics simulations, we observe a striking nanoscale drying phenomenon and suggest an energy-saving and efficient approach toward alcohol∕water separation by using single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). We use various common linear alcohols including C1-C6 1-alcohols and glycerol for demonstration (the phenol is also used as comparison). Our simulations show that when SWNTs are immersed in aqueous alcohols solutions, although the alcohols concentration is low (1 M), all kinds of alcohols can induce dehydration (drying) of nanotubes and accumulate inside wide [(13, 13)] and narrow [(6, 6) or (7, 7)] SWNTs. In particular, most kinds of alcohols inside the narrow SWNTs form nearly uniform 1D molecular wires. Detailed energetic analyses reveal that the preferential adsorption of alcohols over water inside nanotubes is attributed to the stronger dispersion interactions of alcohols with SWNTs than water. Interestingly, we find that for the wide SWNT, the selectivity for 1-alcohols increases with the number of alcohol's carbon atoms (Ncarbon) and exhibits an exponential law with respect to Ncarbon for C1-C5 1-alcohols; for narrow SWNTs, the selectivity for 1-alcohols is very high for methanol, ethanol, and propanol, and reaches a maximum when Ncarbon = 3. The underlying physical mechanisms and the implications of these observations for alcohol∕water separation are discussed. Our findings provide the possibility for efficient dehydration of aqueous alcohols (and other hydrophilic organic molecules) by using SWNT bundles∕membranes.

  19. Alcohol-induced drying of carbon nanotubes and its implications for alcohol/water separation: A molecular dynamics study

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    Tian, Xingling; Yang, Zaixing; Zhou, Bo; Xiu, Peng; Tu, Yusong

    2013-05-01

    Alcohols are important products in chemical industry, but separating them from their aqueous solutions is very difficult due to the hydrophilic nature of alcohols. Based on molecular dynamics simulations, we observe a striking nanoscale drying phenomenon and suggest an energy-saving and efficient approach toward alcohol/water separation by using single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). We use various common linear alcohols including C1-C6 1-alcohols and glycerol for demonstration (the phenol is also used as comparison). Our simulations show that when SWNTs are immersed in aqueous alcohols solutions, although the alcohols concentration is low (1 M), all kinds of alcohols can induce dehydration (drying) of nanotubes and accumulate inside wide [(13, 13)] and narrow [(6, 6) or (7, 7)] SWNTs. In particular, most kinds of alcohols inside the narrow SWNTs form nearly uniform 1D molecular wires. Detailed energetic analyses reveal that the preferential adsorption of alcohols over water inside nanotubes is attributed to the stronger dispersion interactions of alcohols with SWNTs than water. Interestingly, we find that for the wide SWNT, the selectivity for 1-alcohols increases with the number of alcohol's carbon atoms (Ncarbon) and exhibits an exponential law with respect to Ncarbon for C1-C5 1-alcohols; for narrow SWNTs, the selectivity for 1-alcohols is very high for methanol, ethanol, and propanol, and reaches a maximum when Ncarbon = 3. The underlying physical mechanisms and the implications of these observations for alcohol/water separation are discussed. Our findings provide the possibility for efficient dehydration of aqueous alcohols (and other hydrophilic organic molecules) by using SWNT bundles/membranes.

  20. Effects of swimming exercise on morphine-induced reward and behavioral sensitization in maternally-separated rat pups in the conditioned place preference procedure.

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    Abad, Atiyeh Taghavi-Khalil; Miladi-Gorji, Hossein; Bigdeli, Imanollah

    2016-09-19

    This study was designed to examine the effects of swimming exercise during adolescence on morphine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) and behavioral sensitization in maternally separated male and female rat pups. Male Wistar rats were allowed to mate with female virgin Wistar rats. Pups were separated from the dam daily for 180min during postnatal days 2-14. All pups were weaned on day 21.The exercising pups were allowed to swim (60min/d, five days per a week, for 30days) during adolescence. Then, rat pups were tested for behavioral sensitization and the CPP induced by morphine. Maternal separation produced a significant increase in morphine-induced CPP in both sexes, behavioral sensitization in male pups and tolerance to morphine-induced motor activity in female pups. Swimmer pups separated from the dam exhibited a decrease in morphine-induced CPP in both sexes and behavioral sensitization in male pups than those of their control pups. The present results have shown that swimming exercise during adolescence may exert a protective effect against morphine-induced reward and behavioral sensitization in adult male and female rats following maternal separation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Giant Electric-Field-Induced Strain in PVDF-Based Battery Separator Membranes Probed by Electrochemical Strain Microscopy.

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    Romanyuk, Konstantin; Costa, Carlos M; Luchkin, Sergey Yu; Kholkin, Andrei L; Lanceros-Méndez, Senentxu

    2016-05-31

    Efficiency of lithium-ion batteries largely relies on the performance of battery separator membrane as it controls the mobility and concentration of Li-ions between the anode and cathode electrodes. Recent advances in electrochemical strain microscopy (ESM) prompted the study of Li diffusion and transport at the nanoscale via electromechanical strain developed under an application of inhomogeneous electric field applied via the sharp ESM tip. In this work, we observed unexpectedly high electromechanical strain developed in polymer membranes based on porous poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene) (PVDF-CTFE) and, using it, could study a dynamics of electroosmotic flow of electrolyte inside the pores. We show that, independently of the separator membrane, electric field-induced deformation observed by ESM on wetted membrane surfaces can reach up to 10 nm under a moderate bias of 1 V (i.e., more than an order of magnitude higher than that in best piezoceramics). Such a high strain is explained by the electroosmotic flow in a porous media composed of PVDF. It is shown that the strain-based ESM method can be used to extract valuable information such as average pore size, porosity, elasticity of membrane in electrolyte solvent, and membrane-electrolyte affinity expressed in terms of zeta potential. Besides, such systems can, in principle, serve as actuators even in the absence of apparent piezoelectricity in amorphous PVDF.

  2. Evolution of shock-induced pressure on a flat-face/flat-base body and afterbody flow separation

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    Yoshikawa, K. K.; Wray, A. A.

    1982-01-01

    The time-dependent, compressible Reynolds-averaged, Navier-Stokes equations are applied to solve an axisymmetric supersonic flow around a flat-face/flat-base body with and without a sting support. Important transient phenomena, not yet well understood, are investigated, and the significance of the present solution to the phenomena is discussed. The phenomena, described in detail, are as follows: the transient formation of the bow and recompression shock waves; the evolution of a pressure buildup due to diffraction of the incident shock wave in the forebody and afterbody regions, including the luminosity accompanying the pressure buildup; the separation of the flow as influenced by pressure buildup; the location of the separation and the reattachment points; and the transient period of the shock-induced base flow. The important influence of the nonsteady (transient) and steady flow on the aerodynamic characteristics, radiative heat transfer, and, thus, on the survivability or safeguard problems for an aircraft fuselage, missile, or planetary entry probe at very high flight speeds is described.

  3. Surface-segregation-induced phase separation in epitaxial Au/Co nanoparticles: Formation and stability of core-shell structures

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    Sato, Kazuhisa; Matsushima, Yuta; Konno, Toyohiko J.

    2017-06-01

    We have studied formation and stability of core-shell structures in epitaxial Au/Co nanoparticles (NPs) by using atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy. As the particle size reduces, number of NPs having Au-shell increases and their frequency of occurrence reached 65%. Au segregation proceeds during particle growth at 520 K. The core-shell structure formation is particle size-dependent; the critical diameter dividing the Au-shell and the Co-shell structures is about 11 nm, below which the Au-shell is stable. After annealing at 800 K for 3.6 ks, Au-shell NPs were conserved while the Co-shell NPs changed to two-phase structures with a planar interface separating Au and Co. There is a local energy minimum where the Co-shell NP is metastable in the as-deposited state. A simple model based on surface and interfacial energies suggests stability of Au-shell structures. Surface-segregation-induced phase separation in small NPs, due to low surface free energy of Au, will be responsible for the Au-shell formation.

  4. Separating plasticity-induced closure and residual stress contributions to fatigue crack retardation following an overload

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    Salvati, Enrico; Zhang, Hongjia; Fong, Kai Soon; Song, Xu; Korsunsky, Alexander M.

    2017-01-01

    performing comparison between the two loading conditions (R=0.7 and R=0.1), information was extracted regarding the role of residual stress alone, and then, by subtracting this effect for the R=0.1 sample, for crack closure alone. To enable this analysis, we propose a introducing the concept of equivalent effective stress intensity factor range, ∆ K eq , eff proposed by Walker. Afterwards, the SIF range reduction ratio, β , which represents the "knock down" factor with respect to the steady state growth was assessed. It is in terms of these newly introduced parameters that the magnitude and extent of the overload-induced crack growth rate retardation can be plotted, fitted and decomposed into closure and residual stress effects, respectively. It is concluded that although the residual stress effect is present at all values of the load ratio R, its effect is relatively short-lived, whilst the closure effect that is dominant at low values of R causes longer range retardation.

  5. Polymer composites and porous materials prepared by thermally induced phase separation and polymer-metal hybrid methods

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    Yoon, Joonsung

    The primary objective of this research is to investigate the morphological and mechanical properties of composite materials and porous materials prepared by thermally induced phase separation. High melting crystallizable diluents were mixed with polymers so that the phase separation would be induced by the solidification of the diluents upon cooling. Theoretical phase diagrams were calculated using Flory-Huggins solution thermodynamics which show good agreement with the experimental results. Porous materials were prepared by the extraction of the crystallized diluents after cooling the mixtures (hexamethylbenzene/polyethylene and pyrene/polyethylene). Anisotropic structures show strong dependence on the identity of the diluents and the composition of the mixtures. Anisotropic crystal growth of the diluents was studied in terms of thermodynamics and kinetics using DSC, optical microscopy and SEM. Microstructures of the porous materials were explained in terms of supercooling and dendritic solidification. Dual functionality of the crystallizable diluents for composite materials was evaluated using isotactic polypropylene (iPP) and compatible diluents that crystallize upon cooling. The selected diluents form homogeneous mixtures with iPP at high temperature and lower the viscosity (improved processability), which undergo phase separation upon cooling to form solid particles that function as a toughening agent at room temperature. Tensile properties and morphology of the composites showed that organic crystalline particles have the similar effect as rigid particles to increase toughness; de-wetting between the particle and iPP matrix occurs at the early stage of deformation, followed by unhindered plastic flow that consumes significant amount of fracture energy. The effect of the diluents, however, strongly depends on the identity of the diluents that interact with the iPP during solidification step, which was demonstrated by comparing tetrabromobisphenol-A and

  6. Separation and detection of isoquinoline alkaloids using MEEKC coupled with field-amplified sample injection induced by ACN.

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    Yu, Li-Shuang; Xu, Xue-Qin; Huang, Lu; Lin, Jin-Ming; Chen, Guo-Nan

    2009-02-01

    New methods based on MEEKC coupling with field-amplified sample injection (FASI) induced by ACN were proposed for five isoquinoline alkaloids (berberine, palmatine, jatrorrhizine, sinomenine and homoharringtonine) in no salt and high salt sample solution (HS). For the separation of five isoquinoline alkaloids, a running buffer composed of 18 mM sodium cholate, 2.4% v/v butan-1-ol, 0.6% v/v ethyl acetate, 10% v/v (or 30% v/v) methanol and 87.0% v/v (or 67% v/v) 5 mM Na2B4O7~10 mM NaH2PO4 buffer (pH 7.5) was developed. In order to improve the sensitivity, FASI induced by ACN was applied to increase the detection sensitivity. The detection limit was found to be as low as 0.0002 microg/mL in no salt sample solution and 0.062 microg/mL in HS. The method has been applied for the analysis of human urine spiked with analytes, and the assay results were proved to be satisfactory, and also the determination of berberine in urine sample after oral administration berberine.

  7. Effects of maternal separation on nicotine-induced conditioned place preference and subsequent learning and memory in adolescent female rats.

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    Dalaveri, Fatemeh; Nakhaee, Nouzar; Esmaeilpour, Khadijeh; Mahani, Saeed Esmaeili; Sheibani, Vahid

    2017-02-03

    Adverse early life experiences can potentially increase risk for drug abuse later in life. However, little research has been conducted studying the effects of maternal separation (MS), an experimental model for early life stress, on the rewarding effects of nicotine. Cognitive function may be affected by MS. So, we also investigated whether nicotine administration affect spatial learning and memory in MS adolescent female rats. Rat pups were subjected to daily MS for 15min (MS15) or 180min (MS180) during the first 2 weeks of life or reared under normal animal facility rearing (AFR) conditions. The place preference test was performed with nicotine (0.6mg/kg,s.c.) or vehicle over a period of 6 conditioning trials during adolescence. Spatial learning and memory performance was evaluated by using Morris water maze (MWM). In our study, adolescent female rats exposed to MS180 shown a significantly greater preference for a nicotine-paired compartment during the testing phase than the MS15 group. Nicotine altered the MS-induced spatial learning defects in the MS180 group. These findings suggest that MS may increase sensitivity to the rewarding effects of nicotine and also it is possible to suggest that nicotine administration may influence learning dysfunction induced by MS in adolescent female rats.

  8. Characterization of induced struvite formation from source-separated urine using seawater and brine as magnesium sources.

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    Liu, Bianxia; Giannis, Apostolos; Zhang, Jiefeng; Chang, Victor W-C; Wang, Jing-Yuan

    2013-11-01

    Struvite (MgNH4PO4·6H2O) precipitation is widely used for nutrient recovery from source-separated urine in view of limited natural resources. Spontaneous struvite formation depletes the magnesium in hydrolyzed urine so that additional magnesium source is required to produce induced struvite for P-recovery. The present study investigated the morphology and purity of induced struvite crystals obtained from hydrolyzed urine by using seawater and desalination brine as low cost magnesium sources. The results demonstrated that both seawater and brine were effective magnesium sources to recover phosphorus from hydrolyzed urine. Crystals obtained from synthetic and real urine were revealed that the morphology was feather and coffin shape, respectively. Structural characterization of the precipitates confirmed that crystallized struvite was the main product. However, co-precipitates magnesium calcite and calcite were observed when seawater was added into synthetic and real urine, respectively. It was found that the presence of calcium in the magnesium sources could compromise struvite purity. Higher struvite purity could be obtained with higher Mg/Ca ratio in the magnesium source. Comparative analysis indicated that seawater and brine had similar effect on the crystallized struvite purity.

  9. Soybean hull induced production of carbohydrases and protease among Aspergillus and their effectiveness in soy flour carbohydrate and protein separation.

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    Li, Qian; Loman, Abdullah Al; Coffman, Anthony M; Ju, Lu-Kwang

    2017-03-15

    Soybean hull consists mainly of three major plant carbohydrates, i.e., cellulose, hemicellulose and pectin. It is inexpensive and a good potential substrate for carbohydrase production because it is capable of inducing a complete spectrum of activities to hydrolyze complex biomass. Aspergillus is known for carbohydrase production but no studies have evaluated and compared, among Aspergillus species and strains, the soybean hull induced production of various carbohydrases. In this study, A. aculeatus, A. cinnamomeus, A. foetidus, A. phoenicis and 11 A. niger strains were examined together with T. reesei Rut C30, another known carbohydrase producer. The carbohydrases evaluated included pectinase, polygalacturonase, xylanase, cellulase, α-galactosidase and sucrase. Growth morphology and pH profiles were also followed. Among Aspergillus strains, morphology was found to correlate with both carbohydrase production and pH decrease profile. Filamentous strains gave higher carbohydrase production while causing slower pH decrease. The enzyme broths produced were also tested for separation of soy flour carbohydrate and protein. Defatted soy flour contains about 53% protein and 32% carbohydrate. The enzymatic treatment can increase protein content and remove indigestible oligo-/poly-saccharides, and improve use of soy flour in feed and food. Protease production by different strains was therefore also compared for minimizing protein degradation. A. niger NRRL 322 and A. foetidus NRRL 341 were found to be the most potent strains that produced maximal carbohydrases and minimal protease under soybean hull induction.

  10. Nanoscale force induced size-selective separation and self-assembly of metal nanoparticles: sharp colloidal stability thresholds and hcp ordering.

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    Zheng, Yuanhui; Lalander, Cecilia H; Bach, Udo

    2010-11-14

    A simple and versatile nanoscale force induced precipitation approach for the separation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) was developed. The AuNPs show sharp size-dependent colloidal stability thresholds as a function of salt concentration. Upon separation, the AuNPs were electrostatically self-assembled onto silicon substrates by fine-tuning interparticle and particle-substrate forces, forming 2D AuNP networks with a high degree of hexagonal closest pack (hcp) superstructures.

  11. Relationship of Polymer Molecular Weight and Cure Temperature in Photopolymerization-Induced Phase Separation of Liquid Crystal and Polymer Fiber Networks

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Ikehata, Seiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2002-10-01

    We studied the dependence of polymer molecular weight on cure temperature in the photopolymerization-induced phase separation of liquid crystal and polymer fiber networks, using gel permeation chromatography. As the experimental result, it was found for the first time that the molecular weight of the polymer, which is segregated and aggregated in the solution of monomer and the liquid crystal, increases with decreasing the temperature. We considered that the spatial concentration of growing polymer density, which is induced by the phase separation with the temperature decrease, accelerates the chemical bonding of polymer molecules.

  12. Polymorph separation induced by angle distortion and electron delocalization effect via orbital modification in V O2 epitaxial thin films

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    Hong, Bin; Hu, Kai; Tao, Zhuchen; Zhao, Jiangtao; Pan, Nan; Wang, Xiaoping; Lu, Minghui; Yang, Yuanjun; Luo, Zhenlin; Gao, Chen

    2017-02-01

    Since Morin discovered that vanadium dioxide (V O2 ) undergoes a reversible and dramatic structural phase transition coupled with an abrupt metal-insulator transition, extensive attention has been paid to V O2 due to its importance in fundamental condensed state physics and its potential technological applications. Here, we observed that the precipitated phases of V O2 (insulating and metallic polymorphs) could be controlled by relaxing the dimerization of the vanadium-vanadium (V-V) atomic chain. In particular, the monoclinic metallic phase can be stabilized even at room temperature with the assistance of the angle-distortion-induced (β =120∘ ) metallization through symmetry matching between the V O2 epitaxial thin films and the (0001)-oriented sapphire substrates. Concomitantly, the insulating phase (M1 ,β =122 .6∘ ) that separates from the metallic matrix may supply another driving force for stabilizing the metallic phase, as indicated by scattering-type scanning near-field optical infrared microscopy and further confirmed by synchrotron radiation high-resolution x-ray diffraction characterizations. Soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy results showed that the orbital features of the monoclinic metallic phase are analogous to those of the high-temperature metallic rutile V O2 (R) phase. First-principles calculations further demonstrate the angle-distortion-induced reduction of the V-V atomic dimerization, which enhances the electron delocalization and thus the conductivity. Therefore, the angle distortion results in the metallic monoclinic phase and stabilizes it with the assistance of the nanoscale insulating V O2 (M1) domains at room temperature. These results are of great importance for understanding the contributions of various polymorphs to the metal-insulator transition and for the design of novel artificially heterointerfacial devices based on V O2 nanoscale polymorphs.

  13. Effect of CMC Molecular Weight on Acid-Induced Gelation of Heated WPI-CMC Soluble Complex.

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    Huan, Yan; Zhang, Sha; Vardhanabhuti, Bongkosh

    2016-02-01

    Acid-induced gelation properties of heated whey protein isolate (WPI) and carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) soluble complex were investigated as a function of CMC molecular weight (270, 680, and 750 kDa) and concentrations (0% to 0.125%). Heated WPI-CMC soluble complex with 6% protein was made by heating biopolymers together at pH 7.0 and 85 °C for 30 min and diluted to 5% protein before acid-induced gelation. Acid-induced gel formed from heated WPI-CMC complexes exhibited increased hardness and decreased water holding capacity with increasing CMC concentrations but gel strength decreased at higher CMC content. The highest gel strength was observed with CMC 750 k at 0.05%. Gels with low CMC concentration showed homogenous microstructure which was independent of CMC molecular weight, while increasing CMC concentration led to microphase separation with higher CMC molecular weight showing more extensive phase separation. When heated WPI-CMC complexes were prepared at 9% protein the acid gels showed improved gel hardness and water holding capacity, which was supported by the more interconnected protein network with less porosity when compared to complexes heated at 6% protein. It is concluded that protein concentration and biopolymer ratio during complex formation are the major factors affecting gel properties while the effect of CMC molecular weight was less significant. © 2016 Institute of Food Technologists®

  14. Overcoming Coulombic Traps: Geometry and Electronic Characterizations of Light-Induced Separated Spins at the Bulk Heterojunction Interface.

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    Kobori, Yasuhiro; Miura, Taku

    2015-01-02

    Recent progress is overviewed on experimental elucidations of fundamental molecular functions of the light-energy conversions by the photoactive layers of the organic photovoltalic (OPV) cells by means of the time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. Positions and orientations of the unpaired electrons and electronic coupling matrix elements are clarified in photoinduced, primary charge-separated (CS) states. Connections between the molecular geometries and the electronic couplings have been characterized for the initial CS states to elucidate how the structure, orbital delocalization, and molecular libration play roles on exothermic carrier dissociation via a vibrationally relaxed charge-transfer complex with prevention of the energy-wasting charge recombination. Superior functions to biological molecules are presented for the efficient photocurrent generations induced by orbital delocalization and by shallow trap depths at polymer-stacking domains. The above structural and electronic characteristics of the primary electron-hole pairs are essential to evaluations, designs, and developments of the efficient solar cells using organic molecules.

  15. Complexation-induced phase separation: preparation of composite membranes with a nanometer-thin dense skin loaded with metal ions.

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    Villalobos, Luis Francisco; Karunakaran, Madhavan; Peinemann, Klaus-Viktor

    2015-05-13

    We present the development of a facile phase-inversion method for forming asymmetric membranes with a precise high metal ion loading capacity in only the dense layer. The approach combines the use of macromolecule-metal intermolecular complexes to form the dense layer of asymmetric membranes with nonsolvent-induced phase separation to form the porous support. This allows the independent optimization of both the dense layer and porous support while maintaining the simplicity of a phase-inversion process. Moreover, it facilitates control over (i) the thickness of the dense layer throughout several orders of magnitude from less than 15 nm to more than 6 μm, (ii) the type and amount of metal ions loaded in the dense layer, (iii) the morphology of the membrane surface, and (iv) the porosity and structure of the support. This simple and scalable process provides a new platform for building multifunctional membranes with a high loading of well-dispersed metal ions in the dense layer.

  16. Hpyerglycemic and anti-diabetic nephritis activities of polysaccharides separated from Auricularia auricular in diet-streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats

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    Hu, Xinyu; Liu, Chungang; Wang, Xue; Jia, Dongxu; Lu, Wenqian; Sun, Xiaoqi; Liu, Yang; Yuan, Lijia

    2017-01-01

    Due to substantial morbidity and complications including nephropathy, a search for alternative treatment of diabetes mellitus is urgently required. The present study aimed to investigate the hypoglycemic and anti-diabetic nephropathy activities of polysaccharides separated from Auricularia auricular (AAP). Diet streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic Sprague-Dawley rats were orally treated with metformin (100 mg/kg; positive control) and AAP (100 and 400 mg/kg) for four weeks, and parameters in the serum and liver associated with blood glucose, free radicals and nephropathy were determined. Similar to metformin, AAP treatment strongly reduced blood glucose levels by promoting glucose metabolism. The anti-oxidative activity of AAP, which was indicated by the modulation of superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, reactive oxygen species and methane dicarboxylic aldehyde levels in serum, was observed in diabetic rats. Furthermore, the regulatory effects of AAP on blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, uric protein and inflammatory-related factors revealed its protection against diabetic nephropathy. The present data suggests that AAP-mediated anti-diabetic and anti-nephritic effects are partially associated with their modulations on the anti-oxidative system and nuclear factor kappa B-related signaling pathway. In conclusion, AAP has potential to be a novel source of treatments for diabetes. PMID:28123514

  17. A quantitative analysis of the separation of aluminum cans out of a waste stream based on eddy current induced levitation

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    Woltereck, M.; Ludwig, R.; Michalson, W.

    1997-01-01

    Eddy current induced levitation can be employed to separate conducting from nonconducting materials as in the recycling of aluminum products. To investigate magnetic fields, eddy currents, and forces, a multiple strategy involving analytical, numerical, and experimental analysis techniques is implemented. In particular, the configuration of an aluminum can over an arrangement of multiple coils is investigated with a two-dimensional parametric finite element model. The results from these simulations are compared to measurements of a practical levitation device. To establish the fidelity of the finite element model, the authors applied the method to two simplified geometries of a thick and a thin slab extended over a conducting wire. For the first case, an analytical inverse Laplace-transform model for the eddy current density is developed. For the second case, Lorentz forces exerted on the thin slab are analytically obtained by employing Maxwell`s moving image method. In addition, an approximation to the moving image method is derived which can be described by an equivalent resonance circuit.

  18. Enhanced attachment, growth and migration of smooth muscle cells on microcarriers produced using thermally induced phase separation.

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    Ahmadi, R; Mordan, N; Forbes, A; Day, R M

    2011-04-01

    Microcarriers are widely used for the expansion of cells in vitro, but also offer an approach for combining cell transplantation and tissue bulking for regenerative medicine in a minimally invasive manner. This could be beneficial in conditions associated with muscle damage or atrophy, such as faecal incontinence, where the use of bulking materials or cell transplantation alone has proven to be ineffective. Microcarriers currently available have not been designed for this purpose and are likely to be suboptimal due to their physical and biochemical properties. The aim of this study was to investigate macroporous microspheres of polylactide-co-glycolide (PLGA), prepared using a thermally induced phase separation technique, for their suitability as cell microcarriers for the transplantation of smooth muscle cells. Cell attachment, growth and migration were studied and compared with commercially available porcine gelatin microcarriers (Cultispher-S) in suspension culture. Smooth muscle cells attached more rapidly to the PLGA microcarriers, which also significantly enhanced the rate of cell growth compared with Cultispher-S microcarriers. The majority of smooth muscle cells attached to the PLGA microcarriers in suspension culture were able to migrate away over a 15 day period of static culture, unlike Cultispher-S microcarriers which retained the majority of cells. The ability of PLGA microcarriers to enhance cell growth combined with their capacity to release cells at the sites of delivery are features that make them ideally suited for use as a cell transplantation delivery device in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

  19. Morphological examination of highly porous polylactic acid/Bioglass(®) scaffolds produced via nonsolvent induced phase separation.

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    Rezabeigi, Ehsan; Wood-Adams, Paula M; Drew, Robin A L

    2016-09-19

    In this study, we produce highly porous (up to ∼91%) composite scaffolds of polylactic acid (PLA) containing 2 wt % sol-gel-derived 45S5 Bioglass(®) particles via nonsolvent induced phase separation at -23°C with no sacrificial phases involved. Before the incorporation of the bioglass with PLA, the particles are surface modified with a silane coupling agent which effectively diminishes agglomeration between them leading to a better dispersion of bioactive particles throughout the scaffold. Interestingly, the incorporation route (via solvent dichloromethane or nonsolvent hexane) of the surface modified particles in the foaming process has the greatest impact on porosity, crystallinity, and morphology of the scaffolds. The composite scaffolds with a morphology consisting of both mesopores and large macropores, which is potentially beneficial for bone regeneration applications, are examined further. SEM images show that the surface modified bioglass particles take-up a unique configuration within the mesoporous structure of these scaffolds ensuring that the particles are well interlocked but not completely covered by PLA such that they can be in contact with physiological fluids. The results of preliminary in vitro tests confirm that this PLA/bioglass configuration promotes the interaction of the bioactive phase with physiological fluids. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 2016.

  20. Thermal-Neutron-Induced Fission of 243Cm: Light-Peak Data from the Lohengrin Mass Separator

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    Tsekhanovich, I.; Simpson, G.S.; Varapai, N.; Rochman, D.; Sokolov, V.; Fioni, G.; Al Mahamid, Ilham

    2005-05-24

    Thermal-neutron-induced fission of 243Cm was studied at the Lohengrin mass separator. The light-mass peak of the fission-yield curve was investigated, and mass (from A=72 to A=120) and independent-product (for Z=28-37) yields were obtained. A comparison was made of the results obtained on the mass yields with those from the fission of 245Cm as well as with the data given by the JEF-2.2 and ENDF/B-VI libraries. The yield of masses in the superasymmetric region was found to be identical to other fission reactions studied at Lohengrin. Experimental fission-product yields from the fission of 243Cm and 245Cm were able to be well described within a theoretical model, which incorporates standard and superasymmetric fission modes as well as a calculation of the charge-distribution parameters in isobaric chains and neutron multiplicities from primary fragments. A prediction of the yield of Ni isotopes in the fission of 243,245,247Cm was made.

  1. Few-layer graphene sheets/poly(vinylidene fluoride) composites prepared by a water vapor induced phase separation method

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    Tian, Konghu; Wang, Hua; Su, Zheng; He, Jing; Tian, Xingyou; Huang, Weiqi; Guo, Yulan

    2017-04-01

    Few-layer graphene sheets/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (FGS/PVDF) composites were prepared by a water vapor induced phase separation (WVIPS) method. The composites were investigated by SEM, TEM, FTIR, Raman, XRD, TG, analysis. The analytical results showed that the FGS were uniformly distributed in the PVDF forming continuous network structure in the PVDF matrix, as a direct result of the WVIPS method. The introduction of FGS was found to endow the PVDF with satisfactory electrical conductivity and good electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness (EMI SE). The composites with 15 wt% FGS content exhibited an electrical conductivity of 1.68 S cm-1. In addition, the same composites showed the excellent EMI SE in the X-band frequency region (high as 45.6 dB at 10 GHz). The proposed preparation process was found to be an easy, convenient and efficient synthetic route to prepare FGS/PVDF composites, that prove useful in the preparation of similar FGS/polymer composites.

  2. Variations of boundary reaction rate and particle size on the diffusion-induced stress in a phase separating electrode

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    Zhang, Lei; He, Linghui; Ni, Yong; Song, Yicheng

    2014-10-14

    In contrast to the case of single-phase delithiation wherein faster discharging leads to higher diffusion-induced stress (DIS), this paper reports nonmonotonous dependency of the boundary reaction rate on the DIS in nanosized spherical electrode accompanying phase separation. It is attributed to a transition from two-phase to single-phase delithiation driven by increase of the boundary reaction rate leading to narrowing and vanishing of the miscibility gap in a range of the particle size. The profiles of lithium concentration and the DIS are identified during the transition based on a continuum model. The resultant maximum DIS first decreases in the region of two-phase delithiation and later returns to increase in the region of single-phase delithiation with the increase of the boundary reaction rate. A map for the failure behavior in the spherical electrode particle is constructed based on the Tresca failure criterion. These results indicate that the failure caused by the DIS can be avoided by appropriate selection of the said parameters in such electrodes.

  3. Structure and properties of PVDF membrane with PES-C addition via thermally induced phase separation process

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    Wu, Lishun; Sun, Junfen

    2014-12-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane and PVDF membrane with phenolphthalein polyethersulfone (PES-C) addition were prepared via thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) method by using diphenyl carbonate (DPC) and dimethyl acetamide (DMAc) as mixed diluents. The effects of coagulation temperature and pre-evaporation time on structure and properties of membranes were studied. The changes of sewage flux in MBR and the attenuation coefficient of sewage flux were investigated. The resistance distributions of PVDF and PVDF/PES-C membranes were compared by resistance analysis. Membrane composition and structure were characterized by ATR-FTIR, TGA, SEM and AFM. The foulant on membranes was analyzed by FTIR. The contact angle of PVDF/PES-C membrane was lower than that of PVDF membrane. A thinner skin layer and a porous cellular support layer formed in PVDF/PES-C membrane and resulted in a higher porosity and pure water flux. The pure water flux and porosity of PVDF/PES-C membrane increased with rising coagulation temperature and decreased with extending pre-evaporation time. The flux attenuation coefficient, the cake layer resistance and internal fouling resistance of PVDF/PES-C membrane in MBR were smaller than those of PVDF membrane in MBR. The FTIR spectrum of foulant on membrane indicated that the foulant on PVDF/PES-C membrane was mostly composed of protein and polysaccharide, while the foulant on pure PVDF membrane included biopolymer clusters besides protein and polysaccharide.

  4. Radiation induces premature chromatid separation via the miR-142-3p/Bod1 pathway in carcinoma cells

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    Pan, Dong; Du, Yarong; Ren, Zhenxin; Chen, Yaxiong; Li, Xiaoman; Wang, Jufang; Hu, Burong

    2016-01-01

    Radiation-induced genomic instability plays a vital role in carcinogenesis. Bod1 is required for proper chromosome biorientation, and Bod1 depletion increases premature chromatid separation. MiR-142-3p influences cell cycle progression and inhibits proliferation and invasion in cervical carcinoma cells. We found that radiation induced premature chromatid separation and altered miR-142-3p and Bod1 expression in 786-O and A549 cells. Overexpression of miR-142-3p increased premature chromatid separation and G2/M cell cycle arrest in 786-O cells by suppressing Bod1 expression. We also found that either overexpression of miR-142-3p or knockdown of Bod1 sensitized 786-O and A549 cells to X-ray radiation. Overexpression of Bod1 inhibited radiation- and miR-142-3p-induced premature chromatid separation and increased resistance to radiation in 786-O and A549 cells. Taken together, these results suggest that radiation alters miR-142-3p and Bod1 expression in carcinoma cells, and thus contributes to early stages of radiation-induced genomic instability. Combining ionizing radiation with epigenetic regulation may help improve cancer therapies. PMID:27527863

  5. Evaluation of the effects of radiation-induced conductivity on charge separation in nuclear weapons during radiographic inspection

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    Farnum, E.H.; Holder, M.D.

    1997-11-04

    Radiography is routinely used for non-destructive inspection of nuclear weapons at Pantex. For example, X radiography can be used to observe the positions of valves, to verify that a stronglink is in the safe position, or to inspect internal mechanical assembly details. Because of the presence of heavy metals in warheads, such operations are carried out with high energy x-rays produced by linear accelerators (Linacs), and substantial doses can be accumulated, especially if images from more than one direction are required. In December 1996, the basis for safety assurance of Linac operations at Pantex was called into question. Questions concerned the level of electrical charge separation in the high explosive (HE) dielectric and possible consequences of high electrical fields. Linac operations, which affect other critical missions at Pantex, were suspended and the Weapons Labs were asked to perform a critical analysis to determine what controls were required to assure safety. The postulated mechanism by which fields could build-up involved creation of charge (primarily Compton Electrons) by incident X-ray photons, and their accumulation in the high explosive. Building on a model originally developed by Mike George at Los Alamos for somewhat different conditions, Livermore developed a model which predicted the voltages which would occur in the vicinity of the detonator cables, and showed how these voltages depend on bulk resistivity of the HE and on the dose and dose rate. The authors proposed that the effects of radiation induced conductivity (RIC) would dominate, and showed that at steady state, neither dose nor dose rate would affect the voltage. They also proposed a series of experiments on HE assemblies to measure the RIC and to confirm the level of voltages attained. The experiments were conducted in March and April. These efforts were successful and showed that voltages were insignificant, and did not depend on dose or dose rate.

  6. Corticotropin-releasing factor modulates maternal separation-induced ultrasonic vocalization in rat pups via activation of CRF1 receptor.

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    Ise, Satoko; Nagano, Norihiro; Okuda, Shoki; Ohta, Hisashi

    2008-10-09

    An infant animal isolated from its mother emits vocalizations spanning from the audible to the ultrasonic. These vocalizations are believed to represent distress signals from the pup. However, the neurobiological basis for vocalizations elicited by isolation has not been well characterized under different environmental conditions. The present study was designed to clarify the role of the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) system in vocalizations elicited by isolating a rat pup at ambient temperatures of 37 degrees C (temperature of the nest in which the mother and littermates are present) and 24 degrees C (room temperature). Sprague-Dawley rat pups at 7 days old were isolated from their dam, then the number of vocalizations was measured for 5 min. The number of vocalizations increased when ambient temperature was changed from 37 degrees C to 24 degrees C. Systemic administration of CRF (3 or 10 mg/kg) increased the number of vocalizations at 37 degrees C in a dose-dependent manner. CRF-induced increases in the number of vocalizations at 3 mg/kg were completely blocked by a selective CRF1 receptor antagonist, NBI27914 (3 mg/kg), but not by a selective CRF2 receptor antagonist, K41498 (3 mg/kg). NBI27914 (30 mg/kg), but not K41498 (3 mg/kg), suppressed the increased number of vocalizations at 24 degrees C. These results demonstrate involvement of the CRF-CRF1 receptor regulatory system on the modulation of ultrasonic vocalizations by rat pups separated from their dam.

  7. Reversal of prenatal diazepam-induced deficit in a spatial-object learning task by brief, periodic maternal separation in adult rats.

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    Cannizzaro, E; Martire, M; Gagliano, M; Plescia, F; La Barbera, M; Mantia, G; Mineo, A; Cannizzaro, G; Cannizzaro, C

    2005-06-20

    In the rat, prenatal exposure to diazepam (DZ) induces a permanent reduction in GABA/BZ receptor (R) function and behavioural abnormalities. Environmental modifications during early stages of life can influence brain development and induce neurobiological and behavioural changes throughout adulthood. Indeed, a subtle, periodic, postnatal manipulation increases GABA/BZ R activity and produces facilitatory effects on neuroendocrine and behavioural responses. We here investigated the impact of prenatal treatment with DZ on learning performance in adult 3- and 8-month-old male rats and the influence of a brief, periodic maternal separation on the effects exerted by prenatal DZ exposure. Learning performance was examined employing a non-aversive spatial, visual and/or tactile task, the "Can test". Behavioural reactivity, emotional state and fear/anxiety-driven behaviour were also examined using open field (OF), acoustic startle reflex (ASR) and elevated plus-maze (EPM) tests. A single daily injection of DZ (1.5mg/kg, s.c.), over gestational days (GD) 14-20, induced, in an age-independent manner, a severe deficit in learning performance, a decrease in locomotor and explorative activity and an increase in peak amplitude in the ASR. Furthermore, anxiety-driven behaviour in EPM was disrupted. Daily maternal separation for 15 min over postnatal days 2-21 exerted opposite effects in all the paradigms examined. Prenatally DZ-exposed maternal separated rats, in contrast to respective non-separated rats, showed an improvement in learning performance, a decrease in emotionality and a normalization of the exploratory behaviour in EPM. These results suggest that a greater maternal care, induced by separation, can serve as a source for the developing brain to enhance neuronal plasticity and to prevent the behavioural abnormalities induced by prenatal DZ exposure.

  8. Acupuncture stimulation at HT7 alleviates depression-induced behavioral changes via regulation of the serotonin system in the prefrontal cortex of maternally-separated rat pups.

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    Park, Hyemee; Yoo, Doyoung; Kwon, Sunoh; Yoo, Tae-Won; Park, Hi-Joon; Hahm, Dae-Hyun; Lee, Hyejung; Kim, Seung-Tae

    2012-07-01

    A possible application of acupuncture in alleviating depression-like behavioral changes and regulating serotonin signaling in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of maternally-separated rat pups was investigated in this study. On postnatal day 15, rat pups were maternally-separated and received acupuncture stimulation at acupoint HT7 or ST36 once a day for 7 days. On postnatal day 21, the tail suspension test was performed and the PFC was harvested. Tissue levels of serotonin (5-HT) and 5-hydroxyindole-3-acetic acid (5-HIAA) were then measured by high-performance liquid chromatography and expression of serotonin transporter (5-HTT) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) were assessed by western blotting. Levels of 5-HT and 5-HIAA were not significantly changed, but the 5-HIAA/5-HT ratio was significantly increased by maternal separation. The immobility time of maternally-separated rat pups was increased, and increased 5-HTT expression and reduced BDNF level were observed in the PFC. But acupuncture stimulation at HT7 alleviated the behavioral change and regulated the changes of 5-HIAA/5-HT ratio, 5-HTT, and BDNF. In conclusion, acupuncture stimulation at HT7 can relieve maternal separation-induced changes, and we propose that regulation of the 5-HIAA/5-HT ratio and of 5-HTT expression by acupuncture stimulation are important acupuncture-induced benefits in this animal model of depression.

  9. Micro-phase sorbent extraction for trace analysis via in situ sorbent formation: application to the spectrophotometric determination of nitrite in environmental waters.

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    Hata, Noriko; Kawashima, Misaki; Kasahara, Issei; Taguchi, Shigeru

    2003-02-01

    A micro-phase sorbent in situ formation from an aqueous solution was proposed for the sensitive spectrophotometric determination of nitrite in environmental waters. Nitrite in a 10 mL sample solution was converted into a cationic azo dye by the reaction with 4-trifluoromethylanilinium ion and N-1-naphthylethylenediammonium ion in an acidic medium. Addition of dodecylbenzenesulfonate ion caused the formation of a suspension of ion associate in the solution. Centrifugation of the solution led to the isolation of a liquid organic phase that extracted the azo dye at the bottom of the centrifuge tube. The volume of the new phase was ca. 5 microL. After the aqueous phase was discarded, the organic phase was dissolved with 1 mL of 2-methoxyethanol to measure the absorbance. Nitrogen as NO2- at concentrations from 1.5 to 30 microg L(-1) was determined with sufficient precision. When 0.2 mL of 2-methoxyethanol was applied to dissolve the organic phase, 0.3-4.8 microg NO2--N L(-1) was determined. The recovery tests for nitrite added to some river water and seawater were satisfactory. This method is very simple and rapid. It takes only 30 min from the dye formation to the measurement of the absorbance.

  10. Insights on the isotropic-to-smectic A transition in ionic liquid crystals from coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations: the role of microphase segregation.

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    Saielli, Giacomo; Bagno, Alessandro; Wang, Yanting

    2015-03-05

    We have investigated the role of microphase segregation as the driving force in the stabilization of thermotropic ionic liquid crystals of smectic type. To this end we have applied the heterogeneity order parameter, initially proposed for ionic liquids, to the coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation results for a model system of an imidazolium nitrate ionic liquid crystal, [C16mim][NO3], whose phase diagram was recently studied. We have found that the heterogeneity order parameters become larger when the system goes through the transition from the isotropic phase to the smectic A phase as the temperature decreases. This can be understood by considering that, in the smectic A phase, the layered structure allows the tail groups to have a degree of aggregation larger than that in the isotropic phase. Our results highlight the role of microsegregation in the stabilization of ionic liquid crystals, which cannot be revealed by the commonly used translational and orientational order parameters used to describe liquid crystal phases.

  11. Thermophysical properties of fluorinated acrylate homopolymers: Mixing and phase separation

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    Roussel, F.; Saidi, S.; Guittard, F.; Geribaldi, S.

    2002-06-01

    The thermophysical properties of fluorinated acrylate homopolymers are investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and optical microscopy and discussed in terms of relative lengths of the fluorinated chain and the hydrocarbon spacer between the acrylate moiety and the fluorinated chain. These compounds exhibit an intrinsic microphase-separation (Isotropic+Isotropic morphology) occurring between the fluorinated chains and the acrylate polymer backbone. It is shown that the enthalpy of mixing is a function of the length of the lateral fluorocarbon chains. The thermophysical behaviour of these materials may be regarded as demixed systems exhibiting an Upper Critical Solution Temperature. The photopolymerization process of one of the monomer is studied by isothermal photocalorimetry. High acrylate double-bond conversion and fast curing rates were obtained thus demonstrating the promising use of these materials for coating and film processing applications using UV-curing techniques.

  12. Cavity-induced microstreaming for simultaneous on-chip pumping and size-based separation of cells and particles.

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    Patel, Maulik V; Nanayakkara, Imaly A; Simon, Melinda G; Lee, Abraham P

    2014-10-07

    We present a microfluidic platform for simultaneous on-chip pumping and size-based separation of cells and particles without external fluidic control systems required for most existing platforms. The device utilizes an array of acoustically actuated air/liquid interfaces generated using dead-end side channels termed Lateral Cavity Acoustic Transducers (LCATs). The oscillating interfaces generate local streaming flow while the angle of the LCATs relative to the main channel generates a global bulk flow from the inlet to the outlet. The interaction of these two competing velocity fields (i.e. global bulk velocity vs. local streaming velocity) is responsible for the observed separation. It is shown that the separation of 5 μm and 10 μm polystyrene beads is dependent on the ratio of these two competing velocity fields. The experimental and simulation results suggest that particle trajectories based only on Stokes drag force cannot fully explain the separation behavior and that the impact of additional forces due to the oscillating flow field must be considered to determine the trajectory of the beads and ultimately the separation behavior of the device. To demonstrate an application of this separation platform with cellular components, smaller red blood cells (7.5 ± 0.8 μm) are separated from larger K562 cells (16.3 ± 2.0 μm) with viabilities comparable to those of controls based on a trypan blue exclusion assay.

  13. Fabrication of Pd/Pd-Alloy Films by Surfactant Induced Electroless Plating for Hydrogen Separation from Advanced Coal Gasification Processes

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    Ilias, Shamsuddin; Kumar, Dhananjay

    2012-07-31

    Dense Pd, Pd-Cu and Pd-Ag composite membranes on microporous stainless steel substrate (MPSS) were fabricated by a novel electroless plating (EP) process. In the conventional Pd-EP process, the oxidation-reduction reactions between Pd-complex and hydrazine result in an evolution of NH{sub 3} and N{sub 2} gas bubbles. When adhered to the substrate surface and in the pores, these gas bubbles hinder uniform Pd-film deposition which results in dendrite growth leading to poor film formation. This problem was addressed by introducing cationic surfactant in the electroless plating process known as surfactant induced electroless plating (SIEP). The unique features of this innovation provide control of Pd-deposition rate, and Pd-grain size distribution. The surfactant molecules play an important role in the EP process by tailoring grain size and the process of agglomeration by removing tiny gas bubbles through adsorption at the gas-liquid interface. As a result surfactant can tailor a nanocrystalline Pd, Cu and Ag deposition in the film resulting in reduced membrane film thickness. Also, it produces a uniform, agglomerated film structure. The Pd-Cu and Pd-Ag membranes on MPSS support were fabricated by sequential deposition using SIEP method. The pre- and post-annealing characterizations of these membranes (Pd, Pd-Cu and Pd-Ag on MPSS substrate) were carried out by SEM, EDX, XRD, and AFM studies. The SEM images show significant improvement of the membrane surface morphology, in terms of metal grain structures and grain agglomeration compared to the membranes fabricated by conventional EP process. The SEM images and helium gas-tightness studies indicate that dense and thinner films of Pd, Pd-Cu and Pd-Ag membranes can be produced with shorter deposition time using surfactant. H{sub 2} Flux through the membranes fabricated by SIEP shows large improvement compared to those by CEP with comparable permselectivity. Pd-MPSS composite membrane was subjected to test for long term

  14. Exploiting Photo-induced Reactions in Polymer Blends to Create Hierarchically Ordered, Defect-free Materials

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    Balazs, Anna [University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

    2016-07-12

    Computer simulations reveal how photo-induced chemical reactions can be exploited to create long-range order in binary and ternary polymeric materials. The process is initiated by shining a spatially uniform light over a photosensitive AB binary blend, which undergoes both a reversible chemical reaction and phase separation. We then introduce a well-collimated, higher-intensity light source. Rastering this secondary light over the sample locally increases the reaction rate and causes formation of defect-free, spatially periodic structures. These binary structures resemble either the lamellar or hexagonal phases of microphase-separated di-block copolymers. We measure the regularity of the ordered structures as a function of the relative reaction rates for different values of the rastering speed and determine the optimal conditions for creating defect-free structures in the binary systems. We then add a non-reactive homo-polymer C, which is immiscible with both A and B. We show that this component migrates to regions that are illuminated by the secondary, higher-intensity light, allowing us to effectively write a pattern of C onto the AB film. Rastering over the ternary blend with this collimated light now leads to hierarchically ordered patterns of A, B, and C. The findings point to a facile, non-intrusive process for manufacturing high-quality polymeric devices in a low-cost, efficient manner.

  15. Separated Shoulder

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    Separated shoulder Overview By Mayo Clinic Staff A separated shoulder is an injury to the ligaments that hold your collarbone (clavicle) to your shoulder blade. In a mild separated shoulder, the ligaments ...

  16. Antihyperglycemic effects of separate and composite extract of root of Musa paradisiaca and leaf of Coccinia indica in streptozotocin-induced diabetic male albino rat.

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    Mallick, Chhanda; Chatterjee, Kausik; Guhabiswas, Mehuli; Ghosh, Debidas

    2007-02-16

    We evaluated the antihyperglycaemic properties of aqueous-methanolic (40:60) extract of root of Musa paradisiaca and leaf of Coccinia indica in separate as well as in composite manner by conducting experiment on streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. We measured food and water intake ability, the fasting blood glucose level, glucose tolerance, activities of important carbohydrate metabolic enzymes like glucose-6-phosphatase, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, hexokinase in liver along with quantification of glycogen in liver and in skeletal muscle and serum insulin level. We noted that after treatment of aqueous methanolic extract of above plant parts in separate as well as in composite manner at a concentration of 80 mg/100 g body weight/day to streptozotocin-induced diabetic rat resulted in a significant remedial effect on blood glucose level as well as carbohydrate metabolic enzymes and the quantity of liver and skeletal muscle glycogen. Serum insulin level that was diminished in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rat recovered significantly after the co-administration of extract of above plant parts. All the above parameters showed a more potent remedial effect after composite extract treatment with respect to separate treatment and none of the extract has any general metabolic toxicity induction.

  17. The effects of lobeline and naltrexone on methamphetamine-induced place preference and striatal dopamine and serotonin levels in adolescent rats with a history of maternal separation.

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    Dimatelis, J J; Russell, V A; Stein, D J; Daniels, W M

    2012-09-01

    Exposure to early life stress has been suggested to increase an individual's vulnerability to methamphetamine (MA) dependence. Although there is no cure for drug dependence, the opioid and vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2) systems may be useful targets for treatment insofar as they play pivotal roles in the neurochemistry of addiction. Here we investigated the effects of naltrexone (opioid antagonist) and lobeline (VMAT2 inhibitor) on MA-induced place preference in adolescent rodents subjected to early life trauma (maternal separation, MS) and controls, as well as the effects on dopamine and serotonin levels in the striatum. We found: (1) maternal separation attenuated methamphetamine-induced place preference; (2) lobeline and naltrexone treatment had differential effects on serotonin and dopamine concentrations in the striatum, naltrexone increased serotonin levels in the maternally separated animals. The hypothesized effect of early adversity increasing MA-induced place preference may not be apparent in adolescence. However the data are consistent with the hypothesis that early life stress influences neurochemical pathways that predispose an individual to drug dependence.

  18. Capillary electrophoresis coupled with in-column fiber-optic laser-induced fluorescence detection for the rapid separation of neodymium.

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    Cheng, Changming; Jiang, Tao; Han, Jun; Lv, Kai; Hu, Sheng; Wang, Xiaolin

    2016-10-01

    In this study, in-column fiber-optic (ICFO) laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) detection technique is coupled with capillary electrophoresis (CE) for the rapid separation of neodymium for the first time. The effects of buffer concentration, buffer pH, and separation voltage on the CE behaviors, including electrophoretic efficiency and detection sensitivity, are investigated in detail. Under the optimal condition determined in this study (15 mM borate buffer, pH 10.50, separation voltage 24 kV), neodymium could be separated effectively from the neighboring lanthanides (praseodymium and samarium) within several minutes, and the limit of detection for neodymium is estimated to be at the ppt level. The ICFO-LIF-CE system assembled in this study exhibits unique performance characteristics such as low cost and flexibility. Meanwhile, the separation efficiency and detection sensitivity of the assembled CE system are comparable to or somewhat better than those obtained in the previous traditional CE systems, indicating the potential of the assembled CE system for practical applications in the fields of spent nuclear fuel analysis, nuclear waste disposal/treatment, and nuclear forensics.

  19. Ultracapacitor separator

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    Wei, Chang; Jerabek, Elihu Calvin; LeBlanc, Jr., Oliver Harris

    2001-03-06

    An ultracapacitor includes two solid, nonporous current collectors, two porous electrodes separating the collectors, a porous separator between the electrodes and an electrolyte occupying the pores in the electrodes and separator. The electrolyte is a polar aprotic organic solvent and a salt. The porous separator comprises a wet laid cellulosic material.

  20. A two-band model for the phase separation induced by the chemical mismatch pressure in different cuprate superconductors

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    Kugel, K. I.; Rakhmanov, A. L.; Sboychakov, A. O.; Kusmartsev, F. V.; Poccia, Nicola; Bianconi, Antonio

    2009-01-01

    A two-band model is used to study the phase separation in systems with different kinds of strongly correlated charge carrier, with a special emphasis on cuprate superconductors near optimum doping. We show that such a system can decompose into two metallic-like phases with more and less localized carriers. This phase separation is controlled by the energy splitting between the two bands. In cuprate superconductors, this energy splitting can be related to the internal chemical pressure on the CuO2 layer due to interlayer mismatch. The interplay between the surface energy of nanoscale inhomogeneities and the long-range Coulomb interaction determines the geometry of the phase-separated state (droplet- or stripe-like, depending on doping). The model is able to reproduce the regime of phase separation at doping higher than 1/8 in the experimental pressure-doping-Tc phase diagram of cuprates at large microstrain as it appears in superoxygenated La2CuO4.

  1. Current-induced transition from particle-by-particle to concurrent intercalation in phase-separating battery electrodes.

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    Li, Yiyang; El Gabaly, Farid; Ferguson, Todd R; Smith, Raymond B; Bartelt, Norman C; Sugar, Joshua D; Fenton, Kyle R; Cogswell, Daniel A; Kilcoyne, A L David; Tyliszczak, Tolek; Bazant, Martin Z; Chueh, William C

    2014-12-01

    Many battery electrodes contain ensembles of nanoparticles that phase-separate on (de)intercalation. In such electrodes, the fraction of actively intercalating particles directly impacts cycle life: a vanishing population concentrates the current in a small number of particles, leading to current hotspots. Reports of the active particle population in the phase-separating electrode lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4; LFP) vary widely, ranging from near 0% (particle-by-particle) to 100% (concurrent intercalation). Using synchrotron-based X-ray microscopy, we probed the individual state-of-charge for over 3,000 LFP particles. We observed that the active population depends strongly on the cycling current, exhibiting particle-by-particle-like behaviour at low rates and increasingly concurrent behaviour at high rates, consistent with our phase-field porous electrode simulations. Contrary to intuition, the current density, or current per active internal surface area, is nearly invariant with the global electrode cycling rate. Rather, the electrode accommodates higher current by increasing the active particle population. This behaviour results from thermodynamic transformation barriers in LFP, and such a phenomenon probably extends to other phase-separating battery materials. We propose that modifying the transformation barrier and exchange current density can increase the active population and thus the current homogeneity. This could introduce new paradigms to enhance the cycle life of phase-separating battery electrodes.

  2. Separation and detection of VX and its methylphosphonic acid degradation products on a microchip using indirect laser-induced fluorescence.

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    Heleg-Shabtai, Vered; Gratziany, Natzach; Liron, Zvi

    2006-05-01

    The application of indirect LIF (IDLIF) technique for on-chip electrophoretic separation and detection of the nerve agent O-ethyl S-[2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl] methylphosphonothiolate (VX) and its major phosphonic degradation products, ethyl methylphosphonic acid (EMPA) and methylphosphonic acid (MPA) was demonstrated. Separation and detection of MPA degradation products of VX and the nerve agent isopropyl methylphosphonofluoridate (GB) are presented. The negatively charged dye eosin was found to be a good fluorescent marker for both the negatively charged phosphonic acids and the positively charged VX, and was chosen as the IDLIF visualization fluorescent dye. Separation and detection of VX, EMPA, and MPA in a simple-cross microchip were completed within less than a minute, and consumed only a 50 pL sample volume. A characteristic system peak that appeared in all IDLIF electropherograms served as an internal standard that increased the reliability of peak identification. The negative peak of both VX and the MPAs is in agreement with indirect detection theory and with previous reports in the literature. The LOD of VX and EMPA by IDLIF was 30 and 37 microM, respectively. Despite the fact that the detection sensitivity is relatively low, the rapid simultaneous on-chip analysis of both VX and its degradation products as well as the separation and detection of the MPA degradation products of both VX and GB, increases detection reliability and may present a choice when sensitivity is not critical compared with speed and simplicity of the assay.

  3. Accumulative charge separation for solar fuels production: coupling light-induced single electron transfer to multielectron catalysis.

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    Hammarström, Leif

    2015-03-17

    The conversion and storage of solar energy into a fuel holds promise to provide a significant part of the future renewable energy demand of our societies. Solar energy technologies today generate heat or electricity, while the large majority of our energy is used in the form of fuels. Direct conversion of solar energy to a fuel would satisfy our needs for storable energy on a large scale. Solar fuels can be generated by absorbing light and converting its energy to chemical energy by electron transfer leading to separation of electrons and holes. The electrons are used in the catalytic reduction of a cheap substrate with low energy content into a high-energy fuel. The holes are filled by oxidation of water, which is the only electron source available for large scale solar fuel production. Absorption of a single photon typically leads to separation of a single electron-hole pair. In contrast, fuel production and water oxidation are multielectron, multiproton reactions. Therefore, a system for direct solar fuel production must be able to accumulate the electrons and holes provided by the sequential absorption of several photons in order to complete the catalytic reactions. In this Account, the process is termed accumulative charge separation. This is considerably more complicated than charge separation on a single electron level and needs particular attention. Semiconductor materials and molecular dyes have for a long time been optimized for use in photovoltaic devices. Efforts are made to develop new systems for light harvesting and charge separation that are better optimized for solar fuel production than those used in the early devices presented so far. Significant progress has recently been made in the discovery and design of better homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts for solar fuels and water oxidation. While the heterogeneous ones perform better today, molecular catalysts based on transition metal complexes offer much greater tunability of electronic and

  4. Enhancing separation of histidine from amino acids via free-flow affinity electrophoresis with gravity-induced uniform hydrodynamic flow.

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    Pang, Bo; Shao, Jing; Zhang, Jie; Geng, Jia-Zhen; Fan, Liu-Yin; Cao, Cheng-Xi; Hou, Jing-Li

    2012-03-01

    In this paper, a novel mode of free-flow affinity electrophoresis (FFAE) was developed to indirectly enhance the separation of free-flow electrophoresis (FFE). In the mode of FFAE, a Ni(II) with high electric charge density and histidine (His) is chosen as a model ligand and target solute, respectively. Through the controlling of experimental conditions (10 mM pH 6.0 Na(2)HPO(4)-NaH(2)PO(4) with 2.0 mM NiCl(2)·6H(2)O background buffer), Ni(II) can combine with His and the combination leads to the high electric charge density of affinity complex of His-Ni(II) in contrast to the low density of free His molecule. But the ligand has weak interaction with uninterested amino acids. Thus, the mobility of His existing as His-Ni(II) is greatly increased from 14.5×10(-8) m(2) V(-1) s(-1) to 30.2 × 10(-8) m(2) V(-1) s(-1), while those mobilities of uninterested amino acids are almost constant. By virtue of the mode, we developed the FFAE procedure and conducted the relevant experiments. The experiments demonstrated the following merits of the FFAE technique: (i) clear enhancement of separation between the target solute of His and uninterested amino acids; (ii) simplicity, and (iii) low cost. Furthermore, the technique was used for the continuous separation of His from its complex sample, and the purity of His was near to 100%. All of the results demonstrate the feasibility of affinity separation in FFE. The developed FFAE may be used in the separation and pretreatment of some biological molecules (e.g. peptides).

  5. Area postrema ablations in cats: Evidence for separate neural routes for motion- and xylazine-induced CTA and emesis

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    Corcoran, Meryl Lee; Fox, Robert A.; Brizzee, Kenneth R.; Crampton, G.; Daunton, Nancy G.

    1991-01-01

    Previous studies on the role of the area postrema (AP) in vomiting induced in the cat by motion and drugs have shown that the AP is not essential for motion-induced vomiting, but is necessary for vomiting to apomorphine and xylazine. To confirm these findings and to determine the role of the AP in the formation of Conditioned Taste Aversion (CTA), the AP was ablated bilaterally in 10 adult female cats. With one exception, the ablated cats continued to vomit to the same motion that elicited emesis before the ablation. Doses of xylazine and apomorphine that elicit emesis in intact cats, failed to induce emesis in the ablated cats. Histological examination indicated that 8 cats had complete lesions and 2 had partial lesions. Investigations of effects of AP ablations on CTA revealed that cats with complete lesions did not form CTA to flavored milk paired with xylazine-induced CTA. Seven of the eigth completely lesioned cats developed motion-induced CTA, even though emesis was not consistently elicited by motion. These results suggest that there are multiple routes for inducing CTA and the emetic reflex, that CTA can form without eliciting emesis, and that CTA may be a sensitive measure of sub-emetic motion sickness.

  6. Photoinduced Iron-Based Water-Induced Phase Separable Catalysis (WPSC) ICAR ATRP of Poly(ethylene glycol) Methyl Ether Methacrylate.

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    Wu, Jian; Zhang, Bingjie; Zhang, Lifen; Cheng, Zhenping; Zhu, Xiulin

    2017-06-01

    Iron-mediated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) has gained extensive attention because of the superiority of iron catalysts, such as low toxicity, abundant reserves, and good biocompatibility. Herein, a practical iron catalyst recycling system, photoinduced iron-based water-induced phase separable catalysis ATRP with initiators for continuous activator regeneration, at room temperature is developed for the first time. In this polymerization system, the polymerization is conducted in homogenous solvents consisting of p-xylene and ethanol, using commercially available 5,10,15,20-tetraphenyl-21H,23H-porphine iron(III) chloride as the iron catalyst, ethyl 2-bromophenylacetate as the ATRP initiator, 2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl diphenylphosphine oxide as the photoinitiator, and poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate as the model hydrophilic monomer. After polymerization, a certain amount of water is added to induce the phase separation so that the catalyst can be separated and recycled in p-xylene phase with very low residual metal complexes (<12 ppm) in the resultant polymers even after six times recycle experiments. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. In vivo testing of a 3D bifurcating microchannel scaffold inducing separation of regenerating axon bundles in peripheral nerves

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    Stoyanova, Irina I.; van Wezel, Richard J. A.; Rutten, Wim L. C.

    2013-12-01

    Artificial nerve guidance channels enhance the regenerative effectiveness in an injured peripheral nerve but the existing design so far has been limited to basic straight tubes simply guiding the growth to bridge the gap. Hence, one of the goals in development of more effective neuroprostheses is to create bidirectional highly selective neuro-electronic interface between a prosthetic device and the severed nerve. A step towards improving selectivity for both recording and stimulation have been made with some recent in vitro studies which showed that three-dimensional (3D) bifurcating microchannels can separate neurites growing on a planar surface and bring them into contact with individual electrodes. Since the growing axons in vivo have the innate tendency to group in bundles surrounded by connective tissue, one of the big challenges in neuro-prosthetic interface design is how to overcome it. Therefore, we performed experiments with 3D bifurcating guidance scaffolds implanted in the sciatic nerve of rats to test if this new channel architecture could trigger separation pattern of ingrowth also in vivo. Our results showed that this new method enabled the re-growth of neurites into channels with gradually diminished width (80, 40 and 20 µm) and facilitated the separation of the axonal bundles with 91% success. It seems that the 3D bifurcating scaffold might contribute towards conveying detailed neural control and sensory feedback to users of prosthetic devices, and thus could improve the quality of their daily life.

  8. Interfacial reaction induced phase separation in La{sub x}Hf{sub y}O films

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    Ma, J. W.; Lee, W. J.; Cho, M.-H.; Lee, K. M.; Sohn, H. C.; Kim, C. S.; Cho, H. J.

    2011-06-15

    Amorphous La{sub x}Hf{sub y}O films containing La at concentrations (x) of 50 and 20% were prepared by atomic layer deposition on ultrathin SiO{sub 2} films (1 nm). We examined the electronic structures and microstructures of the La{sub x}Hf{sub y}O films by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and x-ray diffraction (XRD). Phase separation into La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and HfO{sub 2} was observed in the La{sub x}Hf{sub y}O films subjected to annealing temperatures over 900 deg. C, although the mixture of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and HfO{sub 2} is thermodynamically stable. The structural changes that occurred as the result of phase separation were dependent on the concentrations of La and Hf in the films. During the annealing treatment, silicate was produced due to interfacial reactions and the interfacial reactions were found to be dependent on the La{sub 2}O{sub 3} content in the La{sub x}Hf{sub y}O films, which has a significant influence on the phase separation process and resulting film structure.

  9. In vivo labeling and specific magnetic bead separation of RNA for biofilm characterization and stress-induced gene expression analysis in bacteria.

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    Stankiewicz, Nikolai; Gold, Andrea; Yüksel, Yousra; Berensmeier, Sonja; Schwartz, Thomas

    2009-12-01

    The method of in vivo labeling and separation of bacterial RNA was developed as an approach to elucidating the stress response of natural bacterial populations. This technique is based on the incorporation of digoxigenin-11-uridine-5'-triphosphate (DIG-11-UTP) in the RNA of active bacteria. The digoxigenin fulfills a dual role as a label of de novo synthesized RNA and a target for magnetic bead separation from a total RNA extract. Depending on the growth conditions and the population's composition, the assembly rate of DIG-11-UTP ranged from 1.2% to 12.5% of the total RNA in gram-positive and gram-negative reference bacteria as well as in natural biofilms from drinking water, surface water, and lake sediment. Separation of DIG-RNA from total RNA extracts was performed with a biotinylated anti-digoxigenin antibody and streptavidin-functionalized magnetic particles. The average separation yield from total RNA extracts was about 95% of labeled RNA. The unspecific bindings of non-labeled nucleic acids were smaller than 0.2%, as was evaluated by spiking experiments with an unmarked DNA amplicon. Applicability of the method developed was demonstrated by rRNA-directed PCR-DGGE population analysis of natural biofilms and expression profiling of two stress-induced genes (vanA and rpoS) in reference bacteria.

  10. Separating water-potential induced swelling and shrinking from measured radial stem variations reveals a cambial growth and osmotic concentration signal.

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    Chan, Tommy; Hölttä, Teemu; Berninger, Frank; Mäkinen, Harri; Nöjd, Pekka; Mencuccini, Maurizio; Nikinmaa, Eero

    2016-02-01

    The quantification of cambial growth over short time periods has been hampered by problems to discern between growth and the swelling and shrinking of a tree stem. This paper presents a model, which separates cambial growth and reversible water-potential induced diurnal changes from simultaneously measured whole stem and xylem radial variations, from field-measured Scots pine trees in Finland. The modelled growth, which includes osmotic concentration changes, was compared with (direct) dendrometer measurements and microcore samples. In addition, the relationship of modelled growth and dendrometer measurements to environmental factors was analysed. The results showed that the water-potential induced changes of tree radius were successfully separated from stem growth. Daily growth predicted by the model exhibited a high correlation with the modelled daily changes of osmotic concentration in phloem, and a temperature dependency in early summer. Late-summer growth saw higher dependency on water availability and temperature. Evaluation of the model against dendrometer measurements showed that the latter masked a true environmental signal in stem growth due to water-potential induced changes. The model provides better understanding of radial growth physiology and offers potential to examine growth dynamics and changes due to osmotic concentration, and how the environment affects growth. © 2015 The Authors. Plant, Cell & Environment published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  11. An introduction to the statistical physics of active matter: motility-induced phase separation and the "generic instability" of active gels

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    Marenduzzo, Davide

    2016-11-01

    In this work we review some statistical physics techniques to coarse grain active matter systems, writing down a set of continuum fields which track the evolution of macroscopic fields such as density, momentum, etc. While the method can be applied in general, we will focus here on two simple and by now well-studied, active matter examples. First, we will consider motility-induced phase separation, the phenomenon by which a concentrated suspension of self-propelled particles spontaneously separates into a dense and a dilute phase. Second, we will review the so-called "generic instability" of active gels, which refers to the nonequilibrium phase transition between a quiescent and a spontaneously flowing phase in a concentrated suspension of rodlike active particles. For both these cases, we also outline recent developments in the literature.

  12. Neptunium separations

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    Wild, J.F.

    1983-05-09

    Two procedures for the separation of Np are presented; the first involves separation of /sup 239/Np from irradiated /sup 238/U, and the second involves separation of /sup 237/Np from a solution representing that from a dissolved fuel element.

  13. Chloride conductance and Pi transport are separate functions induced by the expression of NaPi-1 in Xenopus oocytes.

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    Bröer, S; Schuster, A; Wagner, C A; Bröer, A; Forster, I; Biber, J; Murer, H; Werner, A; Lang, F; Busch, A E

    1998-07-01

    Expression of the protein NaPi-1 in Xenopus oocytes has previously been shown to induce an outwardly rectifying Cl- conductance (GCl), organic anion transport and Na+-dependent Pi-uptake. In the present study we investigated the relation between the NaPi-1 induced GCl and Pi-induced currents and transport. NaPi-1 expression induced Pi-transport, which was not different at 1-20 ng/oocyte NaPi-1 cRNA injection and was already maximal at 1-2 days after cRNA injection. In contrast, GCl was augmented at increased amounts of cRNA injection (1-20 ng/oocyte) and over a five day expression period. Subsequently all experiments were performed on oocytes injected with 20 ng/oocytes cRNA. Pi-induced currents (Ip) could be observed in NaPi-1 expressing oocytes at high concentrations of Pi (>/= 1 mm Pi). The amplitudes of Ip correlated well with GCl. Ip was blocked by the Cl- channel blocker NPPB, partially Na+-dependent and completely abolished in Cl- free solution. In contrast, Pi-transport in NaPi-1 expressing oocytes was not NPPB sensitive, stronger depending on extracellular Na+ and weakly affected by Cl- substitution. Endogenous Pi-uptake in water-injected oocytes amounted in all experiments to 30-50% of the Na+-dependent Pi-transport observed in NaPi-1 expressing oocytes. The properties of the endogenous Pi-uptake system (Km for Pi > 1 mM; partial Na+- and Cl--dependence; lack of NPPB block) were similar to the NaPi-1 induced Pi-uptake, but no Ip could be recorded at Pi-concentrations

  14. Experimental constraints on non-linearities induced by two-photon effects in elastic and inelastic Rosenbluth separations

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    Vladas Tvaskis; John Arrington; Michael Christy; Rolf Ent; Cynthia Keppel; Yongguang Liang; Grahame Vittorini

    2006-01-26

    The effects of two-photon exchange corrections, suggested to explain the difference between measurements of the proton elastic electromagnetic form factors using the polarization transfer and Rosenbluth techniques, have been studied in elastic and inelastic scattering data. Such corrections could introduce epsilon-dependent non-linearities in inelastic Rosenbluth separations, where epsilon is the virtual photon polarization parameter. It is concluded that such non-linear effects are consistent with zero for elastic, resonance, and deep-inelastic scattering for all Q{sup 2} and W{sup 2} values measured.

  15. Characterization of Acp, a Peptidoglycan Hydrolase of Clostridium perfringens with N-Acetylglucosaminidase Activity That Is Implicated in Cell Separation and Stress-Induced Autolysis▿ †

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    Camiade, Emilie; Peltier, Johann; Bourgeois, Ingrid; Couture-Tosi, Evelyne; Courtin, Pascal; Antunes, Ana; Chapot-Chartier, Marie-Pierre; Dupuy, Bruno; Pons, Jean-Louis

    2010-01-01

    This work reports the characterization of the first known peptidoglycan hydrolase (Acp) produced mainly during vegetative growth of Clostridium perfringens. Acp has a modular structure with three domains: a signal peptide domain, an N-terminal domain with repeated sequences, and a C-terminal catalytic domain. The purified recombinant catalytic domain of Acp displayed lytic activity on the cell walls of several Gram-positive bacterial species. Its hydrolytic specificity was established by analyzing the Bacillus subtilis peptidoglycan digestion products by coupling reverse phase-high-pressure liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) analysis, which displayed an N-acetylglucosaminidase activity. The study of acp expression showed a constant expression during growth, which suggested an important role of Acp in growth of C. perfringens. Furthermore, cell fractionation and indirect immunofluorescence staining using anti-Acp antibodies revealed that Acp is located at the septal peptidoglycan of vegetative cells during exponential growth phase, indicating a role in cell separation or division of C. perfringens. A knockout acp mutant strain was obtained by using the insertion of mobile group II intron strategy (ClosTron). The microscopic examination indicated a lack of vegetative cell separation in the acp mutant strain, as well as the wild-type strain incubated with anti-Acp antibodies, demonstrating the critical role of Acp in cell separation. The comparative responses of wild-type and acp mutant strains to stresses induced by Triton X-100, bile salts, and vancomycin revealed an implication of Acp in autolysis induced by these stresses. Overall, Acp appears as a major cell wall N-acetylglucosaminidase implicated in both vegetative growth and stress-induced autolysis. PMID:20190047

  16. Heparin use in a rat hemorrhagic shock model induces biologic activity in mesenteric lymph separate from shock.

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    Qin, Yong; Prescott, Lauriston M; Deitch, Edwin A; Kaiser, Vicki L

    2011-04-01

    Experimental data have shown that mesenteric lymph from rats subjected to trauma-hemorrhagic shock (THS) but not trauma-sham shock induces neutrophil activation, cytotoxicity, decreased red blood cell (RBC) deformability, and bone marrow colony growth suppression. These data have led to the hypothesis that gut factors produced from THS enter the systemic circulation via the mesenteric lymphatics and contribute to the progression of multiple organ failure after THS. Ongoing studies designed to identify bioactive lymph agents implicated factors associated with the heparin use in the THS procedure. We investigated if heparin itself was responsible for reported toxicity to human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Human umbilical vein endothelial cell toxicity was not induced by lymph when alternate anticoagulants (citrate and EDTA) were used in THS. Human umbilical vein endothelial cell toxicity was induced by lymph after heparin but not saline or citrate injection into trauma-sham shock and naive animals and was dose dependent. Activities of both heparin-releasable lipases (lipoprotein and hepatic) were detected in the plasma and lymph from THS and naive animals receiving heparin but not citrate or saline. Lymph-induced HUVEC toxicity correlated with lymph lipase activities. Finally, incubation of HUVECs with purified lipoprotein lipase added to naive lymph-induced toxicity in vitro. These data show that heparin, not THS, is responsible for the reported lymph-mediated HUVEC toxicity through its release of lipases into the lymph. These findings can provide alternative explanations for several of the THS effects reported in the literature using heparin models, thus necessitating a review of previous work in this field.

  17. Heparin use in a rat hemorrhagic shock model induces biologic activity in mesenteric lymph separate from shock

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    Qin, Yong; Prescott, Lauriston M.; Deitch, Edwin A.; Kaiser, Vicki L.

    2011-01-01

    Experimental data has shown that mesenteric lymph from rats subjected to trauma-hemorrhagic shock (THS) but not trauma-sham shock (TSS) induces neutrophil activation, cytotoxicity, decreased red blood cell deformability and bone marrow colony growth suppression. These data have lead to the hypothesis that gut factors produced from THS enter the systemic circulation via the mesenteric lymphatics and contribute to the progression of Multiple Organ Failure (MOF) following THS. Ongoing studies designed to identify bioactive lymph agents implicated factors associated with the heparin use in the THS procedure. We investigated if heparin itself was responsible for reported toxicity to human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). HUVEC toxicity was not induced by lymph when alternate anti-coagulants (citrate and EDTA) were used in THS. HUVEC toxicity was induced by lymph after heparin but not saline or citrate injection into TSS and naïve animals and was dose dependent. Activities of both heparin-releasable lipases (lipoprotein (LPL) and hepatic (HL)) were detected in the plasma and lymph from THS and naïve animals receiving heparin but not citrate or saline. Lymph-induced HUVEC toxicity correlated with lymph lipase activities. Finally, incubation of HUVECs with purified LPL added to naïve lymph induced toxicity in vitro. These data show that heparin, not THS, is responsible for the reported lymph-mediated HUVEC toxicity through its release of lipases into the lymph. These findings can provide alternative explanations for several of the THS effects reported in the literature using heparin models thus necessitating a review of previous work in this field. PMID:21063238

  18. Electrically Tunable Microlens via Photopolymerization-Induced Phase Separation of Liquid Crystal/Monomer Mixtures Based on Four-Wave Mixing

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    Kyu, Thein; Nwabunma, Domasius

    2001-03-01

    We introduce a new method of fabricating electrically tunable liquid crystal (LC) microlens via photopolymerization-induced phase separation of LC/monomer mixtures using four-wave mixing technique, i.e., interference of two horizontal and two vertical waves. The microlens forming process was simulated based on a spatially modulated photopolymerization reaction coupled with the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau (TDGL) Model C equations, which incorporate free energy densities due to isotropic mixing, LC ordering, and polymer network elasticity. Our simulation revealed that the calculated LC microlens are similar to the compound eyes found in the eyes of insects such as flies, ants, and wasps.

  19. Unsteady separation in sharp fin-induced shock wave/turbulent boundary layer interaction at Mach 5

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    Schmisseur, J. D.; Dolling, D. S.

    1992-01-01

    Fluctuating wall-pressure measurements are made in shock-wave/turbulent-boundary-layer interactions generated by sharp/unswept fins at angles of attack of 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, and 28 degrees at Mach 5. The experiment was conducted under approximately adiabatic wall temperature conditions. The mean and rms pressure distributions can be collapsed in conical coordinates. The wall-pressure signal near separation is intermittent for all angles of attack (16-28 deg) and is qualitatively similar to that measured in unswept flows. However, the shock frequencies are higher - about 5 kHz compared to 0.5-1 kHz. Over the range of sweepbacks examined, from 25-55 deg, the spectral content of the fluctuating pressures does not change. Thus, the increase in separation-shock frequency from 1 to 5 kHz occurs at lower interaction sweepback and is not a continuous process with increasing sweepback. Power spectra at the position of maximum rms in the intermittent region for interactions in different incoming boundary layers have the same center frequency. The maximum rms in the intermittent region correlates with interaction sweepback, not with overall inviscid pressure rise.

  20. Salinity induced physiological and biochemical changes in the freshly separated cyanobionts of Azolla microphylla and Azolla caroliniana.

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    Yadav, Ravindra Kumar; Tripathi, Keshawanand; Ramteke, Pramod Wasudeo; Varghese, Eldho; Abraham, Gerard

    2016-09-01

    Freshly separated cyanobionts of Azolla microphylla and Azolla caroliniana plants exposed to salinity showed decline in the cellular constituents such as chlorophyll (23.1 and 38.9%) and protein (12.9 and 19.3%). However, an increase in the carotenoid and sugar content was observed. Exposure to salinity stress reduced the heterocyst frequency (35.4 and 57.2%) and nitrogenase activity (37.7 and 46.3%) of the cyanobionts. Increase in the activity of antioxidant enzymes such as super oxide dismutase (50.6 and 11.5%), ascorbate peroxidase (63.7 and 57.9%), catalase (94.2 and 22.5%) as well as non-enzymatic antioxidant proline (18.8 and 13.3%) was also observed in response to salinity. The cyanobionts exhibited significant increase in the intracellular Na(+) level and reduced intracellular K(+)/Na(+) and Ca(2+)/Na(+) ratio in response to salinity. The results demonstrate the adverse impact of salinity on the freshly separated cyanobionts as similar to free living cyanobacteria. These results may be helpful in the critical evaluation of salinity tolerance mechanism of the cyanobiont and its interaction with the host.

  1. Low-temperature baroplastic processing of graphene-based polymer composites by pressure-induced flow

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    Tang, Wei; He, Cheng-en; Wang, Yuanzhen; Yang, Yingkui; Pong Tsui, Chi

    2014-08-01

    Two-stage emulsion polymerization was employed to synthesize nanoparticles consisting of a low glass transition temperature core of poly(n-butyl acrylate) (PBA) and a glassy poly(methyl methylacrylate) (PMMA) shell. Incorporation of graphene oxide (GO) into the PBA-PMMA latex produced GO/PBA-PMMA composites after demulsification and graphene/PBA-PMMA composites after chemical reduction of GO. The as-prepared powdery materials were processed into thin films by compression molding at room temperature as the result of a pressure-induced mixing mechanism of microphase-separated baroplastics. The presence of oxygen-containing groups for GO sheets contributed to better dispersion and stronger interface with the matrix, thereby showing greater reinforcement efficiency toward polymers compared to graphene sheets. In addition, both Young's modulus and yield strength for all materials increased with applied pressure and processing time due to better flowability, processability and cohesion at higher pressure and longer time. Low-temperature processing under pressure is of significance for energy conservation, recyclability and environmental protection during plastic processing.

  2. Separation of an anterior inducing activity from development of dorsal axial mesoderm in large-headed frog embryos.

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    Elinson, R P

    1991-05-01

    The body of a vertebrate arises through a series of inductive interactions in the embryo. Macrocephaly is a distortion of the body in which a disproportionate amount of tissue is devoted to the head. This syndrome occurs in certain hybrids between frog species and appears to be due to an alteration of inductive relationships. Chimeric blastulae between normal and hybrid embryos developed macrocephaly when the marginal zone was derived from the hybrid. In these cases, a large cement gland, characteristic of the hybrid head, was induced to form from normal ectoderm. When hybrid zygotes were irradiated with ultraviolet (uv) light, all dorsoanterior structures, including notochord, somites, and central nervous system, were eliminated, but the most anterior-induced structure, the cement gland, remained. Embryos without dorsoanterior structures but with cement glands were also produced by injecting germinal vesicle extracts into the blastocoel of uv-irradiated nonhybrid embryos. These results demonstrate that an anterior inducing activity can be uncoupled from development of the neural tube and dorsal axial mesoderm.

  3. Momentum transport cross-section measurements for potassium and rubidium in rare gases and white light-induced separation of rubidium isotopes

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    Mugglin, D.T.

    1993-12-31

    This dissertation is concerned with two light-induced kinetic effects, light-induced diffusive pulling and light-induced drift. We use a light-induced diffusive pulling experiment to measure the ground state velocity-changing collision cross section (related to the momentum transport cross section and the diffusion coefficient) and the relative difference ({Delta}{sigma}/{sigma}) of the excited and ground state cross sections with respect to that of the ground state for potassium mixed with inert buffer gases. The measured excited state cross section is a weighted average of the potassium 4{sup 2}P{sub 1/2} and 4{sup 2}P{sub 3/2} fine structure levels, which are mixed by collisions with inert gas atoms. For the ground state cross sections, we obtain the following experimental results for potassium mixed with He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe, respectively: 52 {+-} 4, 57 {+-} 8, 61 {+-} 5, 43 {+-} 5, and 60 {+-}5 {angstrom}{sup 2}. For {Delta}{sigma}/{sigma}, we obtain the following (in the same order): 0.085 {+-} 0.010, 0.058 {+-} 0.006, 0.41 {+-} 0.03, 0.43 {+-} 0.03, and 0.61 {+-} 0.05. For potassium-Ne and potassium-Ar, we combine these measurements with light-induced drift measurements of the ratio {Delta}{sigma}(J = 3/2) : {Delta}{sigma}(J = 1/2) to obtain absolute transport cross sections for the individual 4{sup 2}S{sub 1/2}, 4{sup 2}P{sub 1/2}, and 4{sup 2}P{sub 3/2} levels. We also use the light-induced diffusive pulling experimental method to measure {Delta}{sigma}/{sigma} for Rb-inert gas mixtures. We obtain values for the ground state diffusion cross section for Rb in several of the inert gases as well. We report the first experimental observation of the separation of two isotopes using broadband light by the process of white light-induced drift. For a light source, we use a broadband laser with an acousto-optic modulator as an output coupler. We verify the separation of the {sup 85}Rb and {sup 87}Rb isotopes.

  4. Metastatic choriocarcinoma induced separate simultaneous intracerebral haemorrhages: a very rare occurrence and its novel association with Klinefelter syndrome.

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    Joret, Maximilian Olavi; Starke, Robert M; Scotter, John; Heppner, Peter

    2015-11-12

    Non-traumatic separate simultaneous intracerebral haemorrhages (SSIHs) are rare. Relevant aetiologies are diverse and their diagnosis challenging. We report a unique case of SSIH in an 18-year-old male with a background of previously undiagnosed testicular choriocarcinoma and Klinefelter syndrome. The patient was admitted to Auckland City Hospital with headaches, drowsiness and vomiting. A CT scan revealed SSIH in a background of tumorous lesions. His β human chorionic gonadotropin titre was elevated at 355 000 IU/L. The SSIH and the associated tumorous lesions were acutely surgically resected and the patient started on bleomycin, etoposide and cisplatin combination chemotherapy with excellent results. In this article, we underline choriocarcinoma as a rare aetiology of SSIH and present an example of the clinical presentation, investigation and management of this very rare pathological entity.

  5. An experimental and numerical investigation of shock-wave induced turbulent boundary-layer separation at hypersonic speeds

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    Marvin, J. G.; Horstman, C. C.; Rubesin, M. W.; Coakley, T. J.; Kussoy, M. I.

    1975-01-01

    An experiment designed to test and guide computations of the interaction of an impinging shock wave with a turbulent boundary layer is described. Detailed mean flow-field and surface data are presented for two shock strengths which resulted in attached and separated flows, respectively. Numerical computations, employing the complete time-averaged Navier-Stokes equations along with algebraic eddy-viscosity and turbulent Prandtl number models to describe shear stress and heat flux, are used to illustrate the dependence of the computations on the particulars of the turbulence models. Models appropriate for zero-pressure-gradient flows predicted the overall features of the flow fields, but were deficient in predicting many of the details of the interaction regions. Improvements to the turbulence model parameters were sought through a combination of detailed data analysis and computer simulations which tested the sensitivity of the solutions to model parameter changes. Computer simulations using these improvements are presented and discussed.

  6. Periodic porous stripe patterning in a polymer blend film induced by phase separation during spin-casting.

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    Kim, Jae-Kyung; Taki, Kentaro; Nagamine, Shinsuke; Ohshima, Masahiro

    2008-08-19

    A periodic striping pattern with microscale pore size is observed on the surface of thin films prepared by spin-casting from a polystyrene (PS) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) blend solution. The pattern is created by the convection generated by thermal gradients in the solution between the substrate and film solution during solvent evaporation, the radial flow of the spin-coated solution, and the primary and secondary phase separation of the PS and PEG solutions. The formation mechanism of the periodic porous stripe pattern is discussed, wherein the effects of the polymer blend weight ratio, polymer concentration, and drying rate on the formation of the periodic porous striping pattern are investigated using scanning electron and atomic force microscopy.

  7. Selective Breeding for Infant Rat Separation-Induced Ultrasonic Vocalizations: Developmental Precursors of Passive and Active Coping Styles

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    Brunelli, Susan A.; Hofer, Myron A.

    2009-01-01

    Human depression and anxiety disorders show inherited biases across generations, as do antisocial disorders characterized by aggression. Each condition is preceded in children by behavioral inhibition or aggressive behavior, respectively, and both are characterized by separation anxiety disorders. In affected families, adults and children exhibit different forms of altered autonomic nervous system regulation and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activity in response to stress. Because it is difficult to determine mechanisms accounting for these associations, animal studies are useful for studying the fundamental relationships between biological and behavioral traits. Pharmacologic and behavioral studies suggest that infant rat ultrasonic vocalizations (USV) are a measure of an early anxiety-like state related to separation anxiety. However, it was not known whether or not early ultrasound emissions in infant rats are markers for genetic risk for anxiety states later in life. To address these questions, we selectively bred two lines of rats based on high and low rates of USV to isolation at postnatal (P) 10 days of age. To our knowledge, ours is the only laboratory that has ever selectively bred on the basis of an infantile trait related to anxiety. The High and Low USV lines show two distinct sets of patterns of behavior, physiology and neurochemistry from infancy through adulthood. As adults High line rats demonstrate “anxious”/“depressed” phenotypes in behavior and autonomic nervous system (ANS) regulation to standard laboratory tests. In Lows, on the other hand, behavior and autonomic regulation are consistent with an “aggressive” phenotype. The High and Low USV lines are the first genetic animal models implicating long-term associations of contrasting “coping styles” with early attachment responses. They thus present a potentially powerful model for examining gene-environment interactions in the development of life-long affective regulation. PMID

  8. Chiral Separations

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    Stalcup, A. M.

    2010-07-01

    The main goal of this review is to provide a brief overview of chiral separations to researchers who are versed in the area of analytical separations but unfamiliar with chiral separations. To researchers who are not familiar with this area, there is currently a bewildering array of commercially available chiral columns, chiral derivatizing reagents, and chiral selectors for approaches that span the range of analytical separation platforms (e.g., high-performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, supercritical-fluid chromatography, and capillary electrophoresis). This review begins with a brief discussion of chirality before examining the general strategies and commonalities among all of the chiral separation techniques. Rather than exhaustively listing all the chiral selectors and applications, this review highlights significant issues and differences between chiral and achiral separations, providing salient examples from specific classes of chiral selectors where appropriate.

  9. Autonomous oscillation/separation of cell density artificially induced by optical interlink feedback as designed interaction between two isolated microalgae chips

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    Ozasa, Kazunari; Won, June; Song, Simon; Maeda, Mizuo

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrate a designed interaction between two isolated cell populations of Euglena gracilis and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, separately confined in two 25-square micro-aquariums of lab-on-chip size. The interaction was realized by interlinking two identical optical feedback systems, which measured the cell distribution. To analyze the cell populations, we measured the cell distribution in the 25 squares and irradiated the cells with a blue light pattern as an external stimulus. The cell distribution dataset was exchanged between the two systems. Governed by a designed interaction algorithm, the feedback systems produced a dynamic blue light illumination pattern that evoked the photophobic responses of both species. We also induced autonomous cell density oscillation and cell distribution separation and clustering, and analyzed how the types and diversities of the photophobic responses affected the oscillation period and separation and clustering. We conclude that artificial interlink feedback is a promising method for investigating diverse cell–cell interactions in ecological communities, and for developing soft-computing applications with living cells.

  10. Genome-wide identification of cassava R2R3 MYB family genes related to abscission zone separation after environmental-stress-induced abscission

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    Liao, Wenbin; Yang, Yiling; Li, Yayun; Wang, Gan; Peng, Ming

    2016-01-01

    Cassava plants (Manihot esculenta Crantz) resist environmental stresses by shedding leaves in leaf pulvinus abscission zones (AZs), thus leading to adaptation to new environmental conditions. Little is known about the roles of cassava R2R3 MYB factors in regulating AZ separation. Herein, 166 cassava R2R3 MYB genes were identified. Evolutionary analysis indicated that the 166 R2R3 MYB genes could be divided into 11 subfamilies. Transcriptome analysis indicated that 26 R2R3 MYB genes were expressed in AZs across six time points during both ethylene- and water-deficit stress-induced leaf abscission. Comparative expression profile analysis of similar SOTA (Self Organizing Tree Algorithm) clusters demonstrated that 10 R2R3 MYB genes had similar expression patterns at six time points in response to both treatments. GO (Gene Ontology) annotation confirmed that all 10 R2R3 MYB genes participated in the responses to stress and ethylene and auxin stimuli. Analysis of the putative 10 R2R3 MYB promoter regions showed that those genes primarily contained ethylene- and stress-related cis-elements. The expression profiles of the genes acting downstream of the selected MYBs were confirmed to be involved in cassava abscission zone separation. All these results indicated that R2R3 MYB plays an important regulatory role in AZ separation. PMID:27573926

  11. Autonomous oscillation/separation of cell density artificially induced by optical interlink feedback as designed interaction between two isolated microalgae chips

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    Ozasa, Kazunari; Won, June; Song, Simon; Maeda, Mizuo

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate a designed interaction between two isolated cell populations of Euglena gracilis and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, separately confined in two 25-square micro-aquariums of lab-on-chip size. The interaction was realized by interlinking two identical optical feedback systems, which measured the cell distribution. To analyze the cell populations, we measured the cell distribution in the 25 squares and irradiated the cells with a blue light pattern as an external stimulus. The cell distribution dataset was exchanged between the two systems. Governed by a designed interaction algorithm, the feedback systems produced a dynamic blue light illumination pattern that evoked the photophobic responses of both species. We also induced autonomous cell density oscillation and cell distribution separation and clustering, and analyzed how the types and diversities of the photophobic responses affected the oscillation period and separation and clustering. We conclude that artificial interlink feedback is a promising method for investigating diverse cell–cell interactions in ecological communities, and for developing soft-computing applications with living cells. PMID:27098710

  12. The essential role of hippocampal alpha6 subunit-containing GABAA receptors in maternal separation stress-induced adolescent depressive behaviors.

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    Yang, Linjie; Xu, Ting; Zhang, Ke; Wei, Zhisheng; Li, Xuran; Huang, Mingfa; Rose, Gregory M; Cai, Xiang

    2016-10-15

    Exposure to early stressful adverse life events such as maternal separation severely impacts the development of the nervous system. Using immunohistochemistry, quantitative PCR and Western blot approaches, we found that alpha6 subunit-containing GABAA receptors (Gabra6-containing GABAA Rs) were expressed on hippocampal interneurons of adolescent rats. Maternal separation stress (MS) from postnatal day 2 to15 significantly reduced Gabra6 expression and provoked depressive behaviors such as anhedonia. Furosemide, the selective antagonist of Gabra6-containing GABAARs, strongly increased peak amplitude of evoked IPSCs at CA3-CA1 synapses and the frequency of miniature IPSPs recorded from CA1 pyramidal cells in naive control animals, and this effect was occluded in MS animals. Knockdown of Gabra6 expression in hippocampus mimicked furosemide's effect and was sufficient to produce similar depressive symptoms that were observed in MS animals. These results indicate that the Gabra6-containing GABAA R is a key modulator of hippocampal synaptic transmission and likely plays a crucial role in the pathophysiology of maternal separation-induced depression.

  13. Battery separators.

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    Arora, Pankaj; Zhang, Zhengming John

    2004-10-01

    The ideal battery separator would be infinitesimally thin, offer no resistance to ionic transport in electrolytes, provide infinite resistance to electronic conductivity for isolation of electrodes, be highly tortuous to prevent dendritic growths, and be inert to chemical reactions. Unfortunately, in the real world the ideal case does not exist. Real world separators are electronically insulating membranes whose ionic resistivity is brought to the desired range by manipulating the membranes thickness and porosity. It is clear that no single separator satisfies all the needs of battery designers, and compromises have to be made. It is ultimately the application that decides which separator is most suitable. We hope that this paper will be a useful tool and will help the battery manufacturers in selecting the most appropriate separators for their batteries and respective applications. The information provided is purely technical and does not include other very important parameters, such as cost of production, availability, and long-term stability. There has been a continued demand for thinner battery separators to increase battery power and capacity. This has been especially true for lithiumion batteries used in portable electronics. However, it is very important to ensure the continued safety of batteries, and this is where the role of the separator is greatest. Thus, it is essential to optimize all the components of battery to improve the performance while maintaining the safety of these cells. Separator manufacturers should work along with the battery manufacturers to create the next generation of batteries with increased reliability and performance, but always keeping safety in mind. This paper has attempted to present a comprehensive review of literature on separators used in various batteries. It is evident that a wide variety of separators are available and that they are critical components in batteries. In many cases, the separator is one of the major factors

  14. Water separator

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    Dunn, W. F.; Austin, I. G. (Inventor)

    1964-01-01

    An apparatus for separating liquids from gases or gaseous fluids is described. Features of the apparatus include: (1) the collection and removal of the moisture in the fluid is not dependent upon, or affected by gravity; (2) all the collected water is cyclically drained from the apparatus irrespective of the attitude of the separator; and (3) a fluid actuator is utilized to remove the collected water from the separator.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Unstable Maternal Environment, Separation Anxiety, and Heightened CO2 Sensitivity Induced by Gene-by-Environment Interplay

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    D'Amato, Francesca R.; Coccurello, Roberto; Pascucci, Tiziana; Ventura, Rossella; Puglisi-Allegra, Stefano; Spatola, Chiara A. M.; Pesenti-Gritti, Paola; Oddi, Diego; Moles, Anna; Battaglia, Marco

    2011-01-01

    Background In man, many different events implying childhood separation from caregivers/unstable parental environment are associated with heightened risk for panic disorder in adulthood. Twin data show that the occurrence of such events in childhood contributes to explaining the covariation between separation anxiety disorder, panic, and the related psychobiological trait of CO2 hypersensitivity. We hypothesized that early interference with infant-mother interaction could moderate the interspecific trait of response to CO2 through genetic control of sensitivity to the environment. Methodology Having spent the first 24 hours after birth with their biological mother, outbred NMRI mice were cross-fostered to adoptive mothers for the following 4 post-natal days. They were successively compared to normally-reared individuals for: number of ultrasonic vocalizations during isolation, respiratory physiology responses to normal air (20%O2), CO2-enriched air (6% CO2), hypoxic air (10%O2), and avoidance of CO2-enriched environments. Results Cross-fostered pups showed significantly more ultrasonic vocalizations, more pronounced hyperventilatory responses (larger tidal volume and minute volume increments) to CO2-enriched air and heightened aversion towards CO2-enriched environments, than normally-reared individuals. Enhanced tidal volume increment response to 6%CO2 was present at 16–20, and 75–90 postnatal days, implying the trait's stability. Quantitative genetic analyses of unrelated individuals, sibs and half-sibs, showed that the genetic variance for tidal volume increment during 6%CO2 breathing was significantly higher (Bartlett χ = 8.3, p = 0.004) among the cross-fostered than the normally-reared individuals, yielding heritability of 0.37 and 0.21 respectively. These results support a stress-diathesis model whereby the genetic influences underlying the response to 6%CO2 increase their contribution in the presence of an environmental adversity. Maternal

  18. Spin dynamics of light-induced charge separation in composites of semiconducting polymers and PC60BM revealed using Q-band pulse EPR.

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    Lukina, E A; Suturina, E; Reijerse, E; Lubitz, W; Kulik, L V

    2017-08-23

    Light-induced processes in composites of semiconducting polymers and fullerene derivatives have been widely studied due to their usage as active layers of organic solar cells. However the process of charge separation under light illumination - the key process of an organic solar cell is not well understood yet. Here we report a Q-band pulse electron paramagnetic resonance study of composites of the fullerene derivative PC60BM ([6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester) with different p-type semiconducting polymers regioregular and regiorandom P3HT (poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl), MEH-PPV (poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene]), PCDTBT (poly[N-9'-heptadecanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4',7'-di-2-thienyl-2',1',3'-benzothiadiazole)]), PTB7 (poly({4,8-bis[(2-ethylhexyl)oxy]benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene-2,6-diyl}{3-fluoro-2-[(2-ethylhexyl)carbonyl]thieno[3,4-b]thiophenediyl}))), resulting in a detailed description of the in-phase laser flash-induced electron spin echo (ESE) signal. We found that in organic donor-acceptor composites the laser flash simultaneously induces species of two types: a polymer˙(+)/fullerene˙(-) spin-correlated polaron pair (SCPP) with an initial singlet spin state and (nearly) free polymer˙(+) and fullerene˙(-) species with non-equilibrium spin polarization. Species of the first type (SCPP) are well-known for polymer/fullerene blends and are usually associated with a charge-separated state. Also, spin polarization of long-living free species (polarons in deep traps) is affected by the laser flash, which is the third contribution to the flash-induced ESE signal. A protocol for extracting the in-phase ESE signal of the SCPP based on the dependence of the microwave nutation frequency on the strength of the spin coupling within the polaron pair was developed. Nutation experiments revealed an unusual pattern of the SCPP in RR-P3HT/PC60BM composites, from which the strength of the exchange interaction between the polymer

  19. TES buffer-induced phase separation of aqueous solutions of several water-miscible organic solvents at 298.15 K: Phase diagrams and molecular dynamic simulations

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    Taha, Mohamed; Lee, Ming-Jer

    2013-06-01

    Water and the organic solvents tetrahydrofuran, 1,3-dioxolane, 1,4-dioxane, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, tert-butanol, acetonitrile, or acetone are completely miscible in all proportions at room temperature. Here, we present new buffering-out phase separation systems that the above mentioned organic aqueous solutions can be induced to form two liquid phases in the presence of a biological buffer 2-[[1,3-dihydroxy-2-(hydroxymethyl)propan-2-yl]amino]ethanesulfonic acid (TES). The lower liquid phase is rich in water and buffer, and the upper phase is organic rich. This observation has both practical and mechanistic interests. The phase diagrams of these systems were constructed by experimental measurements at ambient conditions. Molecular dynamic (MD) simulations were performed for TES + water + THF system to understand the interactions between TES, water, and organic solvent at molecular level. Several composition-sets for this system, beyond and inside the liquid-liquid phase-splitting region, have been simulated. Interestingly, the MD simulation for compositions inside the phase separation region showed that THF molecules are forced out from the water network to start forming a new liquid phase. The hydrogen-bonds, hydrogen-bonds lifetimes, hydrogen-bond energies, radial distribution functions, coordination numbers, the electrostatic interactions, and the van der Waals interactions between the different pairs have been calculated. Additionally, MD simulations for TES + water + tert-butanol/acetonitrile/acetone phase separation systems were simulated. The results from MD simulations provide an explanation for the buffering-out phenomena observed in [TES + water + organic solvent] systems by a mechanism controlled by the competitive interactions of the buffer and the organic solvent with water. The molecular mechanism reported here is helpful for designing new benign separation materials.

  20. Collision-Induced Release, Ion Mobility Separation, and Amino Acid Sequence Analysis of Subunits from Mass-Selected Noncovalent Protein Complexes

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    Rathore, Deepali; Dodds, Eric D.

    2014-09-01

    In recent years, mass spectrometry has become a valuable tool for detecting and characterizing protein-protein interactions and for measuring the masses and subunit stoichiometries of noncovalent protein complexes. The gas-phase dissociation of noncovalent protein assemblies via tandem mass spectrometry can be useful in confirming subunit masses and stoichiometries; however, dissociation experiments that are able to yield subunit sequence information must usually be conducted separately. Here, we furnish proof of concept for a method that allows subunit sequence information to be directly obtained from a protein aggregate in a single gas-phase analysis. The experiments were carried out using a quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer equipped with a traveling-wave ion mobility separator. This instrument configuration allows for a noncovalent protein assembly to be quadrupole selected, then subjected to two successive rounds of collision-induced dissociation with an intervening stage of ion mobility separation. This approach was applied to four model proteins as their corresponding homodimers: glucagon, ubiquitin, cytochrome c, and β-lactoglobulin. In each case, b- and y-type fragment ions were obtained upon further collisional activation of the collisionally-released subunits, resulting in up to 50% sequence coverage. Owing to the incorporation of an ion mobility separation, these results also suggest the intriguing possibility of measuring complex mass, complex collisional cross section, subunit masses, subunit collisional cross sections, and sequence information for the subunits in a single gas-phase experiment. Overall, these findings represent a significant contribution towards the realization of protein interactomic analyses, which begin with native complexes and directly yield subunit identities.

  1. Collision-induced release, ion mobility separation, and amino acid sequence analysis of subunits from mass-selected noncovalent protein complexes.

    PubMed

    Rathore, Deepali; Dodds, Eric D

    2014-09-01

    In recent years, mass spectrometry has become a valuable tool for detecting and characterizing protein-protein interactions and for measuring the masses and subunit stoichiometries of noncovalent protein complexes. The gas-phase dissociation of noncovalent protein assemblies via tandem mass spectrometry can be useful in confirming subunit masses and stoichiometries; however, dissociation experiments that are able to yield subunit sequence information must usually be conducted separately. Here, we furnish proof of concept for a method that allows subunit sequence information to be directly obtained from a protein aggregate in a single gas-phase analysis. The experiments were carried out using a quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer equipped with a traveling-wave ion mobility separator. This instrument configuration allows for a noncovalent protein assembly to be quadrupole selected, then subjected to two successive rounds of collision-induced dissociation with an intervening stage of ion mobility separation. This approach was applied to four model proteins as their corresponding homodimers: glucagon, ubiquitin, cytochrome c, and β-lactoglobulin. In each case, b- and y-type fragment ions were obtained upon further collisional activation of the collisionally-released subunits, resulting in up to 50% sequence coverage. Owing to the incorporation of an ion mobility separation, these results also suggest the intriguing possibility of measuring complex mass, complex collisional cross section, subunit masses, subunit collisional cross sections, and sequence information for the subunits in a single gas-phase experiment. Overall, these findings represent a significant contribution towards the realization of protein interactomic analyses, which begin with native complexes and directly yield subunit identities.

  2. Novel Procedure for Extraction of a Latent Grape Polyphenoloxidase Using Temperature-Induced Phase Separation in Triton X-114 1

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    Sánchez-Ferrer, Alvaro; Bru, Roque; Garcia-Carmona, Francisco

    1989-01-01

    Polyphenoloxidase from grape berries is extracted only by nonionic detergents with a hydrophilic-lipophilic balance between 12.4 and 13.5. The enzyme was partially purified in latent form, free of phenolics and chlorophylls, by using temperature phase partitioning in a solution of Triton X-114. This method permits the purification of the enzyme with the same fold purification as the commonly used method, but with a yield three times higher and a 90% reduction in time needed. The latent enzyme can be activated by different treatments, including trypsin and cationic and anionic detergents. Cetyltrimethylamonium bromide was found to be the most effective detergent activator, followed by sodium dodecyl sulfate. Polyphenoloxidase in grape berries, in spite of being an integral membrane protein, had an anomalous interaction with Triton X-114, remaining in the detergent-poor phase after phase separation. This could be explained by its having a short hydrophobic tail that anchors it to the membrane. Images Figure 1 Figure 3 PMID:16667205

  3. Analysis of traffic-induced vibration and damage detection by blind source separation with application to bridge monitoring

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    Chen, Sheng-Fu; Hung, Tzu-Yun; Loh, Chin-Hsiung

    2015-03-01

    The objective of this study is to demonstrate the application of two different system identification methods on the structural health monitoring of a bridge. The numerical simulation of bridge-vehicle interaction with road surface roughness is considered in this study for system identification. To identify the bridge dynamic characteristics Covariance-driven Stochastic Subspace Identification method (SSI-COV) in cooperated with Wavelet Packet Transform (WPT) decomposition are used to extract the natural frequencies and mode shapes of the system. For comparison, a popular blind source separation technique called Second Order Blind Identification (SOBI) is also used. Comparison between these two different identification methods is discussed. It was demonstrated that the bridge natural frequencies can be identified by the proposed two system identification techniques. Besides, the SOBI algorithm can avoid the difficulty of determining of parameters by using SSI-COV algorithm, such as system order, row of Hankel matrix, etc. Finally, a damage scenario of the bridge structure is provided and damage detection algorithms are also proposed to quantify and locate the damage.

  4. Fumonisin B1 (FB1) Induces Lamellar Separation and Alters Sphingolipid Metabolism of In Vitro Cultured Hoof Explants

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    Reisinger, Nicole; Dohnal, Ilse; Nagl, Veronika; Schaumberger, Simone; Schatzmayr, Gerd; Mayer, Elisabeth

    2016-01-01

    One of the most important hoof diseases is laminitis. Yet, the pathology of laminitis is not fully understood. Different bacterial toxins, e.g. endotoxins or exotoxins, seem to play an important role. Additionally, ingestion of mycotoxins, toxic secondary metabolites of fungi, might contribute to the onset of laminitis. In this respect, fumonsins are of special interest since horses are regarded as species most susceptible to this group of mycotoxins. The aim of our study was to investigate the influence of fumonisin B1 (FB1) on primary isolated epidermal and dermal hoof cells, as well as on the lamellar tissue integrity and sphingolipid metabolism of hoof explants in vitro. There was no effect of FB1 at any concentration on dermal or epidermal cells. However, FB1 significantly reduced the separation force of explants after 24 h of incubation. The Sa/So ratio was significantly increased in supernatants of explants incubated with FB1 (2.5–10 µg/mL) after 24 h. Observed effects on Sa/So ratio were linked to significantly increased sphinganine concentrations. Our study showed that FB1 impairs the sphingolipid metabolism of explants and reduces lamellar integrity at non-cytotoxic concentrations. FB1 might, therefore, affect hoof health. Further in vitro and in vivo studies are necessary to elucidate the effects of FB1 on the equine hoof in more detail. PMID:27023602

  5. Room-temperature electric polarization induced by phase separation in multiferroic GdMn2O5

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    Khannanov, B. Kh.; Sanina, V. A.; Golovenchits, E. I.; Scheglov, M. P.

    2016-02-01

    It was generally accepted until recently that multiferroics RMn2O5 crystallized in the centrosymmetric space group Pbam and ferroelectricity in them could exist only at low temperatures due to the magnetic exchange striction. Recent comprehensive structural studies [V. Baledent et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 117601 (2015)] have shown that the actual symmetry of RMn2O5 at room temperature is a noncentrosymmetric monoclinic space group Pm, which allows room temperature ferroelectricity to exist. However, such a polarization has not yet been found. Our electric polarization loop studies of GdMn2O5 have revealed that a polarization does exist up to room temperature. This polarization occurs mainly in restricted polar domains that arise in the initial GdMn2O5 matrix due to phase separation and charge carrier self-organization. These domains are selfconsistent with the matrix, which leads to the noncentrosymmetricity of the entire crystal. The polarization is controlled by a magnetic field, thereby demonstrating the presence of magnetoelectric coupling. The lowtemperature ferroelectricity enhances the restricted polar domain polarization along the b axis.

  6. Inhibition and Promotion of Heat-Induced Gelation of Whey Proteins in the Presence of Calcium by Addition of Sodium Caseinate.

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    Nguyen, Bach T; Balakrishnan, Gireeshkumar; Jacquette, Boris; Nicolai, Taco; Chassenieux, Christophe; Schmitt, Christophe; Bovetto, Lionel

    2016-11-14

    Heat-induced aggregation and gelation of aqueous solutions of whey protein isolate (WPI) in the presence of sodium caseinate (SC) and CaCl2 was studied at pH 6.6. The effect of adding SC (0-100 g/L) on the structure of the aggregates and the gels was investigated by light scattering and confocal laser scanning microscopy at different CaCl2 concentration ([CaCl2] = 0-30 mM). The gelation process was studied by oscillatory shear rheology. At the whey protein concentrations studied here (34 and 60 g/L), no gels were formed in the absence of CaCl2 and SC. However, WPI solutions gelled above a critical CaCl2 concentration that increased with increasing SC concentration. In the absence of CaCl2, WPI gels were formed only above a critical SC concentration. The critical SC concentration needed to induce WPI gelation decreased weakly when CaCl2 was added. In an intermediate range of CaCl2 concentrations, gels were formed both at low and high SC concentrations, but not at intermediate SC concentrations. Finally, at high CaCl2 concentrations gels were formed at all SC concentrations. The gelation rate and the gel structure of the gels formed at low and high casein concentrations were very different. The effect of SC on the thermal gelation of WPI was interpreted by competition for Ca(2+), a chaperon effect, and microphase separation.

  7. Carbon isotope separation and molecular formation in laser-induced plasmas by laser ablation molecular isotopic spectrometry.

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    Dong, Meirong; Mao, Xianglei; Gonzalez, Jhanis J; Lu, Jidong; Russo, Richard E

    2013-03-05

    Laser ablation molecular isotopic spectrometry (LAMIS) recently was reported for rapid isotopic analysis by measuring molecular emission from laser-induced plasmas at atmospheric pressure. This research utilized the LAMIS approach to study C2 molecular formation from laser ablation of carbon isotopic samples in a neon gas environment at 0.1 MPa. The isotopic shift for the Swan system of the C2 Δν = 1 band was chosen for carbon isotope analysis. Temporal and spatial resolved measurements of (12)C2, (12)C(13)C, and (13)C2 show that C2 forms from recombination reactions in the plasma. A theoretical simulation was used to determine the temperature from the molecular bands and to extract the isotopic ratio of (12)C/(13)C derived from (12)C2, (12)C(13)C, and (13)C2. Our data show that the ratio of (12)C/(13)C varies with time after the laser pulse and with distance above the sample. (12)C/(13)C deviates from the nominal ratio (2:1) at early times and closest to the sample surface. These measurements provide understanding of the chemical processes in the laser plasma and analytical improvement using LAMIS.

  8. Constitutively active Notch1 induces growth arrest of HPV-positive cervical cancer cells via separate signaling pathways

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    Talora, Claudio; Cialfi, Samantha; Segatto, Oreste; Morrone, Stefania; Kim Choi, John; Frati, Luigi; Paolo Dotto, Gian; Gulino, Alberto; Screpanti, Isabella . E-mail: isabella.screpanti@uniroma1.it

    2005-05-01

    Notch signaling plays a key role in cell-fate determination and differentiation in different organisms and cell types. Several reports suggest that Notch signaling may be involved in neoplastic transformation. However, in primary keratinocytes, Notch1 can function as a tumor suppressor. Similarly, in HPV-positive cervical cancer cells, constitutively active Notch1 signaling was found to cause growth suppression. Activated Notch1 in these cells represses viral E6/E7 expression through AP-1 down-modulation, resulting in increased p53 expression and a block of pRb hyperphosphorylation. Here we show that in cervical cancer cell lines in which Notch1 ability to repress AP-1 activity is impaired, Notch1-enforced expression elicits an alternative pathway leading to growth arrest. Indeed, activated Notch1 signaling suppresses activity of the helix-loop-helix transcription factor E47, via ERK1/2 activation, resulting in inhibition of cell cycle progression. Moreover, we found that RBP-J{kappa}-dependent Notch signaling is specifically repressed in cervical cancer cells and this repression could provide one such mechanism that needs to be activated for cervical carcinogenesis. Finally, we show that inhibition of endogenous Notch1 signaling, although results in a proliferative advantage, sensitizes cervical cancer cell lines to drug-induced apoptosis. Together, our results provide novel molecular insights into Notch1-dependent growth inhibitory effects, counteracting the transforming potential of HPV.

  9. Constitutively active Notch1 induces growth arrest of HPV-positive cervical cancer cells via separate signaling pathways.

    PubMed

    Talora, Claudio; Cialfi, Samantha; Segatto, Oreste; Morrone, Stefania; Kim Choi, John; Frati, Luigi; Paolo Dotto, Gian; Gulino, Alberto; Screpanti, Isabella

    2005-05-01

    Notch signaling plays a key role in cell-fate determination and differentiation in different organisms and cell types. Several reports suggest that Notch signaling may be involved in neoplastic transformation. However, in primary keratinocytes, Notch1 can function as a tumor suppressor. Similarly, in HPV-positive cervical cancer cells, constitutively active Notch1 signaling was found to cause growth suppression. Activated Notch1 in these cells represses viral E6/E7 expression through AP-1 down-modulation, resulting in increased p53 expression and a block of pRb hyperphosphorylation. Here we show that in cervical cancer cell lines in which Notch1 ability to repress AP-1 activity is impaired, Notch1-enforced expression elicits an alternative pathway leading to growth arrest. Indeed, activated Notch1 signaling suppresses activity of the helix-loop-helix transcription factor E47, via ERK1/2 activation, resulting in inhibition of cell cycle progression. Moreover, we found that RBP-Jkappa-dependent Notch signaling is specifically repressed in cervical cancer cells and this repression could provide one such mechanism that needs to be activated for cervical carcinogenesis. Finally, we show that inhibition of endogenous Notch1 signaling, although results in a proliferative advantage, sensitizes cervical cancer cell lines to drug-induced apoptosis. Together, our results provide novel molecular insights into Notch1-dependent growth inhibitory effects, counteracting the transforming potential of HPV.

  10. CENTRIFUGAL SEPARATORS

    DOEpatents

    Skarstrom, C.

    1959-03-10

    A centrifugal separator is described for separating gaseous mixtures where the temperature gradients both longitudinally and radially of the centrifuge may be controlled effectively to produce a maximum separation of the process gases flowing through. Tbe invention provides for the balancing of increases and decreases in temperature in various zones of the centrifuge chamber as the result of compression and expansions respectively, of process gases and may be employed effectively both to neutralize harmful temperature gradients and to utilize beneficial temperaturc gradients within the centrifuge.

  11. Method for separating boron isotopes

    DOEpatents

    Rockwood, Stephen D.

    1978-01-01

    A method of separating boron isotopes .sup.10 B and .sup.11 B by laser-induced selective excitation and photodissociation of BCl.sub.3 molecules containing a particular boron isotope. The photodissociation products react with an appropriate chemical scavenger and the reaction products may readily be separated from undissociated BCl.sub.3, thus effecting the desired separation of the boron isotopes.

  12. Differences in Motor Evoked Potentials Induced in Rats by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation under Two Separate Anesthetics: Implications for Plasticity Studies

    PubMed Central

    Sykes, Matthew; Matheson, Natalie A.; Brownjohn, Philip W.; Tang, Alexander D.; Rodger, Jennifer; Shemmell, Jonathan B. H.; Reynolds, John N. J.

    2016-01-01

    Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is primarily used in humans to change the state of corticospinal excitability. To assess the efficacy of different rTMS stimulation protocols, motor evoked potentials (MEPs) are used as a readout due to their non-invasive nature. Stimulation of the motor cortex produces a response in a targeted muscle, and the amplitude of this twitch provides an indirect measure of the current state of the cortex. When applied to the motor cortex, rTMS can alter MEP amplitude, however, results are variable between participants and across studies. In addition, the mechanisms underlying any change and its locus are poorly understood. In order to better understand these effects, MEPs have been investigated in vivo in animal models, primarily in rats. One major difference in protocols between rats and humans is the use of general anesthesia in animal experiments. Anesthetics are known to affect plasticity-like mechanisms and so may contaminate the effects of an rTMS protocol. In the present study, we explored the effect of anesthetic on MEP amplitude, recorded before and after intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS), a patterned rTMS protocol with reported facilitatory effects. MEPs were assessed in the brachioradialis muscle of the upper forelimb under two anesthetics: a xylazine/zoletil combination and urethane. We found MEPs could be induced under both anesthetics, with no differences in the resting motor threshold or the average baseline amplitudes. However, MEPs were highly variable between animals under both anesthetics, with the xylazine/zoletil combination showing higher variability and most prominently a rise in amplitude across the baseline recording period. Interestingly, application of iTBS did not facilitate MEP amplitude under either anesthetic condition. Although it is important to underpin human application of TMS with mechanistic examination of effects in animals, caution must be taken when selecting an

  13. Differences in Motor Evoked Potentials Induced in Rats by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation under Two Separate Anesthetics: Implications for Plasticity Studies.

    PubMed

    Sykes, Matthew; Matheson, Natalie A; Brownjohn, Philip W; Tang, Alexander D; Rodger, Jennifer; Shemmell, Jonathan B H; Reynolds, John N J

    2016-01-01

    Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is primarily used in humans to change the state of corticospinal excitability. To assess the efficacy of different rTMS stimulation protocols, motor evoked potentials (MEPs) are used as a readout due to their non-invasive nature. Stimulation of the motor cortex produces a response in a targeted muscle, and the amplitude of this twitch provides an indirect measure of the current state of the cortex. When applied to the motor cortex, rTMS can alter MEP amplitude, however, results are variable between participants and across studies. In addition, the mechanisms underlying any change and its locus are poorly understood. In order to better understand these effects, MEPs have been investigated in vivo in animal models, primarily in rats. One major difference in protocols between rats and humans is the use of general anesthesia in animal experiments. Anesthetics are known to affect plasticity-like mechanisms and so may contaminate the effects of an rTMS protocol. In the present study, we explored the effect of anesthetic on MEP amplitude, recorded before and after intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS), a patterned rTMS protocol with reported facilitatory effects. MEPs were assessed in the brachioradialis muscle of the upper forelimb under two anesthetics: a xylazine/zoletil combination and urethane. We found MEPs could be induced under both anesthetics, with no differences in the resting motor threshold or the average baseline amplitudes. However, MEPs were highly variable between animals under both anesthetics, with the xylazine/zoletil combination showing higher variability and most prominently a rise in amplitude across the baseline recording period. Interestingly, application of iTBS did not facilitate MEP amplitude under either anesthetic condition. Although it is important to underpin human application of TMS with mechanistic examination of effects in animals, caution must be taken when selecting an

  14. Stereoisomers Separation

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    Wieczorek, Piotr

    The use of capillary electrophoresis for enantiomer separation and optical purity determination is presented. The contents start with basic information about the nature of stereoizomers and the mechanism of enantioseparation using capillary electrophoresis techniques. The molecules to be separated show identical chemical structure and electrochemical behavior. Therefore, the chiral recognition of enantiomers is possible only by bonding to chiral selector and the separation based on very small differences in complexation energies of diastereomer complexes formed. This method is useful for this purpose due to the fact that different compounds can be used as chiral selectors. The mostly used chiral selectors like cyclodextrins, crown ethers, chiral surfactants, macrocyclic antibiotics, transition metal complexes, natural, and synthetic polymers and their application for this purpose is also discussed. Finally, examples of practical applications of electromigration techniques for enantiomers separation and determination are presented.

  15. Mist separator

    SciTech Connect

    Moran, T.M.

    1984-04-17

    An apparatus for the removal of particulates from a flowing gas stream and a process for its use are provided. A perforated screen separator formed as a plate having parallel rows of perforations formed by pushing alternating strips of the plate material forward and backward from the plane of the plate is used. The perforated screen separator may be used alone or with a fiber bed mist eliminator for increased particulate removal.

  16. Product separator

    DOEpatents

    Welsh, Robert A.; Deurbrouck, Albert W.

    1976-01-20

    A secondary light sensitive photoelectric product separator for use with a primary product separator that concentrates a material so that it is visually distinguishable from adjacent materials. The concentrate separation is accomplished first by feeding the material onto a vibratory inclined surface with a liquid flow, such as a wet concentrating table. Vibrations generally perpendicular to the stream direction of flow cause the concentrate to separate from its mixture according to its color. When the concentrate and its surrounding stream reach the recovery end of the table, a detecting device notes the line of color demarcation and triggers a signal if it differs from a normal condition. If no difference is noted nothing moves on the second separator. However, if a difference is detected in the constant monitoring of the color line's location, a product splitter and recovery unit normally positioned near the color line at the recovery end, moves to a new position. In this manner the selected separated concentrate is recovered at a maximum rate regardless of variations in the flow stream or other conditions present.

  17. Plasmon-induced charge separation at two-dimensional gold semishell arrays on SiO{sub 2}@TiO{sub 2} colloidal crystals

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    Wu, Ling; Nishi, Hiroyasu; Tatsuma, Tetsu

    2015-10-01

    Photoelectrodes based on plasmonic Au semishell (or halfshell) arrays are developed. A colloidal crystal consisting of SiO{sub 2}@TiO{sub 2} core-shell particles is prepared on a TiO{sub 2}-coated transparent electrode. A Au semishell (or halfshell) array is deposited by sputtering or evaporation on the colloidal crystal. An electrode with the semishell (or halfshell) array exhibits negative photopotential shifts and anodic photocurrents under visible light at 500-800 nm wavelengths in an aqueous electrolyte containing an electron donor. In particular, hydroquinone and ethanol are good electron donors. The photocurrents can be explained in terms of plasmon-induced charge separation at the Au-TiO{sub 2} interface.

  18. Involvement of the strychnine-sensitive glycine receptor in the anxiolytic effects of GlyT1 inhibitors on maternal separation-induced ultrasonic vocalization in rat pups.

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    Komatsu, Hiroko; Furuya, Yoshiaki; Sawada, Kohei; Asada, Takashi

    2015-01-05

    Several studies have shown that glycine transporter 1 (GlyT1) inhibitors have anxiolytic actions. There are two types of glycine receptor: the strychnine-sensitive glycine receptor (GlyA) and the strychnine-insensitive glycine receptor (GlyB); however, which receptor is the main contributor to the anxiolytic actions of GlyT1 inhibitors is yet to be determined. Here, we clarified which glycine receptor is the main contributor to the anxiolytic effects of GlyT1 inhibitors by using maternal separation-induced ultrasonic vocalization (USV) by rat pups as an index of anxiety. We confirmed that administration of the benzodiazepine diazepam or the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor escitaloplam, which are both clinically proven anxiolytics, or the GlyT1 inhibitor SSR504734 (2-chloro-N-[(S)-phenyl[(2S)-piperidin-2-yl] methyl]-3-trifluoromethyl benzamide), decreases USV in rat pups. In addition, we showed that another GlyT1 inhibitor, ALX5407 ((R)-N-[3-(4'-fluorophenyl)-3(4'-phenylphenoxy)propyl]sarcosine) also decreases USV in rat pups. SSR504734- or ALX5407-induced decreases in USV were dose-dependently reversed by administration of the GlyA antagonist strychnine, whereas the diazepam- or escitalopram-induced decreases in USV were not. Furthermore, GlyT1-induced decreases in USV were not reversed by administration of the GlyB antagonist L-687,414. Together, these results suggest that GlyA activation is the main contributor to the anxiolytic actions of GlyT1 inhibitors and that the anxiolytic actions of diazepam and escitalopram cannot be attributed to GlyA activation. Our findings provide new insights into the importance of the activation of GlyA in the anxiolytic effects of GlyT1 inhibitors. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Integration of phase separation with ultrasound-assisted salt-induced liquid-liquid microextraction for analyzing the fluoroquinones in human body fluids by liquid chromatography.

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    Wang, Huili; Gao, Ming; Wang, Mei; Zhang, Rongbo; Wang, Wenwei; Dahlgren, Randy A; Wang, Xuedong

    2015-03-15

    Herein, we developed a novel integrated device to perform phase separation based on ultrasound-assisted salt-induced liquid-liquid microextraction for determination of five fluoroquinones (FQs) in human body fluids. The integrated device consisted of three simple HDPE components used to separate the extraction solvent from the aqueous phase prior to retrieving the extractant. A series of extraction parameters were optimized using the response surface method based on central composite design. Optimal conditions consisted of 945μL acetone extraction solvent, pH 2.1, 4.1min stir time, 5.9g Na2SO4, and 4.0min centrifugation. Under optimized conditions, the limits of detection (at S/N=3) were 0.12-0.66μgL(-1), the linear range was 0.5-500μgL(-1) and recoveries were 92.6-110.9% for the five FQs extracted from plasma and urine. The proposed method has several advantages, such as easy construction from inexpensive materials, high extraction efficiency, short extraction time, and compatibility with HPLC analysis. Thus, this method shows excellent prospects for sample pretreatment and analysis of FQs in human body fluids. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. A phase separation method for analyses of fluoroquinones in meats based on ultrasound-assisted salt-induced liquid-liquid microextraction and a new integrated device.

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    Wang, Huili; Gao, Ming; Xu, Youqu; Wang, Wenwei; Zheng, Lian; Dahlgren, Randy A; Wang, Xuedong

    2015-08-01

    Herein, we developed a novel integrated device to perform phase separation based on ultrasound-assisted, salt-induced, liquid-liquid microextraction for determination of five fluoroquinones in meats by HPLC analysis. The novel integrated device consisted of three simple HDPE (high density polyethylene) parts that were used to separate the solvent from the aqueous solution prior to retrieving the extractant. The extraction parameters were optimized using the response surface method based on central composite design: 589μL of acetone solvent, pH2.1, 4.1min extraction time and 3.5g of Na2SO4. The limits of detection were 0.056-0.64 μgkg(-1) and recoveries were 87.2-110.6% for the five fluoroquinones in muscle tissue from fish, chicken, pork and beef. This method is easily constructed from inexpensive materials, extraction efficiency is high, and the approach is compatible with HPLC analysis. Thus, it has excellent prospects for sample pre-treatment and analysis of fluoroquinones in meat samples.

  1. Bifunctional magnetic nanobeads for sensitive detection of avian influenza A (H7N9) virus based on immunomagnetic separation and enzyme-induced metallization.

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    Wu, Zhen; Zhou, Chuan-Hua; Chen, Jian-Jun; Xiong, Chaochao; Chen, Ze; Pang, Dai-Wen; Zhang, Zhi-Ling

    2015-06-15

    Bifunctional magnetic nanobeads (bi-MBs) were fabricated by co-immobilizing target recognition molecules and signal molecules on a magnetic nanobead surface, which were used as both separation and enrichment carriers and signal carriers. The bi-MBs could capture and separate avian influenza A (H7N9) virus (H7N9 AIV) from complex samples efficiently based on the specific reaction between antigen-antibody and their good magnetic response, which simplified sample pretreatment and saved the detection time. Taking advantages of their high surface to volume ratio and rich surface functional groups, multiple alkaline phosphatase (ALP) signal molecules were tethered on the surface of bi-MBs which greatly amplified the detection signal. As an efficient signal amplification strategy, enzyme-induced metallization had been integrated with bi-MBs and anodic stripping voltammetry to construct an ultrasensitive electrochemical immunosensor for H7N9 AIV detection. Under the optimal conditions, the introduction of bi-MBs could amplify the detection signal in about four times compared with the same immunoassay without MBs, and the method showed a wide linear range of 0.01-20 ng/mL with a detection limit of 6.8 pg/mL. The electrochemical immunosensor provides a simple and reliable platform with high sensitivity and selectivity which shows great potential in early diagnosis of diseases.

  2. Optimization of a phase separation based magnetic-stirring salt-induced liquid-liquid microextraction method for determination of fluoroquinolones in food.

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    Gao, Ming; Wang, Huili; Ma, Meiping; Zhang, Yuna; Yin, Xiaohan; Dahlgren, Randy A; Du, Dongli; Wang, Xuedong

    2015-05-15

    Herein, we developed a novel integrated apparatus to perform phase separation based on magnetic-stirring, salt-induced, liquid-liquid microextraction for determination of five fluoroquinolones in animal-based foods by HPLC analysis. The novel integrated apparatus consisted of three simple HDPE (high density polyethylene) parts that were used to separate the solvent from the aqueous solution prior to retrieving the extractant. The extraction parameters were optimized using the response surface method based on central composite design: 791 μL of acetone solvent, 2.5 g of Na2SO4, pH 1.7, 3.0 min of stir time, and 5.5 min centrifugation. The limits of detection were 0.07-0.53 μg kg(-1) and recoveries were 91.6-105.0% for the five fluoroquinolones from milk, eggs and honey. This method is easily constructed from inexpensive materials, extraction efficiency is high, and the approach is compatible with HPLC analysis. Thus, it has excellent prospects for sample pre-treatment and analysis of fluoroquinolones in animal-based foods.

  3. Phase-separation induced homogeneous nucleation and growth of Cs{sub 3}LaCl{sub 6} nanoparticles in chalcohalide glass

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    Yang, Anping; Lin, Hang; Chen, Daqin; Yu, Yunlong; Wang, Yuansheng

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: The phase-separation induced nucleation and growth of Cs{sub 3}LaCl{sub 6} nanocrystals has been studied for the first time. It is experimentally evidenced that the doped active rare earth ions are incorporated into the Cs{sub 3}LaCl{sub 6} nanocrystals, resulting in the intensified down- and up-conversion emissions. - Highlights: • A novel transparent glass ceramic containing Cs{sub 3}LaCl{sub 6} nanocrystals was fabricated. • Crystallization behaviors of Cs{sub 3}LaCl{sub 6} nanophase are systematically investigated. • The up-/down-conversion emissions are greatly intensified after crystallization. - Abstract: The phase-separation induced nucleation and growth of Cs{sub 3}LaCl{sub 6} nanocrystals has been studied in the GeS{sub 2}-Ga{sub 2}S{sub 3}-La{sub 2}S{sub 3}-LaCl{sub 3}-CsCl system for the first time. Remarkably, the precipitated chloride nanocrystals are spherical and distributed homogeneously in the glass matrix. Benefiting from the uniform structure, high transparency of the glass ceramic is maintained after heat treatment by reducing adverse optical scattering. As revealed by the absorption spectra and Judd–Ofelt calculations, the doped active rare earth ions are partially partitioned into the low-phonon-energy Cs{sub 3}LaCl{sub 6} nanocrystals, resulting in the decrease of the non-radiative transition probabilities and therefore intensified photoluminescence emission of Nd{sup 3+} and up-conversion one of Er{sup 3+}.

  4. Pharmacological and methodological aspects of the separation-induced vocalization test in guinea pig pups; a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Groenink, Lucianne; Verdouw, P Monika; Bakker, Brenda; Wever, Kimberley E

    2015-04-15

    The separation-induced vocalization test in guinea pig pups is one of many that has been used to screen for anxiolytic-like properties of drugs. The test is based on the cross-species phenomenon that infants emit distress calls when placed in social isolation. Here we report a systematic review and meta-analysis of pharmacological intervention in the separation-induced vocalization test in guinea pig pups. Electronic databases were searched for original research articles, yielding 32 studies that met inclusion criteria. We extracted data on pharmacological intervention, animal and methodological characteristics, and study quality indicators. Meta-analysis showed that the different drug classes in clinical use for the treatment of anxiety disorders, have comparable effects on vocalization behaviour, irrespective of their mechanism of action. Of the experimental drugs, nociception (NOP) receptor agonists proved very effective in this test. Analysis further indicated that the commonly used read-outs total number and total duration of vocalizations are equally valid. With regard to methodological characteristics, repeated testing of pups as well as selecting pups with moderate or high levels of vocalization were associated with larger treatment effects. Finally, reporting of study methodology, randomization and blinding was poor and Egger's test for small study effects showed that publication bias likely occurred. This review illustrates the value of systematic reviews and meta-analyses in improving translational value and methodological aspects of animal models. It further shows the urgent need to implement existing publication guidelines to maximize the output and impact of experimental animal studies. Copyright © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Map Separates

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    2001-01-01

    U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) topographic maps are printed using up to six colors (black, blue, green, red, brown, and purple). To prepare your own maps or artwork based on maps, you can order separate black-and-white film positives or negatives for any color printed on a USGS topographic map, or for one or more of the groups of related features printed in the same color on the map (such as drainage and drainage names from the blue plate.) In this document, examples are shown with appropriate ink color to illustrate the various separates. When purchased, separates are black-and-white film negatives or positives. After you receive a film separate or composite from the USGS, you can crop, enlarge or reduce, and edit to add or remove details to suit your special needs. For example, you can adapt the separates for making regional and local planning maps or for doing many kinds of studies or promotions by using the features you select and then printing them in colors of your choice.

  6. Isotope separation

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    Bartlett, Rodney J.; Morrey, John R.

    1978-01-01

    A method and apparatus is described for separating gas molecules containing one isotope of an element from gas molecules containing other isotopes of the same element in which all of the molecules of the gas are at the same electronic state in their ground state. Gas molecules in a gas stream containing one of the isotopes are selectively excited to a different electronic state while leaving the other gas molecules in their original ground state. Gas molecules containing one of the isotopes are then deflected from the other gas molecules in the stream and thus physically separated.

  7. ISOTOPE SEPARATORS

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    Bacon, C.G.

    1958-08-26

    An improvement is presented in the structure of an isotope separation apparatus and, in particular, is concerned with a magnetically operated shutter associated with a window which is provided for the purpose of enabling the operator to view the processes going on within the interior of the apparatus. The shutier is mounted to close under the force of gravity in the absence of any other force. By closing an electrical circuit to a coil mouated on the shutter the magnetic field of the isotope separating apparatus coacts with the magnetic field of the coil to force the shutter to the open position.

  8. Separator sub

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    Hayatdavoudi, A.

    1984-10-09

    Apparatus and methods are disclosed for drilling a well. A separator sub is used to separate a stream of drilling mud into a less dense first portion and more dense second portion. The less dense first portion of the stream of drilling mud is directed downward to a drill bit so that the drilling mud adjacent the drill bit has a density less than an initial density of the stream of drilling mud. The more dense second portion of the stream of drilling mud is ejected into a well annulus with an upward component of velocity and thereby reduces a hydrostatic drilling mud pressure adjacent the drill bit.

  9. Isotopic separation

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    Chen, C.

    1981-03-10

    Method and apparatus for separating isotopes in an isotopic mixture of atoms or molecules by increasing the mass differential among isotopic species. The mixture containing a particular isotope is selectively irradiated so as to selectively excite the isotope. This preferentially excited species is then reacted rapidly with an additional preselected radiation, an electron or another chemical species so as to form a product containing the specific isotope, but having a mass different than the original species initially containing the particular isotope. The product and the remaining balance of the mixture is then caused to flow through a device which separates the product from the mixture based upon the increased mass differential.

  10. Separation of land-use change induced signals from noise by means of evaluating perturbed RCM ensembles: Assessing the potential impacts of urbanization and deforestation in Central Vietnam

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    Laux, Patrick; Nguyen, Phuong N. B.; Cullmann, Johannes; Kunstmann, Harald

    2016-04-01

    Regional climate models (RCMs) comprise both terrestrial and atmospheric compartments and thereby allowing to study land atmosphere feedbacks, and in particular the land-use and climate change impacts. In this study, a methodological framework is developed to separate the land use change induced signals in RCM simulations from noise caused by perturbed initial boundary conditions. The framework is applied for two different case studies in SE Asia, i.e. an urbanization and a deforestation scenario, which are implemented into the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. The urbanization scenario is produced for Da Nang, one of the fastest growing cities in Central Vietnam, by converting the land-use in a 20 km, 14 km, and 9 km radius around the Da Nang meteorological station systematically from cropland to urban. Likewise, three deforestation scenarios are derived for Nong Son (Central Vietnam). Based on WRF ensemble simulations with perturbed initial conditions for 2010, the signal to-noise ratio (SNR) is calculated to identify areas with pronounced signals induced by LULCC. While clear and significant signals are found for air temperature, latent and sensible heat flux in the urbanization scenario (SNR values up to 24), the signals are not pronounced for deforestation (SNR values < 1). Albeit statistically significant signals are found for precipitation, low SNR values hinder scientifically sound inferences for climate change adaptation options. It is demonstrated that ensemble simulations with more than at least 5 ensemble members are required to derive robust LULCC adaptation strategies, particularly if precipitation is considered. This is rarely done in practice, thus potentially leading to erroneous estimates of the LULCC induced signals of water and energy fluxes, which are propagated through the regional climate - hydrological model modeling chains, and finally leading to unfavorable decision support.

  11. Nerve growth factor-mediated neuronal plasticity in spinal cord contributes to neonatal maternal separation-induced visceral hypersensitivity in rats.

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    Tsang, S W; Zhao, M; Wu, J; Sung, J J Y; Bian, Z-X

    2012-04-01

    Visceral hyperalgesia is a multifactorial gastrointestinal disorder which featured with alterations of abdominal motility and/or gut sensitivity, and is believed to be triggered by environmental stressor or psychological factors. However, its etiology remains incompletely understood. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether nerve growth factor (NGF)-mediated neuronal plasticity is involved in neonatal maternal separation (NMS)-induced visceral hypersensitivity in adult rats, and whether NGF antagonist can attenuate or block such development. In our experiments, animals subjected to NMS were developed with visceral hyperalgesia at age of 8 weeks. The threshold for visceral pain among these NMS rats was remarkably lowered than that of the normal handling (NH) rats; however, the expression levels of NGF, c-fos, calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), Substance P, and tyrosine kinases A (TrkA) were notably elevated in lumbosacral spinal cord and/or dorsal root ganglion (DRG) when comparing to those of the NH rats. Further, as intra-peritoneal administration of NGF (10 μl at 1 μg/kg/day) was given to NH rats during neonatal period, effects that comparable to NMS induction were observed in the adulthood. In contrast, when NMS rats were treated with NGF antagonist K252a (10 μl/day from postnatal days 2-14), which acts against tyrosine kinases, the neonatal stress-induced down-shifted visceral pain threshold was restored and neuronal activation, specifically NGF and neuropeptide production, was attenuated. In conclusion, our data strongly suggest that NGF triggers neuronal plasticity and plays a crucial role in NMS-induced visceral hypersensitivity in which NGF antagonism provides positive inhibition via blocking the tyrosine phosphorylation of TrkA.

  12. Plasma separation

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    Steurer, Wolfgang

    1992-01-01

    This process employs a thermal plasma for the separation and production of oxygen and metals. It is a continuous process that requires no consumables and relies entirely on space resources. The almost complete absence of waste renders it relatively clean. It can be turned on or off without any undesirable side effects or residues. The prime disadvantage is its high power consumption.

  13. SEPARATION PROCESS

    DOEpatents

    Stoughton, R.W.

    1961-10-24

    A process for separating tetravalent plutonium from aqueous solutions and from niobium and zirconium by precipitation on lanthanum oxalate is described. The oxalate ions of the precipitate may be decomposed by heating in the presence of an oxidizing agent, forming a plutonium compound readily soluble in acid. (AEC)

  14. Two-dimensional phase separation of block copolymer and homopolymer blend studied by scanning near-field optical microscopy

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    Aoki, H.; Kunai, Y.; Ito, S.; Yamada, H.; Matsushige, K.

    2002-03-01

    The phase separation of dye-labeled poly(isobutyl methacrylate) (PiBMA) and poly(octadecyl methacrylate) (PODMA) in two-dimensional monolayers was investigated by scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM). The energy transfer (ET) efficiency between dyes introduced to the polymers was mapped with SNOM for a PiBMA/PODMA homopolymer blend monolayer. The ET fluorescence images revealed that the phase boundary had a width of a few hundred nanometers, which was considerably larger than that expected in a three-dimensional bulk state. The micro-phase separation of a diblock copolymer PiBMA- block-PODMA was also discussed. Ribbon-like lamellar structures with a width of ca. 300 nm were observed, and the block polymer chain took a highly elongated conformation in two dimensions.

  15. Radiation induced graft copolymerization of n-butyl acrylate onto poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) films and thermal properties of the obtained graft copolymer

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    Ping, Xiang; Wang, Mozhen; Ge, Xuewu

    2011-05-01

    n-Butyl acrylate (BA) was successfully grafted onto poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) film using simultaneous radiation induced graft copolymerization with gamma rays. When BA concentration ranges from 20% to 30%, the Degree of Grafting (DG), measured by gravimetry and 1H NMR, increases with the monomer concentration and absorbed dose, but decreases with dose rate from 0.83 to 2.53 kGy/h. The maximum DG can reach up to 22.1%. The thermal transition temperatures such as glass-transition temperature ( Tg) and cold-crystallization temperature ( Tcc) of PET in grafted films were little different from those in original PET film, indicating that microphase separation occurred between PBA side chains and PET backbone. This work implied that if PET/elastomers (e.g., acrylate rubber) blends are radiated by high energy gamma rays under a certain condition, PET-g-polyacrylate copolymer may be produced in-situ, which will improve the compatibility between PET and the elastomers so as to improve the integral mechanical properties of PET based engineering plastic.

  16. Gas separating

    DOEpatents

    Gollan, Arye Z.

    1990-12-25

    Feed gas is directed tangentially along the non-skin surface of gas separation membrane modules comprising a cylindrical bundle of parallel contiguous hollow fibers supported to allow feed gas to flow from an inlet at one end of a cylindrical housing through the bores of the bundled fibers to an outlet at the other end while a component of the feed gas permeates through the fibers, each having the skin side on the outside, through a permeate outlet in the cylindrical casing.

  17. Gas separating

    DOEpatents

    Gollan, Arye

    1988-01-01

    Feed gas is directed tangentially along the non-skin surface of gas separation membrane modules comprising a cylindrical bundle of parallel contiguous hollow fibers supported to allow feed gas to flow from an inlet at one end of a cylindrical housing through the bores of the bundled fibers to an outlet at the other end while a component of the feed gas permeates through the fibers, each having the skin side on the outside, through a permeate outlet in the cylindrical casing.

  18. Dust separator

    SciTech Connect

    Borow, H.

    1987-01-27

    This patent describes a gas filter apparatus for separating solids from a gas stream comprising a housing having a top, base, and side walls defining a chamber, a partition wall extending across the chamber and separating the chamber into an upper compartment and a lower compartment. A gas inlet conveyor tube in the chamber passes downwardly of the partition and into the lower compartment, the portion of the conveyor tube passing through the upper compartment being impervious and the portion of the conveyor tube extending downwardly into the lower compartment being provided with exit means including exit apertures at least in the area of the conveyor tube adjacent the partition wall. The partition wall is provided with openings surrounding the conveyor tube and communicates the lower compartment with the upper compartment. A filter means in the form of filter tubes covers each opening in the partition wall and extends downwardly in the lower compartment and parallel to the conveyor tube, at least one gas outlet communicating with the upper compartment. A suction means is associated with the gas outlet to provide a reduced pressure within the chamber. A discharge means at the base of the housing is associated with the lower compartment for discharging solid matter separated from the gas stream. The solid laden gas is conveyed into the lower compartment downwardly by the conveying tube and the gas of the stream is drawn from the conveyor tube immediately past the partition, through the surrounding filter tubes in order to prevent the formation of counter gas flows to the gravity discharge of the solids being separated from the gas stream.

  19. Separation system

    DOEpatents

    Rubin, Leslie S.

    1986-01-01

    A separation system for dewatering radioactive waste materials includes a disposal container, drive structure for receiving the container, and means for releasably attaching the container to the drive structure. Separation structure disposed in the container adjacent the inner surface of the side wall structure retains solids while allowing passage of liquids. Inlet port structure in the container top wall is normally closed by first valve structure that is centrifugally actuated to open the inlet port and discharge port structure at the container periphery receives liquid that passes through the separation structure and is normally closed by second valve structure that is centrifugally actuated to open the discharge ports. The container also includes coupling structure for releasable engagement with the centrifugal drive structure. Centrifugal force produced when the container is driven in rotation by the drive structure opens the valve structures, and radioactive waste material introduced into the container through the open inlet port is dewatered, and the waste is compacted. The ports are automatically closed by the valves when the container drum is not subjected to centrifugal force such that containment effectiveness is enhanced and exposure of personnel to radioactive materials is minimized.

  20. Component separations.

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    Heller, Lior; McNichols, Colton H; Ramirez, Oscar M

    2012-02-01

    Component separation is a technique used to provide adequate coverage for midline abdominal wall defects such as a large ventral hernia. This surgical technique is based on subcutaneous lateral dissection, fasciotomy lateral to the rectus abdominis muscle, and dissection on the plane between external and internal oblique muscles with medial advancement of the block that includes the rectus muscle and its fascia. This release allows for medial advancement of the fascia and closure of up to 20-cm wide defects in the midline area. Since its original description, components separation technique underwent multiple modifications with the ultimate goal to decrease the morbidity associated with the traditional procedure. The extensive subcutaneous lateral dissection had been associated with ischemia of the midline skin edges, wound dehiscence, infection, and seroma. Although the current trend is to proceed with minimally invasive component separation and to reinforce the fascia with mesh, the basic principles of the techniques as described by Ramirez et al in 1990 have not changed over the years. Surgeons who deal with the management of abdominal wall defects are highly encouraged to include this technique in their collection of treatment options.

  1. Effects of attractive colloids on the phase separation behaviors of binary polymer blends

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    Zhang, Xinghua; Chen, Yunlin; Qu, Lijian; Yan, Dadong

    2013-08-01

    The attractive colloids are added as fillers to control the phase behaviors of binary polymer blends. Because the colloids attract both components in the blends, aggregates are formed by the colloids coated with both kinds of polymer brushes. The aggregation results in two contradictory effects on the phase separation. First, the formation of aggregate decreases the translational entropy, which promotes the phase separation. On the other hand, the phase separation causes the extra free energy penalty due to the stretch of the chains attaching on the colloids, which prevents the phase separation. Furthermore, as the concentration or adsorbability of the colloids increases the local fluctuations within the aggregates become important. This results in a transition from the macro-phase separation to the micro-phase separation and the existence of the Lifshitz point. All of these effects lead to diverse phase behaviors in the polymer nanocomposites system. In present work, these behaviors are studied theoretically by the random phase approximation in a model system.

  2. Melatonin and vitamin C exacerbate Cannabis sativa-induced testicular damage when administered separately but ameliorate it when combined in rats.

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    Alagbonsi, Isiaka A; Olayaki, Luqman A; Salman, Toyin M

    2016-05-01

    The mechanisms involved in the spermatotoxic effect of Cannabis sativa are inconclusive. The involvement of oxidative stress in male factor infertility has been well documented, and the antioxidative potential of melatonin and vitamin C in many oxidative stress conditions has been well reported. This study sought to investigate whether melatonin and vitamin C will ameliorate C. sativa-induced spermatotoxicity or not. Fifty-five (55) male albino rats (250-300 g) were randomly divided in a blinded fashion into five oral treatment groups as follows: group I (control, n=5) received 1 mL/kg of 10% ethanol for 30 days; groups IIa, IIb, and IIc (n=5 each) received 2 mg/kg C. sativa for 20, 30, and 40 days, respectively; groups IIIa, IIIb, and IIIc (n=5 each) received a combination of 2 mg/kg C. sativa and 4 mg/kg melatonin for 20, 30, and 40 days, respectively; groups IVa, IVb, and IVc (n=5 each) received a combination of 2 mg/kg C. sativa and 1.25 g/kg vitamin C for 20, 30, and 40 days, respectively; group V (n=5) received a combination of 2 mg/kg C. sativa, 4 mg/kg melatonin, and 1.25 g/kg vitamin C for 30 days. Cannabis treatments reduced the Johnsen score, sperm count, motility, morphology, paired testicular/body weight ratio, and total antioxidant capacity, but increased lactate dehydrogenase activity. In addition, supplementation of cannabis-treated rats with either melatonin or vitamin C exacerbates the effect of cannabis on those parameters, whereas combination of melatonin and vitamin C reversed the trend to the level comparable to control. This study further showed the gonadotoxic effect of C. sativa, which could be mediated by oxidative stress. It also showed that melatonin and vitamin C exacerbate C. sativa-induced testicular damage when administered separately but ameliorate it when combined in rats.

  3. Investigation of microstructure, mechanical properties and cellular viability of poly(L-lactic acid) tissue engineering scaffolds prepared by different thermally induced phase separation protocols.

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    Molladavoodi, Sara; Gorbet, Maud; Medley, John; Kwon, Hyock Ju

    2013-01-01

    Two thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) methods have been used to fabricate biodegradable poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) tissue engineering scaffolds each with fibrous (F-TIPS) and porous (P-TIPS) microstructures. Three levels of PLLA concentration (3, 5 and 7 wt%) were employed in each fabrication method and both wet and dry specimens were studied. Simple compression testing revealed that an elastic-plastic representation of the mechanical behavior was possible for all specimens. Both elastic and plastic moduli were higher for the P-TIPS, for higher polymer concentration, and might be somewhat higher for dry as opposed to wet specimens. For F-TIPS specimens, permanent deformation occurred successively during cyclic deformation but a "memory effect" simplified the behavior. Although F-TIPS microstructure better resembled the natural extracellular matrix, human osteosarcoma fibroblast cells showed more consistent viability in the P-TIPS scaffolds under our unloaded test protocols. Biodegradation in cell culture medium resulted in a decreased elastic moduli for F-TIPS specimens. Information presented regarding the microstructure, mechanical properties and cell viability of these PLLA scaffolds that should help reduce the number of iterations involved in developing tissue engineering products. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. A novel nano-hydroxyapatite - PMMA hybrid scaffolds adopted by conjugated thermal induced phase separation (TIPS) and wet-chemical approach: Analysis of its mechanical and biological properties.

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    G, Radha; S, Balakumar; Venkatesan, Balaji; Vellaichamy, Elangovan

    2017-04-01

    In this study, we report the preparation of nano-hydroxyapatite (nHAp) incorporated poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) scaffolds by conjugated thermal induced phase separation (TIPS) and wet-chemical approach, which essentially facilitates the enhancement of both mechanical as well as biological properties of the scaffolds. The dissolution of PMMA was accomplished by acetone (Ace scaffold), ethanol-water (E-W scaffold) and isopropanol-water (I-W scaffold) mixtures as solvents. The existence of nHAp in PMMA matrix was investigated systematically. The porosity of ~57.89% was achieved from Ace scaffold that was higher degree compared to both I-W and E-W scaffolds. On the other hand, the dense porous architecture of I-W scaffold exhibited superior hardness of ~65.6 HR 'D' than that of the Ace and E-W scaffolds. All the fabricated samples demonstrated enhanced in vitro bioactivity with respect to increasing immersion period as a result of flower-like in vitro apatite layer formation. The MTT assay was carried out for 1day and 3day culture using Saos-2 osteoblast-like cells, which showed better cell proliferation with increasing culture period owing to the interconnected pore architecture of scaffolds and the rational hemocompatibility as per the ASTM standard F756-00.

  5. A study of the effects of Reynolds number and Mach number on constant pressure coefficient jump for shock-induced trailing-edge separation

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    Cunningham, Atlee M., Jr.; Spragle, Gregory S.

    1987-01-01

    The influence of Mach and Reynolds numbers as well as airfoil and planform geometry on the phenomenon of constant shock jump pressure coefficient for conditions of shock induced trailing edge separation (SITES) was studied. It was demonstrated that the phenomenon does exist for a wide variety of two and three dimensional flow cases and that the influence of free stream Mach number was not significant. The influence of Reynolds number was found to be important but was not strong. Airfoil and planform geometric characteristics were found to be very important where the pressure coefficient jump was shown to vary with the sum of: (1) airfoil curvature at the upper surface crest, and (2) camber surface slope at the trailing edge. It was also determined that the onset of SITES could be defined as a function of airfoil geometric parameters and Mach number normal to the leading edge. This onset prediction was shown to predict the angle of onset to within + or - 1 deg accuracy or better for about 90% of the cases studied.

  6. A Novel Method for Differentiation of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells into Smooth Muscle-Like Cells on Clinically Deliverable Thermally Induced Phase Separation Microspheres

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    Parmar, Nina; Ahmadi, Raheleh

    2015-01-01

    Muscle degeneration is a prevalent disease, particularly in aging societies where it has a huge impact on quality of life and incurs colossal health costs. Suitable donor sources of smooth muscle cells are limited and minimally invasive therapeutic approaches are sought that will augment muscle volume by delivering cells to damaged or degenerated areas of muscle. For the first time, we report the use of highly porous microcarriers produced using thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) to expand and differentiate adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (AdMSCs) into smooth muscle-like cells in a format that requires minimal manipulation before clinical delivery. AdMSCs readily attached to the surface of TIPS microcarriers and proliferated while maintained in suspension culture for 12 days. Switching the incubation medium to a differentiation medium containing 2 ng/mL transforming growth factor beta-1 resulted in a significant increase in both the mRNA and protein expression of cell contractile apparatus components caldesmon, calponin, and myosin heavy chains, indicative of a smooth muscle cell-like phenotype. Growth of smooth muscle cells on the surface of the microcarriers caused no change to the integrity of the polymer microspheres making them suitable for a cell-delivery vehicle. Our results indicate that TIPS microspheres provide an ideal substrate for the expansion and differentiation of AdMSCs into smooth muscle-like cells as well as a microcarrier delivery vehicle for the attached cells ready for therapeutic applications. PMID:25205072

  7. Silk fibroin/sodium alginate composite nano-fibrous scaffold prepared through thermally induced phase-separation (TIPS) method for biomedical applications.

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    Zhang, Haiping; Liu, Xiaotian; Yang, Mingying; Zhu, Liangjun

    2015-10-01

    To mimic the natural fibrous structure of the tissue extracellular matrix, a nano-fibrous silk fibroin (SF)/sodium alginate (SA) composite scaffold was fabricated by a thermally-induced phase-separation method. The effects of SF/SA ratio on the structure and the porosity of the composite scaffolds were examined. Scanning electron microscopy and porosity results showed that the 5SF/1SA and 3SF/1SA scaffolds possessed an excellent nano-fibrous structure and a porosity of more than 90%. Fourier transform infrared, X-ray diffraction, and differential scanning calorimetry results indicated the physical interaction between SF and SA molecules and their good compatibility in the 5SF/1SA and 3SF/1SA scaffolds, whereas they showed less compatibility in the 1SF/1SA scaffold. Cell culture results showed that MG-63 cells can attach and grow well on the surface of the SF/SA scaffolds. The nano-fibrous SF/SA scaffold can be potentially used in tissue engineering.

  8. Electrochromatographic separation of proteins

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    Basak, S. K.; Velayudhan, A.; Kohlmann, K.; Ladisch, M. R.; Mitchell, C. A. (Principal Investigator)

    1995-01-01

    We have developed a modified electrochromatography system which minimizes Joule heating at electric field strengths up to 125 V/cm. A non-linear equilibrium model is described which incorporates electrophoretic mobility, hydrodynamic flow velocity, and an electrically induced concentration polarization at the surface of the stationary phase. This model is able to provide useful estimates of protein retention time and velocity in a column packed with Sephadex gel and subjected to an electric field. A correlation of electrophoretic mobility of peptide and proteins with respect to their charge, molecular mass, and asymmetry enables the selection of solute target molecules for electrochromatographic separations. Good separation of protein mixtures have been obtained.

  9. Gas separating

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    Gollan, A.Z.

    1990-12-25

    Feed gas is directed tangentially along the non-skin surface of gas separation membrane modules comprising a cylindrical bundle of parallel contiguous hollow fibers supported to allow feed gas to flow from an inlet at one end of a cylindrical housing through the bores of the bundled fibers to an outlet at the other end while a component of the feed gas permeates through the fibers, each having the skin side on the outside, through a permeate outlet in the cylindrical casing. 3 figs.

  10. Gas separating

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    Gollan, A.

    1988-03-29

    Feed gas is directed tangentially along the non-skin surface of gas separation membrane modules comprising a cylindrical bundle of parallel contiguous hollow fibers supported to allow feed gas to flow from an inlet at one end of a cylindrical housing through the bores of the bundled fibers to an outlet at the other end while a component of the feed gas permeates through the fibers, each having the skin side on the outside, through a permeate outlet in the cylindrical casing. 3 figs.

  11. Characterization of micro- and nanophase separation of dentin bonding agents by stereoscopy and atomic force microscopy.

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    Toledano, Manuel; Yamauti, Monica; Osorio, Estrella; Monticelli, Francesca; Osorio, Raquel

    2012-04-01

    The aim was to study the effect of solvents on the phase separation of four commercial dental adhesives. Four materials were tested: Clearfil™ SE Bond (CSE), Clearfil Protect Bond (CPB), Clearfil S3 Bond (CS3), and One-Up Bond F Plus (OUB). Distilled water or ethanol was used as a solvent (30 vol%) for microphase separation studies, by stereoscopy. For nanophase images, the mixtures were formulated with two different solvent concentrations (2.5 versus 5 vol%) and observed by atomic force microscopy. Images were analyzed by using MacBiophotonics ImageJ to measure the area of bright domains. Macrophase separations, identified as a loss of clarity, were only observed after mixing the adhesives with water. Nanophase separations were detected with all adhesive combinations. The area of bright domains ranged from 132 to 1,145 nm² for CSE, from 15 to 285 nm² for CPB, from 149 to 380 nm² for CS3, and from 26 to 157 nm² for OUB. In water-resins mixtures, CPB was the most homogeneous and OUB showed the most heterogeneous phase formation. In ethanol-resin mixtures, CSE attained the most homogeneous structure and OUB showed the most heterogeneous phase. Addition of 5 vol% ethanol to resins decreased the nanophase separation when compared with the control materials.

  12. Particle separator

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    Hendricks, Charles D.

    1990-01-01

    Method and apparatus (10) are provided for separating and classifying particles (48,50,56) by dispersing the particles within a fluid (52) that is upwardly flowing within a cone-shaped pipe (12) that has its large end (20) above its small end (18). Particles of similar size and shape (48,50) migrate to individual levels (A,B) within the flowing fluid. As the fluid is deflected by a plate (42) at the top end of the pipe (12), the smallest particles are collected on a shelf-like flange (40). Ever larger particles are collected as the flow rate of the fluid is increased. To prevent particle sticking on the walls (14) of the pipe (12), additional fluid is caused to flow into the pipe (12) through holes (68) that are specifically provided for that purpose. Sticking is further prevented by high frequency vibrators (70) that are positioned on the apparatus (10).

  13. Particle separation

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    Moosmuller, Hans [Reno, NV; Chakrabarty, Rajan K [Reno, NV; Arnott, W Patrick [Reno, NV

    2011-04-26

    Embodiments of a method for selecting particles, such as based on their morphology, is disclosed. In a particular example, the particles are charged and acquire different amounts of charge, or have different charge distributions, based on their morphology. The particles are then sorted based on their flow properties. In a specific example, the particles are sorted using a differential mobility analyzer, which sorts particles, at least in part, based on their electrical mobility. Given a population of particles with similar electrical mobilities, the disclosed process can be used to sort particles based on the net charge carried by the particle, and thus, given the relationship between charge and morphology, separate the particles based on their morphology.

  14. Particle separation

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    Moosmuller, Hans (Inventor); Chakrabarty, Rajan K. (Inventor); Arnott, W. Patrick (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    Embodiments of a method for selecting particles, such as based on their morphology, is disclosed. In a particular example, the particles are charged and acquire different amounts of charge, or have different charge distributions, based on their morphology. The particles are then sorted based on their flow properties. In a specific example, the particles are sorted using a differential mobility analyzer, which sorts particles, at least in part, based on their electrical mobility. Given a population of particles with similar electrical mobilities, the disclosed process can be used to sort particles based on the net charge carried by the particle, and thus, given the relationship between charge and morphology, separate the particles based on their morphology.

  15. Laryngotracheal separation.

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    LeJeune, F E

    1978-12-01

    The popularity of the motorcycle, specifically trail bike riding, in the past several years has produced an increasing incidence of severe "clothesline" injuries to the larynx and trachea. Even at moderately high speed the impact of a horizontal cable with the neck of the rider causes a sudden hyperextension of the neck, and an avulsion of the larynx from the trachea, separating at the relatively rigid fibrous connective tissue between the cricoid cartilage and the first tracheal ring. Interruption of the strap muscles, the recurrent laryngeal nerves, laceration of the esophagus, and compression fracture of the cervical vertebral bodies can occur. The unseated rider requires immediate assistance, airway obstruction being his greatest problem. In the early minutes after the accident he must be transported to an emergency facility where tracheostomy and resuscitation can be provided. Mediastinal infection, tracheoesophageal fistula, subglottic stenosis, and intermittent depression many follow the initial repair. Rehabilitative measures include permanent tracheostomy, the use of neuromuscular pedicle graft, hyoid bone graft, intracordal injection of teflon paste, and carbon dioxide laser excision of webs and cicatricial tissue.

  16. Inter and Intra Molecular Phase Separation Environment Effects on PI-PEO Block Copolymers for Batteries and Fuel Cells

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    Xue, Chen-Chen; Meador, Mary Ann B.; Eby, R. K.; Cheng, Stephen Z. D.; Ge, Jason J.; Cubon, Valerie A.

    2002-01-01

    Rod-coil molecules have been introduced as a novel type of block copolymers with unique microstructure due to their ability to self-assemble to various ordered morphologies on a nanometer length scale. These molecules, comprised two homo polymers joined together at one end, microphase separate into ordered, periodic arrays of spheres, cylinders in the bulk state and or solution. To get ordered structure in a reasonable scale, additional force field are applied, such as mechanical shearing, electric field and magnetic field. Recently, progress has made it a possible to develop a new class of polyimides (PI)-Polyethylene oxide (PEO) that are soluble in polar organic solvents. The solvent-soluble PI-PEO has a wide variety of applications in microelectronics, since these PI-PEO films exhibit a high degree of thermal and chemical stability. In this paper, we report the self-assembled ordered structure of PI-PEO molecules formed from concentrate solution.

  17. Phase separation in mixtures of ovalbumin and konjac glucomannan: physicochemical and microscopic investigations.

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    Zhou, Bin; Liu, Jinjin; Ye, Ting; Wang, Yuntao; Xu, Wei; Li, Bin

    2014-09-01

    The phase behavior and microstructure of ovalbumin (OVA)/konjac glucomannan (KGM) mixtures were studied at pH 7.0. Phase diagrams were established by centrifugation and visual observation. Micro-phase separation of the OVA/KGM mixtures was quantified by measuring the turbidity. The microstructures of the phase separated mixtures were studied by measuring rheological property and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). The phase behavior of OVA/KGM mixtures appeared to be one single phase or two separated phases depending on the content of OVA and KGM. OVA had a pronounced effect on turbidity of OVA/KGM mixtures. The particle size of mixtures increased with increasing OVA and KGM concentration, which was the largest (119.1 μm) at 0.25 wt.% KGM and 5 wt.% OVA. The G' and G″ cross-over at a mixture of 0.20 wt.% KGM and 4 wt.% OVA demonstrated the buildup of microstructure during phase separation. The association of OVA aggregates could be observed under CLSM. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Long-lasting changes in morphine-induced locomotor sensitization and tolerance in Long-Evans mother rats as a result of periodic postpartum separation from the litter: a novel model of increased vulnerability to drug abuse?

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    Kalinichev, Mikhail; Easterling, Keith W; Holtzman, Stephen G

    2003-02-01

    Daily postpartum separations from the litter produce enduring changes in anxiety and sensitivity to the antinociceptive effects of morphine in Long-Evans dams. We tested whether postpartum experience alters sensitivity to the effects of morphine on locomotor activity. Dams were tested 4-6 weeks after their pups were weaned, and had one of the following backgrounds: daily separation from the litter on postpartum days 2-14 for either 3 h (prolonged separation-LS) or 15 min (brief separation-BS), or no separation (nonhandled control-NH). After 2 consecutive days (B1-2) of baseline activity measurements, subjects were tested daily after s.c. injections of either morphine (10 mg/kg) or saline for 7 days and again on day 10. Beginning 5 days later, saline and 1.0-10 mg/kg of morphine were tested in all dams. On B1, LS and BS dams habituated slower than NH controls, yielding higher horizontal counts. LS dams failed to habituate across baseline days and were more active than other dams on B2. Sensitization, a progressive increase in horizontal activity, was more rapid and robust in LS and BS dams compared to NH animals. LS was the only group that developed tolerance to morphine-induced decreases in vertical activity. In LS dams with the history of morphine treatment, injection of saline resulted in higher horizontal activity and center time compared to saline-treated counterparts, indicative of conditioning. Among animals with a history of saline treatment, LS dams were more sensitive to morphine challenges than BS and NH dams. As a result of the robust and long-lasting increases in the ability of morphine to induce behavioral sensitization in litter-separated dams, periodic postpartum separation may represent a new animal model of increased vulnerability to substance abuse.

  19. Reline aqueous solutions behaving as liquid mixtures of H-bonded co-solvents: microphase segregation and formation of co-continuous structures as indicated by Brillouin and (1)H NMR spectroscopies.

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    Posada, E; López-Salas, N; Jiménez Riobóo, R J; Ferrer, M L; Gutiérrez, M C; Del Monte, F

    2017-07-14

    Deep eutectic solvents (DESs) offer a suitable alternative to conventional solvents in terms of both performance and cost-effectiveness. Some DESs also offer certain green features, the greenness of which is notoriously enhanced when combined with water. Aqueous DES dilutions are therefore attracting great attention as a novel green medium for biotechnological processes, with the aqueous dilutions of reline - a DES composed of urea and choline chloride - being one of the most studied systems. Despite their macroscopic homogeneous appearance, both (1)H NMR spectroscopic studies and molecular dynamics simulations have revealed the occurrence of certain dynamic heterogeneity at a microscopic molecular level. Ultrasonic measurements were also used with the aim of getting further insights but nonconclusive results were obtained. Herein, we have studied aqueous reline dilutions by Brillouin spectroscopy given its proved suitability for detecting local structure rearrangements in liquid mixtures of H-bonded co-solvents. Brillouin spectroscopy revealed the formation of a co-continuous structure resulting from local structure rearrangements and micro-segregation into aqueous and DES phases. Interestingly, there is agreement between (1)H NMR and Brillouin spectroscopy when pointing to the DES content where microphase segregation and formation of co-continuous structures occurred.

  20. Laser isotope separation

    DOEpatents

    Robinson, C.P.; Reed, J.J.; Cotter, T.P.; Boyer, K.; Greiner, N.R.

    1975-11-26

    A process and apparatus for separating isotopes by selective excitation of isotopic species of a volatile compound by tuned laser light is described. A highly cooled gas of the volatile compound is produced in which the isotopic shift is sharpened and defined. Before substantial condensation occurs, the cooled gas is irradiated with laser light precisely tuned to a desired wavelength to selectively excite a particular isotopic species in the cooled gas. The laser light may impart sufficient energy to the excited species to cause it to undergo photolysis, photochemical reaction or even to photoionize. Alternatively, a two-photon irradiation may be applied to the cooled gas to induce photolysis, photochemical reaction or photoionization. The process is particularly applicable to the separation of isotopes of uranium.

  1. Photochemical isotope separation

    DOEpatents

    Robinson, C.P.; Jensen, R.J.; Cotter, T.P.; Greiner, N.R.; Boyer, K.

    1987-04-28

    A process is described for separating isotopes by selective excitation of isotopic species of a volatile compound by tuned laser light. A highly cooled gas of the volatile compound is produced in which the isotopic shift is sharpened and defined. Before substantial condensation occurs, the cooled gas is irradiated with laser light precisely tuned to a desired wavelength to selectively excite a particular isotopic species in the cooled gas. The laser light may impart sufficient energy to the excited species to cause it to undergo photochemical reaction or even to photoionize. Alternatively, a two-photon irradiation may be applied to the cooled gas to induce photochemical reaction or photoionization. The process is particularly applicable to the separation of isotopes of uranium and plutonium. 8 figs.

  2. Laser isotope separation

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    Robinson, C. Paul; Jensen, Reed J.; Cotter, Theodore P.; Boyer, Keith; Greiner, Norman R.

    1988-01-01

    A process and apparatus for separating isotopes by selective excitation of isotopic species of a volatile compound by tuned laser light. A highly cooled gas of the volatile compound is produced in which the isotopic shift is sharpened and defined. Before substantial condensation occurs, the cooled gas is irradiated with laser light precisely tuned to a desired wavelength to selectively excite a particular isotopic species in the cooled gas. The laser light may impart sufficient energy to the excited species to cause it to undergo photolysis, photochemical reaction or even to photoionize. Alternatively, a two-photon irradiation may be applied to the cooled gas to induce photolysis, photochemical reaction or photoionization. The process is particularly applicable to the separation of isotopes of uranium.

  3. Photochemical isotope separation

    DOEpatents

    Robinson, C. Paul; Jensen, Reed J.; Cotter, Theodore P.; Greiner, Norman R.; Boyer, Keith

    1987-01-01

    A process for separating isotopes by selective excitation of isotopic species of a volatile compound by tuned laser light. A highly cooled gas of the volatile compound is produced in which the isotopic shift is sharpened and defined. Before substantial condensation occurs, the cooled gas is irradiated with laser light precisely tuned to a desired wavelength to selectively excite a particular isotopic species in the cooled gas. The laser light may impart sufficient energy to the excited species to cause it to undergo photochemical reaction or even to photoionize. Alternatively, a two-photon irradiation may be applied to the cooled gas to induce photochemical reaction or photoionization. The process is particularly applicable to the separation of isotopes of uranium and plutonium.

  4. Pseudo-stationary separation materials for highly parallel separations.

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    Singh, Anup K.; Palmer, Christopher

    2005-05-01

    Goal of this study was to develop and characterize novel polymeric materials as pseudostationary phases in electrokinetic chromatography. Fundamental studies have characterized the chromatographic selectivity of the materials as a function of chemical structure and molecular conformation. The selectivities of the polymers has been studied extensively, resulting in a large body of fundamental knowledge regarding the performance and selectivity of polymeric pseudostationary phases. Two polymers have also been used for amino acid and peptide separations, and with laser induced fluorescence detection. The polymers performed well for the separation of derivatized amino acids, and provided some significant differences in selectivity relative to a commonly used micellar pseudostationary phase. The polymers did not perform well for peptide separations. The polymers were compatible with laser induced fluorescence detection, indicating that they should also be compatible with chip-based separations.

  5. Hydrogen isotope separation from water

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    Jensen, R.J.

    1975-09-01

    A process for separating tritium from tritium-containing water or deuterium enrichment from water is described. The process involves selective, laser-induced two-photon excitation and photodissociation of those water molecules containing deuterium or tritium followed by immediate reaction of the photodissociation products with a scavenger gas which does not substantially absorb the laser light. The reaction products are then separated from the undissociated water. (auth)

  6. Cyclone separator having boundary layer turbulence control

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    Krishna, Coimbatore R.; Milau, Julius S.

    1985-01-01

    A cyclone separator including boundary layer turbulence control that is operable to prevent undue build-up of particulate material at selected critical areas on the separator walls, by selectively varying the fluid pressure at those areas to maintain the momentum of the vortex, thereby preventing particulate material from inducing turbulence in the boundary layer of the vortical fluid flow through the separator.

  7. An Experimental Study of the Driving Mechanism and Control of the Unsteady Shock Induced Turbulent Separation in a Mach 5 Compression Corner Flow.

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    1992-01-01

    comparisons between the variation of maximum shock oscillation amplitude and 19 maximum turbulence intensity with increasing interaction pressure rise...acoustic oscillations within the separated region, but argued that such a mechanism was improbable since there was no evidence in the surface pressure time...influences. Andreopoulos and Muck [1987] hypothesized that the incoming boundary layer was the "most likely cause triggering the shock wave oscillation ," and

  8. Cationic polyelectrolyte induced separation of some inorganic contaminants and their mixture (zirconium silicate, kaolin, K-feldspar, zinc oxide) as well as of the paraffin oil from water.

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    Ghimici, Luminita

    2016-03-15

    The flocculation efficiency of a cationic polyelectrolyte with quaternary ammonium salt groups in the backbone, namely PCA5 was evaluated on zirconium silicate (kreutzonit), kaolin, K- feldspar and zinc oxide (ZnO) suspensions prepared either with each pollutant or with their mixture. The effect of several parameters such as settling time, polymer dose and the pollutant type on the separation efficacy was evaluated and followed by optical density and zeta potential measurements. Except for ZnO, the interactions between PCA5 and suspended particles led to low residual turbidity values (around 4% for kreutzonit, 5% for kaolin and 8% for K-feldspar) as well as to the reduction of flocs settling time (from 1200 min to 30 min and 120 min in case of kaolinit and K-feldspar, respectively), that meant a high efficiency in their separation. The negative value of the zeta potential and flocs size measurements, at the optimum polymer dose, point to contribution from charge patch mechanism for the particles flocculation. A good efficiency of PCA5 in separation of paraffin oil (a minimum residual turbidity of 9.8%) has been also found. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Electric polarization induced by phase separation in magnetically ordered and paramagnetic states of RMn2O5 (R=Gd, Bi)

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    Khannanov, B. Kh.; Sanina, V. A.; Golovenchits, E. I.; Scheglov, M. P.

    2017-01-01

    The electric polarization hysteresis loops and remanent polarization were revealed in multiferroics RMn2O5 with R=Gd and Bi at wide temperature interval from 5 K up to 330 K. Until recently, the long-range ferroelectric order having an exchange-striction magnetic nature had been observed in RMn2O5 only at low temperatures (T ≤TC = 30 - 35 K) . We believe that the polarization we observed was caused by the frozen superparaelectric state which was formed by the restricted polar domains resulting from phase separation and charge carriers self-organization. At some sufficiently high temperatures T ≫TC the frozen superparaelectric state was destroyed, and the conventional superparaelectric state occurred. This happened when the potential barriers of the restricted polar domain reorientations become equal to the kinetic energy of the itinerant electrons (leakage). The hysteresis loops were measured by the so-called PUND method which allowed us to correctly subtract the contribution of conductivity from the measured polarization. The correlations between properties of the phase separation domains and polarization were revealed and studied. The high-temperature polarization also had a magnetic nature and was controlled by the magnetic field because the double exchange between pairs of Mn ions with different valences (Mn3+ and Mn4+) in RMn2O5 was the basic interaction resulting in phase separation.

  10. Ferrofluid separator for nonferrous scrap separation

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    Kaiser, R.; Mir, L.

    1974-01-01

    Behavior of nonmagnetic objects within separator is essentially function of density, and independent of size or shape of objects. Results show close agreement between density of object and apparent density of ferrofluid required to float it. Results also demonstrate that very high separation rates are achievable by ferrofluid sink-float separation.

  11. REVIEW ARTICLE: Viscoelastic phase separation

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    Tanaka, Hajime

    2000-04-01

    Descriptions of phase separation in condensed matter have so far been classified into a solid model (model B) and a fluid model (model H). In the former the diffusion is the only transport process, while in the latter material can be transported by both diffusion and hydrodynamic flow. It has recently been found that in addition to these well-known models a new model of phase separation, the `viscoelastic model', is required to describe the phase-separation behaviour of a dynamically asymmetric mixture, which is composed of fast and slow components. Such `dynamic asymmetry' can be induced by either the large size difference or the difference in glass-transition temperature between the components of a mixture. The former often exists in so-called complex fluids, such as polymer solutions, micellar solutions, colloidal suspensions, emulsions and protein solutions. The latter, on the other hand, can exist in any mixture in principle. This new type of phase separation is called `viscoelastic phase separation' since viscoelastic effects play a dominant role. Viscoelastic phase separation may be a `general' model of phase separation, which includes solid and fluid models as special cases: for example, fluid phase separation described by model H, which is believed to be the usual case, can be viewed as a `special' (rather rare) case of viscoelastic phase separation. Here we review the experiments, theories and numerical simulations for viscoelastic phase separation. In dynamically asymmetric mixtures, phase separation generally leads to the formation of a long-lived `interaction network' (a transient gel) of slow-component molecules (or particles), if the attractive interactions between them are strong enough. Because of its long relaxation time, it cannot catch up with the deformation rate of the phase separation itself and as a result the stress is asymmetrically divided between the components. This leads to the transient formation of networklike or spongelike

  12. On separate universes

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    Dai, Liang; Pajer, Enrico; Schmidt, Fabian E-mail: enrico.pajer@gmail.com

    2015-10-01

    The separate universe conjecture states that in General Relativity a density perturbation behaves locally (i.e. on scales much smaller than the wavelength of the mode) as a separate universe with different background density and curvature. We prove this conjecture for a spherical compensated tophat density perturbation of arbitrary amplitude and radius in ΛCDM. We then use Conformal Fermi Coordinates to generalize this result to scalar perturbations of arbitrary configuration and scale in a general cosmology with a mixture of fluids, but to linear order in perturbations. In this case, the separate universe conjecture holds for the isotropic part of the perturbations. The anisotropic part on the other hand is exactly captured by a tidal field in the Newtonian form. We show that the separate universe picture is restricted to scales larger than the sound horizons of all fluid components. We then derive an expression for the locally measured matter bispectrum induced by a long-wavelength mode of arbitrary wavelength, a new result which in standard perturbation theory is equivalent to a relativistic second-order calculation. We show that nonlinear gravitational dynamics does not generate observable contributions that scale like local-type non-Gaussianity f{sup loc}{sub NL}, and hence does not contribute to a scale-dependent galaxy bias Δ b ∝ k{sup −2} on large scales; rather, the locally measurable long-short mode coupling assumes a form essentially identical to subhorizon perturbation theory results, once the long-mode density perturbation is replaced by the synchronous-comoving gauge density perturbation. Apparent f{sup loc}{sub NL}-type contributions arise through projection effects on photon propagation, which depend on the specific large-scale structure tracer and observable considered, and are in principle distinguishable from the local mode coupling induced by gravity. We conclude that any observation of f{sup loc}{sub NL} beyond these projection effects

  13. Ultralow protein adsorbing coatings from clickable PEG nanogel solutions: benefits of attachment under salt-induced phase separation conditions and comparison with PEG/albumin nanogel coatings.

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    Donahoe, Casey D; Cohen, Thomas L; Li, Wenlu; Nguyen, Peter K; Fortner, John D; Mitra, Robi D; Elbert, Donald L

    2013-03-26

    Clickable nanogel solutions were synthesized by using the copper catalyzed azide/alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) to partially polymerize solutions of azide and alkyne functionalized poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) monomers. Coatings were fabricated using a second click reaction: a UV thiol-yne attachment of the nanogel solutions to mercaptosilanated glass. Because the CuAAC reaction was effectively halted by the addition of a copper-chelator, we were able to prevent bulk gelation and limit the coating thickness to a single monolayer of nanogels in the absence of the solution reaction. This enabled the inclusion of kosmotropic salts, which caused the PEG to phase-separate and nearly double the nanogel packing density, as confirmed by quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D). Protein adsorption was analyzed by single molecule counting with total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy and cell adhesion assays. Coatings formed from the phase-separated clickable nanogel solutions attached with salt adsorbed significantly less fibrinogen than other 100% PEG coatings tested, as well as poly(L-lysine)-g-PEG (PLL-g-PEG) coatings. However, PEG/albumin nanogel coatings still outperformed the best 100% PEG clickable nanogel coatings. Additional surface cross-linking of the clickable nanogel coating in the presence of copper further reduced levels of fibrinogen adsorption closer to those of PEG/albumin nanogel coatings. However, this step negatively impacted long-term resistance to cell adhesion and dramatically altered the morphology of the coating by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The main benefit of the click strategy is that the partially polymerized solutions are stable almost indefinitely, allowing attachment in the phase-separated state without danger of bulk gelation, and thus producing the best performing 100% PEG coating that we have studied to date.

  14. Ultralow protein adsorbing coatings from clickable PEG nanogel solutions: Benefits of attachment under salt-induced phase separation conditions and comparison with PEG/albumin nanogel coatings

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    Donahoe, Casey D.; Cohen, Thomas L.; Li, Wenlu; Nguyen, Peter K.; Fortner, John D.; Mitra, Robi D.; Elbert, Donald L.

    2013-01-01

    Clickable nanogel solutions were synthesized by using the copper catalyzed azide/alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) to partially polymerize solutions of azide and alkyne functionalized poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) monomers. Coatings were fabricated using a second click reaction: a UV thiol-yne attachment of the nanogel solutions to mercaptosilanated glass. Because the CuAAC reaction was effectively halted by the addition of a copper-chelator, we were able to prevent bulk gelation and limit the coating thickness to a single monolayer of nanogels in the absence of the solution reaction. This enabled the inclusion of kosmotropic salts, which caused the PEG to phase-separate and nearly double the nanogel packing density, as confirmed by Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation (QCM-D). Protein adsorption was analyzed by single molecule counting with total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy and cell adhesion assays. Coatings formed from the phase-separated clickable nanogel solutions attached with salt adsorbed significantly less fibrinogen than other 100% PEG coatings tested, as well as poly-L-lysine-g-PEG (PLL-g-PEG) coatings. However, PEG/albumin nanogel coatings still outperformed the best 100% PEG clickable nanogel coatings. Additional surface crosslinking of the clickable nanogel coating in the presence of copper further reduced levels of fibrinogen adsorption closer to those of PEG/albumin nanogel coatings. However, this step negatively impacted long-term resistance to cell adhesion and dramatically altered the morphology of the coating by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The main benefit of the click strategy is that the partially polymerized solutions are stable almost indefinitely, allowing attachment in the phase-separated state without danger of bulk gelation, and thus, producing the best performing 100% PEG coating that we have studied to date. PMID:23441808

  15. RECOVERY OF THE CANDIDATE PROTOPLANET HD 100546 b WITH GEMINI/NICI AND DETECTION OF ADDITIONAL (PLANET-INDUCED?) DISK STRUCTURE AT SMALL SEPARATIONS

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    Currie, Thayne; Kudo, Tomoyuki; Muto, Takayuki; Honda, Mitsuhiko; Brandt, Timothy D.; Grady, Carol; Fukagawa, Misato; Burrows, Adam; Janson, Markus; Kuzuhara, Masayuki; McElwain, Michael W.; Follette, Katherine; Hashimoto, Jun; Henning, Thomas; Kandori, Ryo; Kusakabe, Nobuhiko; Morino, Jun-ichi; Nishikawa, Jun; Kwon, Jungmi; Mede, Kyle; and others

    2014-12-01

    We report the first independent, second epoch (re-)detection of a directly imaged protoplanet candidate. Using L' high-contrast imaging of HD 100546 taken with the Near-Infrared Coronagraph and Imager on Gemini South, we recover ''HD 100546 b'' with a position and brightness consistent with the original Very Large Telescope/NAos-COnica detection from Quanz et al., although data obtained after 2013 will be required to decisively demonstrate common proper motion. HD 100546 b may be spatially resolved, up to ≈12-13 AU in diameter, and is embedded in a finger of thermal IR-bright, polarized emission extending inward to at least 0.''3. Standard hot-start models imply a mass of ≈15 M{sub J} . However, if HD 100546 b is newly formed or made visible by a circumplanetary disk, both of which are plausible, its mass is significantly lower (e.g., 1-7 M{sub J} ). Additionally, we discover a thermal IR-bright disk feature, possibly a spiral density wave, at roughly the same angular separation as HD 100546 b but 90° away. Our interpretation of this feature as a spiral arm is not decisive, but modeling analyses using spiral density wave theory implies a wave launching point exterior to ≈0.''45 embedded within the visible disk structure: plausibly evidence for a second, hitherto unseen, wide-separation planet. With one confirmed protoplanet candidate and evidence for one to two others, HD 100546 is an important evolutionary precursor to intermediate-mass stars with multiple super-Jovian planets at moderate/wide separations like HR 8799.

  16. Vertical vs Lateral Macrophase Separation in Thin Films of Block Copolymer Mixtures: Computer Simulations and GISAXS Experiments.

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    Berezkin, Anatoly V; Jung, Florian; Posselt, Dorthe; Smilgies, Detlef M; Papadakis, Christine M

    2017-03-20

    Mixtures of two diblock copolymers of very different lengths may feature both macro- and microphase separation; however, not much is known about the mechanisms of separation in diblock copolymer thin films. In the present work, we study thin films of mixtures of two compositionally symmetric block copolymers, both in the one-phase and in the two-phase state, combining coarse-grained molecular simulations (dissipative particle dynamics, DPD) with scattering experiments (grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering, GISAXS). We reveal that the film thickness and selective adsorption of different blocks to the substrate control the distribution of macrophases within the film as well as the orientation of the lamellae therein. In thick films, the mixtures separate in the vertical direction into three layers: Two layers being rich in short copolymers are formed near the film interfaces, whereas a layer being rich in long copolymers is located in the film core. The lamellar orientation in the layers rich in short copolymers is dictated by the surface selectivity, and this orientation only weakly affects the vertical orientation of lamellae in the film core. This provides the opportunity to control the domain orientation in the copolymer films by mixing block copolymers with low-molecular additives instead of relying on a more complicated chemical modification of the substrate. In thinner films, a lateral phase separation appears.

  17. Effects of changes in the interparticle separation induced by alkanethiols on the surface plasmon band and other properties of nanocrystalline gold films.

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    Agrawal, Ved Varun; Varghese, Neenu; Kulkarni, G U; Rao, C N R

    2008-03-18

    Effects of changing the interparticle separation on the surface plasmon bands of ultrathin films of gold nanoparticles have been investigated by examining the interaction of alkanethiols of varying chain length on nanocrystalline gold films generated at the organic-aqueous interface. Adsorption of alkanethiols causes blue-shifts of the surface plasmon adsorption band, the magnitude of the shift being proportional to the chain length. The disordered nanocrystals thus created (lambdamax, 530 m) are in equilibrium with the ordered nanocrystals in the film (lambdamax, 700 m) as indicated by an isosbestic point around 600 nm. Long chain thiols disintegrate or disorder the gold films more effectively, as demonstrated by the increased population of the thiol-capped gold nanocrystals in solution. The rate of interaction of the thiols with the film decreases with the decreasing chain length. The effect of an alkanethiol on the spectrum of the gold film is specific, in that the effects with long and short chains are reversible. The changes in the plasmon band of gold due to interparticle separation can be satisfactorily modeled on the basis of the Maxwell-Garnett formalism. Spectroscopic studies, augmented by calorimetric measurements, suggest that the interaction of alkanethiols involves two steps, the first step being the exothermic gold film-thiol interaction and the second step includes the endothermic disordering process followed by further thiol capping of isolated gold particles.

  18. Thermally and Electrically Triggered Triple-Shape Memory Behavior of Poly(vinyl acetate)/Poly(lactic acid) Due to Graphene-Induced Phase Separation.

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    Sabzi, Mohammad; Babaahmadi, Masoud; Rahnama, Mohammadreza

    2017-07-19

    This work aimed to develop a facile and broadly applicable method for fabricating multistimuli responsive triple-shape memory polymers (SMPs). Hence, herein the SMPs were prepared through the simple physical blending of two commercially available biopolymers, poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc), in the presence of robust and conductive graphene nanoplatelets. Interestingly, atomic force microscopy observations and thermal analyses revealed that the presence of nanofillers led to phase separation and appearance of two well-separated transition temperatures in the blend of these two miscible polymers. Consequently, shape memory results showed that the unfilled blend of PLA/PVAc with a single thermal transition can only show moderate heat triggered dual-shape memory behavior. While, PLA/PVAc/graphene nanocomposite blends demonstrated excellent thermally and electrically actuated triple-shape memory effects besides their remarkable dual-shape memory behavior. In addition, electrical conductivity of the blend was enhanced by ∼14 orders of magnitude in the presence of graphene. More interestingly, electroactive shape recovery experiments exhibited that depending on the applied voltage, temporary shapes in each region of sample can be either individually or simultaneously recovered.

  19. Gamma-radiation-induced grafting of binary mixture of methacrylic acid and 4-vinyl pyridine onto Teflon-FEP film as an effective polar membrane for separation processes

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    Kaur, Inderjeet; Rattan, Sunita; Chauhan, Sandeep; Gupta, Nitika

    2010-05-01

    Ionic bifunctional membranes have been synthesized by grafting binary mixture of methacrylic acid (MAAc) and 4-vinyl pyridine (4-VP) onto Teflon-FEP film by pre-irradiation method. Optimum conditions pertaining to maximum percentage of grafting were evaluated as a function of different reaction parameters. Maximum percentage of grafting of binary mixture (MAAc-co-4-VP) (71.29%) was obtained at an optimum total dose of 54.48 kGy and the total concentration was 9.49 mol/L ([4-VP] = 0.07 mol/L and [MAAc ] = 9.42 mol/L) in 5 ml of water. The effect of alcohols as additives to the reaction medium on percent grafting of the binary mixture has also been studied. The membranes were characterized by FTIR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. Swelling studies of the membranes were performed in different solvents such as water, benzene, carbon tetrachloride and dimethyl formamide (DMF). Maximum swelling was observed in DMF with minimum swelling in benzene. Metal ion (Cu 2+, Ni 2+ and Fe 2+) uptake studies show better affinity for Fe 2+ ions. Conductance measurements in different aqueous salt solution showed that these membranes have affinity for Na +/K + ions and Cl - ions and hence can be used in desalination/separation processes for the separation of both type of cationic and anionic ions.

  20. Activation of the HPA axis and depression of feeding behavior induced by restraint stress are separately regulated by PACAPergic neurotransmission in the mouse.

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    Jiang, Sunny Zhihong; Eiden, Lee E

    2016-07-01

    We measured serum CORT elevation in wild-type and PACAP-deficient C57BL/6N male mice after acute (1 h) or prolonged (2-3 h) daily restraint stress for 7 d. The PACAP dependence of CORT elevation was compared to that of stress-induced hypophagia. Daily restraint induced unhabituated peak CORT elevation, and hypophagia/weight loss, of similar magnitude for 1, 2, and 3 h of daily restraint, in wild-type mice. Peak CORT elevation, and hypophagia, were both attenuated in PACAP-deficient mice for 2 and 3 h daily restraint. Hypophagia induced by 1-h daily restraint was also greatly reduced in PACAP-deficient mice, however CORT elevation, both peak and during recovery from stress, was unaffected. Thus, hypothalamic PACAPergic neurotransmission appears to affect CRH gene transcription and peptide production, but not CRH release, in response to psychogenic stress. A single exposure to restraint sufficed to trigger hypophagia over the following 24 h. PACAP deficiency attenuated HPA axis response (CORT elevation) to prolonged (3 h) but not acute (1 h) single-exposure restraint stress, while hypophagia induced by either a single 1 h or a single 3 h restraint were both abolished in PACAP-deficient mice. These results suggest that PACAP's actions to promote suppression of food intake following an episode of psychogenic stress is unrelated to the release of CRH into the portal circulation to activate the pituitary-adrenal axis. Furthermore, demonstration of suppressed food intake after a single 1-h restraint stress provides a convenient assay for investigating the location of the synapses and circuits mediating the effects of PACAP on the behavioral sequelae of psychogenic stress.

  1. Activation of the HPA Axis and Depression of Feeding Behavior Induced by Restraint Stress Are Separately Regulated by PACAPergic Neurotransmission in the Mouse

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    Jiang, Sunny Zhihong; Eiden, Lee E.

    2016-01-01

    We measured serum CORT elevation in wild-type and PACAP-deficient C57Bl/6N male mice after acute (1 hr) or prolonged (2–3 hr) daily restraint stress for seven days. The PACAP-dependence of CORT elevation was compared to that of stress-induced hypophagia. Daily restraint induced unhabituated peak CORT elevation, and hypophagia/weight loss, of similar magnitude for 1, 2 and 3 hr of daily restraint, in wild-type mice. Peak CORT elevation, and hypophagia, were both attenuated in PACAP-deficient mice for 2 and 3 hrs daily restraint. Hypophagia induced by 1-hr daily restraint was also greatly reduced in PACAP-deficient mice, however CORT elevation, both peak and during recovery from stress, was unaffected. Thus, hypothalamic PACAPergic neurotransmission appears to affect CRH gene transcription and peptide production, but not CRH release, in response to psychogenic stress. A single exposure to restraint sufficed to trigger hypophagia over the following 24 hours. PACAP deficiency attenuated HPA axis response (CORT elevation) to prolonged (3 hr) but not acute (1 hr) single-exposure restraint stress, while hypophagia induced by either a single 1 hr or a single 3 hr restraint were both abolished in PACAP-deficient mice. These results suggest that PACAP’s actions to promote suppression of food intake following an episode of psychogenic stress is unrelated to the release of CRH into the portal circulation to activate the pituitary-adrenal axis. Furthermore, demonstration of suppressed food intake after a single 1-hr restraint stress provides a convenient assay for investigating the location of the synapses and circuits mediating the effects of PACAP on the behavioral sequelae of psychogenic stress. PMID:27228140

  2. Spacecraft -- Capsule Separation (Animation)

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    2005-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Click on the image for Spacecraft -- Capsule Separation animation

    This animation shows the return capsule separating from the Stardust spacecraft.

  3. Femtomolar concentration detection limit and zeptomole mass detection limit for protein separation by capillary isoelectric focusing and laser-induced fluorescence detection.

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    Ramsay, Lauren M; Dickerson, Jane A; Dada, Oluwatosin; Dovichi, Norman J

    2009-03-01

    Fluorescence tends to produce the lowest detection limits for most forms of capillary electrophoresis. Two issues have discouraged its use in capillary isoelectric focusing. The first issue is fluorescent labeling of proteins. Most labeling reagents react with lysine residues and convert the cationic residue to a neutral or anionic product. At best, these reagents perturb the isoelectric point of the protein. At worse, they convert each protein into hundreds of different fluorescent products that confound analysis. The second issue is the large background signal generated by impurities within commercial ampholytes. This background signal is particularly strong when excited in the blue portion of the spectrum, which is required by many common fluorescent labeling reagents. This paper addresses these issues. For labeling, we employ Chromeo P540, which is a fluorogenic reagent that converts cationic lysine residues to cationic fluorescent products. The reaction products are excited in the green, which reduces the background signal generated by impurities present within the ampholytes. To further reduce the background signal, we photobleach ampholytes with high-power photodiodes. Photobleaching reduced the noise in the ampholyte blank by an order of magnitude. Isoelectric focusing performed with photobleached pH 3-10 ampholytes produced concentration detection limits of 270 +/- 25 fM and mass detection limits of 150 +/- 15 zmol for Chromeo P540 labeled beta-lactoglobulin. Concentration detection limits were 520 +/- 40 fM and mass detection limits were 310 +/- 30 zmol with pH 4-8 ampholytes. A homogenate was prepared from a Barrett's esophagus cell line and separated by capillary isoelectric focusing, reproducibly generating dozens of peaks. The sample taken for the separation was equal to the labeled protein homogenate from three cells.

  4. Strain-induced oxygen defect formation and interfacial magnetic phase separation in SrTiO3(001)/La1-xSrxCoO3

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    Leighton, Chris

    2012-02-01

    The remarkable functionality and epitaxial compatibility of complex oxides provides many opportunities for new physics and applications in oxide heterostructures. Perovskite manganites and cobaltites provide excellent examples, being of interest for solid oxide fuel cells, catalysis, ferroelectric RAM, gas sensing, resistive switching memory, and oxide spintronics. However, the same delicate balance between phases that provides this diverse functionality also leads to a serious problem - the difficulty of maintaining desired properties close to the interface with other oxides. Although this problem is widespread, manifests itself in several ways, and could present a significant roadblock to the development of heterostructured devices for oxide electronics, there is no consensus as to its origin, or even whether it is driven by electronic or chemical effects. In this work, using SrTiO3(001)/La1-xSrxCoO3 as a model system, we have combined epitaxial growth via high pressure oxygen sputtering with high resolution x-ray diffraction, atomic resolution electron microscopy and spectroscopy, and detailed magnetic, transport, and neutron scattering measurements to determine the fundamental origin of the deterioration in interfacial transport and magnetism. The effect is found to be due to nanoscopic magnetic phase separation in the near-interface region driven by a significant depletion in interfacial hole doping due to accumulation of O vacancies. This occurs due to a novel mechanism for accommodation of lattice mismatch with the substrate based on formation and long-range ordering of O vacancies, thus providing a fundamental link between strain state and O vacancy density. Further impacts of the O vacancy ordering and interfacial magnetic phase separation, such as formation of a spin-state superlattice and an extraordinary coercivity enhancement, will also be discussed. Work in collaboration with M. Sharma, M. Torija, J. Schmitt, C. He, S. El-Khatib, J. Gazquez, M. Varela

  5. Ion exchange on resins with temperature-responsive selectivity IV. Influence of solution and column parameters on efficiency of reagentless separation of copper and zinc using thermo-induced concentration waves technique.

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    Muraviev, D; Gonzalo, A; Tikhonov, N A; Iljin, M I; Valiente, M

    2000-01-21

    The effect of solution and column parameters such as pH, ratio of metal ions and the height of resin bed on formation of the thermo-induced concentration waves (TICW) in the course of the thermostripping process of Cu2+ and Zn2+ ions from iminodiacetic resin Lewatit TP-207 has been studied. The formation of TICW is attributed by both different diffusivities of metal ions and the presence of the third (H+) ion in the system. This effect makes it possible to carry out a reagentless separation of metal ions by using either the metal depletion or metal concentration mode of operation. The efficiency of the TICW-based separation process by using the metal depletion mode appears to be the higher the lower relative concentration of metal ion under removal (slower diffusing ionic species). The mathematical model proposed allows for qualitative and quantitative description of thermostripping processes in a wide range of pH and solution compositions. The physical model of the TICW process proposed makes it possible to account for the influence of different process parameters and generalise the applicability of the TICW separation technique to the binary mixtures of any metal ions with different diffusivities.

  6. Hydrocyclone separation system

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    Worrell, J.R.; Wakley, W.D.; Young, G.A.

    1990-05-22

    This patent describes a hydrocyclone separation system for separating a fluid mixture into at least two components having differing densities. It comprises: a first hydrocyclone separator and a second hydrocyclone separator contained within an elongated protective conduit and each being substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the conduit, each hydrocyclone separator having a tangential fluid inlet, an overflow fluid outlet and an underflow fluid outlet; and the first hydrocyclone separator and the second hydrocyclone separator being oppositely disposed with respect to each other with the underflow fluid outlet of the first hydrocyclone separator being spaced immediately adjacent to the tangential fluid inlet of the second hydrocyclone separator and the overflow fluid outlet of the first hydrocyclone separator being spaced immediately adjacent the underflow fluid outlet of the second hydrocyclone separator.

  7. Separation of intact proteins on γ-ray-induced polymethacrylate monolithic columns: A highly permeable stationary phase with high peak capacity for capillary high-performance liquid chromatography with high-resolution mass spectrometry.

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    Simone, Patrizia; Pierri, Giuseppe; Foglia, Patrizia; Gasparrini, Francesca; Mazzoccanti, Giulia; Capriotti, Anna Laura; Ursini, Ornella; Ciogli, Alessia; Laganà, Aldo

    2016-01-01

    Polymethacrylate-based monolithic capillary columns, prepared by γ-radiation-induced polymerization, were used to optimize the experimental conditions (nature of the organic modifiers, the content of trifluoroacetic acid and the column temperature) in the separation of nine standard proteins with different hydrophobicities and a wide range of molecular weights. Because of the excellent permeability of the monolithic columns, an ion-pair reversed-phase capillary liquid chromatography with high-resolution mass spectrometry method has been developed by coupling the column directly to the mass spectrometer without a flow-split and using a standard electrospray interface. Additionally, the high working flow and concomitant high efficiency of these columns allowed us to employ a longer column (up to 50 cm) and achieve a peak capacity value superior to 1000. This work is motivated by the need to develop new materials for high-resolution chromatographic separation that combine chemical stability at elevated temperatures (up to 75°C) and a broad pH range, with a high peak capacity value. The advantage of the γ-ray-induced monolithic column lies in the batch-to-batch reproducibility and long-term high-temperature stability. Their proven high loading capacity, recovery, good selectivity and high permeability, moreover, compared well with that of a commercially available poly(styrene-divinylbenzene) monolithic column, which confirms that such monolithic supports might facilitate analysis in proteomics.

  8. Effect of vitamin E and selenium separately and in combination on biochemical, immunological and histological changes induced by sodium azide in male mice.

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    El-Shenawy, Nahla S; AL-Harbi, Mohammad S; Hamza, Reham Z

    2015-01-01

    Sodium azide (SA) is used as an active ingredient to control a broad spectrum of soil borne pathogens including insects, weeds, nematodes, fungi, and bacteria. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ameliorator property of vitamin E (Vit E) or/and selenium (Se) against SA-induced injury in male mice at the biochemical, immunological and histological levels. The mice were divided into nine groups (10/group). The first three groups were served as control, Vit E and Se while, the second three groups were treated with three different doses of SA. The last three groups were treated with high dose of SA with Vit E or Se or Vit E and Se and all animals were treated for a period of 30 days. Exposure to SA at the three doses to mice led to an alternation of liver and kidney functions, decrease the testosterone concentration, decreased IgG and IgM levels as well as the increasing the TNF-α. The effects of SA on the biochemical parameters of mice were dose-dependent. Administration of Se or/and Vit E to SA-treated mice attenuates the toxicity of this compound, objectified by biochemical and histological improvement of liver, kidney and testis. But, the alleviation is more pronounced with the both antioxidants. Thus, the synergistic effect of Se and Vit E is most powerful in reducing the toxicity induced by SA and improving the humoral immune response of mice.

  9. Antidiabetic activities of polysaccharides separated from Inonotus obliquus via the modulation of oxidative stress in mice with streptozotocin-induced diabetes.

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    Wang, Juan; Hu, Wenji; Li, Lanzhou; Huang, Xinping; Liu, Yange; Wang, Di; Teng, Lirong

    2017-01-01

    This study evaluated the effects of Inonotus obliquus polysaccharides (IOs) on diabetes and other underlying mechanisms related to inflammatory factors and oxidative stress in a mouse model of streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetes. Four weeks administration of metformin (120 mg/kg) and IO1-4 (50%-80% alcohol precipitation), or IO5 (total 80% alcohol precipitation) at doses of 50 mg/kg reverses the abnormal changes of bodyweights and fasting blood glucose levels of diabetic mice. IOs significantly increased the insulin and pyruvate kinase levels in serum, and improved the synthesis of glycogen, especially for IO5. IOs restored the disturbed serum levels of superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and malondialdehyde. The down-regulation of interleukin-2 receptor, matrix metalloproteinase-9, and the enhancement of interleukin-2 in serum of diabetic mice were significantly attenuated by IOs. Histologic and morphology examinations showed that IOs repaired the damage on kidney tissues, inhibited inflammatory infiltrate and extracellular matrix deposit injuries in diabetic mice. Compared with untreated diabetic mice, IOs decreased the expression of phosphor-NF-κB in the kidneys. These results show that IOs treatment attenuated diabetic and renal injure in STZ-induced diabetic mice, possibly through the modulation of oxidative stress and inflammatory factors. These results provide valuable evidences to support the use of I. obliquus as a hypoglycemic functional food and/or medicine.

  10. Antidiabetic activities of polysaccharides separated from Inonotus obliquus via the modulation of oxidative stress in mice with streptozotocin-induced diabetes

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    Wang, Juan; Hu, Wenji; Li, Lanzhou; Huang, Xinping; Liu, Yange; Teng, Lirong

    2017-01-01

    This study evaluated the effects of Inonotus obliquus polysaccharides (IOs) on diabetes and other underlying mechanisms related to inflammatory factors and oxidative stress in a mouse model of streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetes. Four weeks administration of metformin (120 mg/kg) and IO1-4 (50%-80% alcohol precipitation), or IO5 (total 80% alcohol precipitation) at doses of 50 mg/kg reverses the abnormal changes of bodyweights and fasting blood glucose levels of diabetic mice. IOs significantly increased the insulin and pyruvate kinase levels in serum, and improved the synthesis of glycogen, especially for IO5. IOs restored the disturbed serum levels of superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and malondialdehyde. The down-regulation of interleukin-2 receptor, matrix metalloproteinase-9, and the enhancement of interleukin-2 in serum of diabetic mice were significantly attenuated by IOs. Histologic and morphology examinations showed that IOs repaired the damage on kidney tissues, inhibited inflammatory infiltrate and extracellular matrix deposit injuries in diabetic mice. Compared with untreated diabetic mice, IOs decreased the expression of phosphor-NF-κB in the kidneys. These results show that IOs treatment attenuated diabetic and renal injure in STZ-induced diabetic mice, possibly through the modulation of oxidative stress and inflammatory factors. These results provide valuable evidences to support the use of I. obliquus as a hypoglycemic functional food and/or medicine. PMID:28662169

  11. Analysis of solvent induced porous PMMA-Bioglass monoliths by the phase separation method--mechanical and in vitro biocompatible studies.

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    Durgalakshmi, D; Balakumar, S

    2015-01-14

    Mimicking three dimensional microstructural scaffolds with their requisite mechanical properties in relation to human bone is highly needed for implant applications. Various biocompatible polymers and bioactive glasses were synthesized to achieve these properties. In the present study, we have fabricated highly porous and bioactive PMMA-Bioglass scaffolds by the phase separation method. Chloroform, acetone and an ethanol-water mixture were used as the different solvent phases in preparing the scaffolds. Large interconnecting pores of sizes ∼100 to 250 μm were observed in the scaffolds and a porosity percentage up to 54% was also achieved by this method. All samples showed a brittle fracture with the highest modulus of 91 MPa for the ethanol-water prepared scaffolds. The bioactivities of the scaffolds were further studied by immersing them in simulated body fluid for 28 days. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and Raman spectra confirmed the formation of bioactive hydroxyl calcium apatite on the surfaces of the scaffolds.

  12. Oligothiophene/graphene supramolecular ensembles managing light induced processes: preparation, characterization, and femtosecond transient absorption studies leading to charge-separation

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    Stergiou, A.; Gobeze, H. B.; Petsalakis, I. D.; Zhao, S.; Shinohara, H.; D'Souza, F.; Tagmatarchis, N.

    2015-09-01

    Advances in organic synthetic chemistry combined with the exceptional electronic properties of carbon allotropes, particularly graphene, is the basis used to design and fabricate novel electron donor-acceptor ensembles with desired properties for technological applications. Thiophene-based materials, which are mainly thiophene-containing polymers, are known for their notable electronic properties. In this frame moving from polymer to oligomer forms, new fundamental information would help for a better understanding of their electrochemical and photophysical properties. Furthermore, a successful combination of their electronic properties with those of graphene is a challenging goal. In this study, two oligothiophene compounds, which consist of three and nine thiophene-rings and are abbreviated 3T and 9T, respectively, were synthesized and noncovalently associated with liquid phase exfoliated few-layered graphene sheets (abbreviated eG), thus forming donor-acceptor 3T/eG and 9T/eG nanoensembes. Markedly, intra-ensemble electronic interactions between the two components in the ground and excited states were evaluated with the aid of UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Furthermore, redox assays revealed the one-electron oxidation of 3T accompanied by one-electron reduction due to eG in 3T/eG, whereas there were two reversible one-electron oxidations of 9T accompanied by one-electron reduction of eG9T/eG. The electrochemical band gap for the 3T/eG and 9T/eG ensembles were calculated and verified, in which the negative free-energy change for the charge-separated state of 3T/eG and 9T/eGvia the singlet excited state of 3T and 9T, respectively, were thermodynamically favorable. Finally, the results of transient pump-probe spectroscopy studies at the femtosecond time scale were supportive of charge transfer type interactions in the 3T/eG and 9T/eG ensembles. The estimated rates for intra-ensemble charge separation were found to be 9.52 × 109 s-1 and 2.2 × 1011 s-1

  13. Controlling Separation in Turbomachines

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    Evans, Simon; Himmel, Christoph; Power, Bronwyn; Wakelam, Christian; Xu, Liping; Hynes, Tom; Hodson, Howard

    2010-01-01

    Four examples of flow control: 1) Passive control of LP turbine blades (Laminar separation control). 2) Aspiration of a conventional axial compressor blade (Turbulent separation control). 3) Compressor blade designed for aspiration (Turbulent separation control). 4.Control of intakes in crosswinds (Turbulent separation control).

  14. Central effects of ethanol interact with endogenous mu opioid activity to control isolation-induced analgesia in maternally separated infant rats

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    Nizhnikov, Michael E.; Kozlov, Andrey P.; Kramskaya, Tatiana. A.; Varlinskaya, Elena I.; Spear, Norman E.

    2014-01-01

    Endogenous opioid activity plays an important role in ethanol consumption and reinforcement in infant rats. Opioid systems are also involved in mediation and regulation of stress responses. Social isolation is a stressful experience for preweanling rats and changes the effects of ethanol through opioid-dependent mechanisms. The present study assessed effects of intracisternal (i.c.) administration of a selective mu-opioid antagonist (CTOP) and i.p. administration of a nonspecific opioid antagonist (naloxone) on voluntary intake and behavior in socially isolated 12–day-old (P12) pups treated with 0.5 g/kg ethanol. Voluntary intake of 0.1% saccharin or water, locomotion, rearing activity, paw licking and grooming were assessed during short-term isolation from littermates (STSI; 8-min duration). Thermal nociceptive reactivity was measured before and after this intake test, with normalized differences between pre- and post-test latencies of paw withdrawal from a hot plate (49°C) used as an index of isolation-induced analgesia (IIA). Results indicated several effects of social isolation and ethanol mediated through the mu-opioid system. Effects of low dose ethanol (0.5 g/kg) and voluntary consumption of saccharin interacted with endogenous mu-opioid activity associated with STSI. Blockade of mu-opioid receptors on saccharin consumption and paw licking-grooming affected intoxicated animals. Low dose ethanol and ingestion of saccharin blunted effects of CTOP on rearing behavior and nociceptive reactivity. Central injections of CTOP stimulated paw licking and grooming dependent on ethanol dose and type of fluid ingested. Ethanol selectively increased saccharin intake during STSI in females, naloxone and CTOP blocked ethanol–mediated enhancement of saccharin intake. We suggest that enhancement of saccharin intake by ethanol during STSI is the product of synergism between isolation-induced mu- opioid activity that increases the pup’s sensitivity to appetitive taste

  15. Central effects of ethanol interact with endogenous mu-opioid activity to control isolation-induced analgesia in maternally separated infant rats.

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    Nizhnikov, Michael E; Kozlov, Andrey P; Kramskaya, Tatiana A; Varlinskaya, Elena I; Spear, Norman E

    2014-03-01

    Endogenous opioid activity plays an important role in ethanol consumption and reinforcement in infant rats. Opioid systems are also involved in mediation and regulation of stress responses. Social isolation is a stressful experience for preweanling rats and changes the effects of ethanol through opioid-dependent mechanisms. The present study assessed effects of intracisternal (i.c.) administration of a selective mu-opioid antagonist (CTOP) and i.p. administration of a nonspecific opioid antagonist (naloxone) on voluntary intake and behavior in socially isolated 12-day-old (P12) pups treated with 0.5 g/kg ethanol. Voluntary intake of 0.1% saccharin or water, locomotion, rearing activity, paw licking and grooming were assessed during short-term isolation from littermates (STSI; 8-min duration). Thermal nociceptive reactivity was measured before and after this intake test, with normalized differences between pre- and post-test latencies of paw withdrawal from a hot plate (49°C) used as an index of isolation-induced analgesia (IIA). Results indicated several effects of social isolation and ethanol mediated through the mu-opioid system. Effects of low dose ethanol (0.5 g/kg) and voluntary consumption of saccharin interacted with endogenous mu-opioid activity associated with STSI. Blockade of mu-opioid receptors on saccharin consumption and paw licking-grooming affected intoxicated animals. Low dose ethanol and ingestion of saccharin blunted effects of CTOP on rearing behavior and nociceptive reactivity. Central injections of CTOP stimulated paw licking and grooming dependent on ethanol dose and type of fluid ingested. Ethanol selectively increased saccharin intake during STSI in females, naloxone and CTOP blocked ethanol-mediated enhancement of saccharin intake. We suggest that enhancement of saccharin intake by ethanol during STSI is the product of synergism between isolation-induced mu-opioid activity that increases the pup's sensitivity to appetitive taste

  16. Noncontact bimolecular photoionization followed by radical-ions separation and their geminate recombination assisted by coherent HFI induced spin-conversion.

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    Dodin, Dmitry V; Ivanov, Anatoly I; Burshtein, Anatoly I

    2008-02-07

    The Hamiltonian description of the spin-conversion induced by a hyperfine interaction (HFI) in photogenerated radical-ion pairs is substituted for the rate (incoherent) description of the same conversion provided by the widely used earlier elementary spin model. The quantum yields of the free ions as well as the singlet and triplet products of geminate recombination are calculated using distant dependent ionization and recombination rates, instead of their contact analogs. Invoking the simplest models of these rates, we demonstrate with the example of a spin-less system that the diffusional acceleration of radical-ion pair recombination at lower viscosity gives way to its diffusional deceleration (Angulo effect), accomplished with a kinetic plateau inherent with the primitive exponential model. Qualitatively the same behavior is found in real systems, assuming both ionization and recombination is carried out by the Marcus electron-transfer rates. Neglecting the Coulomb interaction between solvated ions, the efficiencies of radical-ion pair recombination to the singlet and triplet products are well fitted to the available experimental data. The magnetic field dependence of these yields is specified.

  17. Direct coupling of thin-layer chromatography-bioautography with electrostatic field induced spray ionization-mass spectrometry for separation and identification of lipase inhibitors in lotus leaves.

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    Zhang, Lei; Shi, Jiyao; Tang, Jihe; Cheng, Zhihong; Lu, Xiaohui; Kong, Yao; Wu, Tao

    2017-05-15

    In situ profiling compounds in complex matrices is important technology to develop in analytic chemistry. The aim of this study is to develop a direct coupling method of thin layer chromatography (TLC) to mass spectrometry (MS) via electrostatic field induced spray ionization (EFISI). We proposed a surface treatment method of normal-phase thin layer chromatography (TLC) plates with dimethyl silicone oil coating which successfully allowed TLC to couple to MS via EFISI. Different parameters affecting the ionization efficiency were investigated and optimized, including silicone oil concentrations, air-drying times, applied voltages, and TLC plate types. This optimized TLC-EFISI-MS method was successfully applied to examine lipase inhibitory components present in lotus leaves. Six active alkaloids including three aporphines and three benzylisoquinolines were profiled with their MS(n) (n = 4) data, or with a comparison with reference substances. This is the first report on the coupling EFISI-MS to TLC or TLC bioautography for in situ identification of active natural products. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. A new direct laser photo-induced fluorescence method coupled on-line with liquid chromatographic separation for the simultaneous determination of anilides pesticides.

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    Mbaye, O M A; Maroto, A; Gaye-Seye, M D; Stephan, L; Deschamps, L; Aaron, J J; Giamarchi, P

    2015-01-01

    A new direct laser photo-induced fluorescence high performance liquid chromatography (DL-PIF-HPLC) method is developed for the simultaneous determination of three anilide pesticides, namely carboxin, monalide and propanil. DL-PIF-HPLC uses a tunable Nd:YAG-OPO laser to obtain fluorescent photoproduct(s) and to simultaneously analyze their fluorescence in a short acquisition time with an intensified CCD camera, which improves the selectivity (by choosing the suitable excitation wavelength), increases the sensitivity (due to the high energy of the laser beam) and reduces the time of analysis, relative to the classical PIF methods. However, one of the main drawbacks of PIF methods is the presence of interferences with other compounds, such as other pesticides from the same group yielding similar fluorescent photoproducts, which reduces their selectivity. The analytical interest of DL-PIF-HPLC to avoid these interferences is demonstrated. The DL-PIF spectra, chromatographic conditions and analytical performances of DL-PIF-HPLC are presented for the simultaneous determination of three anilide pesticides. The calibration curves are linear over one order of magnitude and the limits of detection are in the ng mL(-1) range. The new DL-PIF-HPLC system has the advantage to combine the performances of both techniques, DL-PIF and liquid chromatography, and to improve the analysis selectivity.

  19. Separation of climate- and geology-induced variations in the hydrological response of a regional karstified aquifer: determination of a geologic transfer function

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    Slimani, S.; Massei, N.; Dupont, J.-P.; Mesquita, J.; Laignel, B.

    2009-04-01

    Worldwide, karst hydrosystems represent a great potential in terms of water ressources. However, such heterogenous systems are characterized by a highly non-linear response to input signals. In the region of Upper Normandy (Northwestern France), where almost 100% of drinking water supply comes from ground water, the Chalk karst aquifer is characterized by the presence of a thick surficial formations cover which is unequally distributed over the area according to the regional geological context. This structural context also implies a significant spatial variability of the aquifer thickness. To assess the overall hydrologic variability of this aquifer, we use long-term hydraulic head and precipitation time series (20 years) to analyse their relationships according to such specific geological conditions. By continuous wavelet transform, the hydraulic head time series were found to exhibit long-term variations that represented a great amount of variance in some locations, what we could eventually relate to climate-induced oscillations. This was particularly the case of those locations where the aquifer thickness was important. The climate-induced oscillations found were of the order of 2-3-yr and 5-6-yr which would well correspond to some modes of oscillation linked to the positive/negative regimes of the North Atlantic Oscillation. In addition, the corresponding variations in hydrological time series exhibited a clear increase in the explanation of total variance from the early 90's up to the end of the series. In a second time, in order to assess the role of the geological medium in the precipitation/head relationship, we proposed to filter out those long-term spectral components inherent to climate fluctuations. This allowed identification of the head response to precipitation throughout the entire 20-yr period of study for short-term infra-annual time scales. Cross-correlation between the input and output signals after filtering out of long-term components showed

  20. Production of sulfate radical from peroxymonosulfate induced by a magnetically separable CuFe2O4 spinel in water: efficiency, stability, and mechanism.

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    Zhang, Tao; Zhu, Haibo; Croué, Jean-Philippe

    2013-03-19

    A simple, nonhazardous, efficient and low energy-consuming process is desirable to generate powerful radicals from peroxymonosulfate (PMS) for recalcitrant pollutant removal. In this work, the production of radical species from PMS induced by a magnetic CuFe(2)O(4) spinel was studied. Iopromide, a recalcitrant model pollutant, was used to investigate the efficiency of this process. CuFe(2)O(4) showed higher activity and 30 times lower Cu(2+) leaching (1.5 μg L(-1) per 100 mg L(-1)) than a well-crystallized CuO at the same dosage. CuFe(2)O(4) maintained its activity and crystallinity during repeated batch experiments. In comparison, the activity of CuO declined significantly, which was ascribed to the deterioration in its degree of crystallinity. The efficiency of the PMS/CuFe(2)O(4) was highest at neutral pH and decreased at acidic and alkaline pHs. Sulfate radical was the primary radical species responsible for the iopromide degradation. On the basis of the stoichiometry of oxalate degradation in the PMS/CuFe(2)O(4), the radical production yield from PMS was determined to be near 1 mol/mol. The PMS decomposition involved an inner-sphere complexation with the oxide's surface Cu(II) sites. In situ characterization of the oxide surface with ATR-FTIR and Raman during the PMS decomposition suggested that surface Cu(II)-Cu(III)-Cu(II) redox cycle was responsible for the efficient sulfate radical generation from PMS.

  1. Simultaneous Quantification of Free Cholesterol, Cholesteryl Esters, and Triglycerides without Ester Hydrolysis by UHPLC Separation and In-Source Collision Induced Dissociation Coupled MS/MS

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    Gardner, Michael S.; McWilliams, Lisa G.; Jones, Jeffrey I.; Kuklenyik, Zsuzsanna; Pirkle, James L.; Barr, John R.

    2017-08-01

    We demonstrate the application of in-source nitrogen collision-induced dissociation (CID) that eliminates the need for ester hydrolysis before simultaneous analysis of esterified cholesterol (EC) and triglycerides (TG) along with free cholesterol (FC) from human serum, using normal phase liquid chromatography (LC) coupled to atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). The analysis requires only 50 μL of 1:100 dilute serum with a high-throughput, precipitation/evaporation/extraction protocol in one pot. Known representative mixtures of EC and TG species were used as calibrators with stable isotope labeled analogs as internal standards. The APCI MS source was operated with nitrogen source gas. Reproducible in-source CID was achieved with the use of optimal cone voltage (declustering potential), generating FC, EC, and TG lipid class-specific precursor fragment ions for multiple reaction monitoring (MRM). Using a representative mixture of purified FC, CE, and TG species as calibrators, the method accuracy was assessed with analysis of five inter-laboratory standardization materials, showing -10% bias for Total-C and -3% for Total-TG. Repeated duplicate analysis of a quality control pool showed intra-day and inter-day variation of 5% and 5.8% for FC, 5.2% and 8.5% for Total-C, and 4.1% and 7.7% for Total-TG. The applicability of the method was demonstrated on 32 serum samples and corresponding lipoprotein sub-fractions collected from normolipidemic, hypercholesterolemic, hypertriglyceridemic, and hyperlipidemic donors. The results show that in-source CID coupled with isotope dilution UHPLC-MS/MS is a viable high precision approach for translational research studies where samples are substantially diluted or the amounts of archived samples are limited. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  2. Impact of halides on the simultaneous separation of aromatic amines and their acidic metabolites by capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced native fluorescence detection under acidic conditions.

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    Hsieh, Ming-Mu; Chang, Huan-Tsung

    2006-01-13

    This paper describes a simple, sensitive, efficient, and rapid method for simultaneous analysis of biologically active amines and acids by capillary electrophoresis in conjunction with laser-induced native fluorescence detection (CE-LINF) using a diode pumped solid state nanolaser at 266 nm. In order to optimize resolution of the amines that were prepared in 10.0 mM formate-Tris (FT) solutions, 10.0 mM FT solutions with and without containing halides were used to fill the capillary and reservoirs, respectively. The electrophoretic mobilities of tryptamine (TA) and serotonin (5-HT) at pH 4.0 decrease with the increase in halide concentration (0-10.0 mM). Taken together with a great effect of iodide than other halides, we suggest that the formation of ion pairs is a main contributor for altering the migration of the amines. In order to simultaneously analyze the amines and their metabolites (acids) at low pH, a high bulk EOF is required. The analysis of 10 anlytes including amines and acids was completed within 12 min by CE-LINF using a capillary treated with 0.5M NaOH and then filled with 10.0 mM FT solutions (pH 4.0) containing 10.0 mM KCl prior to analysis. The limits of detection for TA and 5-hydroxyindole-3-acetic acid (5-HIAA) are 0.12 and 6.0 nM, respectively. The present method has been further validated by analyzing urine samples, with an RSD less than 3.1% (migration times) and 3.9% (concentration).

  3. Computational Investigation of Block Copolymer Surfactants for Stabilizing Fluctuation-Induced Polymeric Microemulsions

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    Delaney, Kris; Fredrickson, Glenn

    2013-03-01

    High molecular weight diblock copolymers introduced into a blend of immiscible homopolymers can act as a surfactant to suppress macroscopic two-fluid phase separation. With variation of block copolymer composition, the crossover between low-temperature ordering into microphase or macrophase separated states is marked by a mean-field isotropic Lifshitz multi-critical point. Strong fluctuations close to the Lifshitz point are observed to suppress the low-temperature ordering; a microemulsion state emerges, with large, co-continuous domains of segregated fluid lacking any long-range order. We study this phenomenon with fully fluctuating field-theoretic simulations based on complex Langevin sampling, and we attempt to design new block polymer surfactants that can produce the microemulsion state with a wider composition tolerance.

  4. Ionene membrane battery separator

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    Moacanin, J.; Tom, H. Y.

    1969-01-01

    Ionic transport characteristics of ionenes, insoluble membranes from soluble polyelectrolyte compositions, are studied for possible application in a battery separator. Effectiveness of the thin film of separator membrane essentially determines battery lifetime.

  5. Separation anxiety in children

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    ... page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001542.htm Separation anxiety in children To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. Separation anxiety in children is a developmental stage in which ...

  6. Magnetic separation of algae

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    Nath, Pulak; Twary, Scott N.

    2016-04-26

    Described herein are methods and systems for harvesting, collecting, separating and/or dewatering algae using iron based salts combined with a magnetic field gradient to separate algae from an aqueous solution.

  7. Simultaneous separation of five major ribonucleic acids by capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence in the presence of electroosmotic flow: application to the rapid screening of 5S rRNA from ovarian cancer cells.

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    Shih, Ya-Chu; Liao, Ching-Ru; Chung, I-Che; Chang, Yu-Sun; Chang, Po-Ling

    2014-10-17

    RNA integrity is important in RNA studies because poor RNA quality may impact downstream methodologies. This study proposes a rapid and cost-effective method for the determination of RNA integrity based on CE-LIF in the presence of electroosmotic flow. The proposed method uses poly(ethylene) oxide (Mavg=4,000,000 Da) as a sieving matrix for total RNA separation. Ethidium bromide (μg mL(-1)) was dissolved in a polymer solution as an interchelating dye for on-column fluorescent labeling. The 28S rRNA, 18S rRNA, 5.8S rRNA, 5S rRNA and tRNA from the total human RNA extracted from the cells were fully separated using the proposed method. The lowest detectable concentration of total RNA achieved was 100 pg μL(-1) with a 6 min sample injection followed by on-column concentration. In addition, the temperature-induced degradation of total RNA was observed by CE-LIF. The electropherograms revealed more fragmentation of 28S and 18S rRNAs by temperature-induced hydrolysis compared with the 5.8S rRNA, 5S rRNA and tRNA. Therefore, the results indicated that RNA degradation should be considered for long-term, high-temperature incubations in RNA-related experiments involving RNA hybridization. The proposed method is furthermore, applied to the determination of 5S rRNA overexpressed in ovarian cancer cells as compared to the cervical cancer cells. Overall, CE-LIF is highly promising for rapid screening of ovarian cancers without tedious pre-amplification steps. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Medical Separation Among Careerists

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    2013-03-01

    unprecedented rate . This study examines the correlation between deployment tempo and medical separation rates for Marines who have shown an intention to remain...separated, I find that the increased deployment tempo in the post- 9/11 era leads to decreases in medical separation rates , particularly among those...at an unprecedented rate . This study examines the correlation between deployment tempo and medical separation rates for Marines who have shown an

  9. Separation in Binary Alloys

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    Frazier, D. O.; Facemire, B. R.; Kaukler, W. F.; Witherow, W. K.; Fanning, U.

    1986-01-01

    Studies of monotectic alloys and alloy analogs reviewed. Report surveys research on liquid/liquid and solid/liquid separation in binary monotectic alloys. Emphasizes separation processes in low gravity, such as in outer space or in free fall in drop towers. Advances in methods of controlling separation in experiments highlighted.

  10. Meniscus membranes for separations

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    Dye, Robert C.; Jorgensen, Betty; Pesiri, David R.

    2004-01-27

    Gas separation membranes, especially meniscus-shaped membranes for gas separations are disclosed together with the use of such meniscus-shaped membranes for applications such as thermal gas valves, pre-concentration of a gas stream, and selective pre-screening of a gas stream. In addition, a rapid screening system for simultaneously screening polymer materials for effectiveness in gas separation is provided.

  11. Meniscus Membranes For Separation

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    Dye, Robert C.; Jorgensen, Betty; Pesiri, David R.

    2005-09-20

    Gas separation membranes, especially meniscus-shaped membranes for gas separations are disclosed together with the use of such meniscus-shaped membranes for applications such as thermal gas valves, pre-concentration of a gas stream, and selective pre-screening of a gas stream. In addition, a rapid screening system for simultaneously screening polymer materials for effectiveness in gas separation is provided.

  12. Safety shutdown separators

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    Carlson, Steven Allen; Anakor, Ifenna Kingsley; Farrell, Greg Robert

    2015-06-30

    The present invention pertains to electrochemical cells which comprise (a) an anode; (b) a cathode; (c) a solid porous separator, such as a polyolefin, xerogel, or inorganic oxide separator; and (d) a nonaqueous electrolyte, wherein the separator comprises a porous membrane having a microporous coating comprising polymer particles which have not coalesced to form a continuous film. This microporous coating on the separator acts as a safety shutdown layer that rapidly increases the internal resistivity and shuts the cell down upon heating to an elevated temperature, such as 110.degree. C. Also provided are methods for increasing the safety of an electrochemical cell by utilizing such separators with a safety shutdown layer.