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  1. Effect of zinc substitution on magnetic and electrical properties of nanocrystalline nickel ferrite synthesized by refluxing method

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    Nandapure, A. I.; Kondawar, S. B.; Sawadh, P. S.; Nandapure, B. I.

    2012-04-01

    Nanocrystalline Nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) and Zn substituted nickel ferrite (NiZnFe2O4) have been synthesized by the refluxing method. These ferrites were characterized by XRD, TEM, Mossbauer spectroscopy and VSM in order to study the effect of zinc substitution in nickel ferrite. XRD diffraction results confirm the spinel structure for the prepared nanocrystalline ferrites with an average crystallite size of 14-16 nm. Lattice parameter was found to increase with the substitution of Zn2+ ions from 8.40 Å to 8.42 Å. TEM images confirmed average particle size of about 20 nm and indicates nanocrystalline nature of the compounds. A shift in isomeric deviation with the doublet was observed due to the influence of Zn substitution in the nickel ferrite. The Zn content has a significant influence on the magnetic behavior and electrical conductivity of NiFe2O4. Saturation magnetization drastically increased whereas room temperature electrical conductivity decreased due to the addition of Zn content in NiFe2O4, indicating super magnetic material with lesser coercivity.

  2. Structural, dielectric and magnetic behavior of nanocrystalline zinc substituted magnesium ferrite

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    Jyoti, Parashar, Jyoti; Saxena, V. K.; Dolia, S. N.; Bhatnagar, D.; Kumar, S.; Sharma, K. B.

    2015-06-24

    Zinc substituted magnesium ferrites Zn{sub 0.2}Mg{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and Zn{sub 0.4}Mg{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} were prepared by sol-gel auto combustion method. Rietveld profile refinement of the XRD patterns confirms the formation of a cubic spinel structure in single phase. The dielectric properties viz. dielectric constant and dielectric loss tangent tanδ increase with increasing temperature. The dielectric behavior is explained by using the mechanism of polarization process, which is correlated to that of electron exchange interaction. The saturation magnetization, coercivity and remanent magnetization decreases appreciably with increase in Zn which could be attributed to change in cation distribution.

  3. Remediation of arsenic and lead with nanocrystalline zinc sulfide

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    Piquette, Alan; Cannon, Cody; Apblett, Allen W.

    2012-07-01

    Nanocrystalline (1.7 ± 0.3 nm) zinc sulfide with a specific surface area up to 360 m2 g-1 was prepared from the thermal decomposition of a single-source precursor, zinc ethylxanthate. Zinc ethylxanthate decomposes to cubic zinc sulfide upon exposure to temperatures greater than or equal to 125 °C. The resulting zinc sulfide was tested as a water impurity extractant. The target impurities used in this study were As5+, As3+, and Pb2+. The reaction of the nanocrystalline ZnS with Pb2+ proceeds as a replacement reaction where solid PbS is formed and Zn2+ is released into the aqueous system. Removal of lead to a level of less than two parts per billion is achievable. The results of a detailed kinetics experiment between the ZnS and Pb2+ are included in this study. Unlike the instance of lead, both As5+ and As3+ adsorb on the surface of the ZnS extractant as opposed to an ion-exchange process. An uptake capacity of > 25 mg g-1 for the removal of As5+ is possible. The uptake of As3+ appears to proceed by a slower process than that of the As5+ with a capacity of nearly 20 mg g-1. The nanocrystalline zinc sulfide was extremely successful for the removal of arsenic and lead from simulated oil sand tailing pond water.

  4. Influence of temperature on the electric, dielectric and AC conductivity properties of nano-crystalline zinc substituted cobalt ferrite synthesized by solution combustion technique

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    Rani, Ritu; Kumar, Gagan; Batoo, Khalid M.; Singh, M.

    2014-06-01

    Cobalt-zinc nanoferrites with formulae Co ZnFeO, where x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3, have been synthesized by solution combustion technique. The variation of DC resistivity with temperature shows the semiconducting behavior of all nanoferrites. The dielectric properties such as dielectric constant (') and dielectric loss tangent (tan are investigated as a function of temperature and frequency. Dielectric constant and loss tangent are found to be increasing with an increase in temperature while with an increase in frequency both, ' and tan , are found to be decreasing. The dielectric properties have been explained on the basis of space charge polarization according to Maxwell-Wagner's two-layer model and the hopping of charge between Fe and Fe. Further, a very high value of dielectric constant and a low value of tan are the prime achievements of the present work. The AC electrical conductivity ( is studied as a function of temperature as well as frequency and is observed to be increasing with the increase in temperature and frequency.

  5. Nanocrystalline zinc oxide: Pyrolytic synthesis and spectroscopic characteristics

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    Demyanets, L. N. Li, L. E.; Lavrikov, A. S.; Nikitin, S. V.

    2010-01-15

    Nanocrystalline and microcrystalline ZnO powders are synthesized by the pyrolysis of organic zinc salts in the presence of a reducing catalyst represented by a porous cellulose carrier. The specimens obtained are characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, energy dispersive analysis, scanning electron microscopy, and pulse cathodoluminescence. Lasing characteristics of the specimens are studied. The synthesis conditions, under which specimens with the crystallite morphology optimal for a low-threshold lasing are obtained, are found.

  6. Nanocrystalline zinc oxide: Pyrolytic synthesis and spectroscopic characteristics

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    Demyanets, L. N.; Li, L. E.; Lavrikov, A. S.; Nikitin, S. V.

    2010-01-01

    Nanocrystalline and microcrystalline ZnO powders are synthesized by the pyrolysis of organic zinc salts in the presence of a reducing catalyst represented by a porous cellulose carrier. The specimens obtained are characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, energy dispersive analysis, scanning electron microscopy, and pulse cathodoluminescence. Lasing characteristics of the specimens are studied. The synthesis conditions, under which specimens with the crystallite morphology optimal for a low-threshold lasing are obtained, are found.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline Zn ferrites substituted with Ni

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    Slatineanu, Tamara; Iordan, Alexandra Raluca; Palamaru, Mircea Nicolae; Caltun, Ovidiu Florin; Gafton, Vasilica; Leontie, Liviu

    2011-09-15

    Highlights: {yields} Ni{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} are synthesized by sol-gel auto-combustion method using tartaric acid. {yields} XRD patterns reveal spinel structure and the crystallite size is max. 40 nm. {yields} SEM images for Ni{sub 0.6}Zn{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} confirm the nano-scale crystallite size. {yields} The highest value of samples porosity belongs to Ni{sub 0.6}Zn{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. {yields} The maximum value of the magnetization is 63 emu/g for Ni{sub 0.8}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. -- Abstract: Nanocrystalline powders of nickel substituted zinc ferrite with general formula Ni{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1) have been synthesized via sol-gel auto-combustion method using tartaric acid as combustion-complexing agent. Samples were sintered at 773 K and 973 K in static air atmosphere. The absence of the organic phase and the spinel formation were monitored by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The structure and crystallite size were analyzed from X-ray diffraction data revealing spinel mono-phase formation in the range of nanometric crystallite size confirmed also through scanning electron microscopy. Mean size of crystallites lay in the range 20-40 nm. The influence of nickel content on the microstructure was investigated considering the crystallite size, distance between adjacent crystal planes, lattice parameter and porosity. The variation of magnetic properties of the samples was studied by using vibrating samples magnetometer and discussed considering the proposed cation distribution, relative bond angles and canting angles. The highest maximum value of the magnetization (63 emu/g) was found for Ni{sub 0.8}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}.

  8. Nanocrystalline zinc oxide for the decontamination of sarin.

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    Mahato, T H; Prasad, G K; Singh, Beer; Acharya, J; Srivastava, A R; Vijayaraghavan, R

    2009-06-15

    Nanocrystalline zinc oxide materials were prepared by sol-gel method and were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetry, nitrogen adsorption and infrared spectroscopy techniques. The data confirmed the formation of zinc oxide materials of zincite phase with an average crystallite size of approximately 55 nm. Obtained material was tested as destructive adsorbent for the decontamination of sarin and the reaction was followed by GC-NPD and GC-MS techniques. The reaction products were characterized by GC-MS and the data explored the role of hydrolysis reaction in the detoxification of sarin. Sarin was hydrolyzed to form surface bound non-toxic phosphonate on the surface of nano-zinc oxide. The data also revealed the values of rate constant and half-life to be 4.12h(-1) and 0.16 h in the initial stages of the reaction and 0.361 h(-1) and 1.9h at the final stages of the reaction for the decontamination reaction on nanocrystalline ZnO.

  9. Transparent zinc sulfide processed from nanocrystalline powders

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    Gao, De; Stefanik, Todd S.

    2013-06-01

    Nanocerox produces oxide nanopowders via flame spray pyrolysis that have proven effective in the processing of a host of high quality optical ceramic materials. In order to produce LWIR windows to compete with ZnS, however, oxide materials are not suitable. Nanocerox has therefore developed aqueous synthesis techniques for the production of zinc sulfide nanopowders. The proprietary processing technique allows control of primary particle size, high purity, low levels of agglomeration, and cost effective synthesis. Crystallinity, particle size, and purity of the powders will be presented. Characterization of parts fabricated from these powders via sinter/HIP processing will also be discussed, including optical performance and microstructural characterization.

  10. Magnetization studies of zinc-substituted magnetite

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    Koenitzer, J.W.

    1992-01-01

    Magnetization studies are reported for zinc ferrite, Zn[sub x]Fe[sub 3[minus]x]O[sub 4] in the composition range of O [le] x [le] 0.034, to determine the effect of zinc substitution on the Verwey transition. The samples used in this study were grown by the skull melter technique and subsequently annealed to control the oxygen stoichiometry. Saturation magnetization measurements at 4.2 K established that zinc substitutes preferentially on tetrahedral sites. Anisotropy parameters consisted with these measurements were determined as a function of zinc concentration, x, and temperature. Analysis of the results indicates that the character of the transition and the transition temperature, T[sub V], vary in a manner similar to non-stoichiometric magnetite, Fe[sub 3(1[minus][delta])]O[sub 4], with a compositional correspondence of x [leftrightarrow] 3[delta]. This correlation is rationalized by considering a model with the Fe[sub A][sup 3+]-O-Fe[sub B][sup 3+] magnetic interaction the dominant force driving the Verwey transition. The temperature indicates that the magnetic interactions responsible for the Verwey transition set in at approximately 230 K. Above this temperature the anisotropy parameters are independent of zinc concentration while at T[sub V] < T < 230 K, the parameters for samples undergoing continuous transitions are strong functions of zinc concentration. The anisotropy parameters below the Verywey transition follow a similar pattern.

  11. Co-precipitation synthesis, humidity sensing and photoluminescence properties of nanocrystalline Co2+ substituted zinc(II)molybdate (Zn1-xCoxMoO4; x = 0, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1)

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    Jeseentharani, V.; Dayalan, A.; Nagaraja, K. S.

    2017-05-01

    Zinc-cobalt molybdate composites (Zn1-xCoxMoO4; x = 0, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1) were synthesised by a simple co-precipitation method and characterised by thermogravimetric/differential thermal analysis (TG/DTA), Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR), Fourier transform Raman (FT-Raman) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM/EDAX) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The surface area was calculated by BET analysis in the adsorption/desorption isotherm. The humidity sensing properties of zinc-cobalt molybdates were tested by dc electrical measurements at different relative humidity environments (RH = 5-98%). The electrical resistance of the composites linearly decreases and the maximum sensitivity of 3672 ± 110 was observed for the Zn0.3Co0.7MoO4 (ZnCM-4) composite towards humidity, which is calculated by the relation Sf = R5%/R98%, where the response time is 200 s and the recovery time is 100 s. Photoluminescence (PL) measurement at the room temperature of ZnM-1 composite exhibited a blue emission peak at 475 nm (λem) when excited at a wavelength (λex) of 430 nm. During Co2+ substitution in Zn2+ matrix, a green and red emission peak was observed when excited at a wavelength (λex) of 520 nm.

  12. Stability of zinc oxide nanofluids prepared with aggregated nanocrystalline powders.

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    Leonard, J P; Chung, S J; Nettleship, I; Soong, Y; Martello, D V; Chyu, M K

    2008-12-01

    Aqueous zinc oxide (ZnO) suspensions were prepared using a two-step preparation method in which an aggregated nanocrystalline ZnO powder was dispersed in water using a polyelectrolyte. The fluid showed anomalously high thermal conductivity when compared with the Maxwell and Hamilton-Crosser predictions. However, analysis of the particle size distribution showed that the fluid contained aggregated 20 nm crystallites of ZnO with a high volume fraction of particles larger than 100 nm. Sedimentation experiments revealed that particles settled out of the stationary fluid over times ranging from 0.1 hours to well over 10,000 hours. The size of the particles remaining in suspension agreed well with predictions made using Stoke's law, suggesting flocculation was not occurring in the fluids. Finally, a new concept of nanofluid stability is introduced based on the height of the fluid, sedimentation, Brownian motion and the kinetic energy of the particles.

  13. Lattice strain induced magnetism in substituted nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite

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    Kumar, Rajnish; Kar, Manoranjan

    2016-10-01

    Strontium (Sr) substituted cobalt ferrite i.e. Co1-xSrxFe2O4 (x=0.00, 0.01, 0.015, 0.02, 0.05, 0.1) have been synthesized by the citric acid modified sol-gel method. Crystal structure and phase purity have been studied by the X-ray powder diffraction technique. The Rietveld refinement of XRD pattern using the space group Fd 3 bar m shows monotonically increasing of lattice parameter with the increase in Sr concentration. Magnetic hysteresis loops measurement has been carried out at room temperature using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) over a field range of ±1.5 T. Magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant were calculated by employing the Law of Approach (LA) to the saturation. It is observed that magnetocrystalline anisotropy has anomaly for x=0.01 (Co0.99Sr0.01Fe2O4) sample. Strain mediated modification of magnetic properties in Sr substituted cobalt ferrite has been observed. The saturation magnetization for doping concentration i.e. x=0.01 abruptly increase while for x>0.01 decreases with the increase in Sr concentration. A correlation between lattice strain and magnetic behavior in non-magnetic Sr- substituted nano-crystalline cobalt ferrite has been reported.

  14. SUBSTITUTION OF CADMIUM CYANIDE ELECTROPLATING WITH ZINC CHLORIDE ELECTROPLATING

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    The study evaluated the zinc chloride electroplating process as a substitute for cadmium cyanide electroplating in the manufacture of industrial connectors and fittings at Aeroquip Corporation. The process substitution eliminates certain wastes, specifically cadmium and cyanide, ...

  15. SUBSTITUTION OF CADMIUM CYANIDE ELECTROPLATING WITH ZINC CHLORIDE ELECTROPLATING

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    The study evaluated the zinc chloride electroplating process as a substitute for cadmium cyanide electroplating in the manufacture of industrial connectors and fittings at Aeroquip Corporation. The process substitution eliminates certain wastes, specifically cadmium and cyanide, ...

  16. Subtractive Plasma-Assisted-Etch Process for Developing High Performance Nanocrystalline Zinc-Oxide Thin-Film-Transistors

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    2015-03-26

    SUBTRACTIVE PLASMA -ASSISTED- ETCH PROCESS FOR DEVELOPING HIGH PERFORMANCE NANOCRYSTALLINE ZINC-OXIDE...Government and is not subject to copyright protection in the United States. AFIT-ENG-MS-15-M-027 SUBTRACTIVE PLASMA -ASSISTED- ETCH PROCESS FOR...15-M-027 SUBTRACTIVE PLASMA -ASSISTED- ETCH PROCESS FOR DEVELOPING HIGH PERFORMANCE NANOCRYSTALLINE ZINC-OXIDE THIN-FILM-TRANSISTORS Thomas

  17. Structural and magnetic properties of nickel-zinc ferrite nanocrystalline magnetic particles prepared by microwave combustion method

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    Parmar, H.; Upadhyay, R. V.; Rayaprol, S.; Siruguri, V.

    2014-12-01

    Magnetic, nano-crystalline samples of zinc substituted nickel ferrite, (ZnxNi1-xFe2O4 for x = 0.0-0.9 in step of 0.2), are synthesized using microwave combustion synthesis technique. The structural properties of Ni-Zn are determined using X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy; Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy and neutron diffraction techniques. Average crystalline size obtained from X-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction is in the range of 30-60 nm. The cation distribution obtained from X-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction show that Zn occupies only tetrahedral A-site in the spinel lattice. The values of magnetic moment derived from magnetization measurements and neutron diffraction agrees nearly 97 % to that of bulk at 300 K. This methodology can be used to prepare large quantities (about 10 g) of sample at one time using kitchen microwave oven working at 1,200 W power.

  18. The influence of thermal annealing on the optical properties of nanocrystalline zinc sulfide films

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    Krylov, P. N.; Gilmutdinov, F. Z.; Romanov, E. A.; Fedotova, I. V.

    2011-11-15

    The influence of thermal annealing on the photoluminescence, electroluminescence, and the transmission and reflection spectra in nanocrystalline zinc sulfide films has been studied. All the samples exhibit a broad emission band, the intensity of which depends on the annealing temperature. It is shown that luminophors, the crystal lattice of which includes imperfections that appeared in the transition from wurtzite to sphalerite, feature the highest emission intensity.

  19. Electrical characterization of nanocrystalline zinc selenide thin films

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    Sharma, Jeewan; Shikha, Deep; Tripathi, Surya Kant

    2012-08-01

    In the present paper, we have studied the effect of photo-illumination on electrical properties of nanocrystalline ZnSe thin films. The ZnSe thin films with different grain sizes (coherently diffracting domains) have been prepared. The semiconducting material with the composition Zn25Se75 has been prepared using melt-quenching technique. Thermal evaporation technique has been used to prepare nanocrystalline ZnSe thin films on highly cleaned glass substrates at different partial pressures of Ar gas. The grain size has been controlled by the partial pressure of inert gas. The grain size has been calculated using X-ray diffraction plots. Mobility activation has been studied from the photocurrent decay curves. The effective density of states ( N eff), frequency factor ( S), and trap depth ( E) have been calculated for all the films having different grain sizes. Three different types of trap levels have been found in these films. There is a linear distribution of traps having different energies below the conduction band. The increase in photoconductivity is explained in terms of built in potential barriers ( ϕ b) at the grain boundaries.

  20. Nanocrystalline zinc ferrite films studied by magneto-optical spectroscopy

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    Lišková-Jakubisová, E. Višňovský, Š.; Široký, P.; Hrabovský, D.; Pištora, J.; Sahoo, Subasa C.; Prasad, Shiva; Venkataramani, N.; Bohra, Murtaza; Krishnan, R.

    2015-05-07

    Ferrimagnetic Zn-ferrite (ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) films can be grown with the ferromagnetic resonance linewidth of 40 Oe at 9.5 GHz without going through a high temperature processing. This presents interest for applications. The work deals with laser ablated ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} films deposited at O{sub 2} pressure of 0.16 mbar onto fused quartz substrates. The films about 120 nm thick are nanocrystalline and their spontaneous magnetization, 4πM{sub s}, depends on the nanograin size, which is controlled by the substrate temperature (T{sub s}). At T{sub s} ≈ 350 °C, where the grain distribution peaks around ∼20–30 nm, the room temperature 4πM{sub s} reaches a maximum of ∼2.3 kG. The films were studied by magnetooptical polar Kerr effect (MOKE) spectroscopy at photon energies between 1 and 5 eV. The complementary characteristics were provided by spectral ellipsometry (SE). Both the SE and MOKE spectra confirmed ferrimagnetic ordering. The structural details correspond to those observed in MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5}O{sub 4} spinels. SE experiments confirm the insulator behavior. The films display MOKE amplitudes somewhat reduced with respect to those in Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5}O{sub 4} and MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} due to a lower degree of spinel inversion and nanocrystalline structure. The results indicate that the films are free of oxygen vacancies and Fe{sup 3+}-Fe{sup 2+} exchange.

  1. Electrophoretic deposition of zinc-substituted hydroxyapatite coatings.

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    Sun, Guangfei; Ma, Jun; Zhang, Shengmin

    2014-06-01

    Zinc-substituted hydroxyapatite nanoparticles synthesized by the co-precipitation method were used to coat stainless steel plates by electrophoretic deposition in n-butanol with triethanolamine as a dispersant. The effect of zinc concentration in the synthesis on the morphology and microstructure of coatings was investigated. It is found that the deposition current densities significantly increase with the increasing zinc concentration. The zinc-substituted hydroxyapatite coatings were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. It is inferred that hydroxyapatite and triethanolamine predominate in the chemical composition of coatings. With the increasing Zn/Ca ratios, the contents of triethanolamine decrease in the final products. The triethanolamine can be burnt out by heat treatment. The tests of adhesive strength have confirmed good adhesion between the coatings and substrates. The formation of new apatite layer on the coatings has been observed after 7days of immersion in a simulated body fluid. In summary, the results show that dense, uniform zinc-substituted hydroxyapatite coatings are obtained by electrophoretic deposition when the Zn/Ca ratio reaches 5%.

  2. Nanocrystallinity effects on osteoblast and osteoclast response to silicon substituted hydroxyapatite.

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    Casarrubios, Laura; Matesanz, María Concepción; Sánchez-Salcedo, Sandra; Arcos, Daniel; Vallet-Regí, María; Portolés, María Teresa

    2016-11-15

    Silicon substituted hydroxyapatites (SiHA) are highly crystalline bioceramics treated at high temperatures (about 1200°C) which have been approved for clinical use with spinal, orthopedic, periodontal, oral and craniomaxillofacial applications. The preparation of SiHA with lower temperature methods (about 700°C) provides nanocrystalline SiHA (nano-SiHA) with enhanced bioreactivity due to higher surface area and smaller crystal size. The aim of this study has been to know the nanocrystallinity effects on the response of both osteoblasts and osteoclasts (the two main cell types involved in bone remodelling) to silicon substituted hydroxyapatite. Saos-2 osteoblasts and osteoclast-like cells (differentiated from RAW-264.7 macrophages) have been cultured on the surface of nano-SiHA and SiHA disks and different cell parameters have been evaluated: cell adhesion, proliferation, viability, intracellular content of reactive oxygen species, cell cycle phases, apoptosis, cell morphology, osteoclast-like cell differentiation and resorptive activity. This comparative in vitro study evidences that nanocrystallinity of SiHA affects the cell/biomaterial interface inducing bone cell apoptosis by loss of cell anchorage (anoikis), delaying osteoclast-like cell differentiation and decreasing the resorptive activity of this cell type. These results suggest the potential use of nano-SiHA biomaterial for preventing bone resorption in treatment of osteoporotic bone. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Reducing gas sensing behavior of nano-crystalline magnesium-zinc ferrite powders.

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    Mukherjee, K; Majumder, S B

    2010-06-15

    As an effective alternative of simple binary oxides, cubic spinel oxides are considered to be attractive to make sensitive and stable gas sensor, selective to a specific gas. We have focused the present work on the investigation of the gas sensing characteristics of cubic spinel based nano-crystalline magnesium zinc ferrite powders. A wet chemical synthesis route is adopted to synthesize nano-crystalline magnesium zinc ferrite powders. The phase formation behavior and microstructure evolution of the synthesized powder has been investigated using infrared spectroscopy in conjunction with X-ray diffraction analyses and electron microscopy. The n-type semiconducting magnesium-zinc ferrite ceramic exhibits reasonably good sensitivity towards a variety of gases including carbon monoxide, hydrogen, methane and nitrous oxide. It is demonstrated that these sensors can be made selective to hydrogen gas sensing by modulating the operating temperature. The conductance transients during response and recovery processes have been modeled using Langmuir adsorption isotherm and activation energies for gas adsorption and desorption processes have been estimated from the respective thermally activated kinetic processes.

  4. Trichomes of tobacco excrete zinc as zinc-substituted calciumcarbonate and other zinc-containing compounds

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    Sarret, G.; Harada, E.; Choi, Y-E.; Isaure, M.-P.; Geoffroy, N.; Fakra, S.; Marcus, M.A.; Birschwilks, M.; Clemens, S.; Manceau, A.

    2006-01-01

    Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L. cv Xanthi) plants were exposed to toxic levels of zinc (Zn). Zn exposure resulted in toxicity signs in plants, and these damages were partly reduced by a calcium (Ca) supplement. Confocal imaging of intracellular Zn using Zinquin showed that Zn was preferentially accumulated in trichomes. Exposure to Zn and Zn + Ca increased the trichome density and induced the production of Ca/Zn mineral grains on the head cells of trichomes. These grains were aggregates of submicrometer-sized crystals and poorly crystalline material and contained Ca as major element, along with subordinate amounts of Zn, manganese, potassium, chlorine, phosphorus, silicon, and magnesium. Micro x-ray diffraction revealed that the large majority of the grains were composed essentially of metal-substituted calcite (CaCO3). CaCO3 polymorphs (aragonite and vaterite) and CaC2O4 (Ca oxalate) mono- and dihydrate also were identified, either as an admixture to calcite or in separate grains. Some grains did not diffract, although they contained Ca, suggesting the presence of amorphous form of Ca. The presence of Zn-substituted calcite was confirmed by Zn K-edge micro-extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. Zn bound to organic compounds and Zn-containing silica and phosphate were also identified by this technique. The proportion of Zn-substituted calcite relative to the other species increased with Ca exposure. The production of Zn-containing biogenic calcite and other Zn compounds through the trichomes is a novel mechanism involved in Zn detoxification. This study illustrates the potential of laterally resolved x-ray synchrotron radiation techniques to study biomineralization and metal homeostasis processes in plants.

  5. Effect of aluminum substitution on structural and electromagnetic properties of nanocrystalline MgCuMn ferrites

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    Ramesh, T. E-mail: ramanasarabu@gmail.com; Kumar, S. Senthil; Shinde, R. S.; Murthy, S. R.

    2015-06-24

    The effect of substitution of nonmagnetic Al{sup 3+} ions on the structural and electromagnetic properties were studied in nanocrystalline ferrite series of Mg{sub 0.8}Cu{sub 0.2}Al{sub x}Fe{sub 1.95-x}Mn{sub 0.05}O{sub 4} where x varies 0-0.4 in steps of 0.1. This series was synthesized by using microwave hydrothermal method. The nanocrystalline ferrite phase was observed at temperature 150°C/40 min. Synthesized powders were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The synthesized powders were densified using microwave sintering method at 950°C/40 min. The sintered samples were characterized using XRD. Surface morphology was observed by using field effective scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The electrical and magnetic properties were measured at room temperature. These results led us to interfere that the values of d.c resistivity increases and dielectric constant, initial permeability, saturation magnetization and Curie temperature were observed to be decreased with the substitution of Al{sup 3+} ions with those of Fe{sup 3+}. The low dielectric and magnetic losses and low magnetization exhibited by aluminum substituted MgCuMn ferrites makes them find applications in microwave devices.

  6. Dendrite-Free Nanocrystalline Zinc Electrodeposition from an Ionic Liquid Containing Nickel Triflate for Rechargeable Zn-Based Batteries.

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    Liu, Zhen; Cui, Tong; Pulletikurthi, Giridhar; Lahiri, Abhishek; Carstens, Timo; Olschewski, Mark; Endres, Frank

    2016-02-18

    Metallic zinc is a promising anode material for rechargeable Zn-based batteries. However, the dendritic growth of zinc has prevented practical applications. Herein it is demonstrated that dendrite-free zinc deposits with a nanocrystalline structure can be obtained by using nickel triflate as an additive in a zinc triflate containing ionic liquid. The formation of a thin layer of Zn-Ni alloy (η- and γ-phases) on the surface and in the initial stages of deposition along with the formation of an interfacial layer on the electrode strongly affect the nucleation and growth of zinc. A well-defined and uniform nanocrystalline zinc deposit with particle sizes of about 25 nm was obtained in the presence of Ni(II) . Further, it is shown that the nanocrystalline Zn exhibits a high cycling stability even after 50 deposition/stripping cycles. This strategy of introducing an inorganic metal salt in ionic liquid electrolytes can be considered as an efficient way to obtain dendrite-free zinc.

  7. Role of mode of heating on the synthesis of nanocrystalline zinc ferrite

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    Chaudhari, Prashant R.; Gaikwad, V. M.; Acharya, S. A.

    2015-08-01

    In the present work, microwave-assisted coprecipitation route was used for synthesis of nanocrystalline zinc ferrite and results were compared with conventionally prepared zinc ferrite. Synthesis conditions were kept uniform in both cases, except that the mode of heating was changed. The effects of mode of heating on the material properties were studied systematically. Microstructures of both samples were studied by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy and the particle size was found to be in the range of 3-4 nm. Particle size distribution in microwave-processed MS-ZnFe2O4 is found to be highly uniform compared to conventionally processed samples (CS-ZnFe2O4). XRD data confirmed the presence of single-phase face-centered cubic structure for both the samples. The XRD data fitted well with Reitveld refinement. The functional groups were analyzed by FT-IR. Local distortions in the structures were studied by FT-Raman spectra of zinc ferrites at room temperature. This study concludes that the microwave-assisted synthesis route reduced the time of reaction by around 23 h and developed uniformly distributed fine-scaled particles. This method has high potential to synthesize other ferrite materials also.

  8. Synthesis and thermal transformations of zinc-substituted magnetites

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    da Costa, A. C. S.; de Souza Junior, I. G.; Batista, M. A.; Lopes, D. A.; da Silva, K. L.; Bellini, J. V.; Paesano, A.

    2007-04-01

    In the present study, zinc-substituted magnetites of the Fe3 - X Zn X O4 type were prepared by co-precipitation in the range 0 ≤ X ≤ 1 and, further, annealed in free atmosphere, at 800° for 3 h. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The results showed that the annealed samples were oxidized and converted into Fe2O3 and ZnFe2O4, in relative amounts that varied with X.

  9. Magnetization and Magnetocaloric Effect in Sol-Gel Derived Nanocrystalline Copper-Zinc Ferrite.

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    Anwar, M S; Ahmed, Faheem; Koo, Bon Heun

    2015-02-01

    We report the sol-gel synthesis and magnetocaloric effect in nanocrystalline copper-zinc ferrite (Cu0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4). The synthesized powder was characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and magnetization measurements. The XRD results confirm the formation of single phase spinel structure. The average particle size was found to be ~58 nm. FE-SEM results suggested that the nanoparticles are agglomerated and spherical in shape. Magnetization measurement reveals that Cu0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanoparticles exhibit transition temperature (Tc) above room temperature. The maximum magnetic entropy change (ΔSM)max shows interesting behaviour and was found to vary with the applied magnetic field. This nanopowder can be considered as potential material for magnetic refrigeration above room temperature.

  10. Sinus Floor Elevation and Augmentation Using Synthetic Nanocrystalline and Nanoporous Hydroxyapatite Bone Substitute Materials: Preliminary Histologic Results.

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    Belouka, Sofia-Maria; Strietzel, Frank Peter

    To compare the tissue composition of augmented sites after using two different synthetic bone substitute materials, nanocrystalline and nanoporous hydroxyapatite (HA), for sinus floor elevation and augmentation. Forty-four patients received 88 titanium screw implants (Camlog Promote plus) of 4.3-mm diameter and 11- or 13-mm length, placed simultaneously during sinus floor elevation and augmentation. Nanocrystalline (Ostim) or nanoporous (NanoBone) HA were used exclusively. Bone substitute materials and implant lengths were allocated by randomization. Bone biopsy specimens were obtained from the former area of the lateral access window at implant exposure during healing abutment placement after 6 months. Biopsy specimens were prepared and examined histologically and histomorphometrically. All implants were osseointegrated at the time of exposure. Clinically and histologically, no signs of inflammation in the augmented sites were present. The histomorphometric analysis of 44 biopsy specimens revealed 31.8% ± 11.6% newly formed bone for sites augmented with nanocrystalline HA and 34.6% ± 9.2% for nanoporous HA (P = .467). The proportion of remaining bone substitute material was 28.4% ± 18.6% and 30% ± 13%, respectively (P = .453). The proportion of soft tissue within the biopsy specimens was 39.9% ± 11.1% and 35.4% ± 6.8%, respectively (P = .064). No significant differences were found between the area fractions of bone, bone substitute material, and soft tissue concerning the bone substitute material utilized. Within the present study, both synthetic bone substitute materials, nanocrystalline and nanoporous HA, were found to support bone formation in sinus floor elevation and augmentation procedures by osteoconductivity. They were not completely resorbed after 6 months. The amounts of newly formed bone, soft tissue, and bone substitute material remnants were found to be similar, indicating that both materials are likewise suitable for sinus floor elevation and

  11. Effect of annealing on structural and magnetic properties of Al substituted nanocrystalline Fe-Si-Co alloy powders

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    Shyni, P. C.; Alagarsamy, Perumal

    2016-11-01

    We report effects of annealing and substitution of Al on structural and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Fe80-xAlxCo5Si15 (x=0-10) alloy powders prepared by mechanical alloying process using a planetary ball mill technique. All the as-milled powders exhibit non-equilibrium solid solution of α-Fe (Si,Co,Al). While the average size of crystals decreases, the lattice constant and dislocation density increase with increasing Al content. On the other hand, the annealing at elevated temperatures increases the size of the crystals and decreases the dislocation density. In addition, the substitution of Al in FeAlCoSi alloy powders controls growth of the crystals during annealing. As a result, coercivity (HC) of the annealed powders decreases considerably. However, the variation in HC is dominated by the dislocation density. Fe70Al10Co5Si15 powder annealed at 900 °C exhibits improved magnetic properties (HC~14 Oe and moderate magnetization of 160 emu/g) due to optimum nanocrystalline microstructure with fine nanocrystals (~18 nm) and reduced dislocation density. Systematic correlations observed between structural and magnetic properties for Fe80-xAlxCo5Si15 powders reveal a promising approach to control the growth of the crystals in the annealed nanocrystalline alloys and to improve the magnetic properties of mechanically alloyed Fe-Si based nanocrystalline alloys by adding suitable substituting elements.

  12. Enhanced violet photoemission of nanocrystalline fluorine doped zinc oxide (FZO) thin films

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    Anusha, Muthukumar; Arivuoli, D.; Manikandan, E.; Jayachandran, M.

    2015-09-01

    Highly stable fluorine doped nanocrystalline zinc oxide thin films were prepared on corning glass substrates by aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) at variable deposition temperature of 360 °C, 380 °C and 420 °C. Especially, the optimum deposition temperature was investigated for high intense violet emission. The film crystallinity improved with the increasing deposition temperature and highly textured film was obtained at 420 °C. The films exhibited surface morphology variation from spherical to platelets due to deposition temperature effect, analyzed by field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM). Higher growth rate observed at 420 °C which leads larger grains and lowest resistivity of ∼5.77 Ω cm among the deposited films which may be due to reduction in zinc vacancies and grain boundary area. Zinc vacancies are acts as electron killer centres. UV-visible spectra indicated higher transmittance (83-90%) in the visible region. Red shift of optical absorption edges associated with the increase in particle size consistent well with the XRD results. Reduced E2(high) intensity was observed in Raman spectra, for the film deposited at 380 °C which indicates decreased oxygen incorporation confirmed by PL spectra. Especially, enhanced violet emission observed at 3.06 eV for the films deposited at 380 °C due to electronic transition from the defect level of zinc vacancies to the conduction band, probably attributed to enhanced incorporation of 'F' into 'O' sites associated with increased Zn vacancies and also decreased oxygen incorporation consistent with the electrical and Raman analyses.

  13. The UV/Fenton degradation of tetrabromobisphenol A catalyzed by nanocrystalline chromium substituted magnetite.

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    Zhong, Yuanhong; Liang, Xiaoliang; He, Zisen; Tan, Wei; He, Hongping; Zhu, Runliang; Zhong, Yin; Zhu, Jianxi; Yuan, Peng; Jiang, Zheng

    2014-09-01

    The heterogeneous UV/Fenton degradation of tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) catalyzed by nanocrystalline Fe3O4 and Fe2.04Cr0.96O4 was investigated, with focus on the influence of UV light and initial pH, degradation pathways and effect of Cr substation. The catalysts were prepared by a precipitation-oxidation method and characterized by chemical analysis, XRD, XAFS, TG-DSC, BET surface area and magnetometer. At pH 6.7 and under UV irradiation, almost complete degradation of TBBPA by Fe2.04Cr0.96O4 was accomplished within 240 min, and the leaching Fe ions were negligible. The substitution of chromium greatly increased the BET specific surface area and surface hydroxyl amount, which improved the heterogeneous UV/Fenton catalytic activity of magnetite. Moreover, Cr3+ on the octahedral sites enhanced the electron transfer process in the magnetite structure to accelerate the *OH generation. The produced *OH radicals preferentially attacked the C-Br bonds of TBBPA and then β-cleavaged the C-C bonds between benzene rings and isopropyl groups. The above results are of great significance for well understanding the effect of transition metal substitution on the UV/Fenton catalytic activity of magnetite and prospecting the application of magnetite minerals in environmental purification.

  14. Structure-photodynamic activity relationships of substituted zinc trisulfophthalocyanines.

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    Cauchon, Nicole; Tian, Hongjian; Langlois, Réjean; La Madeleine, Carole; Martin, Stephane; Ali, Hasrat; Hunting, Darel; van Lier, Johan E

    2005-01-01

    To identify optimal features of metalated sulfophthalocyanine dyes for their use as photosensitizers in the photodynamic therapy of cancer, we synthesized a series of alkynyl-substituted trisulfonated phthalocyanines and compared their amphiphilic properties to a number of parameters related to their photodynamic potency. Varying the length of the substituted alkynyl side-chain modulates the hydrophobic/hydrophilic properties of the dyes providing a linear relationship between their n-octanol/water partition coefficients and retention times on reversed-phase HPLC. Aggregate formation of the dyes in aqueous solution increased with increasing hydrophobicity while monomer formation was favored by the addition of serum proteins or organic solvent. Trisulfonated zinc phthalocyanines bearing hexynyl and nonynyl substituents exhibited high cellular uptake with strong localization at the mitochondrial membranes, which coincided with effective photocytotoxicity toward EMT-6 murine mammary tumor cells. Further increase in the length of the alkynyl chains (dodecynyl, hexadecynyl) did not improve their phototoxicity, likely resulting from extensive aggregation of the dyes in aqueous medium and reduced cell uptake. Aggregation was evident from shifts in the electronic spectra and reduced capacity to generate singlet oxygen. When monomerized through the addition of Cremophor EL all sulfonated zinc phthalocyanines gave similar singlet oxygen yields. Accordingly, differences in the tendency of the dyes to aggregate do not appear to be a determining factor in their photodynamic potency. Our results confirm that the latter in particular relates to their amphiphilic properties, which facilitate cell uptake and intracellular localization at photosensitive sites such as the mitochondria. Combined, these factors play a significant role in the overall photodynamic potency of the dyes.

  15. Investigation of nanocrystalline zinc chromite obtained by two soft chemical routes

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    Gingasu, Dana; Mindru, Ioana; Culita, Daniela C.; Patron, Luminita; Calderon-Moreno, Jose Maria; Preda, Silviu; Oprea, Ovidiu; Osiceanu, Petre; Morena Pineda, Eufemio

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Two soft chemical routes to synthesize zinc chromites are described. • Glycine is used as chelating agent (precursor method) and fuel (solution combustion method). • The synthesized chromites have crystallite size in the range of 18–27 nm. • An antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition is observed at about T{sub N} ∼ 18 K. - Abstract: Zinc chromite (ZnCr{sub 2}O{sub 4}) nanocrystalline powders were obtained by two different chemical routes: the precursor method and the solution combustion method involving glycine-nitrates. The complex compound precursors, [ZnCr{sub 2}(NH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}COO){sub 8}]·9H{sub 2}O and [ZnCr{sub 2}(NH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}COOH){sub 4.5}]·(NO{sub 3}){sub 8}·6H{sub 2}O, were characterized by chemical analysis, infrared spectroscopy (IR), ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy (UV–vis) and thermal analysis. The structure, morphology, surface chemistry and magnetic properties of ZnCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} powders were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), infrared and Raman spectroscopy (RS), ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy (UV–vis) and magnetic measurements. X-ray diffraction patterns indicated the chromite spinel phase with good crystallinity and an average crystallite size of approximately 18–27 nm. The band gap values ranged between 3.31 and 3.33 eV. The magnetic measurements indicated an antiferromagnetic transition at T{sub N} ∼ 17.5/18 K.

  16. Microstructural and antibacterial properties of zinc-substituted cobalt ferrite nanopowders synthesized by sol-gel methods

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    Sanpo, Noppakun; Berndt, Christopher C.; Wang, James

    2012-10-01

    Zinc-substituted cobalt ferrite nanopowders were prepared via a sol-gel route using citric acid as a chelating agent. The influence of zinc concentration on the microstructure, crystal structure, surface wettability, surface roughness, and antibacterial property of zinc-substituted cobalt ferrite nanopowders was investigated systematically. The substitution of zinc influences slightly the microstructure, surface wettability, surface roughness, and crystal structure but strongly affects the antibacterial property of the cobalt ferrite nanopowders.

  17. Zinc-substituted ZIF-67 nanocrystals and polycrystalline membranes for propylene/propane separation.

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    Wang, Chongqing; Yang, Fan; Sheng, Luqian; Yu, Jian; Yao, Kexin; Zhang, Lixiong; Pan, Yichang

    2016-10-18

    Continuous ZIF-67 polycrystalline membranes with effective propylene/propane separation performances were successfully fabricated through the incorporation of zinc ions into the ZIF-67 framework. The separation factor increases from 1.4 for the pure ZIF-67 membrane to 50.5 for the 90% zinc-substituted ZIF-67 membrane.

  18. Biologically inspired rosette nanotubes and nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite hydrogel nanocomposites as improved bone substitutes.

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    Zhang, Lijie; Rodriguez, Jose; Raez, Jose; Myles, Andrew J; Fenniri, Hicham; Webster, Thomas J

    2009-04-29

    Today, bone diseases such as bone fractures, osteoporosis and bone cancer represent a common and significant public health problem. The design of biomimetic bone tissue engineering materials that could restore and improve damaged bone tissues provides exciting opportunities to solve the numerous problems associated with traditional orthopedic implants. Therefore, the objective of this in vitro study was to create a biomimetic orthopedic hydrogel nanocomposite based on the self-assembly properties of helical rosette nanotubes (HRNs), the osteoconductive properties of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HA), and the biocompatible properties of hydrogels (specifically, poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate), pHEMA). HRNs are self-assembled nanomaterials that are formed from synthetic DNA base analogs in water to mimic the helical nanostructure of collagen in bone. In this study, different geometries of nanocrystalline HA were controlled by either hydrothermal or sintering methods. 2 and 10 wt% nanocrystalline HA particles were well dispersed into HRN hydrogels using ultrasonication. The nanocrystalline HA and nanocrystalline HA/HRN hydrogels were characterized by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Mechanical testing studies revealed that the well dispersed nanocrystalline HA in HRN hydrogels possessed improved mechanical properties compared to hydrogel controls. In addition, the results of this study provided the first evidence that the combination of either 2 or 10 wt% nanocrystalline HA and 0.01 mg ml(-1) HRNs in hydrogels greatly increased osteoblast (bone-forming cell) adhesion up to 236% compared to hydrogel controls. Moreover, this study showed that HRNs stimulated HA nucleation and mineralization along their main axis in a way that is very reminiscent of the HA/collagen assembly pattern in natural bone. In summary, the presently observed excellent properties of the biomimetic nanocrystalline HA/HRN hydrogel composites

  19. Biologically inspired rosette nanotubes and nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite hydrogel nanocomposites as improved bone substitutes

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    Zhang, Lijie; Rodriguez, Jose; Raez, Jose; Myles, Andrew J.; Fenniri, Hicham; Webster, Thomas J.

    2009-04-01

    Today, bone diseases such as bone fractures, osteoporosis and bone cancer represent a common and significant public health problem. The design of biomimetic bone tissue engineering materials that could restore and improve damaged bone tissues provides exciting opportunities to solve the numerous problems associated with traditional orthopedic implants. Therefore, the objective of this in vitro study was to create a biomimetic orthopedic hydrogel nanocomposite based on the self-assembly properties of helical rosette nanotubes (HRNs), the osteoconductive properties of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HA), and the biocompatible properties of hydrogels (specifically, poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate), pHEMA). HRNs are self-assembled nanomaterials that are formed from synthetic DNA base analogs in water to mimic the helical nanostructure of collagen in bone. In this study, different geometries of nanocrystalline HA were controlled by either hydrothermal or sintering methods. 2 and 10 wt% nanocrystalline HA particles were well dispersed into HRN hydrogels using ultrasonication. The nanocrystalline HA and nanocrystalline HA/HRN hydrogels were characterized by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Mechanical testing studies revealed that the well dispersed nanocrystalline HA in HRN hydrogels possessed improved mechanical properties compared to hydrogel controls. In addition, the results of this study provided the first evidence that the combination of either 2 or 10 wt% nanocrystalline HA and 0.01 mg ml-1 HRNs in hydrogels greatly increased osteoblast (bone-forming cell) adhesion up to 236% compared to hydrogel controls. Moreover, this study showed that HRNs stimulated HA nucleation and mineralization along their main axis in a way that is very reminiscent of the HA/collagen assembly pattern in natural bone. In summary, the presently observed excellent properties of the biomimetic nanocrystalline HA/HRN hydrogel composites

  20. Influence of particle size on H2 and H2S sensing characteristics of nanocrystalline zinc ferrite

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    Ghosh, P.; Das, M. R.; Mitra, P.

    2016-12-01

    Nanocrystalline zinc ferrite ZnFe2O4 was synthesized by sol-gel self-combustion technique. Ball milling at room temperature was carried out to control the particle size. Characterization of synthesized powders was made using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analysis. Fine powders resulted from milling were used to prepare gas sensing elements in pellet form. The gas-sensing properties were studied in presence of hydrogen and hydrogen sulphide as test gases. The gas response behavior was found to be strongly influenced by the particle size. Significantly high sensitivity of 82 % was found for 7 nm zinc ferrite in presence of 200 ppm H2S at an operating temperature of 150 °C. Sensitivity was found to increase with temperature before being maximum at a particular operating temperature.

  1. Tetra-triethyleneoxysulfonyl substituted zinc phthalocyanine for photodynamic cancer therapy.

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    Kuzyniak, Weronika; Ermilov, Eugeny A; Atilla, Devrim; Gürek, Ayşe Gül; Nitzsche, Bianca; Derkow, Katja; Hoffmann, Björn; Steinemann, Gustav; Ahsen, Vefa; Höpfner, Michael

    2016-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has emerged as an effective and minimally invasive treatment option for several diseases, including some forms of cancer. However, several drawbacks of the approved photosensitizers (PS), such as insufficient light absorption at therapeutically relevant wavelengths hampered the clinical effectiveness of PDT. Phthalocyanines (Pc) are interesting PS-candidates with a strong light absorption in the favourable red spectral region and a high quantum yield of cancer cell destroying singlet oxygen generation. Here, we evaluated the suitability of tetra-triethyleneoxysulfonyl substituted zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) as novel PS for PDT. ZnPc-induced phototoxicity, induction of apoptosis as well as cell cycle arresting effects was studied in the human gastrointestinal cancer cell lines of different origin. Photoactivation of ZnPc-pretreated (1-10 μM) cancer cells was achieved by illumination with a broad band white light source (400-700 nm) at a power density of 10 J/cm(2). Photoactivation of ZnPc-loaded cells revealed strong phototoxic effects, leading to a dose-dependent decrease of cancer cell proliferation of up to almost 100%, the induction of apoptosis and a G1-phase arrest of the cell cycle, which was associated with decrease in cyclin D1 expression. By contrast, ZnPc-treatment without illumination did not induce any cytotoxicity, apoptosis, cell cycle arrest or decreased cell growth. Antiangiogenic effects of ZnPc-PDT were investigated in vivo by performing CAM assays, which revealed a marked degradation of blood vessels and the capillary plexus of the chorioallantoic membrane of fertilized chicken eggs. Based on our data we think that ZnPc may be a promising novel photosensitizer for innovative PDT.

  2. Trichomes of tobacco excrete zinc as zinc-substituted calcium carbonate and other zinc-containing compounds.

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    Sarret, Géraldine; Harada, Emiko; Choi, Yong-Eui; Isaure, Marie-Pierre; Geoffroy, Nicolas; Fakra, Sirine; Marcus, Matthew A; Birschwilks, Mandy; Clemens, Stephan; Manceau, Alain

    2006-07-01

    Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L. cv Xanthi) plants were exposed to toxic levels of zinc (Zn). Zn exposure resulted in toxicity signs in plants, and these damages were partly reduced by a calcium (Ca) supplement. Confocal imaging of intracellular Zn using Zinquin showed that Zn was preferentially accumulated in trichomes. Exposure to Zn and Zn + Ca increased the trichome density and induced the production of Ca/Zn mineral grains on the head cells of trichomes. These grains were aggregates of submicrometer-sized crystals and poorly crystalline material and contained Ca as major element, along with subordinate amounts of Zn, manganese, potassium, chlorine, phosphorus, silicon, and magnesium. Micro x-ray diffraction revealed that the large majority of the grains were composed essentially of metal-substituted calcite (CaCO3). CaCO3 polymorphs (aragonite and vaterite) and CaC2O4 (Ca oxalate) mono- and dihydrate also were identified, either as an admixture to calcite or in separate grains. Some grains did not diffract, although they contained Ca, suggesting the presence of amorphous form of Ca. The presence of Zn-substituted calcite was confirmed by Zn K-edge micro-extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. Zn bound to organic compounds and Zn-containing silica and phosphate were also identified by this technique. The proportion of Zn-substituted calcite relative to the other species increased with Ca exposure. The production of Zn-containing biogenic calcite and other Zn compounds through the trichomes is a novel mechanism involved in Zn detoxification. This study illustrates the potential of laterally resolved x-ray synchrotron radiation techniques to study biomineralization and metal homeostasis processes in plants.

  3. Trichomes of Tobacco Excrete Zinc as Zinc-Substituted Calcium Carbonate and Other Zinc-Containing Compounds1[W

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    Sarret, Géraldine; Harada, Emiko; Choi, Yong-Eui; Isaure, Marie-Pierre; Geoffroy, Nicolas; Fakra, Sirine; Marcus, Matthew A.; Birschwilks, Mandy; Clemens, Stephan; Manceau, Alain

    2006-01-01

    Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L. cv Xanthi) plants were exposed to toxic levels of zinc (Zn). Zn exposure resulted in toxicity signs in plants, and these damages were partly reduced by a calcium (Ca) supplement. Confocal imaging of intracellular Zn using Zinquin showed that Zn was preferentially accumulated in trichomes. Exposure to Zn and Zn + Ca increased the trichome density and induced the production of Ca/Zn mineral grains on the head cells of trichomes. These grains were aggregates of submicrometer-sized crystals and poorly crystalline material and contained Ca as major element, along with subordinate amounts of Zn, manganese, potassium, chlorine, phosphorus, silicon, and magnesium. Micro x-ray diffraction revealed that the large majority of the grains were composed essentially of metal-substituted calcite (CaCO3). CaCO3 polymorphs (aragonite and vaterite) and CaC2O4 (Ca oxalate) mono- and dihydrate also were identified, either as an admixture to calcite or in separate grains. Some grains did not diffract, although they contained Ca, suggesting the presence of amorphous form of Ca. The presence of Zn-substituted calcite was confirmed by Zn K-edge micro-extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. Zn bound to organic compounds and Zn-containing silica and phosphate were also identified by this technique. The proportion of Zn-substituted calcite relative to the other species increased with Ca exposure. The production of Zn-containing biogenic calcite and other Zn compounds through the trichomes is a novel mechanism involved in Zn detoxification. This study illustrates the potential of laterally resolved x-ray synchrotron radiation techniques to study biomineralization and metal homeostasis processes in plants. PMID:16731580

  4. Direct synthesis and characterization of optically transparent conformal zinc oxide nanocrystalline thin films by rapid thermal plasma CVD.

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    Pedersen, Joachim D; Esposito, Heather J; Teh, Kwok Siong

    2011-10-31

    We report a rapid, self-catalyzed, solid precursor-based thermal plasma chemical vapor deposition process for depositing a conformal, nonporous, and optically transparent nanocrystalline ZnO thin film at 130 Torr (0.17 atm). Pure solid zinc is inductively heated and melted, followed by ionization by thermal induction argon/oxygen plasma to produce conformal, nonporous nanocrystalline ZnO films at a growth rate of up to 50 nm/min on amorphous and crystalline substrates including Si (100), fused quartz, glass, muscovite, c- and a-plane sapphire (Al2O3), gold, titanium, and polyimide. X-ray diffraction indicates the grains of as-deposited ZnO to be highly textured, with the fastest growth occurring along the c-axis. The individual grains are observed to be faceted by (103) planes which are the slowest growth planes. ZnO nanocrystalline films of nominal thicknesses of 200 nm are deposited at substrate temperatures of 330°C and 160°C on metal/ceramic substrates and polymer substrates, respectively. In addition, 20-nm- and 200-nm-thick films are also deposited on quartz substrates for optical characterization. At optical spectra above 375 nm, the measured optical transmittance of a 200-nm-thick ZnO film is greater than 80%, while that of a 20-nm-thick film is close to 100%. For a 200-nm-thick ZnO film with an average grain size of 100 nm, a four-point probe measurement shows electrical conductivity of up to 910 S/m. Annealing of 200-nm-thick ZnO films in 300 sccm pure argon at temperatures ranging from 750°C to 950°C (at homologous temperatures between 0.46 and 0.54) alters the textures and morphologies of the thin film. Based on scanning electron microscope images, higher annealing temperatures appear to restructure the ZnO nanocrystalline films to form nanorods of ZnO due to a combination of grain boundary diffusion and bulk diffusion.PACS: films and coatings, 81.15.-z; nanocrystalline materials, 81.07.Bc; II-VI semiconductors, 81.05.Dz.

  5. Direct synthesis and characterization of optically transparent conformal zinc oxide nanocrystalline thin films by rapid thermal plasma CVD

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    2011-01-01

    We report a rapid, self-catalyzed, solid precursor-based thermal plasma chemical vapor deposition process for depositing a conformal, nonporous, and optically transparent nanocrystalline ZnO thin film at 130 Torr (0.17 atm). Pure solid zinc is inductively heated and melted, followed by ionization by thermal induction argon/oxygen plasma to produce conformal, nonporous nanocrystalline ZnO films at a growth rate of up to 50 nm/min on amorphous and crystalline substrates including Si (100), fused quartz, glass, muscovite, c- and a-plane sapphire (Al2O3), gold, titanium, and polyimide. X-ray diffraction indicates the grains of as-deposited ZnO to be highly textured, with the fastest growth occurring along the c-axis. The individual grains are observed to be faceted by (103) planes which are the slowest growth planes. ZnO nanocrystalline films of nominal thicknesses of 200 nm are deposited at substrate temperatures of 330°C and 160°C on metal/ceramic substrates and polymer substrates, respectively. In addition, 20-nm- and 200-nm-thick films are also deposited on quartz substrates for optical characterization. At optical spectra above 375 nm, the measured optical transmittance of a 200-nm-thick ZnO film is greater than 80%, while that of a 20-nm-thick film is close to 100%. For a 200-nm-thick ZnO film with an average grain size of 100 nm, a four-point probe measurement shows electrical conductivity of up to 910 S/m. Annealing of 200-nm-thick ZnO films in 300 sccm pure argon at temperatures ranging from 750°C to 950°C (at homologous temperatures between 0.46 and 0.54) alters the textures and morphologies of the thin film. Based on scanning electron microscope images, higher annealing temperatures appear to restructure the ZnO nanocrystalline films to form nanorods of ZnO due to a combination of grain boundary diffusion and bulk diffusion. PACS: films and coatings, 81.15.-z; nanocrystalline materials, 81.07.Bc; II-VI semiconductors, 81.05.Dz. PMID:22040295

  6. Microwave-assisted synthesis of layered basic zinc acetate nanosheets and their thermal decomposition into nanocrystalline ZnO

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    2014-01-01

    We have developed a low-cost technique using a conventional microwave oven to grow layered basic zinc acetate (LBZA) nanosheets (NSs) from a zinc acetate, zinc nitrate and HMTA solution in only 2 min. The as-grown crystals and their pyrolytic decomposition into ZnO nanocrystalline NSs are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL). SEM and AFM measurements show that the LBZA NSs have typical lateral dimensions of 1 to 5 μm and thickness of 20 to 100 nm. Annealing in air from 200°C to 1,000°C results in the formation of ZnO nanocrystalline NSs, with a nanocrystallite size ranging from 16 nm at 200°C to 104 nm at 1,000°C, as determined by SEM. SEM shows evidence of sintering at 600°C. PL shows that the shape of the visible band is greatly affected by the annealing temperature and that the exciton band to defect band intensity ratio is maximum at 400°C and decreases by a factor of 15 after annealing at 600°C. The shape and thickness of the ZnO nanocrystalline NSs are the same as LBZA NSs. This structure provides a high surface-to-volume ratio of interconnected nanoparticles that is favorable for applications requiring high specific area and low resistivity such as gas sensing and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). We show that resistive gas sensors fabricated with the ZnO NSs showed a response of 1.12 and 1.65 to 12.5 ppm and 200 ppm of CO at 350°C in dry air, respectively, and that DSCs also fabricated from the material had an overall efficiency of 1.3%. PACS 81.07.-b; 62.23.Kn; 61.82.Fk PMID:24397935

  7. Microwave-assisted synthesis of layered basic zinc acetate nanosheets and their thermal decomposition into nanocrystalline ZnO.

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    Tarat, Afshin; Nettle, Chris J; Bryant, Daniel T J; Jones, Daniel R; Penny, Mark W; Brown, Richard A; Majitha, Ravish; Meissner, Kenith E; Maffeis, Thierry G G

    2014-01-08

    We have developed a low-cost technique using a conventional microwave oven to grow layered basic zinc acetate (LBZA) nanosheets (NSs) from a zinc acetate, zinc nitrate and HMTA solution in only 2 min. The as-grown crystals and their pyrolytic decomposition into ZnO nanocrystalline NSs are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL). SEM and AFM measurements show that the LBZA NSs have typical lateral dimensions of 1 to 5 μm and thickness of 20 to 100 nm. Annealing in air from 200°C to 1,000°C results in the formation of ZnO nanocrystalline NSs, with a nanocrystallite size ranging from 16 nm at 200°C to 104 nm at 1,000°C, as determined by SEM. SEM shows evidence of sintering at 600°C. PL shows that the shape of the visible band is greatly affected by the annealing temperature and that the exciton band to defect band intensity ratio is maximum at 400°C and decreases by a factor of 15 after annealing at 600°C. The shape and thickness of the ZnO nanocrystalline NSs are the same as LBZA NSs. This structure provides a high surface-to-volume ratio of interconnected nanoparticles that is favorable for applications requiring high specific area and low resistivity such as gas sensing and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). We show that resistive gas sensors fabricated with the ZnO NSs showed a response of 1.12 and 1.65 to 12.5 ppm and 200 ppm of CO at 350°C in dry air, respectively, and that DSCs also fabricated from the material had an overall efficiency of 1.3%. PACS: 81.07.-b; 62.23.Kn; 61.82.Fk.

  8. The effect of induced strains on the optical band gaps in lanthanum-doped zinc ferrite nanocrystalline powders

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    Hamed, Fathalla; Ramachandran, Tholkappiyan; Kurapati, Vishista

    2016-07-01

    ZnFe1.96La0.04O4 nanocrystalline powders were synthesized by auto-combustion with the aid of glycine as fuel. The synthesized powders were subjected to heat treatment in air at constant temperatures (600-970∘C) for a period of 2 h. The annealed powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy. The as-synthesized and annealed powders formed spongy porous network structure with voids and pores. All the powders were found to be single phase nanomaterial with cubic spinel crystal structure and the desired composition; however, they contained strains, dislocations and lattice distortions. Some of these strains and dislocations are relaxed as a function of annealing temperature. The powders displayed direct and indirect optical band gaps. The energies of these band gaps were found to vary as a function of the induced strains and dislocations. It is suggested that the energy of the optical band gap in lanthanum-doped zinc ferrite nanocrystalline powders can be varied as a function of induced strains if the initial preparation conditions and the following heat treatments are controlled.

  9. Softening of phonons by lattice defects and structural strain in heavy ion irradiated nanocrystalline zinc oxide films

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    Singh, Fouran; Singh, R. G.; Kumar, Vinod; Khan, S. A.; Pivin, J. C.

    2011-10-01

    Origin of the Raman mode in nanocrystalline zinc oxide in the vicinity of A1 (LO) phonon mode induced by energetic heavy ions is reported. The evolution of this mode in the irradiated films is ascribed to the effect of disorder and the high density of lattice defects induced by irradiation. The presence of such defects is confirmed by the reduction in the intensity of E2 (high) mode and band bending of the near band edge absorption. A softening of the evolved Raman mode with increasing in ion fluence is also observed. This softening cannot be attributed to spatial confinement of phonons, as the sizes of the crystallites are large. Therefore, it is explained in terms of the combined effects of phonon localization by lattice defects and the structural strain in the lattice induced by electronic energy loss transferred by energetic heavy ions.

  10. Flexible solar-cell from zinc oxide nanocrystalline sheets self-assembled by an in-situ electrodeposition process.

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    Xiang, J H; Zhu, P X; Masuda, Y; Okuya, M; Kaneko, S; Koumoto, K

    2006-06-01

    Zinc oxide nanocrystalline sheets were self-assembled on a flexible polymer substrate to act as the electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells by an in situ-construction electrodeposition process. It was discovered that the nanosheet-based solar cell exhibited better performance than a nanoparticle-based solar cell or a well-oriented nanowire-based solar cell. The nanosheet microstructure has advantages which include the depression of loss during photoelectron transport, the increase of dye compound adsorption, and the enhance of incident light capture. As a result, the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells can be obviously improved. This success provides a feasible bottom-up approach for integrating a solar cell together with nanodevices and microcircuits on a flexible substrate which can work with self-supplied solar energy.

  11. Formation of porphyrin pi cation radical in zinc-substituted horseradish peroxidase.

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    Kaneko, Y; Tamura, M; Yamazaki, I

    1980-12-09

    Zinc-substituted horseradish peroxidase is oxidized by K2IrCl6 to a characteristic state which retains one oxidizing equivalent more than the zinc peroxidase. The oxidized enzyme gives an optical absorption spectrum similar to that of compound I of peroxidase and catalase, and a g = 2 electron paramagnetic resonance signal which has an intensity corresponding to the porphyrin content. It is reduced back to the zinc peroxidase by a stoichiometric amount of ferrocyanide or by a large excess of K3IrCl6. From the equilibrium data, the value of E0' for the zinc peroxidase couple is estimated to be 0.74 V at pH 6. The oxidized zinc peroxidase is also formed by the addition of H2O2 or upon illumination with white light. The rate constants for the oxidation by K2IrCl6 and H2O2 at pH 8.0 are 8 x 10(5) and 8 x 10(2) M-1 s-1, respectively. No essential spectral change can be observed when K2IrCl6 is added to the metal-free peroxidase (protoporphyrin--apoperoxidase complex) or to zinc-substituted sperm whale myoglobin.

  12. Effect of Gd3+ substitution on structural, magnetic, dielectric and optical properties of nanocrystalline CoFe2O4

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    Joshi, Seema; Kumar, Manoj; Chhoker, Sandeep; Kumar, Arun; Singh, Mahavir

    2017-03-01

    Nanoparticles of CoGdxFe2-xO4 with x=0.0, 0.03, 0.05, 0.07, 0.10 and 0.15 were synthesized by co-precipitation method. Gd3+ substitution effect on different properties of nanocrystalline CoFe2O4 has been studied. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy confirmed the formation of single phase cubic mixed spinel structure. Cation distribution has been proposed from Rietveld refined data. Mössbauer spectra at room temperature showed two ferrimagnetic Zeeman sextets with one superparamagnetic doublet. Mössbauer parameters suggested that Gd3+ ions occupy the octahedral site in CoFe2O4. Room temperature magnetic measurements exhibited that the saturation magnetization decreased from 91 emu/gm to 54 emu/gm for x=0.0 to 0.15 samples. The coercivity decreased from 1120 Oe to 340 Oe for x=0.0 to 0.07 samples and increased from 400 Oe to 590 Oe for x=0.10 and 0.15 samples, respectively. Raman analysis showed that the degree of inversion with Gd3+ substitution supporting the variation of coercivity. Electron spin resonance spectra revealed the dominancy of superexchange interactions in these samples. Optical band gap measurement suggested that all samples are indirect band gap materials and band gap has been decreased with Gd3+ substitution. Both dielectric constant and dielectric loss is found to decrease because of the decrease in hopping rate with the Gd3+ substitution for Fe3+ at the octahedral sites. Low dielectric loss suggested the applicability of Gd3+ doped CoFe2O4 nanoparticles for high frequency microwave device applications.

  13. Charge carrier dynamics in nanocrystalline Dy substituted ceria based oxygen ion conductors

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    Anirban, Sk.; Dutta, A.

    2016-05-01

    Nano-crystalline Ce1-xDyxO2-δ (x = 0.1-0.5) materials were prepared using the low temperature citrate auto-ignition method. The Rietveld analysis of the XRD data confirmed the single phase cubic fluorite structure. The particle sizes of the sintered samples are in nano range and lattice parameter increases with Dy concentration. Polydispersed and agglomerated particles are observed by SEM. The EDAX spectra show good stoichiometry of the different atoms in the samples. The conductivity is found to have both grain and grain boundary contribution and shows highest value at x= 0.2. The frequency dependence of dielectric permittivity has been analyzed using Havrilliak-Negami formalism. The variation in different electrical properties has been explained by formation defect associates and their interaction with charge carriers.

  14. Charge carrier dynamics in nanocrystalline Dy substituted ceria based oxygen ion conductors

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    Anirban, Sk.; Dutta, A.

    2016-05-06

    Nano-crystalline Ce{sub 1-x}Dy{sub x}O{sub 2-δ} (x = 0.1-0.5) materials were prepared using the low temperature citrate auto-ignition method. The Rietveld analysis of the XRD data confirmed the single phase cubic fluorite structure. The particle sizes of the sintered samples are in nano range and lattice parameter increases with Dy concentration. Polydispersed and agglomerated particles are observed by SEM. The EDAX spectra show good stoichiometry of the different atoms in the samples. The conductivity is found to have both grain and grain boundary contribution and shows highest value at x= 0.2. The frequency dependence of dielectric permittivity has been analyzed using Havrilliak-Negami formalism. The variation in different electrical properties has been explained by formation defect associates and their interaction with charge carriers.

  15. Quantum Monte Carlo models of substitutional point defects in zinc oxide and zinc selenide

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    Yu, Jaehyung; Ertekin, Elif

    2015-03-01

    Introducing dopants into semiconductors allows manipulation of electrical and optical properties, useful for applications such as optoelectronics and photovoltaics. While first principles quantitative descriptions of the defects properties in semiconductors are critical to understanding and engineering dopants in semiconductors, obtaining accurate descriptions has proven challenging in the past. Here we demonstrate the use of quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods to describing the properties of point defects in zinc oxide and zinc selenide. Due to its direct treatment of electron correlation, the QMC method is capable of accurate calculation of band gaps and defect behaviors. We describe the energetics and potential barrier to forming gallium DX-center defects according to QMC in zinc selenide, and compare the description to those of conventional and hybrid DFT. We also use QMC to determine the defect transition levels for nitrogen defects in zinc oxide, and show that QMC obtains descriptions that are in good agreement with GW and beyond-DFT approaches. Our results demonstrate the importance of accurate descriptions of electron correlation in the calculation of defect properties of semiconductors.

  16. Structural transition, subgap states, and carrier transport in anion-engineered zinc oxynitride nanocrystalline films

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    Xian, Fenglin; Ye, Jiandong; Gu, Shulin; Tan, Hark Hoe; Jagadish, Chennupati

    2016-07-11

    In this work, anion alloying is engineered in ZnON nanocrystalline films, and the resultant evolution of the structural transition, subgap states, and carrier transport is investigated. A broad distribution of sub-gap states above the valence band maximum is introduced by nitrogen due to the hybridization of N 2p and O 2p orbitals. The phase transition from partially amorphous states to full crystallinity occurs above a characteristic growth temperature of 100 °C, and the localized states are suppressed greatly due to the reduction of nitrogen composition. The electronic properties are dominated by grain boundary scattering and electron transport across boundary barriers through thermal activation at band edge states at high temperatures. The conductivity below 130 K exhibits a weak temperature dependence, which is a signature of variable-range hopping conduction between localized states introduced by nitrogen incorporation.

  17. Synthesis, characterization and modelling of zinc and silicate co-substituted hydroxyapatite

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    Friederichs, Robert J.; Chappell, Helen F.; Shepherd, David V.; Best, Serena M.

    2015-01-01

    Experimental chemistry and atomic modelling studies were performed here to investigate a novel ionic co-substitution in hydroxyapatite (HA). Zinc, silicate co-substituted HA (ZnSiHA) remained phase pure after heating to 1100°C with Zn and Si amounts of 0.6 wt% and 1.2 wt%, respectively. Unique lattice expansions in ZnSiHA, silicate Fourier transform infrared peaks and changes to the hydroxyl IR stretching region suggested Zn and silicate co-substitution in ZnSiHA. Zn and silicate insertion into HA was modelled using density functional theory (DFT). Different scenarios were considered where Zn substituted for different calcium sites or at a 2b site along the c-axis, which was suspected in singly substituted ZnHA. The most energetically favourable site in ZnSiHA was Zn positioned at a previously unreported interstitial site just off the c-axis near a silicate tetrahedron sitting on a phosphate site. A combination of experimental chemistry and DFT modelling provided insight into these complex co-substituted calcium phosphates that could find biomedical application as a synthetic bone mineral substitute. PMID:26040597

  18. Influence of morphology and surface conditions on defect properties of nanocrystalline zinc oxide

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    Paramo, Jorge Antonio

    Performance of nanoscale ZnO-based systems depends on the nanomorphology and surface conditions, in particular surface defect states. We investigated the impact of the surface/interface phenomena on the defect-related properties for ZnO-containing nanocrystalline systems. To probe these surface-related effects we employed photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Among others, we studied ZnO-containing nanocrystalline specimens grown by wet precipitation with size and morphology controlled by the synthesis parameters. We observed a strong correlation between defect-related luminescence and morphological sample variations. For example, there was a consistent relationship between the surface/volume ratio and the relative intensity of the PL defect emission, indicating strong influence of the optically-active surface states. Commercially available ZnO nanopowders from several vendors were investigated by PL. Observation of the size effects was somewhat overshadowed by the sample-to-sample differences in quality, and thus defects' content and abundance. Temperature-dependent PL measurements in the bound-exciton (BEx) range were performed to elucidate surface-related corrections to the excitons thermodynamics. Specially, calculations for the excitonic activation energies indicated strong dependences of the nanocrystal size on the predominant BEx dissociation channels. Also, we observed nonlinear dependences of BEx peak broadening on temperature suggesting surface phonon contributions. We used remote plasma treatments to tailor surface defect properties of ZnO nanopowders. We report on the plasma-driven modifications of defect optical signatures such as BEx and visible luminescence. Besides, plasma treatments revealed size-dependent effects in the studied specimens. PL was used to study ZnO nanoparticles embedded into a polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) matrix by bulk polymerization. We found that the polymer encapsulation enhances room-temperature excitonic luminescence by

  19. Mössbauer and magnetic studies of nanocrystalline zinc ferrites synthesized by microwave combustion method

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    Mahmoud, Mohamed; Hassan, Azza Mohamed; Ahmed, Mamdouh Abdel aal; Zhu, Kaixin; Ganeshraja, Ayyakannu Sundaram; Wang, Junhu

    2016-12-01

    Zinc ferrite nano-crystals were synthesized by a microwave assisted combustion route with varying the urea to metal nitrates (U/N) molar ratio The process takes only a few minutes to obtain Zinc ferrite powders. The Effect of U/N ratio on the obtained phases, particle size, magnetization and structural properties has been investigated. The specimens were characterized by XRD, Mössbauer and VSM techniques. The sample prepared with urea/metal nitrate ratio of 1/1 was a poorly crystalline phase with very small crystallite size. A second phase is also detected in the sample. The crystallite size increases while the second phase decrease with increasing the urea ratio. The saturation magnetization and coercivity of the as prepared nano-particles changed with the change of the U/N ratio. The powder with the highest U/N ratio showed the presence of an unusually high saturation magnetization of 16 emu/g at room temperature. The crystallinity of the as prepared powder was developed by annealing the samples at 700 ∘C and 900 ∘C. Both the saturation magnetization ( Ms) and the remnant magnetization ( Mr) were found to be highly dependent upon the annealing temperature. Mössbauer studies show magnetic ordering in the powder even at room temperature. The Mössbauer and the magnetic parameters of this fraction are different from the standard values for bulk zinc ferrite.

  20. Enhancement of gas sensor response of nanocrystalline zinc oxide for ammonia by plasma treatment

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    Hou, Yue; Jayatissa, Ahalapitiya H.

    2014-08-01

    The effect of oxygen plasma treatment on nanocrystalline ZnO thin film based gas sensor was investigated. ZnO thin films were synthesized on alkali-free glass substrates by a sol-gel process. ZnO thin films were treated with oxygen plasma to change the number of vacancies/defects in ZnO. The effect of oxygen plasma on the structural, electrical, optical and gas sensing properties was investigated as a function of plasma treatment time. The results suggest that the microstructure and the surface morphology can be tuned by oxygen plasma treatment. The optical transmission in the visible range varies after the oxygen plasma treatment. Moreover, it is found that the oxygen plasma has significant impact on the electrical properties of ZnO thin films indicating a variation of resistivity. The oxygen plasma treated ZnO thin film exhibits an enhanced sensing response towards NH3 in comparison with that of the as-deposited ZnO sensor. When compared with the as-deposited ZnO film, the sensing response was improved by 50% for the optimum oxygen plasma treatment time of 8 min. The selectivity of 8 min plasma treated ZnO sensor was also examined for an important industrial gas mixture of H2, CH4 and NH3.

  1. Dielectric, electrical transport and magnetic properties of Er3+substituted nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite

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    Kakade, S. G.; Kambale, R. C.; Kolekar, Y. D.; Ramana, C. V.

    2016-11-01

    Erbium substituted cobalt ferrite (CoFe2-xErxO4; x=0.0-0.2, referred to CFEO) materials were synthesized by sol-gel auto-combustion method. The effect of erbium (Er3+) substitution on the crystal structure, dielectric, electrical transport and magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite is evaluated. CoFe2-xErxO4 ceramics exhibit the spinel cubic structure without any impurity phase for x≤0.10 whereas formation of the ErFeO3 orthoferrite secondary phase was observed for x≥0.15. All the CFEO samples demonstrate the typical hysteresis (M-H) behavior with a decrease in magnetization as a function of Er content due to weak superexchange interaction. The frequency (f) dependent dielectric constant (ε‧) revealed the usual dielectric dispersion. The ε‧-f dispersion (f=20 Hz to 1 MHz) fits to the modified Debye's function with more than one ion contributing to the relaxation. The relaxation time and spread factor derived are ∼10-4 s and ∼0.61(±0.04), respectively. Electrical and dielectric studies indicate that ε‧ increases and the dc electrical resistivity decreases as a function of Er content (x≤0.15). Complex impedance analyses confirm only the grain interior contribution to the conduction process. Temperature dependent electrical transport and room temperature ac conductivity (σac) analyses indicate the semiconducting nature and small polaron hopping.

  2. The deposition of strontium and zinc Co-substituted hydroxyapatite coatings.

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    Robinson, L; Salma-Ancane, K; Stipniece, L; Meenan, B J; Boyd, A R

    2017-03-01

    The in vitro and in vivo performance of hydroxyapatite (HAp) coatings can be modified by the addition of different trace ions, such as silicon (Si), lithium (Li), magnesium (Mg), zinc (Zn) or strontium (Sr) into the HAp lattice, to more closely mirror the complex chemistry of human bone. To date, most of the work in the literature has considered single ion-substituted materials and coatings, with limited reports on co-substituted calcium phosphate systems. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential of radio frequency magnetron sputtering to deposit Sr and Zn co-substituted HAp coatings using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The FTIR and XPS results highlight that all of the Sr, Zn and Sr-Zn co-substituted surfaces produced are all dehydroxylated and are calcium deficient. All of the coatings contained HPO4(2-) groups, however; only the pure HAp coating and the Sr substituted HAp coating contained additional CO3(2-) groups. The XRD results highlight that none of the coatings produced in this study contain any other impurity CaP phases, showing peaks corresponding to that of ICDD file #01-072-1243 for HAp, albeit shifted to lower 2θ values due to the incorporation of Sr into the HAp lattice for Ca (in the Sr and Sr-Zn co-substituted surfaces only). Therefore, the results here clearly show that RF magnetron sputtering offers a simple means to deliver Sr and Zn co-substituted HAp coatings with enhanced surface properties. (a) XRD patterns for RF magnetron sputter deposited hydroxyapatite coatings and (b)-(d) for Sr, Zn and Sr-Zn co-substituted coatings, respectively. The XPS spectra in (b) confirms the presence of a HA sputter deposited coating as opposed to

  3. Lateral alveolar ridge augmentation using a synthetic nano-crystalline hydroxyapatite bone substitution material (Ostim): preliminary clinical and histological results.

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    Strietzel, Frank Peter; Reichart, Peter A; Graf, Hans-Ludwig

    2007-12-01

    The purpose of this preliminary two-center clinical prospective study was to evaluate the tissue composition of augmented sites after the use of a nano-crystalline hydroxyapatite (ncHA) bone substitution material by clinical and histological examinations. A synthetic ncHA augmentation material was used without any additives in 14 patients requiring lateral ridge augmentation 6-7 months before (10 patients) or at implant placement (four patients). The ncHA material was covered by a titanium mesh for space maintenance. Clinical and radiographic parameters were evaluated and bone biopsy cores, obtained 6-7 months following augmentation, were assessed histologically and histomorphometrically. One patient showed gingival swelling, redness and pain at the augmentation site requiring removal of the titanium mesh 6 weeks postoperatively. In seven patients, a premature exposure of the titanium mesh without any inflammatory symptoms was noted. The width of the fixed gingival and the alveolar ridge height did not change significantly at least 6 months following augmentation (P>0.5), whereas a significant gain in alveolar ridge width (P=0.01) was noted. After a median period of prosthetic loading of 24 months, no implant was considered to be a failure. Histology revealed ncHA remnants in peripheral and central parts of biopsy cores obtained from seven patients after at least 6 months without histological symptoms of inflammation, whereas histomorphometry of bone cores revealed no significant differences of the mean percentage area of ncHA in peripheral (23.4%) and central (15.1%) parts of biopsy cores (P=0.262). The mean percentage area of bone colonizing the defect was 52.3%. Small amounts of ncHA were found after at least 6 months in bone biopsies. The former defect space was filled with bone. The alveolar ridge width gain was found to be significant after lateral augmentation utilizing ncHA, providing a quantitatively and qualitatively sufficient site for primary stable

  4. Zinc oxide nanoparticles as a substitute for zinc oxide or colistin sulfate: Effects on growth, serum enzymes, zinc deposition, intestinal morphology and epithelial barrier in weaned piglets.

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    Wang, Chao; Zhang, Ligen; Su, Weipeng; Ying, Zhixiong; He, Jintian; Zhang, Lili; Zhong, Xiang; Wang, Tian

    2017-01-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate effects of zinc oxide nanoparticles (nano-ZnOs) as a substitute for colistin sulfate (CS) and/or zinc oxide (ZnO) on growth performance, serum enzymes, zinc deposition, intestinal morphology and epithelial barrier in weaned piglets. A total of 216 crossbred Duroc×(Landrace×Yorkshire) piglets weaned at 23 days were randomly assigned into 3 groups, which were fed with basal diets supplemented with 20 mg/kg CS (CS group), 20mg/kg CS+3000 mg/kg ZnO (CS+ZnO group), and 1200 mg/kg nano-ZnOs (nano-ZnO group) for 14 days. Results indicated that compared to CS group, supplementation of 1200 mg/kg nano-ZnOs (about 30 nm) significantly increased final body weight and average daily gain, and 3000 mg/kg ZnO plus colistin sulfate significantly increased average daily gain and decreased diarrhea rate in weaned piglets. There was no significant difference in growth performance and diarrhea rate between nano-ZnO and CS+ZnO groups. Supplementation of nano-ZnOs did not affect serum enzymes (glutamic oxalacetic transaminase, glutamic-pyruvic transaminase, and lactate dehydrogenase), but significantly increased plasma and tissue zinc concentrations (liver, tibia), improved intestinal morphology (increased duodenal and ileal villus length, crypt depth, and villus surface), enhanced mRNA expression of ZO-1 in ileal mucosa, and significantly decreased diamine oxidase activity in plasma, total aerobic bacterial population in MLN as compared to CS group. Effects of nano-ZnOs on serum enzymes, intestinal morphology, and mRNA expressions of tight junction were similar to those of high dietary ZnO plus colistin sulfate, while nano-ZnOs significantly reduced zinc concentrations of liver, tibia, and feces, and decreased total aerobic bacterial population in MLN as compared to CS+ZnO group. These results suggested that nano-ZnOs (1200 mg/kg) might be used as a substitute for colistin sulfate and high dietary ZnO in weaned piglets.

  5. Octathienyl/phenyl-substituted zinc phthalocyanines J-aggregated through conformational planarization.

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    Chen, Zihui; Niu, Lihong; Cheng, Yuanhua; Zhou, Xinyu; Zhong, Cheng; Zhang, Fushi

    2011-01-14

    A novel family of thiophene-decorated phthalocyanines (M-TPcs) was efficiently synthesized, during which the key intermediate of these compounds was purified through a chemical approach. In the optimized geometries of M-TPcs, the peripherally linked thiophene rings are tilted from the Pc core, which oppose aggregation considering the mutual steric hindrance. However, Zn-TPc formed J-aggregates in many solvents while Ni-TPc and Cu-TPc did not. Octaphenyl-substituted zinc Pc (Zn-PPc) showed similar J-aggregation behavior as Zn-TPc. This unusual J-aggregation was attributed to the conformational planarization of the corresponding molecules.

  6. Composite Based Chitosan/Zinc-Doped HA as a Candidate Material for Bone Substitute Applications

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    Wicaksono, S. T.; Rasyida, A.; Purnomo, A.; Pradita, N. N.; Ardhyananta, H.; Hidayat, M. I. P.

    2017-05-01

    The composite based Zinc-doped in Chitosan/Hydroxyapatite was successfully prepared by wet mixing method through the addition of 10, 15, and 20wt% of chitosan. The addition of Chitosan increased the compressive strength and the modulus elasticity. However, it decreased the density and the surface hardness of HA-Zn. Mechanical characterization revealed that these composites are suitable as a candidate of a cancellous bone substitute. Composite with 10% chitosan has compressive strength and modulus elasticity of 57.03 MPa and 0.15 GPa, respectively. Hence, it has the physical and mechanical properties that meet the standards as a cancellous bone substitute material. Also, in vitro biocompatibility test against BHK-21 cells exhibited non-toxic materials.

  7. Optical properties of petal-like aggregated nanocrystalline zinc oxide synthesized by laser ablation

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    Jafarkhani, P.; Chehrghani, A.; Torkamany, M.J.

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Petal like ZnO nanocrystals are synthesized by high frequency laser ablation in water. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Optical band gap of ZnO nanocrystals was tunable by changing the laser pulse energy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nonlinear optical properties and limiting threshold were obtained by Z-scan technique. -- Abstract: The results of the investigations carried out on the third-order nonlinearity in zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystals (NCs) by Z-scan technique are included in this paper. ZnO NCs show negative nonlinearity and good nonlinear absorption behavior at 532 nm. The third-order optical susceptibility {chi}(3) increases with enlargement of NCs due to the size dependent enhancement of exciton oscillator strength. The synthesis of ZnO NCs was performed by laser ablation from a high-purity metallic target of Zn in distilled water medium. For the ablation process, a high frequency pulsed Nd:YAG laser was employed operating at 532 nm with 100 ns pulse duration. UV-vis absorption spectroscopy illustrated the enhancement of the size of ZnO NCs upon increasing the laser pulse energy applied in ablation process. Accordingly the corresponding optical band gap (E{sub g}) decrease by increasing the size of NCs. X-ray diffraction (XRD) associated with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was utilized to characterize the crystalline phase and also for determining the ZnO NCs morphology.

  8. First-principles study of substitutional magnesium and zinc in hydroxyapatite and octacalcium phosphate.

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    Matsunaga, Katsuyuki

    2008-06-28

    First-principles calculations are performed for Mg(2+) and Zn(2+) substitution in hydroxyapatite (HAp) and octacalcium phosphate (OCP), because the foreign ions are known to play an important role for bone formation. In order to study their possible location in the system of HAp in contact with the aqueous solution, OCP is considered as a structural model of the transition region between HAp and the solution. It is found that, when the foreign ions substitute for Ca sites, the surrounding oxygen ions undergo considerable inward relaxation, due to their smaller ionic sizes than Ca(2+), which results in the smaller coordination numbers with oxygen as compared with those of Ca in bulk HAp and OCP. From the calculated defect formation energies, it is likely that the substitutional foreign ions are quite difficult to dissolve into HAp whereas can be more easily incorporated in OCP. In particular, Zn(2+) can more favorably substitute for the specific Ca site of OCP, as compared to Mg(2+), which is attributed with covalent bond formation between Zn and the surrounding oxygen ions. It is thus considered that zinc may play its role to promote bone formation by being incorporated into the transition region between HAp and the surrounding solution.

  9. Yeast and Mammalian Metallothioneins Functionally Substitute for Yeast Copper-Zinc Superoxide Dismutase

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    Tamai, Katherine T.; Gralla, Edith B.; Ellerby, Lisa M.; Valentine, Joan S.; Thiele, Dennis J.

    1993-09-01

    Copper-zinc superoxide dismutase catalyzes the disproportionation of superoxide anion to hydrogen peroxide and dioxygen and is thought to play an important role in protecting cells from oxygen toxicity. Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains lacking copper-zinc superoxide dismutase, which is encoded by the SOD1 gene, are sensitive to oxidative stress and exhibit a variety of growth defects including hypersensitivity to dioxygen and to superoxide-generating drugs such as paraquat. We have found that in addition to these known phenotypes, SOD1-deletion strains fail to grow on agar containing the respiratory carbon source lactate. We demonstrate here that expression of the yeast or monkey metallothionein proteins in the presence of copper suppresses the lactate growth defect and some other phenotypes associated with SOD1-deletion strains, indicating that copper metallothioneins substitute for copper-zinc superoxide dismutase in vivo to protect cells from oxygen toxicity. Consistent with these results, we show that yeast metallothionein mRNA levels are dramatically elevated under conditions of oxidative stress. Furthermore, in vitro assays demonstrate that yeast metallothionein, purified or from whole-cell extracts, exhibits copper-dependent antioxidant activity. Taken together, these data suggest that both yeast and mammalian metallothioneins may play a direct role in the cellular defense against oxidative stress by functioning as antioxidants.

  10. Effects of dietary substitution of zinc-methionine for inorganic zinc sources on growth performance, tissue zinc accumulation and some blood parameters in broiler chicks.

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    Jahanian, R; Rasouli, E

    2015-02-01

    This study was designed to evaluate the effects of dietary inclusion of zinc-methionine (ZnMet) as a replacement for conventional inorganic zinc sources on performance, tissue zinc accumulation and some plasma indices in broiler chicks. A total of 450-day-old Ross male broiler chicks were randomly assigned to five pen replicates of nine experimental diets. Dietary treatments consisted of two basal diets supplemented with 40 mg/kg added Zn as feed-grade Zn sulphate or Zn oxide in which, Zn was replaced with that supplied from ZnMet complex by 25, 50, 75 or 100%. At 42 days of age, three randomly selected birds from each pen were bled to measure plasma metabolites; then, the chicks were slaughtered to evaluate carcass characteristics. Results showed that dietary treatments affected (p < 0.05) feed intake during the starter period, and chicks on Zn oxide diets consumed more feed than sulphate counterparts. Furthermore, dietary substitution of inorganic Zn sources by ZnMet caused improvements (p < 0.01) in body weight gain during all experimental periods. Dietary supplementation of ZnMet improved feed conversion efficiency during 1-21 and 1-42, but not in 21-42 days of age. Complete replacement of inorganic Zn by that supplied from ZnMet caused an increase (p < 0.05) in relative liver weight. Similarly, dietary inclusion of ZnMet increased breast meat and carcass yields and reduced abdominal fat percentage (p < 0.05). Incremental levels of ZnMet increased (p < 0.05) zinc concentrations in liver and thymus, and the highest zinc accumulations were seen in 100% ZnMet-supplemented birds. Interestingly, introduction of ZnMet into the diets partially in place of inorganic sources resulted in decreases (p < 0.01) in plasma uric acid and triglycerides concentrations. The present findings indicated that dietary ZnMet inclusion in replacement of inorganic sources in addition to improving growth performance, reduced plasma uric acid and triglycerides concentrations, consequently

  11. Saccharide substituted zinc phthalocyanines: optical properties, interaction with bovine serum albumin and near infrared fluorescence imaging for sentinel lymph nodes.

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    Lu, Li; Lv, Feng; Cao, Bo; He, Xujun; Liu, Tianjun

    2014-01-03

    Saccharide-substituted zinc phthalocyanines, [2,9(10),16(17),23(24)-tetrakis((1-(β-D-glucose-2-yl)-1H-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)methoxy)phthalocyaninato]zinc(II) and [2,9(10), 16(17),23(24)-tetrakis((1-(β-D-lactose-2-yl)-1H-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)methoxy)phthalocyaninato] zinc(II), were evaluated as novel near infrared fluorescence agents. Their interaction with bovine serum albumin was investigated by fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopy and isothermal titration calorimetry. Near infrared imaging for sentinel lymph nodes in vivo was performed using nude mice as models. Results show that saccharide- substituted zinc phthalocyanines have favourable water solubility, good optical stability and high emission ability in the near infrared region. The interaction of lactose-substituted phthalocyanine with bovine serum albumin displays obvious differences to that of glucose- substituted phthalocyanine. Moreover, lactose-substituted phthalocyanine possesses obvious imaging effects for sentinel lymph nodes in vivo.

  12. Micro Raman, Mossbauer and magnetic studies of manganese substituted zinc ferrite nanoparticles: Role of Mn

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    Thota, Suneetha; Kashyap, Subhash C.; Sharma, Shiv K.; Reddy, V. R.

    2016-04-01

    A series of Mn-Zn Ferrite nanoparticles (<15 nm) with formula MnxZn1-xFe2O4 (where x=0.00, 0.35, 0.50, 0.65) were successfully prepared by citrate-gel method at low temperature (400 °C). X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of single cubic spinel phase in these nanoparticles. The FESEM and TEM micrographs revealed the nanoparticles to be nearly spherical in shape and of fairly uniform size. The fractions of Mn2+, Zn2+ and Fe3+ cations occupying tetrahedral sites along with Fe occupying octahedral sites within the unit cell of different ferrite samples are estimated by room temperature micro-Raman spectroscopy. Low temperature Mossbauer measurement on Mn0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 has reconfirmed the mixed spinel phase of these nanoparticles. Room temperature magnetization studies (PPMS) of Mn substituted samples showed superparamagnetic behavior. Manganese substitution for Zn in the ferrite caused the magnetization to increase from 04 to18 emu/g and Lande's g factor (estimated from ferromagnetic resonance measurement) from 2.02 to 2.12 when x was increased up to 0.50. The FMR has shown that higher Mn cationic substitution leads to increase in dipolar interaction and decrease in super exchange interaction. Thermomagnetic (M-T) and magnetization (M-H) measurements have shown that the increase in Mn concentration (up to x=0.50) enhances the spin ordering temperature up to 150 K (blocking temperature). Magnetocrystalline anisotropy in the nanoparticles was established by Mossbauer, ferromagnetic resonance and thermomagnetic measurements. The optimized substitution of manganese for zinc improves the magnetic properties and makes these nanoparticles a potential candidate for their applications in microwave region and biomedical field.

  13. Zinc coordination polymers containing substituted isophthalate ligands and fragments from in situ hydrolysis of 4-pyridylisonicotinamide

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    O'Donovan, Megan E.; LaDuca, Robert L.

    2015-03-01

    Hydrothermal treatment of zinc nitrate, a 5-substituted isophthalic acid, and 4-pyridylisonicotinamide (4-pina) resulted in crystalline coordination polymers that incorporated different fragments formed by in situ hydrolysis of the 4-pina precursor. These materials were characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction. In the case of {[4-ampyrH]2[Zn(hip)2]·H2O}n (1, 4-ampyrH = 4-aminopyridinium, hip = 5-hydroxyisophthalate), anionic [Zn(hip)2]n2n- (4,4) grid layers co-crystallize with protonated 4-ampyr cations. Using 5-nitroisophthalic acid (H2nip), [Zn7(isonic)4(OH)6(nip)2]n (2, isonic = isonicotinate) was formed. This material manifests [Zn7(OH)6]n cationic inorganic chain motifs linked by isonic and nip ligands into a non-interpenetrated 3-D coordination polymer network with pcu topology. Luminescent behavior is attributed to intra-ligand molecular orbital transitions.

  14. Magnetic and microwave absorbing properties of Co2+ substituted nickel-zinc ferrites with the emphasis on initial permeability studies

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    Ghodake, J. S.; Kambale, Rahul C.; Shinde, T. J.; Maskar, P. K.; Suryavanshi, S. S.

    2016-03-01

    Nanocrystalline Co2+ substituted Zn0.35Ni0.60-xCoxFe2.05O4 (Where x=0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4) system have been synthesized by citrate-nitrate combustion route. X-ray diffraction study shows the formation of single phase cubic spinel structure without any impurity phases. Morphological observation shows agglomerated grains with different shapes and sizes which is the typical characteristics of magnetic nanoparticles prepared by combustion route. The saturation magnetization of cobalt substituted Ni-Zn ferrites is found to be higher than that of pure Ni-Zn ferrite. The coercivity and retentivity of cobalt substituted Ni-Zn ferrite increases with the increasing cobalt content. Initial permeability and loss factor have been studied as the function of composition and frequency. The real (μ‧) and imaginary (μ‧‧) part of initial permeability of cobalt substituted Ni-Zn ferrites decreases while its loss factor increases with the increasing cobalt content. In the lower frequency region the imaginary part of initial permeability (μ‧‧) of all samples is found to be decreasing rapidly with increasing frequency. The microwave absorption properties of cobalt substituted Ni-Zn ferrites were also investigated; all samples exhibit the absorption in the frequency range 2.3-2.5 GHz. Thus, the prepared materials can be used as a rubber composite microwave absorber and may be useful in RADAR application.

  15. Histological and histomorphometrical analysis of a silica matrix embedded nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite bone substitute using the subcutaneous implantation model in Wistar rats.

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    Ghanaati, Shahram; Orth, Carina; Barbeck, Mike; Willershausen, Ines; Thimm, Benjamin W; Booms, Patrick; Stübinger, Stefan; Landes, Constantin; Sader, Robert Anton; Kirkpatrick, Charles James

    2010-06-01

    The clinical suitability of a bone substitute material is determined by the ability to induce a tissue reaction specific to its composition. The aim of this in vivo study was to analyze the tissue reaction to a silica matrix-embedded, nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite bone substitute.The subcutaneous implantation model in Wistar rats was chosen to assess the effect of silica degradation on the vascularization of the biomaterial and its biodegradation within a time period of 6 months. Already at day 10 after implantation, histomorphometrical analysis showed that the vascularization of the implantation bed reached its peak value compared to all other time points. Both vessel density and vascularization significantly decreased until day 90 after implantation. In this time period, the bone substitute underwent a significant degradation initiated by TRAP-positive and TRAP-negative multinucleated giant cells together with macrophages and lymphocytes. Although no specific tissue reaction could be related to the described silica degradation, the biomaterial was close to being fully degraded without a severe inflammatory response. These characteristics are advantageous for bone regeneration and remodeling processes.

  16. Nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite bone substitute leads to sufficient bone tissue formation already after 3 months: histological and histomorphometrical analysis 3 and 6 months following human sinus cavity augmentation.

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    Ghanaati, Shahram; Barbeck, Mike; Willershausen, Ines; Thimm, Benjamin; Stuebinger, Stefan; Korzinskas, Tadas; Obreja, Karina; Landes, Constantin; Kirkpatrick, Charles J; Sader, Robert A

    2013-12-01

    In this study the de novo bone formation capacity of a nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite bone substitute was assessed 3 and 6 months after its insertion into the human sinus cavity. Sinus cavity augmentation was performed in a total of 14 patients (n = 7 implantation after 3 months; n = 7 implantation after 6 months) with severely atrophic maxillary bone. The specimens obtained after 3 and 6 months were analyzed histologically and histomorphometrically with special focus on bone metabolism within the residual bone and the augmented region. This study revealed that bone tissue formation started from the bone-biomaterial-interface and was directed into the most cranial parts of the augmented region. There was no statistically significant difference in new bone formation after 3 and 6 months (24.89 ± 10.22% vs 31.29 ± 2.29%), respectively. Within the limits of the present study and according to previously published data, implant insertion in regions augmented with this bone substitute material could be considered already after 3 months. Further clinical studies with bone substitute materials are necessary to validate these findings. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Implantation of silicon dioxide-based nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and pure phase beta-tricalciumphosphate bone substitute granules in caprine muscle tissue does not induce new bone formation

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    2013-01-01

    Background Osteoinductive bone substitutes are defined by their ability to induce new bone formation even at heterotopic implantation sites. The present study was designed to analyze the potential osteoinductivity of two different bone substitute materials in caprine muscle tissue. Materials and methods One gram each of either a porous beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) or an hydroxyapatite/silicon dioxide (HA/SiO2)-based nanocrystalline bone substitute material was implanted in several muscle pouches of goats. The biomaterials were explanted at 29, 91 and 181 days after implantation. Conventional histology and special histochemical stains were performed to detect osteoblast precursor cells as well as mineralized and unmineralized bone matrix. Results Both materials underwent cellular degradation in which tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP)-positive osteoclast-like cells and TRAP-negative multinucleated giant cells were involved. The ß-TCP was completely resorbed within the observation period, whereas some granules of the HA-groups were still detectable after 180 days. Neither osteoblasts, osteoblast precursor cells nor extracellular bone matrix were found within the implantation bed of any of the analyzed biomaterials at any of the observed time points. Conclusions This study showed that ß-TCP underwent a faster degradation than the HA-based material. The lack of osteoinductivity for both materials might be due to their granular shape, as osteoinductivity in goat muscle has been mainly attributed to cylindrical or disc-shaped bone substitute materials. This hypothesis however requires further investigation to systematically analyze various materials with comparable characteristics in the same experimental setting. PMID:23286366

  18. Implantation of silicon dioxide-based nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and pure phase beta-tricalciumphosphate bone substitute granules in caprine muscle tissue does not induce new bone formation.

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    Ghanaati, Shahram; Udeabor, Samuel E; Barbeck, Mike; Willershausen, Ines; Kuenzel, Oliver; Sader, Robert A; Kirkpatrick, C James

    2013-01-04

    Osteoinductive bone substitutes are defined by their ability to induce new bone formation even at heterotopic implantation sites. The present study was designed to analyze the potential osteoinductivity of two different bone substitute materials in caprine muscle tissue. One gram each of either a porous beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) or an hydroxyapatite/silicon dioxide (HA/SiO2)-based nanocrystalline bone substitute material was implanted in several muscle pouches of goats. The biomaterials were explanted at 29, 91 and 181 days after implantation. Conventional histology and special histochemical stains were performed to detect osteoblast precursor cells as well as mineralized and unmineralized bone matrix. Both materials underwent cellular degradation in which tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP)-positive osteoclast-like cells and TRAP-negative multinucleated giant cells were involved. The ß-TCP was completely resorbed within the observation period, whereas some granules of the HA-groups were still detectable after 180 days. Neither osteoblasts, osteoblast precursor cells nor extracellular bone matrix were found within the implantation bed of any of the analyzed biomaterials at any of the observed time points. This study showed that ß-TCP underwent a faster degradation than the HA-based material. The lack of osteoinductivity for both materials might be due to their granular shape, as osteoinductivity in goat muscle has been mainly attributed to cylindrical or disc-shaped bone substitute materials. This hypothesis however requires further investigation to systematically analyze various materials with comparable characteristics in the same experimental setting.

  19. Exciplex electroluminescence and photoluminescence spectra of the new organic materials based on zinc complexes of sulphanylamino-substituted ligands

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    2012-01-01

    We have investigated the electroluminescence spectra of the electroluminescent devices based on the new zinc complexes of amino-substituted benzothiazoles and quinolines containing the C-N-M-N chains in their chelate cycles. The spectra exhibit strong exciplex bands in the green to yellow region 540 to 590 nm due to interaction of the excited states of zinc complexes and triaryl molecules of the hole-transporting layer. For some devices, the intrinsic luminescence band of 460 nm in the blue region is also observed along with the exciplex band giving rise to an almost white color of the device emission. The exciplex band can be eliminated if the material of the hole-transporting layer is not a triarylamine derivative. We have also found the exciplex emission in the photoluminescence spectra of the films containing blends of zinc complex and triphenylamine material. PMID:22471942

  20. The photodynamic response of two rodent tumour models to four zinc (II)-substituted phthalocyanines.

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    Cruse-Sawyer, J. E.; Griffiths, J.; Dixon, B.; Brown, S. B.

    1998-01-01

    Four novel zinc (II)-substituted phthalocyanines, varying in charge and hydrophobicity, were evaluated in vivo as new photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy. Two rat tumours with differing vascularity were used: a mammary carcinoma (LMC1) and a fibrosarcoma (LSBD1), with vascular components six times higher in the latter (10.8%+/-1.5) than in the former (1.8%+/-1.4). Each sensitizer was assessed for tumour response relative to normal tissue damage, and optimum doses were selected for further study, ranging from 0.5 to 20 mg kg(-1). Interstitial illumination of the tumours was carried out using a 200-microm-core optical fibre with a 0.5 cm length of diffusing tip, at either 680 or 692 nm, depending on the sensitizer. Light doses of between 200 and 600 J were delivered at a rate of 100 mW from the 0.5-cm diffusing section of the fibre. Maximum mean growth delays ranged from 9 to 13.5 days depending on sensitizer and type of tumour, with the most potent photosensitizer appearing to be the cationic compound. Histopathological changes were investigated after treatment to determine the mechanism by which tumour necrosis was effected. The tumours had the appearance of an infarct and, under the conditions used, the observed damage was shown to be mainly due to ischaemic processes, although some direct tumour cell damage could not be ruled out. Images Figure 4 Figure 5 PMID:9528842

  1. Structural characterization of zinc substituted magnesium ferrites by co-precipitation technique using oxalate precursors

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    Ghodake, U. R.; Chikhale, L. P.; Suryavanshi, S. S.

    2017-05-01

    Mixed zinc substituted magnesium ferrites having the chemical formula Mg1-xZnxFe2O4 (where x = 0.4, 0.5 and 0.6) were synthesized by co-precipitation method using oxalate precursors. The studies of x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy were confirmed the crystal structure, phase formation and morphology of sintered spinel ferrite.XRD study reveals that the completion of the lattice formation without any impurity phases. The crystallite size is found to be in 39.17 nm to 21.29 nm range. The lattice parameter (a) was found to increase linearly with Zn2+ content (x). Scanning electron micrographs revealed that an increase in the grain size (D) with increase in Zn2+ content. EDAX shows the presence of Mg2+, Zn2+, Fe3+ and O2- ions as per the stoichiometry. Lattice parameter, x-ray density, the unit cells volume and the hopping lengths for octahedral (LB) and tetrahedral (LA) sites were calculated.

  2. Effects of zinc-substituted nano-hydroxyapatite coatings on bone integration with implant surfaces*

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    Zhao, Shi-fang; Dong, Wen-jing; Jiang, Qiao-hong; He, Fu-ming; Wang, Xiao-xiang; Yang, Guo-li

    2013-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a zinc-substituted nano-hydroxyapatite (Zn-HA) coating, applied by an electrochemical process, on implant osseointegraton in a rabbit model. Methods: A Zn-HA coating or an HA coating was deposited using an electrochemical process. Surface morphology was examined using field-emission scanning electron microscopy. The crystal structure and chemical composition of the coatings were examined using an X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). A total of 78 implants were inserted into femurs and tibias of rabbits. After two, four, and eight weeks, femurs and tibias were retrieved and prepared for histomorphometric evaluation and removal torque (RTQ) tests. Results: Rod-like HA crystals appeared on both implant surfaces. The dimensions of the Zn-HA crystals seemed to be smaller than those of HA. XRD patterns showed that the peaks of both coatings matched well with standard HA patterns. FTIR spectra showed that both coatings consisted of HA crystals. The Zn-HA coating significantly improved the bone area within all threads after four and eight weeks (P<0.05), the bone to implant contact (BIC) at four weeks (P<0.05), and RTQ values after four and eight weeks (P<0.05). Conclusions: The study showed that an electrochemically deposited Zn-HA coating has potential for improving bone integration with an implant surface. PMID:23733429

  3. Influence of La3+ Substitution on Structure, Morphology and Magnetic Properties of Nanocrystalline Ni-Zn Ferrite

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    Dasan, Y. K.; Guan, B. H.; Zahari, M. H.; Chuan, L. K.

    2017-01-01

    Lanthanum substituted Ni-Zn ferrite nanoparticles (Ni0.5Zn0.5LaxFe1-xO4; 0.00 ≤x≤ 1.00) synthesized by sol-gel method were presented. X-ray diffraction patterns reveal the typical single phase spinel cubic ferrite structure, with the traces of secondary phase for lanthanum substituted nanocrystals. In addition, the structural analysis also demonstrates that the average crystallite size varied in the range of 21–25 nm. FTIR spectra present the two prominent absorption bands in the range of 400 to 600 cm-1 which are the fingerprint region of all ferrites. Surface morphology of both substituted and unsubstituted Ni-Zn ferrite nanoparticle samples was studied using FESEM technique and it indicates a significant increase in the size of spherical shaped particles with La3+ substitution. Magnetic properties of all samples were analyzed using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The results revealed that saturation magnetization (Ms) and coercivity (Hc) of La3+ substituted samples has decreased as compared to the Ni-Zn ferrite samples. Hence, the observed results affirm that the lanthanum ion substitution has greatly influenced the structural, morphology and magnetic properties of Ni-Zn ferrite nanoparticles. PMID:28081257

  4. Influence of La3+ Substitution on Structure, Morphology and Magnetic Properties of Nanocrystalline Ni-Zn Ferrite.

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    Dasan, Y K; Guan, B H; Zahari, M H; Chuan, L K

    2017-01-01

    Lanthanum substituted Ni-Zn ferrite nanoparticles (Ni0.5Zn0.5LaxFe1-xO4; 0.00 ≤x≤ 1.00) synthesized by sol-gel method were presented. X-ray diffraction patterns reveal the typical single phase spinel cubic ferrite structure, with the traces of secondary phase for lanthanum substituted nanocrystals. In addition, the structural analysis also demonstrates that the average crystallite size varied in the range of 21-25 nm. FTIR spectra present the two prominent absorption bands in the range of 400 to 600 cm-1 which are the fingerprint region of all ferrites. Surface morphology of both substituted and unsubstituted Ni-Zn ferrite nanoparticle samples was studied using FESEM technique and it indicates a significant increase in the size of spherical shaped particles with La3+ substitution. Magnetic properties of all samples were analyzed using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The results revealed that saturation magnetization (Ms) and coercivity (Hc) of La3+ substituted samples has decreased as compared to the Ni-Zn ferrite samples. Hence, the observed results affirm that the lanthanum ion substitution has greatly influenced the structural, morphology and magnetic properties of Ni-Zn ferrite nanoparticles.

  5. Zinc.

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    Barceloux, D G

    1999-01-01

    The use of zinc in metal alloys and medicinal lotions dates back before the time of Christ. Currently, most of the commercial production of zinc involves the galvanizing of iron and the manufacture of brass. Some studies support the use of zinc gluconate lozenges to treat the common cold, but there are insufficient data at this time to recommend the routine use of these lozenges. Zinc is an essential co-factor in a variety of cellular processes including DNA synthesis, behavioral responses, reproduction, bone formation, growth, and wound healing. Zinc is a relatively common metal with an average concentration of 50 mg/kg soil and a range of 10-300 mg/kg soil. Meat, seafood, dairy products, nuts, legumes, and whole grains contain relatively high concentrations of zinc. The mobility of zinc in anaerobic environments is poor and therefore severe zinc contamination occurs primarily near points sources of zinc release. The recommended daily allowance for adults is 15 mg zinc. The ingestion of 1-2 g zinc sulfate produces emesis. Zinc compounds can produce irritation and corrosion of the gastrointestinal tract, along with acute renal tubular necrosis and interstitial nephritis. Inhalation of high concentrations of zinc chloride from smoke bombs detonated in closed spaces may cause chemical pneumonitis and adult respiratory distress syndrome. In the occupational setting inhalation of fumes from zinc oxide is the most common cause of metal fume fever (fatigue, chills, fever, myalgias, cough, dyspnea, leukocytosis, thirst, metallic taste, salivation). Zinc compounds are not suspected carcinogens. Treatment of zinc toxicity is supportive. Calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate (CaNa2EDTA) is the chelator of choice based on case reports that demonstrate normalization of zinc concentrations, but there are few clinical data to confirm the efficacy of this agent.

  6. Zinc

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    ... zinc deficient infants and children, for treating the common cold and recurrent ear infections, the flu, upper respiratory ... be sprayed in the nostrils for treating the common cold. Zinc sulfate is used in eye drop solutions ...

  7. Photodynamic activity of substituted zinc trisulfophthalocyanines: role of plasma membrane damage.

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    Cauchon, Nicole; Nader, Moni; Bkaily, Ghassan; van Lier, Johan E; Hunting, Darel

    2006-01-01

    We recently reported that variations in cellular phototoxicity among a series of alkynyl-substituted zinc trisulfophthalocyanines (ZnPcS3Cn) correlates with their hydrophobicity, with the most amphiphilic derivatives showing the highest cell uptake and phototoxicity. In this study we address the role of the plasma membrane in the photodynamic response as it relates to the overall hydrophobicity of the photosensitizer. The membrane tracker dye 1-[4(trimethylamino)phenyl]-6-phenylhexa-1,3,5-triene (TMA-DPH), which is incorporated into plasma membranes by endocytosis, was used to establish plasma membrane uptake by EMT-6 cells of the ZnPcS3C, by colocalization, and TMA-DPH membrane uptake rates after photodynamic therapy were used to quantify membrane damage. TMA-DPH colocalization patterns show plasma membrane uptake of the photosensitizers after short 1 h incubation periods. TMA-DPH plasma membrane uptake rates after illumination of the photosensitizer-treated cells show a parabolic relationship with photosensitizer hydrophobicity that correlates well with the phototoxicity of the ZnPcS3C,. After a 1 h incubation period, overall phototoxicity correlates closely with the postillumination rate of TMA-DPH incorporation into the cell membrane, suggesting a major role of plasma membrane damage in the overall PDT effect. In contrast, after a 24 h incubation, phototoxicity shows a stronger but imperfect correlation with total cellular photosensitizer uptake rather than TMA-DPH membrane uptake, suggesting a partial shift in the cellular damage responsible for photosensitization from the plasma membrane to intracellular targets. We conclude that plasma membrane localization of the amphiphilic ZnPcS3C6-C9 is a major factor in their overall photodynamic activity.

  8. Monodispersed nanocrystalline Co 1-xZn xFe 2O 4 particles by forced hydrolysis: Synthesis and characterization

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    Duong, G. V.; Hanh, N.; Linh, D. V.; Groessinger, R.; Weinberger, P.; Schafler, E.; Zehetbauer, M.

    2007-04-01

    Zinc-substituted cobalt ferrites, Co 1-xZn xFe 2O 4, were for the first time successfully prepared by forced hydrolysis method. The obtained materials are single phase, monodispersed nanocrystalline with an average grain size of about 3 nm. These materials are superparamagnetic at room temperature and ferrimagnetic at temperature lower than the blocking temperature. When the zinc substitution increases from x=0 to 0.4, at 4.2 K, the saturation magnetization increases from 72.1 to 99.7 emu/g. The high saturation magnetization of these samples suggests that this method is suitable for preparing high-quality nanocrystalline magnetic ferrites for practical applications.

  9. Size-mediated cytotoxicity of nanocrystalline titanium dioxide, pure and zinc-doped hydroxyapatite nanoparticles in human hepatoma cells

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    Devanand Venkatasubbu, G.; Ramasamy, S.; Avadhani, G. S.; Palanikumar, L.; Kumar, J.

    2012-03-01

    Nanoparticles are highly used in biological applications including nanomedicine. In this present study, the interaction of HepG2 hepatocellular carcinoma cells (HCC) with hydroxyapatite (HAp), zinc-doped hydroxyapatite, and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles were investigated. Hydroxyapatite, zinc-doped hydroxyapatite and titanium dioxide nanoparticles were prepared by wet precipitation method. They were subjected to isochronal annealing at different temperatures. Particle morphology and size distribution were characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope. The nanoparticles were co-cultured with HepG2 cells. MTT assay was employed to evaluate the proliferation of tumor cells. The DNA damaging effect of HAp, Zn-doped HAp, and TiO2 nanoparticles in human hepatoma cells (HepG2) were evaluated using DNA fragmentation studies. The results showed that in HepG2 cells, the anti-tumor activity strongly depend on the size of nanoparticles in HCC cells. Cell cycle arrest analysis for HAp, zinc-doped HAp, and TiO2 nanoparticles revealed the influence of HAp, zinc-doped HAp, and titanium dioxide nanoparticles on the apoptosis of HepG2 cells. The results imply that the novel nano nature effect plays an important role in the biomedicinal application of nanoparticles.

  10. Influence of Mn substitution on crystal structure and magnetocrystalline anisotropy of nanocrystalline Co1- x Mn x Fe2-2 x Mn2 x O4

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    Kumar, Lawrence; Kumar, Pawan; Kar, Manoranjan

    2013-02-01

    Nanocrystalline Mn substituted cobalt ferrite Co1- x Mn x Fe2-2 x Mn2 x O4 ( x = 0.0-0.4) has been synthesized by the standard citrate-gel method. The structural and magnetic characteristics of all samples have been studied using powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and VSM techniques. Distributions of cations between the two interstitial sites (tetrahedral and octahedral site) have been estimated qualitatively by analyzing the powder X-ray diffraction patterns by employing the Rietveld refinement technique. All samples are found to be mixed spinel with cubic structure ( Fdmathop 3limits^{ - } m space group). The FT-IR study shows the presence of absorption bands in the range of 390-750 cm-1, which confirm the spinel structure of the sample. The stoichiometry of Co, Fe, Mn and O ions in the sample has been obtained by using energy-dispersive spectrum with help of an FE-SEM. The magnetizations in saturation have been analyzed by employing the "law of approach" technique. The saturation magnetization, coercivity and magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant depend upon Mn ion concentration and crystallite size.

  11. The creation of the artificial RING finger from the cross-brace zinc finger by {alpha}-helical region substitution

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    Miyamoto, Kazuhide; Togiya, Kayo

    2010-04-16

    The creation of the artificial RING finger as ubiquitin-ligating enzyme (E3) has been demonstrated. In this study, by the {alpha}-helical region substitution between the EL5 RING finger and the Williams-Beuren syndrome transcription factor (WSTF) PHD finger, the artificial E3 (WSTF PHD{sub R}ING finger) was newly created. The experiments of the chemical modification of residues Cys and the circular dichroism spectra revealed that the WSTF PHD{sub R}ING finger binds two zinc atoms and adopts the zinc-dependent ordered-structure. In the substrate-independent ubiquitination assay, the WSTF PHD{sub R}ING finger functions as E3 and was poly- or mono-ubiquitinated. The present strategy is very simple and convenient, and consequently it might be widely applicable to the creation of various artificial E3 RING fingers with the specific ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme (E2)-binding capability.

  12. Zinc

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    Zinc was recognized as an essential trace metal for humans during the studies of Iranian adolescent dwarfs in the early 1960s. Zinc metal existing as Zn2+ is a strong electron acceptor in biological systems without risks of oxidant damage to cells. Zn2+ functions in the structure of proteins and is ...

  13. Potential Influence of Selenium, Copper, Zinc and Cadmium on L-Thyroxine Substitution in Patients with Hashimoto Thyroiditis and Hypothyroidism.

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    Rasic-Milutinovic, Z; Jovanovic, D; Bogdanovic, G; Trifunovic, J; Mutic, J

    2017-02-01

    Background: Besides genetic factors, it is known that some trace elements, as Selenium, Copper, and Zinc are essential for thyroid gland fuction and thyroid hormone metabolism. Moreover, there were some metals effect that suggested patterns associated with overt thyroid disease. Aim of study: Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT), chronic autoimune inflamation of thyroid gland with cosequtive hipothyroidism, is common disease in Serbia, and we thought it is worthwile to explore potential effects of essential and toxic metals and metalloides on thyroid function and ability to restore euthyroid status of them. Results: This cross-sectional, case-control, study investigated the status of essential elements (Selenium,Copper,and Zinc) and toxic metals and metalloides (Al, Cr, Mn, Co, As, Cd, Sb, Ba, Be, Pb and Ni) from the blood of 22 female, patients with Hashimoto thyroiditis and overt hypothyroidism, and compared it with those of 55 female healthy persons. We tried to establish the presence of any correlation between previous mentioned elements and thyroid function in hypothyroid patients and healthy participants. Conclusions: The results of our study suggested that the blood concentration of essential trace elements, especially the ratio of Copper, and Selenium may influence directly thyroid function in patients with HT and overt hypothyroidism.Thus, our findings may have implication to life-long substitution therapy in terms of l-thyroxine dose reduction. Furthermore, for the first time, our study shown potential toxic effect of Cadmium on thyroid function in HT patients, which may implicate the dose of l-thyroxine substitution.

  14. Influence of Co-substitution on the structural and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12O19

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    Ezhil Vizhi, R.; Harikrishnan, V.; Saravanan, P.; Rajan Babu, D.

    2016-10-01

    One-step citrate gel combustion method followed by annealing (800 °C/2 h) was employed to synthesize cobalt substituted barium strontium hexaferrite with a chemical composition of Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12-xCoxO19 (x=0, 0.5, 0.7, and 0.9). A combination of thermo-gravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry was employed to understand the thermo-chemical behavior of Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12O19. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to evaluate the hexagonal phase evolution for the barium strontium ferrite nanopowders and a formation of secondary phase: α-Fe2O3 is evident for the Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12O19. Raman spectroscopy confirmed the presence of different sublattices of Fe3+ present in the hexaferrite structure. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy demonstrated the usual stretching vibrations of tetrahedral and octahedral M-O bands. The morphology and chemical composition of the samples were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy attached with energy dispersive X-ray analysis, respectively. Selected area electron diffraction studies showed the nanocrystalline nature of the samples. The magnetic parameters such as saturation magnetization MS, coercivity, HC and remanent magnetization, MR were estimated from the hysteresis loops. Maximum value of MS (70.5 emu/g) was obtained for the Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe11.5Co0.5O19 nanoparticles. A possible growth mechanism on the crystallization of Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12O19 hexagonal platelets during the citrate gel combustion synthesis is highlighted.

  15. A simple and fast preparation of neodymium-substituted nanocrystalline Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Cheney, Marcos A.; Hanifehpour, Younes; Joo, Sang Woo; Min, Bong-Ki

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Synthesis of Mn{sub 2−x}Nd{sub x}O{sub 3} with mixed morphology -- Abstract: Neodymium (Nd) ions were substituted for manganese in the crystal lattice of synthetic Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3}, via oxidation of Mn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} in basic solution at room temperature. Doping of Nd into the lattice structure of Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} has been reported for the first time, which resulted in materials with new composition, morphology and optical properties. The synthesized materials were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, HRTEM, XPS and TOF-SIMS. Light (2.6%) Nd doping resulted in a mixture of rods, plates and small sheets, while heavy (8.9%) Nd doping resulted in rods, large sheets and large single crystals. The effect of structural doping of Nd ions into Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} resulted in a red shift in the absorbance.

  16. Zinc-Substituted Myoglobin Is a Naturally Occurring Photo-antimicrobial Agent with Potential Applications in Food Decontamination.

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    Delcanale, Pietro; Montali, Chiara; Rodríguez-Amigo, Beatriz; Abbruzzetti, Stefania; Bruno, Stefano; Bianchini, Paolo; Diaspro, Alberto; Agut, Montserrat; Nonell, Santi; Viappiani, Cristiano

    2016-11-16

    Zinc-substituted myoglobin (ZnMb) is a naturally occurring photosensitizer that generates singlet oxygen with a high quantum yield. Using a combination of photophysical and fluorescence imaging techniques, we demonstrate the interaction of ZnMb with Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative Escherichia coli. An efficient antibacterial action against S. aureus was observed, with a reduction up to 99.9999% in the number of colony-forming units, whereas no sizable effect was detected against E. coli. Because ZnMb is known to form during the maturation of additive-free not-cooked cured ham, the use of this protein as a built-in photodynamic agent may constitute a viable method for the decontamination of these food products from Gram-positive bacteria.

  17. Bandgap engineering of colloidal zinc oxysulfide via lattice substitution with sulfur

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    Pandey, Shiv K.; Pandey, Shipra; Parashar, Vyom; Yadav, Raghvendra S.; Mehrotra, G. K.; Pandey, Avinash C.

    2014-01-01

    Zinc oxysulfide nanocrystals with zinc blende phase are synthesized through a wet-chemical method. An affirmation of the crystal structure, elemental homogeneity and phase transformation is obtained by X-ray diffraction and authenticated by electron micrographic studies. Theoretical observations have strongly supported the thermodynamic solubility limit for its (30%) formation. An anomalous bandgap bowing with modulation in bandgap from 3.74 eV (ZnO) to 3.93 eV (ZnS) was observed with a minimum bandgap of 2.7 eV. Tunable bandgap and a wide range of visible emission ascertain it as a potential material for optoelectronic and solar cell applications due to its large bandgap offsets.Zinc oxysulfide nanocrystals with zinc blende phase are synthesized through a wet-chemical method. An affirmation of the crystal structure, elemental homogeneity and phase transformation is obtained by X-ray diffraction and authenticated by electron micrographic studies. Theoretical observations have strongly supported the thermodynamic solubility limit for its (30%) formation. An anomalous bandgap bowing with modulation in bandgap from 3.74 eV (ZnO) to 3.93 eV (ZnS) was observed with a minimum bandgap of 2.7 eV. Tunable bandgap and a wide range of visible emission ascertain it as a potential material for optoelectronic and solar cell applications due to its large bandgap offsets. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental procedure, characterization techniques, lattice strain, XPS, TEM/HRTEM, HRSEM, EDAX, bandgap and bowing parameters calculation and PL study for whole composition. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr04457b

  18. Physico-chemical and in vitro biological study of zinc-doped calcium sulfate bone substitute.

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    Hesaraki, Saeed; Nemati, Roghayeh; Nazarian, Hamid

    2009-10-01

    In the present study, series of Zn incorporated calcium sulfate bone cements, with different amounts of doped Zn(0, 0.74, 1.97, 3.05, 4.21 wt %) were prepared by mixing a calcium sulfate hemihydrate powder and solutions of zinc sulfate, and the effect of zinc-doping on some physical, physico-chemical, and biological properties of the cements were investigated. Pure calcium sulfate cement was also made as control, with the mentioned powder and distilled water as liquid phase. The initial setting time and compressive strength of the cement significantly changed from 17 min and 3.2 MPa for the pure calcium sulfate to 6 min and 6 MPa for the Zn-added calcium sulfate, respectively. Compared to pure calcium sulfate, more gypsum precipitates were formed in the zinc sulfate added samples with a morphology of thin, elongated, and rod-shaped crystals. The biological properties of the samples were analyzed in the terms of cell viability and cell activity on human osteosarcoma (G-292) using MTT assay and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity in the cell culture medium. The best increased cell density and ALP activity were achieved for the calcium sulfate cement with a content of 0.74 wt % Zn, whereas a toxic behavior was observed for the samples with Zn concentrations more than 1.97%. (c) 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Nanoparticles of nickel oxide: growth and organization on zinc-substituted anionic clay matrix by one-pot route at room temperature

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    Carja, Gabriela; Nakajima, Akira; Dranca, Cristian; Okada, Kiyoshi

    2010-10-01

    A room temperature nanocarving strategy is developed for the fabrication of nanoparticles of nickel oxide on zinc-substituted anionic clay matrix (Ni/ZnLDH). It is based on the growth and organization of nanoparticles of nickel oxide which occur during the structural reconstruction of the layered structure of the anionic clay in NiSO4 aqueous solution. No organic compounds are used during the fabrication. The described material was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), IR spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Results show that the nickel-clay nanoarchitecture consists of small nanoparticles of nickel oxide (average size 7 nm) deposited on the larger nanoparticles (average size 90 nm) of zinc-substituted clay. The optical properties of the new nickel-zinc formulation are studied by UV-Vis.

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of Cobalt Substituted Zinc Ferrite Nanoparticles by Microwave Combustion Method.

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    Sundararajan, M; Kennedy, L John; Vijaya, J Judith

    2015-09-01

    Pure and cobalt doped zinc ferrites were prepared by microwave combustion method using L-arginine as a fuel. The prepared samples were characterized by various instrumental techniques such as X-ray powder diffractometry, high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis, Fourier transformed infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Vibrating sample magnetometry at room temperature was recorded to study the magnetic behavior of the samples. X-ray analysis confirmed the formation of zinc ferrites normal spinel-type structure with an average crystallite sizes in the range, 25.69 nm to 35.68 nm. The lattice parameters decreased as cobalt fraction was increased. The HR-SEM images showed nanoparticles are agglomerated. The estimated band gap energy value was found to decrease with an increase in cobalt content (1.87 to 1.62 eV). Broad visible emissions are observed in the photoluminescence spectra. A gradual increase in the coercivity and saturation magnetization (M(s)) were noted at relatively higher cobalt doping fractions.

  1. Room temperature ferromagnetic ordering in indium substituted nano-nickel-zinc ferrite

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    Thakur, Sangeeta; Katyal, S. C.; Gupta, A.; Reddy, V. R.; Singh, M.

    2009-04-01

    Nano-nickel-zinc-indium ferrite (NZIFO)(Ni0.58Zn0.42InxFe2-xO4) with varied quantities of indium (x =0,0.1,0.2) have been synthesized via reverse micelle technique. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy confirmed the size, structure, and morphology of the nanoferrites. The addition of indium in nickel-zinc ferrite (NZFO) has been shown to play a crucial role in enhancing the magnetic properties. Room temperature Mössbauer spectra revealed that the nano-NZFO ferrite exhibit collective magnetic excitations, while indium doped NZFO samples have the ferromagnetic phase. The dependence of Mössbauer parameters, viz. isomer shift, quadrupole splitting, linewidth, and hyperfine magnetic field, on In3+ concentration has been studied. Mössbauer study on these nanosystems shows that the cation distribution not only depends on the particle size but also on the preparation route. Mössbauer results are also supported by magnetization data. Well defined sextets and appearance of hysteresis at room temperature indicate the existence of ferromagnetic couplings which makes nano-NZIFO ferrite suitable for magnetic storage data.

  2. Synthesis and comparative photodynamic properties of two isosteric alkyl substituted zinc(II) phthalocyanines.

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    Gauna, Gabriela A; Marino, Julieta; García Vior, María C; Roguin, Leonor P; Awruch, Josefina

    2011-11-01

    The synthesis and photophysical parameters of two novel isosteric cationic zinc(II) phthalocyanines: 2,9(10),16(17),23(24)-tetrakis[(N-butyl-N-methylammoniumethylsulfanyl]phthalocyaninatozinc(II) tetraiodide (6) and 2,9(10),16(17),23(24)-tetrakis[(N-dibutyl-N-methylammonium)ethoxy]phthalocyaninatozinc(II) tetraiodide (7) were investigated. Maximum absorption values were 686.5 nm and 678 nm for 6 and 7, respectively, whereas singlet molecular oxygen generation was 0.42 and 0.67, respectively. The photodynamic effect and the cellular uptake of both phthalocyanines were evaluated on human nasopharynx KB carcinoma cells. After light exposure, phthalocyanine 6 showed a higher cytotoxic activity than 7. In addition, a higher intracellular uptake of 6 and a preferential localization within lysosomes were demonstrated. The production of a greater amount of reactive oxygen species after phthalocyanine 6 irradiation would be responsible for its potent phototoxic action on KB cells.

  3. Mono- and tetra-substituted zinc(II) phthalocyanines containing morpholinyl moieties: Synthesis, antifungal photodynamic activities, and structure-activity relationships.

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    Zheng, Bi-Yuan; Ke, Mei-Rong; Lan, Wen-Liang; Hou, Lu; Guo, Jun; Wan, Dong-Hua; Cheong, Ling-Zhi; Huang, Jian-Dong

    2016-05-23

    A series of zinc(II) phthalocyanines (ZnPcs) mono-substituted and tetra-substituted with morpholinyl moieties and their quaternized derivatives have been synthesized and evaluated for their antifungal photodynamic activities toward Candida albicans. The α-substituted, quaternized, and mono-substituted ZnPcs are found to have higher antifungal photoactivity than β-substituted, neutral, and tetra-substituted counterparts. The cationic α-mono-substituted ZnPc (6a) exhibits the highest photocytotoxicity. Moreover, it is more potent than axially di-substituted analogue. The different photocytotoxicities of these compounds have also been rationalized by investigating their spectroscopic and photochemical properties, aggregation trend, partition coefficients, and cellular uptake. The IC90 value of 6a against C. albicans cells is as low as 3.3 μM with a light dose of 27 J cm(-2), meaning that 6a is a promising candidate as the antifungal photosensitizer for future investigations.

  4. Ulva fasciata-mediated preparation of zinc oxide nanocrystalline for one-pot multicomponent synthesis of 6-amino-3-methyl-4-phenyl-2,4-dihydropyrano[2,3-c]pyrazole-5-carbonitrile

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    Cahyana, A. H.; Nurhayati; Utomo, B. S. B.; Ardiansah, B.

    2017-04-01

    ZnO has been successfully prepared by a simple co-precipitation method using sodium hydroxide, zinc acetate as precursor and Ulva fasciata polysaccharides as capping agent. Characterization using FTIR, XRD and SEM-EDS indicated the successful formation of ZnO nanocrystalline with crystallite size of 27.01 nm. In order to promote ZnO as a green catalyst, its application for one-pot multicomponent pyranopyrazole synthesis has been performed. Several reaction conditions have been investigated, and the highest yield (98%) was observed in the use of 10% mole of ZnO at room temperature for 90 min reaction time in aqueous medium to produce 6-amino-3-methyl-4-phenyl-2,4-dihydropyrano[2,3-c]pyrazole-5-carbonitrile.

  5. Peripherally and non-peripherally tetra-benzothiazole substituted metal-free zinc (II) and lead (II) phthalocyanines: Synthesis, characterization, and investigation of photophysical and photochemical properties

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    Demirbaş, Ümit; Göl, Cem; Barut, Burak; Bayrak, Rıza; Durmuş, Mahmut; Kantekin, Halit; Değirmencioğlu, İsmail

    2017-02-01

    In this study, novel phthalonitrile compounds bearing 2-methylbenzo[d]thiazol-5-yloxy groups (4 and 5) and their peripherally and non-peripherally tetra-substituted metal-free (6 and 7), zinc (II) (8 and 9), and lead (II) (10 and 11) phthalocyanine derivatives were synthesized and characterized for the first time. These novel compounds showed extremely good solubility in most common organic solvents. The novel phthalocyanine compounds presented excellent results from photophysical and photochemical examinations in DMF solution. Especially, the singlet oxygen quantum yield (ΦΔ) values of the substituted zinc (II) phthalocyanines indicate that these compounds have significant potential as photosensitizers in cancer treatment by the photodynamic therapy (PDT) technique. The fluorescence quenching behaviour of these novel phthalocyanine compounds by 1,4-benzoquinone (BQ) was also examined in DMF solution.

  6. Investigation of the photophysical and photochemical properties of peripherally tetra-substituted water-soluble zwitterionic and cationic zinc(ii) phthalocyanines.

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    Çolak, Senem; Durmuş, Mahmut; Yıldız, Salih Zeki

    2016-06-21

    In this study, 4-{4-[N-((3-dimethylamino)propyl)amide]phenoxy}phthalonitrile () and its zinc(ii) phthalocyanine derivative () were synthesized for the first time. 4-(N-((3-Dimethylamino)propyl)amide)phenoxy substituted zinc(ii) phthalocyanine () was converted to its water-soluble sulfobetaine (), betaine () and N-oxide () containing zwitterionic and quaternized cationic () derivatives. All newly synthesized compounds () were characterized by the combination of UV-vis, FT-IR, (1)H NMR, mass spectroscopy techniques and elemental analysis. The photophysical (fluorescence quantum yields and lifetimes) and photochemical (singlet oxygen quantum yields) properties were investigated in DMSO for all the synthesized zinc(ii) phthalocyanines () and in both DMSO and aqueous solutions for zwitterionic and cationic phthalocyanines () for the specification of their capability as photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy (PDT). The binding behavior of water soluble phthalocyanines () to the bovine serum albumin protein was also examined for the determination of their transportation ability in the blood stream.

  7. Effect of sintering temperature on the magnetic properties of zinc substituted lithium ferrites synthesized using sol-gel method

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    Reddy, P. Vijaya Bhasker; Reddy, S. Narender; Reddy, Ch. Gopal

    2013-06-01

    Polycrystalline zinc substituted lithium (Li-Zn) ferrite samples with chemical formula, Li0.5-x/2ZnxFe2.5-x/2O4(x = 0.6), were synthesized using sol-gel method. The synthesized powders were palletized and sintered at different temperatures starting from 500°C to 1000°C. XRD patterns of these samples confirm their single phase cubic spinel structure. The particle sizes obtained from XRD patterns using Debye-Scherrer formula were found to be in the range of 42 to 57 nm with almost a linear relationship between sintering temperature and particle size. Magnetization in these samples as a function of applied magnetic field was measured using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and properties such as saturation magnetization (Ms) and coercivity (Hc) were found from M-H loops. It is found that Ms increases with increasing sintering temperature whereas Hc decreases. These variations in saturation magnetization and coercivity with sintering temperature are attributed to the corresponding variation in particle sizes.

  8. Effect of F ions on physical and optical properties of fluorine substituted zinc arsenic tellurite glasses

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    Kareem Ahmmad, Shaik; kondaul, Edu; Rahman, Syed

    2015-02-01

    The effect of substitution of fluoride ions for oxide ions on the physical and optical properties of glass system (20-x) ZnO-xZnF2-40As2O3-40TeO2 where x = 0, 4, 8,12,16,20 mole % were investigated. The samples prepared by melt quenching method under controlled condition. The amorphous nature of these glasses was checked by X-ray diffraction technique. The density was measured according to Archimedes principle. The room temperature absorption spectra of all glass samples were determined using UV-Vis-NIR spectrometer. The thermal behaviour, glass transition temperature and stability of glass samples were studied by a differential scanning calorimetric (DSC). The density reduction of present glasses with ZnF2 concentrations may be due to the low density of ZnF2 compared with that of ZnO. Breaking the oxide network, the cross linking degree of the glass former could be reduced which results in decrease of both Tg and Tx. In the present glass system when F ions replaced by oxygen ions UV-Vis absorption cut-off wavelength decreases. This resulted form the conversion of structural unit in the glass from TeO4 to Te(O,F)4 and then to Te(O, F)3.

  9. Nonlinear spin wave instability processes in manganese substituted zinc Y-type hexagonal ferrites

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    Cox, Richard G.

    The large magnetocrystalline anisotropy observed in hexagonal ferrites makes these materials ideally suited for high frequency millimeter-wave applications. However, the large microwave losses observed at low-power levels and the high-power handling capabilities of hexagonal ferrites need to be addressed prior to their wide acceptance in real devices. In order to address the above issues, measurements and analyses of the microwave field amplitude (h crit) required to parametrically excite nonlinear spin wave amplitude growth were performed on single crystal easy plane disks of Mn substituted Zn Y-type hexagonal ferrites at 9 GHz and room temperatures. Plots of the crit h dependence on the static magnetic field, termed "butterfly curves," were obtained and analyzed for the resonance saturation (RA), subsidiary absorption (SA), and parallel pumping (PP) configurations. In order to obtain the butterfly curve data and perform the analyses: (1) a state-of-the-art computer-controlled high-power microwave spectrometer was constructed, (2) the classical spin wave instability theory, originally developed by Suhl and Schloemann, was extended, and (3) instability measurements were performed on multiple Zn Y-type hexagonal ferrites samples for several pumping configurations and static field settings. The measurements and analyses performed here constitute the first time RS, SA, and PP spin wave instability butterfly curve analysis have all been performed in planar hexagonal ferrite samples. This work also corresponds to the first time that resonance saturation measurements and analyses were performed for static magnetic fields both at and in the vicinity of the ferromagnetic resonant field in a hexagonal ferrite. The data obtained as part of this work show that the microwave field amplitude required to parametrically excite nonlinear spin wave amplitude growth in hexagonal ferrites is similar to polycrystalline cubic ferrites, which are currently in use in microwave devices

  10. [Hydroxyapatite bone substitute (Ostim) in sinus floor elevation. Maxillary sinus floor augmentation: bone regeneration by means of a nanocrystalline in-phase hydroxyapatite (Ostim)].

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    Smeets, Ralf; Grosjean, Maurice B; Jelitte, Gerd; Heiland, Max; Kasaj, Adrian; Riediger, Dieter; Yildirim, Murat; Spiekermann, Hubertus; Maciejewski, Oliver

    2008-01-01

    The range of bone regeneration materials suitable for maxillar bone augmentation has increased steadily in the past few years and there is now a wide variety of materials being used. In the present case report, we analyzed the state of bone regeneration after sinus floor augmentation using a nanocrystalline in-phase synthetic anorganic hydroxyapatite bone grafting material (Ostim). A 60-year-old female patient underwent maxillary sinus floor elevation and the cavity was filled with Ostim three years before. Actually, she presented herself with loosening of the dental implant at position 17, as a result of parafunction. At the time of the insertion of a second implant at position 17, bone samples were taken by using a trepan drilling device from the previously augmented area. These samples were analyzed histologically to determine the extent of bone remodeling around the deposits of Ostim. We found that the Ostim deposits were surrounded largely by woven bone and, in parts, by lamellar bone and had facilitated osteoconductive bone regeneration. The adjacent implant, at position 16, which beared a crown exposed to proper biting forces without parafunction, showed proper clinical and radiological characteristics of complete and firm integration into the area which was also filled with Ostim three years ago. We conclude that the use of the nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite Ostim with its stable volume properties appears to be suitable for maxillary sinus floor augmentation. Furthermore, we even found osteoconductive bone regeneration under Ostim near the site of the loosened implant.

  11. Effect of Fe substitution on structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of nanocrystalline La0.7Te0.3Mn1-xFexO3 (x=0.1, 0.3)

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    Meenakshi; Kumar, Amit; Mahato, Rabindra Nath

    2017-04-01

    Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of the nanocrystalline La0.7Te0.3Mn1-xFexO3 (x=0.1 and 0.3) perovskite manganites were investigated prepared by the sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction indicates that the samples crystallize in rhombohedral crystal structure with R 3 ̅c space group for x=0.1 and orthorhombic structure with Pbnm space group for x=0.3. The average crystallite sizes were calculated using Debye Scherer's formula and were found to be 31 nm and 26 nm for La0.7Te0.3Mn0.90Fe0.1O3 and La0.7Te0.3Mn0.7Fe0.3O3 samples, respectively. The scanning electron microscopy images confirm the homogeneity of the nanocrystalline samples. Temperature dependence magnetization measurements revealed a decrease of ferromagnetic-paramagnetic phase transition with increasing Fe-content. The Curie temperature (TC) determined for x=0.1 and 0.3 are 171 K and 78 K, respectively. Based on the magnetic field dependence of magnetization, M(H), the magnetic entropy change |ΔSM| of the samples were calculated. The maximum entropy change |ΔSmax| values are 1.17 Jkg-1 K-1 for x=0.1 and 0.44 Jkg-1 K-1 for x=0.3 for a field change of 2 T. The relative cooling power was found to be 80 JK-1 and 49 JK-1 for the La0.7Te0.3Mn0.90Fe0.1O3 and La0.7Te0.3Mn0.7Fe0.3O3 samples, which are comparable to other manganites. Tuning of TC with Fe substitution on Mn-site and moderate magnetic entropy change and RCP values, as well as high stability, enable La0.7Te0.3Mn1-xFexO3 (x=0.1 and 0.3) nanocrystalline manganites to be a competitive candidate among the magnetic refrigeration materials for wide temperature ranges from room temperature down to 50 K.

  12. EXAFS study of dopant ions with different charges in nanocrystalline anatase: evidence for space-charge segregation of acceptor ions.

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    Knauth, Philippe; Chadwick, Alan V; Lippens, Pierre E; Auer, Gerhard

    2009-06-02

    Nanocrystalline TiO(2) (anatase) is an essential oxide for environment and energy applications. A combination of EXAFS spectroscopy and DFT calculations on a series of dopants with quite similar ion radius, but increasing ion charge, show boundary space charge segregation of acceptor cations. The picture illustrates the Fourier-transformed EXAFS spectrum for Sn(4+)-doped TiO(2).A series of dopants, including acceptor ions (Zn(2+), Y(3+)), isovalent ions (Zr(4+), Sn(4+)) as well as a donor ion (Nb(5+)), were studied by EXAFS spectroscopy in nanocrystalline TiO(2) anatase powders and nanoceramics. Similar results were found for nanocrystalline powders and nanocrystalline ceramics, made by hot-pressing the powders. Boundary segregation was observed for the acceptor ions yttrium and zinc, whereas tin, zirconium and niobium ions were placed on substitutional bulk sites and did not segregate, whatever their concentration. These results can be interpreted based on defect thermodynamics, in the framework of a space charge segregation model with positive boundary core, due to excess oxide ion vacancies, and negative space charge regions, where ionized acceptors are segregated.

  13. Synthesis, characterization and electrical properties of peripherally tetra-aldazine substituted novel metal free phthalocyanine and its zinc(II) and nickel(II) complexes.

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    Bayrak, Rıza; Dumludağ, Fatih; Akçay, Hakkı Türker; Değirmencioğlu, İsmail

    2013-03-15

    The novel phthalonitrile containing azine segment and its corresponding tetra aldazine substituted metal free- and metallo-phthalocyanines (Zn(II) and Ni(II)) were synthesized and characterized by IR, (1)H NMR, Mass, UV-Vis spectroscopy and elemental analysis and addition to these techniques for substituted phthalonitrile (13)C NMR have been used. In addition, dc and ac electrical properties of the films of these novel phthalocyanines were investigated as a function of temperature (295-523 K) and frequency (40-10(5)Hz). Activation energy values of the films of the phthalocyanines were calculated from straight portions of the Arrhenius plot (lnσ(dc)-1/T curves) as 0.70 eV, 0.93 eV and 0.91 eV for the films of metal free, nickel- and zinc-phthalocyanines, respectively. From impedance spectroscopy measurements, it is observed that bulk resistance decreases with increasing temperature indicating semiconductor property.

  14. Defect-driven magnetism in luminescent n/p-type pristine and Gd-substituted SnO2 nanocrystalline thin films.

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    Ghosh, S; Khan, Gobinda Gopal; Mandal, K

    2012-04-01

    The effects of rare-earth-element Gd doping on the intrinsic magnetic ordering, photoluminescence, and electrical-conducting properties of the pristine SnO(2) nanocrystalline thin films fabricated by radio-frequency (RF) sputtering are investigated. The pristine SnO(2) thin film exhibits significant ferromagnetism while Gd doping results in an absence of intrinsic ferromagnetism. The presence of large amounts of singly ionized oxygen vacancies (V(O)(+)) is traced by photoluminescence spectroscopic analysis and they are found to be responsible for the observed ferromagnetism in pristine SnO(2) thin films. A significant reduction of oxygen vacancies is observed after Gd doping, and that might be insufficient to mediate long-range ferromagnetic ordering between V(O)(+) defects in a Gd-doped SnO(2) system. Although the associated magnetic moment is increased by 1 order of magnitude, because of the insertion of Gd(3+) ions, which have localized f-shell paramagnetic moment, there is no intrinsic FM ordering. Hall measurement reveals that the pure SnO(2) exhibits n-type behavior whereas Gd-doped SnO(2) films show the p-type conductivity with higher resistivity. The studies demonstrate that only structural defects such as V(O)(+) defects, not magnetic ions such as Gd(3+), are responsible for inducing ferromagnetism in SnO(2) thin films.

  15. Mononuclear zinc(II) complexes of 2-((2-(piperazin-1-yl)ethylimino)methyl)-4-substituted phenols: Synthesis, structural characterization, DNA binding and cheminuclease activities

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    Ravichandran, J.; Gurumoorthy, P.; Karthick, C.; Kalilur Rahiman, A.

    2014-03-01

    Four new zinc(II) complexes [Zn(HL1-4)Cl2] (1-4), where HL1-4 = 2-((2-(piperazin-1-yl)ethylimino)methyl)-4-substituted phenols, have been isolated and fully characterized using various spectro-analytical techniques. The X-ray crystal structure of complex 4 shows the distorted trigonal-bipyramidal coordination geometry around zinc(II) ion. The crystal packing is stabilized by intermolecular NH⋯O hydrogen bonding interaction. The complexes display no d-d electronic band in the visible region due to d10 electronic configuration of zinc(II) ion. The electrochemical properties of the synthesized ligands and their complexes exhibit similar voltammogram at reduction potential due to electrochemically innocent Zn(II) ion, which evidenced that the electron transfer is due to the nature of the ligand. Binding interaction of complexes with calf thymus DNA was studied by UV-Vis absorption titration, viscometric titration and cyclic voltammetry. All complexes bind with CT DNA by intercalation, giving the binding affinity in the order of 2 > 1 ≫ 3 > 4. The prominent cheminuclease activity of complexes on plasmid DNA (pBR322 DNA) was observed in the absence and presence of H2O2. Oxidative pathway reveals that the underlying mechanism involves hydroxyl radical.

  16. Solution-state structure by NMR of zinc-substituted rubredoxin from the marine hyperthermophilic archaebacterium Pyrococcus furiosus.

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    Blake, P. R.; Park, J. B.; Zhou, Z. H.; Hare, D. R.; Adams, M. W.; Summers, M. F.

    1992-01-01

    The three-dimensional solution-state structure is reported for the zinc-substituted form of rubredoxin (Rd) from the marine hyperthermophilic archaebacterium Pyrococcus furiosus, an organism that grows optimally at 100 degrees C. Structures were generated with DSPACE by a hybrid distance geometry (DG)-based simulated annealing (SA) approach that employed 403 nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE)-derived interproton distance restraints, including 67 interresidue, 124 sequential (i-j = 1), 75 medium-range (i-j = 2-5), and 137 long-range (i-j > 5) restraints. All lower interproton distance bounds were set at the sum of the van Der Waals radii (1.8 A), and upper bounds of 2.7 A, 3.3 A, and 5.0 A were employed to represent qualitatively observed strong, medium, and weak NOE cross peak intensities, respectively. Twenty-three backbone-backbone, six backbone-sulfur (Cys), two backbone-side chain, and two side chain-side chain hydrogen bond restraints were include for structure refinement, yielding a total of 436 nonbonded restraints, which averages to > 16 restraints per residue. A total of 10 structures generated from random atom positions and 30 structures generated by molecular replacement using the backbone coordinates of Clostridium pasteurianum Rd converged to a common conformation, with the average penalty (= sum of the square of the distance bounds violations; +/- standard deviation) of 0.024 +/- 0.003 A2 and a maximum total penalty of 0.035 A2. Superposition of the backbone atoms (C, C alpha, N) of residues A1-L51 for all 40 structures afforded an average pairwise root mean square (rms) deviation value (+/- SD) of 0.42 +/- 0.07 A. Superposition of all heavy atoms for residues A1-L51, including those of structurally undefined external side chains, afforded an average pairwise rms deviation of 0.72 +/- 0.08 A. Qualitative comparison of back-calculated and experimental two-dimensional NOESY spectra indicate that the DG/SA structures are consistent with the experimental

  17. Synthesis, spectral characterization and biological activity of zinc(II) complexes with 3-substituted phenyl-4-amino-5-hydrazino-1, 2, 4-triazole Schiff bases

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    Singh, A. K.; Pandey, O. P.; Sengupta, S. K.

    New Zn(II) complexes have been synthesized by the reactions of zinc(II) acetate with Schiff bases derived from 3-substituted phenyl-4-amino-5-hydrazino-1, 2, 4-triazole and benzaldehyde, 2-hydroxyacetophenone or indoline-2,3-dione. All these complexes are soluble in DMF and DMSO; low molar conductance values indicate that they are non-electrolytes. Elemental analyses suggest that the complexes have 1:1 stoichiometry of the type [ZnL(H 2O) 2], [ZnL'(OAc) 2(H 2O) 2] (L = dianionic Schiff bases derived from 3-(substituted phenyl)-4-amino-5-hydrazino-1, 2, 4-triazole and 2-hydroxyacetophenone or indoline-2,3-dione; L' = neutral Schiff bases derived from 3-(substituted phenyl)-4-amino-5-hydrazino-1, 2, 4-triazole and benzaldehyde) and they were characterized by FT-IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR and FAB mass. All these Schiff bases and their complexes have also been screened for their antibacterial activities against Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli and antifungal activities against Colletotrichum falcatum, Aspergillus niger, Fusarium oxysporium and Carvularia pallescence by petriplates methods.

  18. Synthesis, spectral characterization and biological activity of zinc(II) complexes with 3-substituted phenyl-4-amino-5-hydrazino-1, 2, 4-triazole Schiff bases.

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    Singh, A K; Pandey, O P; Sengupta, S K

    2012-01-01

    New Zn(II) complexes have been synthesized by the reactions of zinc(II) acetate with Schiff bases derived from 3-substituted phenyl-4-amino-5-hydrazino-1, 2, 4-triazole and benzaldehyde, 2-hydroxyacetophenone or indoline-2,3-dione. All these complexes are soluble in DMF and DMSO; low molar conductance values indicate that they are non-electrolytes. Elemental analyses suggest that the complexes have 1:1 stoichiometry of the type [ZnL(H(2)O)(2)], [ZnL'(OAc)(2)(H(2)O)(2)] (L=dianionic Schiff bases derived from 3-(substituted phenyl)-4-amino-5-hydrazino-1, 2, 4-triazole and 2-hydroxyacetophenone or indoline-2,3-dione; L'=neutral Schiff bases derived from 3-(substituted phenyl)-4-amino-5-hydrazino-1, 2, 4-triazole and benzaldehyde) and they were characterized by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and FAB mass. All these Schiff bases and their complexes have also been screened for their antibacterial activities against Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli and antifungal activities against Colletotrichum falcatum, Aspergillus niger, Fusarium oxysporium and Carvularia pallescence by petriplates methods.

  19. Nanocrystalline ceramic materials

    DOEpatents

    Siegel, Richard W.; Nieman, G. William; Weertman, Julia R.

    1994-01-01

    A method for preparing a treated nanocrystalline metallic material. The method of preparation includes providing a starting nanocrystalline metallic material with a grain size less than about 35 nm, compacting the starting nanocrystalline metallic material in an inert atmosphere and annealing the compacted metallic material at a temperature less than about one-half the melting point of the metallic material.

  20. Synthesis, characterization and investigation of the photophysical and photochemical properties of highly soluble novel metal-free, zinc(II), and indium(III) phthalocyanines substituted with 2,3,6-trimethylphenoxy moieties.

    PubMed

    Gürel, Ekrem; Pişkin, Mehmet; Altun, Selçuk; Odabaş, Zafer; Durmuş, Mahmut

    2015-04-07

    This work presents the synthesis and characterization of metal-free, zinc(II), and indium(III)acetate phthalocyanines substituted with 2,3,6-trimethylphenoxy groups at the peripheral and non-peripheral positions. The photophysical (fluorescence quantum yields and lifetimes) and photochemical (singlet oxygen generation and photodegradation under light irradiation) properties of these novel phthalocyanines and unsubstituted zinc(II) and indium(III)acetate phthalocyanines were investigated in dimethylformamide solution. The effects of the types of substituents and their positions and the variety of central metal ions on the phthalocyanine core on their spectroscopic, photophysical and photochemical properties were also determined. The studied 2,3,6-trimethylphenoxy substituted metal-free, zinc(II) and indium(III)acetate phthalocyanines especially indium(III)acetate derivatives exhibited appropriate photophysical and photochemical properties such as high singlet oxygen generation and these phthalocyanines can be potential Type II photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy in cancer applications.

  1. The effect of doped zinc on the structural properties of nano-crystalline (Se0.8Te0.2)100-xZnx

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    Kumar, Arun; Singh, Harkawal; Gill, P. S.; Goyal, Navdeep

    2016-05-01

    The effect of metallic zinc (Zn) on the structural properties of (Se0.8Te0.2)1-XZnX (x=0, 2, 6, 8, 10) samples analyzed by X-ray Diffraction (XRD). The presence of sharp peaks in XRD patterns confirmed the crystalline nature of the samples and is indexed in orthorhombic crystal structure. XRD studies predicts that the average particle size of all the samples are about 46.29 nm, which is less than 100 nm and hence have strong tendency of agglomeration. Williamson-Hall plot method was used to evaluate the lattice strain. The dislocation density and no. of unit cells of the samples were calculated which show the inverse relation with each other. Morphology index derived from FWHM of XRD data explains the direct relationship with the particle size.

  2. Effect of solvent volume on the physical properties of aluminium doped nanocrystalline zinc oxide thin films deposited using a simplified spray pyrolysis technique

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    Jabena Begum, N.; Mohan, R.; Ravichandran, K.

    2013-01-01

    Aluminium doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films were deposited by employing a low cost and simplified spray technique using a perfume atomizer from starting solutions having different volumes (10, 20, … , 50 mL) of solvent. The effect of solvent volume on the structural, electrical, optical, photoluminescence (PL) and surface morphological properties was studied. The electrical resistivity of the AZO films is remarkably influenced by the variation in the solvent volume. The X-ray diffraction profiles clearly showed that all the films have preferential orientation along the (0 0 2) plane irrespective of the solvent volume. The crystallite size was found to be in the nano range of 35-46 nm. The optical transmittance in the visible region is desirably high (>85%). The AFM images show columnar morphology with varying grain size. The PL studies revealed that the AZO film deposited from 50 mL of solvent volume has good quality with lesser defect density.

  3. Effect of vanadium substitution on structural and electrical properties of sol-gel grown nanostructured zinc oxide

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    Boricha, Hetal; Rajyaguru, Bhargav; Gadani, Keval; Rathod, K. N.; Shrimali, V. G.; Udeshi, Bhagyashree; Keshvani, M. J.; Joshi, A. D.; Pandya, D. D.; Solanki, P. S.; Shah, N. A.

    2017-05-01

    In the present communication, we report the results on the structural and electrical studies on nanostructured pure (ZnO) and Vanadium (V) doped Zn0.95V0.05O samples synthesized using low cost Sol-Gel technique. To understand the structural properties and their dependence on V substitution, X-Ray diffraction (XRD) measurement was carried out for both the samples understudy. XRD results reveal the single phasic wurtzite nature of both the samples showing hexagonal unit cell structure. A minor phase of ZnV2O6 is observed in V doped ZnO sample. Improved dielectric permittivity, enhanced ac conductivity (σac) and suppression in impedance have been discussed on the basis of structural modifications by the substitution of V in ZnO, enhanced charge carrier concentration, charge carrier polarization and correlated barrier hopping due to the localized state.

  4. Study the effect of Gd3+ incorporation into nanocrystalline (Ni-Ti) substituted Mn-Zn ferrites on its structure and functional properties

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    Rady, K. E.; Shams, M. S.

    2017-03-01

    Ferrite samples with general chemical formula Mn0.9Zn0.1Ni0.05Ti0.05GdtFe1.9-tO4; (0.0≤ t≤0.05; step 0.01) were prepared using solid state reaction technique and the effect of Gd3+ ions incorporation on its physical properties has been studied. From the obtained results, XRD analysis reveals that the samples have a cubic spinel single phase structure for 0.0≤ t≤0.02; while for t≥0.03 a small peak of secondary phase (Gd3Fe5O12) appears and becomes more noticeable with increasing Gd content. The lattice parameter (a) of the prepared samples was found to be initially increases and then decreases with increasing Gd content which may be attributed to the difference in the ionic radii of the cations involved and the solubility limit of Gd3+ ions. The crystallite size of the samples was estimated using Scherrer's equation and ranged from 96 nm to 107 nm. A vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) was used at room temperature in order to study the effect of Gd content on the magnetic hysteresis parameters of the prepared ferrites such as saturation magnetization and coercivity. DC molar magnetic susceptibility (χM) for the prepared samples was measured using Faraday's method as a function of temperature and the Curie temperature was calculated from the magnetic susceptibility measurements. Also the DC resistivity of the samples was measured at room temperature. The obtained results show that, the substitution by Gd3+ ions improves the electrical properties of the samples by increasing it DC electrical resistivity by 118% and consequently decreases it eddy current loss while the saturation magnetization slightly decreased by 14% only. The sample of t=0.01 shows a high dc magnetic susceptibility, high saturation magnetization (43.1 emu/g), high electric resistivity 12×103 Ω.m and high Curie temperature (496 K), which is useful in some technological applications such as transformer and inductor cores.

  5. Spectral and Electroluminescent Properties of Binuclear Zinc Complexes with Halogen-Substituted Derivatives of 1,2,4-Triazole

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    Kopylova, T. N.; Degtyarenko, K. M.; Samsonova, L. G.; Gadirov, R. M.; Gusev, A. N.; Shul'gin, V. F.; Meshkova, S. B.

    2015-03-01

    Spectral properties of binuclear zinc complexes in chloroform solutions and polyvinylcarbazole (PVC) films are investigated. It is demonstrated that incorporation of a halogen atom (chlorine or bromine) in a ligand benzene ring leads to a small shift of the spectrum toward the red region and a reduction of the fluorescence quantum yield. The fluorescence and phosphorescence spectra at T = 77K are investigated. The fluorescence undergoes a blue shift of about 30 nm and multiply increases in the intensity, and the phosphorescence is observed at 540-580 nm. The phosphorescence lifetime is estimated. The electroluminescent properties of metal complexes in structures with thermal vacuum spin coating of complexes and in PVC films are investigated.

  6. Magnetic and Structural Properties of Cobalt- and Zinc-Substituted Nickel Ferrite Synthesized by Microwave-Assisted Hydrothermal Method

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    Sinfrônio, F. S. M.; Santana, P. Y. C.; Coelho, S. F. N.; Silva, F. C.; de Menezes, A. S.; Sharma, S. K.

    2017-02-01

    Ceramic spinel-based ferrites of cobalt, nickel and zinc were prepared by means of the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. All samples were thoroughly characterized using different techniques for their structural, compositional, phonic and magnetic properties. The Rietveld analysis of x-ray powder diffraction data revealed the crystallinity as well single-phase partially inverse spinel structure. Wavelength dispersive x-ray fluorescence measurement indicates a good correlation between the empirical stoichiometry. The estimated average crystallite size varies between 9 nm and 13 nm (XRPD) and 6 and 14 nm for high-resolution transmission electron microscopy measurements. In addition, the observed micro-strain varies in the range of 0.01-0.6%. All samples show a quasi-spherical morphology and slight agglomeration. Infrared and Raman data spectra exhibit characteristic modes for spinel-based ferrites. Direct current magnetic measurements indicate behavior typical of magnetically soft materials system at 300 K.

  7. Nanocrystalline ceramic materials

    DOEpatents

    Siegel, R.W.; Nieman, G.W.; Weertman, J.R.

    1994-06-14

    A method is disclosed for preparing a treated nanocrystalline metallic material. The method of preparation includes providing a starting nanocrystalline metallic material with a grain size less than about 35 nm, compacting the starting nanocrystalline metallic material in an inert atmosphere and annealing the compacted metallic material at a temperature less than about one-half the melting point of the metallic material. 19 figs.

  8. Spectroscopic characterization of Co(II)-, Ni(II)-, and Cd(II)-substituted wild-type and non-native retroviral-type zinc finger peptides.

    PubMed

    Chen, X; Chu, M; Giedroc, D P

    2000-02-01

    The nucleocapsid protein (NCP) from Mason-Pfizer monkey virus (MPMV) contains two evolutionary invariant Cys-X2-Cys-X4-His-X4-Cys retroviral-type zinc finger structures, where the Cys and His residues provide ligands to a tetrahedrally coordinated Zn(II) ion. The N-terminal zinc finger (F1) of NCP from MPMV contains an immediately contiguous Cys in the -1 position relative to the start of this conserved motif: Cys-Cys-X2-Cys-X4-His-X4-Cys. Metal complexes of 18-amino acid peptides which model the native zinc finger sequence, SER-Cys-X2-Cys-X4-His-X4-Cys (F1-SC), and non-native Cys-SER-X2-Cys-X4-His-X4-Cys (F1-CS) and SER-SER-X2-Cys-X4-His-X4-Cys (F1-SS) sequences have been spectroscopically characterized and compared to the native two-zinc-finger protein fragment, MPMV NCP 21-80. All Co(II)-substituted peptide complexes adopt tetrahedral ligand geometries and have S- -->Co(II) ligand-to-metal charge-transfer (LMCT) transition intensities consistent with three Co(II)-S bonds for F1-SC and F1-CS. The non-native F1-CS peptide binds Co(II) with KCo= 1.5 x 10(6) M(-1), comparable to that of the native complex, and approximately 100-fold tighter than F1-SS. Like the Co(II) derivative, the absorption spectrum of Ni(II)-substituted NCP 21-80 is most consistent with tetrahedral Ni(II) complexes with multiple thiolate donors. In contrast, Ni(II) complexes of F1-SC and F1-CS exhibit a single absorption band in the 400-550 nm region (epsilon approximately 200-300 M(-1) cm (-1), distinct in the two complexes, assignable to a degenerate d-d transition envelope characteristic of non-native square-planar coordination geometry, and an intense LMCT transition in the UV (epsilon255 approximately 14,000 M(-1) cm(-1)). Cd(II) complexes have intense absorption in the UV (lambda(max)=233nm), with absolute intensities consistent with approximately 5000 M(-1) cm(-1) per Cd(II)-S bond. 113Cd NMR spectroscopy of 113Cd MPMV NCP gives delta=649 ppm, consistent with S3N coordination. Co(II) and

  9. Novel Catalytically-Inactive PII Metalloproteinases from a Viperid Snake Venom with Substitutions in the Canonical Zinc-Binding Motif

    PubMed Central

    Camacho, Erika; Sanz, Libia; Escalante, Teresa; Pérez, Alicia; Villalta, Fabián; Lomonte, Bruno; Neves-Ferreira, Ana Gisele C.; Feoli, Andrés; Calvete, Juan J.; Gutiérrez, José María; Rucavado, Alexandra

    2016-01-01

    Snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) play key biological roles in prey immobilization and digestion. The majority of these activities depend on the hydrolysis of relevant protein substrates in the tissues. Hereby, we describe several isoforms and a cDNA clone sequence, corresponding to PII SVMP homologues from the venom of the Central American pit viper Bothriechis lateralis, which have modifications in the residues of the canonical sequence of the zinc-binding motif HEXXHXXGXXH. As a consequence, the proteolytic activity of the isolated proteins was undetectable when tested on azocasein and gelatin. These PII isoforms comprise metalloproteinase and disintegrin domains in the mature protein, thus belonging to the subclass PIIb of SVMPs. PII SVMP homologues were devoid of hemorrhagic and in vitro coagulant activities, effects attributed to the enzymatic activity of SVMPs, but induced a mild edema. One of the isoforms presents the characteristic RGD sequence in the disintegrin domain and inhibits ADP- and collagen-induced platelet aggregation. Catalytically-inactive SVMP homologues may have been hitherto missed in the characterization of snake venoms. The presence of such enzymatically-inactive homologues in snake venoms and their possible toxic and adaptive roles deserve further investigation. PMID:27754342

  10. Zinc hyperaccumulation substitutes for defense failures beyond salicylate and jasmonate signaling pathways of Alternaria brassicicola attack in Noccaea caerulescens.

    PubMed

    Gallego, Berta; Martos, Soledad; Cabot, Catalina; Barceló, Juan; Poschenrieder, Charlotte

    2017-04-01

    The hypothesis of metal defense as a substitute for a defective biotic stress signaling system in metal hyperaccumulators was tested using the pathosystem Alternaria brassicicola-Noccaea caerulescens under low (2 µM), medium (12 µM) and high (102 µM) Zn supply. Regardless the Zn supply, N. caerulescens responded to fungal attack with the activation of both HMA4 coding for a Zn transporter, and biotic stress signaling pathways. Salicylate, jasmonate, abscisic acid and indoleacetic acid concentrations, as well as biotic stress marker genes (PDF1.2, CHIB, LOX2, PR1 and BGL2) were activated 24 h upon inoculation. Based on the activation of defense genes 24 h after the inoculation an incompatible fungal-plant interaction could be predicted. Nonetheless, in the longer term (7 days) no effective protection against A. brassicicola was achieved in plants exposed to low and medium Zn supply. After 1 week the biotic stress markers were even further increased in these plants, and this compatible interaction was apparently not caused by a failure in the signaling of the fungal attack, but due to the lack of specificity in the type of the activated defense mechanisms. Only plants receiving high Zn exhibited an incompatible fungal interaction. High Zn accumulation in these plants, possibly in cooperation with high glucosinolate concentrations, substituted for the ineffective defense system and the interaction turned into incompatible. In a threshold-type response, these joint effects efficiently hampered fungal spread and, consequently decreased the biotic stress signaling. © 2016 Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society.

  11. The water soluble peripherally tetra-substituted zinc(ii), manganese(iii) and copper(ii) phthalocyanines as new potential anticancer agents.

    PubMed

    Barut, Burak; Sofuoğlu, Ayşenur; Biyiklioglu, Zekeriya; Özel, Arzu

    2016-09-28

    In this study, [2-(2-morpholin-4-ylethoxy)ethoxy] group substituted zinc(ii), manganese(iii) and copper(ii) phthalocyanines 2-4 and their water soluble derivatives 2a, 3a and 4a were synthesized and the interactions of compounds 2a, 3a and 4a with CT-DNA and supercoiled pBR322 plasmid DNA were investigated. The results of binding experiments showed that these compounds were able to interact with CT-DNA via intercalative mode with a strong binding affinity in the order 3a > 2a > 4a. DNA-photocleavage activities of compounds 2a, 3a and 4a were determined. These compounds cleaved supercoiled pBR322 plasmid DNA efficiently under irradiation at 650 nm for 2a and 4a, and at 750 nm for 3a. These compounds displayed remarkable inhibitory activities against topoisomerase I enzyme in a dose-dependent manner. All of these results suggest that these phthalocyanines might be suitable anticancer agents due to their strong binding affinities, significant cleavage activities and effective topoisomerase I inhibition.

  12. Dextrin-coated zinc substituted cobalt-ferrite nanoparticles as an MRI contrast agent: In vitro and in vivo imaging studies.

    PubMed

    Sattarahmady, N; Zare, T; Mehdizadeh, A R; Azarpira, N; Heidari, M; Lotfi, M; Heli, H

    2015-05-01

    Application of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) as a negative contrast agent in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been of widespread interest. These particles can enhance contrast of images by altering the relaxation times of the water protons. In this study, dextrin-coated zinc substituted cobalt-ferrite (Zn0.5Co0.5Fe2O4) NPs were synthesized by a co-precipitation method, and the morphology, size, structure and magnetic properties of the NPs were investigated. These NPs had superparamagnetic behavior with an average size of 3.9 (±0.9, n=200)nm measured by transmission electron microscopy. Measurements on the relaxivities (r2 and r2(*)) of the NPs were performed in vitro by agarose phantom. In addition, after subcutaneous injection of the NPs into C540 cell line in C-57 inbred mice, the relaxivities were measured in vivo by a 1.5T MRI system. These NPs could effectively increase the image contrast in both T2-and T2(*)-weighted samples.

  13. Through-space electronic communication of zinc phthalocyanine with substituted [60]Fullerene bearing O2Nxaza-crown macrocyclic ligands

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    Ghanbari, Bahram; Shahhoseini, Leila; Mahlooji, Niloofar; Gholamnezhad, Parisa; Taheri Rizi, Zahra

    2017-01-01

    Two new macrocyclic ligands containing 17- and 19-membered O2N3-donor aza-crowns anchored to [60]Fullerene were synthesized and characterized by employing HPLC, electrospray ionization mass (ESI-MS), 1H and 13C NMR, UV-vis, IR spectroscopies, as well as powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) in solid state. TGA measurements revealed that upon linking each of these macrocycle rings to [60]Fullerene, the decomposition point measured for [60]Fullerene moiety was increased, indicating on the promoted stability of [60]Fullerene backbone during binding to these macrocyclic ligands. Moreover, the ground state non-covalent interactions of [60]Fullerene derivatives of O2Nx (x = 2, and 3) aza-crown macrocyclic ligands namely, L1-L4 with zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) were also investigated by UV-vis absorption, steady state and time resolved fluorescence spectrophotometry in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP). The calculation of Stern-Volmer constants (KSV) indicated on existence of an efficient quenching mechanism comprising of the excited singlet state of ZnPc in the presence of L1-L4. The observation of an appropriate correlation between decrease in fluorescence intensity and lifetime parameters led us to propose the occurrence of a static mechanism for the fluorescence quenching of ZnPc in the presence of L1-L3. The binding constants (KBH) of L1-L4/ZnPc were also determined applying the fluorescence quenching experiments. Meanwhile, the incompatibility of both KSV and KBH values found for L4 was also described in terms of structural features using DFT calculations using the B3LYP functional and 6-31G* basis set.

  14. The role of fuel concentration on particle size and dielectric properties of manganese substituted zinc ferrite nanoparticles

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    Ranjith Kumar, E.; Jayaprakash, R.

    2014-10-01

    Mn substituted ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles were prepared by the auto-combustion method using different fuel ratios of 50%, 75% and 100%.The powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectrum (EDX). Also, the dielectric behaviors of the samples were investigated for different annealing temperatures. The X-ray diffraction patterns indicated that the annealed samples resulted in the formation of crystalline powder and the presence of α-Fe2O3 as a secondary phase. The average crystallite sizes of the samples are from ~12 to 60 nm. The external morphology and microstructure of the samples are tested by SEM and TEM. The effect of annealing temperature and particle size on dielectric properties such as dielectric constant (έ) and dielectric loss (D) of the spinel MnxZn1-xFe2O4 nanoparticles was measured using impedance analyzer in the frequency range 100 kHz-5 MHz.

  15. Zinc oxyfluoride transparent conductor

    DOEpatents

    Gordon, Roy G.

    1991-02-05

    Transparent, electrically conductive and infrared-reflective films of zinc oxyfluoride are produced by chemical vapor deposition from vapor mixtures of zinc, oxygen and fluorine-containing compounds. The substitution of fluorine for some of the oxygen in zinc oxide results in dramatic increases in the electrical conductivity. For example, diethyl zinc, ethyl alcohol and hexafluoropropene vapors are reacted over a glass surface at 400.degree. C. to form a visibly transparent, electrically conductive, infrared reflective and ultraviolet absorptive film of zinc oxyfluoride. Such films are useful in liquid crystal display devices, solar cells, electrochromic absorbers and reflectors, energy-conserving heat mirrors, and antistatic coatings.

  16. Manufacturing optimal nanocrystalline microtruss materials

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    Lausic, Ante Tony

    Fabrication of optimal ultra-lightweight hybrid cellular materials via a two-step synthesis method of rapid prototyping followed by electrodeposition was accomplished in three distinct stages: modelling, fabrication, and validation. For the first stage, a baseline microtruss architecture with multiple geometric and material degrees of freedom was optimized with relation to the expected failure mechanisms. An intrinsic link between material selection and architectural variables was discovered and quantified. For a given electrodeposited polycrystalline Ni/polymer microtruss that has already been optimized for maximum load carrying capacity with minimal mass, substituting a nanocrystalline coating shifts the location of optimal design. It is possible through the redistribution of metal and polymer in this nanocrystalline microtruss to further decrease the total beam mass by a factor of three, showcasing this material-geometry dependency. The second stage hinged on developing a novel processing technique to deposit metal coatings on the as-printed polymer parts. The critical step of adhesion was solved using an 18~M sulphuric acid wash to preferentially smoothen the inherent 0.6~mm roughness on the samples. Finally, the models were validated through the testing of as-printed and coated rods and microtrusses. Nanocrystalline microtrusses showed a 60x increase in peak flexural strength with only a 6x increase in density. Further optimization can more than halve the final density while maintaining the same load carrying capacity by removing the sacrificial polymer core using the same sulphuric acid wash. The experimental values fit very well to those predicted in stage one for varying slenderness ratios, scales, and material systems.

  17. Magnetic Properties of Grain Boundaries of Nanocrystalline Ni and of Ni Precipitates in Nanocrystalline NiCu Alloys

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    Wolf, H.; Guan, Z.; Li, X.; Wichert, Th.

    2001-11-01

    Perturbed γγ-angular correlation spectroscopy (PAC) was used to investigate nanocrystalline Ni and NiCu alloys, which are prepared by pulsed electrodeposition (PED). Using diffusion for doping nanocrystalline Ni with 111In four different ordered grain boundary structures are observed, which are characterized by unique electric field gradients. The incorporation of 111In on substitutional bulk sites of Ni is caused by moving grain boundaries below 1000 K and by volume diffusion above 1000 K. The nanocrystalline NiCu alloys prepared by PED are microscopically inhomogeneous as observed by PAC. In contrast, this inhomogeneity cannot be detected by X-ray diffraction. The influence of the temperature of the electrolyte, the current density during deposition, and the optional addition of saccharin to the electrolyte on the homogeneity of nanocrystalline NiCu alloys was investigated.

  18. Thermally Stable Nanocrystalline Steel

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    Hulme-Smith, Christopher Neil; Ooi, Shgh Woei; Bhadeshia, Harshad K. D. H.

    2017-10-01

    Two novel nanocrystalline steels were designed to withstand elevated temperatures without catastrophic microstructural changes. In the most successful alloy, a large quantity of nickel was added to stabilize austenite and allow a reduction in the carbon content. A 50 kg cast of the novel alloy was produced and used to verify the formation of nanocrystalline bainite. Synchrotron X-ray diffractometry using in situ heating showed that austenite was able to survive more than 1 hour at 773 K (500 °C) and subsequent cooling to ambient temperature. This is the first reported nanocrystalline steel with high-temperature capability.

  19. Creating bulk nanocrystalline metal.

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    Fredenburg, D. Anthony; Saldana, Christopher J.; Gill, David D.; Hall, Aaron Christopher; Roemer, Timothy John; Vogler, Tracy John; Yang, Pin

    2008-10-01

    Nanocrystalline and nanostructured materials offer unique microstructure-dependent properties that are superior to coarse-grained materials. These materials have been shown to have very high hardness, strength, and wear resistance. However, most current methods of producing nanostructured materials in weapons-relevant materials create powdered metal that must be consolidated into bulk form to be useful. Conventional consolidation methods are not appropriate due to the need to maintain the nanocrystalline structure. This research investigated new ways of creating nanocrystalline material, new methods of consolidating nanocrystalline material, and an analysis of these different methods of creation and consolidation to evaluate their applicability to mesoscale weapons applications where part features are often under 100 {micro}m wide and the material's microstructure must be very small to give homogeneous properties across the feature.

  20. Magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Mn1-xZnxFe2O4

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    V, Jagadeesha Angadi.; Rudraswamy, B.; Matteppanavar, Shidaling; Bharathi, P.; Praveena, K.

    2015-06-01

    Nanocrystalline Mn1-xZnxFe2O4 (x = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9, 1.0) were prepared via solution combustion method. Structural and morphology of Mn-Zn ferrites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Magnetic properties were carried out using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) at room temperature (RT) up to maximum field of 1.5 T. The room temperature real and imaginary part of permeability (μ' and μ″) has been measured in the frequency range of 1MHz to 1GHz. The room temperature XRD patterns exhibits the spinel cubic (Fm-3m) structure and broad XRD patterns shows the presence of nanoparticles. The imaginary part of the permeability (μ″) gradually increased with the frequency and took a broad maximum at a certain frequency, where the real permeability (μ') rapidly decreases, which is known as natural resonance. The coercive filed values are low, hence probability of domain rotation is also lower and the magnetization decreased with zinc substitution. The values of μ' and μ″ increases sharply, attained a maximum and then decreases with zinc content.

  1. Investigation of Electrodeposited Alloys and Pure Metals as Substitutes for Zinc and Cadmium for Protective Finishes for Steel Parts of Aircraft

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1949-09-01

    appears relatively free of corrosion. For this reason, an experiment was made using weight-loss measurements in combinatioa with the "wet- dry " test , Sueh...specimens in the "wet- dry " test was not given in the Sixth Progress Report, because the test was still under way when the report was being written. The...pure zinc and zinc-tin alloys*the same cannot be said for the damaged coating. In this wet- dry test , even pure zinc is superior to the cadmium if

  2. An Investigation of Electrodeposited Alloys and Pure Metals as Substitutes for Zinc and Cadmium for Protective Finishes for Steel Parts of Aircraft

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1947-11-30

    22188 (None) (None) AFTR-5692 Nov • 47 Undass. U.S. English 145 photos, tables, diagr, graphs Data are presented on static and dynamic...Electrodeposited Alloys. Static Electrode Potential Measurements of Electrocüeposited Allovs and Pure Metals . . 9 Zinc - Copper Alloys .9 Zinc - Tin Alloys...11 Static and Dynamic Potential and Corrosion Current Density Measurements of Fourteen C?.st Binary Alloy Systems , . , , 11

  3. Nanocrystalline Aluminum Truss Cores for Lightweight Sandwich Structures

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    Schaedler, Tobias A.; Chan, Lisa J.; Clough, Eric C.; Stilke, Morgan A.; Hundley, Jacob M.; Masur, Lawrence J.

    2017-08-01

    Substitution of conventional honeycomb composite sandwich structures with lighter alternatives has the potential to reduce the mass of future vehicles. Here we demonstrate nanocrystalline aluminum-manganese truss cores that achieve 2-4 times higher strength than aluminum alloy 5056 honeycombs of the same density. The scalable fabrication approach starts with additive manufacturing of polymer templates, followed by electrodeposition of nanocrystalline Al-Mn alloy, removal of the polymer, and facesheet integration. This facilitates curved and net-shaped sandwich structures, as well as co-curing of the facesheets, which eliminates the need for extra adhesive. The nanocrystalline Al-Mn alloy thin-film material exhibits high strength and ductility and can be converted into a three-dimensional hollow truss structure with this approach. Ultra-lightweight sandwich structures are of interest for a range of applications in aerospace, such as fairings, wings, and flaps, as well as for the automotive and sports industries.

  4. Nanocrystalline heterojunction materials

    DOEpatents

    Elder, Scott H.; Su, Yali; Gao, Yufei; Heald, Steve M.

    2003-07-15

    Mesoporous nanocrystalline titanium dioxide heterojunction materials are disclosed. In one disclosed embodiment, materials comprising a core of titanium dioxide and a shell of a molybdenum oxide exhibit a decrease in their photoadsorption energy as the size of the titanium dioxide core decreases.

  5. Nanocrystalline Heterojunction Materials

    DOEpatents

    Elder, Scott H.; Su, Yali; Gao, Yufei; Heald, Steve M.

    2004-02-03

    Mesoporous nanocrystalline titanium dioxide heterojunction materials and methods of making the same are disclosed. In one disclosed embodiment, materials comprising a core of titanium dioxide and a shell of a molybdenum oxide exhibit a decrease in their photoadsorption energy as the size of the titanium dioxide core decreases.

  6. Nanocrystalline coatings properties forecasting

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    Eremin, E. N.; Yurov, V. M.; Guchenko, S. A.; Laurynas, V. Ch

    2017-06-01

    The paper considers various properties of nanocrystalline coatings. The methods of determining the surface tension of the deposited coating on the basis of the size dependence of their physical properties. It is shown that predict the mechanical properties of the coatings, their melting point, heat resistance, wear resistance, corrosion resistance, etc. It can be based on a theoretical evaluation of the surface tension.

  7. Evaluation and comparison of zinc absorption level from 2-Alkyle 3-Hydroxy pyranon-zinc complexes and zinc sulfate in rat in vivo.

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    Akbar, Badii; Niloufar, Nekouei; Abolfazl, Mostafavi; Lofollah, Saghaei; Ali, Khodarahmi Qadam; Soheyla, Valadian

    2013-01-01

    Although zinc sulfate has been used to improve disorders originated from zinc deficiency, its low compliance is due to gastrointestinal complications; therefore, other zinc compounds have been suggested as replacers for zinc deficient people. The objective of this study was to evaluate and compare the absorption of ethyl and methyl zinc-maltol with that of zinc sulfate to substitute zinc sulfate with those complexes. After five weeks of being fed by zinc deficient food, zinc deficient rats were divided into four groups randomly receiving medicinal solutions of zinc sulfate, zinc ethyl maltol and zinc methyl maltol using feeding tube method for two weeks while the control was received distilled water. Serum zinc concentration and ALP (Alkaline Phosphatase) and LDH (Lactate Dehydrogenase) activity of rats were determined before and after the study. Statistical analyses were performed using SPSS 11.5. The study was conducted from 2008 to 2010. Serum zinc concentration and enzyme activity in all groups receiving drug solution increased. The most and least increase were in zinc sulfate and zinc methyl maltol groups, respectively. The difference between zinc methyl maltol and zinc sulfate group was significant (P < 0.05); however, this difference was not significant in the case of zinc ethyl maltol. Zinc ethyl maltol can be a suitable and preferable substitute for zinc sulfate.

  8. Evaluation and comparison of zinc absorption level from 2-Alkyle 3-Hydroxy pyranon-zinc complexes and zinc sulfate in rat in vivo

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    Akbar, Badii; Niloufar, Nekouei; Abolfazl, Mostafavi; Lofollah, Saghaei; Ali, Khodarahmi Qadam; Soheyla, Valadian

    2013-01-01

    Background: Although zinc sulfate has been used to improve disorders originated from zinc deficiency, its low compliance is due to gastrointestinal complications; therefore, other zinc compounds have been suggested as replacers for zinc deficient people. The objective of this study was to evaluate and compare the absorption of ethyl and methyl zinc-maltol with that of zinc sulfate to substitute zinc sulfate with those complexes. Materials and Methods: After five weeks of being fed by zinc deficient food, zinc deficient rats were divided into four groups randomly receiving medicinal solutions of zinc sulfate, zinc ethyl maltol and zinc methyl maltol using feeding tube method for two weeks while the control was received distilled water. Serum zinc concentration and ALP (Alkaline Phosphatase) and LDH (Lactate Dehydrogenase) activity of rats were determined before and after the study. Statistical analyses were performed using SPSS 11.5. The study was conducted from 2008 to 2010. Results: Serum zinc concentration and enzyme activity in all groups receiving drug solution increased. The most and least increase were in zinc sulfate and zinc methyl maltol groups, respectively. The difference between zinc methyl maltol and zinc sulfate group was significant (P < 0.05); however, this difference was not significant in the case of zinc ethyl maltol. Conclusion: Zinc ethyl maltol can be a suitable and preferable substitute for zinc sulfate. PMID:24223392

  9. Synthesis, characterization and investigation of electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical properties of peripherally tetra 4-phenylthiazole-2-thiol substituted metal-free, zinc(II), copper(II) and cobalt(II) phthalocyanines

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    Demirbaş, Ümit; Akçay, Hakkı Türker; Koca, Atıf; Kantekin, Halit

    2017-08-01

    In this study novel peripherally tetra 4-phenylthiazole-2-thiol substituted metal-free phthalocyanine (4) and its zinc(II) (5), copper(II) (6) and cobalt(II) (7) derivatives were synthesized and characterized by a combination of various spectroscopic techniques such as FT-IR, 1H-NMR, UV-vis and MALDI-TOF mass. Electrochemical characterizations of metallo-phthalocyanine complexes were conducted by voltammetric and in situ spectroelectrochemical measurements. CoIIPc went [CoIIPc-2]/[CoIPc-2]1-, [CoIPc-2]1-/[CoIPc-3]2-, [CoIPc-3]2-/[CoIPc-4]3- and [CoIIPc-2]/[CoIIPc-2]1+ reduction and oxidation processes respectively. Differently ZnIIPc only showed four ligand-based reductions and two ligand based oxidation processes.

  10. Epitaxially grown zinc-blende structured Mn doped ZnO nanoshell on ZnS nanoparticles

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    Limaye, Mukta V.; Singh, Shashi B.; Date, Sadgopal K.; Gholap, R.S.; Kulkarni, Sulabha K.

    2009-02-04

    Zinc oxide in the bulk as well as in the nanocrystalline form is thermodynamically stable in the wurtzite structure. However, zinc oxide in the zinc-blende structure is more useful than that in the wurtzite structure due to its superior electronic properties as well as possibility of efficient doping. Therefore, zinc oxide shell is grown epitaxially on zinc sulphide core nanoparticles having zinc-blende structure. It is shown that doping of manganese could be achieved in zinc oxide nanoshell with zinc-blende structure.

  11. Zinc finger-inspired nanohydrogels with glutathione/pH triggered degradation based on coordination substitution for highly efficient delivery of anti-cancer drugs.

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    Zhang, Zihao; Wan, Jiaxun; Sun, Luyan; Li, Yongjing; Guo, Jia; Wang, Changchun

    2016-03-10

    Biodegradable materials used for drug delivery are of great demand due to their ability to degrade into low molecular weight species and further excrete from the body by metabolism. Herein, we report a new kind of zinc(II) crosslinked poly(methacrylic acid) nanohydrogels (ZCLNs) inspired by zinc finger proteins with dual stimuli-triggered degradation (glutathione and pH) for the first time. Compared with the disulfide bond crosslinked nanohydrogels, this new kind of ZCLNs is beneficial to the degradation of a wide range of cells, including normal cells. Ex vivo fluorescence images showed that the DOX-loaded folate-PEG conjugated zinc(II)-crosslinked polymeric nanohydrogels (FPZCLNs-15) preferentially accumulated in tumor tissue and the accumulation in normal tissues was much less compared with DOX-loaded PZCLNs-15 (non-targeted nanohydrogels) and free DOX, the FPZCLNs-15 (targeting system) delivered DOX to the tumor site with approximately 3.6- and 1.6-fold higher than free DOX and PZCLNs-15, respectively. Meanwhile, the PZCLNs-15 and FPZCLNs-15 reduced the concentration of DOX in the heart by 3.2- and 5.0-fold respectively, as compared to the free DOX. Moreover, a superior tumor growth inhibition and negligible damage to normal organs like the heart and kidney, which is reported to be vulnerable to DOX-associated side effects, are further demonstrated.

  12. Cytotoxic activity, X-ray crystal structures and spectroscopic characterization of cobalt(II), copper(II) and zinc(II) coordination compounds with 2-substituted benzimidazoles.

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    Sánchez-Guadarrama, Obdulia; López-Sandoval, Horacio; Sánchez-Bartéz, Francisco; Gracia-Mora, Isabel; Höpfl, Herbert; Barba-Behrens, Noráh

    2009-09-01

    Herein we present the synthesis, structural and spectroscopic characterization of coordination compounds of cobalt(II), copper(II) and zinc(II) with 2-methylbenzimidazole (2mbz), 2-phenylbenzimidazole (2phbz), 2-chlorobenzimidazole (2cbz), 2-benzimidazolecarbamate (2cmbz) and 2-guanidinobenzimidazole (2gbz). Their cytotoxic activity was evaluated using human cancer cell lines, PC3 (prostate), MCF-7 (breast), HCT-15 (colon), HeLa (cervic-uterine), SKLU-1 (lung) and U373 (glioblastoma), showing that the zinc(II) and copper(II) compounds [Zn(2mbz)(2)Cl(2)].0.5H(2)O, [Zn(2cmbz)(2)Cl(2)].EtOH, [Cu(2cmbz)Br(2)].0.7H(2)O and [Cu(2gbz)Br(2)] had significant cytotoxic activity. The isostructural cobalt(II) complexes showed not significant activity. The cytotoxic activity is related to the presence of halides in the coordination sphere of the metal ion. Recuperation experiments with HeLa cells, showed that the cells recuperated after removing the copper(II) compounds and, on the contrary, the cells treated with the zinc(II) compounds did not. These results indicate that the mode of action of the coordination compounds is different.

  13. Zinc Enzymes.

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    Bertini, I.; And Others

    1985-01-01

    Discusses the role of zinc in various enzymes concerned with hydration, hydrolysis, and redox reactions. The binding of zinc to protein residues, properties of noncatalytic zinc(II) and catalytic zinc, and the reactions catalyzed by zinc are among the topics considered. (JN)

  14. Zinc Enzymes.

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    Bertini, I.; And Others

    1985-01-01

    Discusses the role of zinc in various enzymes concerned with hydration, hydrolysis, and redox reactions. The binding of zinc to protein residues, properties of noncatalytic zinc(II) and catalytic zinc, and the reactions catalyzed by zinc are among the topics considered. (JN)

  15. Effects of oxide distributed in grain boundaries on microstructure stability of nanocrystalline metals

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    Zhou, Kai; Li, Hui; Biao Pang, Jin; Wang, Zhu

    2013-06-01

    Nanocrystalline copper and zinc prepared by high-pressure compaction method have been studied by positron lifetime spectroscopy associated with X-ray diffraction. For nanocrystalline Cu, mean grain sizes of the samples decrease after being annealed at 900 °C and increase during aging at 180 °C, revealing that the atoms exchange between the two regions. The positron lifetime results indicate that the vacancy clusters formed in the annealing process are unstable and decomposed at the aging time below 6 hours. In addition, the partially oxidized surfaces of the nanoparticles hinder the grain growth during the ageing at 180 °C, and the vacancy clusters inside the disorder regions which are related to Cu2O need longer aging time to decompose. In the case of nanocrystalline Zn, the open volume defect (not larger than divacancy) is dominant according to the high relative intensity for the short positron lifetime (τ1). The oxide (ZnO) inside the grain boundaries has been found having an effect to hinder the decrease of average positron lifetime (τav) during the annealing, which probably indicates that the oxide stabilizes the microstructure of the grain boundaries. For both nanocrystalline copper and zinc, the oxides in grain boundaries enhance the thermal stability of the microstucture, in spite of their different crystal structures. This effect is very important for the nanocrystalline materials using as radiation resistant materials.

  16. Magnetism in nanocrystalline gold.

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    Tuboltsev, Vladimir; Savin, Alexander; Pirojenko, Alexandre; Räisänen, Jyrki

    2013-08-27

    While bulk gold is well known to be diamagnetic, there is a growing body of convincing experimental and theoretical work indicating that nanostructured gold can be imparted with unconventional magnetic properties. Bridging the current gap in experimental study of magnetism in bare gold nanomaterials, we report here on magnetism in gold nanocrystalline films produced by cluster deposition in the aggregate form that can be considered as a crossover state between a nanocluster and a continuous film. We demonstrate ferromagnetic-like hysteretic magnetization with temperature dependence indicative of spin-glass-like behavior and find this to be consistent with theoretical predictions, available in the literature, based on first-principles calculations.

  17. Enhanced thermoelectric performance in zinc substituted p-type filled skutterudites CeFe{sub 4-x}Zn{sub x}Sb{sub 12}

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    Tan Gangjian; Wang Shanyu; Li Han; Yan Yonggao; Tang Xinfeng

    2012-03-15

    In this study, Zn-substituted polycrystalline skutterudites CeFe{sub 4-x}Zn{sub x}Sb{sub 12} (x=0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3) were successfully prepared by a traditional melting-annealing method. The solubility of Zn in Fe site is {approx}1.2%, exceeding which trace amount of ZnSb phase can be detected in the XRD. This ZnSb impurity phase, with size of several hundred nanometers for the sample with x=0.2 but showing surprisingly small size of {approx}10 nm for the sample with x=0.3, selectively distributes on the grain boundaries. In particular, the introduction of Zn in Fe site effectively improves the Seebeck coefficient in a manner of enhancement in hole effective mass, but it has negligible influence on both electrical and thermal conductivities though the hole concentration is increased. Consequently the corresponding improvement in power factor leads to an improved thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) of 0.9 at 800 K for the sample with x=0.1, which is {approx}15% higher than that of Zn-free sample. This study demonstrates a favorable effect of Zn iso-substitution and opens a new strategy to improve the thermoelectric properties of p-type Fe-based skutterudites beyond the sole phonon engineering. - Graphical abstract: (a)-(c) ZnSb nanoinclusions emerge when Zn exceeds its solubility limit. (d), (e) The introduction of Zn boosts the Seebeck coefficient and thus enhances the ZT value. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Zn is successfully employed to substitute Fe atom for the first time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnSb nanoinclusions emerge when Zn exceeds its solubility limit {approx}0.12. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The introduction of Zn boosts the Seebeck coefficient and enhances the ZT value.

  18. The effect of doped zinc on the structural properties of nano-crystalline (Se{sub 0.8}Te{sub 0.2}){sub 100-x}Zn{sub x}

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    Kumar, Arun; Singh, Harkawal; Gill, P. S.; Goyal, Navdeep

    2016-05-06

    The effect of metallic zinc (Zn) on the structural properties of (Se{sub 0.8}Te{sub 0.2}){sub 1-X}Zn{sub X} (x=0, 2, 6, 8, 10) samples analyzed by X-ray Diffraction (XRD). The presence of sharp peaks in XRD patterns confirmed the crystalline nature of the samples and is indexed in orthorhombic crystal structure. XRD studies predicts that the average particle size of all the samples are about 46.29 nm, which is less than 100 nm and hence have strong tendency of agglomeration. Williamson-Hall plot method was used to evaluate the lattice strain. The dislocation density and no. of unit cells of the samples were calculated which show the inverse relation with each other. Morphology index derived from FWHM of XRD data explains the direct relationship with the particle size.

  19. Enhancement of initial permeability and reduction of loss factor in Zn substituted nanocrystalline Li0.35-0.5xNi0.3ZnxFe2.35-0.5xO4

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    Islam, M. A.; Hasan, Mehedi; Hossain, A. K. M. Akther

    2017-02-01

    Li-Ni-Zn ferrite nano-powders with nominal compositions of Li0.35-0.5xNi0.3ZnxFe2.35-0.5xO4 (x=0.00-0.40 in steps of 0.10) were synthesized by the chemical sol-gel auto combustion technique. Disk- and toroid-shaped samples prepared from each composition have been sintered at various temperatures (1373-1573 K) for 5 h. The internal structure was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), which has confirmed the formation of single phase spinel structure. The crystallite size of the as grown powder varied from 23 to 37 nm as measured using Scherrer formula. The lattice constant and theoretical density are found to increase with increasing Zn content. The Zn substitution acts as an accelerator of grain growth and uniform grain distribution in these compositions. The real part of initial permeability, relative quality factor and saturation magnetization increase with increasing Zn content for a fixed sintering temperature. As sintering temperatures increases porosity decreases, and initial permeability increases for the sample sintered up to1523 K then decrease for further increasing temperature. The maximum value of μi/(=254) is observed for Li0.15Ni0.3Zn0.4Fe2.15O4 sintered at 1523 K which is more than 6 times compared to that of parent composition. The loss factor for this composition is also reduced 6 times. As a result high relative quality factor is observed in these compositions. The weakening of exchange interaction may be confirmed by increasing the lattice parameter and decreasing Néel temperature (938-663 K) as the increase of Zn content. Substitution of Zn influences the magnetic properties due to modification of cation distribution.

  20. Magnetic Mn substituted cobalt zinc ferrite systems: Structural, electrical and magnetic properties and their role in photo-catalytic degradation of methyl orange azo dye

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    Bhukal, Santosh; Bansal, S.; Singhal, Sonal

    2014-07-01

    The present work focuses on the effect of replacement of Fe3+ ions by the Mn3+ ions in cobalt zinc ferrites (Co0.6Zn0.4MnxFe2-xO4 (0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0) on the structural, magnetic, electrical and catalytic properties. Powder X-ray diffraction studies confirmed that all the samples possessed cubic spinel structure with Fd-3m space groups. The saturation magnetization was found to decrease with increase in Mn3+ ions concentration. The drift mobility of all compositions was found to decrease with increase in temperature which could be attributed to the semiconductor nature of nanoferrites. The photo-catalytic activity of all the nanoferrites was evaluated by the degradation of methyl orange dye and it was observed that the degradation of methyl orange dye was enhanced with increase in Mn3+ ions concentration from 0.2 to 1.0. This might be due to the octahedral site preference and higher redox potential of manganese ion as compared those of iron.

  1. Zinc substituted ferrite nanoparticles with Zn0.9Fe2.1O4 formula used as heating agents for in vitro hyperthermia assay on glioma cells

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    Hanini, Amel; Lartigue, Lenaic; Gavard, Julie; Kacem, Kamel; Wilhelm, Claire; Gazeau, Florence; Chau, François; Ammar, Souad

    2016-10-01

    In this paper we investigate the ability of zinc rich ferrite nanoparticles to induce hyperthermia on cancer cells using an alternating magnetic field (AMF). First, we synthesized ferrites and then we analyzed their physico-chemical properties by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and magnetic and magnetocalorimetric measurements. We found that the polyol-made magnetically diluted particles are of 11 nm in size. They are superparamagnetic at body temperature (310 K) with a low but non-negligible magnetization. Interestingly, as nano-ferrimagnets they exhibit a Curie temperature of 366 K, close to the therapeutic temperature range. Their effect on human healthy endothelial (HUVEC) and malignant glioma (U87-MG) cells was also evaluated using MTT viability assays. Incubated with the two cell lines, at doses ≤100 μg mL-1 and contact times ≤4 h, they exhibit a mild in vitro toxicity. In these same operating biological conditions and coupled to AMF (700 kHz and 34.4 Oe) for 1 h, they rapidly induce a net temperature increase. In the case of tumor cells it reaches 4 K, making the produced particles particularly promising for self-regulated magnetically-induced heating in local glioma therapy.

  2. Synthesis of structural and optical characterization of surfactant capped ZnO nanocrystalline.

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    Raja, K; Ramesh, P S; Geetha, D; Kokila, T; Sathiyapriya, R

    2015-02-05

    The presence of surfactant (CTAB) at three different concentrations viz., (0.5, 1 and 1.5 M) on zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystalline at 550°C was synthesized. The optical properties of each surfactant capped zinc oxide nanocrystalline were investigated using UV-Visible absorption. The characterization of these nanocrystalline was performed by X-ray diffractometer Spectrum (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Fourier transformer infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The effect of CTAB on the morphology of the ZnO was studied by SEM/EDS which revealed that the diameter of the product is in the range of 42-70 nm. Out of the three surfactant concentrations CTAB (0.5 M) capped zinc oxide nanoparticle has smallest crystalline size of 19.4 nm. Thus, the presence of surfactant on the surface of zinc oxide plays a significant role in reducing defect. The excitonic UV emission has been observed at 275 nm.

  3. Magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Mn{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    V, Jagadeesha Angadi.; Rudraswamy, B.; Matteppanavar, Shidaling; Bharathi, P.; Praveena, K.

    2015-06-24

    Nanocrystalline Mn{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9, 1.0) were prepared via solution combustion method. Structural and morphology of Mn-Zn ferrites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Magnetic properties were carried out using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) at room temperature (RT) up to maximum field of 1.5 T. The room temperature real and imaginary part of permeability (μ′ and μ″) has been measured in the frequency range of 1MHz to 1GHz. The room temperature XRD patterns exhibits the spinel cubic (Fm-3m) structure and broad XRD patterns shows the presence of nanoparticles. The imaginary part of the permeability (μ″) gradually increased with the frequency and took a broad maximum at a certain frequency, where the real permeability (μ′) rapidly decreases, which is known as natural resonance. The coercive filed values are low, hence probability of domain rotation is also lower and the magnetization decreased with zinc substitution. The values of μ′ and μ″ increases sharply, attained a maximum and then decreases with zinc content.

  4. Doped and Undoped Zinc Oxide Nanostructures on Silicon Wafers

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    Chubenko, E.; Bondarenko, V.

    2013-05-01

    We present results of hydrothermal deposition of undoped and Al doped ZnO nanocrystals on nanocrystalline silicon. ZnO nanocrystals were deposited in an equimolar zinc nitride and hexamethylenetetramine solution. Aluminum nitride was used as Al precursor. The difference of the morphology of doped and undoped ZnO nanocrystals is discussed. Photoluminescence properties of the obtained nanocrystals are shown.

  5. Nickel(II) and Zinc(II) meso-Tetracyclohexylporphyrins. Structural and Electronic Effects Induced by meso-Cyclohexyl Substitution in Metalloporphyrins.

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    Veyrat, Marc; Ramasseul, René; Turowska-Tyrk, Ilona; Scheidt, W. Robert; Autret, Marie; Kadish, Karl M.; Marchon, Jean-Claude

    1999-04-19

    The synthesis and X-ray structures of the zinc(II) and nickel(II) complexes of meso-tetracyclohexylporphyrin H(2)(TCHP) are described. The nonplanarity of the meso substituents results in steric crowding at the porphyrin periphery. In the solid state, the nickel(II) complex Ni(TCHP) has a ruffled porphyrin conformation while Zn(TCHP) exhibits a stepped distortion of the macrocycle. In chloroform solution, fast rotation of the cyclohexyl groups on the NMR time scale is observed at room temperature for both complexes. Temperature-dependent (1)H NMR spectra showed that the (-g,g,-g,g) conformer of Zn(TCHP) and Ni(TCHP) is prevalent in solution at low temperatures and gave an estimate for the rotation barrier of the cyclohexyl groups (DeltaG(c)() = 10-12 kcal mol(-)(1)). In both complexes, the porphyrin ring is easier to oxidize and harder to reduce than in their tetraphenylporphyrin M(TPP) congeners, in agreement with the stronger electron-donating effect of the cyclohexyl group. The magnitude of the potential shift is larger for the first oxidation than for the first reduction, reflecting a smaller HOMO-LUMO energy gap and a greater degree of macrocycle distortion than in the M(TPP) derivatives. This information is of importance to understanding the protein regulation of electron-transfer processes by cytochrome c and other redox active proteins. Crystal data: Ni(TCHP).CHCl(3).CH(3)CN, monoclinic, C2/c, a = 27.405(12), b = 10.004(21), c = 32.877(24) Å, beta = 107.71(3) degrees at 127 K, Z = 8. Zn(TCHP), monoclinic, P2(1)/a, a = 11.159(15), b = 11.992(7), c = 13.465(20) Å, beta = 102.85(16) degrees at 127 K, Z = 2.

  6. Photosensitized H2 Production Using a Zinc Porphyrin-Substituted Protein, Platinum Nanoparticles, and Ascorbate with No Electron Relay: Participation of Good's Buffers.

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    Clark, Emily R; Kurtz, Donald M

    2017-03-31

    Development of efficient light-driven splitting of water, 2H2O → 2H2 + O2, often attempts to optimize photosensitization of the reductive and oxidative half-reactions individually. Numerous homogeneous and heterogeneous systems have been developed for photochemical stimulation of the reductive half reaction, 2H(+) + 2e(-) → H2. These systems generally consist of various combinations of a H(+) reduction catalyst, a photosensitizer (PS), and a "sacrificial" electron donor. Zinc(II)-porphyrins (ZnPs) have frequently been used as PSs for H2 generation, but they are subject to various self-quenching processes in aqueous solutions. Colloidal platinum in nanoparticle form (Pt NP) is a classical H(+) reduction catalyst using ZnP photosensitizers, but efficient photosensitized H2 generation requires an electron relay molecule between ZnP and Pt NP. The present report describes an aqueous system for visible (white) light-sensitized generation of H2 using a protein-embedded Zn(II)-protoporphyrin IX as PS and Pt NP as H(+) reduction catalyst without an added electron relay. This system operated efficiently in piperazino- and morpholino-alkylsulfonic acid (Good's buffers), which served as sacrificial electron donors. The system also required ascorbate at relatively modest concentrations, which stabilized the Zn(II)-protoporphyrin IX against photodegradation. In the absence of an electron relay molecule, the photosensitized H2 generation must involve formation of at least a transient complex between a protein-embedded Zn(II)-protoporphyrin IX species and Pt NP.

  7. Structures and properties of 1,8,15,22-tetrasubstituted phthalocyaninato zinc and nickel complexes: substitution and axially coordination effects study based on density functional theory calculations.

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    Wan, Liang; Zhang, Yuexing; Qi, Dongdong; Jiang, Jianzhuang

    2010-06-01

    On the basis of the density functional theory (DFT) calculation of ZnPc (1), Zn[Pc(alpha-OC(5)H(11))(4)] (2), Ni[Pc(alpha-OC(5)H(11))(4)] (3), and Zn[Pc(alpha-OC(5)H(11))(4)]xH(2)O (4), the effects of non-peripheral substitution, different transition metals, and axial water coordination on the molecular structure, molecular orbital, atomic charge, infrared (IR) spectrum, and electronic absorption spectrum were investigated. The calculation results reveal that bulky 3-pentyloxy groups at the non-peripheral positions of the phthalocyanine ring evince great changes in structure and properties: they deflect the isoindole units, lift the frontier molecular orbitals, alter the atomic charge distribution, shift the bands of IR and electronic absorption spectra, etc. Though the central metal can shorten or lengthen the bond length, its effect on the electronic structure and properties of the phthalocyanine complex is very limited. Axial coordination significantly enhances the non-planarity of the phthalocyanine ring and, thus, alters the electronic structure, which is important for the formation of novel dimeric supramolecular structures through intermolecular hydrogen bonds. In addition, the calculated structures of 3 as well as the simulated IR and electronic absorption spectra of 4 were compared with the experimental data and showed good agreement.

  8. Substituted hydroxyapatites for bone repair.

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    Shepherd, Jennifer H; Shepherd, David V; Best, Serena M

    2012-10-01

    Calcium phosphates such as hydroxyapatite have a wide range of applications both in bone grafts and for the coating of metallic implants, largely as a result of their chemical similarity to the mineral component of bone. However, to more accurately mirror the chemistry, various substitutions, both cationic (substituting for the calcium) and anionic (substituting for the phosphate or hydroxyl groups) have been produced. Significant research has been carried out in the field of substituted apatites and this paper aims to summarise some of the key effect of substitutions including magnesium, zinc, strontium, silicon and carbonate on physical and biological characteristics. Even small substitutions have been shown to have very significant effects on thermal stability, solubility, osteoclastic and osteoblastic response in vitro and degradation and bone regeneration in vivo.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of copper zinc oxide nanoparticles obtained via metathesis process

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    Phoohinkong, Weerachon; Foophow, Tita; Pecharapa, Wisanu

    2017-09-01

    Copper-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by grinding copper acetate and zinc acetate powder with different starting molar ratios in combined with sodium hydroxide. The effect of initial copper and zinc molar ratios on the product samples was investigated and discussed. Relevant ligand coordination type of reactant acetate salt precursors and product samples were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The particle shapes and surface morphologies were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Phase structures of prepared samples were studied by x-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) was applied to investigate the local structure of Cu and Zn environment atoms. The results demonstrate that the, particle size of as-synthesized products affected by copper concentration in the precursor trend to gradually decreases from nanorod shape with diameter around 50-100 nm to irregular particle structure around 5 nm associated with an increase in the concentration of copper in precursor. Moreover, it is noticed that shape and morphology of the products are strongly dependent on Cu:Zn ratios during the synthesis. Nanocrystallines Cu-doped ZnO by the substitution in Zn site with a high crystallization degree of hexagonal wurtzite structure were obtained. This synthesis technique is suggested as a potential effective technique for preparing copper zinc oxide nanoparticles with various atomic ratio in wide range of applications. Contribution at the 4th Southeast Asia Conference on Thermoelectrics 2016 (SACT 2016), 15-18 December 2016, Da Nang City, Vietnam.

  10. Zinc deficiency.

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    Tuerk, Melanie J; Fazel, Nasim

    2009-03-01

    Zinc plays an essential role in numerous biochemical pathways. Zinc deficiency affects many organ systems, including the integumentary, gastrointestinal, central nervous system, immune, skeletal, and reproductive systems. This article aims to discuss zinc metabolism and highlights a few of the diseases associated with zinc deficiency. Zinc deficiency results in dysfunction of both humoral and cell-mediated immunity and increases the susceptibility to infection. Supplementation of zinc has been shown to reduce the incidence of infection as well as cellular damage from increased oxidative stress. Zinc deficiency is also associated with acute and chronic liver disease. Zinc supplementation protects against toxin-induced liver damage and is used as a therapy for hepatic encephalopathy in patients refractory to standard treatment. Zinc deficiency has also been implicated in diarrheal disease, and supplementation has been effective in both prophylaxis and treatment of acute diarrhea. This article is not meant to review all of the disease states associated with zinc deficiency. Rather, it is an introduction to the influence of the many roles of zinc in the body, with an extensive discussion of the influence of zinc deficiency in selected diseases. Zinc supplementation may be beneficial as an adjunct to treatment of many disease states.

  11. Picosecond spectroscopic studies of equilibrium structural fluctuations of native and partially unfolded states of Zinc II-substituted and metal-free cytochromes C

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    Tripathy, Jagnyaseni

    Picosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy was employed to characterize the equilibrium and non-equilibrium protein structural fluctuations in Zn II-substituted (ZnCytc) and metal-free (fbCytc) cytochromes c using dynamic fluorescence Stokes shift (FSS) and fluorescence anisotropy (FA) measurements. The intrinsic porphyrin chromophore is used as the probe for the structural fluctuations of the surrounding protein and solvent. The FSS experiments examine how the time scales detected from the dynamic solvation of a chromoprotein report changes in the character of motion. ZnCytc and fbCytc serve as limited, single-chromophore models for photosynthetic reaction center and light-harvesting proteins. The dynamic solvation of redox and light-harvesting chromophores in photosynthesis plays an important role in the quantum efficiency of electron transfer and energy transfer performed by these systems, respectively. The FSS response function of fbCytc in water is biexponential over the 100-ps--50-ns regime and the two time constants are 1.4 ns and 9.1 ns. ZnCytc under similar solution conditions shows a biexponential FSS response but with time constants of 0.2 ns and 1.5 ns. The two correlation times from the FSS response function correspond to motions of the hydrophobic core and the solvent-contact layer, respectively. Both FSS correlation times were lengthened and the solvation reorganization energy was reduced from 43 cm-1 to 33 cm-1 in the presence of 50% (v/v) glycerol. A Brownian diffusion model with thermally activated barrier crossings on the protein-folding energy landscape is used to interpret these results. The conclusion is that the mean-squared deviations of the fluctuations exhibited by fbCytc are perhaps a factor of ten larger than those in ZnCytc, which is consistent with the suggestion that fbCytc assumes a dynamic, partially unfolded structure with some of the characteristics of a molten globule. The nature of the motion associated with the

  12. Computational study of cation substitutions in apatites

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    Tamm, Toomas . E-mail: tamm@yki.ttu.ee; Peld, Merike

    2006-05-15

    Density-functional theory plane-wave modeling of fluor- and hydroxyapatites has been performed, where one or two calcium ions per unit cell were replaced with cadmium or zinc cations. It was found that cadmium ions favor Ca(1) positions in fluorapatites and Ca(2) positions in hydroxyapatites, in agreement with experiment. A similar pattern is predicted for zinc substitutions. In the doubly substituted cases, where only hydroxyapatites were modeled, a preference for the substituting ions to be located in Ca(2) position was also observed. Displacement of the hydroxide ions from their symmetrical positions on the hexagonal axis can be used to explain the preferred configurations of substituting ions around the axis. -- Deformation of the hydroxide ion chain due to substitutions around the ion channel in substituted hydroxyapatites.

  13. 46 CFR 148.330 - Zinc ashes; zinc dross; zinc residues; zinc skimmings.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 5 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Zinc ashes; zinc dross; zinc residues; zinc skimmings... Materials § 148.330 Zinc ashes; zinc dross; zinc residues; zinc skimmings. (a) The shipper must inform the cognizant Coast Guard Captain of the Port in advance of any cargo transfer operations involving zinc...

  14. 46 CFR 148.330 - Zinc ashes; zinc dross; zinc residues; zinc skimmings.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 5 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Zinc ashes; zinc dross; zinc residues; zinc skimmings... Materials § 148.330 Zinc ashes; zinc dross; zinc residues; zinc skimmings. (a) The shipper must inform the cognizant Coast Guard Captain of the Port in advance of any cargo transfer operations involving zinc...

  15. 46 CFR 148.330 - Zinc ashes; zinc dross; zinc residues; zinc skimmings.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 5 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Zinc ashes; zinc dross; zinc residues; zinc skimmings... Materials § 148.330 Zinc ashes; zinc dross; zinc residues; zinc skimmings. (a) The shipper must inform the cognizant Coast Guard Captain of the Port in advance of any cargo transfer operations involving zinc...

  16. Laser Compression of Nanocrystalline Metals

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    Meyers, M. A.; Jarmakani, H. N.; Bringa, E. M.; Earhart, P.; Remington, B. A.; Vo, N. Q.; Wang, Y. M.

    2009-12-01

    Shock compression in nanocrystalline nickel is simulated over a range of pressures (10-80 GPa) and compared with experimental results. Laser compression carried out at Omega and Janus yields new information on the deformation mechanisms of nanocrystalline Ni. Although conventional deformation does not produce hardening, the extreme regime imparted by laser compression generates an increase in hardness, attributed to the residual dislocations observed in the structure by TEM. An analytical model is applied to predict the critical pressure for the onset of twinning in nanocrystalline nickel. The slip-twinning transition pressure is shifted from 20 GPa, for polycrystalline Ni, to 80 GPa, for Ni with g. s. of 10 nm. Contributions to the net strain from the different mechanisms of plastic deformation (partials, perfect dislocations, twinning, and grain boundary shear) were quantified in the nanocrystalline samples through MD calculations. The effect of release, a phenomenon often neglected in MD simulations, on dislocation behavior was established. A large fraction of the dislocations generated at the front are annihilated.

  17. Cement from magnesium substituted hydroxyapatite.

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    Lilley, K J; Gbureck, U; Knowles, J C; Farrar, D F; Barralet, J E

    2005-05-01

    Brushite cement may be used as a bone graft material and is more soluble than apatite in physiological conditions. Consequently it is considerably more resorbable in vivo than apatite forming cements. Brushite cement formation has previously been reported by our group following the mixture of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and phosphoric acid. In this study, brushite cement was formed from the reaction of nanocrystalline magnesium-substituted hydroxyapatite with phosphoric acid in an attempt to produce a magnesium substituted brushite cement. The presence of magnesium was shown to have a strong effect on cement composition and strength. Additionally the presence of magnesium in brushite cement was found to reduce the extent of brushite hydrolysis resulting in the formation of HA. By incorporating magnesium ions in the apatite reactant structure the concentration of magnesium ions in the liquid phase of the cement was controlled by the dissolution rate of the apatite. This approach may be used to supply other ions to cement systems during setting as a means to manipulate the clinical performance and characteristics of brushite cements.

  18. PSynthesis, characterization and electromagnetic properties of Zn-substituted CoFe2O4 via sucrose assisted combustion route

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    Gabal, M. A.; Al-Juaid, A. A.; Al-Rashed, S. M.; Hussein, M. A.; Al-Marzouki, F.

    2017-03-01

    Nanocrystalline Co1-xZnxFe2O4 ferrites (0.0≤x≤0.1) were synthesized via simple, economic and environmentally friend sucrose auto-combustion method. An appropriate mechanism for complexation process as well as ferrites formation was suggested and discussed. The detailed structural studies were estimated through X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements. The results confirmed the formation of mixed spinel phase with cubic structure and exhibited a gradual decrease in the crystal size from 58 nm to 20 nm by the addition of zinc. Based on the obtained structural parameters, an appropriate cation distribution was suggested and reinforced via electrical and magnetic properties measurements. Hysteresis loops measurements, indicated ferromagnetic characteristics, with hard magnetic properties, for the samples with 0.0≤x≤0.6. The samples with higher Zn-content exhibited paramagnetic properties. The changes in the magnetization and coercivity by the addition of zinc can be discussed in the view of the influence of cationic stoichiometry and magneto-crystalline anisotropy, respectively. The huge decrease in the magnetization value at x≥0.8 suggested a shift from ferromagnetic to paramagnetic characteristics. Ac-conductivity as well as dielectric constant behaviors reinforced this magnetic transition. The obtained Curie transition temperatures (TC) were gradually shifted to lower temperatures by the addition of zinc. The addition of zinc results in the substitution of Co2+ ions in the octahedral sites thus, decreases B-B hopping probability, decreases conductivity and consequently increases activation energy. The most predominant conduction mechanisms in the ferromagnetic and paramagnetic regions are expected to be due to electron hoppings between different valence state ions and small positive polaron migration, respectively.

  19. Ionic Conduction in Nanocrystalline Materials

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2000-02-10

    photo- largely due to oxygen desorption from particle voltaic cells and as the photocatalyst in water surfaces. The latter interpretation...and Tuller [22] prepared dense (-95%) temperature, where bulk reduction was observed. At compacts of TiO2 with the anatase phase. The lower... TiO2 , evidence preparation. is mixed. Nanocrystalline rutile appears to exhibit higher ionic conductivity than single crystal rutile while

  20. Laser Compression of Nanocrystalline Metals

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    Meyers, Marc

    2009-06-01

    Laser compression carried out at the Omega and Janus yields new information on the deformation mechanisms of nanocrystalline Ni. Although conventional deformation does not produce hardening, the extreme regime imparted by laser compression generates an increase in hardness, attributed to the residual dislocations observed in the structure by TEM. An analytical model is applied to predict the critical pressures for the cell-stacking-faults transition in single-crystalline nickel and the onset twinning in nanocrystalline nickel. The slip-twinning transition pressure is shifted from 20 GPa, for polycrystalline Ni, to 80 GPa, for Ni with g. s. of 10 nm. Contributions to the net strain from the mechanisms of plastic deformation (partials, perfect dislocations, twinning, and gb shear) were quantified in the nanocrystalline samples through MD calculations. The effect of release, a phenomenon often neglected in MD simulations, on dislocation behavior was established. A large fraction of the dislocations generated at the front are annihilated.[4pt] In collaboration with Hussam Jarmakani, University of California, San Diego; Eduardo Bringa, U. Nacional de Cuyo; Bruce Remington, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; V. Nhon, University of Illinois; P. Earhart and Morris Wang, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

  1. Zinc diffusion in tellurium doped gallium antimonide

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    Conibeer, G. J.; Willoughby, A. F. W.; Hardingham, C. M.; Sharma, V. K. M.

    1996-07-01

    Zinc diffusion into tellurium doped gallium antimonide, GaSb, has been carried out as a function of time, temperature, and antimony over-pressure. Total zinc profiles as well as carrier concentration profiles have been measured. Results favor a substitutional-interstitial vacancy (Frank-Turnbull)1 or kick-out (Gösele-Morehead)2 mechanism, although there is insufficient evidence to conclusively distinguish between them. There is also an inverse dependence of the diffusivity on antimony over-pressure, this is discussed in terms of zinc diffusion superimposed on gallium vacancy diffusion. Tellurium doping seems to have little effect on the diffusion because of its low level in comparison to that of zinc. Furthermore, at high zinc concentrations, the profiles indicate an additional component associated with a non-electrically active zinc species which has a small, strongly temperature dependent diffusion coefficient.

  2. Method of making nanocrystalline alpha alumina

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    Siegel, Richard W.; Hahn, Horst; Eastman, Jeffrey A.

    1992-01-01

    Method of making selected phases of nanocrystalline ceramic materials. Various methods of controlling the production of nanocrystalline alpha alumina and titanium oxygen phases are described. Control of the gas atmosphere and use of particular oxidation treatments give rise to the ability to control the particular phases provided in the aluminum/oxygen and titanium/oxygen system.

  3. Plastic deformation mechanisms in nanocrystalline metallic materials

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    Ovid'ko, Ilya A.

    2013-11-01

    This article discusses the experiments, computer simulations, and theoretical models addressing the conventional and specific mechanisms of plastic deformation in nanocrystalline metallic materials. Particular attention is devoted to the competition between lattice dislocation slip and specific deformation mechanisms mediated by grain boundaries as well as its sensitivity to grain size and other parameters of nanocrystalline metallic structures.

  4. Substitute Solutions.

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    Jones, Kevin R.; Hawkins, Amber

    2000-01-01

    In summer 1999, a group of Park City, Utah, school administrators, personnel directors, human-resource specialists, and substitute teacher coordinators brainstormed on improving the recruitment, training, and retention of substitute teachers. Providing effective preservice and on-the-job training and professional recognition are key suggestions.…

  5. Evaluation of structural, morphological and magnetic properties of CuZnNi (CuxZn0.5-xNi0.5Fe2O4) nanocrystalline ferrites for core, switching and MLCI's applications

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    Akhtar, Majid Niaz; Khan, Muhammad Azhar; Ahmad, Mukhtar; Nazir, M. S.; Imran, M.; Ali, A.; Sattar, A.; Murtaza, G.

    2017-01-01

    The influence of Cu substitution on the structural and morphological characteristics of Ni-Zn nanocrystalline ferrites have been discussed in this work. The detailed and systematic magnetic characterizations were also done for Cu substituted Ni-Zn nanoferrites. The nanocrystalline ferrites of Cu substituted CuxZn0.5-xNi0.5Fe2O4 ferrites (x=0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5) were synthesized using sol gel self-combustion hybrid method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) were used to investigate the properties of Cu substituted nanocrystalline ferrites. Single phase structure of Cu substituted in Ni-Zn nanocrystalline ferrites were investigated for all the samples. Crystallite size, lattice constant and volume of the cell were found to increase by increasing Cu contents in spinel structure. The better morphology with well-organized nanocrystals of Cu-Zn-Ni ferrites at x=0 and 0.5 were observed from both FESEM and TEM analysis. The average grain size was 35-46 nm for all prepared nanocrystalline samples. Magnetic properties such as coercivity, saturation, remanence, magnetic squareness, magneto crystalline anisotropy constant (K) and Bohr magneton were measured from the recorded M-H loops. The magnetic saturation and remanence were increased by the incorporation of Cu contents. However, coercivity follow the Stoner-Wolforth model except for x=0.3 which may be due to the site occupancy and replacement of Cu contents from octahedral site. The squareness ratio confirmed the super paramgnetic behaviour of the Cu substituted in Ni-Zn nanocrystalline ferrites. Furthermore, Cu substituted Ni-Zn nanocrystalline ferrites may be suitable for many industrial and domestic applications such as components of transformers, core, switching, and MLCI's due to variety of the soft magnetic characteristics.

  6. [Bone substitutes].

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    Jordana, Fabienne; Le Visage, Catherine; Weiss, Pierre

    2017-01-01

    Bone substitutes, used to fill a defect after a surgery or a trauma, provide a mechanical support and might induce bone healing. They constitute an alternative to autogenous bone grafts, the 'gold standard' which remains the reference despite its risk of postoperative complications. The clinician choice of a bone substitute is based on the required bone volume, the handling (injectability, malleability) and mechanical properties (setting time, viscosity, resorbability among others) of the material. Bone substitutes are commonly used in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, stomatology and dental applications. Their use increases steadily, with the recent clinical development of injectable forms. In addition, novel technologies by subtractive or additive techniques allow today the production of controlled architecture materials. Here, we present a bone substitutes classification according to their origin (natural or synthetic) and chemical composition, and the most common use of these substitutes. © 2017 médecine/sciences – Inserm.

  7. Skin Substitutes

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    Howe, Nicole; Cohen, George

    2014-01-01

    In a relatively short timespan, a wealth of new skin substitutes made of synthetic and biologically derived materials have arisen for the purpose of wound healing of various etiologies. This review article focuses on providing an overview of skin substitutes including their indications, contraindications, benefits, and limitations. The result of this overview was an appreciation of the vast array of options available for clinicians, many of which did not exist a short time ago. Yet, despite the rapid expansion this field has undergone, no ideal skin substitute is currently available. More research in the field of skin substitutes and wound healing is required not only for the development of new products made of increasingly complex biomolecular material, but also to compare the existing skin substitutes. PMID:25371771

  8. Laser compression of nanocrystalline tantalum

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    Lu, Chia-Hui; Maddox, Brian; Remington, B.; Bringa, Eduardo M.; Kawasaki, Megumi; Langdon, Terence; Park, Hye-Sook; Kad, Bimal; Meyers, Marc

    2012-03-01

    Nanocrystalline tantalum was prepared by high pressure torsion from monocrystalline [100] stock, yielding a grain size of 70nm. It was subjected to laser driven compression at energy levels of ~ 350 J to ~ 850 J in the Omega facility (LLE, U. of Rochester) with corresponding pressures as high as ~ 170 GPa. The laser beam created a crater of significant depth (~ 100 µm). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed dislocations in the grains but no twins in contrast with monocrystalline tantalum. Hardness measurements were conducted and show the same trend as single crystalline tantalum. The grain size was found to increase close to the energy deposition surface due to the thermomechanical excursion.

  9. Nanocrystalline high performance permanent magnets

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    Gutfleisch, O.; Bollero, A.; Handstein, A.; Hinz, D.; Kirchner, A.; Yan, A.; Müller, K.-H.; Schultz, L.

    2002-04-01

    Recent developments in nanocrystalline rare earth-transition metal magnets are reviewed and emphasis is placed on research work at IFW Dresden. Principal synthesis methods include high energy ball milling, melt spinning and hydrogen assisted methods such as reactive milling and hydrogenation-disproportionation-desorption-recombination. These techniques are applied to NdFeB-, PrFeB- and SmCo-type systems with the aim to produce high remanence magnets with high coercivity. Concepts of maximizing the energy density in nanostructured magnets by either inducing a texture via anisotropic HDDR or hot deformation or enhancing the remanence via magnetic exchange coupling are evaluated.

  10. Advanced Polyelectrolyte-Modified Zinc Phosphate Coatings

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1995-09-01

    September 1995 4 . TITLE AND SUBTITLE Advanced Polyelectrolyte-Modified Zinc Phosphate Coatings 6. AUTHOR(S) T. Sugama, N. Carciello and C.I...ADVANCED POLYELECTROLYTE-MODIFIED ZINC PHOSPHATE COATINGS ft PAL - ?y- 3 $> Phase I. Annual Report (October 1994 - September 1995) ^ by T. Sugama, N...and Cr-nitrates, 3 ) the substitution of environmentally safe polyelectrolyte for the conventional chrome-based compounds in the rinsing process, 4

  11. Zinc finger proteins as templates for metal ion exchange: Substitution effects on the C-finger of HIV nucleocapsid NCp7 using M(chelate) species (M=Pt, Pd, Au).

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    de Paula, Queite A; Mangrum, John B; Farrell, Nicholas P

    2009-10-01

    The interactions of monofunctional [MCl(chelate)] compounds (M=Pt(II), Pd(II) or Au(III) and chelate=diethylenetriamine, dien or 2,2',2''-terpyridine, terpy) with the C-terminal finger of the HIV nucleocapsid NCp7 zinc finger (ZF) were studied by mass spectrometry and circular dichroism spectroscopy. In the case of [M(dien)] species, Pt(II) and Pd(II) behaved in a similar fashion with evidence of adducts caused by displacement of Pt-Cl or Pd-Cl by zinc-bound thiolate. Labilization, presumably under the influence of the strong trans influence of thiolate, resulted in loss of ligand (dien) as well as zinc ejection and formation of species with only Pd(II) or Pt(II) bound to the finger. For both Au(III) compounds the reactions were very fast and only "gold fingers" with no ancillary ligands were observed. For all terpyridine compounds ligand scrambling and metal exchange occurred with formation of [Zn(terpy)](2+). The results conform well to those proposed from the study of model Zn compounds such as N,N'-bis(2-mercapto-ethyl)-1,4-diazacycloheptanezinc(II), [Zn(bme-dach)](2). The possible structures of the adducts formed are discussed and, for Pt(II) and Pd(II), the evidence for possible expansion of the zinc coordination sphere from four- to five-coordinate is discussed. This observation reinforces the possibility of change in geometry for zinc in biology, even in common "structural" sites in metalloenzymes. The results further show that the extent and rate of zinc displacement by inorganic compounds can be modulated by the nature (metal, ligands) of the reacting compound.

  12. Multifunctionality of nanocrystalline lanthanum ferrite

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    Rai, Atma; Thakur, Awalendra K.

    2016-05-01

    Nanocrystalline lanthanum ferrite has been synthesized by adopting modified Pechini route. No evidence of impurity or secondary phase has been detected up to the detection of error limit of X-ray diffractometer (XRD). Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction pattern reveals orthorhombic crystal system with space group Pnma (62).Crystallite size and lattice strain was found to be ˜42.8nm and 0.306% respectively. Optical band gap was found to be 2.109 eV, by UV-Visible diffused reflectance spectrum (DRS). Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) surface area was found to be ˜3.45 m2/g. Magnetization-hysteresis (M-H) loop was recorded at room temperature (300K) reveals weak ferromagnetism in Nanocrystalline lanthanum ferrite. The weak ferromagnetism in lanthanum ferrite is due to the uncompensated antiferromagnetic spin ordering. Ferroelectric loop hysteresis observed at room temperature at 100Hz depicts the presence of ferroelectric ordering in LaFeO3.Simultanious presence of magnetic and ferroelectric ordering at room temperature makes it suitable candidate of Multiferroic family.

  13. Laser Compression of Nanocrystalline Tantalum

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    Lu, Chia-Hui; Remington, Bruce; Maddox, Brian; Kad, Bimal; Park, Hye-Sook; Kawasaki, Megumi; Langdon, Terence; Meyers, Marc

    2013-06-01

    Nanocrystalline tantalum (g.s. ~70 nm) prepared by severe plastic deformation (HPT) from monocrystalline [100] stock was subjected to high energy laser driven shock compression (up to ~850 J), generating a pressure pulse with initial duration of ~3 ns and amplitude of up to ~145 GPa. TEM revealed few dislocations within the grains and an absence of twins at the highest shock strengths, in contrast with monocrystalline tantalum, which exhibited twinning at P > ~45 GPa. Hardness measurements were conducted and show a rise as the energy deposition surface is approached, evidence of shock-induced defects. The grain size was found to increase at a distance of 100 μm from the energy deposition surface as a result of thermally induced grain growth. Calculations using the Hu-Rath analysis are consistent with the experimental results. The experimentally measured dislocation densities and threshold stress for twinning are compared with predictions using analyses based on physically-based constitutive models. The predicted threshold stress for twinning increases from ~45 GPa for the monocrystalline to ~165 GPa for the nanocrystalline tantalum.

  14. Multifunctionality of nanocrystalline lanthanum ferrite

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    Rai, Atma; Thakur, Awalendra K.

    2016-05-06

    Nanocrystalline lanthanum ferrite has been synthesized by adopting modified Pechini route. No evidence of impurity or secondary phase has been detected up to the detection of error limit of X-ray diffractometer (XRD). Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction pattern reveals orthorhombic crystal system with space group Pnma (62).Crystallite size and lattice strain was found to be ∼42.8nm and 0.306% respectively. Optical band gap was found to be 2.109 eV, by UV-Visible diffused reflectance spectrum (DRS). Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) surface area was found to be ∼3.45 m{sup 2}/g. Magnetization-hysteresis (M-H) loop was recorded at room temperature (300K) reveals weak ferromagnetism in Nanocrystalline lanthanum ferrite. The weak ferromagnetism in lanthanum ferrite is due to the uncompensated antiferromagnetic spin ordering. Ferroelectric loop hysteresis observed at room temperature at 100Hz depicts the presence of ferroelectric ordering in LaFeO{sub 3}.Simultanious presence of magnetic and ferroelectric ordering at room temperature makes it suitable candidate of Multiferroic family.

  15. New separators for nickel-zinc batteries

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    Sheibley, D. W.

    1976-01-01

    Flexible separators consisting of a substrate coated with a mixture of a polymer and organic and inorganic additives were cycle tested in nickel-zinc cells. By substituting a rubber-based resin for polyphenylene oxide in the standard inorganic-organic separator, major improvements in both cell life and flexibility were made. Substituting newsprint for asbestos as the substrate shows promise for use on the zinc electrode and reduces separator cost. The importance of ample electrolyte in the cells was noted. Cycle lives and the characteristics of these flexible, low-cost separators were compared with those of a standard microporous polypropylene separator.

  16. Preparation of green and gelatin-free nanocrystalline cellulose capsules.

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    Zhang, Yapei; Zhao, Qing; Wang, Huashan; Jiang, Xingyu; Cha, Ruitao

    2017-05-15

    The ambiguous source and uncontrolled solubility of gelatin make it crucial to develop gelatin capsule substitutes. Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) of excellent mechanical performance, good biocompatibility and green origin has drawn many attentions as a new class of biomaterials. In this work, NCC capsule was prepared by dipping method with PEG and glycerol as plasticizer. The effect of PEG and glycerol on the rheological property of NCC gel and the surface morphology of NCC capsule was evaluated. The disintegration time of NCC capsule meet the criteria in United States Pharmacopoeia (USP32-701).There is no significant difference in the release of sulfuric acid between gelatin capsule and NCC capsule. NCC capsule thus has the potential as a green platform for biomedical applications in drug delivery. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Chemical synthesis of hexagonal indium nitride nanocrystallines at low temperature

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    Wang, Liangbiao; Shen, Qianli; Zhao, Dejian; Lu, Juanjuan; Liu, Weiqiao; Zhang, Junhao; Bao, Keyan; Zhou, Quanfa

    2017-08-01

    In this study, hexagonal indium nitride nanocystallines with high crystallinity have been prepared by the reaction of InCl3·4H2O, sulfur and NaNH2 in an autoclave at 160 °C. The crystal structures and morphologies of the obtained InN sample are characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope. As InCl3·4H2O is substituted by In(NO3)3·4.5H2O, InN nanocrystallines could also be obtained by using the similar method. The photoluminescence spectrum shows that the InN emits a broad peak positioned at 2.3 eV.

  18. Recent progress in high Bs Fe-based nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys

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    Ohta, M.; Yoshizawa, Y.

    2011-02-01

    High saturation magnetic flux density (high-Bs) alloy has been developed in an Fe-based nanocrystalline alloy system. A nanocrystalline phase with an average grain size of about 20 nm is obtained by annealing Cu-substituted and/or Cu-and-Si-complex-substituted Fe-B amorphous alloys. The alloy exhibits low coercivity of less than 7 A m-1 and a high Bs of more than 1.8 T. The iron loss at 50 Hz and 1.6 T for a toroidal core made of Fe80.5Cu1.5Si4B14 nanocrystalline alloy is 0.46 W kg-1, which is about 2/3 of that of grain-oriented Si steel. Moreover, the iron loss at 10 kHz and 0.2 T for a wound core made of this alloy is 7.5 W kg-1, which is about 25% of that of non-grain-oriented Si steel and about 60% of that of an Fe-based amorphous alloy. In addition, the cut cores made of the alloy show good superimposed dc-current characteristics and appear promising in applications such as power choke coils (at the high-frequency region).

  19. Nanocrystalline silicon based thin film solar cells

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    Ray, Swati

    2012-06-01

    Amorphous silicon solar cells and panels on glass and flexible substrate are commercially available. Since last few years nanocrystalline silicon thin film has attracted remarkable attention due to its stability under light and ability to absorb longer wavelength portion of solar spectrum. For amorphous silicon/ nanocrystalline silicon double junction solar cell 14.7% efficiency has been achieved in small area and 13.5% for large area modules internationally. The device quality nanocrystalline silicon films have been fabricated by RF and VHF PECVD methods at IACS. Detailed characterizations of the materials have been done. Nanocrystalline films with low defect density and high stability have been developed and used as absorber layer of solar cells.

  20. Micromechanics Modeling of Fracture in Nanocrystalline Metals

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    Glaessgen, E. H.; Piascik, R. S.; Raju, I. S.; Harris, C. E.

    2002-01-01

    Nanocrystalline metals have very high theoretical strength, but suffer from a lack of ductility and toughness. Therefore, it is critical to understand the mechanisms of deformation and fracture of these materials before their full potential can be achieved. Because classical fracture mechanics is based on the comparison of computed fracture parameters, such as stress intlmsity factors, to their empirically determined critical values, it does not adequately describe the fundamental physics of fracture required to predict the behavior of nanocrystalline metals. Thus, micromechanics-based techniques must be considered to quanti@ the physical processes of deformation and fracture within nanocrystalline metals. This paper discusses hndamental physicsbased modeling strategies that may be useful for the prediction Iof deformation, crack formation and crack growth within nanocrystalline metals.

  1. Improving the ductility of nanocrystalline bcc metals.

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    Farkas, Diana; Hyde, Brian

    2005-12-01

    Nanocrystalline metals present extremely high yield strengths but limited ductility. Using atomistic simulations, we show that the fracture resistance of bcc nanocrystalline materials increases with decreasing grain size below a critical grain size. There appears to be a "most brittle" grain size corresponding to the "strongest size" that has been postulated. Impurities that strengthen the grain boundaries can improve ductility significantly for the relatively larger grain sizes, whereas ductility decreases for the smallest grain sizes.

  2. Greener synthesis of nanocrystalline ZSM-5

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    Nada, Majid Hameed

    Nanocrystalline ZSM-5 zeolite, which is a well-known catalyst used in a variety of applications in industry, environment, and medicine, can be synthesized using different methods. However, a big challenge in synthesizing nanocrsytalline ZSM-5 is the use of an organic template such as TPAOH, which is very expensive. The template is required to facilitate the growth of the nanocrsytalline ZSM-5 during the synthesis. However, to use the nanocrsytalline ZSM-5, the template has to be removed by a calcination process to open the pores and reveal the active surface of the nanocrystalline ZSM-5. The calcination process requires a high temperature for a long time to remove the organic template. Consequently, synthesizing nanocrystalline ZSM-5 by using a templated method is considered to be time, energy, and materials inefficient. In addition, the production of CO2 from the calcination process is a negative impact on the environment. Therefore, finding another method to synthesize nanocrystalline ZSM-5 without using an organic template would be beneficial. Here, nanocrystalline ZSM-5 was synthesized successfully in high yield and quality by using a seed-assisted method and without using the organic template. In addition, the effect of synthesis temperature, synthesis time, basic environment, amount of seeds, size of seeds, aging time, and use of calcined and uncalcined seeds are investigated in this study. The synthesized nanocrystalline ZSM-5 materials were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), gas adsorption isotherm (BET/BJH), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

  3. The peculiarity of the formation of zinc films on a glass substrate

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    Tomaev, V. V.; Polishchuk, V. A.; Borisov, E. N.

    2016-06-17

    Thin Nanocrystalline films of the zinc have been fabricated by thermal spraying on the glass substrate. Morphologies and structure of the films had been investigated by the methods X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). It is found that the surface of the films has a different types of the nanocrystals zinc. Were detected intergrowths of two or more the nanocrystals, hexagonal shape. Using the theory of homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation of a new phase, had been evaluated the geometrical and thermodynamic parameters nanocrystals zinc.

  4. Solvent substitution

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    The DOE Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Office of Technology Development and the Air Force Engineering and Services Center convened the First Annual International Workshop on Solvent Substitution on December 4--7, 1990. The primary objectives of this joint effort were to share information and ideas among attendees in order to enhance the development and implementation of required new technologies for the elimination of pollutants associated with industrial use of hazardous and toxic solvents; and to aid in accelerating collaborative efforts and technology transfer between government and industry for solvent substitution. There were workshop sessions focusing on Alternative Technologies, Alternative Solvents, Recovery/Recycling, Low VOC Materials and Treatment for Environmentally Safe Disposal. The 35 invited papers presented covered a wide range of solvent substitution activities including: hardware and weapons production and maintenance, paint stripping, coating applications, printed circuit boards, metal cleaning, metal finishing, manufacturing, compliance monitoring and process control monitoring. This publication includes the majority of these presentations. In addition, in order to further facilitate information exchange and technology transfer, the US Air Force and DOE solicited additional papers under a general Call for Papers.'' These papers, which underwent review and final selection by a peer review committee, are also included in this combined Proceedings/Compendium. For those involved in handling, using or managing hazardous and toxic solvents, this document should prove to be a valuable resource, providing the most up-to-date information on current technologies and practices in solvent substitution. Individual papers are abstracted separated.

  5. Zinc phosphide

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    Zinc phoshide ; CASRN 1314 - 84 - 7 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic Ef

  6. Zinc interactions

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    The most common and probably the most harmful micronutrient deficiency of commercial pecan enterprises is zinc deficiency. A review is presented of how orchard nutrient element management practices potentially influence tree Zn nutrition. Findings provide background information on how to reduce th...

  7. Zinc cyanide

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    Zinc cyanide ; CASRN 557 - 21 - 1 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic Effe

  8. Nanocrystalline cellulose from coir fiber: preparation, properties, and applications

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    Nanocrystalline cellulose derived from various botanical sources offers unique and potentially useful characteristics. In principle, any cellulosic material can be considered as a potential source of a nanocrystalline material, including crops, crop residues, and agroindustrial wastes. Because of t...

  9. Formation of ZnO Nanocrystalline via Facile Non-Hydrolytic Route

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    Ooi, M. D. Johan; Aziz, A. Abdul; Abdullah, M. J.

    2011-05-25

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystalline were synthesized via oxidizing Zn powder in non-aqueous solvent with addition of Diethanolamine (DEA) as a stabilizing agent. The influence of DEA on the structural, optical properties and the formation of ZnO nanocrystalline were studied. The synthesized ZnO were polycrystalline in structures where sample without the addition of DEA shows high intensity peak of (002) phase compared with sample in the presence of DEA which preferred to grow in (101) direction. SEM micrograph displays the morphology of ZnO nanocrystalline for both of the samples which shows micron size and non-uniform particles for sample without DEA whereas for sample with DEA exhibit smaller size ({approx}110 nm) and nearly spherical in shape despite of some agglomeration occurs at the interparticle separation. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra shows UV emission peak for both of the samples where sample with the absence of DEA possess lower intensity of UV emission peak compared to samples with DEA which demonstrate stronger intensity despite of having very weak visible secondary emission peak at 530 nm.

  10. Photoconductivity on nanocrystalline ZnO/TiO2 thin films obtained by sol-gel

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    Valverde-Aguilar, G.; García-Macedo, J. A.; Juárez-Arenas, R.

    2008-08-01

    In this paper we report results on the synthesis, characterization and photoconductivity behaviour of amorphous and nanocrystalline ZnO/TiO2 thin films. They were produced by the sol-gel process at room temperature by using the spin-coating method and deposited on glass substrates. The ZnO/TiO2 films were synthesized by using tetrabutyl orthotitanate and zinc nitrate hexahydrate as the inorganic precursors. The samples were sintered at 520°C for 1 hour. The obtained films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical absorption (OA), infrared spectroscopy (IR) and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) studies. Photoconductivity studies were performed on amorphous and nanocrystalline (anatase phase) films to determine the charge transport parameters. The experimental data were fitted with straight lines at darkness and under illumination at 310 nm, 439 nm and 633 nm. This indicates an ohmic behavior. The Φμτ and Φl0 parameters were fitted by least-squares with straight lines (nanocrystalline films) and polynomial fits (amorphous films).

  11. Dip coated nanocrystalline CdZnS thin films for solar cell application

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    Dongre, J. K.; Chaturvedi, Mahim; Patil, Yuvraj; Sharma, Sandhya; Jain, U. K.

    2015-07-01

    Nanocrystalline cadmium sulfide (CdS) and zinc cadmium sulfide (ZnCdS) thin films have been grown via simple and low cost dip coating technique. The prepared films are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopic (AFM) and UV-VIS spectrophotometer techniques to reveal their structural, morphological and optical properties. XRD shows that both samples grown have zinc blende structure. The grain size is calculated as 6.2 and 8 nm using Scherrer's formula. The band gap value of CdS and CdZnS film is estimated to be 2.58 and 2.69 eV respectively by UV-vis spectroscopy. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) investigations are carried out using cell configuration as n-CdZnS/(1M NaOH + 1M Na2S + 1M S)/C. The photovoltaic output characteristic is used to calculate fill-factor (FF) and solar conversion efficiency (η).

  12. Fabrications of zinc-releasing biocement combining zinc calcium phosphate to calcium phosphate cement.

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    Horiuchi, Shinya; Hiasa, Masahiro; Yasue, Akihiro; Sekine, Kazumitsu; Hamada, Kenichi; Asaoka, Kenzo; Tanaka, Eiji

    2014-01-01

    Recently, zinc-releasing bioceramics have been the focus of much attention owing to their bone-forming ability. Thus, some types of zinc-containing calcium phosphate (e.g., zinc-doped tricalcium phosphate and zinc-substituted hydroxyapatite) are examined and their osteoblastic cell responses determined. In this investigation, we studied the effects of zinc calcium phosphate (ZCP) derived from zinc phosphate incorporated into calcium phosphate cement (CPC) in terms of its setting reaction and MC3T3-E1 osteoblast-like cell responses. Compositional analysis by powder X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that HAP crystals were precipitated in the CPC containing 10 or 30wt% ZCP after successfully hardening. However, the crystal growth observed by scanning electron microscopy was delayed in the presence of additional ZCP. These findings indicate that the additional zinc inhibits crystal growth and the conversion of CPC to the HAP crystals. The proliferation of the cells and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity were enhanced when 10wt% ZCP was added to CPC. Taken together, ZCP added CPC at an appropriate fraction has a potent promotional effect on bone substitute biomaterials. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Zinc diffusion in tellurium doped gallium antimonide

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    Conibeer, G. J.; Willoughby, A. F. W.; Hardingham, C. M.; Sharma, V. K. M.

    1996-07-01

    Zinc diffusion into tellurium doped gallium antimonide, GaSb, has been carried out as a function of time, temperature and antimony over-pressure. Total zinc profiles as well as carrier concentration profiles have been measured. Results indicate an inverse dependence of the diffusivity on antimony over-pressure and favour an interstitial-substitutional vacancy [F.C. Frank and D. Turnbull, Phys. Rev. 104 (1956) 617] or kick-out [U. Gösele and F. Morehead, J. Appl. Phys. 52 (1981) 4617] mechanism. Furthermore, at high zinc concentrations, the profiles indicate an additional component associated with a non-electrically active zinc species which has a small, strongly temperature dependent diffusion coefficient.

  14. Rapid phase synthesis of nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite

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    Shanmugavel, T.; Raj, S. Gokul; Rajarajan, G.; Kumar, G. Ramesh

    2014-04-24

    Synthesis of single phase nanocrystalline Cobalt Ferrite (CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) was achieved by single step autocombustion technique with the use of citric acid as a chelating agent in mono proportion with metal. Specimens prepared with this method showed significantly higher initial permeability's than with the conventional process. Single phase nanocrystalline cobalt ferrites were formed at very low temperature. Surface morphology identification were carried out by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. The average grain size and density at low temperature increased gradually with increasing the temperature. The single phase formation is confirmed through powder X-ray diffraction analysis. Magnetization measurements were obtained at room temperature by using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), which showed that the calcined samples exhibited typical magnetic behaviors. Temperature dependent magnetization results showed improved behavior for the nanocrystalline form of cobalt ferrite when compared to the bulk nature of materials synthesized by other methods.

  15. Nanocrystalline ribbons for energy harvesting applications

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    Chiriac, H.; Å¢ibu, M.; Lupu, N.; Skorvanek, I.; Óvári, T.-A.

    2014-05-01

    An energy harvesting device based on nanocrystalline ribbons, able to convert mechanical vibrations to electrical energy, is presented. Such an energy harvesting device having embedded wireless microsensors can provide continuous monitoring of machines or infrastructure health without using service personnel in different areas with high risks. A multilayer core based on magnetic nanocrystalline ribbons was implemented to build the coil for an electromagnetic energy harvesting device with superior characteristics (voltage and power) compared to piezoelectric or pure magnetostrictive devices. Two different configurations were realized and tested for the energy harvester: vibrating core and vibrating magnets. The highest power density achieved for our harvesters using nanocrystalline ribbons is 45 mW/cm3 at 1 g (resonant frequency 47 Hz) and seems to be among the highest reported in literature.

  16. The Double Zinc Finger Domain and Adjacent Accessory Domain from the Transcription Factor Loss of Zinc Sensing 1 (Loz1) Are Necessary for DNA Binding and Zinc Sensing

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    Ehrensberger, Kate M.; Corkins, Mark E.; Choi, Sangyong; Bird, Amanda J.

    2014-01-01

    The Loz1 transcription factor from Schizosaccharomyces pombe plays an essential role in zinc homeostasis by repressing target gene expression in zinc-replete cells. To determine how Loz1 function is regulated by zinc, we employed a genetic screen to isolate mutants with impaired zinc-dependent gene expression and analyzed Loz1 protein truncations to map a minimal zinc-responsive domain. In the screen, we isolated 36 new loz1 alleles. 27 of these alleles contained mutations resulting in the truncation of the Loz1 protein. The remaining nine alleles contained point mutations leading to an amino acid substitution within a C-terminal double zinc finger domain. Further analysis of two of these substitutions revealed that they disrupted Loz1 DNA activity in vitro. By analyzing Loz1 protein truncations, we found that the last 96 amino acids of Loz1 was the smallest region that was able to confer partial zinc-dependent repression in vivo. This 96-amino acid region contains the double zinc finger domain and an accessory domain that enhances DNA binding. These results were further supported by the findings that MtfA, a transcription factor from Aspergillus nidulans that contains a related double zinc finger, is unable to complement loz1Δ, whereas a chimera of MtfA containing the Loz1 accessory domain is able to complement loz1Δ. Together, our studies indicate that the double zinc finger domain and adjacent accessory domain preceding zinc finger 1 are necessary for DNA binding and zinc-dependent repression. PMID:24831008

  17. Doping in Zinc Selenide

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    Wheeler, Edward Dean

    An experimental technique ensuring the incorporation of substitutional arsenic and copper doping in ZnSe is presented. Two techniques are investigated. In each, neutron transmutation doping is employed to introduce arsenic and copper dopants in ZnSe. In the first technique, as-grown crystals of ZnSe are exposed to thermal neutrons. The crystals are thermally annealed after irradiation in order to repair the neutron induced lattice damage. The thermal annealing schedules employed in this work, however, do not fully repair the ZnSe lattice. In the second technique, homoepitaxial layers of ZnSe are deposited with irradiated zinc and selenium as source materials. High quality layers of ZnSe, characterized by x-ray diffraction and low temperature photoluminescence, are produced. The long half lives of As^ {75} and Zn^{65} allow the epitaxial layers to be formed prior to nuclear decay. Since the nuclear recoil associated with the decays are not sufficient to displace the dopant nuclei from their substitutional lattice sites, the technique results in isolated As_{Se } or isolated Cu_{Zn } being introduced in layers of ZnSe after crystal growth. Since the dopants are introduced in the bulk crystal after crystal growth, the doping process is decoupled from any interactions present during crystal growth. A technique in which crystal doping is decoupled from crystal growth provides several unique probes for arsenic and copper doping in ZnSe.

  18. Ionic liquid-templated preparation of mesoporous silica embedded with nanocrystalline sulfated zirconia

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    Ward, Antony J.; Pujari, Ajit A.; Costanzo, Lorenzo; Masters, Anthony F.; Maschmeyer, Thomas

    2011-12-01

    A series of mesoporous silicas impregnated with nanocrystalline sulphated zirconia was prepared by a sol-gel process using an ionic liquid-templated route. The physicochemical properties of the mesoporous sulphated zirconia materials were studied using characterisation techniques such as inductively coupled optical emission spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis, elemental analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Analysis of the new silicas indicates isomorphous substitution of silicon with zirconium and reveals the presence of extremely small (< 10 nm) polydispersed zirconia nanoparticles in the materials with zirconium loadings from 27.77 to 41.4 wt.%.

  19. Nanocrystalline M-type hexaferrite powders: Preparation, geometric and magnetic properties

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    Goernert, P.; Pfeiffer, H.; Sinn, E.; Mueller, R.; Schueppel, W.; Roesler, M.; Batlle, X.; Garcia del Muro, M.; Tejada, J.; Gali, S.

    1994-03-01

    Co-Ti-Sn-Ge substituted M-type barium hexaferrite powders with mean grain sizes between about 10 nm and about 1 {mu}m and a narrow size distribution were prepared reproducible by means of a modified glass crystallization method. At annealing temperatures between 560 and 580 C of the amorphous flakes nanocrystalline particles grow. They behave super paramagnetically at room temperature and change into stable magnetic single domains at lower temperatures. The magnetic volume of the powders is considerably less than the geometric one. However, the effective anisotropy fields are larger by a factor of two or three.

  20. Ionic liquid-templated preparation of mesoporous silica embedded with nanocrystalline sulfated zirconia

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    A series of mesoporous silicas impregnated with nanocrystalline sulphated zirconia was prepared by a sol-gel process using an ionic liquid-templated route. The physicochemical properties of the mesoporous sulphated zirconia materials were studied using characterisation techniques such as inductively coupled optical emission spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis, elemental analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Analysis of the new silicas indicates isomorphous substitution of silicon with zirconium and reveals the presence of extremely small (< 10 nm) polydispersed zirconia nanoparticles in the materials with zirconium loadings from 27.77 to 41.4 wt.%. PMID:21711725

  1. Direct Coating of Nanocrystalline Diamond on Steel

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    Tsugawa, Kazuo; Kawaki, Shyunsuke; Ishihara, Masatou; Hasegawa, Masataka

    2012-09-01

    Nanocrystalline diamond films have been successfully deposited on stainless steel substrates without any substrate pretreatments to promote diamond nucleation, including the formation of interlayers. A low-temperature growth technique, 400 °C or lower, in microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition using a surface-wave plasma has cleared up problems in diamond growth on ferrous materials, such as the surface graphitization, long incubation time, substrate softening, and poor adhesion. The deposited nanocrystalline diamond films on stainless steel exhibit good adhesion and tribological properties, such as a high wear resistance, a low friction coefficient, and a low aggression strength, at room temperature in air without lubrication.

  2. Zinc and growth.

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    Nishi, Y

    1996-08-01

    Zinc is an essential nutrients and plays an important role in growth and sexual function. Zinc deficiency has been known to cause growth retardation and hypogonadism. Several mechanisms of growth retardation and hypogonadism due to zinc deficiency have been suggested. Zinc affects growth hormone (GH) metabolism. Conversely, GH affects zinc metabolism. Zinc deficiency may result in reduced GH production and/or insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I). Zinc deficiency may also affect bone metabolism and gonadal function. The interrelationships among zinc, growth, gonadal function, and GH-IGF-I axis appears to be complex.

  3. A Method for Quantitative Phase Analysis of Nanocrystalline Zirconium Dioxide Polymorphs.

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    Zhou, Zhiqiang; Guo, Li

    2015-04-01

    A method based on X-ray diffractometry was developed for quantitative phase analysis of nanocrystalline zirconium dioxide polymorphs. Corresponding formulas were derived. The key factors therein were evaluated by rigorous theoretical calculation and fully verified by experimentation. A process of iteration was raised to make the experimental verification proceed in the case of lack of pure ZrO2 crystal polymorphs. By this method, the weight ratios of tetragonal ZrO2 (t-ZrO2) to monoclinic ZrO2 (m-ZrO2) in any a mixture that contains nanocrystalline t-ZrO2 and m-ZrO2 or their weight fractions in a mixture that is composed of nanocrystalline t-ZrO2 and m-ZrO2 can be determined only upon an XRD test. It is proved by both theoretical calculation and experimental test that mutual substitutions of t-ZrO2 and cubic ZrO2 (c-ZrO2) in a wide range show almost no impact on the XRD patterns of their mixtures. And plus the similarity in property of t-ZrO2 and c-ZrO2, they can be treated as one whole phase. The high agreement of the theoretical and experimental results in this work also proves the validity and reliability of the theoretical calculation based on X-ray diffractometry theory for such quantitative phase analysis. This method has the potential to be popularized to other materials.

  4. Deformation of nanocrystalline materials at ultrahigh strain rates - microstructure perspective in nanocrystalline nickel

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    Wang, Y; Bringa, E; Victoria, M; Caro, A; McNaney, J; Smith, R; Remington, B

    2006-04-10

    Nanocrystalline materials with grain sizes smaller than 100 nm have attracted extensive research in the past decade. Due to their high strength, these materials are good candidates for high pressure shock loading experiments. In this paper, we investigated the microstructural evolutions of nanocrystalline nickel with grain sizes of 10-50 nm, shock-loaded in a range of pressures (20-70 GPa). A laser-driven isentropic compression process was applied to achieve high shock-pressures in a timescale of nanoseconds and thus the high-strain-rate deformation of nanocrystalline nickel. Postmortem transmission electron microscopy (TEM) examinations reveal that the nanocrystalline structures survive the shock deformation and that dislocation activity is the prevalent deformation mechanism when the grain sizes are larger than 30 nm, without any twinning activity at twice the stress threshold for twin formation in micrometer-sized polycrystals. However, deformation twinning becomes an important deformation mode for 10-20 nm grain-sized samples.

  5. Ultrasonically assisted hydrothermal synthesis of nanocrystalline ZrO2, TiO2, NiFe2O4 and Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 powders.

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    Meskin, Pavel E; Ivanov, Vladimir K; Barantchikov, Alexander E; Churagulov, Bulat R; Tretyakov, Yury D

    2006-01-01

    Ultrasonic-hydrothermal and hydrothermal treatment was used for synthesis of nanocrystalline zirconia, titania, nickel and nickel-zinc ferrites powders from precipitated amorphous zirconyl, titanyl, binary nickel-iron and ternary nickel-zinc-iron hydroxides, respectively. Resulted nanopowders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen adsorption (BET), and magnetic susceptibility measurements. It was established that ultrasonically assisted hydrothermal treatment of amorphous zirconyl and titanyl gels results in significant rise of the rate of ZrO2 and TiO2 crystallization and promotes formation of thermodynamically stable monoclinic zirconia, but does not affect the microstructure and mean particles size of resulting nanopowders. Ultrasonic-hydrothermal processing of co-precipitated amorphous nickel, zinc and iron hydroxides favours formation of nanocrystalline ferrite powders with narrower particle size distribution.

  6. Biomimetic three-dimensional nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and magnetically synthesized single-walled carbon nanotube chitosan nanocomposite for bone regeneration

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    Im, Owen; Li, Jian; Wang, Mian; Zhang, Lijie Grace; Keidar, Michael

    2012-01-01

    Background Many shortcomings exist in the traditional methods of treating bone defects, such as donor tissue shortages for autografts and disease transmission for allografts. The objective of this study was to design a novel three-dimensional nanostructured bone substitute based on magnetically synthesized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT), biomimetic hydrothermally treated nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite, and a biocompatible hydrogel (chitosan). Both nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and SWCNT have a biomimetic nanostructure, excellent osteoconductivity, and high potential to improve the load-bearing capacity of hydrogels. Methods Specifically, three-dimensional porous chitosan scaffolds with different concentrations of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and SWCNT were created to support the growth of human osteoblasts (bone-forming cells) using a lyophilization procedure. Two types of SWCNT were synthesized in an arc discharge with a magnetic field (B-SWCNT) and without a magnetic field (N-SWCNT) for improving bone regeneration. Results Nanocomposites containing magnetically synthesized B-SWCNT had superior cytocompatibility properties when compared with nonmagnetically synthesized N-SWCNT. B-SWCNT have much smaller diameters and are twice as long as their nonmagnetically prepared counterparts, indicating that the dimensions of carbon nanotubes can have a substantial effect on osteoblast attachment. Conclusion This study demonstrated that a chitosan nanocomposite with both B-SWCNT and 20% nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite could achieve a higher osteoblast density when compared with the other experimental groups, thus making this nanocomposite promising for further exploration for bone regeneration. PMID:22619545

  7. Band gap bowing of nanocrystalline Zn(1-x)CaxO thin films for blue and ultraviolet optoelectronic applications

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    Narayanan, Nripasree; Deepak, N. K.

    2017-09-01

    Alloying materials having different band gaps is a tool to tailor the optical energy gaps of semiconducting materials. In the present study, the effect of alloying ZnO with CaO was investigated. Thin films of Zn(1-x)CaxO (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.20) were deposited on glass substrates by spray pyrolysis technique. All the films possessed nanocrystalline grains and crystallinity deteriorated with increase in Ca2+ substitution level. Elemental composition analysis confirmed the presence of Ca in the samples. Films showed good optical transmission in the visible and near infrared region and the absorption edge blue-shifted with Ca2+ substitution. Optical energy gap enhanced by 9.89% upon 20% Ca2+ substitution. Photoluminescence analysis also confirmed band gap broadening with mesovalent cation substitution.

  8. Reactive plasma synthesis of nanocrystalline ceramic oxides

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    Sreekumar, K. P.; Vijay, M.; Thiyagarajan, T. K.; Krishnan, K.; Ananthapadmanabhan, P. V.

    2010-02-01

    Reactive plasma synthesis is an attractive route to synthesize nanocrystalline materials. A 40 kW DC non-transferred arc plasma reactor has been designed and developed in our laboratory for synthesis of nanocrystalline materials. The main components of the plasma reactor include a 40 kW DC plasma generator or plasma torch, water-cooled reactor segment, product collection facility, DC power supply, cooling-water system and exhaust gas vent. The system has been used to synthesize nano-crystalline oxides of aluminium, titanium and zirconium. Aluminium metal powder was used as the starting material to synthesize alumina. The hydrides of Ti and Zr were used as the precursor for synthesis of nanocrystalline titania and zirconia respectively. The precursor powders were injected into the thermal plasma jet and were allowed to react with oxygen injected downstream the jet. The precursor powder particles were oxidized 'in-flight' to form nano-sized powder of the respective metal, which deposited on the walls of the reactor and collector assembly. Various analytical tools were used to characterized the products.

  9. Magnetic properties of nanocrystalline transition metals

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    Aus, Martin J.

    1999-09-01

    In the past decade, considerable attention has been devoted to the nanoprocessing of magnetic materials to enhance specific magnetic properties. For nanocrystalline materials in which the grain size approaches the dimensions of the domain wall thickness of conventional materials, considerable changes in magnetic behaviour are expected. In the present work, various electrodeposited ferromagnetic nanocrystalline pure metals and alloys were characterized by using a vibrating sample magnetometer. The systems investigated include pure Ni and Co as well as alloys of Ni-P, Ni-Fe and Co-Fe. These studies explored the effect of gram size on coercivity, indicating that the crystallographic texture is more significant than gram size. In addition, these studies reported, for the first time, that saturation magnetization of pore-free electroplated bulk nanocrystalline transition metals and their alloys is relatively little affected by grain size. In contrast, previously reported results for ultra-fine particles and nanomaterials produced from compacted powders showed a strong decrease in saturation magnetization with decreasing grain size. The difference in results for pore-free electrodeposits and ultrafine particles/compacted powders has been attributed to antiferromagnetic surface oxide layers, which is a direct result of large internal porosity in the latter group of materials. Further magnetic studies were completed on nanocrystalline electrodeposits produced by magnetoelectrohydrolysis. The effects of applied magnetic field strength and substrate orientation on saturation magnetization and coercivity of Ni-Fe and Co were explored. The results have shown that both nanoprocessing and electroplating in a magnetic field can improve soft magnetic properties by lowering the coercivity. Thermomagnetic studies examined saturation magnetization as a function of temperature, Curie temperature and coercivity changes during annealing. The Curie temperatures of electrodeposited

  10. Intravesical nanocrystalline silver decreases experimental bladder inflammation.

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    Boucher, W; Stern, J M; Kotsinyan, V; Kempuraj, D; Papaliodis, D; Cohen, M S; Theoharides, T C

    2008-04-01

    Interstitial cystitis is a sterile bladder inflammatory disease characterized by pelvic pain, urinary urgency and frequency. Nanocrystalline silver has anti-inflammatory properties, prompting us to investigate its effect in experimental bladder inflammation. Nanocrystalline silver (0.01%, 0.05%, 0.1%, 0.5% or 1%) or phosphate buffered saline (Invitrogen) (0.5 ml) was introduced intravesically in Sprague-Dawley female rat (Charles River Laboratories, Wilmington, Massachusetts) bladders for 20 minutes, followed by vehicle or protamine sulfate (10 mg/ml for 30 minutes) and lipopolysaccharide (Sigma) (2 mg/ml for 45 minutes). Urine was collected throughout for histamine assay. The catheter was removed, the rat was returned to its cage and 4 hours later it was sacrificed. The bladder was harvested, minced and cultured overnight. The medium was collected for tumor necrosis factor-alpha assay. Mean +/- SD total urine histamine increased from 270 +/- 190 ng in 4 controls to 842 +/- 239 ng after protamine sulfate/lipopolysaccharide and it decreased to 505 +/- 187 ng in 6 animals after pretreatment with 1% nanocrystalline silver (p = 0.036). Tumor necrosis factor-alpha release in explant medium increased from 0.02 +/- 0.03 pg/mg in 6 controls to 0.28 +/- 0.15 pg/mg in 14 animals after treatment with protamine sulfate/lipopolysaccharide and it decreased to 0.12 +/- 0.11 pg/mg in 10 animals pretreated with nanocrystalline silver (p = 0.009). Nanocrystalline silver was not effective at less than 1% and at 1% alone it released 0.05 +/- 0.07 pg/mg tumor necrosis factor-alpha in 7 rats (vs phosphate buffered saline in 6, p = 0.387). Nanocrystalline silver (1%) significantly decreased bladder inflammation and mast cell activation. These effects were apparent even 4 days later. Intravesical administration of nanocrystalline silver (1%) decreased urine histamine, bladder tumor necrosis factor-alpha and mast cell activation without any toxic effect. This action may be useful for

  11. Zinc and zinc transporters in prostate carcinogenesis

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    Kolenko, Vladimir; Teper, Ervin; Kutikov, Alexander; Uzzo, Robert

    2013-01-01

    The healthy human prostate accumulates the highest level of zinc of any soft tissue in the body. This unique property is retained in BPH, but is lost in prostatic malignancy, which implicates changes in zinc and its transporters in carcinogenesis. Indeed, zinc concentrations diminish early in the course of prostate carcinogenesis, preceding histopathological changes, and continue to decline during progression toward castration-resistant disease. Numerous studies suggest that increased zinc intake might protect against progression of prostatic malignancy. Despite increased dietary intake, zinc accumulation might be limited by the diminished expression of zinc uptake transporters, resulting in decreased intratumoural zinc levels. This finding can explain the conflicting results of various epidemiological studies evaluating the role of zinc supplementation on primary and secondary prostate cancer prevention. Overall, more research into the mechanisms of zinc homeostasis are needed to fully understand its impact on prostate carcinogenesis. Only then can the potential of zinc and zinc transport proteins be harnessed in the diagnosis and treatment of men with prostate cancer. PMID:23478540

  12. Production of zinc pellets

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    Cooper, J.F.

    1996-11-26

    Uniform zinc pellets are formed for use in batteries having a stationary or moving slurry zinc particle electrode. The process involves the cathodic deposition of zinc in a finely divided morphology from battery reaction product onto a non-adhering electrode substrate. The mossy zinc is removed from the electrode substrate by the action of gravity, entrainment in a flowing electrolyte, or by mechanical action. The finely divided zinc particles are collected and pressed into pellets by a mechanical device such as an extruder, a roller and chopper, or a punch and die. The pure zinc pellets are returned to the zinc battery in a pumped slurry and have uniform size, density and reactivity. Applications include zinc-air fuel batteries, zinc-ferricyanide storage batteries, and zinc-nickel-oxide secondary batteries. 6 figs.

  13. Production of zinc pellets

    DOEpatents

    Cooper, John F.

    1996-01-01

    Uniform zinc pellets are formed for use in batteries having a stationary or moving slurry zinc particle electrode. The process involves the cathodic deposition of zinc in a finely divided morphology from battery reaction product onto a non-adhering electrode substrate. The mossy zinc is removed from the electrode substrate by the action of gravity, entrainment in a flowing electrolyte, or by mechanical action. The finely divided zinc particles are collected and pressed into pellets by a mechanical device such as an extruder, a roller and chopper, or a punch and die. The pure zinc pellets are returned to the zinc battery in a pumped slurry and have uniform size, density and reactivity. Applications include zinc-air fuel batteries, zinc-ferricyanide storage batteries, and zinc-nickel-oxide secondary batteries.

  14. Production of zinc pellets

    DOEpatents

    Cooper, J.F.

    1996-11-26

    Uniform zinc pellets are formed for use in batteries having a stationary or moving slurry zinc particle electrode. The process involves the cathodic deposition of zinc in a finely divided morphology from battery reaction product onto a non-adhering electrode substrate. The mossy zinc is removed from the electrode substrate by the action of gravity, entrainment in a flowing electrolyte, or by mechanical action. The finely divided zinc particles are collected and pressed into pellets by a mechanical device such as an extruder, a roller and chopper, or a punch and die. The pure zinc pellets are returned to the zinc battery in a pumped slurry and have uniform size, density and reactivity. Applications include zinc-air fuel batteries, zinc-ferricyanide storage batteries, and zinc-nickel-oxide secondary batteries. 6 figs.

  15. Magnetization processes in nanocrystalline gadolinium.

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    Mathew, S P; Kaul, S N

    2012-06-27

    The thermal decline in magnetization, M(T), at fixed magnetic field (H) under 'zero-field-cooled' (ZFC) and 'field-cooled' (FC) conditions, the time evolution of ZFC magnetization, M(ZFC)(t), at fixed temperature and field, M(H) hysteresis loops/isotherms, and ac susceptibility have been measured on polycrystalline Gd samples with average grain sizes of d = 12 and 18 nm. The irreversibility in magnetization, M(irr), occurring below a characteristic temperature that reduces with increasing H, is completely suppressed above a grain-size-dependent threshold field, H*. At low fields (H ≤ 100 Oe), M(irr)(T), like the coercive field, H(c)(T), exhibits a minimum at ∼16 K and a broad peak at ∼50 K before going to zero at T ≃ T(C) (Curie temperature). At fixed temperature (T < T(C)) and field (H ≪ H*), where M(irr) is finite, M(ZFC) has a logarithmic dependence on time. The magnetic viscosity (S) at H = 1 Oe and T ≤ 290 K is independent of the measurement time above ∼2 ms but for t < 2 ms it is strongly time-dependent. S(T) peaks at T ≃ T(C) for H = 1 Oe. A magnetic field reduces the peak height and shifts the peak in S(T) to lower temperatures. All the above observations are put on a consistent theoretical footing within the framework of a model in which the intra-grain magnetizations overcome the energy barriers (brought about by the intra-grain and grain-boundary/interfacial magnetic anisotropies) by the thermal activation process. These field- and temperature-dependent energy barriers, that separate the high-energy metastable (ZFC) state from the stable minimum-energy (FC) state, are independent of time for t ≳ 2 ms and have a very broad distribution. We show that the shape anisotropy plays a decisive role in the magnetization reversal process, and that the magnetocrystalline and magnetostatic fluctuations, prevalent in the grain-boundary and interfacial regions, govern the approach-to-saturation of magnetization in nanocrystalline Gd.

  16. Zinc Binding Directly Regulates Tau Toxicity Independent of Tau Hyperphosphorylation

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    Huang, Yunpeng; Wu, Zhihao; Cao, Yu; Lang, Minglin; Lu, Bingwei; Zhou, Bing

    2015-01-01

    SUMMARY Tau hyperphosphorylation is thought to underlie tauopathy. Working in a Drosophila tauopathy model expressing a human Tau mutant (hTauR406W, or Tau*), we show that zinc contributes to the development of Tau toxicity through two independent actions: by increasing Tau phosphorylation and, more significantly, by directly binding to Tau. Elimination of zinc binding through amino acid substitution of Cys residues has a minimal effect on phosphorylation levels yet essentially eliminates Tau toxicity. The toxicity of the zinc-binding-deficient mutant Tau* (Tau*C2A) and overexpression of native Drosophila Tau, also lacking the corresponding zinc-binding Cys residues, are largely impervious to zinc concentration. Importantly, restoration of zinc-binding ability to Tau* by introduction of a zinc-binding residue (His) into the original Cys positions restores zinc-responsive toxicities in proportion to zinc-binding affinities. These results indicate zinc binding is a substantial contributor to tauopathy and have implications for therapy development. PMID:25066125

  17. Enhancement of photo sensor properties of nanocrystalline ZnO thin film by swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Mahajan, S. V.; Upadhye, D. S.; Bagul, S. B.; Shaikh, S. U.; Birajadar, R. B.; Siddiqui, F. Y.; Huse, N. P.; Sharma, R. B. E-mail: rps.phy@gmail.com

    2015-06-24

    Nanocrystalline Zinc Oxide (ZnO) thin film prepared by Low cost Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction (SILAR) method. This film was irradiated by 120 MeV Ni{sup 7+} ions with the fluence of 5x10{sup 12}ions/cm{sup 2}. The X-ray diffraction study was shows polycrystalline nature with wurtzite structure. The optical properties as absorbance were determined using UV-Spectrophotometer and band gap was also calculated. The Photo Sensor nature was calculated by I-V characteristics with different sources of light 40W, 60W and 100W.

  18. Magnetic domain structure in nanocrystalline Ni-Zn-Co spinel ferrite thin films using off-axis electron holography

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    Zhang, D.; Ray, N. M.; Petuskey, W. T.; Smith, D. J.; McCartney, M. R.

    2014-08-01

    We report a study of the magnetic domain structure of nanocrystalline thin films of nickel-zinc ferrite. The ferrite films were synthesized using aqueous spin-spray coating at low temperature (˜90 °C) and showed high complex permeability in the GHz range. Electron microscopy and microanalysis revealed that the films consisted of columnar grains with uniform chemical composition. Off-axis electron holography combined with magnetic force microscopy indicated a multi-grain domain structure with in-plane magnetization. The correlation between the magnetic domain morphology and crystal structure is briefly discussed.

  19. Magnetic domain structure in nanocrystalline Ni-Zn-Co spinel ferrite thin films using off-axis electron holography

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    Zhang, D.; Ray, N. M.; Petuskey, W. T.; Smith, D. J.; McCartney, M. R.

    2014-08-28

    We report a study of the magnetic domain structure of nanocrystalline thin films of nickel-zinc ferrite. The ferrite films were synthesized using aqueous spin-spray coating at low temperature (∼90 °C) and showed high complex permeability in the GHz range. Electron microscopy and microanalysis revealed that the films consisted of columnar grains with uniform chemical composition. Off-axis electron holography combined with magnetic force microscopy indicated a multi-grain domain structure with in-plane magnetization. The correlation between the magnetic domain morphology and crystal structure is briefly discussed.

  20. Zinc and infant nutrition.

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    Ackland, M Leigh; Michalczyk, Agnes A

    2016-12-01

    Zinc is essential for a wide variety of cellular processes in all cells. It is a critical dietary nutrient, particularly in the early stages of life. In the early neonatal period, adequate sources of zinc can be obtained from breast milk. In rare circumstances, the mammary gland produces zinc deficient milk that is potentially lethal for exclusively breast-fed infants. This can be overcome by zinc supplementation to the infant. Alterations to key zinc transporters provide insights into the mechanisms of cellular zinc homeostasis. The bioavailability of zinc in food depends on the presence of constituents that may complex zinc. In many countries, zinc deficiency is a major health issue due to poor nourishment. Young children are particularly affected. Zinc deficiency can impair immune function and contributes to the global burden of infectious diseases including diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria. Furthermore, zinc deficiency may extend its influence across generations by inducing epigenetic effects that alter the expression of genes. This review discusses the significance of adequate zinc nutrition in infants, factors that influence zinc nutrition, the consequences of zinc deficiency, including its contribution to the global burden of disease, and addresses some of the knowledge gaps in zinc biology. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Effects of surface crystallization and oxidation in nanocrystalline FeNbCuSiB(P) ribbons

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    Butvinová, B.; Butvin, P.; Brzózka, K.; Kuzminski, M.; Maťko, I.; Švec, P., Sr.; Chromčíková, M.

    2017-02-01

    Si-poor Fe74Nb3Cu1Si8B14-xPx, (x=0, 3) nanocrystalline ribbon-form alloys often form surfaces, which exert in-plane force on underlying ribbon interior when nanocrystallized in even modest presence of oxygen. Mostly unwanted hard-ribbon-axis magnetic anisotropy is standard result. Essential sources of the surface-caused stress have been sought and influence of P instead of B substitution on this effect was studied too. Preferred surface crystallization (PSC) was found to be the major reason. However P substitution suppresses PSC and promotes Fe-oxide formation, which eases the stress, softens the surfaces and provides different annealing evolution of surface properties.

  2. Zinc sulfide nanocoating of silica submicron spheres using a single-source method.

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    Monteiro, Olinda C; Neves, Márcia C; Trindade, Tito

    2004-01-01

    A chemical method to coat submicron silica particles with nanocrystalline zinc sulfide is described. The ZnS nanocoating was obtained by the thermalysis of zinc diethyldithiocarbamate in the presence of morphologically well defined silica particles. The powders obtained were isolated and were characterized by UV/visible optical reflectance, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results showed that the silica surfaces became homogeneously coated with ZnS as the reaction time was increased. This coating consists in clusters of small ZnS particles whose dimensions are within the nanometric range.

  3. Enhancing the photoelectric conversion of dye-sensitized solar cell via nitrogen-doped nanocrystalline titania electrode.

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    Cheng, Ping; Lan, Tian; Yang, Haijun; Wang, Wanjun; Wu, Haixia; Deng, Changsheng; Dai, Xiaming; Guo, Shouwu

    2010-11-01

    A high efficient dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) was fabricated using nitrogen-doped nanocrystalline titania(TiO2) photoanode. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), zeta potentials, nitrogen adsorption-desorption and elemental analysis experiments were employed to characterize the nitrogen-doped nanocrystalline TiO2 photoanode. An obvious enhancement of the optical absorption in the range of 380-550 nm was observed for nitrogen-doped TiO2, which was attributed to both the substitutional N and the chemisorbed N2 molecules. A conversion efficiency of 9.04% was obtained on the DSC based on nitrogen-doped TiO2 photoanode annealed in a flow of NH3 at 550 degrees C, with an increase of 15.6% improvement in comparison with pure TiO2 (7.82%). The mechanism for the enhanced photovoltaic performance was discussed.

  4. Method of capturing or trapping zinc using zinc getter materials

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    Hunyadi Murph, Simona E.; Korinko, Paul S.

    2017-07-11

    A method of trapping or capturing zinc is disclosed. In particular, the method comprises a step of contacting a zinc vapor with a zinc getter material. The zinc getter material comprises nanoparticles and a metal substrate.

  5. Bioavailability of zinc in fiber-enriched bread fortified with zinc sulphate.

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    Khalil, Mona M

    2002-12-01

    The present study aimed to reduce the caloric value of bread by substituting a part of wheat flour with artichoke bracts at levels of 5%, 10% and 15% without sacrificing taste, texture or acceptability. Moreover, considerable trials had been made to reduce zinc deficiency in wheat bread and fiber-enriched bread and also to study the effect of fiber on zinc bioavailability. Therefore, zinc sulphate was added to bread at levels of 40, 60, 80, 100 and 120 mg/100 g edible portion. The results from this study show that: (i) The addition of artichoke bracts to wheat flour increased the water absorption, arrival time, development time, and weakening of the dough as the level of artichoke bracts increased, while dough stability decreased. (ii) Mixing wheat flour with increasing amount of artichoke bracts increased the content of protein, fiber and total essential amino acids, also all essential amino acids increased in wheat bread and fiber-enriched bread after fortification with zinc sulphate at a level of 100 mg/100 g edible portion except methionine, threonine and tyrosine. (iii) The best level of zinc sulphate to give the best bioavailability for zinc is 100 mg/100 g edible portion. (iv) Evaluation of fortified wheat bread and fiber-enriched bread with zinc sulphate showed no significant difference by test panel.

  6. Zinc and vegetarian diets.

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    Saunders, Angela V; Craig, Winston J; Baines, Surinder K

    2013-08-19

    Well planned vegetarian diets can provide adequate amounts of zinc from plant sources. Vegetarians appear to adapt to lower zinc intakes by increased absorption and retention of zinc. Good sources of zinc for vegetarians include whole grains, tofu, tempeh, legumes, nuts and seeds, fortified breakfast cereals and dairy products. The inhibitory effects of phytate on absorption of zinc can be minimised by modern food-processing methods such as soaking, heating, sprouting, fermenting and leavening. Absorption of zinc can be improved by using yeast-based breads and sourdough breads, sprouts, and presoaked legumes. Studies show vegetarians have similar serum zinc concentrations to, and no greater risk of zinc deficiency than, non-vegetarians (despite differences in zinc intake).

  7. Simulation and bonding of dopants in nanocrystalline diamond.

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    Barnard, A S; Russo, S P; Snook, I K

    2005-09-01

    The doping of the wide-band gap semiconductor diamond has led to the invention of many electronic and optoelectronic devices. Impurities can be introduced into diamond during chemical vapor deposition or high pressure-high temperature growth, resulting in materials with unusual physical and chemical properties. For electronic applications one of the main objectives in the doping of diamond is the production of p-type and n-type semiconductors materials; however, the study of dopants in diamond nanoparticles is considered important for use in nanodevices, or as qubits for quantum computing. Such devices require that bonding of dopants in nanodiamond must be positioned substitutionally at a lattice site, and must exhibit minimal or no possibility of diffusion to the nanocrystallite surface. In light of these requirements, a number of computational studies have been undertaken to examine the stability of various dopants in various forms of nanocrystalline diamond. Presented here is a review of some such studies, undertaken using quantum mechanical based simulation methods, to provide an overview of the crystal stability of doped nanodiamond for use in diamondoid nanodevices.

  8. Nanocrystalline copper films are never flat

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    Zhang, Xiaopu; Han, Jian; Plombon, John J.; Sutton, Adrian P.; Srolovitz, David J.; Boland, John J.

    2017-07-01

    We used scanning tunneling microscopy to study low-angle grain boundaries at the surface of nearly planar copper nanocrystalline (111) films. The presence of grain boundaries and their emergence at the film surface create valleys composed of dissociated edge dislocations and ridges where partial dislocations have recombined. Geometric analysis and simulations indicated that valleys and ridges were created by an out-of-plane grain rotation driven by reduction of grain boundary energy. These results suggest that in general, it is impossible to form flat two-dimensional nanocrystalline films of copper and other metals exhibiting small stacking fault energies and/or large elastic anisotropy, which induce a large anisotropy in the dislocation-line energy.

  9. Microemulsion-based synthesis of nanocrystalline materials.

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    Ganguli, Ashok K; Ganguly, Aparna; Vaidya, Sonalika

    2010-02-01

    Microemulsion-based synthesis is found to be a versatile route to synthesize a variety of nanomaterials. The manipulation of various components involved in the formation of a microemulsion enables one to synthesize nanomaterials with varied size and shape. In this tutorial review several aspects of microemulsion based synthesis of nanocrystalline materials have been discussed which would be of interest to a cross-section of researchers working on colloids, physical chemistry, nanoscience and materials chemistry. The review focuses on the recent developments in the above area with current understanding on the various factors that control the structure and dynamics of microemulsions which can be effectively used to manipulate the size and shape of nanocrystalline materials.

  10. Nanocrystalline Zeolite Y: Synthesis and Characterization

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    Taufiqurrahmi, Niken; Rahman Mohamed, Abdul; Bhatia, Subhash

    2011-02-01

    Nanocrystalline zeolite has received significant attention in the catalysis community. Zeolites with a crystal size smaller than 100 nm are the potential replacement for existing zeolite catalysts due to its unique features with added advantages. Zeolite FAU type Y is one of the most studied framework of all zeolites, and has been used as catalysts for number of reactions in the refinery and petrochemical industry. The present paper covers the synthesis of nanocrystalline zeolite Y under hydrothermal conditions from clear synthesis mixtures. The crystal size of zeolite Y is influenced by temperature, aging time, alkalinity, and water content. The synthesized Y is characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transmission Infrared Sprectroscopy (FTIR), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Nitrogen Adsorption.

  11. Solid nanocrystalline fullerite-containing carbon coatings

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    Oskomov, K. V.; Sochugov, N. S.; Solov'ev, A. A.; Rabotkin, S. V.

    2009-10-01

    Solid carbon coatings with a high content of nanocrystalline fullerite have been obtained using unbalanced magnetron sputtering of graphite under conditions of pulsed high-voltage ion bombardment of the film growing on a substrate. It is established that samples possessing the maximum hardness (18.8 GPa) are characterized by maximum values of the volume fraction of fullerite in the coating (50%), coherent scattering domain size (53 nm), degree of preferred grain orientation (85%), relative deformation of the lattice (1.02%), and internal compressive stresses (2.91 GPa). The observed behavior is consistent with the mechanism of strengthening that accounts for the phenomenon of superhardness in nanocrystalline and nanocomposite materials. This assumption is confirmed by the results of investigation of the morphology of growing coatings.

  12. Characterization of nanocrystalline ZnO:Al films by sol-gel spin coating method

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    Gareso, P. L. Rauf, N. Juarlin, E.; Sugianto,; Maddu, A.

    2014-09-25

    Nanocrystalline ZnO films doped with aluminium by sol-gel spin coating method have been investigated using optical transmittance UV-Vis and X-ray diffraction (X-RD) measurements. ZnO films were prepared using zinc acetate dehydrate (Zn(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 2}@@‡2H{sub 2}O), ethanol, and diethanolamine (DEA) as a starting material, solvent, and stabilizer, respectively. For doped films, AlCl{sub 3} was added to the mixture. The ZnO:Al films were deposited on a transparent conductive oxide (TCO) substrate using spin coating technique at room temperature with a rate of 3000 rpm in 30 sec. The deposited films were annealed at various temperatures from 400°C to 600°C during 60 minutes. The transmittance UV-Vis measurement results showed that after annealing at 400°C, the energy band gap profile of nanocrystalline ZnO:Al film was a blue shift. This indicated that the band gap of ZnO:Al increased after annealing due to the increase of crystalline size. As the annealing temperature increased the bandgap energy was a constant. In addition to this, there was a small oscillation occurring after annealing compared to the as–grown samples. In the case of X-RD measurements, the crystalinity of the films were amorphous before annealing, and after annealing the crystalinity became enhance. Also, X-RD results showed that structure of nanocrystalline ZnO:Al films were hexagonal polycrystalline with lattice parameters are a = 3.290 Å and c = 5.2531 Å.

  13. Nanomechanical Resonant Structures in Nanocrystalline Diamond

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    2002-12-02

    5 AlN,6 and spin-on glass .7 In this work, we report on nanomechanical resonant structures fabricated in nanocrystalline diamond. For technological pur...Redistribution subject Then, the substrate is removed from the chamber and is it treated in an ultrasonic bath of nanodiamond powder dis- persed in...The pattern is transferred into the diamond films using a CF4 /O2 reactive ion etch11 with the diamond film protected by a metal mask. After the

  14. Zinc finger protein Loz1 is required for zinc-responsive regulation of gene expression in fission yeast

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    Corkins, Mark E.; May, Margot; Ehrensberger, Kate M.; Hu, Ya-Mei; Liu, Yi-Hsuan; Bloor, Sean D.; Jenkins, Blair; Runge, Kurt W.; Bird, Amanda J.

    2013-01-01

    In Schizosaccharomyces pombe, alcohol dehydrogenase 1 (Adh1) is an abundant zinc-requiring enzyme that catalyses the conversion of acetaldehyde to ethanol during fermentation. In a zinc-replete cell, adh1 is highly expressed. However, in zinc-limited cells, adh1 gene expression is repressed, and cells induce the expression of an alternative alcohol dehydrogenase encoded by the adh4 gene. In our studies examining this zinc-dependent switch in alcohol dehydrogenase gene expression, we isolated an adh1Δ strain containing a partial loss of function mutation that resulted in higher levels of adh4 transcripts in zinc-replete cells. This mutation also led to the aberrant expression of other genes that are typically regulated by zinc. Using linkage analysis, we have mapped the position of this mutation to a single gene called Loss Of Zinc sensing 1 (loz1). Loz1 is a 55-kDa protein that contains a double C2H2-type zinc finger domain. The mapped mutation that disrupts Loz1 function leads to an arginine to glycine substitution in the second zinc finger domain, suggesting that the double zinc finger domain is important for Loz1 function. We show that loz1Δ cells hyperaccumulate zinc and that Loz1 is required for gene repression in zinc-replete cells. We also have found that Loz1 negatively autoregulates its own expression. We propose that Loz1 is a unique metalloregulatory factor that plays a central role in zinc homeostasis in S. pombe. PMID:24003116

  15. Electrical transport behavior of nonstoichiometric magnesium-zinc ferrite

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    Ghatak, S.; Sinha, M.; Meikap, A.K.; Pradhan, S.K.

    2010-08-15

    This paper presents the direct current conductivity, alternate current conductivity and dielectric properties of nonstoichiometric magnesium-zinc ferrite below room temperature. The frequency exponent (s) of conductivity shows an anomalous temperature dependency. The magnitude of the temperature exponent (n) of dielectric permittivity strongly depends on frequency and its value decreases with increasing frequency. The grain boundary contribution is dominating over the grain contribution in conduction process and the temperature dependence of resistance due to grain and grain boundary contribution exhibits two activation regions. The ferrite shows positive alternating current magnetoconductivity. The solid state processing technique was used for the preparation of nanocrystalline ferrite powder from oxides of magnesium, zinc and iron. The X-ray diffraction methods were used in determining the structure and composition of obtained ferrite, while multimeter, impedance analyzer, liquid nitrogen cryostat and electromagnet were used in the study of conducting and dielectric properties of ferrite.

  16. Preparation and Instability of Nanocrystalline Cuprous Nitride.

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    Reichert, Malinda D; White, Miles A; Thompson, Michelle J; Miller, Gordon J; Vela, Javier

    2015-07-06

    Low-dimensional cuprous nitride (Cu3N) was synthesized by nitridation (ammonolysis) of cuprous oxide (Cu2O) nanocrystals using either ammonia (NH3) or urea (H2NCONH2) as the nitrogen source. The resulting nanocrystalline Cu3N spontaneously decomposes to nanocrystalline CuO in the presence of both water and oxygen from air at room temperature. Ammonia was produced in 60% chemical yield during Cu3N decomposition, as measured using the colorimetric indophenol method. Because Cu3N decomposition requires H2O and produces substoichiometric amounts of NH3, we conclude that this reaction proceeds through a complex stoichiometry that involves the concomitant release of both N2 and NH3. This is a thermodynamically unfavorable outcome, strongly indicating that H2O (and thus NH3 production) facilitate the kinetics of the reaction by lowering the energy barrier for Cu3N decomposition. The three different Cu2O, Cu3N, and CuO nanocrystalline phases were characterized by a combination of optical absorption, powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and electronic density of states obtained from electronic structure calculations on the bulk solids. The relative ease of interconversion between these interesting and inexpensive materials bears possible implications for catalytic and optoelectronic applications.

  17. Investigation of intermediates and transition states in the catalytic mechanisms of active site substituted cobalt(II), nickel(II), zinc(II), and cadmium(II) horse liver alcohol dehydrogenase

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    Dunn, M.F.; Dietrich, H.; MacGibbon, A.K.H.; Koerber, S.C.; Zeppezauer, M.

    1982-01-12

    Active site substituted Co(II)-, Ni(II)-, and Cd(II)-horse liver alcohol dehydrogenase derivatives are compared to the native Zn(II)-enzyme with respect to the kinetic properties associated with the formation and decay of the intermediate observed in the reaction of the binary E-(NADH) complex with the intense substrate chromophore trans-4-(N,N-dimethylamino) cinnamaldehyde (DACA), lambda/sub max/ 398 nm (H/sub 2/O). All the metal ion subsituted enzymes were found to form intermediates with red-shifted spectra upon reaction with DACA and NADH. The magnitudes of (1) the red shifts, (2) the specific rate constants (k/sub off/) for dissociation of DACA from the intermediate, and (3) the hydride transfer rate constants (k /sub H/) were found to correlate with the expected order of the Lewis acid acidities (assuming tetrahedral coordination); i.e., Co(II) > Ni(II) greater than or equal to Zn(II) >> Cd(II). The k/sub H/ value for the Co(II)-E was found to be 1.4-fold greater than the value of 7.2 s/sup -1/ for Zn(II)-E, while the Cd(II)-E was40-fold lower. It is concluded that the close similarities in kinetic properties exhibited by Co(II)-, Ni(II)-, and Zn(II)-enzymes arise from the close similarities in coordination geometries and Lewis acid strengths which lead to highly similar transition states for the processes of intemediate formation and decay. (JMT)

  18. Large zinc cation occupancy of octahedral sites in mechanically activated zinc ferrite powders

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    Oliver, S. A.; Harris, V. G.; Hamdeh, H. H.; Ho, J. C.

    2000-05-08

    The cation site occupancy of a mechanically activated nanocrystalline zinc ferrite powder was determined as (Zn{sub 0.55}{sup 2+}Fe{sub 0.18}{sup 3+}){sub tet}[Zr{sub 0.45}{sup 2+}Fe{sub 1.82}{sup 3+}]{sub oct}O{sub 4} through analysis of extended x-ray absorption fine structure measurements, showing a large redistribution of cations between sites compared to normal zinc ferrite samples. The overpopulation of cations in the octahedral sites was attributed to the ascendance in importance of the ionic radii over the crystal energy and bonding coordination in determining which interstitial sites are occupied in this structurally disordered powder. Slight changes are observed in the local atomic environment about the zinc cations, but not the iron cations, with respect to the spinel structure. The presence of Fe{sup 3+} on both sites is consistent with the measured room temperature magnetic properties. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

  19. Incorporation of zinc into calcium silicate hydrates, Part I: formation of C-S-H(I) with C/S=2/3 and its isochemical counterpart gyrolite

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    Stumm, Andreas . E-mail: andreas.stumm@itc-wgt.fzk.de; Garbev, Krassimir; Beuchle, Guenter; Black, Leon; Stemmermann, Peter; Nueesch, Rolf

    2005-09-01

    We have investigated the incorporation of zinc into both nanocrystalline and crystalline calcium silicate hydrates with starting C/S ratios of 2/3 (0.66). Zinc was added replacing calcium in the starting mixtures [Zn/(Zn+Ca)=0-1/4; 0-10 wt.% Zn], and the resultant phases were characterised using X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), differential thermal analysis-thermogravimetry (DTA-TG) and environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM). In both groups of samples, increasing zinc content led to gradual structural changes, until eventually a second phase was formed. Zinc was incorporated to similar limits in both sets of samples. The thermal stability of the structures increased to a certain zinc content, beyond which there was structural destabilisation. Zinc incorporation is possible up to {approx}6 wt.%. Our observations strongly indicate similar zinc incorporation mechanisms in both sample series, namely incorporation of zinc into the interlayer of C-S-H(I) and the X-sheet of gyrolite for nanocrystalline and crystalline samples, respectively.

  20. Extended wide band gap amorphous aluminium-doped zinc oxide thin films grown at liquid nitrogen temperature

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    Chou, H.; Yang, M. S.; Wu, C. P.; Tsao, Y. C.; Chen, B. J.; Liao, T. F.; Sun, S. J.; Chiou, J. W.

    2011-05-01

    Amorphous aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films are grown by standard RF sputtering at low temperatures on glass substrates. Due to poor thermal conductivity and thermal energy generated by the sputter gun, controlling the substrate surface temperature is the key to controlling the growth of amorphous and nanocrystalline films. The ratio of grains and amorphous part of the films can be controlled by selective growth conditions. During a transmission electron microscope (TEM) inspection process, the amorphous films react immediately and strongly with an electron beam and transform to a mixture of amorphous and nanocrystalline phases. The films having a mixture of amorphous and nanocrystalline phases, either as-grown or after transformation by irradiation of the electron beam, are stable in the TEM inspection, indicating that the low interface energy stabilizes the mixture phase. The optical band gap increases with the content of amorphous phase and is 4.3 eV for pure amorphous AZO films.

  1. Total zinc in zinc battery plates by EDTA titration

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    Hammersley, V.L.

    1995-07-01

    At present, zinc battery plate electrodes are analyzed for zinc oxide, zinc chloride, zinc fluoride, zinc carbonate, zinc oxychloride, total zinc, zinc as the metal, and trace metals. A variety of methods are used to determine each of these components. The amount of zinc in each of the zinc compounds is determined by multiplying the percent of the compound by the ratio of the molecular weights of zinc to the zinc compound. This percent zinc is subtracted from percent total zinc and the operation is performed for every zinc compound determined. The remaining zinc value after these subtractions represents zinc as the metal. Zinc metal is the charged state on the anode. Percent total zinc is required in all these calculations. The importance of these components cannot be overemphasized. The presence, or absence, of certain components in the zinc electrode can influence its behavior in a zinc-silver oxide primary battery. Passivation layers, tendency to dendritic growth, corrosion rates, voltage rise times, current density, porosity, surface area, electrochemical capacity, and other considerations make it imperative that the chemical composition of the zinc electrode be known. The focus of this project was to evaluate the present method for total zinc and to develop a better method.

  2. Zinc oxide overdose

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    Zinc oxide is an ingredient in many products. Some of these are certain creams and ointments used ... prevent or treat minor skin burns and irritation. Zinc oxide overdose occurs when someone eats one of ...

  3. Zinc in diet

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    ... reduce your risk of becoming sick with the common cold. Starting to take zinc supplements within 24 hours ... 26. Singh M, Das RR. Zinc for the common cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev . 2013;(6):CD001364. PMID: ...

  4. Room temperature ferromagnetism in Co defused CdTe nanocrystalline thin films

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    Rao, N. Madhusudhana; Kaleemulla, S.; Begam, M. Rigana

    2014-04-24

    Nanocrystalline Co defused CdTe thin films were prepared using electron beam evaporation technique by depositing CdTe/Co/CdTe stacked layers with different Co thickness onto glass substrate at 373 K followed by annealing at 573K for 2 hrs. Structural, morphological and magnetic properties of of all the Co defused CdTe thin films has been investigated. XRD pattern of all the films exhibited zinc blende structure with <111> preferential orientation without changing the crystal structure of the films. The grain size of the films increased from 31.5 nm to 48.1 nm with the increase of Co layer thickness from 25nm to 100nm. The morphological studies showed that uniform texture of the films and the presence of Co was confirmed by EDAX. Room temperature magnetization curves indicated an improved ferromagnetic behavior in the films with increase of the Co thickness.

  5. Zinc and gastrointestinal disease

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    Skrovanek, Sonja; DiGuilio, Katherine; Bailey, Robert; Huntington, William; Urbas, Ryan; Mayilvaganan, Barani; Mercogliano, Giancarlo; Mullin, James M

    2014-01-01

    This review is a current summary of the role that both zinc deficiency and zinc supplementation can play in the etiology and therapy of a wide range of gastrointestinal diseases. The recent literature describing zinc action on gastrointestinal epithelial tight junctions and epithelial barrier function is described. Zinc enhancement of gastrointestinal epithelial barrier function may figure prominently in its potential therapeutic action in several gastrointestinal diseases. PMID:25400994

  6. Solid state consolidation nanocrystalline copper-tungsten using cold spray

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    Hall, Aaron Christopher; Sarobol, Pylin; Argibay, Nicolas; Clark, Blythe; Diantonio, Christopher

    2015-09-01

    It is well known that nanostructured metals can exhibit significantly improved properties compared to metals with conventional grain size. Unfortunately, nanocrystalline metals typically are not thermodynamically stable and exhibit rapid grain growth at moderate temperatures. This severely limits their processing and use, making them impractical for most engineering applications. Recent work has shown that a number of thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline metal alloys exist. These alloys have been prepared as powders using severe plastic deformation (e.g. ball milling) processes. Consolidation of these powders without compromise of their nanocrystalline microstructure is a critical step to enabling their use as engineering materials. We demonstrate solid-state consolidation of ball milled copper-tantalum nanocrystalline metal powder using cold spray. Unfortunately, the nanocrystalline copper-tantalum powder that was consolidated did not contain the thermodynamically stable copper-tantalum nanostructure. Nevertheless, this does this demonstrates a pathway to preparation of bulk thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline copper-tantalum. Furthermore, it demonstrates a pathway to additive manufacturing (3D printing) of nanocrystalline copper-tantalum. Additive manufacturing of thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline metals is attractive because it enables maximum flexibility and efficiency in the use of these unique materials.

  7. Rechargeable zinc halogen battery

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    Spaziante, P.M.; Nidola, A.

    1980-01-01

    A rechargeable zinc halogen battery has an aqueous electrolyte containing ions of zinc and halogen and an amount of polysaccharide and/or sorbitol sufficient to prevent zinc dendrite formation during recharging. The electrolyte may also contain trace amounts of metals such as tungsten, molybdenum, and lead. 7 tables.

  8. Photovoltaic conversion using Zn chlorophyll derivative assembled in hydrophobic domain onto nanocrystalline TiO2 electrode.

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    Amao, Yutaka; Yamada, Yuriko

    2007-02-15

    Photovoltaic conversion using zinc chlorin-e6 (ZnChl-e6), which is zinc chlorophyll-a derivative, and fatty acid (myristic acid or cholic acid) co-adsorbed nanocrystalline TiO2 layer onto ITO glass (OTE) electrode is developed. The maximum peaks of photocurrent action spectrum of the ZnChl-e6 adsorbed TiO2 layer onto OTE (ZnChl-e6/TiO2) are 400, 660 and 800 nm, respectively. Especially the IPCE value at 800 nm (7.5%) is larger than that of 660 nm (6.9%). This result indicates that ZnChl-e6 molecules is aggregated or formed dimer on a nanocrystalline TiO2 layer onto OTE and the absorption band is shifted to near IR region. The photocurrent action spectrum of ZnChl-e6 and cholic acid adsorbed TiO2 layer onto OTE (ZnChl-e6-Cho/TiO2 is similar to that of the UV-vis absorption spectrum in methanol solution, and IPCE values at 400 and 660 nm (8.1%) increase and the IPCE value at 800 nm (4.1%) decreases, indicating that the aggregation of ZnChl-e6 molecules on the TiO2 is suppressed by cholic acid. By using ZnChl-e6-Cho/TiO2, the short-circuit photocurrent density and open-circuit photovoltage also increase compared with that of ZnChl-e6 adsorbed nanocrystalline TiO2 electrode.

  9. Magnetic study of M-type doped barium hexaferrite nanocrystalline particles

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    Alsmadi, A. M.; Bsoul, I.; Mahmood, S. H.; Alnawashi, G.; Prokeš, K.; Siemensmeyer, K.; Klemke, B.; Nakotte, H.

    2013-12-01

    Co-Ti and Ru-Ti substituted barium ferrite nanocrystalline particles BaFe12-2xCoxTixO19 with (0≤x≤1) and BaFe12-2xRuxTixO19 with (0≤x≤0.6) were prepared by ball milling method, and their magnetic properties and their temperature dependencies were studied. The zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) processes were recorded at low magnetic fields and the ZFC curves displayed a broad peak at a temperature TM. In all samples under investigation, a clear irreversibility between the ZFC and FC curves was observed below room temperature, and this irreversibility disappeared above room temperature. These results were discussed within the framework of random particle assembly model and associated with the magnetic domain wall motion. The resistivity data showed some kind of a transition from insulator to perfect insulator around TM. At 2 K, the saturation magnetization slightly decreased and the coercivity dropped dramatically with increasing the Co-Ti concentration x. With Ru-Ti substitution, the saturation magnetization showed small variations, while the coercivity decreased monotonically, recording a reduction of about 73% at x = 0.6. These results were discussed in light of the single ion anisotropy model and the cationic distributions based on previously reported neutron diffraction data for the CoTi substituted system, and the results of our Mössbauer spectroscopy data for the RuTi substituted system.

  10. Zinc and skin biology.

    PubMed

    Ogawa, Youichi; Kawamura, Tatsuyoshi; Shimada, Shinji

    2016-12-01

    Of all tissues, the skin has the third highest abundance of zinc in the body. In the skin, the zinc concentration is higher in the epidermis than in the dermis, owing to a zinc requirement for the active proliferation and differentiation of epidermal keratinocytes. Here we review the dynamics and functions of zinc in the skin as well as skin disorders associated with zinc deficiency, zinc finger domain-containing proteins, and zinc transporters. Among skin disorders associated with zinc deficiency, acrodermatitis enteropathica is a disorder caused by mutations in the ZIP4 transporter and subsequent zinc deficiency. The triad acrodermatitis enteropathica is characterized by alopecia, diarrhea, and skin lesions in acral, periorificial, and anogenital areas. We highlight the underlying mechanism of the development of acrodermatitis because of zinc deficiency by describing our new findings. We also discuss the accumulating evidence on zinc deficiency in alopecia and necrolytic migratory erythema, which is typically associated with glucagonomas. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Cadmium and zinc relationships.

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    Elinder, C G; Piscator, M

    1978-08-01

    Cadmium and zinc concentrations in kidney and liver have been measured under different exposure situations in different species including man. The results show that zinc increases almost equimolarly with cadmium in kidney after long-term low-level exposure to cadmium, e.g., in man, horse, pig, and lamb. In contrast, the increase of zinc follows that of cadmium to only a limited extent, e.g., in guinea pig, rabbit, rat, mouse, and chicks. In liver, the cadmium--zinc relationship seems to be reversed in such a way that zinc increases with cadmium more markedly in laboratory animals than in higher mammals. These differences between cadmium and zinc relationships in humans and large farm animals and those in commonly used laboratory animals must be considered carefully before experimental data on cadmium and zinc relationships in laboratory animals can be extrapolated to humans.

  12. Ternary and coupled binary zinc tin oxide nanopowders: Synthesis, characterization, and potential application in photocatalytic processes

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    Ivetić, T.B.; Finčur, N.L.; Đačanin, Lj. R.; Abramović, B.F.; Lukić-Petrović, S.R.

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Mechanochemically synthesized nanocrystalline zinc tin oxide (ZTO) powders. • Photocatalytic degradation of alprazolam in the presence of ZTO water suspensions. • Coupled binary ZTO exhibits enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to ternary ZTO. - Abstract: In this paper, ternary and coupled binary zinc tin oxide nanocrystalline powders were prepared via simple solid-state mechanochemical method. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Raman and reflectance spectroscopy were used to study the structure and optical properties of the obtained powder samples. The thermal behavior of zinc tin oxide system was examined through simultaneous thermogravimetric-differential scanning calorimetric analysis. The efficiencies of ternary (Zn{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} and ZnSnO{sub 3}) and coupled binary (ZnO/SnO{sub 2}) zinc tin oxide water suspensions in the photocatalytic degradation of alprazolam, short-acting anxiolytic of the benzodiazepine class of psychoactive drugs, under UV irradiation were determined and compared with the efficiency of pure ZnO and SnO{sub 2}.

  13. Effect of Co addition on the magnetic properties and microstructure of FeNbBCu nanocrystalline alloys

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    Xue, Lin; Yang, Weiming; Liu, Haishun; Men, He; Wang, Anding; Chang, Chuntao; Shen, Baolong

    2016-12-01

    Through gradient substitution of Co for Fe, the magnetic properties and microstructures of (Fe1-xCox)83Nb2B14Cu1 (x=0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5) nanocrystalline alloys were investigated. Because of the strong ferromagnetic exchange coupling between Co and Fe, substantial improvement in saturation magnetization was achieved with proper levels of Co addition. Meanwhile, the Curie temperature increased noticeably with increasing Co addition. After heat treatment, the (Fe0.9Co0.1)83Nb2B14Cu1 nanocrystalline alloy showed a refined microstructure with an average grain size of 10-20 nm, exhibiting a comparatively high saturation magnetization of 1.82 T and a lower coercivity of 12 A/m compared to other Hitperm-type alloys with higher Co contents. Additionally, the Curie temperature reached 1150 K upon introduction of Co. As the soft magnetic properties are strengthened by adding a small amount of Co, the combination of fine, soft magnetic properties and low cost make this nanocrystalline alloy a potential magnetic material.

  14. Regulation by purinergic agonists of zinc uptake by rat submandibular glands.

    PubMed

    Dehaye, J P

    1995-07-01

    The zinc uptake in rat submandibular cells was measured using fura2 as a fluorescent probe. Basal zinc uptake was observed in a 100 microM - 1 mM concentration range. Carbachol and isoproterenol had no effect but ATP4- dose-dependently increased the basal zinc uptake (half-maximal concentration: 250 microM). The purinergic agonist shifted the concentration curve for zinc to the left by one order of magnitude. The response to ATP was not reproduced by adenosine or ADP and was blocked by Coomassie blue. Calcium, nickel or lanthanum were inhibitors of zinc uptake, while the substitution of extracellular sodium by potassium or lithium increased the basal zinc uptake. We conclude that in submandibular cells zinc can permeate through the non-specific cation channel coupled to ATP-sensitive purinergic receptors.

  15. Novel synthesis of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) from zinc hydroxide

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    Meng, Zilin; Zhang, Yihe; Zhang, Qian; Chen, Xue; Liu, Leipeng; Komarneni, Sridhar; Lv, Fengzhu

    2017-02-01

    The most common synthesis methods for layered double hydroxides (LDHs) are co-precipitation and reconstruction, which can have some limitations for application. Here, we report a novel synthesis method for LDHs. We use zinc hydroxide as the precursor to synthesize LDHs phase through a simple transformation process of zinc hydroxide phase. For this transformation process, aluminum can enter into zinc hydroxide and replace zinc quickly to transform it into LDH by creating positive charges in the zinc hydroxide solid phase. The mechanism of LDH formation was through Al3+ reaction first with zinc hydroxide followed by recrystallization of the original structure of zinc hydroxide. Thus, the new process of LDH formation involves a reaction of Al to substitute for Zn and recrystallization leading to LDH and the final pH influences the crystallization of LDHs by this process. In addition, Cr3+ was employed as a trivalent cation for LDH formation to react with zinc hydroxide, which also led to LDH structure.

  16. The Neel temperatures of nanocrystalline chromium

    SciTech Connect

    Fitzsimmons, M.R.; Robinson, R.A.; Eastman, J.A.; Lynn, J.W.

    1994-07-01

    Wide-angle neutron diffraction measurements at temperatures from 6 to 250 K indicate that the major portion of a nanocrystalline chromium sample with a mean grain size of 73 nm becomes antiferromagnetically ordered at 119 {plus_minus} 10 K. The remainder of the sample has a Neel temperature above 250 K, as expected for coarse-grained chromium. No evidence for antiferromagnetic order in a second sample with a mean grain size of 11 nm was observed, even to temperatures as low as 6 K.

  17. Size-Dependent Elasticity of Nanocrystalline Titania

    SciTech Connect

    Chen, B.; Zhang, H; Dunphy-Guzman, K; Spagnoli, D; Kruger, M; Muthu, D; Kunz, M; Fakra, S; Hu, J; et. al.

    2009-01-01

    Synchrotron-based high-pressure x-ray diffraction measurements indicate that compressibility, a fundamental materials property, can have a size-specific minimum value. The bulk modulus of nanocrystalline titania has a maximum at particle size of 15 nm. This can be explained by dislocation behavior because very high dislocation contents can be achieved when shear stress induced within nanoparticles counters the repulsion between dislocations. As particle size decreases, compression increasingly generates dislocation networks (hardened by overlap of strain fields) that shield intervening regions from external pressure. However, when particles become too small to sustain high dislocation concentrations, elastic stiffening declines. The compressibility has a minimum at intermediate sizes.

  18. Dynamic consolidation of metastable nanocrystalline powders

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    Korth, G.E.; Williamson, R.L.

    1995-10-01

    Nanocrystalline metal powders synthesized by mechanical alloying in a ball mill resulted in micron-sized powder particles with a nanosized (5 to 25 nm) substructure. Conventional consolidation methods resulted in considerable coarsening of the metastable nanometer crystallites, but dynamic consolidation of these powders using explosive techniques produced fully dense monoliths while retaining the 5- to 25-nm substructure. Numerical modeling used to guide the experimental phase, revealed that the compression wave necessary for suitable consolidation was of order of 10 GPa for a few tenths of a microsecond. The consolidation process is described, and the retention of the metastable nanostructure is illustrated.

  19. LIGHT-WEIGHT NANOCRYSTALLINE HYDROGEN STORAGE MATERIALS

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    S. G. Sankar; B. Zande; R.T. Obermyer; S. Simizu

    2005-11-21

    During Phase I of this SBIR Program, Advanced Materials Corporation has addressed two key issues concerning hydrogen storage: 1. We have conducted preliminary studies on the effect of certain catalysts in modifying the hydrogen absorption characteristics of nanocrystalline magnesium. 2. We have also conducted proof-of-concept design and construction of a prototype instrument that would rapidly screen materials for hydrogen storage employing chemical combinatorial technique in combination with a Pressure-Composition Isotherm Measurement (PCI) instrument. 3. Preliminary results obtained in this study approach are described in this report.

  20. Ultrasonic Emission from Nanocrystalline Porous Silicon

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    Shinoda, Hiroyuki; Koshida, Nobuyoshi

    A simple layer structure composed of a metal thin film and a porous silicon layer on a silicon substrate generates intense and wide-band airborne ultrasounds. The large-bandwidth and the fidelity of the sound reproduction are leveraged in applications varying from sound-based measurement to a scientific study of animal ecology. This chapter describes the basic principle of the ultrasound generation. The macroscopic properties of the low thermal conductivity and the small heat capacity of nanocrystalline porous silicon thermally induce ultrasonic emission. The state-of-the-art of the achievable sound pressure and sound signal properties is introduced, with the technological and scientific applications of the devices.

  1. Transparent nanocrystalline diamond coatings and devices

    DOEpatents

    Sumant, Anirudha V.; Khan, Adam

    2017-08-22

    A method for coating a substrate comprises producing a plasma ball using a microwave plasma source in the presence of a mixture of gases. The plasma ball has a diameter. The plasma ball is disposed at a first distance from the substrate and the substrate is maintained at a first temperature. The plasma ball is maintained at the first distance from the substrate, and a diamond coating is deposited on the substrate. The diamond coating has a thickness. Furthermore, the diamond coating has an optical transparency of greater than about 80%. The diamond coating can include nanocrystalline diamond. The microwave plasma source can have a frequency of about 915 MHz.

  2. Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution.

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    Avila, Walter B.; And Others

    1990-01-01

    Described is a microscale organic chemistry experiment which demonstrates one feasible route in preparing ortho-substituted benzoic acids and provides an example of nucleophilic aromatic substitution chemistry. Experimental procedures and instructor notes for this activity are provided. (CW)

  3. Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Avila, Walter B.; And Others

    1990-01-01

    Described is a microscale organic chemistry experiment which demonstrates one feasible route in preparing ortho-substituted benzoic acids and provides an example of nucleophilic aromatic substitution chemistry. Experimental procedures and instructor notes for this activity are provided. (CW)

  4. The use of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite for the reconstruction of calcaneal fractures: Preliminary results.

    PubMed

    Huber, Franz-Xaver; Hillmeier, Joachim; McArthur, Nicholas; Kock, Hans-Jürgen; Meeder, Peter Jürgen

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the feasibility of a nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite compound in the treatment of calcaneal fractures with osseous defects after reduction. The study included 21 patients, representing 24 closed intraarticular calcaneus fractures with large defects remaining after operative reduction. All cases were supplemented with the hydroxyapatite bone substitute and stabilized with a calcaneal honeycomb plate. Radiographs were taken at 6 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year postoperatively, with specific attention given to measurement of Gissane's angle, Böhler's angle, and calcaneal height. A postoperative subjective and objective evaluation of the fracture, using the Creighton Nebraska Health Foundation scale, was performed 1 year postoperatively. Böhler's angle improved from a mean 8.6 +/- 5.3 degrees preoperatively to an immediate postoperative mean result of 31.5 +/- 6.5 degrees and 27.7 +/- 8.6 1 year postoperatively. The mean Creighton-Nebraska functional score was 86 +/- 10 at the 1-year follow-up evaluation. These results suggest that open reduction with plate fixation combined with nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite augmentation presents a good and reliable surgical technique for treatment of calcaneus fractures.

  5. Nonstoichiometric zinc oxide and indium-doped zinc oxide: Electrical conductivity and {sup 111}In-TDPAC studies

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, R.; Sleight, A.W.; Platzer, R.; Gardner, J.A.

    1996-02-15

    Indium-doped zinc oxide powders have been prepared which show room-temperature electrical conductivities as high as 30 {Omega}{sup {minus}1} cm{sup {minus}1}. The indium doping apparently occurs as Zn{sub 1-x}In{sub x}O,Zn{sub 1-y}In{sub y}O{sub 1+y/2}, or a combination of these. Optimum conductivity occurs for Zn{sub 1-x}In{sub x}O where the maximum value of x obtained was about 0.5 at%. The degrees of sample reduction were determined by iodimetric titration. Time differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) spectroscopy on indium doped zinc oxide is consistent with indium substituting at normal zinc sites in the ZnO lattice. TDPAC studies on zinc oxide annealed under zinc vapors show a second environment for the {sup 111}In probe. In this case, there is an unusually high temperature dependence of the electric field gradient which may be caused by a nearby zinc interstitial. An important conclusion of this work is that zinc interstitials are not ionized and do not therefore contribute significantly to the increased conductivity of reduced zinc oxide.

  6. Zinc and prostatic cancer

    PubMed Central

    Song, Yang; Ho, Emily

    2014-01-01

    Purpose of review Aim to understand the connection between zinc and prostatic cancer, and to summarize the recent findings about the functions of zinc in the maintenance of prostate health. Recent findings Contradictory findings have been reported by epidemiologic studies examining the association between zinc intake and the risk of prostate cancer. However, a growing body of experimental evidence support that high zinc levels are essential for prostate health. The possible mechanisms include the effects of zinc on the inhibition of terminal oxidation, induction of mitochondrial apoptogenesis, and suppression of NFκB activity. The most recent finding is the effects of zinc in the maintenance of DNA integrity in normal prostate epithelial cells (PrEC) by modulating the expression and activity of DNA repair and damage response proteins, especially p53. Zinc depletion in PrEC increased p53 expression but compromised p53 DNA binding activity resulting an impaired DNA repair function. Moreover, recent findings support the role of zinc transporters as tumor suppressors in the prostate. Summary Future studies need to discover sensitive and specific zinc biomarkers and perform more in vivo studies on the effects of zinc on prostate functions in normal animals or prostate cancer models. PMID:19684515

  7. [Zinc and type 2 diabetes].

    PubMed

    Fukunaka, Ayako; Fujitani, Yoshio

    2016-07-01

    Pancreatic β cells contain the highest amount of zinc among cells within the human body, and hence, the relationship between zinc and diabetes has been a topic of great interest. While many studies demonstrating possible involvement of zinc deficiency in diabetes have been reported, precise mechanisms how zinc regulates glucose metabolism are still far from understood. Recent studies revealed that zinc can transmit signals that are driven by a variety of zinc transporters in a tissue and cell-type specific manner and deficiency in some zinc transporters may cause human diseases. Here, we review the role of zinc in metabolism particularly focusing on the emerging role of zinc transporters in diabetes.

  8. Nanocrystalline cerium oxide materials for solid fuel cell systems

    DOEpatents

    Brinkman, Kyle S

    2015-05-05

    Disclosed are solid fuel cells, including solid oxide fuel cells and PEM fuel cells that include nanocrystalline cerium oxide materials as a component of the fuel cells. A solid oxide fuel cell can include nanocrystalline cerium oxide as a cathode component and microcrystalline cerium oxide as an electrolyte component, which can prevent mechanical failure and interdiffusion common in other fuel cells. A solid oxide fuel cell can also include nanocrystalline cerium oxide in the anode. A PEM fuel cell can include cerium oxide as a catalyst support in the cathode and optionally also in the anode.

  9. Formation of Surface Corrosion-Resistant Nanocrystalline Structures on Steel.

    PubMed

    Nykyforchyn, Hryhoriy; Kyryliv, Volodymyr; Maksymiv, Olha; Slobodyan, Zvenomyra; Tsyrulnyk, Oleksandr

    2016-12-01

    Engineering materials with nanocrystalline structure could be exploited under simultaneous action of mechanical loading and corrosion environments; therefore, their corrosion resistance is important. Surface nanocrystalline structure was generated on middle carbon steels by severe plastic deformation using the method of mechanical pulse friction treatment. This treatment additionally includes high temperature phase transformation and alloying. Using a complex of the corrosive, electrochemical and physical investigations, it was established that nanocrystalline structures can be characterized by lower or increased corrosion resistance in comparison with the reference material. It is caused by the action of two confronting factors: arising energy level and anticorrosive alloying of the surface layer.

  10. Formation of Surface Corrosion-Resistant Nanocrystalline Structures on Steel

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    Nykyforchyn, Hryhoriy; Kyryliv, Volodymyr; Maksymiv, Olha; Slobodyan, Zvenomyra; Tsyrulnyk, Oleksandr

    2016-02-01

    Engineering materials with nanocrystalline structure could be exploited under simultaneous action of mechanical loading and corrosion environments; therefore, their corrosion resistance is important. Surface nanocrystalline structure was generated on middle carbon steels by severe plastic deformation using the method of mechanical pulse friction treatment. This treatment additionally includes high temperature phase transformation and alloying. Using a complex of the corrosive, electrochemical and physical investigations, it was established that nanocrystalline structures can be characterized by lower or increased corrosion resistance in comparison with the reference material. It is caused by the action of two confronting factors: arising energy level and anticorrosive alloying of the surface layer.

  11. Achieving large uniform tensile ductility in nanocrystalline metals.

    PubMed

    Wang, Y M; Ott, R T; Hamza, A V; Besser, M F; Almer, J; Kramer, M J

    2010-11-19

    Synchrotron x-ray diffraction and high-resolution electron microscopy revealed the origin of different strain hardening behaviors (and dissimilar tensile ductility) in nanocrystalline Ni and nanocrystalline Co. Planar defect accumulations and texture evolution were observed in Co but not in Ni, suggesting that interfacial defects are an effective passage to promote strain hardening in truly nanograins. Twinning becomes less significant in Co when grain sizes reduce to below ~15 nm. This study offers insights into achieving excellent mechanical properties in nanocrystalline materials.

  12. Microstructure characterization and cation distribution of nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite

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    Abbas, Y. M.; Mansour, S. A.; Ibrahim, M. H.; Ali, Shehab E.

    2011-11-01

    Nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite has been synthesized using two different methods: ceramic and co-precipitation techniques. The nanocrystalline ferrite phase has been formed after 3 h of sintering at 1000 °C. The structural and microstructural evolutions of the nanophase have been studied using X-ray powder diffraction and the Rietveld method. The refinement result showed that the type of the cationic distribution over the tetrahedral and octahedral sites in the nanocrystalline lattice is partially an inverse spinel. The transmission electronic microscope analysis confirmed the X-ray results. The magnetic properties of the samples were characterized using a vibrating sample magnetometer.

  13. Probing nanocrystalline grain dynamics in nanodevices

    PubMed Central

    Yeh, Sheng-Shiuan; Chang, Wen-Yao; Lin, Juhn-Jong

    2017-01-01

    Dynamical structural defects exist naturally in a wide variety of solids. They fluctuate temporally and hence can deteriorate the performance of many electronic devices. Thus far, the entities of these dynamic objects have been identified to be individual atoms. On the other hand, it is a long-standing question whether a nanocrystalline grain constituted of a large number of atoms can switch, as a whole, reversibly like a dynamical atomic defect (that is, a two-level system). This is an emergent issue considering the current development of nanodevices with ultralow electrical noise, qubits with long quantum coherence time, and nanoelectromechanical system sensors with ultrahigh resolution. We demonstrate experimental observations of dynamic nanocrystalline grains that repeatedly switch between two or more metastable coordinate states. We study temporal resistance fluctuations in thin ruthenium dioxide (RuO2) metal nanowires and extract microscopic parameters, including relaxation time scales, mobile grain sizes, and the bonding strengths of nanograin boundaries. These material parameters are not obtainable by other experimental approaches. When combined with previous in situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, our electrical method can be used to infer rich information about the structural dynamics of a wide variety of nanodevices and new two-dimensional materials. PMID:28691094

  14. Thermodynamic stabilization of nanocrystalline binary alloys

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    Saber, Mostafa; Kotan, Hasan; Koch, Carl C.; Scattergood, Ronald O.

    2013-02-01

    The work presented here was motivated by the need to develop a predictive model for thermodynamic stabilization of binary alloys that is applicable to strongly segregating size-misfit solutes, and that can use available input data for a wide range of solvent-solute combinations. This will serve as a benchmark for selecting solutes and assessing the possible contribution of thermodynamic stabilization for development of high-temperature nanocrystalline alloys. Following a regular solution model that distinguishes the grain boundary and grain interior volume fractions by a transitional interface in a closed system, we include both the chemical and elastic strain energy contributions to the mixing enthalpy ΔHmix using an appropriately scaled linear superposition. The total Gibbs mixing free energy ΔGmix is minimized with respect to simultaneous variations in the grain-boundary volume fraction and the solute contents in the grain boundary and grain interior. The Lagrange multiplier method was used to obtain numerical solutions with the constraint of fixed total solute content. The model predictions are presented using a parametric variation of the required input parameters. Applications are then given for the dependence of the nanocrystalline grain size on temperature and total solute content for selected binary systems where experimental results suggest that thermodynamic stabilization could be effective.

  15. Growth and properties of nanocrystalline germanium films

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    Niu, Xuejun; Dalal, Vikram L.

    2005-11-01

    We report on the growth characteristics and structure of nanocrystalline germanium films using low-pressure plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition process in a remote electron-cyclotron-resonance reactor. The films were grown from mixtures of germane and hydrogen at deposition temperatures varying between 130 °C and 310 °C. The films were measured for structure using Raman and x-ray spectroscopy. It is shown that the orientation of the film depends strongly upon the deposition conditions. Low-temperature growth leads to both <111> and <220> orientations, whereas at higher temperatures, the <220> grain strongly dominates. The Raman spectrum reveals a sharp crystalline peak at 300 cm-1 and a high ratio between crystalline and amorphous peak that is at 285 cm-1. The grain size in the films is a strong function of hydrogen dilution, with higher dilutions leading to smaller grain sizes. Growth temperature also has a strong influence on grain size, with higher temperatures yielding larger grain sizes. From these results, which are seen to be compatible with the growth of nanocrystalline Si films, it is seen that the natural growth direction for the film is <220>, and that bonded hydrogen interferes with the growth of <220> grains. High hydrogen dilutions lead to more random nucleation.

  16. Improved zinc electrode and rechargeable zinc-air battery

    DOEpatents

    Ross, P.N. Jr.

    1988-06-21

    The invention comprises an improved rechargeable zinc-air cell/battery having recirculating alkaline electrolyte and a zinc electrode comprising a porous foam support material which carries the active zinc electrode material. 5 figs.

  17. Improved zinc electrode and rechargeable zinc-air battery

    SciTech Connect

    Ross, P.N. Jr.

    1988-06-21

    The invention comprises an improved rechargeable zinc-air cell/battery having recirculating alkaline electrolyte and a zinc electrode comprising a porous foam support material which carries the active zinc electrode material. 5 figs.

  18. Role of zinc finger structure in nuclear localization of transcription factor Sp1

    SciTech Connect

    Ito, Tatsuo; Azumano, Makiko; Uwatoko, Chisana; Itoh, Kohji Kuwahara, Jun

    2009-02-27

    Transcription factor Sp1 is localized in the nucleus and regulates gene expression. Our previous study demonstrated that the carboxyl terminal region of Sp1 containing 3-zinc finger region as DNA binding domain can also serve as nuclear localization signal (NLS). However, the nuclear transport mechanism of Sp1 has not been well understood. In this study, we performed a gene expression study on mutant Sp1 genes causing a set of amino acid substitutions in zinc finger domains to elucidate nuclear import activity. Nuclear localization of the GFP-fused mutant Sp1 proteins bearing concomitant substitutions in the first and third zinc fingers was highly inhibited. These mutant Sp1 proteins had also lost the binding ability as to the GC box sequence. The results suggest that the overall tertiary structure formed by the three zinc fingers is essential for nuclear localization of Sp1 as well as dispersed basic amino acids within the zinc fingers region.

  19. Dip coated nanocrystalline CdZnS thin films for solar cell application

    SciTech Connect

    Dongre, J. K. Chaturvedi, Mahim; Patil, Yuvraj; Sharma, Sandhya; Jain, U. K.

    2015-07-31

    Nanocrystalline cadmium sulfide (CdS) and zinc cadmium sulfide (ZnCdS) thin films have been grown via simple and low cost dip coating technique. The prepared films are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopic (AFM) and UV-VIS spectrophotometer techniques to reveal their structural, morphological and optical properties. XRD shows that both samples grown have zinc blende structure. The grain size is calculated as 6.2 and 8 nm using Scherrer’s formula. The band gap value of CdS and CdZnS film is estimated to be 2.58 and 2.69 eV respectively by UV-vis spectroscopy. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) investigations are carried out using cell configuration as n-CdZnS/(1M NaOH + 1M Na2S + 1M S)/C. The photovoltaic output characteristic is used to calculate fill-factor (FF) and solar conversion efficiency (η)

  20. Reactive Radiofrequency Sputtering-Deposited Nanocrystalline ZnO Thin-Film Transistors

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    Li, Shao-Juan; He, Xin; Han, De-Dong; Sun, Lei; Wang, Yi; Han, Ru-Qi; Chan, Man-Sun; Zhang, Sheng-Dong

    2012-01-01

    The structural and electrical properties of ZnO films deposited by reactive radiofrequency sputtering with a metallic zinc target are systematically investigated. While the as-deposited ZnO film is in a poly-crystalline structure when the partial pressure of oxygen (pO2) is low, the grain size abruptly decreases to a few nanometers as pO2 increases to a critical value, and then becomes almost unchanged with a further increase in pO2. In addition, the resistivity of the ZnO films shows a non-monotonic dependence on pO2, including an abrupt transition of about seven orders of magnitude at the critical pO2. Thin-film transistors (TFTs) with the nanocrystalline ZnO films as channel layers have an on/off current ratio of more than 107, an off-current in the order of pA, a threshold voltage of about 4.5 V, and a carrier mobility of about 2cm2/(V·s). The results show that radiofrequency sputtered ZnO with a zinc target is a promising candidate for high-performance ZnO TFTs.

  1. Zinc electrode and rechargeable zinc-air battery

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    Ross, P.N. Jr.

    1989-06-27

    This patent describes an improved zinc electrode for a rechargeable zinc-air battery comprising an outer frame and a porous foam electrode support within the frame which is treated prior to the deposition of zinc thereon to inhibit the formation of zinc dendrites on the external surface thereof. The outer frame is provided with passageways for circulating an alkaline electrolyte through the treated zinc-coated porous foam. A novel rechargeable zinc-air battery system is also disclosed.

  2. Nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite doped with selenium oxyanions: a new material for potential biomedical applications.

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    Kolmas, Joanna; Oledzka, Ewa; Sobczak, Marcin; Nałęcz-Jawecki, Grzegorz

    2014-06-01

    Selenium-substituted hydroxyapatites containing selenate SeO4(2-) or selenite SeO3(2-) ions were synthesized using a wet precipitation method. The selenium content was determined by atomic absorbance spectrometry. The raw, unsintered powders were also characterized using powder X-ray diffraction, middle-range FT-IR spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopic microanalysis. The synthesized apatites were found to be pure and nanocrystalline with a crystal size similar to that in bone mineral. The incorporation of selenium oxyanions into the crystal lattice was confirmed. The toxicity of hydroxyapatites containing selenite or selenate ions was evaluated with a protozoan assay and bacterial luminescence test. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Zinc in Entamoeba invadens.

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    Morgan, R. S.; Sattilaro, R. F.

    1972-01-01

    Atomic absorption spectroscopy, electron microprobe analysis, and dithizone staining of trophozoites and cysts of Entamoeba invadens demonstrate that these cells have a high concentration of zinc (approximately one picogram per cell or 1% of their dry weight). In the cysts of this organism, the zinc is confined to the chromatoid bodies, which previous work has shown to contain crystals of ribosomes. The chemical state and function of this zinc are unknown.

  4. Zinc in Entamoeba invadens.

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    Morgan, R. S.; Sattilaro, R. F.

    1972-01-01

    Atomic absorption spectroscopy, electron microprobe analysis, and dithizone staining of trophozoites and cysts of Entamoeba invadens demonstrate that these cells have a high concentration of zinc (approximately one picogram per cell or 1% of their dry weight). In the cysts of this organism, the zinc is confined to the chromatoid bodies, which previous work has shown to contain crystals of ribosomes. The chemical state and function of this zinc are unknown.

  5. Zinc and Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Sugarman, B.; Epps, L.R.

    1985-07-01

    Zinc was noted to have significant effects upon the infection of McCoy cells by each of two strains of Chlamydia trachomatis. With a high or low Chlamydia inoculant, the number of infected cells increased up to 200% utilizing supplemental zinc (up to 1 x 10/sup -4/ M) in the inoculation media compared with standard Chlamydia cultivation media (8 x 10/sup -6/ M zinc). Ferric chloride and calcium chloride did not effect any such changes. Higher concentrations of zinc, after 2 hr of incubation with Chlamydia, significantly decreased the number of inclusions. This direct effect of zinc on the Chlamydia remained constant after further repassage of the Chlamydia without supplemental zinc, suggesting a lethal effect of the zinc. Supplemental zinc (up to 10/sup -4/ M) may prove to be a useful addition to inoculation media to increase the yield of culturing for Chlamydia trachomatis. Similarly, topical or oral zinc preparations used by people may alter their susceptibility to Chamydia trachomatis infections.

  6. Zinc: An Essential Micronutrient

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    SAPER, ROBERT B.; RASH, REBECCA

    2009-01-01

    Zinc is an essential micronutrient for human metabolism that catalyzes more than 100 enzymes, facilitates protein folding, and helps regulate gene expression. Patients with malnutrition, alcoholism, inflammatory bowel disease, and malabsorption syndromes are at an increased risk of zinc deficiency. Symptoms of zinc deficiency are nonspecific, including growth retardation, diarrhea, alopecia, glossitis, nail dystrophy, decreased immunity, and hypogonadism in males. In developing countries, zinc supplementation may be effective for the prevention of upper respiratory infection and diarrhea, and as an adjunct treatment for diarrhea in malnourished children. Zinc in combination with antioxidants may be modestly effective in slowing the progression of intermediate and advanced age-related macular degeneration. Zinc is an effective treatment for Wilson disease. Current data do not support zinc supplementation as effective for upper respiratory infection, wound healing, or human immunodeficiency virus. Zinc is well tolerated at recommended dosages. Adverse effects of long-term high-dose zinc use include suppressed immunity, decreased high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, anemia, copper deficiency, and possible genitourinary complications. PMID:20141096

  7. Fatigue stress concentration and notch sensitivity in nanocrystalline metals

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    Furnish, Timothy A.; Boyce, Brad L.; Sharon, John A.; O’Brien, Christopher J.; Clark, Blythe G.; Arrington, Christian L.; Pillars, Jamin R.

    2016-03-11

    Recent studies have shown the potential for nanocrystalline metals to possess excellent fatigue resistance compared to their coarse-grained counterparts. Although the mechanical properties of nanocrystalline metals are believed to be particularly susceptible to material defects, a systematic study of the effects of geometric discontinuities on their fatigue performance has not yet been performed. In the present work, nanocrystalline Ni–40 wt%Fe containing both intrinsic and extrinsic defects were tested in tension–tension fatigue. The defects were found to dramatically reduce the fatigue resistance, which was attributed to the relatively high notch sensitivity in the nanocrystalline material. Microstructural analysis within the crack-initiation zones underneath the defects revealed cyclically-induced abnormal grain growth (AGG) as a predominant deformation and crack initiation mechanism during high-cycle fatigue. Furthermore, the onset of AGG and the ensuing fracture is likely accelerated by the stress concentrations, resulting in the reduced fatigue resistance compared to the relatively defect-free counterparts.

  8. Protein-modified nanocrystalline diamond thin films for biosensor applications

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    Härtl, Andreas; Schmich, Evelyn; Garrido, Jose A.; Hernando, Jorge; Catharino, Silvia C. R.; Walter, Stefan; Feulner, Peter; Kromka, Alexander; Steinmüller, Doris; Stutzmann, Martin

    2004-10-01

    Diamond exhibits several special properties, for example good biocompatibility and a large electrochemical potential window, that make it particularly suitable for biofunctionalization and biosensing. Here we show that proteins can be attached covalently to nanocrystalline diamond thin films. Moreover, we show that, although the biomolecules are immobilized at the surface, they are still fully functional and active. Hydrogen-terminated nanocrystalline diamond films were modified by using a photochemical process to generate a surface layer of amino groups, to which proteins were covalently attached. We used green fluorescent protein to reveal the successful coupling directly. After functionalization of nanocrystalline diamond electrodes with the enzyme catalase, a direct electron transfer between the enzyme's redox centre and the diamond electrode was detected. Moreover, the modified electrode was found to be sensitive to hydrogen peroxide. Because of its dual role as a substrate for biofunctionalization and as an electrode, nanocrystalline diamond is a very promising candidate for future biosensor applications.

  9. High Temperature Stable Nanocrystalline SiGe Thermoelectric Material

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    Yang, Sherwin (Inventor); Matejczyk, Daniel Edward (Inventor); Determan, William (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A method of forming a nanocomposite thermoelectric material having microstructural stability at temperatures greater than 1000 C. The method includes creating nanocrystalline powder by cryomilling. The method is particularly useful in forming SiGe alloy powder.

  10. Relationship between nanocrystalline and amorphous microstructures by molecular dynamics simulation

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    Keblinski, P.; Phillpot, S.R.; Wolf, D.; Gleiter, H.

    1996-08-01

    A recent molecular dynamics simulation method for growth of fully dense nanocrystalline materials crystallized from melt was used with the Stillinger-Weber three-body potential to synthesize nanocrystalline Si with a grain size up to 75{Angstrom}. Structures of the highly constrained grain boundaries (GBs), triple lines, and point grain junctions were found to be highly disordered and similar to the structure of amorphous Si. These and earlier results for fcc metals suggest that a nanocrystalline microstructure may be viewed as a two-phase system, namely an ordered crystalline phase in the grain interiors connected by an amorphous, intergranular, glue-like phase. Analysis of the structures of bicrystalline GBs in the same materials reveals the presence of an amorphous intergranular equilibrium phase only in the high-energy but not the low-energy GBs, suggesting that only high-energy boundaries are present in nanocrystalline microstructures.

  11. Monolithic Nanocrystalline Au Fabricated by the Compaction of Nanoscale Foam

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    Hodge, A M; Biener, J; Hsiung, L M; Hamza, A V; Satcher Jr., J H

    2004-07-28

    We describe a two-step dealloying/compaction process to produce nanocrystalline Au. First, nanocrystalline/nanoporous Au foam is synthesized by electrochemically-driven dealloying. The resulting Au foams exhibit porosities of 60 and 70% with pore sizes of {approx} 40 and 100 nm, respectively, and a typical grain size of <50 nm. Second, the nanoporous foams are fully compacted to produce nanocrystalline monolithic Au. The compacted Au was characterized by TEM and X-ray diffraction and tested by depth-sensing nanoindentation. The compacted nanocrystalline Au exhibits an average grain size of <50 nm and hardness values ranging from 1.4 to 2.0 GPa, which are up to 4.5 times higher than the hardness values obtained from polycrystalline Au.

  12. Structure-function relationships in unsymmetrical zinc phthalocyanines for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Cid, Juan-José; García-Iglesias, Miguel; Yum, Jun-Ho; Forneli, Amparo; Albero, Josep; Martínez-Ferrero, Eugenia; Vázquez, Purificación; Grätzel, Michael; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad K; Palomares, Emilio; Torres, Tomás

    2009-01-01

    A series of unsymmetrical zinc phthalocyanines bearing an anchoring carboxylic function linked to the phthalocyanine ring through different spacers were designed for dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSC). The modification of the spacer group allows not only a variable distance between the dye and the nanocrystalline TiO(2), but also a distinct orientation of the phthalocyanine on the semiconductor surface. The photovoltaic data show that the nature of the spacer group plays a significant role in the electron injection from the photo-excited dye into the nanocrystalline TiO(2) semiconductor, the recombination rates and the efficiency of the cells. The incident monochromatic photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) for phthalocyanines bearing an insulating spacer is as low as 9%, whereas for those with a conducting spacer an outstanding IPCE 80% was obtained.

  13. Electrochemical Aging of Thermal-Sprayed Zinc Anodes on Concrete

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    Holcomb, G.R.; Bullard, S.J.; Covino, B.S. Jr.; Cramer, S.D.; Cryer, C.B.; McGill, G.E.

    1996-10-01

    Thermal-sprayed zinc anodes are used in impressed current cathodic protection systems for some of Oregon's coastal reinforced concrete bridges. Electrochemical aging of zinc anodes results in physical and chemical changes at the zinc-concrete interface. Concrete surfaces heated prior to thermal-spraying had initial adhesion strengths 80 pct higher than unheated surfaces. For electrochemical aging greater than 200 kC/m{sup 2} (5.2 A h/ft{sup 2}), there was no difference in adhesion strengths for zinc on preheated and unheated concrete. Adhesion strengths decreased monotonically after about 400 to 600 kC/m{sup 2} (10.4 to 15.6 A-h/ft{sup 2}) as a result of the reaction zones at the zinc-concrete interface. A zone adjacent to the metallic zinc (and originally part of the zinc coating) was primarily zincite (ZnO), with minor constituents of wulfingite (Zn(OH){sub 2}), simonkolleite (Zn{sub 5}(OH) {sub 8}C{sub l2}{sup .}H{sub 2}O), and hydrated zinc hydroxide sulfates (Zn{sub 4}SO{sub 4}(OH){sub 6}{sup .}xH{sub 2}O). This zone is the locus for cohesive fracture when the zinc coating separates from the concrete during adhesion tests. Zinc ions substitute for calcium in the cement paste adjacent to the coating as the result of secondary mineralization. The initial estimate of the coating service life based on adhesion strength measurements in accelerated impressed current cathodic protection tests is about 27 years.

  14. Luminescence and related properties of nanocrystalline porous silicon

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    Koshida, N.

    This document is part of subvolume C3 'Optical Properties' of volume 34 'Semiconductor quantum structures' of Landolt-Börnstein, Group III, Condensed Matter, on the optical properties of quantum structures based on group IV semiconductors. It discusses luminescence and related properties of nanocrystalline porous silicon. Topics include an overview of nanostructured silicon, its fabrication technology, and properties of nanocrystalline porous silicon such as confinement effects, photoluminescence, electroluminesce, carrier charging effects, ballistic transport and emission, and thermally induced acoustic emission.

  15. Generation of deformation twins in nanocrystalline metals: Theoretical model

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    Gutkin, M. Yu.; Ovid'ko, I. A.; Skiba, N. V.

    2006-11-01

    A theoretical model is suggested that describes the generation of deformation twins at grain boundaries in nanocrystalline metals. Within the model, a thick twin lamella in a nanoscale grain is generated due to stress-driven emission of twinning dislocations from a grain boundary. The lamella consists of overlapping stacking faults. The results account for experimental data on observation of deformation twins in nanocrystalline Al and Cu reported in the literature.

  16. [Zinc and chronic enteropathies].

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    Giorgi, P L; Catassi, C; Guerrieri, A

    1984-01-01

    In recent years the nutritional importance of zinc has been well established; its deficiency and its symptoms have also been recognized in humans. Furthermore, Acrodermatitis Enteropathica has been isolated, a rare but severe disease, of which skin lesions, chronic diarrhoea and recurring infections are the main symptoms. The disease is related to the malfunctioning of intestinal absorption of zinc and can be treated by administering pharmacological doses of zinc orally. Good dietary sources of zinc are meat, fish and, to a less extent, human milk. The amount of zinc absorbed in the small intestine is influenced by other nutrients: some compounds inhibit this process (dietary fiber, phytate) while others (picolinic acid, citric acid), referred to as Zn-binding ligands (ZnBL) facilitate it. Citric acid is thought to be the ligand which accounts for the high level of bioavailability of zinc in human milk. zinc absorption occurs throughout the small intestine, not only in the prossimal tract (duodenum and jejunum) but also in the distal tract (ileum). Diarrhoea is one of the clinical manifestations of zinc deficiency, thus many illnesses distinguished by chronic diarrhoea entail a bad absorption of zinc. In fact, in some cases of chronic enteropathies in infants, like coeliac disease and seldom cystic fibrosis, a deficiency of zinc has been isolated. Some of the symptoms of Crohn's disease, like retarded growth and hypogonadism, have been related to hypozinchemia which is present in this illness. Finally, it is possible that some of the dietary treatments frequently used for persistent post-enteritis diarrhoea (i.e. cow's milk exclusion, abuse and misuse of dietary fiber like carrot and carub powder, use of soy formula) can constitute a scarce supply of zinc and therefore could promote the persistency of diarrhoea itself.

  17. Structural, dielectric and magnetic properties of Ni substituted zinc ferrite

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    Kumbhar, S. S.; Mahadik, M. A.; Mohite, V. S.; Rajpure, K. Y.; Kim, J. H.; Moholkar, A. V.; Bhosale, C. H.

    2014-08-01

    NixZn1-xFe2O4 ferrite has been synthesized by the ceramic method using Ni CO3, ZnO, Fe2O3 precursors. The influence of Ni content on the structural, morphological, electrical and magnetic properties of NixZn1-xFe2O4 ferrites is studied. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that the samples are polycrystalline with spinel cubic structure. The SEM images of NixZn1-xFe2O4 ferrite show that the grain size decreases with an increase in the Ni content. The tetrahedral and octahedral vibrations in the samples are studied by IR spectra. Frequency dependence of dielectric constant shows dielectric dispersion due to the Maxwell-Wagner type of interfacial polarization. Conduction mechanism due to polarons has been analyzed by measuring the AC conductivity. Impedance spectroscopy is used to study the electrical behavior. Magnetic properties of NixZn1-xFe2O4 are studied by using hysteresis loop measurement. The maximum value of saturation magnetization of 132.8 emu/g obtained for the composition, x=0.8, is attributed to magnetic moment of Fe3+ ions.

  18. Supra- and nanocrystallinities: a new scientific adventure

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    Pileni, M. P.

    2011-12-01

    Nanomaterials exist in the interstellar medium, in biology, in art and also metallurgy. Assemblies of nanomaterials were observed in the early solar system as well as silicate particle opals. The latter exhibits unusual optical properties directly dependent on particle ordering in 3D superlattices. The optical properties of noble metal nanoparticles (Ag, Au and Cu) change with the ordering of atoms in the nanocrystals, called nanocrystallinity. The vibrational properties related to nanocrystallinity markedly differ with the vibrational modes studied. Hence, a drastic effect on nanocrystallinity is observed on the confined acoustic vibrational property of the fundamental quadrupolar modes whereas the breathing acoustic modes remain quasi-unchanged. The mechanical properties characterized by the Young’s modulus of multiply twinned particle (MTP) films are markedly lower than those of single nanocrystals. Two fcc supracrystal growth mechanisms, supported by simulation, of Au nanocrystals are proposed: heterogeneous and homogeneous growth processes. The final morphology of nanocrystal assemblies, with either films by layer-by-layer growth characterized by their plastic deformation or well-defined shapes grown in solution, depends on the solvent used to disperse the nanocrystals before the evaporation process. At thermodynamic equilibrium, two simultaneous supracrystal growth processes of Au nanocrystals take place in solution and at the air-liquid interface. These growth processes are rationalized by simulation. They involve, on the one hand, van der Waals interactions and, on the other hand, the attractive interaction between nanocrystals and the interface. Ag nanocrystals (5 nm) self-order in colloidal crystals with various arrangements called supracrystallinities. As in bulk materials, phase diagrams of supracrystals with structural transitions from face-centered-cubic (fcc) to hexagonal-close-packed (hcp) and body-centered-cubic (bcc) structures are observed

  19. Supra- and nanocrystallinities: a new scientific adventure.

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    Pileni, M P

    2011-12-21

    Nanomaterials exist in the interstellar medium, in biology, in art and also metallurgy. Assemblies of nanomaterials were observed in the early solar system as well as silicate particle opals. The latter exhibits unusual optical properties directly dependent on particle ordering in 3D superlattices.The optical properties of noble metal nanoparticles (Ag, Au and Cu) change with the ordering of atoms in the nanocrystals, called nanocrystallinity. The vibrational properties related to nanocrystallinity markedly differ with the vibrational modes studied. Hence, a drastic effect on nanocrystallinity is observed on the confined acoustic vibrational property of the fundamental quadrupolar modes whereas the breathing acoustic modes remain quasi-unchanged. The mechanical properties characterized by the Young's modulus of multiply twinned particle (MTP) films are markedly lower than those of single nanocrystals.Two fcc supracrystal growth mechanisms, supported by simulation, of Au nanocrystals are proposed: heterogeneous and homogeneous growth processes. The final morphology of nanocrystal assemblies, with either films by layer-by-layer growth characterized by their plastic deformation or well-defined shapes grown in solution, depends on the solvent used to disperse the nanocrystals before the evaporation process.At thermodynamic equilibrium, two simultaneous supracrystal growth processes of Au nanocrystals take place in solution and at the air-liquid interface. These growth processes are rationalized by simulation. They involve, on the one hand, van der Waals interactions and, on the other hand, the attractive interaction between nanocrystals and the interface.Ag nanocrystals (5 nm) self-order in colloidal crystals with various arrangements called supracrystallinities. As in bulk materials, phase diagrams of supracrystals with structural transitions from face-centered-cubic (fcc) to hexagonal-close-packed (hcp) and body-centered-cubic (bcc) structures are observed. They

  20. First histological observations on the incorporation of a novel nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite paste OSTIM in human cancellous bone.

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    Huber, Franz-Xaver; Belyaev, Orlin; Hillmeier, Joachim; Kock, Hans-Juergen; Huber, Colette; Meeder, Peter-Juergen; Berger, Irina

    2006-06-08

    A commercially available nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite paste Ostim has been reported in few recent studies to surpass other synthetic bone substitutes with respect to the observed clinical results. However, the integration of this implantable material has been histologically evaluated only in animal experimental models up to now. This study aimed to evaluate the tissue incorporation of Ostim in human cancellous bone after reconstructive bone surgery for trauma. Biopsy specimens from 6 adult patients with a total of 7 tibial, calcaneal or distal radial fractures were obtained at the time of osteosynthesis removal. The median interval from initial operation to tissue sampling was 13 (range 3-15) months. Samples were stained with Masson-Goldner, von Kossa, and toluidine blue. Osteoid volume, trabecular width and bone volume, and cortical porosity were analyzed. Samples were immunolabeled with antibodies against CD68, CD56 and human prolyl 4-hydroxylase to detect macrophages, osteoblasts, and fibroblasts, respectively. TRAP stainings were used to identify osteoclasts. Histomorphometric data indicated good regeneration with normal bone turnover: mean osteoid volume was 1.93% of the trabecular bone mass, trabecular bone volume--28.4%, trabecular width--225.12 microm, and porosity index--2.6%. Cortical and spongious bone tissue were well structured. Neither inflammatory reaction, nor osteofibrosis or osteonecrosis were observed. The implanted material was widely absorbed. The studied nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite paste showed good tissue incorporation. It is highly biocompatible and appears to be a suitable bone substitute for juxtaarticular comminuted fractures in combination with a stable screw-plate osteosynthesis.

  1. Narrowing the gap: from semiconductor to semimetal in the homologous series of rare-earth zinc arsenides RE(2-y)Zn4As4·n(REAs) and Mn-substituted derivatives RE(2-y)Mn(x)Zn(4-x)As4·n(REAs) (RE = La-Nd, Sm, Gd).

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    Lin, Xinsong; Tabassum, Danisa; Mar, Arthur

    2015-12-14

    A homologous series of ternary rare-earth zinc arsenides, prepared by reactions of the elements at 750 °C, has been identified with the formula RE(2-y)Zn4As4·n(REAs) (n = 2, 3, 4) for various RE members. They adopt trigonal structures: RE(4-y)Zn4As6 (RE = La-Nd), space group R3̄m1, Z = 3; RE(5-y)Zn4As7 (RE = Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd), space group P3̄m1, Z = 1; RE(6-y)Zn4As8 (RE = La-Nd, Sm, Gd), space group R3̄m1, Z = 3. The Zn atoms can be partially substituted by Mn atoms, resulting in quaternary derivatives RE(2-y)Mn(x)Zn(4-x)As4·n(REAs). Single-crystal structures were determined for nine ternary and quaternary arsenides RE(2-y)M4As4·n(REAs) (M = Mn, Zn) as representative examples of these series. The structures are built by stacking close-packed nets of As atoms, sometimes in very long sequences, with RE atoms occupying octahedral sites and M atoms occupying tetrahedral sites, resulting in an intergrowth of [REAs] and [M2As2] slabs. The recurring feature of all members of the homologous series is a sandwich of [M2As2]-[REAs]-[M2As2] slabs, while rocksalt-type blocks of [REAs] increase in thickness between these sandwiches with higher n. Similar to the previously known related homologous series REM(2-x)As2·n(REAs) which is deficient in M, this new series RE(2-y)M4As4·n(REAs) exhibits deficiencies in RE to reduce the electron excess that would be present in the fully stoichiometric formulas. Enthalpic and entropic factors are considered to account for the differences in site deficiencies in these two homologous series. Band structure calculations indicate that the semiconducting behaviour of the parent n = 0 member (with CaAl2Si2-type structure) gradually evolves, through a narrowing of the gap between valence and conduction bands, to semimetallic behaviour as the number of [REAs] blocks increases, to the limit of n = ∞ for rocksalt-type REAs.

  2. Ultrashort-pulse laser ablation of nanocrystalline aluminum

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    Gill-Comeau, Maxime; Lewis, Laurent J.

    2011-12-01

    Molecular-dynamics simulations of the ablation of nanocrystalline Al films by ultrashort laser pulses in the low-fluence (no-ionization) regime (0-2.5 times the ablation threshold, F{sub th}) are reported. The simulations employ an embedded-atom method potential for the dynamics of the ions and a realistic two-temperature model for the electron gas (and its interactions with the ion gas), which confers different electronic properties to the monocrystalline solid, nanocrystalline solid, and liquid regions of the targets. The ablation dynamics in three nanocrystalline structures is studied: two dense targets with different crystallite sizes (d=3.1 and 6.2 nm on average) and a d=6.2 nm porous sample. The results are compared to the ablation of monocrystalline Al. Significant differences are observed, the nanocrystalline targets showing, in particular, a lower ablation threshold and a larger melting depth, and yielding pressure waves of higher amplitude than the monocrystalline targets. Furthermore, it is shown that nanocrystalline targets experience no residual stress associated with thermal expansion and lateral constraints, and that little crystal growth occurs in the solid during and after ablation. Laser-induced spallation of the back surface of the films is also investigated; we find, in particular, that the high-strain fracture resistance of nanocrystalline samples is significantly reduced in comparison to the crystalline material.

  3. Measurements of grain boundary properties in nanocrystalline ceramics

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    Chiang, Y.M.; Smyth, I.P.; Terwilliger, C.D. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering); Petuskey, W.T. . Dept. of Chemistry); Eastman, J.A. )

    1990-11-01

    The advent of nanocrystalline ceramics prepared by a variety of solution-chemical and vapor deposition methods offers a unique opportunity for the determination grain boundary properties by bulk'' thermodynamic methods. In this paper we discuss results from two types of measurements on model nanocrystalline ceramics. The first is a solution thermodynamic measurement of the activity of nanocrystalline SiC in polycarbosilane-derived silicon carbide fibers (Nicalon). Structural studies have shown that Nicalon consists of well-ordered cubic ({beta} or 3C polytype) SiC grains separated by a very thin grain boundary layer (<1 nm thick) containing the oxygen. The physical properties and chemical reactivity of these fibers are distinctly different from that of bulk silicon carbide. Direct measurement of the alloy composition and analysis of the microstructure has allowed the dissolution reaction to be identified and a lower limit for the SiC activity in the nanocrystalline form to be determined. A second method of measuring grain boundary properties we have investigated for nanocrystalline Si and TiO{sub 2} is high temperature calorimetry. In appropriate samples the grain boundary enthalpy can be measured through the heat evolved during grain growth. Preliminary results on nanocrystalline Si prepared by the recrystallization of amorphous evaporated films and on TiO{sub 2} condensed from the vapor phase are discussed. 29 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Self-aligned nanocrystalline ZnO hexagons by facile solid-state and co-precipitation route

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    Thorat, J. H.; Kanade, K. G.; Nikam, L. K.; Chaudhari, P. D.; Panmand, R. P.; Kale, B. B.

    2012-02-01

    In this study, we report the synthesis of well-aligned nanocrystalline hexagonal zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles by facile solid-state and co-precipitation method. The co-precipitation reactions were performed using aqueous and ethylene glycol (EG) medium using zinc acetate and adipic acid to obtain zinc adipate and further decomposition at 450 °C to confer nanocrystalline ZnO hexagons. XRD shows the hexagonal wurtzite structure of the ZnO. Thermal study reveals complete formation of ZnO at 430 °C in case of solid-state method, whereas in case of co-precipitation method complete formation was observed at 400 °C. Field emission scanning electron microscope shows spherical morphology for ZnO synthesized by solid-state method. The aqueous-mediated ZnO by co-precipitation method shows rod-like morphology. These rods are formed via self assembling of spherical nanoparticles, however, uniformly dispersed spherical crystallites were seen in EG-mediated ZnO. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) investigations clearly show well aligned and highly crystalline transparent and thin hexagonal ZnO. The particle size was measured using TEM and was observed to be 50-60 nm in case of solid-state method and aqueous-mediated co-precipitation method, while 25-50 nm in case of EG-mediated co-precipitation method. UV absorption spectra showed sharp absorption peaks with a blue shift for EG-mediated ZnO, which demonstrate the mono-dispersed lower particle size. The band gap of the ZnO was observed to be 3.4 eV which is higher than the bulk, implies nanocrystalline nature of the ZnO. The photoluminescence studies clearly indicate the strong violet and weak blue emission in ZnO nanoparticles which is quite unique. The process investigated may be useful to synthesize other oxide semiconductors and transition metal oxides.

  5. Preparation of zinc orthotitanate

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    Gates, D. W.; Gilligan, J. E.; Harada, Y.; Logan, W. R.

    1977-01-01

    Use of decomposable precursors to enhance zinc oxide-titanium dioxide reaction and rapid fixing results in rapid preparation of zinc orthotitanate powder pigment. Preparation process allows production under less stringent conditions. Elimination of powder grinding results in purer that is less susceptible to color degradation.

  6. Room temperature tunable blue-green luminescence in nanocrystalline (Pb1-xSrx)TiO3 thin film grown on yttrium-doped zirconia substrate

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    Luo, L.; Ren, H. Z.; Tang, X. G.; Ding, C. R.; Wang, H. Z.; Chen, X. M.; Jia, J. K.; Hu, Z. F.

    2008-08-01

    Room temperature tunable blue-green photoluminescence was observed in nanocrystalline (Pb1-xSrx)TiO3 thin film under UV excitation. Its emission energy increases from 2.42 (at x =0.6) to 2.76 eV (at x =0.4), while the band gap decreases from 3.6 to 3.3 eV. Thin films of (Pb1-xSrx)TiO3 were prepared on yttrium-doped zirconia substrate by a simple sol-gel technique with spinning-coating process. Atom force microscope micrographs and crystallographic studies revealed the polycrystalline perovskite-type structure of the thin films. The observed optical properties are attributed to distorted octahedral due to different cation substitutions. The work shows that this kind of wide band gap and low cost nanocrystalline thin films is a very promising material for flat panel display applications and integrated light emission devices.

  7. Nanocrystalline silicon thin films for thermoelectric applications

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    Queen, Daniel; Jugdersuren, Battogtokh; Culberston, Jim; Wang, Qi; Nemeth, William; Metcalf, Tom; Liu, Xiao

    2014-03-01

    Recent advances in thermoelectric materials have come from reductions in thermal conductivity by manipulating both chemical composition and nanostructure to limit the phonon mean free path. However, wide spread applications for some of these materials may be limited due to high raw material and integration costs. In this talk we will discuss our recent results on nanocrystalline silicon thin films deposited by both hot-wire and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition where the nanocrystal size and crystalline volume fraction are varied by dilution of the silane precursor gas with hydrogen. Nanocyrstalline silicon is an established material technology used in multijunction amorphous silicon solar cells and has the potential to be a low cost and scalable material for use in thermoelectric devices. This work supported by the Office of Naval Research and the National Research Council.

  8. Superconductivity in planarised nanocrystalline diamond films.

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    Klemencic, Georgina M; Mandal, Soumen; Werrell, Jessica M; Giblin, Sean R; Williams, Oliver A

    2017-01-01

    Chemical vapour deposition (CVD) grown boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (B-NCD) is an attractive material for the fabrication of high frequency superconducting nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) due to its high Young's modulus. The as-grown films have a surface roughness that increases with film thickness due to the columnar growth mechanism. To reduce intrinsic losses in B-NCD NEMS it is crucial to correct for this surface roughness by polishing. In this paper, in contrast to conventional polishing, it is demonstrated that the root-mean-square (RMS) roughness of a 520 nm thick B-NCD film can be reduced by chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) from 44.0 nm to 1.5 nm in 14 hours without damaging the sample or introducing significant changes to the superconducting transition temperature, [Formula: see text], thus enabling the use of B-NCD films in the fabrication of high quality superconducting NEMS.

  9. Characterization of Eletrodeposited Nanocrystalline Ni Microtrusses

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    Liu, Gongtao

    Polymer microtrusses with nanocrystalline nickel coatings can exhibit excellent mechanical performance, which is greatly dependent on the thickness distribution of the coating. The dependence of coating thickness distribution on the electrodeposition parameters was investigated by numerical modeling. From the models, it was found that the coating thickness distribution on the struts tends to become more uneven with the increase in plating time and current density. A method has been established to predict the coating thickness distribution at different times. Experimental characterization methods were also developed. First, X-ray tomography was used for characterizing the thickness distribution. It was found that the surface roughness of the starting template greatly influences the coating thickness distribution of plated materials. Second, a mechanical test fixture was developed to accurately measure the inelastic buckling resistance of the core struts in compression. The reliability of the test method was investigated using microtrusses consisting of various numbers of unit cells and unit cell sizes.

  10. An ecotoxicological characterization of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC).

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    Kovacs, Tibor; Naish, Valerie; O'Connor, Brian; Blaise, Christian; Gagné, Francois; Hall, Lauren; Trudeau, Vance; Martel, Pierre

    2010-09-01

    The pulp and paper industry in Canada is developing technology for the production and use of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC). A key component of the developmental work is an assessment of potential environmental risks. Towards this goal, NCC samples as well as carboxyl methyl cellulose (CMC), a surrogate of the parent cellulosic material, were subjected to an ecotoxicological evaluation. This involved toxicity tests with rainbow trout hepatocytes and nine aquatic species. The hepatocytes were most sensitive (EC20s between 10 and 200 mg/l) to NCC, although neither NCC nor CMC caused genotoxicity. In tests with the nine species, NCC affected the reproduction of the fathead minnow at (IC25) 0.29 g/l, but no other effects on endpoints such as survival and growth occurred in the other species at concentrations below 1 g/l, which was comparable to CMC. Based on this ecotoxicological characterization, NCC was found to have low toxicity potential and environmental risk.

  11. Twinning in nanocrystalline fcc and bcc metals

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    Boyko, Vladimir S.; Kezerashvili, Roman Ya.

    2013-03-01

    The deformation twinning in nanocrystalline (nc) face-centered cubic (fcc) metals, body-centered cubic (bcc) metals, and in nc Si is analyzed. The phenomenological approach is used to make a bridge between microscopical mechanisms of twin nucleation and macroscopical characteristics of twinning with different crystal structures and to calculate the grain size range of the twinning propensity, the requisite external stress for twinning propagation in nc polycrystals, and the grain size at which the slip begins to prevail over the twinning. The developed approach allows to derive analytical expressions and estimate lower and and upper limits of grain sizes at which a twinning propensity is occurred. Results of calculations for the nc fcc metals Al, Cu, Ni, Pd, Au, nc bcc metals Ta, Fe, Mo, W, Nb, and nc diamond-cubic Si are compared with the experimental data, otherwise predictions are made.

  12. Toughness and strength of nanocrystalline graphene

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    Shekhawat, Ashivni; Ritchie, Robert O.

    2016-01-01

    Pristine monocrystalline graphene is claimed to be the strongest material known with remarkable mechanical and electrical properties. However, graphene made with scalable fabrication techniques is polycrystalline and contains inherent nanoscale line and point defects—grain boundaries and grain-boundary triple junctions—that lead to significant statistical fluctuations in toughness and strength. These fluctuations become particularly pronounced for nanocrystalline graphene where the density of defects is high. Here we use large-scale simulation and continuum modelling to show that the statistical variation in toughness and strength can be understood with ‘weakest-link' statistics. We develop the first statistical theory of toughness in polycrystalline graphene, and elucidate the nanoscale origins of the grain-size dependence of its strength and toughness. Our results should lead to more reliable graphene device design, and provide a framework to interpret experimental results in a broad class of two-dimensional materials. PMID:26817712

  13. Microstructural characterization in nanocrystalline ceramic thin films

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    Kim, Hakkwan

    The primary objective of this research is to investigate the effects of process variables on microstructure in several fluoride and oxide thin films prepared by vapor deposition, in order to predict the properties and behaviors of nanocrystalline thin film materials. There are three distinct stages of this research. The first stage focuses on measuring of the porosity in polycrystalline thin films of a variety of fluorides as a function of the substrate temperature during deposition, and discussing the mechanism by which the porosity varies as a function of the process variables. We have measured the porosity in thin films of lithium fluoride (LiF), magnesium fluoride (MgF2), barium fluoride (BaF 2) and calcium fluoride (CaF2) using an atomic force microscope (AFM) and a quartz crystal thickness monitor. The porosity is very sensitive to the substrate temperature and decreases as the substrate temperature increases. Consistent behavior is observed among all of the materials in this study. The second stage is to understand the film microstructure including grain growth and texture development, because these factors are known to influence the behavior and stability of polycrystalline thin films. This study focuses on grain growth and texture development in polycrystalline lithium fluoride thin films using dark field (DF) transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It is demonstrated that we can isolate the size distribution of <111> surface normal grains from the overall size distribution, based on simple and plausible assumptions about the texture. The {111} texture formation and surface morphology were also observed by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and AFM, respectively. The grain size distributions become clearly bimodal as the annealing time increases, and we deduce that the short-time size distributions are also a sum of two overlapping peaks. The smaller grain-size peak in the distribution corresponds to the {111}-oriented grains which do not grow significantly, while

  14. Synthesis of non-stoichiometric nanocrystalline catalysts

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    Tschoepe, A.; Ying, J.Y.

    1995-12-01

    Nanocrystalline catalysts may be synthesized by inert gas condensation method with magnetron sputtering technique. The source material is sputtered in a low Ar pressure, and nanoclusters of similar composition as the source target are collected effectively on a liquid nitrogen cooled modified ground shield. We have generated Ce, La-Ce and Cu-Ce nanoclusters by this approach, and controlled oxidized them to derive non-stoichiometric oxide catalysts. Such novel catalysts are constituted of crystallites < 10 nm, with an ultrahigh surface-to-volume ratio. Multicomponent systems can also be synthesized with excellent homogeneity by this approach, compared to traditional chemical preparation methods. Finally, the significant non-stoichiometry in oxides provides a high concentration of oxygen vacancies and superoxide adsorbed species, which is particularly useful in catalytic redox reactions, such as SO{sub 2} reduction by CO and CO oxidation.

  15. Toughness and strength of nanocrystalline graphene

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    Shekhawat, Ashivni; Ritchie, Robert O.

    2016-01-28

    Pristine monocrystalline graphene is claimed to be the strongest material known with remarkable mechanical and electrical properties. However, graphene made with scalable fabrication techniques is polycrystalline and contains inherent nanoscale line and point defects—grain boundaries and grain-boundary triple junctions—that lead to significant statistical fluctuations in toughness and strength. These fluctuations become particularly pronounced for nanocrystalline graphene where the density of defects is high. Here we use large-scale simulation and continuum modelling to show that the statistical variation in toughness and strength can be understood with ‘weakest-link’ statistics. We develop the first statistical theory of toughness in polycrystalline graphene, and elucidatemore » the nanoscale origins of the grain-size dependence of its strength and toughness. Lastly, our results should lead to more reliable graphene device design, and provide a framework to interpret experimental results in a broad class of two-dimensional materials.« less

  16. Toughness and strength of nanocrystalline graphene

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    Shekhawat, Ashivni; Ritchie, Robert O.

    2016-01-28

    Pristine monocrystalline graphene is claimed to be the strongest material known with remarkable mechanical and electrical properties. However, graphene made with scalable fabrication techniques is polycrystalline and contains inherent nanoscale line and point defects—grain boundaries and grain-boundary triple junctions—that lead to significant statistical fluctuations in toughness and strength. These fluctuations become particularly pronounced for nanocrystalline graphene where the density of defects is high. Here we use large-scale simulation and continuum modelling to show that the statistical variation in toughness and strength can be understood with ‘weakest-link’ statistics. We develop the first statistical theory of toughness in polycrystalline graphene, and elucidate the nanoscale origins of the grain-size dependence of its strength and toughness. Lastly, our results should lead to more reliable graphene device design, and provide a framework to interpret experimental results in a broad class of two-dimensional materials.

  17. Stabilizing Nanocrystalline Grains in Ceramic-Oxides

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J

    2013-01-01

    Nanocrystalline ceramic-oxides are prone to grain growth rendering their highly attractive properties practically unusable. Using atomistic simulations ofon ceria as a model material system, we elucidate a framework to design dopant-pinned grain boundaries that prevent this grain growth. While in metallic systems it has been shown that a large mismatch between host and dopant atomic size prevents grain growth, in ceramic-oxides we find that this concept is not applicable. Instead, we find that dopant-oxygen vacancy interaction, i.e., dopant migration energy in the presence of oxygen vacancy, and dopant-oxygen vacancy binding energy are the controlling factors in grain growth. Our prediction agrees with and explains previous experimental observations.

  18. Thermal Conductivity in Nanocrystalline Ceria Thin Films

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    Marat Khafizov; In-Wook Park; Aleksandr Chernatynskiy; Lingfeng He; Jianliang Lin; John J. Moore; David Swank; Thomas Lillo; Simon R. Phillpot; Anter El-Azab; David H. Hurley

    2014-02-01

    The thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline ceria films grown by unbalanced magnetron sputtering is determined as a function of temperature using laser-based modulated thermoreflectance. The films exhibit significantly reduced conductivity compared with stoichiometric bulk CeO2. A variety of microstructure imaging techniques including X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron analysis, and electron energy loss spectroscopy indicate that the thermal conductivity is influenced by grain boundaries, dislocations, and oxygen vacancies. The temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity is analyzed using an analytical solution of the Boltzmann transport equation. The conclusion of this study is that oxygen vacancies pose a smaller impediment to thermal transport when they segregate along grain boundaries.

  19. Reinforced plastics and aerogels by nanocrystalline cellulose

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    Leung, Alfred C. W.; Lam, Edmond; Chong, Jonathan; Hrapovic, Sabahudin; Luong, John H. T.

    2013-05-01

    Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), a rigid rod-like nanoscale material, can be produced from cellulosic biomass in powder, liquid, or gel forms by acid and chemical hydrolysis. Owing to its unique and exceptional physicochemical properties, the incorporation of a small amount of NCC into plastic enhances the mechanical strength of the latter by several orders of magnitudes. Carbohydrate-based NCC poses no serious environmental concerns, providing further impetus for the development and applications of this green and renewable biomaterial to fabricate lightweight and biodegradable composites and aerogels. Surface functionalization of NCC remains the main focus of NCC research to tailor its properties for dispersion in hydrophilic or hydrophobic media. It is of uttermost importance to develop tools and protocols for imaging of NCC in a complex matrix and quantify its reinforcement effect.

  20. Magnetic properties of bio-synthesized zinc ferrite nanoparticles

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    Yeary, Lucas W; Moon, Ji Won; Rawn, Claudia J; Love, Lonnie J; Rondinone, Adam Justin; Thompson, James R; Chakoumakos, Bryan C; Phelps, Tommy Joe

    2011-01-01

    The magnetic properties of zinc ferrite (Zn-substituted magnetite, Zn{sub y}Fe{sub 1-y}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) formed by a microbial process compared favorably with chemically synthesized materials. A metal reducing bacterium, Thermoanaerobacter, strain TOR-39 was incubated with Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x}OOH (x=0.01, 0.1, and 0.15) precursors and produced nanoparticulate zinc ferrites. Composition and crystalline structure of the resulting zinc ferrites were verified using X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and neutron diffraction. The average composition from triplicates gave a value for y of 0.02, 0.23, and 0.30 with the greatest standard deviation of 0.02. Average crystallite sizes were determined to be 67, 49, and 25 nm, respectively. While crystallite size decreased with more Zn substitution, the lattice parameter and the unit cell volume showed a gradual increase in agreement with previous literature values. The magnetic properties were characterized using a superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer and were compared with values for the saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) reported in the literature. The averaged M{sub s} values for the triplicates with the largest amount of zinc (y=0.30) gave values of 100.1, 96.5, and 69.7 emu/g at temperatures of 5, 80, and 300 K, respectively indicating increased magnetic properties of the bacterially synthesized zinc ferrites.

  1. Time-dependent X-ray absorption spectroscopic (XAS) study on the transformation of zinc basic salt into bis(N-oxopyridine-2-thionato) zinc (II).

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    Paek, Seung-Min; Jo, Won-Young; Park, Man; Choy, Jin-Ho

    2007-11-01

    Solid transchelation reaction was established for the synthesis of bis(N-oxopyridine-2-thionato) zinc (II), commonly known as zinc pyrithione (ZPT), to control particle size using zinc basic salt (ZBS) and aqueous sodium pyrithione solution. Distinguished from ZPT particles prepared by usual precipitation reaction, the obtained ZPT nanoparticles exhibited very narrow size distribution. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) at Zn K-edge was systematically examined to elucidate time-dependent local structural evolution during solid transchelation reaction. X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) analysis clearly revealed that local environment around zinc atoms transformed into pentahedron as reaction proceeded. Based on quantitative X-ray diffraction and XANES analysis, we made structural models. Theoretical XAS spectrum calculated with FEFF code could reproduce experimental one, suggesting that XAS analysis could be very powerful tool to probe phase transformation. Furthermore, according to extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) fitting results, Zn-O distance in reaction products gradually increased from 1.96 to 2.07 angstroms, suggesting that zinc atoms bounded with oxygen ones in ZBS were transchelated with pyrithione ligands. This study could be a strong evidence for the usefulness of XAS to study time-dependent structural transformation of nanocrystalline materials.

  2. Exploring zinc coordination in novel zinc battery electrolytes.

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    Kar, Mega; Winther-Jensen, Bjorn; Forsyth, Maria; MacFarlane, Douglas R

    2014-06-14

    The coordination of zinc ions by tetraglyme has been investigated here to support the development of novel electrolytes for rechargeable zinc batteries. Zn(2+) reduction is electrochemically reversible from tetraglyme. The spectroscopic data, molar conductivity and thermal behavior as a function of zinc composition, between mole ratios [80 : 20] and [50 : 50] [tetraglyme : zinc chloride], all suggest that strong interactions take place between chloro-zinc complexes and tetraglyme. Varying the concentration of zinc chloride produces a range of zinc-chloro species (ZnClx)(2-x) in solution, which hinder full interaction between the zinc ion and tetraglyme. Both the [70 : 30] and [50 : 50] mixtures are promising electrolyte candidates for reversible zinc batteries, such as the zinc-air device.

  3. Spectroscopic characterization of copper(I) binding to apo and metal-reconstituted zinc finger peptides.

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    Doku, Reginald T; Park, Grace; Wheeler, Korin E; Splan, Kathryn E

    2013-08-01

    Cu(I) exhibits high affinity for thiolate ligands, suggesting that thiol-rich zinc or iron binding sites may be subject to disruption during copper stress conditions. Zinc fingers constitute a large class of metalloproteins that use a combination of cysteine and histidine residues that bind Zn(II) as a structural element. Despite the shared preference of both copper and zinc for thiolate and amine coordination, the susceptibility of zinc finger domains toward copper substitution is not well studied. We report spectroscopic studies that characterize the Cu(I) binding properties of the zinc finger consensus peptides CP-CCHH, CP-CCHC, and CP-CCCC and the C-terminal zinc finger domain of HIV-1 nucleocapsid protein p7 (NCp7_C). Cu(I) binds to both the apopeptides and the Co(II)-substituted peptides, and the stoichiometry of Cu(I) binding is dependent on the number of cysteine thiols at the metal binding site. Fluorescence studies of the Zn(II)-NCp7_C complex indicate that Cu(I) also effectively competes with Zn(II) at the metal binding site, despite the high affinity of Zn(II) for the CCHC binding motif. Circular dichroism studies on both CP-CCHC and NCp7_C show that the conformations of the Cu(I)-bound complexes differ substantially from those of the Zn(II) species, implying that Cu(I) substitution is likely to impact zinc finger function. These results show that for the peptides studied here, Cu(I) is the thermodynamically favored metal despite the known high Zn(II) affinity of zinc finger domains, suggesting that Cu(I)-substituted zinc finger domains might be relevant in the context of both copper toxicity mechanisms and copper-responsive transcription factors.

  4. Zinc sulphate in rheumatoid arthritis

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    Mattingly, P. C.; Mowat, A. G.

    1982-01-01

    To assess the antirheumatic activity of zinc sulphate, 27 patients with active rheumatoid arthritis took part in a 6-month, randomised, double-blind, between-group trial of oral zinc sulphate versus placebo. Twelve patients on zinc and 9 on placebo completed the trial, but no significant antirheumatic activity of zinc sulphate was demonstrated. PMID:6751243

  5. Designing Hydrolytic Zinc Metalloenzymes

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    2015-01-01

    Zinc is an essential element required for the function of more than 300 enzymes spanning all classes. Despite years of dedicated study, questions regarding the connections between primary and secondary metal ligands and protein structure and function remain unanswered, despite numerous mechanistic, structural, biochemical, and synthetic model studies. Protein design is a powerful strategy for reproducing native metal sites that may be applied to answering some of these questions and subsequently generating novel zinc enzymes. From examination of the earliest design studies introducing simple Zn(II)-binding sites into de novo and natural protein scaffolds to current studies involving the preparation of efficient hydrolytic zinc sites, it is increasingly likely that protein design will achieve reaction rates previously thought possible only for native enzymes. This Current Topic will review the design and redesign of Zn(II)-binding sites in de novo-designed proteins and native protein scaffolds toward the preparation of catalytic hydrolytic sites. After discussing the preparation of Zn(II)-binding sites in various scaffolds, we will describe relevant examples for reengineering existing zinc sites to generate new or altered catalytic activities. Then, we will describe our work on the preparation of a de novo-designed hydrolytic zinc site in detail and present comparisons to related designed zinc sites. Collectively, these studies demonstrate the significant progress being made toward building zinc metalloenzymes from the bottom up. PMID:24506795

  6. Effects of dietary supplementation with tribasic zinc sulfate or zinc sulfate on growth performance, zinc content and expression of zinc transporters in young pigs.

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    Deng, Bo; Zhou, Xihong; Wu, Jie; Long, Ciming; Yao, Yajun; Peng, Hongxing; Wan, Dan; Wu, Xin

    2017-04-12

    An experiment was conducted to compare the effects of zinc sulfate (ZS) and tribasic zinc sulfate (TBZ) as sources of supplemental zinc on growth performance, serum zinc (Zn) content and messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of Zn transporters (ZnT1/ZnT2/ZnT5/ZIP4/DMT1) of young growing pigs. A total of 96 Duroc × Landrace × Yorkshire pigs were randomly allotted to two treatments and were fed a basal diet supplemented with 100 mg/kg Zn from either ZS or TBZ for 28 days. Feed : gain ratio in pigs fed TBZ were lower (P < 0.05) than pigs fed ZS, and average daily weight gain tended to increase (0.05 ≤ P ≤ 0.10) in pigs fed TBZ. Compared with pigs fed ZS, pigs fed TBZ had a higher CuZn-superoxide dismutase and Zn content in serum (P < 0.05) while they had a lower Zn content in feces (P < 0.05). In addition, ZIP4 mRNA expression of zinc transporter in either duodenum or jejunum of pigs fed TBZ were higher (P < 0.05) than pigs fed ZS. These results indicate that TBZ is more effective in serum Zn accumulation and intestinal Zn absorption, and might be a potential substitute for ZS in young growing pigs. © 2017 Japanese Society of Animal Science.

  7. A Hand to Substitutes

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    Javernick, Ellen

    2005-01-01

    In the days before computers, passing on information to substitutes was difficult. Now teachers can individualize their lesson plans to guarantee that substitute teachers and the students will both have a good day. This article provides some plan-ahead procedures that have worked for the author.

  8. Working with Substitute Teachers.

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    Wilson, Karen

    1999-01-01

    Resolving the perennial problem of substitute teachers' high turnover and low availability is feasible, if principals welcome, orient, and assign them properly. Regular teachers should prepare a folder containing class lists, daily schedules, seating charts, expectations of students, and meaningful lesson plans. Substitutes should be treated as…

  9. Florida's Substitute Teachers.

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    Odutola, Adeniji A.; Etemadi, Judy N.

    2002-01-01

    Describes the statutory duties of the Florida Education Standards Commission, highlighting a study of the working conditions of Florida's substitute teachers. Researchers collected data on school board policies regarding substitutes' educational levels required, initial training and staff development opportunities required, salary schedules, and…

  10. Characterization of Nanocrystalline Aluminum Alloy 5083 Powders Produced by Cryogenic Attrition

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2014-11-01

    Characterization of Nanocrystalline Aluminum Alloy 5083 Powders Produced by Cryogenic Attrition by Tiffany Ngo ARL-TN-0643...November 2014 Characterization of Nanocrystalline Aluminum Alloy 5083 Powders Produced by Cryogenic Attrition Tiffany Ngo Weapons and...3. DATES COVERED (From - To) August 2014 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Characterization of Nanocrystalline Aluminum Alloy 5083 Powders Produced by

  11. The secondary alkaline zinc electrode

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    McLarnon, Frank R.; Cairns, Elton J.

    1991-02-01

    The worldwide studies conducted between 1975 and 1990 with the aim of improving cell lifetimes of secondary alkaline zinc electrodes are overviewed. Attention is given the design features and characteristics of various secondary alkaline zinc cells, including four types of zinc/nickel oxide cell designs (vented static-electrolyte, sealed static-electrolyte, vibrating-electrode, and flowing-electrolyte); two types of zinc/air cells (mechanically rechargeable consolidated-electrode and mechanically rechargeable particulate-electrode); zinc/silver oxide battery; zinc/manganese dioxide cell; and zinc/ferric cyanide battery. Particular consideration is given to recent research in the fields of cell thermodynamics, zinc electrodeposition, zinc electrodissolution, zinc corrosion, electrolyte properties, mathematical and phenomenological models, osmotic pumping, nonuniform current distribution, and cell cycle-life perforamnce.

  12. Magnetic study of M-type doped barium hexaferrite nanocrystalline particles

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    Alsmadi, A. M.; Bsoul, I.; Mahmood, S. H.; Alnawashi, G.; Prokeš, K.; Siemensmeyer, K.; Klemke, B.; Nakotte, H.

    2013-12-28

    Co-Ti and Ru-Ti substituted barium ferrite nanocrystalline particles BaFe{sub 12−2x}Co{sub x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 19} with (0≤x≤1) and BaFe{sub 12−2x}Ru{sub x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 19} with (0≤x≤0.6) were prepared by ball milling method, and their magnetic properties and their temperature dependencies were studied. The zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) processes were recorded at low magnetic fields and the ZFC curves displayed a broad peak at a temperature T{sub M}. In all samples under investigation, a clear irreversibility between the ZFC and FC curves was observed below room temperature, and this irreversibility disappeared above room temperature. These results were discussed within the framework of random particle assembly model and associated with the magnetic domain wall motion. The resistivity data showed some kind of a transition from insulator to perfect insulator around T{sub M}. At 2 K, the saturation magnetization slightly decreased and the coercivity dropped dramatically with increasing the Co-Ti concentration x. With Ru-Ti substitution, the saturation magnetization showed small variations, while the coercivity decreased monotonically, recording a reduction of about 73% at x = 0.6. These results were discussed in light of the single ion anisotropy model and the cationic distributions based on previously reported neutron diffraction data for the CoTi substituted system, and the results of our Mössbauer spectroscopy data for the RuTi substituted system.

  13. Zinc phosphate conversion coatings

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    Sugama, T.

    1997-02-18

    Zinc phosphate conversion coatings for producing metals which exhibit enhanced corrosion prevention characteristics are prepared by the addition of a transition-metal-compound promoter comprising a manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, or copper compound and an electrolyte such as polyacrylic acid, polymethacrylic acid, polyitaconic acid and poly-L-glutamic acid to a phosphating solution. These coatings are further improved by the incorporation of Fe ions. Thermal treatment of zinc phosphate coatings to generate {alpha}-phase anhydrous zinc phosphate improves the corrosion prevention qualities of the resulting coated metal. 33 figs.

  14. Zinc phosphate conversion coatings

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    Sugama, Toshifumi

    1997-01-01

    Zinc phosphate conversion coatings for producing metals which exhibit enhanced corrosion prevention characteristics are prepared by the addition of a transition-metal-compound promoter comprising a manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, or copper compound and an electrolyte such as polyacrylic acid, polymethacrylic acid, polyitaconic acid and poly-L-glutamic acid to a phosphating solution. These coatings are further improved by the incorporation of Fe ions. Thermal treatment of zinc phosphate coatings to generate .alpha.-phase anhydrous zinc phosphate improves the corrosion prevention qualities of the resulting coated metal.

  15. Sustainability and substitutability.

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    Fenichel, Eli P; Zhao, Jinhua

    2015-02-01

    Developing a quantitative science of sustainability requires bridging mathematical concepts from fields contributing to sustainability science. The concept of substitutability is central to sustainability but is defined differently by different fields. Specifically, economics tends to define substitutability as a marginal concept while fields such as ecology tend to focus on limiting behaviors. We explain how to reconcile these different views. We develop a model where investments can be made in knowledge to increase the elasticity of substitution. We explore the set of sustainable and optimal trajectories for natural capital extraction and built and knowledge capital accumulation. Investments in substitutability through knowledge stock accumulation affect the value of natural capital. Results suggest that investing in the knowledge stock, which can enhance substitutability, is critical to desirable sustainable outcomes. This result is robust even when natural capital is not managed optimally. This leads us to conclude that investments in the knowledge stock are of first order importance for sustainability.

  16. Synthesis of nanocrystalline Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films grown by the spray-pyrolysis technique

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    Chandel, Tarun; Singh, Joginder; Rajaram, P.

    2015-08-01

    Spray pyrolysis was used to deposit Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films on soda lime glass substrates at 300 °C. Aqueous solutions of copper chloride, zinc chloride, stannous chloride and thiourea were mixed together to form the spray liquid. The sprayed films were annealed under vacuum at 350 °C, 400 °C and 450 °C. Structural and optical characterization was performed on the CZTS films using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-VIS spectrophotometry. XRD results indicate that the films are single phase nanocrystalline CZTS. Optical studies show that the optical gap values are 1.44 eV for the as-grown film and 1.46 eV, 1.48 eV and 1.49 eV for the films annealed at 350 °C, 400 °C and 450 °C, respectively.

  17. The monitoring possibility of some mammalian cells for zinc concentrations on metallic materials.

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    Ogawa, Akiko; Okuda, Naoaki; Hio, Katsuya; Kanematsu, Hideyuki; Tamauchi, Hidekazu

    2012-05-01

    Zinc plating is widely used to protect steels against corrosion. However, the possibility of a high environmental risk for zinc has been recently discussed among advanced countries and more environmentally-friendly substitutes are required urgently. Therefore, monitoring zinc concentration changes on metallic materials such as steel is very important. We chose to measure zinc concentration changes in some mammalian cells and confirmed that V79 cells were highly sensitive to changes in zinc concentrations. In this study, the following process was applied to the proprietary production for tin-zinc alloy films on steel using V79 cells. Specimens were immersed in PBS to produce extracts. Zinc concentrations in the extracts almost corresponded to zinc concentrations on steel surfaces. When extracts were added to a V79 cell culture, colony formation was inhibited, and inhibition increased with increases in zinc concentrations. Changes in zinc concentrations on steel surfaces with heat treatment could be monitored relatively well by V79 cells, even though the results were still semi-quantitative.

  18. Synergistic strengthening effect of nanocrystalline copper reinforced with carbon nanotubes

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    Wang, Hu; Zhang, Zhao-Hui; Hu, Zheng-Yang; Wang, Fu-Chi; Li, Sheng-Lin; Korznikov, Elena; Zhao, Xiu-Chen; Liu, Ying; Liu, Zhen-Feng; Kang, Zhe

    2016-01-01

    In this study, a novel multi-walled carbon nanotubes reinforced nanocrystalline copper matrix composite with super high strength and moderate plasticity was synthesized. We successfully overcome the agglomeration problem of the carbon nanotubes and the grain growth problem of the nanocrystalline copper matrix by combined use of the electroless deposition and spark plasma sintering methods. The yield strength of the composite reach up to 692 MPa, which is increased by 2 and 5 times comparing with those of the nanocrystalline and coarse copper, respectively. Simultaneously, the plasticity of the composite was also significantly increased in contrast with that of the nanocrystalline copper. The increase of the density of the carbon nanotubes after coating, the isolation effect caused by the copper coating, and the improvement of the compatibility between the reinforcements and matrix as well as the effective control of the grain growth of the copper matrix all contribute to improving the mechanical properties of the composite. In addition, a new strengthening mechanism, i.e., the series-connection effect of the nanocrystalline copper grains introduced by carbon nanotubes, is proposed to further explain the mechanical behavior of the nanocomposite. PMID:27185503

  19. Synergistic strengthening effect of nanocrystalline copper reinforced with carbon nanotubes

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    Wang, Hu; Zhang, Zhao-Hui; Hu, Zheng-Yang; Wang, Fu-Chi; Li, Sheng-Lin; Korznikov, Elena; Zhao, Xiu-Chen; Liu, Ying; Liu, Zhen-Feng; Kang, Zhe

    2016-05-01

    In this study, a novel multi-walled carbon nanotubes reinforced nanocrystalline copper matrix composite with super high strength and moderate plasticity was synthesized. We successfully overcome the agglomeration problem of the carbon nanotubes and the grain growth problem of the nanocrystalline copper matrix by combined use of the electroless deposition and spark plasma sintering methods. The yield strength of the composite reach up to 692 MPa, which is increased by 2 and 5 times comparing with those of the nanocrystalline and coarse copper, respectively. Simultaneously, the plasticity of the composite was also significantly increased in contrast with that of the nanocrystalline copper. The increase of the density of the carbon nanotubes after coating, the isolation effect caused by the copper coating, and the improvement of the compatibility between the reinforcements and matrix as well as the effective control of the grain growth of the copper matrix all contribute to improving the mechanical properties of the composite. In addition, a new strengthening mechanism, i.e., the series-connection effect of the nanocrystalline copper grains introduced by carbon nanotubes, is proposed to further explain the mechanical behavior of the nanocomposite.

  20. Synergistic strengthening effect of nanocrystalline copper reinforced with carbon nanotubes.

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    Wang, Hu; Zhang, Zhao-Hui; Hu, Zheng-Yang; Wang, Fu-Chi; Li, Sheng-Lin; Korznikov, Elena; Zhao, Xiu-Chen; Liu, Ying; Liu, Zhen-Feng; Kang, Zhe

    2016-05-17

    In this study, a novel multi-walled carbon nanotubes reinforced nanocrystalline copper matrix composite with super high strength and moderate plasticity was synthesized. We successfully overcome the agglomeration problem of the carbon nanotubes and the grain growth problem of the nanocrystalline copper matrix by combined use of the electroless deposition and spark plasma sintering methods. The yield strength of the composite reach up to 692 MPa, which is increased by 2 and 5 times comparing with those of the nanocrystalline and coarse copper, respectively. Simultaneously, the plasticity of the composite was also significantly increased in contrast with that of the nanocrystalline copper. The increase of the density of the carbon nanotubes after coating, the isolation effect caused by the copper coating, and the improvement of the compatibility between the reinforcements and matrix as well as the effective control of the grain growth of the copper matrix all contribute to improving the mechanical properties of the composite. In addition, a new strengthening mechanism, i.e., the series-connection effect of the nanocrystalline copper grains introduced by carbon nanotubes, is proposed to further explain the mechanical behavior of the nanocomposite.

  1. Interaction between a bisphosphonate, tiludronate, and biomimetic nanocrystalline apatites.

    PubMed

    Pascaud, Patricia; Gras, Pierre; Coppel, Yannick; Rey, Christian; Sarda, Stéphanie

    2013-02-19

    Bisphosphonates (BPs) are well established as successful antiresorptive agents for the prevention and treatment of bone diseases such as osteoporosis and Paget's disease. The aim of this work was to clarify the reaction mechanisms between a BP molecule, tiludronate, and the nanocrystalline apatite surface. The adsorption of tiludronate on well-characterized synthetic biomimetic nanocrystalline apatites with homogeneous but different compositions and surface characteristics was investigated to determine the effect of the nanocrystalline apatite substrate on the adsorption behavior. The results show that the adsorption of tiludronate on nanocrystalline biomimetic apatite surfaces varies over a large range. The most immature apatitic samples exhibited the highest affinity and the greatest amount adsorbed at saturation. Maturation of the nanocrystals induces a decrease of these values. The amount of phosphate ion released per adsorbed BP molecule varied, depending on the nanocrystalline substrate considered. The adsorption mechanism, although associated with a release of phosphate ions, cannot be considered as a simple ion exchange process involving one or two phosphate ions on the surface. A two-step process is proposed consisting of a surface binding of BP groups to calcium ions associated with a proton release inducing the protonation of surface orthophosphate ions and their eventual solubilization.

  2. Zinc electrode and rechargeable zinc-air battery

    DOEpatents

    Ross, Jr., Philip N.

    1989-01-01

    An improved zinc electrode is disclosed for a rechargeable zinc-air battery comprising an outer frame and a porous foam electrode support within the frame which is treated prior to the deposition of zinc thereon to inhibit the formation of zinc dendrites on the external surface thereof. The outer frame is provided with passageways for circulating an alkaline electrolyte through the treated zinc-coated porous foam. A novel rechargeable zinc-air battery system is also disclosed which utilizes the improved zinc electrode and further includes an alkaline electrolyte within said battery circulating through the passageways in the zinc electrode and an external electrolyte circulation means which has an electrolyte reservoir external to the battery case including filter means to filter solids out of the electrolyte as it circulates to the external reservoir and pump means for recirculating electrolyte from the external reservoir to the zinc electrode.

  3. Mammalian interspecies substitution of immune modulatory alleles by genome editing.

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    Lillico, Simon G; Proudfoot, Chris; King, Tim J; Tan, Wenfang; Zhang, Lei; Mardjuki, Rachel; Paschon, David E; Rebar, Edward J; Urnov, Fyodor D; Mileham, Alan J; McLaren, David G; Whitelaw, C Bruce A

    2016-02-22

    We describe a fundamentally novel feat of animal genetic engineering: the precise and efficient substitution of an agronomic haplotype into a domesticated species. Zinc finger nuclease in-embryo editing of the RELA locus generated live born domestic pigs with the warthog RELA orthologue, associated with resilience to African Swine Fever. The ability to efficiently achieve interspecies allele introgression in one generation opens unprecedented opportunities for agriculture and basic research.

  4. Mammalian interspecies substitution of immune modulatory alleles by genome editing

    PubMed Central

    Lillico, Simon G.; Proudfoot, Chris; King, Tim J.; Tan, Wenfang; Zhang, Lei; Mardjuki, Rachel; Paschon, David E.; Rebar, Edward J.; Urnov, Fyodor D.; Mileham, Alan J.; McLaren, David G.; Whitelaw, C. Bruce A.

    2016-01-01

    We describe a fundamentally novel feat of animal genetic engineering: the precise and efficient substitution of an agronomic haplotype into a domesticated species. Zinc finger nuclease in-embryo editing of the RELA locus generated live born domestic pigs with the warthog RELA orthologue, associated with resilience to African Swine Fever. The ability to efficiently achieve interspecies allele introgression in one generation opens unprecedented opportunities for agriculture and basic research. PMID:26898342

  5. Reduction behavior of zinc ferrite in EAF-dust recycling with CO gas as a reducing agent.

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    Wu, Chia-Cheng; Chang, Fang-Chih; Chen, W-S; Tsai, Min-Shing; Wang, Ya-Nang

    2014-10-01

    EAF-dust containing metal oxides can be regarded as an important source for zinc and iron. In this study, the reduction behavior of zinc ferrite with CO gas as a reducing agent under different temperatures was investigated to develop a new process for the recovery of zinc and iron from EAF-dust. The results of the phase studies with synthetic franklinite show that zinc substituted wustite, and spinel with low zinc content formed at lower temperatures from 450 to 850 °C due to incomplete zinc-iron-separation. Zinc ferrite was completely reduced to metallic zinc and iron at 950 °C. After evaporation and condensation, metallic zinc was collected in the form of zinc powder while iron, the reduction residue, was obtained in the form of direct reduced iron (DRI). The mass balance indicates a high zinc recovery ratio of over 99%. The new treatment process by thermal reduction with CO gas as a reducing agent achieved higher recovery and metallization grade of both zinc and iron from EAF-dust at lower temperatures than other commercial processes. The metallic products can be used directly as semi-products or as raw materials for refinery.

  6. High frequency dielectric response and magnetic studies of Zn1-xTbxFe2O4 nanocrystalline ferrites synthesized via micro-emulsion technique

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    Azhar Khan, Muhammad; Sabir, Muhammad; Mahmood, Azhar; Asghar, M.; Mahmood, K.; Afzal Khan, M.; Ahmad, Iqbal; Sher, Muhammad; Farooq Warsi, Muhammad

    2014-06-01

    Tb3+-doped nanocrystalline zinc ferrites with a nominal composition of Zn1-xTbxFe2O4 (x=0, 0.03, 0.06, 0.09, 0.12 and 0.15) were prepared by micro-emulsion method and were annealed at 600 °C for 8.5 h. The synthesized samples were characterized by thermogravimetry analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and dielectric measurement techniques. The powder XRD patterns confirm the single phase cubic spinel structure, indicated that doping nanoferrites with small concentrations of terbium ions allowed their entrance to the spinel lattice and the crystallite size is found in the range of 16-24 nm. The dielectric constant (ε) and dielectric loss (tanδ) of all the samples were measured in the frequency range 100 MHz-3 GHz at room temperature. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the samples are found to decrease with increase in frequency and Tb3+ content. The reduction in the dielectric parameters is attributed to the obstruction incorporated in electron exchange mechanism caused by the lockup among iron and terbium cations. The magnetic properties revealed that these terbium doped nanocrystalline zinc ferrites exhibit ferrimagnetic behavior. The high saturation magnetization and coercivity along with smaller dielectric parameters having Tb-contents suggests that the materials are suitable for applications in memory devices and high frequency applications.

  7. Ultrasoft magnetic properties in nanocrystalline alloy Finemet with Au substituted for Cu

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    Chau, N.; Hoa, N. Q.; The, N. D.; Niem, P. Q.

    2006-09-01

    The amorphous ribbon Fe 73.5Si 13.5B 9Nb 3Au 1 has been prepared by rapid cooling on a copper wheel. The ribbon is 16.8 μm thick and 7 mm wide. The DSC curves show the first peak at 547-579 °C (corresponds to the crystallization of α-Fe(Si) phase) depending on heating rate from 10 to 50 °C/min which is a little higher than that of pure Finemet (542-570 °C, respectively). From the Kissinger plot, the crystallization activation energy is determined and shown to be 2.8 eV for α-Fe(Si) phase, less than that of Finemet ( E=3.25 eV). By annealing at 530 °C for 30, 60 and 90 min, the crystallization volume fraction of α-Fe(Si) phase increased from 73% to 78% and 84%, respectively. After appropriate annealing, the ultrasoft magnetic properties are achieved. The maximum magnetic entropy change, ∣Δ Sm∣ max, showed a giant value of 7.8 J/kg K which occurred at around Curie temperature of amorphous phase of the ribbon.

  8. Synthesis, characterization and catalytic activity of indium substituted nanocrystalline Mobil Five (MFI) zeolite

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    Shah, Kishor Kr.; Nandi, Mithun; Talukdar, Anup K.

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • In situ modification of the MFI zeolite by incorporation of indium. • The samples were characterized by XRD, FTIR, TGA, UV–vis (DRS), SAA, EDX and SEM. • The incorporation of indium was confirmed by XRD, FT-IR, UV–vis (DRS), EDX and TGA. • Hydroxylation of phenol reaction was studied on the synthesized catalysts. - Abstract: A series of indium doped Mobil Five (MFI) zeolite were synthesized hydrothermally with silicon to aluminium and indium molar ratio of 100 and with aluminium to indium molar ratios of 1:1, 2:1 and 3:1. The MFI zeolite phase was identified by XRD and FT-IR analysis. In XRD analysis the prominent peaks were observed at 2θ values of around 6.5° and 23° with a few additional shoulder peaks in case of all the indium incorporated samples suggesting formation of pure phase of the MFI zeolite. All the samples under the present investigation were found to exhibit high crystallinity (∼92%). The crystallite sizes of the samples were found to vary from about 49 to 55 nm. IR results confirmed the formation of MFI zeolite in all cases showing distinct absorbance bands near 1080, 790, 540, 450 and 990 cm{sup −1}. TG analysis of In-MFI zeolites showed mass losses in three different steps which are attributed to the loss due to adsorbed water molecules and the two types TPA{sup +} cations. Further, the UV–vis (DRS) studies reflected the position of the indium metal in the zeolite framework. Surface area analysis of the synthesized samples was carried out to characterize the synthesized samples The analysis showed that the specific surface area ranged from ∼357 to ∼361 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} and the pore volume of the synthesized samples ranged from 0.177 to 0.182 cm{sup 3} g{sup −1}. The scanning electron microscopy studies showed the structure of the samples to be rectangular and twinned rectangular shaped. The EDX analysis was carried out for confirmation of Si, Al and In in zeolite frame work. The catalytic activities of the synthesized samples were investigated with respect to hydroxylation of phenol, in which catechol and hydroquinone were found to be the major products. It is observed that under all reaction conditions catechol selectivity was higher than the hydroquinone selectivity. In-MFI zeolites were successfully synthesized and were used as an effective catalyst for the hydroxylation of phenol to synthesize catechol and hydroquinone as the major product.

  9. 40 CFR 721.981 - Substituted naphtholoazo-substituted naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex. 721.981 Section 721.981 Protection of Environment...-substituted naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex. (a) Chemical substance and significant new... naphtholoazo-substituted naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex (PMN P-93-1631) is subject...

  10. 40 CFR 721.981 - Substituted naphtholoazo-substituted naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex. 721.981 Section 721.981 Protection of Environment...-substituted naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex. (a) Chemical substance and significant new... naphtholoazo-substituted naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex (PMN P-93-1631) is subject...

  11. 40 CFR 721.981 - Substituted naphtholoazo-substituted naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex. 721.981 Section 721.981 Protection of Environment...-substituted naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex. (a) Chemical substance and significant new... naphtholoazo-substituted naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex (PMN P-93-1631) is subject...

  12. 40 CFR 721.981 - Substituted naphtholoazo-substituted naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex. 721.981 Section 721.981 Protection of Environment...-substituted naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex. (a) Chemical substance and significant new... naphtholoazo-substituted naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex (PMN P-93-1631) is subject...

  13. 40 CFR 721.981 - Substituted naphtholoazo-substituted naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex. 721.981 Section 721.981 Protection of Environment...-substituted naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex. (a) Chemical substance and significant new... naphtholoazo-substituted naphthalenyl-substituted azonaphthol chromium complex (PMN P-93-1631) is subject...

  14. Sugar substitutes during pregnancy

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    Pope, Eliza; Koren, Gideon; Bozzo, Pina

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Question I have a pregnant patient who regularly consumes sugar substitutes and she asked me if continuing their use would affect her pregnancy or child. What should I tell her, and are there certain options that are better for use during pregnancy? Answer Although more research is required to fully determine the effects of in utero exposure to sugar substitutes, the available data do not suggest adverse effects in pregnancy. However, it is recommended that sugar substitutes be consumed in moderate amounts, adhering to the acceptable daily intake standards set by regulatory agencies. PMID:25392440

  15. Sugar substitutes during pregnancy.

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    Pope, Eliza; Koren, Gideon; Bozzo, Pina

    2014-11-01

    I have a pregnant patient who regularly consumes sugar substitutes and she asked me if continuing their use would affect her pregnancy or child. What should I tell her, and are there certain options that are better for use during pregnancy? Although more research is required to fully determine the effects of in utero exposure to sugar substitutes, the available data do not suggest adverse effects in pregnancy. However, it is recommended that sugar substitutes be consumed in moderate amounts, adhering to the acceptable daily intake standards set by regulatory agencies. Copyright© the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

  16. Oxygen isotope fractionation in zinc oxides and implications for zinc mineralization in the Sterling Hill deposit, USA

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    Zheng, Y.-F.

    1996-01-01

    Oxygen isotope fractionation in the zinc oxides has been calculated by means of the modified increment method. The results suggest that zincite is slightly enriched in 18O relative to the franklinite of the spinel-type structure but considerably depleted in 18O relative to the franklinite of the inverse spinel-type structure. The zinc oxides are significantly depleted in 18O relative to water under hydrothermal and metamorphic conditions. The oxygen isotope analyses of mineral pairs including the zinc oxides and the common gangue minerals such as calcite and quartz can constitute a sensitive isotope geothermometer. Application of oxygen isotope geothermometry to natural assemblages is attempted for the calcite-zinc ore mineral pairs from the Sterling Hill deposit in USA. The results indicate that the temperature of the zinc mineralization may be in the range from 410° to 630 °C and thus lower than the metamorphic temperatures of granulite facies. A metamorphic fluid could have been involved in the formation of the zinc ore minerals. Franklinite would structurally be an inverse spinel in the infancy of its formation, and thus could have originally evolved from Zn2 + substitution to Fe2 + of magnetite at the high temperatures.

  17. Nanocrystalline hexagonal diamond formed from glassy carbon

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    Shiell, Thomas. B.; McCulloch, Dougal G.; Bradby, Jodie E.; Haberl, Bianca; Boehler, Reinhard; McKenzie, David. R.

    2016-11-01

    Carbon exhibits a large number of allotropes and its phase behaviour is still subject to significant uncertainty and intensive research. The hexagonal form of diamond, also known as lonsdaleite, was discovered in the Canyon Diablo meteorite where its formation was attributed to the extreme conditions experienced during the impact. However, it has recently been claimed that lonsdaleite does not exist as a well-defined material but is instead defective cubic diamond formed under high pressure and high temperature conditions. Here we report the synthesis of almost pure lonsdaleite in a diamond anvil cell at 100 GPa and 400 °C. The nanocrystalline material was recovered at ambient and analysed using diffraction and high resolution electron microscopy. We propose that the transformation is the result of intense radial plastic flow under compression in the diamond anvil cell, which lowers the energy barrier by “locking in” favourable stackings of graphene sheets. This strain induced transformation of the graphitic planes of the precursor to hexagonal diamond is supported by first principles calculations of transformation pathways and explains why the new phase is found in an annular region. Our findings establish that high purity lonsdaleite is readily formed under strain and hence does not require meteoritic impacts.

  18. High pressure FAST of nanocrystalline barium titanate

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    Fraga, Martin B.; Delplanque, Jean -Pierre; Yang, Nancy; Lavernia, Enrique J.; Monson, Todd C.

    2016-06-01

    Here, this work studies the microstructural evolution of nanocrystalline (<1 µm) barium titanate (BaTiO3), and presents high pressure in field-assisted sintering (FAST) as a robust methodology to obtain >100 nm BaTiO3 compacts. Using FAST, two commercial ~50 nm powders were consolidated into compacts of varying densities and grain sizes. Microstructural inhomogeneities were investigated for each case, and an interpretation is developed using a modified Monte Carlo Potts (MCP) simulation. Two recurrent microstructural inhomogeneities are highlighted, heterogeneous grain growth and low-density regions, both ubiqutously present in all samples to varying degrees. In the worst cases, HGG presents an area coverage of 52%. Because HGG is sporadic but homogenous throughout a sample, the catalyst (e.g., the local segregation of species) must be, correspondingly, distributed in a homogenous manner. MCP demonstrates that in such a case, a large distance between nucleating abnormal grains is required—otherwise abnormal grains prematurely impinge on each other, and their size is not distinguishable from that of normal grains. Compacts sintered with a pressure of 300 MPa and temperatures of 900 °C, were 99.5% dense and had a grain size of 90±24 nm. These are unprecedented results for commercial BaTiO3 powders or any starting powder of 50 nm particle size—other authors have used 16 nm lab-produced powder to obtain similar results.

  19. Nanocrystalline hexagonal diamond formed from glassy carbon.

    PubMed

    Shiell, Thomas B; McCulloch, Dougal G; Bradby, Jodie E; Haberl, Bianca; Boehler, Reinhard; McKenzie, David R

    2016-11-29

    Carbon exhibits a large number of allotropes and its phase behaviour is still subject to significant uncertainty and intensive research. The hexagonal form of diamond, also known as lonsdaleite, was discovered in the Canyon Diablo meteorite where its formation was attributed to the extreme conditions experienced during the impact. However, it has recently been claimed that lonsdaleite does not exist as a well-defined material but is instead defective cubic diamond formed under high pressure and high temperature conditions. Here we report the synthesis of almost pure lonsdaleite in a diamond anvil cell at 100 GPa and 400 °C. The nanocrystalline material was recovered at ambient and analysed using diffraction and high resolution electron microscopy. We propose that the transformation is the result of intense radial plastic flow under compression in the diamond anvil cell, which lowers the energy barrier by "locking in" favourable stackings of graphene sheets. This strain induced transformation of the graphitic planes of the precursor to hexagonal diamond is supported by first principles calculations of transformation pathways and explains why the new phase is found in an annular region. Our findings establish that high purity lonsdaleite is readily formed under strain and hence does not require meteoritic impacts.

  20. High pressure FAST of nanocrystalline barium titanate

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    Fraga, Martin B.; Delplanque, Jean -Pierre; Yang, Nancy; ...

    2016-06-01

    Here, this work studies the microstructural evolution of nanocrystalline (<1 µm) barium titanate (BaTiO3), and presents high pressure in field-assisted sintering (FAST) as a robust methodology to obtain >100 nm BaTiO3 compacts. Using FAST, two commercial ~50 nm powders were consolidated into compacts of varying densities and grain sizes. Microstructural inhomogeneities were investigated for each case, and an interpretation is developed using a modified Monte Carlo Potts (MCP) simulation. Two recurrent microstructural inhomogeneities are highlighted, heterogeneous grain growth and low-density regions, both ubiqutously present in all samples to varying degrees. In the worst cases, HGG presents an area coverage ofmore » 52%. Because HGG is sporadic but homogenous throughout a sample, the catalyst (e.g., the local segregation of species) must be, correspondingly, distributed in a homogenous manner. MCP demonstrates that in such a case, a large distance between nucleating abnormal grains is required—otherwise abnormal grains prematurely impinge on each other, and their size is not distinguishable from that of normal grains. Compacts sintered with a pressure of 300 MPa and temperatures of 900 °C, were 99.5% dense and had a grain size of 90±24 nm. These are unprecedented results for commercial BaTiO3 powders or any starting powder of 50 nm particle size—other authors have used 16 nm lab-produced powder to obtain similar results.« less

  1. Nanocrystalline films for gas-reactive applications

    DOEpatents

    Eastman, Jeffrey A.; Thompson, Loren J.

    2004-02-17

    A gas sensor for detection of oxidizing and reducing gases, including O.sub.2, CO.sub.2, CO, and H.sub.2, monitors the partial pressure of a gas to be detected by measuring the temperature rise of an oxide-thin-film-coated metallic line in response to an applied electrical current. For a fixed input power, the temperature rise of the metallic line is inversely proportional to the thermal conductivity of the oxide coating. The oxide coating contains multi-valent cation species that change their valence, and hence the oxygen stoichiometry of the coating, in response to changes in the partial pressure of the detected gas. Since the thermal conductivity of the coating is dependent on its oxygen stoichiometry, the temperature rise of the metallic line depends on the partial pressure of the detected gas. Nanocrystalline (<100 nm grain size) oxide coatings yield faster sensor response times than conventional larger-grained coatings due to faster oxygen diffusion along grain boundaries rather than through grain interiors.

  2. Nanocrystalline hexagonal diamond formed from glassy carbon

    SciTech Connect

    Shiell, Thomas. B.; McCulloch, Dougal G.; Bradby, Jodie E.; Haberl, Bianca; Boehler, Reinhard; McKenzie, David. R.

    2016-11-29

    Carbon exhibits a large number of allotropes and its phase behaviour is still subject to signifcant uncertainty and intensive research. The hexagonal form of diamond, also known as lonsdaleite, was discovered in the Canyon Diablo meteorite where its formation was attributed to the extreme conditions experienced during the impact. However, it has recently been claimed that lonsdaleite does not exist as a well-defned material but is instead defective cubic diamond formed under high pressure and high temperature conditions. Here we report the synthesis of almost pure lonsdaleite in a diamond anvil cell at 100GPa and 400 C. The nanocrystalline material was recovered at ambient and analysed using difraction and high resolution electron microscopy. We propose that the transformation is the result of intense radial plastic fow under compression in the diamond anvil cell, which lowers the energy barrier by locking in favourable stackings of graphene sheets. This strain induced transformation of the graphitic planes of the precursor to hexagonal diamond is supported by frst principles calculations of transformation pathways and explains why the new phase is found in an annular region. Furthermore, our findings establish that high purity lonsdaleite is readily formed under strain and hence does not require meteoritic impacts.

  3. Characterisation of Suspension Precipitated Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite Powders

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    Mallik, P. K.; Swain, P. K.; Patnaik, S. C.

    2016-02-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a well-known biomaterial for coating on femoral implants, filling of dental cavity and scaffold for tissue replacement. Hydroxyapatite possess limited load bearing capacity due to their brittleness. In this paper, the synthesis of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite powders was prepared by dissolving calcium oxide in phosphoric acid, followed by addition of ammonia liquor in a beaker. The prepared solution was stirred by using magnetic stirrer operated at temperature of 80°C for an hour. This leads to the formation of hydroxyapatite precipitate. The precipitate was dried in oven for overnight at 100°C. The dried agglomerated precipitate was calcined at 800°C in conventional furnace for an hour. The influence of calcium oxide concentration and pH on the resulting precipitates was studied using BET, XRD and SEM. As result, a well-defined sub-rounded morphology of powders size of ∼41 nm was obtained with a salt concentration of 0.02 M. Finally, it can be concluded that small changes in the reaction conditions led to large changes in final size, shape and degree of aggregation of the hydroxyapatite particles.

  4. Nanocrystalline hexagonal diamond formed from glassy carbon

    PubMed Central

    Shiell, Thomas. B.; McCulloch, Dougal G.; Bradby, Jodie E.; Haberl, Bianca; Boehler, Reinhard; McKenzie, David. R.

    2016-01-01

    Carbon exhibits a large number of allotropes and its phase behaviour is still subject to significant uncertainty and intensive research. The hexagonal form of diamond, also known as lonsdaleite, was discovered in the Canyon Diablo meteorite where its formation was attributed to the extreme conditions experienced during the impact. However, it has recently been claimed that lonsdaleite does not exist as a well-defined material but is instead defective cubic diamond formed under high pressure and high temperature conditions. Here we report the synthesis of almost pure lonsdaleite in a diamond anvil cell at 100 GPa and 400 °C. The nanocrystalline material was recovered at ambient and analysed using diffraction and high resolution electron microscopy. We propose that the transformation is the result of intense radial plastic flow under compression in the diamond anvil cell, which lowers the energy barrier by “locking in” favourable stackings of graphene sheets. This strain induced transformation of the graphitic planes of the precursor to hexagonal diamond is supported by first principles calculations of transformation pathways and explains why the new phase is found in an annular region. Our findings establish that high purity lonsdaleite is readily formed under strain and hence does not require meteoritic impacts. PMID:27897174

  5. Rheology of nanocrystalline cellulose aqueous suspensions.

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    Shafiei-Sabet, Sadaf; Hamad, Wadood Y; Hatzikiriakos, Savvas G

    2012-12-11

    The rheological properties and microstructure of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) aqueous suspensions have been investigated at different concentrations. The suspension is isotropic up to 3 wt %, and phase separates to liquid crystalline and isotropic domains at higher concentrations where the samples exhibit a fingerprint texture and the viscosity profile shows a three-region behavior, typical of liquid crystals. The suspension behaves as a rheological gel at even higher concentrations where the viscosity profile shows a single shear thinning behavior over the whole range of shear rates investigated. The effects of ultrasound energy and temperature on the rheological properties and structure of these suspensions were studied using polarized optical microscopy and rheometry. Our results indicate that the amount of applied ultrasound energy affects the microstructure of the suspensions and the pitch of the chiral nematic domains. The viscosity profile is changed significantly at low shear rates, whereas the viscosity of biphasic suspensions at intermediate and high shear rates decreased with increasing temperature. This suggests that, between 30 and 40 °C, structural rearrangement takes place. At higher concentrations of about 10 wt %, the temperature has no significant effect on viscosity; however, a marked increase in viscosity has been observed at around 50 °C. Finally, the Cox-Merz rule was found to fail after a critical concentration, thereby implying significant structural formation. This critical concentration is much higher for sonicated compared to unsonicated suspensions.

  6. Mechanical properties of nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Shen, Z. H.; Hess, P.; Huang, J. P.; Lin, Y. C.; Chen, K. H.; Chen, L. C.; Lin, S. T.

    2006-06-01

    Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) films with thicknesses in the range of 0.12-1.5 μm were deposited on silicon substrates in CH4/H2/O2 gas mixtures by microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The morphology and structure of these NCD films were analyzed by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction (XRD), and ultraviolet-Raman spectroscopy. The lower limit of the grain size in the NCD films was estimated to be 10 nm from the XRD measurements. These grains are embedded in a columnar-type structure. The elastic and mechanical properties of the NCD films were determined by measuring the dispersion of laser-induced surface acoustic waves. The densities were in the range of 3.41+/-0.11 g/cm3 and Young's moduli varied between 674+/-34 and 953+/-48 GPa, depending on the growth time and deposition conditions. It is concluded that oxygen may have a significant positive effect on the elastic properties of NCD films. The growth rate decreases sharply for an oxygen content in the source gas in excess of about 4%.

  7. Nanocrystalline hexagonal diamond formed from glassy carbon

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    Shiell, Thomas. B.; McCulloch, Dougal G.; Bradby, Jodie E.; ...

    2016-11-29

    Carbon exhibits a large number of allotropes and its phase behaviour is still subject to signifcant uncertainty and intensive research. The hexagonal form of diamond, also known as lonsdaleite, was discovered in the Canyon Diablo meteorite where its formation was attributed to the extreme conditions experienced during the impact. However, it has recently been claimed that lonsdaleite does not exist as a well-defned material but is instead defective cubic diamond formed under high pressure and high temperature conditions. Here we report the synthesis of almost pure lonsdaleite in a diamond anvil cell at 100GPa and 400 C. The nanocrystalline materialmore » was recovered at ambient and analysed using difraction and high resolution electron microscopy. We propose that the transformation is the result of intense radial plastic fow under compression in the diamond anvil cell, which lowers the energy barrier by locking in favourable stackings of graphene sheets. This strain induced transformation of the graphitic planes of the precursor to hexagonal diamond is supported by frst principles calculations of transformation pathways and explains why the new phase is found in an annular region. Furthermore, our findings establish that high purity lonsdaleite is readily formed under strain and hence does not require meteoritic impacts.« less

  8. High pressure FAST of nanocrystalline barium titanate

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    Fraga, Martin B.; Delplanque, Jean -Pierre; Yang, Nancy; Lavernia, Enrique J.; Monson, Todd C.

    2016-06-01

    Here, this work studies the microstructural evolution of nanocrystalline (<1 µm) barium titanate (BaTiO3), and presents high pressure in field-assisted sintering (FAST) as a robust methodology to obtain >100 nm BaTiO3 compacts. Using FAST, two commercial ~50 nm powders were consolidated into compacts of varying densities and grain sizes. Microstructural inhomogeneities were investigated for each case, and an interpretation is developed using a modified Monte Carlo Potts (MCP) simulation. Two recurrent microstructural inhomogeneities are highlighted, heterogeneous grain growth and low-density regions, both ubiqutously present in all samples to varying degrees. In the worst cases, HGG presents an area coverage of 52%. Because HGG is sporadic but homogenous throughout a sample, the catalyst (e.g., the local segregation of species) must be, correspondingly, distributed in a homogenous manner. MCP demonstrates that in such a case, a large distance between nucleating abnormal grains is required—otherwise abnormal grains prematurely impinge on each other, and their size is not distinguishable from that of normal grains. Compacts sintered with a pressure of 300 MPa and temperatures of 900 °C, were 99.5% dense and had a grain size of 90±24 nm. These are unprecedented results for commercial BaTiO3 powders or any starting powder of 50 nm particle size—other authors have used 16 nm lab-produced powder to obtain similar results.

  9. A simple route to nanocrystalline silicon carbide

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    Ying, Yongcheng; Gu, Yunle; Li, Zhefeng; Gu, Hongzhou; Cheng, Luyang; Qian, Yitai

    2004-11-01

    Nanocrystalline silicon carbide has been prepared via reacting magnesium silicide (Mg 2Si) with carbon tetrachloride (CCl 4) in an autoclave at 450-600°C. X-ray diffraction patterns of the products can be indexed as the cubic cell of SiC with the lattice constant, a=4.352 Å, in good agreement with a=4.349 Å (JCPDS card No. 75-0254). The transmission electron microscopy images show that the sample mainly consists of nanoparticles with an average size from 30 to 80 nm co-existing with a small fraction of nanorods and nanowires. Typically the nanorods range from 20 to 40 nm in diameter and the nanowires have diameters of 20 nm and lengths up to 10 μm. The Raman spectrum shows a characteristic sharp peak at 790 cm -1. X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) gives an atomic ratio of Si to C as 1.08:1.00 from the quantification of the peak intensities. Photoluminescence spectrum reveals that the SiC sample emits ultraviolet light of 328 nm. A possible mechanism and the influence of temperature on the formation of crystalline SiC are proposed.

  10. Mesoporous silica and organosilica films templated by nanocrystalline chitin.

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    Nguyen, Thanh-Dinh; Shopsowitz, Kevin E; MacLachlan, Mark J

    2013-11-04

    Liquid crystalline phases can be used to impart order into inorganic solids, creating materials that mimic natural architectures. Herein, mesoporous silica and organosilica films with layered structures and high surface areas have been templated by nanocrystalline chitin. Aqueous suspensions of spindle-shaped chitin nanocrystals were prepared by sequential deacetylation and hydrolysis of chitin fibrils isolated from king crab shells. The nanocrystalline chitin self-assembles into a nematic liquid-crystalline phase that has been used to template silica and organosilica composites. Removal of the chitin template by either calcination or sulfuric-acid-catalyzed hydrolysis gave mesoporous silica and ethylene-bridged organosilica films. The large, crack-free mesoporous films have layered structures with features that originate from the nematic organization of the nanocrystalline chitin.

  11. Nanocrystalline graphite films nucleation by the radio frequency bias pretreatment.

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    Dvorkin, V V; Dzbanovsky, N N; Krivchenko, V A; Suetin, N V; Rakhimov, A T; Timofeyev, M A; Bespalov, A V; Golikova, O L

    2011-10-01

    New method for nucleation of different nanocrystalline carbon films upon monocrystalline Si substrate was proposed. The process is based on a combination of microwave and radio frequency plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition methods. Potential of the method for nucleation was demonstrated by deposition of nanocrystalline diamond film in pure microwave plasma in one process, immediately after "seeding" procedure. The method was also used for growth of nanocrystalline graphite (NCG) films, which are currently under intensive investigation due to their exceptional electronic properties, particularly fine electron emission characteristics. Deposited NCG films have demonstrated remarkable electron field emission properties having current density of up to 10 A/cm2. The films have also possessed good adhesion to silicon substrate. Carbon films and nucleation layer were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy.

  12. Modeling the deformation behavior of nanocrystalline alloy with hierarchical microstructures

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    Liu, Hongxi; Zhou, Jianqiu; Zhao, Yonghao

    2016-02-01

    A mechanism-based plasticity model based on dislocation theory is developed to describe the mechanical behavior of the hierarchical nanocrystalline alloys. The stress-strain relationship is derived by invoking the impeding effect of the intra-granular solute clusters and the inter-granular nanostructures on the dislocation movements along the sliding path. We found that the interaction between dislocations and the hierarchical microstructures contributes to the strain hardening property and greatly influence the ductility of nanocrystalline metals. The analysis indicates that the proposed model can successfully describe the enhanced strength of the nanocrystalline hierarchical alloy. Moreover, the strain hardening rate is sensitive to the volume fraction of the hierarchical microstructures. The present model provides a new perspective to design the microstructures for optimizing the mechanical properties in nanostructural metals.

  13. Structural, optical and magnetic behaviour of nanocrystalline Volborthite

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    Arvind, Hemant K. Kumar, Sudhish; Kalal, Sangeeta; Punjabi, P. B.; Choudhary, B. L.; Dolia, S. N.

    2016-05-06

    Nanocrystalline sample of Volborthite (Copper Pyrovanadate: Cu{sub 3}V{sub 2} (OH){sub 2}O{sub 7}.2H{sub 2}O) has been synthesized using wet chemical route and characterized by XRD, SEM, FTIR, UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopic and magnetization measurements. Room temperature X-ray diffraction analysis confirms the single phase monoclinic structure and nanocrystalline nature of Volborthite. The UV-Visible optical absorption spectrum displays two broad absorption peaks in the range of 200-350 nm and 400-1000 nm. The direct band gap is found to be E{sub g}= ∼2.74 eV. Bulk Volborthite was reported to be a natural frustrated antiferromagnet, however our nanocrystalline Volborthite display week ferromagnetic hysteresis loop with very small coercivity and retentivity at room temperature.

  14. Sustainable commercial nanocrystalline cellulose manufacturing process with acid recycling.

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    Sarma, Saurabh Jyoti; Ayadi, Mariem; Brar, Satinder Kaur; Berry, Richard

    2017-01-20

    Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) is a biomaterial having potential applications in a wide range of industries. It is industrially produced by concentrated acid hydrolysis of cellulosic materials. In this process, the sulfuric acid rich liquor can be concentrated and reused. However, removal of sugar monomers and oligomers is necessary for such recycling. Membrane and ion exchange technology can be employed to remove sugars; however, such technologies are not efficient in meeting the quality required to recycle the acid solution. As a part of the present study, activated carbon (AC) has been evaluated as an adsorbent for sugar removal from the acidic solution generated during commercial nanocrystalline cellulose manufacturing process. Almost complete removal of sugar can be achieved by this approach. The maximum sugar removal observed during this study was 3.4g/g of AC. Based on this finding, a sustainable method has been proposed for commercial nanocrystalline cellulose manufacturing.

  15. Synthesis of substituted pyrazines

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    Pagoria, Philip F.; Zhang, Mao Xi

    2016-10-04

    A method for synthesizing a pyrazine-containing material according to one embodiment includes contacting an iminodiacetonitrile derivative with a base and a reagent selected from a group consisting of hydroxylamine, a hydroxylamine salt, an aliphatic primary amine, a secondary amine, an aryl-substituted alkylamine a heteroaryl-substituted alkyl amine, an alcohol, an alkanolamine and an aryl alcoholamine. Additional methods and several reaction products are presented. ##STR00001##

  16. Endogenous zinc in neurological diseases.

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    Koh, Jae-Yong

    2005-10-01

    The use of zinc in medicinal skin cream was mentioned in Egyptian papyri from 2000 BC (for example, the Smith Papyrus), and zinc has apparently been used fairly steadily throughout Roman and modern times (for example, as the American lotion named for its zinc ore, 'Calamine'). It is, therefore, somewhat ironic that zinc is a relatively late addition to the pantheon of signal ions in biology and medicine. However, the number of biological functions, health implications and pharmacological targets that are emerging for zinc indicate that it might turn out to be 'the calcium of the twenty-first century'. Here neurobiological roles of endogenous zinc is summarized.

  17. Endogenous Zinc in Neurological Diseases

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    2005-01-01

    The use of zinc in medicinal skin cream was mentioned in Egyptian papyri from 2000 BC (for example, the Smith Papyrus), and zinc has apparently been used fairly steadily throughout Roman and modern times (for example, as the American lotion named for its zinc ore, 'Calamine'). It is, therefore, somewhat ironic that zinc is a relatively late addition to the pantheon of signal ions in biology and medicine. However, the number of biological functions, health implications and pharmacological targets that are emerging for zinc indicate that it might turn out to be 'the calcium of the twenty-first century'. Here neurobiological roles of endogenous zinc is summarized. PMID:20396459

  18. Zinc protoporphyrin: A metabolite with a mission.

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    Labbé, R F; Vreman, H J; Stevenson, D K

    1999-12-01

    Zinc protoporphyrin (ZnPP) is a normal metabolite that is formed in trace amounts during heme biosynthesis. The final reaction in the biosynthetic pathway of heme is the chelation of iron with protoporphyrin. During periods of iron insufficiency or impaired iron utilization, zinc becomes an alternative metal substrate for ferrochelatase, leading to increased ZnPP formation. Evidence suggests that this metal substitution is one of the first biochemical responses to iron depletion, causing increased ZnPP to appear in circulating erythrocytes. Because this zinc-for-iron substitution occurs predominantly within the bone marrow, the ZnPP/heme ratio in erythrocytes reflects iron status in the bone marrow. In addition, ZnPP may regulate heme catabolism through competitive inhibition of heme oxygenase, the rate-limiting enzyme in the heme degradation pathway that produces bilirubin and carbon monoxide. Physiological roles, especially relating to carbon monoxide and possibly nitric oxide production, have been suggested for ZnPP. Clinically, ZnPP quantification is valuable as a sensitive and specific tool for evaluating iron nutrition and metabolism. Diagnostic determinations are applicable in a variety of clinical settings, including pediatrics, obstetrics, and blood banking. ZnPP analytical methodologies for clinical studies are discussed. In addition to diagnostic tests and metabolic studies, ZnPP has a potential therapeutic application in controlling bilirubin formation in neonates as a preventive measure for hyperbilirubinemia. Biochemical research techniques, both in vivo and in vitro, are described for further studies into the role of ZnPP in metabolism and physiology.

  19. Research Update: Phonon engineering of nanocrystalline silicon thermoelectrics

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    Shiomi, Junichiro

    2016-10-01

    Nanocrystalline silicon thermoelectrics can be a solution to improve the cost-effectiveness of thermoelectric technology from both material and integration viewpoints. While their figure-of-merit is still developing, recent advances in theoretical/numerical calculations, property measurements, and structural synthesis/fabrication have opened up possibilities to develop the materials based on fundamental physics of phonon transport. Here, this is demonstrated by reviewing a series of works on nanocrystalline silicon materials using calculations of multiscale phonon transport, measurements of interfacial heat conduction, and synthesis from nanoparticles. Integration of these approaches allows us to engineer phonon transport to improve the thermoelectric performance by introducing local silicon-oxide structures.

  20. Development of high permeability nanocrystalline permalloy by electrodeposition

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    Seet, H. L.; Li, X. P.; Zhao, Z. J.; Kong, Y. K.; Zheng, H. M.; Ng, W. C.

    2005-05-01

    In this study, for developing microsensors for weak magnetic field, methods for developing high permeability nanocrystalline permalloy by electrodeposition and the relationship between the grain size and magnetic properties of the nanocrystalline permalloy are investigated. By dc plating with and without saccharin added and pulse plating with saccharin added, permalloy samples of grain sizes from 52 nm to 11 nm are obtained. The coercivity and magnetoimpedance (MI) ratio of the samples are tested against the grain size variation. Results show that the coercivity decreases rapidly and MI ratio increases greatly with grain size decrease from 52 nm to 11 nm.

  1. Development of high permeability nanocrystalline permalloy by electrodeposition

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    Seet, H.; Li, X.P.; Zhao, Z.J.; Kong, Y.K.; Zheng, H.M.; Ng, W.C.

    2005-05-15

    In this study, for developing microsensors for weak magnetic field, methods for developing high permeability nanocrystalline permalloy by electrodeposition and the relationship between the grain size and magnetic properties of the nanocrystalline permalloy are investigated. By dc plating with and without saccharin added and pulse plating with saccharin added, permalloy samples of grain sizes from 52 nm to 11 nm are obtained. The coercivity and magnetoimpedance (MI) ratio of the samples are tested against the grain size variation. Results show that the coercivity decreases rapidly and MI ratio increases greatly with grain size decrease from 52 nm to 11 nm.

  2. Substitution of anticonvulsant drugs

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    Steinhoff, Bernhard J; Runge, Uwe; Witte, Otto W; Stefan, Hermann; Hufnagel, Andreas; Mayer, Thomas; Krämer, Günter

    2009-01-01

    Changing from branded drugs to generic alternatives, or between different generic formulations, is common practice aiming at reducing health care costs. It has been suggested that antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) should be exempt from substitution because of the potential negative consequences of adverse events and breakthrough seizures. Controlled data are lacking on the risk of substitution. However, retrospective data from large medical claims databases suggest that switching might be associated with increased use of AED and non-AED medications, and health care resources (including hospitalization). In addition, some anecdotal evidence from patients and health care providers’ surveys suggest a potentially negative impact of substitution. Well-controlled data are needed to assess the real risk associated with substitution, allowing health care professionals involved in the care of patients with epilepsy to make informed decisions. This paper reviews currently available literature, based on which the authors suggest that the decision to substitute should be made on an individual basis by the physician and an informed patient. Unendorsed or undisclosed substitution at the pharmacy level should be discouraged. PMID:19707254

  3. Composite tin and zinc oxide nanocrystalline particles for enhanced charge separation in sensitized degradation of dyes.

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    Bandara, J; Tennakone, K; Jayatilaka, P P B

    2002-10-01

    Composite ZnO/SnO2 catalyst has been studied for the sensitized degradation of dyes e.g. Eosin Y (2', 4', 5', 7'-tetrabromofluorescein disodium salt) in relation to efficient charge separation properties of the catalyst. Improved photocatalytic activity was observed in the case of ZnO/SnO2 composite catalyst compared to the catalytic activity of ZnO, SnO2 or TiO2 powder. The suppression of charge recombination in the composite ZnO/SnO2 catalyst led to higher catalytic activity for the degradation of Eosin Y. Degradation of Eosin follows concomitant formation of CO2 and formation of CO2 followed a pseudo-first-order rate. Photoelectrochemical cells constructed using SnO2, ZnO, ZnO/SnO2 sensitized with Eosin Y showed V(oc) of 175, 306, 512 mV/cm2 and I(sc) of 50, 70, 200 microA/cm2 respectively. A higher irreversible degradation of Eosin Y and higher V(oc) observed on composite ZnO/SnO2 than ZnO and SnO2 separately can be considered as a proof of enhanced charge separation of ZnO/SnO2 catalyst. Eosin Y showed a higher emission decreases on ZnO/SnO2 composite than on individual ZnO, SnO2 or TiO2 indicating dominance of the charge injection process. Photoinjected electrons are tunneled from ZnO to SnO2 particles accumulating injected electrons in the conduction bands allowing wider separation of excited carriers.

  4. Suppression of zinc dendrites in zinc electrode power cells

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    Damjanovic, A.; Diggle, J. W.

    1970-01-01

    Addition of various tetraalkyl quarternary ammonium salts, to alkaline zincate electrolyte of cell, prevents formation of zinc dendrites during charging of zinc electrode. Electrode capacity is not impaired and elimination of dendrites prolongs cell life.

  5. ZINC ROUGHER CELLS ON LEFT, ZINC CLEANER CELLS ON RIGHT, ...

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    ZINC ROUGHER CELLS ON LEFT, ZINC CLEANER CELLS ON RIGHT, LOOKING NORTH. NOTE ONE STYLE OF DENVER AGITATOR IN LOWER RIGHT CELL. - Shenandoah-Dives Mill, 135 County Road 2, Silverton, San Juan County, CO

  6. Mössbauer investigation of zinc ferrite particles

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    Tang, H.; Du, Y.-W.; Qiu, Z.-Q.; Walker, J. C.

    1988-04-01

    Mössbauer spectra of Zn0.2Fe2.3O4 particles at different temperatures have been obtained. They have been analyzed with five components, one due to the A-site Fe3+ ions, and the others due to the B-site Fe3+ and Fe2+ ions. Magnetic and electronic properties have been discussed with regard to zinc substitution and temperature dependence.

  7. Zinc sulfate taste acuity reflects dietary zinc intake in males.

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    Zdilla, Matthew J; Saling, Julia R; Starkey, Leah D

    2016-02-01

    Gauging an individual's response after they taste a solution of zinc sulfate has been proposed as a method of determining nutritional zinc deficiency, a so-called "zinc taste test." Despite the lack of evidence regarding any relationship between dietary zinc intake and zinc sulfate taste acuity, clinicians continue to utilize zinc sulfate taste testing with their patients. Therefore, assessing the relationship between zinc sulfate taste acuity and dietary zinc intake is warranted. This report assessed 363 individuals (77 males, 286 females) for zinc sulfate taste acuity and dietary zinc intake. Zinc sulfate taste acuity was assessed by both the Bryce-Smith & Simpson zinc taste test (BSZTT) and the taste intensity visual analog scale (TIVAS). Dietary intake of zinc was assessed by a zinc-specific food frequency questionnaire (ZnFFQ). Zinc sulfate taste acuity, as measured by the TIVAS, was found to be significantly different between the sexes (U = 8766; p = 0.013). Males averaged a TIVAS score of 21.58 ± 2.52 (Mean ± SEM) whereas females had a TIVAS score averaging 31.49 ± 1.67. No correlations were found between female zinc sulfate taste perception and dietary zinc intake as measured by both the BSZTT (rs = 0.014; p = 0.816) and the TIVAS (rs = 0.025; p = 0.679). Similarly, male zinc intake was not correlated with BSZTT scores (rs = 0.199; p = 0.099). However, zinc sulfate taste acuity, measured by the TIVAS, was significantly correlated with dietary zinc intake in the male population (rs = 0.237; p = 0.048). These findings suggest that zinc sulfate taste acuity measurement may aid in the assessment of zinc nutriture among males. Copyright © 2015 European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. History of zinc in agriculture.

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    Nielsen, Forrest H

    2012-11-01

    Zinc was established as essential for green plants in 1926 and for mammals in 1934. However, >20 y would pass before the first descriptions of zinc deficiencies in farm animals appeared. In 1955, it was reported that zinc supplementation would cure parakeratosis in swine. In 1958, it was reported that zinc deficiency induced poor growth, leg abnormalities, poor feathering, and parakeratosis in chicks. In the 1960s, zinc supplementation was found to alleviate parakeratosis in grazing cattle and sheep. Within 35 y, it was established that nearly one half of the soils in the world may be zinc deficient, causing decreased plant zinc content and production that can be prevented by zinc fertilization. In many of these areas, zinc deficiency is prevented in grazing livestock by zinc fertilization of pastures or by providing salt licks. For livestock under more defined conditions, such as poultry, swine, and dairy and finishing cattle, feeds are easily supplemented with zinc salts to prevent deficiency. Today, the causes and consequences of zinc deficiency and methods and effects of overcoming the deficiency are well established for agriculture. The history of zinc in agriculture is an outstanding demonstration of the translation of research into practical application.

  9. Microcirculatory effects of zinc on fructose-fed hamsters.

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    Castiglione, R C; Barros, C M M R; Boa, B C S; Bouskela, E

    2016-04-01

    Fructose is a major dietary component directly related to vascular dysfunction and diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. Zinc is considered a non-pharmacological alternative for treating diabetes due to its antioxidant and hyperglycemia-lowering effects in diabetic animals. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of dietary zinc supplementation on the microcirculatory parameters of fructose-fed hamsters. Male hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) were fed drinking water substituted by 10% fructose solution for 60 days, whereas control animals were fed drinking water alone. Their microcirculatory function was evaluated using cheek pouch preparation, as well as their blood glucose and serum insulin levels. Their microcirculatory responses to acetylcholine (ACh, an endothelium-dependent vasodilator) and to sodium nitroprusside (SNP, an endothelium-independent vasodilator) as well as the increase in macromolecular permeability induced by 30 min of ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) were noted. Endothelium-dependent vasodilation was significantly increased in control animals with high zinc supplementation compared to the groups without zinc supplementation. Zinc was able to protect against plasma leakage induced by I/R in all control and fructose-fed groups, although the microvascular permeability was higher in animals fed drinking water substituted by 10% fructose solution compared to those fed filtered drinking water alone. Our results indicate that dietary zinc supplementation can improve microvascular dysfunction by increasing endothelial-dependent dilatation and reducing the increase in macromolecular permeability induced by I/R in fructose-fed animals. Copyright © 2015 The Italian Society of Diabetology, the Italian Society for the Study of Atherosclerosis, the Italian Society of Human Nutrition, and the Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, Federico II University. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Effect of toxic gases on humidity sensing property of nanocrystalline ZnO film

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    Dixit, Shobhna; Srivastava, Anchal; Srivastava, Atul; Shukla, R. K.

    2007-12-01

    Humidity sensing property of nanocrystalline ZnO film has been investigated over a range of 5-90RH%. Contrary to more popular electrical approach, a novel optoelectronic sensing method has been used. Performance of the humidity sensor is affected by the presence of toxic gases in atmosphere. To gauge this effect, the humidity sensing properties of the film are studied by exposing it to the environment of H2S, SO2, and CH3OH one by one. The zinc oxide film is deposited using print and fire technology. X-ray diffraction of the film shows polycrystalline structure with average grain size of 33.5nm. The effect of toxic gases on the humidity sensing behavior of the film is explained while studying surface morphology of the film. The least detectable change (LDC) in humidity is evaluated for each case. For unexposed film it is found to be 0.14RH%. The LDC in the case of SO2-exposed film is recovered back almost completely by heat treatment.

  11. Effect of electric field and atmosphere on the processing of nanocrystalline ZnO

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    Dargatz, Benjamin; Gonzalez-Julian, Jesus; Guillon, Olivier

    2014-03-01

    The retention of nanocrystallinity in dense ceramics is still a challenge, even with the application of stress-assisted methods like Spark Plasma Sintering. Starting powder and sintering process strongly affect the evolution of the microstructure and thus, the final properties of ZnO. Control of the microstructure was carried out through the combined effect of high heating rates and the presence of bound water, which seems to significantly promote densification of zinc oxide nanoparticles. Hence, dense nano-grained ZnO could be synthesized at a temperature of only 400 °C. In addition, sintering behavior can be also modified by the use of external electric fields, which can generate a drastic mass diffusion process that is called flash sintering. The current flow through the specimen entails an increment of the temperature produced by Joule heating, enhancing the sintering process. Control of both parameters, heating rates/water content and electric field, leads to dense ZnO compacts with grain size between 150 nm to almost 5 μm.

  12. Synthesis and Characterization of Nanocrystalline Doped-ZnO Powder for Advanced Varistor Application.

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    Anwar, M S; Ahmed, Faheem; Koo, Bon Heun

    2015-10-01

    The nanocrystalline doped ZnO powder has been synthesized by solution combustion method using sucrose as fuel and zinc acetate as oxidant. The as-prepared nanopowders were characterized by XRD, showing particle size approximately 39 and 48 nm for fuel to oxidant ratio of 1:1 (stoichiometric) and 2:1 (fuel rich). The powders were compacted and sintered for 9 hours. The sintered samples were characterized by SEM and XRD, showing the presence of spinel (Zn7Sb2Ol2) and pyroclore (Zn2Bi3Sb3Ol4) phases at intergranular spacing. The phase distribution [spinel (Zn7Sb2Ol2), pyroclore (Zn2Bi3Sb3O14), β-Bi2O3, and δ-Bi203] was found to be more homogeneous in case of samples obtained by adding the stoichiometric amount of fuel. The current-voltage (J-E) characterization shows the high non-linearity coefficient (α) ~22 and break-down voltage (VB) of ~0.41 kV/mm for the fuel rich sample.

  13. Room temperature ferromagnetism in nanocrystalline Ni-doped ZnO synthesized by co-precipitation

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    El-Hilo, M.; Dakhel, A. A.; Ali-Mohamed, A. Y.

    2009-07-01

    Ni-doped ZnO powder was synthesized by thermal co-decomposition of a mixture of bis(acetylacetonato) zinc(II)hydrate and bis(dimethylglyoximato)nickel(II) complexes. The samples were characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Energy dispersion X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF), and FT-IR spectroscopy. The atomic ratio Ni/Zn of the samples was determined by the EDXRF method to be 1%, 4.3%, 7.4% and 22.5 wt%. The XRD studies show the formation of nanocrystalline (14-18 nm) of Ni-doped ZnO along with nanoparticles of NiO. By magnetic measurements, it was observed that powder contains 1%Ni, 4.3%Ni, 7.4%Ni exhibits superparamagnetic behaviour while the sample of 22.5%Ni prepared in closed atmospheric environment shows clear ferromagnetic (FM) loop at room temperature due to the formation of solid solution Zn 1-xNi xO.

  14. Copper removal using electrosterically stabilized nanocrystalline cellulose.

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    Sheikhi, Amir; Safari, Salman; Yang, Han; van de Ven, Theo G M

    2015-06-03

    Removal of heavy metal ions such as copper using an efficient and low-cost method with low ecological footprint is a critical process in wastewater treatment, which can be achieved in a liquid phase using nanoadsorbents such as inorganic nanoparticles. Recently, attention has turned toward developing sustainable and environmentally friendly nanoadsorbents to remove heavy metal ions from aqueous media. Electrosterically stabilized nanocrystalline cellulose (ENCC), which can be prepared from wood fibers through periodate/chlorite oxidation, has been shown to have a high charge content and colloidal stability. Here, we show that ENCC scavenges copper ions by different mechanisms depending on the ion concentration. When the Cu(II) concentration is low (C0≲200 ppm), agglomerates of starlike ENCC particles appear, which are broken into individual starlike entities by shear and Brownian motion, as evidenced by photometric dispersion analysis, dynamic light scattering, and transmission electron microscopy. On the other hand, at higher copper concentrations, the aggregate morphology changes from starlike to raftlike, which is probably due to the collapse of protruding dicarboxylic cellulose (DCC) chains and ENCC charge neutralization by copper adsorption. Such raftlike structures result from head-to-head and lateral aggregation of neutralized ENCCs as confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. As opposed to starlike aggregates, the raftlike structures grow gradually and are prone to sedimentation at copper concentrations C0≳500 ppm, which eliminates a costly separation step in wastewater treatment processes. Moreover, a copper removal capacity of ∼185 mg g(-1) was achieved thanks to the highly charged DCC polyanions protruding from ENCC. These properties along with the biorenewability make ENCC a promising candidate for wastewater treatment, in which fast, facile, and low-cost removal of heavy metal ions is desired most.

  15. Tribological properties of nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Erdemir, A.; Fenske, G. R.; Kraus, A. R.; Gruen, D. M.; McCauley, T.; Csencsits, R. T.

    2000-01-26

    In this paper, the authors present the friction and wear properties of nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) films grown in A-fullerene (C{sub 60}) and Ar-CH{sub 4} microwave plasmas. Specifically, they address the fundamental tribological issues posed by these films during sliding against Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} counterfaces in ambient air and inert gases. Grain sizes of the films grown by the new method are very small (10--30 nm) and are much smoother (20-40 nm, root mean square) than those of films grown by the conventional H{sub 2}-CH{sub 4} microwave-assisted chemical-vapor-deposition (CVD) process. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed that the grain boundaries of these films are very sharp and free of nondiamond phases. The microcrystalline diamond (MCD) films grown by most conventional methods consist of large grains and a rough surface finish, which can cause severe abrasion during sliding against other materials. The friction coefficients of films grown by the new method (i.e., in Ar-C{sub 60} and Ar-CH{sub 4} plasmas) are comparable to those of natural diamond, and wear damage on counterface materials is minimal. Fundamental tribological studies indicate that these films may undergo phase transformation during long-duration, high-speed and/or high-load sliding tests and that the transformation products trapped at the sliding interfaces can intermittently dominate friction and wear performance. Using results from a combination of TEM, electron diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), they describe the structural chemistry of the debris particles trapped at the sliding interfaces and elucidate their possible effects on friction and wear of NCD films in dry N{sub 2}. Finally, they suggest a few potential applications in which NCD films can improve performance and service lives.

  16. Biocompatibility of transition metal-substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles

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    Sanpo, Noppakun; Tharajak, Jirasak; Li, Yuncang; Berndt, Christopher C.; Wen, Cuie; Wang, James

    2014-07-01

    Transition metals of copper, zinc, manganese, and nickel were substituted into cobalt ferrite nanoparticles via a sol-gel route using citric acid as a chelating agent. The microstructure and elemental compositions of the nanoparticles were characterized using scanning electron microscopy combined with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The particle size of the nanoparticles was investigated using particle size analyzer, and the zeta potentials were measured using zeta potential analyzer. The phase components of the synthesized transition metal-substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles were studied using Raman spectroscopy. The biocompatibility of the nanoparticles was assessed using osteoblast-like cells. Results indicated that the substitution of transition metals strongly influences the physical, chemical properties, and biocompatibility of the cobalt ferrite nanoparticles.

  17. Stereodivergent Silylzincation of α-Heteroatom-Substituted Alkynes.

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    Fopp, Carolin; Romain, Elise; Isaac, Kevin; Chemla, Fabrice; Ferreira, Franck; Jackowski, Olivier; Oestreich, Martin; Perez-Luna, Alejandro

    2016-05-06

    Zinc reagents (Me2PhSi)2Zn and [(Me3Si)3Si]2Zn undergo highly regio- and stereoselective addition across the carbon-carbon triple bond of nitrogen-, sulfur-, oxygen-, and phosphorus-substituted terminal alkynes in the absence of copper or any other catalyst. Both reagents yield exclusively β-isomers, and the stereoselectivity is determined by the silyl group: Me2PhSi for cis or (Me3Si)3Si for trans. These stereodivergent silylzincation protocols offer an efficient access to heteroatom-substituted vinylsilanes with either double bond geometry, including trisubstituted vinylsilanes by one-pot electrophilic substitution of the intermediate C(sp(2))-Zn bond by copper(I)-mediated carbon-carbon bond formation.

  18. [Study on spectra properties of novel octa-substituted phthalocyanines].

    PubMed

    Xia, Dao-Cheng; Li, Wan-Cheng; Wang, Hong-Fu; Zheng, Xin-Xing; Guo, Yan-Jie; Yang, Xu-Qing

    2011-08-01

    The spectrum properties of four novel 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25-octaoxybutyl copper phthalocyanine; 1,4,8,11,15,18, 22, 25-octamethoxybutanoate manganese phthalocyanine; 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25-octamethoxybutanoate copper phthalocyanine; 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25-octamethoxybutanoate zinc phthalocyanine were investigated by infrared, fluorescence and UV-visible spectrum in the the paper. There is no rule in the infrared spectrum of these octa-substituted phthalocyanines. The orders of the Q band, B band and Pc dimer band are different among the above Octa-substituted Phthalocyanines in the UV and fluorescence spectra. The reason is related to the interaction between the ligand and the central metal of these octa-substituted phthalocyanines.

  19. Transition metal-substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles for biomedical applications.

    PubMed

    Sanpo, Noppakun; Berndt, Christopher C; Wen, Cuie; Wang, James

    2013-03-01

    Transition metals of copper, zinc, chromium and nickel were substituted into cobalt ferrite nanoparticles via a sol-gel route using citric acid as a chelating agent. The microstructure and elemental composition were characterized using scanning electron microscopy combined with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Phase analysis of transition metal-substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles was performed via X-ray diffraction. Surface wettability was measured using the water contact angle technique. The surface roughness of all nanoparticles was measured using profilometry. Moreover, thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry were performed to determine the temperature at which the decomposition and oxidation of the chelating agents took place. Results indicated that the substitution of transition metals influences strongly the microstructure, crystal structure and antibacterial property of the cobalt ferrite nanoparticles.

  20. Acute Zinc Toxicity in Haemodialysis

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    Gallery, Eileen D. M.; Blomfield, Jeanette; Dixon, S. R.

    1972-01-01

    A country patient on home haemodialysis suffered acute nausea, vomiting, and fever during dialyses when she used water stored in a galvanized tank. She subsequently was found to have severe anaemia with raised plasma and erythrocyte zinc concentrations. Intercurrent hospital haemodialyses and subsequent home dialyses with deionized water were symptom-free. Experimental haemodialyses of dogs against small concentrations of zinc showed a disproportionate rise in plasma zinc and possible uptake of zinc by the liver. PMID:4637513

  1. Zinc titanate sorbents

    DOEpatents

    Gupta, R.P.; Gangwal, S.K.; Jain, S.C.

    1998-02-03

    The present invention provides a zinc titanate sorbent material useful in desulfurization applications. The zinc titanate material is in the form of generally spherical particles of substantially uniform chemical distribution. The sorbent material is capable of absorbing sulfur compounds from a gaseous feed in an amount of at least about 15 weight percent based on the weight of the sorbent. The sorbent material is prepared by a process including: (a) forming a zinc oxide/titanium dioxide dry blend, (b) preparing a substantially uniform aqueous slurry comprising the zinc oxide/titanium dioxide dry blend, organic binder, and at least about 1 weight percent inorganic binder based on the solids weight of the slurry, (c) spray drying the slurry to produce substantially spherical particles, and (d) calcining the particles at a temperature of between about 750 to about 950 C. The dry blend is formed by mixing between about 0.5 to about 2 parts zinc oxide having a median particle size of less than about 0.5 microns, and about 1 part titanium dioxide having a median particle size of less than about 1 micron. The slurry contains substantially no free silica and may be prepared by the process including (1) preparing an aqueous solution of organic binder, (2) adding the dry blend to the aqueous solution of organic binder, and (3) adding the inorganic binder to the solution of organic binder, and blend. Additional reagents, such as a surfactant, may also be incorporated into the sorbent material. The present invention also provides a process for desulfurizing a gaseous stream. The process includes passing a gaseous stream through a reactor containing an attrition resistant zinc titanate sorbent material of the present invention.

  2. Zinc titanate sorbents

    DOEpatents

    Gupta, Raghubir P.; Gangwal, Santosh K.; Jain, Suresh C.

    1998-01-01

    The present invention provides a zinc titanate sorbent material useful in desulfurization applications. The zinc titanate material is in the form of generally spherical particles of substantially uniform chemical distribution. The sorbent material is capable of absorbing sulfur compounds from a gaseous feed in an amount of at least about 15 weight percent based on the weight of the sorbent. The sorbent material is prepared by a process including: (a) forming a zinc oxide/titanium dioxide dry blend, (b) preparing a substantially uniform aqueous slurry comprising the zinc oxide/titanium dioxide dry blend, organic binder, and at least about 1 weight percent inorganic binder based on the solids weight of the slurry, (c) spray drying the slurry to produce substantially spherical particles, and (d) calcining the particles at a temperature of between about 750.degree. C. to about 950.degree. C. The dry blend is formed by mixing between about 0.5 to about 2 parts zinc oxide having a median particle size of less than about 0.5 .mu., and about 1 part titanium dioxide having a median particle size of less than about 1 .mu.. The slurry contains substantially no free silica and may be prepared by the process including (1) preparing an aqueous solution of organic binder, (2) adding the dry blend to the aqueous solution of organic binder, and (3) adding the inorganic binder to the solution of organic binder, and blend. Additional reagents, such as a surfactant, may also be incorporated into the sorbent material. The present invention also provides a process for desulfurizing a gaseous stream. The process includes passing a gaseous stream through a reactor containing an attrition resistant zinc titanate sorbent material of the present invention.

  3. The substitutability of reinforcers

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    Green, Leonard; Freed, Debra E.

    1993-01-01

    Substitutability is a construct borrowed from microeconomics that describes a continuum of possible interactions among the reinforcers in a given situation. Highly substitutable reinforcers, which occupy one end of the continuum, are readily traded for each other due to their functional similarity. Complementary reinforcers, at the other end of the continuum, tend to be consumed jointly in fairly rigid proportion, and therefore cannot be traded for one another except to achieve that proportion. At the center of the continuum are reinforcers that are independent with respect to each other; consumption of one has no influence on consumption of another. Psychological research and analyses in terms of substitutability employ standard operant conditioning paradigms in which humans and nonhumans choose between alternative reinforcers. The range of reinforcer interactions found in these studies is more readily accommodated and predicted when behavior-analytic models of choice consider issues of substitutability. New insights are gained into such areas as eating and drinking, electrical brain stimulation, temporal separation of choice alternatives, behavior therapy, drug use, and addictions. Moreover, the generalized matching law (Baum, 1974) gains greater explanatory power and comprehensiveness when measures of substitutability are included. PMID:16812696

  4. A new approach to grain boundary engineering for nanocrystalline materials

    PubMed Central

    Tsurekawa, Sadahiro; Watanabe, Tadao

    2016-01-01

    A new approach to grain boundary engineering (GBE) for high performance nanocrystalline materials, especially those produced by electrodeposition and sputtering, is discussed on the basis of some important findings from recently available results on GBE for nanocrystalline materials. In order to optimize their utility, the beneficial effects of grain boundary microstructures have been seriously considered according to the almost established approach to GBE. This approach has been increasingly recognized for the development of high performance nanocrystalline materials with an extremely high density of grain boundaries and triple junctions. The effectiveness of precisely controlled grain boundary microstructures (quantitatively characterized by the grain boundary character distribution (GBCD) and grain boundary connectivity associated with triple junctions) has been revealed for recent achievements in the enhancement of grain boundary strengthening, hardness, and the control of segregation-induced intergranular brittleness and intergranular fatigue fracture in electrodeposited nickel and nickel alloys with initial submicrometer-grained structure. A new approach to GBE based on fractal analysis of grain boundary connectivity is proposed to produce high performance nanocrystalline or submicrometer-grained materials with desirable mechanical properties such as enhanced fracture resistance. Finally, the potential power of GBE is demonstrated for high performance functional materials like gold thin films through precise control of electrical resistance based on the fractal analysis of the grain boundary microstructure. PMID:28144533

  5. Distinctive Glial and Neuronal Interfacing on Nanocrystalline Diamond

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    Bendali, Amel; Agnès, Charles; Meffert, Simone; Forster, Valérie; Bongrain, Alexandre; Arnault, Jean-Charles; Sahel, José-Alain; Offenhäusser, Andreas; Bergonzo, Philippe; Picaud, Serge

    2014-01-01

    Direct electrode/neuron interfacing is a key challenge to achieve high resolution of neuronal stimulation required for visual prostheses. Neuronal interfacing on biomaterials commonly requires the presence of glial cells and/or protein coating. Nanocrystalline diamond is a highly mechanically stable biomaterial with a remarkably large potential window for the electrical stimulation of tissues. Using adult retinal cell cultures from rats, we found that glial cells and retinal neurons grew equally well on glass and nanocrystalline diamond. The use of a protein coating increased cell survival, particularly for glial cells. However, bipolar neurons appeared to grow even in direct contact with bare diamond. We investigated whether the presence of glial cells contributed to this direct neuron/diamond interface, by using purified adult retinal ganglion cells to seed diamond and glass surfaces with and without protein coatings. Surprisingly, these fully differentiated spiking neurons survived better on nanocrystalline diamond without any protein coating. This greater survival was indicated by larger cell numbers and the presence of longer neurites. When a protein pattern was drawn on diamond, neurons did not grow preferentially on the coated area, by contrast to their behavior on a patterned glass. This study highlights the interesting biocompatibility properties of nanocrystalline diamond, allowing direct neuronal interfacing, whereas a protein coating was required for glial cell growth. PMID:24664111

  6. Synthesis of Nano-Crystalline Gamma-TiAl Materials

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    Hales, Stephen J.; Vasquez, Peter

    2003-01-01

    One of the principal problems with nano-crystalline materials is producing them in quantities and sizes large enough for valid mechanical property evaluation. The purpose of this study was to explore an innovative method for producing nano-crystalline gamma-TiAl bulk materials using high energy ball milling and brief secondary processes. Nano-crystalline powder feedstock was produced using a Fritsch P4(TM) vario-planetary ball mill recently installed at NASA-LaRC. The high energy ball milling process employed tungsten carbide tooling (vials and balls) and no process control agents to minimize contamination. In a collaborative effort, two approaches were investigated, namely mechanical alloying of elemental powders and attrition milling of pre-alloyed powders. The objective was to subsequently use RF plasma spray deposition and short cycle vacuum hot pressing in order to effect consolidation while retaining nano-crystalline structure in bulk material. Results and discussion of the work performed to date are presented.

  7. Nanocrystalline cellulose extracted from pine wood and corncob.

    PubMed

    Ditzel, Fernanda I; Prestes, Eduardo; Carvalho, Benjamim M; Demiate, Ivo M; Pinheiro, Luís A

    2017-02-10

    The extraction of nanocrystalline cellulose from agro-residues is an interesting alternative to recover these materials. In the present study, nanocrystalline cellulose was extracted from pine wood and corncob. In addition, microcrystalline cellulose was used as a reference to compare results. Initially, the lignocellulosic residues were submitted to delignification pre-treatments. At the end of the process, the bleached fibre was submitted to acid hydrolysis. Additionally, microparticles were obtained from the spray-drying of the nanocrystalline cellulose suspensions. The nanocrystalline cellulose yield for the pine wood was 9.0-% of the value attained for the microcrystalline cellulose. For the corncob, the value was 23.5-%. Therefore, complementary studies are necessary to improve the yield. The spray-dried microparticles showed a crystallinity index of 67.8-% for the pine wood, 70.9-% for the corncob and 79.3-% for the microcrystalline cellulose. These microparticles have great potential for use in the production of polymer composites processed by extrusion.

  8. Distinctive glial and neuronal interfacing on nanocrystalline diamond.

    PubMed

    Bendali, Amel; Agnès, Charles; Meffert, Simone; Forster, Valérie; Bongrain, Alexandre; Arnault, Jean-Charles; Sahel, José-Alain; Offenhäusser, Andreas; Bergonzo, Philippe; Picaud, Serge

    2014-01-01

    Direct electrode/neuron interfacing is a key challenge to achieve high resolution of neuronal stimulation required for visual prostheses. Neuronal interfacing on biomaterials commonly requires the presence of glial cells and/or protein coating. Nanocrystalline diamond is a highly mechanically stable biomaterial with a remarkably large potential window for the electrical stimulation of tissues. Using adult retinal cell cultures from rats, we found that glial cells and retinal neurons grew equally well on glass and nanocrystalline diamond. The use of a protein coating increased cell survival, particularly for glial cells. However, bipolar neurons appeared to grow even in direct contact with bare diamond. We investigated whether the presence of glial cells contributed to this direct neuron/diamond interface, by using purified adult retinal ganglion cells to seed diamond and glass surfaces with and without protein coatings. Surprisingly, these fully differentiated spiking neurons survived better on nanocrystalline diamond without any protein coating. This greater survival was indicated by larger cell numbers and the presence of longer neurites. When a protein pattern was drawn on diamond, neurons did not grow preferentially on the coated area, by contrast to their behavior on a patterned glass. This study highlights the interesting biocompatibility properties of nanocrystalline diamond, allowing direct neuronal interfacing, whereas a protein coating was required for glial cell growth.

  9. New route to the fabrication of nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Varshney, Deepak Morell, Gerardo; Palomino, Javier; Resto, Oscar; Gil, Jennifer; Weiner, Brad R.

    2014-02-07

    Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) thin films offer applications in various fields, but the existing synthetic approaches are cumbersome and destructive. A major breakthrough has been achieved by our group in the direction of a non-destructive, scalable, and economic process of NCD thin-film fabrication. Here, we report a cheap precursor for the growth of nanocrystalline diamond in the form of paraffin wax. We show that NCD thin films can be fabricated on a copper support by using simple, commonplace paraffin wax under reaction conditions of Hot Filament Chemical Vapor Deposition (HFCVD). Surprisingly, even the presence of any catalyst or seeding that has been conventionally used in the state-of-the-art is not required. The structure of the obtained films was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Raman spectroscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy recorded at the carbon K-edge region confirm the presence of nanocrystalline diamond. The process is a significant step towards cost-effective and non-cumbersome fabrication of nanocrystalline diamond thin films for commercial production.

  10. Nanocrystalline cellulose with various contents of sulfate groups.

    PubMed

    Voronova, M I; Surov, O V; Zakharov, A G

    2013-10-15

    Properties of films derived from aqueous nanocrystalline cellulose dispersions by water evaporation depend on concentration of sulfate groups. Namely type of thermodestruction and surface morphology change as a function of contents of sulfate groups. Surface roughness increases and water adsorption enhances with increasing sulfate groups content particularly at high relative pressure.

  11. New route to the fabrication of nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Varshney, Deepak; Palomino, Javier; Gil, Jennifer; Resto, Oscar; Weiner, Brad R.; Morell, Gerardo

    2014-02-01

    Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) thin films offer applications in various fields, but the existing synthetic approaches are cumbersome and destructive. A major breakthrough has been achieved by our group in the direction of a non-destructive, scalable, and economic process of NCD thin-film fabrication. Here, we report a cheap precursor for the growth of nanocrystalline diamond in the form of paraffin wax. We show that NCD thin films can be fabricated on a copper support by using simple, commonplace paraffin wax under reaction conditions of Hot Filament Chemical Vapor Deposition (HFCVD). Surprisingly, even the presence of any catalyst or seeding that has been conventionally used in the state-of-the-art is not required. The structure of the obtained films was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Raman spectroscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy recorded at the carbon K-edge region confirm the presence of nanocrystalline diamond. The process is a significant step towards cost-effective and non-cumbersome fabrication of nanocrystalline diamond thin films for commercial production.

  12. Fatigue stress concentration and notch sensitivity in nanocrystalline metals

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    Furnish, Timothy A.; Boyce, Brad L.; Sharon, John A.; ...

    2016-03-11

    Recent studies have shown the potential for nanocrystalline metals to possess excellent fatigue resistance compared to their coarse-grained counterparts. Although the mechanical properties of nanocrystalline metals are believed to be particularly susceptible to material defects, a systematic study of the effects of geometric discontinuities on their fatigue performance has not yet been performed. In the present work, nanocrystalline Ni–40 wt%Fe containing both intrinsic and extrinsic defects were tested in tension–tension fatigue. The defects were found to dramatically reduce the fatigue resistance, which was attributed to the relatively high notch sensitivity in the nanocrystalline material. Microstructural analysis within the crack-initiation zonesmore » underneath the defects revealed cyclically-induced abnormal grain growth (AGG) as a predominant deformation and crack initiation mechanism during high-cycle fatigue. Furthermore, the onset of AGG and the ensuing fracture is likely accelerated by the stress concentrations, resulting in the reduced fatigue resistance compared to the relatively defect-free counterparts.« less

  13. Voronoi Based Nanocrystalline Generation Algorithm for Atomistic Simulations

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2016-12-22

    by Daniel Foley Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Engineering (ORISE), Belcamp, MD Shawn P Coleman and Mark A Tschopp Weapons and Materials Research...nanocrystals, and multiphase nanocrystals. US Army Research Laboratory, ARL, nanocrystalline materials ; molecular dynamics; twinning; grain size 44...the major challenges facing researchers studying nanoscale systems is iden- tifying the dynamic mechanisms controlling material properties and

  14. Development of Bulk Nanocrystalline Cemented Tungsten Carbide for Industrial Applicaitons

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    Z. Zak Fang, H. Y. Sohn

    2009-03-10

    This report contains detailed information of the research program entitled "Development of Bulk Nanocrystalline Cemented Tungsten Carbide Materials for Industrial Applications". The report include the processes that were developed for producing nanosized WC/Co composite powders, and an ultrahigh pressure rapid hot consolidation process for sintering of nanosized powders. The mechanical properties of consolidated materials using the nanosized powders are also reported.

  15. A new approach to grain boundary engineering for nanocrystalline materials.

    PubMed

    Kobayashi, Shigeaki; Tsurekawa, Sadahiro; Watanabe, Tadao

    2016-01-01

    A new approach to grain boundary engineering (GBE) for high performance nanocrystalline materials, especially those produced by electrodeposition and sputtering, is discussed on the basis of some important findings from recently available results on GBE for nanocrystalline materials. In order to optimize their utility, the beneficial effects of grain boundary microstructures have been seriously considered according to the almost established approach to GBE. This approach has been increasingly recognized for the development of high performance nanocrystalline materials with an extremely high density of grain boundaries and triple junctions. The effectiveness of precisely controlled grain boundary microstructures (quantitatively characterized by the grain boundary character distribution (GBCD) and grain boundary connectivity associated with triple junctions) has been revealed for recent achievements in the enhancement of grain boundary strengthening, hardness, and the control of segregation-induced intergranular brittleness and intergranular fatigue fracture in electrodeposited nickel and nickel alloys with initial submicrometer-grained structure. A new approach to GBE based on fractal analysis of grain boundary connectivity is proposed to produce high performance nanocrystalline or submicrometer-grained materials with desirable mechanical properties such as enhanced fracture resistance. Finally, the potential power of GBE is demonstrated for high performance functional materials like gold thin films through precise control of electrical resistance based on the fractal analysis of the grain boundary microstructure.

  16. Recovering Zinc From Discarded Tires

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Du Fresne, E. R.

    1984-01-01

    Zinc sulfate monohydrate sold at profit. Shredded tire material steeped in three sulfuric acid baths to extract zinc. Final product removed by evaporating part of solution until product crystallizes out. Recovered as zinc sulfate monohydrate and sold as fertilizer or for general use.

  17. Photovoltaic cells employing zinc phosphide

    DOEpatents

    Barnett, Allen M.; Catalano, Anthony W.; Dalal, Vikram L.; Masi, James V.; Meakin, John D.; Hall, Robert B.

    1984-01-01

    A photovoltaic cell having a zinc phosphide absorber. The zinc phosphide can be a single or multiple crystal slice or a thin polycrystalline film. The cell can be a Schottky barrier, heterojunction or homojunction device. Methods for synthesizing and crystallizing zinc phosphide are disclosed as well as a method for forming thin films.

  18. History of zinc in agriculture

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    Zinc was established as essential for green plants in 1926 and for mammals in 1934. However, over 20 years would past before the first descriptions of zinc deficiencies in farm animals appeared. In 1955, it was reported that zinc supplementation would cure a parakeratosis in swine. In 1958, it wa...

  19. Recovering Zinc From Discarded Tires

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Du Fresne, E. R.

    1984-01-01

    Zinc sulfate monohydrate sold at profit. Shredded tire material steeped in three sulfuric acid baths to extract zinc. Final product removed by evaporating part of solution until product crystallizes out. Recovered as zinc sulfate monohydrate and sold as fertilizer or for general use.

  20. Zinc electrode in alkaline electrolyte

    SciTech Connect

    McBreen, J.

    1995-12-31

    The zinc electrode in alkaline electrolyte is unusual in that supersaturated zincate solutions can form during discharge and spongy or mossy zinc deposits can form on charge at low overvoltages. The effect of additives on regular pasted ZnO electrodes and calcium zincate electrodes is discussed. The paper also reports on in situ x-ray absorption (XAS) results on mossy zinc deposits.

  1. Zinc Modulation of Glycine Receptors

    PubMed Central

    Trombley, Paul Q.; Blakemore, Laura J.; Hill, Brook J.

    2011-01-01

    Glycine receptors are widely expressed in the mammalian central nervous system, and previous studies have demonstrated that glycine receptors are modulated by endogenous zinc. Zinc is concentrated in synaptic vesicles in several brain regions but is particularly abundant in the hippocampus and olfactory bulb. In the present study, we used patch-clamp electrophysiology of rat hippocampal and olfactory bulb neurons in primary culture to examine the effects of zinc on glycine receptors. Although glycine has been reported to reach millimolar concentrations during synaptic transmission, most previous studies on the effects of zinc on glycine receptors have used relatively low concentrations of glycine. High concentrations of glycine cause receptor desensitization. Our current results extend our previous demonstration that the modulatory actions of zinc are largely prevented when co-applied with desensitizing concentrations of glycine (300 μM), suggesting that the effects of zinc are dependent on the state of the receptor. In contrast, pre-application of 300 μM zinc, prior to glycine (300 μM) application, causes a slowly developing inhibition with a slow rate of recovery, suggesting that the timing of zinc and glycine release also influences the effects of zinc. Furthermore, previous evidence suggests that synaptically released zinc can gain intracellular access, and we provide the first demonstration that low concentrations of intracellular zinc can potentiate glycine receptors. These results support the notion that zinc has complex effects on glycine receptors and multiple factors may interact to influence the efficacy of glycinergic transmission. PMID:21530619

  2. Observations of interstellar zinc

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    Jura, M.; York, D.

    1981-01-01

    The International Ultraviolet Explorer observations of interstellar zinc toward 10 stars are examined. It is found that zinc is at most only slightly depleted in the interstellar medium; its abundance may serve as a tracer of the true metallicity in the gas. The local interstellar medium has abundances that apparently are homogeneous to within a factor of two, when integrated over paths of about 500 pc, and this result is important for understanding the history of nucleosynthesis in the solar neighborhood. The intrinsic errors in detecting weak interstellar lines are analyzed and suggestions are made as to how this error limit may be lowered to 5 mA per target observation.

  3. Zinc Phosphide Poisoning

    PubMed Central

    Doğan, Erdal; Güzel, Abdulmenap; Çiftçi, Taner; Aycan, İlker; Çetin, Bedri; Kavak, Gönül Ölmez

    2014-01-01

    Zinc phosphide has been used widely as a rodenticide. Upon ingestion, it gets converted to phosphine gas in the body, which is subsequently absorbed into the bloodstream through the stomach and the intestines and gets captured by the liver and the lungs. Phosphine gas produces various metabolic and nonmetabolic toxic effects. Clinical symptoms are circulatory collapse, hypotension, shock symptoms, myocarditis, pericarditis, acute pulmonary edema, and congestive heart failure. In this case presentation, we aim to present the intensive care process and treatment resistance of a patient who ingested zinc phosphide for suicide purposes. PMID:25101186

  4. Arsenite Interacts Selectively with Zinc Finger Proteins Containing C3H1 or C4 Motifs*

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    Zhou, Xixi; Sun, Xi; Cooper, Karen L.; Wang, Feng; Liu, Ke Jian; Hudson, Laurie G.

    2011-01-01

    Arsenic inhibits DNA repair and enhances the genotoxicity of DNA-damaging agents such as benzo[a]pyrene and ultraviolet radiation. Arsenic interaction with DNA repair proteins containing functional zinc finger motifs is one proposed mechanism to account for these observations. Here, we report that arsenite binds to both CCHC DNA-binding zinc fingers of the DNA repair protein PARP-1 (poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1). Furthermore, trivalent arsenite coordinated with all three cysteine residues as demonstrated by MS/MS. MALDI-TOF-MS analysis of peptides harboring site-directed substitutions of cysteine with histidine residues within the PARP-1 zinc finger revealed that arsenite bound to peptides containing three or four cysteine residues, but not to peptides with two cysteines, demonstrating arsenite binding selectivity. This finding was not unique to PARP-1; arsenite did not bind to a peptide representing the CCHH zinc finger of the DNA repair protein aprataxin, but did bind to an aprataxin peptide mutated to a CCHC zinc finger. To investigate the impact of arsenite on PARP-1 zinc finger function, we measured the zinc content and DNA-binding capacity of PARP-1 immunoprecipitated from arsenite-exposed cells. PARP-1 zinc content and DNA binding were decreased by 76 and 80%, respectively, compared with protein isolated from untreated cells. We observed comparable decreases in zinc content for XPA (xeroderma pigmentosum group A) protein (CCCC zinc finger), but not SP-1 (specificity protein-1) or aprataxin (CCHH zinc finger). These findings demonstrate that PARP-1 is a direct molecular target of arsenite and that arsenite interacts selectively with zinc finger motifs containing three or more cysteine residues. PMID:21550982

  5. Electrical and optical properties of molybdenum doped zinc oxide films prepared by reactive RF magnetron sputtering

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    Reddy, R. Subba; Sreedhar, A.; Uthanna, S.

    2015-08-28

    Molybdenum doped zinc oxide (MZO) films were deposited on to glass substrates held at temperatures in the range from 303 to 673 K by reactive RF magnetron sputtering method. The chemical composition, crystallographic structure and surface morphology, electrical and optical properties of the films were determined. The films contained the molybdenum of 2.7 at. % in ZnO. The films deposited at 303 K were of X-ray amorphous. The films formed at 473 K were of nanocrystalline in nature with wurtzite structure. The crystallite size of the films was increased with the increase of substrate temperature. The optical transmittance of the films was in the visible range was 80–85%. The molybdenum (2.7 at %) doped zinc oxide films deposited at substrate temperature of 573 K were of nanocrystalline with electrical resistivity of 7.2×10{sup −3} Ωcm, optical transmittance of 85 %, optical band gap of 3.35 eV and figure of merit 30.6 Ω{sup −1}cm{sup −1}.

  6. Structural, morphological and optical properties of sprayed nanocrystalline thin films of Cd1-xZnxS solid solution

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    Verma, Urvashi; Thakur, Vikas; Rajaram, Poolla; Shrivastava, A. K.

    2015-01-01

    A series of nanocrystalline thin films of cadmium zinc sulphide (Cd1-xZnxS) solid solution were deposited on glass substrates using spray pyrolysis. Cadmium chloride (CdCl2), zinc chloride (ZnCl2) and thiourea (NH2CSNH2) were used as the sources of Cd, Zn and S respectively. The films were characterized using structural, morphological and optical techniques. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies show that the films of Cd1-xZnxS are polycrystalline and single phase having the wurtzite structure. The crystallites in the thin films of pure CdS possess preferred crystallographic orientation along the <002> direction. The preferred orientation of crystallites in the Cd1-xZnxS films changes from <002> to <101> with increase in Zn concentration. The lattice parameters of Cd1-xZnxS decrease with increase in Zn concentration. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies show that the surfaces of the films are smooth and are uniformly covered with nanoparticles. Energy dispersive analysis of xrays (EDAX) results reveal that the grown films have good stoichiometry. Optical transmission spectra confirm the good quality of the Cd1-xZnxS films.

  7. Aryl substitution of pentacenes

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    Waterloo, Andreas R; Sale, Anna-Chiara; Lehnherr, Dan; Hampel, Frank

    2014-01-01

    Summary A series of 11 new pentacene derivatives has been synthesized, with unsymmetrical substitution based on a trialkylsilylethynyl group at the 6-position and various aryl groups appended to the 13-position. The electronic and physical properties of the new pentacene chromophores have been analyzed by UV–vis spectroscopy (solution and thin films), thermoanalytical methods (DSC and TGA), cyclic voltammetry, as well as X-ray crystallography (for 8 derivatives). X-ray crystallography has been specifically used to study the influence of unsymmetrical substitution on the solid-state packing of the pentacene derivatives. The obtained results add to our ability to better predict substitution patterns that might be helpful for designing new semiconductors for use in solid-state devices. PMID:25161729

  8. Preparation of nanocrystalline Ce1-xSmx(Fe,Co)11Ti by melt spinning and mechanical alloying

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    Wuest, H.; Bommer, L.; Huber, A. M.; Goll, D.; Weissgaerber, T.; Kieback, B.

    2017-04-01

    Permanent magnetic materials based on Ce(Fe, Co)12-xTix with the ThMn12 structure are promising candidates for replacing NdFeB magnets. Its intrinsic magnetic properties are not far below the values of Nd2Fe14B, and the high amount of Fe and the fact that Ce is much more abundant and less expensive than Nd encourages the reasonable interest in these compounds. Nanocrystalline magnetic material of the composition Ce1-xSmxFe11-yCoyTi (x=0-1 and y=0; 1.95) has been produced by both melt spinning and mechanical alloying. Alloys containing only Ce as rare earth element (x=0) show coercivities below 77 kA/m, while for x=1 Hc,J values up to 392 kA/m are reached. Coercivity shows rather an exponential than a linear dependence on the gradual substitution of Ce by Sm.

  9. Hot Superplastic Powder Forging for Transparent nanocrystalline Ceramics

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    Cannon, W. Roger

    2006-05-22

    The program explored a completely new, economical method of manufacturing nanocrystalline ceramics, Hot Superplastic Powder Forging (HSPF). The goal of the work was the development of nanocrystalline/low porosity optically transparent zirconia/alumina. The high optical transparency should result from lack of grain boundary scattering since grains will be smaller than one tenth the wavelength of light and from elimination of porosity. An important technological potential for this process is manufacturing of envelopes for high-pressure sodium vapor lamps. The technique for fabricating monolithic nanocrystalline material does not begin with powder whose particle diameter is <100 nm as is commonly done. Instead it begins with powder whose particle diameter is on the order of 10-100 microns but contains nanocrystalline crystallites <<100 nm. Spherical particles are quenched from a melt and heat treated to achieve the desired microstructure. Under a moderate pressure within a die or a mold at temperatures of 1100C to 1300C densification is by plastic flow of superplastic particles. A nanocrystalline microstructure results, though some features are greater than 100nm. It was found, for instance, that in the fully dense Al2O3-ZrO2 eutectic specimens that a bicontinuous microstructure exists containing <100 nm ZrO2 particles in a matrix of Al2O3 grains extending over 1-2 microns. Crystallization, growth, phase development and creep during hot pressing and forging were studied for several compositions and so provided some details on development of polycrystalline microstructure from heating quenched ceramics.

  10. The Antimicrobial Properties of Zinc-Releasing Bioceramics

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    He, Xin

    Up to 80% of nosocomial infections are caused by biofilm-producing bacteria such as Staphylococci and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These types of microorganisms can become resistant to antibiotics and are difficult to eliminate. As such, there is tremendous interest in developing bioactive implant materials that can help to minimize these post- operative infections. Using water-based chemistry, we developed an economical, biodegradable and biocompatible orthopedic implant material consisting of zinc- doped hydroxyapatite (HA), which mimics the main inorganic component of the bone. Because the crystallinity of HA is typically too compact for efficient drug release, we substituted calcium ions in HA with zinc during the synthesis step to perturb the crystal structure. An added benefit is that zinc itself is a microelement of the human body with anti-inflammatory property, and we hypothesized that Zn-doped HA is an inherently antibacterial material. All HA samples were synthesized by a co-precipitation method using aqueous solutions of Zinc nitrate, Calcium Nitrate, and Ammonium Phosphate. XRD data showed that Zn was successfully incorporated into the HA. The effectiveness of Zn-doped HA against a model biofilm-forming bacterium is currently being evaluated using a wild-type strain and a streptomycin- resistant strain of Pseudomonas syringae pv. papulans (Psp) which is a plant pathogen isolated from diseased apples. Key words: Hydroxyapatite, Zinc, Citrate, Pseudomonas, Antibacterial.

  11. First histological observations on the incorporation of a novel nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite paste OSTIM® in human cancellous bone

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    Huber, Franz-Xaver; Belyaev, Orlin; Hillmeier, Joachim; Kock, Hans-Juergen; Huber, Colette; Meeder, Peter-Juergen; Berger, Irina

    2006-01-01

    Background: A commercially available nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite paste Ostim® has been reported in few recent studies to surpass other synthetic bone substitutes with respect to the observed clinical results. However, the integration of this implantable material has been histologically evaluated only in animal experimental models up to now. This study aimed to evaluate the tissue incorporation of Ostim® in human cancellous bone after reconstructive bone surgery for trauma. Methods: Biopsy specimens from 6 adult patients with a total of 7 tibial, calcaneal or distal radial fractures were obtained at the time of osteosynthesis removal. The median interval from initial operation to tissue sampling was 13 (range 3–15) months. Samples were stained with Masson-Goldner, von Kossa, and toluidine blue. Osteoid volume, trabecular width and bone volume, and cortical porosity were analyzed. Samples were immunolabeled with antibodies against CD68, CD56 and human prolyl 4-hydroxylase to detect macrophages, osteoblasts, and fibroblasts, respectively. TRAP stainings were used to identify osteoclasts. Results: Histomorphometric data indicated good regeneration with normal bone turnover: mean osteoid volume was 1.93% of the trabecular bone mass, trabecular bone volume – 28.4%, trabecular width – 225.12 μm, and porosity index – 2.6%. Cortical and spongious bone tissue were well structured. Neither inflammatory reaction, nor osteofibrosis or osteonecrosis were observed. The implanted material was widely absorbed. Conclusion: The studied nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite paste showed good tissue incorporation. It is highly biocompatible and appears to be a suitable bone substitute for juxtaarticular comminuted fractures in combination with a stable screw-plate osteosynthesis. PMID:16762071

  12. Doped zinc oxide microspheres

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    Arnold, Jr., Wesley D.; Bond, Walter D.; Lauf, Robert J.

    1993-01-01

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel.

  13. Doped zinc oxide microspheres

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    Arnold, W.D. Jr.; Bond, W.D.; Lauf, R.J.

    1993-12-14

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel. 4 figures.

  14. Zinc sulfide liquefaction catalyst

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    Garg, Diwakar

    1984-01-01

    A process for the liquefaction of carbonaceous material, such as coal, is set forth wherein coal is liquefied in a catalytic solvent refining reaction wherein an activated zinc sulfide catalyst is utilized which is activated by hydrogenation in a coal derived process solvent in the absence of coal.

  15. Zinc and Compounds

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    EPA / 635 / R - 05 / 002 TOXICOLOGICAL REVIEW OF ZINC AND COMPOUNDS ( CAS No . 7440 - 66 - 6 ) In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System ( IRIS ) July 2005 U.S . Environmental Protection Agency Washington D.C . DISCLAIMER This document has been reviewed in accordanc

  16. Creep Resistant Zinc Alloy

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    Frank E. Goodwin

    2002-12-31

    This report covers the development of Hot Chamber Die Castable Zinc Alloys with High Creep Strengths. This project commenced in 2000, with the primary objective of developing a hot chamber zinc die-casting alloy, capable of satisfactory service at 140 C. The core objectives of the development program were to: (1) fill in missing alloy data areas and develop a more complete empirical model of the influence of alloy composition on creep strength and other selected properties, and (2) based on the results from this model, examine promising alloy composition areas, for further development and for meeting the property combination targets, with the view to designing an optimized alloy composition. The target properties identified by ILZRO for an improved creep resistant zinc die-casting alloy were identified as follows: (1) temperature capability of 1470 C; (2) creep stress of 31 MPa (4500 psi); (3) exposure time of 1000 hours; and (4) maximum creep elongation under these conditions of 1%. The project was broadly divided into three tasks: (1) Task 1--General and Modeling, covering Experimental design of a first batch of alloys, alloy preparation and characterization. (2) Task 2--Refinement and Optimization, covering Experimental design of a second batch of alloys. (3) Task 3--Creep Testing and Technology transfer, covering the finalization of testing and the transfer of technology to the Zinc industry should have at least one improved alloy result from this work.

  17. Biomolecule-mediated synthesis of nanocrystalline semiconductors

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    Bae, Weon

    CdS and ZnS nanocrystalline semiconductors (NCs) were prepared by titrating inorganic sulfide into preformed Cd(II)- or Zn(II)-complexes of phytochelatins, glutathione or cysteine. This strategy resulted in the formation NCs capped by the chosen biomolecule. The range of sizes and their distributions depended primarily on the quantity of sulfide titrated and the biomolecule chosen for the initial metallo-complex. The processes of NC formation were studied by absorption and fluorescence spectrophotometry. The size distribution was analyzed by gel permeation chromatography. Ethanol precipitation of NCs under aqueous conditions was used to isolate nanoparticles within a very narrow size-range. Reduction of selected dyes was also studied on the surfaces of NCs. Glutathione-capped CdS nanoparticles exhibited significant size heterogeneity even at a single sulfide titration. In contrast, phytochelatins showed much less dispersion in size at a given sulfide titration. Phytochelatins could replace glutathione without changing the size of glutathione-capped CdS nanoparticles. Cysteine appeared to be intermediate between glutathione and phytochelatins in the formation of CdS nanoparticles. The calculated radii, using an effective mass approximation method, were 10.8-17.3, 10.6-11.8, and 13.5-15.5A for glutathione-, phytochelatin-, and cysteine-capped CdS nanoparticles, respectively. Cysteine-capped ZnS showed narrower size distribution than glutathione-capped ZnS. However, elevated temperatures were necessary to accomplish optimal yields of cysteine-capped ZnS NCs. An additional control over the size distribution of NCs was achieved by size-selective precipitation with ethanol. These procedures led to the isolation of nanoparticles that were more uniform in size and chemical compositions as determined by spectroscopic and chemical analyses of size-fractionated samples. Precipitation also allowed preparation of large quantities of powdered nanoparticles that could be

  18. Influence of Zn-Cd substitution: spectroscopic and theoretical investigation of 8-hydroxyquinoline complexes.

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    Ramalho, Teodorico C; Martins, Tales L C; Borges, Luiz E Pizarro; de Pinho, Marcos Henrique; de Avillez, Roberto Ribeiro; da Cunha, Elaine F F

    2009-05-01

    It is now well known that zinc is crucial for the synthesis of nucleic acids and, consequently, for cellular division. However, (67)Zn, the NMR-detectable isotope, is one of the isotopes most poorly studied by NMR. The strategy used for NMR studies is the substitution of Zn by (113)Cd. In this work, we employed (13)C, (113)Cd NMR (CPMAS), X-ray and DFT calculation in order to evaluate the Zn-Cd substitution using 8-hydroxyquinoline like prototype compound. Our results show that there are strong structural and electronics effects are involved in the substitution.

  19. Zinc bioavailability in the chick

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    Hempe, J.M.

    1987-01-01

    Methods for assessing zinc bioavailability were evaluated in the chick. A low-zinc chick diet was developed using rehydrated, spray-dried egg white autoclaved at 121 C for 30 min as the primary protein source. The relative bioavailability of zinc from soy flour and beef was determined by whole-body retention of extrinsic /sup 65/Zn, and in slope ratio assays for growth rate and tissue zinc. Compared to zinc carbonate added to an egg white-based diet, all methods gave similar estimates of approximately 100% zinc bioavailability for beef but estimates for soy flour varied widely. The slope ratio assay for growth rate gave the best estimate of zinc bioavailability for soy flour. True absorption, as measured by percent isotope retention from extrinsically labeled soy flour, was 47%.

  20. Effect of carbon doping on the mesoporous structure of nanocrystalline titanium dioxide and its solar-light-driven photocatalytic degradation of NOx.

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    Huang, Yu; Ho, Wingkei; Lee, Shuncheng; Zhang, Lizhi; Li, Guisheng; Yu, Jimmy C

    2008-04-01

    Effective mesoporous nanocrystalline C-doped TiO(2) photocatalysts were synthesized through a direct solution-phase carbonization using titanium tetrachloride and diethanolamine as precursors. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results revealed that oxygen sites in the TiO(2) lattice were substituted by carbon atoms and formed a C-Ti-O-C structure. The absorption region of the as-prepared TiO(2) was extended to the visible light region in view of the substitution for oxygen sites by carbon atoms. The photocatalytic activities of the as-prepared samples were tested in a flow system on the degradation of NO at typical indoor air levels under simulated solar-light irradiation. The samples showed a more effective removal efficiency than commercial photocatalyst (P25) on the degradation of the common indoor pollutant NO. The parameters significantly affecting the mesoporous structure and removal efficiency on indoor air were also investigated.

  1. Performing Substitute Teaching

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    Bletzer, Keith V.

    2010-01-01

    Formal education is both a right and an obligation bestowed on young people in most all nations of the world. Teachers (adults) and students (youth) form a co-present dyadic contract that must be maintained within the classroom. Substitute teachers fill a role in sustaining the integrity of this teacher-student link, whenever teachers are absent.…

  2. The Age of Substitutability

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    Goeller, H. E.; Weinberg, Alvin M.

    1976-01-01

    Dwindling mineral resources might cause a shift from nonrenewable resources to renewable resources and inexhaustible elements such as iron and aluminum. Alternative energy sources such as breeder, fusion, solar, and geothermal power must be developed for production and recycling of materials. Substitution and, hence, living standards ultimately…

  3. No cheap substitutes.

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    Griffiths, Peter

    2016-06-15

    The Nuffield Trust report on reshaping the healthcare workforce was published last month. Its conclusions were widely reported as a recommendation to 'train up' nurses as a solution to junior doctor shortages, with support workers, in turn, substituting for registered nurses.

  4. The Age of Substitutability

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    Goeller, H. E.; Weinberg, Alvin M.

    1976-01-01

    Dwindling mineral resources might cause a shift from nonrenewable resources to renewable resources and inexhaustible elements such as iron and aluminum. Alternative energy sources such as breeder, fusion, solar, and geothermal power must be developed for production and recycling of materials. Substitution and, hence, living standards ultimately…

  5. Performing Substitute Teaching

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Bletzer, Keith V.

    2010-01-01

    Formal education is both a right and an obligation bestowed on young people in most all nations of the world. Teachers (adults) and students (youth) form a co-present dyadic contract that must be maintained within the classroom. Substitute teachers fill a role in sustaining the integrity of this teacher-student link, whenever teachers are absent.…

  6. Screening Substitute Teachers.

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    Kakkuri, Mark

    2000-01-01

    The screening process a school district uses in hiring substitute teachers is critical to striking a balance between required qualifications and immediate need. Typically, screening involves at least one of the following: pre-screening, paper and pencil screening, interviews, and background checks, each of which is used to different degrees…

  7. Organizing Substitute Teachers.

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    Vail, Kathleen

    2000-01-01

    Many substitute teachers are underpaid, undertrained, and "invisible" employees lacking health benefits and respect from regular colleagues. Grass-roots organizing efforts have improved working conditions for subs in two Florida and California districts. Districts' improvement initiatives should be guided by concerns for student…

  8. The effects of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide surfactant on alumina modified zinc oxides

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    Gac, Wojciech; Zawadzki, Witold; Słowik, Grzegorz; Pawlonka, Justyna; Machocki, Andrzej; Lipke, Agnieszka; Majdan, Marek

    2016-06-15

    Highlights: • Synthesis of novel ZnO−Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxides in the presence of CTAB surfactant. • Determination of the structural, surface and optical properties. • Nanocrystalline, high-surface area ZnO−Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxides. • ZnO-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} materials of different gap energy. - Abstract: Novel alumina modified zinc oxide materials were prepared by co-precipitation method in the presence of different amounts of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant. X-ray diffraction, {sup 27}Al magic-angle spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy studies evidenced formation of 10–15 nm zinc oxide nanoparticles in the presence of the small amounts of surfactant. Amorphous alumina and zinc aluminate phases of different coordination environment of Al sites were identified. An increase of surfactant concentration led to the elongation of nanoparticles and changes of the nature of hydroxyl groups. Precipitation in the high CTAB concentration conditions facilitated formation of mesoporous materials of high specific surface area. The materials were composed of very small (2–3 nm) zinc aluminate spinel nanoparticles. High concentration of CTAB induced widening of band gap energy.

  9. Mechanically Driven Grain Boundary Relaxation: A Mechanism for Cyclic Hardening in Nanocrystalline Ni

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    2012-01-01

    nanocrystalline metals by dissipating energy and reducing the average atomic energy of the system, leading to higher strengths. The GB processes that...can relax the non-equilibrium grain boundary (GB) structures of nanocrystalline metals by dissipating energy and reducing the average atomic energy...simulations are used to show that cyclic mechanical loading can relax the non-equilibrium grain boundary (GB) structures of nanocrystalline metals by

  10. Method to produce nanocrystalline powders of oxide-based phosphors for lighting applications

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    Loureiro, Sergio Paulo Martins; Setlur, Anant Achyut; Williams, Darryl Stephen; Manoharan, Mohan; Srivastava, Alok Mani

    2007-12-25

    Some embodiments of the present invention are directed toward nanocrystalline oxide-based phosphor materials, and methods for making same. Typically, such methods comprise a steric entrapment route for converting precursors into such phosphor material. In some embodiments, the nanocrystalline oxide-based phosphor materials are quantum splitting phosphors. In some or other embodiments, such nanocrystalline oxide based phosphor materials provide reduced scattering, leading to greater efficiency, when used in lighting applications.

  11. Methods for preparation of nanocrystalline rare earth phosphates for lighting applications

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    Comanzo, Holly Ann; Manoharan, Mohan; Martins Loureiro, Sergio Paulo; Setlur, Anant Achyut; Srivastava, Alok Mani

    2013-04-16

    Disclosed here are methods for the preparation of optionally activated nanocrystalline rare earth phosphates. The optionally activated nanocrystalline rare earth phosphates may be used as one or more of quantum-splitting phosphor, visible-light emitting phosphor, vacuum-UV absorbing phosphor, and UV-emitting phosphor. Also disclosed herein are discharge lamps comprising the optionally activated nanocrystalline rare earth phosphates provided by these methods.

  12. Elastic Properties of Zinc Ferrite and Aluminate Spinels

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    Reichmann, H. J.; Jacobsen, S. D.

    2004-12-01

    Spinels are important ternary oxides of Earth's crust and upper mantle, and silicate spinel (ringwoodite) is the stable high-pressure phase of Mg2SiO4 in Earth's lower transition zone. The zinc ferrite spinel, franklinite (ZnFe2O4 ) exhibits ferrimagnetism at room pressure. Here we report the effects of iron-aluminium substitution on the single-crystal elastic properties of the zinc ferrite spinel (franklinite) and zinc aluminate spinel, gahnite (ZnAL2O4)using gigahertz ultrasonic interferometry. We studied natural franklinite from New Jersey and gahnite from North Carolina with measured cell parameters of 8.4456(6) Å and 8.0985(2) Å, respectively. The adiabatic bulk modulus KS0 (Voigt-Reuss-Hill average) of these two spinels is 179(6) GPa for franklinite and 209(5) GPa for gahnite. The shear modulus of the zinc spinels increases dramatically upon substitution of Al for Fe, with G = 65(3) GPa for franklinite and G = 102(3) GPa gahnite. The elastic moduli of franklinite are comparable to those of the magnetite, which we measured to be KS0 = 186(3) GPa and G = 60(3) GPa. In an earlier study, we reported the negative pressure dependence of C44 and G for magnetite. High-pressure shear-wave measurements are currently underway with franklinite and gahnite in order to determine whether or not pressure-induced shear-mode softening is common also to the zinc spinels.

  13. Acute changes in cellular zinc alters zinc uptake rates prior to zinc transporter gene expression in Jurkat cells.

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    Holland, Tai C; Killilea, David W; Shenvi, Swapna V; King, Janet C

    2015-12-01

    A coordinated network of zinc transporters and binding proteins tightly regulate cellular zinc levels. Canonical responses to zinc availability are thought to be mediated by changes in gene expression of key zinc transporters. We investigated the temporal relationships of actual zinc uptake with patterns of gene expression in membrane-bound zinc transporters in the human immortalized T lymphocyte Jurkat cell line. Cellular zinc levels were elevated or reduced with exogenous zinc sulfate or N,N,N',N-tetrakis(2-pyridylmethyl)ethylenediamine (TPEN), respectively. Excess zinc resulted in a rapid 44 % decrease in the rate of zinc uptake within 10 min. After 120 min, the expression of metallothionein (positive control) increased, as well as the zinc exporter, ZnT1; however, the expression of zinc importers did not change during this time period. Zinc chelation with TPEN resulted in a rapid twofold increase in the rate of zinc uptake within 10 min. After 120 min, the expression of ZnT1 decreased, while again the expression of zinc importers did not change. Overall, zinc transporter gene expression kinetics did not match actual changes in cellular zinc uptake with exogenous zinc or TPEN treatments. This suggests zinc transporter regulation may be the initial response to changes in zinc within Jurkat cells.

  14. Extreme creep resistance in a microstructurally stable nanocrystalline alloy

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    Darling, K. A.; Rajagopalan, M.; Komarasamy, M.; Bhatia, M. A.; Hornbuckle, B. C.; Mishra, R. S.; Solanki, K. N.

    2016-09-01

    Nanocrystalline metals, with a mean grain size of less than 100 nanometres, have greater room-temperature strength than their coarse-grained equivalents, in part owing to a large reduction in grain size. However, this high strength generally comes with substantial losses in other mechanical properties, such as creep resistance, which limits their practical utility; for example, creep rates in nanocrystalline copper are about four orders of magnitude higher than those in typical coarse-grained copper. The degradation of creep resistance in nanocrystalline materials is in part due to an increase in the volume fraction of grain boundaries, which lack long-range crystalline order and lead to processes such as diffusional creep, sliding and rotation. Here we show that nanocrystalline copper-tantalum alloys possess an unprecedented combination of properties: high strength combined with extremely high-temperature creep resistance, while maintaining mechanical and thermal stability. Precursory work on this family of immiscible alloys has previously highlighted their thermo-mechanical stability and strength, which has motivated their study under more extreme conditions, such as creep. We find a steady-state creep rate of less than 10-6 per second—six to eight orders of magnitude lower than most nanocrystalline metals—at various temperatures between 0.5 and 0.64 times the melting temperature of the matrix (1,356 kelvin) under an applied stress ranging from 0.85 per cent to 1.2 per cent of the shear modulus. The unusual combination of properties in our nanocrystalline alloy is achieved via a processing route that creates distinct nanoclusters of atoms that pin grain boundaries within the alloy. This pinning improves the kinetic stability of the grains by increasing the energy barrier for grain-boundary sliding and rotation and by inhibiting grain coarsening, under extremely long-term creep conditions. Our processing approach should enable the development of

  15. Extreme creep resistance in a microstructurally stable nanocrystalline alloy.

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    Darling, K A; Rajagopalan, M; Komarasamy, M; Bhatia, M A; Hornbuckle, B C; Mishra, R S; Solanki, K N

    2016-09-15

    Nanocrystalline metals, with a mean grain size of less than 100 nanometres, have greater room-temperature strength than their coarse-grained equivalents, in part owing to a large reduction in grain size. However, this high strength generally comes with substantial losses in other mechanical properties, such as creep resistance, which limits their practical utility; for example, creep rates in nanocrystalline copper are about four orders of magnitude higher than those in typical coarse-grained copper. The degradation of creep resistance in nanocrystalline materials is in part due to an increase in the volume fraction of grain boundaries, which lack long-range crystalline order and lead to processes such as diffusional creep, sliding and rotation. Here we show that nanocrystalline copper-tantalum alloys possess an unprecedented combination of properties: high strength combined with extremely high-temperature creep resistance, while maintaining mechanical and thermal stability. Precursory work on this family of immiscible alloys has previously highlighted their thermo-mechanical stability and strength, which has motivated their study under more extreme conditions, such as creep. We find a steady-state creep rate of less than 10(-6) per second-six to eight orders of magnitude lower than most nanocrystalline metals-at various temperatures between 0.5 and 0.64 times the melting temperature of the matrix (1,356 kelvin) under an applied stress ranging from 0.85 per cent to 1.2 per cent of the shear modulus. The unusual combination of properties in our nanocrystalline alloy is achieved via a processing route that creates distinct nanoclusters of atoms that pin grain boundaries within the alloy. This pinning improves the kinetic stability of the grains by increasing the energy barrier for grain-boundary sliding and rotation and by inhibiting grain coarsening, under extremely long-term creep conditions. Our processing approach should enable the development of

  16. Quantification of Grain Boundary Mediated Plasticity Mechanisms in Nanocrystalline Metals

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    Panzarino, Jason F.

    Nanocrystalline metals have been a topic of great discussion over recent years due to their exceptional strengths and novel grain boundary-mediated deformation mechanisms. Their microstructures are known to evolve through dynamic processes such as grain boundary migration and grain rotation, but how the collective interaction of these mechanisms alter the microstructure on a larger scale is not completely understood. In this thesis, we present coupled atomistic modeling and experimental tasks that aim to understand how the grain structure, grain boundaries, and associated grain boundary network change during nanocrystalline plasticity. Due to the complex three-dimensional nature of these mechanisms and the limited spatial and temporal resolution of current in-situ experimental techniques, we turn to atomistic modeling to help understand the dynamics by which these mechanisms unfold. In order to provide a quantitative analysis of this behavior, we develop a tool which fully characterizes nanocrystalline microstructures in atomistic models and subsequently tracks their evolution during molecular dynamics simulations. We then use this algorithm to quantitatively track grain structure and boundary network evolution in plastically deformed nanocrystalline Al, finding that higher testing temperature and smaller average grain size results in increased evolution of grain structure with evidence of larger scale changes to the grain boundary network also taking place. This prompts us to extend our analysis technique to include full characterization of grain boundary networks and rigorous topographical feature identification. We then employ this tool on simulations of Al subject to monotonic tension, cycling loading, and simple annealing, and find that each case results in different evolution of the grain boundary network. Finally, our computational work is complemented synergistically by experimental analyses which track surface microstructure evolution during sliding wear

  17. Metal and DNA binding properties of a two-domain fragment of neural zinc finger factor 1, a CCHC-type zinc binding protein.

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    Berkovits, H J; Berg, J M

    1999-12-21

    Neural zinc finger factor 1 (NZF-1) is a member of a family of neural-specific transcription factors that contain multiple copies of a relatively uncharacterized zinc binding motif. We have studied the metal binding and DNA binding properties of a fragment of NZF-1 containing two adjacent zinc binding domains. Partial proteolysis with endoproteinase Lys-C identified metal-stabilized fragments containing either one or both of the zinc binding domains. Both domains were required for specific DNA binding to the beta-retinoic acid receptor element, producing a DNase I footprint covering predominantly one strand. The metal binding site was probed via cobalt(II) substitution. The visible absorption spectrum of the cobalt(II) complex is consistent with Cys-Cys-His-Cys coordination of the metal. The two domains appear to have similar affinities for metal and bind cobalt(II) and zinc(II) with dissociation constants of 4 (+/- 2) x 10(-)(7) M and 1.4 (+/- 0.8) x 10(-)(10) M, respectively. The domains fold upon the addition of zinc, as observed by (1)H NMR. However, an additional weak binding site causes line broadening in the presence of excess zinc, presumably due to aggregation.

  18. Characterization of High-Energy Ball-Milled and Hot-Pressed Nanocrystalline Tantalum

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    Jakubowicz, J.; Adamek, G.; Sopata, M.

    2017-06-01

    The paper shows a comparison of nanocrystalline and microcrystalline tantalum sinters. The nanocrystalline tantalum was made using high-energy ball milling. The sinters were made using hot pressing with high frequency induction heating. The structure and microstructure of the powders and sinters were investigated. After 48 hour milling, the microcrystalline tantalum transformed into nanocrystalline powder. The hot pressing resulted in a formation of bulk tantalum with ultrafine grains and hardness as high as 1067 HV. The nanostructure supports the densification process at lower sintering temperature in comparison to microcrystalline tantalum. The average crystallite size in nanocrystalline bulk materials reached 170 nm.

  19. Zinc Absorption from Biofortified Maize Meets the Requirements of Young Rural Zambian Children12

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    Chomba, Elwyn; Westcott, Claire M; Westcott, Jamie E; Mpabalwani, Evans M; Krebs, Nancy F; Patinkin, Zachary W; Palacios, Natalia; Hambidge, K Michael

    2015-01-01

    Background: The zinc content of maize, a major global food staple, is generally insufficient alone to meet the requirements of young children. Objectives: The primary objective of this study was to determine whether substitution of biofortified maize (34 μg zinc/g grain) for control maize (21 μg zinc/g) was adequate to meet zinc physiologic requirements in young children for whom maize was the major food staple. A secondary objective was to compare total daily zinc absorption when maize flour was fortified with zinc oxide to a total concentration of 60 μg zinc/g. Methods: Participants included 60 rural Zambian children with a mean age of 29 mo who were randomly assigned to receive 1 of 3 maize types (control, biofortified, or fortified) all of which were readily consumed (>100 g on 1 d). Total daily zinc intake (from maize and low-zinc relish) was determined from duplicate diet collections. Multiplication by fractional absorption of zinc, measured by a dual isotope ratio technique, determined the total daily zinc absorption on the day the test meals were given. Results: The mean ± SD total daily zinc intake (milligrams per day) from the biofortified maize (5.0 ± 2.2) was higher (P < 0.0001) than for the control maize (2.3 ± 0.9). Intake of zinc from the fortified maize (6.3 ± 2.6) did not differ from the biofortified maize. Fractional absorption of zinc from control maize (0.28 ± 0.10) did not differ from the biofortified maize (0.22 ± 0.06). Total daily absorption of zinc (milligrams per day) from the biofortified maize (1.1 ± 0.5) was higher (P = 0.0001) than for the control maize (0.6 ± 0.2), but did not differ from the fortified maize (1.2 ± 0.4). Conclusions: These results indicate that feeding biofortified maize can meet zinc requirements and provide an effective dietary alternative to regular maize for this vulnerable population. This trial was registered at clinicaltrials.gov as NCT02208635. PMID:25733467

  20. Zinc absorption from biofortified maize meets the requirements of young rural Zambian children.

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    Chomba, Elwyn; Westcott, Claire M; Westcott, Jamie E; Mpabalwani, Evans M; Krebs, Nancy F; Patinkin, Zachary W; Palacios, Natalia; Hambidge, K Michael

    2015-03-01

    The zinc content of maize, a major global food staple, is generally insufficient alone to meet the requirements of young children. The primary objective of this study was to determine whether substitution of biofortified maize (34 μg zinc/g grain) for control maize (21 μg zinc/g) was adequate to meet zinc physiologic requirements in young children for whom maize was the major food staple. A secondary objective was to compare total daily zinc absorption when maize flour was fortified with zinc oxide to a total concentration of 60 μg zinc/g. Participants included 60 rural Zambian children with a mean age of 29 mo who were randomly assigned to receive 1 of 3 maize types (control, biofortified, or fortified) all of which were readily consumed (>100 g on 1 d). Total daily zinc intake (from maize and low-zinc relish) was determined from duplicate diet collections. Multiplication by fractional absorption of zinc, measured by a dual isotope ratio technique, determined the total daily zinc absorption on the day the test meals were given. The mean ± SD total daily zinc intake (milligrams per day) from the biofortified maize (5.0 ± 2.2) was higher (P < 0.0001) than for the control maize (2.3 ± 0.9). Intake of zinc from the fortified maize (6.3 ± 2.6) did not differ from the biofortified maize. Fractional absorption of zinc from control maize (0.28 ± 0.10) did not differ from the biofortified maize (0.22 ± 0.06). Total daily absorption of zinc (milligrams per day) from the biofortified maize (1.1 ± 0.5) was higher (P = 0.0001) than for the control maize (0.6 ± 0.2), but did not differ from the fortified maize (1.2 ± 0.4). These results indicate that feeding biofortified maize can meet zinc requirements and provide an effective dietary alternative to regular maize for this vulnerable population. This trial was registered at clinicaltrials.gov as NCT02208635. © 2015 American Society for Nutrition.

  1. Dimerization of Human Growth Hormone by Zinc

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    Cunningham, Brian C.; Mulkerrin, Michael G.; Wells, James A.

    1991-08-01

    Size-exclusion chromatography and sedimentation equilibrium studies demonstrated that zinc ion (Zn2+) induced the dimerization of human growth hormone (hGH). Scatchard analysis of 65Zn2+ binding to hGH showed that two Zn2+ ions associate per dimer of hGH in a cooperative fashion. Cobalt (II) can substitute for Zn2+ in the hormone dimer and gives a visible spectrum characteristic of cobalt coordinated in a tetrahedral fashion by oxygen- and nitrogen-containing ligands. Replacement of potential Zn2+ ligands (His18, His21, and Glu174) in hGH with alanine weakened both Zn2+ binding and hGH dimer formation. The Zn2+-hGH dimer was more stable than monomeric hGH to denaturation in guanidine-HCl. Formation of a Zn2+-hGH dimeric complex may be important for storage of hGH in secretory granules.

  2. Interaction Between Yeasts and Zinc

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    Nicola, Raffaele De; Walker, Graeme

    Zinc is an essential trace element in biological systems. For example, it acts as a cellular membrane stabiliser, plays a critical role in gene expression and genome modification and activates nearly 300 enzymes, including alcohol dehydrogenase. The present chapter will be focused on the influence of zinc on cell physiology of industrial yeast strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, with special regard to the uptake and subsequent utilisation of this metal. Zinc uptake by yeast is metabolism-dependent, with most of the available zinc translocated very quickly into the vacuole. At cell division, zinc is distributed from mother to daughter cells and this effectively lowers the individual cellular zinc concentration, which may become zinc depleted at the onset of the fermentation. Zinc influences yeast fermentative performance and examples will be provided relating to brewing and wine fermentations. Industrial yeasts are subjected to several stresses that may impair fermentation performance. Such stresses may also impact on yeast cell zinc homeostasis. This chapter will discuss the practical implications for the correct management of zinc bioavailability for yeast-based biotechnologies aimed at improving yeast growth, viability, fermentation performance and resistance to environmental stresses

  3. Room Temperature Antiferromagnetic Ordering of Nanocrystalline Tb1.90Ni0.10O3

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    Mandal, J.; Dalal, M.; Sarkar, B. J.; Chakrabarti, P. K.

    2017-02-01

    Nanocrystalline Ni-doped terbium oxide (Tb1.90Ni0.10O3) has been synthesized by the co-precipitation method followed by annealing at 700°C for 6 h in vacuum. The crystallographic phase and the substitution of Ni2+ ions in the lattice of Tb2O3 are confirmed by Rietveld analysis of the x-ray diffraction pattern using the software MAUD. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy is also carried out to study the morphology of the sample. Magnetic measurements are carried out at different temperatures from 5 K to 300 K using a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer. The dependence of the magnetization of Tb1.90Ni0.10O3 as a function of temperature ( M- T) and magnetic field ( M- H) suggests the presence of both paramagnetic and antiferromagnetic phase at room temperature, but antiferromagnetic phase dominates below ˜120 K. The lack of saturation in the M- H curve and good fitting of the M- T curve by the Johnston formula also indicate the presence of both paramagnetic and antiferromagnetic phase at room temperature. Interestingly, an antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition is observed below ˜40 K. The result also shows a high value of magnetization at 5 K.

  4. The use of a bioresorbable nano-crystalline hydroxyapatite paste in acetabular bone impaction grafting.

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    Chris Arts, J J; Verdonschot, Nico; Schreurs, Berend W; Buma, Pieter

    2006-03-01

    Calcium phosphates such as TCP-HA granules are considered promising bone graft substitutes. In the future, they may completely replace allograft bone for impaction grafting procedures. Mechanically, acetabular reconstructions with TCP-HA granules show high stability, however this is partly caused by excessive cement penetration, which is unfavourable from a biological perspective. It has been hypothesised that mixtures of morselised cancellous bone grafts (MCB) and/or TCP-HA granules with a nano-crystalline hydroxyapatite paste (Ostim) may reduce cement penetration while maintaining adequate implant stability and biocompatibility of the graft mixture. To investigate this hypothesis, destructive lever-out tests and in vivo animal test were performed with various combinations of materials. Mechanically, the addition of 10% Ostim to mixtures of MCB and/or TCP-HA granules reduced cement penetration and resulted in a mechanical stability comparable to pure allograft (the current gold standard). Biologically, the application of Ostim with MCB or TCP-HA granules did not hamper the biocompatibility of the materials. Ostim was mostly osseous-integrated with MCB or TCP-HA granules after 8 weeks. Also, non-osseous-integrated Ostim remnants were observed. In tartrate resistant acid phosphatase stained sections, these few non-osseous integrated Ostim remnants were actively being resorbed by osteoclasts. In conclusion, Ostim HA-paste could be a valuable addition when TCP-HA ceramic granules are being used for acetabular bone impaction grafting procedures.

  5. Infrared, Raman and NMR investigations of risedronate adsorption on nanocrystalline apatites.

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    Errassifi, F; Sarda, S; Barroug, A; Legrouri, A; Sfihi, H; Rey, C

    2014-04-15

    The aim of the current work was to study the physico-chemical interactions of a bisphosphonate molecule, risedronate, with a well-characterised synthetic nanocrystalline apatite (NCA) as a model bone mineral. We adopted a global approach, using complementary physico-chemical techniques such as FTIR, RAMAN and NMR spectroscopies in order to learn more about the interaction process of risedronate with the apatitic surface. The results obtained suggest that risedronate adsorption corresponds to an ion substitution reaction with phosphate ions occurring at the crystal surface. This mechanism explains the greater amount adsorbed (N) for NCA, compared to well crystallised stoichiometric hydroxyapatite, attributable to the well-developed hydrated layer at the surface of the nanocrystals. However, most calcium ions remain attached to the solid phase and the formation of insoluble risedronate calcium salts must also be considered as a competitive reaction to the adsorption. Thus a calcium risedronate salt was synthesised and fully characterised for comparison to the solids after adsorption. Following spectroscopic results, it can be concluded that a strong interaction was established between risedronate ions and calcium ions at the apatitic surface. However, under these experimental conditions there is no nucleation of a distinct calcium risedronate salt and the apatite crystals retain their integrity.

  6. Experimental phasing using zinc anomalous scattering

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    Cha, Sun-Shin; An, Young Jun; Jeong, Chang-Sook; Kim, Min-Kyu; Lee, Sung-Gyu; Lee, Kwang-Hoon; Oh, Byung-Ha

    2012-09-01

    The surface of proteins can be charged with zinc ions and the anomalous signals from these zinc ions can be used for structure determination of proteins. Zinc is a suitable metal for anomalous dispersion phasing methods in protein crystallography. Structure determination using zinc anomalous scattering has been almost exclusively limited to proteins with intrinsically bound zinc(s). Here, it is reported that multiple zinc ions can easily be charged onto the surface of proteins with no intrinsic zinc-binding site by using zinc-containing solutions. Zn derivatization of protein surfaces appears to be a largely unnoticed but promising method of protein structure determination.

  7. Zinc hydroxide sulphate and its transformation to crystalline zinc oxide.

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    Moezzi, Amir; Cortie, Michael B; McDonagh, Andrew M

    2013-10-28

    The thermal transformation of zinc hydroxide sulphate hydrate to zinc oxide has been examined using synchrotron X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy, and surface area measurements. By collecting X-ray diffraction data in situ, we found that the dehydration of zinc hydroxide sulphate pentahydrate proceeded in discrete steps to form anhydrous zinc hydroxide sulphate. This compound then decomposed to a mixture of zinc oxide and a compound tentatively identified as Zn3(OH)2(SO4)2 at ~235 °C. At ~360 °C, the final dehydroxylation occurred with the formation of zinc oxy-sulphate, Zn3O(SO4)2, which then decomposed to ZnO at about ~800 °C. Interruption of the dehydration process can be used to synthesize the intermediate compounds.

  8. Zinc homeostasis and neurodegenerative disorders

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    Szewczyk, Bernadeta

    2013-01-01

    Zinc is an essential trace element, whose importance to the function of the central nervous system (CNS) is increasingly being appreciated. Alterations in zinc dyshomeostasis has been suggested as a key factor in the development of several neuropsychiatric disorders. In the CNS, zinc occurs in two forms: the first being tightly bound to proteins and, secondly, the free, cytoplasmic, or extracellular form found in presynaptic vesicles. Under normal conditions, zinc released from the synaptic vesicles modulates both ionotropic and metabotropic post-synaptic receptors. While under clinical conditions such as traumatic brain injury, stroke or epilepsy, the excess influx of zinc into neurons has been found to result in neurotoxicity and damage to postsynaptic neurons. On the other hand, a growing body of evidence suggests that a deficiency, rather than an excess, of zinc leads to an increased risk for the development of neurological disorders. Indeed, zinc deficiency has been shown to affect neurogenesis and increase neuronal apoptosis, which can lead to learning and memory deficits. Altered zinc homeostasis is also suggested as a risk factor for depression, Alzheimer's disease (AD), aging, and other neurodegenerative disorders. Under normal CNS physiology, homeostatic controls are put in place to avoid the accumulation of excess zinc or its deficiency. This cellular zinc homeostasis results from the actions of a coordinated regulation effected by different proteins involved in the uptake, excretion and intracellular storage/trafficking of zinc. These proteins include membranous transporters (ZnT and Zip) and metallothioneins (MT) which control intracellular zinc levels. Interestingly, alterations in ZnT and MT have been recently reported in both aging and AD. This paper provides an overview of both clinical and experimental evidence that implicates a dysfunction in zinc homeostasis in the pathophysiology of depression, AD, and aging. PMID:23882214

  9. Compound Heterozygous Mutations in SLC30A2/ZnT2 Results in Low Milk Zinc Concentrations: A Novel Mechanism for Zinc Deficiency in a Breast-Fed Infant

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    Itsumura, Naoya; Inamo, Yasuji; Okazaki, Fumiko; Teranishi, Fumie; Narita, Hiroshi; Kambe, Taiho; Kodama, Hiroko

    2013-01-01

    Zinc concentrations in breast milk are considerably higher than those of the maternal serum, to meet the infant's requirements for normal growth and development. Thus, effective mechanisms ensuring secretion of large amounts of zinc into the milk operate in mammary epithelial cells during lactation. ZnT2 was recently found to play an essential role in the secretion of zinc into milk. Heterozygous mutations of human ZnT2 (hZnT2), including H54R and G87R, in mothers result in low (>75% reduction) secretion of zinc into the breast milk, and infants fed on the milk develop transient neonatal zinc deficiency. We identified two novel missense mutations in the SLC30A2/ZnT2 gene in a Japanese mother with low milk zinc concentrations (>90% reduction) whose infant developed severe zinc deficiency; a T to C transition (c.454T>C) at exon 4, which substitutes a tryptophan residue with an arginine residue (W152R), and a C to T transition (c.887C>T) at exon 7, which substitutes a serine residue with a leucine residue (S296L). Biochemical characterization using zinc-sensitive DT40 cells indicated that the W152R mutation abolished the abilities to transport zinc and to form a dimer complex, indicating a loss-of-function mutation. The S296L mutation retained both abilities but was extremely destabilized. The two mutations were found on different alleles, indicating that the genotype of the mother with low milk zinc was compound heterozygous. These results show novel compound heterozygous mutations in the SLC30A2/ZnT2 gene causing zinc deficiency in a breast-fed infant. PMID:23741301

  10. 21 CFR 73.1991 - Zinc oxide.

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    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Zinc oxide. 73.1991 Section 73.1991 Food and Drugs... ADDITIVES EXEMPT FROM CERTIFICATION Drugs § 73.1991 Zinc oxide. (a) Identity. (1) The color additive zinc... indirect process whereby zinc metal isolated from the zinc-containing ore is vaporized and then oxidized...

  11. 21 CFR 73.1991 - Zinc oxide.

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    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Zinc oxide. 73.1991 Section 73.1991 Food and Drugs... ADDITIVES EXEMPT FROM CERTIFICATION Drugs § 73.1991 Zinc oxide. (a) Identity. (1) The color additive zinc... indirect process whereby zinc metal isolated from the zinc-containing ore is vaporized and then oxidized...

  12. 21 CFR 73.1991 - Zinc oxide.

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    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Zinc oxide. 73.1991 Section 73.1991 Food and Drugs... ADDITIVES EXEMPT FROM CERTIFICATION Drugs § 73.1991 Zinc oxide. (a) Identity. (1) The color additive zinc... indirect process whereby zinc metal isolated from the zinc-containing ore is vaporized and then oxidized...

  13. Effect of Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite Socket Preservation on Orthodontically Induced Inflammatory Root Resorption

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    Seifi, Massoud; Arayesh, Ali; Shamloo, Nafise; Hamedi, Roya

    2015-01-01

    Objective Orthodontically induced inflammatory root resorption (OIIRR) is considered to be an important sequel associated with orthodontic tooth movement (OTM). OTM after Socket preservation enhances the periodontal condition before orthodontic space closure. The purpose of this study is to investigate the histologic effects of NanoBone®, a new highly nonsintered porous nano-crystalline hydroxyapatite bone on root resorption following OTM. Materials and Methods This experimental study was conducted on four male dogs. In each dog, four defects were created at the mesial aspects of the maxillary and mandibular first premolars. The defects were filled with NanoBone®. We used the NiTi closed coil for mesial movement of the first premolar tooth. When the experimental teeth moved approximately halfway into the defects, after two months, the animals were sacrificed and we harvested the area of interest. The first premolar root and adjacent tissues were histologically evaluated. The three-way ANOVA statistical test was used for comparison. Results The mean root resorption in the synthetic bone substitute group was 22.87 ± 11.25×10-4mm2 in the maxilla and 21.41 ± 11.25×10-4mm2 in the mandible. Statistically, there was no significant difference compared to the control group (p>0.05). Conclusion The use of a substitution graft in the nano particle has some positive effects in accessing healthy periodontal tissue following orthodontic procedures without significant influence on root resorption (RR). Histological evaluation in the present study showed osteoblastic activity and remodeling environment of nanoparticles in NanoBone®. PMID:25685742

  14. Effect of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite socket preservation on orthodontically induced inflammatory root resorption.

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    Seifi, Massoud; Arayesh, Ali; Shamloo, Nafise; Hamedi, Roya

    2015-01-01

    Orthodontically induced inflammatory root resorption (OIIRR) is considered to be an important sequel associated with orthodontic tooth movement (OTM). OTM after Socket preservation enhances the periodontal condition before orthodontic space closure. The purpose of this study is to investigate the histologic effects of NanoBone®, a new highly nonsintered porous nano-crystalline hydroxyapatite bone on root resorption following OTM. This experimental study was conducted on four male dogs. In each dog, four defects were created at the mesial aspects of the maxillary and mandibular first premolars. The defects were filled with NanoBone®. We used the NiTi closed coil for mesial movement of the first premolar tooth. When the experimental teeth moved approximately halfway into the defects, after two months, the animals were sacrificed and we harvested the area of interest. The first premolar root and adjacent tissues were histologically evaluated. The three-way ANOVA statistical test was used for comparison. The mean root resorption in the synthetic bone substitute group was 22.87 ± 11.25×10(-4)mm(2) in the maxilla and 21.41 ± 11.25×10(-4)mm(2) in the mandible. Statistically, there was no significant difference compared to the control group (p>0.05). The use of a substitution graft in the nano particle has some positive effects in accessing healthy periodontal tissue following orthodontic procedures without significant influence on root resorption (RR). Histological evaluation in the present study showed osteoblastic activity and remodeling environment of nanoparticles in NanoBone®.

  15. Structural and electrical studies of sol-gel synthesized nanocrystalline hexagonal yttrium iron manganite ceramics

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    Touthang, Jangkhohao; Maisnam, Mamata

    2017-03-01

    Hexagonal yttrium manganites, YMnO3, are interesting materials for their multiferroic behavior. Substituting suitable cations either at the Y-site or Mn-site offers great opportunities to produce a variety of manganites and tune their properties. Nanocrystalline yttrium iron manganites with the compositional formula Y1‑xFexMnO3, x = 0.0, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20 and 0.25, were synthesized by sol-gel autocombustion method. The prepared samples were heated at 1100∘C for 1 h. Another set of samples with compositional formula YFexMn1‑xO3, x = 0.0, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20 and 0.25, were also synthesized by the same method and heated at 1100∘C for 1 h. Various characterizations were done on these manganite systems synthesized by substituting iron at different sites. X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique studied the structure of the samples and analysis of XRD patterns confirmed the formation of hexagonal phase in the samples. Structural parameters such as lattice constants, crystallite size, theoretical density, etc. were determined using the XRD data. The unit cell dimensions have been found to agree with the standard data and the Debye-Scherrer crystallite size obtained from XRD data ranges from 42 nm to 77 nm. The room temperature frequency variations of electrical properties such as dielectric constant, dielectric loss and AC conductivity were measured in the range of 100 Hz-2 MHz and the variations showed a dispersive behavior for all the samples. The various measurements and the results obtained were studied and discussed in the paper.

  16. Investigation of Zinc bis(1,4-didecylbenzo)-bis(2,3-pyrido) Porphyrazine for Application as Photosensitizer in Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer

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    Sakamoto, Keiichi; Ohno-Okumura, Eiko; Kato, Taku; Watanabe, Masaki; Cook, Michael J.

    2008-01-01

    The phthalocyanine analogue containing nonperipheral long alkyl-substituted benzenoid rings and pyridine rings, zinc bis(1,4-didecylbenzo)-bis(2,3-pyrido) porphyrazine, was synthesized. Zinc bis(1,4-didecylbenzo)-bis(2,3-pyrido) porphyrazine reacted with dimethyl sulfate and monochloroacetic acid to produce their quaternized products and diethyl sulfate to produce the sulfo-substituted products. All quaternized and sulfo-substituted showed amphiphilic character. Identical peaks in cyclic voltammograms appeared for these products before and after quaternization. During the evaluation of zinc bis(1,4-didecylbenzo)-bis(2,3-pyrido) porphyrazine for its photodynamic therapy of cancer (PDT) efficacy by cancer cell culture, the light exposed dimethyl sulfate quaternized zinc bis(1,4-didecylbenzo)-bis(2,3-pyrido) porphyrazines in IU-002 cells produce cell disruption that can be detected as a decrease in fluorescence. PMID:18350121

  17. Anticorrosion Coatings Based on Zinc Phosphate and Zinc Molybdate Nanoparticles

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    Jalilov, Almaz S.; Marella, Pooja; Claverie, Jerome P.

    Zinc phosphate, and zinc molybdate nanoparticles were prepared from inverse microemulsions of inorganic salts stabilized by a mixture of nonionic and ionic surfactants in cyclohexane. The optimal ratios of surfactants to inorganic salts were found experimentally. The resulting nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. These nanoparticles were then mixed to epoxy formulations, which were applied to steel coupons. After accelerated aging, the electrochemical characteristics of the corrosion were analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The nanoparticles increase the corrosion resistance of the coating, indicating that the use of zinc phosphate and zinc molybdate nanoparticles offer a promising route for the mitigation of steel corrosion.

  18. Construction, application and biosafety of silver nanocrystalline chitosan wound dressing.

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    Lu, Shuangyun; Gao, Wenjuan; Gu, Hai Ying

    2008-08-01

    A novel wound dressing composed of nano-silver and chitosan was fabricated using a nanometer and self-assembly technology. Sterility and pyrogen testing assessed biosafety, and efficacy was evaluated using Sprague-Dawley rats with deep partial-thickness wounds. Silver sulfadiazine and chitosan film dressings were used as controls. At intervals wound areas were measured, wound tissues biopsied and blood samples taken. Compared with the controls, the silver nanocrystalline chitosan dressing significantly (p<0.01) increased the rate of wound healing and was associated with silver levels in blood and tissues lower than levels associated with the silver sulfadiazine dressing (p<0.01). Sterility and pyrogen tests of the silver nanocrystalline chitosan dressing were negative. Thus this dressing should have wide application in clinical settings.

  19. High Pressure X-Ray Diffraction Studies on Nanocrystalline Materials

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    Palosz, B.; Stelmakh, S.; Grzanka, E.; Gierlotka, S.; Pielaszek, R.; Bismayer, U.; Werner, S.; Palosz, W.

    2003-01-01

    Application of in situ high pressure powder diffraction technique for examination of specific structural properties of nanocrystals based on the experimental data of SiC nanocrystalline powders of 2 to 30 nrn diameter in diameter is presented. Limitations and capabilities of the experimental techniques themselves and methods of diffraction data elaboration applied to nanocrystals with very small dimensions (< 30 nm) are discussed. It is shown that due to the complex structure, constituting a two-phase, core/surface shell system, no unique lattice parameter value and, consequently, no unique compressibility coefficient can satisfactorily describe the behavior of nanocrystalline powders under pressure. We offer a tentative interpretation of the distribution of macro- and micro-strains in nanoparticles of different grain size.

  20. Ferroelectric Polarization in Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite Thin Films on Silicon

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    Lang, S. B.; Tofail, S. A. M.; Kholkin, A. L.; Wojtaś, M.; Gregor, M.; Gandhi, A. A.; Wang, Y.; Bauer, S.; Krause, M.; Plecenik, A.

    2013-01-01

    Hydroxyapatite nanocrystals in natural form are a major component of bone- a known piezoelectric material. Synthetic hydroxyapatite is widely used in bone grafts and prosthetic pyroelectric coatings as it binds strongly with natural bone. Nanocrystalline synthetic hydroxyapatite films have recently been found to exhibit strong piezoelectricity and pyroelectricity. While a spontaneous polarization in hydroxyapatite has been predicted since 2005, the reversibility of this polarization (i.e. ferroelectricity) requires experimental evidence. Here we use piezoresponse force microscopy to demonstrate that nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite indeed exhibits ferroelectricity: a reversal of polarization under an electrical field. This finding will strengthen investigations on the role of electrical polarization in biomineralization and bone-density related diseases. As hydroxyapatite is one of the most common biocompatible materials, our findings will also stimulate systematic exploration of lead and rare-metal free ferroelectric devices for potential applications in areas as diverse as in vivo and ex vivo energy harvesting, biosensing and electronics. PMID:23884324