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  1. Metastasising pilar tumour of scalp.

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    Batman, P A; Evans, H J

    1986-01-01

    A case of pilar tumour of the scalp, treated by local excision and radiotherapy, later metastasised to the neck. The variable histological growth patterns of the primary tumour and its metastases are described. It is concluded that the pilar tumour is a genuine neoplasm of the hair follicle that is occasionally capable of malignant behaviour. Images PMID:3734112

  2. Extensive and ulcerated malignant proliferating trichilemmal (pilar) tumour, arising from multiple, large, degenerated trichilemmal (pilar) cysts.

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    Morgado, Bruno; Agostini, Patrick; Rivero, António; Silva, Nuno

    2016-02-08

    We report a rare case of a 61-year-old homeless man with a 15-year history of multiple trichilemmal cysts that served as a forerunner for the emergence of a malignant proliferating pilar tumour. The patient presented multiple, large, purulent, ulcerated lesions ranging from 10 to 150 mm in diameter, covering most of the scalp, with large areas superimposed by extensive myiasis infestation. The patient presented with no other major clinical findings. A CT scan showed no detectable signs of local or distant metastatic invasion. Initial supportive treatment was implemented. Given the extent of the injury, further surgical excision was considered, which required transfer to a specialised surgical centre. This social case is of educational value, as it can raise clinician awareness about the ability of trichilemmal cysts to undergo malignant transformation. Additionally, it highlights the importance of adequate social assistance structures for patients in need. 2016 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  3. PREVALENCE AND FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH VITAMIN B12 DEFICIENCY IN ELDERLY FROM VIÇOSA/MG, BRASIL.

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    Oliveira Martinho, Karina; Luiz Araújo Tinôco, Adelson; Queiroz Ribeiro, Andréia

    2015-11-01

    La prevalencia de deficiencia nutricional de vitamina B12 aumenta con la edad y es especialmente común en la población mayor. El objetivo de este estudio consistió en determinar su prevalencia y los factores asociados a esta carencia en mayores no institucionalizados de Viçosa, Estado de Minas Gerais, Brasil. Métodos: estudio poblacional interseccional, realizado para identificar la prevalencia y los factores asociados a deficiencia de vitamina B12 entre la población de mayores en Viçosa (MG). Los datos fueron recopilados desde agosto de 2011 hasta junio de 2012 mediante una encuesta en los hogares y pruebas hematológicas y bioquímicas realizadas en 340 mayores. Resultados: la prevalencia de deficiencia de vitamina B12 en este grupo fue del 17,4% (95% CI, 13,4% - 21,4%). La deficiencia cognitiva se presenta como un factor importante relacionado con la deficiencia de vitamina B12. Conclusiones: el informe actual contribuye a los estudios que destacan ciertos factores que podrían afectar al rendimiento de las personas mayores en su proceso de envejecimiento natural, especialmente cuando estos factores están asociados con deficiencia cognitiva y dan lugar a una discapacidad significativa así como pérdida de calidad de vida. Así, los resultados aquí presentados han servido para aportar un conocimiento más comprensivo sobre la relación entre deficiencia de B12 y su impacto sobre este grupo de población. También han demostrado su relevancia de cara a la planificación de programas e iniciativas de salud pública centrados en este grupo de población.

  4. PILAR is a novel modulator of human T-cell expansion

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    Huarte, Eduardo; Cubillos-Ruiz, Juan R.; Nesbeth, Yolanda C.; Scarlett, Uciane K.; Martinez, Diana G.; Engle, Xavier A.; Rigby, William F.; Pioli, Patricia A.; Guyre, Paul M.

    2008-01-01

    Robust T-cell responses without autoimmunity are only possible through a fine balance between activating and inhibitory signals. We have identified a novel modulator of T-cell expansion named proliferation-induced lymphocyte-associated receptor (PILAR). Surface PILAR is markedly up-regulated on CD4 and, to a lesser extent, on CD8 T cells on T-cell receptor engagement. In absence of CD28 costimulation, PILAR signaling through CD161 supports CD3 antibody-dependent and antigen-specificT-cell proliferation by increasing the expression of antiapoptotic Bcl-xL and induces secretion of T helper type 1 cytokines. These effects are abrogated by PILAR blockade with specific antibodies, which decrease surface levels of CD28. In contrast, PILAR induces apoptotic death on naive and early activated T cells if CD161 engagement is blocked. PILAR is expressed by approximately 7% to 10% of CD4 T cells in 2 samples of inflammatory synovial fluid, suggesting a potential role in the pathogenesis of joint inflammation. In addition, in the ovarian cancer microenvironment, effector T cells express PILAR, but not CD161, although expression of both can be augmented ex vivo. Our results indicate that PILAR plays a central role in modulating the extent of T-cell expansion. Manipulation of PILAR signaling may be important for treatment of autoimmune diseases and cancer. PMID:18550855

  5. Women's Exile and Transatlantic Epistolary Ties in the Work of Pilar de Zubiaurre

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    Gonzalez-Allende, Iker

    2012-01-01

    In this essay, I analyze Pilar de Zubiaurre's experience of exile by focusing on the articles she published in the magazine "Euzko Deya" and the letters she wrote and received in Mexico. Among the letters Zubiaurre received, I study those from Maria Martos de Baeza. My main argument is that for Zubiaurre, writing became a fundamental way…

  6. The geothermal area of El Pilar-Casanay, State of Sucre, Venezuela: Geochemical exploration and model

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    D'Amore, F.; Gianelli, G.; Corazza, E. . Istituto Internazionale Ricerche Geotermiche)

    1994-06-01

    A geochemical survey was carried out in the El Pilar-Casanay area, State of Sucre, Venezuela, in order to ascertain its geothermoelectric potential. The area is characterized by many natural manifestations with temperatures in the range 80--100 C. The area investigated seems capable of producing high-enthalpy geothermal fluids; a deep reservoir is inferred, composed of a medium salinity (< 5,000 ppm) and neutral brine, with computed temperatures between 250 and 300 C, and with a high CO[sub 2] partial pressure. Second shallower reservoir is assumed to exist, with a temperature of the order of 200--220 C. The deep reservoir is shown to be liquid-dominated, while water and steam occupy the shallow one. The piezometric level (elevation 150 m) regulates the areal distribution of water springs and fumaroles. A partial self-sealing (mineral alteration) along outflows allows accumulation of hot fluids, while recharge is from local meteoric water.

  7. Asymmetrical and heterogeneous elasto-static deformation along the El Pilar Fault in Northeastern Venezuela

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    Reinoza, C.; Jouanne, F.; Audemard, F. A.; Beck, C.

    2013-05-01

    Velocities field in both sides of the El Pilar fault, the most important right-lateral strike-slip fault of the Caribbean-South America plate boundary, present an important asymmetry. This pattern suggests a change in elastic properties when crossing the fault. We have applied an asymmetric model to simulate observed velocities with 20 mm/yr creep at depth, corresponding at the relative velocity of Caribbean plate versus South America plate. The preferred model indicated a shallow locking depth at 4.5 km. In a second part, a near-fault low-rigidity compliant zone from 3 km of depth with a 30 per cent of rigidity reduction respect to the environment is proposed using a 3D elasto-static model. We use GPS data from 23 stations collected in 2002 and 2005 like input parameters as well as geometry parameters based in previous work. The shallow locking depth and the interseismic velocities used in the asymmetry and compliant zone models respectively support: i) the hypothesis of a partially locked seismogenic upper part, ii) the concentration of the Caribbean- South America relative displacement entirely along the El Pilar Fault. Reinoza Carlos PhD thesis and stay in ISTerre Laboratory is funded through Venezuela's FUNDAYACUCHO Grant N° 756514C. This research is a contribution to FONACIT-ECOS Nord grant 2009000818 (French code V10U01). Observed velocities (white) from 2002 and 2005 GPS campaign measurements data with error ellipses drawn for 66% confidence level expressed in the South America plate reference frame.

  8. The Source of Volcanic Ash in Late Classic Maya Pottery at El Pilar, Belize

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    Catlin, B. L.; Ford, A.; Spera, F. J.

    2007-12-01

    The presence of volcanic ash used as temper in Late Classic Maya pottery (AD 600-900) at El Pilar has been long known although the volcano(s) contributing ash have not been identified. We use geochemical fingerprinting, comparing compositions of glass shards in potsherds with volcanic sources to identify the source(s). El Pilar is located in the Maya carbonate lowlands distant from volcanic sources. It is unlikely Maya transported ash from distant sites: ash volumes are too large, the terrain too rugged, and no draft animals were available. Ash layer mining is unlikely because mine sites have not been found despite intensive surveys. Nearest volcanic sources to El Pilar, Belize and Guatemala, are roughly 450 km to the south and east. The ash found in potsherds has a cuspate morphology. This suggests ash was collected during, or shortly after, an ash airfall event following eruption. Analyses of n=333 ash shards from 20 ceramic (pottery) sherds was conducted by electron microprobe for major elements, and LA-ICPMS for trace elements and Pb isotopes. These analyses can be compared to volcanic materials from candidate volcanoes in the region. The 1982 El Chichon eruption caused airfall deposition (< 1 mm isopach) at El Pilar which lead Espindola et. al, 2000 to suggest that earlier eruptions at El Chichon could have caused ash fall at El Pilar during the Late Classic. 333 individual glass shards found within about 20 distinct potsherds have a mean silica content of 78.3±1.1 wt. % (one-sigma). The 1982 El Chichon eruption products have a mean silica content of 60.2±7.2% (one-sigma, n=48); the circa 1475 AD eruptive products of El Chichon have a mean silica content of 53.4±3.4 wt % (one-sigma, n=8). This suggests that El Chichon was not a source of the ash at El Pilar. In order confirm or refute the El Chichon source hypothesis, comparison of trace element ratios between archaeological samples and El Chichon has been made. The atomic ratios of La/Yb, Nb/Ta, Zr/Hf, Sr

  9. Performing Gender in Life and Art: Pilar Miró and "El Pájaro de la Felicidad"

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    Ugalde, Sharon Keefe

    2015-01-01

    Pilar Miró's positions in the public sector and the film industry are an indication of the rapidly evolving roles of women in Spain during the mid-1970s through the 1980s. Most significant, and the focus of this study, is how Miró as director of "El pájaro de la felicidad" reflects the transformation of gender constructs during that…

  10. Performing Gender in Life and Art: Pilar Miró and "El Pájaro de la Felicidad"

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    Ugalde, Sharon Keefe

    2015-01-01

    Pilar Miró's positions in the public sector and the film industry are an indication of the rapidly evolving roles of women in Spain during the mid-1970s through the 1980s. Most significant, and the focus of this study, is how Miró as director of "El pájaro de la felicidad" reflects the transformation of gender constructs during that…

  11. Structure of the Melajo clay near Arima, Trinidad and strike-slip motion in the El Pilar fault zone

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    Robertson, P.; Burke, K.; Wadge, G.

    1985-01-01

    No consensus has yet emerged on the sense, timing and amount of motion in the El Pilar fault zone. As a contribution to the study of this problem, a critical area within the zone in North Central Trinidad has been mapped. On the basis of the mapping, it is concluded that the El Pilar zone has been active in right-lateral strike-slip motion during the Pleistocene. Recognition of structural styles akin to those of the mapped area leads to the suggestion that the El Pilar zone is part of a 300 km wide plate boundary zone extending from the Orinoco delta northward to Grenada. Lateral motion of the Caribbean plate with respect to South America has been suggested to amount to 1900 km in the last 38 Ma. Part of this displacement since the Miocene can be readily accommodated within the broad zone identified here. No one fault system need account for more than a fraction of the total motion and all faults need not be active simultaneously.

  12. Geodetic exploration of strain along the El Pilar Fault in northeastern Venezuela

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    Reinoza, C.; Jouanne, F.; Audemard, F. A.; Schmitz, M.; Beck, C.

    2015-03-01

    We use Global Navigation Satellite Systems observations in northeastern Venezuela to constrain the El Pilar Fault (EPF) kinematics and to explore the effects of the variable elastic properties of the surrounding medium and of the fault geometry on inferred slip rates and locking depth. The velocity field exhibits an asymmetric velocity gradient on either side of the EPF. We use five different approaches to explore possible models to explain this asymmetry. First, we infer a 1.6 km locking depth using a classic elastic half-space dislocation model. Second, we infer a 1.5 km locking depth and a 0.33 asymmetry coefficient using a heterogeneous asymmetric model, including contrasting material properties on either side of a vertical fault, suggesting that the igneous-metamorphic terranes on the northern side are ~2 times more rigid than the sedimentary southern side. Third, we use a three-dimensional elastostatic model to evaluate the presence of a compliant zone, suggesting a 30% reduction of rigidity in the upper 3 km at the depth of a 1 to 5 km wide fault zone. Fourth, we evaluate the distribution of fault slip, revealing a widespread partial creep pattern in the eastern upper segment, while the upper western segment exhibits a partially locked area, which coincides with the rupture surface of the 1797 and 1929 earthquakes. To supplement these models, we upgrade the previously published displacement simulation method using nonvertical dislocations with data acquired between 2003 and 2013. The localized aseismic displacement pattern associated with creeping or partially creeping fault segments could explain the low level of historic seismicity.

  13. Revised seismic history of the El Pilar fault, Northeastern Venezuela, from the Cariaco 1997 earthquake and recent preliminary paleoseismic results

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    Audemard, Franck A.

    2007-07-01

    In light of the July 9, 1997, Cariaco earthquake, it is clearly understood now that damage in the city of Cumaná located in northeastern Venezuela and frequently destroyed by the largest earthquakes since the first recorded event in 1530 is strongly enhanced by poor soil conditions that, in turn, are responsible for site amplification and widespread earthquake-induced effects. Therefore, most previous macroseismic studies of historical earthquakes must be revaluated because those localized high-intensity values at Cumaná surely led to the misestimation of past epicenters. Preliminary paleoseismic results, gathered at three exploratory trenches dug across the surface break of the Cariaco 1997 earthquake in 1998, allow us to associate the 1684 earthquake with this recently ruptured fault segment that extends between the towns of San Antonio del Golfo and Río Casanay (roughly between the two gulfs of Cariaco and Paria, state of Sucre). Other major results from the reassessment of the seismic history of this fault are: (a) the 1766 event seems to have generated in a different source to the El Pilar fault because the size of the felt area suggests that it is an intermediate-depth earthquake; (b) damage to Cumaná produced by the 1797 event suggests that this was a local earthquake, perhaps equivalent to the 1929 earthquake, which ruptured for some 30 km just east of Cumaná into the Gulf of Cariaco; and (c) seismogenic association of the 1530 and 1853 earthquakes still remains unclear but it is very likely that these ruptures occurred offshore, as suggested by the rather large tsunami waves that both events have generated, placing their hypocenters west of Cumaná in the Cariaco Trough. This reassessment also sheds light into the El Pilar fault segmentation and the behavior of its seismogenic barriers through time.

  14. Spatial and temporal variations in creep rate along the El Pilar fault at the Caribbean-South American plate boundary (Venezuela), from InSAR

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    Pousse Beltran, Léa.; Pathier, Erwan; Jouanne, François; Vassallo, Riccardo; Reinoza, Carlos; Audemard, Franck; Doin, Marie Pierre; Volat, Matthieu

    2016-11-01

    In eastern Venezuela, the Caribbean-South American plate boundary follows the El Pilar fault system. Previous studies based on three GPS campaigns (2003-2005-2013) demonstrated that the El Pilar fault accommodates the whole relative displacement between the two tectonic plates (20 mm/yr) and proposed that 50-60% of the slip is aseismic. In order to quantify the possible variations of the aseismic creep in time and space, we conducted an interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) time series analysis, using the (NSBAS) New Small BAseline Subset method, on 18 images from the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS-1) satellite spanning the 2007-2011 period. During this 3.5 year period, InSAR observations show that aseismic slip decreases eastward along the fault: the creep rate of the western segment reaches 25.3 ± 9.4 mm/yr on average, compared to 13.4 ± 6.9 mm/yr on average for the eastern segment. This is interpreted, through slip distribution models, as being related to coupled and uncoupled areas between the surface and 20 km in depth. InSAR observations also show significant temporal creep rate variations (accelerations) during the considered time span along the western segment. The transient behavior of the creep is not consistent with typical postseismic afterslip following the 1997 Ms 6.8 earthquake. The creep is thus interpreted as persistent aseismic slip during an interseismic period, which has a pulse- or transient-like behavior.

  15. Pityriasis Rubra Pilar and hypothyroidism*

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    Franzotti, Aline Martinez; Avelar, Juliana Centofanti Dentello; Cardoso, Thaís Abrão; Pires, Mario Cesar; Vidigal, Maria do Rosário

    2014-01-01

    Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris (PRP) is a chronic and rare papulosquamous disorder. Treatment of Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris is based on empiric evidence because of several doubts regarding its etiology and also because of its relative rarity, making randomized studies difficult to perform. Some factors suggest that the metabolism of vitamin A is involved in pathogenesis. We report a case of Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris associated with autoimmune hypothyroidism which presented rapid and complete response after thyroid hormone replacement, without any association with other systemic treatment. In literature there are only three other reports of significant improvement of the lesions after hormonal correction. Deficiency of thyroid hormone inhibits the conversion of carotene into vitamin A, which would be responsible for the occurrence of Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris in this patient. PMID:24937828

  16. Role of Mg interlayers in Fe/Mg/MgO/Fe and Fe/Mg/MgO/Mg/Fe magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Wang, Y.; Zhang, J.; Zhang, Xiaoguang; Cheng, Hai-Ping; Han, Prof. X. F.

    2010-01-01

    -Fe(001)/Mg/MgO/Fe- and -Fe(001)/Mg/MgO/Mg/Fe- magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with Mg interlayers are studied by first-principles calculation. An important role of the Mg interlayer is identified to be preserving the preferential transmission of the majority-spin states with \\Delta_1 symmetry, which dominate the spin-dependent electron transport of MTJs with MgO barrier. One layer of Mg at the electrode/barrier interface does not decrease the tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio nearly as much as one layer of oxide. At certain Mg thickness case the TMR could be strongly influenced by the resonance tunneling states in minority-spin channel, these states are mainly raised from the quantum-well states formed in the Mg interlayer and coupled with interfacial resonance states which are very sensitive to the interface structures.

  17. The MG Composite

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    Burns, Ted M.; Conaway, Mark; Sanders, Donald B.

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To study the concurrent and construct validity and test-retest reliability in the practice setting of an outcome measure for myasthenia gravis (MG). Methods: Eleven centers participated in the validation study of the Myasthenia Gravis Composite (MGC) scale. Patients with MG were evaluated at 2 consecutive visits. Concurrent and construct validities of the MGC were assessed by evaluating MGC scores in the context of other MG-specific outcome measures. We used numerous potential indicators of clinical improvement to assess the sensitivity and specificity of the MGC for detecting clinical improvement. Test-retest reliability was performed on patients at the University of Virginia. Results: A total of 175 patients with MG were enrolled at 11 sites from July 1, 2008, to January 31, 2009. A total of 151 patients were seen in follow-up. Total MGC scores showed excellent concurrent validity with other MG-specific scales. Analyses of sensitivities and specificities of the MGC revealed that a 3-point improvement in total MGC score was optimal for signifying clinical improvement. A 3-point improvement in the MGC also appears to represent a meaningful improvement to most patients, as indicated by improved 15-item myasthenia gravis quality of life scale (MG-QOL15) scores. The psychometric properties were no better for an individualized subscore made up of the 2 functional domains that the patient identified as most important to treat. The test-retest reliability coefficient of the MGC was 98%, with a lower 95% confidence interval of 97%, indicating excellent test-retest reliability. Conclusions: The Myasthenia Gravis Composite is a reliable and valid instrument for measuring clinical status of patients with myasthenia gravis in the practice setting and in clinical trials. PMID:20439845

  18. [Impact of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on the incidence of consolidated pneumonia in children younger than 5 years old in Pilar, Buenos Aires: A population-based study].

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    Gentile, Ángela; Bakir, Julia; Bialorus, Laura; Caruso, Laura; Mirra, Diego; Santander, Celina; Terluk, Mabel; Zurdo, Pablo; Gentile, Fernando; Fermndez, María I

    2015-12-01

    In January 2012, Argentina introduced the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) in its immunization schedule for children younger than 2 years old. Coverage in Pilar in 2012 reached>90% for the first two doses and 60% for the third dose. To measure the effectiveness of PCV13 to reduce the incidence of consolidated pneumonia (CP)in the two-year period following its introduction in the immunization schedule. Prospective, population-based study conducted in Pilar. All children younger than 5 year sold with clinical signs of pneumonia assisted at the reference hospitals (both inpatients and outpatients) in the first two years since the vaccine introduction (2012-2013) were included. The annual incidence of CP was compared to the 2003-2005 baseline period. Clinical and radiological assessments were done as per the World Health Organization's criteria. Six hundred and sixty-six patients with clinical suspicion of pneumonia were included. CP was diagnosed in 309 patients; 52.1% were girls, 70.2% were younger than 2 years old, and 56.4% had been immunized with the PCV13; 4.5% (14/309) had bacteriological confirmation (S. pneumoniae: 4; N. meningitidis: 4; S. aureus: 2; others: 4). A significant reduction in the incidence of CP (per 100 000 children younger than 5 years old) was observed between the pre- and postimmunization periods, from 750 (204/27209) to 561 (171/30 475) in 2012 and to 453 (138/30 475) in 2013; effectiveness accounted for 25.2% and 39.6%, respectively. Reduction in infants younger than 1 year old: 33.9% in 2012 and 44.6% in 2013; and in children aged 12-23 months old: 57.9% in 2013. No significant differences were observed in the incidence of CP at an older age. Following the introduction of PCV13 in Argentina's immunization schedule, a fast and significant reduction in the incidence of CP was observed, mainly in infants younger than 1 year old in 2012 and in children younger than 2 years old in 2013.

  19. [Association between household solid waste disposal and health, Belo Horizonte (MG), Brasil].

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    Catapreta, C A; Heller, L

    1999-02-01

    There are few published studies about the effects of inadequate solid waste collection on the health of the population exposed to this situation. The objective of the present work was to describe this association in a sample of children under 5 years of age living in seven low-income neighborhoods and favelas in the city of Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. We defined as "exposed" those children whose families were not served by waste collection; "not-exposed" were children who lived in areas with waste collection. The study employed data collected in 1994 and organized as a database by the municipal department of health. We employed a cross-sectional design, in which a "case" was defined as a child whose outpatient clinic record indicated a diagnosis of diarrheal, parasitic, or dermatological disease. Other diagnoses for the same age group composed the control group. Our epidemiological study revealed an association between the absence of domestic solid waste collection and public health. Our results suggest that the children exposed to the absence of solid waste collection have a 40% higher odds (OR = 1.40) of presenting diarrheal, parasitic, and dermatological diseases than not-exposed children. In addition, the calculation of attributable risk revealed that the presence of waste collection could prevent (based on the 1995 situation) 512 cases in the neighborhoods studied and (based on the 1994 conditions) 2316 cases among children in the entire city of Belo Horizonte.

  20. Treatment for Myasthenia Gravis (MG)

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    ... the plasma of the blood. The improvement in muscle strength may be striking, but is usually short-lived, ... MG, most patients will have improvement in their muscle strength. In some cases MG may go into remission ...

  1. Mg(+)-ligand binding energies

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Partridge, Harry

    1991-01-01

    Ab initio calculations are used to optimize the structures and determine the binding energies of Mg(+) to a series of ligands. Mg(+) bonds electrostatically with benzene, acetone, H2, CO, and NH3 and a self-consistent-field treatment gives a good description of the bonding. The bonding in MgCN(+) and MgCH3(+) is largely covalent and a correlated treatment is required.

  2. On the structure of 30Mg and 32Mg

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    Macchiavelli, A. O.; Crawford, H. L.

    2017-06-01

    We discuss a phenomenological picture consisting of two- and three-level mixing models to describe the low-lying 0+ states in 30Mg and 32Mg, respectively. Within this approach, self-consistent solutions exist that are in good agreement with the available experimental information. The inclusion of a third state, namely the neutrons 4p4h configuration, resolves the ‘puzzle’ that results from a two-level model interpretation of the 30Mg(t, p)32Mg reaction data, and at the same time provides a consistent interpretation of B(E2) strengths. Our analysis indicates a 30Mg ground-state dominated by the spherical (0p0h) component while 32Mg emerges naturally and robustly as dominated by deformed (2p2h and 4p4h configurations), at the 95% level.

  3. The 30Mg(t ,p )32Mg "puzzle" reexamined

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    Macchiavelli, A. O.; Crawford, H. L.; Campbell, C. M.; Clark, R. M.; Cromaz, M.; Fallon, P.; Jones, M. D.; Lee, I. Y.; Salathe, M.; Brown, B. A.; Poves, A.

    2016-11-01

    Background: Competing interpretations of the results of a 30Mg(t ,p )32Mg measurement populating the ground state and 02+ state in 32Mg, both limited to a two-state mixing description, have left an open question regarding the nature of the 32Mg ground state. Purpose: Inspired by recent shell-model calculations, we explore the possibility of a consistent interpretation of the available data for the low-lying 0+ states in 32Mg by expanding the description from two-level to three-level mixing. Methods: A phenomenological three-level mixing model of unperturbed 0p0h, 2p2h, and 4p4h states is applied to describe both the excitation energies in 32Mg and the transfer reaction cross sections. Results: Within this approach, self-consistent solutions exist that provide good agreement with the available experimental information obtained from the 30Mg(t ,p )32Mg reaction. Conclusion: The inclusion of the third state, namely the 4p4h configuration, resolves the "puzzle" that results from a two-levelmodel interpretation of the same data. In our analysis, the 32Mg ground state emerges naturally as dominated by intruder (2p2h and 4p4h) configurations, at the 95% level.

  4. IDD-BRASIL: Implementation and Progress

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    Chagas, G. O.; Almeida, W. G.; Yoksas, T.; Cutrim, E. M.; Garrana, D.

    2007-05-01

    In response to the academic meteorological community's demand for real-time weather data, and access to datasets not readily available, the Unidata Program of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) developed the Internet Data Distribution, IDD system. With a modest beginning in the early 1990's, IDD has grown to become the leading Internet2 advanced-application by delivering over 20 terabytes of data per week to over 160 institutions in the US and around the world. Meteorological and related real-time data, model output, and a vast amount of experimental products are delivered at no cost to the Unidata participating institutions. In 2004, through a collaboration among three leading universities and research centers in Brazil, the Centro de Previsão de Tempo e Estudos Climáticos (CPTEC/INPE), the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), the Unidata IDD has expanded into Brazil creating a data sharing peer, the IDD-Brasil. Throughout a series of outreach initiatives, the IDD-Brasil is extending its reach, providing data to universities in Argentina, Chile, Africa and Portugal. By lowering the barrier between distant institutions, participants are now cooperating and sharing many datasets that were not generally available outside their organizations. Future plans include the deployment of a new data-relay node in cooperation with Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal in order to provide a local source of data for institutions in Portugal and Africa, and the distribution of products derived from the GOES-10 satellite, which covers mainly South America, through IDD in real-time. Jointly, the IDD and IDD-Brasil are fostering new collaborations among universities, WMO Regional Meteorological Training Centers, and national meteorological agencies, empowering the Atmospheric Sciences across several countries.

  5. Quasicrystal-reinforced Mg alloys

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    Kyun Kim, Young; Tae Kim, Won; Hyang Kim, Do

    2014-01-01

    The formation of the icosahedral phase (I-phase) as a secondary solidification phase in Mg–Zn–Y and Mg–Zn–Al base systems provides useful advantages in designing high performance wrought magnesium alloys. The strengthening in two-phase composites (I-phase + α-Mg) can be explained by dispersion hardening due to the presence of I-phase particles and by the strong bonding property at the I-phase/matrix interface. The presence of an additional secondary solidification phase can further enhance formability and mechanical properties. In Mg–Zn–Y alloys, the co-presence of I and Ca2Mg6Zn3 phases by addition of Ca can significantly enhance formability, while in Mg–Zn–Al alloys, the co-presence of the I-phase and Mg2Sn phase leads to the enhancement of mechanical properties. Dynamic and static recrystallization are significantly accelerated by addition of Ca in Mg–Zn–Y alloy, resulting in much smaller grain size and more random texture. The high strength of Mg–Zn–Al–Sn alloys is attributed to the presence of finely distributed Mg2Sn and I-phase particles embedded in the α-Mg matrix. PMID:27877660

  6. Subdivision of the Mg-suite noritic rocks into Mg-gabbronorites and Mg-norites

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    James, O. B.; Flohr, M. K.

    1983-01-01

    Mg-suite noritic rocks can be divided into two groups, the Mg-gabbronorites and the Mg-norites. The rocks of these groups differ in ratios of high-Ca pyroxene to total pyroxene, compositions of pyroxene and plagioclase, assemblages of Ti-, Nb-, and Zr-bearing minerals, compositions of chrome spinel, bulk-rock Ti/Sm and Sc/Sm, and measured ages. The two groups probably crystallized from different types of parent magmas. Two hypotheses are offered for the differences in composition of the parent magmas. One hypothesis ascribes the differences to compositional heterogeneity of the mantle source areas. The other hypothesis ascribes the differences to variations in extent of partial melting of the mantle source regions and variations in extent of assimilation of the anorthosite and the highly differentiated residual liquid that were produced during the primordial lunar differentiation.

  7. Mg impurity in helium droplets

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    Navarro, J.; Mateo, D.; Barranco, M.; Sarsa, A.

    2012-02-01

    Within the diffusion Monte Carlo approach, we have determined the structure of isotopically pure and mixed helium droplets doped with one magnesium atom. For pure 4He clusters, our results confirm those of Mella et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 123, 054328 (2005), 10.1063/1.1982787] that the impurity experiences a transition from a surface to a bulk location as the number of helium atoms in the droplet increases. Contrarily, for pure 3He clusters Mg resides in the bulk of the droplet due to the smaller surface tension of this isotope. Results for mixed droplets are presented. We have also obtained the absorption spectrum of Mg around the 3s3p 1P1 ← 3s2 1S0 transition.

  8. Fe-Mg Interdiffusion in (Mg,Fe)O

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    Mackwell, Stephen; Bystricky, Misha; Sproni, Caroline

    2005-09-01

    We have performed a series of interdiffusion experiments on magnesiowüstite samples at room pressure, temperatures from 1,320° to 1,400°C, and oxygen fugacities from 10-1.0 Pa to 10-4.3 Pa, using mixed CO/CO2 or H2/CO2 gases. The interdiffusion couples were composed of a single-crystal of MgO lightly pressed against a single-crystal of (Mg1- x Fe x )1-δO with 0.07< x<0.27. The interdiffusion coefficient was calculated using the Boltzmann-Matano analysis as a function of iron content, oxygen fugacity, temperature, and water fugacity. For the entire range of conditions tested and for compositions with 0.01< x<0.27, the interdiffusion coefficient varies as tilde D = 2.9×10^{ - 6} f_{{text{O}}_2 }^{0.19} x^{0.73} {text{e}}^{ - (209,000 - 96,000 x)/RT} {text{m}}^{text{2}} {text{s}}^{ -1} These dependencies on oxygen fugacity and composition are reasonably consistent with interdiffusion mediated by unassociated cation vacancies. For the limited range of water activity that could be investigated using mixed gases at room pressure, no effect of water on interdiffusion could be observed. The dependence of the interdiffusion coefficient on iron content decreased with increasing iron concentration at constant oxygen fugacity and temperature. There is a close agreement between our activation energy for interdiffusion extrapolated to zero iron content ( x=0) and that of previous researchers who used electrical conductivity experiments to determine vacancy diffusivities in lightly doped MgO.

  9. Physical Activity and Lipid Profile in the ELSA-Brasil Study

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    da Silva, Raquel Caroline; Diniz, Maria de Fátima Haueisen Sander; Alvim, Sheila; Vidigal, Pedro Guatimosim; Fedeli, Ligia Maria Giongo; Barreto, Sandhi Maria

    2016-01-01

    Background Regular physical activity (PA) induces desirable changes in plasma levels of high- and low-density lipoproteins (HDL and LDL, respectively) and triglycerides (TG), important risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases. However, doubts whether intensity and duration have equivalent benefits remain. Objective To assess the association of PA intensity and duration with HDL, LDL and TG levels. Methods Cross-sectional study with 12,688 participants from the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil) baseline, who were not on lipid-lowering medication. After adjustment for important covariates, multiple linear regression was used to assess the association of PA intensity and duration with HDL, LDL and TG (natural logarithm) levels. Results Both moderate and vigorous PA and PA practice ≥ 150 min/week were significantly associated with higher HDL and lower TG levels. Vigorous PA was associated with lower LDL only on univariate analysis. After adjustments, moderate and vigorous PA increased mean HDL level by 0.89 mg/dL and 1.71 mg/dL, respectively, and reduced TG geometric mean by 0.98 mg/dL and 0.93 mg/dL, respectively. PA practice ≥ 150 min/week increased mean HDL level by 1.05 mg/dL, and decreased TG geometric mean by 0.98 mg/dL. Conclusion Our findings reinforce the benefits of both PA parameters studied on HDL and TG levels, with a slight advantage for vigorous PA as compared to the recommendation based only on PA duration. PMID:27355470

  10. Ultra-high Strength Nanostructured Mg

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    2014-03-31

    27709-2211 Nanostructured Mg and Mg alloys, Mg metallic glass, Cryomilling, Powder consolidation, Spark plasma sintering , Deformation mechanisms REPORT...mechanically milled powder and high pressure on spark plasma sintering of Mg-Cu-Gd metallic glasses; (9) microstructure and mechanical behavior of Mg-10Li-3Al...pressure on spark plasma sintering of Mg– Cu–Gd metallic glasses, Acta Materialia , (07 2013): 4414. doi: Baolong Zheng, Ying Li, Weizong Xu

  11. [Medical assessments and measurements in ELSA-Brasil].

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    Mill, Jose Geraldo; Pinto, Karina; Griep, Rosane Härter; Goulart, Alessandra; Foppa, Murilo; Lotufo, Paulo A; Maestri, Marcelo K; Ribeiro, Antonio Luiz; Andreão, Rodrigo Varejão; Dantas, Eduardo Miranda; Oliveira, Ilka; Fuchs, Sandra C; Cunha, Roberto de Sá; Bensenor, Isabela M

    2013-06-01

    The article describes assessments and measurements performed in the Brazilian Longitudinal Study for Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil). Some assessments including anthropometric assessment, casual blood pressure measurement, and ankle-brachial index have an established clinical application while others including pulse wave velocity, heart rate variability, and carotid intima-media thickness have no established application and do not have reference values for healthy Brazilian population but may be important predictors of cardiovascular outcomes. Blood pressure measurement following postural change maneuver was included in the ELSA-Brasil because it has not been much tested in epidemiological studies. Innovative approaches were developed for assessing the ankle-brachial index using an automatic device instead of the mercury column to measure blood pressure and for assessing the anterior-posterior diameter of the right lobe of the liver by ultrasound for quantitative assessment of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. All ELSA-Brasil subjects were younger (35 years or more) than those included in other cohorts studying subclinical atherosclerosis. The inclusion of younger individuals and a variety of assessments make the ELSA-Brasil a relevant epidemiology study nationwide and worldwide.

  12. Highly (100) oriented MgO growth on thin Mg layer in MTJ structure

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    Jimbo, K.; Nakagawa, S.

    2011-01-01

    In order to apply Stress Assisted Magnetization Reversal (SAMR) method to perpendicular magnetoresistive random access memory (p-MRAM) with magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) using MgO (001) oriented barrier layer, multilayer of Ta/ Terfenol-D/ Mg/ MgO and Ta/ Terfenol-D/ MgO were prepared. While the MgO layer, deposited directly on the Terfenol-D layer, did not show (100) orientatin, very thin metallic Mg layer, deposited prior to the MgO deposition, was effective to attain MgO (100) orientation. The crystalline orientation was very weak without Mg, however, the multilayer with Mg showed very strong MgO(100) peak and the MgO orientation was shifted depending on the Mg thickness.

  13. Alterations of Mg(2+) After Hemorrhagic Shock.

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    Lee, Mun-Young; Yang, Dong Kwon; Kim, Shang-Jin

    2017-03-17

    Hemorrhagic shock is generally characterized by hemodynamic instability with cellular hypoxia and diminishing cellular function, resulting from an imbalance between systemic oxygen delivery and consumption and redistribution of fluid and electrolytes. Magnesium (Mg) is the fourth most abundant cation overall and second most abundant intracellular cation in the body and an essential cofactor for the energy production and cellular metabolism. Data for blood total Mg (tMg; free-ionized, protein-bound, and anion-bound forms) and free Mg(2+) levels after a traumatic injury are inconsistent and only limited information is available on hemorrhagic effects on free Mg(2+) as the physiologically active form. The aim of this study was to determine changes in blood Mg(2+) and tMg after hemorrhage in rats identifying mechanism and origin of the changes in blood Mg(2+). Hemorrhagic shock produced significant increases in blood Mg(2+), plasma tMg, Na(+), K(+), Cl(-), anion gap, partial pressures of oxygen, glucose, and blood urea nitrogen but significant decreases in RBC tMg, blood Ca(2+), HCO3(-), pH, partial pressures of carbon dioxide, hematocrit, hemoglobin, total cholesterol, and plasma/RBC ATP. During hemorrhagic shock, K(+), anion gap, and BUN showed significant positive correlations with changes in blood Mg(2+) level, while Ca(2+), pH, and T-CHO correlated to Mg(2+) in a negative manner. In conclusion, hemorrhagic shock induced an increase in both blood-free Mg(2+) and tMg, resulted from Mg(2+) efflux from metabolic damaged cell with acidosis and ATP depletion.

  14. Determination of the 36Mg(n ,γ )37Mg reaction rate from Coulomb dissociation of 37Mg

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    Shubhchintak; Chatterjee, R.; Shyam, R.

    2017-08-01

    We use the Coulomb dissociation (CD) method to calculate the rate of the 36Mg(n ,γ )37Mg radiative capture reaction. The CD cross sections of the 37Mg nucleus on a 208Pb target at the beam energy of 244 MeV/nucleon, for which new experimental data have recently become available, were calculated within the framework of a finite-range distorted-wave Born approximation theory that is extended to include the projectile deformation effects. Invoking the principle of detailed balance, these cross sections are used to determine the excitation function and subsequently the rate of the 36Mg(n ,γ )37Mg reaction. We compare these rates to those of the 36Mg(α ,n )39Si reaction calculated within a Hauser-Feshbach model. We find that for T9 as large as up to 1.0 (in units of 109 K) the 36Mg(n ,γ )37Mg reaction is much faster than the 36Mg(α ,n )39Si one. The inclusion of the effects of 37Mg projectile deformation in the breakup calculations enhances the (n ,γ ) reaction rate even further. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that the (n ,γ )β -decay r -process flow will be broken at the 36Mg isotope by the α process.

  15. The coordination of Mg in foraminiferal calcite

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    Branson, Oscar; Redfern, Simon A. T.; Tyliszczak, Tolek; Sadekov, Aleksey; Langer, Gerald; Kimoto, Katsunori; Elderfield, Henry

    2013-12-01

    The Mg/Ca ratio of foraminiferal calcite is a widely accepted and applied empirical proxy for ocean temperature. The analysis of foraminifera preserved in ocean sediments has been instrumental in developing our understanding of global climate, but the mechanisms behind the proxy are largely unknown. Analogies have been drawn to the inorganic precipitation of calcite, where the endothermic substitution of Mg for Ca is favoured at higher temperatures. However, evidence suggests that foraminiferal Mg incorporation may be more complex: foraminiferal magnesium is highly heterogeneous at the sub-micron scale, and high Mg areas coincide with elevated concentrations of organic molecules, Na, S and other trace elements. Fundamentally, the incorporation mode of Mg in foraminifera is unknown. Here we show that Mg is uniformly substituted for Ca within the calcite mineral lattice. The consistency of Mg-specific X-ray spectra gathered from nano-scale regions across the shell (‘test’) reveals that the coordination of Mg is uniform. The similarity of these spectra to that produced by dolomite shows that Mg is present in an octahedral coordination, ideally substituted for Ca in a calcite crystal structure. This demonstrates that Mg is heterogeneous in concentration, but not in structure. The degree of this uniformity implies the action of a continuous Mg incorporation mechanism, and therefore calcification mechanism, across these compositional bands in foraminifera. This constitutes a fundamental step towards a mechanistic understanding of foraminiferal calcification processes and the incorporation of calcite-bound palaeoenvironment proxies, such as Mg.

  16. Reversible S0/MgSx Redox Chemistry in MgTFSI2-MgCl2 Electrolyte for Rechargeable Mg/S Battery.

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    Gao, Tao; Hou, Singyuk; Wang, Fei; Ma, Zhaohui; Li, Xiaogang; Xu, Kang; Wang, Chunsheng

    2017-08-28

    Magnesium redox chemistries are attracting growing attentions for rechargeable Mg batteries due to the unique benefits of Mg metal electrode: high reversibility without dendrite, low reduction potential and high specific capacity. Mg/S couple is of particular interest due to its high energy density (1700 Wh/kg and 3200 Wh/L) and low cost. Previous reports have justified the feasibility of a rechargeable Mg/S battery; however, only limited cycling stability was achieved, and the complicated preparation procedure of the electrolytes have significantly compromised the benefits of Mg/S chemistry, and hindered the development of Mg/S battery. Herein, we report the first rechargeable Mg/S battery using MgTFSI2-MgCl2-DME electrolyte and demonstrate the best cycling stability among all reported Mg/S batteries by suppressing polysulfide dissolution. Mechanistic study shows the battery works via S0/MgSx redox and the large voltage hysteresis mainly origins from Mg anode overpotential. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Control of intragastric pH with omeprazole 20 mg, omeprazole 40 mg and lansoprazole 30 mg.

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    Katz, P O; Xue, S; Castell, D O

    2001-05-01

    Single daily doses of proton pump inhibitors, omeprazole and lansoprazole provide effective acid suppression and equal healing and symptom relief in patients with GERD. Despite this, controversy exists as to the efficacy of available proton pump inhibitors in the control of gastric acidity. To assess the efficacy of omeprazole 20 mg vs. lansoprazole 30 mg and omeprazole 40 mg vs. lansoprazole 30 mg in intragastric pH control. Study I: 12 Helicobacter pylori-negative volunteers (mean age 33 years) were treated with omeprazole 20 mg and lansoprazole 30 mg in random order before breakfast for 7 days. Study II: 24 subjects (mean age 36 years) were similarly treated with omeprazole 40 mg and lansoprazole 30 mg for 7 days after a baseline pH study. One week washout was allowed between studies. Subjects had the same meal on each study day. On day seven, a 24-h intragastric pH study was performed. The percentage time for which gastric pH > 4 was analysed (Gastrosoft, Synectics Medical Inc.) and expressed as mean +/- s.d. (1) Omeprazole 20 mg and lansoprazole 30 mg showed no significant difference in the percentage time for which gastric pH > 4 in the daytime and night-time periods. (2) The percentage time for which pH > 4 with omeprazole 40 mg was significantly greater than lansoprazole 30 mg in both daytime (61 +/- 19% vs. 48 +/- 14%, P < 0.001), and night-time periods (34 +/- 21% vs. 26 +/- 14%, P < 0.05). (3) A large inter-subject variation existed in both studies. (4) In 10 subjects who participated in both studies, omeprazole 40 mg showed a significantly higher percentage time for which pH > 4 in the daytime (69 +/- 18% vs. 51 +/- 15%, P=0.015) than omeprazole 20 mg. These pH data support the therapeutic equivalency of FDA approved doses of omeprazole and lansoprazole.

  18. A Facile Approach Using MgCl2 to Formulate High Performance Mg2+ Electrolytes for Rechargeable Mg Batteries

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    Liu, Tianbiao L.; Shao, Yuyan; Li, Guosheng; Gu, Meng; Hu, Jian Z.; Xu, Suochang; Nie, Zimin; Chen, Xilin; Wang, Chong M.; Liu, Jun

    2014-01-01

    Rechargeable Mg batteries have been regarded as a viable battery technology for grid scale energy storage and transportation applications. However, the limited performance of Mg2+ electrolytes has been a primary technical hurdle to develop high energy density rechargeable Mg batteries. In this study, MgCl2 is demonstrated as a non-nucleophilic and cheap Mg2+ source in combining with Al Lewis acids (AlCl3, AlPh3 and AlEtCl2) to formulate a series of Mg2+ electrolytes characteristic of high oxidation stability (up to 3.4 V vs Mg), sulfur compatibility and electrochemical reversibility (up to 100% coulombic efficiency). Three electrolyte systems (MgCl2-AlCl3, MgCl2-AlPh3, and MgCl2-AlEtCl2) were prepared free of purification and fully characterized by multinuclear NMR (27Al{1H} and 25Mg{1H}) spectroscopies, single crystal X-ray diffraction, and electrochemical analysis. The reaction mechanism of MgCl2 and the Al Lewis acids in THF is discussed to highlight the formation of the electrochemically active [(µ-Cl)3Mg2(THF)6]+ monocation in these electrolytes. We are grateful for the financial support from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)-Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program for developing magnesium battery technology. The XRD and SEM data were collected at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at PNNL. PNNL is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Battelle Memorial Institute for the Department of Energy under Contract DE-AC05-76RL01830.

  19. Analgesic efficacy of acetaminophen 1000 mg, acetaminophen 2000 mg, and the combination of acetaminophen 1000 mg and codeine phosphate 60 mg versus placebo in acute postoperative pain.

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    Skoglund, L A; Skjelbred, P; Fyllingen, G

    1991-01-01

    Acetaminophen (APAP) 1000 mg, APAP 2000 mg, the combination of APAP 1000 mg plus codeine phosphate 60 mg (APAPCOD), and placebo (PBO) were compared in a 6-hour, randomized, single-dose, double-blind, parallel-group analgesic trial. All active treatments were statistically superior (p less than 0.05) to placebo for 4 hours after medication with respect to pain intensity (PI) and pain intensity difference (PID), and up to 3 hours regarding pain relief (PAR). The combination scored better than all other treatments on the summary analgesic efficacy measures sum PI (SUMPI), sum PID (SPID), and total PAR (TOTPAR). The combination was statistically superior to APAP 1000 mg on SUMPI, TOTPAR and maximum PAR (MAXPAR). Acetaminophen 2000 mg showed marginal numerical superiority over 1000 mg for SUMPI, but was not statistically superior for any summary efficacy measure. The 2000-mg dose was numerically inferior to APAPCOD for every summary efficacy measure and statistically inferior regarding SPID and MAXPAR. We concluded that codeine 60 mg added to acetaminophen 1000 mg offers analgesic advantages, and acetaminophen reaches an analgesic ceiling effect at 1000 mg using the dental pain model.

  20. TmMg and renal Mg threshold in normal man and in certain pathophysiologic conditions.

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    Rude, R K; Ryzen, E

    1986-01-01

    The TmMg and renal Mg threshold were assessed in normal subjects and in a number of pathological conditions. The TmMg in normal subjects was 1.4 mg/100 ml glomerular filtrate (GF) 1.73 m2 and numerically equalled the renal Mg threshold of 1.4 mg/100 ml. No significant difference was seen in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism or hypoparathyroidism. Patients with familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia, however, tended to have an elevated renal Mg threshold. Investigation of 3 patients with idiopathic renal Mg wasting demonstrated a normal TmMg but reduced renal Mg threshold. Urinary Mg excretion was also assessed in normomagnesemic alcoholic patients. Retention of a parenterally administered Mg load and renal Mg retention were significantly greater than normal despite normal serum Mg concentrations. These data suggest that determination of TmMg and renal Mg threshold may provide useful information in understanding Mg homeostasis in normal subjects and in disorders which may result in abnormal Mg metabolism.

  1. Interstellar fossil Mg-26 and its possible relationship to excess meteoritic Mg-26

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    Clayton, Donald D.

    1986-01-01

    A plausible scenario is advanced for explainig a linear correlation found in some solar system solids between their Mg-26/Mg-24 isotopic ratios and their Al/Mg elemental abundance ratios. This scenario involves three stages: (1) the mechanical aggregation of an average ensemble of Al-bearing dust particles that is postulated to be modestly enriched in the Al/Mg abundance ratio because the aggregated particles themselves are; (2) the extraction, perhaps but not necessarily by hot distillation, of almost all Mg, leaving an aggregate with a large Al/Mg ratio and a large Mg-26 excess; and (3) the uptake of normal ambient Mg by the resulting hot Al-rich solid as it cools in Mg-rich vapor. A linear correlation in solids between their Mg-26/Mg-24 isotopic ratio and their aluminum enrichment may be a fossil correlation inherited from interstellar dust.

  2. Interstellar fossil Mg-26 and its possible relationship to excess meteoritic Mg-26

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    Clayton, Donald D.

    1986-01-01

    A plausible scenario is advanced for explainig a linear correlation found in some solar system solids between their Mg-26/Mg-24 isotopic ratios and their Al/Mg elemental abundance ratios. This scenario involves three stages: (1) the mechanical aggregation of an average ensemble of Al-bearing dust particles that is postulated to be modestly enriched in the Al/Mg abundance ratio because the aggregated particles themselves are; (2) the extraction, perhaps but not necessarily by hot distillation, of almost all Mg, leaving an aggregate with a large Al/Mg ratio and a large Mg-26 excess; and (3) the uptake of normal ambient Mg by the resulting hot Al-rich solid as it cools in Mg-rich vapor. A linear correlation in solids between their Mg-26/Mg-24 isotopic ratio and their aluminum enrichment may be a fossil correlation inherited from interstellar dust.

  3. Mg Isotopic Compositions of Modern Marine Carbonates

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    Krogstad, E.; Bizzarro, M.; Hemming, N.

    2003-12-01

    We have used a MC-ICP-MS to measure the isotopic composition of magnesium in a number of samples of modern marine carbonate. Due to the large mass difference between 26Mg and 24Mg (similar to that between 13C and 12C), there is potential for mass fractionation during geologic and biologic processes that may make this isotope system useful for geochemical studies. These samples are from the study of Hemming and Hanson (1992, GCA 56: 537-543). The carbonate minerals analyzed include aragonite, low-Mg calcite, and high-Mg calcite. The samples include corals, echinoderms, ooids, etc., from subtropical to Antarctic settings. Mg purification was accomplished by ion-exchange chromatography, using Bio-Rad AG50W-X12 resin on which greater than 99 percent recovery of Mg is achieved. Samples were introduced into the MC-ICP-MS (VG Axiom) using a Cetac MCN-6000 nebuliser. We use a standard-sample-standard bracketing technique, and samples are analysed at least three times. For lab standards we find that the reproducibility on the 26Mg/24Mg to be about ñ 0.12 permil (2 s.d.). We monitored our separated samples for Na and Ca, as we have found that high Ca/Mg and Na/Mg produce variable magnesium isotopic fractionation during mass spectrometry due to as yet unclear matrix effects. We have normalized our results to our measured values for seawater. We observed a d26Mg(s.w.) range of -1.4 to -2.4 permil in our modern carbonate samples relative to present day seawater. Due to the long residence time of Mg in the oceans (ca. 50 my), this must be due to kinetic or biologic effects. Our d25Mg(s.w.) variations as a function of d26Mg(s.w.) plot along the terrestrial fractionation trend. With an average d26Mg(s.w.) of ca. +0.5 permil in all samples of mantle lithologies and mantle-derived igneous rocks (Bizzarro et al., Goldschmidt abs., 2003), we can assume that the Mg isotopic composition of Earth's river water lies between ca. -2.4 and +0.5 permil (relative to seawater). The actual

  4. Efficacy and Safety of Doxepin 1 mg, 3 mg, and 6 mg in Adults with Primary Insomnia

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    Roth, Thomas; Rogowski, Roberta; Hull, Steven; Schwartz, Howard; Koshorek, Gail; Corser, Bruce; Seiden, David; Lankford, Alan

    2007-01-01

    Study Objectives: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of doxepin 1, 3, and 6 mg in insomnia patients. Design: Adults (18-64 y) with chronic primary insomnia (DSM-IV) were randomly assigned to one of four sequences of 1 mg, 3 mg, and 6 mg of doxepin, and placebo in a crossover study. Treatment periods consisted of 2 polysomnographic assessment nights with a 5-day or 12-day drug-free interval between periods. Efficacy was assessed using polysomnography (PSG) and patient-reported measures. Safety analyses included measures of residual sedation and adverse events. Measurements and Results: Sixty-seven patients were randomized. Wake time during sleep, the a priori defined primary endpoint, was statistically significantly improved at the doxepin 3 mg and 6 mg doses versus placebo. All three doses had statistically significant improvements versus placebo for PSG-defined wake after sleep onset, total sleep time, and overall sleep efficiency (SE). SE in the final third-of-the-night also demonstrated statistically significant improvement at all doses. The doxepin 6 mg dose significantly reduced subjective latency to sleep onset. All three doxepin doses had a safety profile comparable to placebo. There were no statistically significant differences in next-day residual sedation, and sleep architecture was generally clinically preserved. Conclusions: In adults with primary insomnia, doxepin 1 mg, 3 mg, and 6 mg was well-tolerated and produced improvement in objective and subjective sleep maintenance and duration endpoints that persisted into the final hour of the night. The side-effect profile was comparable to placebo, with no reported anticholinergic effects, no memory impairment, and no significant hangover/next-day residual effects. These data demonstrate that doxepin 1 mg, 3 mg, and 6 mg is efficacious in improving the sleep of patients with chronic primary insomnia. Citation: Roth T; Rogowski R; Hull S; Schwartz H; Koshorek G; Corser B; Seiden D. Efficacy and safety of

  5. [ELSA-Brasil strategies for outcome identification, investigation and ascertainment].

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    Barreto, Sandhi Maria; Ladeira, Roberto Marini; Bastos, Maria do Socorro Castelo Branco de Oliveira; Diniz, Maria de Fátima Haueisen Sander; Jesus, Elcimara Amorim de; Kelles, Silvana Márcia Bruschi; Luft, Vivian Cristine; Melo, Enirtes Caetano Prates; Oliveira, Elizabete Regina Araújo de

    2013-06-01

    The article describes the strategies adopted by the Brazilian Longitudinal Study for Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil) for participation and retention of subjects. This is key to ensure internal validity of longitudinal studies, and to identify, investigate, and ascertain outcomes of interest. The follow-up strategies include annual telephone contacts with new assessments and interviews every three to four years this approach aims to identify transient outcomes (reversible or not), permanent outcomes as well as complications related to the progression of major diseases--cardiovascular diseases and diabetes--to be studied. Telephone interviews are designed to monitor subjects' health status and to identify potential health-related events such as hospital admissions, medical visits or pre-selected medical procedures. Subjects are also encouraged to report to the ELSA-Brasil team any new health-related events. When a potential event is identified, a thorough investigation is carried out to collect relevant information about that event from medical records. All data are blinded and reviewed and analyzed by a medical expert committee. Incident outcome ascertainment follows well-established international criteria to ensure data comparability and avoid misclassification. In addition to these strategies, the occurrence of health-related events is also investigated through linkage of secondary databases, such as national mortality and hospital admission databases. Accurate identification of outcomes will allow to estimating their incidence in the study cohort and to investigate the effect of the exposures studied in the ELSA-Brasil at baseline and at its subsequent waves.

  6. Antibacterial biodegradable Mg-Ag alloys.

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    Tie, D; Feyerabend, F; Müller, W D; Schade, R; Liefeith, K; Kainer, K U; Willumeit, R

    2013-06-16

    The use of magnesium alloys as degradable metals for biomedical applications is a topic of ongoing research and the demand for multifunctional materials is increasing. Hence, binary Mg-Ag alloys were designed as implant materials to combine the favourable properties of magnesium with the well-known antibacterial property of silver. In this study, three Mg-Ag alloys, Mg2Ag, Mg4Ag and Mg6Ag that contain 1.87 %, 3.82 % and 6.00 % silver by weight, respectively, were cast and processed with solution (T4) and aging (T6) heat treatment. The metallurgical analysis and phase identification showed that all alloys contained Mg4Ag as the dominant β phase. After heat treatment, the mechanical properties of all Mg-Ag alloys were significantly improved and the corrosion rate was also significantly reduced, due to presence of silver. Mg(OH)₂ and MgO present the main magnesium corrosion products, while AgCl was found as the corresponding primary silver corrosion product. Immersion tests, under cell culture conditions, demonstrated that the silver content did not significantly shift the pH and magnesium ion release. In vitro tests, with both primary osteoblasts and cell lines (MG63, RAW 264.7), revealed that Mg-Ag alloys show negligible cytotoxicity and sound cytocompatibility. Antibacterial assays, performed in a dynamic bioreactor system, proved that the alloys reduce the viability of two common pathogenic bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus (DSMZ 20231) and Staphylococcus epidermidis (DSMZ 3269), and the results showed that the killing rate of the alloys against tested bacteria exceeded 90%. In summary, biodegradable Mg-Ag alloys are cytocompatible materials with adjustable mechanical and corrosion properties and show promising antibacterial activity, which indicates their potential as antibacterial biodegradable implant materials.

  7. Porous Mg formation upon dehydrogenation of MgH2 thin films

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    Dura, J. A.; Kelly, S. T.; Kienzle, P. A.; Her, J.-H.; Udovic, T. J.; Majkrzak, C. F.; Chung, C.-J.; Clemens, B. M.

    2011-05-01

    The hydrogenation and dehydrogenation of a thin film of Mg with a Pd cap layer was measured using neutron reflectometry. Upon hydrogenation, (at 373 K and 0.2 MPa H2), the Mg film swelled in the surface normal direction by an amount roughly equal to the difference in volume between MgH2 and Mg. After dehydrogenation (at 343-423 K), the Mg film returned to a composition of Mg but retained the swelled thickness by incorporating voids. The presence of the voids is confirmed by SEM micrographs. The voids may explain some of the changes in absorption kinetics after full cycling of Mg films.

  8. Hydrogen storage systems from waste Mg alloys

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    Pistidda, C.; Bergemann, N.; Wurr, J.; Rzeszutek, A.; Møller, K. T.; Hansen, B. R. S.; Garroni, S.; Horstmann, C.; Milanese, C.; Girella, A.; Metz, O.; Taube, K.; Jensen, T. R.; Thomas, D.; Liermann, H. P.; Klassen, T.; Dornheim, M.

    2014-12-01

    The production cost of materials for hydrogen storage is one of the major issues to be addressed in order to consider them suitable for large scale applications. In the last decades several authors reported on the hydrogen sorption properties of Mg and Mg-based systems. In this work magnesium industrial wastes of AZ91 alloy and Mg-10 wt.% Gd alloy are used for the production of hydrogen storage materials. The hydrogen sorption properties of the alloys were investigated by means of volumetric technique, in situ synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction (SR-PXD) and calorimetric methods. The measured reversible hydrogen storage capacity for the alloys AZ91 and Mg-10 wt.% Gd are 4.2 and 5.8 wt.%, respectively. For the Mg-10 wt.% Gd alloy, the hydrogenated product was also successfully used as starting reactant for the synthesis of Mg(NH2)2 and as MgH2 substitute in the Reactive Hydride Composite (RHC) 2LiBH4 + MgH2. The results of this work demonstrate the concrete possibility to use Mg alloy wastes for hydrogen storage purposes.

  9. Fire-Proof Evaluation of CaO Added Mg-3Al, Mg-6Al, and Mg-9Al Mg Cast Products

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    Lee, Jin-kyu; Kim, Shae K.

    Mg products are easily oxidized and burned when they are exposed to high temperature or fire by accident. In order to solve these problems, the fire-proof solution has been developed by adding CaO in Mg alloys. The fire-proof was evaluated by three methods: quantitative DTA for small sphere specimen, furnace ignition test for burrs and machined chips, and torch ignition test for products. DTA was carried out for obtaining quantitative ignition temperature data with respect to specimen geometry and test environment; the furnace ignition test for burr and chip ignition temperature data; and the torch test for ignition temperature data for manufactured products. This paper discusses the results of fire-proof properties of 1wt.%, and 1.5wt.% CaO added Mg-3Al, Mg-6Al, and Mg-9Al Mg alloys compared with other high temperature Mg alloys such as AE44, AS21, MRI153, and MRI230. Eco-Mg alloy will be low-cost and fire-proof Mg alloys for airplane and train applications in terms of preventing poisonous gas generation, inhalation bum, and ignition generation.

  10. Photodissociation of Mg +(NH 3) ion

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    Yoshida, Shinji; Okai, Nobuhiro; Fuke, Kiyokazu

    2001-10-01

    Electronically excited states of Mg +(NH 3) are studied by photodissociation after mass selection. The dissociation spectrum shows relatively sharp vibronic transitions centered at about 28 000 and 36 000 cm-1. These absorption bands are assigned to the 2P- 2S type transitions localized on the Mg + ion. In photodissociation, a photoinduced charge-transfer process to produce NH 3+ is observed in addition to evaporation and intracluster reaction processes to produce Mg + and MgNH 2+ ions, respectively. The mechanism for the production of these ions is discussed in terms of the predissociative and non-adiabatic interactions between the low-lying states.

  11. [Fluorescent probes for intracellular Mg2+ measurement].

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    Komatsu, Hirokazu; Suzuki, Yoshio; Suzuki, Koji

    2004-08-01

    Recently, fluorescent probes are widely used as tools for dynamical measurement of ion distributions and concentrations in cells. They are highly sensitive, and offer imaging by the use of fluorescent microscopy in easily and less cell damaging way. This paper discusses the selectivity and optical character of the three novel Mg(2+) fluorescent probes. KMG-20AM offers ratiometric quantative measurement of Mg(2+), KMG-104 provides high-sensitive qualitative analysis and 3-D measurement. With those improved Mg(2+) fluorescent probes, the physiological and pathological role of Mg(2+) are going to be more and more clear.

  12. Coherent interface structures and intergrain Josephson coupling in dense MgO/Mg2Si/MgB2 nanocomposites

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    Ueno, Katsuya; Nagashima, Yukihito; Seto, Yusuke; Matsumoto, Megumi; Sakurai, Takahiro; Ohta, Hitoshi; Takahashi, Kazuyuki; Uchino, Takashi

    2016-07-01

    Many efforts are under way to control the structure of heterointerfaces in nanostructured composite materials for designing functionality and engineering application. However, the fabrication of high-quality heterointerfaces is challenging because the crystal/crystal interface is usually the most defective part of the nanocomposite materials. In this work, we show that fully dense insulator (MgO)/semiconductor(Mg2Si)/superconductor(MgB2) nanocomposites with atomically smooth and continuous interfaces, including epitaxial-like MgO/Mg2Si interfaces, are obtained by solid phase reaction between metallic magnesium and a borosilicate glass. The resulting nanocomposites exhibit a semiconductor-superconducting transition at 36 K owing to the MgB2 nanograins surrounded by the MgO/Mg2Si matrix. This transition is followed by the intergrain phase-lock transition at ˜24 K due to the construction of Josephson-coupled network, eventually leading to a near-zero resistance state at 17 K. The method not only provides a simple process to fabricate dense nanocomposites with high-quality interfaces, but also enables to investigate the electric and magnetic properties of embedded superconducting nanograins with good intergrain coupling.

  13. The Coordination of Mg in Foraminiferal Calcite

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    Branson, O.; Redfern, S. A.; Tyliszczak, T.; Sadekov, A.; Langer, G.; Elderfield, H.

    2012-12-01

    The Mg/Ca ratio in calcite shells ('tests') of foraminifera is an empirical ocean temperature proxy widely used to interpret palaeoclimates. We explore the distribution and local environment of Mg in foram tests using STXM and NEXAFS spectroscopy to test the fundamental assumptions behind the proxy, and shed light on the mechanisms underpinning this vital oceanographic tool. Throughout the development of the Mg/Ca proxy, it has been assumed that Mg in foraminifera tests substitutes directly into the calcite lattice (1). This assumption is based on XRD analyses of various high-Mg biogenic carbonates, where Mg concentrations are manifest in the shifted position of diffraction peaks (2, 3). The extrapolation of this trend to foraminiferal calcite links the proxy to inorganic precipitation experiments, and provides a theoretical mechanistic framework to understand the link between Mg/Ca and temperature: the substitution of Mg is endothermic, and favoured at higher temperatures. However, the concentration of Mg in most foraminifera (0-10 mmol/mol Mg/Ca) is below the detection limit of XRD methods, and the analogy to inorganic systems has not been explicitly tested. Electron microprobe (4-6), LA-ICP-MS (7) and high-resolution nanoSIMS mapping (Sadekov, unpub.) of foraminifera tests have revealed the presence of high 'trace element' bands running in plane with the test surface, enriched in Mg, Sr, S, organic molecules and other trace elements. This emphasises a key question highlighted by Dodd (1) when the proxy was still in its infancy: how is Mg incorporated into mineral skeletons? By direct substitution into the calcite lattice, interstitially in a separate distinct mineral phase, or associated with organic compounds? We address this fundamental question using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy at ALS beamline 11.0.2 to examine the distribution and local atomic environment of Mg in two contrasting species of foraminifera

  14. The puzzle of {sup 32}Mg

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    Fortune, H. T.

    2011-08-15

    An analysis of results of the {sup 30}Mg(t,p) {sup 32}Mg reaction demonstrates that the ground state is the normal state and the excited 0{sup +} state is the intruder, contrary to popular belief. Additional experiments are suggested.

  15. The effect of the MgO buffer layer thickness on magnetic anisotropy in MgO/Fe/Cr/MgO buffer/MgO(001)

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    Kozioł-Rachwał, Anna; Nozaki, Takayuki; Zayets, Vadym; Kubota, Hitoshi; Fukushima, Akio; Yuasa, Shinji; Suzuki, Yoshishige

    2016-08-28

    The relationship between the magnetic properties and MgO buffer layer thickness d was studied in epitaxial MgO/Fe(t)/Cr/MgO(d) layers grown on MgO(001) substrate in which the Fe thickness t ranged from 0.4 nm to 1.1 nm. For 0.4 nm ≤ t ≤ 0.7 nm, a non-monotonic coercivity dependence on the MgO buffer thickness was shown by perpendicular magneto-optic Kerr effect magnetometry. For thicker Fe films, an increase in the buffer layer thickness resulted in a spin reorientation transition from perpendicular to the in-plane magnetization direction. Possible origins of these unusual behaviors were discussed in terms of the suppression of carbon contamination at the Fe surface and changes in the magnetoelastic anisotropy in the system. These results illustrate a method to control magnetic anisotropy in MgO/Fe/Cr/MgO(d) via an appropriate choice of MgO buffer layer thickness d.

  16. Twinning-mediated formability in Mg alloys.

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    Suh, Byeong-Chan; Kim, Jae H; Hwang, Ji Hyun; Shim, Myeong-Shik; Kim, Nack J

    2016-03-01

    Mg alloys are promising candidates for automotive applications due to their low density and high specific strength. However, their widespread applications have not been realized mainly because of poor formability at room temperature, arising from limited number of active deformation systems and strong basal texture. It has been recently shown that Mg-Zn-Ca alloys have excellent stretch formability, which has been ascribed to their weak basal texture. However, the distribution of basal poles is orthotropic, which might result in anisotropy during deformation and have adverse effect on formability. Here, we show that tension twinning is mainly responsible for enhanced formability of Mg-Zn-Ca alloys. We found that tension twinning is quite active during both uniaxial deformation and biaxial deformation of Mg-Zn-Ca alloy even under the stress conditions unfavourable for the formation of tensile twins. Our results provide new insights into the development of Mg alloys having high formability.

  17. Twinning-mediated formability in Mg alloys

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    Suh, Byeong-Chan; Kim, Jae H.; Hwang, Ji Hyun; Shim, Myeong-Shik; Kim, Nack J.

    2016-01-01

    Mg alloys are promising candidates for automotive applications due to their low density and high specific strength. However, their widespread applications have not been realized mainly because of poor formability at room temperature, arising from limited number of active deformation systems and strong basal texture. It has been recently shown that Mg-Zn-Ca alloys have excellent stretch formability, which has been ascribed to their weak basal texture. However, the distribution of basal poles is orthotropic, which might result in anisotropy during deformation and have adverse effect on formability. Here, we show that tension twinning is mainly responsible for enhanced formability of Mg-Zn-Ca alloys. We found that tension twinning is quite active during both uniaxial deformation and biaxial deformation of Mg-Zn-Ca alloy even under the stress conditions unfavourable for the formation of tensile twins. Our results provide new insights into the development of Mg alloys having high formability. PMID:26926655

  18. UHV and Ambient Pressure XPS: Potentials for Mg, MgO, and Mg(OH)2 Surface Analysis

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    Head, Ashley R.; Schnadt, Joachim

    2016-12-01

    The surface sensitivity of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has positioned the technique as a routine analysis tool for chemical and electronic structure information. Samples ranging from ideal model systems to industrial materials can be analyzed. Instrumentational developments in the past two decades have popularized ambient pressure XPS, with pressures in the tens of mbar now commonplace. Here, we briefly review the technique, including a discussion of developments that allow data collection at higher pressures. We illustrate the information XPS can provide by using examples from the literature, including MgO studies. We hope to illustrate the possibilities of ambient pressure XPS to Mg, MgO, and Mg(OH)2 systems, both in fundamental and applied studies.

  19. Magnesium (Mg) Retention and Mood Effects After Intravenous Mg Infusion in Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

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    Khine, Khursheed; Rosenstein, Donald L.; Elin, Ronald J.; Niemela, Julie E.; Schmidt, Peter J.; Rubinow, David R.

    2006-01-01

    Background: Conflicting data exist regarding the presence of magnesium (Mg) deficiency and the therapeutic efficacy of Mg in premenstrual syndrome or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Methods: The % Mg retention was determined using 24-hour urinary Mg excretion and the total dose of Mg given intravenously. In women with (n = 17) and without (n = 14) prospectively diagnosed PMDD, several blood measures of Mg and mood were obtained before, immediately after, and the day following an intravenous Mg (.1 mmol/kg) loading dose. A positive mood response was seen under open conditions; as open Mg infusion improved mood, subsequent PMDD patients (n = 10) were randomized in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover fashion. Results: Patients (31.5%) and control subjects (27.5%) retained comparable mean percentages of Mg. Neither group differed in measures of mean Mg before, immediately after, or the day following Mg infusion. Although there was a time effect for all mood measures in the patient group (p <.01 for all), there was neither a treatment nor time-by-treatment effect. Conclusions: Contrary to prior reports, we found no evidence of Mg deficiency in women with PMDD compared with control subjects. Furthermore, Mg was not superior to placebo in the mitigation of mood symptoms in women with PMDD. PMID:16197921

  20. Mechanism and regulation of Mg-chelatase.

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    Walker, C J; Willows, R D

    1997-01-01

    Mg-chelatase catalyses the insertion of Mg into protoporphyrin IX (Proto). This seemingly simple reaction also is potentially one of the most interesting and crucial steps in the (bacterio)chlorophyll (Bchl/Chl)-synthesis pathway, owing to its position at the branch-point between haem and Bchl/Chl synthesis. Up until the level of Proto, haem and Bchl/Chl synthesis share a common pathway. However, at the point of metal-ion insertion there are two choices: Mg2+ insertion to make Bchl/Chl (catalysed by Mg-chelatase) or Fe2+ insertion to make haem (catalysed by ferrochelatase). Thus the relative activities of Mg-chelatase and ferrochelatase must be regulated with respect to the organism's requirements for these end products. How is this regulation achieved? For Mg-chelatase, the recent design of an in vitro assay combined with the identification of Bchl-biosynthetic enzyme genes has now made it possible to address this question. In all photosynthetic organisms studied to date, Mg-chelatase is a three-component enzyme, and in several species these proteins have been cloned and expressed in an active form. The reaction takes place in two steps, with an ATP-dependent activation followed by an ATP-dependent chelation step. The activation step may be the key to regulation, although variations in subunit levels during diurnal growth may also play a role in determining the flux through the Bchl/Chl and haem branches of the pathway. PMID:9359397

  1. Diffusion of Ca and Mg in Calcite

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    Cygan, R.T.; Fisler, D.K.

    1999-02-10

    The self-diffusion of Ca and the tracer diffusion of Mg in calcite have been experimentally measured using isotopic tracers of {sup 25}Mg and {sup 44}Ca. Natural single crystals of calcite were coated with a thermally-sputtered oxide thin film and then annealed in a CO{sub 2} gas at one atmosphere total pressure and temperatures from 550 to 800 C. Diffusion coefficient values were derived from the depth profiles obtained by ion microprobe analysis. The resultant activation energies for Mg tracer diffusion and Ca self-diffusion are respectively: E{sub a}(Mg) = 284 {+-} 74 kJ/mol and E{sub a}(Ca) = 271 {+-} 80 kJ/mol. For the temperature ranges in these experiments, the diffusion of Mg is faster than Ca. The results are generally consistent in magnitude with divalent cation diffusion rates obtained in previous studies and provide a means of interpreting the thermal histories of carbonate minerals, the mechanism of dolomitization, and other diffusion-controlled processes. The results indicate that cation diffusion in calcite is relatively slow and cations are the rate-limiting diffusing species for the deformation of calcite and carbonate rocks. Application of the calcite-dolomite geothermometer to metamorphic assemblages will be constrained by cation diffusion and cooling rates. The direct measurement of Mg tracer diffusion in calcite indicates that dolomitization is unlikely to be accomplished by Mg diffusion in the solid state but by a recrystallization process.

  2. Scratch Adhesion Evaluation of Electroless Nickel Plating on mg and mg Alloys

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    Liu, Zhenmin; Gao, Wei

    Magnesium (Mg) and its alloys are being used as structural components in industry because of their high strength-to-weight ratio and relatively high stiffness. A shortcoming of Mg based alloys is their poor corrosion and wear resistance. Therefore, coatings or surface treatment are needed for protection purpose. This paper reports our work on electroless plating of Ni-P on Mg alloys. Pure Mg, AZ31 and AZ91 Mg alloys were used as the substrates to investigate friction and adhesion properties of the electroless Ni-P coatings. The maximum friction coefficient (~0.3) was found on the electroless nickel coating of pure Mg substrate. The adhesion strengths of the coatings on AZ31 and AZ91 Mg alloys are higher than that on pure Mg. The critical load (a measure of adhesion strength) of AZ31 reached 13.1 N.

  3. In vitro and in vivo comparison of binary Mg alloys and pure Mg.

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    Myrissa, Anastasia; Agha, Nezha Ahmad; Lu, Yiyi; Martinelli, Elisabeth; Eichler, Johannes; Szakács, Gábor; Kleinhans, Claudia; Willumeit-Römer, Regine; Schäfer, Ute; Weinberg, Annelie-Martina

    2016-04-01

    Biodegradable materials are under investigation due to their promising properties for biomedical applications as implant material. In the present study, two binary magnesium (Mg) alloys (Mg2Ag and Mg10Gd) and pure Mg (99.99%) were used in order to compare the degradation performance of the materials in in vitro to in vivo conditions. In vitro analysis of cell distribution and viability was performed on discs of pure Mg, Mg2Ag and Mg10Gd. The results verified viable pre-osteoblast cells on all three alloys and no obvious toxic effect within the first two weeks. The degradation rates in in vitro and in vivo conditions (Sprague-Dawley® rats) showed that the degradation rates differ especially in the 1st week of the experiments. While in vitro Mg2Ag displayed the fastest degradation rate, in vivo, Mg10Gd revealed the highest degradation rate. After four weeks of in vitro immersion tests, the degradation rate of Mg2Ag was significantly reduced and approached the values of pure Mg and Mg10Gd. Interestingly, after 4 weeks the estimated in vitro degradation rates approximate in vivo values. Our systematic experiment indicates that a correlation between in vitro and in vivo observations still has some limitations that have to be considered in order to perform representative in vitro experiments that display the in vivo situation.

  4. The Mg impurity in nitride alloys

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    Zvanut, M. E.; Willoughby, W. R.; Sunay, U. R.; Koleske, D. D.; Allerman, A. A.; Wang, Ke; Araki, Tsutomu; Nanishi, Yasushi

    2014-02-21

    Although several magnetic resonance studies address the Mg acceptor in GaN, there are few reports on Mg doping in the alloys, where hole production depends strongly on the Al or In content. Our electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements of the p-type alloys suggest that the Mg impurity retains the axial symmetry, characteristic of a p-type dopant in both alloys; however, In and Al produce additional, different characteristics of the acceptor. In InGaN, the behavior is consistent with a lowering of the acceptor level and increasing hole density as In concentration increases. For AlGaN, the amount of neutral Mg decreases with increasing Al content, which is attributed to different kinetics of hydrogen diffusion thought to occur in samples with higher Al mole fraction.

  5. Effect of ambient Mg/Ca ratio on Mg fractionation in calcareous marine invertebrates: A record of the oceanic Mg/Ca ratio over the Phanerozoic

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    Ries, Justin B.

    2004-11-01

    The Mg/Ca ratio of seawater has changed significantly over the Phanerozoic, primarily as a function of the rate of ocean-crust production. Echinoids, crabs, shrimps, and calcareous serpulid worms grown in artificial seawaters encompassing the range of Mg/Ca ratios that existed throughout the Phanerozoic exhibit a direct nonlinear relationship between skeletal and ambient Mg/Ca. Specimens grown in seawater with the lowest Mg/Ca (˜1) changed their mineralogy to low-Mg calcite (<4 mol% MgCO3), suggesting that these high-Mg calcareous organisms would have produced low-Mg calcite in the Cretaceous, when oceanic Mg/Ca was lowest (˜1). These results support the empirical evidence that the skeletal chemistry of calcareous organisms has varied significantly over the Phanerozoic as a function of the Mg/Ca of seawater, and that the Mg/Ca of unaltered fossils of such organisms may be a record of oceanic Mg/Ca throughout the Phanerozoic. Mg fractionation algorithms, which relate skeletal Mg/Ca, seawater Mg/Ca, and temperature, were derived from these and other experiments. They can be used to estimate paleoceanic Mg/ Ca ratios and temperatures from fossil skeletal Mg/Ca of the organisms evaluated. Pale oceanic Mg/Ca ratios, recalculated by using the echinoderm Mg fractionation algorithm from published fossil echinoid Mg/Ca, crinoid Mg/Ca, and paleotemperature data, are consistent with other estimates and models of oceanic Mg/Ca over the Phanerozoic.

  6. Mg/Ca of Continental Ostracode Shells

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    Ito, E.; Forester, R. M.; Marco-Barba, J.; Mezquita, F.

    2007-12-01

    Marine ionic chemistry is thought to remain constant. This, together with the belief that marine calcifiers partition Mg/Ca in a systematic manner as functions of temperature (and Mg/Ca) of water forms the basis of the Mg/Ca thermometer. In continental settings both of these assumptions are usually not true. Continental waters contain a wide variety of solutes in absolute and relative ion concentrations. Hence, waters with identical Mg/Ca may have very different concentrations of Mg and Ca and very different anions. Here we use two examples to focus on the effects of ion chemistry on Mg/Ca partitioning in continental ostracode shells and we ignore the complexities of solute evolution, which can change Mg/Ca over timescales of minutes to millennia. Palacios-Fest and Dettman (2001) conducted a monthly study of ,Cypridopsis vidua at El Yeso Lake in Sonora, Mexico. They established a relation between temperature and average shell Mg/Ca using regression analyses on averaged data. When their Mg/Ca-temperature relation is applied to monthly ,C. vidua data from Page Pond near Cleveland, Ohio, water temperatures of -8 to -1°C are obtained. The observed Mg/Ca ranges for El Yeso Lake (0.31 to 0.46) and Page Pond (0.33 to 0.46) are similar, as are their specific conductivities (700 to 850μS for El Yeso Lake; 400 to 600μS for Page Pond). However, [Ca] is 140-260 mg/L for El Yeso, but only 70-90 mg/L for Page Pond. Page Pond data, in fact, shows a good temperature shell Mg/Ca relation for .C. vidua, but the relation is different from that at El Yeso. Hence, shell Mg/Ca is a multi-valued, family of curves function of temperature and Mg/Ca of water that depends on the [Mg] and [Ca] values in water and perhaps other factors. Our second example comes from sites near Valencia, Spain and involves shell data for ,Cyprideis torosa, an estuarine ostracode that is tolerant of a wide range of salinity and can live in continental waters as long as the carbonate alkalinity to Ca ratio is

  7. Prussian Blue Mg-Li Hybrid Batteries.

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    Sun, Xiaoqi; Duffort, Victor; Nazar, Linda F

    2016-08-01

    The major advantage of Mg batteries relies on their promise of employing an Mg metal negative electrode, which offers much higher energy density compared to graphitic carbon. However, the strong coulombic interaction of Mg(2+) ions with anions leads to their sluggish diffusion in the solid state, which along with a high desolvation energy, hinders the development of positive electrode materials. To circumvent this limitation, Mg metal negative electrodes can be used in hybrid systems by coupling an Li(+) insertion cathode through a dual salt electrolyte. Two "high voltage" Prussian blue analogues (average 2.3 V vs Mg/Mg(2+); 3.0 V vs Li/Li(+)) are investigated as cathode materials and the influence of structural water is shown. Their electrochemical profiles, presenting two voltage plateaus, are explained based on the two unique Fe bonding environments. Structural water has a beneficial impact on the cell voltage. Capacities of 125 mAh g(-1) are obtained at a current density of 10 mA g(-1) (≈C/10), while stable performance up to 300 cycles is demonstrated at 200 mA g(-1) (≈2C). The hybrid cell design is a step toward building a safe and high density energy storage system.

  8. Chondrogenic differentiation of ATDC5-cells under the influence of Mg and Mg alloy degradation.

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    Martinez Sanchez, Adela H; Feyerabend, Frank; Laipple, Daniel; Willumeit-Römer, Regine; Weinberg, Annelie; Luthringer, Bérengère J C

    2017-03-01

    Biodegradable magnesium (Mg)-based materials are a potential alternative to permanent implants for application in children. Nevertheless effects of those materials on growth plate cartilage and chondrogenesis have not been previously evaluated. In vitro differentiation of ATDC5 cells was evaluated under the influence of pure Mg (PMg), Mg with 10wt% of gadolinium (Mg-10Gd) and Mg with 2wt% of silver (Mg-2Ag) degradation products (extracts) and direct cell culture on the materials. Gene expression showed an inhibitory effect on ATDC5 mineralization with the three extracts and a chondrogenic potential of Mg-10Gd. Cells cultured in Mg-10Gd and Mg-2Ag extracts showed the same proliferation and morphology than cells cultured in growth conditions. Mg-10Gd induced an increase in production of ECM and a bigger cell size, similar to the effects found with differentiation conditions. An increased metabolic activity was observed in cells cultured under the influence of Mg-10Gd extracts, indicated by an acidic pH during most of the culture period. After 7days of culture on the materials, ATDC5 growth, distribution and ECM synthesis were higher on Mg-10Gd samples, followed by Mg-2Ag and PMg, which was influenced by the homogeneity and composition of the degradation layer. This study confirmed the tolerance of ATDC5 cells to Mg-based materials and a chondrogenic effect of Mg-10Gd. Further studies in vitro and in vivo are necessary to evaluate cell reactions to those materials, as well as the effects on bone growth and the biocompatibility of the alloying system in the body. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. The influence of Mg-Zr master alloy microstructure on the corrosion of Mg

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    Gandel, D. S.; Easton, M. A.; Gibson, M. A.; Abbott, T.; Birbilis, N.

    In this study, sixteen Mg-Zr alloys were produced to investigate the role of Zr on corrosion of Mg. Alloys were produced using two different commercial Mg-Zr master alloys commonly used for grain refining Mg, but which contain different Zr particle size distributions. It is seen that the master alloy with a smaller Zr particle size leads to an alloy containing more Zr in solid solution. The ratio of Zr in solid solution and in particle form was observed to have a marked effect on the corrosion of Mg.

  10. Ultrafast Synthesis and Related Phase Evolution of Mg2Si and Mg2Sn Compounds

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    Zhang, Qiang; Lu, Qiangbing; Yan, Yonggao; Su, Xianli; Tang, Xinfeng

    2017-02-01

    Both Mg2Si and Mg2Sn compounds were synthesized by an ultra-fast self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) method. The data regarding SHS were obtained via theoretical calculation combined with experiments, showing that the adiabatic temperature T ad and ignition temperature T ig of Mg2Si are a little higher than those of Mg2Sn. The mechanism of phase evolution and the concomitant microstructure evolution during the synthesis process of Mg2Si and Mg2Sn compounds were investigated by adopting SHS technique coupled with a sudden quenching treatment. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and x-ray powder diffraction (XRD) results indicate that Mg2Si compound can be directly synthesized through the reaction of Mg and Si elements at around 850 K. Correspondingly, the formation of Mg2Sn needs to undergo melting of Sn and the subsequent feeble reaction between Mg and Sn elements before the large scale transformation at 730 K. As the groundwork, this research embodies great significance for future study on the ultrafast SHS process of the ternary Mg2Si1-x Sn x solid solutions.

  11. Spontaneously intermixed Al-Mg barriers enable corrosion-resistant Mg/SiC multilayer coatings

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    Soufli, Regina; Fernandez-Perea, Monica; Baker, Sherry L.; ...

    2012-07-24

    Magnesium/silicon carbide (Mg/SiC) has the potential to be the best-performing reflective multilayercoating in the 25–80 nm wavelength region but suffers from Mg-related corrosion, an insidious problem which completely degrades reflectance. We have elucidated the origins and mechanisms of corrosion propagation within Mg/SiC multilayers. Based on our findings, we have demonstrated an efficient and simple-to-implement corrosion barrier for Mg/SiC multilayers. In conclusion, the barrier consists of nanometer-scale Mg and Al layers that intermix spontaneously to form a partially amorphous Al-Mg layer and is shown to prevent atmospheric corrosion while maintaining the unique combination of favorable Mg/SiC reflective properties.

  12. Formation and Corrosion Resistance of Mg-Al Hydrotalcite Film on Mg-Gd-Zn Alloy

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    Ba, Z. X.; Dong, Q. S.; Kong, S. X.; Zhang, X. B.; Xue, Y. J.; Chen, Y. J.

    2017-06-01

    An environment-friendly technique for depositing a Mg-Al hydrotalcite (HT) (Mg6Al2(OH)16-CO3ṡ4H2O) conversion film was developed to protect the Mg-Gd-Zn alloy from corrosion. The morphology and chemical compositions of the film were analyzed by scanning electronic microscope (SEM) equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy (RS), respectively. The electrochemical test and hydrogen evolution test were employed to evaluate the biocorrosion behavior of Mg-Gd-Zn alloy coated with the Mg-Al HT film in the simulated body fluid (SBF). It was found that the formation of Mg-Al HT film was a transition from amorphous precursor to a crystalline HT structure. The HT film can effectively improve the corrosion resistance of magnesium alloy. It indicates that the process provides a promising approach to modify Mg-Gd-Zn alloy.

  13. Mg deficiency affects leaf Mg remobilization and the proteome in Brassica napus.

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    Billard, Vincent; Maillard, Anne; Coquet, Laurent; Jouenne, Thierry; Cruz, Florence; Garcia-Mina, José-Maria; Yvin, Jean-Claude; Ourry, Alain; Etienne, Philippe

    2016-10-01

    In order to cope with variable mineral nutrient availability, higher plants have developed numerous strategies including the remobilization of nutrients from source to sink tissues. However, such processes remain relatively unknown for magnesium (Mg), which is the third most important cation in plant tissues. Using Mg depletion of Brassica napus, we have demonstrated that Mg is remobilized from old leaves to young shoot tissues. Moreover, this study showed that Mg depletion induces modification of nutrient uptake, especially Zn and Mn. Finally, comparative proteomic analysis of old leaves (source of Mg) revealed amongst other results that some proteins requiring Mg for their functionality (isocitrate dehydrogenase for example) were up-regulated. Moreover, down-regulation of proteases suggested that mobilization of Mg from old leaves was not associated with senescence.

  14. Melting relations in the MgO-MgSiO3 system up to 70 GPa

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    Ohnishi, Satoka; Kuwayama, Yasuhiro; Inoue, Toru

    2017-06-01

    Melting experiments in a binary system MgO-MgSiO3 were performed up to 70 GPa using a CO2 laser heated diamond anvil cell. The quenched samples were polished and analyzed by a dualbeam focused ion beam (FIB) and a field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), respectively. The liquidus phase and the eutectic composition were determined on the basis of textual and chemical analyses of sample cross sections. Our experimental results show that the eutectic composition is the Si/Mg molar ratio of 0.76 at 35 GPa and it decreases with increasing pressure. Above 45 GPa, it becomes relatively constant at about 0.64-0.65 Si/Mg molar ratio. Using our experimental data collected at a wide pressure range up to 70 GPa together with previous experimental data, we have constructed a thermodynamic model of the eutectic composition of the MgO-MgSiO3 system. The eutectic composition extrapolated to the pressure and temperature conditions at the base of the mantle is about 0.64 Si/Mg molar ratio. The modeled eutectic composition is quite consistent with a previous prediction from ab initio calculations (de Koker et al. in Earth Planet Sci Lett 361:58-63, 2013), suggesting that the simple assumption of a non-ideal regular solution model can well describe the melting relation of the MgO-MgSiO3 system at high pressure. Our results show that the liquidus phase changes from MgO-periclase to MgSiO3-bridgmanite at 35 GPa for the simplified pyrolite composition ( 0.7 Si/Mg molar ratio), while MgSiO3-bridgmanite is the liquidus phase at the entire lower mantle conditions for the chondritic composition ( 0.84 Si/Mg molar ratio).

  15. Melting relations in the MgO-MgSiO3 system up to 70 GPa

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    Ohnishi, Satoka; Kuwayama, Yasuhiro; Inoue, Toru

    2017-02-01

    Melting experiments in a binary system MgO-MgSiO3 were performed up to 70 GPa using a CO2 laser heated diamond anvil cell. The quenched samples were polished and analyzed by a dualbeam focused ion beam (FIB) and a field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), respectively. The liquidus phase and the eutectic composition were determined on the basis of textual and chemical analyses of sample cross sections. Our experimental results show that the eutectic composition is the Si/Mg molar ratio of 0.76 at 35 GPa and it decreases with increasing pressure. Above 45 GPa, it becomes relatively constant at about 0.64-0.65 Si/Mg molar ratio. Using our experimental data collected at a wide pressure range up to 70 GPa together with previous experimental data, we have constructed a thermodynamic model of the eutectic composition of the MgO-MgSiO3 system. The eutectic composition extrapolated to the pressure and temperature conditions at the base of the mantle is about 0.64 Si/Mg molar ratio. The modeled eutectic composition is quite consistent with a previous prediction from ab initio calculations (de Koker et al. in Earth Planet Sci Lett 361:58-63, 2013), suggesting that the simple assumption of a non-ideal regular solution model can well describe the melting relation of the MgO-MgSiO3 system at high pressure. Our results show that the liquidus phase changes from MgO-periclase to MgSiO3-bridgmanite at 35 GPa for the simplified pyrolite composition ( 0.7 Si/Mg molar ratio), while MgSiO3-bridgmanite is the liquidus phase at the entire lower mantle conditions for the chondritic composition ( 0.84 Si/Mg molar ratio).

  16. Application of calcite Mg partitioning functions to the reconstruction of paleocean Mg/Ca

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    Hasiuk, Franciszek J.; Lohmann, Kyger C.

    2010-12-01

    Calcite Mg/Ca is usually assumed to vary linearly with solution Mg/Ca, that a constant partition coefficient describes the relationship between these two ratios. Numerous published empirical datasets suggests that this relationship is better described by a power function. We provide a compilation of these literature data for biotic and abiotic calcite in the form of Calcite Mg/Ca = F(Solution Mg/Ca) H, where F and H are empirically determined fitting parameters describing the slope and deviation from linearity, respectively, of the function. This is equivalent to Freundlich sorption behavior controlling Mg incorporation in calcite. Using a power function, instead of a partition coefficient, lowers Phanerozoic seawater Mg/Ca estimates based on echinoderm skeletal material by, on average, 0.5 mol/mol from previous estimates. These functions can also be used to model the primary skeletal calcite Mg/Ca of numerous calcite phases through geologic time. Such modeling suggests that the Mg/Ca of all calcite precipitated from seawater has varied through the Phanerozoic in response to changing seawater Mg/Ca and that the overall range in Mg/Ca measured among various calcite phases would be greatest when seawater Mg/Ca was also high (e.g., "aragonite seas") and lowest when seawater Mg/Ca was low (e.g., "calcite seas"). It follows that, during times of "calcite seas" when the seawater Mg/Ca is presumed to have been lower, deposition of calcite with low Mg contents would have resulted in a depressed drive for diagenetic stabilization of shelfal carbonate and, in turn, lead to greater preservation of crystal and skeletal microfabrics and primary chemistries in biotic and abiotic calcites.

  17. AB Initio Characterization of MgCCH, MgCCH(+), and MgC2, and Pathways to their Formation in the Interstellar Medium

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    Woon, David E.

    1996-01-01

    A study of Mg-bearing compounds has been performed in order to determine molecular properties which are critical for planning new astronomical searches and laboratory studies. The primary focus of the work is on MgCCH, MgCCH(+), and the isomers of MgC2. Only MgCCH has been identified in laboratory studies. Additional calculations have been carried out on MgH, MgNC, MgCN, and their cations in an effort to evaluate pathways to the formation of MgCCH and MgCCH(+) in the InterStellar Medium (ISM) or in circumstellar envelopes. Correlated ab initio methods and correlation-consistent basis sets have been employed. Properties including structures, rotational constants, dipole moments, and harmonic frequencies are reported. A transition state between linear MgCC and cyclic MgC2 has been characterized and was found to yield a minimal barrier (approx. 0.5 kcal/mole), indicating easy interconversion to the cyclic form. Direct reactions in the ISM between Mg or Mg(+) and HCCH are precluded by energetic considerations, but a number of ion- molecule or neutral-neutral exchange reactions between CCH and various Mg-containing species offer plausible pathways to MgCCH or MgCCH(+). Weakly bound MgH may react with CCH to form MgCCH, but MgH has not been detected. Both MgNC and MgCN have been observed, but reactions with CCH are slightly endothermic by 1-3 kcal/mole. Although MgH(+), MgNC(+), and MgCN(+) have not been detected, their reactions with CCH to form MgCCH(+) are all exothermic. With only a small barrier separating linear MgCC and cyclic MgC2, the dissociative recombination of MgCCH(+) with an electron is expected to yield cyclic MgC2, and regenerate Mg and CCH. New astronomical searches for MgCCH, MgCCH(+), cyclic MgC2, MgNC(+), and MgCN(+) will provide further insight into organo-magnesium astrochemistry.

  18. COSMIC DUST IN Mg II ABSORBERS

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    Menard, Brice; Fukugita, Masataka

    2012-08-01

    Mg II absorbers induce reddening on background quasars. We measure this effect and infer the cosmic density of dust residing in these systems to be {Omega} Almost-Equal-To 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6}, in units of the critical density of the universe, which is comparable to the amount of dust found in galactic disks or about half the amount inferred to exist outside galaxies. We also estimate the neutral hydrogen abundance in Mg II clouds to be {Omega} Almost-Equal-To 1.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4}, which is approximately 5% of hydrogen in stars in galaxies. This implies a dust-to-gas mass ratio for Mg II clouds of about 1/100, which is similar to the value for normal galaxies. This would support the hypothesis of the outflow origin of Mg II clouds, which are intrinsically devoid of stars and hence have no sources of dust. Considerations of the dust abundance imply that the presence of Mg II absorbers around galaxies lasts effectively for a few Gyr. High-redshift absorbers allow us to measure the rest-frame extinction curve to 900 A, at which the absorption by the Lyman edge dominates over scattering by dust in the extinction opacity.

  19. Epitaxial MgO/Fe(001) and Fe/MgO(001): Structures of the interfaces

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    Młyńczak, E.; Freindl, K.; Spiridis, N.; Korecki, J.

    2013-01-01

    The chemical, electronic and magnetic structures of the interfaces between Fe(001) and MgO(001) thin films were studied using conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS). A 1 ML thick 57Fe probe located at either of the interfaces in the MgO/56Fe/MgO epitaxial structure enabled precise measurements of the interfacial hyperfine interactions. Analysis of the CEMS spectra showed that both the "MgO/Fe" and "Fe/MgO" interfaces are partially oxidized (63% and 86%, respectively), although, despite good crystallinity, no well-defined iron oxide phases were detected. At the "MgO/Fe" interface, 14% of the oxidized Fe sites were found to be defective (located at steps, corners or kinks). The "Fe/MgO" interface, from which the formation of 57Fe islands of at least 3 ML in height was inferred, was found to be almost defect-free. No modification of the hyperfine parameters of Fe atoms located away from the interface was detected for "Fe/MgO," in contrast with the "MgO/Fe" interface. Approximately 6% of the probe layer diffused into the MgO films at both interfaces.

  20. Hydrodechlorination of Tetrachloromethane over Palladium Catalysts Supported on Mixed MgF₂-MgO Carriers.

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    Bonarowska, Magdalena; Wojciechowska, Maria; Zieliński, Maciej; Kiderys, Angelika; Zieliński, Michał; Winiarek, Piotr; Karpiński, Zbigniew

    2016-11-25

    Pd/MgO, Pd/MgF₂ and Pd/MgO-MgF₂ catalysts were investigated in the reaction of CCl₄ hydrodechlorination. All the catalysts deactivated in time on stream, but the degree of deactivation varied from catalyst to catalyst. The MgF₂-supported palladium with relatively large metal particles appeared the best catalyst, characterized by good activity and selectivity to C₂-C₅ hydrocarbons. Investigation of post-reaction catalyst samples allowed to find several details associated with the working state of hydrodechlorination catalysts. The role of support acidity was quite complex. On the one hand, a definite, although not very high Lewis acidity of MgF₂ is beneficial for shaping high activity of palladium catalysts. The MgO-MgF₂ support characterized by stronger Lewis acidity than MgF₂ contributes to very good catalytic activity for a relatively long reaction period (~5 h) but subsequent neutralization of stronger acid centers (by coking) eliminates them from the catalyst. On the other hand, the role of acidity evolution, which takes place when basic supports (like MgO) are chlorided during HdCl reactions, is difficult to assess because different events associated with distribution of chlorided support species, leading to partial or even full blocking of the surface of palladium, which plays the role of active component in HdCl reactions.

  1. Mg Incorporation Efficiency in Pulsed MOCVD of N-Polar GaN:Mg

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    Marini, Jonathan; Mahaboob, Isra; Hogan, Kasey; Novak, Steve; Bell, L. D.; Shahedipour-Sandvik, F.

    2017-10-01

    We report on the effect of growth polarity and pulsed or δ -doped growth mode on impurity incorporation in metalorganic chemical vapor deposition-grown GaN. In Ga-polar orientation, up to 12× enhancement in Mg concentration for given Mg flow rate is observed, resulting in enhanced p-type conductivity for these samples. In contrast, this enhancement effect is greatly diminished for N-polar samples, falling off with increasing Mg flow and showing maximum enhancement of 2.7× at 30 nmol/min Mg flow. At higher Mg flow rates, Mg incorporation at normal levels did not correspond to p-type conductivity, which may be due to Mg incorporation at nonacceptor sites. Concentrations of C, O, and Si were also investigated, revealing dependence on Mg flow in N-polar pulsed samples. Carbon incorporation was found to decrease with increasing Mg flow, and oxygen incorporation was found to remain high across varied Mg flow. These effects combine to result in N-polar samples that are not p-type when using the pulsed growth mode.

  2. Study on the compounds of Mg12La and (Mg,Zn)11.5La

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    Huang, M. L.; Si, Z. Y.; Li, H. X.

    2017-01-01

    The composition, crystal structure and phase relationship of the main intermetallics of the Mg-Zn-La system on the low La side have been studied. The results show that there exists a binary solid solutions of Mg12La as (Mg,Zn)La12 and a linear ternary compound (Mg,Zn)11.5La. Though the composition formula of the two phases are similar, but the composition of Zn in them are different. The maximum Zn content of (Mg,Zn)12La is 7.2at% and the minimum Zn content of (Mg,Zn)11.5La is 8.5at%. What’s more, the crystal structures of (Mg,Zn)12La and (Mg,Zn)11.5La phase are also totally different. (Mg,Zn)La12 have the body centered tetragonal lattice structure, but the crystal structure of (Mg,Zn)11.5La is C-centered orthorhombic lattice structure.

  3. Superior high-field current density in slightly Mg-deficient MgB2 tapes

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    Jiang, C. H.; Nakane, T.; Kumakura, H.

    2005-12-01

    A series of Fe-clad MgxB2 tapes with x varying from 0.5 to 1.2 was prepared by the in situ powder-in-tube method. Slightly Mg-deficient samples showed higher Jc in high magnetic fields, whereas samples with stoichiometric Mg or a slight excess of Mg exhibited better Jc in the low-field region. The sample with x =0.9 showed the best Jc in the applied magnetic field. The MgB2 core was porous in Mg-deficient tapes but with smaller grain sizes than the samples with a slight Mg excess due to insufficient grain growth. Some fine nanometer size grains were also observed in the B-rich samples. The enhanced grain boundary pinning due to the smaller grain size may explain the superior high-field Jc property of the slightly Mg-deficient MgB2 tapes. Our results indicate that preparing MgB2 samples with a slight excess of Mg may not be advantageous when developing devices for high-field applications.

  4. The effects of Mg enrichment of vegetable sprouts on Mg concentration, yield and ROS generation.

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    Przybysz, Arkadiusz; Wrochna, Mariola; Małecka-Przybysz, Monika; Gawrońska, Helena; Gawroński, Stanisław W

    2016-08-01

    Two-thirds of the world's population do not consume the recommended amount of Mg, hence the demand for the production of Mg-enriched plants. Sprouts represent promising targets for enrichment. This study evaluated the effects of enriching broccoli, radish, alfalfa and mung bean sprouts with Mg (50-300 mg L(-1) ) on (i) the concentration of Mg and other ions, (ii) biomass accumulation, (iii) levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), and (iv) the activity/content of enzymatic and non-enzymatic components of antioxidative systems. Enrichment of sprouts with Mg led to a significant increase in Mg concentration, especially in alfalfa (increase of 23-152 %), without depletion of other ions. A higher Mg concentration had a minor effect on biomass accumulation, but increased, often significantly, ROS generation and affected enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidative systems. The level of O2 (•-) increased most in broccoli, by 59-158%, while OH(•) increased most in radish, by 200-350%. Enrichment of sprouts with Mg is possible, but attention must be paid to elevated ROS levels in food. Mung bean sprouts are best suited to enrichment as they make a considerable contribution to the daily supplementation of Mg, at still low levels of ROS in enriched plants. © 2015 Society of Chemical Industry. © 2015 Society of Chemical Industry.

  5. Phase equilibrium in Mg-Cu-Y

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    Mezbahul-Islam, Mohammad; Medraj, Mamoun

    2013-10-01

    Magnesium-based bulk metallic glasses (BMG) have potential in applications ranging from biomedical to sports equipment and the Mg-Cu-Y system offers some of the most promising alloys. Phase relations and ternary solubility of the binary and ternary compounds of this system have been experimentally investigated. The Isothermal section of Mg-Cu-Y system at 673 K for the entire composition range has been constructed. Phase relations in the Cu-rich (>66 at.% Cu) region of the Mg-Cu-Y system has been determined for the first time. The homogeneity range of three ternary compounds has been determined. Solidifications behavior of several key alloys have been discussed based on the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) experiments and thermodynamic calculations. Extensive analysis of the DSC curves has been carried out to relate them to the corresponding phase transformation reactions and temperatures. Some of the most promising metallic glass forming regions have been analyzed using thermodynamic calculations.

  6. Superconductivity in MgB 2

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    Akimitsu, Jun; Muranaka, Takahiro

    2003-05-01

    We recently discovered that the intermetallic compound magnesium diboride (MgB2) exhibits the highest superconducting transition temperature (Tc=39 K) of all the metallic superconductors. In this paper we report on the basic superconducting characteristics of MgB2 and the current status of the research for the unanswered problem in this superconductivity. Especially, we review the several reports for the superconducting gap (Δ) by the spectroscopic measurements. Moreover we introduce the research into its anisotropic parameter (γ), which is important for the understanding of this superconducting states in this material.

  7. Electronic states of MgO: Spectroscopy, predissociation, and cold atomic Mg and O production

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    Maatouk, A.; Ben Houria, A.; Yazidi, O.; Jaidane, N.; Hochlaf, M.

    2010-10-14

    We used multiconfigurational methods and a large basis set to compute the potential energy curves of the valence and valence-Rydberg electronic states of MgO molecule. New bound electronic states are found. Using these highly correlated wave functions, we evaluated their mutual spin-orbit couplings and transition moment integrals. For the bound electronic states of MgO, we deduced an accurate set of spectroscopic constants that agree remarkably well with experimental results. Moreover, our potentials, transition moments, and spin-orbit coupling evolutions are incorporated into Fermi golden rule calculations to deduce the radiative lifetimes of MgO(B {sup 1}{Sigma}{sup +}) rovibrational levels and the natural lifetimes of MgO(A {sup 1}{Pi}) vibrational levels, where a good agreement is found with experimental values. Finally, we suggest new routes for the production of cold Mg and O atoms and cold MgO molecules.

  8. The millimeter-wave spectrum of the MgH and MgD radicals

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    Ziurys, L. M.; Barclay, W. L., Jr.; Anderson, M. A.

    1993-01-01

    The pure rotational spectrum of MgH radical (X 2 Sigma (+)) in its ground state v = 0 and v = 1 vibrational modes has been observed in the laboratory using millimeter/submillimeter direct absorption spectroscopy. The rotational spectra of two isotopically substituted species, MgD and (Mg-26)H, have been detected as well. All six hyperfine components of the N = 0 -1 transition of MgH in its v = 0 and v = 1 states have been directly measured to an accuracy of +/-50 kHz, and the five components have been observed for (Mg-26)H. The N = 0 +/-1 and N = 1 -2 transitions of MgD have also been detected. Rotational, fine structure, and hyperfine constants were determined for all species from a nonlinear least-squared fit to the data using a 2 Sigma Hamiltonian.

  9. Interdiffusion in the Mg-Al system and Intrinsic Diffusion in (Al3Mg2) Phase

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    Brennan, Sarah; Bermudez, Katrina; Kulkarni, Nagraj S; Sohn, Yong Ho

    2011-01-01

    Increasing use and development of lightweight Mg-alloys have led to the desire for more fundamental research in and understanding of Mg-based systems. As a strengthening component, Al is one of the most important and common alloying elements for Mg-alloys. In this study, solid-to-solid diffusion couple techniques were employed to examine the interdiffusion between pure Mg and Al. Diffusion anneals were carried out at 300 , 350 , and 400 C for 720, 360, and 240 hours, respectively. Optical and scanning electron microscopies (SEM) were employed to observe the formation of the intermetallics -Al12Mg17 and -Al3Mg2, but not -phase. Concentration profiles were determined using X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS). The growth constants and activation energies were determined for each intermetallic phase.

  10. Electron microscopy observations of MgB 2 wire prepared by an internal Mg diffusion method

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    Shimada, Y.; Kubota, Y.; Hata, S.; Ikeda, K.; Nakashima, H.; Matsumoto, A.; Togano, K.; Kumakura, H.

    2011-11-01

    Microstructure in a high-density MgB2 wire fabricated by an internal Mg diffusion (IMD) process has been investigated by electron microscopy imaging and analysis at different scales. In the IMD process, a pure Mg rod was used as Mg source, and nanosized SiC powders were mixed with amorphous B powders. In the case of a heat treatment at 640 °C for 1 h carried out after rolling and drawing processes, the wire has two microstructural features that degrade critical current density: uncrystallized zones composed mainly of unreacted B and SiC powders, and cracks partly filled with course Mg2Si crystals. Those cracks were formed in the uncrystallized zones as well as in crystallized MgB2 zones. It indicate that the cracks formed by the mechanical milling and drawing remain after the heat treatment.

  11. Efficient hydrogen storage with the combination of lightweight Mg/MgH2 and nanostructures.

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    Cheng, Fangyi; Tao, Zhanliang; Liang, Jing; Chen, Jun

    2012-07-28

    Efficient hydrogen storage plays a key role in realizing the incoming hydrogen economy. However, it still remains a great challenge to develop hydrogen storage media with high capacity, favourable thermodynamics, fast kinetics, controllable reversibility, long cycle life, low cost and high safety. To achieve this goal, the combination of lightweight materials and nanostructures should offer great opportunities. In this article, we review recent advances in the field of chemical hydrogen storage that couples lightweight materials and nanostructures, focusing on Mg/MgH(2)-based systems. Selective theoretical and experimental studies on Mg/MgH(2) nanostructures are overviewed, with the emphasis on illustrating the influences of nanostructures on the hydrogenation/dehydrogenation mechanisms and hydrogen storage properties such as capacity, thermodynamics and kinetics. In particular, theoretical studies have shown that the thermodynamics of Mg/MgH(2) clusters below 2 nm change more prominently as particle size decreases.

  12. The millimeter-wave spectrum of the MgH and MgD radicals

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    Ziurys, L. M.; Barclay, W. L., Jr.; Anderson, M. A.

    1993-01-01

    The pure rotational spectrum of MgH radical (X 2 Sigma (+)) in its ground state v = 0 and v = 1 vibrational modes has been observed in the laboratory using millimeter/submillimeter direct absorption spectroscopy. The rotational spectra of two isotopically substituted species, MgD and (Mg-26)H, have been detected as well. All six hyperfine components of the N = 0 -1 transition of MgH in its v = 0 and v = 1 states have been directly measured to an accuracy of +/-50 kHz, and the five components have been observed for (Mg-26)H. The N = 0 +/-1 and N = 1 -2 transitions of MgD have also been detected. Rotational, fine structure, and hyperfine constants were determined for all species from a nonlinear least-squared fit to the data using a 2 Sigma Hamiltonian.

  13. Superconductivity in MgPtSi: An orthorhombic variant of MgB2

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    Kudo, Kazutaka; Fujimura, Kazunori; Onari, Seiichiro; Ota, Hiromi; Nohara, Minoru

    2015-05-01

    A ternary compound, MgPtSi, was synthesized by solid-state reaction. An examination of the compound by powder x-ray diffraction revealed that it crystallizes in the orthorhombic TiNiSi-type structure with the P n m a space group. The structure comprises alternately stacked layers of Mg and PtSi honeycomb network, which is reminiscent of MgB2, and the buckling of the honeycomb network causes orthorhombic distortion. Electrical and magnetic studies revealed that MgPtSi exhibited superconductivity with a transition temperature of 2.5 K. However, its isostructural compounds, namely, MgRhSi and MgIrSi, were not found to exhibit superconductivity.

  14. Spontaneous polarization driven Mg concentration profile reconstruction in MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures

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    Imasaka, K.; Falson, J.; Kozuka, Y. Kawasaki, M.; Tsukazaki, A.

    2014-06-16

    Atomic reconstruction at the interface of MgZnO and ZnO in molecular beam epitaxy grown heterostructures is investigated. Using secondary ion mass spectroscopy, we experimentally find that Mg atomic reconstruction depends on the polarity of the interface; it is not observed in n-type interfaces (MgZnO on Zn-polar ZnO) owing to electron accumulation, while in p-type interfaces (ZnO on Zn-polar MgZnO), Mg drastically redistributes into the ZnO layer. Combined with self-consistent calculation of band profiles and carrier distributions, we reveal that the observed Mg reconstruction is not due to thermal diffusion but consequences in order to avoid hole accumulation. This tendency implies inherent significant asymmetry of energy scales of atomic and electronic reconstructions between n-type and p-type interfaces.

  15. Rechargeable Mg batteries with graphene-like MoS₂ cathode and ultrasmall Mg nanoparticle anode.

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    Liang, Yanliang; Feng, Rujun; Yang, Siqi; Ma, Hua; Liang, Jing; Chen, Jun

    2011-02-01

    The combination of a highly exfoliated, graphene-like MoS₂ cathode and ultrasmall Mg nanoparticle anode is proposed, for the first time, for rechargeable Mg batteries. Such a configuration exhibits an operating voltage of 1.8 V and a well reversible discharge capacity of ca. 170 mA h g−1, emphasizing the necessity of rational morphological control of electrode materials and opening up new opportunities for rechargeable Mg batteries.

  16. Influence of RCS on Al-3Mg and Al-3Mg-0.25Sc alloys

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    Bhovi, Prabhakar M.; Venkateswarlu, K.

    2016-02-01

    An influence of repetitive corrugation and straightening (RCS) was studied on Al-3Mg and Al-3Mg-0.25Sc alloys up to eight passes. Each pass consist of a corrugation and followed by straightening. This has resulted in introducing large plastic strain in sample, and thus led to formation of sub-micron grain sizes with high angle grain boundaries. These sub grain formation was eventually resulted in improved mechanical properties. The average grain size of Al-3Mg-0.25Sc alloy after 8 passes yielded to ∼0.6pm. Microhardness, strength properties were evaluated and it suggests that RCS was responsible for high hardness values as compared to the as cast samples. The microhardness values after RCS were 105 HV and 130 HV for Al-3Mg and Al-3Mg-0.25Sc alloys, respectively. Similarly, ∼ 40% improvement in tensile strength from 240 MPa to 370 MPa was observed for Al- 3Mg-0.25Sc alloy after RCS process.Al-3Mg and Al-3Mg-0.25Scalloys exhibited maximum strength of 220 MPa and 370 MPa, respectively. It is concluded that RCS process has a strong influence on Al- 3Mg and Al-3Mg-0.25Sc alloys for obtaining improved mechanical properties and grain refinement. In addition to RCS process and presence of AESc precipitates in Al-3Mg-0.25Sc alloy had a significant role in grain refinement and improved mechanical properties as compared to Al-3Mg alloy.

  17. The Interplay of Al and Mg Speciation in Advanced Mg Battery Electrolyte Solutions.

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    See, Kimberly A; Chapman, Karena W; Zhu, Lingyang; Wiaderek, Kamila M; Borkiewicz, Olaf J; Barile, Christopher J; Chupas, Peter J; Gewirth, Andrew A

    2016-01-13

    Mg batteries are an attractive alternative to Li-based energy storage due to the possibility of higher volumetric capacities with the added advantage of using sustainable materials. A promising emerging electrolyte for Mg batteries is the magnesium aluminum chloride complex (MACC) which shows high Mg electrodeposition and stripping efficiencies and relatively high anodic stabilities. As prepared, MACC is inactive with respect to Mg deposition; however, efficient Mg electrodeposition can be achieved following an electrolytic conditioning process. Through the use of Raman spectroscopy, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, (27)Al and (35)Cl nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and pair distribution function analysis, we explore the active vs inactive complexes in the MACC electrolyte and demonstrate the codependence of Al and Mg speciation. These techniques report on significant changes occurring in the bulk speciation of the conditioned electrolyte relative to the as-prepared solution. Analysis shows that the active Mg complex in conditioned MACC is very likely the [Mg2(μ-Cl)3·6THF](+) complex that is observed in the solid state structure. Additionally, conditioning creates free Cl(-) in the electrolyte solution, and we suggest the free Cl(-) adsorbs at the electrode surface to enhance Mg electrodeposition.

  18. The Interplay of Al and Mg Speciation in Advanced Mg Battery Electrolyte Solutions

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    See, Kimberly A.; Chapman, Karena W.; Zhu, Lingyang; Wiaderek, Kamila M.; Borkiewicz, Olaf J.; Barile, Christopher J.; Chupas, Peter J.; Gewirth, Andrew A.

    2016-01-13

    Mg batteries are an attractive alternative to Li-based energy storage due to the possibility of higher volumetric capacities with the added advantage of using sustainable materials. A promising emerging electrolyte for Mg batteries is the magnesium aluminum chloride complex (MACC) which shows high Mg electrodeposition and stripping efficiencies and relatively high anodic stabilities. As prepared, MACC is inactive with respect to Mg deposition; however, efficient Mg electrodeposition can be achieved following an electrolytic conditioning process. Through the use of Raman spectroscopy, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, 27Al and 35Cl nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and pair distribution function analysis, we explore the active vs inactive complexes in the MACC electrolyte and demonstrate the codependence of Al and Mg speciation. These techniques report on significant changes occurring in the bulk speciation of the conditioned electrolyte relative to the as-prepared solution. Analysis shows that the active Mg complex in conditioned MACC is very likely the [Mg2(μ–Cl)3·6THF]+ complex that is observed in the solid state structure. Additionally, conditioning creates free Cl– in the electrolyte solution, and we suggest the free Cl– adsorbs at the electrode surface to enhance Mg electrodeposition.

  19. Comparing Doping Methodologies in Mg2Si/AgMg System

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    Polymeris, G. S.; Theodorakakos, A.; Mars, K.; Godlewska, E.; Lioutas, Ch. B.; Hatzikraniotis, E.; Paraskevopoulos, K. M.

    2014-10-01

    Morphological and optical characterizations for the Mg2Si samples doped with Ag are presented. Two different doping methodologies with silver, namely in situ and ex situ doping, were studied for the case of Mg2Si of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis. Electron microscopy measurements in both scanning and transmission configurations verified the presence of AgMg precipitates embedded in the Mg2Si matrix and similar results were also yielded by FTIR spectroscopy. Finally, the dependence of silver content in both forms of dopant and inter-metallic constituent is studied upon doping technology.

  20. Spin and magnetic moment of 23Mg

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    Yordanov, D. T.; Bissell, M. L.; Blaum, K.; De Rydt, M.; Geppert, Ch; Krämer, J.; Kreim, K.; Kowalska, M.; Krieger, A.; Lievens, P.; Neugart, R.; Neyens, G.; Nörtershäuser, W.; Rodríguez, L. V.; Sánchez, R.; Vingerhoets, P.

    2017-07-01

    A negative magnetic moment of 23Mg has been determined by collinear laser spectroscopy at CERN-ISOLDE. The absolute value is in agreement with previous measurements by nuclear magnetic resonance while the sign points at high-seniority configurations. The result is consistent with shell-model predictions for nuclei with valence nucleons in the sd shell.

  1. Thermodynamic data of Mg-chloritoid

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    Grevel, K.-D.; Navrotsky, A.; Kahl, W.-A.; Majzlan, J.; Lathe, C.

    2003-04-01

    Calorimetric and P-V-T data for synthetic Mg-chloritoid (MgAl2SiO5(OH)2) have been obtained. The enthalpy of drop-solution was measured by high-temperature oxide melt calorimetry in two laboratories (UC Davis, California, and Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany) using lead borate (2 PbO\\cdotB2O3) at T = 700 oC as solvent. The resulting values were used to calculate the enthalpy of formation from the elements; they range from -3552.7 ± 4.9 kJ mol-1 to -3555.4±6.1 kJ mol-1. Some preliminary heat capacity measurements of MgAl2SiO5(OH)2 have shown that a Berman and Brown (1985) type four-term equation based on the Neumann-Kopp rule represents the heat capacity over the entire temperature range to within the experimental uncertainty. The P-V-T behaviour of Mg-chloritoid has been determined under high pressures and high temperatures up to 8.5 GPa and 800 oC using a MAX 80 cubic anvil high-pressure apparatus. The samples were mixed with vaseline to ensure hydrostatic pressure transmitting conditions, NaCl served as an internal standard for pressure calibration. By fitting a Birch-Murnaghan EOS to the data, the bulk modulus was determined as 131.0 ± 2.4 GPa, (K' = 4), VT,0 = 456.58 Å3 exp [int(0.30±0.02) × 10-4 dT], (partialKT/partialT)P = -0.023±0.007 GPa K-1. The thermodynamic data obtained for Mg-chloritoid are consistent with phase equilibrium data reported in the literature. The best agreement was obtained with ΔfH0298 (Mg-chloritoid) = -3557.5 kJ mol-1, and S0298 (Mg-chloritoid) = 131.7 J K-1mol-1.

  2. Physical activity in Brazil: lessons from ELSA-Brasil. Narrative review.

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    Pitanga, Francisco José Gondim; Almeida, Maria Conceição Chagas; Queiroz, Ciro Oliveira; Aquino, Estela Maria Leão de; Matos, Sheila Maria Alvim

    2017-01-01

    The Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil) was conducted among civil servants at six higher education institutions located in six Brazilian state capitals. The objective of this review was to identify the publications produced within the scope of ELSA-Brasil that analyzed the participants' physical activity. Review study using baseline data from ELSA-Brasil. Narrative review of Brazilian studies on physical activity produced using data from ELSA-Brasil participants. The prevalence of leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) among ELSA-Brasil participants was low (44.1% among men and 33.8% among women). The main factors associated were social (higher schooling and family income), environmental (living in places with conditions and opportunities for physical activity) and individual (not being obese, being retired, not smoking and positive perception of body image). The perception of facilities for walking in the neighborhood was positively associated with both LTPA and commuting-related physical activity. An active lifestyle was a protective factor against several cardiometa-bolic variables (hypertension, diabetes, lipid abnormalities and cardiovascular risk over the next 10 years). Comparison between LTPA and commuting-related physical activity showed that only LTPA had a protective effect against arterial hypertension. The prevalence of physical activity among ELSA-Brasil participants was low. The main determinants were social, environmental and personal. LTPA had a greater protective efect on cardio-metabolic outcomes than did commuting-related physical activity.

  3. Preparation of an additive-free sample with a MgH2 phase by planetary ball milling of Mg with10 wt% MgH2

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    Hong, Seong-Hyeon; Song, Myoung Youp

    2016-11-01

    In order to prepare an additive-free sample with a MgH2 phase, 90 wt% Mg+10 wt% MgH2 (named Mg-10MgH2) was milled under hydrogen atmosphere in a planetary ball mill for different durations (2 h, 5 h, and 10 h). The hydrogen absorption and release properties of the prepared samples were investigated and compared with those of purchased pure MgH2 samples. Mg-10MgH2 milled for 5 h had the largest quantity of hydrogen released at 648 K for 100 min of 5.96 wt%. Mg-10MgH2 milled for 5 h released 0.11 wt% H for 10 min, 4.85 wt% H for 30 min, and 5.83 wt% H for 60 min at 648 K at the first cycle. Mg-10MgH2 milled for 5 h absorbed 5.39 wt% H for 5 min and 5.92 wt% H for 60 min at 648 K at the second cycle. Dehydriding curves were also obtained at the first cycle of Mg-10MgH2 samples milled for 5 h using Mg powder with or without sieving (200 mesh). The dehydriding curve at 648 K of a Mg-10MgH2 sample milled for 5 h in the planetary ball mill was compared with that of the sample milled for 24 h in a horizontal ball mill.

  4. New FCC Mg-Zr and Mg-Zr-ti deuterides obtained by reactive milling

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    Guzik, Matylda N.; Deledda, Stefano; Sørby, Magnus H.; Yartys, Volodymyr A.; Hauback, Bjørn C.

    2015-03-01

    Results for binary Mg-Zr and ternary Mg-Zr-Ti mixtures ball milled at room temperature under reactive deuterium atmosphere (5.6-6.7 MPa) are reported. X-ray and neutron powder diffraction combined with Rietveld refinements show that two new cubic phases were formed during milling. Mg0.40Zr0.60D1.78 and Mg0.40Zr0.26Ti0.34D1.98 crystallize with disordered face centered cubic metal atom arrangements. Results of differential scanning calorimetry and termogravimetric measurements demonstrate that both deuterides desorb deuterium at lower temperatures than MgD2, ZrD2 or TiD2; 528 and 575 K in the Mg-Zr-D and Mg-Zr-Ti-D system, respectively. Interestingly, Mg0.40Zr0.26Ti0.34D1.98 stores deuterium reversibly at 673 K and 10 MPa of D2.

  5. Preliminary study of the characteristics of a high Mg containing Al-Mg-Si alloy

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    Yan, F.; McKay, B. J.; Fan, Z.; Chen, M. F.

    2012-01-01

    An Al-20Mg-4Si high Mg containing alloy has been produced and its characteristics investigated. The as-cast alloy revealed primary Mg2Si particles evenly distributed throughout an α-Al matrix with a β-Al3Mg2 fully divorced eutectic phase observed in interdendritic regions. The Mg2Si particles displayed octahedral, truncated octahedral, and hopper morphologies. Additions of Sb, Ti and Zr had a refining influence reducing the size of the Mg2Si from 52 ± 4 μm to 25 ± 0.1 μm, 35 ± 1 μm and 34 ± 1 μm respectively. HPDC tensile test samples could be produced with a 0.6 wt.% Mn addition which prevented die soldering. Solution heating for 1 hr was found to dissolve the majority of the Al3Mg2 eutectic phase with no evidence of any effect on the primary Mg2Si. Preliminary results indicate that the heat treatment has a beneficial effect on the elongation and the UTS.

  6. The Use of Norethindrone (2 Mg.) with Mestranol (0.1 Mg.) in Fertility Control

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    Wearing, Morris P.

    1963-01-01

    Norethindrone 2 mg. with mestranol 0.1 mg. (Ortho-Novum 2 mg.) was taken in cyclic fashion for fertility control by 62 private patients through 312 cycles. Each patient was interviewed every month during the trial period. No pregnancies occurred. The most common side effects noted were breakthrough bleeding, headache, fatigue and tension, nausea and depression. Five patients left the study because of depression and one because of nausea. It is suggested that the use of norethindrone 2 mg. with mestranol 0.1 mg. be reserved for the following situations: (1) those patients who have used other methods without success and in whom a further pregnancy would, in the opinion of the family physician, create hardship; (2) those patients in whom fear of pregnancy is part of the cause of marital problems; and (3) those patients in whom the product is primarily used for the treatment of menstrual disorders. PMID:13999301

  7. Growth of MgO on multi-layered graphene and Mg in PVA matrix

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    Marka, Sandeep K.; Mohiddon, Md. Ahamad; Prasad, Muvva D.; Srikanth, Vadali V. S. S.

    2015-07-01

    An easy and low temperature in-situ growth of MgO micro-rods on multi-layered graphene (MLG) in poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix is elucidated. MLG decked with nanosized fragments of MgO and PVA are used as the starting materials to form MgO micro-rods (width = ∼1 μm and length = ∼4 μm) and MLG filled PVA composite film. Simple solution mixing, spin coating and simple drying processes are used to obtain the PVA composite. The growth mechanism of MgO micro-rods and the role of PVA in the growth of MgO micro-rods are explained on the basis of the observed morphological, structural and phase characteristics and a further controlled synthesis experiment, respectively.

  8. Kinetics of Mg partition and Mg stable isotope fractionation during its incorporation in calcite

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    Mavromatis, Vasileios; Gautier, Quentin; Bosc, Olivier; Schott, Jacques

    2013-08-01

    Calcite growth experiments have been performed in the presence of aqueous Mg at 25 °C and 1 bar pCO2 to quantify magnesium partition coefficient D={(Mg/Ca)}/{(Mg/Ca)} and Mg isotope fractionation between calcite and reactive fluid (Δ26Mgcalcite-fluid) as a function of calcite precipitation rate rp (mol m-2 s-1). Mg partition coefficient, DMg, increases with calcite growth rate according to: LogD=0.2517(±0.0150)×Logrp+0.0944(±0.0182); R2=0.93,(10-8.3⩽rp⩽10-6.6molms) Δ26Mgcalcite-fluid was found to depend heavily on calcite growth rate with preferential incorporation of 24Mg in calcite and the extent of isotope fractionation decreasing with increasing calcite growth rate in accord with: Δ26Mg=0.7918(±0.0452)×Logrp+3.2366(±0.3360); R2=0.97(10-8.3⩽rp⩽10-6.6molms) The negative Δ26Mgcalcite-fluid values found in this study, with calcite overgrowths enriched in light Mg, are consistent with (i) recent experimental data on Mg isotope fractionation during low-Mg calcite homogeneous precipitation (Immenhauser et al., 2010) and magnesite growth (Pearce et al., 2012) and (ii) with theoretical values calculated for Mg-calcite by density-functional electronic structure models (Rustad et al., 2010). The deviation of the isotopic composition of precipitated Mg-calcite from the equilibrium mass fractionation line in a three isotope diagram is a linear function of calcite growth rate. The equilibrium Δ26Mgcalcite-fluid value at 25 °C derived from this linear extrapolation, Δ26Mgcalcite-fluid = -3.5 ± 0.2‰ (2σ), is in good agreement with the theoretical value calculated by Rustad et al. (2010) for Mg-calcite (Δ26Mgcalcite-fluid = -3.6‰; BP86 functional). A striking feature of the results of this study is the decrease of the extent of Mg isotope fractionation (from -3.16‰ to -1.88‰) with the increase of calcite precipitation rate (from 10-8.3 to 10-6.6 mol m-2 s-1) which is opposite to the variation of Ca, Ba and Sr isotope fractionation with calcite

  9. Dust in MG II Absorption Systems

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    Malhotra, S.

    The dust absorption feature at 2175 AA is detected in a composite spectrum of Mg II absorbers. The composite absorber spectrum is obtained by taking the geometric mean of 92 quasar spectra after aligning them in the rest-frame of 96 absorbers. By aligning the spectra according to absorber redshifts we reinforce the spectral features of the absorbers, and smooth over possible bumps and wiggles in the emission spectra. The width of the observed absorption feature is 200-300 AA (FWHM), or 0.4-0.6 microns^{-1} and the central wavelength is 2240 AA. The Galactic dust feature has a central wavelength of 2176 AA and FWHM = 0.8-1.25 microns^{-1}. Simulations show that this discrepancy between the properties of the 2175 AA feature in Mg II absorbers and Galactic ISM can be mostly explained by the different methods used to measure them (cf. Malhotra 1997).

  10. Decay branching ratios of excited 24Mg

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    Munson, J. M.; Norman, E. B.; Burke, J. T.; Casperson, R. J.; Phair, L. W.; McCleskey, E.; McCleskey, M.; Lee, D.; Hughes, R. O.; Ota, S.; Czeszumska, A.; Chodash, P. A.; Saastamoinen, A. J.; Austin, R. A. E.; Spiridon, A. E.; Dag, M.; Chyzh, R.; Basunia, M. S.; Ressler, J. J.; Ross, T. J.

    2017-01-01

    The nuclear reactions 12C(12C,α )20Ne , 12C(12C,p )23Na , and 12C(12C,n )23Mg are the primary reactions in carbon burning, which occurs as part of several stellar processes. The Gamow window, which describes the energy range where most of these reactions take place, is typically around 1.5 MeV in the center-of-mass frame. Direct measurements of the cross sections at this energy are difficult due to the large Coulomb barrier present between the carbon nuclei; however, a successful surrogate measurement can provide the branching ratios between these reactions while avoiding the 12C+12C Coulomb barrier. An experiment was performed using inelastic scattering of 40 MeV α particles on 24Mg as a possible surrogate for the 12C+12C compound nucleus.

  11. Midazolam 12 mg is moderately counteracted by 250 mg caffeine in man.

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    Mattila, M J; Vainio, P; Nurminen, M L; Vanakoski, J; Seppälä, T

    2000-12-01

    Caffeine (Caf) counteracts various effects of benzodiazepines (BZDs). Since the effects of zolpidem, a short-acting atypical GABA(A)-BZD agonist, were not antagonized by Caf, we studied an interaction between Caf and midazolam (Mid) in healthy volunteers. In Study 1, 108 healthy students divided to 6 parallel groups were given Mid 12 mg (capsule) and Caf 125 and 250 mg (in decaffeinated coffee), alone and in combinations in the double-blind placebo-controlled manner. Objective and subjective tests were done before and at 45 and 90 min after intake. Ranked delta-values (changes from baseline) were analyzed by one-way contrast ANOVA and Scheffe's tests. In Study 2, six healthy subjects took Mid 15 mg (tablet) with and without Caf 300 mg. The dynamic effects were analyzed as in Study 1 and the plasma concentrations were assayed. In Study 1, learn effects after placebo (ad + 15%) were seen for letter cancellation and digit symbol substitution tests. Midazolam alone significantly (p < 0.05 vs. delta-placebo) reduced letter cancellation and digit symbol substitution, lowered flicker fusion, impaired digit learning and caused subjective calmness on VAS. Caffeine alone did not differ from placebo objectively, yet improved quick-wittedness and contentedness on VAS. In the combinations, Mid + Caf 125 mg differed from placebo objectively as Mid alone, whereas Mid + Caf 250 mg did not. Mid + Caf 250 mg differed from Mid on digit substitution, but did not differ from Mid+Caf 150 mg in impairing memory and causing subjective sedation. In Study 2, Mid 15 mg caused sedation and Caf 300 mg increased plasma Mid at 45 min. Mid + Caf did not differ from Mid alone objectively, but did so subjectively on VAS (p > 0.05). In conclusion, in a parallel group study, sedative effects of Mid 12 mg were only moderately antagonized by Caf 250 mg but not by Caf 125 mg. In a cross-over study, a weak interaction was found subjectively but not in objective measures.

  12. MMT Survey for Intervening Mg II Absorption

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    Nestor, Daniel B.; Turnshek, David A.; Rao, Sandhya M.

    2006-05-01

    We present the results from a spectroscopic survey for intervening Mg II absorption in the spectra of 381 background QSOs conducted at the MMT telescope. This survey complements our earlier SDSS EDR Mg II survey, extending our results to lower redshift (z~=0.15) and weaker Mg II λ2796 rest equivalent width (Wλ27960~=0.1 Å). We confirm two major results from that survey: the transition in the Wλ27960 distribution at Wλ27960~0.3 Å, and the Wλ27960-dependent evolution of the incidence of systems. The nature of ∂2N/∂z∂Wλ27960 is consistent with the idea that multiple physically distinct components/processes contribute to the incidence of Mg II absorption systems in a W0-dependent manner and evolve at different rates. A significant decrease in the total proper absorption cross section is detected in our MMT data for systems as weak as 1.0 Å<=Wλ27960<1.5 Å at z<~0.4. We discuss this W0-dependent evolution in the context of the evolution of galaxy structures, processes including superwinds and interactions, and damped-Lyα absorbers. We also consider the possibility that the observed redshift and Wλ27960 dependence of the incidence of absorption in spectroscopic surveys for low-ionization/neutral gas results from the effects of dust-induced extinction. Observations reported here were obtained at the MMT Observatory, a joint facility of the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Arizona.

  13. [Evaluation of efficacy of ketoconazole 800 mg-clindamycin 100 mg tablets vaginal against ketoconazole 800 mg- clindamycin 100 mg vaginal capsules in candida vaginitis and vaginosis].

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    Martínez-García, Alfonso; Cejudo-Alvarez, José; Bravo-Topete, Enrique Gómez; Herrera-Villalobos, Javier Edmundo; Garibay-Valencia, Miguel; Mirabent-González, Felio

    2011-02-01

    pharmaceutical forms (presentations) influence treatment compliance and therefore the effectiveness. Here we present the results in the relief of vaginitis and vaginosis with two different dosage forms. To compare the efficacy and safety of a combination of ketoconazole 800 mg + clindamycin in soft vaginal gel capsules 100 mg (vaginal capsules) against ketoconazole 800 mg + 100 mg clindamycin vaginal tablets (TV) in the management of vaginitis by C. albicans and/or vaginosis. In a randomized, multicenter, comparative open label study, patients between 18 and 60 years with a diagnosis of vaginitis by C. albicans and/or vaginosis were included. Patients were evaluated clinically and direct exam of genital discharge and culture were performed. Patients were randomized to one of two treatments vaginal tablets or vaginal capsules, for 3 days. one hundred an sitxty nine patients were included, 85 in TV Group and 84 in vaginal capsules group. We found significant statistical difference in clinical response for tablet group at day three for burning p = 0.032 and itching p = 0.043. Microbiological cure was observed in patients with vaginitis by C. albicans, 92.5% in Group TV vs. 90.47% vaginal capsules group, all patients with G. vaginalis at baseline were negative for the organism at the end of the study, cure in patients with mixed infections were 78.94% for TV group vs. 78.26% vaginal capsules; group no adverse events were reported during treatment. Treatment of vaginitis/vaginosis with vaginal tablets is clinically better than vaginal soft gelatin capsules both treatments were well tolerated.

  14. Interstitial Fe in MgO

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    Mølholt, T. E. Gislason, H. P.; Ólafsson, S.; Mantovan, R.; Gunnlaugsson, H. P.; Svane, A.; Weyer, G.; Masenda, H.; Naidoo, D.; Bharuth-Ram, K.; Fanciulli, M.; Johnston, K.; Sielemann, R.

    2014-01-14

    Isolated {sup 57}Fe atoms were studied in MgO single-crystals by emission Mössbauer spectroscopy following implantation of {sup 57}Mn decaying to {sup 57}Fe. Four Mössbauer spectral components were found corresponding to different Fe lattice positions and/or charge states. Two components represent Fe atoms substituting Mg as Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+}, respectively; a third component is due to Fe in a strongly implantation-induced disturbed region. The fourth component, which is the focus of this paper, can be assigned to Fe at an interstitial site. Comparison of its measured isomer shift with ab initio calculations suggests that the interstitial Fe is located on, or close to, the face of the rock-salt MgO structure. To harmonize such an assignment with the measured near-zero quadrupole interaction a local motion process (cage motion) of the Fe has to be stipulated. The relation of such a local motion as a starting point for long range diffusion is discussed.

  15. The significance of Mg in prebiotic geochemistry

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    Holm, N G

    2012-01-01

    Magnesium plays a special role in biochemistry because of its ability to coordinate six oxygen atoms efficiently in its first coordination shell. Such oxygen atoms may be part of one or two charged oxyanions, which means that Mg2+ can, for instance, tie together two different phosphate groups that are located at distance from each other in a macromolecule, and in this way be responsible for the folding of molecules like RNA. This property of Mg2+ also helps the stabilization of diphosphate and triphosphate groups of nucleotides, as well as promoting the condensation of orthophosphate to oligophosphates, like pyrophosphate and trimetaphosphate. Borates, on the other hand, are known to promote the formation of nucleobases and carbohydrates, ribose in particular, which is yet another constituent of nucleotides. The oldest borate minerals that we find on Earth today are magnesium borates. Dissolved borate stabilizes pentose sugars by forming complexes with cis-hydroxyl groups. In the furanose form of ribose, the preferential binding occurs to the 2 and 3 carbon, leaving the 5 carbon free for phosphorylation. The central role of Mg2+ in the function of ribozymes and its ‘archaic’ position in ribosomes, and the fact that magnesium generally has coordination properties different from other cations, suggests that the inorganic chemistry of magnesium had a key position in the first chemical processes leading to the origin and early evolution of life. PMID:22429303

  16. A preliminary study for novel use of two Mg alloys (WE43 and Mg3Gd).

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    Guo, Yu; Liu, Weiwei; Ma, Shanshan; Wang, Jia; Zou, Jingting; Liu, Zhenzhen; Zhao, Jinghui; Zhou, Yanmin

    2016-05-01

    In this study, two types of magnesium alloys (WE43 and Mg3Gd) were compared with Heal-All membrane (a biodegradable membrane used in guided bone regeneration) in vitro to determine whether the alloys could be used as biodegradable membranes. Degradation behavior was assessed using immersion testing with simulated body fluid (SBF). Microstructural characteristics before and after immersion were evaluated through scanning electron microscopy, and degradation products were analyzed with energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). To evaluate the biocompatibility of the three types of materials, we performed cytotoxicity, adhesion, and mineralization tests using human osteoblast-like MG63 cells. Immersion testing results showed no significant difference in degradation rate between WE43 and Mg3Gd alloys. However, both Mg alloys corroded faster than the Heal-All membrane, with pitting corrosion as the main corrosion mode for the alloys. Degradation products mainly included P- and Ca-containing apatites on the surface of WE43 and Mg3Gd, whereas these apatites were rarely detected on the surface of the Heal-All membrane. All three type of materials exhibited good biocompatibility. In the mineralization experiment, the alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity of 10 % Mg3Gd extract was significantly higher than the extracts of the two other materials and the negative control. This study highlighted the potential of these Mg-REE alloys for uses in bone regeneration and further studies and refinements are obviously required.

  17. Zolpidem 10 mg given at daytime is not antagonized by 300 mg caffeine in man.

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    Mattila, M J; Nurminen, M L; Vainio, P; Vanakoski, J

    1998-07-01

    Caffeine counteracts various effects of traditional benzodiazepines (BZDs). As zolpidem, a short-acting hypnotic, is an atypical GABAA-BZD agonist, we investigated when caffeine would counteract the effects of zolpidem as well. In daytime study I, zolpidem 10 mg (capsule) and caffeine 150 or 300 mg (in decaffeinated coffee) were given, alone and in combinations, to parallel groups (n = 15-17) of healthy students in double-blind and placebo-controlled manner. Objective and subjective tests were done before and 45 min and 90 min after intake. Ranked delta values (changes from baseline) were analysed by one-way contrast ANOVA and Scheffe's tests. In daytime study II, four healthy subjects took zolpidem 10 mg alone, and together with blinded caffeine 250 mg or (at -45 min) erythromycin 750 mg. Objective and subjective effects were measured and plasma zolpidem concentrations assayed at baseline and 45 min and 90 min after zolpidem intake. In study I, practice effects after placebo (ad + 30%) were seen for letter cancellation and digit symbol substitution but not for flicker fusion tests. Zolpidem alone significantly impaired (P < 0.05 vs delta placebo) letter cancellation and digit symbol substitution at 45 min and 90 min, lowered the flicker fusion threshold at 45 min, and caused subjective drowsiness, mental slowness, clumsiness and feeling of poor performance. Caffeine alone showed a non-significant trend to improve objective performance. The combined effects of zolpidem and either dose of caffeine matched those measured after zolpidem alone. Zolpidem + caffeine 300 mg was not stronger than zolpidem + caffeine 150 mg in impairing immediate memory and causing subjective sedation. In study II, zolpidem caused objective and subjective sedation; neither caffeine nor erythromycin modulated the effects of zolpidem or plasma zolpidem concentrations. The sedative effects of 10 mg of zolpidem are not antagonized by 150-300 mg of caffeine in pharmacodynamic or pharmacokinetic

  18. Studies on the thermoluminescence spectra and thermal stability of LiF:Mg,Cu, LiF:Mg,Cu,Na and LiF:Mg,Cu,Si

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    Yang, B.; Lu, Q.; Wang, S.; Townsend, P. D.

    2005-09-01

    Four thermoluminescence (TL) peaks at 60-90, 100-130, 130-180 and 180-220 °C (the main peak) were observed from LiF:Mg,Cu, LiF:Mg,Cu,Na and LiF:Mg,Cu,Si. The recorded emission bands were at 375 and 414 nm in LiF:Mg,Cu, at 379 and 424 nm in LiF:Mg,Cu,Na and 378 and 425 nm in LiF:Mg,Cu,Si. The loss of TL intensity and temperature shift of the main peak were observed in LiF:Mg,Cu, LiF:Mg,Cu,Na, LiF:Mg,Cu,Si, LiF:Mg,Cu,Na,Si and LiF:Mg as well as in LiF:Mg,Cu,P, when the sample was heated to above 270 °C. It is suggested that those are the common behaviors in the Mg doped LiF samples, if the concentration of magnesium is properly high. Those behaviors are supposed to be associated with the precipitated phase of Mg and the secondary phase - Mg/(other impurities) complex.

  19. Atypical leiomyoma: An unusual variant of cutaneous pilar leiomyoma.

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    Nocito, Mabel Jimena; Lustia, María Marcela; Luna, Paula Carolina; Cañadas, Nadia Guadalupe; Castellanos Posse, María Laura; Marchesi, Carolina; Carabajal, Graciela; Mazzini, Miguel Angel

    2009-03-15

    Cutaneous atypical leiomyoma is an unusual benign tumor arising from arrector pili muscle that shares histological features with uterine atypical or symplastic leiomyoma: atypical cellularity with pleomorphic nuclei but minimal or no mitosis. Six other cases have been reported so far and, in spite of its name and of being a smooth muscle proliferation, no recurrences nor metastasis have been reported.

  20. Corrosion Fatigue of Al-Zn-Mg and and Al-Mg-Li Alloys.

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    1986-01-01

    surface of a sample of the Al-Zn-Mg alloy tested in 0.5 M sodium chloride, at a constant potential of -0.8 I..* xiii ..:S: Vuce ...potential of -0.8 Vuce (10OX). 20g .71 179 eL 4 0.2 mm Figure 97 The fracture surface of a sample of the Al-Zn-Mg alloy tested in 0.5 N sodium...fracture surface of a sample of the Al-Zn-Mg alloy tested in 0.5 N sodium chloride at a constant potential of-1.0 Vuce (20X). : Figure 100 The fracture

  1. Preparation and properties of amorphous MgB2/MgO superstructures: Model disordered superconductor

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    Siemons, W.; Steiner, M. A.; Koster, G.; Blank, D. H. A.; Beasley, M. R.; Kapitulnik, A.

    2008-05-01

    In this paper, we introduce a unique method for fabricating MgB2/MgO multilayers and demonstrate the potential for using them as a new model for disordered superconductors. In this approach, we control the annealing of the MgB2 to yield an interesting new class of disordered (amorphous) superconductors with relatively high transition temperatures. The multilayers appear to exhibit quasi-two-dimensional superconductivity with controlled anisotropy. We discuss the properties of the multilayers as the thickness of the components of the bilayers vary.

  2. Decay of a J{pi}=36+ Resonance in the 24Mg + 24Mg Reaction

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    Salsac, M.-D.; Haas, F.; Courtin, S.; Beck, C.; Rousseau, M.; Zafra, A. Sanchez I.; Algora, A.; Dombradi, Z.; Beghini, S.; Farnea, E.; Lenzi, S.; Montagnoli, G.; Scarlassara, F.; Behera, B.R.; Corradi, L.; Fioretto, E.; Gadea, A.; Latina, A.; Marginean, N.; Napoli, D.

    2005-11-21

    The narrow ({gamma}=170 keV) and high spin (J{pi}=36+) resonance in the 24Mg + 24Mg reaction at ECM= 45.7 MeV has been associated with a hyperdeformed molecular state in 48Cr. Such a description has important consequences for the resonance decay into the favored inelastic channels. Through fragment-{gamma} coincidence measurements performed ON and OFF resonance using the PRISMA-CLARA array, we have identified the 24Mg states selectively populated: the 2+ and 4+ members of the ground state band.

  3. Influence of Mg component and pressure on magnetic ordering of (Mg,Fe)O

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    Fujii, A.; Kondo, T.; Taniguchi, T.

    2012-12-01

    (Mg,Fe)O is the second most abundant phase in the Earth's lower mantle. Knowing the fundamental properties of (Mg,Fe)O is important to understand the Earth's materials. The relation between rhombohedral distortion and antiferromagnetic ordering in FeO have been discussed, as an end member of (Mg,Fe)O. However, it does not fully understand for (Mg,Fe)O yet because its structural transition pressure is influenced by Mg component and stress condition [e.g. Zhuravlev et al., 2007]. We should also account compositional dependence on Néel temperature [Woods and Fine, 1969; Fujii et al., 2011] and spin glass-like behavior [Abbas and Hicks, 1990; Jing et al., 1993]. In this study, we investigated the compositional dependence of magnetic ordering at ambient pressure, and pressure dependence of Néel temperature up to 1.27 GPa. Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID, MPMS-7, Quantum design) was used for all magnetic measurements. We measured the temperature dependence of susceptibilities cooling with in zero field (ZFC) and in a field (FC) at ambient pressure and observed splitting between susceptibility of ZFC and FC. We confirmed that the smaller compositional dependence on Néel temperature in (Mg1-XFeX)O (X ≤ 0.60) [Fujii et al., 2011] may be explained by spin-glass transition. The transition temperature of (Mg0.40Fe0.60)O is 82 K and is close to 76 K that observed in (Mg0.23Fe0.77)0.92O [Abbas and Hicks, 1990]. The spin-glass like behavior does not affect on the Néel temperature of (Mg1-XFeX)O (X ≥ 0.70) suggested by previous work [Fujii et al., 2011] because spin-glass transition temperature would not exceed 82 K. We also measured the pressure dependence of Néel temperature of (Mg0.30Fe0.70)O, (Mg0.25Fe0.75)O and (Mg0.20Fe0.80)O using a piston cylinder type pressure cell. We calibrated pressure by superconducting transition of tin. Néel temperature of (Mg,Fe)O were increased with increasing pressure except for some measurements under non

  4. A first-principles study of the thermodynamic and electronic properties of Mg and MgH2 nanowires.

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    Wu, Xinxing; Zhang, Ruiqi; Yang, Jinlong

    2016-07-28

    In this article, we studied the thermodynamic and electronic properties of Mg and MgH2 nanowires with different diameters, and elucidated why MgH2 nanowires are good hydrogen storage materials through first-principles calculations. Previous experiments have shown that the orientation relationship between Mg and MgH2 nanowires is the Mg[0001] direction parallel to the MgH2[110] direction. In our calculations, Mg nanowires oriented along the [0001] direction and MgH2 nanowires oriented along the [110] direction were built from bulk Mg and MgH2 crystals, respectively. We found that as the diameters of Mg and MgH2 nanowires decrease, Mg and MgH2 nanowires become more unstable, and the hydrogen desorption energies and temperatures of MgH2 nanowires decrease. That is, the thinner the MgH2 nanowires get, the more dramatically hydrogen desorption temperatures (Td) will decrease. Meanwhile, we also found that when the diameters of MgH2 nanowires are larger than 1.94 nm, the Td almost maintain the same value at about 440 K, only about 40 K lower than that of bulk MgH2 crystal; if the diameters are less than 1.94 nm, the Td reduce very quickly. In particular, compared with bulk MgH2 crystal, the Td of the thinnest MgH2 nanowire with a diameter of 0.63 nm can be reduced by 164 K. In addition, the electronic structure calculations showed that Mg nanowires are metals, while MgH2 nanowires are semiconductors. In particular, our results showed that the electronic structures of MgH2 nanowires are influenced by the surface effect and quantum size effect. That is to say, the band gaps of MgH2 nanowires are controlled by surface electronic states and the size of MgH2 nanowires.

  5. Multiparticle-multihole states in 31Mg and 33Mg: A critical evaluation

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    Neyens, Gerda

    2011-12-01

    The experiments that provide information about the level structure of the “island of inversion” isotopes 31Mg and 33Mg are reviewed. Since the model-independent measurement of their ground-state spins was done, much experimental data can be reinterpreted, and spins and parities can be assigned to their excited states. Both experimental level schemes are found in very good agreement with calculations based on antisymmetrized molecular dynamics combined with the generator coordinate method. These calculations predict that both ground states are dominated by 2ℏω neutron excitations (more than 85% of the wave function). In the case of 33Mg, the energy of the 1ℏω and 3ℏω levels are calculated about 400 keV too high with respect to the ground state, while in 31Mg the 1ℏω levels are calculated only 200 keV too high. New key experiments are suggested.

  6. Mg intercalation in layered and spinel host crystal structures for Mg batteries.

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    Emly, Alexandra; Van der Ven, Anton

    2015-05-04

    We investigate electrochemical properties of Mg in layered and spinel intercalation compounds from first-principles using TiS2 as a model system. Our calculations predict that Mg(x)TiS2 in both the layered and spinel crystal structures exhibits sloping voltage profiles with steps at stoichiometric compositions due to Mg-vacancy ordering. Mg ions are predicted to occupy the octahedral sites in both layered and spinel TiS2 with diffusion mediated by hops between octahedral sites that pass through adjacent tetrahedral sites. Predicted migration barriers are substantially higher than typical Li-migration barriers in intercalation compounds. The migration barriers are shown to be very sensitive to lattice parameters of the host crystal structure. We also discuss the possible role of rehybridization between the transition metal and the anion in affecting migration barriers.

  7. Porous Ceramic Composite ZrO2(MgO)-MgO for Osteoimplantology

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    Buyakov, A. S.; Kulkov, S. N.

    2017-02-01

    Pore and crystalline structure, biocompatibility of ceramic composite ZrO2(MgO)-MgO were studied. The main mechanical characteristics were determined and it has been shown that compression strength directly depends on microstresses obtained from X-ray data. In-vitro studies of mesenchymal stromal stem cells (MMSC), cultivated on material surface are shown that cell proliferation and differentiation of MMSC goes throw osteogenic type.

  8. Using evidence from different sources: an example using paracetamol 1000 mg plus codeine 60 mg

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    Smith, Lesley A; Moore, R Andrew; McQuay, Henry J; Gavaghan, David

    2001-01-01

    Background Meta-analysis usually restricts the information pooled, for instance using only randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. This neglects other types of high quality information. This review explores using different information for the combination of paracetamol 1000 mg and codeine 60 mg in acute postoperative pain. Results Randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of paracetamol 1000 mg and codeine 60 mg had an NNT of 2.2 (95% confidence interval 1.7 to 2.9) for at least 50% pain relief over four to six hours in three trials with 197 patients. Computer simulation of randomised trials demonstrated 92% confidence that the simulated NNT was within ± 0.5 of the underlying value of 2.2 with this number of patients. The result was supported a rational dose-response relationship for different doses of paracetamol and codeine in 17 additional trials with 1,195 patients. Three controlled trials lacking a placebo and with 117 patients treated with of paracetamol 1000 mg and codeine 60 mg had 73% (95%CI 56% to 81%) of patients with at least 50% pain relief, compared with 57% (48% to 66%) in placebo controlled trials. Six trials in acute pain were omitted because of design issues, like the use of different pain measures or multiple dosing regimens. In each paracetamol 1000 mg and codeine 60 mg was shown to be better than placebo or comparators for at least one measure. Conclusions Different designs of high quality trials can be used to support limited information used in meta-analysis without recourse to low quality trials that might be biased. PMID:11231885

  9. Flunarizine in migraine prophylaxis: efficacy and tolerability of 5 mg and 10 mg dose levels.

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    Centonze, V; Magrone, D; Vino, M; Caporaletti, P; Attolini, E; Campanale, G; Albano, O

    1990-02-01

    The use of flunarizine, a drug which has proven its efficacy in migraine, is often associated with important side effects. The aim of this paper has been to check their incidence at different dose levels (5 mg vs 10 mg). Our data confirm the occurrence of important side effects (in particular weight gain); on the other hand, they emphasize the dose-dependency of the side effects.

  10. Plasmons in MgB2

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    Chow, Paul; Caliebe, Wolfgang; Kao, Chi-Chang; Friedman, Barry

    2002-03-01

    Due to an apparent anomalously small effective coulomb interaction , it has been suggested [1] that there is a novel charge response from MgB2 in the form of acoustic plasmons. This has motivated at least two detailed calculations of plasmons in MgB2 [2,3]. Although these calculations find no indication of acoustic plasmons, there is a very interesting calculated charge response in the form of a very broad plasmon at ~20eV and an extremely sharp collective excitation with energy between 2-5 eV. Using inelastic X-ray scattering (IXS) we measured the collective charge excitations in MgB2 from oriented thin films and powder samples. The inelastic scattering from the oriented thin film was too weak to be measured, most likely indicating that the film was not sufficiently thick. The conventional plasmons near 20eV were measured in the powder sample for several values of q. In apparent disgreement with calculations [2] these plasmons persist for q of at least 1. /angstrom. We found no evidence of the calculated sharp lower energy excitation, possibly due to the low weight, insufficient resolution or directional averaging of the powder. Research was carried out in part at the National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory, [1] K. Voelker, V.I. Anisimov, and T.M. Rice, cond-mat/0103082 5 March 2001. [2] W. Ku, W.E. Pickett, R.T. Scalettar, and A.G. Eguiluz, cond-mat/0105389, 20 May 2001. [3] V.P. Zhukov, V.M. Silkin, E.V. Chulkov, P.M. Echenique, cond-mat/0105461, 23 May 2001.

  11. Laser cooling of MgCl and MgBr in theoretical approach

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    Wan, Mingjie; Shao, Juxiang; Huang, Duohui; Yang, Junsheng; Cao, Qilong; Jin, Chengguo; Wang, Fanhou; Gao, Yufeng

    2015-07-14

    Ab initio calculations for three low-lying electronic states (X{sup 2}Σ{sup +}, A{sup 2}Π, and 2{sup 2}Π) of MgCl and MgBr molecules, including spin-orbit coupling, are performed using multi-reference configuration interaction plus Davidson correction method. The calculations involve all-electronic basis sets and Douglas–Kroll scalar relativistic correction. Spectroscopic parameters well agree with available theoretical and experimental data. Highly diagonally distributed Franck-Condon factors f{sub 00} for A{sup 2}Π{sub 3/2,1/2} (υ′ = 0) → X{sup 2}Σ{sup +}{sub 1/2} (υ″ = 0) are determined for both MgCl and MgBr molecules. Suitable radiative lifetimes τ of A{sup 2}Π{sub 3/2,1/2} (υ′ = 0) states for rapid laser cooling are also obtained. The proposed laser drives A{sup 2}Π{sub 3/2} (υ′ = 0) → X{sup 2}Σ{sup +}{sub 1/2} (υ″ = 0) transition by using three wavelengths (main pump laser λ{sub 00}; two repumping lasers λ{sub 10} and λ{sub 21}). These results indicate the probability of laser cooling MgCl and MgBr molecules.

  12. Laser cooling of MgCl and MgBr in theoretical approach.

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    Wan, Mingjie; Shao, Juxiang; Gao, Yufeng; Huang, Duohui; Yang, Junsheng; Cao, Qilong; Jin, Chengguo; Wang, Fanhou

    2015-07-14

    Ab initio calculations for three low-lying electronic states (X(2)Σ(+), A(2)Π, and 2(2)Π) of MgCl and MgBr molecules, including spin-orbit coupling, are performed using multi-reference configuration interaction plus Davidson correction method. The calculations involve all-electronic basis sets and Douglas-Kroll scalar relativistic correction. Spectroscopic parameters well agree with available theoretical and experimental data. Highly diagonally distributed Franck-Condon factors f00 for A(2)Π3/2,1/2 (υ' = 0) → X(2)Σ(+) 1/2 (υ″ = 0) are determined for both MgCl and MgBr molecules. Suitable radiative lifetimes τ of A(2)Π3/2,1/2 (υ' = 0) states for rapid laser cooling are also obtained. The proposed laser drives A(2)Π3/2 (υ' = 0) → X(2)Σ(+) 1/2 (υ″ = 0) transition by using three wavelengths (main pump laser λ00; two repumping lasers λ10 and λ21). These results indicate the probability of laser cooling MgCl and MgBr molecules.

  13. -MgO Melt by Super Gravity

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    Li, Juncheng; Guo, Zhancheng; Gao, Jintao; Li, Jingwei

    2014-08-01

    Perovskite phase was successfully separated from CaO-TiO2-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO melt by super gravity. Under the hypothesis that the titanium exists in the slag in terms of TiO2, with the gravity coefficient G = 600, time t = 5 minutes, and temperature T = 1563 K (1290 °C), the mass fraction of TiO2 in the concentrate is up to 52.94 pct, while that of the tailing is just 5.88 pct. The recovery ratio of Ti in the concentrate is up to 81.28 pct by centrifugal separation.

  14. The Atomization Energy of Mg4

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1999-01-01

    The atomization energy of Mg4 is determined using the MP2 and CCSD(T) levels of theory. Basis set incompleteness, basis set extrapolation, and core-valence effects are discussed. Our best atomization energy, including the zero-point energy and scalar relativistic effects, is 24.6+/-1.6 kcal per mol. Our computed and extrapolated values are compared with previous results, where it is observed that our extrapolated MP2 value is good agreement with the MP2-R12 value. The CCSD(T) and MP2 core effects are found to have the opposite signs.

  15. On the dissociation energy of Mg2

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    Partridge, Harry; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Pettersson, Lars G. M.; Mclean, A. D.; Liu, Bowen

    1990-01-01

    The bonding in the X 1Sigma(+)g state of Mg2 is investigated using near-complete valence one-particle Slater and Gaussian basis sets containing up to h functions. It is shown that the four-electron complete CI limit can be approached using a sequence of either second-order CI (SOCI) or interacting correlated fragment (ICF) calculations. At the valence level, the best estimate of the dissociation energy D(e) was 464/cm. This is a lower limit and is probably within 5/cm of the complete basis value.

  16. The Atomization Energy of Mg4

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1999-01-01

    The atomization energy of Mg4 is determined using the MP2 and CCSD(T) levels of theory. Basis set incompleteness, basis set extrapolation, and core-valence effects are discussed. Our best atomization energy, including the zero-point energy and scalar relativistic effects, is 24.6+/-1.6 kcal per mol. Our computed and extrapolated values are compared with previous results, where it is observed that our extrapolated MP2 value is good agreement with the MP2-R12 value. The CCSD(T) and MP2 core effects are found to have the opposite signs.

  17. On the dissociation energy of Mg2

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    Partridge, Harry; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Pettersson, Lars G. M.; McLean, A. D.; Liu, Bowen

    1990-05-01

    The bonding in the X 1Sigma(+)g state of Mg2 is investigated using near-complete valence one-particle Slater and Gaussian basis sets containing up to h functions. It is shown that the four-electron complete CI limit can be approached using a sequence of either second-order CI (SOCI) or interacting correlated fragment (ICF) calculations. At the valence level, the best estimate of the dissociation energy D(e) was 464/cm. This is a lower limit and is probably within 5/cm of the complete basis value.

  18. A fundamental study on the [(μ-Cl)3Mg2(THF)6]+ dimer electrolytes for rechargeable Mg batteries†

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    Cox, Jonathan T.; Hu, Dehong; Deng, Xuchu; Hu, Jianzhi; Hu, Mary Y.; Xiao, Jie; Shao, Yuyan; Tang, Keqi; Liu, Jun

    2016-01-01

    The long sought solvated [MgCl]+ species in the Mg-dimer electrolytes was characterized by soft mass spectrometry. The presented study provides an insightful understanding on the electrolyte chemistry of rechargeable Mg batteries. PMID:25562393

  19. The combination of amlodipine/valsartan 5/160 mg produces less peripheral oedema than amlodipine 10 mg in hypertensive patients not adequately controlled with amlodipine 5 mg

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    Schrader, J; Salvetti, A; Calvo, C; Akpinar, E; Keeling, L; Weisskopf, M; Brunel, P

    2009-01-01

    Aims: To demonstrate the benefit of the combination amlodipine/valsartan 5/160 mg over amlodipine 10 mg, in producing a lower incidence of peripheral oedema for a comparable mean sitting systolic blood pressure (MSSBP) reduction. Methods: After a 4-week amlodipine 5 mg run-in phase, inadequately controlled hypertension patients (aged ≥ 55 years, MSSBP ≥ 130 and ≤ 160 mmHg) were randomised to receive amlodipine/valsartan 5/160 mg or amlodipine 10 mg for 8 weeks, followed by amlodipine/valsartan 5/160 mg for 4 weeks for all patients. Primary variables were MSSBP change from baseline to week 8 and incidence of peripheral oedema reported as an AE. Resolution of peripheral oedema was assessed 4 weeks after switching patients from amlodipine 10 mg to amlodipine/ valsartan 5/160 mg. Results: At week 8, MSSBP showed greater reduction with amlodipine/valsartan 5/160 mg than amlodipine 10 mg (least square mean: −8.01 vs.−5.95 mmHg, p<0.001 for non-inferiority and p=0.002 for superiority). Systolic control, overall BP control and systolic response rate at week 8 were significantly higher with combination than amlodipine 10 mg (34 vs. 26%; 57 vs. 50%; 36.57 vs. 27.77%, respectively). Incidence of peripheral oedema was significantly lower with the combination than amlodipine 10 mg (6.6 vs. 31.1%, p<0.001). Peripheral oedema resolved in 56% patients who switched from amlodipine 10 mg to the combination, without the loss of effect on BP reduction. Conclusion: In non-responders to amlodipine 5 mg, treatment with amlodipine/valsartan 5/160 mg induced significantly less peripheral oedema than amlodipine 10 mg for similar BP reduction. Peripheral oedema resolved in > 50% patients switching from amlodipine 10 mg to the combination. PMID:19196360

  20. A new antihypertensive agent: Maxzide (75 mg triamterene/50 mg hydrochlorothiazide).

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    Blume, C D; Williams, R L

    1984-11-05

    The combination of potassium-sparing diuretics with hydrochlorothiazide is extensively used by hypertensive patients. In the United States, a capsule formulation containing 50 mg triamterene and 25 mg hydrochlorothiazide (Dyazide) is the most popular fixed-combination product. However, several investigators have confirmed that absorption of both the triamterene and hydrochlorothiazide components of Dyazide is markedly reduced. This reduced bioavailability may reduce its effectiveness in hypertensive patients who change from optimally bioavailable hydrochlorothiazide tablets to Dyazide capsules in an effort to correct hypokalemia. Scored tablets containing 75 mg triamterene/50 mg hydrochlorothiazide (Maxzide) have been developed using a patented parallel granulation manufacturing process and evaluated in a series of bioavailability-bioequivalence studies. The triamterene and hydrochlorothiazide components of Maxzide tablets were found to be as bioavailable as liquid preparations of the active ingredients given singly or in combination. Unlike Dyazide capsules, the hydrochlorothiazide component of Maxzide tablets was found to be absorbed to the same extent as single-entity hydrochlorothiazide tablets. These studies demonstrated that two Dyazide capsules (total of 100 mg triamterene/50 mg hydrochlorothiazide) deliver to the bloodstream approximately one-half the quantity of hydrochlorothiazide as one Maxzide (75 mg triamterene/50 mg hydrochlorothiazide) tablet or one 50 mg hydrochlorothiazide tablet. Similarly, two Dyazide capsules deliver approximately one-half the quantity of triamterene as one Maxzide tablet. The safety of Maxzide tablets (dose of one tablet a day) was then evaluated in three groups of hypertensive patients: those who previously had been given two Dyazide capsules a day, those who had received four Dyazide capsules a day, and newly diagnosed patients who had received no medication. The clinical condition of the patients who changed from two or four

  1. Electrochemical formation of Mg-Li-Ca alloys by codeposition of Mg, Li and Ca from LiCl-KCl-MgCl2-CaCl2 melts.

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    Yan, Yong De; Zhang, Mi Lin; Xue, Yun; Han, Wei; Cao, Dian Xue; Jing, Xiao Yan; He, Li Yi; Yuan, Yi

    2009-08-07

    This work presents electrochemical formation of Mg-Li-Ca alloys via codeposition of Mg, Li and Ca on a molybdenum electrode in KCl-LiCl-MgCl(2)-CaCl(2) melts at 943 K. Cyclic voltammograms (CVs) showed that the underpotential deposition (UPD) of calcium on pre-deposited magnesium leads to the formation of a liquid Mg-Ca alloy, and the succeeding underpotential deposition of lithium on pre-deposited Mg-Ca alloy leads to the formation of a liquid Mg-Li-Ca solution. Chronopotentiometric measurements indicated that the codepositon of Mg, Li and Ca occurs at current densities more negative than -0.31 A cm(-2) in LiCl-KCl-MgCl(2) (5 wt%) melts containing 1 wt% CaCl(2). Chronoamperograms demonstrated that the onset potential for the codeposition of Mg, Li and Ca is -2.200 V, and the codeposition of Mg, Li and Ca is formed when the applied potentials are more negative than -2.200 V. X-Ray diffraction (XRD) indicated that Mg-Li-Ca alloys with different phases were formed via galvanostatic electrolysis. The microstructures of typical alpha and beta phases of Mg-Li-Ca alloys were characterized by optical microscope (OM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The analysis of energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) showed that the element Ca mainly distributes along grain boundary in Mg-Li-Ca alloys. The results of inductively coupled plasma analysis determined that the chemical compositions of Mg-Li-Ca alloys correspond with the phase structures of XRD patterns, and the lithium and calcium contents of Mg-Li-Ca alloys depend on the concentrations of MgCl(2) and CaCl(2).

  2. Toward Understanding the Roaming Mechanism in H + MgH → Mg + HH Reaction.

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    Mauguière, Frédéric A L; Collins, Peter; Stamatiadis, Stamatis; Li, Anyang; Ezra, Gregory S; Farantos, Stavros C; Kramer, Zeb C; Carpenter, Barry K; Wiggins, Stephen; Guo, Hua

    2016-07-14

    The roaming mechanism in the reaction H + MgH →Mg + HH is investigated by classical and quantum dynamics employing an accurate ab initio three-dimensional ground electronic state potential energy surface. The reaction dynamics are explored by running trajectories initialized on a four-dimensional dividing surface anchored on three-dimensional normally hyperbolic invariant manifold associated with a family of unstable orbiting periodic orbits in the entrance channel of the reaction (H + MgH). By locating periodic orbits localized in the HMgH well or involving H orbiting around the MgH diatom, and following their continuation with the total energy, regions in phase space where reactive or nonreactive trajectories may be trapped are found. In this way roaming reaction pathways are deduced in phase space. Patterns similar to periodic orbits projected into configuration space are found for the quantum bound and resonance eigenstates. Roaming is attributed to the capture of the trajectories in the neighborhood of certain periodic orbits. The complex forming trajectories in the HMgH well can either return to the radical channel or "roam" to the MgHH minimum from where the molecule may react.

  3. Mechanical Properties of Mg-Gd and Mg-Y Solid Solutions

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    Kula, Anna; Jia, Xiaohui; Mishra, Raj K.; Niewczas, Marek

    2016-12-01

    The mechanical properties of Mg-Gd and Mg-Y solid solutions have been studied under uniaxial tension and compression between 4 K and 298 K (-269 °C and 25 °C). The results reveal that Mg-Gd alloys exhibit higher strength and ductility under tension and compression attributed to the more effective solid solution strengthening and grain-boundary strengthening effects. Profuse twinning has been observed under compression, resulting in a material texture with strong dominance of basal component parallel to compression axis. Under tension, twining is less active and the texture evolution is controlled mostly by slip. The alloys exhibit pronounced yield stress asymmetry and significantly different work-hardening behavior under tension and compression. Increasing of Gd and/or Y concentration leads to the reduction of the tension-compression asymmetry due to the weakening of the recrystallization texture and more balanced twinning and slip activity during plastic deformation. The results suggest that under compression of Mg-Y alloys slip is more active than twinning in comparison to Mg-Gd alloys.

  4. Toward understanding the roaming mechanism in H + MgH → Mg + HH reaction

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    Mauguiere, Frederic A. L.; Collins, Peter; Stamatiadis, Stamatis; ...

    2016-02-26

    The roaming mechanism in the reaction H + MgH →Mg + HH is investigated by classical and quantum dynamics employing an accurate ab initio threedimensional ground electronic state potential energy surface. The reaction dynamics are explored by running trajectories initialized on a four-dimensional dividing surface anchored on three-dimensional normally hyperbolic invariant manifold associated with a family of unstable orbiting periodic orbits in the entrance channel of the reaction (H + MgH). By locating periodic orbits localized in the HMgH well or involving H orbiting around the MgH diatom, and following their continuation with the total energy, regions in phase spacemore » where reactive or nonreactive trajectories may be trapped are found. In this way roaming reaction pathways are deduced in phase space. Patterns similar to periodic orbits projected into configuration space are found for the quantum bound and resonance eigenstates. Roaming is attributed to the capture of the trajectories in the neighborhood of certain periodic orbits. As a result, the complex forming trajectories in the HMgH well can either return to the radical channel or “roam” to the MgHH minimum from where the molecule may react.« less

  5. Apollo 15 Mg- and Fe-norites - A redefinition of the Mg-suite differentiation trend

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    Lindstrom, M. M.; Marvin, U. B.; Mittlefehldt, D. W.

    The Apollo 15 highland rocks from the Apennine Front include clasts of mafic plutonic rocks from deep in the lunar crust that were brought to the surface by the Imbrium and Serenitatis impacts. The Apollo 15 norites exhibit wide variations in mineral and bulk compositions and include Fe-norites that plot between the three major pristine rock fields on a diagram of Mg' in mafic minerals vs An in paglioclase. Based on assemblages and compositions of minerals, and on ratios of elemental abundances, it is concluded that these Apollo 15 Fe-norites are differentiated members of the Mg-norite suite. The Apollo 15 and 17 norites and troctolites form a closely related suite of rocks, whose variations in mineral compositions represent the main differentiation trend of the Mg-suite. This trend in mineral compositions has a steeper slope than the previous Mg-suite field. The parent magmas for these Mg-suite rocks formed by partial melting deep in the lunar mantle. Differentiation by fractional crystallization may also have included assimilation of crustal components as the magmas rose from the mantle and crystallized plutons in the lower crust.

  6. Refinements in an Mg/MgH2/H2O-Based Hydrogen Generator

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    Kindler, Andrew; Huang, Yuhong

    2010-01-01

    Some refinements have been conceived for a proposed apparatus that would generate hydrogen (for use in a fuel cell) by means of chemical reactions among magnesium, magnesium hydride, and steam. The refinements lie in tailoring spatial and temporal distributions of steam and liquid water so as to obtain greater overall energy-storage or energy-generation efficiency than would otherwise be possible. A description of the prior art is prerequisite to a meaningful description of the present refinements. The hydrogen-generating apparatus in question is one of two versions of what was called the "advanced hydrogen generator" in "Fuel-Cell Power Systems Incorporating Mg-Based H2 Generators" (NPO-43554), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 33, No. 1 (January 2009), page 52. To recapitulate: The apparatus would include a reactor vessel that would be initially charged with magnesium hydride. The apparatus would exploit two reactions: The endothermic decomposition reaction MgH2-->Mg + H2, which occurs at a temperature greater than or equal to 300 C, and The exothermic oxidation reaction MgH2 + H2O MgO + 2H2, which occurs at a temperature greater than or equal to 330 C.

  7. Cohort Profile: Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil)

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    Schmidt, Maria Inês; Duncan, Bruce B; Mill, José Geraldo; Lotufo, Paulo A; Chor, Dóra; Barreto, Sandhi Maria; Aquino, Estela ML; Passos, Valéria Maria Azeredo; Matos, Sheila MA; Molina, Maria del Carmen B; Carvalho, Marilia S; Bensenor, Isabela M

    2015-01-01

    Chronic diseases are a global problem, yet information on their determinants is generally scant in low- and middle-income countries. The Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil) aims to contribute relevant information regarding the development and progression of clinical and subclinical chronic diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, in one such setting. At Visit 1, we enrolled 15 105 civil servants from predefined universities or research institutes. Baseline assessment (2008–10) included detailed interviews and measurements to assess social and biological determinants of health, as well as various clinical and subclinical conditions related to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and mental health. A second visit of interviews and examinations is under way (2012–14) to enrich the assessment of cohort exposures and to detect initial incident events. Annual surveillance has been conducted since 2009 for the ascertainment of incident events. Biological samples (sera, plasma, urine and DNA) obtained at both visits have been placed in long-term storage. Baseline data are available for analyses, and collaboration via specific research proposals directed to study investigators is welcome. PMID:24585730

  8. Strongly coupled rotational band in 33Mg

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    Richard, A. L.; Crawford, H. L.; Fallon, P.; Macchiavelli, A. O.; Bader, V. M.; Bazin, D.; Bowry, M.; Campbell, C. M.; Carpenter, M. P.; Clark, R. M.; Cromaz, M.; Gade, A.; Ideguchi, E.; Iwasaki, H.; Jones, M. D.; Langer, C.; Lee, I. Y.; Loelius, C.; Lunderberg, E.; Morse, C.; Rissanen, J.; Salathe, M.; Smalley, D.; Stroberg, S. R.; Weisshaar, D.; Whitmore, K.; Wiens, A.; Williams, S. J.; Wimmer, K.; Yamamato, T.

    2017-07-01

    The "island of inversion" at N ≈20 for the neon, sodium, and magnesium isotopes has long been an area of interest both experimentally and theoretically due to the subtle competition between 0p-0h and n p -n h configurations leading to deformed shapes. However, the presence of rotational band structures, which are fingerprints of deformed shapes, have only recently been observed in this region. In this work, we report on a measurement of the low-lying level structure of 33Mg populated by a two-stage projectile fragmentation reaction and studied with the Gamma Ray Energy Tracking In-Beam Nuclear Array (GRETINA). The experimental level energies, ground-state magnetic moment, intrinsic quadrupole moment, and γ -ray intensities show good agreement with the strong-coupling limit of a rotational model.

  9. Half-life determination for 27Mg

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    Zahn, G. S.; Genezini, F. A.

    2015-07-01

    In this work, the half-life of the short-lived magnesium radionuclide 27Mg was measured by following the activity of samples after they were irradiated in the IEA-R1 reactor. An exponential decay function was then fitted to the results using the counts from a 60Co source as livetime chronometer; the individual half-life values obtained for each irradiation were compiled using both the usual unweighted and σ-2-weighted averages, as well as the robust averages obtained using the Normalized Residuals and the Rajeval techniques. The final halflive values obtained aren't compatible with the ENSDF compilation values, but have a similar uncertainty; analysis of the experimental literature values, all from the 50’s-60’s, show that further measurements should be undertaken in order to achieve a more robust consensus value for this half-life.

  10. Preparation of Mg-MgH2 flakes by planetary ball milling with stearic acid and their hydrogen storage properties

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    Hong, Seong-Hyeon; Song, Myoung Youp

    2016-05-01

    Many studies preparing magnesium hydride using catalyst addition were performed, resulting in the preparation of additive-containing magnesium hydride. Preparation of a sample with a MgH2 phase without additives requires high pressure and high temperature and is time-demanding. In order to prepare an additive-free sample with a MgH2 phase, 90 wt% Mg+10 wt% MgH2 (named 90Mg+10MgH2) was milled under a hydrogen atmosphere with 6 wt% stearic acid as a process-controlling agent, which led to a formation of Mg-MgH2 flakes. The hydrogen storing and releasing properties of the prepared flakes were investigated and compared with those of purchased MgH2. A sample with a majority fraction of MgH2 phase was prepared by planetary ball milling of 90 Mg+10 MgH2 with 6 wt% stearic acid. The resultant particles of 90 Mg+10 MgH2 obtained after hydridingdehydriding cycling were much smaller and had significantly more cracks and defects than those of MgH2 after hydriding-dehydriding cycling. 90 Mg+10 MgH2 released 0.12 wt% hydrogen for 4 min, 3.70 wt% for 20 min, and 5.30 wt% for 60 min at 648 K at the first cycle.

  11. [Design and implementation of the ELSA-Brasil biobank: a prospective study in a Brazilian population].

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    Pereira, Alexandre C; Bensenor, Isabela M; Fedeli, Ligia M; Castilhos, Cristina; Vidigal, Pedro G; Maniero, Viviane; Leite, Claudia M; Pimentel, Robercia A; Duncan, Bruce B; Mill, Jose Geraldo; Lotufo, Paulo A

    2013-06-01

    The Brazilian Longitudinal Study for Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil) is a multicenter prospective cohort of civil servants designed to assess the determinants of chronic diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. The present article describes the main design and implementation points of the ELSA-Brasil biobank project. Economic, political, logistical and technological aspects of this study are characterized. Additionally, it discusses the final biorepository protocol and the facilities implemented to achieve this objective. The design and implementation process of the ELSA-Brasil biobank took three years to be performed. Both the central and local biobanks were built according to the best biorepository techniques, using different technological solutions for the distinct needs expected in this study.

  12. Porous composite materials ZrO2(MgO)-MgO for osteoimplantology

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    Buyakov, Ales; Litvinova, Larisa; Shupletsova, Valeria; Kulbakin, Denis; Kulkov, Sergey

    2016-08-01

    The pore structure and phase composition of ceramic composite material ZrO2(Mg)-MgO at different sintering temperatures were studied. The main mechanical characteristics of the material were determined and it was shown that they are close to the characteristics of natural bone tissues. It was shown that material structure has a positive effect on the pre-osteoblast cells proliferation. In-vitro studies of pre-osteoblast cells, cultivation on material surface showed a good cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of MMSC by osteogenic type.

  13. Porous composite materials ZrO{sub 2}(MgO)-MgO for osteoimplantology

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    Buyakov, Ales; Litvinova, Larisa Shupletsova, Valeria; Kulbakin, Denis; Kulkov, Sergey

    2016-08-02

    The pore structure and phase composition of ceramic composite material ZrO{sub 2}(Mg)-MgO at different sintering temperatures were studied. The main mechanical characteristics of the material were determined and it was shown that they are close to the characteristics of natural bone tissues. It was shown that material structure has a positive effect on the pre-osteoblast cells proliferation. In-vitro studies of pre-osteoblast cells, cultivation on material surface showed a good cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of MMSC by osteogenic type.

  14. Role of dopants in LiF:Mg,Cu, LiF:Mg,P and LiF:Mg,Cu,P detectors

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    Mohammadi, Kh. Moussavi Zarandi, A.; Afarideh, H.; Shahmaleki, S.

    2013-06-15

    In this study, electronic structure of LiF crystal doped with Mg,Cu,P impurities was studied with WIEN2k code on the basis of FPLAPW+lo method. Results show that in Mg-doped LiF composition, an electronic trap was created with impurity concentration of 1.56% and 3.125%. In this condition, the electronic trap with increasing the percentage of the impurities up to 4.687% is annihilated. It was found, that by doping of Mg and Cu or P simultaneously, a hole-trap is created in valence band. It was realized that in LiF:Mg,Cu, LiF:Mg,P and LiF:Mg,Cu,P, Cu impurity and Li atom, have a key role in creation of levels which lead to create electronic and hole traps. Mg impurity and F atom, only have a role in creation of electronic traps. In addition, P impurity has a main role in creation of the electronic and hole traps in LiF:Mg,Cu,P. The activation energy of electronic and hole trap in LiF:Mg,Cu, LiF:Mg,P and LiF:Mg,Cu,P crystalline lattice were obtained as 0.3 and 5.5 eV, 0.92 and 3.4 eV and 0.75 and 3.1 eV, respectively. - Graphical abstract: Figure (a) and (b) shows changes in electronic structure and band gap energy of LiF crystal due to presence of Mg and Cu, Mg and P ions respectively. - Highlights: • Electronic structure of LiF, LiF:Mg,Cu, LiF:Mg,P and LiF:Mg,Cu,P materials were studied with WIEN2K code. • In LiF:Mg,Cu and LiF:Mg,Cu,P, Li atom and Cu impurity have a key role in creation of levels. • F atom and Mg impurity only have a role in creation of electronic traps. • In LiF:Mg,Cu,P, P impurity has a main role in creation of electronic and hole traps.

  15. Phase transition and optoelectronic properties of MgH2

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    Nayak, Vikas; Verma, U. P.

    2016-05-01

    In this article, structural and electronic properties of MgH2 have been studied. The aim behind this study was to find out the ground state crystal structure of MgH2. For the purpose, density functional theory (DFT)-based full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) calculations have been performed in three different space groups: P42/mnm (α-MgH2), Pa3 (β-MgH2) and Pbcn (γ-MgH2). It has been found that the ground state structure of MgH2 is α-MgH2. The present study shows that α-MgH2 transforms into γ-MgH2 at a pressure of 0.41 GPa. After further increase in pressure, γ-MgH2 transforms into β-MgH2 at a pressure of 3.67 GPa. The obtained results are in good agreement with previously reported experimental data. In all the studied phases, the behavior of MgH2 is insulating and its optical conductivity is around 6.0 eV. The α-MgH2 and γ-MgH2 are anisotropic materials while β-MgH2 is isotropic in nature.

  16. [Magnesium (Mg) status in patients with cardiovascular diseases].

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    Sasaki, S; Oshima, T; Teragawa, H; Matsuura, H; Kajiyama, G; Kambe, M

    1999-05-01

    Mg is the fourth most abundant total cation in the human body and the second most abundant intracellular cation. Moreover, Mg is an important cofactor for many enzymes especially those involved in phosphate transfer reactions. Mg is therefore essential in the regulation of the metabolism of other ions and cellular functions. Mg deficiency has been shown to be associated with fatal cardiovascular diseases such as cardiac arrhythmias and coronary heart disease, as well as with risk factors for these diseases, such as hypertension, and diabetes mellitus. Clinical evaluation of Mg status has been limited by the lack of suitable technology for measuring this cation. Although the measurement of serum total Mg is routinely available, ionized Mg is physiologically active. Furthermore, most of the body's Mg is present in the intracellular space. Our findings showed that serum total Mg was similar in all groups, but patients with arrhythmias and diabetes mellitus revealed lower levels of serum ionized Mg. On the other hand, patients with essential hypertension exhibited higher intraerythrocyte Mg concentrations than healthy controls. The measurement of serum total Mg may obscure the diagnosis of an abnormality in Mg metabolism in patients with arrhythmias and diabetes mellitus. Furthermore, the intracellular accumulation of Mg does not support the hypothesis of Mg deficiency in patients with essential hypertension.

  17. The Influence of MgH2 on the Assessment of Electrochemical Data to Predict the Degradation Rate of Mg and Mg Alloys

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    Mueller, Wolf-Dieter; Hornberger, Helga

    2014-01-01

    Mg and Mg alloys are becoming more and more of interest for several applications. In the case of biomaterial applications, a special interest exists due to the fact that a predictable degradation should be given. Various investigations were made to characterize and predict the corrosion behavior in vitro and in vivo. Mostly, the simple oxidation of Mg to Mg2+ ions connected with adequate hydrogen development is assumed, and the negative difference effect (NDE) is attributed to various mechanisms and electrochemical results. The aim of this paper is to compare the different views on the corrosion pathway of Mg or Mg alloys and to present a neglected pathway based on thermodynamic data as a guideline for possible reactions combined with experimental observations of a delay of visible hydrogen evolution during cyclic voltammetry. Various reaction pathways are considered and discussed to explain these results, like the stability of the Mg+ intermediate state, the stability of MgH2 and the role of hydrogen overpotential. Finally, the impact of MgH2 formation is shown as an appropriate base for the prediction of the degradation behavior and calculation of the corrosion rate of Mg and Mg alloys. PMID:24972140

  18. Enhancement of lower critical field in thin MgB2 films and MgB2/MgO multilayers

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    Tan, Teng; Johnson, Evan; Acharya, Narendra; Hambe, Michael; Chen, Ke; Krick, Alex; May, Steven; Xi, Xiaoxing

    2013-03-01

    Magnesium diboride is a conventional superconductor with a high Tc of 39 K, a low residual resistivity of < 0.1 μΩ cm (at 42 K), and higher thermodynamic critical field Hc values than Nb. These properties make MgB2 a promising superconductor as an alternative to Nb for future SRF cavities. However, the lower critical field Hc 1 of MgB2 is low, and vortex dissipation above Hc 1 can lead to degradation of the quality factor and low RF breakdown field. Here, we report an enhancement of Hc 1 in thin MgB2 films and MgB2/MgO multilayers. The value of Hc 1(5K) is increased from 40 mT in a 300 nm-thick MgB2 film to 180 mT when the MgB2 layer thickness is 100 nm either in a single-layer film or in a MgB2/MgO multilayer with a total MgB2 layer thickness of 300 nm. Superconducting MgB2 thin films have been coated in-situon the inner wall of a SRF cavity using the hybrid physical chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) technique. The characterization of the coating will be presented.

  19. Mycoplasma genitalium mg200 and mg386 genes are involved in gliding motility but not in cytadherence.

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    Pich, Oscar Q; Burgos, Raul; Ferrer-Navarro, Mario; Querol, Enrique; Piñol, Jaume

    2006-06-01

    Isolation and characterization of transposon-generated Mycoplasma genitalium gliding-deficient mutants has implicated mg200 and mg386 genes in gliding motility. The proposed role of these genes was confirmed by restoration of the gliding phenotype in deficient mutants through gene complementation with their respective mg386 or mg200 wild-type copies. mg200 and mg386 are the first reported gliding-associated mycoplasma genes not directly involved in cytadherence. Orthologues of MG200 and MG386 proteins are also found in the slow gliding mycoplasmas, Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Mycoplasma gallisepticum, suggesting the existence of a unique set of proteins involved in slow gliding motility. MG200 and MG386 proteins share common features, such as the presence of enriched in aromatic and glycine residues boxes and an acidic and proline-rich domain, suggesting that these motifs could play a significant role in gliding motility.

  20. Comparative effects of a Mg-enriched diet and different orally administered magnesium oxide preparations on ionized Mg, Mg metabolism and electrolytes in serum of human volunteers.

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    Altura, B T; Wilimzig, C; Trnovec, T; Nyulassy, S; Altura, B M

    1994-10-01

    To determine whether: 1) short-term dietary elevation in magnesium (Mg) intake could alter serum ionized Mg (IMg2+), total Mg (TMg); % ionized Mg (% IMg2+) and other cations; and 2) different formulated preparations of Mg oxide (MgO) in the presence and absence of phosphate could alter serum IMg2+, TMg, % IMg2+ and other cations in Mg-loaded subjects. A randomized, triple cross-over study was performed on a rigorously defined group of normal male volunteers. Eighteen males were administered diets containing four to five times the United States recommended daily allowance (USRDA) of Mg followed by a randomization of three different MgO preparations, in the presence or absence of phosphate, containing equimolar amounts (12.34 mmol) of elemental Mg. Forty age-matched volunteers served as reference range controls. Specific ion selective electrodes were utilized to measure IMg2+, ionized calcium (ICa2+), sodium (Na+) potassium (K+) and hydrogen ion concentration (H+). Measurement of urinary excretion of Mg as well as TMg were determined by atomic absorption spectroscopy. Diets enriched with different oral formulations of Mg given for 6 days result in significant elevations in serum IMg2+ and % IMg2+ but not TMg, ICa2+, K+ or H+ in normal subjects. Although such Mg-loaded subjects demonstrate significant elevation in urinary excretion of Mg, no further changes in IMg2+, TMg or any of the serum cations were produced by ingestion of either of the three MgO preparations. Subjects showing normally low basal levels of serum IMg2+, (< or = 0.54 mM/L), could easily have their serum IMg2+ level manipulated by diets enriched with Mg, whereas subjects having average normal or high normal IMg2+ levels did not have their IMg2+ elevated significantly with either diets enriched with Mg or with exogenous MgO. These results indicate that since serum IMg2+ and % IMg2+, but not TMg, can be altered by dietary intake, previous or future findings which may indicate no change in TMg by diet

  1. Cisplatinum enhancement of myocardial Mg2+ transport.

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    Murphy, L; Procopio, J M; Bianchi, C P

    1996-01-01

    Cisplatinum in a concentration (4.3 x 10(-6) M) corresponding to the therapeutic plasma concentration for cancer patients was found to cause a marked enhancement of magnesium efflux and uptake in perfused frog myocardium. The magnesium content of the perfused frog ventricle is increased from 6.66 +/- 0.34 mumol/g wet wgt to 8.03 +/- 0.38 mu mol/g wet wgt. Cisplatinum had a negative inotropic action reducing contractile force to 46 +/- 8% of initial force after 40 min of perfusion. The corresponding control contractile force was reduced to 74 +/- 7%. Removal of calcium and magnesium from the perfusion solution containing 0.5 mM EDTA for 10 minutes caused contractile force to be reduced to 0 after 6 beats at 24 min-1. After ten minutes of perfusion with EDTA, 1.87 mu mol/g wet wgt of magnesium was lost from control ventricles. Cisplatinum increased the loss to 4.08 +/- 0.34 mu mol/g wet wgt. The magnesium lost during EDTA perfusion was completely recovered after 5 minutes of perfusion in Ringer or Tyrode solution by both control and cisplatinum treated frog ventricles. The contractile force also recovered to the level prior to perfusion with EDTA Ringer. The rate of Mg2+ efflux in EDTA Ringer is largest during the first 3 minutes and was 0.170 +/- 0.051 p mol cm-2 sec-1 for controls and 0.798 p mol cm-2 sec-1 for the cisplatinum treated ventricles. During the last 7 min of perfusion in EDTA Ringer the Mg2+ efflux was reduced to 0.057 +/- 0.005 p mol cm-2 sec-1 for control ventricles and 0.170 p mol cm-2 sec-1 for the cisplatinum treated ventricles. Cisplatinum increased both magnesium efflux and influx and influx in the frog myocardium, increased magnesium content to a higher level and reduced contractile force. The effect of cisplatinum on magnesium transport is attributed to an increase in the charged form of cisplatinum that accumulates inside the cell where chloride content is low and the chloride of cisplatinum is displaced to form a positively charged

  2. Daytime wakefulness following a bedtime oral dose of zolpidem 20 mg, flunitrazepam 2 mg and placebo.

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    Bensimon, G; Foret, J; Warot, D; Lacomblez, L; Thiercelin, J F; Simon, P

    1990-01-01

    1. The effects of zolpidem 20 mg, flunitrazepam 2 mg and placebo, administered at bed time, were studied in 12 healthy young male volunteers. 2. The assessments included, at awakening, subjective ratings of overnight sleep, cognitive function, psychomotor performance (digit symbol substitution, choice reaction time, flicker fusion threshold), subjective ratings of alertness, and plasma assay of residual drug concentration. Daytime sleep propensity during the day after dosing was evaluated with the multiple sleep latency test. 3. Compared with placebo, both active drugs improved subjective assessment of the ease of getting to sleep. At awakening, under flunitrazepam treatment, the reduction of performance, on memory and psychomotor tests, paralleled an increased subjective rating of sleepiness, but zolpidem treatment left subjects unimpaired compared with placebo. Similarly, daytime sleep propensity was enhanced throughout the following day under flunitrazepam treatment, but not under zolpidem treatment. Plasma assay for residual drug concentration at awakening found significant amounts of flunitrazepam and marginal amounts of zolpidem. 4. Results indicate that zolpidem 20 mg is devoid of residual effects in a range of tasks that were sensitive enough to demonstrate a prolonged wakefulness impairment following flunitrzepam 2 mg in healthy volunteers. PMID:2223425

  3. First-principles studies of hydrogen interaction with ultrathin Mg and Mg-based alloy films

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    Yoon, Mina; Weitering, Hanno H.; Zhang, Zhenyu

    2011-01-01

    The search for technologically and economically viable storage solutions for hydrogen fuel would benefit greatly from research strategies that involve systematic property tuning of potential storage materials via atomic-level modification. Here, we use first-principles density-functional theory to investigate theoretically the structural and electronic properties of ultrathin Mg films and Mg-based alloy films and their interaction with atomic hydrogen. Additional delocalized charges are distributed over the Mg films upon alloying them with 11.1% of Al or Na atoms. These extra charges contribute to enhance the hydrogen binding strength to the films. We calculated the chemical potential of hydrogen in Mg films for different dopant species and film thickness, and we included the vibrational degrees of freedom. By comparing the chemical potential with that of free hydrogen gas at finite temperature (T) and pressure (P), we construct a hydrogenation phase diagram and identify the conditions for hydrogen absorption or desorption. The formation enthalpies of metal hydrides are greatly increased in thin films, and in stark contrast to its bulk phase, the hydride state can only be stabilized at high P and T (where the chemical potential of free H2 is very high). Metal doping increases the thermodynamic stabilities of the hydride films and thus significantly helps to reduce the required pressure condition for hydrogen absorption from H2 gas. In particular, with Na alloying, hydrogen can be absorbed and/or desorbed at experimentally accessible T and P conditions.

  4. ZnO/(ZnMg)O single quantum wells with high Mg content graded barriers

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    Laumer, Bernhard; Schuster, Fabian; Wassner, Thomas A.; Stutzmann, Martin; Rohnke, Marcus; Schoermann, Joerg; Eickhoff, Martin

    2012-06-01

    ZnO/Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O single quantum wells (SQWs) were grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on c-plane sapphire substrates. Compositional grading allows the application of optimized growth conditions for the fabrication of Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O barriers with high crystalline quality and a maximum Mg content of x = 0.23. High resolution x-ray diffraction reveals partial relaxation of the graded barriers. Due to exciton localization, the SQW emission is found to consist of contributions from donor-bound and free excitons. While for narrow SQWs with well width d{sub W}{<=}2.5nm, the observed increase of the exciton binding energy is caused by quantum confinement, the drop of the photoluminescence emission below the ZnO bulk value found for wide SQWs is attributed to the quantum-confined Stark effect. For a Mg content of x = 0.23, a built-in electric field of 630 kV/cm is extracted, giving rise to a decrease of the exciton binding energy and rapid thermal quenching of the SQW emission characterized by an activation energy of (24 {+-} 4) meV for d{sub W} = 8.3 nm.

  5. Mg2+ coordinating dynamics in Mg:ATP fueled motor proteins

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    Bojovschi, A.; Liu, Ming S.; Sadus, Richard J.

    2014-03-01

    The coordination of Mg2+ with the triphosphate group of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in motor proteins is investigated using data mining and molecular dynamics. The possible coordination structures available from crystal data for actin, myosin, RNA polymerase, DNA polymerase, DNA helicase, and F1-ATPase are verified and investigated further by molecular dynamics. Coordination states are evaluated using structural analysis and quantified by radial distribution functions, coordination numbers, and pair interaction energy calculations. The results reveal a diverse range of both transitory and stable coordination arrangements between Mg2+ and ATP. The two most stable coordinating states occur when Mg2+ coordinates two or three oxygens from the triphosphate group of ATP. Evidence for five-site coordination is also reported involving water in addition to the triphosphate group. The stable states correspond to a pair interaction energy of either ˜-2750 kJ/mol or -3500 kJ/mol. The role of water molecules in the hydration shell surrounding Mg2+ is also reported.

  6. Mechanical and Corrosive Properties of Two Magnesium Wires: Mg4Gd and Mg6Ag

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    Maier, Petra; Szakács, Gabor; Wala, Marcin; Hort, Norbert

    The mechanical and corrosive properties of two Magnesium wires are studied in the field of microhardness, tension-, compression-and 3-point-bending tests, corrosion and its influence on the mechanical properties. Due to recrystallization during their complex forming processes (casting, extrusion, wire drawing), both wires show a fine grained microstructure resulting in high strength and ductility. However, the ductility is mostly evaluated by 3-point bending and compression; due to the notch effect in the clamp area, the maximum tensile strength and elongation under tension cannot be measured. Both alloys show a tensile-compressive yield asymmetry. Even RE-elements are known to reduce this asymmetry, the Mg-Gd alloy shows 100 MPa higher strength in tension than compression. The asymmetry of the Mg-Ag wire is similar. Overall the wires show very high strength and hardness, Mg6Ag slightly higher compared to Mg4Gd. Strong pitting corrosion is found and reduces strongly the tensile and bending strength.

  7. Surface treatments for controlling corrosion rate of biodegradable Mg and Mg-based alloy implants

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    Uddin, M S; Hall, Colin; Murphy, Peter

    2015-01-01

    Due to their excellent biodegradability characteristics, Mg and Mg-based alloys have become an emerging material in biomedical implants, notably for repair of bone as well as coronary arterial stents. However, the main problem with Mg-based alloys is their rapid corrosion in aggressive environments such as human bodily fluids. Previously, many approaches such as control of alloying materials, composition and surface treatments, have been attempted to regulate the corrosion rate. This article presents a comprehensive review of recent research focusing on surface treatment techniques utilised to control the corrosion rate and surface integrity of Mg-based alloys in both in vitro and in vivo environments. Surface treatments generally involve the controlled deposition of thin film coatings using various coating processes, and mechanical surfacing such as machining, deep rolling or low plasticity burnishing. The aim is to either make a protective thin layer of a material or to change the micro-structure and mechanical properties at the surface and sub-surface levels, which will prevent rapid corrosion and thus delay the degradation of the alloys. We have organised the review of past works on coatings by categorising the coatings into two classes—conversion and deposition coatings—while works on mechanical treatments are reviewed based on the tool-based processes which affect the sub-surface microstructure and mechanical properties of the material. Various types of coatings and their processing techniques under two classes of coating and mechanical treatment approaches have been analysed and discussed to investigate their impact on the corrosion performance, biomechanical integrity, biocompatibility and cell viability. Potential challenges and future directions in designing and developing the improved biodegradable Mg/Mg-based alloy implants were addressed and discussed. The literature reveals that no solutions are yet complete and hence new and innovative approaches

  8. Surface treatments for controlling corrosion rate of biodegradable Mg and Mg-based alloy implants.

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    Uddin, M S; Hall, Colin; Murphy, Peter

    2015-10-01

    Due to their excellent biodegradability characteristics, Mg and Mg-based alloys have become an emerging material in biomedical implants, notably for repair of bone as well as coronary arterial stents. However, the main problem with Mg-based alloys is their rapid corrosion in aggressive environments such as human bodily fluids. Previously, many approaches such as control of alloying materials, composition and surface treatments, have been attempted to regulate the corrosion rate. This article presents a comprehensive review of recent research focusing on surface treatment techniques utilised to control the corrosion rate and surface integrity of Mg-based alloys in both in vitro and in vivo environments. Surface treatments generally involve the controlled deposition of thin film coatings using various coating processes, and mechanical surfacing such as machining, deep rolling or low plasticity burnishing. The aim is to either make a protective thin layer of a material or to change the micro-structure and mechanical properties at the surface and sub-surface levels, which will prevent rapid corrosion and thus delay the degradation of the alloys. We have organised the review of past works on coatings by categorising the coatings into two classes-conversion and deposition coatings-while works on mechanical treatments are reviewed based on the tool-based processes which affect the sub-surface microstructure and mechanical properties of the material. Various types of coatings and their processing techniques under two classes of coating and mechanical treatment approaches have been analysed and discussed to investigate their impact on the corrosion performance, biomechanical integrity, biocompatibility and cell viability. Potential challenges and future directions in designing and developing the improved biodegradable Mg/Mg-based alloy implants were addressed and discussed. The literature reveals that no solutions are yet complete and hence new and innovative approaches are

  9. Analgesic efficacy and tolerability of oxycodone 5 mg/ibuprofen 400 mg compared with those of oxycodone 5 mg/acetaminophen 325 mg and hydrocodone 7.5 mg/acetaminophen 500 mg in patients with moderate to severe postoperative pain: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single-dose, parallel-group study in a dental pain model.

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    Litkowski, Leonard J; Christensen, Steven E; Adamson, Dennis N; Van Dyke, Thomas; Han, Seung-Ho; Newman, Kenneth B

    2005-04-01

    Combination therapy has been widely used for the clinical management of acute pain. By combining 2 drugs with different mechanisms of action, such therapy provides additive analgesic effects while reducing the risk for adverse effects. This study compared the efficacy and tolerability of oxycodone 5 mg/ibuprofen 400 mg with those of oxycodone 5 mg/acetaminophen 325 mg, hydrocodone 7.5 mg/acetaminophen 500 mg, and placebo in a dental pain model. This was a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo- and active-controlled, parallel-group, single-dose study in patients experiencing moderate to severe pain after surgical removal of > or = 2 ipsilateral impacted third molars. Patients were randomly assigned to receive oxycodone 5 mg/ibuprofen 400 mg, oxycodone 5 mg/acetaminophen 325 mg, hydrocodone 7.5 mg/acetaminophen 500 mg, or placebo. The primary outcome measures were total pain relief through 6 hours after dosing (TOTPAR6), sum of pain intensity differences through 6 hours (SPID6), and adverse events. Secondary efficacy measures included SPID3 and TOTPAR3, peak pain relief, peak pain intensity difference, time to onset of pain relief, time to use of rescue medication, proportion of patients reporting pain half gone, and the patient's global evaluation. Two hundred forty-nine patients (43.5% male; 87.5% white; mean age, 19.1 years; mean body weight, 153.6 pounds) were randomized to treatment as follows: 62 to oxycodone 5 mg/ibuprofen 400 mg, 61 to oxycodone 5 mg/acetaminophen 325 mg, 63 to hydrocodone 7.5 mg/acetaminophen 500 mg, and 63 to placebo. Oxycodone 5 mg/ibuprofen 400 mg provided significantly greater analgesia compared with oxycodone 5 mg/acetaminophen 325 mg, hydrocodone 7.5 mg/acetaminophen 500 mg, and placebo (mean [SD] TOTPAR6, 14.98 [5.37], 9.53 [6.77], 8.36 [6.68], and 5.05 [6.49], respectively; P < 0.001, oxycodone 5 mg/ibuprofen 400 mg vs all other treatments). SPID6 values also differed significantly for oxycodone 5 mg/ibuprofen 400 mg

  10. Rotational band structure in 32Mg

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    Crawford, H. L.; Fallon, P.; Macchiavelli, A. O.; Poves, A.; Bader, V. M.; Bazin, D.; Bowry, M.; Campbell, C. M.; Carpenter, M. P.; Clark, R. M.; Cromaz, M.; Gade, A.; Ideguchi, E.; Iwasaki, H.; Langer, C.; Lee, I. Y.; Loelius, C.; Lunderberg, E.; Morse, C.; Richard, A. L.; Rissanen, J.; Smalley, D.; Stroberg, S. R.; Weisshaar, D.; Whitmore, K.; Wiens, A.; Williams, S. J.; Wimmer, K.; Yamamato, T.

    2016-03-01

    There is significant evidence supporting the existence of deformed ground states within the neutron-rich N ≈20 neon, sodium, and magnesium isotopes that make up what is commonly called the "island of inversion." However, the rotational band structures, which are a characteristic fingerprint of a rigid nonspherical shape, have yet to be observed. In this work, we report on a measurement and analysis of the yrast (lowest lying) rotational band in 32Mg up to spin I =6+ produced in a two-step projectile fragmentation reaction and observed using the state-of-the-art γ -ray tracking detector array, GRETINA (γ -ray energy tracking in-beam nuclear array). Large-scale shell-model calculations using the SDPF-U-MIX effective interaction show excellent agreement with the new data. Moreover, a theoretical analysis of the spectrum of rotational states as a function of the pairing gap, together with cranked-shell-model calculations, provides intriguing evidence for a reduction in pairing correlations with increased angular momentum, also in line with the shell-model results.

  11. Rotational Band Structure in 32Mg

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    Crawford, Heather; NSCL E11029 Collaboration Team

    2016-03-01

    There is significant evidence supporting the existence of deformed ground states within the neutron-rich N =20 neon, sodium, and magnesium isotopes that make up what is commonly called the ``Island of Inversion''. However, rotational band structures, a characteristic fingerprint of a rigid non-spherical shape, have yet to be observed. We report on a measurement and analysis of the yrast (lowest lying) rotational band in 32Mg up to spin I = 6+, produced in a two-step projectile fragmentation reaction and observed using the state-of-the-art γ-ray tracking detector array, GRETINA. Large-scale shell model calculations using the SDPF-U-MIX effective interaction show excellent agreement with the new data. Moreover, a theoretical analysis of the spectrum of rotational states as a function of the pairing gap, together with cranked shell model calculations, provides intriguing evidence for a reduction in pairing correlations with increased angular momentum, also in line with the shell-model results. This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. DOE, Office of Science, NP Office under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 (LBNL). GRETINA was funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Science. Operation of the array at NSCL was supported by NSF.

  12. Microstructural formation in a hypereutectic Mg-Si alloy

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    Pan Yichuan . E-mail: riverpan@mail.sdu.edu.cn; Liu Xiangfa; Yang Hua

    2005-09-15

    In the present work, the microstructure of an ingot metallurgy hypereutectic Mg-8 wt.% Si alloy was studied using electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and the solidification process was discussed. The components of the alloy are Mg{sub 2}Si and Mg. The solidified microstructure of the alloy contains three constituents: Mg{sub 2}Si primary dendrites that are surrounded by Mg sub-primary particles and the Mg-Mg{sub 2}Si eutectic. The primary Mg{sub 2}Si dendrites have a secondary dendrite arm spacing d {sub 2} of approximately 17 {mu}m or show polygonal morphologies with a mean size of 30 {mu}m. An Mg phase appearing as halos surround the Mg{sub 2}Si constituents. The Mg-Mg{sub 2}Si eutectic has a regular morphology of rod-like Mg{sub 2}Si distributed in a continuous matrix of Mg having an interphase spacing r of approximately 0.8 {mu}m.

  13. A placebo-controlled study of three agomelatine dose regimens (10 mg, 25 mg, 25-50 mg) in patients with major depressive disorder.

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    Kennedy, Sidney H; Avedisova, Alla; Giménez-Montesinos, Natalia; Belaïdi, Carole; de Bodinat, Christian

    2014-04-01

    A randomised placebo-controlled "dose relation study" was conducted in 549 patients who met the criteria for major depressive disorder, to evaluate the efficacy and safety of three doses regimens of agomelatine during 6 weeks: low fixed dosage (10 mg/day, n=133), fixed dosage (25 mg/day, n=138) and a flexible dosage with up-titration in case of insufficient improvement at week 2 (25-50 mg/day, n=137). At last post-baseline assessment, there were significant and incremental placebo-agomelatine differences on mean HAM-D₁₇ total scores in favour of each agomelatine dose regimen (2.46 ± 0.76 points, p=0.001 at 10 mg; 4.71+0.75 points, p<0.0001 at 25 mg and 4.92 ± 0.76 points, p<0.0001 at 25-50 mg) with statistically significant differences between 25 mg and 25-50 mg dose regimens compared to the 10 mg dose. The response rate according to HAM-D₁₇ was significantly higher in patients taking agomelatine than those taking placebo (difference of 16.1% at 10 mg p=0.005; 25.9% and 27.4% respectively at 25 mg and 25-50 mg, p<0.0001). The benefit of agomelatine was demonstrated in the subgroup of severely depressed patients in the 25 mg and 25-50 mg/day regimens. Consistent clinical response according to CGI variables and better social functioning were found in patients receiving agomelatine. All dose regimens of agomelatine were well tolerated and no unexpected adverse event was reported. This study provides evidence of a dose effect for agomelatine between 10 mg and the therapeutic dose regimen of agomelatine 25-50 mg: the efficacy of the higher dose regimens being more efficacious than the lowest (10 mg) daily dose. The data support a definitive statement regarding the utility of 25 mg as the threshold dose for initiating agomelatine in depressed patients. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. and ECNP. All rights reserved.

  14. Structural relationships among MgZn2 and Mg4Zn7 phases and transition structures in Mg-Zn-Y alloys

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    Rosalie, Julian M.; Somekawa, Hidetoshi; Singh, Alok; Mukai, Toshiji

    2010-08-01

    Isothermal ageing of plastically deformed Mg-Zn-Y alloys resulted in precipitation along ? twin boundaries. The bulky precipitates so formed had structures similar to those recently reported for the rod-like ? precipitates, but afforded a more detailed study by high-resolution TEM due to their larger size. The core of the precipitates often had the structure of the monoclinic Mg4Zn7 phase, and had the orientation ? ; ? with either the matrix or the twin. On this Mg4Zn7 phase, the hexagonal MgZn2 phase grew in two orientations, both with ? . One of these orientations formed a known orientation relationship ? ; ? with the matrix. The part of the precipitate with the MgZn2 structure was usually in direct contact with the twin boundary. Both the Mg4Zn7 and MgZn2 phases have layered structures that can be described with similar building blocks of icosahedrally coordinated atoms. The atomic positions of zinc atoms comprise the vertices of these icosahedra and form 'thick' rhombic tiles. The orientations of these rhombuses remain unchanged across the interfaces between the two phases. Near the interface with MgZn2, transition structures formed in the Mg4Zn7 phase, with the Zn:Mg atom ratio between those of the Mg4Zn7 and MgZn2 phases. In these transition structures, the unit cell of the Mg4Zn7 phase is extended along [100] or [001] by half a unit cell length by continuation of the rhombic tiling. Structures of these extended unit cells are proposed.

  15. Substitution for petroleum products in Brasil: Urgent issues

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    de Araujo, J.L.; Ghirardi, A.

    1986-06-01

    Brazililan energy policy during the last decade has focused on the replacement of imported petroleum with domestic energy sources, combined with efforts at conservation. The substitution results, however, have been more spectacular by far. The strategy of replacement is based on two elements. first, to increase domestic petroleum exploration and production. Second, to promote non-petroleum fuels as alternatives to the industrial and transportation sectors, for the substitution of fuel oil and gasoline, respectively. A combination of the substitution strategy, the country's petroleum refining structure, and the composition of the substitution strategy, the country's petroleum refining structure, and the composition of demand, has resulted in large surpluses of both gasoline and fuel oil, while diesel has become the most used among petroleum products. The surpluses are not easily exportable because there is ample availability of fuel oil in the world market, and because the low octane number of the gasoline produced in Brasil is not compatible with the engines of cars elsewhere in the region and in the world. Furthermore, although gasoline might be upgraded, the question remains that prospects for the world market are not encouraging, and an export-based strategy does not seem justified in view of the growing surpluses. The objective of this analysis is to review the mechanisms of themajor petroleum-substitution programs currently in existence, identifying their past impact on the energy market and the possible consequences of changes in the goals and operating conditions of these programs, in the light of the new prospects for increased domestic oil production and self-sufficiency. 23 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  16. Investigation of Mg isotope fractionation during low temperature precipitation of dolomite analogue minerals BaMg(CO3)2 and PbMg(CO3)2 PbMg(CO3)2

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    Li, W.; Huang, T.; Liu, C.

    2015-12-01

    Stable Mg isotopes are an emerging geochemical tool for studying dolomite-related problems. Currently available Mg isotope fractionation factors for dolomite are calibrated at hydrothermal conditions. Direct measurement of low temperature Mg isotope fractionation between dolomite and aqueous solution is hampered by the difficulty of synthesis of dolomite at ambient abiotic conditions. Dolomite analogue minerals including PbMg(CO3)2 and BaMg(CO3)2, however, can be readily synthesized at low temperatures. Therefore study of fractionation factors of Mg isotopes during PbMg(CO3)2 and BaMg(CO3)2 precipitation at low temperature conditions provides insights on Mg isotope behavior during dolomitization in geological processes.. We successfully synthesized PbMg(CO3)2 and BaMg(CO3)2 at 30-80ºC and characterized the products using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). In general, the crystallinity of PbMg(CO3)2 and BaMg(CO3)2 correlated with temperature. PbMg(CO3)2 synthesized at below 40℃ formed aggregates of nanocrystals. The aggregates became fewer in experiments at higher temperatures, and fine-grained (200~600nm in size), euhedral rhombohedrons of PbMg(CO3)2 were produced in the experiment at 80℃. In BaMg(CO3)2 synthesis experiments, morphology of BaMg(CO3)2 was mainly granular but the crystal size increased from 20 to 100nm with increasing temperature, and 0.5-1.1µm sized euhedral to subhedral crystals were produced at 70 and 80℃. Preliminary Mg isotope analyses for the experimental products show that Δ26Mg fractionation between PbMg(CO3)2 and aqueous solution at 40℃ is -1.87‰, whereas Δ26Mg fractionation between BaMg(CO3)2 and aqueous solution at 40℃ is -1.40‰. The result is consistent with the idea that heavy Mg isotopes favor shorter and stronger Mg-O bonds in minerals.

  17. Report on the sintering and properties of MgO and MgO-5% TiC

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    Bengisu, M.; Inal, O.T.

    1992-07-01

    Sintering of technical grade MgO yields higher fractional densities compared to pure MgO. TiC reacts with MgO under sintering of MgO-TiC composites in air, yielding Mg{sub 2}TiO{sub 4} and CO or CO{sub 2}. This can be suppressed in vacuum by plasma sintering. Plasma sintering of MgO at 1300 C and short times does not produce satisfactory results. 5 vol% TiC increases the sinterability of MgO during conventional air sintering; larger additions (50 vol%) decrease sinterability due to macropores formed by gaseous reaction product. Microwave sintering of MgO is possible. Mechanical properties of MgO are improved by additions of small amounts of TiC to starting powders.

  18. Structural and electronic properties of Mg and Mg-Nb co-doped TiO2 (101) anatase surface

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    Sasani, Alireza; Baktash, Ardeshir; Mirabbaszadeh, Kavoos; Khoshnevisan, Bahram

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, by using density functional theory, Mg and Nb-Mg co-doping of TiO2 anatase (101) surfaces are studied. By studying the formation energy of the defects and the bond length distribution of the surface, it is shown that Mg defects tend to stay as far as possible to induce least possible lattice distortion while Nb and Mg defects stay close to each other to cause less stress to the surface. By investigating band structure of the surface and changes stemmed from the defects, potential effects of Mg and Mg-Nb co-doping of TiO2 surface on dye-sensitized solar cells are investigated. In this study, it is shown that the Nb-Mg co-doping could increase JSC of the surface while slightly decreasing VOC compared to Mg doped surface, which might result in an increase in efficiency of the DSSCs compared to Nb or Mg doped surfaces.

  19. Hydrogen storage and phase transformations in Mg-Pd nanoparticles

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    Callini, E.; Pasquini, L.; Rude, L. H.; Nielsen, T. K.; Jensen, T. R.; Bonetti, E.

    2010-10-01

    Microstructure refinement and synergic coupling among different phases are currently explored strategies to improve the hydrogen storage properties of traditional materials. In this work, we apply a combination of these methods and synthesize Mg-Pd composite nanoparticles by inert gas condensation of Mg vapors followed by vacuum evaporation of Pd clusters. Irreversible formation of the Mg6Pd intermetallic phase takes place upon vacuum annealing, resulting in Mg/Mg6Pd composite nanoparticles. Their hydrogen storage properties are investigated and connected to the undergoing phase transformations by gas-volumetric techniques and in situ synchrotron radiation powder x-ray diffraction. Mg6Pd transforms reversibly into different Mg-Pd intermetallic compounds upon hydrogen absorption, depending on temperature and pressure. In particular, at 573 K and 1 MPa hydrogen pressure, the metal-hydride transition leads to the formation of Mg3Pd and Mg5Pd2 phases. By increasing the pressure to 5 MPa, the Pd-richer MgPd intermetallic is obtained. Upon hydrogen desorption, the Mg6Pd phase is reversibly recovered. These phase transformations result in a specific hydrogen storage capacity associated with Mg-Pd intermetallics, which attain the maximum value of 3.96 wt % for MgPd and influence both the thermodynamics and kinetics of hydrogen sorption in the composite nanoparticles.

  20. Photodissociation spectroscopy of the Mg{sup +}-acetic acid complex

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    Abate, Yohannes; Kleiber, P. D.

    2006-11-14

    We have studied the structure and photodissociation of Mg{sup +}-acetic acid clusters. Ab initio calculations suggest four relatively strongly bound ground state isomers for the [MgC{sub 2}H{sub 4}O{sub 2}]{sup +} complex. These isomers include the cis and trans forms of the Mg{sup +}-acetic acid association complex with Mg{sup +} bonded to the carbonyl O atom of acetic acid, the Mg{sup +}-acetic acid association complex with Mg{sup +} bonded to the hydroxyl O atom of acetic acid, or to a Mg{sup +}-ethenediol association complex. Photodissociation through the Mg{sup +}-based 3p<-3s absorption bands in the near UV leads to direct (nonreactive) and reactive dissociation products: Mg{sup +}, MgOH{sup +}, Mg(H{sub 2}O){sup +}, CH{sub 3}CO{sup +}, and MgCH{sub 3}{sup +}. At low energies the dominant reactive quenching pathway is through dehydration to Mg(H{sub 2}O){sup +}, but additional reaction channels involving C-H and C-C bond activation are also open at higher energies.

  1. A fundamental study on the [(μ-Cl)3 Mg2 (THF)6 ]+ dimer electrolytes for rechargeable Mg batteries

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    Liu, Tianbiao; Cox, Jonathan T.; Hu, Dehong; ...

    2015-01-05

    We present a fundamental study on [(μ-Cl)3 Mg2 (THF)6 ]+ dimer electrolytes using various physical methods including Subambient Pressure Ionization with Nanoelectrospray Mass spectrometry (SPIN-MS), Raman spectroscopy, 25Mg{1H} NMR, 27Al{1H} NMR and electrochemical analysis. For the first time, long time sought THF solvated [MgCl]+ species was experimentally characterized by SPIN mass spectrometry in the solution of the Mgdimer containing electrolyte, confirming the mono-Cl- abstraction reaction between MgCl2 and an Al Lewis acid. Solvated MgCl2 in the electrolyte was confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. The experimental results establish the previously proposed dimerization equilibrium of solvated [MgCl]+ and MgCl2 with [(μ-Cl)3Mg2(THF)6]+.more » 25Mg{1H} NMR, 27Al{1H} NMR and electrochemical analysis on chloration reaction of [(μ-Cl)3Mg2(THF)6]AlPh3Cl with external Cl- led to further insights on the coordination chemistry of the dimer electrolyte. Finally, a comprehensive mechanism is proposed for the reversible electrochemical Mg deposition and stripping and Mg2+ and Cl- ion transports of the Mg dimer electrolytes in rechargeable Mg batteries.« less

  2. A systematic study of (25)Mg NMR in paramagnetic transition metal oxides: applications to Mg-ion battery materials.

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    Lee, Jeongjae; Seymour, Ieuan D; Pell, Andrew J; Dutton, Siân E; Grey, Clare P

    2016-12-21

    Rechargeable battery systems based on Mg-ion chemistries are generating significant interest as potential alternatives to Li-ion batteries. Despite the wealth of local structural information that could potentially be gained from Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) experiments of Mg-ion battery materials, systematic (25)Mg solid-state NMR studies have been scarce due to the low natural abundance, low gyromagnetic ratio, and significant quadrupole moment of (25)Mg (I = 5/2). This work reports a combined experimental (25)Mg NMR and first principles density functional theory (DFT) study of paramagnetic Mg transition metal oxide systems Mg6MnO8 and MgCr2O4 that serve as model systems for Mg-ion battery cathode materials. Magnetic parameters, hyperfine shifts and quadrupolar parameters were calculated ab initio using hybrid DFT and compared to the experimental values obtained from NMR and magnetic measurements. We show that the rotor assisted population transfer (RAPT) pulse sequence can be used to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio in paramagnetic (25)Mg spectra without distortions in the spinning sideband manifold. In addition, the value of the predicted quadrupolar coupling constant of Mg6MnO8 was confirmed using the RAPT pulse sequence. We further apply the same methodology to study the NMR spectra of spinel compounds MgV2O4 and MgMn2O4, candidate cathode materials for Mg-ion batteries.

  3. The effect of Mg location on Co-Mg-Ru/γ-Al2O3 Fischer–Tropsch catalysts

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    Combes, Gary B.; Ozkaya, Don; Enache, Dan I.; Ellis, Peter R.; Kelly, Gordon; Rosseinsky, Matthew J.

    2016-01-01

    The effectiveness of Mg as a promoter of Co-Ru/γ-Al2O3 Fischer–Tropsch catalysts depends on how and when the Mg is added. When the Mg is impregnated into the support before the Co and Ru addition, some Mg is incorporated into the support in the form of MgxAl2O3+x if the material is calcined at 550°C or 800°C after the impregnation, while the remainder is present as amorphous MgO/MgCO3 phases. After subsequent Co-Ru impregnation MgxCo3−xO4 is formed which decomposes on reduction, leading to Co(0) particles intimately mixed with Mg, as shown by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The process of impregnating Co into an Mg-modified support results in dissolution of the amorphous Mg, and it is this Mg which is then incorporated into MgxCo3−xO4. Acid washing or higher temperature calcination after Mg impregnation can remove most of this amorphous Mg, resulting in lower values of x in MgxCo3−xO4. Catalytic testing of these materials reveals that Mg incorporation into the Co oxide phase is severely detrimental to the site-time yield, while Mg incorporation into the support may provide some enhancement of activity at high temperature. PMID:26755760

  4. Nanocrystalline MgMnSiO4 and MgCoSiO4 particles for rechargeable Mg-ion batteries

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    Truong, Quang Duc; Devaraju, Murukanahally Kempaiah; Honma, Itaru

    2017-09-01

    Magnesium-ion batteries hold promise as next-generation secondary battery systems owing to its low cost, safety and high volumetric capacity. Magnesium metal silicates exhibit potential electrode materials with high specific capacities. However, the strong electrostatic interaction between Mg2+ and host lattice due to its divalency as well as antisite cation exchange, induces slow intercalation kinetics of Mg ions within the crystal lattices. Thus, nanocrystalline particles with shortened Mg ion diffusion distance enable the insertion/extraction of Mg ions and improve specific capacities of the batteries. Herein, we report the low-temperature production of crystalline MgMnSiO4 and MgCoSiO4 nanoparticles by a rapid supercritical fluid processing. The extraction of magnesium ions from the olivine framework has been confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, revealing its ability as active materials for magnesium-ion battery.

  5. Characterisation of magnesium oxide and its interface with α-Mg in Mg-Al-based alloys

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    Wang, Y.; Fan, Z.; Zhou, X.; Thompson, G. E.

    2011-08-01

    Magnesium oxide (MgO) films and particles have been collected by pressurised filtration of a Mg-8.6wt%Al-0.67wt%Zn (AZ91D) alloy melt. The morphology of the oxides and their interfaces with the α-Mg phase were investigated by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. It was found that the oxide films consisted of large numbers of sub-micrometre-sized MgO particles, and that melt shearing can effectively break up the oxide films and disperse the oxide particles. For the first time, orientation relationships (ORs) of OR I: [1 overline 1 1]MgO∼2° from (0 0 0 1)α-Mg and (0 1 1)MgO //[2 overline 1 overline 1 0)α-Mg; and OR II: (overline 1 overline 1 1)MgO//(1 overline 1 0 1)α-Mg and [0 1 1]MgO//[overline 1 2 overline 1 1]α-Mg, were observed between the MgO particles and the α-Mg matrix. The calculated Bramfitt planar disregistries were 5.5% and 2.5% for the two ORs, respectively, indicating good lattice matching between MgO and α-Mg at the interface. With the evidence of grain refinement effect observed in the sheared AZ91D magnesium alloy, the possibility of MgO particles to act as potent nucleants for heterogeneous nucleation of α-Mg grains is discussed in terms of the crystallographic criterion.

  6. Amplified spontaneous and stimulated Mg L emissions from MgO pumped by FEL pulses

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    Jonnard, Philippe; André, Jean-Michel; Le Guen, Karine; Wu, Meiyi; Principi, Emiliano; Simoncig, Alberto; Gessini, Alessandro; Mincigrucci, Riccardo; Masciovecchio, Claudio; Peyrusse, Olivier

    2017-05-01

    Stimulated emission is a fundamental process in nature that deserves to be investigated and understood in the EUV and X-ray regimes. Today this is definitely possible through high energy density FEL beams. In this context, we show evidence for soft x-ray stimulated emission from a MgO solid target pumped by extreme ultraviolet FEL pulses formed in the regime of travelling-wave amplified spontaneous emission in backward geometry. Our results combine two effects separately reported in previous works: emission in a privileged direction and existence of a material-dependent threshold, for the stimulated emission. We have developed a theoretical framework, based on coupled rate and transport equations taking into account the solid density plasma state of the target. Our model, accounts for both observed mechanisms that are the privileged direction for the stimulated emission of the Mg L2,3 characteristic emission and the pumping threshold.

  7. Understanding and Enhancing Hydrogen Diffusion in MgH2 and NaMgH3

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    Sholl, David; Hao, Shiqiang

    2009-03-01

    The transport properties of hydrogen in metal hydrides are crucial to the kinetics of H2 storage in these materials. We use first-principles calculations to identify the defects that are relevant for H transport in MgH2 and NaMgH3. In both materials, the physically relevant defects are charged and H diffusion is dominated by mobility of negatively charged interstitial H. Interestingly, the diffusion of these species occurs via concerted mechanisms with low energy barriers. To improve the charged interstitial H diffusivity, a series of transition-metal additives are screened to lower the formation energy of mobile defects. Our results provide a practical way to examine and alter H diffusion in light metal hydrides.

  8. LOW Mg/Si PLANETARY HOST STARS AND THEIR Mg-DEPLETED TERRESTRIAL PLANETS

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    Carter-Bond, Jade C.; O'Brien, David P.; Delgado Mena, Elisa; Israelian, Garik; Gonzalez Hernandez, Jonay I.; Santos, Nuno C.

    2012-03-15

    Simulations have shown that a diverse range of extrasolar terrestrial planet bulk compositions are likely to exist based on the observed variations in host star elemental abundances. Based on recent studies, it is expected that a significant proportion of host stars may have Mg/Si ratios below 1. Here we examine this previously neglected group of systems. Planets simulated as forming within these systems are found to be Mg-depleted (compared to Earth), consisting of silicate species such as pyroxene and various feldspars. Planetary carbon abundances also vary in accordance with the host star C/O ratio. The predicted abundances are in keeping with observations of polluted white dwarfs, lending validity to this approach. Further studies are required to determine the full planetary impacts of the bulk compositions predicted here.

  9. Room-temperature perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of MgO/Fe/MgO ultrathin films

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    Kozioł-Rachwał, A.; Ślęzak, T.; Przewoźnik, J.; Skowroński, W.; Stobiecki, T.; Wilgocka-Ślęzak, D.; Qin, Q. H.; Dijken, S. van; Korecki, J.

    2013-12-14

    We used the anomalous Hall effect to study the magnetic properties of MgO/Fe(t)/MgO(001) structures in which the Fe thickness t ranged from 4 Å to 14 Å. For the iron deposited at 140 K, we obtained perpendicular magnetization at room temperature below the critical thickness of t{sub c} = (9 ± 1) Å. In the vicinity of t{sub c}, the easy magnetization axis switched from an out-of-plane orientation to an in-plane orientation, and the observed spin-reorientation transition was considered in terms of the competition among different anisotropies. The perpendicular magnetization direction was attributed to magnetoelastic anisotropy. Finally, the temperature-dependent spin-reorientation transition was analyzed for Fe thicknesses close to t{sub c}.

  10. 3D [Ag-Mg] polyanionic frameworks in the La 4Ag 10Mg 3 and La 4Ag 10.3Mg 12 new ternary compounds

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    Solokha, Pavlo; De Negri, Serena; Pavlyuk, Volodymyr; Eck, Bernhard; Dronskowski, Richard; Saccone, Adriana

    2010-12-01

    The crystal structures of two new ternary phases, La 4Ag 10Mg 3 and La 4Ag 10.3Mg 12, were refined from X-ray single crystal diffraction data. La 4Ag 10Mg 3 crystallizes in the Ca 4Au 10In 3 structure type, an ordered variant of the binary Zr 7Ni 10 compound: orthorhombic, Cmce, oS68, a=14.173(5), b=10.266(3), c=10.354(3) Å, Z=4, w R2=0.0826, 676 F2 values, 50 variables. La 4Ag 10.3Mg 12 represents a new structure type: orthorhombic, Cmmm, oS116-10.32, a=9.6130(3), b=24.9663(8), c=9.6333(2) Å, Z=4, w R2=0.0403, 1185 F2 values, 101 variables. The structural analysis of both compounds, highlighting a significant contraction of the Ag-Mg distances, suggests the existence of three-dimensional [Ag-Mg] networks hosting La atoms. LMTO calculations applied to La 4Ag 10Mg 3 indicate that the strongest bonds occur for Ag-Ag and Ag-Mg interactions, and confirm the presence of a 3D ∞[Ag 10Mg 3] δ- polyanionic framework balanced by positively charged La atoms.

  11. Sphingolipids regulate [Mg2+]o uptake and [Mg2+]i content in vascular smooth muscle cells: potential mechanisms and importance to membrane transport of Mg2+.

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    Zheng, Tao; Li, Wenyan; Altura, Bella T; Shah, Nilank C; Altura, Burton M

    2011-02-01

    Sphingolipids have a variety of important signaling roles in mammalian cells. We tested the hypothesis that certain sphingolipids and neutral sphingomyelinase (N-SMase) can regulate intracellular free magnesium ions ([Mg2+]i) in vascular smooth muscle (VSM) cells. Herein, we show that several sphingolipids, including C2-ceramide, C8-ceramide, C16-ceramide, and sphingosine, as well as N-SMase, have potent and direct effects on content and mobilization of [Mg2+]i in primary cultured rat aortic smooth muscle cells. All of these sphingolipid molecules increase, rapidly, [Mg2+]i in these vascular cells in a concentration-dependent manner. The increments of [Mg2+]i, induced by these agents, are derived from influx of extracellular Mg2+ and are extracellular Ca2+ concentration-dependent. Phospholipase C and Ca2+/calmodulin/Ca2+-ATPase activity appear to be important in the sphingolipid-induced rises of [Mg2+]i. Activation of certain PKC isozymes may also be required for sphingolipid-induced rises in [Mg2+]i. These novel results suggest that sphingolipids may be homeostatic regulators of extracellular Mg2+ concentration influx (and transport) and [Mg2+]i content in vascular muscle cells.

  12. Structure and Properties of Single Crystalline CaMg2Bi2, EuMg2Bi2, and YbMg2Bi2

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    May, Andrew F; McGuire, Michael A; Singh, David J; Custelcean, Radu; Jellison Jr, Gerald Earle

    2011-01-01

    Single crystals of CaMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2}, EuMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2}, and YbMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2} were obtained from a Mg-Bi flux cooled to 650 C. These materials crystallize in the CaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2} structure-type (P3{bar m}1, No. 164), and crystal structures are reported from refinements of single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction data. EuMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2} displays an antiferromagnetic transition near 7 K, which is observed via electrical resistivity, magnetization, and specific heat capacity measurements. Magnetization measurements on YbMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2} reveal a weak diamagnetic moment consistent with divalent Yb. Despite charge-balanced empirical formulas, all three compounds are p-type conductors with Hall carrier concentrations of 2.0(3) x 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3} for CaMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2}, 1.7(1) x 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3} for EuMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2}, and 4.6(7) x 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3} for YbMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2}, which are independent of temperature to 5 K. The electrical resistivity decreases with decreasing temperature and the resistivity ratios {rho}(300 K)/{rho}(10 K) {le} 1.6 in all cases, indicating significant defect scattering.

  13. Mg-Ca Alloys Produced by Reduction of CaO: Understanding of ECO-Mg Alloy Production

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    Jung, In-Ho; Lee, Jin Kyu; Kim, Shae K.

    2017-04-01

    There have been long debates about the environment conscious (ECO) Mg technology which utilizes CaO to produce Ca-containing Mg alloys. Two key process technologies of the ECO-Mg process are the chemical reduction of CaO by liquid Mg and the maintenance of melt cleanliness during the alloying of Ca. Thermodynamic calculations using FactSage software were performed to explain these two key issues. In addition, an experimental study was performed to compare the melt cleanliness of the Ca-containing Mg alloys produced by the conventional route with metallic Ca and the ECO-Mg route with CaO.

  14. Mg-Ca Alloys Produced by Reduction of CaO: Understanding of ECO-Mg Alloy Production

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    Jung, In-Ho; Lee, Jin Kyu; Kim, Shae K.

    2016-12-01

    There have been long debates about the environment conscious (ECO) Mg technology which utilizes CaO to produce Ca-containing Mg alloys. Two key process technologies of the ECO-Mg process are the chemical reduction of CaO by liquid Mg and the maintenance of melt cleanliness during the alloying of Ca. Thermodynamic calculations using FactSage software were performed to explain these two key issues. In addition, an experimental study was performed to compare the melt cleanliness of the Ca-containing Mg alloys produced by the conventional route with metallic Ca and the ECO-Mg route with CaO.

  15. Characterization of MgB2 Conductors for Coil Development

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    Aslanoglu, Z.; Arda, L.; Akin, Y.; Sumption, M. D.; Tomsic, M.; Hascicek, Y. S.

    2004-06-01

    The effects of the heat treatment conditions on microstructure and the transport critical current density of MgB2 wires, which were fabricated by the Continuous Tube Forming and Filling (CTFF) process, have been investigated. Two types of MgB2 conductors, Fe/MgB2 and Cu/MgB2, were studied. It was found that the sheath materials affect the optimum annealing profile of MgB2 conductor. The annealing temperature for Cu/MgB2 conductors was lower than that for the Fe/MgB2 conductors. The critical current density, Jc was measured to be 1.1×105 A/cm2 at 20 K in-self field for Cu/MgB2 conductor of 1.25 mm in diameter. The processing, microstructure and superconducting properties are presented.

  16. The possibility of forming a sacrificial anode coating for Mg

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    Dudney, Nancy J; Li, Juchuan; Sacci, Robert L; Thomson, Jeffery K

    2014-01-01

    Mg is the most active engineering metal, and is often used as a sacrificial anode/coating to protect other engineering metals from corrosion attack. So far no sacrificial anode coating has been developed or considered for Mg. This study explores the possibility of forming a sacrificial coating for Mg. A lithiated carbon coating and a metaphosphated coating are applied on the Mg surface, respectively, and their open-circuit-potentials are measured in saturated Mg(OH)2 solution. They exhibit more negative potentials than bare Mg. SEM reveals that the metaphosphated coating offers more effective and uniform protection for Mg than the lithiated carbon coating. These preliminary results indicate that development of a sacrificial anode coating for Mg is indeed possible.

  17. [Fluconazole 1200mg or 800mg for cryptococcal meningitis treatment in Ivory Coast].

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    Kouakou, G A; Ello, N F; Kassi, N A; Keita, M; Doumbia, A; Mossou, C; Kassi, F K; Tanon, A; Ehui, E; Eholié, S P

    2017-03-01

    Assessing the use of high-dose fluconazol monotherapy (1200mg or 800mg) in the treatment and prognosis of HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis in Ivory Coast. A retrospective study carried out from August 2008 to August 2011 based on patients charts suffering from CM in the Abidjan Tropicals and Infectious Disease Unit. Mortality rate and associated factors were analyzed. Forty-six cases of cryptococcal meningitis (2.5% of hospitalizations) were included. The sex-ratio was of 1.2. The median age was 40.5 [35-47] years. The symptomatology was subacute (93.5%). The main clinical symptoms were syndrome of pure meningeal irritation (65%), fever (100%); 35% of patients had encephalomeningits. Twenty-one (45.7%) was ART-naïve patients. Fluconazole 1200mg was prescribed to 29 (63%) patients. Therapeutic lumbar punctures were performed in 42 (91.3) patients. The mortality rate was 50%. Significant predictors of mortality were encephalomeningitis and therapeutic lumbar puncture. Cryptococcal meningitis associated mortality remains high despite the use of high-dose fluconazole monotherapy. Therapeutic lumbar punctures help to improving the prognosis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  18. Main reinforcement effects of precipitation phase Mg2Cu3Si, Mg2Si and MgCu2 on Mg-Cu-Si alloys by ab initio investigation

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    Shi, Xue-Feng; Wang, Hai-Chen; Tang, Ping-Ying; Tang, Bi-Yu

    2017-09-01

    To predict and compare the main reinforcement effects of the key precipitation phases Mg2Cu3Si, Mg2Si and MgCu2 in Mg-Cu-Si alloy, the structural, mechanical and electronic properties of these phases have been studied by ab initio calculations. The lowest formation enthalpy and cohesive energy indicate that Mg2Cu3Si has the strongest alloying ability and structural stability. The mechanical modulus indicates that Mg2Cu3Si has the strongest resistance to reversible shear/volume distortion and has maximum hardness. The characterization of brittle (ductile) behavior manifests that MgCu2 has favorable ductility. Meanwhile the evaluation of elastic anisotropy indicates that Mg2Si possesses elastic isotropy. Debye temperature prediction shows that Mg2Si and Mg2Cu3Si have better thermal stability. To achieve an unbiased interpretation on the phase stability and mechanical behavior of these precipitation phases, the density of states and differential charge densities are also analyzed. The current study deepens the comprehensive understanding of main reinforcement effects of these precipitation phases on Mg-Cu-Si alloys, and also benefits to optimize the overall performances of Mg-Cu-Si alloy from the hardness, ductility and thermal stability by controlling these second precipitation phases during the heat treatment process.

  19. Thermodynamic properties of liquid Mg-ln-Cd ternary solutions

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    Moser, Z.; Gasior, W.; Panek, Z.

    1984-09-01

    By means of concentration cells of the following type: Mg(s)∣MgCl2 in (LiCl-KCl)eut( l)∣Mg-In or Mg-ln-Cd( l), the partial thermodynamic data of Mg in Mg-ln and Mg-ln-Cd liquid solutions have been obtained in the composition range 0.1 ≤ XMg ≤ 0.7 for binary while for ternary alloys for t = 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8 (where t = XIn/(XIn + XCd)) and at various mangesium concentrations 0.1≤ XMg ≤ 0.6. Both ternary and binary alloys were investigated at a temperature range 750 to 900 K. Experimental partial excess Gibbs energies of Mg were interpreted by the Pelton and Flengas method. Results for Mg-ln system show a slight difference in comparison with previously published data for the same system also from emf studies. Results of this study for Mg-ln system exhibit negative and positive excess entropies of magnesium and the same is observed in ternary system Mg-ln-Cd at the range of concentration close to Mg-ln.

  20. Hydrogen absorption and desorption in rapidly solidified Mg- Al alloys

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    Urgnani, J.; Di Chio, M.; Palumbo, M.; Feuerbacher, M.; Fernandez, J. F.; Leardini, F.; Baricco, M.

    2009-01-01

    The addition of Al to Mg has been indicated as a suitable way to destabilise the hydride phase, in order to bring the absorption and desorption reactions close to reasonable temperatures and pressure values for hydrogen storage. Rapid solidification is known to refine the microstructure of Mg-Al alloys and it might improve the H2 absorption/desorption kinetics. In this paper, the interaction of H2 with rapidly solidified Mg-Al alloys have been studied for three different composition: Mg38.5Al61.5, Mg69Al31 and Mg72Al28. For Mg72Al28, no significant changes in the microstructure have been obtained by rapid solidification. In Mg69Al31, a significant grain refinement has been observed, whereas, for Mg38.5Al61.5, the formation of a metastable hexagonal phase has been found. In all cases, a disproportionation reaction has been observed after H2 absorption, leading to MgH2. After heating up to 430 °C the hydrogenated samples, a main desorption reaction from MgH2 has been observed, which brings again to the starting phases. Experimental results have been discussed on the basis of a thermodynamic assessment of the Mg-Al-H system.

  1. Cardiovascular effect of dental anesthesia with articaine (40 mg with epinefrine 0,5 mg % and 40 mg with epinefrine 1 mg%) versus mepivacaine (30 mg and 20 mg with epinefrine 1 mg%) in medically compromised cardiac patients: a cross-over, randomized, single blinded study.

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    Torres-Lagares, Daniel; Serrera-Figallo, María-Ángeles; Machuca-Portillo, Guillermo; Corcuera-Flores, José-Ramón; Machuca-Portillo, Carmen; Castillo-Oyagüe, Raquel; Gutiérrez-Pérez, José-Luis

    2012-07-01

    The aim of the present study is to compare cardiovascular safety profiles of two dental anesthetics: articaine versus two standard mepivacaine solutions used during etiological periodontal treatment in cardiovascular patients. Using a cross-over study design, ten cardiovascular patients were randomly assigned to dental treatment with 1.8 mL of a local anesthetic injected on each quadrant of the mouth: Articaine (40 mg with Epinephrine 0.5 mg % and 40 mg with Epinephrine 1mg %) or Mepivacaine (30 mg and 20 mg with Epinephrine 1mg %). A computer programme enabled continuous longitudinal data collection: O2 saturation, blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR). No severe clinical side effects were observed. During the treatment period, we observed statistically significant differences as regards HR between injections with and without adrenalin (p< 0.039) and as regards systolic (p< 0.046) and diastolic (p < 0.046) blood pressure during the stabilization period. In both cases, the parameters under study increase. Age, gender, jaw treated, treatment duration and the rest of cardiovascular variables did not affect the results. None of the patients underwent ischemic alterations or any other complication derived from the treatment or the anesthesia. According to the results of our study, dental anesthetics with standard concentrations of Epinephrine seem to alter HR and BP. Although no cardiac ischemic alterations or any other cardiovascular complications have been observed, we must be cautious with the administration of anesthetics containing vasoconstrictors in patients with cardiovascular diseases.

  2. Solid Solution Effects on the MgAl2O4-MgGa2O4 System

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    O'Hara, Kelley; Smith, Jeffrey D; Hemrick, James Gordon

    2009-01-01

    Phase relations between two spinel compounds (MgAl2O4 and MgGa2O4) were studied. Stoichiometric MgAl2O4 was formed in the laboratory through a coprecipitation method. Complete solid solution formation int eh MgAl2O4-MgGa2O4 systems was confirmed through X-ray diffraction analysis. Solid solution between MgAl2O4-MgGa2O4 decreases thermal conductivity at all temperatures up to 900oC. At 200oC with 10 mol% additoin of MgGa2O4 thermal conductivity decreases approximately 25%, and at 900oC there was still an 8% decrease. Additionally, preliminary studies show that porosity between 5% and 10% does not have an appreciable effect on the thermal conductivity in this study.

  3. Effect of MgO spacer and annealing on interface and magnetic properties of ion beam sputtered NiFe/Mg/MgO/CoFe layer structures

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    Bhusan Singh, Braj; Chaudhary, Sujeet

    2012-09-15

    The effect of variation in the thickness of ion assisted ion beam sputtered MgO spacer layer deposited at oxygen ion assisted energy of 50 eV on the extent of magnetic coupling of NiFe and CoFe layers in Si/NiFe(10 nm)/Mg(1 nm)/MgO(2,4,6 nm)/CoFe(10 nm) sandwich structure is investigated. At MgO spacer layer thickness of 4 nm, the separate reversal of magnetizations of the two ferromagnetic layers is observed in the hystresis loop recorded along easy direction. This results in a 3.5 Oe wide plateau like region during magnetization reversal, which became 4.5 Oe at 6 nm thin MgO. At 2 nm thin MgO, the absence of plateau during magnetization reversal region revealed ferromagnetic coupling between the two ferromagnetic layers, which is understood to arise due to the growth of very thin and low density (1.22 gm/cc) MgO spacer layer, indicating the presence of pinholes as revealed by x-ray reflectometry. After vaccum annealing (200 Degree-Sign C/1 h), the plateau region for 4 and 6 nm thin MgO case decreased to 1.5 Oe and 2.0 Oe, respectively, due to enhanced interface roughness/mixing. In addition, an enhancement of the in-plane magnetic anisotropy is also observed.

  4. Oxidation of Mg atomic monolayer onto silicon: A road toward MgOx/Mg2Si (11-1)/Si (100) heterostructure

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    Sarpi, B.; Rochdi, N.; Daineche, R.; Bertoglio, M.; Girardeaux, C.; Baronnet, A.; Perrin-Toinin, J.; Bocquet, M.; Djafari Rouhani, M.; Hemeryck, A.; Vizzini, S.

    2015-12-01

    Surface interfaces of thin magnesium oxide films elaborated onto Si(100)-(2 × 1) substrates were characterized using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. We report that a flat and highly homogeneous magnesium oxide with well-defined interfaces could be grown at room temperature (RT) by repeating alternate adsorption of Mg atomic monolayer and O2 on Si(100). RT oxidation process of the first Mg monolayer plays a crucial role as driving force allowing a partial decomposition of amorphous ultra-thin Mg2Si at the Mg/Si interface to form more magnesium oxide in the surface. This process induces crystallization of the interfacial Mg2Si thin film and then gives arise to an unexpected MgOx/Mg2Si(11-1)/Si(100) heterostructure. MgOx monolayer displays a band gap of about 6 eV and exhibits a weak RMS roughness on large areas.

  5. Coherent interface structures and intergrain Josephson coupling in dense MgO/Mg{sub 2}Si/MgB{sub 2} nanocomposites

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    Ueno, Katsuya; Takahashi, Kazuyuki; Uchino, Takashi; Nagashima, Yukihito; Seto, Yusuke; Matsumoto, Megumi; Sakurai, Takahiro; Ohta, Hitoshi

    2016-07-07

    Many efforts are under way to control the structure of heterointerfaces in nanostructured composite materials for designing functionality and engineering application. However, the fabrication of high-quality heterointerfaces is challenging because the crystal/crystal interface is usually the most defective part of the nanocomposite materials. In this work, we show that fully dense insulator (MgO)/semiconductor(Mg{sub 2}Si)/superconductor(MgB{sub 2}) nanocomposites with atomically smooth and continuous interfaces, including epitaxial-like MgO/Mg{sub 2}Si interfaces, are obtained by solid phase reaction between metallic magnesium and a borosilicate glass. The resulting nanocomposites exhibit a semiconductor-superconducting transition at 36 K owing to the MgB{sub 2} nanograins surrounded by the MgO/Mg{sub 2}Si matrix. This transition is followed by the intergrain phase-lock transition at ∼24 K due to the construction of Josephson-coupled network, eventually leading to a near-zero resistance state at 17 K. The method not only provides a simple process to fabricate dense nanocomposites with high-quality interfaces, but also enables to investigate the electric and magnetic properties of embedded superconducting nanograins with good intergrain coupling.

  6. Mg segregation in Mg-rich Mg-Ni switchable mirror studied by Rutherford backscattering, elastic recoil detection analysis, and nuclear reaction analysis

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    Sekiba, D.; Horikoshi, M.; Abe, S.; Ishii, S.

    2009-12-01

    Pd/Mg3.3Ni films were prepared by dc sputtering deposition on three different substrates of glass, diamondlike carbon/Si, and Si. Hydrogenation and dehydrogenation cycles were performed on these samples simultaneously. The optical switching property due to the hydrogenation and dehydrogenation was monitored by the transmission of laser light via the glass substrate. The switching ability was totally lost after 120 cycles. We made comparative study of the composition change between the new (as-deposited) and old (after 120 switching cycles) samples by Rutherford backscattering (RBS), elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA), and nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). From the RBS results we found out the segregation of a Mg layer between the Pd cap layer and the rest of the Mg-Ni layer. At the Pd/Mg interface in the old sample, thin MgO layer formed probably during the dehydrogenation process with O2. ERDA showed that there is much hydrogen in the old sample. NRA displayed the depth profiles of hydrogen distribution in the old sample. It is revealed that much hydrogen is accumulated at the interface between the Pd cap layer and the segregated Mg layer. It can be concluded that the formations of oxide and hydride of the segregated Mg layer are the main reasons for the degradation of the Mg3.3Ni switchable mirror.

  7. Mg segregation in Mg-rich Mg-Ni switchable mirror studied by Rutherford backscattering, elastic recoil detection analysis, and nuclear reaction analysis

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    Sekiba, D.; Horikoshi, M.; Abe, S.; Ishii, S.

    2009-12-01

    Pd/Mg{sub 3.3}Ni films were prepared by dc sputtering deposition on three different substrates of glass, diamondlike carbon/Si, and Si. Hydrogenation and dehydrogenation cycles were performed on these samples simultaneously. The optical switching property due to the hydrogenation and dehydrogenation was monitored by the transmission of laser light via the glass substrate. The switching ability was totally lost after 120 cycles. We made comparative study of the composition change between the new (as-deposited) and old (after 120 switching cycles) samples by Rutherford backscattering (RBS), elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA), and nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). From the RBS results we found out the segregation of a Mg layer between the Pd cap layer and the rest of the Mg-Ni layer. At the Pd/Mg interface in the old sample, thin MgO layer formed probably during the dehydrogenation process with O{sub 2}. ERDA showed that there is much hydrogen in the old sample. NRA displayed the depth profiles of hydrogen distribution in the old sample. It is revealed that much hydrogen is accumulated at the interface between the Pd cap layer and the segregated Mg layer. It can be concluded that the formations of oxide and hydride of the segregated Mg layer are the main reasons for the degradation of the Mg{sub 3.3}Ni switchable mirror.

  8. The Strength of the Spatially Interconnected Eutectic Network in HPDC Mg-La, Mg-Nd, and Mg-La-Nd Alloys

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    Zhang, Bao; Gavras, Serge; Nagasekhar, Anumalasetty V.; Cáceres, Carlos Horacio; Easton, Mark A.

    2014-09-01

    3D numerical images of the intergranular percolating eutectic of two binary alloys, Mg-0.62 at. pctLa and Mg-0.60 at. pctNd, created using dual beam FIB tomography, were incorporated into an FEM code to model their tensile behavior. Due to its high volume fraction (29.9 pct), the behavior of the Mg-La network was akin to that of a stretch-dominated micro-truss structure, whereas the Mg-Nd's, with a relatively low volume fraction (7.5 pct), mimicked that of a bending-dominated structure. The 3D network contributed some 37 MPa to the strength of the Mg-La alloy casting, whereas it only added about 1.4 MPa to the Mg-Nd's. The model predictions based on the binary alloys were verified using cast-to-shape specimens of the Mg-La and two ternary Mg-La-Nd alloys, subjected to a flash-annealing aiming at breaking up the continuity of the 3D network, while preserving the rest of the microstructure unchanged. The flash-annealed specimens exhibited a decrease in strength that matched closely the computed values. Implications regarding alloy design involving the eutectic network and solid solution hardening of more complex alloys are discussed.

  9. Corrosion of MgO-MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel refractory bricks by calcium aluminosilicate slag

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    Goto, Kiyoshi; Argent, B.B.; Lee, W.E.

    1997-02-01

    Microstructural analysis of MgO-MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} refractory bricks corroded at 1,400--1,500 C by calcium aluminosilicate slag reveals secondary spinel, monticellite, merwinite, and MgO as microscopic corrosion products, generally forming in this sequence as the brick is penetrated. The secondary spinel forms an incomplete layer close to (but not at) the MgO grain. Thermodynamic calculations are used to support a detailed model of the corrosion mechanism.

  10. Perpendicular-anisotropy CoFeB-MgO magnetic tunnel junctions with a MgO/CoFeB/Ta/CoFeB/MgO recording structure

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    Sato, H.; Yamanouchi, M.; Ikeda, S.; Fukami, S.; Matsukura, F.; Ohno, H.

    2012-07-01

    We investigated perpendicular CoFeB-MgO magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with a recording structure consisting of two CoFeB-MgO interfaces, MgO/CoFeB (1.6 nm)/Ta (0.4 nm)/CoFeB (1.0 nm)/MgO. Thermal stability factor of MTJ with the structure having junction size of 70 nmφ was increased by a factor of 1.9 from the highest value of perpendicular MTJs with single CoFeB-MgO interface having the same device structure. On the other hand, intrinsic critical current for spin transfer torque switching of the double- and single-interface MTJs was comparable.

  11. Detection of Mg-spinel bearing central peaks using M3 images: Implications for the petrogenesis of Mg-spinel

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    Sun, Ying; Li, Lin; Zhang, Yuanzhi

    2017-05-01

    Mg-spinel bearing lithologies, lacking abundant mafic materials, have been discovered with images acquired by the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) aboard Chandrayaan-1. We conducted a systematic screening of lunar crater central peaks for the presence of Mg-spinel to address its distribution and petrogenesis. 38 Mg-spinel bearing crater central peaks were identified in this study out of 166 craters investigated. The results suggest that Mg-spinel is common in the lunar crust and appears to be extensive in the middle part of the lunar crust underneath Procellarum KREEP Terrane (PKT). Mg-spinel neither exclusively originated from deep layers (>10 km) nor necessarily coexist with the appearance of olivine or pyroxene. 15 Mg-spinel bearing central peaks originated from depth less than 10 km. Nine investigated central peaks only contain Mg-spinel and plagioclase without any detectable mafic materials. All those observations imply that the origin of Mg-spinel is possibly related to Mg-suite plutonism and assimilation between high Mg‧ magma with anorthositic crust. The extensive distribution and Mg-suite related petrogenesis indicates that Mg-spinel bearing lithologies might represent a new member of Mg-suite rocks.

  12. Diffusion Couple Investigation of the Mg-Zn System

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    Brennan, Sarah; Bermudez, Katrina; Sohn, Yong Ho; Kulkarni, Nagraj S

    2012-01-01

    Phase layer growth and interdiffusion in the binary Mg-Zn system was investigated utilizing solid-to-solid diffusion couples annealed at 295 , 315 and 325 C for 21, 7 and 5 days, respectively. The diffusion microstructure was examined by scanning electron microscopy and concentration profiles were determined using X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy and electron microprobe analysis. The Mg solid solution, Mg2Zn11, MgZn2 and Mg2Zn3 in all three couples were observed in addition to the high temperature, Mg51Zn20 phase at 325 C. The MgZn2 phase was observed to grow the thickest layer, followed by the Mg2Zn3 and the Mg2Zn11 phases. Activation energies for the parabolic growth were calculated to be 105 kJ/mol and 207 kJ/mol for the Mg2Zn3 and MgZn2, respectively. Relevant interdiffusion coefficients were calculated for the phases present by analyses of concentration profiles. This study was sponsored by the US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicle Technologies Program (DE-AC05-00OR22725).

  13. Mechanical Properties of High Strength Al-Mg Alloy Sheet

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    Choi, Bong-Jae; Hong, Kyung-Eui; Kim, Young-Jig

    The aim of this research is to develop the high strength Al alloy sheet for the automotive body. For the fabrication Al-Mg alloy sheet, the composition of alloying elements was designed by the properties database and CALPHAD (Calculation Phase Diagram) approach which can predict the phases during solidification using thermodynamic database. Al-Mg alloys were designed using CALPHAD approach according to the high content of Mg with minor alloying elements. After phase predictions by CALPHAD, designed Al-Mg alloys were manufactured. Addition of Mg in Al melts were protected by dry air/Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) mixture gas which can control the severe Mg ignition and oxidation. After rolling procedure of manufactured Al-Mg alloys, mechanical properties were examined with the variation of the heat treatment conditions.

  14. Energy band bowing parameter in MgZnO alloys

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    Wang, Xu; Saito, Katsuhiko; Tanaka, Tooru; Nishio, Mitsuhiro; Guo, Qixin; Nagaoka, Takashi; Arita, Makoto

    2015-07-13

    We report on bandgap bowing parameters for wurtzite and cubic MgZnO alloys from a study of high quality and single phase films in all Mg content range. The Mg contents in the MgZnO films were accurately determined using the energy dispersive spectrometer and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The measurement of bandgap energies by examining the onset of inelastic energy loss in core-level atomic spectra from XPS is proved to be valid for determining the bandgap of MgZnO films. The dependence of the energy bandgap on Mg content is found to deviate downwards from linearity. Fitting of the bandgap data resulted in two bowing parameters of 2.01 ± 0.04 eV and 1.48 ± 0.11 eV corresponding to wurtzite and cubic MgZnO films, respectively.

  15. Experimental calibration of Mg isotope fractionation between aragonite and seawater

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    Wang, Zhengrong; Hu, Ping; Gaetani, Glenn; Liu, Chao; Saenger, Casey; Cohen, Anne; Hart, Stanley

    2013-02-01

    The detectable magnesium (Mg) isotope fractionation between biogenic aragonite (including aragonitic corals, bivalves, scaphopod, and sclerosponges) and seawater can potentially be applied to reconstruct sea surface temperature (SST) in the past. To calibrate this thermometer, eight sets of inorganic precipitation experiments ('free-drift') in seawater (Mg/Ca = 5 or 10) have been carried out at 25-55 °C over a range of degassing rate. A cleaning procedure was adopted to remove Mg contamination by sea salt, surface absorbed Mg and silicate dust as nucleation centers. The Mg isotope fractionation between cleaned aragonite and seawater-like aqueous solution varies insignificantly with Mg/Ca ratios and Mg isotope compositions of the initial solution, and the CO2-degassing rate (0-75 cc/min), but decreases noticeably with increasing temperatures having a temperature sensitivity of ˜0.008-0.01‰/°C in the following form: Δ≈1000lnα=1.67(±0.36)-0.82(±0.11)×{1000}/{T} where αaragonite-seawater is the fractionation factor, and T is the absolute temperature in Kelvin. It is consistent with equilibrium fractionation between Mg2+ aquo-complex and magnesite predicted by one theoretical calculation. Qualitative comparison among Mg-bearing carbonates based on Mg-O bond strengths show the relative sequence of 26Mg enrichment is aragonite > dolomite > magnesite > calcite. Thus, the surprising agreement indicates either the calculation overestimated Mg fractionation between magnesite and fluid, or both theoretical calculation and our calibration represent Mg isotope fractionation between MgCO30-H2O cluster and Mg2+ aquo complexes. Comparison of our calibration with the Mg isotope fractionation between biogenic aragonite and seawater suggests Mg and oxygen isotope fractionations of some biogenic aragonites (e.g., Porites sp. corals) agree with our calibration within analytical uncertainty, whereas others deviate significantly, indicating biological and/or kinetic isotope

  16. Interdiffusion and Intrinsic Diffusion in the Mg-Al System

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    Brennan, Sarah; Bermudez, Katrina; Sohn, Yong Ho; Kulkarni, Nagraj S

    2012-01-01

    Solid-to-solid diffusion couples were assembled and annealed to examine the diffusion between pure Mg (99.96%) and Al (99.999%). Diffusion anneals were carried out at 300 , 350 , and 400 C for 720, 360, and 240 hours, respectively. Optical and scanning electron microscopes were utilized to identify the formation of the intermetallic phases, -Al12Mg17 and -Al3Mg2 and absence of the -phase in the diffusion couples. Thicknesses of the -Al12Mg17 and -Al3Mg2 phases were measured and the parabolic growth constants were calculated to determine the activation energies for the growth, 165 and 86 KJ/mole, respectively. Concentration profiles were determined with electron microprobe analysis using pure elemental standards. Composition-dependent interdiffusion coefficients in Mg-solid solution, -Al12Mg17 and - Al3Mg2 and Al-solid solutions were calculated based on the Boltzmann-Matano analysis. Average effective interdiffusion coefficients for each phase were also calculated, and the magnitude was the highest for the -Al3Mg2 phase, followed by -Al12Mg17, Al-solid solution and Mg-solid solution. Intrinsic diffusion coefficients based on Huemann s analysis (e.g., marker plane) were determined for the ~38 at.% Mg in the -Al3Mg2 phase. Activation energies and the pre-exponential factors for the inter- and intrinsic diffusion coefficients were calculated for the temperature range examined. The -Al3Mg2 phase was found to have the lowest activation energies for growth and interdiffusion among all four phases studied. At the marker location in the -Al3Mg2 phase, the intrinsic diffusion of Al was found to be faster than that of Mg. Extrapolations of the impurity diffusion coefficients in the terminal solid solutions were made and compared to the available self- and impurity diffusion data from literature. Thermodynamic factor, tracer diffusion coefficients and atomic mobilities at the marker plane composition were approximated using available literature values of Mg activity in the -Al

  17. Structural and optical properties of ZnMgO nanostructures formed by Mg in-diffused ZnO nanowires

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    Pan, C.-J.; Hsu, H.-C.; Cheng, H.-M.; Wu, C.-Y.; Hsieh, W.-F.

    2007-04-15

    ZnMgO nanostructures with wurtzite phase were prepared by thermal diffusion of Mg into the ZnO nanowires. As ZnO light-emitting devices have been operated by using ZnMgO layers as energy barrier layers to confine the carriers, it is essential to realize the characterization of ZnMgO particularly. In this work, the Mg content in Zn{sub 1} {sub -x} Mg {sub x} O alloy determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL) shows a good coincidence. The variation of lattice constant and the blueshift of near-band-edge emission indicate that Zn{sup 2+} ions are successfully substituted by Mg{sup 2+} ions in the ZnO lattice. In Raman-scattering studies, the change of E {sub 2}(high) phonon line shape in ZnO:Mg nanostructures reveals the microscopic substitutional disorder. In addition to the host phonons of ZnO, two additional bands around 383 and 510 cm{sup -1} are presumably attributed to the Mg-related vibrational modes. - Graphical abstract: We reported the synthesis of the ZnMgO nanostructures prepared by a simple vapor transport method. Magnesium-related anomalous modes are observed by Raman spectra for the first time in ZnMgO system.

  18. Effect of Mg content on the thermal stability and mechanical behaviour of PLLA/Mg composites processed by hot extrusion.

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    Cifuentes, S C; Lieblich, M; López, F A; Benavente, R; González-Carrasco, J L

    2017-03-01

    In the field of bioabsorbable composites for biomedical applications, extrusion has been employed as a method to prepare homogeneous blends of polymeric matrices with bioactive ceramic fillers. In this work, the suitability of processing poly-l-lactic acid/Magnesium (PLLA/Mg) composites by hot extrusion has been assessed by a systematic characterization of PLLA/Mg composites containing different amounts of Mg particles up to 7wt%. The results show that extrusion causes a reduction of almost 20% in the viscosity average molecular weight of PLLA, which further decreases with increasing Mg content. Extrusion gave always rise to a homogeneous distribution of Mg particles within the PLLA matrix. This composite processing was not compromised by the degradation of the polymeric matrix because the processing temperature was always below the onset degradation temperature. In the processing conditions employed in the present work, degradation of the composite slightly increases as more Mg is added up to 5wt%, but is very high at 7wt%. This was also evident from the mechanical behaviour, so that Mg particles improved the stiffness and compression strength of neat PLLA until 5wt% of Mg content, which dropped drastically when the material had 7wt% of Mg. The filler strengthening factor decreases with the increment in Mg content. In order to obtain an optimised contribution of Mg particles, a balance between thermal degradation and mechanical resistance of PLLA must be achieved.

  19. Dual-color ultraviolet photodetector based on mixed-phase-MgZnO/i-MgO/p-Si double heterojunction

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    Xie, X. H.; Zhang, Z. Z.; Shan, C. X.; Chen, H. Y.; Shen, D. Z.

    2012-08-01

    We report a dual-color ultraviolet (UV) photodetector based on mixed-phase-MgZnO/i-MgO/p-Si double heterojunction. The device exhibits distinct dominant responses at solar blind (250 nm) and visible blind (around 330 nm) UV regions under different reverse biases. By using the energy band diagram of the structure, it is found that the bias-tunable two-color detection is originated from different valence band offset between cubic MgZnO/MgO and hexagonal MgZnO/MgO. Meanwhile, due to the large conduction band offset at the Si/MgO interface, the visible-light photoresponse from Si substrate is suppressed.

  20. Low-energy radioactive ion beam production of 22Mg

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    Duy, N. N.; Kubono, S.; Yamaguchi, H.; Kahl, D.; Wakabayashi, Y.; Teranishi, T.; Iwasa, N.; Kwon, Y. K.; Khiem, L. H.; Kim, Y. H.; Song, J. S.; Hu, J.; Ayyad, Y.

    2013-09-01

    The 22Mg nucleus plays an important role in nuclear astrophysics, specially in the 22Mg(α,p)25Al and proton capture 22Mg(p,γ)23Al reactions. It is believed that 22Mg is a waiting point in the αp-process of nucleosynthesis in novae. We proposed a direct measurement of the 22Mg+α resonance reaction in inverse kinematics using a radioactive ion (RI) beam. A 22Mg beam of 3.73 MeV/u was produced at CRIB (Center for Nuclear Study (CNS) low-energy RI Beam) facility of the University of Tokyo located at RIKEN (Japan) in 2011. In this paper we present the results about the production of the 22Mg beam used for the direct measurement of the scattering reaction 22Mg(α,α)22Mg, and the stellar reaction 22Mg(α,p)25Al in the energy region concerning an astrophysical temperature of T9=1-3 GK.

  1. Development of Creep Resistant Mg-Al-Sr Alloys

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    Pekguleryuz, Mihriban O.; Baril, Eric

    There have been attempts since in the 70's to develop creep resistant magnesium diecasting alloys for automotive applications such as automatic-transmission case and engine components. The earliest die casting alloys developed as a result of these activities were the Mg-Al- RE and Mg-Al-Si systems (AE and AS alloys). The shortcomings of these two alloy systems related to high cost or borderline properties have led to renewed activity in the 90's in the development of magnesium alloys with improved elevaied-temperature properties. This paper presents the development of a new family of creep-resistant Mg alloys based on the Mg-Al-Sr system. Creep resistance, the tensile yield strength and the bolt-load-retention of these alloys at 150°C and 175°C show improvement over Mg-Al-RE and Mg-Al-Si system. The microstructure of the alloys is characterized by Al-Sr-(Mg) containing intermetallic second phases. The absence of the Mg17Al12 phase in the microstructure, either creep-induced or as-cast, is one of the factors that contribute to improved creep-resistance of these alloys over the Mg-Al based diecasting alloys. Furthermore, the alloys exhibit better salt-spray corrosion resistance (0.09-0.15mg/cm2/day) than other commercial magnesium diecasting alloys such as AM60B, AS41, AE42 and the aluminum diecasting alloy A380.

  2. Neutron spectroscopy of gamma-MgH2

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    Kolesnikov, Alexander; Antonov, Vladimir; Efimchenko, Vadim; Granroth, Garrett; Klyamkin, S. N.; Levchenko, A. V.; Sakharov, Michael; Ren, Yang; Ramirez-Cuesta, Timmy

    2011-03-01

    Under ambient conditions, magnesium dihydride exists in two forms, alpha-MgH2 (the most stable modification) and gamma-MgH2 (a less stable modification). The alpha-phase partly transforms to gamma-MgH2 in the course of ball-milling and under high pressure and temperature. Due to the high hydrogen content of 7.6 wt.%, MgH2 has been intensively studied as a prospective material for hydrogen storage. By exposing of alpha-MgH2 to a pressure of 5 GPa and temperature 840 K, we prepared a sample, in which about 60% of the alpha-MgH2 was transformed to gamma-MgH2. We have measured inelastic neutron scattering (INS) spectra of both the high pressure treated MgH2 and starting alpha-MgH2, and extracted the spectrum for gamma-MgH2. The differences between the INS spectra and their agreement with the first-principles calculations for these compounds will be discussed.

  3. Mg isotope fractionation during microbe-mineral interactions

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    Kim, Insu; Ryu, Jong-sik; Lee, Kwang-sik; Lee, Dongho

    2014-05-01

    Magnesium is involved in various biogeochemical processes important to the global climate change over geological time-scale. Mg isotopes allow us to directly trace the Mg cycle in the Earth's surface but the factors controlling Mg isotopic compositions have not fully understood yet. Here, we conducted a batch experiment using two bacterial species (Shewanella putrefaciens and Burkholderia fungorum) and three major Mg-bearing minerals (biotite, dolomite and hornblende). All elemental concentrations increased by 336 h and then reached to steady-state values, of which Mg concentrations varied depending on minerals and bacterial species. This result indicates that the mineral dissolution is affect by the presence of microbes, which either provide organic acids or attach onto mineral surface. The Mg isotopic compositions of initial minerals biotite, dolomite and hornblende are -0.35o of biotite, -0.99o of dolomite, and -0.24o of hornblende, in δ26Mg. Similarly, δ26Mg values increased by 336 h and reached to steady-state values, which also varied with minerals and microbes. During dissolution of three minerals, the light isotope of Mg is preferentially incorporated into the dissolved phases and then the dissolved δ26Mg values become consistent with those of minerals with the time.

  4. Adsorption of arginine, glycine and aspartic acid on Mg and Mg-based alloy surfaces: A first-principles study

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    Fang, Zhe; Wang, Jianfeng; Yang, Xiaofan; Sun, Qiang; Jia, Yu; Liu, Hairong; Xi, Tingfei; Guan, Shaokang

    2017-07-01

    Studying the adsorption behaviors of biomolecules on the surface of Mg and Mg-based alloy has a fundamental and important role for related applications in biotechnology. In the present work, we systematically investigate and compare the adsorption properties of three typical amino acids, i.e., Arg (arginine), Gly (glycine) and Asp (aspartic acid), which form RGD tripeptide, on the Mg (0 0 0 1) surface with various doping (Zn, Y, and Nd), and aim to realize proper binding between biomolecules and Mg and Mg-based biomedical materials. Our results show that flat adsorption configurations of the functional groups binding to the surfaces are favored in energy for all the three selected amino acids. In specific, for the amino acids adsorped on clean Mg (0 0 0 1) surface, the adsorption energy (Eads) of Arg is found to be -1.67 eV for the most stable configuration, with amino and guanidyl groups binding with the surface. However, Gly (Asp) is found to binding with the surface through amino and carboxyl groups, with a -1.16 eV (-1.15 eV) binding energy. On the 2% Zn doped Mg (0 0 0 1) alloy surface (Mg-Zn (2%)), the Eads are significantly increased to be -1.91 eV, -1.32 eV and -1.35 eV for Arg, Gly and Asp, respectively. While the Mg-Y (1%) and Mg-Nd (1%) slightly weaken the adsorption of three amino acids. Moreover, we have performed detail discussions of the binding properties between amino acids and surfaces by projected density of states (PDOS) combined with charge transfer analyses. Our studies provide a comprehensive understanding on the interactions between amino acids and Mg and Mg-based alloy surfaces, with respect to facilitate the applications of Mg and Mg-based biomedical alloys in biosensing, drug delivery, biomolecule coating and other fields in biotechnology.

  5. Towards reconstructing ancient seawater Mg/Ca by combining porcelaneous and hyaline foraminiferal Mg/Ca-temperature calibrations

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    Wit, J. C.; de Nooijer, L. J.; Haig, J.; Jorissen, F. J.; Thomas, E.; Reichart, G.-J.

    2017-08-01

    The temperature of the deep ocean plays a vital role in the Earth's climate system. Paleo-reconstructions of deep-sea temperatures have traditionally been based on the oxygen isotope composition of deep-sea benthic foraminiferal calcite shells, although this parameter depends upon polar ice volume as well as temperature. More recent reconstructions use Mg/Ca in these shells, with temperature calibrations based on empirical relationships observed in present-day oceans. Incorporation of Mg (DMg) into foraminiferal calcite is, however, not solely dependent on temperature, but also on seawater Mg/Ca. Due to its long oceanic residence time, Mg concentrations remained relatively constant over time scales of a few hundred thousand years, but varied significantly over longer geological time scales. Accurate reconstruction of past temperatures using foraminiferal Mg/Ca, therefore, hinges on our understanding of Mg/Ca seawater changes on geological timescales. We explore a novel, independent approach to reconstructing past seawater Mg/Ca using the temperature-dependent offset in DMg between porcelaneous (secreting intermediate- or high-Mg calcite, abbreviated as IMC or HMC, respectively) and hyaline (producing low-Mg calcite, abbreviated as LMC) benthic foraminifera. We calibrated the Mg/Ca-temperature dependence for Pyrgo spp. (one of the few common, large-sized porcelaneous taxa present in the deep-sea since the middle Miocene), and combined this with an existing calibration of hyaline Cibicidoides spp. to mathematically solve for changes in Mg/Ca seawater through time. We show that changes in Mg/Ca seawater can be reconstructed using the offset between porcelaneous and hyaline foraminifera, but absolute values are highly dependent on the species-specific offset between Mg/Ca seawater and Mg-partition coefficients.

  6. Cardiovascular effect of dental anesthesia with articaine (40 mg with epinefrine 0,5 mg % and 40 mg with epinefrine 1 mg%) versus mepivacaine (30mg and 20 mg with epinefrine 1 mg%) in medically compromised cardiac patients: A cross-over, randomized, single blinded study

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    Torres-Lagares, Daniel; Serrera-Figallo, María Á.; Corcuera-Flores, José R.; Machuca-Portillo, Carmen; Castillo-Oyagüe, Raquel; Gutiérrez-Pérez, José L.

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: The aim of the present study is to compare cardiovascular safety profiles of two dental anesthetics: articaine versus two standard mepivacaine solutions used during etiological periodontal treatment in cardiovascular patients. Study Design: Using a cross-over study design, ten cardiovascular patients were randomly assigned to dental treatment with 1.8mL of a local anesthetic injected on each quadrant of the mouth: Articaine (40mg with Epinephrine 0.5mg % and 40mg with Epinephrine 1mg %) or Mepivacaine (30mg and 20mg with Epinephrine 1mg %). A computer programme enabled continuous longitudinal data collection: O2 saturation, blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR). Results: No severe clinical side effects were observed. During the treatment period, we observed statistically significant differences as regards HR between injections with and without adrenalin (p< 0.039) and as regards systolic (p< 0.046) and diastolic (p < 0.046) blood pressure during the stabilization period. In both cases, the parameters under study increase. Age, gender, jaw treated, treatment duration and the rest of cardiovascular variables did not affect the results. None of the patients underwent ischemic alterations or any other complication derived from the treatment or the anesthesia. Conclusions: According to the results of our study, dental anesthetics with standard concentrations of Epinephrine seem to alter HR and BP. Although no cardiac ischemic alterations or any other cardiovascular complications have been observed, we must be cautious with the administration of anesthetics containing vasoconstrictors in patients with cardiovascular diseases. Key words:Dental anesthesia, cardiovascular diseases, chronic periodontitis, drug toxicity. PMID:22322521

  7. Highly Thermally Stable Microstructure in Mg Fabricated Via Powder Rolling

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    Shen, J.; Imai, H.; Chen, B.; Ye, X.; Umeda, J.; Kondoh, K.

    2016-11-01

    The purpose of this article is to demonstrate a fascinating microstructure that ensures Mg has a high thermal stability. This is achieved by fabricating the Mg sample via powder rolling followed by powder metallurgy method. It is found that after Mg powders are pretreated for 15 rolling passes at room temperature and then consolidated by using spark plasma sintering, the Mg specimen exhibits a much finer grain structure. Such a grain structure then shows a super high thermal stability. Worthy of note is that many fractions of tensile twins were presented in the Mg specimen and survived a heat treatment at 500°C. After the heat treatment, the microhardness of the sample remained almost unchanged. The finding then gives rise to the possibility of using Mg as structural material at elevated temperatures.

  8. Progress in Thermodynamic Database Development for ICME of Mg Alloys

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    Schmid-Fetzer, Rainer

    Integrated thermodynamic software packages are a powerful tool to analyze phase formation in multicomponent Mg alloys, providing key data for focused alloy and process development. The thermodynamic database of the alloy system is the indispensable basis for this direct application, but also needed for any further step towards Integrated Computational Materials Engineering. The database quality, which may vary widely, is crucial for the reliability of such applications. Progress in development and extension of the large thermodynamic database for magnesium alloys is reported, with emphasis on consistency, coherency and quality assurance. One aspect is the coherent description of large solid solution ranges of intermetallic phases in multicomponent Mg alloys with rare earths. Further addition of Zn may produce complex icosahedral, long-period stacking order (LPSO) or other hexagonal phases. All these may form highly efficient secondary phase precipitates in the (Mg) matrix. Examples are given for Mg-Ce-La, Mg-Ce-Y, and Mg-Gd-Nd-Y-Zn-Zr alloys.

  9. Mg and Mg alloys: how comparable are in vitro and in vivo corrosion rates? A review.

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    Martinez Sanchez, Adela Helvia; Luthringer, Bérengère J C; Feyerabend, Frank; Willumeit, Regine

    2015-02-01

    Due to their biodegradability, magnesium and magnesium-based alloys could represent the third generation of biomaterials. However, their mechanical properties and time of degradation have to match the needs of applications. Several approaches, such as choice of alloying elements or tailored microstructure, are employed to tailor corrosion behaviour. Due to the high electrochemical activity of Mg, numerous environmental factors (e.g. temperature and surrounding ion composition) influence its corrosion behaviour, making it unpredictable. Nevertheless, the need of reliable in vitro model(s) to predict in vivo implant degradation is increasing. In an attempt to find a correlation between in vitro and vivo corrosion rates, this review presents a systematic literature survey, as well as an attempt to correlate the different results.

  10. Laboratory spectroscopy of MgNC - The first radioastronomical identification of Mg-bearing molecule

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    Kawaguchi, Kentarou; Kagi, Eriko; Hirano, Tsuneo; Takano, Shuro; Saito, Shuji

    1993-03-01

    The linear MgNC radical was detected, for the first time, by laboratory microwave spectroscopy, and six unidentified lines in IRC + 10216 reported by Guelin et al. (1986) were assigned to the transitions of this radical. The radical was produced in a free space absorption cell by a dc discharge in a mixture of magnesium vapor, argon, and cyanogen. Observed spectral lines in the 250-370 GHz region were analyzed by using the 2Sigma energy level expression, to give the rotational, centrifugal distortion and spin-rotation constants: B0 = 5966.8969(24) MHz, D0 = 0.004 2338(35) MHz, H0 = 0.308(16) x 10 exp -7 MHz, and gamma0 = 15.219(13) MHz, with one standard deviation in parentheses.

  11. Vonoprazan 20 mg vs lansoprazole 30 mg for endoscopic submucosal dissection-induced gastric ulcers

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    Takahashi, Kazuya; Sato, Yuichi; Kohisa, Junji; Watanabe, Jun; Sato, Hiroki; Mizuno, Kenichi; Hashimoto, Satoru; Terai, Shuji

    2016-01-01

    AIM To compare the healing effects of vonoprazan and lansoprazole on gastric ulcers induced by endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). METHODS Data were obtained from a total of 26 patients. Fourteen patients were randomized to the vonoprazan group and 12 were randomized to the lansoprazole group. Patients were administered either 20 mg vonoprazan or 30 mg lansoprazole per day after ESD. Endoscopic images just after ESD, on day 8, and on day 28 were used for the evaluation of the shrinking rate of ESD ulcers. The shrinking rates and the incidence of delayed bleeding were compared between the 2 groups. RESULTS The shrinking rates of ESD ulcers on day 8 [vonoprazan group: 61.8% (range: 24.0%-91.1%), lansoprazole group: 71.3% (range: 25.2%-88.6%)] and on day 28 [vonoprazan group: 95.3% (range: 76.2%-100%), lansoprazole group: 97.2% (range: 81.1%-99.8%)] were not statistically different between the 2 groups. On day 28, most of the ulcers in both groups healed to more than 90%, whereas 3 of 14 (21.4%) in the vonoprazan group and 1 of 12 (8.3%) in the lansoprazole group had delayed ulcer healing, which was not statistically different (P = 0.356). The frequency of delayed bleeding was 0 in the both groups. Taken together, there were no significant differences between the two drug groups. CONCLUSION Our study indicates that vonoprazan is potent for the management of ESD ulcers although lansoprazole is also sufficient and cost-effective. PMID:27909552

  12. Gastroduodenal tolerance of 75 mg clopidogrel versus 325 mg aspirin in healthy volunteers. A gastroscopic study.

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    Fork, F T; Lafolie, P; Tóth, E; Lindgärde, F

    2000-05-01

    Clopidogrel is a new antiplatelet agent that offers increased protection over aspirin in preventing vascular ischaemic events in patients with symptomatic atherosclerosis. In a large, randomized, international study of clopidogrel and aspirin (n = 19,185 patients) clopidogrel was associated with a lower incidence of gastrointestinal adverse events, including gastrointestinal haemorrhage and hospitalizations because of gastrointestinal haemorrhage. The aim of the study was to determine whether macroscopic differences in the gastric mucosa between aspirin- and clopidogrel-treated subjects could be detected by gastroscopy after short-term treatment. Thirty-six healthy volunteers were randomized in a double-blind, double-dummy, parallel design, to 75 mg/day of clopidogrel or 325 mg/day of aspirin for 8 days. Gastroscopy was performed at base line before administration of study drug and directly after treatment completion. Gastroduodenal effects were measured in accordance with a modified Lanza scale. At base line no difference between the groups was detected (median Lanza score, 0.0 in both groups). At the end of treatment the aspirin group showed a median score of 7.5, and the clopidogrel group showed an unchanged median score of 0.0 (P < 0.001). In the aspirin group 13 individuals reported 19 adverse events versus 8 individuals and 13 adverse events for clopidogrel, with approximately half of the adverse events being gastrointestinal in each group. No serious adverse events were reported. In contrast to aspirin, short-term treatment with clopidogrel does not induce macroscopic changes in the gastroduodenal mucosa. The study results show that in patients without gastroduodenal disease clopidogrel, but not aspirin, does not induce any gastroscopically evident erosions during short-term treatment.

  13. The van der Waals potentials of MgCa, MgSr, MgBa, CaSr, CaBa, and SrBa

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    Wei, L. M.; Li, P.; Tang, K. T.

    2015-08-01

    Based on the facts that the potential energy curves of the homo-nuclear group 2 dimers (group IIA metal), except Be2, are conformal, and they can be described by the Tang-Toennies potential model, a set of simple combining rules are proposed for the parameters of the reduced potentials of the hetero-nuclear dimers. Together with the well-established combining rules of the range parameters of the exponential repulsion and the known dispersion coefficients, these rules enable us to determine the ground state potential energy curves of MgCa, MgSr, MgBa, CaSr, CaBa, and SrBa from those of Mg2, Ca2, Sr2, and Ba2. The determined potentials are comparable to some ab initio calculations and in excellent agreement with the experiment.

  14. A novel Drosophila mitochondrial carrier protein acts as a Mg(2+) exporter in fine-tuning mitochondrial Mg(2+) homeostasis.

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    Cui, Yixian; Zhao, Shanke; Wang, Xudong; Zhou, Bing

    2016-01-01

    The homeostasis of magnesium (Mg(2+)), an abundant divalent cation indispensable for many biological processes including mitochondrial functions, is underexplored. In yeast, the mitochondrial Mg(2+) homeostasis is accurately controlled through the combined effects of importers, Mrs2 and Lpe10, and an exporter, Mme1. However, little is known about this Mg(2+) homeostatic process in multicellular organisms. Here, we identified the first mitochondrial Mg(2+) transporter in Drosophila, the orthologue of yeast Mme1, dMme1, by homologous comparison and functional complementation. dMme1 can mediate the exportation of mitochondrial Mg(2+) when heterologously expressed in yeast. Altering the expression of dMme1, although only resulting in about a 10% change in mitochondrial Mg(2+) levels in either direction, led to a significant survival reduction in Drosophila. Furthermore, the reduced survival resulting from dMme1 expression changes could be completely rescued by feeding the dMME1-RNAi flies Mg(2+)-restricted food or the dMME1-over-expressing flies the Mg(2+)-supplemented diet. Our studies therefore identified the first Drosophila mitochondrial Mg(2+) exporter, which is involved in the precise control of mitochondrial Mg(2+) homeostasis to ensure an optimal state for survival.

  15. Influence of Humidity, Volume Density, and MgO Impurity on Mg2Si Thermoelectric-Leg

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    Mito, Y.; Ogino, A.; Konno, S.; Udono, H.

    2017-02-01

    We have studied the influence of humidity on the production yield of Mg2Si thermoelectric (TE)-legs synthesized by spark plasma sintering (SPS) and also the influence of sintered density and MgO impurity on the oxidation resistance of the Mg2Si sintered compacts. We observed a strong correlation between the humidity in air atmosphere and the yield rate of Mg2Si TE-legs. The Mg2Si TE-legs sintered from the raw material powder that was exposed to an atmosphere with humidity >60% contained relatively high density of voids and cracks due to the reaction of adsorbed moisture and Mg2Si during SPS. We found that the Mg2Si sintered density strongly affected the oxidation resistance, whereas a small amount of MgO concentration in the initial sintered compacts had no significant effect on the oxidation resistance. Sb-doped Mg2Si with a high sintered density showed an excellent oxidation resistance in air atmosphere when subjected to an oxidation-resistance test at 600°C for 800 h, which is presumed to be due to the formation of a dense MgO layer on the surface.

  16. Role of Mycoplasma genitalium MG218 and MG317 cytoskeletal proteins in terminal organelle organization, gliding motility and cytadherence.

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    Pich, Oscar Q; Burgos, Raul; Ferrer-Navarro, Mario; Querol, Enrique; Piñol, Jaume

    2008-10-01

    The terminal organelle is a differentiated structure that plays a key role in mycoplasma cytadherence and locomotion. For this reason, the analysis of Mycoplasma genitalium mutants displaying anomalous terminal organelles could improve our knowledge regarding the structural elements required for proper locomotion. In this study, we isolated several M. genitalium mutants having transposon insertions within the mg218 or mg317 genes, which encode the orthologues of Mycoplasma pneumoniae HMW2 and HMW3 cytoskeletal proteins, respectively. As expected, mg218(-) and mg317(-) mutants exhibit a reduced gliding motility, although their ability to attach to solid surfaces was not completely abolished. Interestingly, most of the mg218(-) mutants expressed N-terminal MG218 derivatives and showed the presence of short terminal organelles retaining many of the functions displayed by this structure in the wild-type strain, suggesting that the N-terminal region of this protein is an essential element in the architecture of the terminal organelle. Separately, the analysis of mg317(-) mutants indicates that MG317 protein is involved in the formation of the terminal button and contributes to anchoring the electron-dense core to the cell membrane. The results presented here clearly show that MG218 and MG317 proteins are implicated in the maintenance of gliding motility and cytadherence in M. genitalium.

  17. Enhanced voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy in magnetic tunnel junctions with an MgO/PZT/MgO tunnel barrier

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    Chien, Diana; Li, Xiang; Wong, Kin; Zurbuchen, Mark A.; Robbennolt, Shauna; Yu, Guoqiang; Tolbert, Sarah; Kioussis, Nicholas; Khalili Amiri, Pedram; Wang, Kang L.; Chang, Jane P.

    2016-03-01

    Compared with current-controlled magnetization switching in a perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ), electric field- or voltage-induced magnetization switching reduces the writing energy of the memory cell, which also results in increased memory density. In this work, an ultra-thin PZT film with high dielectric constant was integrated into the tunneling oxide layer to enhance the voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy (VCMA) effect. The growth of MTJ stacks with an MgO/PZT/MgO tunnel barrier was performed using a combination of sputtering and atomic layer deposition techniques. The fabricated MTJs with the MgO/PZT/MgO barrier demonstrate a VCMA coefficient, which is ˜40% higher (19.8 ± 1.3 fJ/V m) than the control sample MTJs with an MgO barrier (14.3 ± 2.7 fJ/V m). The MTJs with the MgO/PZT/MgO barrier also possess a sizeable tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) of more than 50% at room temperature, comparable to the control MTJs with an MgO barrier. The TMR and enhanced VCMA effect demonstrated simultaneously in this work make the MgO/PZT/MgO barrier-based MTJs potential candidates for future voltage-controlled, ultralow-power, and high-density magnetic random access memory devices.

  18. Distribution of calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) in the leaves of Brassica rapa under varying exogenous Ca and Mg supply

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    Rios, Juan Jose; Ó Lochlainn, Seosamh; Devonshire, Jean; Graham, Neil S.; Hammond, John P.; King, Graham J.; White, Philip J.; Kurup, Smita; Broadley, Martin R.

    2012-01-01

    Background and Aims Leafy vegetable Brassica crops are an important source of dietary calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) and represent potential targets for increasing leaf Ca and Mg concentrations through agronomy or breeding. Although the internal distribution of Ca and Mg within leaves affects the accumulation of these elements, such data are not available for Brassica. The aim of this study was to characterize the internal distribution of Ca and Mg in the leaves of a vegetable Brassica and to determine the effects of altered exogenous Ca and Mg supply on this distribution. Methods Brassica rapa ssp. trilocularis ‘R-o-18’ was grown at four different Ca:Mg treatments for 21 d in a controlled environment. Concentrations of Ca and Mg were determined in fully expanded leaves using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Internal distributions of Ca and Mg were determined in transverse leaf sections at the base and apex of leaves using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) with cryo-scanning electron microscopy (cryo-SEM). Key Results Leaf Ca and Mg concentrations were greatest in palisade and spongy mesophyll cells, respectively, although this was dependent on exogenous supply. Calcium accumulation in palisade mesophyll cells was enhanced slightly under high Mg supply; in contrast, Mg accumulation in spongy mesophyll cells was not affected by Ca supply. Conclusions The results are consistent with Arabidopsis thaliana and other Brassicaceae, providing phenotypic evidence that conserved mechanisms regulate leaf Ca and Mg distribution at a cellular scale. The future study of Arabidopsis gene orthologues in mutants of this reference B. rapa genotype will improve our understanding of Ca and Mg homeostasis in plants and may provide a model-to-crop translation pathway for targeted breeding. PMID:22362665

  19. Distribution of calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) in the leaves of Brassica rapa under varying exogenous Ca and Mg supply.

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    Rios, Juan Jose; Lochlainn, Seosamh O; Devonshire, Jean; Graham, Neil S; Hammond, John P; King, Graham J; White, Philip J; Kurup, Smita; Broadley, Martin R

    2012-05-01

    Leafy vegetable Brassica crops are an important source of dietary calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) and represent potential targets for increasing leaf Ca and Mg concentrations through agronomy or breeding. Although the internal distribution of Ca and Mg within leaves affects the accumulation of these elements, such data are not available for Brassica. The aim of this study was to characterize the internal distribution of Ca and Mg in the leaves of a vegetable Brassica and to determine the effects of altered exogenous Ca and Mg supply on this distribution. Brassica rapa ssp. trilocularis 'R-o-18' was grown at four different Ca:Mg treatments for 21 d in a controlled environment. Concentrations of Ca and Mg were determined in fully expanded leaves using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Internal distributions of Ca and Mg were determined in transverse leaf sections at the base and apex of leaves using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) with cryo-scanning electron microscopy (cryo-SEM). Leaf Ca and Mg concentrations were greatest in palisade and spongy mesophyll cells, respectively, although this was dependent on exogenous supply. Calcium accumulation in palisade mesophyll cells was enhanced slightly under high Mg supply; in contrast, Mg accumulation in spongy mesophyll cells was not affected by Ca supply. The results are consistent with Arabidopsis thaliana and other Brassicaceae, providing phenotypic evidence that conserved mechanisms regulate leaf Ca and Mg distribution at a cellular scale. The future study of Arabidopsis gene orthologues in mutants of this reference B. rapa genotype will improve our understanding of Ca and Mg homeostasis in plants and may provide a model-to-crop translation pathway for targeted breeding.

  20. Mg-Zr-Sr alloys as biodegradable implant materials.

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    Li, Yuncang; Wen, Cuie; Mushahary, Dolly; Sravanthi, Ragamouni; Harishankar, Nemani; Pande, Gopal; Hodgson, Peter

    2012-08-01

    Novel Mg-Zr-Sr alloys have recently been developed for use as biodegradable implant materials. The Mg-Zr-Sr alloys were prepared by diluting Mg-Zr and Mg-Sr master alloys with pure Mg. The impact of Zr and Sr on the mechanical and biological properties has been thoroughly examined. The microstructures and mechanical properties of the alloys were characterized using optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and compressive tests. The corrosion resistance was evaluated by electrochemical analysis and hydrogen evolution measurement. The in vitro biocompatibility was assessed using osteoblast-like SaOS2 cells and MTS and haemolysis tests. In vivo bone formation and biodegradability were studied in a rabbit model. The results indicated that both Zr and Sr are excellent candidates for Mg alloying elements in manufacturing biodegradable Mg alloy implants. Zr addition refined the grain size, improved the ductility, smoothed the grain boundaries and enhanced the corrosion resistance of Mg alloys. Sr addition led to an increase in compressive strength, better in vitro biocompatibility, and significantly higher bone formation in vivo. This study demonstrated that Mg-xZr-ySr alloys with x and y ≤5 wt.% would make excellent biodegradable implant materials for load-bearing applications. Copyright © 2012 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Magnetic lenses using different MgB2 bulk superconductors

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    Zhang, Z. Y.; Choi, S.; Matsumoto, S.; Teranishi, R.; Giunchi, G.; Figini Albisetti, A.; Kiyoshi, T.

    2012-02-01

    A magnetic lens allows the concentration of magnetic fields using the diamagnetism of superconductors. The important features of the magnetic lens are a tapered inner diameter from which the magnetic flux is extruded and a slit to suppress the circumference current that shields the magnetic flux. This concept was experimentally confirmed through the use of GdBaCuO bulks and a stack of NbTi/Nb/Cu sheets. We refer to this arrangement as a magnetic lens. The Mg-reactive liquid infiltration (Mg-RLI) process developed by Edison SpA is suitable for the production of large and high-density MgB2 bulks. Three MgB2 bulk magnetic lenses, each with a different microstructure, were fabricated following the Mg-RLI process. The properties of the MgB2 magnetic lenses were measured in a cryocooler system as well as in liquid helium. The results confirmed that the MgB2 bulk magnetic lenses could concentrate a magnetic field and that their field concentration properties were greatly affected by the temperature and the external field. In addition, the microstructure of the MgB2 bulk also had an influence on the magnetic properties at different external fields. The results indicated that the MgB2 lens might be utilized as a field amplifier in intermediate fields.

  2. Defect structure of ultrafine MgB{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Bateni, Ali; Somer, Mehmet E-mail: msomer@ku.edu.tr; Repp, Sergej; Erdem, Emre E-mail: msomer@ku.edu.tr; Thomann, Ralf; Acar, Selçuk

    2014-11-17

    Defect structure of MgB{sub 2} bulk and ultrafine particles, synthesized by solid state reaction route, have been investigated mainly by the aid of X-band electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer. Two different amorphous Boron (B) precursors were used for the synthesis of MgB{sub 2}, namely, boron 95 (purity 95%–97%, <1.5 μm) and nanoboron (purity >98.5%, <250 nm), which revealed bulk and nanosized MgB{sub 2}, respectively. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy analysis demonstrate uniform and ultrafine morphology for nanosized MgB{sub 2} in comparison with bulk MgB{sub 2}. Powder X-ray diffraction data show that the concentration of the by-product MgO is significantly reduced when nanoboron is employed as precursor. It is observed that a significant average particle size reduction for MgB{sub 2} can be achieved only by using B particles of micron or nano size. The origin and the role of defect centers were also investigated and the results proved that at nanoscale MgB{sub 2} material contains Mg vacancies. Such vacancies influence the connectivity and the conductivity properties which are crucial for the superconductivity applications.

  3. Hydrogen storage properties of nanocrystalline Mg-Ce/Ni composite

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    Wang, X. L.; Tu, J. P.; Wang, C. H.; Zhang, X. B.; Chen, C. P.; Zhao, X. B.

    Mg-Ce alloy was prepared by induction melting under vacuum, hydrided firstly and then Mg-Ce/Ni composite was obtained by mechanical milling Mg-Ce hydrides under Ar for 50 h with addition of nano-sized Ni powder. XRD results showed CeMg 12 formed in melted alloy. CeMg 12 disappeared and CeH 2.53 emerged during subsequent hydriding. The phase composition was not changed during ball milling process. Compared with Mg and Mg/Ni, Mg-Ce/Ni composite showed significant hydriding/dehydriding performance without any prior activation. The enthalpy of hydride formation for Mg-10.9 wt.% Ce/10 wt.% Ni composite was -70.58 kJ mol -1 H 2. Improved hydrogen storage properties were attributed to the catalytic effect of addition of nano-sized Ni particles and existence of CeH 2.53, as well as the grain refinement, defects, etc. in the material introduced by ball milling process.

  4. Electronic band structure of TiN/MgO nanostructures

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    Kobayashi, Kazuaki; Takaki, Hirokazu; Shimono, Masato; Kobayashi, Nobuhiko; Hirose, Kenji

    2017-04-01

    Various nanostructured TiN(001)/MgO(001) superlattices based on a repeated slab model with a vacuum region have been investigated by the total energy pseudopotential method. They are rectangular and rectangular parallelepiped TiN(001) dot structures on MgO(001)-2×2 and 3×3 substrates. A rectangular TiN(001) structure on a MgO(001)-2×1 substrate has also been calculated. Their detailed electronic and internal lattice properties were investigated systematically. The internal atomic coordinates in a unit cell were fully relaxed. The rectangular TiN(001) structure on the MgO(001)-2×1 superlattice, which is not a dot owing to its periodicity, corresponds to metallicity. The electronic states of relaxed rectangular TiN(001) dot/MgO(001)-2×2 and MgO(001)-3×3 superlattices are semiconducting. All relaxed rectangular parallelepiped TiN(001) dot/MgO(001)-2×2 and MgO(001)-3×3 superlattices correspond to metallicity. The electronic properties depend on the shape of the TiN dot and the size of the MgO substrate.

  5. A determination of Mg(+)-ligand binding energies

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Partridge, Harry

    1991-01-01

    Theoretical calculations employing large basis sets and including correlation are carried out for Mg(+) with methanol, water, and formaldehyde. For Mg(+) with ethanol and acetaldehyde, the trends in the binding energies are studied at the self-consistent-field level. The predictions for the binding energy of Mg(+) to methanol and water of 41 + or - 5 and 36 + or - 5 kcal/mol, respectively, are much less than the experimental upper bounds, of 61 + or - 5 and 60 + or - 5 kcal mol, determined by using photodissociation techniques. The theoretical results are inconsistent with the onset of Mg(+) production observed in the photodissociation experiments, as the smallest absorptions are calculated at about 80 kcal/mol for both Mg(+)-CH3OH and Mg(+)-H2O, and these transitions are to bound excited states. The binding energy for Mg(+) with formaldehyde is predicted to be similar to Mg(+)-H2O. The relative binding energies are in reasonable agreement with experiment. The binding energy of a second water molecule to Mg(+) is predicted to be similar to the first. This suggests that the reduced reaction rate observed for the second ligand is not a consequence of a significantly smaller binding energy, at least for the smaller ligards such as those considered in this work.

  6. A determination of Mg(+)-ligand binding energies

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Partridge, Harry

    1991-01-01

    Theoretical calculations employing large basis sets and including correlation are carried out for Mg(+) with methanol, water, and formaldehyde. For Mg(+) with ethanol and acetaldehyde, the trends in the binding energies are studied at the self-consistent-field level. The predictions for the binding energy of Mg(+) to methanol and water of 41 + or - 5 and 36 + or - 5 kcal/mol, respectively, are much less than the experimental upper bounds, of 61 + or - 5 and 60 + or - 5 kcal mol, determined by using photodissociation techniques. The theoretical results are inconsistent with the onset of Mg(+) production observed in the photodissociation experiments, as the smallest absorptions are calculated at about 80 kcal/mol for both Mg(+)-CH3OH and Mg(+)-H2O, and these transitions are to bound excited states. The binding energy for Mg(+) with formaldehyde is predicted to be similar to Mg(+)-H2O. The relative binding energies are in reasonable agreement with experiment. The binding energy of a second water molecule to Mg(+) is predicted to be similar to the first. This suggests that the reduced reaction rate observed for the second ligand is not a consequence of a significantly smaller binding energy, at least for the smaller ligards such as those considered in this work.

  7. Mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of Mg-HAP composites.

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    Campo, R Del; Savoini, B; Muñoz, A; Monge, M A; Garcés, G

    2014-11-01

    Mg and Mg-HAP composites containing 5, 10 and 15 wt% of hydroxyapatite have been produced following a powder metallurgy route that consists of mixing raw powders and consolidation by extrusion. The microstructure, texture, mechanical behavior and resistance to corrosion under a PBS solution have been studied. Addition of HAP increases the microhardness of the composites, however the yield strength under compression slightly decreases. Texture analyses reveal a fiber texture for pure Mg that is weakened increasing the HAP fraction. This texture promotes twinning and softening of Mg and Mg-5HAP during the initial deformation stages. Mg-10HAP and Mg-15HAP present a strain-hardening dependence showing no softening. The volume fraction of HAP particles weakens the texture and favors the activation of secondary slip systems. Corrosion experiments in PBS solution have shown that Mg-5HAP exhibits the best resistance to corrosion. Texture and porosity appear to be the main material features controlling the corrosion rates of Mg-HAP composites under the present conditions.

  8. Mg2Sn heterostructures on Si(111) substrate

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    Dózsa, L.; Galkin, N. G.; Pécz, B.; Osváth, Z.; Zolnai, Zs.; Németh, A.; Galkin, K. N.; Chernev, I. M.; Dotsenko, S. A.

    2017-05-01

    Thin un-doped and Al doped polycrystalline Mg-stannide films consisting mainly of Mg2Sn semiconductor phase have been grown by deposition of Sn-Mg multilayers on Si(111) p-type wafers at room temperature and annealing at 150 °C. Rutherford backscattering measurement spectroscopy (RBS) were used to determine the amount of Mg and Sn in the structures. Raman spectroscopy has shown the layers contain Mg2Sn phase. Cross sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM) measurements have identified Mg2Sn nanocrystallites in hexagonal and cubic phases without epitaxial orientation with respect to the Si(111) substrate. Significant oxygen concentration was found in the layer both by RBS and TEM. The electrical measurements have shown laterally homogeneous conductivity in the grown layer. The undoped Mg2Sn layers show increasing resistivity with increasing temperature indicating the scattering process dominates the resistance of the layers, i.e. large concentration of point defects was generated in the layer during the growth process. The Al doped layer shows increase of the resistance at low temperature caused by freeze out of free carriers in the Al doped Mg2Sn layer. The measurements indicate the necessity of protective layer grown over the Mg2Sn layers, and a short time delay between sample preparation and cross sectionalTEM analysis, since the unprotected layer is degraded by the interaction with the ambient.

  9. Corrosion resistance of biodegradable Mg with a composite polymer coating.

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    Chen, Peng; Sun, Jiadi; Zhu, Ye; Yu, Xun; Meng, Long; Li, Yang; Liu, Xiaoya

    2016-12-01

    Degrading Mg and its alloys are a category of implant materials for bone surgery, but rapid corrosion in physiological environment limits their clinical applications. To improve the corrosion resistance of Mg-based implants, a biodegradable composite polymer coating is deposited on an Mg rod in this work. The strategy is to decorate Mg surfaces with poly(γ-glutamic acid)-g-7-amino-4-methylcoumarin/hydroxyapatite (γ-PGA-g-AMC/HAp) composite nanoparticles through electrophoretic deposition in ethanol. The morphology and chemical composition of the resulting coating material are determined by scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Sample rods of bare Mg and coated Mg are implanted intramedullary into the femora of New Zealand white rabbits, periodic radiography and post-autopsy histopathology of each sample are analyzed. The obtained in vivo results clearly confirm that the coating material decreases degradation rate of the underlying Mg sample and appears good histocompatibility and osteoinductivity. The main aim of this work is to investigate the degradation process of bare Mg and coated Mg samples in bone environment and their effect on the surrounding bone tissue.

  10. In vivo and in vitro degradation comparison of pure Mg, Mg-10Gd and Mg-2Ag: a short term study.

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    Marco, I; Myrissa, A; Martinelli, E; Feyerabend, F; Willumeit-Römer, R; Weinberg, A M; Van der Biest, O

    2017-02-13

    The purpose of this study was to compare short term in vitro and in vivo biodegradation studies with low purity Mg (> 99.94 %), Mg-10Gd and Mg-2Ag designed for biodegradable implant applications. Three in vitro testing conditions were applied, using (i) phosphate buffered saline (PBS), (ii) Hank's balanced salt solution (HBSS) and (iii) Dulbecco's modified eagle medium (DMEM) in 5 % CO2 under sterile conditions. Gas evolution and mass loss (ML) were assessed, as well as the degradation layer, by elemental mapping and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). In vivo, implantations were performed on male Sprague-Dawley rats evaluating both, gas cavity volume and implant volume reduction by micro-computed tomography (µCT), 7 d after implantation. Samples were produced by casting, solution heat treatment and extrusion in disc and pin shape for the in vitro and in vivo experiments, respectively. Results showed that when the processing of the Mg sample varied, differences were found not only in the alloy impurity content and the grain size, but also in the corrosion behaviour. An increase of Fe and Ni or a large grain size seemed to play a major role in the degradation process, while the influence of alloying elements, such as Gd and Ag, played a secondary role. Results also indicated that cell culture conditions induced degradation rates and degradation layer elemental composition comparable to in vivo conditions. These in vitro and in vivo degradation layers consisted of Mg hydroxide, Mg-Ca carbonate and Ca phosphate.

  11. Seismic waether over Brasil during the Chile earthquake/tsunami of September 2015

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    Kherani, Esfhan; Klausner, Virginia

    2016-07-01

    During an earthquake and tsunami, the Earth's atmosphere and ionosphere hosts varieities of disturbances. We refer, this phenomena, as seismic weather, drawing anology from the space weather. In this work, we study the seismic weather over Brasil, associated with the September Chile eqarthquake/tsunami. We aim to simulate this seismic weather for which the seismogenic magnetic and airglow disturbances over Brasil are already reported. We employ the Seismic-Atmsopheric-Ionospheric coupling model (SAI) developed by us, to study this seismic weather. The Earth's surface displacement obtained from seismometer is consisdered as an input to the model which them trigger the Acoustic-Gravity waves (AGWs) in the atmosphere and subsequent magnetic and airglow disturbances in the atmosphere-ionosphere coupled system. The results provide better understanding of coupling arising from the Rayleigh wave forcing.

  12. [Routines of organization of clinical tests and interviews in the ELSA-Brasil investigation center].

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    Bensenor, Isabela M; Griep, Rosane H; Pinto, Karina Araújo; Faria, Carolina Perim de; Felisbino-Mendes, Mariana; Caetano, Edna I; Albuquerque, Liliane da Silva; Schmidt, Maria Inês

    2013-06-01

    The ELSA-Brasil (Estudo Longitudinal de Saúde do Adulto - Brazilian Longitudinal Study for Adult Health) is a prospective cohort study with extensive assessments throughout time. This article describes the routine of clinical tests and interviews performed with participants and the structuring of the Research Center physical space and teams. The ELSA-Brasil assumes that participants will be present at the Research Center to have the tests and interviews performed, according to standard protocols developed by this study. Considering the multiplicity of activities involved, each with specific needs for standardization, several predetermined orders of clinical tests and interviews were created. This ensured a high standard of quality in data collection without harm to participants' comfort. Each participant was previously assigned to a specific sequence of clinical tests and interviews with a predefined arrival time, mean length of stay of five to six hours and departure time.

  13. Serum uric acid is associated with better executive function in men but not in women: Baseline assessment of the ELSA-Brasil study.

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    Baena, Cristina Pellegrino; Suemoto, Claudia Kimie; Barreto, Sandhi Maria; Lotufo, Paulo Andrade; Benseñor, Isabela

    2017-06-01

    Serum uric acid (SUA) may protect against free radical stress damage and was previously linked to cognitive impairment in older adults, but evidence in middle-aged adults is scarce. We sought to analyze whether SUA is associated with cognitive performance in apparently healthy middle-aged participants in the ELSA-Brasil cohort study. We excluded participants older than age 65, those taking allopurinol, benzbromarone, or medications that could impair cognitive performance, those with previous stroke, and those with incomplete data on cognitive tests or SUA. The Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer's Disease Word List Memory Test (CERAD-WLMT), the Semantic Fluency Test (SFT), and the Trail Making Test version B (TMT) were used as dependent variables. Sex-specific linear regression models were used to assess the association between SUA and cognitive tests, adjusted by age, education, hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, smoking, alcohol consumption, body mass index, coronary heart disease, renal function, depression, aspirin use, thyroid function, and menopausal status (in women). We used the Bonferroni procedure to control for the false discovery rate associated with multiple comparisons. We analyzed cross-sectional data from 6751 women and 5464 men. Mean age and standard deviation (SD) of the sample was 49.6 (SD 7.4) years for men and 49.9 (SD 7.3) years for women. The majority of men (52%) and women (51%) were white. Mean SUA value was 4.75 (SD 1.16) mg/dL in women and 6.44 (SD 1.39) mg/dL in men. Multivariate linear models showed no association in women and a significant inverse association between SUA levels and TMT (β=-3.106, 95% CI=-4.594; -1.618, p=0.0004) in men. In a middle-aged subset population, SUA is associated with better performance on an executive function test in men, but not in women in the ELSA-Brasil cohort study. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Global Mapping of Mg-Number Derived from Clementine Data.

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    Cahill, J. T.; Lucey, P. G.; Gillis, J. J.; Steutel, D.

    2004-12-01

    The global mapping of the lunar surface using the petrological parameter Mg-number (Mg*) was undertaken because Mg*, or the ratio of Mg to the sum of Mg and Fe on an atomic basis, is an important disciminator in defining and understanding lunar rocks. The dominant lunar rock types, ferroan anorthosites (FAN), high-magnisium suite (HMS), and high-alkali suite (HAS) rocks all vary in Mg* depending upon the petrologic scenario that formed them. Of particular interest are FAN mineralogy and chemistry, which varies from high-Mg# (~70) troctolites to low-Mg# norites (~50) and for some time has been considered to represent a single magma frac-tionation trend. However, recent studies have also shown that the crystallization of FAN rocks may have been more complicated than originally thought. James et al. [1] found that instead of one simple fractionation trend for ferroan anorthosites, there may have been four. Studies by [2], [3], and [4] using Apollo and lunar meteorites for analysis have also eluded to the possibility that FAN rocks may have evolved from a more complex source or process. Therefore a global assessment of lithologies and corresponding Mg* is of great value for lunar petrology. In a remote sensing context, Mg* is the most important control on the spectral properties of lunar mafic silicates. For stoichiometric orthopyroxene and olivine, Mg* is mathematically linked to the Fe content that controls the overall reflectance and intensity of absorption. The changes in band centers and shape that accompany the structural changes as Fe substitutes for Mg along the solid solution series have long been recognized; these changes are highly correlated with Mg*. In clinopyroxene, the strong effect of Ca on structure makes this element important, but Mg* has the dominant effect on reflectance and a comparable effect on spectral shape. In this study, the lunar surface is quantitatively mapped using a theoretical treatment of mineralogic spectra and the effect of

  15. Growth of high Mg content wurtzite MgZnO epitaxial films via pulsed metal organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Alema, Fikadu; Ledyaev, Oleg; Miller, Ross; Beletsky, Valeria; Osinsky, Andrei; Schoenfeld, Winston V.

    2016-02-01

    We report on the growth of high Mg content, high quality, wurtzite MgxZn1-xO (MgZnO) epitaxial films using a pulsed metal organic chemical vapor deposition (PMOCVD) method. Series of MgZnO films with variable Mg concentration were deposited on bare and AlN coated sapphire substrates. The band gap of the films estimated using UV-visible transmission spectra ranges from 3.24 eV to 4.49 eV, corresponding to fraction of Mg between x=0.0 and x=0.51, as determined by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. The cathodoluminescence (CL) measurement has shown a blue-shift in the peak position of MgZnO with an increasing Mg content. No multi-absorption edges and CL band splitting were observed, suggesting the absence of phase segregation in the as grown films. The crystal structure and phase purity of the films were also confirmed by XRD analysis. Hall effect measurement in van der Pauw configuration was employed to evaluate the electrical properties of the films. With a rise in Mg incorporation into the ZnO lattice, the films became very resistive, consistent with the widening of the band gap. The AFM measurement on the films has shown a decreasing surface roughness with an Mg content. To the best of our knowledge, the current result shows the highest Mg content (x=0.51), high quality, wurtzite MgZnO epitaxial film ever grown by MOCVD. The high Mg incorporation without phase separation is believed to be due to the non-equilibrium behavior of the PMOCVD in which the kinetic processes dominate the thermodynamic one.

  16. Microstructure, In Vitro Corrosion Behavior and Cytotoxicity of Biodegradable Mg-Ca-Zn and Mg-Ca-Zn-Bi Alloys

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    Bakhsheshi-Rad, H. R.; Hamzah, E.; Tok, H. Y.; Kasiri-Asgarani, M.; Jabbarzare, S.; Medraj, M.

    2017-01-01

    The effects of bismuth (Bi) addition on the microstructure and corrosion behavior of the Mg-Ca-Zn-Bi alloys were evaluated using electron microscopy, electrochemical test and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Microstructural observations showed that Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn-xBi (x = 0.5, 1.5, 3 wt.%) are composed of Mg2Ca, Ca2Mg6Zn3 and Mg3Bi2 phases while a new phase Mg2Bi2Ca appeared after the addition of 5 and 12 wt.% Bi to the Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn alloy. Furthermore, the additions of 0.5 wt.% Bi to the Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn alloy slightly improved the corrosion behavior of the alloy, while further increase in Bi amount from 1.5 to 12 wt.% has a deleterious effect on the corrosion behavior of the ternary Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn alloy which is driven by galvanic coupling effect. Cytotoxicity tests indicate that the Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn presents higher cell viability compared to Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn-0.5Bi alloy. In addition, the cell viability of both alloys increased with increasing incubation time while diluting the extracts to 50% and 10% improved the cell viabilities. The present results suggest that the Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn-0.5Bi can be interesting candidate for the development of degradable biomaterials and it is worthwhile for further investigation in an in vivo environment.

  17. Microstructure, In Vitro Corrosion Behavior and Cytotoxicity of Biodegradable Mg-Ca-Zn and Mg-Ca-Zn-Bi Alloys

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    Bakhsheshi-Rad, H. R.; Hamzah, E.; Tok, H. Y.; Kasiri-Asgarani, M.; Jabbarzare, S.; Medraj, M.

    2017-02-01

    The effects of bismuth (Bi) addition on the microstructure and corrosion behavior of the Mg-Ca-Zn-Bi alloys were evaluated using electron microscopy, electrochemical test and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Microstructural observations showed that Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn- xBi ( x = 0.5, 1.5, 3 wt.%) are composed of Mg2Ca, Ca2Mg6Zn3 and Mg3Bi2 phases while a new phase Mg2Bi2Ca appeared after the addition of 5 and 12 wt.% Bi to the Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn alloy. Furthermore, the additions of 0.5 wt.% Bi to the Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn alloy slightly improved the corrosion behavior of the alloy, while further increase in Bi amount from 1.5 to 12 wt.% has a deleterious effect on the corrosion behavior of the ternary Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn alloy which is driven by galvanic coupling effect. Cytotoxicity tests indicate that the Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn presents higher cell viability compared to Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn-0.5Bi alloy. In addition, the cell viability of both alloys increased with increasing incubation time while diluting the extracts to 50% and 10% improved the cell viabilities. The present results suggest that the Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn-0.5Bi can be interesting candidate for the development of degradable biomaterials and it is worthwhile for further investigation in an in vivo environment.

  18. High-precision Mg isotopic systematics of bulk chondrites

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    Schiller, Martin; Handler, Monica R.; Baker, Joel A.

    2010-08-01

    Variations of the mass-independent abundance of 26Mg ( δ26Mg*) and stable Mg ( δ25Mg) isotope composition of chondrites are important because they constrain the homogeneity of 26Al and Mg isotopes in the proto-planetary disc and the validity of the short-lived 26Al-to- 26Mg chronometer applied to meteorites. We present high-precision Mg isotope data and Al/Mg ratios of chondrites representing nearly all major chondrite classes, including a step-leaching experiment on the CM2 chondrite Murchison. δ26Mg* variations in leachates of Murchison representing acid soluble material are ≤ 30 times smaller than reported for neutron-rich isotopes of Ti and Cr and do not reveal resolvable deficits in δ26Mg* (-0.002 to + 0.118‰). Very small variations in δ26Mg* anomalies in bulk chondrites (-0.006 to + 0.019‰) correlate with increasing 27Al/ 24Mg ratios and δ50Ti, reflecting the variable presence of calcium-aluminium-rich inclusions (CAIs) in some types of carbonaceous chondrites. Similarly, release of radiogenic 26Mg produced by 26Al decay from CAI material in the step-leaching of Murchison best explains the high δ26Mg* observed in the last, aggressive, leaching steps of this experiment. Overall, the observed variations in δ26Mg* are small and potential differences beyond that which result from the presence of CAI-like material cannot be detected within the analytical uncertainties of this study (± 0.004‰). The results do not allow radical heterogeneity of 26Al (≥±30%) or measurable Mg nucleosynthetic heterogeneity (≥±0.005‰) to have existed on a planetesimal scale in the proto-planetary disc. Combined with published δ26Mg* data for CAIs, the bulk chondrite data yield a precise initial ( 26Al/ 27Al) 0 = (5.21 ± 0.06) × 10 -5 and δ26Mg* = -0.0340 ± 0.0016‰ for the Solar System. However, it is not possible with the currently available data to determine with certainty whether CAIs and the material from which planetesimals accreted including

  19. Comparison of 1 mg versus 2 mg Dexamethasone Suppression Test in Patients with Obesity.

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    Urwyler, Sandrine Andrea; Cupa, Nina; Christ-Crain, Mirjam

    2017-09-29

    In this study, we compared the 2 mg dexamethasone suppression test (DST) with the gold-standard 1 mg DST in obese patients in order to reduce the false-positive rate for Cushing's syndrome (CS). The primary endpoint was the comparison of serum cortisol levels after 1 mg versus 2 mg DST in patients with a BMI >30 kg/m(2) and at least one additional feature of the metabolic syndrome. Secondary endpoints were comparison of salivary cortisol and ACTH levels, respectively. Fifty-four obese patients were included. Median serum cortisol levels after 1 mg DST and 2 mg DST were similar [28 nmol/l (20; 36) vs. 28 nmol/l (20; 38), p=0.53]. Salivary cortisol was 8.2 nmol/l (4.7; 11.7) after the 1 mg DST vs. 6.7 nmol/l (4.2; 9.5) after the 2 mg test, p=0.09. ACTH levels were higher after the 1 mg DST compared to the 2 mg DST [10.0 pg/ml (7.6; 10.7) vs. 5.0 pg/ml (5.0; 5.1), p<0.0001]. The false positive rate after the 1 mg DST was 14.8% (n=8) and was reduced to 11.1% (n=6) after the 2 mg DST. All non-suppressors (n=8) had type 2 diabetes and most of them took a medication interacting with cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4). In individuals with obesity, the 2 mg DST was not superior to the 1 mg DST in regard to serum cortisol levels. However, in some patients, particularly with poorly controlled diabetes or medication interacting with CYP3A4 and without adequate suppression after the 1 mg DST, the 2 mg DST might prove helpful to reduce the false-positive rate for CS. ClinicalTrials.gov Number: NCT02227420. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  20. Spin and charge transport in double-junction Fe/MgO/GaAs/MgO/Fe heterostructures

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    Wolski, S. Szczepański, T.; Dugaev, V. K.; Barnaś, J.; Landgraf, B.; Slobodskyy, T.; Hansen, W.

    2015-01-28

    We present theoretical and experimental results on tunneling current in single Fe/MgO/GaAs and double Fe/MgO/GaAs/MgO/Fe tunnel junctions. The charge and spin currents are calculated as a function of external voltage for different sets of parameters characterizing the semiconducting GaAs layer. Transport characteristics of a single Fe/MgO/GaAs junction reveal typical diode as well as spin diode features. The results of numerical calculations are compared with current-voltage characteristics measured experimentally for double tunnel junction structures, and a satisfactory agreement of the theoretical and experimental results has been achieved.

  1. Towards understanding MgO/Fe interface formation: Adsorption of O and Mg atoms on an Fe(001) surface

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    Wiśnios, Damian; Kiejna, Adam; Korecki, Józef

    2017-09-01

    We report results of first-principles study of the adsorption of atomic oxygen and magnesium on the Fe(001) surface. Two adsorption scenarios were considered. In the first process, the Mg atoms were adsorbed on the Fe(001) surface with preadsorbed O atoms, whereas in the second scenario metallic Mg preadsorbed on the Fe(001) surface was exposed to oxygen. For both O and Mg atoms, fourfold hollow sites were found as the energetically most favorable adsorption sites on the clean Fe(001) surface. The result of both adsorption scenarios was the formation of a MgO adlayer on the Fe(001) surface with a sharp MgO/Fe interface. In particular, the deposition of Mg atoms on O/Fe(001) showed that magnesium can pull out O adatoms from the Fe surface. Structural, electronic, and magnetic properties were analyzed as a function of O and Mg coverages. The calculated electronic structure and magnetic moments showed that the full MgO monolayer affects the properties of the Fe surface much weaker than an incomplete MgO adsorbate layer.

  2. The in vitro biocompatibility and macrophage phagocytosis of Mg17Al12 phase in Mg-Al-Zn alloys.

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    Liu, Chen; He, Peng; Wan, Peng; Li, Mei; Wang, Kehong; Tan, Lili; Zhang, Yu; Yang, Ke

    2015-07-01

    Mg alloys are gaining interest for applications as biodegradable medical implant, including Mg-Al-Zn series alloys with good combination of mechanical properties and reasonable corrosion resistance. However, whether the existence of second phase particles in the alloys exerts influence on the biocompatibility is still not clear. A deeper understanding of how the particles regulate specific biological responses is becoming a crucial requirement for their subsequent biomedical application. In this work, the in vitro biocompatibility of Mg17Al12 as a common second phase in biodegradable Mg-Al-Zn alloys was investigated via hemolysis, cytotoxicity, cell proliferation, and cell adhesion tests. Moreover, osteogenic differentiation was evaluated by the extracellular matrix mineralization assay. The Mg17Al12 particles were also prepared to simulate the real situation of second phase in the in vivo environment in order to estimate the cellular response in macrophages to the Mg17Al12 particles. The experimental results indicated that no hemolysis was found and an excellent cytocompatibility was also proved for the Mg17Al12 second phase when co-cultured with L929 cells, MC3T3-E1 cells and BMSCs. Macrophage phagocytosis co-culture test revealed that Mg17Al12 particles exerted no harmful effect on RAW264.7 macrophages and could be phagocytized by the RAW264.7 cells. Furthermore, the possible inflammatory reaction and metabolic way for Mg17Al12 phase were also discussed in detail.

  3. Bioequivalence of a single 400-mg dose of imatinib 100-mg oral tablets and a 400-mg tablet in healthy adult Korean volunteers.

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    Lee, Hae Won; Seong, Sook Jin; Park, Sung Min; Lee, Joomi; Gwon, Mi-Ri; Kim, Hyun-Ju; Lim, Sung Mook; Lim, Mi-Sun; Kim, Woomi; Yang, Dong Heon; Yoon, Young-Ran

    2015-06-01

    Imatinib mesylate (IM) is a selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia and gastrointestinal stromal tumors. A new once-daily 400-mg film-coated tablet of imatinib has been developed by a pharmaceutical company in Korea. The present study was designed to assess and compare the PK parameters, bioavailability, and bioequivalence of the new imatinib 400-mg formulation (test) versus the conventional 100-mg formulation (reference) administered as a single 400-mg dose in healthy adult male volunteers. This randomized, open-label, single-dose, two-way crossover study was conducted in healthy Korean male volunteers. Eligible subjects were randomly assigned in a 1 : 1 ratio to receive 400 mg of the test (one 400-mg tablet) or reference (four 100-mg tablets) formulation, followed by a 2-week washout period and administration of the alternate formulation. Serial blood samples were collected at 0 (predose), 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 24, 48, and 72 hours after administration. Plasma imatinib concentrations were determined using liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry. The formulations were to be considered bioequivalent if the 90% confidence intervals (CIs) of the adjusted geometric mean ratios for Cmax, AUC(0-t), and AUC(0-∞)ž were within the predetermined range of 0.80 - 1.25. In total, 35 subjects completed the study. No serious adverse event was reported during the study. The 90% CIs of the adjusted geometric mean ratios of the test formulation to the reference formulation for C(max), AUC(0-t) and AUC(0-∞)ž of imatinib were all within the bioequivalence criteria range of 0.8 - 1.25. The test formulation of imatinib met the Korean regulatory requirements for bioequivalence. Both imatinib formulations were well-tolerated in all subjects.

  4. WIPP Magnesium Oxide (MgO) - Planned Change Request

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    On April 10, 2006, the DOE submitted a planned change request pertaining to the amount of MgO emplaced in the WIPP repository. MgO is an engineered barrier that DOE included as part of the original WIPP Certification Decision.

  5. Mg/Ti multilayers: Structural and hydrogen absorption properties

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    Baldi, A.; Pálsson, G. K.; Gonzalez-Silveira, M.; Schreuders, H.; Slaman, M.; Rector, J. H.; Krishnan, G.; Kooi, B. J.; Walker, G. S.; Fay, M. W.; Hjörvarsson, B.; Wijngaarden, R. J.; Dam, B.; Griessen, R.

    2010-06-01

    Mg-Ti alloys have uncommon optical and hydrogen absorbing properties, originating from a “spinodal-like” microstructure with a small degree of chemical short-range order in the atomic distribution. In the present study we artificially engineer short-range order by depositing Pd-capped Mg/Ti multilayers with different periodicities. Notwithstanding the large lattice mismatch between Mg and Ti, the as-deposited metallic multilayers show good structural coherence. On exposure to H2 gas a two-step hydrogenation process occurs with the Ti layers forming the hydride before Mg. From in situ measurements of the bilayer thickness Λ at different hydrogen pressures, we observe large out-of-plane expansions of Mg and Ti layers on hydrogenation, indicating strong plastic deformations in the films and a consequent shortening of the coherence length. On unloading at room temperature in air, hydrogen atoms remain trapped in the Ti layers due to kinetic constraints. Such loading/unloading sequence can be explained in terms of the different thermodynamic properties of hydrogen in Mg and Ti, as shown by diffusion calculations on a model multilayered systems. Absorption isotherms measured by hydrogenography can be interpreted as a result of the elastic clamping arising from strongly bonded Mg/Pd and broken Mg/Ti interfaces.

  6. Size effects in MgO cube dissolution.

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    Baumann, Stefan O; Schneider, Johannes; Sternig, Andreas; Thomele, Daniel; Stankic, Slavica; Berger, Thomas; Grönbeck, Henrik; Diwald, Oliver

    2015-03-10

    Stability parameters and dissolution behavior of engineered nanomaterials in aqueous systems are critical to assess their functionality and fate under environmental conditions. Using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction, we investigated the stability of cubic MgO particles in water. MgO dissolution proceeding via water dissociation at the oxide surface, disintegration of Mg(2+)-O(2-) surface elements, and their subsequent solvation ultimately leads to precipitation of Mg(OH)2 nanosheets. At a pH ≥ 10, MgO nanocubes with a size distribution below 10 nm quantitatively dissolve within few minutes and convert into Mg(OH)2 nanosheets. This effect is different from MgO cubes originating from magnesium combustion in air. With a size distribution in the range 10 nm ≤ d ≤ 1000 nm they dissolve with a significantly smaller dissolution rate in water. On these particles water induced etching generates (110) faces which, above a certain face area, dissolve at a rate equal to that of (100) planes.1 The delayed solubility of microcrystalline MgO is attributed to surface hydroxide induced self-inhibition effects occurring at the (100) and (110) microplanes. The present work underlines the importance of morphology evolution and surface faceting of engineered nanomaterials particles during their dissolution.

  7. Antioxidant status in MgO nanoparticle-exposed rats.

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    Kiranmai, G; Reddy, A Rama Narsimha

    2013-11-01

    In this present study, antioxidant status was evaluated in rat serum following exposure to magnesium oxide (MgO) nanoparticles. The lungs of rats were intratracheally instilled with (single dose) phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) + 1% of Tween 80 (solvent control) or MgO or carbonyl iron (negative control) or quartz particles (positive control) at a dose of 1 and 5 mg/kg of body weight. The blood samples were collected at 1, 7, and 30 days of postinstillation of nanoparticles after their exposure, and different parameters were estimated to assess the oxidative stress induced by the instillation of MgO. Exposure of rats to MgO produced a significant (p < 0.05) dose-dependent reduction in blood total antioxidant capacity, superoxide dismutase, and catalase activity levels than PBS + 1% Tween 80 control group. This reduction in the antioxidant capacity in MgO nanoparticle-exposed rats indicates the reduction in antioxidant defense mechanisms due to the instillation of MgO. These results indicate that exposure to MgO nanoparticles induces oxidative stress by reducing the total antioxidant capacity in rats. The findings suggest possible occupational health hazard in chronic exposures.

  8. Selective antibacterial effects of mixed ZnMgO nanoparticles

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    Vidic, Jasmina; Stankic, Slavica; Haque, Francia; Ciric, Danica; Le Goffic, Ronan; Vidy, Aurore; Jupille, Jacques; Delmas, Bernard

    2013-05-01

    Antibiotic resistance has impelled the research for new agents that can inhibit bacterial growth without showing cytotoxic effects on humans and other species. We describe the synthesis and physicochemical characterization of nanostructured ZnMgO whose antibacterial activity was compared to its pure nano-ZnO and nano-MgO counterparts. Among the three oxides, ZnO nanocrystals—with the length of tetrapod legs about 100 nm and the diameter about 10 nm—were found to be the most effective antibacterial agents since both Gram-positive ( B. subtilis) and Gram-negative ( E. coli) bacteria were completely eradicated at concentration of 1 mg/mL. MgO nanocubes (the mean cube size 50 nm) only partially inhibited bacterial growth, whereas ZnMgO nanoparticles (sizes corresponding to pure particles) revealed high specific antibacterial activity to Gram-positive bacteria at this concentration. Transmission electron microscopy analysis showed that B. subtilis cells were damaged after contact with nano-ZnMgO, causing cell contents to leak out. Our preliminary toxicological study pointed out that nano-ZnO is toxic when applied to human HeLa cells, while nano-MgO and the mixed oxide did not induce any cell damage. Overall, our results suggested that nanostructured ZnMgO, may reconcile efficient antibacterial efficiency while being a safe new therapeutic for bacterial infections.

  9. Mg-based compounds for hydrogen and energy storage

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    Crivello, J.-C.; Denys, R. V.; Dornheim, M.; Felderhoff, M.; Grant, D. M.; Huot, J.; Jensen, T. R.; de Jongh, P.; Latroche, M.; Walker, G. S.; Webb, C. J.; Yartys, V. A.

    2016-02-01

    Magnesium-based alloys attract significant interest as cost-efficient hydrogen storage materials allowing the combination of high gravimetric storage capacity of hydrogen with fast rates of hydrogen uptake and release and pronounced destabilization of the metal-hydrogen bonding in comparison with binary Mg-H systems. In this review, various groups of magnesium compounds are considered, including (1) RE-Mg-Ni hydrides (RE = La, Pr, Nd); (2) Mg alloys with p-elements (X = Si, Ge, Sn, and Al); and (3) magnesium alloys with d-elements (Ti, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Pd). The hydrogenation-disproportionation-desorption-recombination process in the Mg-based alloys (LaMg12, LaMg11Ni) and unusually high-pressure hydrides synthesized at pressures exceeding 100 MPa (MgNi2H3) and stabilized by Ni-H bonding are also discussed. The paper reviews interrelations between the properties of the Mg-based hydrides and p- T conditions of the metal-hydrogen interactions, chemical composition of the initial alloys, their crystal structures, and microstructural state.

  10. Ground-state properties of neutron-rich Mg isotopes

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    Watanabe, S.; Minomo, K.; Shimada, M.; Tagami, S.; Kimura, M.; Takechi, M.; Fukuda, M.; Nishimura, D.; Suzuki, T.; Matsumoto, T.; Shimizu, Y. R.; Yahiro, M.

    2014-04-01

    We analyze recently measured total reaction cross sections for 24-38Mg isotopes incident on 12C targets at 240 MeV/nucleon by using the folding model and antisymmetrized molecular dynamics (AMD). The folding model well reproduces the measured reaction cross sections, when the projectile densities are evaluated by the deformed Woods-Saxon (def-WS) model with AMD deformation. Matter radii of 24-38Mg are then deduced from the measured reaction cross sections by fine tuning the parameters of the def-WS model. The deduced matter radii are largely enhanced by nuclear deformation. Fully microscopic AMD calculations with no free parameter well reproduce the deduced matter radii for 24-36Mg, but still considerably underestimate them for 37,38Mg. The large matter radii suggest that 37,38Mg are candidates for deformed halo nucleus. AMD also reproduces other existing measured ground-state properties (spin parity, total binding energy, and one-neutron separation energy) of Mg isotopes. Neutron-number (N) dependence of deformation parameter is predicted by AMD. Large deformation is seen from 31Mg with N =19 to a drip-line nucleus 40Mg with N =28, indicating that both the N =20 and 28 magicities disappear. N dependence of neutron skin thickness is also predicted by AMD.

  11. Weakly bound states of the He-He-Mg trimer

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    Li Yong; Huang Deping; Gou Qingdong; Han Huili; Shi Tingyun

    2011-07-15

    We search for the existence of the weakly bound He-He-Mg molecules. The He-He-Mg molecule is treated as a three-body system. By using hyperspherical coordinates, the Schroedinger equation for the triatomic system is solved in the adiabatic approximation. We obtain that the binding of the three atoms is possible. The binding energies of such molecules are estimated.

  12. The anodic surface film and hydrogen evolution on Mg

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    Song, Guang -Ling; Unocic, Kinga A.

    2015-06-04

    This paper clarifies that the inner and outer layers of the anodic film consist of a nano/micro-porous MgO+Mg(OH)2 mixture. The film becomes thicker and more porous with increasing potential. It can rupture when potential is too positive in a non-corrosive Mg(OH)2 solution. Hydrogen evolution becomes more intensive as polarization potential increases, particularly when the potential at the film-covered Mg surface is close to or more positive than the hydrogen equilibrium potential, suggesting that an “anodic hydrogen evolution” (AHE) reaction occurs on the substrate Mg in film pores, and the significantly intensified AHE causes film rupture at high potential.

  13. The anodic surface film and hydrogen evolution on Mg

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    Song, Guang -Ling; Unocic, Kinga A.

    2015-06-04

    This paper clarifies that the inner and outer layers of the anodic film consist of a nano/micro-porous MgO+Mg(OH)2 mixture. The film becomes thicker and more porous with increasing potential. It can rupture when potential is too positive in a non-corrosive Mg(OH)2 solution. Hydrogen evolution becomes more intensive as polarization potential increases, particularly when the potential at the film-covered Mg surface is close to or more positive than the hydrogen equilibrium potential, suggesting that an “anodic hydrogen evolution” (AHE) reaction occurs on the substrate Mg in film pores, and the significantly intensified AHE causes film rupture at high potential.

  14. Model for nonprotective oxidation of Al-Mg alloys

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    Zayan, M.H. )

    1990-12-01

    The oxidation of Al-5Mg alloy has been studied at 550 C in dry air. Morphological details of the MgO layers which develop on this alloy during high-temperature oxidation have been studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). A localized detachment of the protective, adherent MgO layer was found, which is caused by voids formed by vacancy condensation at the metal-oxide interface. The source of these vacancies was the outward diffusion of Mg though the oxide layer. Continuing growth of these voids was responsible for cracking of oxide ridges and nodules, as well as the growth of new MgO having a cauliflower morphology. A model describing the process of the outward diffusion is given.

  15. Reducing Ribosome Biosynthesis Promotes Translation during Low Mg(2+) Stress.

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    Pontes, Mauricio H; Yeom, Jinki; Groisman, Eduardo A

    2016-11-03

    The synthesis of ribosomes is regulated by both amino acid abundance and the availability of ATP, which regenerates guanosine triphosphate (GTP), powers ribosomes, and promotes transcription of rRNA genes. We now report that bacteria supersede both of these controls when experiencing low cytosolic magnesium (Mg(2+)), a divalent cation essential for ribosome stabilization and for neutralization of ATP's negative charge. We uncover a regulatory circuit that responds to low cytosolic Mg(2+) by promoting expression of proteins that import Mg(2+) and lower ATP amounts. This response reduces the levels of ATP and ribosomes, making Mg(2+) ions available for translation. Mutants defective in Mg(2+) uptake and unable to reduce ATP levels accumulate non-functional ribosomal components and undergo translational arrest. Our findings establish a paradigm whereby cells reduce the amounts of translating ribosomes to carry out protein synthesis. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  16. All-MgB2 Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Ueda, K.; Saito, S.; Semba, K.; Makimoto, T.; Naito, M.

    2005-04-01

    Sandwich-type all-MgB2 Josephson tunnel junctions (MgB2/AlOx/MgB2) have been fabricated with as-grown MgB2 films formed by molecular-beam epitaxy. The junctions exhibit substantial superconducting current (IcRN product ˜0.8mV at 4.2 K), a well-defined superconducting gap (Δ=2.2-2.3mV), and clear Fraunhofer patterns. The superconducting gap voltage of Δ agrees well with the smaller gap in the multigap scenario. The results demonstrate that MgB2 has great promise for superconducting electronics that can be operated at T ˜20K.

  17. Atomic structure of biodegradable Mg-based bulk metallic glass.

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    Christie, J K

    2015-05-21

    We have used highly accurate first-principles molecular dynamics simulations to elucidate the structure of Mg60Zn35Ca5 and Mg72Zn23Ca5 bulk metallic glasses, which are candidate materials for biomedical implants; these two compositions exhibit different behaviours when implanted. The environments of each species are different, and average coordination numbers are ∼13 for Mg, ∼11 for Zn and ∼18-19 for Ca. A wide range of local environments were found and icosahedral motifs, often seen in bulk metallic glasses, were among the most common for both Mg and Zn. Through the computation of a chemical short-range order parameter, a moderate avoidance of Zn-Zn bonding over Zn-Mg or Zn-Ca was observed. No statistically significant difference in structure was observed between the two compositions.

  18. Mg Isotope Fractionation Between E. coli and Growth Medium

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    Basset, R.; Lemelle, L.; Albalat, E.; Telouk, P.; Albarède, F.

    2008-12-01

    Magnesium is a major element in both microbial cells and minerals, immune to redox conditions and atmospheric interactions. In organic cells, Mg can be associated with membranes, with cytoplasm (either as an isolated ion or bound to proteins). Its isotope composition can be used to constrain the contribution of organic material to carbonate fluxes and the overall cycle of this element in the exogenous environment [1, 2]. Cells of DH5α E. coli strain were grown in Luria Broth medium and the Mg isotope fractionation between the cells and their growth medium determined after calcination in Pt crucibles, chemical purification by cation exchange chemistry in HCl medium [3] and isotopic analysis on a Nu HR MC-ICPMS. The yield is better than 96%. The Mg contents of 2.19 ± 0.08 mg per g DW in cells and 0.117 ± 0.001 mg per g DW in Luria Broth medium are consistent with literature data [4]. About half of the Mg initially present in the LB medium is taken up by the growing cells. At high cellular concentrations (OD600 = 3.5), cells are enriched in 26Mg by 0.97 ± 0.14 ‰ with respect to the culture medium. Although E. coli may not be a good proxy for oceanic plankton, such a substantial fractionation of Mg isotopes suggests that incorporation of even a few percent organic matter into oceanic oozes depletes oceanic Mg in its heavy isotopes and therefore accounts for the isotopic difference between riverine and marine Mg. [1] Drever, The Sea 5 (1974) 337-357 [2] Tipper et al., EPSL 250 (2006) 241-253 [3] Chang et al., JAAS 18 (2003) 296-301 [4] Outten et al., Science 292 (2001), 2488-2492

  19. Paleozoic Mg calcite preserved: Implications for the Carboniferous ocean

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    Dickson, J. A. D.

    1995-06-01

    Modern Mg calcite echinoderm skeletons are thought to lose Mg so rapidly that no pre-Pleistocene ossicles retain their original Mg concentrations; however, Carboniferous echinoderm skeletons from the Imo Formation of Arkansas and the Holder Formation of New Mexico are reported herein that are still composed of Mg calcite (7.8 to 14.5 mol% MgCO3). Their Sr concentration is also high (620 to 3710 ppm). The pore system in these echinoderm skeletons is filled with ferroan calcite or siderite that has not grown in optical continuity with the skeleton. The discovery of Carboniferous Mg calcite confirms an interpretation already made from their diagenetic replacements. Marine Mg calcite has been associated with proposed icehouse conditions, and although the Carboniferous echinoderm skeletons are compatible with this as they formed during Gondwana glaciation, they are too few to be of significance. Also they are organic secretions and so can override secular mineral trends based on inorganic precipitates. The Carboniferous echinoderm skeletons, produced in tropical waters, have a concentration of Mg similar to values for modern echinoderms. The simplest explanation for this similarity is that both precipitated by similar processes from oceans of similar composition. This does not support predictions, based on mass-balance modeling, that the Mg/Ca ratio of the Carboniferous ocean was half that of today's. The Sr content of Carboniferous echinoderms is less than that for modern echinoderms, leading to a prediction of 6 ppm Sr concentration for the Carboniferous ocean. Further examples of Mg calcite are required to substantiate these interpretations.

  20. Hydrogen reversibility of LiBH₄-MgH₂-Al composites.

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    Hansen, Bjarne R S; Ravnsbæk, Dorthe B; Skibsted, Jørgen; Jensen, Torben R

    2014-05-21

    The detailed mechanism of hydrogen release in LiBH4-MgH2-Al composites of molar ratios 4 : 1 : 1 and 4 : 1 : 5 are investigated during multiple cycles of hydrogen release and uptake. This study combines information from several methods, i.e., in situ synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction, (11)B magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR, Sievert's measurements, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and simultaneous thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry and mass spectroscopy. The composites of LiBH4-MgH2-Al are compared with the behavior of the LiBH4-Al and LiBH4-MgH2 systems. The decomposition pathway of the LiBH4-MgH2-Al system is different for the two investigated molar ratios, although it ultimately results in the formation of LiAl, Mg(x)Al(1-x)B2 and Li2B12H12 in both cases. For the 4 : 1 : 1-molar ratio, Mg(0.9)Al(0.1) and Mg17Al12 are observed as intermediates. However, only Mg is observed as an intermediate in the 4 : 1 : 5-sample, which may be due to an earlier formation of Mg(x)Al(1-x)B2, reflecting the complex chemistry of Al-Mg phases. Hydrogen release and uptake reveals a decrease in the hydrogen storage capacity upon cycling. This loss reflects the formation of Li2B12H12 as observed by (11)B NMR and infrared spectroscopy for the cycled samples. Furthermore, it is shown that the Li2B12H12 formation can be limited significantly by applying moderate hydrogen partial pressure during decomposition.

  1. Resetting of Mg isotopes between calcite and dolomite during burial metamorphism: Outlook of Mg isotopes as geothermometer and seawater proxy

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    Hu, Zhongya; Hu, Wenxuan; Wang, Xiaomin; Lu, Yizhou; Wang, Lichao; Liao, Zhiwei; Li, Weiqiang

    2017-07-01

    Magnesium isotopes are an emerging tool to study the geological processes recorded in carbonates. Calcite, due to its ubiquitous occurrence and the large Mg isotope fractionation associated with the mineral, has attracted great interests in applications of Mg isotope geochemistry. However, the fidelity of Mg isotopes in geological records of carbonate minerals (e.g., calcite and dolomite) against burial metamorphism remains poorly constrained. Here we report our investigation on the Mg isotope systematics of a dolomitized Middle Triassic Geshan carbonate section in eastern China. Magnesium isotope analysis was complemented by analyses of Sr-C-O isotopic compositions, major and trace element concentrations, and petrographic and mineralogical features. Multiple lines of evidence consistently indicated that post-depositional diagenesis of carbonate minerals occurred to the carbonate rocks. Magnesium isotope compositions of the carbonate rocks closely follow a mixing trend between a high δ26Mg dolomite end member and a low δ26Mg calcite end member, irrespective of sample positions in the section and calcite/dolomite ratio in the samples. By fitting the measured Mg isotope data using a two-end member mixing model, an inter-mineral Δ26Mgdolomite-calcite fractionation of 0.72‰ was obtained. Based on the experimentally derived Mg isotope fractionation factors for dolomite and calcite, a temperature of 150-190 °C was calculated to correspond to the 0.72‰ Δ26Mgdolomite-calcite fractionation. Such temperature range matches with the burial-thermal history of the local strata, making a successful case of Mg isotope geothermometry. Our results indicate that both calcite and dolomite had been re-equilibrated during burial metamorphism, and based on isotope mass balance of Mg, the system was buffered by dolomite in the section. Therefore, burial metamorphism may reset Mg isotope signature of calcite, and Mg isotope compositions in calcite should be dealt with caution in

  2. Effect of Mg on the Microstructure and Corrosion Resistance of the Continuously Hot-Dip Galvanizing Zn-Mg Coating

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    Dong, Anping; Li, Baoping; Lu, Yanling; Zhu, Guoliang; Xing, Hui; Shu, Da; Sun, Baode; Wang, Jun

    2017-01-01

    The microstructure of continuously hot-dip galvanizing Zn-Mg coating was investigated in order to obtain the mechanism of the effects of Mg on the corrosion resistance. In this paper, the vertical section of the Zn-0.20 wt % Al-Mg ternary phase diagram near the Al-low corner was calculated. The results indicates that the phase composition of the Zn-0.20 wt % Al-Mg ternary phase diagram near the Al-low corner is the same as Zn-Mg binary phase diagram, suggesting Al in the Zn-Mg (ZM) coatings mainly concentrates on the interfacial layer between the coating and steel substrate. The microstructure of continuously hot-dip galvanizing ZM coatings with 0.20 wt % Al containing 1.0–3.0 wt % Mg was investigated using tunneling electron microscopy (TEM). The morphology of Zn in the coating changes from bulk to strip and finally to mesh-like, and the MgZn2 changes from rod-like to mesh-like with the Mg content increasing. Al in the ZM coatings mainly segregates at the Fe2Al5 inhibition layer and the Mg added to the Zn bath makes this inhibition layer thinner and uneven. Compared to GI coating, the time of the first red rust appears increases by more than two-fold and expansion rate of red rust reduces by more than four-fold in terms of salt spray experiment. The ZM coating containing 2.0 wt % Mg has the best corrosion resistance. The enhanced corrosion resistance of ZM coatings mainly depends on different corrosion products. PMID:28829393

  3. Effect of Mg on the Microstructure and Corrosion Resistance of the Continuously Hot-Dip Galvanizing Zn-Mg Coating.

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    Dong, Anping; Li, Baoping; Lu, Yanling; Zhu, Guoliang; Xing, Hui; Shu, Da; Sun, Baode; Wang, Jun

    2017-08-22

    The microstructure of continuously hot-dip galvanizing Zn-Mg coating was investigated in order to obtain the mechanism of the effects of Mg on the corrosion resistance. In this paper, the vertical section of the Zn-0.20 wt % Al-Mg ternary phase diagram near the Al-low corner was calculated. The results indicates that the phase composition of the Zn-0.20 wt % Al-Mg ternary phase diagram near the Al-low corner is the same as Zn-Mg binary phase diagram, suggesting Al in the Zn-Mg (ZM) coatings mainly concentrates on the interfacial layer between the coating and steel substrate. The microstructure of continuously hot-dip galvanizing ZM coatings with 0.20 wt % Al containing 1.0-3.0 wt % Mg was investigated using tunneling electron microscopy (TEM). The morphology of Zn in the coating changes from bulk to strip and finally to mesh-like, and the MgZn₂ changes from rod-like to mesh-like with the Mg content increasing. Al in the ZM coatings mainly segregates at the Fe₂Al₅ inhibition layer and the Mg added to the Zn bath makes this inhibition layer thinner and uneven. Compared to GI coating, the time of the first red rust appears increases by more than two-fold and expansion rate of red rust reduces by more than four-fold in terms of salt spray experiment. The ZM coating containing 2.0 wt % Mg has the best corrosion resistance. The enhanced corrosion resistance of ZM coatings mainly depends on different corrosion products.

  4. The role of Mg in the crystallization of monohydrocalcite

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    Rodriguez-Blanco, Juan Diego; Shaw, Samuel; Bots, Pieter; Roncal-Herrero, Teresa; Benning, Liane G.

    2014-02-01

    Monohydrocalcite is a member of the carbonate family which forms in Mg-rich environments at a wide range of Mg/Ca ratios Mg2+aq/Ca2+aq≥0.17<65. Although found in modern sedimentary deposits and as a product of biomineralization, there is a lack of information about its formation mechanisms and about the role of Mg during its crystallization. In this work we have quantitatively assessed the mechanism of crystallization of monohydrocalcite through in situ synchrotron-based small and wide angle X-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS) and off-line spectroscopic, microscopic and wet chemical analyses. Monohydrocalcite crystallizes via a 4-stage process beginning with highly supersaturated solutions from which a Mg-bearing, amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) precursor precipitates. This precursor crystallizes to monohydrocalcite via a nucleation-controlled reaction in stage two, while in stage three it is further aged through Ostwald-ripening at a rate of 1.8 ± 0.1 nm/h1/2. In stage four, a secondary Ostwald ripening process (66.3 ± 4.3 nm/h1/2) coincides with the release of Mg from the monohydrocalcite structure and the concomitant formation of minor hydromagnesite. Our data reveal that monohydrocalcite can accommodate significant amounts of Mg in its structure (χMgCO3 = 0.26) and that its Mg content and dehydration temperature are directly proportional to the saturation index for monohydrocalcite (SIMHC) immediately after mixing the stock solutions. However, its crystallite and particle size are inversely proportional to these parameters. At high supersaturations (SIMHC = 3.89) nanometer-sized single crystals of monohydrocalcite form, while at low values (SIMHC = 2.43) the process leads to low-angle branching spherulites. Many carbonates produced during biomineralization form at similar conditions to most synthetic monohydrocalcites, and thus we hypothesize that some calcite or aragonite deposits found in the geologic record that have formed at high Mg/Ca ratios could be

  5. Chlorophyll-a Photosynthesis and Mg Isotope Fractionation

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    Black, J.; Yin, Q.; Casey, B. H.

    2006-12-01

    Mg is the metal center of all the chlorophyll pigments and therefore at the center of the process of photosynthesis. Chlorophyll (Chl) is often used as a biomarker of photosynthesis and is an enormous contributor to the global carbon cycle. Biosynthetic processes fractionate isotopes of light elements and this led us to examine the isotopic composition of Mg in Chl, as another potential biomarker. Here we detail the Mg isotopic composition of Chl-a, extracted from cultures of Synechococcus elongatus, and the culture medium (Black et al., 2006). After Chl extraction, the Mg was liberated from Chl and purified on cation-exchange columns, with a final yield of 100 ± 5%. ^{26}Mg/^{24}Mg and ^{25}Mg/^{24}Mg, were measured relative to Cambridge 1 and DSM3 standards by a standard-sample-bracketing technique on an MC-ICP-MS (Nu Instruments Ltd). We have measured the average isotopic fractionation of Mg from six samples of Chl-a from early growth phase and 4 samples from late growth phase, 9 samples of the culture medium and the Cambridge 1 Std, all relative to the DSM3 Std. We demonstrate for the first time that there is a clearly resolved depletion in the heavy isotopes of Mg in Chl-a relative to the culture medium (Δ^{26}Mg =-0.61‰; Δ^{25}Mg =-0.30‰). The heavy isotope depletion observed may be caused by chelation effects during the biosynthesis of Chl-a. We are now evaluating two hypotheses about the cause of the fractionation. One hypothesis is that the insertion step induces a fractionation via the Mg- chelatase enzyme. The second is that transport into the cell, such as via an ion channel, causes the fractionation. In either case, no difference between Chl-a and Chl-b is anticipated. Experiments and field studies are underway to examine these ideas. References Black, J., Yin, Q.-Z., Casey, W.H., 2006. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 70, 4072-4079.

  6. Comparison between the low temperature thermoluminescence spectra in annealed LiF:Mg,Cu, LiF:Mg,Cu,P and LiF:Mg,Cu,Si

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    Yang, B.; Wang, L.; Townsend, P. D.; Gao, H.

    2008-06-01

    Two strong thermal peaks in the wavelength range 220-420 nm have been detected at 128 and 140 K in LiF:Mg,Cu, at 123 and 135 K in LiF:Mg,Cu,P and at 125 and 133 K in LiF:Mg,Cu,Si, respectively. The origin of these main TL peaks is discussed in terms of defect perturbed H-F and VK-e type recombination, respectively. The relative intensity between the two peaks in each sample and the emission spectra are dependent on the dopants. Annealing at 240-390 °C can modify the low temperature TL features, especially in those samples doped with three impurities. The low temperature data give some clues to select most favourable dopants for future LiF-type dosimeters.

  7. Structural, electronic and bonding properties of antifluorite crystals of Be2C, BeMgC and Mg2C

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    Joshi, K. B.; Trivedi, D. K.; Paliwal, U.; Galav, K. L.

    2016-05-01

    Structure prediction methods are coupled with the first-principles linear combination of atomic orbitals method to propose the crystal parameters and bulk modulus of antifluorite BeMgC. The binary antifluorite methanides Be2C, Mg2C are also studied. Electronic structure calculations and Mulliken population analyses (MPA) are performed to unravel bands dispersion and bonding properties. The values of the indirect band gap Γ → X for Be2C, Mg2C and BeMgC, in order, are 2.90, 2.05 and 1.86 eV. The calculated energies of a few occupied bands in Be2C are in very good agreement with the available experimental data. The application of pressure causes change in the band gap of three carbides. The Γ-Γ, Γ-X and Γ-K band gaps exhibit different trends with pressure. Effective charges on the basis of MPA in the three compounds are {(B{e}+1.095)}2{C}-2.19, {(M{g}+1.615)}2{C}-3.23 and B{e}+1.12M{g}+1.682{C}-2.802. It signifies covalent bonding in Be2C, ionic in Mg2C, and intermediate in the BeMgC.

  8. Phosphatizing of Mg particles to improve the protective performance of Mg-rich primer on A2024 Al alloy

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    Wang, Jianguo; Zuo, Yu; Tang, Yuming; Lu, Xiangyu

    2014-02-01

    Mg-rich primer as a new type protective coating provides cathodic protection for Al alloy. In this paper, a kind of phosphatizing surface treatment on Mg particles was studied in order to improve the protective performance of Mg-rich primer. After treated with phosphoric acid, a protective magnesium phosphate layer was formed on the surface of Mg particles, which had no negative influence on the cathodic protection of the Mg-rich primer for Al alloy. The coating resistance of the treated Mg-rich primer was bigger than that of untreated primer, meanwhile the coating capacitance of the treated Mg-rich primer was smaller than that of untreated primer, suggesting that the barrier effect of the primer was improved and the lifetime was extended. The magnesium phosphate layer could reduce the consumption rate of Mg particles. Meanwhile, the phosphate radicals transported to Al alloy substrate to form a product layer composed of magnesium phosphate and aluminum phosphate on the substrate surface, which decreased the corrosion rate of Al alloy and improved the protective performance of the primer.

  9. Superconducting tunnel junctions on MgB2 using MgO and CaF2 as a barrier

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    Sakoda, Masahito; Aibara, Masato; Mede, Kazuya; Kikuchi, Motoyuki; Naito, Michio

    2016-11-01

    We report the fabrication of superconducting tunnel junctions, both of superconductor-insulator-normal metal (SIN) and superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS), on MgB2 using MgO and CaF2 as a barrier. The SIN junctions fabricated using an MgO barrier showed excellent quasi-particle characteristics, including a large superconducting gap (Δ) of 2.5-3 meV and a low zero-bias conductance. We have also fabricated SIS junctions with an MgO barrier, but the quasi-particle characteristics of the SIS junctions are not as good as those of the SIN junctions, namely a reduced superconducting gap and a high zero-bias conductance. It appears that top MgB2 electrodes do not grow well on an MgO barrier, which is also suggested from in-situ RHEED observation. The SIN junctions fabricated using a CaF2 barrier showed less sharp quasi-particle characteristics than using an MgO barrier. However, the SIS junctions using a CaF2 barrier showed a fairly large IcRN value at 4.2 K over 1 mV and also exhibited finite Josephson current up to almost the film's Tc (∼30 K). The RHEED observation revealed that top MgB2 electrodes grow well on a CaF2 barrier.

  10. Simulating GTP:Mg and GDP:Mg with a simple force field: a structural and thermodynamic analysis.

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    Simonson, Thomas; Satpati, Priyadarshi

    2013-04-05

    Di- and tri-phosphate nucleotides are essential cofactors for many proteins, usually in an Mg(2+) -bound form. Proteins like GTPases often detect the difference between NDP and NTP and respond by changing conformations. To study such complexes, simple, fixed charge force fields have been used, which allow long simulations and precise free energy calculations. The preference for NTP or NDP binding depends on many factors, including ligand structure and Mg(2+) coordination and the changes they undergo upon binding. Here, we use a simple force field to examine two Mg(2+) coordination modes for the unbound GDP and GTP: direct, or "Inner Sphere" (IS) coordination by one or more phosphate oxygens and indirect, "Outer Sphere" (OS) coordination involving one or more bridging waters. We compare GTP: and GDP:Mg binding with OS and IS coordination; combining the results with experimental data then indicates that GTP prefers the latter. We also examine different kinds of IS coordination and their sensitivity to a key force field parameter: the optimal Mg:oxygen van der Waals distance Rmin . Increasing Rmin improves the Mg:oxygen distances, the GTP: and GDP:Mg binding affinities, and the fraction of GTP:Mg with β + γ phosphate coordination, but does not improve or change the GTP/GDP affinity difference, which remains much larger than experiment. It has no effect on the free energy of GDP binding to a GTPase. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Improved Hydrogen Storage Properties of Mg(BH4)2-Mg(AlH4)2 Combined Systems

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    Xiao, Haoyuan; Leng, Haiyan; Yu, Zhigang; Li, Qian; Chou, Kuo-Chih

    Magnesium borohydride and Magnesium alanate were synthesized by mechanochemical metathesis reaction. The thermal decomposition behaviors of Mg(BH4)2-nMg(AlH4)2(n=0.5,1) systems were investigated as potential hydrogen storage materials. The results showed that the systems started to desorb H2 at 120 °C and desorbed 3.9 wt.% and 4.9 wt.% H2 below 300 °C when n equals 0.5 and 1, respectively, while individual Mg(BH4)2 started to desorb H2 at 250 °C and desorbed only 0.82 wt.% H2. Because of the exist of the Mg(AlH4)2, the isothermal desorption kinetics of Mg(BH4)2 in the Mg(BH4)2-0.5Mg(AlH4)2 systems was 50% faster than that of pristine Mg(BH4)2. In addition, the re-hydrogenation rates also increased 49.4% and 37.9%.

  12. Mass spectrometry of a volatile Mg chelate in the measurement of stable 26Mg when used as a tracer.

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    Schwartz, R; Giesecke, C C

    1979-09-15

    A method for the detection of 26Mg enrichment of natural Mg was developed based on mass spectrometry (MS) of a Mg chelate made by complexing Mg to 2,2',6,6'-tetramethylheptanedione (THD). The chelate [Mg(THD)2] was extracted at pH greater than 9 from dilute aqueous solutions into ethyl ether, recovered by sublimation at room temperature, and introduced by solid probe into a Finnigan 3300 mass spectrometer. The chelate was ionized by electron impact. Samples were heated to a maximum temperature of 200 degrees C at a rate of 700 degrees C/h. Each analysis required 1--5 micrograms Mg(THD)2. Enrichment levels as low as 5% above natural abundance could be detected satisfactorily. Precision was best at 26Mg enrichment levels of 8--40% above natural abundance, the levels most likely to be encountered in analysis of plasma, urine and fecal samples from experimental subjects who had received 26Mg as a tracer. The method was compared to neutron activation (NA) analysis and judged superior.

  13. Effect of Mg/B ratio on the superconductivity of MgB2 bulk with SiC addition

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    Zhang, Y.; Dou, S. X.; Lu, C.; Zhou, S. H.; Li, W. X.

    2010-03-01

    To improve the self-field critical current density (Jc) and critical temperature (Tc) in SiC-doped MgB2 , optimization of the nominal Mg/B mixing ratio has been performed. The effects of the nominal Mg/B mixing ratio (x:2) on the superconductivity, Raman spectra, current transport properties, and flux pinning mechanisms in MgB2 with 10 wt.% SiC doping were investigated systematically, with x varied from 1 to 1.2. It has been found that the sample with the Mg/B ratio of 1.15:2 exhibited the best Jc performance for all fields (0-8.5 T), and its Tc was also enhanced. The optimized Mg/B ratio diminished the interband scattering caused by Mg or B vacancies, and in turn, increased Tc . The connectivity and disorder were increased in the Mg1.15B2 sample. Both of these were responsible for the improved Jc under all the fields examined.

  14. Ab-initio calculations of semiconductor MgGeP{sub 2} and MgGeAs{sub 2}

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    Kocak, B.; Ciftci, Y.O.

    2016-05-15

    Highlights: • MgGeP{sub 2} and MgGeAs{sub 2} are semiconductor compounds. • MgGeP{sub 2} and MgGeAs{sub 2} are energetically, mechanically and dynamically stable. • The electronic charge density contour plot shows that the nature of bonding is a mixture of ionic-covalent. - Abstract: In this study, we focus on structural, electronic, elastic, lattice dynamic and optic properties of MgGeP{sub 2} and MgGeAs{sub 2} using ab-initio density-functional theory (DFT) within Armiento-Mattson 2005 (AM05) scheme of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange-correlation potential. Our computed structural results are in reasonable agreement with the literature. The band gap of these compounds is predicted to be direct. Our elastic results prove that these compounds are mechanically stable. The obtained phonon spectra of MgGeP{sub 2} and MgGeAs{sub 2} do not exhibit any significant imaginary branches using GGA-AM05 for the exchange-correlation approximation. Further analysis of the optical response of the dielectric functions, optical reflectivity, refractive index, extinction coefficient and electron energy loss delves into for the energy range of 0–22.5 eV. It motivated that there exists an optical polarization anisotropy of these compounds for optoelectronic device applications.

  15. Platelet Inhibition With Ticagrelor 60 mg Versus 90 mg Twice Daily in the PEGASUS-TIMI 54 Trial.

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    Storey, Robert F; Angiolillo, Dominick J; Bonaca, Marc P; Thomas, Mark R; Judge, Heather M; Rollini, Fabiana; Franchi, Francesco; Ahsan, Arif J; Bhatt, Deepak L; Kuder, Julia F; Steg, Philippe Gabriel; Cohen, Marc; Muthusamy, Rangasamy; Braunwald, Eugene; Sabatine, Marc S

    2016-03-15

    The PEGASUS-TIMI 54 (Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Patients with Prior Heart Attack Using Ticagrelor Compared to Placebo on a Background of Aspirin-Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction 54) trial studied 2 doses of ticagrelor, 90 mg twice a day (bid) and 60 mg bid, for long-term prevention of ischemic events in patients with prior myocardial infarction. Both doses similarly reduced the rate of ischemic events versus placebo. The pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of ticagrelor 60 mg bid have not been studied. In this study, the authors sought to study the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics for ticagrelor 60 mg compared with 90 mg bid. A total of 180 patients who received >4 weeks of study medication had blood sampling in the morning pre-maintenance dose and again 2 h post-dose. All patients received aspirin. Plasma levels of ticagrelor and its active metabolite AR-C124910XX were determined. P2Y12 inhibition was assessed by the VerifyNow P2Y12 assay (Accumetrics, Inc., San Diego, California) (P2Y12 reaction units [PRU]), light transmittance aggregometry (adenosine diphosphate 5 and 20 μmol/l and arachidonic acid), and vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein phosphorylation assays. VerifyNow Aspirin assays and serum thromboxane B2 measurements were performed. Mean pre- and post-dose plasma levels of ticagrelor were 35% and 38% lower, respectively, with 60 mg versus 90 mg. Both doses achieved high levels of platelet inhibition pre- and post-dose, with numerically slightly more variability with 60 mg: mean (SD) pre-dose PRU values were 59 ± 63 and 47 ± 43 for ticagrelor 60 and 90 mg, respectively (p = 0.34). High platelet reactivity, determined as PRU >208, was rare with the 60-mg pre-dose and was absent post-dose. Platelet reactivity pre- and post-dose, as measured by light transmittance aggregometry or vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein assays, was numerically but not significantly lower with 90 mg than with 60 mg. Aspirin response was not affected

  16. Possibility of a 2D SiC monolayer formation on Mg(0001) and MgO(111) substrates

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    Kuzubov, A. A.; Eliseeva, N. S.; Krasnov, P. O.; Tomilin, F. N.; Fedorov, A. S.; Tolstaya, A. V.

    2013-08-01

    The geometrical characteristics of a 2D SiC monolayer on Mg(0001) and MgO(111) plates regarded as potential materials for growing two-dimensional silicon carbide were studied. The most favorable positions of the atoms of 2D SiC on the substrates were determined. In the 2D SiC/Mg(0001) system, unlike in 2D SiC/MgO(111), the deviation of the carbon atom from the silicon carbide monolayer was insignificant (0.08 Å). Consequently, magnesium can be used as a substrate for growing two-dimensional silicon carbide. The use of MgO(111) is not recommended because of a significant distortion of the 2D SiC surface.

  17. Characterization of Mg2+ Distributions around RNA in Solution

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    2016-01-01

    Binding of metal ions is an important factor governing the folding and dynamics of RNA. Shielding of charges in the polyanionic backbone allows RNA to adopt a diverse range of folded structures that give rise to their many functions within the cell. Some RNA sequences fold only in the presence of Mg2+, which may be bound via direct interactions or occupy the more diffuse “ion atmosphere” around the RNA. To understand the driving forces for RNA folding, it is important to be able to fully characterize the distribution of metal ions around the RNA. In this work, a combined Grand Canonical Monte Carlo-Molecular Dynamics (GCMC-MD) method is applied to characterize Mg2+ distributions around folded RNA structures. The GCMC-MD approach identifies known inner- and outer-shell Mg2+ coordination, while also predicting new regions occupied by Mg2+ that are not observed in crystal structures but that may be relevant in solution, including the case of the Mg2+ riboswitch, for which alternate Mg2+ binding sites may have implications for its function. This work represents a significant step forward in establishing a structural and thermodynamic description of RNA–Mg2+ interactions and their role in RNA structure and function. PMID:27819065

  18. Binary reaction decays from Mg24+C12

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    Beck, C.; Papka, P.; Zafra, A. Sànchez I.; Thummerer, S.; Azaiez, F.; Bednarczyk, P.; Courtin, S.; Curien, D.; Dorvaux, O.; Lebhertz, D.; Nourreddine, A.; Rousseau, M.; Von Oertzen, W.; Gebauer, B.; Wheldon, C.; Kokalova, Tz.; De Angelis, G.; Gadea, A.; Lenzi, S.; Szilner, S.; Napoli, D. R.; Catford, W. N.; Jenkins, D. G.; Royer, G.

    2009-09-01

    Charged-particle and γ decays in Mg24* are investigated for excitation energies where quasimolecular resonances appear in C12+C12 collisions. Various theoretical predictions for the occurrence of superdeformed and hyperdeformed bands associated with resonance structures with low spin are discussed within the measured Mg24* excitation energy region. The inverse kinematics reaction Mg24+C12 is studied at Elab(Mg24)=130 MeV, an energy that enables the population of Mg24 states decaying into C12+C12 resonant breakup states. Exclusive data were collected with the Binary Reaction Spectrometer in coincidence with Euroball IV installed at the Vivitron tandem facility at Strasbourg. Specific structures with large deformation were selectively populated in binary reactions, and their associated γ decays studied. Coincident events associated with inelastic and α-transfer channels have been selected by choosing the excitation energy or the entry point via the two-body Q values. The analysis of the binary reaction channels is presented with a particular emphasis on Mg24-γ, Ne20-γ, and O16-γ coincidences. New information (spin and branching ratios) is deduced on high-energy states in Mg24 and O16, respectively.

  19. A1 toxicity in yeast. A role for Mg?

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    MacDiarmid, C W; Gardner, R C

    1996-01-01

    We have established conditions in which soluble Al is toxic to the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The major modifications to a standard synthetic medium were lowering the pH and the concentration of Mg ions. Alterations to the PO4, Ca, or K concentration had little effect on toxicity. Organic acids known to chelate Al reduced its toxicity, suggesting that Al3+ is the toxic Al species. The unique ability of Mg ions to ameliorate Al toxicity led us to investigate the hypothesis that Al inhibits Mg uptake by yeast. Yeast cells accumulate Mg, Co, Zn, Ni, and Mn ions via the same transport system (G.F. Fuhrmann, A. Rothstein [1968] Biochim Biophys Acta 163: 325-330). Al3+ inhibited the accumulation of 57Co2+ by yeast cells more effectively than Ga, La, or Mg. In addition, a mutant yeast strain with a defect in divalent cation uptake proved to be more sensitive to Al than a wild-type strain. Taken together, these results suggest that Al may cause Mg deficiency in yeast by blocking Mg transport. We discuss the relevance of yeast as a model for the study of Al toxicity in plant systems. PMID:8938412

  20. Crystal growth of Mg2Si for IR-detector

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    Tokairin, Toshio; Ikeda, Junya; Udono, Haruhiko

    2017-06-01

    Semiconducting Mg2Si is known as a thermoelectric material and recently attracts increasing attention as a Si-based, low-cost and environmental friendly material for an infrared (IR) sensor. With the aim of producing cost-effective Mg2Si single crystal substrates for the IR sensor, we have investigated single crystal growth of Mg2Si using the vertical Bridgman (VB) and micro-pulling-down (μ-PD) methods in open-system. Since the evaporation of Mg was not suppressed during the μ-PD, the composition of the Mg2Si single crystal grown by this method was not stoichiometric. On the other hand, single crystalline Mg2Si was produced by the VB method using the Si-treated inner carbon seat and BN-coated carbon crucible. The Mg2Si crystals with a diameter of 30 mm were grown at a growth rate of 0.5 mm/min and a temperature gradient of 5 °C/cm. The electron density and mobility of the crystal so obtained were 1.8×1017 cm-3 and 283 cm2V-1s-1 at 300 K, respectively. The high electron density was due to contamination from the impurities presented in the crucible.

  1. Hot Cracking Susceptibility of Binary Mg-Al Alloys

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    Cao, Guoping; Kou, Sindo; Chang, Y. Austin

    The susceptibility of binary Mg-Al alloys in permanent mold casting was tested, including Mg-0.25Al, Mg-0.6Al, Mg-1Al, Mg-2Al, Mg-4Al and Mg-8Al (all in wt %). A steel mold was used for constrained rod casting (CRC), in which rods of various lengths were cast with sudden enlargement at both ends of each rod to prevent it from free contraction during solidification and thus induce hot cracking. The cooling rate near the location of cracking was measured. The hot cracking susceptibility was evaluated based on the widths and locations of the cracks observed. The curve of crack susceptibility vs. Al content was determined and compared with previous curves based on ring casting in steel molds and constrained rod casting in sand molds. The Scheil model of solidification was used to calculate the curves of temperature vs. fraction solid (T-fS) of the alloys. The crack susceptibility curve based on a simplified hot cracking criterion and the T-fS and cooling curves was compared with that based on CRC.

  2. Fe/MgO/Fe Tunnel Magneto Resistance Structure

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    Newman, Alexander; Seifu, Dereje

    2014-03-01

    Tri-layer thin films of Fe/MgO/Fe were synthesized using magnetron DC/ RF sputtering on MgO(100) at several substrate temperatures. The multi-layered samples thus produced were studied using in-house built magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) instrument, vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), torque magnetometer (TMM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), magnetic force microscopy (MFM), and magneto resistance (MR) measurements. This system, that is Fe/MgO/Fe on MgO, is a well-known tunnel magneto resistance (TMR) structure often used in magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) devices. TMR effect is a method by which MTJs are used in developing magneto-resistive random access memory (MRAM), magnetic sensors, and novel logic devices. The main purpose behind this research is to measure the magnetic anisotropy of Fe/ MgO/ Fe structure which is correlated to magneto-resistance property. In this presentation, we will present results on MOKE, VSM, TMM, AFM, MFM, and MR studies of Fe/MgO/Fe on MgO(100). We would like to acknowledge support by ARL #W911NF-12-2-0041 and by NSF #MRI -DMR-1337339.

  3. Comparison of the efficacy and safety of bilastine 20 mg vs desloratadine 5 mg in seasonal allergic rhinitis patients.

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    Bachert, C; Kuna, P; Sanquer, F; Ivan, P; Dimitrov, V; Gorina, M M; van de Heyning, P; Loureiro, A

    2009-01-01

    Bilastine is a novel, nonsedating H(1)-antihistamine developed for symptomatic treatment of Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria. The objective of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of bilastine 20 mg vs placebo and desloratadine 5 mg in subjects with seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR). This randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group multicentre study evaluated the effect of 2 weeks' treatment with bilastine 20 mg, desloratadine 5 mg or matched placebo once daily, in 12-70 years old symptomatic SAR patients. All subjects assessed the severity of nasal (obstruction, rhinorrhoea, itching, and sneezing) and nonnasal (ocular itching, tearing, ocular redness, itching of ears and/or palate) symptoms on a predetermined scale to provide a total symptom score (TSS), composed of nasal and nonnasal symptom scores (NSS and NNSS, respectively). The primary efficacy measure was the area under the curve (AUC) for the TSS over the entire treatment period. Bilastine 20 mg significantly reduced the AUC of TSS to a greater degree from baseline compared to placebo (98.4 with bilastine vs 118.4 with placebo; P < 0.001), but not compared to desloratadine 5 mg (100.5). Bilastine 20 mg was not different from desloratadine 5 mg but significantly more effective than placebo in improving the NSS, NNSS, and rhinitis-associated discomfort scores (P < 0.05), and rhinoconjunctivitis quality of life questionnaire total (P < 0.005) and four out of seven individual domain (P < 0.05) scores. The incidence of treatment emergent adverse events was similar for bilastine (20.6%), desloratadine (19.8%), and placebo (18.8%). Bilastine 20 mg once daily was efficacious, safe and not different from desloratadine 5 mg once daily in the treatment of SAR symptoms.

  4. Comparison of 1 mg and 2 mg overnight dexamethasone suppression tests for the screening of Cushing's syndrome in obese patients.

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    Sahin, Mustafa; Kebapcilar, Levent; Taslipinar, Abdullah; Azal, Omer; Ozgurtas, Taner; Corakci, Ahmet; Akgul, Emin Ozgur; Taslipinar, Mine Yavuz; Yazici, Mahmut; Kutlu, Mustafa

    2009-01-01

    Obesity is currently a major public health problem and one of the potential underlying causes of obesity in a minority of patients is Cushing's syndrome (CS). Traditionally, the gold standard screening test for CS is 1 mg dexamethasone overnight suppression test. However, it is known that obese subjects have high false positive results with this test. We have therefore compared the 1 mg and 2 mg overnight dexamethasone suppression tests in obese subjects. Patients whose serum cortisol after ODST was >50 nM underwent and a low-dose dexamethasone suppression test (LDDST); 24-hour urine cortisol was collected for basal urinary free cortisol (UFC). For positive results after overnight 1-mg dexamethasone suppression test we also performed the overnight 2-mg dexamethasone suppression test. We prospectively evaluated 100 patients (22 men and 78 women, ranging in age from 17 to 73 years with a body mass index (BMI) >30 kg/m2 who had been referred to our hospital-affiliated endocrine clinic because of simple obesity. Suppression of serum cortisol to <50 nM (1.8 microg/dL) after dexamethasone administration was chosen as the cut-off point for normal suppression. Thyroid function tests, lipid profiles, homocysteine, antithyroglobulin, anti-thyroid peroxidase antibody levels, vitamin B12, folate levels, insulin resistance [by homeostasis model assessment (HOMA)] and 1.0 mg postdexamethasone (postdex) suppression cortisol levels were measured. We found an 8% false-positive rate in 1 mg overnight test and 2% in 2 mg overnight test (p=0.001). There was no correlation between the cortisol levels after ODST and other parameters. Our results indicate that the 2 mg overnight dexamethasone suppression test (ODST) is more convenient and accurate than 1-mg ODST as a screening test for excluding CS in subjects with simple obesity.

  5. Fulvestrant revisited: efficacy and safety of the 500-mg dose.

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    Howell, Anthony; Sapunar, Francisco

    2011-08-01

    Postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive advanced breast cancer are candidates for endocrine therapy. As the disease will eventually progress in most patients, it is important to investigate agents with novel modes of action to reduce the likelihood of treatment cross-resistance. Fulvestrant is an estrogen receptor antagonist with no known agonist effects that has been shown to be as effective as anastrozole following failure on tamoxifen, at the approved dose of 250 mg/mo. However, pharmacokinetic modelling and evidence of clinical efficacy in early trials, together with the favorable tolerability profile of fulvestrant 250 mg, led to suggestions that increasing the fulvestrant dose would lead to an improved benefit-risk profile. This review describes the rationale behind the development of a 500 mg/mo higher dose of fulvestrant and details relevant clinical trials, including the pivotal phase III COmparisoN of Faslodex In Recurrent or Metastatic breast cancer (CONFIRM) study. CONFIRM demonstrated a significant improvement in progression-free survival for fulvestrant 500 mg versus 250 mg in postmenopausal patients who had progressed on previous endocrine therapy. Here, we present and discuss a pooled safety analysis of CONFIRM and three further clinical studies demonstrating fulvestrant 500 mg to be well-tolerated with no evidence of dose-related adverse events. Overall, these data indicate an improved benefit-risk profile for fulvestrant 500 mg versus 250 mg following failure on prior endocrine therapy, and suggest that fulvestrant 500 mg may be considered in future as initial endocrine treatment for advanced breast cancer.

  6. A Redetermination of the Dissociation Energy of MgO(+)

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Partridge, Harry

    1994-01-01

    In 1986, we reported a dissociation energy (D(sub 0) of 2.31 eV for the X(sup 2)Pi ground state of MgO(+). This value was determined by computing the dissociation energy to the Mg(2+) + O(-) limit and adjusting the value to the Mg(+) + O limit using the experimental Ionization Potential (IP) of Mg(+) and the Electron Affinity (EA) of O. The success of this method relies on the assumption that there is little covalent contribution to the bonding. The very small (0.04 eV) correlation contribution to the binding energy was taken as corroboration for the validity of this approach. Our earlier theoretical value was estimated to be accurate to at least 0.2 eV. It is in excellent agreement with the subsequent value of 2.30 +/- 0.13 eV determined by Freiser and co-workers from photodissociation experiments. It is also consistent with the upper (less than 3.1 eV) and lower (greater than 1.1 eV) bounds determined by Rowe obtained by studying the reactions of Mg(+) with 03 and NO2. However, it is inconsistent with an upper bound of 1.7 eV reported by Kappes and Staley based on their failure to observe MgO(+) in the reaction of Mg(+) with N2O. The picture became somewhat clouded, however, by the recent guided-ion beam mass spectrometric studies of Dalleska and Armentrout. Their initial analysis of the reaction data for Mg(+) + O2 lead to a bond dissociation energy of 2.92 +/- 0.25 eV, which is considerably larger than the value of 2.47 +/- 0.06 eV deduced from their studies of the Mg(+)+NO2 reaction.

  7. A Redetermination of the Dissociation Energy of MgO(+)

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Partridge, Harry

    1994-01-01

    In 1986, we reported a dissociation energy (D(sub 0) of 2.31 eV for the X(sup 2)Pi ground state of MgO(+). This value was determined by computing the dissociation energy to the Mg(2+) + O(-) limit and adjusting the value to the Mg(+) + O limit using the experimental Ionization Potential (IP) of Mg(+) and the Electron Affinity (EA) of O. The success of this method relies on the assumption that there is little covalent contribution to the bonding. The very small (0.04 eV) correlation contribution to the binding energy was taken as corroboration for the validity of this approach. Our earlier theoretical value was estimated to be accurate to at least 0.2 eV. It is in excellent agreement with the subsequent value of 2.30 +/- 0.13 eV determined by Freiser and co-workers from photodissociation experiments. It is also consistent with the upper (less than 3.1 eV) and lower (greater than 1.1 eV) bounds determined by Rowe obtained by studying the reactions of Mg(+) with 03 and NO2. However, it is inconsistent with an upper bound of 1.7 eV reported by Kappes and Staley based on their failure to observe MgO(+) in the reaction of Mg(+) with N2O. The picture became somewhat clouded, however, by the recent guided-ion beam mass spectrometric studies of Dalleska and Armentrout. Their initial analysis of the reaction data for Mg(+) + O2 lead to a bond dissociation energy of 2.92 +/- 0.25 eV, which is considerably larger than the value of 2.47 +/- 0.06 eV deduced from their studies of the Mg(+)+NO2 reaction.

  8. Mg isotope fractionation between inorganic aragonite and aqueous solution

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    Wang, Z.; Zhang, S.; Hu, P.

    2012-12-01

    Recent studies showed δ26Mg values of some species of Scleractinian corals, and aragonitic sponges and Scaphopod are inconsistent with the Mg isotope fractionation calibrated previously between inorganic aragonite and seawater. In this study, we explored Mg isotope fractionation between aragonite and aqueous solution under various experimental conditions, including salinity (mostly in fresh water), Mg/Ca ratio (3-5 in molar), Ca concentration (400-1500 ppm), temperature (25-55oC) and duration of experiments (3-21 days). Precipitation experiments were conducted using 'free-drift' method. The starting solution was made by mixing an appropriate amount of reagent-grade NaHCO3, CaCl2 and MgCl2 in deionized water, flushed with CO2 gas. The mixed solution was filtered after these reagents completely dissolved before any experiment, and then passively-degassed in a water bath kept at a constant temperature. Over the course of the experiments, pH and alkalinity of the aqueous solution were closely monitored. At the end of the experiment, the precipitates were cleaned, characterized by SEM and checked by XRD. The solution and precipitates were treated by acid. The supernatant was passed through two chromatographic columns to extract pure Mg, and measured for their δ26Mg values. In each case, a leaching procedure is employed to clean aragonite before their isotopic compositions were measured. Our preliminary results show that the Mg isotope fractionation between aragonite and solution varies with Ca concentration at a given Mg/Ca ratio, i.e., aragonite are strongly depleted in 26Mg in solution with high and low Ca concentration (e.g., Ca = 400ppm and 2000 ppm), but less depleted in solutions with intermediate Ca concentration (e.g., Ca= 1000 ppm). At a given Ca and Mg/Ca, the fractionation factor is temperature-dependent, defining linear relationship with 1/T (T is temperature in Kelvin) with temperature sensitivity of ~ 0.01‰/oC. These results seem to suggest a kinetic

  9. Matter radii of {sup 32-35}Mg

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    Kanungo, R.; Perro, C.; Prochazka, A.; Farinon, F.; Knoebel, R.; Horiuchi, W.; Nociforo, C.; Aumann, T.; Geissel, H.; Gerl, J.; Kindler, B.; Lommel, B.; Mahata, K.; Scheidenberger, C.; Weick, H.; Winkler, M.; Boutin, D.; Lenske, H.; Cortina-Gil, D.; Davids, B.

    2011-02-15

    The interaction cross sections of {sup 32-35}Mg at 900A MeV have been measured using the fragment separator at GSI. The deviation from the r{sub 0}A{sup 1/3} trend is slightly larger for {sup 35}Mg, signaling the possible formation of a longer tail in the neutron distribution for {sup 35}Mg. The radii extracted from a Glauber model analysis with Fermi densities are consistent with models predicting the development of neutron skins.

  10. Structural and magnetic properties of Mg substituted Co nanoferrites

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    Sharma, Jyoti Parashar, Jyoti; Jadoun, Priya; Saxena, V. K.; Bhatnagar, D.; Sharma, Neha; Yadav, Premlata; Sharma, K. B.

    2016-05-23

    The structural and magnetic properties of magnesium substituted cobalt nano ferrites Co{sub x}Mg{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x= 0.2, 0.4 and 1.0) have been investigated. The structural characterization has been done by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The magnetic studies indicate that the samples show ferromagnetic behaviour at room temperature as well as at low temperature. The magnetization decreases with Mg content in both the cases due to the less magnetic nature of Mg ions than that of the Co ions.

  11. Mg II 2800 A emission in late type stars

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    Doherty, L. R.

    1972-01-01

    The largest body of data on ultraviolet spectra of late-type stars now available is the series of scans made with the long wavelength spectrometer onboard OAO-2. Some features of selected scans from this series and estimates of Mg II emission fluxes were reported earlier. Since that time, the effects of sky background, scattered light and variable instrumental sensitivity have become better understood. Additional stars are used to define more clearly the transition from Mg II 2800 A absorption to emission with advancing spectral type, and additional scans of alpha Sco provide a better estimate of Mg II emission strength for this supergiant in OAO observations.

  12. Control of carbonate alkalinity on Mg incorporation in calcite: Insights on the occurrence of high Mg calcites in diagenetic environments

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    Purgstaller, Bettina; Mavromatis, Vasileios; Dietzel, Martin

    2015-04-01

    High Mg calcites (HMC), with up to 25 mol % of Mg, are common features in early diagenetic environments and are frequently associated with bio-induced anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM). Such archives hold valuable information about the biogeochemical processes occurring in sedimentary environments in the geological past. Despite the frequency AOM-induced HMC observed in marine diagenetic settings and their potential role in dolomitization, only a minor number of experimental studies has been devoted on deciphering their formation conditions. Thus, in order to improve our understanding on the formation mechanism of HMC induced by elevated carbonate ion concentrations, we precipitated HMC by computer controlled titration of a (Mg,Ca)Cl2 solution at different Mg/Ca ratios into a NaHCO3 solution under precisely defined physicochemical conditions (T = 25.00 ±0.03°C; pH = 8.3 ±0.1). The formation of carbonates was monitored at a high temporal resolution using in situ Raman spectroscopy as well as by continuous sampling and analyzing of precipitates and reactive solutions. We identified two distinct mechanisms of HMC formation. In solutions with molar Mg/Ca ratios ≤ 1/8 calcium carbonate was precipitated as crystalline phases directly from homogeneous solution. In contrast, higher Mg/Ca ratios induced the formation of Mg-rich ACC (up to 10 mol % of Mg), which was subsequently transformed to HMC with up 20 mol % of Mg. Our experimental results highlight that the finally formed HMC has a higher Mg content than the ACC precursor phase. Considering experimental data for Mg containing ACC transformation to crystalline calcium carbonate from literature, the continuous enrichment of Mg in the precipitate throughout transformation of amorphous to crystalline CaCO3 most likely occurs due to the high carbonate alkalinity (DIC about 0.1 M) of our reactive solutions. The Mg incorporation into calcite lattice seems to be favored by intensive supply of carbonate ions as

  13. Synthesis of Mg(OH)2, MgO, and Mg nanoparticles using laser ablation of magnesium in water and solvents

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    Phuoc, Tran X.; Howard, Bret. H.; Martello, Donald V.; Soong, Yee; Chyu, Minking K.

    2008-11-01

    Laser ablation of magnesium in deionized water (DW), solutions of DW and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) with different concentrations, acetone and 2-propanol has been conducted. The results showed that ablation in acetone and 2-propanol yielded MgO and Mg nanocrystallites as isolated particles and agglomerated chains probably intermixed with organic residues resulting from the alteration/decomposition of the solvents under the high-energy conditions. Brucite-like Mg(OH)2 particles were mainly produced by laser ablation of Mg in either DW or DW-SDS solutions. Ablation in DW yielded particles of fiber-like shapes having a diameter of about 5-10nm and length-as long as 150 nm. Materials produced in DW-SDS solutions were composed of various size and shape particles. Some had rough surfaces with irregular shapes. Small particles were about 20-30 nm and larger particles were about 120 nm. Particles with rodlike, triangular, and plate-like shapes were also observed.

  14. Synthesis of Mg(OH)2, MgO, and Mg nanoparticles using laser ablation of magnesium in water and solvents

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    Tran, P.X.; Howard, B.H.; Martello, D.V.; Soong, Y.; Chyu, M.K.

    2008-01-01

    laser ablation of magnesium in deionized water (OW), solutions of OW and sodium dodecyl sulfate (50S) with different concentrations, acetone and 2-propanol has been conducted, The results showed that ablation in acetone and 2-propanol yielded MgO and Mg nanocrystallites as isolated particles and agglomerated chains probably intermixed with organic residues resulting from the alterationj decomposition of the solvents under the high-energy conditions. Brucite-like Mg(OH)2 particles were mainly produced by laser ablation of Mg in either OW or OW~SOS solutions. Ablation in OW yielded particles of fiber-like shapes having a diameter of about 5-lOnm and length as long as 150nm. Materials produced in DW-SOS solutions were composed of various size and shape particles, Some had rough surfaces with irregular shapes. Small particles were about 20-30nm and larger particles were about 120 nm. Particles with rod-like, triangular, and plate-like shapes were also observed.

  15. Improved efficacy of intramuscular weekly administration of clodronate 200 mg (100 mg twice weekly) compared with 100 mg (once weekly) for increasing bone mineral density in postmenopausal osteoporosis.

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    Frediani, Bruno; Bertoldi, Ilaria; Pierguidi, Serena; Nicosia, Antonella; Picerno, Valentina; Filippou, Georgios; Cantarini, Luca; Galeazzi, Mauro

    2013-03-01

    Clodronate is a bisphosphonate used for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis and all conditions characterized by excess bone resorption. We have previously reported that intramuscular (IM) therapy with clodronate at a dose of 100 mg/week displays significant effects on bone mineral density (BMD) although a plateau effect is observed after 1 year of treatment. Previous reports indicate that the densitometric effects of bisphosphonates directly correlate with the drug dosage and suggest that using IM clodronate at doses higher than 100 mg/week may result in improved efficacy. However, to the best of our knowledge, this has never been proved. The primary endpoint of the study was the effect on BMD of IM clodronate 100 mg once weekly or 100 mg twice weekly in patients with postmenopausal osteoporosis. The incidence of non-traumatic vertebral fractures and adverse events was also reported. The present study was a randomized, open-label, parallel-group trial conducted between January 2007 and December 2009 in the Osteoporosis and Osteoarticular Instrumental Diagnosis Centre (University of Siena, Siena, Italy). The study involved 60 women, aged 57-78 years, with a history of postmenopausal osteoporosis for more than 5 years. Patients were randomized to receive IM clodronate 100 mg once weekly (Group A, 30 patients) or 100 mg twice weekly (Group B, 30 patients), for 2 years. Significant increases compared with baseline in BMD were observed for both groups at 1 and 2 years, with significantly higher increases for Group B compared with Group A. Group B displayed a BMD increase (± SD) at the lumbar spine of +4.0 % (± 2.1) and +5.9 % (± 2.0) at 1 and 2 year(s), respectively, compared with +2.8 % (± 1.7) and +3.5 % (± 2.2), respectively, observed for Group A. Similarly, Group B showed better performance compared with Group A for BMD increase at the femoral neck, with an observed increase of +3.5 % (± 1.7) and +5.4 % (± 1.8) at 1 and 2 year(s), respectively

  16. Adsorption and diffusion of Mg, O, and O2 on the MgO(001) flat surface

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    Geneste, Grégory; Morillo, Joseph; Finocchi, Fabio

    2005-05-01

    A thorough investigation of the adsorption and diffusion of Mg, O, and O2 on MgO(001) terraces is performed by first-principles calculations. The single Mg adatom weakly binds to surface oxygens, diffuses, and evaporates easily at room temperatures. Atomic O strongly binds to surface oxygens, forming peroxide groups. The diffusion of the O adatom is strongly influenced by the spin polarization, since energy barriers are significantly different for the singlet and triplet states. The crossing of the two Born-Oppenheimer surfaces corresponding to the distinct spin states is also analyzed. Although the O2 molecule does not stick to the perfect surface, it chemisorbs on surface nonstoichiometric point defects such as O vacancies or Mg adatoms, forming in the latter case new chemical species on the surface. We show that the oxidation rate limiting factor in an O2 atmosphere is the concentration of point defects (O vacancies and Mg adatoms) in the growing surface. The simulated O core-level shifts for the various adsorption configurations enable a meaningful comparison with the measured values, suggesting the presence of peroxide ions on growing surfaces. Finally, the computed energy barriers are used to estimate the Mg and O surface lifetimes and diffusion lengths, and some implications for the homoepitaxial growth of MgO are discussed.

  17. Epitaxial growth of superconducting MgB2 thin films with a Mg buffer layer at 110 °C

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    Shishido, Hiroaki; Nakagami, Takatoshi; Yoshida, Takuya; Ishida, Takekazu

    2017-07-01

    Since the discovery of MgB2, its application to superconducting electronics has been limited by the absent of proper microfabrication techniques. In this study, we grew crystalline MgB2 thin films using molecular beam epitaxy at a low substrate temperature of 110 °C under ultra-high vacuum of about 10-6 Pa. MgB2 thin films were deposited with an epitaxial Mg buffer layer on c-plane 4H-SiC or sapphire substrates. In spite of the low growth temperature, superior crystallinity and surface flatness were confirmed by in situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction measurements. Moreover, we successfully confirmed the occurrence of a sharp superconducting transition at 27 K. The present growth temperature was lower than any in prior reports on superconducting MgB2 thin films, and is lower than the applicable temperature of an organic-based lift-off resist. Our new MgB2 thin film growth process is promising for the development of an alternative nanofabrication technique for MgB2 thin films by means of a standard lift-off process with an organic resist.

  18. Basolateral Mg2+ Extrusion via CNNM4 Mediates Transcellular Mg2+ Transport across Epithelia: A Mouse Model

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    Miura, Jiro; Sato, Sunao; Toyosawa, Satoru; Furutani, Kazuharu; Kurachi, Yoshihisa; Omori, Yoshihiro; Furukawa, Takahisa; Tsuda, Tetsuya; Kuwabata, Susumu; Mizukami, Shin; Kikuchi, Kazuya; Miki, Hiroaki

    2013-01-01

    Transcellular Mg2+ transport across epithelia, involving both apical entry and basolateral extrusion, is essential for magnesium homeostasis, but molecules involved in basolateral extrusion have not yet been identified. Here, we show that CNNM4 is the basolaterally located Mg2+ extrusion molecule. CNNM4 is strongly expressed in intestinal epithelia and localizes to their basolateral membrane. CNNM4-knockout mice showed hypomagnesemia due to the intestinal malabsorption of magnesium, suggesting its role in Mg2+ extrusion to the inner parts of body. Imaging analyses revealed that CNNM4 can extrude Mg2+ by exchanging intracellular Mg2+ with extracellular Na+. Furthermore, CNNM4 mutations cause Jalili syndrome, characterized by recessive amelogenesis imperfecta with cone-rod dystrophy. CNNM4-knockout mice showed defective amelogenesis, and CNNM4 again localizes to the basolateral membrane of ameloblasts, the enamel-forming epithelial cells. Missense point mutations associated with the disease abolish the Mg2+ extrusion activity. These results demonstrate the crucial importance of Mg2+ extrusion by CNNM4 in organismal and topical regulation of magnesium. PMID:24339795

  19. Optical transitions of Er3+ ions in RbMgF3 and RbMgF3: Mn

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    Shinn, M. D.; Windscheif, J. C.; Sardar, D. K.; Sibley, W. A.

    1982-09-01

    Optical absorption, emission, and excitation spectra, as well as lifetime values, are presented for Er3+ ions in RbMgF3. Previous workers have demonstrated that Er3+ ions can reside in a number of different site symmetries in crystalline hosts such as CaF2 and CdF2. The numerous sites in this type lattice are most likely due to compensating fluorine interstitials which are necessarily present for charge compensation. In a unit cell of RbMgF3 there are two nonequivalent Mg2+ sites with C3v symmetry. Evidence is presented in this paper that Er3+ ions in RbMgF3 substitute for Mg2+ ions in both types of sites. The charge compensation is not local, which leaves the symmetry of the Er3+ sites unchanged. Absorption data for Er3+-ion transitions in both sites are shown. Emission from Er3+ ions is observed from one type of site in RbMgF3 and from both types of sites in RbMgF3: Mn. Lifetime values for the 4S32 and 4F92 transitions are shorter than those normally measured in fluoride host lattices, and the emissions are quenched above 200 K. Energy migration among Er3+ ions and subsequent energy transfer to Mn2+-ion impurities are responsible for the steady-state and transient-emission behavior.

  20. Predictions of mechanical and thermodynamic properties of Mg17Al12 and Mg2Sn from first-principles calculations

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    Hu, Wen-Cheng; Liu, Yong; Hu, Xiao-Wu; Li, De-Jiang; Zeng, Xiao-Qin; Yang, Xue; Xu, Ying-Xuan; Zeng, Xiao-shu; Wang, Ke-Gang; Huang, Bo-long

    2015-05-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we predict mechanical and thermodynamic properties of both Mg17Al12 and Mg2Sn precipitates in Mg-Al-Sn alloys. The elastic properties including the polycrystalline bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, Lame's coefficients and Poisson's ratio of both Mg17Al12 and Mg2Sn phases are determined with the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation. Our results of equilibrium lattice constants agree closely with previous experimental and other theoretical results. The ductility and brittleness of the two phases are characterized with the estimation from Cauchy pressure and the value of B/G. Mechanical anisotropy is characterized by the anisotropic factors and direction-dependent Young's modulus. The higher Debye temperature of Mg17Al12 phase means that it has a higher thermal conductivity and strength of chemical bonding relative to Mg2Sn. The anisotropic sound velocities also indicate the elastic anisotropies of both phase structures. Additionally, density of states and Mulliken population analysis are performed to reveal the bonding nature of both phases. The calculations associated with phonon properties indicate the dynamical stability of both phase structures. The temperature dependences of thermodynamic properties of the two phases are predicted via the quasi-harmonic approximation.

  1. Interpreting the Mg IIh andk Line Profiles of Mira Variables

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    Wood, B. E.; Karovska, M.

    2000-11-01

    We use radiative transfer calculations to reproduce the basic appearance of Mg II lines observed from Mira variables. These lines have centroids that are blueshifted by at least 30 km s-1 from the stellar rest frame. It is unlikely that flow velocities in the stellar atmospheres are this fast, so radiative transfer effects must be responsible for this behavior. Published hydrodynamic models predict the existence of cool, downflowing material above the shocked material responsible for the Mg II emission, and we demonstrate that scattering in this layer can result in Mg II profiles as highly blueshifted as those that are observed. However, our models also show that scattering within the shock plays an equally strong role in shaping the Mg II profiles, and our calculations illustrate the importance of partial redistribution and the effects of being out of ionization equilibrium.

  2. Laser-Ultrasonic Inspection of MG/AL Castings

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    Blouin, Alain; Levesque, Daniel; Monchalin, Jean-Pierre; Baril, Eric; Fischersworring-Bunk, Andreas

    2005-04-09

    Laser-ultrasonics is used to assess the metallurgical bond between Mg/Al materials in die-cast Magnesium/Aluminum composite. The acoustic impedances of Mg, Al and air are such that the amplitude of ultrasonic echoes reflected back from a void is many times larger than the amplitude of those reflected back from a well-bonded interface. In addition, the polarity of echoes from a void is inverted compared to that from a well-bonded interface. Laser-ultrasonic F-SAFT is also used for imaging tilted Mg/Al interfaces. Experimental setup, signal processing and results for detecting voids in the Mg/Al interface of cast parts are presented.

  3. Drug-induced alterations in Mg2+ homoeostasis.

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    Lameris, Anke L; Monnens, Leo A; Bindels, René J; Hoenderop, Joost G J

    2012-07-01

    Magnesium (Mg2+) balance is tightly regulated by the concerted actions of the intestine, bone and kidneys. This balance can be disturbed by a broad variety of drugs. Diuretics, modulators of the EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor), proton pump inhibitors, antimicrobials, calcineurin inhibitors and cytostatics may all cause hypomagnesaemia, potentially leading to tetany, seizures and cardiac arrhythmias. Conversely, high doses of Mg2+ salts, frequently administered as an antacid or a laxative, may lead to hypermagnesaemia causing various cardiovascular and neuromuscular abnormalities. A better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying the adverse effects of these medications on Mg2+ balance will indicate ways of prevention and treatment of these adverse effects and could potentially provide more insight into Mg2+ homoeostasis.

  4. Improving properties of Mg with Al–Cu additions

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    Rashad, Muhammad; Pan, Fusheng; Asif, Muhammad; Hussain, Shahid; Saleem, Muhammad

    2014-09-15

    The present work reports improvement in tensile properties of the Mg matrix reinforced with micron-sized copper–aluminum particulate hybrids. The Al–Cu particulate hybrids were incorporated into the Mg matrix through powder metallurgy method. The synthesized alloys exhibited homogeneously dispersed Mg{sub 2}Cu particles in the matrix, therefore leading to a 110% increase in yield strength (221 MPa) and a 72% enhancement in ultimate tensile strength (284 MPa) by addition of 1.0 wt.%Al–0.6 wt.%Cu particle hybrids. Optical microscopy, scanning election microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction were used to investigate the microstructure and intermetallic phases of the synthesized alloys. - Highlights: • Mg matrix is reinforced with Al–Cu particulate hybrids. • Powder metallurgic method is used to fabricate the alloys. • Tensile strength and ductility were increased simultaneously.

  5. Al addition effect of bulk MgB 2 superconductor

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    Shinohara, K.; Ikeda, H.; Yoshizaki, R.

    2007-10-01

    The properties of transport and magnetization have been investigated for bulk MgB2Alx superconductor with Al addition (x = 0, 0.5, 1 wt%). MgB2 bulk samples sintered at different temperatures at 650-740 °C were prepared in the undoped state. The temperature and applied field dependencies of resistivity and magnetization were measured for the samples. The sample sintered at 690 °C exhibited the highest critical current density (Jc) and the lowest resistivity. This undoped sample was chosen as a criterion sample, and the effect of Al addition on the MgB2 bulk was studied from the transport and magnetization properties in a magnetic field. For MgB2Alx bulk samples sintered at 690 °C, the resistivity increased and Jc decreased as amount of Al was increased.

  6. Stabilities and structures of gas phase MgO clusters

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    Ziemann, P.J.; Castleman, A.W. Jr. )

    1991-01-01

    Gas phase (MgO){sup +}{sub {ital n}} and (MgO){sub {ital n}}Mg{sup +} clusters ({ital n}{le}90) were produced in a gas aggregation source and studied by using laser-ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The abundance maxima observed in the mass spectra indicate that the clusters form compact cubic structures similar to pieces of the MgO crystal lattice. The abundance maxima of the metal-rich clusters show an interesting dependence on the ionization wavelength that appears to be due to different fragmentation pathways for the cluster ions and neutrals, and may be indicative of excess electron behavior analogous to that observed in solid state color centers. Calculations of cluster structures and stabilities made with an ionic model were useful in obtaining qualitative information about the primary fragmentation channels and cluster electronic properties, but also indicate that covalent bonding interactions must be included to obtain quantitatively accurate results.

  7. Strain engineering on thermoelectric performance of Mg2Si

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    Kaur, Kulwinder; Dhiman, Shobhna; Kumar, Ranjan

    2017-07-01

    In this work, we propose to boost the thermoelectric performance of bulk magnesium silicide using isotropic strain. The effect of strain on the electronic and thermoelectric properties of Mg2Si is analyzed using first principles calculations combined with semi-classical Boltzmann theory. The Seebeck coefficient, power factor and electrical conductivity are strongly modified with strain. The lattice thermal conductivity is also tuned with strain. However, the strain effect on the lattice thermal conductivity of Mg2Si has not yet been systematically studied. The effect of strain on lattice thermal conductivity, specific heat, phonon dispersion curves and phonon density of states of Mg2Si are studied for the first time in this paper. The lattice thermal conductivity of bulk Mg2Si is shown to decrease continuously when applied strain changes from compressive to tensile. The results obtained in this paper have great importance in the thermoelectric field.

  8. ZnCdMgSe-Based Semiconductors for Intersubband Devices

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    Tamargo, Maria C.

    2008-11-13

    This paper presents a review of recent results on the application of ZnCdMgSe-based wide bandgap II-VI compounds to intersubband devices such as quantum cascade lasers and quantum well infrared photodetectors operating in the mid-infrared region. The conduction band offset of ZnCdSe/ZnCdMgSe quantum well structures was determined from contactless electroreflectance measurements to be as high as 1.12 eV. FT-IR was used to measure intersubband absorption in multi-quantum well structures in the mid-IR range. Electroluminescence at 4.8 {mu}m was observed from a quantum cascade emitter structure made from these materials. Preliminary results are also presented on self assembled quantum dots of CdSe on ZnCdMgSe, and novel quantum well structures with metastable binary MgSe barriers.

  9. Attempts at doping indium in MgB2

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    Grivel, J.-C.

    2016-12-01

    Indium (In) doped MgB2 polycrystalline samples were prepared by solid-liquid phase reaction in Ar. After reaction at 800 °C, less than 1 at.% Mg was replaced by In in the MgB2 phase, without significant influence on its lattice parameters and only a slight decrease of its superconducting transition temperature. For all studied In concentrations in the nominal composition, the formation of InMg was evidenced by X-ray diffraction. The critical current density and accommodation field of the wires are decreased in the samples containing In. The flux pinning mechanism can be described by surface pinning in both the doped and undoped samples.

  10. High Resolution Laser Spectroscopy of Mg12C12CD, Mg13C13CH and Mg12C_4H

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    Forthomme, D.; Linton, C.; Tokaryk, D. W.; Adam, A. G.; Granger, A. D.

    2010-06-01

    Carbon and magnesium are abundant elements in the interstellar medium, so it is possible that carbon chain molecules containing a magnesium atom may exist in this environment. With this in mind, radical molecules of the form MgC2nH (n = 1,2,3) have been frequent subjects of both experimental and theoretical studies In this presentation we will discuss our high-resolution experiments of the ~A2Π-~X2Σ+ transitions in the isotopologues Mg12C12CD and Mg13C13CH, which complement our earlier investigation of this spectrum in Mg12C12CH^b. The data permit us to determine the lengths of individual bonds to high precision. In addition, we have expanded on previous studies of the ~A2Π-~X2Σ+ transition of Mg12C_4H, conducted at medium resolution. The parameters obtained from our high-resolution spectra are compared with those obtained from theoretical structure calculations. H. Ding, C. Apetrei, L. Chacaga, J. P. Maier, Astrophys. J. 677 (2008) 348-352 D. W. Tokaryk, A. G. Adam, W. S. Hopkins, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 230 (2005) 54-61 D. E. Woon, Chem. Phys. Lett. 274 (1997) 299-305 C. A. Thompson and L. Andrews, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 118 (1996) 10242-10249 X. Guo, J. Zhang, J. Li, L. Jiang, J. Zhang, Chem. Phys 360 (2009) 27-31 E. Chasovskikh, E. B. Jochnowitz, J. P. Maier, J. Phys. Chem. A. 112 (2008) 8686-8689.

  11. Mg isotopes geochemistry in the Han River basin, Korea

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    Ryu, J.; Lee, S.; Lee, K.; Shin, H.

    2012-12-01

    The Han River basin is the largest river system in South Korea, consisting of two major branches: the North Han River (NHR) and South Han River (SHR). Distinct differences in the lithology between the NHR and SHR (silicates vs. carbonates) allow us to constrain the behavior of Mg isotopes during chemical weathering. We collected water samples as well as rock samples in summer 2011. The lithological difference between the NHR and SHR is reflected in major ions and dissolved Sr isotope compositions; lower major ion concentrations and high 87Sr/86Sr ratios in the NHR but higher major ion concentrations and low 87Sr/86Sr ratios in the SHR. Dissolved Mg in the NHR yielded heavier Mg isotope compositions, ranging from -1.14 to -0.67‰ of δ26MgDSM3 with an average of -0.85‰ (n=6), than that in the SHR, ranging from -1.34 to -0.74‰ of δ26MgDSM3 with an average of -1.15‰ (n=6). The river waters draining only carbonates have much lower δ26MgDSM3 values (-1.34 to -1.27‰, n=3), similar to other rivers draining carbonates. This implies that biological fractionation such as plant uptake would be limited because a geographical environment in the Han River basin is almost same. Mineral saturation indices indicate that the river waters are undersaturated with respect to primary and secondary minerals such as smectite but waters draining the carbonates are oversaturated with respect to calcite and dolomite. Hence, the lower δ26MgDSM3 values in the NHR relative to source rocks could be mainly attributed to the fractionation during silicate mineral dissolution. Contrary to the NHR, δ26MgDSM3 values in the SHR indistinguishable from those of the carbonates imply that carbonates dissolution/precipitation would not fractionate Mg isotopes. This study indicates that Mg isotopes could be used to constrain riverine Mg sources.

  12. ELECTRON-ION RECOMBINATION OF Mg{sup 6+} FORMING Mg{sup 5+} AND OF Mg{sup 7+} FORMING Mg{sup 6+}: LABORATORY MEASUREMENTS AND THEORETICAL CALCULATIONS

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    Lestinsky, M.; Hahn, M.; Novotny, O.; Savin, D. W.; Badnell, N. R.; Bernhardt, D.; Mueller, A.; Schippers, S.; Bing, D.; Grieser, M.; Hoffmann, J.; Jordon-Thaden, B.; Krantz, C.; Orlov, D. A.; Repnow, R.; Shornikov, A.; Wolf, A.

    2012-10-10

    We have measured electron-ion recombination for C-like Mg{sup 6+} forming Mg{sup 5+}, and for B-like Mg{sup 7+} forming Mg{sup 6+}. These studies were performed using a merged electron-ion beam arrangement at the TSR heavy ion storage ring located in Heidelberg, Germany. Both primary ions have metastable levels with significant lifetimes. Using a simple cascade model we estimate the population fractions in these metastable levels. For the Mg{sup 6+} results, we find that the majority of the stored ions are in a metastable level, while for Mg{sup 7+} the metastable fraction is insignificant. We present the Mg{sup 6+} merged beams recombination rate coefficient for DR via N = 2 {yields} N' = 2 core electron excitations ({Delta}N = 0 DR) and for Mg{sup 7+} via 2 {yields} 2 and 2 {yields} 3 core excitations. Taking the estimated metastable populations into account, we compare our results to state-of-the-art multiconfiguration Breit-Pauli theoretical calculations. Significant differences are found at low energies where theory is known to be unreliable. Moreover, for both ions we observe a discrepancy between experiment and theory for {Delta}N = 0 DR involving capture into high-n Rydberg levels and where the stabilization is primarily due to a radiative transition of the excited core electron. This is consistent with previous DR experiments on M-shell iron ions which were performed at TSR. The large metastable content of the Mg{sup 6+} ion beam precludes generating a plasma recombination rate coefficient (PRRC). However, this is not an issue for Mg{sup 7+} and we present an experimentally derived Mg{sup 7+} PRRC for plasma temperatures from 400 K to 10{sup 7} K with an estimated uncertainty of less than 27% at a 90% confidence level. We also provide a fit to our experimentally derived PRRC for use in plasma modeling codes.

  13. Nucleosynthesis in AGB stars: Observation of Mg-25 and Mg-26 in IRC+10216 and possible detection of Al-26

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    Guelin, M.; Forestini, M.; Valiron, P.; Ziurys, L. M.; Anderson, M. A.; Cernicharo, J.; Kahane, C.

    1995-01-01

    We report the detection in the circumstellar envelope IRC+10216 of millimeter lines of the rare isotopomers (25)MgNC and (26)MgNC, as well as of a line at 234433 MHz, which could be the J= 7-6 transition of (26)AlF (an alternate, although less likely identified would be the J= 9-8 transition of NaF). The derived Mg-24:Mg-25:Mg-26 isotopic abundance ratios (78 : 11+/- 1 : 11 +/-1) are consistent with the solar system values (79.0:10.0:11.0), following Anders & Grevesse 1989). According to new calculations of evolutionary models of 3 solar mass and 5 solar mass asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars, these ratios and the previously measured N, O and Si isotopic ratios imply that the central star had an initial mass 3 solar mass (less than or equal to M(sub *, ini) less than 5 solar mass and has already experienced many 3rd dredge-up events. From this, it can be predicted that the Al-26/Al-27 isotopics ratio lies between 0.01 and 0.08; in fact, the value derived in the case that U234433 arises from (26)AlF is Al-26/Al-27 = 0.04. The identification of the (25)MgNC and (26)MgNC lines was made possible by ab-initio quantum mechanical calculations of the molecule geometrical structure. It was confirmed through millimeter-wave laboratory measurements. The quantum mechanical calculations are briefly described and the laboratory results presented in some detail. The rotation constants B, D, H and the spin-rotation constant gamma of (25)MgNC and (26)MgNC are determined from a fit of laboratory and astronomical data.

  14. Nucleosynthesis in AGB stars: Observation of Mg-25 and Mg-26 in IRC+10216 and possible detection of Al-26

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    Guelin, M.; Forestini, M.; Valiron, P.; Ziurys, L. M.; Anderson, M. A.; Cernicharo, J.; Kahane, C.

    1995-01-01

    We report the detection in the circumstellar envelope IRC+10216 of millimeter lines of the rare isotopomers (25)MgNC and (26)MgNC, as well as of a line at 234433 MHz, which could be the J= 7-6 transition of (26)AlF (an alternate, although less likely identified would be the J= 9-8 transition of NaF). The derived Mg-24:Mg-25:Mg-26 isotopic abundance ratios (78 : 11+/- 1 : 11 +/-1) are consistent with the solar system values (79.0:10.0:11.0), following Anders & Grevesse 1989). According to new calculations of evolutionary models of 3 solar mass and 5 solar mass asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars, these ratios and the previously measured N, O and Si isotopic ratios imply that the central star had an initial mass 3 solar mass (less than or equal to M(sub *, ini) less than 5 solar mass and has already experienced many 3rd dredge-up events. From this, it can be predicted that the Al-26/Al-27 isotopics ratio lies between 0.01 and 0.08; in fact, the value derived in the case that U234433 arises from (26)AlF is Al-26/Al-27 = 0.04. The identification of the (25)MgNC and (26)MgNC lines was made possible by ab-initio quantum mechanical calculations of the molecule geometrical structure. It was confirmed through millimeter-wave laboratory measurements. The quantum mechanical calculations are briefly described and the laboratory results presented in some detail. The rotation constants B, D, H and the spin-rotation constant gamma of (25)MgNC and (26)MgNC are determined from a fit of laboratory and astronomical data.

  15. Structure of Ca-Mg-Zn Metallic Glasses (Preprint)

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    2011-07-01

    can be described as a mixture of Mg- and Zn- centered clusters, with Ca dominating in the first coordination shell of these clusters. The coordination...simulation. The amorphous structure can be described as a mixture of Mg- and Zn- centered clusters, with Ca dominating in the first coordination...in mm). The presence of the ternary eutectic reaction provides a strong liquidus temperature gradient in the selected composition area, which leads

  16. Magnetic behavior of Co and Ni implanted MgO

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    Cruz, M. M.; da Silva, R. C.; Pinto, J. V.; González, R. Gonzalez; Alves, E.; Godinho, M.

    2004-05-01

    Single crystals of MgO were implanted with high doses of Co and Ni ions, aiming at the possibility of producing colloidal dispersions of metallic precipitates. Post-implantation annealing in vacuum is used to promote the diffusion of the implanted ions and the recovery of the MgO lattice. Results of magnetization measurements as a function of temperature and magnetic field are presented and correlated with information obtained by Rutherford backscattering measurements in the same samples.

  17. On Interpreting the Photoelectron Spectra of MgO

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Partridge, Harry; Arnold, James (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The (sup 2)Sigma(+) and (sup 2)Pi states of MgO(-) and the (sup 1)Sigma(+), (sup 1)Pi, and (sup 3)Pi states of MgO are studied using the averaged coupled-pair functional (ACPF) approach. The computed spectroscopic constants are in good agreement with the available experimental data. The computed Franck-Condon factors and photodetachment overlaps are compared with experiment.

  18. The Abundance of Mg in the Interstellar Medium

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    Fitzpatrick, Edward L.

    1997-06-01

    An empirical determination of the f-values of the far-UV Mg II λλ1239, 1240 lines is reported. The strong near-UV Mg II λλ2796, 2803 lines are generally highly saturated along most interstellar sight lines outside the local interstellar medium (ISM) and usually yield extremely uncertain estimates of Mg+ column densities in interstellar gas. Since Mg+ is the dominant form of Mg in the neutral ISM, and since Mg is expected to be a significant constituent of interstellar dust grains, the far-UV lines are critical for assessing the role of this important element in the ISM. This study consists of complete component analyses of the absorption along the lines of sight toward HD 93521 in the Galactic halo and ξ Persei and ζ Ophiuchi in the Galactic disk, including all four UV Mg+ lines and numerous other transitions. The three analyses yield consistent determinations of the λλ1239, 1240 f-values, with weighted means of (6.4 +/- 0.4) × 10-4 and (3.2 +/- 0.2) × 10-4, respectively. These results are a factor of ~2.4 larger than a commonly used theoretical estimate, and a factor of ~2 smaller than a recently suggested empirical revision. The effects of this result on gas- and dust-phase abundance measurements of Mg are discussed. Based on observations with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, under NASA contract NAS5-2655. This Letter is dedicated to the memory of Professor Lyman Spitzer Jr. He was a great guy.

  19. Growth of large single crystals of MgO

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    Boatner, L.A.; Urbanik, M.

    1997-06-12

    The progressive identification of new high-technology applications and requirements for MgO single crystals in the commercial realm, as well as in DOE and other government-agency project areas, has resulted in an increased demand and international market for this material. Specifically, the demand for MgO crystals in large sizes and quantities is presently increasing due to existing and developing applications that include: (a) MgO substrates for the formation of electro-optic thin films and devices, (b) epitaxial substrates for high-temperature thin-film superconducting devices MgO optical components - including high-temperature windows, lenses, and prisms, and (d) specialty MgO crucibles and evaporation sources for thin-film production. In the course of CRADA ORNL92-0091, carried out with Commercial Crystal Laboratories of Naples, Florida as the commercial participant, we have made major progress in increasing the size of single crystals of MgO produced by means of the submerged-arc-fusion technique-thereby increasing the commercial utility of this material. Prior to the accomplishments realized in the course of this CRADA, the only commercially available single crystals of MgO were produced in Japan, Israel, and Russia. The results achieved in the course of CRADA ORNL92-0091 have now led to the establishment of a domestic commercial source of MgO single-crystal substrates and components, and the U.S. is no longer totally dependent on foreign sources of this increasingly important material.

  20. An Overview of Fe-Mg Interdiffusion in Mantle Minerals

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    Zhang, Baohua

    2017-07-01

    The rates of Fe-Mg interdiffusion in the Earth's materials are of fundamental importance to a wide range of geochemistry and geophysics problems. In order that the Earth Scientist may readily apply the available experimentally determined diffusion rates to such problems, a brief review of experimental data for Fe-Mg interdiffusion in mantle minerals is presented concerning new advances and some recent applications. Perspectives for the future are also suggested.

  1. Structures and stabilities of (MgO)n nanoclusters.

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    Chen, Mingyang; Felmy, Andrew R; Dixon, David A

    2014-05-01

    Global minima for (MgO)n structures were optimized using a tree growth-hybrid genetic algorithm in conjunction with MNDO/MNDO/d semiempirical molecular orbital calculations followed by density functional theory geometry optimizations with the B3LYP functional. New lowest energy isomers were found for a number of (MgO)n clusters. The most stable isomers for (MgO)n (n > 3) are 3-dimensional. For n < 20, hexagonal tubular (MgO)n structures are more favored in energy than the cubic structures. The cubic structures and their variations dominate after n = 20. For the cubic isomers, increasing the size of the cluster in any dimension improves the stability. The effectiveness of increasing the size of the cluster in a specific dimension to improve stability diminishes as the size in that dimension increases. For cubic structures of the same size, the most compact cubic structure is expected to be the more stable cubic structure. The average Mg-O bond distance and coordination number both increase as n increases. The calculated average Mg-O bond distance is 2.055 Å at n = 40, slightly smaller than the bulk value of 2.104 Å. The average coordination number is predicted to be 4.6 for the lowest energy (MgO)40 as compared to the bulk value of 6. As n increases, the normalized clustering energy ΔE(n) for the (MgO)n increases and the slope of the ΔE(n) vs n curve decreases. The value of ΔE(40) is predicted to be 150 kcal/mol, as compared to the bulk value ΔE(∞) = 176 kcal/mol. The electronic properties of the clusters are presented and the reactive sites are predicted to be at the corners.

  2. Preparation and properties of amorphous MgB2/MgO superstructures: A new model disordered superconductor

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    Siemons, W.

    2010-04-05

    In this paper we introduce a novel method for fabricating MgB{sub 2}/MgO multilayers and demonstrate the potential for using them as a new model for disordered superconductors. In this approach we control the annealing of the MgB{sub 2} to yield an interesting new class of disordered (amorphous) superconductors with relatively high transition temperatures. The multilayers appear to exhibit quasi-two-dimensional superconductivity with controlled anisotropy. We discuss the properties of the multilayers as the thickness of the components of the bilayers vary.

  3. Nature and decay of a J{pi}=36+ resonance in the 24Mg + 24Mg reaction

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    Salsac, M.-D.; Haas, F.; Courtin, S.; Beck, C.; Rousseau, M.; Zafra, A. Sanchez I.; Algora, A.; Dombradi, Z.; Beghini, S.; Farnea, E.; Lenzi, S.; Montagnoli, G.; Scarlassara, F.; Behera, B. R.; Corradi, L.; Fioretto, E.; Gadea, A.; Latina, A.; Marginean, N.; Napoli, D.

    2006-08-14

    It has been proposed to associate the narrow ({gamma}=170 keV) and high spin (J{pi}=36+) resonance in the 24Mg + 24Mg reaction at Ec.m= 45.7 MeV with a hyperdeformed molecular state in 48Cr. Such a description has important consequences for the resonance decay into the favoured inelastic channels. Through fragment-{gamma} coincidence measurements performed ON and OFF resonance using the PRISMA-CLARA array, we have established that the 24Mg states selectively populated are the 2+ and 4+ members of the ground state band.

  4. Inhibition of DNA ejection from bacteriophage by Mg+2 counterions

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    Lee, Sell; Tran, C. V.; Nguyen, T. T.

    2011-03-01

    The problem of inhibiting viral DNA ejection from bacteriophages by multivalent counterions, specifically Mg+2 counterions, is studied. Experimentally, it is known that MgSO4 salt has a strong and nonmonotonic effect on the amount of DNA ejected. There exists an optimal concentration at which the minimum amount of DNA is ejected from the virus. At lower or higher concentrations, more DNA is ejected from the capsid. We propose that this phenomenon is the result of DNA overcharging by Mg+2 multivalent counterions. As Mg+2 concentration increases from zero, the net charge of DNA changes from negative to positive. The optimal inhibition corresponds to the Mg+2 concentration where DNA is neutral. At lower/higher concentrations, DNA genome is charged. It prefers to be in solution to lower its electrostatic self-energy, which consequently leads to an increase in DNA ejection. By fitting our theory to available experimental data, the strength of DNA-DNA short range attraction energies, mediated by Mg+2, is found to be -0.004 kBT per nucleotide base. This and other fitted parameters agree well with known values from other experiments and computer simulations. The parameters are also in agreement qualitatively with values for tri- and tetravalent counterions.

  5. Microstructure and properties of strip cast AZ91 Mg alloy

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    Park, Sung S.; Park, Young S.; Kim, Nack J.

    2002-11-01

    A study has been conducted on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the strip cast AZ91 Mg alloy. The microstructure of the as-cast strip is characterized by a fine equiaxed dendritic structure. There is a variation of secondary dendrite arm spacing throughout the thickness of the strip, showing the smallest value at the wheel surface and the largest value at the center. The distribution of Mg17Al12 particles is also not uniform in the as-cast strip. The microstructure of the solution treated strip consists of fine Mg grains and Al-Mn particles in the matrix with no Mg17Al12 particles. T6 treatment of the strip results in the precipitation of Mg17Al12 particles, the volume fraction of which decreases from the wheel side to the center of the strip. The strip cast AZ91 Mg alloy has the best combination of tensile properties in the T4 condition. It is believed that the good tensile properties of the T4 treated strip are due to the presence of Al-Mn particles, which induce homogeneous deformation.

  6. In vitro degradation of pure Mg in response to glucose

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    Zeng, Rong-Chang; Li, Xiao-Ting; Li, Shuo-Qi; Zhang, Fen; Han, En-Hou

    2015-08-01

    Magnesium and its alloys are promising biodegradable biomaterials but are still challenging to be used in person with high levels of blood glucose or diabetes. To date, the influence of glucose on magnesium degradation has not yet been elucidated, this issue requires more attention. Herein, we present pure Mg exhibiting different corrosion responses to saline and Hank’s solutions with different glucose contents, and the degradation mechanism of pure Mg in the saline solution with glucose in comparison with mannitol as a control. On one hand, the corrosion rate of pure Mg increases with the glucose concentration in saline solutions. Glucose rapidly transforms into gluconic acid, which attacks the oxides of the metal and decreases the pH of the solution; it also promotes the absorption of chloride ions on the Mg surface and consequently accelerates corrosion. On the other hand, better corrosion resistance is obtained with increasing glucose content in Hank’s solution due to the fact that glucose coordinates Ca2+ ions in Hank’s solution and thus improves the formation of Ca-P compounds on the pure Mg surface. This finding will open up new avenues for research on the biodegradation of bio-Mg materials in general, which could yield many new and interesting results.

  7. Inhibition of DNA ejection from bacteriophage by Mg^+2 counterions

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    Lee, Seil; Tran, Cathy V.; Nguyen, Toan T.

    2009-03-01

    The problem of inhibiting viral DNA ejection from bacteriophages by multivalent counterions, especially Mg^+2 counterions, is studied. Experimentally, it is known that MgSO4 salt has a strong and non-monotonic effect on the amount of DNA ejected. There exists an optimal concentration at which the least DNA is ejected from the virus. At lower or higher concentrations, more DNA is ejected from the capsid. We propose that this phenomenon is the result of DNA overcharging by Mg^+2 multivalent counterions. As Mg^+2 concentration increases from zero, DNA net charge changes from negative to positive. The optimal inhibition corresponds to the Mg^+2 concentration where DNA is neutral. At lower/higher concentrations, DNA genome is charged. It prefers to be in solution to lower its electrostatic self-energy, which consequently leads to an increase in DNA ejection. Our theory fits experimental data well. The strength of DNA-DNA short range attraction, mediated by Mg^+2, is found to be -0.003 kBT per nucleotide base.

  8. In vitro degradation of pure Mg in response to glucose

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    Zeng, Rong-Chang; Li, Xiao-Ting; Li, Shuo-Qi; Zhang, Fen; Han, En-Hou

    2015-01-01

    Magnesium and its alloys are promising biodegradable biomaterials but are still challenging to be used in person with high levels of blood glucose or diabetes. To date, the influence of glucose on magnesium degradation has not yet been elucidated, this issue requires more attention. Herein, we present pure Mg exhibiting different corrosion responses to saline and Hank’s solutions with different glucose contents, and the degradation mechanism of pure Mg in the saline solution with glucose in comparison with mannitol as a control. On one hand, the corrosion rate of pure Mg increases with the glucose concentration in saline solutions. Glucose rapidly transforms into gluconic acid, which attacks the oxides of the metal and decreases the pH of the solution; it also promotes the absorption of chloride ions on the Mg surface and consequently accelerates corrosion. On the other hand, better corrosion resistance is obtained with increasing glucose content in Hank’s solution due to the fact that glucose coordinates Ca2+ ions in Hank’s solution and thus improves the formation of Ca-P compounds on the pure Mg surface. This finding will open up new avenues for research on the biodegradation of bio-Mg materials in general, which could yield many new and interesting results. PMID:26264413

  9. Fabrication of Mg alloy tubes for biodegradable stent application.

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    Hanada, Kotaro; Matsuzaki, Kunio; Huang, Xinsheng; Chino, Yasumasa

    2013-12-01

    Though Mg alloys are promising candidates for biodegradable stents, it is very difficult to fabricate stent tubes with high dimensional accuracy using Mg alloys because of their low deformability. This study aimed to develop thin-walled, high-quality Mg alloy tubes with good performance in stent applications. Cold drawing with a fixed mandrel was carried out for extruded Mg-0.8%Ca and AZ61 alloy tubes using optimized drawing parameters and lubrication, and stent tubes with 1.5-1.8mm outer diameter and 150 μm thickness were fabricated. A dimensional evaluation showed that the tube dimensional errors were within 0.02-2.5%. Also, an immersion test of pure Mg with different crystal orientations showed that the crystal orientation affected the corrosion properties, results that are the same with other Mg alloys. The crystal orientation of the stent tube could be controlled by changing the deformation amount and direction in the drawing, showing that it is possible to further improve the biodegradability of stents by approaching their fabrication from a processing aspect. © 2013.

  10. Hydrogen incorporation in high hole density GaN:Mg

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    Zvanut, M. E.; Uprety, Y.; Dashdorj, J.; Moseley, M.; Doolittle, W. Alan

    2011-03-01

    We investigate hydrogen passivation in heavily doped p-type GaN using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. Samples include both conventionally grown GaN (1019 cm-3 Mg, 1017 cm-3 holes) and films grown by metal modulation epitaxy (MME), which yielded higher Mg (1- 4 x 1020 cm-3) and hole (1- 40 x 1018 cm-3) densities than found in conventionally grown GaN. The Mg acceptor signal is monitored throughout 30 minute annealing steps in N2 :H2 (92%:7%)) and subsequently pure N2 . N2 :H2 heat treatments of the lower hole density films begin to reduce the Mg EPR intensity at 750 o C, but quench the signal in high hole density films at 600 o C. Revival of the signal by subsequent N2 annealing occurs at 800 o C for the low hole density material and 600 o C in MME GaN. The present work highlights chemical differences between heavily Mg doped and lower doped films; however, it is unclear whether the difference is due to changes in hydrogen-Mg complex formation or hydrogen diffusion. The work at UAB is supported by the NSF.

  11. Recycling practices of spent MgO-C refractories

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    Kwong, Kyei-Sing; Bennett, James P.

    2002-10-01

    The recycling options of spent MgO-C refractories from an electrical arc furnace (EAF) have been evaluated. The economic, quality of spent refractories and products made from it, the ease of implementation of a recycling practice and the interest of steel melt shops were considered. It was decided that the best option of most EAF shops would be to recycle spent MgO-C refractory as a foaming slag conditioner because of their MgO content. Crushed MgO-C spent refractories can be reused directly back into an EAF without complex and costly beneficiation. Even though this practice is simple, it is critical to know the optimum amount of MgO in the slag to achieve the best foaming quality. A computer model was designed to find the optimum MgO amount. This modeling also helps the melt shop extend refractory service life, increase the energy efficiency, increase productivity, and decrease the amount of slag. Issues related to the refractory recycling will be discussed.

  12. Surface exciton emission of MgO crystals

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    Kuang, Wen-Jian; Li, Qing; Chen, Yu-Xiang; Hu, Kai; Wang, Ning-Hui; Xing, Fang-Li; Yan, Qun; Sun, Shuai-Shuai; Huang, Yan; Tao, Ye; Tolner, Harm

    2013-09-01

    MgO crystals have been exposed to vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation from a synchrotron, with energies up to 9 eV, and the emitted light, at wavelengths above 200 nm, was observed. It is concluded that bulk excitons, play an important role in the diffusion of energy inside MgO crystals, resulting in 5.85 eV (212 nm) emission from the MgO terraces of large (0.2-2 µm) MgO : F crystals. In the case of aliovalent impurity doping, then the bulk exciton energy is also transferred to the Vk centres and 5.3 eV (235 nm) light is emitted. Both fluorine and silicon doping appear to promote UV surface emission, acting similarly to an ns2 ion inside MgO, while strong scandium doping is killing the surface emission completely. The 212 nm surface UV emission and the 235 nm bulk UV emission can be excited only at the bandgap edge. Broadband visible light, centred around 400 nm, is also emitted. Contrary to the UV emission, this is not generated when excited at the bandgap edge; instead, we find that it is only excited at sub-bandgap energies, with a maximum at the 5C surface excitation energy of 5.71 eV (217 nm) for the MgO terraces.

  13. Superconducting MgB2 wires with vanadium diffusion barrier

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    Hušek, I.; Kováč, P.; Melišek, T.; Kulich, M.; Rosová, A.; Kopera, L.; Szundiová, B.

    2017-10-01

    Single-core MgB2 wires with a vanadium barrier and Cu stabilization have been made by the in situ powder-in-tube (PIT) and internal magnesium diffusion (IMD) into boron processes. Heat treatment of PIT wires was done at the temperature range of 650 °C–850 °C/30 min. Critical currents of differently treated MgB2/V/Cu wires have been measured and related with the structure of MgB2. It was found that critical current density of MgB2/V wire annealed above 700 °C decreases rapidly. The obtained results clearly show that vanadium is a well formable metal and can be applied as an effective diffusion barrier for MgB2 wires heat-treated at temperatures ≤700 °C. This temperature limit is well applicable for MgB2 wires with high current densities made by PIT and also by the IMD process.

  14. Mg2+ ions: do they bind to nucleobase nitrogens?

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    Leonarski, Filip; D'Ascenzo, Luigi; Auffinger, Pascal

    2017-01-01

    Given the many roles proposed for Mg2+ in nucleic acids, it is essential to accurately determine their binding modes. Here, we surveyed the PDB to classify Mg2+ inner-sphere binding patterns to nucleobase imine N1/N3/N7 atoms. Among those, purine N7 atoms are considered to be the best nucleobase binding sites for divalent metals. Further, Mg2+ coordination to N7 has been implied in several ribozyme catalytic mechanisms. We report that Mg2+ assigned near imine nitrogens derive mostly from poor interpretations of electron density patterns and are most often misidentified Na+, K+, NH4+ ions, water molecules or spurious density peaks. Consequently, apart from few documented exceptions, Mg2+ ions do not bind to N7 atoms. Without much of a surprise, Mn2+, Zn2+ and Cd2+, which have a higher affinity for nitrogens, may contact N7 atoms when present in crystallization buffers. In this respect, we describe for the first time a potential Zn2+ ribosomal binding site involving two purine N7 atoms. Further, we provide a set of guidelines to help in the assignment of Mg2+ in crystallographic, cryo-EM, NMR and model building practices and discuss implications of our findings related to ion substitution experiments. PMID:27923930

  15. A SIMS Calibration of Benthic Foraminiferal Mg/Ca

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    Curry, W. B.; Marchitto, T. M.

    2005-12-01

    Using a suite of multi-core tops, we have produced a calibration of C. pachyderma Mg/Ca versus temperature spanning the temperature range of 5 to 18 °C. The core tops are located along the Florida margin south of Dry Tortugas (KNR166), along the Bahamas west of Andros Island and Great Bahama Bank (KNR166), and along the southeastern margin of Brazil (KNR159). Water depths range from about 200 to 800 m for the Florida Straits multi-cores and 400 to 800 m for the Brazil margin multi-cores. Five of the KNR166 core tops contain post-1950 bomb radiocarbon with Fmodern> 1; several others have bomb radiocarbon mixed in with pre-bomb sediments to give ages less than 0 BP. Core top ages are generally older for the KNR159 multi-cores, but each is from a location with a well documented Holocene section. Sedimentation rates for KNR166 multi-cores vary from 10 to 100 cm kyr-1; for KNR159 multi-cores, sedimentation rates vary from 5 to 10 cm kyr-1. Elemental ratios were determined by Secondary Ionization Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) using a Cameca IMS 3f ion probe calibrated for Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca using two standards which were independently measured using ICP-MS. Using SIMS, the external precision of the calibration standards averages ±3.5% (1σ RSD) for Mg/Ca and ± 1.7% (1σ RSD) for Sr/Ca. SIMS elemental measurements were performed on one to three individual C. pachyderma tests in each core top; more than 30 tests have been measured from 18 multi-core tops. Mg/Ca variability within C. pachyderma tests averages ± 20% (1σ RSD) with a small but significant trend toward higher variability at higher Mg/Ca. Higher Mg/Ca is observed in warmer waters, but the Mg/Ca values are generally lower (at comparable warm temperatures) than observed in previous calibration studies. At temperatures below 8 °C, C. pachyderma Mg/Ca values are less than 2 mmole/mole. At temperatures warmer than 15 °C, C. pachyderma Mg/Ca values exceed 3 mmole/mole. The slope of Mg/Ca versus temperature (~0.14 mmole

  16. On the Incidence and Kinematics of Strong Mg II Absorbers

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    Prochter, Gabriel E.; Prochaska, Jason X.; Burles, Scott M.

    2006-03-01

    We present the results of two complementary investigations into the nature of strong (rest equivalent width, Wr>1.0 Å) Mg II absorption systems at high redshift. The first line of questioning examines the complete Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 3 set of quasar spectra to determine the evolution of the incidence of strong Mg II absorption. This search resulted in 7421 confirmed Mg II systems of Wr>1.0 Å, yielding a >95% complete statistical sample of 4835 absorbers (systems detected in S/N>7 spectral regions) spanning a redshift range 0.35Mg(X), is characterized by a roughly constant value at z>0.8, indicating that the product of the number density and gas cross section of halos hosting strong Mg II is unevolving at these redshifts. In contrast, one observes a decline in lMg(X) at z<0.8, which we interpret as a decrease in the gas cross section to strong Mg II absorption and therefore a decline in the physical processes relevant to strong Mg II absorption. Perhaps uncoincidentally, this evolution roughly tracks the global evolution of the star formation rate density. Dividing the systems in Wr subsamples, the lMg(X) curves show similar shape with lower normalization at higher Wr values and a more pronounced decrease in lMg(X) at z<0.8 for larger Wr systems. We also present the results of a search for strong Mg II absorption in a set of 91 high-resolution quasar spectra collected on the ESI and HIRES spectrographs. These data allow us to investigate the kinematics of such systems at 0.81.0 Å were discovered. These systems are characterized by the presence of numerous components spread over an average velocity width of Δv~200 km s-1. Also, absorption due to more highly ionized species (e.g., Al III, C IV, Si IV) tends to display kinematic profiles similar to the corresponding Mg II and Fe II absorption. We consider all of these

  17. Mg/Si in the Earth, Planets, and Meteorites

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    Jakes, P.; Reid, A. M.

    1992-07-01

    The "primitive materials," i.e., carbonaceous chondrites (CV,CI,CM) [1] and interplanetary dust particles [2,3] have Mg/Si ratios similar to those of the solar photosphere [1]. The bulk composition of the Earth and that of the terrestrial planets are believed to have higher than "primitive" Mg/Si ratios [4], whereas ordinary and enstatite chondrites have lower than primitive Mg/Si ratios [5]. The separation of Mg from Si may result from reduction of silicon into a metallic phase through the reaction of silicates with C or H2(6) or through temperature-induced reduction of silicates (oxygen volatilization) [7,8]. Reduction leads to the formation of a residuum with higher than original Mg/Si ratios. High temperatures may also cause the vaporization of silicon and also lead to higher Mg/Si ratios in the residual phase [4]. Lower Mg/Si ratios could result from partial melting of a primitive material in which Si preferentially enters the melt, leaving a high Mg/Si residuum. The recrystallization of silicon- bearing metal in the presence of silicates may also provide a mechanism to decrease Mg/Si ratios. This process is documented by the presence of silica/silicates in the meteoritic metals (CV3 Leoville and Efremovka and other chondrites, e.g., Renazzo, ALH85085 [9]). Since Mg/Si fractionation may result from the extreme temperatures, the other siderophile and volatile element abundances must also be considered. The high contents of volatile elements in enstatite chondrites exclude the possibility of such high-temperature processes, and condensation under highly reducing conditions best explains the observed abundances. The aubrites, i.e., enstatite achondrites, however, all have attributes of high-T, low f[O(sub)2] processing and may have formed through the recrystallization of superheated highly fractionated (planetary processed?) material. An explanation of the Earth's higher than primitive Mg/Si was sought in the differences of volatility of Si and Mg, and hence in

  18. In Vitro Degradation Behavior of Ternary Mg-Zn-Se and Mg-Zn-Cu Alloys as Biomaterials

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    Persaud-Sharma, Dharam; Budiansky, Noah

    2013-01-01

    In this study, the corrosion behavior of Mg-Zn-Se and Mg-Zn-Cu alloys was investigated to evaluate their corrosion behavior related to use as implantable biomaterials. The corrosion behavior of these alloys and a commercially available Mg-Zn alloy were examined using static solution electrochemical testing, dynamic solution gravimetric testing, ion leaching testing, and microscopic evaluation. Fluctuations in the pH of the Dulbecco’s Modified Eagles Medium (DMEM) used for the gravimetric and ion leaching immersion testing were also recorded over the 30-day duration to assess whether the media conditions induced by the alloy degradation would permit for cellular survival. Weight loss experimentation and electrochemical tests revealed the Mg-Zn-Cu alloy to have the greatest corrosion rate. PMID:24465245

  19. Loss of Endothelial Barrier in Marfan Mice (mgR/mgR) Results in Severe Inflammation after Adenoviral Gene Therapy

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    Weymann, Alexander; Arif, Rawa; Weber, Antje; Zaradzki, Marcin; Richter, Karsten; Ensminger, Stephan; Robinson, Peter Nicholas; Wagner, Andreas H.; Karck, Matthias; Kallenbach, Klaus

    2016-01-01

    Objectives Marfan syndrome is an autosomal dominant inherited disorder of connective tissue. The vascular complications of Marfan syndrome have the biggest impact on life expectancy. The aorta of Marfan patients reveals degradation of elastin layers caused by increased proteolytic activity of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). In this study we performed adenoviral gene transfer of human tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases-1 (hTIMP-1) in aortic grafts of fibrillin-1 deficient Marfan mice (mgR/mgR) in order to reduce elastolysis. Methods We performed heterotopic infrarenal transplantation of the thoracic aorta in female mice (n = 7 per group). Before implantation, mgR/mgR and wild-type aortas (WT, C57BL/6) were transduced ex vivo with an adenoviral vector coding for human TIMP-1 (Ad.hTIMP-1) or β-galactosidase (Ad.β-Gal). As control mgR/mgR and wild-type aortas received no gene therapy. Thirty days after surgery, overexpression of the transgene was assessed by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and collagen in situ zymography. Histologic staining was performed to investigate inflammation, the neointimal index (NI), and elastin breaks. Endothelial barrier function of native not virus-exposed aortas was evaluated by perfusion of fluorescent albumin and examinations of virus-exposed tissue were performed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Results IHC and ISZ revealed sufficient expression of the transgene. Severe cellular inflammation and intima hyperplasia were seen only in adenovirus treated mgR/mgR aortas (Ad.β-Gal, Ad.hTIMP-1 NI: 0.23; 0.43), but not in native and Ad.hTIMP-1 treated WT (NI: 0.01; 0.00). Compared to native mgR/mgR and Ad.hTIMP-1 treated WT aorta, the NI is highly significant greater in Ad.hTIMP-1 transduced mgR/mgR aorta (p = 0.001; p = 0.001). As expected, untreated Marfan grafts showed significant more elastolysis compared to WT (p = 0.001). However, elastolysis in Marfan aortas was not reduced by adenoviral overexpression of hTIMP-1

  20. Transport characteristics of a ZnMgO/ZnO hetero junction and the effect of temperature and Mg content

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    Uslu, Salih; Yarar, Zeki

    2017-02-01

    The Ensemble Monte Carlo method is used to calculate the transport characteristics of two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) at a ZnMgO/ZnO hetero structure. The spontaneous and piezoelectric polarizations are considered and there is no intentional doping in either material. Numerical Schrödinger and Poisson equations are solved self consistently to obtain the scattering rates of various scattering mechanisms. The density of carriers, each energy sub bands, potential profile and corresponding wave functions are obtained from the self consistent calculations. The self consistent sub band wave functions of acoustic and optic phonon scattering and interface roughness scattering are used in Monte Carlo method to obtain transport characteristics at ZnMgO/ZnO junction. Two dimensional electron gas confined to ZnMgO/ZnO hetero structure is studied and the effect of temperature and Mg content are investigated.

  1. Selection of dopants to enhance hydrogen diffusion rates in MgH2 and NaMgH3

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    Hao, Shiqiang; Sholl, David S.

    2009-04-01

    The transport properties of hydrogen in metal hydrides are crucial to the kinetics of H2 storage in these materials. Previous first-principles calculations and experiments have shown that H transport in MgH2 and NaMgH3 is dominated by charged defects. This creates the possibility of enhancing hydrogen diffusion in these materials by adding dopants that alter the population of the relevant charged defects. We describe a comprehensive set of first-principles calculations examining dopants in MgH2 and NaMgH3 for this purpose. Only a small number of elemental dopants are found to have favorable properties, but these dopants could increase the diffusivity of H by two to three orders of magnitude relative to the undoped materials.

  2. Density functional theory (DFT) study on the hydrolysis behavior of degradable Mg/Mg alloys for biomedical applications

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    Nezafati, Marjan

    Magnesium-based (Mg and/or Mg alloys) materials possess many advantageous physicochemical/biological characteristics such as good biocompatibility and similarity of the mechanical properties to the human bone tissue, which renders this material a promising candidate for the biomedical and implant applications. One of the most attractive features of Mg-based materials is the degradability in the physiological environment. With the burst of research on the biodegradable materials for the healthcare device applications, Mg and its alloys attracted a strong attention in the bioengineering field in recent years. However, the major limitation of applying Mg-based materials to biomedical applications is the fast degradation/corrosion rate with regards to the healing process time-span. In the present thesis, an atomistic model employing the density-functional theory (DFT) has been developed to study the hydrolysis process by understanding the influences of commonly used alloying elements (zinc (Zn), calcium (Ca), aluminum (Al), and yttrium (Y)) and the crystallographic orientation of the dissolution surfaces (basal (0001), prism (1010), and pyramidal (1011) planes) on the corrosion behavior. These parameters are known to strongly impact the initial hydrolysis phenomena of Mg-based materials. To develop the atomistic computational model, we have implemented the Dmol3 software package in conjunction with PBE (Perdew, Burke and Ernzerhof) correlation energy functional in the GGA (generalized gradient approximation) scheme. Throughout the thesis, we performed three sets of calculations, i) surface energy, ii) dissolution potential, and iii) water adsorption computations, to examine the hydrolysis mechanism and the subsequent corrosion/degradation of Mg/Mg alloys. The total energy changes of various Mg-based systems in different conditions for these surface energies, dissolution behavior, and tendency of the system for adsorbing the water molecule were quantified. The results

  3. Effect of organic ligands on Mg partitioning and Mg isotope fractionation during low-temperature precipitation of calcite

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    Mavromatis, Vasileios; Immenhauser, Adrian; Buhl, Dieter; Purgstaller, Bettina; Baldermann, Andre; Dietzel, Martin

    2016-04-01

    Calcite growth experiments have been performed at 25 oC and 1 bar pCO2 in the presence of aqueous Mg and six organic ligands in the concentration range from 10-5 to 10-3 M. These experiments were performed in order to quantify the effect of distinct organic ligands on the Mg partitioning and Mg stable isotope fractionation during its incorporation in calcite at similar growth rates normalized to total surface area. The organic ligands used in this study comprise of (i) acetate acid, (ii) citrate, (iii) glutamate, (iv) salicylate, (v) glycine and (vi) ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), containing carboxyl- and amino-groups. These fuctional groups are required for bacterial activity and growth as well as related to biotic and abiotic mineralization processes occurring in sedimentary and earliest diagenetic aquatic environments (e.g. soil, cave, lacustrine, marine). The results obtained in this study indicate that the presence of organic ligands promotes an increase in the partition coefficient of Mg in calcite (DMg = (Mg/Ca)calcite (Mg/Ca)fluid). This behaviour can be explained by the temporal formation of aqueous Mg-ligand complexes that are subsequently adsorbed on the calcite surfaces and thereby reducing the active growth sites of calcite. The increase of DMg values as a function of the supersaturation degree of calcite in the fluid phase can be described by the linear equation LogDMg =0.3694 (±0.0329)×SIcalcite - 1.9066 (±0.0147); R2=0.92 In contrast, the presence of organic ligands, with exception of citrate, does not significantly affect the Mg isotope fractionation factor between calcite and reactive fluid (Δ26Mgcalcite-fluid = -2.5 ±0.1). Citrate likely exhibits larger fractionation between the Mg-ligand complexes and free aqueous Mg2+, compared to the other organic ligands studied in this work, as evidenced by the smaller Δ26Mgcalcite-fluid values. These results indicate that in Earth's surface calcite precipitating environments that are

  4. Effect of Thermomechanical Processing on the Elevated Temperature Behavior of Lithium-Containing High-Mg, Al-Mg Alloys.

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    1986-06-01

    predict as accurately as possible the true elongations from the charted values, a scale factor equal to the ratio of the measured elongation at...the volume fraction of precipitated B, Mg5AI8 , is the most influential factor affecting flow stress and strain-rate sensitivity. How Li additions...of 13 precipitated is the most influential factor affecting flow stress, - and strain-rate sensitivity coefficient, m. 7. The Al-Mg-Li alloys tested

  5. Fixed-flexion knee radiography using a new positioning device produced highly repeatable measurements of joint space width: ELSA-Brasil Musculoskeletal Study (ELSA-Brasil MSK).

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    Telles, Rosa Weiss; Costa-Silva, Luciana; Machado, Luciana A C; Reis, Rodrigo Citton Padilha Dos; Barreto, Sandhi Maria

    To describe the performance of a non-fluoroscopic fixed-flexion PA radiographic protocol with a new positioning device, developed for the assessment of knee osteoarthritis (OA) in Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health Musculoskeletal Study (ELSA-Brasil MSK). A test-retest design including 19 adults (38 knee images) was conducted. Feasibility of the radiographic protocol was assessed by image quality parameters and presence of radioanatomic alignment according to intermargin distance (IMD) values. Repeatability was assessed for IMD and joint space width (JSW) measured at three different locations. Approximately 90% of knee images presented excellent quality. Frequencies of nearly perfect radioanatomic alignment (IMD ≤1mm) ranged from 29% to 50%, and satisfactory alignment was found in up to 71% and 76% of the images (IMD ≤1.5mm and ≤1.7mm, respectively). Repeatability analyses yielded the following results: IMD [SD of mean difference=1.08; coefficient of variation (%CV)=54.68%; intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) (95%CI)=0.59 (0.34-0.77)]; JSW [SD of mean difference=0.34-0.61; %CV=4.48%-9.80%; ICC (95%CI)=0.74 (0.55-0.85)-0.94 (0.87-0.97)]. Adequately reproducible measurements of IMD and JSW were found in 68% and 87% of the images, respectively. Despite the difficulty in achieving consistent radioanatomic alignment between subsequent radiographs in terms of IMD, the protocol produced highly repeatable JSW measurements when these were taken at midpoint and 10mm from the medial extremity of the medial tibial plateau. Therefore, measurements of JSW at these locations can be considered adequate for the assessment of knee OA in ELSA-Brasil MSK. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda.

  6. Fixed-flexion knee radiography using a new positioning device produced highly repeatable measurements of joint space width: ELSA-Brasil Musculoskeletal Study (ELSA-Brasil MSK).

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    Telles, Rosa Weiss; Costa-Silva, Luciana; Machado, Luciana A C; Reis, Rodrigo Citton Padilha Dos; Barreto, Sandhi Maria

    2016-11-26

    To describe the performance of a non-fluoroscopic fixed-flexion PA radiographic protocol with a new positioning device, developed for the assessment of knee osteoarthritis (OA) in ELSA-Brasil MSK. A test-retest design including 19 adults (38 knee images) was conducted. Feasibility of the radiographic protocol was assessed by image quality parameters and presence of radioanatomic alignment according to intermargin distance (IMD) values. Repeatability was assessed for IMD and joint space width (JSW) measured at three different locations. Approximately 90% of knee images presented excellent quality. Frequencies of nearly perfect radioanatomic alignment (IMD ≤1mm) ranged from 29% to 50%, and satisfactory alignment was found in up to 71% and 76% of the images (IMD ≤1.5mm and ≤1.7mm, respectively). Repeatability analyses yielded the following results: IMD [SD of mean difference=1.08; coefficient of variation (%CV)=54.68%; intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) (95%CI)=0.59 (0.34-0.77)]; JSW [SD of mean difference=0.34 - 0.61; %CV=4.48% - 9.80%; ICC (95%CI)=0.74 (0.55-0.85) - 0.94 (0.87-0.97)]. Adequately reproducible measurements of IMD and JSW were found in 68% and 87% of the images, respectively. Despite the difficulty in achieving consistent radioanatomic alignment between subsequent radiographs in terms of IMD, the protocol produced highly repeatable JSW measurements when these were taken at midpoint and 10mm from the medial extremity of the medial tibial plateu. Therefore, measurements of JSW at these locations can be considered adequate for the assessment of knee OA in ELSA-Brasil MSK. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda.

  7. Nanoscale order in ZnSe:(Mg, O)

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    Elyukhin, Vyacheslav A.

    2014-02-21

    Self-assembling of 1O4Mg identical tetrahedral clusters resulting in the nanoscale order in ZnSe:(Mg, O) is presented. Co-doping transforms ZnSe into Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O{sub y}Se{sub 1−y} alloy of MgO, MgSe, ZnO and ZnSe. The decrease of a sum of the enthalpies of the constituent compounds and diminution of the strain energy are the causes of this phenomenon. The self-assembling conditions are obtained from the free energy minimum when magnesium and oxygen are in the dilute and ultra dilute limits, correspondingly. The occurrence of 1O4Mg clusters and completion of self-assembling when all oxygen atoms are in clusters are results of the continuous phase transitions. The self-assembling occurrence temperature does not depend on the oxygen content and it is a function of magnesium concentration. Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O{sub y}Se{sub 1−y} with all oxygen atoms in clusters can be obtained in temperature ranges from T = 206 °C (x = 0.001, y = 1×10{sup −4}) to T = 456 °C (x = 0.01, y = 1×10{sup −4}) and from T = 237 °C (x = 0.001, y = 1×10{sup −6}) to T = 462 °C (x = 0.01, y = 1×10{sup −6})

  8. Corrosion inhibition of powder metallurgy Mg by fluoride treatments.

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    Pereda, M D; Alonso, C; Burgos-Asperilla, L; del Valle, J A; Ruano, O A; Perez, P; Fernández Lorenzo de Mele, M A

    2010-05-01

    Pure Mg has been proposed as a potential degradable biomaterial to avoid both the disadvantages of non-degradable internal fixation implants and the use of alloying elements that may be toxic. However, it shows excessively high corrosion rate and insufficient yield strength. The effects of reinforcing Mg by a powder metallurgy (PM) route and the application of biocompatible corrosion inhibitors (immersion in 0.1 and 1M KF solution treatments, 0.1M FST and 1M FST, respectively) were analyzed in order to improve Mg mechanical and corrosion resistance, respectively. Open circuit potential measurements, polarization techniques (PT), scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were performed to evaluate its corrosion behavior. SECM showed that the local current of attacked areas decreased during the F(-) treatments. The corrosion inhibitory action of 0.1M FST and 1M FST in phosphate buffered solution was assessed by PT and EIS. Under the experimental conditions assayed, 0.1M FST revealed better performance. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray and X-ray diffraction analyses of Mg(PM) with 0.1M FST showed the presence of KMgF(3) crystals on the surface while a MgF(2) film was detected for 1M FST. After fluoride inhibition treatments, promising results were observed for Mg(PM) as degradable metallic biomaterial due to its higher yield strength and lower initial corrosion rate than untreated Mg, as well as a progressive loss of the protective characteristics of the F(-)-containing film which ensures the gradual degradation process.

  9. Contributions of Mycorrhizal Trees to Mg Isotopic Variations in Weathering

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    Bryce, J. G.; Hobbie, E. A.; Blichert-Toft, J.; Colpaert, J.; Hoff, C.; Prado, M. F.; Pettitt, E.; Telouk, P.

    2013-12-01

    Although it is well established that organisms contribute significantly to the weathering process and to the distribution of elements within continental environments, the degree to which biota actively drive weathering versus the degree to which organisms benefit from nutrients released during largely inorganic weathering processes remains shrouded in mystery. Furthermore, the relative influence of different organisms on key emerging isotopic systems, especially Mg, remains poorly understood. To address these questions, we have carried out a series of Mg isotopic investigations on semi-hydroponically cultured trees (pine, Pinus sylvestris and sugar maple, Acer saccharum) grown with appropriate mycorrhizal symbionts (ectomycorrhizal, Suillus, or arbuscular, Glomus, respectively) in different geologic substrates (carbonate and granitic) under low nutrient supply. Plant tissues and eluting solutions across these biogeochemical experiments were studied for elemental abundances and Mg isotopic signatures. Eluting solutions were most distinctive from the abiotic control for those trees grown in granite-bearing cultures, an observation we attribute to biotite weathering. Foliar and root tissues recorded distinctive isotopic compositions (e.g., differences up to 0.6 ‰ δ26/24Mg) in both the pines and sugar maples. Foliar δ26/24Mg varied amongst the trees grown in the different experiments: compared to the substrate, ectomycorrhizal pine had more depleted Mg isotopic signatures in foliage than nonmycorrhizal pine and arbuscular mycorrhizal sugar maple. Taken together our results indicate that ectomycorrhizal symbioses contribute to Mg isotopic variations during weathering and that this effect may be more pronounced in soils forming over biotite-bearing terrains.

  10. Neutron scattering studies of superconducting MgB2 tapes

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    Bellingeri, E.; Malagoli, A.; Modica, M.; Braccini, V.; Siri, A. S.; Grasso, G.

    2003-02-01

    The capability of manufacturing long superconducting MgB2 wires with already remarkable critical currents makes this material a very promising candidate for future applications. Tapes are prepared by the powder-in-tube technique. After the cold working procedure typically carried out by wire drawing and cold rolling, it has been found that a final sintering step carried out in argon atmosphere is a key process for further improving the superconducting properties of the conductors. To study the effect of the deformation and heat treatment processes, we performed neutron scattering experiment. Due to the high penetration depth of neutron inside matter, it was possible to analyse the MgB2 phase still wrapped in the Ni sheath. Our studies were carried out by a full spectra refinement by the Rietveld method. In the starting superconducting powder a large Mg deficiency was observed. In the tapes we found that the large forces applied during the cold working induced a large MgB2 lattice deformation, and that it is partly relaxed during the final sintering process. An important correlation of the residual stress with the critical temperature and the pinning properties was pointed out. We also observed the appearance of detrimental secondary phases during the sintering process. In particular, the MgB2 phase reacted with the nickel sheath and MgB2Ni2.5 was formed at temperatures higher than 850 °C. These results are of basic importance for a further optimization of the transport properties at moderate fields where applications of MgB2 tapes are already envisageable.

  11. Mechanisms of glutamate-stimulated Mg2+ influx and subsequent Mg2+ efflux in rat forebrain neurones in culture.

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    Stout, A K; Li-Smerin, Y; Johnson, J W; Reynolds, I J

    1996-01-01

    1. Mag-fura-2 fluorescence microscopy and whole-cell patch-clamp recordings were used to measure glutamate-induced changes in the intracellular free Mg2+ concentration ([Mg2+]i) and Mg2+ currents, respectively, in cultured forebrain neurones from fetal rats in the absence of extracellular Na+ (Nao+) and Ca2+ (Cao2+). 2. Increasing the extracellular Mg2+ concentration ([Mg2+]o) from 9 to 70 mM significantly enhanced the maximum [Mg2+]i induced by a 5 min 100 microM glutamate plus 1 microM glycine stimulation ([Mg2+]i,5 min) from 2.04 +/- 0.07 to 2.98 +/- 0.20 mM. Increasing [Mg2+]o from 9 to 70 mM also significantly enhanced the initial rate of rise in [Mg2+]i upon glutamate stimulation from 0.41 +/- 0.02 to 0.81 +/- 0.08 mM min-1. 3. The glutamate-stimulated increase in [Mg2+]i was not altered by prior depletion of intracellular free Na+ (Nai+). For paired stimulations in single neurones, the mean [Mg2+]i,5 min was 1.95 +/- 0.17 mM under Na(+)-depleted conditions and 1.94 +/- 0.16 mM under control conditions. 4. The glutamate-stimulated increase in [Mg2+]i was significantly reduced when NMDA channel-permeant Cs+ or K+ ions were used as the Na+ substitute instead of the presumably NMDA channel-impermeant ions N-methyl-D-glucamine (NMDG), Tris or sucrose. The mean [Mg2+]i,5 min was 0.56 +/- 0.06 and 0.74 +/- 0.08 mM in the presence of Cs+ or K+, respectively, compared with 2.13 +/- 0.10, 1.93 +/- 0.11 and 2.07 +/- 0.22 mM in the presence of NMDG, Tris or sucrose, respectively. 5. In whole-cell recordings performed with Cs+ as the primary intracellular cation, application of 100 microM NMDA plus 10 microM glycine induced inward currents that reversed around -55 mV in an extracellular solution containing 70 mM Mg2+ and 31 mM NMDG as the only cations. The currents were reversibly inhibited by DL-2-amino-5-phosphonovaleric acid (APV). In an extracellular solution containing 2 mM Mg2+ and 140 mM NMDG, NMDA plus glycine activated outward currents at potentials more

  12. Efficacy and safety of drospirenone 2 mg/17β-estradiol 1 mg hormone therapy in Korean postmenopausal women

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    Park, Bo Ra; Park, Hye Na; Jung, Ji Back; Kim, Jeong Sig; Choi, Gyu Yeon; Lee, Jeong Jae; Lee, Im Soon

    2017-01-01

    This regulatory post-marketing surveillance study aimed to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy and safety of drospirenone (DRSP) 2 mg/estradiol (E2) 1 mg tablet in Korean postmenopausal women. A total of 4,149 patients were enrolled and the study was conducted at 207 clinical research centers. The patients' source data was collected between November 2006 and November 2012. More than 85% of patients experienced improvement of menopausal symptoms. The most frequently reported adverse events were vaginal bleeding and breast pain; most of the women suffering from these symptoms fully recovered. The incidence of adverse event was higher in patients of younger age (20 to 39 years), in patients with concomitant diseases, previous hormone replacement therapy in medical history, those treated with DRSP 2 mg/E2 1 mg for shorter duration (3 years or less) and in patients using concomitant medication. In conclusion, the results from this large post-marketing surveillance study confirm the efficacy and safety of DRSP 2 mg/E2 1 mg tablet in Korean postmenopausal women. PMID:28344964

  13. On the viability of Mg extraction in MgMoN2: a combined experimental and theoretical approach.

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    Verrelli, R; Arroyo-de-Dompablo, M E; Tchitchekova, D; Black, A P; Frontera, C; Fuertes, A; Palacin, M R

    2017-09-25

    Layered MgMoN2 was prepared by solid state reaction at high temperature between Mo and Mg3N2 in N2 which represents a simple synthetic pathway compared to the previously reported method that used NaN3 as the nitrogen source. The crystal structure of MgMoN2 was studied by synchrotron X-ray and neutron powder diffraction. The feasibility of oxidizing this compound and concomitantly extracting magnesium from the structure was assessed by both chemical and electrochemical approaches, using different protocols. The X-ray diffraction patterns of the oxidized samples do not exhibit any relevant difference with respect to that of the as prepared MgMoN2 and no differences in the cell parameters are deduced from Rietveld refinements. No hints pointing at the presence of any amorphous phase are observed either. These results are rationalized through DFT calculated energy barriers for Mg(2+) ion migration in MgMoN2.

  14. Equiatomic compounds REIrMg (RE = Y, La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Tm) and RERhMg (RE = Y, Sm, Gd-Tm)

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    Stein, Sebastian; Heletta, Lukas; Pöttgen, Rainer

    2017-09-01

    The equiatomic intermetallic compounds REIrMg (RE = Y, La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Tm) and RERhMg (RE = Y, Sm, Gd-Tm) were synthesized from the elements in sealed niobium ampoules in a high-frequency furnace and characterized based on X-ray powder data. LaIrMg and CeIrMg crystallize with the orthorhombic LaNiAl type structure (Pnma), while all other compounds adopt the TiNiSi type. The structures of YRhMg, GdRh1.190(4)Mg0.810(4), DyRh1.126(5)Mg0.874(5), LaIrMg, NdIr1.033(2)Mg0.967(2) and ErIr1.059(3)Mg0.941(3) were refined from single-crystal X-ray diffractometer data. The striking structural motifs of these phases are tricapped trigonal prisms around the transition metal atoms formed by RE and Mg. The two structure types differ in the connectivity pattern of the trigonal prisms. The rhodium (iridium) atoms build up three-dimensional [RhMg] and [IrMg] networks in which cavities are filled by the rare earth atoms. Temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility measurements on X-ray pure samples of NdIrMg, SmRhMg, GdRhMg, TbRhMg and DyRhMg show Curie-Weiss paramagnetism of the trivalent rare earth ions and magnetic ordering at low temperatures: TC = 9.5 K for NdIrMg and Néel temperatures of 10.0, 16.7, 10.6 and 11.3 K for SmRhMg, GdRhMg, TbRhMg and DyRhMg. TbRhMg and DyRhMg exhibit field-induced spin reorientations (metamagnetism).

  15. Explicación de las disparidades raciales en la salud neonatal en Brasil*

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    Nyarko, Kwame A.; López-Camelo, Jorge; Castilla, Eduardo E.; Wehby, George L.

    2015-01-01

    Objetivos. Buscamos cuantificar la manera en que los efectos socioeconómicos, demográficos, geográficos y de atención de salud explican las disparidades raciales en las tasas de bajo peso al nacer y prematuridad en Brasil. Métodos. Utilizamos una muestra de 8 949 niños nacidos entre 1995 y el 2009 en 15 ciudades y 7 provincias de Brasil. Nos centramos en las disparidades en la prevalencia de bajo peso al nacer (< 2 500 g) y prematuridad (< 37 semanas de gestación) en recién nacidos de ascendencia solo africana o mezclada con otras ascendencias y de ascendencia solo europea. Usamos un modelo de descomposición para cuantificar la contribución de los factores conceptualmente pertinentes a esas disparidades. Resultados. El modelo permitió explicar entre 45% y 94% de las disparidades en cuanto al bajo peso al nacer y entre 64% y 94% de las disparidades en cuanto a la prematuridad entre los grupos de ascendencia africana y de ascendencia europea. Las diferencias en el uso de atención prenatal y en la ubicación geográfica fueron los factores más importantes, seguidos por las diferencias socioeconómicas. El modelo permitió explicar la mayoría de las disparidades en los recién nacidos de ascendencia africana mezclada y parte de las disparidades en los de ascendencia solo africana. Conclusiones. En las políticas públicas para mejorar la salud infantil se deben abordar las diferencias en cuanto a la atención prenatal y la ubicación geográfica a fin de reducir las disparidades en materia de salud entre los recién nacidos de ascendencia africana y los de ascendencia europea en Brasil.

  16. Avança Brasil: environmental and social consequences of Brazil's planned infrastructure in Amazonia.

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    Fearnside, Philip M

    2002-12-01

    "Avança Brasil" (Forward Brazil) is a package of 338 projects throughout Brazil; the portion of the plan to be carried out in Brazil's Legal Amazon region totals US$43 billion over 8 years, US$20 billion of which would be for infrastructure causing environmental damage. Brazil's environmental impact assessment system is not yet capable of coping with the challenge presented by Avança Brasil. Generic problems with the licensing process include stimulation of a lobby in favor of construction before decisions are made on the advisability of the projects, the "dragging effect" of third parties, whereby economic activity is attracted to the infrastructure but escapes the environmental impact assessment system, a tendency for consulting firms to produce favorable reports, a bureaucratic emphasis on the existence of steps without regard to the content of what is said, and the inability to take account of the chain of events unleashed when a given project is undertaken. The environmental and social costs of forest loss are high; among them is loss of opportunities for sustainable use of the forest, including loss of environmental services such as biodiversity maintenance, water cycling, and carbon storage. The benefits of export infrastructure are meager, especially from the point of view of generating employment. Much of the transportation infrastructure is for soybeans, while the hydroelectric dams contribute to processing aluminum. The example of Avança Brasil makes clear the need to rethink how major development decisions are made and to reconsider a number of the plan's component projects.

  17. Toward accurate thermochemistry of the (24)MgH, (25)MgH, and (26)MgH molecules at elevated temperatures: corrections due to unbound states.

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    Szidarovszky, Tamás; Császár, Attila G

    2015-01-07

    The total partition functions QT and their first two moments Q(')T and Q(″)T, together with the isobaric heat capacities CpT, are computed a priori for three major MgH isotopologues on the temperature range of T = 100-3000 K using the recent highly accurate potential energy curve, spin-rotation, and non-adiabatic correction functions of Henderson et al. [J. Phys. Chem. A 117, 13373 (2013)]. Nuclear motion computations are carried out on the ground electronic state to determine the (ro)vibrational energy levels and the scattering phase shifts. The effect of resonance states is found to be significant above about 1000 K and it increases with temperature. Even very short-lived states, due to their relatively large number, have significant contributions to QT at elevated temperatures. The contribution of scattering states is around one fourth of that of resonance states but opposite in sign. Uncertainty estimates are given for the possible error sources, suggesting that all computed thermochemical properties have an accuracy better than 0.005% up to 1200 K. Between 1200 and 2500 K, the uncertainties can rise to around 0.1%, while between 2500 K and 3000 K, a further increase to 0.5% might be observed for Q(″)T and CpT, principally due to the neglect of excited electronic states. The accurate thermochemical data determined are presented in the supplementary material for the three isotopologues of (24)MgH, (25)MgH, and (26)MgH at 1 K increments. These data, which differ significantly from older standard data, should prove useful for astronomical models incorporating thermodynamic properties of these species.

  18. Atomic simulation of mechanical behavior of Mg in a super-lattice of nanocrystalline Mg and amorphous Mg-Al alloy

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    Song, H. Y.; An, M. R.; Li, Y. L. Deng, Q.

    2014-12-07

    The mechanical properties of a super-lattice architecture composed of nanocrystalline Mg and Mg-Al amorphous alloy are investigated using molecular dynamics simulation. The results indicate that deformation mechanism of nanocrystalline Mg is obviously affected by the amorphous boundary spacing and temperature. The strength of the material increases with the decrease of amorphous boundary spacing, presenting a Hall-Petch effect at both 10 K and 300 K. A stress platform and following stiffness softening, as well as a linear strengthening in the plastic stage, are observed when the amorphous boundary spacing below 8.792 nm at 10 K. The implying reason may be that the amorphous boundary acts as the dislocations emission and absorption source. However, the second stress peak is not observed for the models at 300 K. Instead, the flow stress in plastic stage is a nearly constant value. The simulation demonstrates the emergence of the new grain, accompanied by the deformation twins and stacking faults associated with the plastic behaviors at 300 K. The general conclusions derived from this work may provide a guideline for the design of high-performance hexagonal close-packed metals.

  19. Photoneutron strengths in 26Mg at energies of astrophysical interest

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    deBoer, R. J.; Best, A.; Görres, J.; Smith, K.; Tan, W.; Wiescher, M.; Raut, R.; Rusev, G.; Tonchev, A. P.; Tornow, W.

    2014-05-01

    Background: The 22Ne(α,n)25Mg reaction is an important source of neutrons for s-process nucleosynthesis. The neutron production from the reaction is quite sensitive to the low-energy cross section, which is dominated by narrow resonances. The high level density of the 26Mg compound nucleus above the α separation energy prevents simple extrapolations from higher energy and the high Coulomb barrier makes the direct measurements extremely difficult. For this reason, indirect methods must be employed to study the level properties of 26Mg. Purpose: The current measurement utilizes the reaction 26Mg(γ,n)25Mg to probe the level structure of the 26Mg compound nucleus from the neutron-separation energy at 11.093 MeV up to Ex≈ 12 MeV. Methods: The High-Intensity γ-ray Source of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory was used to bombard a ˜16 g sample of enriched 26Mg oxide and the resulting decay neutrons were detected with an array of nine liquid scintillator detectors. Neutron time-of-flight peaks with corresponding energies as low as ˜50 keV were detected. An efficiency measurement of the detectors was made at the University of Notre Dame's nuclear science laboratory to energies as low as 45 keV. Results: Five resonances were observed at Eγ = 11.150, 11.289, 11.329, 11.506, and 11.749 MeV and their strengths have been extracted. Conclusion:. The resulting strengths at Eγ = 11.289, 11.329, 11.506, and 11.749 MeV are in good agreement with previous measurements. The strength of the resonance at Eγ = 11.150 MeV is somewhat lower than previously measured but is in reasonable agreement when systematic uncertainties are considered. The results are also consistent with those of 25Mg(n,γ)26Mg studies where a comparison shows that many of the resonances observed here are the result of multiple unresolved narrow resonances.

  20. Associations of Cigarette Smoking With Subclinical Inflammation and Atherosclerosis: ELSA-Brasil (The Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health).

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    Kianoush, Sina; Yakoob, Mohammad Yawar; Al-Rifai, Mahmoud; DeFilippis, Andrew P; Bittencourt, Marcio S; Duncan, Bruce B; Bensenor, Isabela M; Bhatnagar, Aruni; Lotufo, Paulo A; Blaha, Michael J

    2017-06-24

    There is a need to identify sensitive biomarkers of early tobacco-related cardiovascular disease. We examined the association of smoking status, burden, time since quitting, and intensity, with markers of inflammation and subclinical atherosclerosis. We studied 14 103 participants without clinical cardiovascular disease in ELSA-Brasil (Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health). We evaluated baseline cross-sectional associations between smoking parameters and inflammation (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein [hsCRP]) and measures of subclinical atherosclerosis (carotid intima-media thickness, ankle-brachial index, and coronary artery calcium [CAC]). The cohort included 1844 current smokers, 4121 former smokers, and 8138 never smokers. Mean age was 51.7±8.9 years; 44.8% were male. After multivariable adjustment, compared with never smokers, current smokers had significantly higher levels of hsCRP (β=0.24, 0.19-0.29 mg/L; P<0.001) and carotid intima-media thickness (β=0.03, 0.02-0.04 mm; P<0.001) and odds of ankle-brachial index ≤1.0 (odds ratio: 2.52; 95% confidence interval, 2.06-3.08; P<0.001) and CAC >0 (odds ratio: 1.83; 95% confidence interval, 1.46-2.30; P<0.001). Among former and current smokers, pack-years of smoking (burden) were significantly associated with hsCRP (P<0.001 and P=0.006, respectively) and CAC (P<0.001 and P=0.002, respectively). Among former smokers, hsCRP and carotid intima-media thickness levels and odds of ankle-brachial index ≤1.0 and CAC >0 were lower with increasing time since quitting (P<0.01). Among current smokers, number of cigarettes per day (intensity) was positively associated with hsCRP (P<0.001) and CAC >0 (P=0.03) after adjusting for duration of smoking. Strong associations were observed between smoking status, burden, and intensity with inflammation (hsCRP) and subclinical atherosclerosis (carotid intima-media thickness, ankle-brachial index, CAC). These markers of early cardiovascular disease injury may be

  1. Multifunctional MgO Layer in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Guo, Xudong; Dong, Haopeng; Li, Wenzhe; Li, Nan; Wang, Liduo

    2015-06-08

    A multifunctional magnesium oxide (MgO) layer was successfully introduced into perovskite solar cells (PSCs) to enhance their performance. MgO was coated onto the surface of mesoporous TiO(2) by the decomposition of magnesium acetate and, therefore, could block contact between the perovskite and TiO(2). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy showed that the amount of H(2)O/hydroxyl absorbed on the TiO(2) decreased after MgO modification. The UV/Vis absorption spectra of the perovskite with MgO modification revealed an enhanced photoelectric performance compared with that of unmodified perovskite after UV illumination. In addition to the photocurrent, the photovoltage and fill factor also showed an enhancement after modification, which resulted in an increase in the overall efficiency of the cell from 9.6 to 13.9 %. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) confirmed that MgO acts as an insulating layer to reduce charge recombination.

  2. Molecular Storage of Mg Ions with Vanadium Oxide Nanoclusters

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    Cheng, Yingwen; Shao, Yuyan; Raju, Vadivukarasi; Ji, Xiulei; Mehdi, B. Layla; Han, Kee Sung; Engelhard, Mark H.; Li, Guosheng; Browning, Nigel D.; Mueller, Karl T.; Liu, Jun

    2016-04-13

    Mg batteries have potential advantages in terms of safety, cost and reliability over existing battery chemistries, but their practical implementation is hindered substantially by the lack of amenable high voltage cathode materials. The development of cathode materials is complicated by a limited understanding of the unique divalent Mg ion electrochemistry. Here we show that highly dispersed vanadium oxide nanoclusters supported on porous carbon frameworks were able to react with Mg ions reversibly in electrolytes that are compatible with Mg metal, and exhibited high capacities and good reaction kinetics. Electrodes with the composite materials were able to deliver initial capacities exceeding 300 mAh/g at 40 mA/g in the voltage window of 0.5 to 2.8V. The combined electron microscope, spectroscopy and electrochemistry characterizations suggest the reaction is surface-controlled and may be best described as through a molecular reaction mechanism. This work could provide a new approach of using nanoclusters and the molecular energy storage mechanism to design electrode materials for Mg batteries.

  3. DIFFUSION OF MAGNESIUM AND MICROSTRUCTURES IN Mg+ IMPLANTED SILICON CARBIDE

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    Jiang, Weilin; Edwards, Danny J.; Jung, Hee Joon; Wang, Zheming; Zhu, Zihua; Roosendaal, Timothy J.; Hu, Shenyang Y.; Henager, Charles H.; Kurtz, Richard J.; Wang, Yongqiang

    2014-08-28

    Following our previous reports [ 1- 3], further isochronal annealing (2 hrs.) of the monocrystalline 6H-SiC and polycrystalline CVD 3C-SiC was performed at 1573 and 1673 K in Ar environment. SIMS data indicate that observable Mg diffusion in 6H-SiC starts and a more rapid diffusion in CVD 3C-SiC occurs at 1573 K. The implanted Mg atoms tend to diffuse deeper into the undamaged CVD 3C-SiC. The microstructure with Mg inclusions in the as-implanted SiC has been initially examined using high-resolution STEM. The presence of Mg in the TEM specimen has been confirmed based on EDS mapping. Additional monocrystalline 3C-SiC samples have been implanted at 673 K to ion fluence 3 times higher than the previous one. RBS/C analysis has been performed before and after thermal annealing at 1573 K for 12 hrs. Isothermal annealing at 1573 K is being carried out and Mg depth profiles being measured. Microstructures in both the as-implanted and annealed samples are also being examined using STEM.

  4. Multilayer Mg-Stainless Steel Sheets, Twinning and Texture Evolution

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    Inoue, Junya; Sadeghi, Alireza; Ohmori, Toshinori; Koseki, Toshihiko

    2017-07-01

    In the present study, different combinations of multilayer sheets were prepared from 1 and 2 mm Mg AZ31 along with 0.25, 0.5, and 1 mm 304 L stainless steel. The texture and microstructure of the elongated samples (20 and 30 pct strain) were studied. It was found that the transversal stress plays an important role in both texture evolution and twinning in these composites. The obtained pole figures revealed an axial texture tilt with increasing steel layer volume fraction ( V f). It was found that this is a direct effect of transverse stress, which becomes more significant upon reducing Mg V f. This extra stress component tilts the basal planes away from the original normal direction in monolithic samples. Moreover, our results indicate that with decreasing Mg V f, twinning activity was increased in the 20 pct deformed samples but reduced in the samples with 30 pct elongation. It is known that at high strains where sufficient transverse stress is generated, the activity of prismatic slip is significantly enhanced, which promotes the motion of dislocations and reduces the necessity of twinning. With decreasing Mg V f, stronger transversal stress is generated and Mg reaches the critical threshold of prismatic activity at lower strains.

  5. New results on the excited states in ^32Mg

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    McGauley, A. J.; Mach, H.; Fraile, L. M.; Tengblad, O.; Boutami, R.; Jouliet, C.; Plociennik, W.; Yordanov, D. Z.; Stanoiu, M.

    2008-10-01

    ^32Mg is located at the center of a region known as the ``island of inversion,'' a region in which the classic picture of stable shell structure was shattered when the energy of the 2^+ state in ^32Mg was found to be only 885 keV, much lower than expected for a nucleus with a closed neutron shell. The collapse of the N=20 shell closure has been extensively studied, yet very little information exists on the excited states in ^32Mg, which is the critical nucleus. We have studied the levels in ^32Mg populated from the beta-decay of ^32Na at the ISOLDE facility at CERN. We have established a new level scheme which includes 9 excited states and 18 transitions based on the gamma-gamma coincidences. The statistics exceeded by about 2 orders of magnitude statistics collected in previous measurements of ^32Mg [1]. We do not confirm two levels previously proposed, while two new levels and five new transitions are included in the level scheme. [1] G. Klotz et al., Phys. Rev. C47, 2502 (1993), C.M. Mattoon et al., Phys. Rev. C75, 017302 (2007), and V. Tripathi et al., Phys. Rev C77, 034310 (2008).

  6. X-ray photoelectron spectra of MgH2

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    He, Z. X.; Pong, W.

    1990-06-01

    Measurements of X-ray photoemission from magnesium hydride MgH2 were made in an effort to further the fundamental understanding of the electronic structure of this metal hydride. The polycrystalline MgH2 was compressed onto a metal holder to provide a smooth solid surface in a dry nitrogen box and then transferred into a ESCA system without exposure to air. Measurements were made immediately after the surface was scrapped in the vacuum. The binding energies of the photoelectrons from Mg 2s and 2p states were found to be 88.9 ± 0.2eV, and 50.1 ± 0.2eV, respectively. The valence band spectrum shows an effective base width of approximately 8.8eV, which is in reasonable agreement with the recent band structure calculation for MgH2. The photoelectron spectra also display features that can be identified as volume plasmon energy loss of 14.6 ± 0.2eV. The data can be shown to be useful in calculating the average band gap energy (5.80eV) for MgH2.

  7. MG7 mimotope-based DNA vaccination for gastric cancer.

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    Zhang, Dexin; Chen, Yu; Fan, Daiming

    2006-04-01

    Gastric cancer is still one of the leading causes of cancer-related death worldwide. Prevention and treatment of gastric cancer through vaccination has been difficult owing to lack of a specific target and poor immunity. A number of vaccination strategies have been used to augment immune responses against gastric cancer and some progress has been made. In a series of studies, the authors have focused on gastric cancer vaccination approaches based on MG7 mimotopes, which are mimicry epitopes selected from phage-displayed oligopeptide libraries with a gastric cancer cell-specific monoclonal antibody, MG7-Ab. Strategies employed in these studies include viral or plasmid vectors in combination with carrier sequence or unmethylated CpG with synthetic peptides in nanoemulsion. The results demonstrated that MG7 mimotopes could effectively and specifically induce both cellular and humoral immune reactions and in vivo antitumor responses. In particular, a four-MG7 mimotope DNA vaccine was found to elicit much stronger antitumor immune responses in mice compared with its single-mimotope counterpart. These encouraging findings might pave the way for the development of novel MG7 antigen-based vaccination approaches for human gastric cancer. The review also discusses other immune-enhancing vaccination strategies for gastric cancer.

  8. Use of porous MgO in pyrochemical applications

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    Maiya, P.S.; Sweeney, S.M.; Carroll, L.A.; Dusek, J.T.

    1994-11-01

    Pyrochemical methods for the extraction of transuranic elements from light water reactor spent fuel require a reduction step in which the oxide fuel is reduced to metals by Li in molten LiCl. The Li{sub 2}O formed is electrolytically reduced to metal in a cell that uses a carbon (or inert) anode and a Li cathode to recycle the salt and minimize the waste. Use of a carbon anode causes carbon dust that interferes with the process. Moreover, current efficiency is reduced as a result of oxidation of Li to Li{sub 2}O by CO{sub 2}. A porous MgO shroud around the anode was found to obviate these problems. Porous MgO crucibles and rectangular bar specimens were fabricated from MgO powders (electrically fused MgO, reagent grade MgO were mixed in appropriate combinations with a binder and lubricant). Particle size, force applied to the powders during cold pressing, and sintering temperature were varied to achieve a total porosity of >45% (mostly open porosity) and to control pore size and pore distribution. Mercury intrusion porosimetry was used to determine the pore size and pore size distribution. Flexural strength is observed to be proportional to the square root of pore size, which is consistent with fracture mechanics.

  9. Grain Size Hardening Effects in Mg-Gd Solid Solutions

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    Nagarajan, Devarajan; Cáceres, Carlos H.; Griffiths, John R.

    2016-11-01

    Pure Mg and alloys with 0.4, 1.3, and 3.8 at. pct Gd were cast with grain sizes between 700 and 35 µm and tested in tension and compression after solid solution heat treatment and quenching. The grain structure of the castings was random, that is, there was no preferred orientation, unlike the situation in extrusions and forgings usually reported in the literature. The results are compared to earlier work on Mg-Zn alloys. A tension-compression asymmetry in which the yield strength in compression is less than in tension was observed in pure Mg but was reversed for the concentrated alloys. The Hall-Petch stress intensity factor, k, first increased then decreased with the amount of Gd in solution. It is noted that defining the friction stress by extrapolating the data to infinite grain size should be treated with caution in Mg and its alloys: nevertheless, a rationale involving solid solution softening/hardening and twinning is offered for the observed values of the friction stress. The reversion of the tension-compression asymmetry is explained by the operation of { {10bar{1}1} } (contraction) twinning in the concentrated alloys in place of { {10bar{1}2} } (extension) twinning in pure Mg and the dilute alloys. It is argued that the activation of { {10bar{1}1} } twinning in the more concentrated alloys accounts for their lower k-value.

  10. MAGNESIUM PRECIPITATION AND DIFUSSION IN Mg+ ION IMPLANTED SILICON CARBIDE

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    Jiang, Weilin; Jung, Hee Joon; Kovarik, Libor; Wang, Zhaoying; Roosendaal, Timothy J.; Zhu, Zihua; Edwards, Danny J.; Hu, Shenyang Y.; Henager, Charles H.; Kurtz, Richard J.; Wang, Yongqiang

    2015-03-02

    As a candidate material for fusion reactor applications, silicon carbide (SiC) undergoes transmutation reactions under high-energy neutron irradiation with magnesium as the major metallic transmutant; the others include aluminum, beryllium and phosphorus in addition to helium and hydrogen gaseous species. Calculations by Sawan et al. predict that at a dose of ~100 dpa (displacements per atom), there is ~0.5 at.% Mg generated in SiC. The impact of these transmutants on SiC structural stability is currently unknown. This study uses ion implantation to introduce Mg into SiC. Multiaxial ion-channeling analysis of the as-produced damage state indicates a lower dechanneling yield observed along the <100> axis. The microstructure of the annealed sample was examined using high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy. The results show a high concentration of likely non-faulted tetrahedral voids and possible stacking fault tetrahedra near the damage peak. In addition to lattice distortion, dislocations and intrinsic and extrinsic stacking faults are also observed. Magnesium in 3C–SiC prefers to substitute for Si and it forms precipitates of cubic Mg2Si and tetragonal MgC2. The diffusion coefficient of Mg in 3C–SiC single crystal at 1573 K has been determined to be 3.8 ± 0.4E-19 m2/s.

  11. Experimental 25Mg and 13C NMR and Computational Modeling Studies of Amorphous Mg-Ca Carbonates

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    Singer, J. W.; Yazaydin, A. O.; Kirkpatrick, R. J.; Saharay, M.; Bowers, G. M.

    2012-12-01

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of synthetic Mg-Ca amorphous carbonates (AMC-ACC) provides direct, element specific structural information about these complicated phases. The 13C, 25Mg, and 43Ca resonances are typically broad and span the chemical shift ranges of all the crystalline polymorphs in the Ca-Mg-CO3-H2O system. In a fashion similar to our previous analysis of 43Ca NMR results for ACC,1 here we integrate new experimental 13C and 25Mg spectra obtained at 20T for samples with Mg/(Ca+Mg) ratios from x=0 to x=1 with quantum chemical calculations of the NMR parameters of the crystalline phases using CASTEP calculations, simulations of the spectra using the SIMPSON software, and classical molecular dynamics calculations. XRD and 13C NMR results are in general agreement with the one-phase/two-phase model of ACC-AMC derived from thermochemical work by others.2 13C-NMR spectra of amorphous materials having intermediate compositions can not be completely fit by mechanical mixing of ACC and AMC end members—requiring a degree of Ca/Mg solid solution. Amorphous samples in two-phase region crystallize to assemblages of dolomite-like (x~0.5) and hydromagnesite-like (x~1) defective structures, but we also observe aragonite co-nucleation in the presence of excess water, indicative of a more complex evolution. While 43Ca NMR of X-ray amorphous materials shows featureless, symmetric, Gaussian line shapes, the large quadrupole moment of 25Mg gives rise to superposition of several quadrupolar line shapes representing different local structural environments. Singularities of static Mg spectra are best explained by local environments similar to nequehonite, hydromagnesite, and landsfordite. The spectra can not exclude minor contributions from anhydrous phases dolomite, huntite, and magnesite. Additional sites having very large quadrupolar coupling and/or site asymmetry are not explained by any known reference phases. CITATIONS (1) Singer, J. W.; Yazaydin, A. O

  12. The Lunar Highland Crust: The Origin of the MG Suite

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    Taylor, S. R.; Norman, M. D.; Esat, T.

    1993-07-01

    Norites, troctolites, dunites, spinel troctolites and gabbronorites form the Mg suite, which constitutes perhaps 20% of the highland crust. Their ages range from about 4.43 b.y. down to about 4.17 b.y. The Mg suite does not appear to be related to crystallization from the magma ocean. These rock types commonly have Mg# > 90 and so are "primitive," but also contain high concentrations of incompatible elements, typical of highly "evolved" igneous rocks. An origin by mixing of these two distinct components, one "primitive" to account for the major elements (particularly the high Mg#), and the other "evolved" to account for the high trace-element abundances, is suggested by these contradictory petrochemical characteristics. The source of the highly evolved trace-element component is clearly KREEP. The source of the "primitive" Mg-rich component is less clear. Many theories propose that the Mg-suite rocks are derived from different plutons that intruded the crust as separate igneous intrusions. However, all Mg-suite rocks have REE patterns parallel to those of KREEP and the ferroan anorthosites. This characteristic is compatible with mixing, but should not be expected to be duplicated in many separate igneous intrusions. The Mg suite also contains Mg-rich orthopyroxene, a mineral lacking in most mare basalts, so that the source regions of the mare basalts were distinct from those of the Mg suite. During crystallization of the lunar magma ocean, Mg-rich minerals accumulate on the bottom of the magma chamber at depths probably exceeding 400 km. It has been suggested that massive overturning of the crystal pile has occurred to bring these Mg-rich minerals close to the surface. The source regions of the mare basalts were solid by 4400 m.y. with only the minor KREEP component remaining liquid until about 4360 m.y. Thus the lunar interior was effectively solid, although still hot, at the time of the formation of the Mg suite. It thus seems difficult to envisage a massive

  13. Electronic structure of Gd-doped MgO

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    Lukoyanov, A. V.; Anisimov, V. I.

    2016-02-01

    The electronic structure of Gd-doped MgO is investigated using the LSDA+U (local spin density approximation with U-correction) method and compared with the MgO structure. The total density of states obtained accounting for the correlation effects in the 4 f shell of gadolinium is found to be formed by the oxygen 2 p states at the valence band and the 4 f gadolinium occupied states, while the conduction band is represented by a mixture of empty electronic states. Magnetic properties of the calculated Gd-doped MgO are found to be formed solely by the Gd-4 f-magnetic moment of about 7μB, in good agreement with recent experimental results suggesting a ferromagnetic coupling of the local magnetic moments induced by Gd.

  14. Strong, Ductile, and Thermally Stable bcc-Mg Nanolaminates

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    Pathak, Siddhartha; Velisavljevic, Nenad; Baldwin, Jon Kevin Scott; ...

    2017-08-15

    Magnesium has attracted attention worldwide because it is the lightest structural metal. However, a high strength-to-weight ratio remains its only attribute, since an intrinsic lack of strength, ductility and low melting temperature severely restricts practical applications of Mg. Through interface strains, the crystal structure of Mg can be transformed and stabilized from a simple hexagonal (hexagonal close packed hcp) to body center cubic (bcc) crystal structure at ambient pressures. Here, we demonstrate that when introduced into a nanocomposite bcc Mg is far more ductile, 50% stronger, and retains its strength after extended exposure to 200°C, which is 0.5 times itsmore » homologous temperature. These findings reveal an alternative solution to obtaining lightweight metals critically needed for future energy efficiency and fuel savings.« less

  15. Improved Mg-based alloys for hydrogen storage

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    Sapru, K.; Ming, L.; Stetson, N.T.; Evans, J.

    1998-08-01

    The overall objective of this on-going work is to develop low temperature alloys capable of reversibly storing at least 3 wt.% hydrogen, allowing greater than for 2 wt.% at the system level which is required by most applications. Surface modification of Mg can be used to improve its H-sorption kinetics. The authors show here that the same Mg-transition metal-based multi-component alloy when prepared by melt-spinning results in a more homogeneous materials with a higher plateau pressure as compared to preparing the material by mechanical grinding. They have also shown that mechanically alloyed Mg{sub 50}Al{sub 45}Zn{sub 5} results in a sample having a higher plateau pressure.

  16. Beta-delayed proton emission from 20Mg

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    Lund, M. V.; Andreyev, A.; Borge, M. J. G.; Cederkäll, J.; De Witte, H.; Fraile, L. M.; Fynbo, H. O. U.; Greenlees, P. T.; Harkness-Brennan, L. J.; Howard, A. M.; Huyse, M.; Jonson, B.; Judson, D. S.; Kirsebom, O. S.; Konki, J.; Kurcewicz, J.; Lazarus, I.; Lica, R.; Lindberg, S.; Madurga, M.; Marginean, N.; Marginean, R.; Marroquin, I.; Mihai, C.; Munch, M.; Nacher, E.; Negret, A.; Nilsson, T.; Page, R. D.; Pascu, S.; Perea, A.; Pucknell, V.; Rahkila, P.; Rapisarda, E.; Riisager, K.; Rotaru, F.; Sotty, C.; Stanoiu, M.; Tengblad, O.; Turturica, A.; Van Duppen, P.; Vedia, V.; Wadsworth, R.; Warr, N.

    2016-10-01

    Beta-delayed proton emission from 20 Mg has been measured at ISOLDE, CERN, with the ISOLDE Decay Station (IDS) setup including both charged-particle and gamma-ray detection capabilities. A total of 27 delayed proton branches were measured including seven so far unobserved. An updated decay scheme, including three new resonances above the proton separation energy in 20 Na and more precise resonance energies, is presented. Beta-decay feeding to two resonances above the Isobaric Analogue State (IAS) in 20 Na is observed. This may allow studies of the 4032.9(2.4)keV resonance in 19 Ne through the beta decay of 20 Mg, which is important for the astrophysically relevant reaction 15O( α, γ)19Ne . Beta-delayed protons were used to obtain a more precise value for the half-life of 20 Mg, 91.4(1.0)ms.

  17. The MG-RAST Metagenomics Database and Portal in 2015

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    Wilke, Andreas; Bischof, Jared; Gerlach, Wolfgang; Glass, Elizabeth; Harrison, Travis; Keegan, Kevin; Paczian, Tobias; Trimble, William L.; Bagchi, Saurabh; Grama, Ananth; Chaterji, Somali; Meyer, Folker

    2015-12-09

    MG-RAST (http://metagenomics.anl.gov) is an opensubmission data portal for processing, analyzing, sharing and disseminating metagenomic datasets. Currently, the system hosts over 200 000 datasets and is continuously updated. The volume of submissions has increased 4-fold over the past 24 months, now averaging 4 terabasepairs per month. In addition to several new features, we report changes to the analysis workflow and the technologies used to scale the pipeline up to the required throughput levels. Lastly, to show possible uses for the data from MG-RAST, we present several examples integrating data and analyses from MG-RAST into popular third-party analysis tools or sequence alignment tools.

  18. The MG-RAST Metagenomics Database and Portal in 2015

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    Wilke, Andreas; Bischof, Jared; Gerlach, Wolfgang; ...

    2015-12-09

    MG-RAST (http://metagenomics.anl.gov) is an opensubmission data portal for processing, analyzing, sharing and disseminating metagenomic datasets. Currently, the system hosts over 200 000 datasets and is continuously updated. The volume of submissions has increased 4-fold over the past 24 months, now averaging 4 terabasepairs per month. In addition to several new features, we report changes to the analysis workflow and the technologies used to scale the pipeline up to the required throughput levels. Lastly, to show possible uses for the data from MG-RAST, we present several examples integrating data and analyses from MG-RAST into popular third-party analysis tools or sequence alignmentmore » tools.« less

  19. Mg-based amorphous alloys for decolorization of azo dyes

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    Zhang, Changqin; Zhu, Zhengwang; Zhang, Haifeng

    The authors recently found that Mg-based amorphous ribbons had a prominent effect on the decolorization of azo dyes. Direct Blue 2B and Acid Orange II solutions of 100 mg/L could be decolorized nearly completely by the ribbons within 30 min. Decolorization mechanism was discussed briefly, and kinetic analysis based on the experimental data indicated that physical adsorption and reductive degradation for the azo dye solutions mediated by Mg63Cu16.8Ag11.2Er9 amorphous ribbons could proceed in an elegant and rapid manner. This new finding seems attractive, valuable and promising for the raw effluent generated by textile dye manufacturing company in the future.

  20. Metagenomes from Argonne's MG-RAST Metagenomics Analysis Server

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    MG-RAST has a large number of datasets that researchers have deposited for public use. As of July, 2014, the number of metagenomes represented by MG-RAST numbered more than 18,500, and the number of available sequences was more than 75 million! The public can browse the collection several different ways, and researchers can login to deposit new data. Researchers have the choice of keeping a dataset private so that it is viewable only by them when logged in, or they can choose to make a dataset public at any time with a simple click of a link. MG-RAST was launched in 2007 by the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). It is part of the toolkit available to the Terragenomics project, which seeks to do a comprehensive metagenomics study of U.S. soil. The Terragenomics project page is located at http://www.mcs.anl.gov/research/projects/terragenomics/.

  1. The corrosivity and passivity of sputtered Mg-Ti alloys

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    Song, Guang -Ling; Unocic, Kinga A.; Meyer, III, Harry M.; ...

    2015-11-30

    Our study explored the possibility of forming a “stainless” Mg–Ti alloy. The electrochemical behavior of magnetron-sputtered Mg–Ti alloys was measured in a NaCl solution, and the surface films on the alloys were examined by XPS, SEM and TEM. Increased corrosion resistance was observed with increased Ti content in the sputtered Mg–Ti alloys, but passive-like behavior was not reached until the Ti level (atomic %) was higher than the Mg level. Moreover, the surface film that formed on sputtered Mg–Ti based alloys in NaCl solution was thick, discontinuous and non-protective, whereas a thin, continuous and protective Mg and Ti oxide filmmore » was formed on a sputtered Ti–Mg based alloy.« less

  2. The corrosivity and passivity of sputtered Mg-Ti alloys

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    Song, Guang -Ling; Unocic, Kinga A.; Meyer, III, Harry M.; Cakmak, Ercan; Brady, Michael P.; Gannon, Paul E.; Himmer, Phil; Andrews, Quinn

    2015-11-30

    Our study explored the possibility of forming a “stainless” Mg–Ti alloy. The electrochemical behavior of magnetron-sputtered Mg–Ti alloys was measured in a NaCl solution, and the surface films on the alloys were examined by XPS, SEM and TEM. Increased corrosion resistance was observed with increased Ti content in the sputtered Mg–Ti alloys, but passive-like behavior was not reached until the Ti level (atomic %) was higher than the Mg level. Moreover, the surface film that formed on sputtered Mg–Ti based alloys in NaCl solution was thick, discontinuous and non-protective, whereas a thin, continuous and protective Mg and Ti oxide film was formed on a sputtered Ti–Mg based alloy.

  3. Mg II line profiles of the Mira S Carinae

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    Brugel, Edward W.; Bookbinder, Jay A.; Brown, Alexander

    1988-01-01

    High-dispersion IUE observations obtained to investigate the evolution of the shock structure of the Mira S Carinae (S Car) produced, despite very limited phase coverage, a set of five spectra of the Mg II h and k lines. There is significant emission from both the h and k lines at velocities of -150 km/sec relative to the stellar photosphere. The h-to-k ratio of the Mg II doublet remains below the theoretically predicated values of 2:1 to 1:1, and shows a smooth dependence on the optical phase. Archival studies of other Miras (e.g., R Car) indicate that S Car is not unique in possessing unusual and highly variable Mg II h and k line profiles.

  4. EBSD analysis of MgB2 bulk superconductors

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    Koblischka-Veneva, A.; Koblischka, M. R.; Schmauch, J.; Inoue, K.; Muralidhar, M.; Berger, K.; Noudem, J.

    2016-04-01

    The grain orientation, the texture and the grain boundary misorientations are important parameters for the understanding of the magnetic properties of the bulk MgB2 samples intended for super-magnet applications. Such data can be provided by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis. However, as the grain size (GS) of the MgB2 bulks is preferably in the 100-200 nm range, the common EBSD technique working in reflection operates properly only on highly dense samples. In order to achieve a reasonably good Kikuchi pattern quality on all samples, we apply here the newly developed transmission EBSD (t-EBSD) technique to several bulk MgB2 samples. This method requires the preparation of TEM slices by means of focused ion-beam milling, which are then analyzed within the SEM, operating with a specific sample holder. We present several EBSD mappings of samples prepared with different techniques and at various reaction temperatures.

  5. Morphological instabilities in Mg-7.7 at % Al

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    Maitrejean, S.; Veron, M.; Brechet, Y.; Purdy, G.R.

    1999-11-05

    The process of solid-solid discontinuous precipitation in the undercooled state is increasingly well documented. However, rather less is known about the stability of the discontinuous transformation products against prolonged ageing or against dissolution on reheating. In this contribution, the authors report on the response to ageing and to re-heating of the discontinuous precipitation product in an Mg-Al alloy. This system was chosen in part because of the well-established kinetic and compositional data now available for the discontinuous product, a lamellar composite of the solid solution {alpha} phase (an h.c.p. solution of Al in Mg), which grows at lower temperatures in concert with the intermediate compound Mg{sub 17}Al{sub 12}.

  6. Substitution Effects on MgB2 Superconductivity

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    Liu, Juan; Zhao, Yuan; Yi, Lin

    2008-02-01

    With the help of supercell method, the first-principle calculations were performed for the study of doping crystal Mg1-xAlxB2 and Mg(B1-yCy)2. Analyzing the variations of the charge distribution and the partial densities of states, we found that the compounds with doping Al to MgB2 compound and/or replacing boron by carbon exhibit new covalent bond effects and unexpected electronic properties, related to superconductivity. The study of the density of states indicates that superconductivity decreases with the increase of Al fraction and carbon concentration. There exists a transition of superconductor to non-superconductor with the change of Al doping fraction. The substitution of boron by carbon results in the decrease of the transition temperature since the decrease of the electron concentration and the lattice constant. The theoretical predictions agree with experimental observations.

  7. Photoluminescence characterization of Mg implanted GaN

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    Ronning, C.; Hofsaess, H.; Stoetzler, A.; Deicher, M.; Carlson, E.P.; Hartlieb, P.J.; Gehrke, T.; Rajagopal, P.; Davis, R.F.

    2000-07-01

    Single crystalline (0001) gallium nitride layers, capped with a thin epitaxial aluminum nitride layer, were implanted with magnesium and subsequently annealed in vacuum to 1150--1300 C for 10--60 minutes. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements showed the typical donor acceptor pair (DAP) transition at 3.25 eV after annealing at high temperatures, which is related to optically active Mg acceptors in GaN. After annealing at 1300 C a high degree of optical activation of the implanted Mg atoms was reached in the case of low implantation doses. Electrical measurements, performed after removing the AlN-cap and the deposition of Pd/Au contacts, showed no p-type behavior of the GaN samples due to the compensation of the Mg acceptors with native n-type defects.

  8. CVD synthesis of graphene nanoplates on MgO support

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    Jugade, Ravin M.; Sharma, Shalini; Gokhale, Suresh

    2014-06-01

    Synthesis of graphene directly on MgO has been carried out and the structural properties of the obtained material have been investigated. Few-layered graphene was produced by simple thermal decomposition of methane over MgO powder at 950 °C in a CVD reactor. The samples were purified by 10 N HNO3 treatment, and studied by TEM, Raman spectroscopy, EDAX and SEM. TEM clearly indicated the formation of graphene. EDAX showed that the purified sample contained only carbon and no traces of MgO. The characteristic Raman features of graphene were also seen as D-band at 1316 cm-1, G-band at 1602 cm-1, and a small 2D-band at 2700 cm-1 in the Raman spectra. The strong D-band suggests that the graphene possess large number of boundary defects. The small 2D-band indicates the formation of few-layered graphene.

  9. Interpretation of Na-K-Mg relations in geothermal waters

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    Fournier, R.O.

    1990-01-01

    When using a Na-K-???Mg triangular diagram as an aid in the interpretation of a geothermal water, the estimated temperature of last water-rock equilibration may change by as much as 50??C, depending on which of the many Na/K geothermometers one assumes is correct. A particular geothermometer may work well in one place and not in another because of differences in the mineralogy of the phases that are in contact with the reservoir fluid. The position of the full equilibrium line that is used for geothermometry and for assessing degrees of departure from equilibrium also changes as the assumed K/???Mg geothermometer equation changes. The degree of ambiguity can be evaluated by utilizing the results of all the recently published Na/K geothermometers on a single Na-K-???Mg triangular plot.

  10. Hydrogen induced stabilization of meta-stable Mg-Ti

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    Jensen, I. J. T.; Diplas, S.; Løvvik, O. M.

    2012-03-01

    The hydrogenation of Mg0.8125Ti0.1875 was investigated by density functional calculations, using a model where Ti was segregated into nano-clusters. Introducing small amounts of hydrogen resulted in significant stabilization, with the mixing enthalpy (cohesive energy relative to standard state elements) becoming negative for hydrogen contents exceeding 0.07 H per metal. H prefers sites on the interface between Mg and Ti, with hydrogenation energies down to -115 kJ/(mol H2). Trapping of H on these very stable sites is proposed as an alternative explanation to why the reversibility of Mg-Ti thin films, which are initially meta-stable, can be preserved over many cycles of hydrogenation.

  11. The MG-RAST metagenomics database and portal in 2015

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    Wilke, Andreas; Bischof, Jared; Gerlach, Wolfgang; Glass, Elizabeth; Harrison, Travis; Keegan, Kevin P.; Paczian, Tobias; Trimble, William L.; Bagchi, Saurabh; Grama, Ananth; Chaterji, Somali; Meyer, Folker

    2016-01-01

    MG-RAST (http://metagenomics.anl.gov) is an open-submission data portal for processing, analyzing, sharing and disseminating metagenomic datasets. The system currently hosts over 200 000 datasets and is continuously updated. The volume of submissions has increased 4-fold over the past 24 months, now averaging 4 terabasepairs per month. In addition to several new features, we report changes to the analysis workflow and the technologies used to scale the pipeline up to the required throughput levels. To show possible uses for the data from MG-RAST, we present several examples integrating data and analyses from MG-RAST into popular third-party analysis tools or sequence alignment tools. PMID:26656948

  12. Collisional excitation of MgO by He

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    Mogren Al Mogren, M.; Ajili, Y.; Almania, S.; Ben Abdallah, D.; Hochlaf, M.

    2015-09-01

    Using a well-established ab initio methodology to generate the potential energy surface of the MgO-He interacting system and a quantum close-coupling treatment of nuclear motion, we give the rotational (de-)excitation cross-sections and the collision rate coefficients for the first 16 rotational levels of the MgO molecule and He for temperatures ranging from 10 up to 300 K. A clear propensity rule in favour of Δj = 1 rotational transitions is observed. These data are compared with previous works on astrophysical oxygen-bearing diatomic species. This work should be useful for the eventual detection of the key metal-oxide MgO molecule in the circumstellar and interstellar media with current and future high-resolution telescopes.

  13. A DNA enzyme with Mg(2+)-Dependent RNA Phosphoesterase Activity

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    Breaker, Ronald R.; Joyce, Gerald F.

    1995-01-01

    Previously we demonstrated that DNA can act as an enzyme in the Pb(2+)-dependent cleavage of an RNA phosphoester. This is a facile reaction, with an uncatalyzed rate for a typical RNA phosphoester of approx. 10(exp -4)/ min in the presence of 1 mM Pb(OAc)2 at pH 7.0 and 23 C. The Mg(2+) - dependent reaction is more difficult, with an uncatalyzed rate of approx. 10(exp -7)/ min under comparable conditions. Mg(2+) - dependent cleavage has special relevance to biology because it is compatible with intracellular conditions. Using in vitro selection, we sought to develop a family of phosphoester-cleaving DNA enzymes that operate in the presence of various divalent metals, focusing particularly on the Mg(2+) - dependent reaction. Results: We generated a population of greater than 10(exp 13) DNAs containing 40 random nucleotides and carried out repeated rounds of selective amplification, enriching for molecules that cleave a target RNA phosphoester in the presence of 1 mM Mg(2+), Mn(2+), Zn(2+) or Pb(2+). Examination of individual clones from the Mg(2+) lineage after the sixth round revealed a catalytic motif comprised of a three-stem junction.This motif was partially randomized and subjected to seven additional rounds of selective amplification, yielding catalysts with a rate of 0.01/ min. The optimized DNA catalyst was divided into separate substrate and enzyme domains and shown to have a similar level of activity under multiple turnover conditions. Conclusions: We have generated a Mg(2+) - dependent DNA enzyme that cleaves a target RNA phosphoester with a catalytic rate approx. 10(exp 5) - fold greater than that of the uncatalyzed reaction. This activity is compatible with intracellular conditions, raising the possibility that DNA enzymes might be made to operate in vivo.

  14. Spectroscopy of Mg atoms solvated in helium nanodroplets

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    Reho, J.; Merker, U.; Radcliff, M. R.; Lehmann, K. K.; Scoles, G.

    2000-05-01

    We have measured the laser-induced fluorescence excitation spectra of the 3 1P10←3 1S0 transition of Mg atoms solvated in helium nanodroplets. The observed blue shifts and line broadenings mirror the shifts and broadenings observed in studies of Mg atoms solvated in bulk liquid helium. This similarity allows us to conclude that Mg atoms reside in the interior of the helium droplet. The 3 1P10←3 1S0 transition shows a splitting which we attribute to a quadrupolelike deformation of the cavity which forms around the solute atom after excitation. Temporal evolution of the fluorescence from the solvated 3 1P10 Mg yields a longer lifetime (2.39±0.05 ns) than found in vacuum (1.99±0.08 ns). This difference can be accounted for quantitatively by evaluation of the anisotropic distribution of the helium density in the neighborhood of the excited Mg atom. The question of solvation vs surface location for the guest atoms is also discussed in light of the model of Ancilotto et al. [F. Ancilotto, P. B. Lerner, and M. W. Cole, J. Low Temp. Phys. 101, 1123 (1995)], of existing metal atom-helium potential energy functions, and of our own calculations for the MgHe and CaHe ground states. While the Ancilotto model successfully predicts solvation (or lack of it) if the solvation parameter of the guest atom is not too near the threshold of 1.9, the present knowledge of the interatomic potentials is not precise enough to test the model in the neighborhood of the critical value.

  15. Fabrication of Single Crystal MgO Capsules

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    Danielson, Lisa

    2012-01-01

    A method has been developed for machining MgO crystal blocks into forms for containing metallic and silicate liquids at temperatures up to 2,400 C, and pressures up to at least 320 kilobars. Possible custom shapes include tubes, rods, insulators, capsules, and guides. Key differences in this innovative method include drilling along the crystallographic zone axes, use of a vibration minimizing material to secure the workpiece, and constant flushing of material swarf with a cooling medium/lubricant (water). A single crystal MgO block is cut into a section .5 mm thick, 1 cm on a side, using a low-speed saw with a 0.004 blade. The cut is made parallel to the direction of cleavage. The block may be cut to any thickness to achieve the desired length of the piece. To minimize drilling vibrations, the MgO block is mounted on a piece of adhesive putty in a vise. The putty wad cradles the bottom half of the entire block. Diamond coring tools are used to drill the MgO to the desired custom shape, with water used to wet and wash the surface of swarf. Compressed air may also be used to remove swarf during breaks in drilling. The MgO workpiece must be kept cool at all times with water. After all the swarf is rinsed off, the piece is left to dry overnight. If the workpiece is still attached to the base of the MgO block after drilling, it may be cut off by using a diamond cutoff wheel on a rotary hand tool or by using a low-speed saw.

  16. Hydrogen storage of intrinsic and vanadium-decorated Mg nanostructures

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    He, Yuping; Zhao, Yiping

    2009-11-01

    MgH2 is very attractive for future solid state H-storage applications, due to its lightweight, low cost, and high H-storage capacity of 7.6 wt%. However, its practical application is limited by its high thermodynamic stability and sluggish reaction kinetics, which could be improved by making nanostructures with large surface-to-volume ratios to enhance surface reaction activity and by adding an appropriate catalyst to accelerate H-sorption kinetics. In this work, an oblique angle deposition (OAD) or oblique angle co-deposition (OACD) technique has been used to sculpture Mg nanostructures and incorporate a nanocatalyst. For an intrinsic Mg film and Mg nanoblade array by OAD on Ti coated Si, the hydrogenation results show that the nanoblades start to absorb H2 at 523 KMg film. The nanoblade morphology with large surface area and small H diffusion length, and the catalytic effect of Ti layer, are two main reasons for the nanoblade hydrogenation behavior. In addition, by OACD, a 2.25 at% V decorated Mg nanoblade array has been fabricated. It can absorb and desorb H2 rapidly at T > 500 K after activation by one hydrogenation cycling, with low H-absorption activation energy of 35.0 ± 1.2 kJ/mol H2 and desorption activation energy of 65.0 ± 0.3 kJ/mol H2. The improved H-sorption kinetics is attributed to both the catalytic effect of the V coating and the unique nanoblade morphology.

  17. THE Mg II CROSS-SECTION OF LUMINOUS RED GALAXIES

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    Bowen, David V.; Chelouche, Doron

    2011-01-20

    We describe a search for Mg II {lambda}{lambda}2796, 2803 absorption lines in Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) spectra of QSOs whose lines of sight pass within impact parameters {rho} {approx} 200 kpc of galaxies with photometric redshifts of z = 0.46-0.6 and errors {Delta}z {approx} 0.05. The galaxies selected have the same colors and luminosities as the Luminous Red Galaxy (LRG) population previously selected from the SDSS. A search for Mg II lines within a redshift interval of {+-}0.1 of a galaxy's photometric redshift shows that absorption by these galaxies is rare: the covering fraction is f({rho}) {approx_equal} 10%-15% between {rho} = 20 kpcand{rho} = 100 kpc, for Mg II lines with rest equivalent widths of W{sub r} {>=} 0.6 A, falling to zero at larger {rho}. There is no evidence that W{sub r} correlates with impact parameter or galaxy luminosity. Our results are consistent with existing scenarios in which cool Mg II-absorbing clouds may be absent near LRGs because of the environment of the galaxies: if LRGs reside in high-mass groups and clusters, either their halos are too hot to retain or accrete cool gas, or the galaxies themselves-which have passively evolving old stellar populations-do not produce the rates of star formation and outflows of gas necessary to fill their halos with Mg II-absorbing clouds. In the rarer cases where Mg II is detected, however, the origin of the absorption is less clear. Absorption may arise from the little cool gas able to reach into cluster halos from the intergalactic medium, or from the few star-forming and/or AGN-like LRGs that are known to exist.

  18. The Mg II Cross-section of Luminous Red Galaxies

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    Bowen, David V.; Chelouche, Doron

    2011-01-01

    We describe a search for Mg II λλ2796, 2803 absorption lines in Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) spectra of QSOs whose lines of sight pass within impact parameters ρ ~ 200 kpc of galaxies with photometric redshifts of z = 0.46-0.6 and errors Δz ~ 0.05. The galaxies selected have the same colors and luminosities as the Luminous Red Galaxy (LRG) population previously selected from the SDSS. A search for Mg II lines within a redshift interval of ±0.1 of a galaxy's photometric redshift shows that absorption by these galaxies is rare: the covering fraction is f(ρ) ~= 10%-15% between ρ = 20 kpcandρ = 100 kpc, for Mg II lines with rest equivalent widths of Wr >= 0.6 Å, falling to zero at larger ρ. There is no evidence that Wr correlates with impact parameter or galaxy luminosity. Our results are consistent with existing scenarios in which cool Mg II-absorbing clouds may be absent near LRGs because of the environment of the galaxies: if LRGs reside in high-mass groups and clusters, either their halos are too hot to retain or accrete cool gas, or the galaxies themselves—which have passively evolving old stellar populations—do not produce the rates of star formation and outflows of gas necessary to fill their halos with Mg II-absorbing clouds. In the rarer cases where Mg II is detected, however, the origin of the absorption is less clear. Absorption may arise from the little cool gas able to reach into cluster halos from the intergalactic medium, or from the few star-forming and/or AGN-like LRGs that are known to exist.

  19. Divorced Eutectic Solidification of Mg-Al Alloys

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    Monas, Alexander; Shchyglo, Oleg; Kim, Se-Jong; Yim, Chang Dong; Höche, Daniel; Steinbach, Ingo

    2015-08-01

    We present simulations of the nucleation and equiaxed dendritic growth of the primary hexagonal close-packed -Mg phase followed by the nucleation of the -phase in interdendritic regions. A zoomed-in region of a melt channel under eutectic conditions is investigated and compared with experiments. The presented simulations allow prediction of the final properties of an alloy based on process parameters. The obtained results give insight into the solidification processes governing the microstructure formation of Mg-Al alloys, allowing their targeted design for different applications.

  20. NMR structure of hypothetical protein MG354 from Mycoplasmagenitalium

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    Pelton, Jeffrey G.; Shi, Jianxia; Yokotoa, Hisao; Kim, Rosalind; Wemmer, David E.

    2005-04-12

    Mycoplasma genitalium (Mg) and M. pneumoniae (Mp) are human pathogens with two of the smallest genomes sequenced to date ({approx} 480 and 680 genes, respectively). The Berkeley Structural Genomics Center is determining representative structures for gene products in these organisms, helping to understand the set of protein folds needed to sustain this minimal organism. The protein coded by gene MG354 (gi3844938) from M. genitalium has a relatively unique sequence, related only to MPN530 from M. pneumoniae (68% identity, coverage 99%) and MGA{_}0870 from the avian pathogen M. gallisepticum (23% identity, coverage 94%), has no homologue with a determined structure, and no functional annotations.

  1. Multicore MgB 2 wires made by hydrostatic extrusion

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    Kováč, P.; Pachla, W.; Hušek, I.; Kulczyk, M.; Melišek, T.; Holúbek, T.; Diduszko, R.; Reissner, M.

    2008-12-01

    Seven-filament MgB2/Fe and MgB2/Nb/Cu wires have been made by in situ process using hydrostatic extrusion, drawing and two-axial drawing deformation into the wire size of 1.1 × 1.1 mm2. The conductors were sintered at 650 °C/0.5 h and studied in terms of field-dependent transport critical current density and thermal stability. XRD, SEM and EDX analysis were applied for structural characterization. Transport current property and compositional/structural differences are compared and discussed in connection to used powders and metallic materials.

  2. Colorimetric Determination of Pure Mg2+-dependent Phosphatidate Phosphatase Activity

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    Havriluk, Tara; Lozy, Fred; Siniossoglou, Symeon; Carman, George M.

    2008-01-01

    The malachite green-molybdate reagent was used for a colorimetric assay of pure Mg2+-dependent phosphatidate phosphatase activity. This enzyme plays a major role in fat metabolism. Enzyme activity was linear with time and protein concentration, and with the concentration of water-soluble dioctanoyl phosphatidate. The colorimetric assay was used to examine enzyme inhibition by phenylglyoxal, propranolol, and dimethyl sulfoxide. Pure enzyme and a water-soluble phosphatidate substrate were required for the assay, which should be applicable to a well-defined large-scale screen of Mg2+-dependent phosphatidate phosphatase inhibitors (or activators). PMID:17910939

  3. Aging of magnetic properties in MgO films

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    Balcells, Ll.; Konstantinovic, Z.; Martinez, B.; Beltran, J. I.; Martinez-Boubeta, C.; Arbiol, J.

    2010-12-20

    In this work we report on the magnetic behavior of MgO thin films prepared by sputtering. A severe aging process of the ferromagnetic properties is detected in magnetic samples exposed to ambient atmosphere. However, ferromagnetism can be successively switched on again by annealing samples in vacuum. We suggest this behavior reflects the key role played by defects in stabilizing ferromagnetism in MgO films and is likely to be closely related to the hydrogen-driven instability of V-type centers in this material.

  4. Atazanavir increases the plasma concentrations of 1200 mg raltegravir dose.

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    Krishna, Rajesh; East, Lilly; Larson, Patrick; Valiathan, Chandni; Deschamps, Kathleen; Luk, Julie Ann; Bethel-Brown, Crystal; Manthos, Helen; Brejda, John; Gartner, Michael

    2016-12-01

    Raltegravir is a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 integrase strand transfer inhibitor currently marketed at a dose of 400 mg twice-daily (b.i.d.). Raltegravir 1200 mg once-daily (q.d.) (investigational q.d. formulation of 2 × 600 mg tablets; q.d. RAL) was found to be generally well tolerated and non-inferior to the marketed 400 mg b.i.d. dose at 48 weeks in a phase 3 trial. Since raltegravir is eliminated mainly by metabolism via a uridine diphosphate glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) 1A1-mediated glucuronidation pathway, co-administration of UGT1A1 inhibitors may increase the plasma levels of q.d. RAL. To assess this potential, the drug interaction of 1200 mg raltegravir using atazanavir, a known UGT1A1 inhibitor, was studied. An open-label, randomized, 2-period, fixed-sequence phase 1 study was performed in adult healthy male and female (non-childbearing potential) subjects ≥ 19 and ≤ 55 years of age, with a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 18.5 and ≤ 32.0 kg/m(2) . Subjects (n = 14) received a single oral dose of 1200 mg raltegravir in period 1. After a washout period of at least 7 days, the subjects received oral doses of 400 mg atazanavir q.d. for 9 consecutive days, with a single oral dose of 1200 mg raltegravir co-administered on day 7 of period 2. Serial blood samples were collected for 72 h following raltegravir dosing and analysed using a validated bioanalytical method to quantify raltegravir plasma concentrations. Co-administration with atazanavir yielded GMRs (90% CIs) for raltegravir AUC0-∞ , Cmax and C24 of 1.67 (1.34, 2.10), 1.16 (1.01, 1.33) and 1.26 (1.08, 1.46), respectively. There was no effect of raltegravir on serum total bilirubin. In contrast, atazanavir increased the mean bilirubin by up to 200%, an effect that was preserved in the atazanavir/raltegravir treatment group. Administration of single q.d. RAL alone and co-administered with multiple oral doses of atazanavir were generally well tolerated in healthy subjects. The results show that

  5. Foram Farming in the Mid-Continent: Culturing Low-Mg Benthic Foraminifera to Calibrate the Mg/Ca Paleothermometer

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    Jennings, D.; Hasiuk, F.; Thomas, E.; Varekamp, J. C.

    2014-12-01

    The initiation of Cenozoic continental ice sheets and the history of their growth/decay is difficult to reconstruct because of the mixed effects of polar ice volume and temperature on benthic foraminiferal oxygen isotope values. Coupled measurements of foraminiferal δ18O and Mg/Ca are a promising tool to unlock the history of past continental glaciation by calculating the oxygen isotopic composition of paleo-seawater. This method has been applied on Quaternary timescales with success, but uncertainty about secular changes in seawater Mg/Ca and potential changes in carbonate saturation have produced varying results with deeper time data. Currently, no experimentally-calibrated model explains how the Mg/Ca of low-Mg calcite, such as secreted by benthic foraminifera, responds to variations in seawater temperature and Mg/Ca. Our "Foram Farm" is a culture system for low-Mg calcite benthic foraminifera, composed of a colony and an experimental line. Currently, the colony hosts several species of rotaliids, miliolids, and buliminids obtained from Qatar, the Dominican Republic, Scotland, and Long Island Sound, USA. In addition, two tanks contain "live sand," a mixture of sandy material and seawater obtained from tropical reefs, and commonly used to condition hobbyist saltwater aquaria. This sand contains foraminifera and numerous other microorganisms. "Live sand" could be a source for cheap and easy to obtain test subjects. The foram farm gives access to a constant supply and variety of test subjects for the experimental line, which consists of several analytical refrigerators with varying temperatures. Each refrigerator houses petri dishes where forams are grown in water with varying Mg/Ca compositions. Elphidium excavatum, a well-researched, eurytopic taxon, will be the first to be cultured in the experimental line. After growing under experimental conditions, specimens will be analyzed using LA-ICP-MS, in order to model effects of seawater T and Mg/Ca on foram Mg

  6. Tenoxicam 20 mg or 40 mg after thoracotomy: a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

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    Merry, A F; Sidebotham, D A; Middleton, N G; Calder, M V; Webster, C S

    2002-04-01

    Forty-five adults undergoing thoracotomy were randomized to receive placebo, tenoxicam 20 mg or tenoxicam 40 mg IV during chest wall closure. All patients received intraoperative fentanyl and intercostal blocks followed by morphine by patient-controlled analgesia. Patient numbers 13 to 45 also received thoracic epidural analgesia by continuous infusion of bupivacaine 0.125%, patient numbers 25 to 45 having fentanyl 2 microg/ml added to the epidural infusion. Efficacy parameters and adverse reactions were assessed over the first 24 hours postoperatively. On a 100 mm visual analogue scale, mean (SD) pain at rest (adjusted area under curve for hours 1 to 24) was 25.8 (12.5), 17.4 (14.8) and 16.5 (13.3) mm for groups receiving placebo, 20 mg and 40 mg tenoxicam, respectively (ANOVA: P<0.05). There were no significant differences between study groups postoperatively in pain on coughing, opioid consumption, blood gas measurements, nausea, vomiting, sedation, blood loss, haemoglobin or serum creatinine. One patient in each tenoxicam group reported epigastric pain, rated moderate. These data support the inclusion of tenoxicam 20 mg IV in the management of pain at rest for patients undergoing thoracotomy, but do not show additional benefit for a higher dose.

  7. Mg-chelatase I subunit 1 and Mg-protoporphyrin IX methyltransferase affect the stomatal aperture in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Tomiyama, Masakazu; Inoue, Shin-Ichiro; Tsuzuki, Tomo; Soda, Midori; Morimoto, Sayuri; Okigaki, Yukiko; Ohishi, Takaya; Mochizuki, Nobuyoshi; Takahashi, Koji; Kinoshita, Toshinori

    2014-07-01

    To elucidate the molecular mechanisms of stomatal opening and closure, we performed a genetic screen using infrared thermography to isolate stomatal aperture mutants. We identified a mutant designated low temperature with open-stomata 1 (lost1), which exhibited reduced leaf temperature, wider stomatal aperture, and a pale green phenotype. Map-based analysis of the LOST1 locus revealed that the lost1 mutant resulted from a missense mutation in the Mg-chelatase I subunit 1 (CHLI1) gene, which encodes a subunit of the Mg-chelatase complex involved in chlorophyll synthesis. Transformation of the wild-type CHLI1 gene into lost1 complemented all lost1 phenotypes. Stomata in lost1 exhibited a partial ABA-insensitive phenotype similar to that of rtl1, a Mg-chelatase H subunit missense mutant. The Mg-protoporphyrin IX methyltransferase (CHLM) gene encodes a subsequent enzyme in the chlorophyll synthesis pathway. We examined stomatal movement in a CHLM knockdown mutant, chlm, and found that it also exhibited an ABA-insensitive phenotype. However, lost1 and chlm seedlings all showed normal expression of ABA-induced genes, such as RAB18 and RD29B, in response to ABA. These results suggest that the chlorophyll synthesis enzymes, Mg-chelatase complex and CHLM, specifically affect ABA signaling in the control of stomatal aperture and have no effect on ABA-induced gene expression.

  8. Facile synthesis of MgO and Ni-MgO nanostructures with enhanced adsorption of methyl blue dye

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    Mohamed, R. M.; Shawky, Ahmed; Mkhalid, I. A.

    2017-02-01

    Nanostructured Magnesium oxide (MgO) was prepared by a simple method using a non-ionic block copolymer as surfactant. Ni was introduced to MgO to improve surface properties. The effect of Ni loading on the MgO crystalline structure, surface morphology and magnetic properties was observed by powder X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy and a vibrating sample magnetometer, respectively. Textural properties of produced samples were investigated by nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms and the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method. The as-prepared samples were employed as an adsorbent for the removal of Methyl blue (MeB) dye. The adsorption isotherms were studied using the Langmuir model. The results show a high adsorptive behavior for relatively high concentrated MeB with a maximum adsorption capacity of 367 mg g-1 indicating the enhanced adsorption performance of our produced structures. A mechanism for adsorption of MeB molecules on the prepared MgO is proposed.

  9. Effect of amorphous lamella on the crack propagation behavior of crystalline Mg/amorphous Mg-Al nanocomposites

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    Hai-Yang, Song; Yu-Long, Li

    2016-02-01

    The effects of amorphous lamella on the crack propagation behavior in crystalline/amorphous (C/A) Mg/Mg-Al nanocomposites under tensile loading are investigated using the molecular dynamics simulation method. The sample with an initial crack of orientation [0001] is considered here. For the nano-monocrystal Mg, the crack growth exhibits brittle cleavage. However, for the C/A Mg/Mg-Al nanocomposites, the ‘double hump’ behavior can be observed in all the stress-strain curves regardless of the amorphous lamella thickness. The results indicate that the amorphous lamella plays a critical role in the crack deformation, and it can effectively resist the crack propagation. The above mentioned crack deformation behaviors are also disclosed and analyzed in the present work. The results here provide a strategy for designing the high-performance hexagonal-close-packed metal and alloy materials. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11372256 and 11572259), the 111 Project (Grant No. B07050), the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University of Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. NCET-12-1046), and the Program for New Scientific and Technological Star of Shaanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2012KJXX-39).

  10. Spinelloid phases in the system MgGa2O4-Mg2GeO4

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    Barbier, J.; Hyde, B. G.

    1986-11-01

    Spinelloid phases have been observed and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction and high-resolution electron microscopy. Mg3Ga2GeO3(III), with a narrow composition range of approximately 3 mole percent Mg2GeO4, is stable at atmospheric pressure up to about 1,420° C, and is isostructural with β-Mg2SiO4 and the spinelloid Phase III of the NiAl2O4-Ni2SiO4 system. This represents the first occurrence of a β-phase structure stable at 1 atm pressure. Above 1,420° C (1 atm) Mg3Ga2GeO8 (III) decomposes reversibly into a mixture of spinel and olivine. At high pressure (around 30 kbar at 1,100° C) it transforms into another spinelloid phase, Mg3Ga2GeO8 (IV), isostructural with Phase IV of the NiAl2O4-Ni2SiO4 system. In terms of crystal structures and phase relations therefore there exists a close analogy between the magnesium gallo-germanate and nickel alumino-silicate systems, the former being a lower-pressure analogue of the latter. Our investigation of a number of other pseudo-binary spinel-olivine oxide systems suggests that the formation of spinelloid phases can be associated with the inverse character of the spinel component.

  11. New quaternary semiconductor Cu2MgSnS4 and Cu2MgSnSe4 for photovoltaics

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    Tse, Kinfai; Zhong, Guohua; Zhang, Yiou; Li, Xiaoguang; Yang, Chunlei; Zhu, Junyi; Zeng, Zhi; Zhang, Zhenyu; Xiao, Xudong

    Element substitution of Zn by Mg and Ca is attempted to overcome the problem of potential fluctuation in Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSSe) due to prevalence of CuZn + ZnCu defect complex. Through density function theory calculation with hybrid functional, we have shown that Cu2MgSnS4 and Cu2MgSnSe4 (CMTSSe) are stable with respect to secondary phases considered under suitable chemical potential. Stannite CMTSSe is thermodynamically more favorable over the kesterite structure. The alternating Cu and Mg/Sn cation layer of stannite structure may suppress the formation of MgCu antisite due to large stress induced. The electronic and optical properties of CMTSSe are similar to that of CZTSSe with comparable absorption coefficient at the band-edge suggests CMTSSe to be a promising photovoltaic material. The work was supported by the National Major Science Research Program of China under Grant No. 2012CB933700, the Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61274093, 61574157, 11274335, 11504398, 51302303, and 51474132), and the Shenzhen Basic Resear.

  12. The Dissolution Kinetics of MgO into CaO-MgO-Fe2O3 Slag

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    Wei, Ruirui; Lv, Xuewei; Yue, Zhiwen; Xiang, Shenglin

    2017-02-01

    Calcium ferrite is the main binding phase for high-basicity sinter. The production and structure of calcium ferrite greatly influence the quality of the sinter. With the change in gangue composition, MgO becomes an important factor in the generation of calcium ferrite. In this study, the rotating cylinder method was used to study the dissolution kinetics of MgO into CaO-MgO-Fe2O3 melt. The experimental variables included the temperature, the initial composition of the melt, the Fe2O3/CaO mass ratio, the rotation time, and the rotation speed. The results indicate that the dissolution rate increases with increasing dissolution time, temperature, and rotation speed but decreases with increasing MgO content and Fe2O3/CaO mass ratio in the initial slag. The dissolution rate was observed to increase and then decrease with the addition of SiO2 in the initial slag. The activation energy and diffusion coefficient for MgO dissolution were found to range from 117.31 to 234.24 kJ mol-1 and from 1.03 × 10-6 to 1.18 × 10-5 cm2 s-1, respectively. The concentration difference between the solid and liquid phases is the main driving force for dissolution, but the viscosity and magnesium ion diffusivity of the melt also affect the process.

  13. Mg-dechelation activity in radish cotyledons with artificial and native substrates, Mg-chlorophyllin a and chlorophyllide a.

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    Suzuki, Toshiyuki; Kunieda, Tadashi; Murai, Fumiko; Morioka, Satoshi; Shioi, Yuzo

    2005-05-01

    The Mg-dechelation activity in extracts from radish (Raphanus sativus L.) cotyledons was investigated using an artificial substrate, Mg-chlorophyllin a (Chlin) and the native substrate, chlorophyllide a (Chlide). In addition to a known a small molecular weight metal-chelating substance (MCS), Mg-releasing protein (MRP) was present when Chlin was used as the substrate. However, only MCS had Mg-dechelation activity with the native substrate. To examine the possibility of the dissociation of MRP into a protein moiety and a small molecular mass compound with an activity like MCS, extraction with low and high ionic strength buffers was carried out. No evidence was obtained that MCS is a moiety of MRP, however. Inhibitor studies showed that MCS and MRP had different susceptibilities to the inhibitors, especially to the chelators tiron and EDTA when Chlin was used as the substrate. Tiron had no effect on MRP, but it severely reduced MCS activity in both substrates. The activity of MRP increased during senescence, indicating the induction of MRP, while the activity of MCS was almost unchanged. These results suggest different reaction mechanisms by independent compounds. These findings suggest that MRP and MCS are present independently, and MCS is postulated to be a substance that catalyzes the Mg-dechelation reaction in the breakdown pathway of Chl, although MCS was not induced during senescence. The properties of MRP and MCS in relation to the small molecular mass substance obtained from strawberry fruit are also discussed.

  14. Brand versus generic dispensing trend for ciprofloxacin 500 mg, levofloxacin 500 mg, and moxifloxacin 400 mg (oral dosage forms) among pharmacies of Karachi, Pakistan.

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    Zehra, Fatima; Naqvi, Atta Abbas; Tasneem, Sumbul; Ahmad, Rizwan; Ahmad, Niyaz; Shamsi, Adnan Zia; Asghar, Naqiya Ali; Khan, Ghufran Ullah

    2017-01-01

    Pakistan spends 0.7% of its gross domestic product on health. The public sector health-care system provides services to 22% of population thus paving the way for a dominant private sector. Patients in Pakistan mostly pay their medical expenses directly, and 64% of the health expenditures are borne by the household. Expenditure on medicine constitutes 43% of the total household expenditure. A quantitative cross-sectional study was conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, for a month. It was aimed at gathering response from different pharmacies to understand the brand versus generic dispensing trend of ciprofloxacin 500 mg, levofloxacin 500 mg, and moxifloxacin 400 mg oral dosage forms. The study employed convenience sampling and used a survey checklist. The data gathered was entered in SPSS version 22. The mean price per tablet for ciprofloxacin brand and generic was reported at Pakistani Rupees (PKR) 48.44 and PKR 26.85, respectively. The trend for dispensing ciprofloxacin highlighted a split in the market between brand (51%) and generic (49%). For levofloxacin brand and generic, the price per tablet was reported at PKR 36.50 and PKR 36.15 respectively, and despite same price, the market was dominated by generic levofloxacin (92%). Due to a price difference between brand and generic moxifloxacin, i.e., PKR 129.44 and PKR 71.91, respectively, the market was mostly occupied by the generic form (75%). Pricing mechanism must be revisited, and the authorities should take stern actions against any illegitimate price hike. The surging burden of drug expenditure on poorer sections of the society must be addressed by the government on an urgent basis.

  15. Brand versus generic dispensing trend for ciprofloxacin 500 mg, levofloxacin 500 mg, and moxifloxacin 400 mg (oral dosage forms) among pharmacies of Karachi, Pakistan

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    Zehra, Fatima; Naqvi, Atta Abbas; Tasneem, Sumbul; Ahmad, Rizwan; Ahmad, Niyaz; Shamsi, Adnan Zia; Asghar, Naqiya Ali; Khan, Ghufran Ullah

    2017-01-01

    Introduction: Pakistan spends 0.7% of its gross domestic product on health. The public sector health-care system provides services to 22% of population thus paving the way for a dominant private sector. Patients in Pakistan mostly pay their medical expenses directly, and 64% of the health expenditures are borne by the household. Expenditure on medicine constitutes 43% of the total household expenditure. Methods: A quantitative cross-sectional study was conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, for a month. It was aimed at gathering response from different pharmacies to understand the brand versus generic dispensing trend of ciprofloxacin 500 mg, levofloxacin 500 mg, and moxifloxacin 400 mg oral dosage forms. The study employed convenience sampling and used a survey checklist. The data gathered was entered in SPSS version 22. Results: The mean price per tablet for ciprofloxacin brand and generic was reported at Pakistani Rupees (PKR) 48.44 and PKR 26.85, respectively. The trend for dispensing ciprofloxacin highlighted a split in the market between brand (51%) and generic (49%). For levofloxacin brand and generic, the price per tablet was reported at PKR 36.50 and PKR 36.15 respectively, and despite same price, the market was dominated by generic levofloxacin (92%). Due to a price difference between brand and generic moxifloxacin, i.e., PKR 129.44 and PKR 71.91, respectively, the market was mostly occupied by the generic form (75%). Conclusion: Pricing mechanism must be revisited, and the authorities should take stern actions against any illegitimate price hike. The surging burden of drug expenditure on poorer sections of the society must be addressed by the government on an urgent basis. PMID:28929048

  16. Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil): objectives and design.

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    Aquino, Estela M L; Barreto, Sandhi Maria; Bensenor, Isabela M; Carvalho, Marilia S; Chor, Dóra; Duncan, Bruce B; Lotufo, Paulo A; Mill, José Geraldo; Molina, Maria Del Carmen; Mota, Eduardo L A; Passos, Valéria Maria Azeredo; Schmidt, Maria Inês; Szklo, Moyses

    2012-02-15

    Although low- and middle-income countries still bear the burden of major infectious diseases, chronic noncommunicable diseases are becoming increasingly common due to rapid demographic, epidemiologic, and nutritional transitions. However, information is generally scant in these countries regarding chronic disease incidence, social determinants, and risk factors. The Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil) aims to contribute relevant information with respect to the development and progression of clinical and subclinical chronic diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. In this report, the authors delineate the study's objectives, principal methodological features, and timeline. At baseline, ELSA-Brasil enrolled 15,105 civil servants from 5 universities and 1 research institute. The baseline examination (2008-2010) included detailed interviews, clinical and anthropometric examinations, an oral glucose tolerance test, overnight urine collection, a 12-lead resting electrocardiogram, measurement of carotid intima-media thickness, echocardiography, measurement of pulse wave velocity, hepatic ultrasonography, retinal fundus photography, and an analysis of heart rate variability. Long-term biologic sample storage will allow investigation of biomarkers that may predict cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Annual telephone surveillance, initiated in 2009, will continue for the duration of the study. A follow-up examination is scheduled for 2012-2013.

  17. Respostas religiosas à aids no Brasil: impressões de pesquisa.

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    Seffner, Fernando; da Silva, Cristiane Gonçalves Meireles; Maksud, Ivia; Garcia, Jonathan; Rios, Luís Felipe; Natividade, Marcelo; Borges, Priscila Rodrigues; Parker, Richard; Terto, Veriano

    2008-01-01

    O texto encontra-se estruturado em quatro partes. Na primeira delas, apresentamos um conjunto de considerações e informações acerca da situação da aids no Brasil, das relações entre religião, sexualidade, aids e estado laico, bem como uma descrição mais clara do Projeto Respostas Religiosas ao HIV/Aids no Brasil, do qual este texto apresenta algumas impressões de pesquisa preliminares. A seguir, dedicamos um item a apresentação da Pastoral de DST/Aids, sua história, estrutura e objetivos. No item seguinte problematizamos diversas questões em particular no âmbito das relações Estado e Igreja, relações entre agentes de pastoral e hierarquia da Igreja, e questões ligadas mais diretamente à sexualidade e aids, todas referenciadas ao trabalho da Pastoral de DST/Aids. Ao final, apresentamos a bibliografia e fontes consultadas.

  18. Migraine and subclinical atherosclerosis in the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil).

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    Goulart, Alessandra C; Santos, Itamar S; Bittencourt, Márcio S; Lotufo, Paulo A; Benseñor, Isabela M

    2016-08-01

    The relationship between migraine and coronary heart disease (CHD) remains controversial. We aimed to investigate the association of subclinical atherosclerosis and migraine with or without aura compared to a non-migraine subgroup (reference) in a large Brazilian multicentric cohort study, the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil). Migraine diagnostic was based on International Headache Society criteria, and aura symptoms were validated by a medical doctor in a sub-sample of the ELSA-Brasil, who also underwent coronary artery calcium score (CAC) and carotid intima-media thickness (C-IMT) evaluations. Subclinical atherosclerosis indexes (CAC and C-IMT) were analyzed as dependent variables and migraine (all, with aura, without aura) as an independent variable in the linear and multinomial logistic regression models adjusted for possible confounders. Of 3217 ELSA participants free from CVD at baseline, we found a migraine frequency of 11.9% (5.1% with aura and 6.8% without aura). Overall, migraineurs were mostly women, younger and had lower frequency of CV risk factors, such as hypertension, diabetes and low HDL-cholesterol, compared to non-migraineurs. The strongest inverse correlation between migraine and subclinical atherosclerosis was verified with CAC score. However, all associations lost their significance after multivariate adjustment. In this cross-sectional evaluation of the ELSA study, migraine was not associated with subclinical atherosclerosis, regardless of aura symptoms. © International Headache Society 2015.

  19. Respostas religiosas à aids no Brasil: impressões de pesquisa1

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    Seffner, Fernando; da Silva, Cristiane Gonçalves Meireles; Maksud, Ívia; Garcia, Jonathan; Rios, Luís Felipe; Natividade, Marcelo; Borges, Priscila Rodrigues; Parker, Richard; Terto, Veriano

    2009-01-01

    Resumo O texto encontra-se estruturado em quatro partes. Na primeira delas, apresentamos um conjunto de considerações e informações acerca da situação da aids no Brasil, das relações entre religião, sexualidade, aids e estado laico, bem como uma descrição mais clara do Projeto Respostas Religiosas ao HIV/Aids no Brasil, do qual este texto apresenta algumas impressões de pesquisa preliminares. A seguir, dedicamos um item a apresentação da Pastoral de DST/Aids, sua história, estrutura e objetivos. No item seguinte problematizamos diversas questões em particular no âmbito das relações Estado e Igreja, relações entre agentes de pastoral e hierarquia da Igreja, e questões ligadas mais diretamente à sexualidade e aids, todas referenciadas ao trabalho da Pastoral de DST/Aids. Ao final, apresentamos a bibliografia e fontes consultadas. PMID:20428503

  20. Differential Conductance Measurements of MgB2/I/Pb Heterojunctions and all-MgB2 Junctions

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    Cusick, David; Eckhardt, Matthew; Dai, Wenqing; Li, Qi; Chen, Ke; Cunnane, Daniel; Zhuang, C. G.; Xi, X. X.; Naito, Michio; Ramos, Roberto

    2015-03-01

    We present our work characterizing several types of Magnesium Diboride Josephson junctions, including MgB2/I/Pb heterojunctions and all-MgB2 junctions. We will report on the I-V and dI/dV-V data collected at various temperatures using both a cryocooler-based experimental platform between 2 and 20 Kelvin and using a 3He probe platform between 0.3 and 1.0 Kelvin. These were both developed by undergraduates in a liberal arts university. Using high-sampling rates with a 24-bit data acquisition card and access to a broad of range of temperatures, we track and report energy gap distributions and temperature-dependent features of dI/dV peaks of MgB2, comparing these with theoretical predictions. R.C.R. acknowledges support from National Science Foundation Grant # DMR-1206561.

  1. Tunneling conductance studies in the ion-beam sputtered CoFe/Mg/MgO/NiFe magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Singh, Braj Bhusan; Chaudhary, Sujeet

    2013-06-03

    Magnetic tunnel junctions consisting of CoFe(10 nm)/Mg(1 nm)/MgO(3.5 nm)/NiFe(10 nm) are grown at room temperature using dual ion beam sputtering via in-situ shadow masking. The effective barrier thickness and average barrier height are estimated to be 3.5 nm (2.9 nm) and 0.69 eV (1.09 eV) at 290 K (70 K), respectively. The tunnel magnetoresistance value of 0.2 % and 2.3 % was observed at 290 K and 60 K, respectively. The temperature dependence of tunneling conductance revealed the presence of localized states present within the forbidden gap of the MgO barrier leading to finite inelastic spin independent tunneling contributions, which degrade the TMR value.

  2. Reflection polarizers for the vacuum ultraviolet using Al + MgF2 mirrors and an MgF2 plate

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    Hass, G.; Hunter, W. R.

    1978-01-01

    Consideration is given to the design and operation of a three-mirror reflecting polarizer where one of the reflecting surfaces is an MgF2 plate, the other surfaces are Al + MgF2 coatings, and one reflection occurs at or near the true Brewster angle. It is found that the polarizer is most efficient in the 1200-2000 A wavelength region, and that by optimum selection of the angle of incidence on the MgF2 plate, polarization values of 100 and over are yielded from 900 to 3000 A. The polarizer may be used at wavelengths as short as 500 A, although it is observed that at such wavelengths the polarization value decreases to about 10. It is noted that all reflecting polarizers operating in the vacuum ultraviolet wavelength may manifest changing characteristics as their mirrors become contaminated, and that polarization must therefore be occasionally remeasured.

  3. Ru Catalyst-Induced Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy in MgO/CoFeB/Ta/MgO Multilayered Films.

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    Liu, Yiwei; Zhang, Jingyan; Wang, Shouguo; Jiang, Shaolong; Liu, Qianqian; Li, Xujing; Wu, Zhenglong; Yu, Guanghua

    2015-12-09

    The high oxygen storage/release capability of the catalyst Ru is used to manipulate the interfacial electronic structure in spintronic materials to obtain perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). Insertion of an ultrathin Ru layer between the CoFeB and Ta layers in MgO/CoFeB/Ta/MgO films effectively induces PMA without annealing. Ru plays a catalytic role in Fe-O-Ta bonding and isolation at the metal-oxide interface to achieve moderate interface oxidation. In contrast, PMA cannot be obtained in the sample with a Mg insertion layer or without an insertion layer because of the lack of a catalyst. Our work would provide a new approach toward catalyst-induced PMA for future CoFeB-based spintronic device applications.

  4. High Spin Torque Efficiency of Magnetic Tunnel Junctions with MgO/CoFeB/MgO Free Layer

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    Jan, Guenole; Wang, Yu-Jen; Moriyama, Takahiro; Lee, Yuan-Jen; Lin, Mark; Zhong, Tom; Tong, Ru-Ying; Torng, Terry; Wang, Po-Kang

    2012-09-01

    We present the results of a perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) that displays simultaneously low critical switching current and voltage, as well as high thermal stability factor. These results were achieved using a free layer of the MgO/CoFeB/MgO structure by increasing the spin torque efficiency to an average of 3.0 kBT/µA for 37-nm-diameter junctions, about three times that of a MgO/CoFeB/Ta free layer, which makes it the highest value reported to date. By comparing two films with different RA, hence different switching voltage and power, we explore the contributions of heating and voltage-modulated anisotropy change to the switching properties.

  5. Erectile function, erection hardness and tolerability in men treated with sildenafil 100 mg vs. 50 mg for erectile dysfunction.

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    Kirby, M; Creanga, D L; Stecher, V J

    2013-10-01

    To compare efficacy and tolerability between 100-mg and 50-mg sildenafil doses in five double-blind, placebo-controlled (DBPC) fixed-dose studies. Doses were compared for the change (baseline to end of 8-12 weeks of DBPC treatment) in score on the Erectile Function (EF) domain of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF; from five fixed-dose studies, > 1500 men); the per-patient estimated percentage of occasions that a specified Erection Hardness Score (EHS; from two of the five fixed-dose studies, > 500 men) was achieved, computed from logistic regression; the odds ratio (OR) of achieving EHS3 (hard enough for penetration, but not completely hard) and EHS4 (fully hard and completely rigid); and the adverse event incidence by treatment (from all five fixed-dose studies). For the 100-mg vs. 50-mg dose, IIEF-EF score improvement was consistently greater across the five studies and was statistically significant when data from two studies with similar design were pooled (10.7 ± 0.64 vs. 8.9 ± 0.83, p = 0.0287); and during the first 2 weeks of treatment, the odds of achieving EHS4 erections were almost doubled in one study (OR = 1.77, p = 0.0398). Sildenafil was generally well tolerated at either dose. Men with erectile dysfunction treated with 100-mg compared with 50-mg sildenafil may be more likely to achieve a greater improvement in erectile function and, within the first 2 weeks, completely hard and fully rigid erections, with little or no greater risk to tolerability. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  6. Bioequivalence of ondansetron oral soluble film 8 mg (ZUPLENZ) and ondansetron orally disintegrating tablets 8 mg (ZOFRAN) in healthy adults.

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    Dadey, Eric

    2015-01-01

    Oral formulations of ondansetron are used to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery. An oral soluble film formulation of ondansetron (OND OSF) was developed using MonoSol Rx's proprietary PharmFilm technology and was formulated to dissolve rapidly on the tongue, without the need for water. This product provides an oral antiemetic treatment option for patients who experience difficulty swallowing. The purpose of this study was to compare the bioequivalence of OND OSF 8 mg (ZUPLENZ, Monosol Rx, Warren, NJ) with ondansetron orally disintegrating tablets (OND ODT) 8 mg (ZOFRAN, GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park). In 3 individual open-label, randomized studies, healthy adult subjects received a single dose of OND OSF 8 mg and a single dose of OND ODT 8 mg, under fasted conditions (study 1, n = 48), fed conditions (study 2, n = 48), and fasted with and without water (study 3, n = 18). Each dosing period was followed by a 3- or 7-day washout period. Ondansetron pharmacokinetics were assessed predose to 24 hours postdose for the single 8-mg doses of OND OSF and OND ODT. All analyses were conducted on natural log-transformed pharmacokinetic parameters for OND OSF and OND ODT. Under both fasted and fed conditions, the 90% confidence interval for the comparisons of OND OSF and OND ODT plasma ondansetron area under the curve from time 0 to the last measured concentration (AUC0-t), area under the concentration vs. time curve from time 0 to infinity (AUC0-∞), and maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) were within the 80%-125% range, indicating bioequivalence between the formulations. With features designed to make it portable and easy to take, OND OSF 8 mg provides an alternative treatment option, particularly for patients with dysphagia and others who find it difficult to take oral tablets.

  7. Detailed microscopic calculation of stellar electron and positron capture rates on 24Mg for O+Ne+Mg core simulations

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    Nabi, Jameel-Un

    2008-09-01

    A few white dwarfs, located in binary systems, may acquire sufficiently high mass-accretion rates resulting in the burning of carbon and oxygen under nondegenerate conditions forming an O+Ne+Mg core. These O+Ne+Mg cores are gravitationally less bound than more massive progenitor stars and can release more energy due to the nuclear burning. They are also amongst the probable candidates for low entropy r-process sites. Recent observations of subluminous Type II-P supernovae (e.g. 2005cs, 2003gd, 1999br and 1997D) were able to rekindle the interest in 8-10 Modot which develop O+Ne+Mg cores. Microscopic calculations of capture rates on 24Mg, which may contribute significantly to the collapse of O+Ne+Mg cores, using the shell model and the proton-neutron quasiparticle random-phase approximation (pn-QRPA) theory, were performed earlier and comparisons made. Simulators, however, may require these capture rates on a fine scale. For the first time, a detailed microscopic calculation of the electron and positron capture rates on 24Mg on an extensive temperature-density scale is presented here. This type of scale is more appropriate for interpolation purposes and of greater utility for simulation codes. The calculations are done using the pn-QRPA theory using a separable interaction. The deformation parameter, believed to be a key parameter in QRPA calculations, is adopted from experimental data to increase the reliability of the QRPA results further. The resulting calculated rates are up to a factor of 14 or more enhanced as compared to shell model rates and may lead to some interesting scenarios for core collapse simulators.

  8. The Low-Lying Electronic States of Mg2(+)

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    Ricca, Alessandra; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.

    1994-01-01

    The low-lying doublet and quartet states of Mg+ have been studied using a multireference configuration interaction approach. The effect of inner-shell correlation has been included using the core-polarization potential method. The computed spectroscopic constants, lifetimes, and oscillator strengths should help resolve the difference between the recent experiments and previous theoretical calculations.

  9. PD/MG BIMETALLIC CORROSION CELLS FOR DECHLORINATING PCBS

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    Two dissimilar metals immersed in a conducting solution develop different corrosion potentials forming a bimetallic corrosion cell. Enhanced corrosion of an active metal like Mg combined with catalytic hydrogenation properties of a noble metal like Pd in such bimetallic cells can...

  10. Preparation of Mg-vermiculite nanoparticles using potassium persulfate treatment.

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    Matĕjka, Vlastimil; Supová-Krístková, Monika; Kratosvá, Gabriela; Valásková, Marta

    2006-08-01

    Delamination/exfoliation process of the Mg-vermiculite (Letovice, Czech Republic), particles with size less than 5 microm, was studied after potassium persulfate treatment and compared with known method utilized hydrogen peroxide treatment. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) patterns showed that treatment of Mg-vermiculite with different molar concentration of potassium persulfate: c = 0.02, 0.04, and 0.08 mol x dm(-3) at the temperature 60 degrees C for 2 hr caused reduction of relative intensity (I(rel.)) of the basal 001 diffraction to the 15%, 9%, and 4%, respectively, compared to intensity of 001 diffraction of untreated Mg-vermiculite (I(rel.) = 100%). On the other hand I(rel.) of the 001 diffraction of Mg-vermiculite after treatment with 30% and 50% (c = 9.8 and 17.4 mol x dm(-3)) hydrogen peroxide at the 60 degrees C for 2 hr decreased only to I(rel.) = 36% and 32%, respectively. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) verified effect of potassium persulfate treatment on structure degradation which is connected with higher degree of delamination/exfoliation of the particles and their cracking into nano-sized particles.

  11. Oncolytic Maraba Virus MG1 as a Treatment for Sarcoma.

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    Le Boeuf, Fabrice; Selman, Mohammed; Son, Hwan Hee; Bergeron, Anabel; Chen, Andrew; Tsang, Jovian; Butterwick, Derek; Arulanandam, Rozanne; Forbes, Nicole E; Tzelepis, Fanny; Bell, John C; Werier, Joel; Abdelbary, Hesham; Diallo, Jean-Simon

    2017-09-15

    The poor prognosis of patients with advanced bone and soft-tissue sarcoma has not changed in the past several decades, highlighting the necessity for new therapeutic approaches. Immunotherapies, including oncolytic viral (OV) therapy, have shown great promise in a number of clinical trials for a variety of tumor types. However, the effective application of OV in treating sarcoma still remains to be demonstrated. Although few pre-clinical studies using distinct OVs have been performed and demonstrated therapeutic benefit in sarcoma models, a side-by-side comparison of clinically relevant OV platforms has not been performed. Four clinically relevant OV platforms (Reovirus, Vaccinia virus, Herpes-simplex virus and Rhabdovirus) were screened for their ability to infect and kill human and canine sarcoma cell lines in vitro, and human sarcoma specimens ex vivo. In vivo treatment efficacy was tested in a murine model. The rhabdovirus MG1 demonstrated the highest potency in vitro. Ex vivo, MG1 productively infected more than 80% of human sarcoma tissues tested, and treatment in vivo led to a significant increase in long-lasting cures in sarcoma-bearing mice. Importantly, MG1 treatment induced the generation of memory immune response that provided protection against a subsequent tumor challenge. This study opens the door for the use of MG1-based oncolytic immunotherapy strategies as treatment for sarcoma or as a component of a combined therapy. © 2017 UICC.

  12. Dynamic Mg2B8 Cluster: A Nanoscale Compass.

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    Zhai, Hua-Jin; Wang, Ying-Jin; Feng, Lin-Yan; Guo, Jin-Chang

    2017-09-26

    Boron-based binary cluster Mg2B8 is shown to adopt a compass-like structure via computational global searches, featuring an Mg2 dimer as the needle and a disk-shaped B8 molecular wheel as baseplate. The nanocompass has a diameter of 0.35 nm. Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations indicate that Mg2B8 is structurally fluxional with the needle rotating freely on the baseplate, analogous to a functioning compass. The dynamics is readily initiated via a ultrasoft vibrational mode. The rotational barrier is only 0.1 kcal mol-1 at the single-point CCSD(T) level. Chemical bonding analysis suggests that the cluster compass can be formulated as [Mg2]2+[B8]2-; that is, the baseplate and the needle are held together primarily through ionic interactions. The baseplate is doubly aromatic with pi and sigma sextets. The bonding pattern provides dilute, continuous, and delocalized electron cloud, which underlies the dynamics of the nanocompass. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Central precocious puberty: treatment with triptorelin 11.25 mg.

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    Chiocca, Elena; Dati, Eleonora; Baroncelli, Giampiero I; Cassio, Alessandra; Wasniewska, Malgorzata; Galluzzi, Fiorella; Einaudi, Silvia; Cappa, Marco; Russo, Gianni; Bertelloni, Silvano

    2012-01-01

    Few data are available on quarterly 11.25 mg GnRH analog treatment in central precocious puberty (CPP). To assess the efficacy of triptorelin 11.25 mg in children with CPP. 17 patients (16 females) with CPP (7.9 ± 0.9 years) were treated with triptorelin 11.25 mg/90 days. Gonadotropins, basal-, and GnRH-stimulated peak, gonadal steroids, and pubertal signs were assessed at preinclusion and at inclusion visit, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months of treatment. Results. At 3, 6, and 12 months, all patients had suppressed LH peak (<3 IU/L after GnRH stimulation), as well as prepubertal oestradiol levels. Mean LH peak values after GnRH test significantly decreased from 25.7 ± 16.5 IU/L at baseline to 0.9 ± 0.5 IU/L at M3 (P < 0.0001); they did not significantly changed at M6 and M12. Triptorelin 11.25 mg/90 days efficiently suppressed the pituitary-gonadal axis in children with CPP from first administration.

  14. A Bayesian, multivariate calibration for Globigerinoides ruber Mg/Ca

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    Khider, D.; Huerta, G.; Jackson, C.; Stott, L. D.; Emile-Geay, J.

    2015-09-01

    The use of Mg/Ca in marine carbonates as a paleothermometer has been challenged by observations that implicate salinity as a contributing influence on Mg incorporation into biotic calcite and that dissolution at the sea-floor alters the original Mg/Ca. Yet, these factors have not yet been incorporated into a single calibration model. We introduce a new Bayesian calibration for Globigerinoides ruber Mg/Ca based on 186 globally distributed core top samples, which explicitly takes into account the effect of temperature, salinity, and dissolution on this proxy. Our reported temperature, salinity, and dissolution (here expressed as deep-water ΔCO32-) sensitivities are (±2σ) 8.7±0.9%/°C, 3.9±1.2%/psu, and 3.3±1.3%/μmol.kg-1 below a critical threshold of 21 μmol/kg in good agreement with previous culturing and core-top studies. We then perform a sensitivity experiment on a published record from the western tropical Pacific to investigate the bias introduced by these secondary influences on the interpretation of past temperature variability. This experiment highlights the potential for misinterpretations of past oceanographic changes when the secondary influences of salinity and dissolution are not accounted for. Multiproxy approaches could potentially help deconvolve the contributing influences but this awaits better characterization of the spatio-temporal relationship between salinity and δ18Osw over millennial and orbital timescales.

  15. Permanent magnet with MgB{sub 2} bulk superconductor

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    Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Ishihara, Atsushi; Tomita, Masaru; Kishio, Kohji

    2014-07-21

    Superconductors with persistent zero-resistance currents serve as permanent magnets for high-field applications requiring a strong and stable magnetic field, such as magnetic resonance imaging. The recent global helium shortage has quickened research into high-temperature superconductors (HTSs)—materials that can be used without conventional liquid-helium cooling to 4.2 K. Herein, we demonstrate that 40-K-class metallic HTS magnesium diboride (MgB{sub 2}) makes an excellent permanent bulk magnet, maintaining 3 T at 20 K for 1 week with an extremely high stability (<0.1 ppm/h). The magnetic field trapped in this magnet is uniformly distributed, as for single-crystalline neodymium-iron-boron. Magnetic hysteresis loop of the MgB{sub 2} permanent bulk magnet was determined. Because MgB{sub 2} is a simple-binary-line compound that does not contain rare-earth metals, polycrystalline bulk material can be industrially fabricated at low cost and with high yield to serve as strong magnets that are compatible with conventional compact cryocoolers, making MgB{sub 2} bulks promising for the next generation of Tesla-class permanent-magnet applications.

  16. Controlled release of ibuprofen using Mg Al LDH nano carrier

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    Dasgupta, Sudip

    2017-08-01

    In the present study, NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen in anionic form has been intercalated in-situ into the interlayer space of Mg Al LDH nanoparticle during co-precipitation of hydroxides. LDH nanohybrids are characterized by XRD, FTIR and UV spectroscopy. Mg1-xAlx(NO3)x(OH)2.nH2O nanoparticles were synthesized using co-precipitation method from an aqueous solution of Mg(NO3)2.6H2O and Al(NO3)3.9H2O. Ibuprofen was intercalated in inter layer space of Mg-Al LDH during coprecipitation of drug LDH conjugate in nitrogen atmosphere. The nanopowders synthesised were in the size range between 25 to 90 nm with an average particle size of 55 nm. XRD analysis proved that there is an increase in d003 spacing from 7.89 Å for pristine LDH to 14.71 Å for ibuprofen intercalated LDH due to the intercalation of bigger ibuprofen molecule in the interlayer space of LDH. FTIR analysis showed hydroxyl and carbonyl stretching of ibuprofen in LDH-IBU sample confirming the intercalation of ibuprofen in the interlayer structure of LDH. The drug release study in phosphate buffer solution at pH 7.4 using UV-Vis spectroscopy demonstrated that 50 % drug molecules were released in 15 hours and more than 85 % release was achieved after 36 hours.

  17. Multiwavelength observations of the Type IIb supernova 2009mg

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    Oates, S. R.; Bayless, A. J.; Stritzinger, M. D.; Prichard, T.; Prieto, J. L.; Immler, S.; Brown, P. J.; Breeveld, A. A.; De Pasquale, M.; Kuin, N. P. M.; Hamuy, M.; Holland, S. T.; Taddia, F.; Roming, P. W. A.

    2012-08-01

    We present Swift Ultra-Violet Optical Telescope and X-Ray Telescope (XRT) observations, and visual wavelength spectroscopy of the Type IIb supernova (SN) 2009mg, discovered in the Sb galaxy ESO 121-G26. The observational properties of SN 2009mg are compared to the prototype Type IIb SNe 1993J and 2008ax, with which we find many similarities. However, minor differences are discernible including SN 2009mg not exhibiting an initial fast decline or u-band upturn as observed in the comparison objects, and its rise to maximum is somewhat slower leading to slightly broader light curves. The late-time temporal index of SN 2009mg, determined from 40 d post-explosion, is consistent with the decay rate of SN 1993J, but inconsistent with the decay of 56Co. This suggests leakage of γ-rays out of the ejecta and a stellar mass on the small side of the mass distribution. Our XRT non-detection provides an upper limit on the mass-loss rate of the progenitor of ?. Modelling of the SN light curve indicates a kinetic energy of ?, an ejecta mass of ? and a 56Ni mass of 0.10 ± 0.01 M⊙. This paper includes data gathered with the 6.5-m Magellan telescopes located at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile, and the Gemini Observatory, Cerro Pachon, Chile (Gemini Programmes GS-2009B-Q-9, GS-2009B-Q-40 and GS-2009B-Q-67).

  18. Oxygen-vacancy driven tunnelling spintronics across MgO

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    Halisdemir, U.; Schleicher, F.; Kim, D. J.; Taudul, B.; Lacour, D.; Choi, W. S.; Gallart, M.; Boukari, S.; Schmerber, G.; Davesne, V.; Panissod, P.; Halley, D.; Majjad, H.; Henry, Y.; Leconte, B.; Boulard, A.; Spor, D.; Beyer, N.; Kieber, C.; Sternitzky, E.; Cregut, O.; Ziegler, M.; Montaigne, F.; Arabski, J.; Beaurepaire, E.; Jo, W.; Alouani, M.; Gilliot, P.; Hehn, M.; Bowen, M.

    2016-10-01

    The conservation of an electron's spin and symmetry as it undergoes solid-state tunnelling within magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) is thought to be best understood using MgO-based MTJs1. Yet the very large experimental values of tunnelling magnetoresistance (TMR) that justify this perception are often associated with tunnelling barrier heights well below those suggested by the MgO optical band gap. This combination of high TMR and low RA-product, while spawning spin-transfer/spin-orbit torque experiments and considerable industrial interest, cannot be explained by standard theory. Noting the impact of a tunnel barrier's altered stoichiometry on TMR2, we reconcile this 10+year-old contradiction between theory and experiment by considering the impact of the MgO barrier's structural defects3-5. We find that the ground and excited states of oxygen vacancies can promote localized states within the band gap with differing electronic character. By setting symmetry- and temperature-dependent tunnelling barrier heights, they alter symmetry-polarized tunnelling and thus TMR. We will examine how annealing, depending on MgO growth conditions, can alter the nature of these localized states. This oxygen vacancy paradigm of inorganic tunnelling spintronics opens interesting perspectives into endowing the MTJ with additional functionalities, such as optically manipulating the MTJ's spintronic response.

  19. MgCaO Dry Etching on GaN

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    Hlad, M.; Ren, F.

    2005-11-01

    MgCaO films grown by rf plasma-assisted Molecular Beam Epitaxy and capped with Sc2O3 are promising candidates as surface passivation layers and gate dielectrics on GaN-based high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) and metal-oxide semiconductor HEMTs (MOS-HEMTs) respectively. Two different plasma chemistries were examined for etching these thin films on GaN. Inductively Coupled Plasmas of CH4/H2/Ar produced etch rates only in the range 20-70 å/min, comparable to the Ar sputter rates under the same conditions. Similarly slow MgCaO etch rates (˜100 å/min) were obtained with Cl2/Ar discharges under the same conditions, but GaN showed rates almost an order of magnitude higher. The MgCaO removal rates are limited by the low volatilities of the respective etch products. The CH4/H2/Ar plasma chemistry produced a selectivity of around 2 or etching the MgCaO with respect to GaN.

  20. Structure of Ultrathin MgO Films on Mo(001)

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    Gallagher, Marc C.; Fyfield, Margaret S.; Bumm, Lloyd A.; Cowin, James P.; Joyce , Stephen A.

    2003-11-24

    We have studied the structure of ultrathin MgO films grown on a single crystal Mo(001) surface. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and low energy electron diffraction (LEED) were used to investigate the effect of substrate temperature and oxygen partial pressure on the growth and morphology of these films.

  1. Mg II Chromospheric Line Asymmetries In HD2151

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    Perez-Martinez, M. Isabel

    2016-07-01

    HD 2151 is considered the distant future of the solar evolution, with an effective temperature of 5852 K and surface gravity of log g=3.9, it is classified as G2 IV. Here I present a brief analysis of the Mg II (h+k) chromospheric emission lines of HD 2151, from 126 stellar spectra taken from the International Ultraviolet Explorer database, recorded from 1978 to 1995. By means of a Lomb Scargle periodogram, an activity cycle of 11.05 years was obtained and two sub cycles of the order of 4 years. Also, the Mg II emission line bisectors were calculated, showing not only long term variability, but also showing variations within the same day of observations. On the other hand, it was observed that the h line was stronger than the k, in agreement with previous works. Concerning the Mg II K line bisector, it is worth noting that the largest dispersion value was observed at the maximum Mg II emission flux, and a variability cycle of 200 days was obtained.

  2. FSW between Al alloy and Mg Alloy: the comparative study

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    Jagadeesha, C. B.

    2017-04-01

    It is difficult to fusion weld Al alloy to Mg alloy, so by experimental optimization procedure (EOP) optimum parameters for FSW between Al alloy and Mg alloy were determined and experiment conducted using these parameters resulted in not only sound weld but also highest strength weld for 5 mm thickness of the alloys plates. One can arrive to optimum parameters by following the EOP in case of similar and dissimilar materials FSW, such as Al alloy and Mg alloy FSW. It has observed that tensile sample having least thickness intermetallics (IMs) layer has highest strength compared to sample with larger thickness of intermetallics layer and also it has observed that weld of lesser thickness plates have strength higher than welds of larger thickness plates. It has observed that, Vickers hardness in WN i.e. on the region containing layers of IMs is considerably higher, which leads to emerge of new type of laminated composite materials. It has observed that, it is the least thickness IMs layers in the weld are responsible for higher strength of weld not the ductility of the IMs formed owing to the insertion of intermediate material in the weld. It has found that coefficient of friction is =0.25, in case of bead on plate welding of Mg alloy.

  3. The CorA Mg2+ Transporter Is a Homotetramer

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    Warren, Mary A.; Kucharski, Lisa M.; Veenstra, Alexander; Shi, Liang; Grulich, Paul F.; Maguire, Michael E.

    2004-07-01

    Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium has three transport systems mediating influx of Mg2+: CorA, MgtA, and MgtB (6, 7, 22, 24). The CorA system is encoded by the corA gene that constitutively expresses a 37-kDa integral membrane protein (19).

  4. Comparative studies of glow peaks and kinetic trapping parameters of LiF(Mg,Cu), LiF(Mg,Cu,P), LiF(Mg,Cu,Si) and LiF(Mg,Cu,Na,Si) single crystals

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    Laopaiboon, R.; Bootjomchai, C.; Pencharee, S.; Laopaiboon, J.

    2014-02-01

    Glow curve structure and kinetic trapping parameter of the thermoluminescent (TL) phosphors based on LiF(Mg,Cu) LiF(Mg,Cu,P) LiF(Mg,Cu,Si) and LiF(Mg,Cu,Na,Si) single crystals were investigated (denoted as SMC, SMCP, SMCS and SMCNS, respectively). Wet mixing and drying before TL phosphors production in single-crystal form were achieved by the Bridgeman method. The transparent solid single crystals were cut to the size of 5.0×5.0×0.6 mm3 for use as thermoluminescence dosimeters (TLD). Four different types of TLD were irradiated with X-ray photon energy 128 keV in the dose of 3 mGy after dual step pre-irradiation annealing. From the glow curve structure, the geometrical factors (μ) were calculated. The graph created by Chen confirms the first-order kinetics. Moreover, the glow curve shape results in more fading of the TLD 100 sample than the SMCS and SMCNS samples. It is evident that the kinetic trapping parameters depend on the type of dopant. The frequency factors of all TLD single crystals are higher than TLD100 (poly-crystal). These results are useful to provide the TL trapping and recombination centers for these materials.

  5. Sb Substitution Effect on Thermoelectric Properties of Mg2Si

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    Kaur, Kulwinder; Kumar, Ranjan

    2017-07-01

    The effects of Sb dopant on electronic and thermoelectric properties of Mg2Si (Mg2Si1- x Sb x , 0.125 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) have been studied using density functional theory and semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory. Classical kinetic theory was employed to calculate the lattice thermal conductivity. The calculations show that the Sb-doped Mg2Si system exhibits metallic nature and Sb enhances the thermoelectric efficiency of Mg2Si. Increase in the concentration of Sb leads to decrease in the Seebeck coefficient and increase in the electrical and electronic thermal conductivity as well as reduction in the lattice thermal conductivity. We found that the lattice thermal conductivity decreases with increase in temperature. There is little effect on the lattice thermal conductivity as the doping concentration is increased, but the overall thermal conductivity increases with increasing concentration due to increased electronic thermal conductivity. High ZT value of 0.47 is obtained at 1200 K for x = 0.125.

  6. Multilayer Mg-Stainless Steel Sheets, Microstructure, and Mechanical Properties

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    Inoue, Junya; Sadeghi, Alireza; Kyokuta, Nobuhiko; Ohmori, Toshinori; Koseki, Toshihiko

    2017-05-01

    Different multilayer Mg AZ31 and SS304L steel sheet combinations were prepared with different volume fractions of Mg. Isolated stress-strain curves of the Mg layers showed significant improvements in the strength and elongation of multilayer samples. Results indicated that in the most extreme situation with the lowest Mg volume fraction ( V f = 0.39), the ultimate strength was increased by 25 pct to 370 MPa and the elongation was improved by 70 pct to 0.34. Investigation of the fracture surface showed that failure occurs by the coalescence of cracks close to the interface region. The improved strength of the multilayer samples was due to the combined effect of surface crack prevention by the steel layer and the higher work-hardening rate caused by the possible increased activity of non-basal systems. It is suggested that the stronger work-hardening behavior and the enhanced activity of non-basal systems in the multilayer samples were due to the formation of new stress components in the transverse direction. The larger the volume fraction of steel in the multilayer, the longer the distance remaining unstrained before the UTS.

  7. The solar chromospheric Ca and Mg indices from Aura OMI

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    Deland, Matthew; Marchenko, Sergey

    2013-04-01

    Direct observations of long-term variations in solar UV irradiance from satellites, although important for monitoring the energetic forcing of the Earth's atmosphere, is challenging because of the difficulty of accurately tracking instrument response changes. Proxy indexes based on core-to-wing ratios of solar Fraunhofer lines, such as the Mg II feature at 280 nm, can minimize the impact of both time- and wavelength-dependent instrument changes to better monitor solar UV activity. Here we present new data sets from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on the Aura satellite, which began operations in late 2004. The high quality of OMI irradiance measurements allows us to construct daily indexes for the Mg II, Ca II K (393.4 nm), Ca II H (396.8 nm), and Mg I (285.2 nm) lines. The OMI Ca II K index is well correlated with the Mg II index measured by multiple instruments, as well as the ground-based National Solar Observatory (NSO) Ca II K 1.0 Å index data derived from Integrated Sunlight Spectrometer measurements. OMI Ca II K data can be used to evaluate anomalous short-term features in the NSO data set. The OMI solar data products represent a valuable addition to current data sets.

  8. Suppression of Mg propagation into subsequent layers grown by MOCVD

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    Agarwal, Anchal; Tahhan, Maher; Mates, Tom; Keller, Stacia; Mishra, Umesh

    2017-01-01

    Low temperature (LT) flow modulation epitaxy (FME) or "pulsed" growth was successfully used to prevent magnesium from Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) grown p-GaN:Mg layers riding into subsequently deposited n-type layers. Mg concentration in the subsequent layers was lowered from ˜1 × 1018 cm-3 for a medium temperature growth at 950 °C to ˜1 × 1016 cm-3 for a low temperature growth at 700 °C via FME. The slope of the Mg concentration drop in the 700 °C FME sample was 20 nm/dec—the lowest ever demonstrated by MOCVD. For growth on Mg implanted GaN layers, the drop for a medium temperature regrowth at 950 °C was ˜10 nm/dec compared to >120 nm/dec for a high temperature regrowth at 1150 °C. This drop-rate obtained at 950 °C or lower was maintained even when the growth temperature in the following layers was raised to 1150 °C. A controlled silicon doping series using LT FME was also demonstrated with the lowest and highest achieved doping levels being 5 × 1016 cm-3 and 6 × 1019 cm-3, respectively.

  9. Multilayer Mg: Stainless Steel Sheets, Microstructure, and Mechanical Properties

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    Inoue, Junya; Sadeghi, Alireza; Kyokuta, Nobuhiko; Ohmori, Toshinori; Koseki, Toshihiko

    2017-02-01

    Different multilayer Mg AZ31 and SS304L steel sheet combinations were prepared with different volume fractions of Mg. Isolated stress-strain curves of the Mg layers showed significant improvements in the strength and elongation of multilayer samples. Results indicated that in the most extreme situation with the lowest Mg volume fraction (V f = 0.39), the ultimate strength was increased by 25 pct to 370 MPa and the elongation was improved by 70 pct to 0.34. Investigation of the fracture surface showed that failure occurs by the coalescence of cracks close to the interface region. The improved strength of the multilayer samples was due to the combined effect of surface crack prevention by the steel layer and the higher work-hardening rate caused by the possible increased activity of non-basal systems. It is suggested that the stronger work-hardening behavior and the enhanced activity of non-basal systems in the multilayer samples were due to the formation of new stress components in the transverse direction. The larger the volume fraction of steel in the multilayer, the longer the distance remaining unstrained before the UTS.

  10. Draft Genome Sequence of the Fungus Penicillium brasilianum MG11

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    Linde, Jörg; Mattern, Derek J.; Walther, Grit; Guthke, Reinhard; Brakhage, Axel A.

    2015-01-01

    The genus Penicillium belongs to the phylum Ascomycota and includes a variety of fungal species important for food and drug production. We report the draft genome sequence of Penicillium brasilianum MG11. This strain was isolated from soil, and it was reported to produce different secondary metabolites. PMID:26337871

  11. PD/MG BIMETALLIC CORROSION CELLS FOR DECHLORINATING PCBS

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    Two dissimilar metals immersed in a conducting solution develop different corrosion potentials forming a bimetallic corrosion cell. Enhanced corrosion of an active metal like Mg combined with catalytic hydrogenation properties of a noble metal like Pd in such bimetallic cells can...

  12. Mg2(Si,Sn)-based thermoelectric materials and devices

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    Gao, Peng

    Thermoelectric effects are phenomena found in materials that can achieve direct conversion between heat flow and electricity. One important application of thermoelectric effects is thermoelectric generators, which can generate electricity when a temperature gradient is applied. Thermoelectric generators make use of various sources of heat and it is considered a promising solution for waste heat recovery. The conversion efficiency of thermoelectric generators depends on the materials used in the devices. Significant improvement in the performance of thermoelectric materials has been made in the past few decades. However, most of the good thermoelectric materials being investigated have limitations, such as the high materials cost, high materials density and toxicity of the constituent elements. The Mg2(Si,Sn)-based materials studied in this work are promising candidates for thermoelectric generators in the mid-temperature range and have drawn increasing research interest in recent years because these materials are high performance thermoelectrics that are low cost, low-density and non-toxic. In this work, systematic studies were performed on the Mg2(Si,Sn) thermoelectric materials. Thermal phase stability was studied for different compositions of Mg2Si1-xSnx and Mg2Si0.4Sn 0.6 was used as base material for further optimization. Both n-type and p-type samples were obtained by doping the materials with different elements. Peak ZT ˜ 1.5 for the n-type and ZT ˜ 0.7 for the p-type materials were obtained, both of which are among the best reported results so far. Experimental work was also done to study the techniques to develop the Mg2Si 0.4Sn0.6 materials into working devices. Different electrode materials were tested in bonding experiment for this compound, and copper was found to be the best electrode material for Mg2Si 0.4Sn0.6. Preliminary work was done to demonstrate the possibility of fabricating a Mg2Si0.4Sn0.6-based thermoelectric generator and the result is

  13. Reaction mechanisms in {sup 24}Mg+{sup 12}C and {sup 32}S+{sup 24}Mg

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    Beck, C.; Sanchez i Zafra, A.; Papka, P.; Thummerer, S.; Azaiez, F.; Courtin, S.; Curien, D.; Dorvaux, O.; Lebhertz, D.; Nourreddine, A.; Rousseau, M.; Oertzen, W. von; Gebauer, B.; Kokalova, Tz.; Wheldon, C.; De Angelis, G.; Gadea, A.; Lenzi, S.; Napoli, D. R.; Szilner, S.

    2009-03-04

    The occurrence of 'exotic' shapes in light N = Z{alpha}-like nuclei is investigated for {sup 24}Mg+{sup 12}C and {sup 32}S+{sup 24}Mg. Various approaches of superdeformed and hyperdeformed bands associated with quasimolecular resonant structures with low spin are presented. For both reactions, exclusive data were collected with the Binary Reaction Spectrometer in coincidence with EUROBALL IV installed at the VIVITRON Tandem facility of Strasbourg. Specific structures with large deformation were selectively populated in binary reactions and their associated {gamma}-decays studied. The analysis of the binary and ternary reaction channels is discussed.

  14. STORAGE RING MEASUREMENT OF ELECTRON IMPACT IONIZATION FOR Mg{sup 7+} FORMING Mg{sup 8+}

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    Hahn, M.; Lestinsky, M.; Novotny, O.; Savin, D. W.; Bernhardt, D.; Mueller, A.; Schippers, S.; Wolf, A.

    2010-04-01

    We report electron impact ionization cross section measurements for Mg{sup 7+} forming Mg{sup 8+} at center of mass energies from approximately 200 eV to 2000 eV. The experimental work was performed using the heavy-ion storage ring TSR located at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik in Heidelberg, Germany. We find good agreement with distorted wave calculations using both the GIPPER code of the Los Alamos Atomic Physics Code suite and using the Flexible Atomic Code.

  15. Clinical Evaluation of the Oral Contraceptive Use of Norethindrone 5 mg. plus Mestranol 0.075 mg

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    Board, John A.

    1965-01-01

    Norethindrone 5 mg. plus mestranol 0.075 mg., taken daily from menstrual cycle day five through day 24, was used as an oral contraceptive agent in 1248 cycles by 132 clinic patients. One hundred and one patients used this method for six months or more. There were no unplanned pregnancies. Breakthrough bleeding occurred in 38 cycles (3.0% of all cycles). In 25% of 1201 cycles the duration of menstrual flow was shorter than that which had been considered usual for the individual patient involved, and the most common weight change was a gain of 6 to 10 lb. PMID:14272499

  16. Four treatment failures of pharyngeal gonorrhoea with ceftriaxone (500 mg) or cefotaxime (500 mg), Sweden, 2013 and 2014.

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    Golparian, D; Ohlsson, Ak; Janson, H; Lidbrink, P; Richtner, T; Ekelund, O; Fredlund, H; Unemo, M

    2014-07-31

    We describe four cases in Sweden of verified treatment failures of pharyngeal gonorrhoea with ceftriaxone (500 mg; n=3) or cefotaxime (500 mg; n=1) monotherapy. All the ceftriaxone treatment failures were caused by the internationally spreading multidrug-resistant gonococcal NG-MAST genogroup 1407 clone. Increased awareness of treatment failures is crucial particularly when antimicrobial monotherapy is used. Frequent test of cure and appropriate verification/falsification of suspected treatment failures, as well as implementation of recommended dual antimicrobial therapy are imperative.

  17. PIGE related differential cross-section measurements of the 25Mg(p,p‧γ)25Mg reaction

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    Preketes-Sigalas, K.; Lagoyannis, A.; Axiotis, M.; Becker, H. W.; Foteinou, V.; Harissopulos, S.; Kokkoris, M.; Provatas, G.

    2016-11-01

    The differential cross sections of the 25Mg(p,p‧γ)25Mg reaction, critical for the quantitative determination of magnesium in complex matrices using the PIGE technique, were measured at two (2) angles, 55° and 90°, and at proton energies from 2420 to 4550 keV, by detecting the 390, 585 and 975 keV γ-rays emitted. The experimental setup consisted of two 100% relative efficiency HPGe detectors. The results are compared to those already present in literature and an attempt is made to explain the existing discrepancies. The obtained results from the present work are validated via thick-target measurements.

  18. Ca2+, Mg2+-dependent endonuclease and ADP-ribosylation.

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    Yoshihara, K; Tanaka, Y; Kamiya, T

    1983-01-01

    The molecular mechanism of the inhibition of Ca2+, Mg2+-dependent endonuclease by ADP-ribosylation was studied by using purified bull seminal plasma Ca2+, Mg2+-dependent endonuclease, endonuclease-stimulating proteins, and poly-(ADP-ribose) polymerase. The activity of an essentially homogeneous preparation of the endonuclease was markedly suppressed by its preincubation with NAD+, poly-(ADP-ribose) polymerase, DNA, and Mg2+. These four components of the incubation mixture were all essential for the suppression of the activity. Analyses of the initial and the chased reaction product by Sephadex G-100 column chromatography and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis revealed that Ca2+, Mg2+-dependent endonuclease was ADP-ribosylated during the incubation and its activity was markedly inhibited by the elongation of the ADP-ribose polymer covalently attached to the endonuclease. When the suppressed enzymes were mildly treated with an alkaline pH of 10.0, the activity was restored almost to the level of the unmodified control sample. These facts indicate that the linkage between the enzyme and poly(ADP-ribose) is hydrolyzed at this pH, and that the liberated polymer itself does not appreciably affect the endonuclease activity. These results also suggest that an electric repulsion between negative charges on DNA and poly(ADP-ribose) attached to Ca2+, Mg2+-dependent endonuclease is the basis for the observed suppression of the enzyme by ADP-ribosylation. Though histone H2B and H1 are shown to be as good endonuclease-stimulators (1) as they are good acceptors of ADP-ribose in poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase reaction (2), ADP-ribosylation of these two proteins did not affect their endonuclease-stimulating ability appreciably, at least under the conditions used.

  19. Bichromatic slowing of MgF molecules in multilevel systems

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    Yang, Xiuxiu; Li, Chuanliang; Yin, Yanning; Xu, Supeng; Li, Xingjia; Xia, Yong; Yin, Jianping

    2017-01-01

    We present a theoretical study of the bichromatic force exerted on magnesium monofluoride (MgF), in which we have considered the complex vibrational and rotational levels and the effects of small internal splittings and degeneracies, including fine and hyperfine structures and the magnetic quantum numbers. We calculate some parameters used in the MgF molecular transitions between X 2Σ+, A 2Π and B 2Σ+ states. It is the first time that the radiative lifetimes of B 2Σ+ → X 2Σ+ and B 2Σ+ → A 2Π have been derived by ab initio calculations. The detailed numerical modeling of bichromatic forces by direct numerical solution for the time-dependent density matrix is presented. Here, we propose a simplified numerical model to study the dynamic process of MgF slowing by neglecting the effect of the high vibrational levels, in which a skewed magnetic field is applied to destabilize the dark state. We deduce the relation between per-bichromatic-component irradiance I and the total Rabi frequency amplitude. We also compare our proposed simplified model with two other theoretical ones (Aldridge et al 2016 Phys. Rev. A 93 013419). Monte Carlo simulations show that a buffer-gas-cooled MgF beam with a forward velocity of 120 m s-1 can be decelerated nearly to several m/s within a distance of ˜0.5 cm. Comparing with the B → X transition, we find that the A → X transition in MgF is more suitable for the bichromatic force cooling and slowing.

  20. Frovatriptan 2.5 mg plus dexketoprofen (25 mg or 37.5 mg) in menstrually related migraine. Subanalysis from a double-blind, randomized trial.

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    Allais, G; Bussone, G; Tullo, V; Cortelli, P; Valguarnera, F; Barbanti, P; Sette, G; D'Onofrio, F; Curone, M; Benedetto, C

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to investigate the efficacy and safety of frovatriptan plus dexketoprofen 25 or 37.5 mg (FroDex25 or FroDex37.5, respectively) compared to that of frovatriptan 2.5 mg (Frova) in menstrually related migraine (MRM). The aim of this article is to analyze a subgroup of 76 women who treated an MRM attack in this multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group study. The primary end-point was the proportion of patients who were pain free (PF) at two hours. Secondary end-points included pain-relief (PR) at two hours and 48 hours sustained pain free (SPF). PF rates at two hours were 29% under Frova, 48% under FroDex25 and 64% under FroDex37.5 (p < 0.05). PR at two hours was Frova 52%, FroDex25 81% and FroDex37.5 88%, while 48 hours SPF was 18% under Frova, 30% under FroDex25 and 44% under FroDex37.5. Combining frovatriptan+dexketoprofen produced higher PF rates at two hours compared to Frova while maintaining efficacy at 48 hours. Tolerability profiles were comparable. © International Headache Society 2014 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  1. The role of Mg interface layer in MgO magnetic tunnel junctions with CoFe and CoFeB electrodes

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    Yang, Hyunsoo; Yang, See-Hun; Parkin, Stuart

    2012-03-15

    The tunneling spin polarization (TSP) is directly measured from reactively sputter deposited crystalline MgO tunnel barriers with various CoFe(B) compositions using superconducting tunneling spectroscopy. We find that the Mg interface layer thickness dependence of TSP values for CoFeB/Mg/MgO junctions is substantially different from those for CoFe/Mg/MgO especially in the pre-annealed samples due to the formation of boron oxide at the CoFeB/MgO interface. Annealing depletes boron at the interface thus requiring a finite Mg interface layer to prevent CoFeOx formation at the CoFeB/MgO interface so that the TSP values can be optimized by controlling Mg thickness.

  2. A randomized trial of dasatinib 100 mg versus imatinib 400 mg in newly diagnosed chronic-phase chronic myeloid leukemia

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    Kopecky, Kenneth J.; Appelbaum, Frederick R.; Kamel-Reid, Suzanne; Stock, Wendy; Malnassy, Greg; Paietta, Elisabeth; Wadleigh, Martha; Larson, Richard A.; Emanuel, Peter; Tallman, Martin; Lipton, Jeff; Turner, A. Robert; Deininger, Michael; Druker, Brian J.

    2012-01-01

    Tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy with imatinib (IM), dasatinib (DAS), or nilotinib is very effective in chronic-phase chronic myeloid leukemia. Two hundred fifty-three patients with newly diagnosed chronic-phase chronic myeloid leukemia were randomized to IM 400 mg/day or DAS 100 mg/day. The proportion of patients achieving a complete cytogenetic remission rate was superior with DAS (84% vs 69%), as was the 12-month molecular response by the proportions of patients achieving > 3-log, > 4-log, and > 4.5-log reduction in BCR-ABL transcript levels. Overall and progression-free survival was similar in the 2 arms. Among patients who achieved hematologic CR, 3-year relapse-free survival was 91% with DAS and 88% with IM 400 mg. Grade 3 and 4 toxicities were most commonly hematologic, including thrombocytopenia in 18% and 8% of DAS and IM patients, respectively. DAS induced more complete cytogenetic response and deeper molecular responses after 12 months, compared with IM 400 mg, and with a median follow-up of 3.0 years there have been very few deaths, relapses, or progressions in the 2 arms. In summary, DAS compared with IM appeared to have more short-term cytogenetic and molecular response, more hematologic toxicity, and similar overall survival. This trial is registered at www.clinicaltrials.gov as NCT00070499. PMID:22915637

  3. Randomised clinical trial comparing melatonin 3 mg, amitriptyline 25 mg and placebo for migraine prevention

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    Gonçalves, Andre Leite; Martini Ferreira, Adriana; Ribeiro, Reinaldo Teixeira; Zukerman, Eliova; Cipolla-Neto, José; Peres, Mario Fernando Prieto

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Melatonin has been studied in headache disorders. Amitriptyline is efficacious for migraine prevention, but its unfavourable side effect profile limits its use. Methods A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was carried out. Men and women, aged 18–65 years, with migraine with or without aura, experiencing 2–8 attacks per month, were enrolled. After a 4-week baseline phase, 196 participants were randomised to placebo, amitriptyline 25 mg or melatonin 3 mg, and 178 took a study medication and were followed for 3 months (12 weeks). The primary outcome was the number of migraine headache days per month at baseline versus last month. Secondary end points were responder rate, migraine intensity, duration and analgesic use. Tolerability was also compared between groups. Results Mean headache frequency reduction was 2.7 migraine headache days in the melatonin group, 2.2 for amitriptyline and 1.1 for placebo. Melatonin significantly reduced headache frequency compared with placebo (p=0.009), but not to amitriptyline (p=0.19). Melatonin was superior to amitriptyline in the percentage of patients with a greater than 50% reduction in migraine frequency. Melatonin was better tolerated than amitriptyline. Weight loss was found in the melatonin group, a slight weight gain in placebo and significantly for amitriptyline users. Conclusions Melatonin 3 mg is better than placebo for migraine prevention, more tolerable than amitriptyline and as effective as amitriptyline 25 mg. PMID:27165014

  4. Miconazole nitrate vaginal suppository 1,200 mg versus oral fluconazole 150 mg in treating severe vulvovaginal candidiasis.

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    Fan, Shangrong; Liu, Xiaopingliu; Liang, Yiheng

    2015-01-01

    Miconazole is a synthetic imidazole antifungal that has a broad spectrum of activity against Candida albicans and non-albicans Candida species. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of miconazole nitrate vaginal suppository and oral fluconazole in treating severe vulvovaginal candidiasis (SVVC). In this prospective, randomized case control study, 577 cases of consecutive patients with SVVC were studied at the Gynecological Clinic of Peking University Shenzhen Hospital from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010. Patients with SVVC were treated with two doses of miconazole nitrate vaginal suppository 1,200 mg or two doses of fluconazole 150 mg. The patients were followed up for 7-14 and 30-35 days following the second dose of therapy. The mycological cure rates of the patients on days 7-14 of follow-up were 75.9% (220/290) and 84.0% (241/287) in the miconazole and fluconazole groups, respectively (p < 0.05). The mycological cure rates of the patients at the second follow-up were 64.8% (188/290) and 69.7% (200/287), respectively, in the two groups (p > 0.05). The study demonstrated that two doses of miconazole nitrate vaginal suppository 1,200 mg were as effective as two doses of an oral fluconazole 150 mg regimen in the treatment of patients with SVVC. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  5. Production of Mg and Al Auger electrons by noble gas ion bombardment of Mg and Al surfaces

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    Ferrante, J.; Pepper, S. V.

    1976-01-01

    Relative production efficiencies of Mg and Al Auger electrons by He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe ion bombardment are reported as a function of ion energy for energies not exceeding 3 keV. The experimental apparatus employed consisted of a LEED-Auger system equipped with an ion gun and a four-grid retarding-potential analyzer. It is found that: (1) the shape of the ion-excited Auger signal was independent of the rare gas and quite symmetric; (2) the Al signal was about an order of magnitude smaller than the Mg signal for a given bombarding species and ion-gun voltage; (3) no signal was observed for He(+) bombardment under any of the experimental conditions; (4) signal strengths were independent of temperature and ion dose; (5) the Auger production efficiencies differed by no more than a factor of two among the different gases - except for He(+) - on a given metal; (6) all the signal strengths increased with increasing ion-gun voltage, with no maximum exhibited; and (7) the apparent threshold energy for the Al signal was higher than that for the Mg signal. The differences between the results for the two metals are attributed to the fact that the Al 2p orbital lies deeper in energy and closer to the nucleus than the corresponding Mg orbital.

  6. A Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic study of Mg-rich, Mg-poor and acid leached palygorskites.

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    Cai, Yuanfeng; Xue, Jiyue; Polya, D A

    2007-02-01

    The FTIR spectra of pure magnesium-rich (Mg-rich) and magnesium-poor (Mg-poor) palygorskites, before and after short-term (<7 h) and long-term (360 h) acid leaching are presented here. Comparison of decomposition spectra of Mg-rich and Mg-poor palygorskites clearly shows that the absorption peaks related to pairs of octahedral cation differ depending on the octahedral site occupancy. Short-term acid leaching of palygorskites results in significant changes to FTIR absorption bands near 1200 and 790 cm-1. As the acid attack progresses, the band at 1200 cm-1 shifts to lower wavenumbers, whilst the band at 790 cm-1, which here is assigned to SiU-O-SiD symmetrical stretching vibration, shifts to higher wavelengths. Longer-term leaching of palygorskites results in the disappearance of 900-1200 cm-1 absorption bands, showing that the palygorskite has largely decomposed to amorphous silica. Assignments of several other bands have been made as follows: several vibrations relate to OH, i.e. 847 cm-1, hygroscopic water (1635 cm-1), Si-O vibrations 1100, 611-621, 470-481 cm-1, etc. appear in the FTIR spectra of 360 h acid leached palygorskite. Three bands near 1100, 611-621 and 470-481 cm-1 relate to Si-O vibration of an ideal hexagonal (Si2O5)n sheet.

  7. Catalytically Enhanced Hydrogen Sorption in Mg-MgH2 by Coupling Vanadium-Based Catalyst and Carbon Nanotubes

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    Kadri, Atikah; Jia, Yi; Chen, Zhigang; Yao, Xiangdong

    2015-01-01

    Mg (MgH2)-based composites, using carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and pre-synthesized vanadium-based complex (VCat) as the catalysts, were prepared by high-energy ball milling technique. The synergistic effect of coupling CNTs and VCat in MgH2 was observed for an ultra-fast absorption rate of 6.50 wt. % of hydrogen per minute and 6.50 wt. % of hydrogen release in 10 min at 200 °C and 300 °C, respectively. The temperature programmed desorption (TPD) results reveal that coupling VCat and CNTs reduces both peak and onset temperatures by more than 60 °C and 114 °C, respectively. In addition, the presence of both VCat and CNTs reduces the enthalpy and entropy of desorption of about 7 kJ/mol H2 and 11 J/mol H2·K, respectively, as compared to those of the commercial MgH2, which ascribe to the decrease of desorption temperature. From the study of the effect of CNTs milling time, it is shown that partially destroyed CNTs (shorter milling time) are better to enhance the hydrogen sorption performance.

  8. Removal of boron and fluoride in wastewater using Mg-Al layered double hydroxide and Mg-Al oxide.

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    Kameda, Tomohito; Oba, Jumpei; Yoshioka, Toshiaki

    2017-03-01

    Mg-Al layered double hydroxide intercalated with NO3(-) and Mg-Al oxide were found to remove hazardous materials such as B and As, as well as Cl(-) and SO4(2-), from artificial and real hot spring wastewater. However, compared with the mixture of Al2(SO4)3 and Ca(OH)2, both adsorbents were inferior for the removal of B from real hot spring wastewater. Both adsorbents were also found to remove F(-) and PO4(3-) from artificial semiconductor plant wastewater. Both adsorbents have the same ability to remove B from landfill wastewater as the mixture of Al2(SO4)3 and Ca(OH)2; furthermore, both remove Cl(-), Br(-), and SO4(2-). The benefit of Mg-Al layered double hydroxide intercalated with NO3(-) is that it does not require neutralization after the treatment. Overall, it can be stated that among the materials tested, Mg-Al layered double hydroxide intercalated with NO3(-) is the most suitable adsorbent for the treatment of hot spring and landfill wastewater.

  9. Production of Mg and Al Auger electrons by noble gas ion bombardment of Mg and Al surfaces

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    Ferrante, J.; Pepper, S. V.

    1976-01-01

    Relative production efficiencies of Mg and Al Auger electrons by He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe ion bombardment are reported as a function of ion energy for energies not exceeding 3 keV. The experimental apparatus employed consisted of a LEED-Auger system equipped with an ion gun and a four-grid retarding-potential analyzer. It is found that: (1) the shape of the ion-excited Auger signal was independent of the rare gas and quite symmetric; (2) the Al signal was about an order of magnitude smaller than the Mg signal for a given bombarding species and ion-gun voltage; (3) no signal was observed for He(+) bombardment under any of the experimental conditions; (4) signal strengths were independent of temperature and ion dose; (5) the Auger production efficiencies differed by no more than a factor of two among the different gases - except for He(+) - on a given metal; (6) all the signal strengths increased with increasing ion-gun voltage, with no maximum exhibited; and (7) the apparent threshold energy for the Al signal was higher than that for the Mg signal. The differences between the results for the two metals are attributed to the fact that the Al 2p orbital lies deeper in energy and closer to the nucleus than the corresponding Mg orbital.

  10. Twice-daily amprenavir 1200 mg versus amprenavir 600 mg/ritonavir 100 mg, in combination with at least 2 other antiretroviral drugs, in HIV-1-infected patients

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    Nadler, Jeffrey P; Gathe, Joseph C; Pollard, Richard B; Richmond, Gary J; Liao, Qiming; Griffith, Sandy; Tracey Lancaster, C; Hernandez, Jaime E; Pappa, Keith A

    2003-01-01

    Background Low-dose ritonavir (RTV) boosts plasma amprenavir (APV) exposure. Little has been published on the efficacy, tolerability, and safety of APV 600 mg/RTV 100 mg (APV600/RTV) twice daily (BID) compared to APV 1200 mg BID (APV1200). Methods ESS40011 was a 24-week, multicenter, open-label, clinical trial in which antiretroviral therapy-naïve and -experienced HIV-1-infected adults were randomized 3:1 to receive either APV600/RTV BID or APV1200 BID, in combination with ≥ 2 non-protease inhibitor antiretroviral drugs. Non-inferiority of the APV600/RTV regimen to the APV1200 regimen was established if the 95% lower confidence limit for the difference in proportion of patients achieving HIV-1 RNA <200 copies/mL at week 24 with APV 600/RTV minus APV1200 was ≥-0.12. Late in the conduct of the trial, patients not yet completing 24 weeks of therapy were given the option of continuing treatment for an additional 24-week period. Results 211 patients were randomized, 158 to APV600/RTV and 53 to APV1200. At week 24, APV600/RTV was similar to or better than APV1200 (HIV-1 RNA <200 copies/mL in 62% [73/118] vs 53% [20/38] of patients; intent-to-treat: observed analysis). In the APV600/RTV arm, significantly more patients achieved HIV-1 RNA <50 copies/mL (48% [57/118] vs 29% [11/38] with APV1200, P = 0.04), and greater mean reduction from baseline in HIV-1 RNA was observed (-2.21 vs -1.59 log10 copies/mL, P = 0.028). The two treatment arms were similar with respect to mean overall change from baseline in CD4+ count, frequency of drug-related grade 1–4 adverse events, and frequency of discontinuing treatment due to adverse events (most commonly nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or fatigue; 7% vs 8%), although a lower proportion of patients in the APV600/RTV arm experienced drug-related oral/perioral paresthesia (2% vs 8%). Eleven (73%) of 15 patients who had HIV-1 RNA <200 copies/mL at week 24 and chose to continue study treatment maintained this level of virologic

  11. FABRICATION AND PLASTIC BEHAVIOR OF SINGLE CRYSTAL MgO-NiO AND MgO-MnO SOLID SOLUTION ALLOYS,

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    A method of producing solid solution MgO-NiO and MgO-MnO single-crystals is presented. The com presive yield strength of MgO is shown to in crease...nearly four-fold when small amounts of either NiO or MnO is in solid solution in MgO. The cleavage and slip behavior of these alloy crystals are found to be identical to that of MgO. (Author)

  12. Mg fractionation in crustose coralline algae: Geochemical, biological, and sedimentological implications of secular variation in the Mg/Ca ratio of seawater

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    Ries, Justin B.

    2006-02-01

    The Mg/Ca ratio of seawater has varied significantly throughout the Phanerozoic Eon, primarily as a function of the rate of ocean crust production. Specimens of the crustose coralline alga Neogoniolithon sp. were grown in artificial seawaters encompassing the range of Mg/Ca ratios shown to have existed throughout the Phanerozoic. Significantly, the coralline algae's skeletal Mg/Ca ratio varied in lockstep with the Mg/Ca ratio of the artificial seawater. Specimens grown in seawater treatments formulated with identical Mg/Ca ratios but differing absolute concentrations of Mg and Ca exhibited no significant differences in skeletal Mg/Ca ratios, thereby emphasizing the importance of the ambient Mg/Ca ratio, and not the absolute concentration of Mg, in determining the Mg/Ca ratio of coralline algal calcite. Specimens grown in seawater of the lowest molar Mg/Ca ratio ( mMg/Ca = 1.0) actually changed their skeletal mineralogy from high-Mg (skeletal mMg/Ca > 0.04) to low-Mg calcite (skeletal mMg/Ca < 0.04), suggesting that ancient calcitic red algae, which exhibit morphologies and modes of calcification comparable to Neogoniolithon sp., would have produced low-Mg calcite from the middle Cambrian to middle Mississippian and during the middle to Late Cretaceous, when oceanic mMg/Ca approached unity. By influencing the original Mg content of carbonate facies in which these algae have been ubiquitous, this condition has significant implications for the geochemistry and diagenesis of algal limestones throughout most of the Phanerozoic. The crustose coralline algae's precipitation of high-Mg calcite from seawater that favors the abiotic precipitation of aragonite indicates that these algae dictate the precipitation of the calcitic polymorph of CaCO 3. However, the algae's nearly abiotic pattern of Mg fractionation in their skeletal calcite suggests that their biomineralogical control is limited to polymorph specification and is generally ineffectual in the regulation of skeletal

  13. Recovery of SO2 and MgO from By-Products of MgO Wet Flue Gas Desulfurization.

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    Yan, Liyun; Lu, Xiaofeng; Wang, Quanhai; Guo, Qiang

    2014-11-01

    An industrial demonstration unit using natural gas as a heat source was built to calcine the by-products of MgO wet flue gas desulfurization from powe