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  1. Solution superstructures: truncated cubeoctahedron structures of pyrogallol[4]arene nanoassemblies.

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    Kumari, Harshita; Kline, Steven R; Fowler, Drew A; Mossine, Andrew V; Deakyne, Carol A; Atwood, Jerry L

    2014-01-04

    Giant nanocapsules: the solution-phase structures of PgC1Ho and PgC3Ho have been investigated using in situ neutron scattering measurements. The SANS results show the presence of spherical nanoassemblies of radius 18.2 Å, which are larger than the previously reported metal-seamed PgC3 hexamers (radius = 10 Å). The spherical architectures conform to a truncated cubeoctahedron geometry, indicating formation of the first metal-containing pyrogallol[4]arene-based dodecameric nanoassemblies in solution.

  2. Application of x-ray direct methods to surface reconstructions: The solution of projected superstructures

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    Torrelles, X.; Rius, J.; Boscherini, F.; Heun, S.; Mueller, B. H.; Ferrer, S.; Alvarez, J.; Miravitlles, C.

    1998-02-01

    The projections of surface reconstructions are normally solved from the interatomic vectors found in two-dimensional Patterson maps computed with the intensities of the in-plane superstructure reflections. Since for difficult reconstructions this procedure is not trivial, an alternative automated one based on the ``direct methods'' sum function [Rius, Miravitlles, and Allmann, Acta Crystallogr. A52, 634 (1996)] is shown. It has been applied successfully to the known c(4×2) reconstruction of Ge(001) and to the so-far unresolved In0.04Ga0.96As (001) p(4×2) surface reconstruction. For this last system we propose a modification of one of the models previously proposed for GaAs(001) whose characteristic feature is the presence of dimers along the fourfold direction.

  3. Reduced activity of alkaline phosphatase due to host-guest interactions with humic superstructures.

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    Mazzei, Pierluigi; Oschkinat, Hartmut; Piccolo, Alessandro

    2013-11-01

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy was applied to directly study the interactions between the alkaline phosphatase enzyme (AP) and two different humic acids from a volcanic soil (HA-V) and a Lignite deposit (HA-L). Addition of humic matter to enzyme solutions caused signals broadening in (1)H-NMR spectra, and progressive decrease and increase of enzyme relaxation (T1 and T2) and correlation (τC) times, respectively. Spectroscopic changes were explained with formation of ever larger weakly-bound humic-enzyme complexes, whose translational and rotational motion was increasingly restricted. NMR diffusion experiments also showed that the AP diffusive properties were progressively reduced with formation of large humic-enzyme complexes. The more hydrophobic HA-L affected spectral changes more than the more hydrophilic HA-V. (1)H-NMR spectra also showed the effect of progressively greater humic-enzyme complexes on the hydrolysis of an enzyme substrate, the 4-nitrophenyl phosphate disodium salt hexahydrate (p-NPP). While AP catalysis concomitantly decreased NMR signals of p-NPP and increased those of nitrophenol, addition of humic matter progressively and significantly slowed down the rate of change for these signals. In agreement with the observed spectral changes, the AP catalytic activity was more largely inhibited by HA-L than by HA-V. Contrary to previous studies, in which humic-enzyme interactions were only indirectly assumed from changes in spectrophotometric behavior of enzyme substrates, the direct measurements of AP behavior by NMR spectroscopy indicated that humic materials formed weakly-bound host-guest complexes with alkaline phosphatase, and the enzyme catalytic activity was thereby significantly inhibited. These results suggest that the role of extracellular enzymes in soils may be considerably reduced when they come in contact with organic matter dissolved in the soil solution.

  4. Superstructure high efficiency photovoltaics

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    Wagner, M.; So, L. C.; Leburton, J. P.

    1987-01-01

    A novel class of photovoltaic cascade structures is introduced which features multijunction upper subcells. These superstructure high efficiency photovoltaics (SHEP's) exhibit enhanced upper subcell spectral response because of the additional junctions which serve to reduce bulk recombination losses by decreasing the mean collection distance for photogenerated minority carriers. Two possible electrical configurations were studied and compared: a three-terminal scheme that allows both subcells to be operated at their individual maximum power points and a two-terminal configuration with an intercell ohmic contact for series interconnection. The three-terminal devices were found to be superior both in terms of beginning-of-life expectancy and radiation tolerance. Realistic simulations of three-terminal AlGaAs/GaAs SHEP's show that one sun AMO efficiencies in excess of 26 percent are possible.

  5. Biomimetic synthesis of aragonite superstructures using hexamethylenetetramine

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    Chen Long; Huang Fangzhi; Li Shikuo; Shen Yuhua; Xie Anjian; Pan Jian; Zhang Yaping; Cai Yan

    2011-11-15

    In this paper, biomimetic synthesis of aragonite superstructures using a low molecular weight organic-hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) as an additive in the presence of CO{sub 2} supplied by an ammonium carbonate ((NH{sub 4}){sub 2}CO{sub 3}) diffusion method at room temperature was studied. The products were characterized by scanning or transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffractometry, and selected area electron diffraction. The results showed the aragonite superstructures especially dumbbell-flower-like ones were obtained. The formation process of calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}) in HMT aqueous solution was investigated, suggesting that the products transformed from calcite to vaterite primarily, and then changed into a mixture of aragonite and calcite with an increase of reaction time. The formation mechanism of CaCO{sub 3} in HMT solution was also discussed, revealing that aragonite might be controlled by HMT molecules and NH{sub 4}{sup +} ions together. - Graphical abstract: The well-defined aragonite hierarchical superstructures are formed using hexamethylenetetramine in aqueous solution. Highlights: > Aragonite superstructures are formed with hexamethylenetetramine at about 25 deg. C. > Dumbbell-flower-like aragonite produces when hexamethylenetetramine/Ca{sup 2+}=10:1. > CaCO{sub 3} formation in hexamethylenetetramine solution violates the Ostwald ripening. > Hexamethylenetetramine and NH{sub 4}{sup +} might control the growth of aragonite together.

  6. Test of Two NB Superstructure Prototypes

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    Sekutowicz, J.

    2004-04-16

    An alternative layout of the TESLA linear collider [1], based on weakly coupled multi-cell superconducting structures (superstructures), significantly reduces investment cost due to a simplification in the RF system of the main accelerator. In January 1999, preparation of the beam test of the superstructure began in order to prove the feasibility of this layout. Progress in the preparation was reported frequently in Proceedings of TESLA Collaboration Meetings. Last year, two superstructures were installed in the TESLA Test Facility (TTF) linac at DESY to experimentally verify: methods to balance the accelerating gradient in a weakly coupled system, the stability of the energy gain for the entire train of bunches in macro-pulses and the damping of Higher Order Modes (HOMs). We present results of the first cold and beam test of these two Nb prototypes.

  7. Final restoration of implants with a hybrid ceramic superstructure.

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    Kurbad, Andreas

    The use of materials with elastic properties for the fabrication of dental implant superstructures seems to be a promising way to reduce the functional occlusal forces on implants. Vita Enamic (Vita Zahnfabrik, Bad Säckingen), a hybrid ceramic material for CAD/CAM technology, is available in a special form that can be relatively easily combined with titanium (Ti) base connectors for the fabrication of abutment crowns and mesostructures. Thus, an easily manageable method is available for reducing peak loads on dental implant fixtures. Representative cases are presented to demonstrate the clinical workflows for a single- element solution (Ti base) and two-element solution (Ti base with mesostructure) for implant-supported crowns.

  8. Silver-colloid-nucleated cytochrome c superstructures encapsulated in silica nanoarchitectures.

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    Wallace, Jean Marie; Dening, Brett M; Eden, Kristin B; Stroud, Rhonda M; Long, Jeffrey W; Rolison, Debra R

    2004-10-12

    We recently discovered that self-organized superstructures of the heme protein cytochrome c (cyt. c) are nucleated in buffer by gold nanoparticles. The protein molecules within the superstructure survive both silica sol-gel encapsulation and drying from supercritical carbon dioxide to form air-filled biocomposite aerogels that exhibit gas-phase binding activity for nitric oxide. In this investigation, we report that viable proteins are present in biocomposite aerogels when the nucleating metal nanoparticle is silver rather than gold. Silver colloids were synthesized via reduction of an aqueous solution of Ag+ using either citrate or borohydride reductants. As determined by transmission electron microscopy and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, the silver nanoparticles vary in size and shape depending on the synthetic route, which affects the fraction of cyt. c that survives the processing necessary to form a biocomposite aerogel. Silver colloids synthesized via the citrate preparation are polydisperse, with sizes ranging from 1 to 100 nm, and lead to low cyt. c viability in the dried bioaerogels (approximately 15%). Protein superstructures nucleated at approximately 10-nm Ag colloids prepared via the borohydride route, including citrate stabilization of the borohydride-reduced metal, retain significant protein viability within the bioaerogels (approximately 45%).

  9. Proposal for superstructure based high efficiency photovoltaics

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    Wagner, M.; Leburton, J. P.

    1986-01-01

    A novel class of cascade structures is proposed which features multijunction upper subcells, referred to as superstructure high-efficiency photovoltaics (SHEPs). The additional junctions enhance spectral response and improve radiation tolerance by reducing bulk recombination losses. This is important because ternary III-V alloys, which tend to have short minority-carrier diffusion lengths, are the only viable materials for the high-bandgap upper subcells required for cascade solar cells. Realistic simulations of AlGaAs SHEPs show that one-sun AM0 efficiencies in excess of 26 percent are possible.

  10. A Green Strategy to Prepare Metal Oxide Superstructure from Metal-Organic Frameworks

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    Song, Yonghai; Li, Xia; Wei, Changting; Fu, Jinying; Xu, Fugang; Tan, Hongliang; Tang, Juan; Wang, Li

    2015-01-01

    Metal or metal oxides with diverse superstructures have become one of the most promising functional materials in sensor, catalysis, energy conversion, etc. In this work, a novel metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)-directed method to prepare metal or metal oxide superstructure was proposed. In this strategy, nodes (metal ions) in MOFs as precursors to form ordered building blocks which are spatially separated by organic linkers were transformed into metal oxide micro/nanostructure by a green method. Two kinds of Cu-MOFs which could reciprocally transform by changing solvent were prepared as a model to test the method. Two kinds of novel CuO with three-dimensional (3D) urchin-like and 3D rods-like superstructures composed of nanoparticles, nanowires and nanosheets were both obtained by immersing the corresponding Cu-MOFs into a NaOH solution. Based on the as-formed CuO superstructures, a novel and sensitive nonenzymatic glucose sensor was developed. The small size, hierarchical superstructures and large surface area of the resulted CuO superstructures eventually contribute to good electrocatalytic activity of the prepared sensor towards the oxidation of glucose. The proposed method of hierarchical superstructures preparation is simple, efficient, cheap and easy to mass production, which is obviously superior to pyrolysis. It might open up a new way for hierarchical superstructures preparation. PMID:25669731

  11. Topological Insulators from Electronic Superstructures

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    Sugita, Yusuke; Motome, Yukitoshi

    2016-07-01

    The possibility of realizing topological insulators by the spontaneous formation of electronic superstructures is theoretically investigated in a minimal two-orbital model including both the spin-orbit coupling and electron correlations on a triangular lattice. Using the mean-field approximation, we show that the model exhibits several different types of charge-ordered insulators, where the charge disproportionation forms a honeycomb or kagome superstructure. We find that the charge-ordered insulators in the presence of strong spin-orbit coupling can be topological insulators showing quantized spin Hall conductivity. Their band gap is dependent on electron correlations as well as the spin-orbit coupling, and even vanishes while showing the massless Dirac dispersion at the transition to a trivial charge-ordered insulator. Our results suggest a new route to realize and control topological states of quantum matter by the interplay between the spin-orbit coupling and electron correlations.

  12. Permanent excimer superstructures by supramolecular networking of metal quantum clusters

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    Santiago-Gonzalez, Beatriz; Monguzzi, Angelo; Azpiroz, Jon Mikel; Prato, Mirko; Erratico, Silvia; Campione, Marcello; Lorenzi, Roberto; Pedrini, Jacopo; Santambrogio, Carlo; Torrente, Yvan; De Angelis, Filippo; Meinardi, Francesco; Brovelli, Sergio

    2016-08-01

    Excimers are evanescent quasi-particles that typically form during collisional intermolecular interactions and exist exclusively for their excited-state lifetime. We exploited the distinctive structure of metal quantum clusters to fabricate permanent excimer-like colloidal superstructures made of ground-state noninteracting gold cores, held together by a network of hydrogen bonds between their capping ligands. This previously unknown aggregation state of matter, studied through spectroscopic experiments and ab initio calculations, conveys the photophysics of excimers into stable nanoparticles, which overcome the intrinsic limitation of excimers in single-particle applications—that is, their nearly zero formation probability in ultra-diluted solutions. In vitro experiments demonstrate the suitability of the superstructures as nonresonant intracellular probes and further reveal their ability to scavenge reactive oxygen species, which enhances their potential as anticytotoxic agents for biomedical applications.

  13. DNA assembly of nanoparticle superstructures for controlled biological delivery and elimination.

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    Chou, Leo Y T; Zagorovsky, Kyryl; Chan, Warren C W

    2014-02-01

    The assembly of nanomaterials using DNA can produce complex nanostructures, but the biological applications of these structures remain unexplored. Here, we describe the use of DNA to control the biological delivery and elimination of inorganic nanoparticles by organizing them into colloidal superstructures. The individual nanoparticles serve as building blocks, whose size, surface chemistry and assembly architecture dictate the overall superstructure design. These superstructures interact with cells and tissues as a function of their design, but subsequently degrade into building blocks that can escape biological sequestration. We demonstrate that this strategy reduces nanoparticle retention by macrophages and improves their in vivo tumour accumulation and whole-body elimination. Superstructures can be further functionalized to carry and protect imaging or therapeutic agents against enzymatic degradation. These results suggest a different strategy to engineer nanostructure interactions with biological systems and highlight new directions in the design of biodegradable and multifunctional nanomedicine.

  14. Superstructures: First Cold Test and Future Applications

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    J. Sekutowicz; C Albrecht; V Ayvazyan; R Bandelmann; T Buttner; P Castro; S Choroba; J Eschke; B Faatz; A Gossel; K Honkavaara; B Horst; J Iverson; K Jensch; H Kaiser; R Kammering; G Kreps; D Kostin; J Lorkiewicz; R Lange; A Matheisen; W -D Moller; H -B Peters; D Proch; K Rehlich; H Schlarb; S Schrieber; D Reschke; S Simrock; W Singer; X Singer; K Twarowski; T Weichert; M Wojtkiewicz; G Wendt; K Zapfe; M Liepe; M Huening; M Ferrario; E Plawski; C Pagani; P Kneisel; G Wu; N Baboi; C Thomas; H Chen; W Huang; C Tang; S Zheng

    2003-09-01

    Superstructures, chains of superconducting multi-cell cavities (subunits) connected by e/2 long tube(s) have been proposed as an alternative layout for the TESLA main accelerator [1]. After three years of preparation, two superstructures, each made of two weakly coupled superconducting 7-cell subunits driven by a single Fundamental Power Coupler (FPC), have been installed in the Tesla Test Facility linac for beam tests. Energy stability, HOM damping, frequency and field adjustment methods were tested. The measured results confirmeSuperstructures, chains of superconducting multi-cell cavities (subunits) connected by e/2 long tube(s) have been proposed as an alternative layout for the TESLA main accelerator [1]. After three years of preparation, two superstructures, each made of two weakly coupled superconducting 7-cell subunits driven by a single Fundamental Power Coupler (FPC), have been installed in the Tesla Test Facility linac for beam tests. Energy stability, HOM damping, frequency and field adjustment methods were tested. The measured results confirmed expectation on the superstructure performance and proved that an alternative layout for the 800 GeV upgrade of the TESLA collider is feasible. We report on the test and give here an overview of its results. The tests confirmed very good damping of HOMs in superstructures and thus has opened a possible new application of this concept to high current energy recovery machines. We have built two 1.5 GHz copper models of two superstructures: 2x5-cells and 2x2-cells to prove further improvement of HOM damping. This contribution presents also measured results on these models. d expectations on the superstructure performance and proved that an alternative layout for the 800 GeV upgrade of the TESLA collider is feasible. We report on the test and give here an overview of its results.

  15. The Henry semianalytical solution for saltwater intrusion with reduced dispersion

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    Zidane, Ali; Younes, Anis; Huggenberger, Peter; Zechner, Eric

    2012-06-01

    The Henry semianalytical solution for salt water intrusion is widely used for benchmarking density dependent flow codes. The method consists of replacing the stream function and the concentration by a double set of Fourier series. These series are truncated at a given order and the remaining coefficients are calculated by solving a highly nonlinear system of algebraic equations. The solution of this system is often subject to substantial numerical difficulties. Previous works succeeded to provide semianalytical solutions only for saltwater intrusion problems with unrealistic large amount of dispersion. In this work, different truncations for the Fourier series are tested and the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm, which has a quadratic rate of convergence, is applied to calculate their coefficients. The obtained results provide semianalytical solutions for the Henry problem in the case of reduced dispersion coefficients and for two freshwater recharge values: the initial value suggested by Henry (1964) and the reduced one suggested by Simpson and Clement (2004). The developed semianalytical solutions are compared against numerical results obtained by using the method of lines and advanced spatial discretization schemes. The obtained semianalytical solutions improve considerably the worthiness of the Henry problem and therefore, they are more suitable for testing density dependent flow codes.

  16. Barium hexaferrite (M-phase) exhibiting superstructure

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    Ganapathi, L.; Gopalakrishnan, J.; Rao, C.N.R.

    1984-05-01

    Barium hexaferrite (M-phase) prepared by the flux method is found to exhibit a ..sqrt..3a x ..sqrt..3a superstructure similar to barium hexaaluminate. Morgan and Shaw as well as Iyi et al have recently reported the formation of a barium-rich phase of barium hexaaluminate possessing a ..sqrt..3a x ..sqrt..3a superstructure of the magnetoplumbite structure. In view of the similarities between the layer structures of ..beta..-aluminas and the corresponding ferrites the authors have been carrying out electron microscopic investigations of potassium ..beta..-alumina and BaA1/sub 12/O/sub 19/ along with ferrites of similar compositions. They have obtained electron diffraction patterns of barium hexaaluminate identical to those obtained by Morgan and Shaw and Iyi et al, but more interestingly, they have found a phase of barium hexaferrite (M-phase) exhibiting the ..sqrt..3a x ..sqrt..3a superstructure.

  17. Assembly of metals and nanoparticles into novel nanocomposite superstructures

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    Xu, Jiaquan; Chen, Lianyi; Choi, Hongseok; Konish, Hiromi; Li, Xiaochun

    2013-01-01

    Controlled assembly of nanoscale objects into superstructures is of tremendous interests. Many approaches have been developed to fabricate organic-nanoparticle superstructures. However, effective fabrication of inorganic-nanoparticle superstructures (such as nanoparticles linked by metals) remains a difficult challenge. Here we show a novel, general method to assemble metals and nanoparticles rationally into nanocomposite superstructures. Novel metal-nanoparticle superstructures are achieved by self-assembly of liquid metals and nanoparticles in immiscible liquids driven by reduction of free energy. Superstructures with various architectures, such as metal-core/nanoparticle-shell, nanocomposite-core/nanoparticle-shell, network of metal-linked core/shell nanostructures, and network of metal-linked nanoparticles, were successfully fabricated by simply tuning the volume ratio between nanoparticles and liquid metals. Our approach provides a simple, general way for fabrication of numerous metal-nanoparticle superstructures and enables a rational design of these novel superstructures with desired architectures for exciting applications.

  18. 51. View below deck superstructure of Manhattan side span showing ...

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    51. View below deck superstructure of Manhattan side span showing connection between main center cable and deck superstructure. Jet Lowe, photographer, 1982. - Brooklyn Bridge, Spanning East River between Park Row, Manhattan and Sands Street, Brooklyn, New York County, NY

  19. 46 CFR 69.113 - Superstructure tonnage.

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    2013-10-01

    .... “Superstructure tonnage” means the tonnage of all permanent structures, such as forecastle, bridge, poop... applicable). (b) Method of calculating tonnage. The tonnage of all structures on each level on or above the... of each structure is measured along its centerline at mid-height between the line of the inboard...

  20. Influence of superstructure geometry on the mechanical behavior of zirconia implant abutments: a finite element analysis.

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    Geringer, Alexander; Diebels, Stefan; Nothdurft, Frank P

    2014-12-01

    To predict the clinical performance of zirconia abutments, it is crucial to examine the mechanical behavior of different dental implant-abutment connection configurations. The international standard protocol for dynamic fatigue tests of dental implants (ISO 14801) allows comparing these configurations using standardized superstructure geometries. However, from a mechanical point of view, the geometry of clinical crowns causes modified boundary conditions. The purpose of this finite element (FE) study was to evaluate the influence of the superstructure geometry on the maximum stress values of zirconia abutments with a conical implant-abutment connection. Geometry models of the experimental setup described in ISO 14801 were generated using CAD software following the reconstruction of computerized tomography scans from all relevant components. These models served as a basis for an FE simulation. To reduce the numerical complexity of the FE model, the interaction between loading stamp and superstructure geometry was taken into account by defining the boundary conditions with regard to the frictional force. The results of the FE simulations performed on standardized superstructure geometry and anatomically shaped crowns showed a strong influence of the superstructure geometry and related surface orientations on the mechanical behavior of the underlying zirconia abutments. In conclusion, ISO testing of zirconia abutments should be accompanied by load-bearing capacity testing under simulated clinical conditions to predict clinical performance.

  1. Nucleate boiling in drag-reducing polymer solutions

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    Jeun, G.

    1986-01-01

    Two types of experiment have been done to study the effects of polymer additives in nucleate boiling for plates and wires. Here, boiling on a flat surface is simulated by placing a flat unheated surface immediately underneath an electrically heated platinum wire. Saturated nucleate pool boiling curves were measured for water and solutions of six different polymers at various concentrations. For a bare wire and a simulated flat surface, the nucleate boiling curves are qualitatively similar. For equal heat fluxes, the temperature difference increases as the relative viscosity increases, although the temperature difference for the simulated flat surface is less than that for the bare wire. The observed changes in the nucleate boiling curves for polymer solutions are in qualitative agreement with those predicted using the Rohsenow correlation to account for change in the solution viscosity. These results show that for both wires and simulated flat surfaces, drag-reducing additives will reduce the heat transfer rate in nucleate boiling. Bubble dynamics on the heated wire and simulated flat surface were also measured using a high speed movie camera for water and Separan AP-30 at a relative viscosity of 1.16. The data were used to determine the relative contribution to the boiling heat flux of latent heat transport by bubbles, natural convection heat transfer, and enhanced convection heat transfer.

  2. Reducing errors in the GRACE gravity solutions using regularization

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    Save, Himanshu; Bettadpur, Srinivas; Tapley, Byron D.

    2012-09-01

    The nature of the gravity field inverse problem amplifies the noise in the GRACE data, which creeps into the mid and high degree and order harmonic coefficients of the Earth's monthly gravity fields provided by GRACE. Due to the use of imperfect background models and data noise, these errors are manifested as north-south striping in the monthly global maps of equivalent water heights. In order to reduce these errors, this study investigates the use of the L-curve method with Tikhonov regularization. L-curve is a popular aid for determining a suitable value of the regularization parameter when solving linear discrete ill-posed problems using Tikhonov regularization. However, the computational effort required to determine the L-curve is prohibitively high for a large-scale problem like GRACE. This study implements a parameter-choice method, using Lanczos bidiagonalization which is a computationally inexpensive approximation to L-curve. Lanczos bidiagonalization is implemented with orthogonal transformation in a parallel computing environment and projects a large estimation problem on a problem of the size of about 2 orders of magnitude smaller for computing the regularization parameter. Errors in the GRACE solution time series have certain characteristics that vary depending on the ground track coverage of the solutions. These errors increase with increasing degree and order. In addition, certain resonant and near-resonant harmonic coefficients have higher errors as compared with the other coefficients. Using the knowledge of these characteristics, this study designs a regularization matrix that provides a constraint on the geopotential coefficients as a function of its degree and order. This regularization matrix is then used to compute the appropriate regularization parameter for each monthly solution. A 7-year time-series of the candidate regularized solutions (Mar 2003-Feb 2010) show markedly reduced error stripes compared with the unconstrained GRACE release 4

  3. SUPERSTRUCTURES FOR HIGH CURRENT FEL APPLICATION

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    Jacek Sekutowicz; Kevin Beard; Peter Kneisel; Genfa Wu; Catherine Thomas; Zheng

    2003-05-01

    The next generations of FELs at TJNAF will produce coherent light at power levels of 10 kW and 100 kW, respectively [1]. To achieve these power levels, 200 MeV electron beams of 10 mA and 100 mA have to be accelerated in the linear accelerators of the devices. The accelerators will be based on superconducting technology. Stable operation of these machines is only possible if the cavity Higher Order Modes (HOM) excited by the beams can sufficiently be damped. One of the possible accelerating structures which can fulfill this requirement, is a superstructure (SST) made of two weakly coupled subunits and equipped with appropriate HOM couplers. Based on the positive experience at DESY with 1.3 GHz superstructures, we are investigating for possible use similar structures in the linacs for the FEL upgrades. We have built a copper model of the proposed superstructure, based on two copper models of the 5-cell CEBAF cavities. This contribution presents measured results on this model. We are now in the process of fabrication a Nb prototype and hope to perform its cold test by the end of this year.

  4. Anterior all-ceramic superstructures: chance or risk?

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    Rinke, Sven

    2015-03-01

    The use of zirconia abutments for single-tooth restorations is well documented and supported by clinical studies with observational periods of up to 5 years. However, data for fixed partial dentures (FPDs) on all-ceramic abutments are lacking. Therefore, this indication cannot yet be generally recommended. Based on the available clinical studies, it can be assumed that the treatment results for anterior restorations can be improved by using all-ceramic abutments, especially in situations with a reduced thickness of the peri-implant soft tissues (< 2 mm). Zirconia abutments for single-tooth restorations can be restored with glass-ceramic crowns on a lithium-disilicate base or crowns with oxide-ceramic structures (alumina or zirconia). If the restorations are cemented adhesively, then all of the cement residues must be carefully removed. Superstructures based on zirconia ceramics can be removed to a certain degree if they are cemented temporarily or screwfixed with directly veneered abutments. However, prior to providing a general recommendation for temporary cementation or screw-fixation of all-ceramic superstructures, additional clinical data are needed.

  5. Modular assembly of superstructures from polyphenol-functionalized building blocks

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    Guo, Junling; Tardy, Blaise L.; Christofferson, Andrew J.; Dai, Yunlu; Richardson, Joseph J.; Zhu, Wei; Hu, Ming; Ju, Yi; Cui, Jiwei; Dagastine, Raymond R.; Yarovsky, Irene; Caruso, Frank

    2016-12-01

    The organized assembly of particles into superstructures is typically governed by specific molecular interactions or external directing factors associated with the particle building blocks, both of which are particle-dependent. These superstructures are of interest to a variety of fields because of their distinct mechanical, electronic, magnetic and optical properties. Here, we establish a facile route to a diverse range of superstructures based on the polyphenol surface-functionalization of micro- and nanoparticles, nanowires, nanosheets, nanocubes and even cells. This strategy can be used to access a large number of modularly assembled superstructures, including core-satellite, hollow and hierarchically organized supraparticles. Colloidal-probe atomic force microscopy and molecular dynamics simulations provide detailed insights into the role of surface functionalization and how this facilitates superstructure construction. Our work provides a platform for the rapid generation of superstructured assemblies across a wide range of length scales, from nanometres to centimetres.

  6. Use of the Location Inverse Solution to Reduce Ghost Images

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    Hu, Yong-Zhong; Li, Ting-Jun; Zhou, Zheng-Ou

    2009-12-01

    Through-the-wall imaging (TWI) is a difficult but important task for both law enforcement and military missions. Acquiring information on both the internal features of a structure and the location of people inside plays an important role in many fields such as antiterrorism, hostage search and rescue, and barricade situations. Up to now, a number of promising experimental systems have been developed to validate and evaluate diverse imaging methods, most of which are based on a linear antenna array to obtain an image of the objects. However, these methods typically use the backward projection (BP) algorithm based on ellipse curves, which usually generates additional ghost images. In this paper, the algorithm using the location inverse solution (LIS) to reduce the ghost images is proposed and simulated. The results of simulation show that this approach is feasible.

  7. 41. DETAIL OF NEW YORK TOWER SUPERSTRUCTURE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST THROUGH ...

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    41. DETAIL OF NEW YORK TOWER SUPERSTRUCTURE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST THROUGH STRUCTURE TOWARDS MANHATTAN - George Washington Bridge, Spanning Hudson River between Manhattan & Fort Lee, NJ, New York County, NY

  8. Effect of fluoride on the corrosion behavior of Ti and Ti6Al4V dental implants coupled with different superstructures.

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    Anwar, Eman M; Kheiralla, Lamia S; Tammam, Riham H

    2011-06-01

    The effect of fluoride ion concentration on the corrosion behavior of Ti and Ti6Al4V implant alloys, when coupled with either metal/ceramic or all-ceramic superstructure, was examined by different electrochemical methods in artificial saliva solutions. It was concluded that increased fluoride concentration leads to a decrease in the corrosion resistance of all tested couples. The type of the superstructure also showed a significant effect on the corrosion resistance of the couple.

  9. Hydrothermal synthesis and photoluminescent properties of stacked indium sulfide superstructures.

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    Xing, Yan; Zhang, Hongjie; Song, Shuyan; Feng, Jing; Lei, Yongqian; Zhao, Lijun; Li, Meiye

    2008-03-28

    Unusual hierarchical stacked superstructures of cubic beta-In2S3 were fabricated via a facile hydrothermal process in the presence of a surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide CTAB; the 3D superstructures were developed by helical propagation of surface steps from microflakes of 10-20 nm thickness.

  10. 11. BUOY DECK, NEAR PILOT HOUSE SUPERSTRUCTURE, LOOKING TOWARDS HATCH ...

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    11. BUOY DECK, NEAR PILOT HOUSE SUPERSTRUCTURE, LOOKING TOWARDS HATCH DOOR INTO WINCH ROOM IN THE SUPERSTRUCTURE (LABELED AT PASSAGE & HYDRAULIC MACHINERY ON PLAN). - U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WHITE HEATH, USGS Integrated Support Command Boston, 427 Commercial Street, Boston, Suffolk County, MA

  11. 46 CFR 45.61 - Correction for superstructures and trunks.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Correction for superstructures and trunks. 45.61 Section... LINES Freeboards § 45.61 Correction for superstructures and trunks. (a) Where the effective length E of...)×100 (c) To be eligible for the correction a trunk must— (1) Be at least as strong and as stiff as...

  12. 46 CFR 45.58 - Correction: Short superstructure.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Correction: Short superstructure. 45.58 Section 45.58 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) LOAD LINES GREAT LAKES LOAD LINES Freeboards § 45.58 Correction: Short superstructure. The minimum freeboard in summer for a type B vessel...

  13. 46 CFR 45.61 - Correction for superstructures and trunks.

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    2011-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 2 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Correction for superstructures and trunks. 45.61 Section... LINES Freeboards § 45.61 Correction for superstructures and trunks. (a) Where the effective length E of...)×100 (c) To be eligible for the correction a trunk must— (1) Be at least as strong and as stiff as...

  14. 46 CFR 45.58 - Correction: Short superstructure.

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    2011-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 2 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Correction: Short superstructure. 45.58 Section 45.58 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) LOAD LINES GREAT LAKES LOAD LINES Freeboards § 45.58 Correction: Short superstructure. The minimum freeboard in summer for a type B vessel...

  15. 46 CFR 45.59 - Definitions for superstructure corrections.

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    ... 46 Shipping 2 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Definitions for superstructure corrections. 45.59 Section 45.59 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) LOAD LINES GREAT LAKES LOAD LINES Freeboards § 45.59 Definitions for superstructure corrections. For the purpose of §§...

  16. 46 CFR 45.59 - Definitions for superstructure corrections.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Definitions for superstructure corrections. 45.59 Section 45.59 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) LOAD LINES GREAT LAKES LOAD LINES Freeboards § 45.59 Definitions for superstructure corrections. For the purpose of §§...

  17. 11. BUOY DECK, NEAR PILOT HOUSE SUPERSTRUCTURE, LOOKING TOWARDS HATCH ...

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    11. BUOY DECK, NEAR PILOT HOUSE SUPERSTRUCTURE, LOOKING TOWARDS HATCH DOOR INTO WINCH ROOM IN THE SUPERSTRUCTURE (LABELED AS FASSAGE & HYDRAULIC MACHINERY ON PLAN), SHOWING UNDERSIDE OF GEARED WHEEL OF BOOM. - U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WHITE LUPINE, U.S. Coast Guard Station Rockland, east end of Tillson Avenue, Rockland, Knox County, ME

  18. 5. NORTH SIDE OF SUPERSTRUCTURE, FACING SOUTH ON MARKET STREET ...

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    5. NORTH SIDE OF SUPERSTRUCTURE, FACING SOUTH ON MARKET STREET BETWEEN 44TH AND 45TH STREETS. DETAIL OF BARREL VAULTS ON UNDERSIDE OF SUPERSTRUCTURE. - Market Street Elevated Railway, Market Street between Sixty-ninth & Forty-sixth Streets, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

  19. 46 CFR 45.109 - Strength of superstructures and deckhouses.

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    ... 46 Shipping 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Strength of superstructures and deckhouses. 45.109... LOAD LINES Conditions of Assignment § 45.109 Strength of superstructures and deckhouses. Each... approved assigning authority with regard to general strength and weathertightness. The Commandant may...

  20. Development of Superstructures for High Current Application

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    Jacek Sekutowicz; Peter Kneisel; Genfa Wu

    2003-09-01

    Devices for acceleration of electron currents beyond 100 mA are becoming increasingly interesting for high power Free Electron Lasers (FEL) or for Energy Recovering Linacs (ERL). To achieve photon beams of several hundred kW, low emittance electron beams of up to 1 A have to be delivered to undulators from a driving linear accelerator. High quality beams and stable operation of accelerating sections are only possible if Higher Order Modes (HOM) generated by the beams can be sufficiently damped. The positive experience with the HERA 4-cell cavities [1], in which the dominant monopole modes are damped to Q{sub ext} {approx} 700 and all dipole modes to Q{sub ext} < 6000 makes it highly likely that a superstructure (SST) consisting of two weakly coupled subunits and employing coaxial HOM dampers of the DESY type can be successfully adapted to a properly designed cavity for acceleration of a {approx}1 A beam. This contribution describes the first approach to design a 750 MHz SST for a 1 A electron beam. The calculate d R/Q values of the HOM's of this SST are quite favorable. The total impedance of the first 16 monopole modes is {approx} 140, approximately a factor of 3 smaller than the impedance of the fundamental mode. It seems very likely that the HOM's can be suppressed to the appropriate levels for stable beam operation. In order to explore achievable damping, a 1500 MHz copper 1:2 model of the SST was built and the Q{sub ext}-values of the dominant HOM's were measured with various HOM coupler configurations. It can be concluded with some confidence that the necessary damping for a 1 A machine can be achieved with the proposed superstructure configuration. However, it is essential to repeat these measurements on a 1:1 model.

  1. Enhanced thermophysical properties via PAO superstructure

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    Pournorouz, Zahra; Mostafavi, Amirhossein; Pinto, Aditya; Bokka, Apparao; Jeon, Junha; Shin, Donghyun

    2017-01-01

    For the last few years, molten salt nanomaterials have attracted many scientists for their enhanced specific heat by doping a minute concentration of nanoparticles (up to 1% by weight). Likewise, enhancing the specific heat of liquid media is important in many aspects of engineering such as engine oil, coolant, and lubricant. However, such enhancement in specific heat was only observed for molten salts, yet other engineering fluids such as water, ethylene glycol, and oil have shown a decrease of specific heat with doped nanoparticles. Recent studies have shown that the observed specific heat enhancement resulted from unique nanostructures that were formed by molten salt molecules when interacting with nanoparticles. Thus, such enhancement in specific heat is only possible for molten salts because other fluids may not naturally form such nanostructures. In this study, we hypothesized such nanostructures can be mimicked through in situ formation of fabricated nano-additives, which are putative nanoparticles coated with useful organic materials (e.g., polar-group-ended organic molecules) leading to superstructures, and thus can be directly used for other engineering fluids. We first applied this approach to polyalphaolefin (PAO). A differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), a rheometer, and a customized setup were employed to characterize the heat capacity, viscosity, and thermal conductivity of PAO and PAO with fabricated nano-additives. Results showed 44.5% enhanced heat capacity and 19.8 and 22.98% enhancement for thermal conductivity and viscosity, respectively, by an addition of only 2% of fabricated nanostructures in comparison with pure PAO. Moreover, a partial melting of the polar-group-ended organic molecules was observed in the first thermal cycle and the peak disappeared in the following cycles. This indicates that the in situ formation of fabricated nano-additives spontaneously occurs in the thermal cycle to form nanostructures. Figure of merit analyses have

  2. Reducing Psychiatric Inpatient Violence through Solution-Focused Group Therapy.

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    Oxman, Elaine B.; Chambliss, Catherine

    Violent behaviors increasingly provide the basis for psychiatric hospitalization. This study targeted a group of high-risk psychiatric inpatients with a recent history of violence. A solution-focused treatment approach was used in conducting two ongoing weekly therapy groups. Patients were encouraged to reflect upon occasions where they…

  3. Flow Interface for Charge Reduced Electrospray of Nanoparticle Solutions

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    Adou, Kouame; Johnston, Murray V.

    2009-01-01

    A charge reduction (CR) interface for electrospray ionization was characterized that permits simultaneous analysis of nanoparticle solutions by multiple detection methods. In the direct infusion configuration, a constant flow of analyte solution undergoes electrospray ionization (ESI). The charged aerosol is sampled directly into the atmospheric pressure inlet of a quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer (QTOF) and to a CR device followed by a differential mobility analyzer (DMA) and condensation particle counter (CPC). In the plug injection configuration, analyte solution is injected into a liquid chromatograph. The effluent is split to an evaporative light scattering detector (ELSD) and the ESI interface. The charged aerosol is then sampled through the CR device directly into the CPC. Performance characteristics of the two configurations were studied with sucrose and protein solutions. When a liquid flow rate in the low µL/min range was used, the reconstructed droplet size distribution from the ESI interface had an average diameter of 184 nm with a geometric standard deviation of 1.4. For the first configuration, the linear working range was wider for ESI-MS than CR-DMA-CPC. For the second configuration, the detection efficiency, defined as the fraction of molecules flowing through the ESI interface that are ultimately detected by the CPC, was on the order of 10−6. Simultaneous measurements with ELSD and CPC were consistent with analyte molecular size and may provide a means of estimating the size of unknown particles. PMID:19924869

  4. Direct growth of comet-like superstructures of Au-ZnO submicron rod arrays by solvothermal soft chemistry process

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    Shen Liming; Bao, Ningzhong Yanagisawa, Kazumichi; Zheng, Yanqing; Domen, Kazunari; Gupta, Arunava; Grimes, Craig A.

    2007-01-15

    The synthesis, characterization and proposed growth process of a new kind of comet-like Au-ZnO superstructures are described here. This Au-ZnO superstructure was directly created by a simple and mild solvothermal reaction, dissolving the reactants of zinc acetate dihydrate and hydrogen tetrachloroaurate tetrahydrate (HAuCl{sub 4}.4H{sub 2}O) in ethylenediamine and taking advantage of the lattice matching growth between definitized ZnO plane and Au plane and the natural growth habit of the ZnO rods along [001] direction in solutions. For a typical comet-like Au-ZnO superstructure, its comet head consists of one hemispherical end of a central thick ZnO rod and an outer Au-ZnO thin layer, and its comet tail consists of radially standing ZnO submicron rod arrays growing on the Au-ZnO thin layer. These ZnO rods have diameters in range of 0.2-0.5 {mu}m, an average aspect ratio of about 10, and lengths of up to about 4 {mu}m. The morphology, size and structure of the ZnO superstructures are dependent on the concentration of reactants and the reaction time. The HAuCl{sub 4}.4H{sub 2}O plays a key role for the solvothermal growth of the comet-like superstructure, and only are ZnO fibers obtained in absence of the HAuCl{sub 4}.4H{sub 2}O. The UV-vis absorption spectrum shows two absorptions at 365-390 nm and 480-600 nm, respectively attributing to the characteristic of the ZnO wide-band semiconductor material and the surface plasmon resonance of the Au particles. - Graphical abstract: One-step solvothermal synthesis of novel comet-like superstructures of radially standing ZnO submicron rod arrays.

  5. Pathogen-Reduced, Platelet Additive Solution, Extended Stored Platelets (PREPS)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2015-10-01

    trauma patients. References: 1. Slichter SJ, Harker LA. Preparation and storage of platelet concentrates . II. Storage variables influencing ...Storage variables influencing platelet viability and function. Br J Haematol 1976;34(3):403-419. 2. Becker GA, Tuccelli M, Kunicki T, et al. Studies of...platelet additive solution (PAS) to extend the life of stored platelets. Our project also aims to determine how long acceptable platelet viability can be

  6. Nanomanufacturing of gold nanoparticle superstructures from the "bottom-up"

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    Rao, Tingling

    Gold nanoparticles that can generate surface plasmons under appropriate conditions have attracted significant interest for their potential in optics, photonics, data storage and biological sensors. Developing high fidelity fabrication methods that yield gold nanoparticles with well-defined size, shape, composition and self-assembly allows manipulation of surface plasmonic properties for novel applications as well as revealing new aspects of the underlying science. This dissertation demonstrates multiple techniques that describe cost-effective bottom-up" fabrication methods that yield gold nano-superstructures. In my initial work, I outline the solution conditions for fabricating Janus nanoparticles composed of one gold nanoparticle per micelle. Poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polystyrene (PEO-b-PS) was synthesized and processed into spherical micelles, which served as the template to induce gold nanoparticles growth within the PEO corona in situ. Organic-inorganic hybrid nanoparticle formation was controlled kinetically by manipulating the concentration of both the micelle and reducing agent (HEPES). We also found that under certain condition, PEO-b-PS yielded micelles with pearl-like morphology, which possessed concentrated PEO domains at the interface between two adjacent PS cores. Careful manipulation of reaction conditions afforded gold nanoparticles that grew from the core-shell interface to form 1-dimensional (1-D) periodical gold nanoparticle chains. Based on similar principles, gold-gold dimers were synthesized by growing a second gold nanoparticle from a gold nanoparticle template surface-functionalized with PEO ligands. Gold dimers fabricated with this method exhibited strong enhancement properties via surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Instead of kinetic control, the number of newly grown gold nanoparticles on each particle template heavily relied on the PEO density on the nanoparticle template. As the size of the particle template increased from 10 nm to

  7. 1. Photocopy of drawing showing pile superstructure of early railroad ...

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    1. Photocopy of drawing showing pile superstructure of early railroad track construction. Original illustration in Degolyer Collection, Dallas, Texas - Erie Railway, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Deposit, Broome County, NY

  8. View of lifting girder and tower support superstructure on Tensaw ...

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    View of lifting girder and tower support superstructure on Tensaw River Bridge truss No. 2, looking northwest. Showing rope connectors and deflector sheaves. - Tensaw River Lift Bridge, Spanning Tensaw River at U.S. Highway 90, Mobile, Mobile County, AL

  9. Superstructure Main Bridge, Cross Sections, Cantilever Structure Huey ...

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    Superstructure - Main Bridge, Cross Sections, Cantilever Structure - Huey P. Long Bridge, Spanning Mississippi River approximately midway between nine & twelve mile points upstream from & west of New Orleans, Jefferson, Jefferson Parish, LA

  10. 5. EAST SIDE, TEST STAND AND ITS SUPERSTRUCTURE. Edwards ...

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    5. EAST SIDE, TEST STAND AND ITS SUPERSTRUCTURE. - Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Test Stand 1-A, Test Area 1-120, north end of Jupiter Boulevard, Boron, Kern County, CA

  11. 8. SOUTH REAR, SUPERSTRUCTURE. Looking north from deck. Edwards ...

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    8. SOUTH REAR, SUPERSTRUCTURE. Looking north from deck. - Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Test Stand 1-A, Test Area 1-120, north end of Jupiter Boulevard, Boron, Kern County, CA

  12. 28. Mormon Flat spillway gates and superstructure. Photographer Mark Durben, ...

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    28. Mormon Flat spillway gates and superstructure. Photographer Mark Durben, 1988. Source: Salt River Project. - Mormon Flat Dam, On Salt River, Eastern Maricopa County, east of Phoenix, Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ

  13. 10. BUOY DECK, NEAR PILOT HOUSE SUPERSTRUCTURE, LOOKING TOWARDS FOCASTLE ...

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    10. BUOY DECK, NEAR PILOT HOUSE SUPERSTRUCTURE, LOOKING TOWARDS FOCASTLE DECK, SHOWING MOST OF BOOM. - U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WHITE LUPINE, U.S. Coast Guard Station Rockland, east end of Tillson Avenue, Rockland, Knox County, ME

  14. 1. BEGINNING OF RAILWAY SUPERSTRUCTURE IN PHILADELPHIA COUNTY. FACING EAST ...

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    1. BEGINNING OF RAILWAY SUPERSTRUCTURE IN PHILADELPHIA COUNTY. FACING EAST DOWN MARKET STREET. - Market Street Elevated Railway, Market Street between Sixty-ninth & Forty-sixth Streets, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

  15. 4. END OF RAILWAY SUPERSTRUCTURE, WHERE IT CROSSES NORTH OVER ...

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    4. END OF RAILWAY SUPERSTRUCTURE, WHERE IT CROSSES NORTH OVER MARKET STREET AND DESCENDS TO MEET SUBWAY AT 44TH STREET. - Market Street Elevated Railway, Market Street between Sixty-ninth & Forty-sixth Streets, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

  16. The emergence of superstructural order in insulin amyloid fibrils upon multiple rounds of self-seeding

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    Surmacz-Chwedoruk, Weronika; Babenko, Viktoria; Dec, Robert; Szymczak, Piotr; Dzwolak, Wojciech

    2016-08-01

    Typically, elongation of an amyloid fibril entails passing conformational details of the mother seed to daughter generations of fibrils with high fidelity. There are, however, several factors that can potentially prevent such transgenerational structural imprinting from perpetuating, for example heterogeneity of mother seeds or so-called conformational switching. Here, we examine phenotypic persistence of bovine insulin amyloid ([BI]) upon multiple rounds of self-seeding under quiescent conditions. According to infrared spectroscopy, with the following passages of homologous seeding, daughter fibrils gradually depart from the mother seed’s spectral characteristics. We note that this transgenerational structural drift in [BI] amyloid leads toward fibrils with infrared, chiroptical, and morphological traits similar to those of the superstructural variant of fibrils which normally forms upon strong agitation of insulin solutions. However, in contrast to agitation-induced insulin amyloid, the superstructural assemblies of daughter fibrils isolated through self-seeding are sonication-resistant. Our results suggest that formation of single amyloid fibrils is not a dead-end of the amyloidogenic self-assembly. Instead, the process appears to continue toward the self-assembly of higher-order structures although on longer time-scales. From this perspective, the fast agitation-induced aggregation of insulin appears to be a shortcut to amyloid superstructures whose formation under quiescent conditions is slow.

  17. The emergence of superstructural order in insulin amyloid fibrils upon multiple rounds of self-seeding

    PubMed Central

    Surmacz-Chwedoruk, Weronika; Babenko, Viktoria; Dec, Robert; Szymczak, Piotr; Dzwolak, Wojciech

    2016-01-01

    Typically, elongation of an amyloid fibril entails passing conformational details of the mother seed to daughter generations of fibrils with high fidelity. There are, however, several factors that can potentially prevent such transgenerational structural imprinting from perpetuating, for example heterogeneity of mother seeds or so-called conformational switching. Here, we examine phenotypic persistence of bovine insulin amyloid ([BI]) upon multiple rounds of self-seeding under quiescent conditions. According to infrared spectroscopy, with the following passages of homologous seeding, daughter fibrils gradually depart from the mother seed’s spectral characteristics. We note that this transgenerational structural drift in [BI] amyloid leads toward fibrils with infrared, chiroptical, and morphological traits similar to those of the superstructural variant of fibrils which normally forms upon strong agitation of insulin solutions. However, in contrast to agitation-induced insulin amyloid, the superstructural assemblies of daughter fibrils isolated through self-seeding are sonication-resistant. Our results suggest that formation of single amyloid fibrils is not a dead-end of the amyloidogenic self-assembly. Instead, the process appears to continue toward the self-assembly of higher-order structures although on longer time-scales. From this perspective, the fast agitation-induced aggregation of insulin appears to be a shortcut to amyloid superstructures whose formation under quiescent conditions is slow. PMID:27558445

  18. Integral ceramic superstructure evaluation using time domain optical coherence tomography

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    Sinescu, Cosmin; Bradu, Adrian; Topala, Florin I.; Negrutiu, Meda Lavinia; Duma, Virgil-Florin; Podoleanu, Adrian G.

    2014-02-01

    Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive low coherence interferometry technique that includes several technologies (and the corresponding devices and components), such as illumination and detection, interferometry, scanning, adaptive optics, microscopy and endoscopy. From its large area of applications, we consider in this paper a critical aspect in dentistry - to be investigated with a Time Domain (TD) OCT system. The clinical situation of an edentulous mandible is considered; it can be solved by inserting 2 to 6 implants. On these implants a mesostructure will be manufactured and on it a superstructure is needed. This superstructure can be integral ceramic; in this case materials defects could be trapped inside the ceramic layers and those defects could lead to fractures of the entire superstructure. In this paper we demonstrate that a TD-OCT imaging system has the potential to properly evaluate the presence of the defects inside the ceramic layers and those defects can be fixed before inserting the prosthesis inside the oral cavity. Three integral ceramic superstructures were developed by using a CAD/CAM technology. After the milling, the ceramic layers were applied on the core. All the three samples were evaluated by a TD-OCT system working at 1300 nm. For two of the superstructures evaluated, no defects were found in the most stressed areas. The third superstructure presented four ceramic defects in the mentioned areas. Because of those defects the superstructure may fracture. The integral ceramic prosthesis was send back to the dental laboratory to fix the problems related to the material defects found. Thus, TD-OCT proved to be a valuable method for diagnosing the ceramic defects inside the integral ceramic superstructures in order to prevent fractures at this level.

  19. Exotic crystal superstructures of colloidal crystals in confinement.

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    Fontecha, Ana Barreira; Schöpe, Hans Joachim

    2008-06-01

    Colloidal model systems have been used for over three decades for investigating liquids, crystals, and glasses. Colloidal crystal superstructures have been observed in binary systems of repulsive spheres as well as oppositely charged sphere systems showing structures well known from atomic solids. In this work we study the structural transition of colloidal crystals under confinement. In addition to the known sequence of crystalline structures, crystal superstructures with dodecagonal and hexagonal symmetry are observed in one component systems. These structures have no atomic counterpart.

  20. Diet change—a solution to reduce water use?

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    Jalava, M.; Kummu, M.; Porkka, M.; Siebert, S.; Varis, O.

    2014-07-01

    Water and land resources are under increasing pressure in many parts of the globe. Diet change has been suggested as a measure to contribute to adequate food security for the growing population. This paper assesses the impact of diet change on the blue and green water footprints of food consumption. We first compare the water consumption of the current diets with that of a scenario where dietary guidelines are followed. Then, we assess these footprints by applying four scenarios in which we gradually limit the amount of protein from animal products to 50%, 25%, 12.5% and finally 0% of the total protein intake. We find that the current water use at the global scale would be sufficient to secure a recommended diet and worldwide energy intake. Reducing the animal product contribution in the diet would decrease global green water consumption by 6%, 11%, 15% and 21% within the four applied scenarios, while for blue water, the reductions would be 4%, 6%, 9% and 14%. In Latin America, Europe, Central and Eastern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, diet change mainly reduces green water use, while in the Middle East region, North America, Australia and Oceania, both blue and green water footprints decrease considerably. At the same time, in South and Southeast Asia, diet change does not result in decreased water use. Our results show that reducing animal products in the human diet offers the potential to save water resources, up to the amount currently required to feed 1.8 billion additional people globally; however, our results show that the adjustments should be considered on a local level.

  1. Superstructures in Rayleigh-Benard convection

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    Stevens, Richard; Verzicco, Roberto; Lohse, Detlef

    2016-11-01

    We study the heat transfer and the flow structures in Rayleigh-Bénard convection as function of the Rayleigh number Ra and the aspect ratio. We consider three-dimensional direct numerical simulations (DNS) in a laterally periodic geometry with aspect ratios up to Γ =Lx /Lz =Ly /Lz = 64 at Ra =108 , where Lx and Ly indicate the horizontal domain sizes and Lz the height. We find that the heat transport convergences relatively quickly with increasing aspect ratio. In contrast, we find that the large scale flow structures change significantly with increasing aspect ratio due to the formation of superstructures. For example, at Ra =108 we find the formation of basically only one large scale circulation roll in boxes with an aspect ratio up to 8. For larger boxes we find the formation of multiple of these extremely large convection rolls. We illustrate this by movies of horizontal cross-section of the bulk and the boundary layer and analyze them by using spectra in the boundary layer and the bulk. In addition, we study the effect of the large scale flow structures on the mean and higher order temperature and velocity statistics in the boundary layer and the bulk by comparing the simulation results obtained in different aspect ratio boxes. Foundation for fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion (MCEC), SURFsara, Gauss Large Scale project.

  2. A highly sensitive non-enzymatic glucose sensor based on bimetallic Cu-Ag superstructures.

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    Li, Hua; Guo, Chun-Yan; Xu, Cai-Ling

    2015-01-15

    Bimetallic Cu-Ag superstructures were successfully fabricated for the first time by using the natural leaves as reducing agent through a facile one-step hydrothermal process. Morphology, structure and composition of the Cu-Ag superstructures were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), respectively. The results reveal that the Cu-Ag superstructure is bimetallic nanocomposite constructed by nanoparticles with low Ag content and shows a rough surface and porous flexural algae-like microstructure. By using a three-dimensional nickel foam as the scaffold, a novel non-enzymatic glucose sensor based on Cu-Ag nanocomposites has been fabricated and applied to non-enzymatic glucose detection. The as-prepared Cu-Ag nanocomposites based glucose sensor displays distinctly enhanced electrocatalytic activity compared to those obtained with pure Cu nanomaterials prepared with a similar procedure, revealing a synergistic effect of the matrix Cu and the doped Ag. Cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy indicate that the Cu-Ag superstructures based glucose sensor displays a fascinating sensitivity up to 7745.7 μA mM(-1) cm(-2), outstanding detection limit of 0.08 μM and fast amperometric response (<2 s) for glucose detection. Furthermore, the sensor also exhibits significant selectivity, excellent stability and reproducibility, as well as attractive feasibility for real sample analysis. Because of its excellent electrochemical performance, low cost and easy preparation, this novel electrode material is a promising candidate in the development of non-enzymatic glucose sensor.

  3. Audit of a road bridge superstructure using ground penetrating radar

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    Yelf, Richard; Carse, Alan

    2000-04-01

    This paper describes a new application of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) in non-destructively assessing the delivered quality of bridge superstructure beams. A case history is described where GPR was used to assess the quality of 180 prestressed concrete beams in relation to the requirements specified in the engineering design. The beams analyzed in this project represent a standard design used in Queensland where several large polystyrene blocks (called 'voids') are cast internally within the deck beams to reduce the mass of the beams. GPR was used effectively to determine the finished location of these voids within the beams and identify any defects associated with the movement of the voids during manufacture of the beams. It was concluded that at least 90% of the beams were out of tolerance due to significant void movement in a vertical direction and there were significant associated defects of air cavities within the concrete, thin top and bottom flanges and longitudinal soffit cracking. Predominantly the voids had moved downwards during the concrete placement process. The accuracy of the GPR survey was determined to be +/- 5 mm where good calibration was obtained and +/- 10 mm for the global set of results of 4860 measurement points.

  4. Light-harvesting superstructures of green plant chloroplasts lacking photosystems.

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    Belgio, Erica; Ungerer, Petra; Ruban, Alexander V

    2015-10-01

    The light-harvesting antenna of higher plant photosystem II (LHCII) is the major photosynthetic membrane component encoded by an entire family of homologous nuclear genes. On the contrary, the great majority of proteins of photosystems and electron transport components are encoded by the chloroplast genome. In this work, we succeeded in gradually inhibiting the expression of the chloroplast genes that led to the disappearance of the photosystem complexes, mimicking almost total photoinhibition. The treated plants, despite displaying only some early signs of senescence, sustained their metabolism and growth for several weeks. The only major remaining membrane component was LHCII antenna that formed superstructures - stacks of dozens of thylakoids or supergrana. Freeze-fracture electron microscopy revealed specific organization, directly displaying frequently bifurcated membranes with reduced or totally absent photosystem II (PSII) reaction centre complexes. Our findings show that it is possible to accumulate large amounts of light-harvesting membranes, organized into three-dimensional structures, in the absence of reaction centre complexes. This points to the reciprocal role of LHCII and PSII in self-assembly of the three-dimensional matrix of the photosynthetic membrane, dictating its size and flexible adaptation to the light environment.

  5. Self-assembly of Janus cylinders into hierarchical superstructures.

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    Walther, Andreas; Drechsler, Markus; Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Harnau, Ludger; Ballauff, Matthias; Abetz, Volker; Müller, Axel H E

    2009-04-08

    We present in-depth studies of the size tunability and the self-assembly behavior of Janus cylinders possessing a phase segregation into two hemicylinders. The cylinders are prepared by cross-linking the lamella-cylinder morphology of a polystyrene-block-polybutadiene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) block terpolymer. The length of the Janus cylinders can be adjusted by both the amplitude and the duration of a sonication treatment from the micro- to the nanometer length. The corona segregation into a biphasic particle is evidenced by selective staining of the PS domains with RuO(4) and subsequent imaging. The self-assembly behavior of these facial amphiphiles on different length scales is investigated combining dynamic light scattering (DLS), small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), and imaging procedures. Cryogenic transmission electron microscopy images of the Janus cylinders in THF, which is a good solvent for both blocks, exhibit unimolecularly dissolved Janus cylinders with a core-corona structure. These results are corroborated by SANS measurements. Supramolecular aggregation takes place in acetone, which is a nonsolvent for polystyrene, leading to the observation of fiber-like aggregates. The length of these fibers depends on the concentration of the solution. A critical aggregation concentration is found, under which unimolecularly dissolved Janus cylinders exist. The fibers are composed of 2-4 Janus cylinders, shielding the inner insoluble polystyrene hemicylinder against the solvent. Herein, the SANS data reveal a core-shell structure of the aggregates. Upon deposition of the Janus cylinders from more concentrated solution, a second type of superstructure is formed on a significantly larger length scale. The Janus cylinders form fibrillar networks, in which the pore size depends on the concentration and deposition time of the sample.

  6. Origin of superstructures in (double) perovskite thin films

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    Shabadi, V. Major, M.; Komissinskiy, P.; Vafaee, M.; Radetinac, A.; Baghaie Yazdi, M.; Donner, W.; Alff, L.

    2014-09-21

    We have investigated the origin of superstructure peaks as observed by X-ray diffraction of multiferroic Bi(Fe{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition on single crystal SrTiO{sub 3} substrates. The photon energy dependence of the contrast between the atomic scattering factors of Fe and Cr is used to rule out a chemically ordered double perovskite Bi{sub 2}FeCrO{sub 6} (BFCO). Structural calculations suggest that the experimentally observed superstructure occurs due to unequal cation displacements along the pseudo-cubic [111] direction that mimic the unit cell of the chemically ordered compound. This result helps to clarify discrepancies in the correlations of structural and magnetic order reported for Bi{sub 2}FeCrO{sub 6}. The observation of a superstructure in itself is not a sufficient proof of chemical order in double perovskites.

  7. Charge transfer and interface properties in inorganic superstructures and composites

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    Flyagina, I. S.; Petrov, A. A.; Pervov, V. S.

    2016-06-01

    The processes of charge transfer and electronic reconstruction at interfaces of inorganic superstructures and composites have not yet been adequately investigated. This review integrates and analyzes the results of theoretical and experimental studies of structural and electronic effects at interfaces of metal oxide or chalcogenide superstructures and composites. Charge transfer and, hence, change in interface properties compared to the properties of substructures are shown to be determined by the preparation method of composites and chemical nature of the superstructures, incommensurability of structural parameters and valence states of the constituent metals. The changes are maximal for nanoheterostructures, and the degree of change is related to electronic conductivity of substructures. The macroscopic properties of the composite materials depend on the amount of interfaces in their bulk. The bibliography includes 66 references.

  8. Treatment of Acidified Blood Using Reduced Osmolarity Mixed-Base Solutions

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    Mason, Thomas G.; Kraut, Jeffrey A.

    2016-01-01

    We hypothesize that reduced osmolarity mixed-base (ROMB) solutions can potentially serve as customizable treatments for acidoses, going beyond standard solutions in clinical use, such as 1.0 M sodium bicarbonate. Through in silico quantitative modeling, by treating acidified canine blood using ROMB solutions, and by performing blood-gas and optical microscopy measurements in vitro, we demonstrate that ROMB solutions having a high proportion of a strong base, such as disodium carbonate or sodium hydroxide, can be effective in reducing carbon dioxide pressure PCO2 while raising pH and bicarbonate ion concentration without causing significant osmotic damage to red blood cells, which can occur during rapid administration of hypertonic solutions of weak bases. These results suggest that a ROMB solution, which is composed mostly of a strong base, could be administered in a safe and effective manner, when compared to a hypertonic solution of sodium bicarbonate. Because of the reduced osmolarity and the customizable content of strong base in ROMB solutions, this approach differs from prior approaches involving hypertonic solutions that only considered a single molar ratio of strong to weak base. Our calculations and measurements suggest that custom-tailored ROMB solutions merit consideration as potentially efficacious treatments for specific types of acidosis, particularly acute metabolic acidosis and acute respiratory acidosis. PMID:28082905

  9. Superstructure for high current applications in superconducting linear accelerators

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    Sekutowicz, Jacek; Kneisel, Peter

    2008-03-18

    A superstructure for accelerating charged particles at relativistic speeds. The superstructure consists of two weakly coupled multi-cell subunits equipped with HOM couplers. A beam pipe connects the subunits and an HOM damper is included at the entrance and the exit of each of the subunits. A coupling device feeds rf power into the subunits. The subunits are constructed of niobium and maintained at cryogenic temperatures. The length of the beam pipe between the subunits is selected to provide synchronism between particles and rf fields in both subunits.

  10. Aging effects in the nonequilibrium behavior of multilayer magnetic superstructures

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    Prudnikov, V. V.; Prudnikov, P. V.; Purtov, A. N.; Mamonova, M. V.

    2016-12-01

    A numerical Monte Carlo study of the nonequilibrium behavior of multilayer magnetic superstructures consisting of alternating magnetic and nonmagnetic nanolayers is performed. The calculated two-time autocorrelation function and the staggered magnetization of the structure at its evolution starting from various initial states are analyzed. The analysis reveals aging effects characterized by a slowing down of the relaxation and correlation characteristics in the system with the waiting time. It is shown that, in contrast to bulk magnetic systems, the aging effects in magnetic superstructures arise not only near the ferromagnetic ordering temperature T c in the films but also within a wide temperature range at T ≤ T c.

  11. Existence of global weak solution for a reduced gravity two and a half layer model

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    Guo, Zhenhua Li, Zilai Yao, Lei

    2013-12-15

    We investigate the existence of global weak solution to a reduced gravity two and a half layer model in one-dimensional bounded spatial domain or periodic domain. Also, we show that any possible vacuum state has to vanish within finite time, then the weak solution becomes a unique strong one.

  12. A Reduced Basis Method with Exact-Solution Certificates for Steady Symmetric Coercive Equations

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    2015-01-14

    A Reduced Basis Method with Exact -Solution Certificates for Steady Symmetric Coercive Equations Masayuki Yano Department of Mechanical Engineering...bounds of the energy associated with the infinite-dimensional weak solution of parametrized steady symmetric coercive partial differential equations with...identify algebraic conditions for the reduced basis approx- imation of the dual variable that results in an exact satisfaction of the dual feasibility

  13. 46 CFR 45.111 - Strength of bulkheads at ends of superstructures.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Strength of bulkheads at ends of superstructures. 45.111... LOAD LINES Conditions of Assignment § 45.111 Strength of bulkheads at ends of superstructures. Bulkheads at ends of enclosed superstructures must have sufficient strength to withstand impact of...

  14. Formation mechanism of silver nanoparticle 1D microstructures and their hierarchical assembly into 3D superstructures

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    Suber, Lorenza; Plunkett, William. R.

    2010-01-01

    Flower-like silver nanoparticle superstructures are prepared by the reaction of silver nitrate and ascorbic acid in an acidic aqueous solution of a polynaphthalene system. The three-dimensional flower-like structure has a purely hierarchic arrangement, wherein each petal is composed of bundles of silver particle chains, each enclosed in a polymer sheath. The ordering arises from strong adsorption of silver ions onto the polymer and by the interplay of the redox properties of nitric and ascorbic acid. As a result, linear silver cyanide, formed on the polymer, probably due to intrinsic electric dipole fields, organizes the silver particle chains in dumbbell-like structures, resembling buds and flower-like structures. By dilution and heating of the mother liquors, it is also possible to obtain single petals, i.e. micrometer sized bundles of linearly aggregated silver nanoparticle chains, each enclosed in a polymer sheath. The comprehension of the hierarchic assembly of silver nanoparticles, paves the way to a facile general method to prepare polymer-metal nanoparticle chains and flower-like superstructures. The results of this study improve both the understanding of the formation mechanism of hierarchic structures at mild temperatures and our ability to tailor them to sizes and shapes appropriate for technological purposes.Flower-like silver nanoparticle superstructures are prepared by the reaction of silver nitrate and ascorbic acid in an acidic aqueous solution of a polynaphthalene system. The three-dimensional flower-like structure has a purely hierarchic arrangement, wherein each petal is composed of bundles of silver particle chains, each enclosed in a polymer sheath. The ordering arises from strong adsorption of silver ions onto the polymer and by the interplay of the redox properties of nitric and ascorbic acid. As a result, linear silver cyanide, formed on the polymer, probably due to intrinsic electric dipole fields, organizes the silver particle chains in

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    View of lifting girder and tower support superstructure on Tensaw River Bridge, looking north west. Showing rope connectors and welding cut from tower removal. - Tensaw River Lift Bridge, Spanning Tensaw River at U.S. Highway 90, Mobile, Mobile County, AL

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    19. TRAVELING CRANE ATOP SUPERSTRUCTURE, FROM RUN LINE DECK. Looking up to north northeast. - Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Test Stand 1-A, Test Area 1-120, north end of Jupiter Boulevard, Boron, Kern County, CA

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    View of riveted joint on tower support superstructure of Tensaw River Bridge truss No. 2, looking southwest, showing deflector sheaves, roller and complex joint construction - Tensaw River Lift Bridge, Spanning Tensaw River at U.S. Highway 90, Mobile, Mobile County, AL

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    View of riveted joint on tower support superstructure of Tensaw River Bridge truss No. 2, looking northeast, showing deflector sheaves, roller and complex joint construction - Tensaw River Lift Bridge, Spanning Tensaw River at U.S. Highway 90, Mobile, Mobile County, AL

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    2. NORTH FRONT, FROM SUPERSTRUCTURE TO FLAME DEFLECTOR. Looking south southwest from Observation Post No. 1 (Building 8767). - Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Test Stand 1-A, Test Area 1-120, north end of Jupiter Boulevard, Boron, Kern County, CA

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    18. CROWS NEST ATOP SUPERSTRUCTURE. Looking up from northeast corner of run line deck. - Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Test Stand 1-A, Test Area 1-120, north end of Jupiter Boulevard, Boron, Kern County, CA

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    3. DETAIL OF NORTH FRONT AND WEST SIDE, WITH SUPERSTRUCTURE, FROM NEAR OBSERVATION POST NO. 3. Looking south southeast from below. - Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Test Stand 1-A, Test Area 1-120, north end of Jupiter Boulevard, Boron, Kern County, CA

  2. Looking northeast from Test Stand 'A' superstructure towards Test Stand ...

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    Looking northeast from Test Stand 'A' superstructure towards Test Stand 'D' tower (4223/E-24, left background), Test Stand 'C' tower (4217/E-18, center), and Test Stand 'B' (4215/E-16, right foreground). - Jet Propulsion Laboratory Edwards Facility, Edwards Air Force Base, Boron, Kern County, CA

  3. 12. BOOM, FROM SUPERSTRUCTURE DECK (ABOVE WINCH ROOM), SHOWING DETAIL ...

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    12. BOOM, FROM SUPERSTRUCTURE DECK (ABOVE WINCH ROOM), SHOWING DETAIL OF GEARED WHEEL OF BOOM, FLYBRIDGE AT LEFT. - U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WHITE LUPINE, U.S. Coast Guard Station Rockland, east end of Tillson Avenue, Rockland, Knox County, ME

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    Detail of west span showing connection of superstructure to granite pier at low tide. Photograph articulates subdeck support members. View southeast - New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, Fort Point Channel Rolling Lift Bridge, Spanning Fort Point Channel, Boston, Suffolk County, MA

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    6. SOUTH SIDE AND UNDERSIDE OF SUPERSTRUCTURE, FACING NORTH ON MARKET STREET BETWEEN 45TH AND 46TH STREETS. DETAIL OF BEAMS AND GIRDERS. - Market Street Elevated Railway, Market Street between Sixty-ninth & Forty-sixth Streets, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

  6. Numerical solutions and solitary wave solutions of fractional KDV equations using modified fractional reduced differential transform method

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    Saha Ray, S.

    2013-12-01

    In this paper, the modified fractional reduced differential transform method (MFRDTM) has been proposed and it is implemented for solving fractional KdV (Korteweg-de Vries) equations. The fractional derivatives are described in the Caputo sense. In this paper, the reduced differential transform method is modified to be easily employed to solve wide kinds of nonlinear fractional differential equations. In this new approach, the nonlinear term is replaced by its Adomian polynomials. Thus the nonlinear initial-value problem can be easily solved with less computational effort. In order to show the power and effectiveness of the present modified method and to illustrate the pertinent features of the solutions, several fractional KdV equations with different types of nonlinearities are considered. The results reveal that the proposed method is very effective and simple for obtaining approximate solutions of fractional KdV equations.

  7. Arginine and lysine reduce the high viscosity of serum albumin solutions for pharmaceutical injection.

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    Inoue, Naoto; Takai, Eisuke; Arakawa, Tsutomu; Shiraki, Kentaro

    2014-05-01

    Therapeutic protein solutions for subcutaneous injection must be very highly concentrated, which increases their viscosity through protein-protein interactions. However, maintaining a solution viscosity below 50 cP is important for the preparation and injection of therapeutic protein solutions. In this study, we examined the effect of various amino acids on the solution viscosity of very highly concentrated bovine serum albumin (BSA) and human serum albumin (HSA) at a physiological pH. Among the amino acids tested, l-arginine hydrochloride (ArgHCl) and l-lysine hydrochloride (LysHCl) (50-200 mM) successfully reduced the viscosity of both BSA and HSA solutions; guanidine hydrochloride (GdnHCl), NaCl, and other sodium salts were equally as effective, indicating the electrostatic shielding effect of these additives. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy showed that BSA is in its native state even in the presence of ArgHCl, LysHCl, and NaCl at high protein concentrations. These results indicate that weakened protein-protein interactions play a key role in reducing solution viscosity. ArgHCl and LysHCl, which are also non-toxic compounds, will be used as additives to reduce the solution viscosity of concentrated therapeutic proteins.

  8. Measurement of temperature profiles in turbulent pipe flow of polymer and surfactant drag-reducing solutions

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    Gasljevic, K.; Aguilar, G.; Matthys, E. F.

    2007-08-01

    A device was built to measure temperature profiles of turbulent pipe flows of various drag-reducing fluids. It is easy to use and reliable. We measured temperature profiles over a range of conditions leading to accurate measurements down to y+≈10, for tests carried over Reynolds numbers (Re) between 10 000 and 90 000. The effects of high heat fluxes and buoyancy, in particular, were quantified to ascertain the parameter range for accurate measurements. Temperature profiles measured for type-A polymer solution and for cationic surfactant solutions allowed us to see strong similarity between velocity and temperature profiles for drag-reducing surfactant solutions. A comparison between the slopes of the thermal and velocity buffer layers resulted in calculated turbulent Prandtl numbers between 6 and 9 for those drag-reducing solutions. We also used this tool to investigate drag reduction for a nonionic surfactant solution, which showed a significantly different fan-type profile, and also for a type-B drag-reducing polymer solution (Xanthan gum).

  9. Quantifying and reducing leakage errors in the JPL RL05M GRACE mascon solution

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    Wiese, David N.; Landerer, Felix W.; Watkins, Michael M.

    2016-09-01

    Recent advances in processing data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) have led to a new generation of gravity solutions constrained within a Bayesian framework to remove correlated errors rather than relying on empirical filters. The JPL RL05M mascon solution is one such solution, solving for mass variations using spherical cap mass concentration elements (mascons), while relying on external information provided by near-global geophysical models to constrain the solution. This new gravity solution is fundamentally different than the traditional spherical harmonic gravity solution, and as such, requires different care when postprocessing. Here we discuss two classes of postprocessing considerations for the JPL RL05M GRACE mascon solution: (1) reducing leakage errors across land/ocean boundaries, and (2) scaling the solutions to account for leakage errors introduced through parameterizing the gravity solution in terms of mascons. A Coastline Resolution Improvement (CRI) filter is developed to reduce leakage errors across coastlines. Synthetic simulations reveal a reduction in leakage errors of ˜50%, such that residual leakage errors are ˜1 cm equivalent water height (EWH) averaged globally. A set of gain factors is derived to reduce leakage errors for continental hydrology applications. The combined effect of the CRI filter coupled with application of the gain factors, is shown to reduce leakage errors when determining the mass balance of large (>160,000 km2) hydrological basins from 11% to 30% (0.6-1.5 mm EWH) averaged globally, with local improvements up to 38%-81% (9-19 mm EWH).

  10. Templated and template-free fabrication strategies for zero-dimensional hollow MOF superstructures.

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    Kim, Hyehyun; Lah, Myoung Soo

    2017-03-23

    Various fabrication strategies for hollow metal-organic framework (MOF) superstructures are reviewed and classified using various types of external templates and their properties. Hollow MOF superstructures have also been prepared without external templates, wherein unstable intermediates obtained during reactions convert to the final hollow MOF superstructures. Many hollow MOF superstructures have been fabricated using hard templates. After the core-shell core@MOF structure was prepared using a hard template, the core was selectively etched to generate a hollow MOF superstructure. Another approach for generating hollow superstructures is to use a solid reactant as a sacrificial template; this method requires no additional etching process. Soft templates such as discontinuous liquid/emulsion droplets and gas bubbles in a continuous soft phase have also been employed to prepare hollow MOF superstructures.

  11. Closed-form solution for loop transfer recovery via reduced-order observers

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    Bacon, Barton J.

    1989-01-01

    A well-known property of the reduced-order observer is exploited to obtain the controller solution of the loop transfer recovery problem. In that problem, the controller is sought that generates some desired loop shape at the plant's input or output channels. Past approaches to this problem have typically yielded controllers generating loop shapes that only converge pointwise to the desired loop shape. In the proposed approach, however, the solution (at the input) is obtained directly when the plant's first Markov parameter is full rank. In the more general case when the plant's first Markov parameter is not full rank, the solution is obtained in an analogous manner by appending a special set of input and output signals to the original set. A dual form of the reduced-order observer is shown to yield the LTR solution at the output channel.

  12. Evaporation for Lithium Bromide Aqueous Solution in a Falling Film Heater under Reduced Pressures

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    Matsuda, Akira; Ide, Tetsuo; Yukino, Keiji

    Experiments on evaporation for water and lithium bromide (LiBr) aqueous solution were made in a externally heated wetted-wall column under reduced pressures. For water, evaporation rate increased slightly as feed rate decreased. The heat transfer coefficients of falling film agreed with those for filmwise condensation. For LiBr solution, evaporation rate decreased and outlet temperature of LiBr solution increased as feed rate decreased. The equations of continuity, diffusion and energy which assume that only water moves to the surface and LiBr doesn't move through falling film of LiBr solution were solved numerically. Calculated values of evaporation rate and outlet temperature of solution agreed with experimental results. The results of this work were compared with pool boiling data reported previously, and it was shown that falling film heater is superior to pool boiling heater concerning heat transfer.

  13. EVIDENCE OF QUASI-LINEAR SUPER-STRUCTURES IN THE COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND AND GALAXY DISTRIBUTION

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    Inoue, Kaiki Taro; Sakai, Nobuyuki; Tomita, Kenji

    2010-11-20

    Recent measurements of hot and cold spots on the cosmic microwave background (CMB) sky suggest the presence of super-structures on (>100 h {sup -1} Mpc) scales. We develop a new formalism to estimate the expected amplitude of temperature fluctuations due to the integrated Sachs-Wolfe (ISW) effect from prominent quasi-linear structures. Applying the developed tools to the observed ISW signals from voids and clusters in catalogs of galaxies at redshifts z < 1, we find that they indeed imply a presence of quasi-linear super-structures with a comoving radius of 100 {approx} 300 h {sup -1} Mpc and a density contrast |{delta}| {approx} O(0.1). We also find that the observed ISW signals are at odds with the concordant {Lambda} cold dark matter model that predicts Gaussian primordial perturbations at {approx}>3{sigma} level. We confirm that the mean temperature around the CMB cold spot in the southern Galactic hemisphere filtered by a compensating top-hat filter deviates from the mean value at {approx}3{sigma} level, implying that a quasi-linear supervoid or an underdensity region surrounded by a massive wall may reside at low redshifts z < 0.3 and the actual angular size (16{sup 0}-17{sup 0}) may be larger than the apparent size (4{sup 0}-10{sup 0}) discussed in literature. Possible solutions are briefly discussed.

  14. Poloxamer 188 reduces normal and phosphatidylserine-exposing erythrocyte adhesion to endothelial cells in dextran solutions.

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    Koo, Stephanie; Yang, Yang; Neu, Björn

    2013-12-01

    Abnormal red blood cell (RBC) adhesion to endothelial cells (ECs) has been correlated with vascular complications in diseases such as sickle cell anemia and diabetes. Poloxamer 188 (P188) has been clinically tested to treat vaso-occlusion. However, the underlying mechanism(s) have not been clarified, making a methodical application difficult. In this study, we investigate how and to what extent P188 reduces RBC adhesion to ECs in plasma-like solutions. RBC adhesion to ECs is studied in solutions containing dextran, which is known to induce adhesion via macromolecular depletion interaction. It is demonstrated that P188 itself does not induce adhesion of normal RBCs to ECs but significantly reduces the adhesion in solutions containing high molecular mass-dextran. In addition, it is shown that P188 can reduce the adhesion of RBCs with enhanced exposure of phosphatidylserine (PS). Measurements of the electrophoretic mobility indicate that P188 increases the local viscosity inside the electric double layer of RBCs. Based on these results this study suggests that P188 reduces macromolecular depletion interaction, via penetrating into the depletion layer. Taking into consideration that dextran mimics the effects of pro-adhesive non-adsorbing plasma proteins and macromolecules, our study therefore suggests a mechanism for the adhesion reducing effect of P188 and should thus be of potential value for a detailed understanding of how cell-cell interactions in pathological conditions can be reduced.

  15. Impact of a Reducing Agent on the Dynamic Surface Properties of Lysozyme Solutions.

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    Tihonov, Michael M; Kim, Viktoria V; Noskov, Boris A

    2016-05-01

    Disulfide bond shuffling in the presence of the reducing agents dithiothreitol (DTT) or β-mercaptoethanol (BME) strongly affects the surface properties of lysozyme solutions. The addition of 0.32 mM DTT substantially alters the kinetic dependencies of the dynamic surface elasticity and surface tension relative to those of pure protein solutions. The significant increase in the dynamic surface elasticity likely relates to the cross-linking between lysozyme molecules and the formation of a dense layer of protein globules stabilized by intermolecular disulfide bonds at the liquid/gas interface. This effect differs from the previously described influence of chaotropic denaturants, such as guanidine hydrochloride (GuHCl) and urea, on the surface properties of lysozyme solutions. If both chaotropic and reducing agents are added to protein solutions simultaneously, their effects become superimposed. In the case of mixed lysozyme/GuHCl/DTT solutions, the dynamic surface elasticity near equilibrium decreases as the GuHCl concentration increases because of the gradual loosening of the cross-linked layer of protein globules but remains much higher than that of lysozyme/GuHCl solutions.

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  17. IGL-1 solution reduces endoplasmic reticulum stress and apoptosis in rat liver transplantation

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    Mosbah, I B; Zaouali, M A; Martel, C; Bjaoui, M; Abdennebi, H B; Hotter, G; Brenner, C; Roselló-Catafau, J

    2012-01-01

    Injury due to cold ischemia reperfusion (I/R) is a major cause of primary graft non-function following liver transplantation. We postulated that I/R-induced cellular damage during liver transplantation might affect the secretory pathway, particularly at the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). We examined the involvement of ER stress in organ preservation, and compared cold storage in University of Wisconsin (UW) solution and in Institute Georges Lopez-1 (IGL-1) solution. In one group of rats, livers were preserved in UW solution for 8 h at 4 °C, and then orthotopic liver transplantation was performed according to Kamada's cuff technique. In another group, livers were preserved in IGL-1 solution. The effect of each preservation solution on the induction of ER stress, hepatic injury, mitochondrial damage and cell death was evaluated. As expected, we found increased ER stress after liver transplantation. IGL-1 solution significantly attenuated ER damage by reducing the activation of three pathways of unfolded protein response and their effector molecules caspase-12, C/EBP homologous protein-10, X-box-binding protein 1, tumor necrosis factor-associated factor 2 and eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2. This attenuation of ER stress was associated with a reduction in hepatic injury and cell death. Our results show that IGL-1 solution may be a useful means to circumvent excessive ER stress reactions associated with liver transplantation, and may optimize graft quality. PMID:22402603

  18. Fabrication of luminescent Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} superstructures.

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    Pol, V. G.; Calderon-Moreno, J. M.; Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division; Inst. of Physical Chemistry

    2010-01-01

    This Letter demonstrates a solvent-free efficient synthesis process to prepare self-assembled two-dimensional Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} luminescent nanoplates to yield a superstructure. In the first step, Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3}CO{sub 3} superstructures are fabricated by the thermolysis [700C] of a single precursor, europium acetate, in a closed reactor under autogenic pressure. The as-prepared Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3}CO{sub 3} superstructures are further heated in air to 750C to facilitate the fabrication of Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} superstructures. A systematic morphological, structural, and compositional characterization of Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} superstructures is carried out. The photoluminescent properties and mechanism for the strong red emission of the photoexcited Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} superstructures is proposed.

  19. Solution of reduced graphene oxide synthesized from coconut shells and its optical properties

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    Mas'udah, Kusuma Wardhani; Nugraha, I. Made Ananta; Abidin, Saiful; Mufid, Ali; Astuti, Fahmi; Darminto

    2016-04-01

    Reduced graphene oxide (r-GO)powder has been prepared from coconut shells by carbonization process at 400°C for 3, 4 and 5 hours.Theresulted sample mass was reduced to be 60% relativelycompared to the starting material. The longer heating duration has also led to the rGO with reduced crystalinity according to the X-ray diffractometry data and TEM. The rGO solution was prepared by adding powders of 5, 10 and 15 grams into 50 ml destiled water and then centrifused at 6000 rpm for 30 minutes.The resulted solutions were seen to be varied form clear transparant, light and dark yellow to black. Measurement using particle size analyser shows that the individual rGO particles tends to be agglomerating each others to form bigger size clustering, manifested by the observed bigger size particles for the increasing amount of soluted rGO powders in water.The varying UV-visible spectra of these rGO solutions together with their optical bandgaps will also be discussed in this study.

  20. Flow and heat transfer characteristics of drag reducing surfactant solution in a helically coiled pipe

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    Inaba, Hideo; Aly, Wael I. A.; Haruki, Naoto; Horibe, Akihiko

    2005-08-01

    The reduction characteristic of turbulent drag and heat transfer of drag reduction surfactant solution flowing in a helically coiled pipe were experimentally investigated. The drag reduction surfactant used in the present study was the amine oxide type nonionic surfactant of oleyldihydroxyethylamineoxide (ODEAO, C22H45NO3=371). The zwitterion surfactant of cetyldimethylaminoaciticacidbetaine (CDMB, C20H41NO2=327) was added by 10% to the ODEAO solution in order to avoid the chemical degradation of ODEAO by ionic impurities in a test tape water. The experiments of flow drag and heat transfer reduction were carried out in the helically coiled pipe of coil to pipe diameter ratio of 37.5 and the helically coiled pipe length to pipe diameter of 1180.5 (pipe diameter of 14.4 mm) at various concentrations, temperatures and flow velocities of the ODEAO surfactant solution. The ODEAO solution showed a non-Newtonian behavior at high concentration of the ODEAO. From the experimental results, it was observed that the friction factor of the ODEAO surfactant solution flowing through the coiled pipe was decreased to a great extent in comparison with water as a Newtonian fluid in the turbulent flow region. Heat transfer measurements for water and the ODEAO solution were performed in both laminar and turbulent flow regions under the uniform heat flux boundary condition. The heat transfer coefficients for the ODEAO solution flow were the same as water flow in the laminar region. On the other hand, heat transfer reduction of the ODEAO solution flow was remarkedly reduced as compared with that of the water flow in the turbulent flow region.

  1. Transformation and destabilization of graphene oxide in reducing aqueous solutions containing sulfide.

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    Fu, Heyun; Qu, Xiaolei; Chen, Wei; Zhu, Dongqiang

    2014-12-01

    The colloidal stability of carbon nanomaterials is a key factor controlling their fate and bioavailability in natural aquatic systems. The authors report that graphene oxide nanoparticles could be destabilized in reducing aqueous solutions containing a low concentration (0.5 mM) of sulfide, a naturally occurring reductant. Spectroscopic characterization using combined X-ray photoelectron, Fourier-transform infrared, X-ray diffraction, and Raman analyses revealed that the surface oxygen-containing groups (mainly epoxy groups) of graphene oxide were significantly reduced after reacting with sodium sulfide. The destabilization of graphene oxide was likely caused by the enhanced surface hydrophobicity of the reduced graphene oxide, whereas electrostatic repulsion played a minimal role. Solution pH was found to affect both the deoxygenation process and the aggregation behavior of graphene oxide. Coexisting humic acid reduced the reaction efficiency and stabilized graphene oxide through steric hindrance. These findings suggest for the first time that the colloidal behavior of carbon nanomaterials might change drastically when they enter natural reducing environments containing sulfide such as anaerobic aquifers and sediments.

  2. Solution of three-dimensional afterbody flow using reduced Navier-Stokes equations

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    Almahroos, H. M. H.; Khosla, P. K.; Rubin, S. G.

    1991-01-01

    The flow over afterbody geometries was investigated using the reduced Navier-Stokes (RNS) approximation. Both pressure velocity flux-split and composites velocity primitive variable formulations were considered. Pressure or pseudopotential relaxation procedures are combined with sparse matrix or coupled strongly implicit algorithms to form a three-dimensional solver for general non-orthogonal coordinates. Three-dimensional subsonic and transonic viscous/inviscid interacting flows were evaluated. Solutions with and without regions of recirculation were obtained.

  3. A Reduced Basis Method with Exact-Solution Certificates for Symmetric Coercive Equations

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2013-11-06

    1. Certain discontinuous Galerkin discretizations automatically produce equilibrated fluxes λN (µ) ∈ Λ and hence does not require an explicit...solution of the equilibration problem (5). See Wong [14] for the use of a discontinuous Galerkin discretization in this context. 2.3. Reduced Basis Method...on Linear Functionals of Coercive 2nd Order PDEs Using Discontinuous Galerkin Methods. PhD thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006. 23 Submitted to Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering

  4. Imprint of DES superstructures on the cosmic microwave background

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    Kovács, A.; Sánchez, C.; García-Bellido, J.; Nadathur, S.; Crittenden, R.; Gruen, D.; Huterer, D.; Bacon, D.; Clampitt, J.; DeRose, J.; Dodelson, S.; Gaztañaga, E.; Jain, B.; Kirk, D.; Lahav, O.; Miquel, R.; Naidoo, K.; Peacock, J. A.; Soergel, B.; Whiteway, L.; Abdalla, F. B.; Allam, S.; Annis, J.; Benoit-Lévy, A.; Bertin, E.; Brooks, D.; Buckley-Geer, E.; Rosell, A. Carnero; Carrasco Kind, M.; Carretero, J.; Cunha, C. E.; D'Andrea, C. B.; da Costa, L. N.; DePoy, D. L.; Desai, S.; Eifler, T. F.; Finley, D. A.; Flaugher, B.; Fosalba, P.; Frieman, J.; Giannantonio, T.; Goldstein, D. A.; Gruendl, R. A.; Gutierrez, G.; James, D. J.; Kuehn, K.; Kuropatkin, N.; Marshall, J. L.; Melchior, P.; Menanteau, F.; Nord, B.; Ogando, R.; Plazas, A. A.; Romer, A. K.; Sanchez, E.; Scarpine, V.; Sevilla-Noarbe, I.; Sobreira, F.; Suchyta, E.; Swanson, M.; Tarle, G.; Thomas, D.; Walker, A. R.

    2016-11-17

    Small temperature anisotropies in the Cosmic Microwave Background can be sourced by density perturbations via the late-time integrated Sachs-Wolfe effect. Large voids and superclusters are excellent environments to make a localized measurement of this tiny imprint. In some cases excess signals have been reported. We probed these claims with an independent data set, using the first year data of the Dark Energy Survey in a different footprint, and using a different super-structure finding strategy. We identified 52 large voids and 102 superclusters at redshifts $0.2 < z < 0.65$. We used the Jubilee simulation to a priori evaluate the optimal ISW measurement configuration for our compensated top-hat filtering technique, and then performed a stacking measurement of the CMB temperature field based on the DES data. For optimal configurations, we detected a cumulative cold imprint of voids with $\\Delta T_{f} \\approx -5.0\\pm3.7~\\mu K$ and a hot imprint of superclusters $\\Delta T_{f} \\approx 5.1\\pm3.2~\\mu K$ ; this is $\\sim1.2\\sigma$ higher than the expected $|\\Delta T_{f}| \\approx 0.6~\\mu K$ imprint of such super-structures in $\\Lambda$CDM. If we instead use an a posteriori selected filter size ($R/R_{v}=0.6$), we can find a temperature decrement as large as $\\Delta T_{f} \\approx -9.8\\pm4.7~\\mu K$ for voids, which is $\\sim2\\sigma$ above $\\Lambda$CDM expectations and is comparable to previous measurements made using SDSS super-structure data.

  5. Imprint of DES superstructures on the cosmic microwave background

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kovács, A.; Sánchez, C.; García-Bellido, J.; Nadathur, S.; Crittenden, R.; Gruen, D.; Huterer, D.; Bacon, D.; Clampitt, J.; DeRose, J.; Dodelson, S.; Gaztañaga, E.; Jain, B.; Kirk, D.; Lahav, O.; Miquel, R.; Naidoo, K.; Peacock, J. A.; Soergel, B.; Whiteway, L.; Abdalla, F. B.; Allam, S.; Annis, J.; Benoit-Lévy, A.; Bertin, E.; Brooks, D.; Buckley-Geer, E.; Rosell, A. Carnero; Carrasco Kind, M.; Carretero, J.; Cunha, C. E.; D'Andrea, C. B.; da Costa, L. N.; DePoy, D. L.; Desai, S.; Eifler, T. F.; Finley, D. A.; Flaugher, B.; Fosalba, P.; Frieman, J.; Giannantonio, T.; Goldstein, D. A.; Gruendl, R. A.; Gutierrez, G.; James, D. J.; Kuehn, K.; Kuropatkin, N.; Marshall, J. L.; Melchior, P.; Menanteau, F.; Nord, B.; Ogando, R.; Plazas, A. A.; Romer, A. K.; Sanchez, E.; Scarpine, V.; Sevilla-Noarbe, I.; Sobreira, F.; Suchyta, E.; Swanson, M.; Tarle, G.; Thomas, D.; Walker, A. R.; DES Collaboration

    2017-03-01

    Small temperature anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) can be sourced by density perturbations via the late-time integrated Sachs-Wolfe (ISW) effect. Large voids and superclusters are excellent environments to make a localized measurement of this tiny imprint. In some cases excess signals have been reported. We probed these claims with an independent data set, using the first year data of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) in a different footprint, and using a different superstructure finding strategy. We identified 52 large voids and 102 superclusters at redshifts 0.2 < z < 0.65. We used the Jubilee simulation to a priori evaluate the optimal ISW measurement configuration for our compensated top-hat filtering technique, and then performed a stacking measurement of the CMB temperature field based on the DES data. For optimal configurations, we detected a cumulative cold imprint of voids with ΔTf ≈ -5.0 ± 3.7 μK and a hot imprint of superclusters ΔTf ≈ 5.1 ± 3.2 μK; this is ∼1.2σ higher than the expected |ΔTf| ≈ 0.6 μK imprint of such superstructures in Λ cold dark matter (ΛCDM). If we instead use an a posteriori selected filter size (R/Rv = 0.6), we can find a temperature decrement as large as ΔTf ≈ -9.8 ± 4.7 μK for voids, which is ∼2σ above ΛCDM expectations and is comparable to previous measurements made using Sloan Digital Sky Survey superstructure data.

  6. Garden-like perovskite superstructures with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

    PubMed

    Ye, Meidan; Wang, Mengye; Zheng, Dajiang; Zhang, Nan; Lin, Changjian; Lin, Zhiqun

    2014-04-07

    By subjecting amorphous flower-like TiO2 to a facile hydrothermal synthesis in the presence of Sr(2+), garden-like perovskite SrTiO3 superstructures were achieved. The amorphous TiO2 was preformed using ZnO flowers as templates. Different three-dimensional SrTiO3 architectures were coexisted in the garden, including SrTiO3 flowers composed of several hollow sword-shaped petals, many sheet-shaped petals or numerous flake-shaped petals, and SrTiO3 grass consisting of a number of long blades. These SrTiO3 superstructures were simultaneously grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates. On the basis of a comprehensive study on the effects of growth time, temperature, initial concentrations of precursor, and pH, the formation of these various hierarchical architectures was attributed primarily to the dissolution of amorphous TiO2 and precipitation of perovskite crystals, followed by the Ostwald ripening process of perovskite nanocrystals and self-organization of perovskite building blocks. Interestingly, this approach can be readily extended to create other perovskite structures, including dendritic BaTiO3 and nest-like CaTiO3, as well as PbTiO3 transformed from plate-like pyrochlore Pb2Ti2O6 after post-thermal treatment. Garden-like SrTiO3 superstructures showed a superior photocatalytic performance when compared to other as-prepared semiconductors and perovskite materials (i.e., ZnO, TiO2, BaTiO3, CaTiO3 and PbTiO3), probably due to their intrinsic photocatalytic activity and special garden-like features with a coexistence of various structures that significantly facilitated the adsorption and diffusion of methyl blue (MB) molecules and oxygen species in the photochemical reaction of MB degradation.

  7. 7. VIEW NORTHWEST OF 'ISLAND' (TOWER OR SUPERSTRUCTURE) ON THE ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    7. VIEW NORTHWEST OF 'ISLAND' (TOWER OR SUPERSTRUCTURE) ON THE DECK OF THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER JOHN F. KENNEDY. WHEN THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN IN SEPTEMBER 1994, THE KENNEDY WAS IN DRY-DOCK FOR REFURBISHMENT UNDER THE 'SERVICE LIFE EXTENSION PROGRAM (SLEP). THE 'ISLAND' HOUSES THE SHIP'S BRIDGE AND A CONTROL CENTER FOR AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS. EXTENSIVE SCAFFOLDING WAS REQUIRED TO ALLOW FULL ACCESS TO THE PAINTERS AND TECHNICIANS WORKING HERE. - Naval Base Philadelphia-Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Dry Dock No. 5, League Island, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

  8. 46 CFR 45.113 - Access openings in bulkheads at ends of enclosed superstructures.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Access openings in bulkheads at ends of enclosed... LINES GREAT LAKES LOAD LINES Conditions of Assignment § 45.113 Access openings in bulkheads at ends of enclosed superstructures. (a) Access openings in bulkheads at ends of enclosed superstructures must...

  9. 46 CFR 42.20-60 - Deduction for superstructures and trunks.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ...; deductions at intermediate lengths shall be obtained by linear interpolation. (b) Where the total effective... 100 1 Percentages at intermediate lengths of superstructures and trunks shall be obtained by linear... intermediate lengths of superstructures and trunks shall be obtained by linear interpolation. (c) For...

  10. 46 CFR 42.20-60 - Deduction for superstructures and trunks.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ...; deductions at intermediate lengths shall be obtained by linear interpolation. (b) Where the total effective... 100 1 Percentages at intermediate lengths of superstructures and trunks shall be obtained by linear... intermediate lengths of superstructures and trunks shall be obtained by linear interpolation. (c) For...

  11. 46 CFR 42.20-60 - Deduction for superstructures and trunks.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ...; deductions at intermediate lengths shall be obtained by linear interpolation. (b) Where the total effective... 100 1 Percentages at intermediate lengths of superstructures and trunks shall be obtained by linear... intermediate lengths of superstructures and trunks shall be obtained by linear interpolation. (c) For...

  12. 46 CFR 42.20-60 - Deduction for superstructures and trunks.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ...; deductions at intermediate lengths shall be obtained by linear interpolation. (b) Where the total effective... 100 1 Percentages at intermediate lengths of superstructures and trunks shall be obtained by linear... intermediate lengths of superstructures and trunks shall be obtained by linear interpolation. (c) For...

  13. Magnetic-Field-Assisted Assembly of Anisotropic Superstructures by Iron Oxide Nanoparticles and Their Enhanced Magnetism.

    PubMed

    Jiang, Chengpeng; Leung, Chi Wah; Pong, Philip W T

    2016-12-01

    Magnetic nanoparticle superstructures with controlled magnetic alignment and desired structural anisotropy hold promise for applications in data storage and energy storage. Assembly of monodisperse magnetic nanoparticles under a magnetic field could lead to highly ordered superstructures, providing distinctive magnetic properties. In this work, a low-cost fabrication technique was demonstrated to assemble sub-20-nm iron oxide nanoparticles into crystalline superstructures under an in-plane magnetic field. The gradient of the applied magnetic field contributes to the anisotropic formation of micron-sized superstructures. The magnitude of the applied magnetic field promotes the alignment of magnetic moments of the nanoparticles. The strong dipole-dipole interactions between the neighboring nanoparticles lead to a close-packed pattern as an energetically favorable configuration. Rod-shaped and spindle-shaped superstructures with uniform size and controlled spacing were obtained using spherical and polyhedral nanoparticles, respectively. The arrangement and alignment of the superstructures can be tuned by changing the experimental conditions. The two types of superstructures both show enhancement of coercivity and saturation magnetization along the applied field direction, which is presumably associated with the magnetic anisotropy and magnetic dipole interactions of the constituent nanoparticles and the increased shape anisotropy of the superstructures. Our results show that the magnetic-field-assisted assembly technique could be used for fabricating nanomaterial-based structures with controlled geometric dimensions and enhanced magnetic properties for magnetic and energy storage applications.

  14. Stacking faults and superstructures in a layered brownmillerite

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    Krüger, H.; Stöber, S.; Welberry, T. R.; Withers, R. L.; Fitz Gerald, J. D.

    2011-01-01

    Single crystals of Ca4Fe2Mn0.5Ti0.5O9 have been synthesized using a flux method. The structural characterization using single-crystal X-ray diffraction revealed the space group Amma and unit-cell dimensions of a = 5.3510 (6), b = 26.669 (3), c = 5.4914 (6) Å. The structure is isotypic with Sr3NdFe3O9 [Barrier et al. (2005 ▸). Chem. Mater. 17, 6619–6623] and exhibits separated brownmillerite-type layers. One-dimensional diffuse scattering shows that the unit cell is doubled along c by alternating the intra-layer order of tetrahedral chains, causing stacking faults along the b direction. A computer simulation was performed, proving that the observed intensity variations along the diffuse scattering rods originates from two different local structures depending on the configuration of the tetrahedral chains. Selected-area electron diffraction experiments exhibit well ordered regions characterized by satellite reflections corresponding to two different superstructures. Both superstructures can be described using the superspace group A21/m(0βγ)0s, with γ = 0.5 and β ≃ 0.27 or β = 0. PMID:22101537

  15. Collapse Mechanism Analysis in the Design of Superstructure Vehicle

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    Mohd Nor, M. K.

    2016-11-01

    The EU directive 2001/85/EC is an official European text which describes the specifications for “single deck class II and III vehicles” required to be approved by the regulation UN/ECE no.66 (R66). To prevent the catastrophic consequences by occupant during an accident, the Malaysian government has reinforced the same regulation upon superstructure construction. This paper discusses collapse mechanism analysis of a superstructure vehicle using a Crash D nonlinear analysis computer program based on this regulation. The analysis starts by hand calculation to define the required energy absorption by the chosen structure. Simple calculations were then performed to define the weakest collapse mechanism after undesirable collapse modes are eliminated. There are few factors highlighted in this work to pass the regulation. Using the selected cross section, Crash D simulation showed a good result. Generally, the deformation is linearly correlates to the energy absorption for the structure with low stiffness. Failure of critical members such as vertical lower side wall must be avoided to sustain safety of the passenger compartment and prevent from severe and fatal injuries to the trapped occupant.

  16. Cation ordering and superstructures in natural layered double hydroxides.

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    Krivovichev, Sergey V; Yakovenchuk, Victor N; Zolotarev, Andrey A; Ivanyuk, Gregory N; Pakhomovsky, Yakov A

    2010-01-01

    Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) constitute an important group of materials with many applications ranging from catalysis and absorption to carriers for drug delivery, DNA intercalation and carbon dioxide sequestration. The structures of LDHs are based upon double brucite-like hydroxide layers [M(2+)(n)M(3+)(m)(OH)(2(m+n)](m+), where M(2+) = Mg(2+), Fe(2+), Mn(2+), Zn(2+), etc.; M(3+) = Al(3+), Fe(3+), Cr(3+), Mn(3+), etc. Structural features of LDHs such as cation ordering, charge distribution and polytypism have an immediate influence upon their properties. However, all the structural studies on synthetic LDHs deal with powder samples that prevent elucidation of such fine details of structure architecture as formation of superstructures due to cation ordering. In contrast to synthetic materials, natural LDHs are known to form single crystals accessible to single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, which provides a unique possibility to investigate 3D cation ordering in LDHs that results in formation of complex superstructures, where 2D cation order is combined with a specific order of layer stacking (polytypism). Therefore LDH minerals provide an indispensable source of structural information for modeling of structures and processes happening in LDHs at the molecular and nanoscale levels.

  17. Visualization of airflow in the wake of a ship superstructure

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    Brownell, C. J.; Stillman, W. P.; Golden, J. H.; Simpson, S. A.; Luznik, L.; Miklosovic, D. S.; White, G.; Burks, J. S.; Snyder, M. R.

    2009-11-01

    Helicopter landings on naval surface ships, such as cruisers and destroyers, must take place in the presence of an air wake created by flow over the ship superstructure. Wake turbulence over the flight deck makes piloted landings dangerous and difficult, and poses significant problems for the use of unmanned rotorcraft. To address this problem, a comprehensive set of experimental and simulation data are being collected via concurrent field tests, wind tunnel measurements, and CFD simulations. These data will facilitate an understanding of the wake turbulence produced under a variety of weather conditions, and will allow assessment of the fidelity of lower order flowfield estimates. A U.S. Navy Auxiliary Patrol (YP) Craft is used as a representative ship platform. The YP is over 100 ft long, has a similar shape to a modern destroyer, and has been modified to include a flight deck and hangar-like superstructure. Presented here are preliminary CFD results along with results from a large-scale flow visualization experiment. Qualitative information gleaned from the flow visualization is being used in the experimental design of upcoming quantitative air velocity measurements.

  18. Control superstructure of rigid polyelectrolytes in oppositely charged hydrogels via programmed internal stress.

    PubMed

    Takahashi, Riku; Wu, Zi Liang; Arifuzzaman, Md; Nonoyama, Takayuki; Nakajima, Tasuku; Kurokawa, Takayuki; Gong, Jian Ping

    2014-08-08

    Biomacromolecules usually form complex superstructures in natural biotissues, such as different alignments of collagen fibres in articular cartilages, for multifunctionalities. Inspired by nature, there are efforts towards developing multiscale ordered structures in hydrogels (recognized as one of the best candidates of soft biotissues). However, creating complex superstructures in gels are hardly realized because of the absence of effective approaches to control the localized molecular orientation. Here we introduce a method to create various superstructures of rigid polyanions in polycationic hydrogels. The control of localized orientation of rigid molecules, which are sensitive to the internal stress field of the gel, is achieved by tuning the swelling mismatch between masked and unmasked regions of the photolithographic patterned gel. Furthermore, we develop a double network structure to toughen the hydrogels with programmed superstructures, which deform reversibly under large strain. This work presents a promising pathway to develop superstructures in hydrogels and should shed light on designing biomimetic materials with intricate molecular alignments.

  19. Does Leaving the Biopsy Needle in Povidone-Iodine Solution Reduce Infective Complications after Biopsy?

    PubMed Central

    Cirakoglu, Abdullah; Ogreden, Ercan; Cetinkol, Yeliz; Calgin, Mustafa Kerem; Ayyildiz, Ali

    2016-01-01

    Aim. The aim of this study is to evaluate whether leaving the biopsy needle used during prostate needle biopsy in 10% povidone-iodine (betadine) solution affects the infectious complications forming after biopsy. Material and Method. This study retrospectively evaluated the data of 176 patients with prostate biopsy performed between December 2012 and April 2014. Patients in Group 1 (n = 89) were given ofloxacin as a prophylactic antibiotic before biopsy. Patients in Group 2 (n = 87) had the biopsy needle left in povidone-iodine solution for 1 minute before each use, in addition to antibiotic prophylaxis. The two groups were compared in terms of infective complications developing after biopsy. Results were analyzed using the Mann–Whitney U test and Fisher's exact test. Results. The distribution of infective complications after biopsy according to group was as follows. Group 1, not using betadine, had 15.7% fever, 13.5% hospital stay, 12.4% urinary retention, 10.1% prostatitis, and 5.6% sepsis. The distribution of the same complications in Group 2 using betadine was identified as 5.7% fever, 4.6% hospital stay, 3.4% urinary retention, 2.3% prostatitis, and 0% sepsis. The use of betadine was found to significantly reduce the infectious complications after biopsy compared to the control group (p < 0.05). Conclusion. At the end of this study leaving the prostate needle in povidone-iodine solution before each use during prostate biopsy was found to reduce the infective complications and hospital stay after biopsy. PMID:28096812

  20. Practical solutions for reducing container ships' waiting times at ports using simulation model

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sheikholeslami, Abdorreza; Ilati, Gholamreza; Yeganeh, Yones Eftekhari

    2013-12-01

    The main challenge for container ports is the planning required for berthing container ships while docked in port. Growth of containerization is creating problems for ports and container terminals as they reach their capacity limits of various resources which increasingly leads to traffic and port congestion. Good planning and management of container terminal operations reduces waiting time for liner ships. Reducing the waiting time improves the terminal's productivity and decreases the port difficulties. Two important keys to reducing waiting time with berth allocation are determining suitable access channel depths and increasing the number of berths which in this paper are studied and analyzed as practical solutions. Simulation based analysis is the only way to understand how various resources interact with each other and how they are affected in the berthing time of ships. We used the Enterprise Dynamics software to produce simulation models due to the complexity and nature of the problems. We further present case study for berth allocation simulation of the biggest container terminal in Iran and the optimum access channel depth and the number of berths are obtained from simulation results. The results show a significant reduction in the waiting time for container ships and can be useful for major functions in operations and development of container ship terminals.

  1. Abnormal Congenital Location of Stapes' Superstructure: Clinical and Embryological Implications

    PubMed Central

    Teles, Rafaela; Sousa, Ana; Estevão, Roberto; Rodrigues, Jorge; Gomes, Alexandra; Silva, Francisco; Fernandes, Ângelo; Fernandes, Fausto

    2016-01-01

    Congenital middle ear malformations are rare. Most part of them are usually associated with other malformations, such as aural atresia, microtia, and dysmorphic craniofacial features. A clinical case of a 24-year-old male with a right-sided conductive hearing loss since his childhood, without craniofacial malformation, is presented. He was proposed for exploratory tympanotomy under the suspicious diagnosis of otosclerosis. The surgery revealed an abnormal location of stapes' superstructure, which was attached to the promontory and had an isolated and mobile osseous footplate in the oval window. A stapes prosthesis was inserted and resulted in closure of the air-bone gap by 25 dB. A review of the literature was also performed using MEDLINE. Two theories diverge on the embryologic origin of the stapes. Our findings seem to be in favour of the theory that defines two different embryologic origins to the stapes. PMID:27648330

  2. Crystallographic parameters in geometrically and topologically close-packed superstructures

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    Knestaypin, Evgeny A. E-mail: 7mmm81@gmal.com; Morozov, Maksim M. E-mail: 7mmm81@gmal.com; Potekaev, Alexandr I.; Klopotov, Anatoly A.; Markova, Tatyana N.; Klopotov, Vladimir D.

    2014-11-14

    The structures of stoichiometric compositions AB, A{sub 2}B, and A{sub 3}B for structures, B19, L1{sub 0}, L1{sub 2}, D0{sub 19}, D0{sub 22}, D0{sub 23}, D0{sub 24}, A15, C14, C15 and C36 have been investigated based on the analysis of diagrams in coordinates of space-filling coefficients Ψ on superstructural compression ΔΩ/Ω. On the basis of the analysis of the abovementioned diagrams, the equation Ψ = f{sub 0}+f{sub 1}(ΔΩ/Ω) has been obtained, and coefficients f{sub 0} and f{sub 1} of the equation for the investigated structures have been determined. It has been established that values of coefficients f{sub 0} and f{sub 1} for Laves phases have higher values than for all other compounds.

  3. INTEGRATED SACHS-WOLFE IMPRINT OF SUPERSTRUCTURES ON LINEAR SCALES

    SciTech Connect

    Papai, Peter; Szapudi, Istvan; Granett, Benjamin R.

    2011-05-01

    We build a model for the density and integrated Sachs-Wolfe (ISW) profile of supervoid and supercluster structures. Our model assumes that fluctuations evolve linearly from an initial Gaussian random field. We find these assumptions capable of describing N-body simulations and simulated ISW maps remarkably well on large scales. We construct an ISW map based on locations of superstructures identified previously in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Luminous Red Galaxy sample. A matched filter analysis of the cosmic microwave background confirms a signal at the 3.2{sigma} confidence level and estimates the radius of the underlying structures to be 55 {+-} 28 h{sup -1} Mpc. The amplitude of the signal, however, is 2{sigma} higher than {Lambda}CDM predictions.

  4. Single crystalline superstructured stable single domain magnetite nanoparticles

    PubMed Central

    Reichel, Victoria; Kovács, András; Kumari, Monika; Bereczk-Tompa, Éva; Schneck, Emanuel; Diehle, Patrick; Pósfai, Mihály; Hirt, Ann M.; Duchamp, Martial; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.; Faivre, Damien

    2017-01-01

    Magnetite nanoparticles exhibit magnetic properties that are size and organization dependent and, for applications that rely on their magnetic state, they usually have to be monodisperse. Forming such particles, however, has remained a challenge. Here, we synthesize 40 nm particles of magnetite in the presence of polyarginine and show that they are composed of 10 nm building blocks, yet diffract like single crystals. We use both bulk magnetic measurements and magnetic induction maps recorded from individual particles using off-axis electron holography to show that each 40 nm particle typically contains a single magnetic domain. The magnetic state is therefore determined primarily by the size of the superstructure and not by the sizes of the constituent sub-units. Our results fundamentally demonstrate the structure – property relationship in a magnetic mesoparticle. PMID:28358051

  5. Impression techniques and misfit-induced strains on implant-supported superstructures: an in vitro study.

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    Cehreli, Murat C; Akça, Kivanç

    2006-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare misfit-induced strains on implant-supported superstructures fabricated by two impression techniques and two different elastomeric impression materials. A master cast hosting four Straumann implants was constructed. On this cast, a total of 21 implant-level impressions were made by the direct technique using a polyether impression material and synOcta screwed aluminum impression caps (PE-D), and by the indirect technique using polyether (PE-IN) or polyvinylsiloxane impression material (VPS-IN) with snap-on impression caps and synOcta plastic positioning cylinders. Two casts were randomly selected from each group of seven, and a total of four screw-retained superstructures, supported by either two or four implants (one of each type on both casts), were cast in a gold alloy for each group. Linear strain gauges were bonded on the superstructures, and misfit-induced strains were recorded during superstructure connection on each of the working casts and on the master cast using a data acquisition system and corresponding software at a sample rate of 10 kHz. Connection on the implants in the master cast increased strains considerably on most of the superstructures, in comparison with strain gradients measured when the superstructures were connected on the casts from which they were fabricated (P <.05). The differences in strain amplitude between connection on the cast from which the superstructure was fabricated and on the master cast were higher for superstructures fabricated by PE-D than for those fabricated by PE-IN and VPS-IN. The snap-on indirect impression technique for Straumann implants leads to acceptable superstructures, regardless of the impression material used.

  6. Garden-like perovskite superstructures with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Ye, Meidan; Wang, Mengye; Zheng, Dajiang; Zhang, Nan; Lin, Changjian; Lin, Zhiqun

    2014-03-01

    By subjecting amorphous flower-like TiO2 to a facile hydrothermal synthesis in the presence of Sr2+, garden-like perovskite SrTiO3 superstructures were achieved. The amorphous TiO2 was preformed using ZnO flowers as templates. Different three-dimensional SrTiO3 architectures were coexisted in the garden, including SrTiO3 flowers composed of several hollow sword-shaped petals, many sheet-shaped petals or numerous flake-shaped petals, and SrTiO3 grass consisting of a number of long blades. These SrTiO3 superstructures were simultaneously grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates. On the basis of a comprehensive study on the effects of growth time, temperature, initial concentrations of precursor, and pH, the formation of these various hierarchical architectures was attributed primarily to the dissolution of amorphous TiO2 and precipitation of perovskite crystals, followed by the Ostwald ripening process of perovskite nanocrystals and self-organization of perovskite building blocks. Interestingly, this approach can be readily extended to create other perovskite structures, including dendritic BaTiO3 and nest-like CaTiO3, as well as PbTiO3 transformed from plate-like pyrochlore Pb2Ti2O6 after post-thermal treatment. Garden-like SrTiO3 superstructures showed a superior photocatalytic performance when compared to other as-prepared semiconductors and perovskite materials (i.e., ZnO, TiO2, BaTiO3, CaTiO3 and PbTiO3), probably due to their intrinsic photocatalytic activity and special garden-like features with a coexistence of various structures that significantly facilitated the adsorption and diffusion of methyl blue (MB) molecules and oxygen species in the photochemical reaction of MB degradation.By subjecting amorphous flower-like TiO2 to a facile hydrothermal synthesis in the presence of Sr2+, garden-like perovskite SrTiO3 superstructures were achieved. The amorphous TiO2 was preformed using ZnO flowers as templates. Different three-dimensional SrTiO3

  7. Solution-Processed Copper/Reduced-Graphene-Oxide Core/Shell Nanowire Transparent Conductors.

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    Dou, Letian; Cui, Fan; Yu, Yi; Khanarian, Garo; Eaton, Samuel W; Yang, Qin; Resasco, Joaquin; Schildknecht, Christian; Schierle-Arndt, Kerstin; Yang, Peidong

    2016-02-23

    Copper nanowire (Cu NW) based transparent conductors are promising candidates to replace ITO (indium-tin-oxide) owing to the high electrical conductivity and low-cost of copper. However, the relatively low performance and poor stability of Cu NWs under ambient conditions limit the practical application of these devices. Here, we report a solution-based approach to wrap graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets on the surface of ultrathin copper nanowires. By mild thermal annealing, GO can be reduced and high quality Cu r-GO core-shell NWs can be obtained. High performance transparent conducting films were fabricated with these ultrathin core-shell nanowires and excellent optical and electric performance was achieved. The core-shell NW structure enables the production of highly stable conducting films (over 200 days stored in air), which have comparable performance to ITO and silver NW thin films (sheet resistance ∼28 Ω/sq, haze ∼2% at transmittance of ∼90%).

  8. Improved thermal oxidation stability of solution-processable silver nanowire transparent electrode by reduced graphene oxide.

    PubMed

    Ahn, Yumi; Jeong, Youngjun; Lee, Youngu

    2012-12-01

    Solution-processable silver nanowire-reduced graphene oxide (AgNW-rGO) hybrid transparent electrode was prepared in order to replace conventional ITO transparent electrode. AgNW-rGO hybrid transparent electrode exhibited high optical transmittance and low sheet resistance, which is comparable to ITO transparent electrode. In addition, it was found that AgNW-rGO hybrid transparent electrode exhibited highly enhanced thermal oxidation and chemical stabilities due to excellent gas-barrier property of rGO passivation layer onto AgNW film. Furthermore, the organic solar cells with AgNW-rGO hybrid transparent electrode showed good photovoltaic behavior as much as solar cells with AgNW transparent electrode. It is expected that AgNW-rGO hybrid transparent electrode can be used as a key component in various optoelectronic application such as display panels, touch screen panels, and solar cells.

  9. Understanding the formation of CuS concave superstructures with peroxidase-like activity

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    He, Weiwei; Jia, Huimin; Li, Xiaoxiao; Lei, Yan; Li, Jing; Zhao, Hongxiao; Mi, Liwei; Zhang, Lizhi; Zheng, Zhi

    2012-05-01

    Copper sulfide (CuS) concave polyhedral superstructures (CPSs) have been successfully prepared in an ethanolic solution by a simple solvothermal reaction without the use of surfactants or templates. Two typical well defined, high symmetry CuS concave polyhedrons, forming a concave truncated cuboctahedron and icosahedron were prepared. The effect of the reaction time, temperature and different Cu ion and sulfur sources on the formation of CuS CPSs were investigated and a possible formation mechanism was proposed and discussed based on gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. More importantly, we found, for the first time, that the CuS CPSs exhibit intrinsic peroxidase-like activity, as they can quickly catalyze the oxidation of typical horseradish peroxidase (HRP) substrates, 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) and o-phenylenediamine (OPD), in the presence of hydrogen peroxide. In addition to the recent discoveries regarding peroxidase mimetics on Fe3O4 NPs and carbon nanostructures, our findings suggest a new kind of candidate for peroxidase mimics. This may open up a new application field of CuS micro-nano structures in biodetection, biocatalysis and environmental monitoring.Copper sulfide (CuS) concave polyhedral superstructures (CPSs) have been successfully prepared in an ethanolic solution by a simple solvothermal reaction without the use of surfactants or templates. Two typical well defined, high symmetry CuS concave polyhedrons, forming a concave truncated cuboctahedron and icosahedron were prepared. The effect of the reaction time, temperature and different Cu ion and sulfur sources on the formation of CuS CPSs were investigated and a possible formation mechanism was proposed and discussed based on gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. More importantly, we found, for the first time, that the CuS CPSs exhibit intrinsic peroxidase-like activity, as they can quickly catalyze the oxidation of typical horseradish peroxidase (HRP) substrates, 3

  10. Simulated effects of reduced sulfur, nitrogen, and base cation deposition on soils and solutions in southern Appalachian forests

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    Johnson, D.W.; Susfalk, R.B.; Brewer, P.F.; Swank, W.T.

    1999-08-01

    Effects of reduced deposition of N, S, and C{sub B} on nutrient pools, fluxes, soil, and soil solution chemistry were simulated for two Appalachian forest ecosystems using the nutrient cycling model. In the extremely acidic, N- and S-saturated red spruce [Picea rubens (Sarg.)] forest (Nolan Divide), reducing C{sub B} deposition by 50% reduced C{sub B} leaching by {approximately}40% during the 24-yr simulation period. This was due solely to the effects of C{sub B} deposition on the soil exchanger rather than effects on soil solution. Reducing S and N by 50% caused immediate reductions in total anion and cation leaching at Nolan Divide, but the effects on soil solution C{sub B} diminished and C{sub B} leaching was reduced by only 17% over the simulation period. Reducing S and N deposition had a greater effect on soil solution aluminum (Al) and molar Ca/Al ratio than reducing base cation deposition at Nolan Divide. In the moderately acidic, N- and S-accumulating mixed deciduous forest at Coweeta, reduced C{sub B} deposition by 50% caused a very slight reduction in C{sub B} leaching as a result of slightly reduced base saturation and increased soil sulfate adsorption. The effects on reducing S and N deposition by 50% on C{sub B} leaching were greater than those of reduced C{sub B} deposition. The system continued to accumulate both S and N even at reduced deposition at Coweeta, although growth and vegetation uptake were slightly reduced because of increased N deficiency. Base saturation remained well above the Al buffering range at all times at Coweeta and Al was an unimportant component of soil solutions in all scenarios.

  11. 24. Top 30/7. Plan of superstructure details. Wyoming Valley ...

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    24. Top 30/7. Plan of superstructure details. - Wyoming Valley Flood Control System, Woodward Pumping Station, East of Toby Creek crossing by Erie-Lackawanna Railroad, Edwardsville, Luzerne County, PA

  12. 22. Top 30/5. Plan of superstructure elevations. Wyoming Valley ...

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    22. Top 30/5. Plan of superstructure elevations. - Wyoming Valley Flood Control System, Woodward Pumping Station, East of Toby Creek crossing by Erie-Lackawanna Railroad, Edwardsville, Luzerne County, PA

  13. 23. Top 30/6. Plan of superstructure sections. Wyoming Valley ...

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    23. Top 30/6. Plan of superstructure sections. - Wyoming Valley Flood Control System, Woodward Pumping Station, East of Toby Creek crossing by Erie-Lackawanna Railroad, Edwardsville, Luzerne County, PA

  14. Recrystallization-induced self-assembly for the growth of Cu₂O superstructures.

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    Shang, Yang; Shao, Yi-Ming; Zhang, Dong-Feng; Guo, Lin

    2014-10-20

    The assembly of inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) into 3D superstructures with defined morphologies is of particular interest. A novel strategy that is based on recrystallization-induced self-assembly (RISA) for the construction of 3D Cu2O superstructures and employs Cu2O mesoporous spheres with diameters of approximately 300 nm as the building blocks has now been developed. Balancing the hydrolysis and recrystallization rates of the CuCl precursors through precisely adjusting the experimental parameters was key to success. Furthermore, the geometry of the superstructures can be tuned to obtain either cubes or tetrahedra and was shown to be dependent on the growth behavior of bulk CuCl. The overall strategy extends the applicability of recrystallization-based processes for the guided construction of assemblies and offers unique insights for assembling larger particles into complicated 3D superstructures.

  15. Design and application of inorganic nanoparticle superstructures: current status and future challenges.

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    Gao, Yan; Tang, Zhiyong

    2011-08-08

    Self-assembly of inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) into superstructures, which is used as a general way to integrate functional inorganic NPs into macroscale devices, has attracted much research interest. This review will summarize the recent progress and discuss future challenges of the inorganic NP superstructures. Examples include both DNA-based and polymer-based NP assemblies with controlled positioning and geometries, and quasicrystalline ordered structures from the self-assembly of binary or ternary NPs. Different from their individual NP counterparts, these self-assembled superstructures possess unique properties, such as optical chirality and dynamic structural change under an external stimulus. Due to their diversified structures and functionalities, inorganic NP superstructures have shown a wide range of promise for applications in electronic and photonic devices, such as field-effect transistors, magnetoresistive components, optical information recording, and solar cells.

  16. Chirality control for in situ preparation of gold nanoparticle superstructures directed by a coordinatable organogelator.

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    Zhu, Liangliang; Li, Xin; Wu, Shaojue; Nguyen, Kim Truc; Yan, Hong; Ågren, Hans; Zhao, Yanli

    2013-06-19

    Imposing chirality into nanoscale superstructures is a major step forward toward systematic understanding and utilization of nanomaterials. In an attempt to achieve tunable chirality during in situ preparation of hybrid nanomaterials, we here report a novel unimolecular strategy of employing a coordinatable organogelator for the realization of chirality control in the formation of gold nanoparticle superstructures. The work takes advantage of thermally reversible sol-gel transition of the chiral dispersion as template, which causes different micelle properties that can influence the coordination ability between the organogelator and Au(III) ions. Followed by a reduction reaction, gold nanoparticle superstructures with P-helicity were prepared from the sol form of the template through a coordination-induced chiral inversion, whereas those with M-helicity were obtained from the gel form with chiral holding. Such superstructures are solvent-stable and the chirality difference between them could be observed in many solvent environments.

  17. Density functional investigation of the magnetic superstructure of Cu2MnSnS4

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    Koo, Hyun-Joo

    2012-09-01

    The cause for the ordered magnetic structure of Cu2MnSnS4 below TN=8.8 K was examined by evaluating the spin exchange interactions on the basis of density functional electronic structure calculations. The Mn-S…S-Mn super-superexchange interactions of Cu2MnSnS4 are all calculated to be antiferromagnetic. In the (2a, b, 2c) magnetic superstructure observed from the neutron diffraction, only one spin exchange contributes to the energy lowering. This makes the (2a, b, c) antiferromagnetic superstructure identical in energy with the (2a, b, 2c) antiferromagnetic superstructure, implying that the magnetic Bragg peaks of Cu2MnSnS4 below TN have contributions from both (2a, b, c) and (2a, b, 2c) superstructures.

  18. Peptide conjugates for directing the morphology and assembly of 1D nanoparticle superstructures.

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    Zhang, Chen; Song, Chengyi; Fry, H Christopher; Rosi, Nathaniel L

    2014-01-20

    Designed peptide conjugates molecules are used to direct the synthesis and assembly of gold nanoparticles into complex 1D nanoparticle superstructures with various morphologies. Four peptide conjugates, each based on the gold-binding peptide (AYSSGAPPMPPF; PEPAu ), are prepared: C12H23O-AYSSGAPPMPP (1), C12H23O-AYSSGAPPMPPF (2), C12H23O-AYSSGAPPMPPFF (3), and C12H23O-AYSSGAPPMPPFFF (4). The affect that C-terminal hydrophobic F residues have on both the soft-assembly of the peptide conjugates and the resulting assembly of gold nanoparticle superstructures is examined. It is shown that the addition of two C-terminal F residues (3) leads to thick, branched 1D gold nanoparticle superstructures, whereas the addition of three C-terminal F residues (4) leads to bundling of thin 1D nanoparticle superstructures.

  19. Integrated PEV Charging Solutions and Reduced Energy for Occupant Comfort (Brochure)

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    2012-01-01

    Brochure on Vehicle Testing and Integration Facility, featuring the Vehicle Modification Facility, Vehicle Test Pad and ReCharge Integrated Demonstration System. Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) offer the opportunity to shift transportation energy demands from petroleum to electricity, but broad adoption will require integration with other systems. While automotive experts work to reduce the cost of PEVs, fossil fueled cars and trucks continue to burn hundreds of billions of gallons of petroleum each year - not only to get from point A to point B, but also to keep passengers comfortable with air conditioning and heat. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), three installations form a research laboratory known as the Vehicle Testing and Integration Facility (VTIF). At the VTIF, engineers are developing strategies to address two separate but equally crucial areas of research: meeting the demands of electric vehicle-grid integration and minimizing fuel consumption related to vehicle climate control. Part of NREL's Center for Transportation Technologies and Systems (CTTS), the VTIF is dedicated to renewable and energy efficient solutions. This facility showcases technology and systems designed to increase the viability of sustainably powered vehicles. NREL researchers instrument every class of on-road vehicle, conduct hardware and software validation for electric vehicle (EV) components and accessories, and develop analysis tools and technology for the Department of Energy, other government agencies and industry partners. Research conducted at the VTIF examines the interaction of building energy systems, utility grids, renewable energy sources and PEVs, integrating energy management solutions, and maximizing potential greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction, while smoothing the transition and reducing costs for EV owners. NREL's collaboration with automakers, charging station manufacturers, utilities and fleet operators to assess technologies using VTIF resources is

  20. Joint Simultaneous Reconstruction of Regularized Building Superstructures from Low-Density LIDAR Data Using Icp

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    Wichmann, Andreas; Kada, Martin

    2016-06-01

    There are many applications for 3D city models, e.g., in visualizations, analysis, and simulations; each one requiring a certain level of detail to be effective. The overall trend goes towards including various kinds of anthropogenic and natural objects therein with ever increasing geometric and semantic details. A few years back, the featured 3D building models had only coarse roof geometry. But nowadays, they are expected to include detailed roof superstructures like dormers and chimneys. Several methods have been proposed for the automatic reconstruction of 3D building models from airborne based point clouds. However, they are usually unable to reliably recognize and reconstruct small roof superstructures as these objects are often represented by only few point measurements, especially in low-density point clouds. In this paper, we propose a recognition and reconstruction approach that overcomes this problem by identifying and simultaneously reconstructing regularized superstructures of similar shape. For this purpose, candidate areas for superstructures are detected by taking into account virtual sub-surface points that are assumed to lie on the main roof faces below the measured points. The areas with similar superstructures are detected, extracted, grouped together, and registered to one another with the Iterative Closest Point (ICP) algorithm. As an outcome, the joint point density of each detected group is increased, which helps to recognize the shape of the superstructure more reliably and in more detail. Finally, all instances of each group of superstructures are modeled at once and transformed back to their original position. Because superstructures are reconstructed in groups, symmetries, alignments, and regularities can be enforced in a straight-forward way. The validity of the approach is presented on a number of example buildings from the Vaihingen test data set.

  1. Use of Polycrystalline Ice for Assembly of Large Area Au Nanoparticle Superstructures as SERS Substrates.

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    Bekana, Deribachew; Liu, Rui; Amde, Meseret; Liu, Jing-Fu

    2017-01-11

    It is still a great challenge to develop simple and low-cost methods for preparation of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates with high sensitivity and reproducibility. Taking advantage of the microstructure of polycrystalline ice, we developed a new method to assemble large area gold nanoparticle (AuNP) superstructures as SERS substrates without external templating and aggregating agent. The assembly was conducted by freezing AuNP colloid at -20 °C, which concentrated AuNPs in the ice veins and produced an AuNP superstructure upon thawing the ice. The AuNP superstructures exhibited high SERS activity with enhancement factors on the order of 7.63 × 10(7) owing to the high-density hot spots throughout the superstructures. The SERS activity was found to increase with particle size and aggregate size of AuNP superstructures. Besides, the substrates showed good uniformity and reproducibility with relative standard deviations of 11.9% and 12.4%, respectively. The substrates showed long-term stability, maintaining SERS activity over a period of five months without noticeable change in morphology of the superstructures. The substrates was further used for label-free detection of trace Thiram on apple fruit with high sensitivity down to the concentration of 0.28 ng/cm(2), offering great potential to monitor Thiram levels in foodstuffs and environmental samples.

  2. Reduce, reuse and recycle: a green solution to Canada's medical isotope shortage.

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    Galea, R; Ross, C; Wells, R G

    2014-05-01

    Due to the unforeseen maintenance issues at the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor at Chalk River and coincidental shutdowns of other international reactors, a global shortage of medical isotopes (in particular technetium-99m, Tc-99m) occurred in 2009. The operation of these research reactors is expensive, their age creates concerns about their continued maintenance and the process results in a large amount of long-lived nuclear waste, whose storage cost has been subsidized by governments. While the NRU has since revived its operations, it is scheduled to cease isotope production in 2016. The Canadian government created the Non-reactor based medical Isotope Supply Program (NISP) to promote research into alternative methods for producing medical isotopes. The NRC was a member of a collaboration looking into the use of electron linear accelerators (LINAC) to produce molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), the parent isotope of Tc-99m. This paper outlines NRC's involvement in every step of this process, from the production, chemical processing, recycling and preliminary animal studies to demonstrate the equivalence of LINAC Tc-99m with the existing supply. This process stems from reusing an old idea, reduces the nuclear waste to virtually zero and recycles material to create a green solution to Canada's medical isotope shortage.

  3. Design of a smart superstructure FBG torsion sensor

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    Miclos, Sorin; Savastru, Dan; Savastru, Roxana; Lancranjan, Ion I.

    2015-05-01

    The paper presents the results obtained in simulation of a Superstructure Fiber Bragg Grating (SFBG) torsion sensor. The SFBG sensor simulation points to an improved smart composite or metallic parts design to be operated under torsion loads in various applications. SFBG sensor simulation consists of correlating the fiber deformation under applied mechanical loads with the modified FBG characteristic reflection spectrum considering the polarization mode variations. The analyzed SFBG is developed by the selective deposition of on-fiber periodic metal thin films on regular FBGs. The torsion mechanical loads induced shifts in the characteristic reflection spectrum of Bragg wavelength and side bands are analyzed. For obtaining information about an optimal structure of SFBG sensor, simulation is performed for four commercially available photosensitive single mode silica optical fibers having different geometric and optical characteristics, mainly core and clad refractive index values. It is considered that, by using an UV writing technique, Brag gratings are induced into the simulated SFBG. Simulations are performed considering different geometric characteristics of the shaft used as mechanical mount of SFBG. The simulation results are in fairly good agreement with the experimental ones reported in literature.

  4. Binary mixtures of polyhedral nanoparticles: from phase separation to superstructures

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    Khadilkar, Mihir; Agarwal, Umang; Escobedo, Fernando

    2014-03-01

    Polyhedral nanoparticles have emerged as important model systems for both fundamental studies of entropic self-assembly as well as material design. The mixing of more than one shape provides a promising strategy towards achieving a greater variety of structures and properties. We explore this with the study of the phase behavior of binary mixtures of hard convex polyhedra having similar sizes but different shapes. Choosing representative particle shapes from those readily synthesizable, we find that the phase behavior of such mixtures is dependent on the interplay of mixing and packing entropy, which can give rise to miscible or phase-separated states. While expectedly many of the binary systems studied exhibit phase separation at high pressures due to the incompatible pure-component crystal structures, our study shows that the essential qualitative trends in miscibility and phase separation can be correlated to properties of the pure components, such as the relative values of the order-disorder transition pressure of each component. However, the relative size ratios and the presence of mesophases for the pure-component systems are also critical in aiding the formation of fully miscible blends of novel plastic crystalline superstructures.

  5. The integrated Sachs-Wolfe signal from BOSS superstructures

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    Granett, B. R.; Kovács, A.; Hawken, A. J.

    2015-12-01

    Cosmic structures leave an imprint on the microwave background radiation through the integrated Sachs-Wolfe (ISW) effect. We construct a template map of the linear signal using the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III Baryon Acoustic Oscillation Survey at redshift 0.43 < z < 0.65. We verify the imprint of this map on the Planck cosmic microwave background (CMB) temperature map at the 97 per cent confidence level and show consistency with the density-temperature cross-correlation measurement. Using this ISW reconstruction as a template, we investigate the presence of ISW sources and further examine the properties of the Granett-Neyrinck-Szapudi supervoid and supercluster catalogue. We characterize the three-dimensional density profiles of these structures for the first time and demonstrate that they are significant structures. Model fits demonstrate that the supervoids are elongated along the line of sight and we suggest that this special orientation may be picked out by the void-finding algorithm in photometric redshift space. We measure the mean temperature profiles in Planck maps from public void and cluster catalogues. In an attempt to maximize the stacked ISW signal, we construct a new catalogue of superstructures based upon local peaks and troughs of the gravitational potential. However, we do not find a significant correlation between these structures and the CMB temperature.

  6. Bilateral congenital absence of the stapes superstructure in two siblings.

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    Undabeitia, Jose Ignacio; Undabeitia, José; Cianci, Laura; Padilla, Luis; Petreñas, Eduardo; Municio, Antonio

    2014-01-01

    Middle ear ossicle malformations are an uncommon event. Among them, the congenital absence of the stapes is a very rare condition that is seldom described in the literature. We report the cases of two women, aged 19 and 22 , who presented with a long history of conductive deafness. An exploratory tympanotomy was performed and the absence of the stapes superstructure and an abnormal position of the facial nerve could be observed. A bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA) was implanted in both patients with good results. It is believed that stapes agenesis is related to an abnormal development of the facial nerve, which by the 5th to 6th week of gestation would interpose between the otic capsule and the stapes blastema, preventing these structures from contacting. A long history of nonprogressive hearing loss from birth or early childhood is the key to reach a diagnosis. Several treatment options have been described. The authors opted for a hearing aid due to the high risk of facial nerve lesion, with good functional results.

  7. Large-scale room-temperature aqueous synthesis of Co superstructures with controlled morphology, and their application to electromagnetic wave absorption

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    Kuchi, Rambabu; Dongquoc, Viet; Kim, Dojin; Yoon, Soon-Gil; Park, Seung-Young; Jeong, Jong-Ryul

    2017-03-01

    In this work, we report on the large-scale room-temperature synthesis of Co superstructures using a facile liquid phase reduction method in an aqueous medium. This method yielded pure Co powders within a short period of time without the use of any surfactants. The morphological changes in the Co superstructures could be controlled simply by varying the amounts of reducing agent (hydrazine hydrate). The morphology of the Co powders systematically controlled from aggregated foliage to isolated microfoliage by increasing the hydrazine hydrate addition from 4 ml to 8 ml. The morphology-dependent electromagnetic properties, including the electric permittivity, and magnetic permeability, were investigated over the microwave frequency range, 2-18 GHz. Co isolated microfoliage showed a maximum reflection loss (RL) of -32 dB at 9 GHz with a matching thickness of 2.5 mm, whereas the aggregated foliage Co superstructures displayed a maximum RL of -17 dB at 11 GHz with a matching thickness of 2.5 mm. The stronger absorption for isolated microfoliage was ascribed to a continuous micro networks and vibrating microcurrent dissipation arise from size and shape of the isolated microfoliage. The calculated RL suggested that the as-prepared samples were potential microwave absorption candidates in the X-band region.

  8. Carbon Footprint of Telemedicine Solutions - Unexplored Opportunity for Reducing Carbon Emissions in the Health Sector

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    Holmner, Åsa; Ebi, Kristie L.; Lazuardi, Lutfan; Nilsson, Maria

    2014-01-01

    Background The healthcare sector is a significant contributor to global carbon emissions, in part due to extensive travelling by patients and health workers. Objectives To evaluate the potential of telemedicine services based on videoconferencing technology to reduce travelling and thus carbon emissions in the healthcare sector. Methods A life cycle inventory was performed to evaluate the carbon reduction potential of telemedicine activities beyond a reduction in travel related emissions. The study included two rehabilitation units at Umeå University Hospital in Sweden. Carbon emissions generated during telemedicine appointments were compared with care-as-usual scenarios. Upper and lower bound emissions scenarios were created based on different teleconferencing solutions and thresholds for when telemedicine becomes favorable were estimated. Sensitivity analyses were performed to pinpoint the most important contributors to emissions for different set-ups and use cases. Results Replacing physical visits with telemedicine appointments resulted in a significant 40–70 times decrease in carbon emissions. Factors such as meeting duration, bandwidth and use rates influence emissions to various extents. According to the lower bound scenario, telemedicine becomes a greener choice at a distance of a few kilometers when the alternative is transport by car. Conclusions Telemedicine is a potent carbon reduction strategy in the health sector. But to contribute significantly to climate change mitigation, a paradigm shift might be required where telemedicine is regarded as an essential component of ordinary health care activities and not only considered to be a service to the few who lack access to care due to geography, isolation or other constraints. PMID:25188322

  9. Block-oriented modeling of superstructure optimization problems

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    Friedman, Z; Ingalls, J; Siirola, JD; Watson, JP

    2013-10-15

    We present a novel software framework for modeling large-scale engineered systems as mathematical optimization problems. A key motivating feature in such systems is their hierarchical, highly structured topology. Existing mathematical optimization modeling environments do not facilitate the natural expression and manipulation of hierarchically structured systems. Rather, the modeler is forced to "flatten" the system description, hiding structure that may be exploited by solvers, and obfuscating the system that the modeling environment is attempting to represent. To correct this deficiency, we propose a Python-based "block-oriented" modeling approach for representing the discrete components within the system. Our approach is an extension of the Pyomo library for specifying mathematical optimization problems. Through the use of a modeling components library, the block-oriented approach facilitates a clean separation of system superstructure from the details of individual components. This approach also naturally lends itself to expressing design and operational decisions as disjunctive expressions over the component blocks. By expressing a mathematical optimization problem in a block-oriented manner, inherent structure (e.g., multiple scenarios) is preserved for potential exploitation by solvers. In particular, we show that block-structured mathematical optimization problems can be straightforwardly manipulated by decomposition-based multi-scenario algorithmic strategies, specifically in the context of the PySP stochastic programming library. We illustrate our block-oriented modeling approach using a case study drawn from the electricity grid operations domain: unit commitment with transmission switching and N - 1 reliability constraints. Finally, we demonstrate that the overhead associated with block-oriented modeling only minimally increases model instantiation times, and need not adversely impact solver behavior. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Light-Directed Dynamic Chirality Inversion in Functional Self-Organized Helical Superstructures.

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    Bisoyi, Hari Krishna; Li, Quan

    2016-02-24

    Helical superstructures are widely observed in nature, in synthetic polymers, and in supramolecular assemblies. Controlling the chirality (the handedness) of dynamic helical superstructures of molecular and macromolecular systems by external stimuli is a challenging task, but is of great fundamental significance with appealing morphology-dependent applications. Light-driven chirality inversion in self-organized helical superstructures (i.e. cholesteric, chiral nematic liquid crystals) is currently in the limelight because inversion of the handedness alters the chirality of the circularly polarized light that they selectively reflect, which has wide potential for application. Here we discuss the recent developments toward inversion of the handedness of cholesteric liquid crystals enabled by photoisomerizable chiral molecular switches or motors. Different classes of chiral photoresponsive dopants (guests) capable of conferring light-driven reversible chirality inversion of helical superstructures fabricated from different nematic hosts are discussed. Rational molecular designs of chiral molecular switches toward endowing handedness inversion to the induced helical superstructures of cholesteric liquid crystals are highlighted. This Review is concluded by throwing light on the challenges and opportunities in this emerging frontier, and it is expected to provide useful guidelines toward the development of self-organized soft materials with stimuli-directed chirality inversion capability and multifunctional host-guest systems.

  11. Crystallographic superstructure in R2PdSi3 compounds (R=heavy rare earth)

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    Tang, Fei; Frontzek, Matthias; Dshemuchadse, Julia; Leisegang, Tilmann; Zschornak, Matthias; Mietrach, Robert; Hoffmann, Jens-Uwe; Löser, Wolfgang; Gemming, Sibylle; Meyer, Dirk C.; Loewenhaupt, Michael

    2011-09-01

    The R2PdSi3 intermetallic compounds have been reported to crystallize in a hexagonal AlB2-derived structure, with the rare earth atoms on the Al sites and Pd and Si atoms randomly distributed on the B sites. However, the intricate magnetic properties observed in the series of compounds have always suggested complications to the assumed structure. To clarify the situation, x-ray and neutron diffraction measurements were performed on the heavy rare earth compounds with R=Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, which revealed the existence of a crystallographic superstructure. The superstructure features a doubled unit cell in the hexagonal basal plane and an octuplication along the perpendicular c direction with respect to the primitive cell. No structural transition was observed between 300 and 1.5 K. Extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analysis as well as density functional theory (DFT) calculations were utilized to investigate the local environments of the respective atoms. In this paper the various experimental results will be presented and it will be shown that the superstructure is mainly due to the Pd-Si order on the B sites. A structure model will be proposed to fully describe the superstructure of Pd-Si order in R2PdSi3. The connection between the crystallographic superstructure and the magnetic properties will be discussed in the framework of the presented model.

  12. Laser-induced chemical liquid phase deposition of copper from aqueous solutions without reducing agents

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    Kochemirovsky, V A; Tumkin, I I; Logunov, L S; Safonov, S V; Menchikov, Leonid G

    2012-08-31

    Laser-induced chemical liquid phase deposition of copper without a traditional reducing agent has been used for the first time to obtain conductive patterns on a dielectric surface having a reducing ability. It is shown that phenol-formaldehyde binder of the dielectric (glass fibre) can successfully play the role of a reducing agent in this process. The resulting copper sediments have low electrical resistance and good topology. (interaction of laser radiation with matter. laser plasmas)

  13. Solutions for reducing lawsuits in orthopedic surgery by using psychology and IT technology.

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    Purcarea, V L; Cazac, C

    2015-01-01

    Orthopedic surgery is among the top 5 medical specialties with an increased risk of facing a lawsuit. A large part of medical malpractice claims are due to poor communication between physician and patient; therefore, by addressing this issue and implementing psychological methods as well as IT solutions, a reduction in the incidence of medical lawsuits can be achieved. Some of these solutions include implementing and applying psychometric tools such as the SF-36 and SCL-90R tests, creating virtual information hubs for the patient, and establishing efficient communication methods by using IT technology between physician and patient.

  14. Discretely swept optical coherence tomography system using super-structure grating distributed Bragg reflector lasers at 1561-1639nm

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    Choi, D.; Yoshimura, R.; Hiro-Oka, H.; Furukawa, H.; Goto, A.; Satoh, N.; Igarashi, A.; Nakanishi, M.; Shimizu, K.; Ohbayashi, K.

    2012-01-01

    We have developed swept source optical coherence tomography (OCT) system with an optical comb swept source system. The swept source system comprised of two super-structured grating distributed Bragg reflector lasers covering a wavelength range from 1561-1693 nm. A method to scan these lasers to obtain an interference signal without stitching noises, which are inherent in these lasers, and to connect two lasers without concatenation noise is explained. Method to reduce optical aliasing noises in this optical comb swept laser OCT is explained and demonstrated based on the characteristic of the optical aliasing noises in this particular OCT system. By reduction of those noises, a sensitivity of 124 dB was realized. The A-scan rate, resolution and depth range were 3.1 kHz, 16 μm (in air) and 12 mm, respectively. Deep imaging penetration into tissue is demonstrated for two selected samples.

  15. A 3D AgCl hierarchical superstructure synthesized by a wet chemical oxidation method.

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    Lou, Zaizhu; Huang, Baibiao; Ma, Xiangchao; Zhang, Xiaoyang; Qin, Xiaoyan; Wang, Zeyan; Dai, Ying; Liu, Yuanyuan

    2012-12-07

    A novel 3D AgCl hierarchical superstructure, with fast growth along the 〈111〉 directions of cubic seeds, is synthesized by using a wet chemical oxidation method. The morphological structures and the growth process are investigated by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The crystal structures are analyzed by their crystallographic orientations. The surface energy of AgCl facets {100}, {110}, and {111} with absorbance of Cl(-) ions is studied by density functional theory calculations. Based on the experimental and computational results, a plausible mechanism is proposed to illustrate the formation of the 3D AgCl hierarchical superstructures. With more active sites, the photocatalytic activity of the 3D AgCl hierarchical superstructures is better than those of concave and cubic ones in oxygen evolution under irradiation by visible light.

  16. Superstructured Carbon Nanotube/Porous Silicon Hybrid Materials for Lithium-Ion Battery Anodes

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    Lee, Jun-Ki; Kang, Shin-Hyun; Choi, Sung-Min

    2015-03-01

    High energy Li-ion batteries (LIBs) are in great demand for electronics, electric-vehicles, and grid-scale energy storage. To further increase the energy and power densities of LIBs, Si anodes have been intensively explored due to their high capacity, and high abundance compared with traditional carbon anodes. However, the poor cycle-life caused by large volume expansion during charge/discharge process has been an impediment to its applications. Recently, superstructured Si materials were received attentions to solve above mentioned problem in excellent mechanical properties, large surface area, and fast Li and electron transportation aspects, but applying superstructures to anode is in early stage yet. Here, we synthesized superstructured carbon nanotubes (CNTs)/porous Si hybrid materials and its particular electrochemical properties will be presented. Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering

  17. Investigation on the characteristics of turbulence transport for momentum and heat in a drag-reducing surfactant solution flow

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    Li, F.-C.; Kawaguchi, Y.; Hishida, K.

    2004-09-01

    Simultaneous measurements of the velocity (u and ν in the streamwise and wall-normal directions, respectively) and temperature fluctuations (θ) in the thermal boundary layer were carried out for a heated drag-reducing surfactant solution flow in a two-dimensional channel by means of a two-component laser Doppler velocimetry and a fine-wire thermocouple probe. The drag-reducing fluid tested was a dilute aqueous solution of a cationic surfactant, cetyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTAC), with 30 ppm concentration. Measurements were performed for CTAC solution flows at an inlet temperature of 31 °C and at three Reynolds numbers of 3.5×104, 2.5×104, and 1.5×104, respectively, and for water flow at the Reynolds number of 2.5×104. Drag reduction (DR) and heat transfer reduction (HTR) for the three CTAC solution flows were DR(HTR)=33.0(20.2), 70.0(77.3), and 65.1(77.0) percentage, respectively. At a high HTR level, a large temperature gradient appeared when y+<50 in the measured range (the superscript "+" denotes normalization with inner variables). Temperature fluctuation intensity, θ'+, and the streamwise turbulent heat flux, u+θ+¯, were enhanced in the layer with large temperature gradient for the drag-reducing flow, whereas the wall-normal turbulent heat flux, -ν+θ+¯, was depressed throughout the measured range. The depression of -ν+θ+¯ was due to a cause similar to that of the depression of the Reynolds shear stress -u+ν+¯, i.e., in addition to the decrease of ν'+, decorrelation between the two variables occurred. The decrease of -ν+θ+¯ resulted in HTR, which was similar to that of the decrease of -u+ν+¯ resulted in DR for the drag-reducing flow by additives. The turbulence production terms, -u+ν+¯(∂U+/∂y+) and -ν+θ+¯(∂Θ+/∂y+) where U and Θ are mean velocity and temperature, were reduced in the drag-reducing CTAC solution flows. The estimated power spectra of temperature fluctuations implied that the drag-reducing surfactant

  18. Reducing the formation of glucose degradation products in peritoneal dialysis solutions by ultrahigh temperature ohmic heating.

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    Shapira, Alina; Shazman, Asher; Ungar, Yael; Shimoni, Eyal

    2007-04-01

    Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is commonly performed by using preprepared dialysis solutions containing glucose, which are thermally treated to achieve commercial sterilization. A series of glucose degradation products (GDPs) are being formed, which react with the tissue during the dialysis procedure, thus baring a negative effect on the patient and the dialysis process. The present study tested the efficacy of ohmic heating as an alternative thermal treatment for continuous sterilization of PD solutions. The process was compared to conventional retort treatment, and GDPs accumulation was measured. Thermal treatments using the ohmic heating system were performed at three temperatures (105, 125, and 150 degrees C) with residence time at each temperature ranging from 0.84 to 12.0 s. The resulting concentrations of glyoxal (GO), methylglyoxal (MGO), and 3-deoxyglucosone (3-DG) in the PD solutions were measured. None of these GDPs were found in PD fluids treated by ohmic heating at 105 degrees C. The concentration of 3-DG, after a standard sterilization treatment (121 degrees C, 20 or 40 min) was one order of magnitude higher (approximately 140 and 242 microM) than after ohmic heating treatment at 125 degrees C. The results of the present study suggest that this technique can be used to produce solutions with much lower content of GDPs. It also demonstrates the advantage of using the ohmic heating technology as a tool for high temperature short time treatment of PD fluids.

  19. GoldHelix: Gold Nanoparticles Forming 3D Helical Superstructures with Controlled Morphology and Strong Chiroptical Property.

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    Cheng, Jiaji; Le Saux, Guillaume; Gao, Jie; Buffeteau, Thierry; Battie, Yann; Barois, Philippe; Ponsinet, Virginie; Delville, Marie-Hélène; Ersen, Ovidiu; Pouget, Emilie; Oda, Reiko

    2017-04-03

    Plasmonic nanoparticles, particularly gold nanoparticles (GNPs) hold a great potential as structural and functional building blocks for three-dimensional (3D) nanoarchitectures with specific optical applications. However, a rational control of their assembly into nanoscale superstructures with defined positioning and overall arrangement still remains challenging. Herein, we propose a solution to this challenge by using as building blocks: (1) nanometric silica helices with tunable handedness and sizes as a matrix and (2) GNPs with diameter varying from 4 to 10 nm to prepare a collection of helical GNPs superstructures (called Goldhelices hereafter). These nanomaterials exhibit well-defined arrangement of GNPs following the helicity of the silica template. Strong chiroptical activity is evidenced by circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy at the wavelength of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of the GNPs with a anisotropy factor (g-factor) of the order of 1 × 10(-4), i.e., 10-fold larger than what is typically reported in the literature. Such CD signals were simulated using a coupled dipole method which fit very well the experimental data. The measured signals are 1-2 orders of magnitude lower than the simulated signals, which is explained by the disordered GNPs grafting, the polydispersity of the GNPs, and the dimension of the nanohelices. These Goldhelices based on inorganic templates are much more robust than previously reported organic-based chiroptical nanostructures, making them good candidates for complex hierarchical organization, providing a promising approach for light management and benefits in applications such as circular polarizers, chiral metamaterials, or chiral sensing in the visible range.

  20. Hierarchically Superstructured Prussian Blue Analogues: Spontaneous Assembly Synthesis and Applications as Pseudocapacitive Materials

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    Yue, Yanfeng; Zhang, Zhiyong; Binder, Andrew J.; Chen, Jihua; Jin, Xianbo; Overbury, Steven; Dai, Sheng

    2014-11-10

    Hierarchically superstructured Prussian blue analogues (hexa- conventional hybrid graphene/MnO2 nanostructured textiles. cyanoferrate, M = NiII, CoII and CuII) are synthesized through Because sodium or potassium ions are involved in energy stor- a spontaneous assembly technique. In sharp contrast to mac- age processes, more environmentally neutral electrolytes can roporous-only Prussian blue analogues, the hierarchically su- be utilized, making the superstructured porous Prussian blue perstructured porous Prussian blue materials are demonstrated analogues a great contender for applications as high-per- to possess a high capacitance, which is similar to those of the formance pseudocapacitors.

  1. Surface Superstructure of Carbon Nanotubes on Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite Annealed at Elevated Temperatures

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    An, Bai; Fukuyama, Seiji; Yokogawa, Kiyoshi; Yoshimura, Masamichi

    1998-06-01

    Carbon nanotubes deposited on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) are annealed in ultra high vacuum. The effect of annealing temperature on the surface morphology of the carbon nanotubes on HOPG is examined by scanning tunneling microscopy. The ring-like surface superstructure of (\\sqrt {3}× \\sqrt {3})R30° of graphite is found on the carbon nanotubes annealed above 1593 K. The tips of the carbon nanotubes are destroyed and the stacking misarrangement between the upper and the lower walls of the tube join with HOPG resulting in the superstructure.

  2. The effect of sulfated polysaccharides on the crystallization of calcite superstructures

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    Fried, Ruth; Mastai, Yitzhak

    2012-01-01

    Calcite with unique morphology and uniform size has been successfully synthesized in the presence of classes of polysaccharides based on carrageenans. In the crystallization of calcite, the choice of different carrageenans, (iota, lambda and kappa), as additives concedes systematic study of the influence of different chemical structures and particularly molecular charge on the formation of CaCO 3 crystals. The uniform calcite superstructures are formed by assemblies and aggregation of calcite crystals. The mechanism for the formation of calcite superstructures was studied by a variety of techniques, SEM, TEM, XRD, time-resolved conductivity and light scattering measurements, focusing on the early stages of crystals' nucleation and aggregation.

  3. Hierarchically Superstructured Prussian Blue Analogues: Spontaneous Assembly Synthesis and Applications as Pseudocapacitive Materials

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    Yue, Yanfeng; Zhang, Zhiyong; Binder, Andrew J.; ...

    2014-11-10

    Hierarchically superstructured Prussian blue analogues (hexa- conventional hybrid graphene/MnO2 nanostructured textiles. cyanoferrate, M = NiII, CoII and CuII) are synthesized through Because sodium or potassium ions are involved in energy stor- a spontaneous assembly technique. In sharp contrast to mac- age processes, more environmentally neutral electrolytes can roporous-only Prussian blue analogues, the hierarchically su- be utilized, making the superstructured porous Prussian blue perstructured porous Prussian blue materials are demonstrated analogues a great contender for applications as high-per- to possess a high capacitance, which is similar to those of the formance pseudocapacitors.

  4. Evaluation of solution-processed reduced graphene oxide films as transparent conductors.

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    Becerril, Héctor A; Mao, Jie; Liu, Zunfeng; Stoltenberg, Randall M; Bao, Zhenan; Chen, Yongsheng

    2008-03-01

    Processable, single-layered graphene oxide (GO) is an intriguing nanomaterial with tremendous potential for electronic applications. We spin-coated GO thin-films on quartz and characterized their sheet resistance and optical transparency using different reduction treatments. A thermal graphitization procedure was most effective, producing films with sheet resistances as low as 10(2) -10(3) Omega/square with 80% transmittance for 550 nm light. Our experiments demonstrate solution-processed GO films have potential as transparent electrodes.

  5. Quantum chemical and solution phase evaluation of metallocenes as reducing agents for the prospective atomic layer deposition of copper.

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    Dey, Gangotri; Wrench, Jacqueline S; Hagen, Dirk J; Keeney, Lynette; Elliott, Simon D

    2015-06-14

    We propose and evaluate the use of metallocene compounds as reducing agents for the chemical vapour deposition (and specifically atomic layer deposition, ALD) of the transition metal Cu from metalorganic precursors. Ten different transition metal cyclopentadienyl compounds are screened for their utility in the reduction of Cu from five different Cu precursors by evaluating model reaction energies with density functional theory (DFT) and solution phase chemistry.

  6. Challenges and Potential Solutions for Reducing Climate Control Loads in Conventional and Hybrid Vehicles

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    Farrington, R.B., Anderson, R., Blake, D.M., Burch, S.D.; Cuddy, M.R., Keyser, M.A., Rugh, J.P.

    1999-01-01

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, is collaborating with U.S. automotive manufacturers to develop innovative techniques to reduce national fuel consumption and vehicle tailpipe emissions by reducing vehicle climate control loads. A new U.S. emissions test, the Supplemental Federal Test Procedure (SFTP), will soon begin measuring tailpipe emissions with the air conditioning system operating. Modeled results show that emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and carbon monoxide (CO) more than double during the air conditioning part of the SFTP. Reducing the transmittance of the glazing can have a greater impact on the cabin soak temperature than ventilating the vehicle during a hot soak. Reducing the amount of outside air can decrease cooling and heating loads but requires that the recirculated air be cleaned. We discuss a photocatalytic oxidation air-cleaning process for removing volatile organic compounds and bioareosols. We conclude with an example of modeling the thermal comfort of the occupants. An auxiliary load increase of only 400 Watts (W) results in a 0.4 km/L (1 mpg) decrease for a conventional 11.9-L/100-km (28-mpg) vehicle. If every vehicle in the United States were to save only 0.4 km/L (1 mpg), $4 billion (U.S. dollars) would be saved annually in gasoline and oil costs. Further information can be found at http://www.ctts.nrel.gov/auxload.html.

  7. PROVIDING SOLUTIONS FOR A BETTER TOMORROW: REDUCING THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH LEAD IN SOIL; URL:

    EPA Science Inventory

    This brief publication describes, in general language, the health risks associated with exposure to soil and dust contaminated with lead as well as an innovative method to immobilize lead contaminants in the soil (and thereby reduce the risk of exposure) at Superfund sites. Also ...

  8. Viscosity-Reducing Bulky-Salt Excipients Prevent Gelation of Protein, but Not Carbohydrate, Solutions.

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    Kumar, Awanish; Klibanov, Alexander M

    2017-01-23

    The problem of gelation of concentrated protein solutions, which poses challenges for both downstream protein processing and liquid formulations of pharmaceutical proteins, is addressed herein by employing previously discovered viscosity-lowering bulky salts. Procainamide-HCl and the salt of camphor-10-sulfonic acid with L-arginine (CSA-Arg) greatly retard gelation upon heating and subsequent cooling of the model proteins gelatin and casein in water: Whereas in the absence of additives the proteins form aqueous gels within several hours at room temperature, procainamide-HCl for both proteins and also CSA-Arg for casein prevent gel formation for months under the same conditions. The inhibition of gelation by CSA-Arg stems exclusively from the CSA moiety: CSA-Na was as effective as CSA-Arg, while Arg-HCl was marginally or not effective. The tested bulky salts did not inhibit (and indeed accelerated) temperature-induced gel formation in aqueous solutions of all examined carbohydrates-starch, agarose, alginate, gellan gum, and carrageenan.

  9. DEMOLISHING A COLD-WAR-ERA FUEL STORAGE BASIN SUPERSTRUCTURE LADEN WITH ASBESTOS

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    LLOYD ER; ORGILL TK; DAGAN EB

    2008-11-25

    The K East (KE) Basin facilities are located near the north end of the Hanford Site's 100 K area. The facilities were built in 1950 as part of the KE Reactor complex and constructed within 400 meters of the Columbia River, which is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest and by volume the fourth largest river in the United States. The basin, located adjacent to the reactor, was used for the underwater storage of irradiated nuclear fuel discharged from the reactor. The basin was covered by a superstructure comprising steel columns and beams, concrete, and cement asbestos board (CAB) siding. The project's mission was to complete demolition of the structure over the K East basin within six months of tumover from facility deactivation activities. The demolition project team implemented open-air demolition techniques to demolish the facility to slab-on-grade. Several innovative techniques were used to control contamination and maintain contamination control within the confines of the demolition exclusion zone. The techniques, which focused on a defense-in-depth approach, included spraying fixatives on interior and exterior surfaces before demolition began; applying fixatives; misting using a fine spray of water during demolition; and demolishing the facility systematically. Another innovation that aided demolition was to demolish the building with the non-friable CAB remaining in place. The CAB siding covered the exterior of the building, portions of the interior walls, and was an integral part of the multiple layered roof. The project evaluated the risks involved in removing the CAB material in a radiologically contaminated environment and determined that radiological dose rates and exposure to radiological contamination and industrial hazards would be significantly reduced by removing the CAB during demolition using heavy equipment. The ability to perform this demolition safely and without spreading contamination (radiological or asbestos) demonstrates that similar

  10. DEMOLISHING A COLD WARE ERA FULE STORAGE BASIN SUPERSTRUCTURE LADEN WITH ASBESTOS

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    LLOYD ER; STEVENS JM; DAGAN EB; ORGILL TK; GREEN MA; LARSON CH; ZINSLI LC

    2009-01-12

    The K East (KE) Basin facilities are located near the north end of the Hanford Site's 100 K area. The facilities were built in 1950 as part of the KE Reactor complex and constructed within 400 meters of the Columbia River, which is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest and by volume the fourth largest river in the United States. The basin, located adjacent to the reactor, was used for the underwater storage of irradiated nuclear fuel discharged from the reactor. The basin was covered by a superstructure comprising steel columns and beams, concrete, and cement asbestos board (CAB) siding. The project's mission was to complete demolition of the structure over the KE Basin within six months of turnover from facility deactivation activities. The demolition project team applied open-air demolition techniques to bring the facility to slab-on-grade. Several innovative techniques were used to control contamination and maintain contamination control within the confines of the demolition exclusion zone. The techniques, which focused on a defense-in-depth approach, included spraying fixatives on interior and exterior surfaces before demolition began; applying fixatives during the demolition; misting using a fine spray of water during demolition; and demolishing the facility systematically. Another innovative approach that made demolition easier was to demolish the building with the non-friable CAB remaining in place. The CAB siding covered the exterior of the building and portions of the interior walls, and was an integral part of the multiple-layered roof. The project evaluated the risks involved in removing the CAB material in a radiologically contaminated environment and determined that radiological dose rates and exposure to radiological contamination and industrial hazards would be significantly reduced by using heavy equipment to remove the CAB during demolition. The ability to perform this demolition safely and without spreading contamination (radiological or

  11. A superstructure-based electrochemical assay for signal-amplified detection of DNA methyltransferase activity.

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    Zhang, Hui; Yang, Yin; Dong, Huilei; Cai, Chenxin

    2016-12-15

    DNA methyltransferase (MTase) activity is highly correlated with the occurrence and development of cancer. This work reports a superstructure-based electrochemical assay for signal-amplified detection of DNA MTase activity using M.SssI as an example. First, low-density coverage of DNA duplexes on the surface of the gold electrode was achieved by immobilized mercaptohexanol, followed by immobilization of DNA duplexes. The duplex can be cleaved by BstUI endonuclease in the absence of DNA superstructures. However, the cleavage is blocked after the DNA is methylated by M.SssI. The DNA superstructures are formed with the addition of helper DNA. By using an electroactive complex, RuHex, which can bind to DNA double strands, the activity of M.SssI can be quantitatively detected by differential pulse voltammetry. Due to the high site-specific cleavage by BstUI and signal amplification by the DNA superstructure, the biosensor can achieve ultrasensitive detection of DNA MTase activity down to 0.025U/mL. The method can be used for evaluation and screening of the inhibitors of MTase, and thus has potential in the discovery of methylation-related anticancer drugs.

  12. Interplay between intercalated oxygen superstructures and monolayer h -BN on Cu(100)

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    Ma, Chuanxu; Park, Jewook; Liu, Lei; ...

    2016-08-18

    The confinement effect of intercalated atoms in van der Waals heterostructures can lead to interesting interactions between the confined atoms or molecules and the overlaying two-dimensional (2D) materials. In this paper, we report the formation of ordered Cu(100) p(2×2) oxygen superstructures by oxygen intercalation under the monolayer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) on Cu after annealing. By using scanning tunneling microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we identify the superstructure and reveal its roles in passivating the exposed Cu surfaces, decoupling h-BN and Cu, and disintegrating h-BN monolayers. The oxygen superstructure appears as a 2D pattern on the exposed Cu surface ormore » quasi-1D stripes of paired oxygen intercalated in the interface of h-BN and Cu predominantly oriented along the moiré modulations. The oxygen superstructure is shown to etch the overlaying h-BN monolayer in a thermal annealing process. After extended annealing, the h-BN monolayer disintegrates into nanoislands with zigzag edges. Finally, we discuss the implications of these findings on the stability and oxidation resistance of h-BN and relate them to challenges in process integration and 2D heterostructures.« less

  13. 9. WEST SIDE, TEST STAND AND SUPERSTRUCTURE. TEST STAND 1B ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    9. WEST SIDE, TEST STAND AND SUPERSTRUCTURE. TEST STAND 1-B IN DISTANCE. Looking east. - Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Test Stand 1-A, Test Area 1-120, north end of Jupiter Boulevard, Boron, Kern County, CA

  14. 46 CFR 108.133 - Hull superstructure, structural bulkheads, decks, and deckhouses.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 4 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Hull superstructure, structural bulkheads, decks, and deckhouses. 108.133 Section 108.133 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) A-MOBILE OFFSHORE DRILLING UNITS DESIGN AND EQUIPMENT Construction and Arrangement Structural...

  15. 46 CFR 108.133 - Hull superstructure, structural bulkheads, decks, and deckhouses.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Hull superstructure, structural bulkheads, decks, and deckhouses. 108.133 Section 108.133 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) A-MOBILE OFFSHORE DRILLING UNITS DESIGN AND EQUIPMENT Construction and Arrangement Structural...

  16. The Compact Network RTK Method: An Effective Solution to Reduce GNSS Temporal and Spatial Decorrelation Error

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    Park, Byungwoon; Kee, Changdon

    This paper proposes a method that combines compact real-time kinematic (RTK) and reference station (RS) networking techniques, and shows that this approach can reduce both the temporal and spatial decorrelation error. The compact RTK method compatibility with all the conventional network RTK systems, i.e., Master-Auxiliary Concept (MAC), Virtual Reference Stations (VRS), and Fl40 s and determines position with 68 cm vertical error (95%) in a 100 by 100 km region. Moreover, the Compact Network RTK approach enables network RTK service providers to reduce the data-link bandwidth for correction messages to 5-700 bps (bit/s) down from several thousand bps, currently 9600 bps of GPRS/GSM, without a severe degradation of accuracy.

  17. Arsenic Transport in Rice and Biological Solutions to Reduce Arsenic Risk from Rice.

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    Chen, Yanshan; Han, Yong-He; Cao, Yue; Zhu, Yong-Guan; Rathinasabapathi, Bala; Ma, Lena Q

    2017-01-01

    Rice (Oryza sativa L.) feeds ∼3 billion people. Due to the wide occurrence of arsenic (As) pollution in paddy soils and its efficient plant uptake, As in rice grains presents health risks. Genetic manipulation may offer an effective approach to reduce As accumulation in rice grains. The genetics of As uptake and metabolism have been elucidated and target genes have been identified for genetic engineering to reduce As accumulation in grains. Key processes controlling As in grains include As uptake, arsenite (AsIII) efflux, arsenate (AsV) reduction and AsIII sequestration, and As methylation and volatilization. Recent advances, including characterization of AsV uptake transporter OsPT8, AsV reductase OsHAC1;1 and OsHAC1;2, rice glutaredoxins, and rice ABC transporter OsABCC1, make many possibilities to develop low-arsenic rice.

  18. Arsenic Transport in Rice and Biological Solutions to Reduce Arsenic Risk from Rice

    PubMed Central

    Chen, Yanshan; Han, Yong-He; Cao, Yue; Zhu, Yong-Guan; Rathinasabapathi, Bala; Ma, Lena Q.

    2017-01-01

    Rice (Oryza sativa L.) feeds ∼3 billion people. Due to the wide occurrence of arsenic (As) pollution in paddy soils and its efficient plant uptake, As in rice grains presents health risks. Genetic manipulation may offer an effective approach to reduce As accumulation in rice grains. The genetics of As uptake and metabolism have been elucidated and target genes have been identified for genetic engineering to reduce As accumulation in grains. Key processes controlling As in grains include As uptake, arsenite (AsIII) efflux, arsenate (AsV) reduction and AsIII sequestration, and As methylation and volatilization. Recent advances, including characterization of AsV uptake transporter OsPT8, AsV reductase OsHAC1;1 and OsHAC1;2, rice glutaredoxins, and rice ABC transporter OsABCC1, make many possibilities to develop low-arsenic rice. PMID:28298917

  19. Immobilizing U from solution by immobilized sulfate-reducing bacteria of desulfovibrio desulfuricans

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    Xu, Hulfang; Barton, Larry L.

    2000-07-01

    As determined by transmission electron microscopy, the reduction of uranyl accetate by immobilized cells of Desulfovibrio desulfuricans results in the production of black uraninite nanocrystals precipitated outside the cell. Some nanocrystals are associated with outer membranes of the cell as revealed from cross sections of these metabolically active sulfate-reducing bacteria. The nanocrystals have an average diameter of 5 nm and have anhedral shape. It is proposed that cytochrome in these cells has an important role in the reduction of uranyl through transferring electron from molecular hydrogen or lactic acid to uranyl ions.

  20. Technology Solutions Case Study: Overcoming Comfort Issues Due to Reduced Flow Room Air Mixing

    SciTech Connect

    2015-03-01

    Energy efficiency upgrades reduce heating and cooling loads on a house. With enough load reduction and if the HVAC system warrants replacement, the HVAC system is often upgraded with a more efficient, lower capacity system that meets the loads of the upgraded house. In this project, IBACOS studied when HVAC equipment is downsized and ducts are unaltered to determine conditions that could cause a supply air delivery problem and to evaluate the feasibility of modifying the duct systems using minimally invasive strategies to improve air distribution.

  1. Unknown Aspects of Self-Assembly of PbS Microscale Superstructures

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    Querejeta-Fernández, Ana; Hernández-Garrido, Juan C.; Yang, Hengxi; Zhou, Yunlong; Varela, Aurea; Parras, Marina; Calvino-Gámez, José J.; González-Calbet, Jose M.; Green, Peter F.; Kotov, Nicholas A.

    2012-01-01

    A lot of interesting and sophisticated examples of nanoparticle (NP) self-assembly (SA) are known. From both fundamental and technological standpoints this field requires advancements in three principle directions: a) understanding the mechanism and driving forces of three-dimensional (3D) SA with both nano- and micro-levels of organization; b) understanding of disassembly/deconstruction processes; and c) finding synthetic methods of assembly into continuous superstructures without insulating barriers. From this perspective, we investigated the formation of well-known star-like PbS superstructures and found a number of previously unknown or overlooked aspects that can advance the knowledge of NP self-assembly in these three directions. The primary one is that the formation of large seemingly monocrystalline PbS superstructures with multiple levels of octahedral symmetry can be explained only by SA of small octahedral NPs. We found five distinct periods in the formation PbS hyperbranched stars: 1) nucleation of early PbS NPs with an average diameter of 31 nm; 2) assembly into 100–500 nm octahedral mesocrystals; 3) assembly into 1000–2500 nm hyperbranched stars; 4) assembly and ionic recrystallization into six-arm rods accompanied by disappearance of fine nanoscale structure; 5) deconstruction into rods and cubooctahedral NPs. The switches in assembly patterns between the periods occur due to variable dominance of pattern–determining forces that include vander Waals and electrostatic (charge-charge, dipole-dipole, and polarization) interactions. The superstructure deconstruction is triggered by chemical changes in the deep eutectic solvent (DES) used as the media. PbS superstructures can be excellent models for fundamental studies of nanoscale organization and SA manufacturing of (opto)electronics and energy harvesting devices which require organization of PbS components at multiple scales. PMID:22515512

  2. Unknown aspects of self-assembly of PbS microscale superstructures.

    PubMed

    Querejeta-Fernández, Ana; Hernández-Garrido, Juan C; Yang, Hengxi; Zhou, Yunlong; Varela, Aurea; Parras, Marina; Calvino-Gámez, José J; González-Calbet, Jose M; Green, Peter F; Kotov, Nicholas A

    2012-05-22

    A lot of interesting and sophisticated examples of nanoparticle (NP) self-assembly (SA) are known. From both fundamental and technological standpoints, this field requires advancements in three principle directions: (a) understanding the mechanism and driving forces of three-dimensional (3D) SA with both nano- and microlevels of organization; (b) understanding disassembly/deconstruction processes; and (c) finding synthetic methods of assembly into continuous superstructures without insulating barriers. From this perspective, we investigated the formation of well-known star-like PbS superstructures and found a number of previously unknown or overlooked aspects that can advance the knowledge of NP self-assembly in these three directions. The primary one is that the formation of large seemingly monocrystalline PbS superstructures with multiple levels of octahedral symmetry can be explained only by SA of small octahedral NPs. We found five distinct periods in the formation PbS hyperbranched stars: (1) nucleation of early PbS NPs with an average diameter of 31 nm; (2) assembly into 100-500 nm octahedral mesocrystals; (3) assembly into 1000-2500 nm hyperbranched stars; (4) assembly and ionic recrystallization into six-arm rods accompanied by disappearance of fine nanoscale structure; (5) deconstruction into rods and cuboctahedral NPs. The switches in assembly patterns between the periods occur due to variable dominance of pattern-determining forces that include van der Waals and electrostatic (charge-charge, dipole-dipole, and polarization) interactions. The superstructure deconstruction is triggered by chemical changes in the deep eutectic solvent (DES) used as the media. PbS superstructures can be excellent models for fundamental studies of nanoscale organization and SA manufacturing of (opto)electronics and energy-harvesting devices which require organization of PbS components at multiple scales.

  3. Implementation of a solution Cloud Computing with MapReduce model

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    Baya, Chalabi

    2014-10-01

    In recent years, large scale computer systems have emerged to meet the demands of high storage, supercomputing, and applications using very large data sets. The emergence of Cloud Computing offers the potentiel for analysis and processing of large data sets. Mapreduce is the most popular programming model which is used to support the development of such applications. It was initially designed by Google for building large datacenters on a large scale, to provide Web search services with rapid response and high availability. In this paper we will test the clustering algorithm K-means Clustering in a Cloud Computing. This algorithm is implemented on MapReduce. It has been chosen for its characteristics that are representative of many iterative data analysis algorithms. Then, we modify the framework CloudSim to simulate the MapReduce execution of K-means Clustering on different Cloud Computing, depending on their size and characteristics of target platforms. The experiment show that the implementation of K-means Clustering gives good results especially for large data set and the Cloud infrastructure has an influence on these results.

  4. Reducing infection risk in implant-based breast-reconstruction surgery: challenges and solutions

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    Ooi, Adrian SH; Song, David H

    2016-01-01

    Implant-based procedures are the most commonly performed method for postmastectomy breast reconstruction. While donor-site morbidity is low, these procedures are associated with a higher risk of reconstructive loss. Many of these are related to infection of the implant, which can lead to prolonged antibiotic treatment, undesired additional surgical procedures, and unsatisfactory results. This review combines a summary of the recent literature regarding implant-related breast-reconstruction infections and combines this with a practical approach to the patient and surgery aimed at reducing this risk. Prevention of infection begins with appropriate reconstructive choice based on an assessment and optimization of risk factors. These include patient and disease characteristics, such as smoking, obesity, large breast size, and immediate reconstructive procedures, as well as adjuvant therapy, such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy. For implant-based breast reconstruction, preoperative planning and organization is key to reducing infection. A logical and consistent intraoperative and postoperative surgical protocol, including appropriate antibiotic choice, mastectomy-pocket creation, implant handling, and considered acellular dermal matrix use contribute toward the reduction of breast-implant infections. PMID:27621667

  5. Navigating the information technology highway: computer solutions to reduce errors and enhance patient safety.

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    Koshy, Ranie

    2005-10-01

    Standardized, seamless, integrated information technology in the health-care environment used with other industry tools can markedly decrease preventable errors or adverse events and increase patient safety. According to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report released in 1999, preventable errors have caused between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths per year. Following the report, President Bill Clinton requested that the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality, a government agency, look into the issue and fund, at the local or state level, processes that can reduce errors. Funding subsequently was made available for research that utilizes best practice tools in clinical practice to increase patient safety. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization has placed a great deal of emphasis on strategies to reduce patient identification errors. Fragmented systems tout the individual as well as enhanced safety applications. These applications, however, are related to prevention in specific conditions and in specific health-care settings. Systems are not integrated with common reference data and common terminology aggregated at a regional or national level to provide access to patient safety risks for timely interventions before errors and adverse events occur. Standardized integrated patient care information systems are not available either on a regional or on a national level. This article examines tangible options to increase patient safety through improved state-of-the-art tools that can be incorporated into the health-care system to prevent errors.

  6. Recovery of rhodium(III) from solutions and industrial wastewaters by a sulfate-reducing bacteria consortium.

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    Ngwenya, Nonhlanhla; Whiteley, Chris G

    2006-01-01

    A quantitative analysis of the rate of removal of rhodium(III) by a resting sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) consortium under different initial rhodium and biomass concentrations, pH, temperature, and electron donor was studied. Rhodium speciation was found to be the main factor controlling the rate of its removal from solution. SRB cells were found to have a higher affinity for anionic rhodium species, as compared to both cationic and neutral species, which become abundant when speciation equilibrium was reached. Consequently, a pH-dependent rate of rhodium removal from solution was observed. The maximum SRB uptake capacity for rhodium was found to be 66 mg of rhodium per gram of resting SRB biomass. Electron microscopy studies revealed a time-dependent localization and distribution of rhodium precipitates, initially intracellularly and then extracellularly, suggesting the involvement of an enzymatic reductive precipitation process. When a purified hydrogenase enzyme was incubated with rhodium chloride solution under hydrogen, 88% of the rhodium was removed within 1 h, whereas with a soluble extract from SRB 77% was removed within 10 min. Due to the low pH of the industrial effluent (1.31), the enzymatic reduction of rhodium by the purified hydrogenase was greatly limited, and it was apparent that an industrial effluent pretreatment was necessary before the application of an enzymatic treatment. In the present study, however, it was established that SRB are good candidates for the enzymatic recovery of rhodium from both aqueous solution and industrial effluent.

  7. Recyclable removal of bisphenol A from aqueous solution by reduced graphene oxide-magnetic nanoparticles: adsorption and desorption.

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    Zhang, Yixuan; Cheng, Yuxiao; Chen, Ningning; Zhou, Yuyan; Li, Bingyu; Gu, Wei; Shi, Xinhao; Xian, Yuezhong

    2014-05-01

    Reduced graphene oxide (rGO) nanosheets decorated with tunable magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) were synthesized by a simple co-precipitation method and employed for recyclable removal of bisphenol A (BPA) from aqueous solution. The morphological characterization shows that Fe3O4 nanoparticles are uniformly deposited on rGO sheets. The magnetic characterization demonstrates that composites with various amounts of Fe3O4 nanoparticles are superparamagnetic. Due to the superparamagnetism, rGO-MNPs were used as recyclable adsorbents for BPA removal in aqueous solution. The kinetics of the adsorption process and the adsorption isotherm were investigated. The results indicate that the adsorption process is fitted to Langmuir model and the composites with lower density of MNPs represent better adsorption ability. In addition, its kinetics follows pseudo-second-order rate equation. Moreover, the adsorbents could be recovered conveniently by magnetic separation and recyclable used because of the easy desorption of BPA.

  8. Pulse-radiolysis studies on the interaction of one-electron-reduced species with ascorbate oxidase in aqueous solution.

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    O'Neill, P; Fielden, E M; Finazzi-Agrò, A; Avigliano, L

    1983-01-01

    The interaction of e-aq., CO2-. and one-electron reduced nitroaromatics (RNO2-.) with ascorbate oxidase (AAO) was studied in aqueous solution at pH 6.0 and 7.5 by using the technique of pulse radiolysis. From observations at 330, 410 and 610 nm, interaction of e-aq. and CO2-. with AAO results in non-specific reduction of the protein followed by reduction of Type 1 Cu in a rate-determining intramolecular step. Only a few per cent of the reducing equivalents ultimately results in reduction of Type 1 Cu. With large excesses of reducing equivalents (e-aq. and CO2-.) with respect to the copper concentration, the amount of Type 1 copper reduced never exceeds 50% of the total amount of Type 1 copper after a single radiation pulse. With less-powerful reducing agents, e.g. RNO2-. reduction of Type 1 Cu occurs via a bimolecular step, and there is no evidence for formation of radicals on protein residues. From observations at 330 nm it is evident that Type 2 and/or Type 3 Cu may also be reduced along with Type 1 Cu. Almost stoichiometric reduction of AAO by RNO2-. was observed, e.g. the protein accepts 6-7 reducing equivalents. It is inferred that the various types of redox couples Cu2+/Cu+ are in equilibrium and that intramolecular electron transfer between the different types of Cu is not rate-determining when using RNO2-. as reducing agent. PMID:6405732

  9. Motions in Nearby Galaxy Cluster Reveal Presence of Hidden Superstructure

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    2004-09-01

    A nearby galaxy cluster is facing an intergalactic headwind as it is pulled by an underlying superstructure of dark matter, according to new evidence from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. Astronomers think that most of the matter in the universe is concentrated in long large filaments of dark matter and that galaxy clusters are formed where these filaments intersect. A Chandra survey of the Fornax galaxy cluster revealed a vast, swept-back cloud of hot gas near the center of the cluster. This geometry indicates that the hot gas cloud, which is several hundred thousand light years in length, is moving rapidly through a larger, less dense cloud of gas. The motion of the core gas cloud, together with optical observations of a group of galaxies racing inward on a collision course with it, suggests that an unseen, large structure is collapsing and drawing everything toward a common center of gravity. X-ray Image of Fornax with labels X-ray Image of Fornax with labels "At a relatively nearby distance of about 60 million light years, the Fornax cluster represents a crucial laboratory for studying the interplay of galaxies, hot gas and dark matter as the cluster evolves." said Caleb Scharf of Columbia University in New York, NY, lead author of a paper describing the Chandra survey that was presented at an American Astronomical Society meeting in New Orleans, LA. "What we are seeing could be associated directly with the intergalactic gas surrounding a very large scale structure that stretches over millions of light years." The infalling galaxy group, whose motion was detected by Michael Drinkwater of the University of Melbourne in Australia, and colleagues, is about 3 million light years from the cluster core, so a collision with the core will not occur for a few billion years. Insight as to how this collision will look is provided by the elliptical galaxy NGC 1404 that is plunging into the core of the cluster for the first time. As discussed by Scharf and another group

  10. Properties of experimental titanium cast investment mixing with water reducing agent solution.

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    Zhang, Zutai; Ding, Ning; Tamaki, Yukimichi; Hotta, Yasuhiro; Han-Cheol, Cho; Miyazaki, Takashi

    2012-01-01

    This study aimed to develop a dental investment for titanium casting. ZrO(2) and Al(2)O(3) were selected as refractory materials to prepare three investments (Codes: A-C) according to the quantity of Zr. Al(2)O(3) cement was used as a binder at a ratio of 15%, they were mixed with special mixing liquid. B1 was used as a control mixed with water. Fundamental examinations were statistically evaluated. A casting test was performed with investment B. Fluidities, setting times, and green strengths showed no remarkable differences; however, they were significantly different from those of B1. Expansion values for A, B, C, and B1 at 850°C were 1.03%±0.08%, 1.96%±0.17%, 4.35%±0.23%, and 1.50%±0.28%, respectively. Castings were covered by only small amounts of mold materials. The hardness test showed no significant differences between castings from B and the ones from commercial investments. The experimental special mixing liquid effectively reduced the water/powder ratio and improved the strength and thermal expansion.

  11. Self-Assembled Hierarchical Superstructures from the Benzene-1,3,5-Tricarboxamide Supramolecules for the Fabrication of Remote-Controllable Actuating and Rewritable Films.

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    Choi, Yu-Jin; Kim, Dae-Yoon; Park, Minwook; Yoon, Won-Jin; Lee, Yumin; Hwang, Joo-Kyoung; Chiang, Yeo-Wan; Kuo, Shiao-Wei; Hsu, Chih-Hao; Jeong, Kwang-Un

    2016-04-13

    The well-defined hierarchical superstructures constructed by the self-assembly of programmed supramolecules can be organized for the fabrication of remote-controllable actuating and rewritable films. To realize this concept, we newly designed and synthesized a benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (BTA) derivative (abbreviated as BTA-3AZO) containing photoresponsive azobenzene (AZO) mesogens on the periphery of the BTA core. BTA-3AZO was first self-assembled to nanocolumns mainly driven by the intermolecular hydrogen-bonds between BTA cores, and these self-assembled nanocolumns were further self-organized laterally to form the low-ordered hexagonal columnar liquid crystal (LC) phase below the isotropization temperature. Upon cooling, a lamello-columnar crystal phase emerged at room temperature via a highly ordered lamello-columnar LC phase. The three-dimensional (3D) organogel networks consisted of fibrous and lamellar superstructures were fabricated in the BTA-3AZO cyclohexane-methanol solutions. By tuning the wavelength of light, the shape and color of the 3D networked thin films were remote-controlled by the conformational changes of azobenzene moieties in the BTA-3AZO. The demonstrations of remote-controllable 3D actuating and rewritable films with the self-assembled hierarchical BTA-3AZO thin films can be stepping stones for the advanced flexible optoelectronic devices.

  12. Effectiveness of vital staining with iodine solution in reducing local recurrence after resection of dysplastic or malignant oral mucosa.

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    Kurita, Hiroshi; Kamata, Takahiro; Li, Xiangjun; Nakanishi, Yoshitaka; Shimane, Tetsu; Koike, Takeshi

    2012-03-01

    The purpose of this retrospective study was to assess the effect of vital staining with iodine solution in reducing local recurrence after resection of dysplastic or malignant oral mucosa. The historical control group had dysplastic or malignant mucosal lesions resected solely on the evidence of direct inspection and palpation. In the vital staining group tissue was resected only after vital staining with iodine solution. Seven of 25 patients in the conventional group developed recurrent dysplastic or cancerous oral mucosa around the primary site, while no patient among 23 reported recurrence in the vital staining group (p<0.01). Kaplan-Meier assessment showed that the 5-year primary control rate was 100% in the vital staining group and 75% in the conventional group. Although this retrospective study has some limitations, the results suggest that vital staining with iodine may be useful in reducing the incidence of recurrence of dysplastic or cancerous epithelium at a primary site. Further well-controlled study is essential.

  13. Direct Fabrication of Free-Standing MOF Superstructures with Desired Shapes by Micro-Confined Interfacial Synthesis.

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    Kim, Jin-Oh; Min, Kyoung-Ik; Noh, Hyunwoo; Kim, Dong-Hwi; Park, Soo-Young; Kim, Dong-Pyo

    2016-06-13

    Recently, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with multifunctional pore chemistry have been intensively investigated for positioning the desired morphology at specific locations onto substrates for manufacturing devices. Herein, we develop a micro-confined interfacial synthesis (MIS) approach for fabrication of a variety of free-standing MOF superstructures with desired shapes. This approach for engineering MOFs provides three key features: 1) in situ synthesis of various free-standing MOF superstructures with controlled compositions, shape, and thickness using a mold membrane; 2) adding magnetic functionality into MOF superstructures by loading with Fe3 O4 nanoparticles; 3) transferring the synthesized MOF superstructural array on to flat or curved surface of various substrates. The MIS route with versatile potential opens the door for a number of new perspectives in various applications.

  14. B K-Edge XANES of Superstructural Units in Borate Glasses

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    Sipr, O.; Simunek, A.; Rocca, F.

    2007-02-02

    The potential of x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy for studying medium range order in borate glasses is assessed by theoretical modelling of the spectra. B K edge XANES is calculated in case that B atoms are located in isolated BO3 and BO4 units and in case that B atom are located in superstructural units of 9-15 atoms. It is found that boroxol ring and diborate and ditriborate superstructural units give rise to spectra which differ from spectra obtained by a mere superposition of spectra of isolated BO3 and BO4 units. On the other hand, spectra of pentaborate and triborate units do not differ significantly from spectra of isolated BO3 and BO4.

  15. Lieb-Mattis ferrimagnetic superstructure and superparamagnetism in Fe-based double perovskite multiferroics

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    Kuzian, R. O.; Laguta, V. V.; Richter, J.

    2014-10-01

    We show an explicit mechanism of large superspin formation in double perovskites PbFe1/2M1/2O3 (M =Nb, Ta, and Sb). First, we demonstrate that antiferromagnetically interacting Fe3+ (S =5/2) ions may be arranged in a periodic superstructure that exhibits a long-range ferrimagnetic ordering below Tfe≈5.6J1 (J1/kB˜50 K), which is close to room temperature. The ferrimagnetism of this superstructure is due to its geometry (so-called Lieb-Mattis ferrimagnetism), in contrast to the "usual" ferrimagnetism, which is due to the coupling of ions with different spin values. Next, we show that small clusters of the same structure exhibit a superparamagnetic behavior at T ≲Tfe. The possibility of formation of such clusters explains the room-temperature (superpara)magnetism in 3d-metal based oxides.

  16. Printed multilayer superstructures of aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes for electronic applications.

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    Kang, Seong Jun; Kocabas, Coskun; Kim, Hoon-Sik; Cao, Qing; Meitl, Matthew A; Khang, Dahl-Young; Rogers, John A

    2007-11-01

    We developed means to form multilayer superstructures of large collections of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) configured in horizontally aligned arrays, random networks, and complex geometries of arrays and networks on a wide range of substrates. The approach involves guided growth of SWNTs on crystalline and amorphous substrates followed by sequential, multiple step transfer of the resulting collections of tubes to target substrates, such as high-k thin dielectrics on silicon wafers, transparent plates of glass, cylindrical tubes and other curved surfaces, and thin, flexible sheets of plastic. Electrical measurements on dense, bilayer superstructures, including crossbars, random networks, and aligned arrays on networks of SWNTs reveal some important characteristics of representative systems. These and other layouts of SWNTs might find applications not only in electronics but also in areas such as optoelectronics, sensors, nanomechanical systems, and microfluidics.

  17. Microwave-assisted synthesis of gold nanoparticles self-assembled into self-supported superstructures

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    Esparza, R.; Vargas-Hernández, C.; Fernández García, M. E.; José-Yacamán, M.

    2014-01-01

    Passivated gold nanoparticles were synthesized through a microwave-assisted process in a two-phase system, in the presence of 1-dodecanethiol. An average particle size of 1.8 nm of the gold nanoparticles obtained and 0.35 S.D. was determined through HRTEM and STEM analysis. It was observed that these nanoparticles spontaneously self-assemble into self-supported superstructures of 1 μm in diameter avg and 400 nm thickness, yielding an off-white powder which can be handled as a simple powder. XRD analysis indicates that n-alkanethiol molecules used as a passivating compound, besides protecting against crystal growth, interact to form cubic ordered arrays between the nanoparticles. This interaction leads to the superstructure formation, with an average distance between nanoparticles in the array, of 3.56 nm. Theoretical calculations and molecular dynamics simulations were performed to analyze the resulting structure. PMID:22398420

  18. Dynamic Orthogonal Switching of a Thermoresponsive Self-Organized Helical Superstructure.

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    Zhang, Lingli; Wang, Ling; Hiremath, Uma S; Bisoyi, Hari Krishna; Nair, Geetha G; Yelamaggad, Channabasaveshwar V; Urbas, Augustine M; Bunning, Timothy J; Li, Quan

    2017-04-12

    Controllable manipulation of self-organized dynamic superstructures of functional molecular materials by external stimuli is an enabling enterprise. Herein, we have developed a thermally driven, self-organized helical superstructure, i.e., thermoresponsive cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC), by integrating a judiciously chosen thermoresponsive chiral molecular switch into an achiral liquid crystalline medium. The CLC in lying state, in both planar and twisted nematic cells, exhibits reversible in-plane orthogonal switching of its helical axis in response to the combined effect of temperature and electric field. Consequently, the direction of the cholesteric grating has been observed to undergo 90° switching in a single cell, enabling non-mechanical beam steering along two orthogonal directions. The ability to reversibly switch the cholesteric gartings along perpendicular directions by appropriately adjusting temperature and electric field strength could facilitate their applications in 2D beam steering, spectrum scanning, optoelectronics and beyond.

  19. The integrated Sachs-Wolfe imprint of cosmic superstructures: a problem for ΛCDM

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    Nadathur, Seshadri; Sarkar, Subir; Hotchkiss, Shaun E-mail: shaun.hotchkiss@helsinki.fi

    2012-06-01

    A crucial diagnostic of the ΛCDM cosmological model is the integrated Sachs-Wolfe (ISW) effect of large-scale structure on the cosmic microwave background (CMB). The ISW imprint of superstructures of size ∼ 100 h{sup −1}Mpc at redshift z ∼ 0.5 has been detected with > 4σ significance, however it has been noted that the signal is much larger than expected. We revisit the calculation using linear theory predictions in ΛCDM cosmology for the number density of superstructures and their radial density profile, and take possible selection effects into account. While our expected signal is larger than previous estimates, it is still inconsistent by > 3σ with the observation. If the observed signal is indeed due to the ISW effect then huge, extremely underdense voids are far more common in the observed universe than predicted by ΛCDM.

  20. Multi-component superstructures self-assembled from nanocrystal building blocks

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    Tan, Rui; Zhu, Hua; Cao, Can; Chen, Ou

    2016-05-01

    More than three decades of intensive study to make high-quality nanocrystals have created a unique toolbox for building multi-component superstructures, which have been recognized as a new generation of metamaterials important to both fundamental sciences and applied technologies. This minireview summarizes recent advances in this exciting field. We will focus our discussion on the synthetic strategies and superstructures of this multi-component metamaterial, and highlight their novel properties and potential applications. Additionally, some perspectives on possible developments in this field are offered at the end of this review. We hope that this minireview will both inform and stimulate research interests for the design and fabrication of these nanocrystal-based multi-component metamaterials for diverse applications in the future.

  1. Vibrational properties of the Pt(111)- p(2 × 2)-K surface superstructure

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    Rusina, G. G.; Eremeev, S. V.; Borisova, S. D.; Chulkov, E. V.

    2008-08-01

    The vibrational spectra of the Pt(111)- p(2 × 2)-K ordered surface superstructure formed on the platinum surface upon adsorption of 0.25 potassium monolayer are calculated using the interatomic interaction potentials obtained within the tight-binding approximation. The surface relaxation, the dispersion of surface phonons, the local density of surface vibrational states, and the polarization of vibrational modes of adatoms and substrate atoms are discussed. The theoretical results are in good agreement with the recently obtained experimental data.

  2. The compatible solute ectoine reduces the exacerbating effect of environmental model particles on the immune response of the airways.

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    Unfried, Klaus; Kroker, Matthias; Autengruber, Andrea; Gotić, Marijan; Sydlik, Ulrich

    2014-01-01

    Exposure of humans to particulate air pollution has been correlated with the incidence and aggravation of allergic airway diseases. In predisposed individuals, inhalation of environmental particles can lead to an exacerbation of immune responses. Previous studies demonstrated a beneficial effect of the compatible solute ectoine on lung inflammation in rats exposed to carbon nanoparticles (CNP) as a model of environmental particle exposure. In the current study we investigated the effect of such a treatment on airway inflammation in a mouse allergy model. Ectoine in nonsensitized animals significantly reduced the neutrophilic lung inflammation after CNP exposure. This effect was accompanied by a reduction of inflammatory factors in the bronchoalveolar lavage. Reduced IL-6 levels in the serum also indicate the effects of ectoine on systemic inflammation. In sensitized animals, an aggravation of the immune response was observed when animals were exposed to CNP prior to antigen provocation. The coadministration of ectoine together with the particles significantly reduced this exacerbation. The data indicate the role of neutrophilic lung inflammation in the exacerbation of allergic airway responses. Moreover, the data suggest to use ectoine as a preventive treatment to avoid the exacerbation of allergic airway responses induced by environmental air pollution.

  3. The Compatible Solute Ectoine Reduces the Exacerbating Effect of Environmental Model Particles on the Immune Response of the Airways

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    Gotić, Marijan

    2014-01-01

    Exposure of humans to particulate air pollution has been correlated with the incidence and aggravation of allergic airway diseases. In predisposed individuals, inhalation of environmental particles can lead to an exacerbation of immune responses. Previous studies demonstrated a beneficial effect of the compatible solute ectoine on lung inflammation in rats exposed to carbon nanoparticles (CNP) as a model of environmental particle exposure. In the current study we investigated the effect of such a treatment on airway inflammation in a mouse allergy model. Ectoine in nonsensitized animals significantly reduced the neutrophilic lung inflammation after CNP exposure. This effect was accompanied by a reduction of inflammatory factors in the bronchoalveolar lavage. Reduced IL-6 levels in the serum also indicate the effects of ectoine on systemic inflammation. In sensitized animals, an aggravation of the immune response was observed when animals were exposed to CNP prior to antigen provocation. The coadministration of ectoine together with the particles significantly reduced this exacerbation. The data indicate the role of neutrophilic lung inflammation in the exacerbation of allergic airway responses. Moreover, the data suggest to use ectoine as a preventive treatment to avoid the exacerbation of allergic airway responses induced by environmental air pollution. PMID:24822073

  4. Right handed chiral superstructures from achiral molecules: self-assembly with a twist

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    Anuradha, A; La, Duong Duc; Al Kobaisi, Mohammad; Bhosale, Sheshanath V.

    2015-01-01

    The induction and development of chiral supramolecular structures from hierarchical self-assembly of achiral compounds is closely related to the evolution of life and the chiral amplification found in nature. Here we show that the combination of achiral tetraphenylethene (TPE) an AIE-active luminophore bearing four long alkyl chains via amide linkage allows the entire process of induction and control of supramolecular chirality into well-defined uniform right-handed twisted superstructures via solvent composition and polarity, i.e. solvophobic effect. We showed that the degree of twist and the pitch of the ribbons can be controlled to one-handed helical structure via solvophobic effects. The twisted superstructure assembly was visualised by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), furthermore, circular dichroism (CD) confirms used to determine controlled right-handed assembly. This controlled assembly of an AIE-active molecule can be of practical value; for example, as templates for helical crystallisation, catalysis and a chiral mechanochromic luminescent superstructure formation. PMID:26493294

  5. Evolution of Moiré Profiles from van der Waals Superstructures of Boron Nitride Nanosheets

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    Liao, Yunlong; Cao, Wei; Connell, John W.; Chen, Zhongfang; Lin, Yi

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) superstructures, or vdW solids, are formed by the precise restacking of 2D nanosheet lattices, which can lead to unique physical and electronic properties that are not available in the parent nanosheets. Moiré patterns formed by the crystalline mismatch between adjacent nanosheets are the most direct features for vdW superstructures under microscopic imaging. In this article, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation of hexagonal Moiré patterns with unusually large micrometer-sized lateral areas (up to ~1 μm2) and periodicities (up to ~50 nm) from restacking of liquid exfoliated hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets (BNNSs) is reported. This observation was attributed to the long range crystallinity and the contaminant-free surfaces of these chemically inert nanosheets. Parallel-line-like Moiré fringes with similarly large periodicities were also observed. The simulations and experiments unambiguously revealed that the hexagonal patterns and the parallel fringes originated from the same rotationally mismatched vdW stacking of BNNSs and can be inter-converted by simply tilting the TEM specimen following designated directions. This finding may pave the way for further structural decoding of other 2D vdW superstructure systems with more complex Moiré images. PMID:27188697

  6. Superstructure of TiO2 Crystalline Nanoparticles Yields Effective Conduction Pathways for Photogenerated Charges.

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    Bian, Zhenfeng; Tachikawa, Takashi; Majima, Tetsuro

    2012-06-07

    Materials with intricate nanostructures display fascinating properties, which have inspired extensive research on the synthesis of materials with controlled structures. In this study, we investigated the properties of superstructures of TiO2 to understand the inter-relationship between structural ordering and photocatalytic performance. The nanoplate anatase TiO2 mesocrystals were chosen as the typical investigation objects, which were newly synthesized by a topotactic structural transformation. The TiO2 mesocrystals displayed the superstructure of crystallographically ordered alignment of anatase TiO2 nanocrystals with high surface area and large high-energy surface {001} planes exposed. The photoconductive atomic force microscopy and time-resolved diffuse reflectance spectroscopy were utilized to determine the charge transport properties of TiO2 mesocrystals, and their features were highlighted by a comparison with reference TiO2 samples, for example, anatase TiO2 nanocrystals with similar surface area and single crystal structure. Consequently, it was found for the first time that such a superstructure of TiO2 could largely enhance charge separation and had remarkably long-lived charges, thereby exhibiting greatly increased photoconductivity and photocatalytic activity.

  7. Evolution of Moiré Profiles from van der Waals Superstructures of Boron Nitride Nanosheets.

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    Liao, Yunlong; Cao, Wei; Connell, John W; Chen, Zhongfang; Lin, Yi

    2016-05-18

    Two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) superstructures, or vdW solids, are formed by the precise restacking of 2D nanosheet lattices, which can lead to unique physical and electronic properties that are not available in the parent nanosheets. Moiré patterns formed by the crystalline mismatch between adjacent nanosheets are the most direct features for vdW superstructures under microscopic imaging. In this article, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation of hexagonal Moiré patterns with unusually large micrometer-sized lateral areas (up to ~1 μm(2)) and periodicities (up to ~50 nm) from restacking of liquid exfoliated hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets (BNNSs) is reported. This observation was attributed to the long range crystallinity and the contaminant-free surfaces of these chemically inert nanosheets. Parallel-line-like Moiré fringes with similarly large periodicities were also observed. The simulations and experiments unambiguously revealed that the hexagonal patterns and the parallel fringes originated from the same rotationally mismatched vdW stacking of BNNSs and can be inter-converted by simply tilting the TEM specimen following designated directions. This finding may pave the way for further structural decoding of other 2D vdW superstructure systems with more complex Moiré images.

  8. Quantum dots-based multifunctional dendritic superstructure for amplified electrochemiluminescence detection of ATP.

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    Jie, Guifen; Yuan, Jinxin; Zhang, Jian

    2012-01-15

    A novel multifunctional dendrimeric CdSe-CdS-Quantum dots (QDs) hybrid superstructure with highly intense electrochemiluminescence (ECL), fluorescence and excellent magnetic property is prepared for the first time, and successfully applied to amplified ECL assays of ATP using DNA cycle amplification technique. The magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) were firstly assembled with unique dendrimer nanoclusters (NCs), then large numbers of QDs were labeled onto the dendrimer NCs, the superstructure exhibits highly enhanced ECL and fluorescence than the pure QDs. Remarkable ECL quenching of the nanocomposites by gold nanoparticles (GNPs) was observed, based on which a novel strategy for highly sensitive ATP detection was developed by cycle amplification technique. Furthermore, the nanocomposites with excellent magnetic properties can be easily labeled, separated and immobilized onto a magnetic electrode. In particular, all the procedures such as linking GNPs, sensing target and DNA cycle amplification were directly accomplished on the nanocomposites, which is more rapid, convenient, complete and has better reproducibility than the conventional methods on electrode. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the multifunctional QDs superstructure with highly intense ECL, fluorescence, excellent magnetism and its ECL biosensing, which opens a new pathway for developing QD-based nanocomposites for broad applications in ECL bioassays and optical imaging.

  9. Right handed chiral superstructures from achiral molecules: self-assembly with a twist

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    Anuradha; La, Duong Duc; Al Kobaisi, Mohammad; Bhosale, Sheshanath V.

    2015-10-01

    The induction and development of chiral supramolecular structures from hierarchical self-assembly of achiral compounds is closely related to the evolution of life and the chiral amplification found in nature. Here we show that the combination of achiral tetraphenylethene (TPE) an AIE-active luminophore bearing four long alkyl chains via amide linkage allows the entire process of induction and control of supramolecular chirality into well-defined uniform right-handed twisted superstructures via solvent composition and polarity, i.e. solvophobic effect. We showed that the degree of twist and the pitch of the ribbons can be controlled to one-handed helical structure via solvophobic effects. The twisted superstructure assembly was visualised by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), furthermore, circular dichroism (CD) confirms used to determine controlled right-handed assembly. This controlled assembly of an AIE-active molecule can be of practical value; for example, as templates for helical crystallisation, catalysis and a chiral mechanochromic luminescent superstructure formation.

  10. Superstructure formation and variation in Ni-GDC cermet anodes in SOFC.

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    Li, Zhi-Peng; Mori, Toshiyuki; Auchterlonie, Graeme John; Zou, Jin; Drennan, John

    2011-05-28

    The microstructures and spatial distributions of constituent elements at the anode in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have been characterized by analytical transmission electron microscopy (TEM). High resolution TEM observations demonstrate two different types of superstructure formation in grain interiors and at grain boundaries. Energy-filtered TEM elemental imaging qualitatively reveals that mixture zones exist at metal-ceramic grain boundaries, which is also quantitatively verified by STEM energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. It was apparent that both metallic Ni and the rare-earth elements Ce/Gd in gadolinium-doped ceria can diffuse into each other with equal diffusion lengths (about 100 nm). This will lead to the existence of mutual diffusion zones at grain boundaries, accompanied by a change in the valence state of the diffusing ions, as identified by electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS). Such mutual diffusion is believed to be the dominant factor that gives rise to superstructure formation at grain boundaries, while a different superstructure is formed at grain interiors, as a consequence solely of the reduction of Ce(4+) to Ce(3+) during H(2) treatment. This work will enhance the fundamental understanding of microstructural evolution at the anode, correlating with advancements in sample preparation in order to improve the performance of SOFC anodes.

  11. Cryo-transmission electron microscopy of a superstructure of fluid dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (DOPC) membranes.

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    Klösgen, B; Helfrich, W

    1997-01-01

    Using cryo-transmission electron microscopy, we have obtained abundant and reproducible evidence for a superstructure of dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (DOPC) bilayers. Dispersions of vesicles were prepared by gentle shaking of a 2% suspension of DOPC in water followed in part by extrusion through a porous technical membrane. Sampling and cryofixation took place at various times within 3 weeks after the preparation. From the micrographs we infer that the small fraction of vesicles enclosing one another develop passages (connections) between the bilayers. In contrast, the superstructure is basically a feature of disconnected membranes. Among its modifications are isolated membrane bends or folds and a grainy membrane texture with a minimal grain spacing of 4-6 nm. In the extruded dispersions the passages and the superstructure seem to be formed mostly within the first day. The fraction of smooth and unilamellar vesicles is large at all times and in all dispersions. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 FIGURE 6 FIGURE 7 FIGURE 8 FIGURE 9 FIGURE 11 FIGURE 12 FIGURE 13 FIGURE 14 FIGURE 15 FIGURE 16 FIGURE 17 FIGURE 18 FIGURE 19 PMID:9414216

  12. Evolution of Moiré Profiles from van der Waals Superstructures of Boron Nitride Nanosheets

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    Liao, Yunlong; Cao, Wei; Connell, John W.; Chen, Zhongfang; Lin, Yi

    2016-05-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) superstructures, or vdW solids, are formed by the precise restacking of 2D nanosheet lattices, which can lead to unique physical and electronic properties that are not available in the parent nanosheets. Moiré patterns formed by the crystalline mismatch between adjacent nanosheets are the most direct features for vdW superstructures under microscopic imaging. In this article, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation of hexagonal Moiré patterns with unusually large micrometer-sized lateral areas (up to ~1 μm2) and periodicities (up to ~50 nm) from restacking of liquid exfoliated hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets (BNNSs) is reported. This observation was attributed to the long range crystallinity and the contaminant-free surfaces of these chemically inert nanosheets. Parallel-line-like Moiré fringes with similarly large periodicities were also observed. The simulations and experiments unambiguously revealed that the hexagonal patterns and the parallel fringes originated from the same rotationally mismatched vdW stacking of BNNSs and can be inter-converted by simply tilting the TEM specimen following designated directions. This finding may pave the way for further structural decoding of other 2D vdW superstructure systems with more complex Moiré images.

  13. Contamination of toothbrush at different time intervals and effectiveness of various disinfecting solutions in reducing the contamination of toothbrush.

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    Sogi, Suma H P; Subbareddy, V V; Kiran, Shashi N D

    2002-09-01

    The common devices used for oral hygiene measures are toothbrush, dentifrice and oral rinses. Present study was carried out to know the level of contamination of toothbrush after brushing and at the same time, to know the efficacy of various disinfecting solution in reducing their contamination. Thirty two children in the age group of 12-14, residing in Government Hostel were selected. They were divided into four groups of 8 each, and were supplied with toothbrushes. Toothbrushes were cultured to assess the contamination at different time intervals. Control group had shown the highest percentage of contamination. It was concluded that cleaning of the oral cavity is not the only procedure in maintaining the oral hygiene, the oral hygiene devices should also be kept clean.

  14. Cholesterol reduces the effects of dihydroxy bile acids and fatty acids on water and solute transport in the human jejunum.

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    Broor, S L; Slota, T; Ammon, H V

    1980-01-01

    Jejunal perfusion studies were performed in 16 healthy volunteers to test the hypothesis that intraluminal cholesterol can mitigate the fluid secretion induced by dihydroxy bile acids and fatty acids. Fluid secretion in the presence of 5 mM taurodeoxycholate was somewhat reduced by 4 mM mono-olein which was used for the solubilization of cholesterol. Addition of 0.8 mM cholesterol reduced fluid secretion further (P less than 0.05). Fluid secretion induced by 4 mM oleic acid was changed to net absorption in a linear fashion with increasing cholesterol concentration in the perfusion solutions. 1 mM cholesterol reduced fluid secretion induced by 6 mM oleic acid (P less than 0.005), but had no effect on fluid secretion induced by 6 mM linolenic acid. Glucose absorption was generally affected in a similar manner as water transport. In vitro, 1 mM cholesterol reduced monomer activity of 6 mM oleic acid to 72.3 +/- 0.9% of control and that of linolenic acid to 81.1 +/- 1.7% of control. Although statistically significant (P less than 0.001), the difference in the effects of cholesterol on monomer activities of the two fatty acids was rather small and it is unlikely that changes in monomer concentration of fatty acids and bile acids account for the protective effect of cholesterol. The in vivo observations point to a new physiological role for biliary cholesterol: the modification of the response of the small intestine to the effects of dihydroxy bile acids and fatty acids. PMID:7358850

  15. Orogenic superstructure behaviour and mid-crustal plastic flow in the central Nepal Himalaya

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    Godin, L.; Kellett, D. A.; Larson, K. P.

    2007-12-01

    In the central Nepal Himalaya, the Tethyan sedimentary sequence (TSS) forms the superstructure to mid-crustal infrastructure rocks of the Greater Himalayan sequence (GHS); the top-to-the-north South Tibetan detachment system (STDS) defines their contact. North-verging folds, opposite to the main orogenic vergence, structurally dominate the TSS. Although the absolute age of this folding is unknown, structural observations and 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology indicate that it formed between 50-23 Ma, predating the dominant Miocene motion on the STDS. The GHS records a two-stage post-collisional history, marked by ca. 35 Ma burial metamorphism, followed by high-T, low-P, ca. 22 Ma metamorphism. Dominant top-to-the-south shear fabrics developed at peak temperatures at ca. 22 Ma pervasively transpose linear and planar features within the GHS. Vorticity analyses yield kinematic vorticity numbers between 0.29 and 0.80 (81-41% pure shear), with a significant amount of stretch parallel to the flow plane (34-53%). 40Ar/39Ar thermochronological data indicate that southward extrusion of the GHS terminated with cessation of movement on the STDS at 19 Ma. Our data suggest that the orogenic superstructure actively influenced the behaviour of the infrastructure in the early stages of orogenesis through fold-thrust belt formation leading to prograde 35 Ma metamorphism in the GHS. Associated melt weakening in the infrastructure allowed the initiation of southward plastic flow of the GHS, locally modifying the vergence of superstructural folds towards the north. As melt weakening in the middle crust intensified and the rheological contrast between superstructure and infrastructure increased, the upper crust decoupled from the middle crust and deformation in the upper crust temporarily ceased. By 17 Ma the extruded mid-crustal rocks cooled sufficiently to require the upper, brittle component of the STDS to become active. As cooling continued (17-14 Ma), the superstructure and underlying

  16. Superstructures and multijunction cells for high efficiency energy conversion

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    Wagner, M.; Leburton, J. P.

    1985-01-01

    Potential applications of superlattices to photovoltaic structures are discussed. A single-bandgap, multijunction cell with selective electrodes for lateral transport of collected carriers is proposed. The concept is based on similar doping superlattice (NIPI) structures. Computer simulations show that by reducing bulk recombination losses, the spectral response of such cells is enhanced, particularly for poor quality materials with short diffusion lengths. Dark current contributions of additional junctions result in a trade-off between short-circuit current and open-circuit voltage as the number of layers is increased. One or two extra junctions appear to be optimal.

  17. Pulse Dipolar ESR and Protein Superstructures and Function

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    Freed, Jack

    2014-03-01

    Pulse dipolar electron-spin resonance (PDS-ESR) has emerged as a powerful methodology for the study of protein structure and function. This technology, in the form of double quantum coherence (DQC) - ESR and double-electron-electron resonance (DEER) in conjunction with site-directed spin-labeling will be described. It enables the measurement of distances and their distributions in the range of 1-9 nm between pairs of spins labeled at two sites in the protein. Many biological objects can be studied: soluble and membrane proteins, protein complexes, etc. Many sample morphologies are possible: uniform, heterogeneous, etc. thereby permitting a variety of sample types: solutions, liposomes, micelles, bicelles. Concentrations from micromolar to tens of millimolar are amenable, requiring only small amounts of biomolecules. The distances are quite accurate, so a relatively small number of them are sufficient to reveal structures and functional details. Several examples will be shown. The first is defining the protein complexes that mediate bacterial chemotaxis, which is the process whereby cells modulate their flagella-driven motility in response to environmental cues. It relies on a complex sensory apparatus composed of transmembrane receptors, histidine kinases, and coupling proteins. PDS-based models have captured key architectural features of the receptor kinase arrays and the flagellar motor, and their changes in conformation and dynamics that accompany kinase activation and motor switching. Another example will be determining the conformational states and cycling of a membrane transporter, GltPh, which is a homotrimer, in its apo, substrate-bound, and inhibitor-bound, states in membrane vesicles providing insight into its energetics. In a third example the structureless (in solution) proteins alpha-synuclein and tau, which are important in Parkinson's disease and in neurodegeneration will be described and the structures they take on in contact with membranes will be

  18. Long-period ordered superstructures that appear in an (Al,Ga)-rich (Al,Ga)Ti system

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    Nakano, Takayoshi; Hagihara, Koji; Hata, Satoshi; Shigyo, Hajime; Nakashima, Hideharu; Umakoshi, Yukichi; Arya, Ashok; Kulkarni, Ulhas D.

    2013-01-01

    Long-period ordered superstructures in an (Al,Ga)-rich (Al,Ga)Ti system composed of (Al,Ga) x Ti100- x (x = 50-65 at. %) were investigated by using melt-spun ribbons, focusing on the ordering process of the superstructural phases. Compositional regions in which h-(Al,Ga)2Ti (Ga2Zr-type), (Al,Ga)5Ti3 and (Al,Ga)3Ti2 with threefold, fourfold and fivefold periodicity, respectively, appeared coherently in the L10 matrix were identified by electron diffraction patterns in two different temperature conditions of as-spun (a relatively high-temperature state) and heat-treatment at 700°C (a relatively low-temperature state). The (Al,Ga)5Ti3 superstructural phase always existed between the compositional region where h-(Al,Ga)2Ti and (Al,Ga)3Ti2 dominantly appear. Therefore, periodical ordering proceeds following the periodicity of the concentration wave of pure (Al,Ga) layers parallel to {310) in the Ti (002) layers from threefold to fivefold periodicity via fourfold periodicity. We found that the (Al,Ga)3Ti2 long-period superstructural phase preferentially appeared with increasing Ga concentration in the melt-spun ribbon annealed at 700°C. In other words, the h-(Al,Ga)2Ti superstructure with threefold periodicity preferentially appeared at the high temperature and a low Ga concentration. Thus, the (Al,Ga)3Ti2-type superstructure was never produced without the addition of Ga in the present study. The long-period ordered superstructures were composed of three pairs of primitive cells, (Al,Ga)Ti2, (Al,Ga)Ti3 and (Al,Ga)Ti4, with periodic atomic arrangements corresponding to lean rhombus, fat rhombus and square, respectively. We discuss the ordering process throughout the (Al,Ga)5 ? superstructure based on the periodic concentration wave and exchange of atoms. The effect of long-period ordered superstructures on hardness is also mentioned.

  19. Acquisition of the linearization process in text composition in third to ninth graders: effects of textual superstructure and macrostructural organization.

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    Favart, Monik; Coirier, Pierre

    2006-07-01

    Two complementary experiments analyzed the acquisition of text content linearization in writing, in French-speaking participants from third to ninth grades. In both experiments, a scrambled text paradigm was used: eleven ideas presented in random order had to be rearranged coherently so as to compose a text. Linearization was analyzed on the basis of the conceptual ordering of ideas and writing fluency. The first experiment focused on the effect of superstructural facilitation (in decreasing order: 1--instructional, 2--narrative, 3--argumentative), while the second experiment studied the effect of prewriting conditions: 1-scrambled presentation, 2--macrostructural facilitation, 3--ideas given in optimal order (control condition). As expected, scores in conceptual ordering and writing fluency improved through the grade levels. Students were most successful with respect to conceptual ordering in the instructional superstructure, followed by the narrative and finally the argumentative superstructures. The prewriting assignment also had the expected effect (control better than macrostructural presentation which, in turn, was better than the random order) but only with the argumentative superstructure. Contrary to conceptual ordering, writing fluency was not affected by the type of superstructure, although we did record an effect of the prewriting condition. The results are discussed in light of Bereiter and Scardamalia's knowledge transforming strategy (1987) taking into account cognitive development and French language curriculum.

  20. Reexamination of the Classical View of how Drag-Reducing Polymer Solutions Modify the Mean Velocity Profile: Baseline Results

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    Farsiani, Yasaman; Baade, Jacquelyne; Elbing, Brian

    2016-11-01

    Recent numerical and experimental data have shown that the classical view of how drag-reducing polymer solutions modify the mean turbulent velocity profile is incorrect. The classical view is that the log-region is unmodified from the traditional law-of-the-wall for Newtonian fluids, though shifted outward. Thus the current study reexamines the modified velocity distribution and its dependence on flow and polymer properties. Based on previous work it is expected that the behavior will depend on the Reynolds number, Weissenberg number, ratio of solvent viscosity to the zero-shear viscosity, and the ratio between the coiled and fully extended polymer chain lengths. The long-term objective for this study includes a parametric study to assess the velocity profile sensitivity to each of these parameters. This study will be performed using a custom design water tunnel, which has a test section that is 1 m long with a 15.2 cm square cross section and a nominal speed range of 1 to 10 m/s. The current presentation focuses on baseline (non-polymeric) measurements of the velocity distribution using PIV, which will be used for comparison of the polymer modified results. Preliminary polymeric results will also be presented. This work was supported by NSF Grant 1604978.

  1. Reliable Real-Time Solution of Parametrized Partial Differential Equations: Reduced-Basis Output Bound Methods. Appendix 2

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    Prudhomme, C.; Rovas, D. V.; Veroy, K.; Machiels, L.; Maday, Y.; Patera, A. T.; Turinici, G.; Zang, Thomas A., Jr. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    We present a technique for the rapid and reliable prediction of linear-functional outputs of elliptic (and parabolic) partial differential equations with affine parameter dependence. The essential components are (i) (provably) rapidly convergent global reduced basis approximations, Galerkin projection onto a space W(sub N) spanned by solutions of the governing partial differential equation at N selected points in parameter space; (ii) a posteriori error estimation, relaxations of the error-residual equation that provide inexpensive yet sharp and rigorous bounds for the error in the outputs of interest; and (iii) off-line/on-line computational procedures, methods which decouple the generation and projection stages of the approximation process. The operation count for the on-line stage, in which, given a new parameter value, we calculate the output of interest and associated error bound, depends only on N (typically very small) and the parametric complexity of the problem; the method is thus ideally suited for the repeated and rapid evaluations required in the context of parameter estimation, design, optimization, and real-time control.

  2. Blue luminescence and superstructures from magic size clusters of CdSe.

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    Riehle, Frank S; Bienert, Roland; Thomann, Ralf; Urban, Gerald A

    2009-02-01

    In this letter, we present a low-temperature synthesis route revealing a new type of ultrasmall CdSe nanoparticle family with exceptional narrow blue emissions between 437 and 456 nm and full width at half-maxima below 20 nm. Transmission electron microscopy characterization shows the uniformity of the nanoparticles, which have a diameter of 1.6 nm. After surface modification, the spherical particles assemble into nanowires, demonstrating their potential as building blocks for the generation of highly ordered superstructures. They can also be used as single source precursors for the synthesis of CdSe nanocrystals.

  3. Visualizing the photovoltaic behavior of a type-II p-n heterojunction superstructure

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    Xing, Juanjuan; Takeguchi, Masaki; Hashimoto, Ayako; Cao, Junyu; Ye, Jinhua

    2014-04-01

    Photovoltaic behavior of a CaFe2O4/ZnFe2O4 p-n multi-junction was investigated with electron holography combined with an in situ light irradiation system. Potential profiles of the samples with and without light irradiation were extracted to measure the open circuit photovoltage generated either by the whole heterojunction superstructure or from each p-n junction. Investigation on the variation in the energy band configuration under light irradiation revealed the mechanism involved in the photoelectric effect, with respect to the properties of the heterojunction and its periodic quantum structure.

  4. The double modulation superstructure of the room temperature stable phase of stoichiometric Cu2Te

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    Vouroutzis, N.; Frangis, N.; Manolikas, C.

    2005-01-01

    The structure of the room temperature phase I-Cu2Te is studied by means of electron diffraction and high resolution electron microscopy. It is found that the structure is the result of two modulations. The first one is the periodic introduction of planar translation interfaces perpendicular to the [111]c direction of the fcc basic structure. The second one is the ordering of Cu in octahedral and tetrahedral sites, in a way similar to that known for the -Cu2Se structure. The superstructure unit cell includes twelve Te layers.

  5. Visualizing the photovoltaic behavior of a type-II p-n heterojunction superstructure

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    Xing, Juanjuan; Takeguchi, Masaki; Hashimoto, Ayako; Cao, Junyu; Ye, Jinhua

    2014-04-21

    Photovoltaic behavior of a CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} p-n multi-junction was investigated with electron holography combined with an in situ light irradiation system. Potential profiles of the samples with and without light irradiation were extracted to measure the open circuit photovoltage generated either by the whole heterojunction superstructure or from each p-n junction. Investigation on the variation in the energy band configuration under light irradiation revealed the mechanism involved in the photoelectric effect, with respect to the properties of the heterojunction and its periodic quantum structure.

  6. Reversible light-directed red, green, and blue reflection with thermal stability enabled by a self-organized helical superstructure.

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    Li, Yannian; Urbas, Augustine; Li, Quan

    2012-06-13

    Adding external, remote, and dynamic control to self-organized superstructures with desired properties is an important leap necessary in leveraging the fascinating molecular subsystems for employment in applications. Here two novel light-driven dithienylethene chiral molecular switches possessing remarkable changes in helical twisting power during photoisomerization as well as very high helical twisting powers were found to experience photochemically reversible isomerization with thermal stability in both isotropic organic solvents and anisotropic liquid crystal media. When doped into a commercially available achiral liquid crystal host, the chiral switch was able to either immediately induce an optically tunable helical superstructure or retain an achiral photoresponsive liquid crystal phase whose helical superstructure was induced and tuned reversibly upon light irradiation. Moreover, reversible light-directed red, green, and blue reflection colors with thermal stability in a single thin film were demonstrated.

  7. A sequence of transformations related to the formation of M{sub 3}X{sub 2}-type superstructures

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    Gusev, A. I.

    2015-01-15

    A symmetry analysis of monoclinic, orthorhombic, and trigonal M{sub 3}X{sub 2}-type superstructures that can be formed in strongly stoichiometric MX{sub y} compounds with B1 structure is carried out. Channels of order-disorder transitions MX{sub y} → M{sub 3}X{sub 2} are determined. It is shown that, as temperature decreases, two physically admissible sequences of transformations associated with the formation of M{sub 3}X{sub 2} superstructures are possible in nonstoichiometric MX{sub y} compounds of group IV transition metals. By an example of vanadium carbide VC{sub y}, it is demonstrated that orthorhombic or monoclinic V{sub 3}C{sub 2} superstructures can be obtained with the formation of a nanostructure.

  8. Three-dimensional surface-enhanced Raman scattering hotspots in spherical colloidal superstructure for identification and detection of drugs in human urine.

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    Han, Zhenzhen; Liu, Honglin; Wang, Bin; Weng, Shizhuang; Yang, Liangbao; Liu, Jinhuai

    2015-01-01

    Rapid component separation and robust surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) identification of drugs in real human urine remain an attractive challenge because of the sample complexity, low molecular affinity for metal surface, and inefficient use of hotspots in one- or two-dimensional (2D) geometries. Here, we developed a 5 min strategy of cyclohexane (CYH) extraction for separating amphetamines from human urine. Simultaneously, an oil-in-water emulsion method is used to assemble monodisperse Ag nanoparticles in the CYH phase into spherical colloidal superstructures in the aqueous phase. These superstructures create three-dimensional (3D) SERS hotspots which exist between every two adjacent particles in 3D space, break the traditional 2D limitation, and extend the hotspots into the third dimension along the z-axis. In this platform, a conservative estimate of Raman enhancement factor is larger than 10(7), and the same CYH extraction processing results in a high acceptability and enrichment of drug molecules in 3D hotspots which demonstrates excellent stability and reproducibility and is suitable for the quantitative examination of amphetamines in both aqueous and organic phases. Parallel ultraperformance liquid chromatography (UPLC) examinations corroborate an excellent performance of our SERS platform for the quantitative analysis of methamphetamine (MA) in both aqueous solution and real human urine, of which the detection limits reach 1 and 10 ppb, respectively, with tolerable signal-to-noise ratios. Moreover, SERS examinations on different proportions of MA and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) in human urine demonstrate an excellent capability of multiplex quantification of ultratrace analytes. By virtue of a spectral classification algorithm, we realize the rapid and accurate recognition of weak Raman signals of amphetamines at trace levels and also clearly distinguish various proportions of multiplex components. Our platform for detecting drugs

  9. Taurolidine-citrate lock solution (TauroLock) significantly reduces CVAD-associated grampositive infections in pediatric cancer patients

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    Simon, Arne; Ammann, Roland A; Wiszniewsky, Gertrud; Bode, Udo; Fleischhack, Gudrun; Besuden, Mette M

    2008-01-01

    Background Taurolidin/Citrate (TauroLock™), a lock solution with broad spectrum antimicrobial activity, may prevent bloodstream infection (BSI) due to coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS or 'MRSE' in case of methicillin-resistant isolates) in pediatric cancer patients with a long term central venous access device (CVAD, Port- or/Broviac-/Hickman-catheter type). Methods In a single center prospective 48-months cohort study we compared all patients receiving anticancer chemotherapy from April 2003 to March 2005 (group 1, heparin lock with 200 IU/ml sterile normal saline 0.9%; Canusal® Wockhardt UK Ltd, Wrexham, Wales) and all patients from April 2005 to March 2007 (group 2; taurolidine 1.35%/Sodium Citrate 4%; TauroLock™, Tauropharm, Waldbüttelbrunn, Germany). Results In group 1 (heparin), 90 patients had 98 CVAD in use during the surveillance period. 14 of 30 (47%) BSI were 'primary Gram positive BSI due to CoNS (n = 4) or MRSE (n = 10)' [incidence density (ID); 2.30 per 1000 inpatient CVAD-utilization days]. In group 2 (TauroLock™), 89 patients had 95 CVAD in use during the surveillance period. 3 of 25 (12%) BSI were caused by CoNS. (ID, 0.45). The difference in the ID between the two groups was statistically significant (P = 0.004). Conclusion The use of Taurolidin/Citrate (TauroLock™) significantly reduced the number and incidence density of primary catheter-associated BSI due to CoNS and MRSE in pediatric cancer patients. PMID:18664278

  10. Superstructures formed by orientationally ordered tetrahedra in the bcc lattice: new diffusionless order-disorder transition in solids.

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    Tamura, Ryuji

    2015-03-04

    We investigated and clarified the superstructures formed by tetrahedra in the bcc lattice within the framework of second-order transitions. Compliance with both the Landau and Lifshitz conditions was investigated for all possible superstructures and, based on this, we demonstrate that bcc crystals that contain tetrahedra at an inversion center can exhibit a variety of second-order transitions, which are regarded as a new type of diffusionless order-disorder transition with antiferroic orientational orders. Finally, we show that the transition gives rise to a new glassy state. Breaking of the local inversion symmetry may lead to a new orientational glass, which is reminiscent of spin glasses in magnetism.

  11. Hierarchical superstructures from a star-shaped molecule consisting of a cyclic oligosiloxane with cyanobiphenyl moieties.

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    Kim, Dae-Yoon; Park, Minwook; Lee, Sang-A; Kim, Soeun; Hsu, Chih-Hao; Kim, Namil; Kuo, Shiao-Wei; Yoon, Tae-Ho; Jeong, Kwang-Un

    2015-01-07

    Unconventional star-shaped liquid crystals (abbreviated as SiLCs) were successfully synthesized by chemically connecting four cyanobiphenyl anisotropic mesogens to the periphery of a super-hydrophobic and ultra-flexible cyclic tetramethyltetrasiloxane ring with flexible hexyl chains. Based on the combined experimental techniques of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), cross-polarized optical microscopy (POM), solid-state carbon-13 ((13)C) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and one-dimensional (1D) wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), it was found that the SiLC molecule exhibited the monotropic phase transition from a LC phase to a crystalline phase. The crystalline phase was only detected during slow heating processes above its glass transition temperature, while a LC phase was formed both during cooling and during heating processes. The hierarchical superstructures were identified from the structure-sensitive 2D WAXD of the macroscopically oriented SiLC film and confirmed by selected area electron diffraction (SAED) of the SiLC single crystals. The molecular packing symmetry in the monoclinic unit cell was further investigated by computer simulations on the real and reciprocal spaces. Macroscopically oriented SiLC hierarchical superstructures on the different length scales may provide the targeted physical properties, which can allow us to apply SiLC molecules in the fields of electro-optical devices and nonlinear optics.

  12. Solar Synthesis of PbS-SnS2 Superstructure Nanoparticles.

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    Brontvein, Olga; Albu-Yaron, Ana; Levy, Moshe; Feuerman, Daniel; Popovitz-Biro, Ronit; Tenne, Reshef; Enyashin, Andrey; Gordon, Jeffrey M

    2015-08-25

    We report the synthesis and supporting density-functional-theory computations for a closed-cage, misfit layered-compound superstructure from PbS-SnS2, generated by highly concentrated sunlight from a precursor mixture of Pb, SnS2, and graphite. The unique reactor conditions created in our solar furnace are found to be particularly conducive to the formation of these nanomaterials. Detailed structural and chemical characterization revealed a spontaneous inside-out formation mechanism, with a broad range of nonhollow fullerene-like structures starting at a diameter of ∼20 nm and a wall thickness of ∼5 layers. The computations also reveal a counterintuitive charge transfer pathway from the SnS2 layers to the PbS layers, which indicates that, in contrast to binary-layered compounds where it is principally van der Waals forces that hold the layers together, polar forces appear to be as important in stabilizing superstructures of misfit layered compounds.

  13. Anomalous hexagonal superstructure of aluminum oxide layer grown on NiAl(110) surface.

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    Krukowski, Pawel; Chaunchaiyakul, Songpol; Minagawa, Yuto; Yajima, Nami; Akai-Kasaya, Megumi; Saito, Akira; Kuwahara, Yuji

    2016-11-11

    A modified method for the fabrication of a highly crystallized layer of aluminum oxide on a NiAl(110) surface is reported. The fabrication method involves the multistep selective oxidation of aluminum atoms on a NiAl(110) surface resulting from successive oxygen deposition and annealing. The surface morphology and local electronic structure of the novel aluminum oxide layer were investigated by high-resolution imaging using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and current imaging tunneling spectroscopy. In contrast to the standard fabrication method of aluminum oxide on a NiAl(110) surface, the proposed method produces an atomically flat surface exhibiting a hexagonal superstructure. The superstructure exhibits a slightly distorted hexagonal array of close-packed bright protrusions with a periodicity of 4.5 ± 0.2 nm. Atomically resolved STM imaging of the aluminum oxide layer reveals a hexagonal arrangement of dark contrast spots with a periodicity of 0.27 ± 0.02 nm. On the basis of the atomic structure of the fabricated layer, the formation of α-Al2O3(0001) on the NiAl(110) surface is suggested.

  14. Peptide-Directed Assembly of Single-Helical Gold Nanoparticle Superstructures Exhibiting Intense Chiroptical Activity.

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    Merg, Andrea D; Boatz, Jennifer C; Mandal, Abhishek; Zhao, Gongpu; Mokashi-Punekar, Soumitra; Liu, Chong; Wang, Xianting; Zhang, Peijun; van der Wel, Patrick C A; Rosi, Nathaniel L

    2016-10-11

    Chiral nanoparticle assemblies are an interesting class of materials whose chiroptical properties make them attractive for a variety of applications. Here, C18-(PEPAu(M-ox))2 (PEPAu(M-ox) = AYSSGAPPM(ox)PPF) is shown to direct the assembly of single-helical gold nanoparticle superstructures that exhibit exceptionally strong chiroptical activity at the plasmon frequency with absolute g-factor values up to 0.04. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and cryogenic electron tomography (cryo-ET) results indicate that the single helices have a periodic pitch of approximately 100 nm and consist of oblong gold nanoparticles. The morphology and assembled structure of C18-(PEPAu(M-ox))2 are studied using TEM, atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (ssNMR) spectroscopy. TEM and AFM reveal that C18-(PEPAu(M-ox))2 assembles into linear amyloid-like 1D helical ribbons having structural parameters that correlate to those of the single-helical gold nanoparticle superstructures. FTIR, CD, XRD, and ssNMR indicate the presence of cross-β and polyproline II secondary structures. A molecular assembly model is presented that takes into account all experimental observations and that supports the single-helical nanoparticle assembly architecture. This model provides the basis for the design of future nanoparticle assemblies having programmable structures and properties.

  15. Properties of new soliton solutions on the non-vanishing background for the reduced Maxwell-Bloch system in nonlinear optics

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    Shi, Guohong; Fan, Feng

    2017-01-01

    Under investigation in this paper is the reduced Maxwell-Bloch system, which describes the propagation of the intense ultra-short optical pulses through a two-level dielectric medium. Through Darboux transformation, some new soliton solutions are constructed on the nonvanishing background, including the one-peak dark solitons, two-peak dark solitons, periodic solutions and some two-soliton solutions. Furthermore, by virtue of some figures, the dynamic properties of those solitons are discussed. The results may be useful in the study of the ultrashort pulses propagation in such situations as the model of the two-level dielectric media.

  16. Interplay between intercalated oxygen superstructures and monolayer h -BN on Cu(100)

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    Ma, Chuanxu; Park, Jewook; Liu, Lei; Kim, Yong-Sung; Yoon, Mina; Baddorf, Arthur P.; Gu, Gong; Li, An-Ping

    2016-01-01

    The confinement effect of intercalated atoms in van der Waals heterostructures can lead to interesting interactions between the confined atoms or molecules and the overlaying two-dimensional (2D) materials. In this paper, we report the formation of ordered Cu(100) p(2×2) oxygen superstructures by oxygen intercalation under the monolayer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) on Cu after annealing. By using scanning tunneling microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we identify the superstructure and reveal its roles in passivating the exposed Cu surfaces, decoupling h-BN and Cu, and disintegrating h-BN monolayers. The oxygen superstructure appears as a 2D pattern on the exposed Cu surface or quasi-1D stripes of paired oxygen intercalated in the interface of h-BN and Cu predominantly oriented along the moiré modulations. The oxygen superstructure is shown to etch the overlaying h-BN monolayer in a thermal annealing process. After extended annealing, the h-BN monolayer disintegrates into nanoislands with zigzag edges. Finally, we discuss the implications of these findings on the stability and oxidation resistance of h-BN and relate them to challenges in process integration and 2D heterostructures.

  17. Reversible near-infrared light directed reflection in a self-organized helical superstructure loaded with upconversion nanoparticles.

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    Wang, Ling; Dong, Hao; Li, Yannian; Xue, Chenming; Sun, Ling-Dong; Yan, Chun-Hua; Li, Quan

    2014-03-26

    Adding external, dynamic control to self-organized superstructures with desired functionalities is an important leap necessary in leveraging the fascinating molecular systems for applications. Here, the new light-driven chiral molecular switch and upconversion nanoparticles, doped in a liquid crystal media, were able to self-organize into an optically tunable helical superstructure. The resulting nanoparticle impregnated helical superstructure was found to exhibit unprecedented reversible near-infrared (NIR) light-guided tunable behavior only by modulating the excitation power density of a continuous-wave NIR laser (980 nm). Upon irradiation by the NIR laser at the high power density, the reflection wavelength of the photonic superstructure red-shifted, whereas its reverse process occurred upon irradiation by the same laser but with the lower power density. Furthermore, reversible dynamic NIR-light-driven red, green, and blue reflections in a single thin film, achieved only by varying the power density of the NIR light, were for the first time demonstrated.

  18. Interplay between intercalated oxygen superstructures and monolayer h -BN on Cu(100)

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    Ma, Chuanxu; Park, Jewook; Liu, Lei; Kim, Yong-Sung; Yoon, Mina; Baddorf, Arthur P.; Gu, Gong; Li, An-Ping

    2016-08-18

    The confinement effect of intercalated atoms in van der Waals heterostructures can lead to interesting interactions between the confined atoms or molecules and the overlaying two-dimensional (2D) materials. In this paper, we report the formation of ordered Cu(100) p(2×2) oxygen superstructures by oxygen intercalation under the monolayer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) on Cu after annealing. By using scanning tunneling microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we identify the superstructure and reveal its roles in passivating the exposed Cu surfaces, decoupling h-BN and Cu, and disintegrating h-BN monolayers. The oxygen superstructure appears as a 2D pattern on the exposed Cu surface or quasi-1D stripes of paired oxygen intercalated in the interface of h-BN and Cu predominantly oriented along the moiré modulations. The oxygen superstructure is shown to etch the overlaying h-BN monolayer in a thermal annealing process. After extended annealing, the h-BN monolayer disintegrates into nanoislands with zigzag edges. Finally, we discuss the implications of these findings on the stability and oxidation resistance of h-BN and relate them to challenges in process integration and 2D heterostructures.

  19. Novel superstructure of the rocksalt type and element distribution in germanium tin antimony tellurides

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    Rosenthal, Tobias; Welzmiller, Simon; Neudert, Lukas; Urban, Philipp; Fitch, Andy; Oeckler, Oliver

    2014-11-15

    A superstructure of the rocksalt-type observed in quenched CVT-grown single crystals of Ge{sub 3.25(7)}Sn{sub 1.10(3)}Sb{sub 1.10(3)}Te{sub 6} was elucidated by X-ray diffraction using fourfold twinned crystals (space group P3{sup ¯}m1, a=4.280(1) Å, c=20.966(3) Å). The structure is built up of distorted rocksalt-type building blocks typical for long-range ordered GST materials and substitution variants thereof. In contrast to those phases, an exclusive ABC-type cubic stacking sequence of the Te-atom layers is present. High-resolution electron microscopy reveals spheroidal domains with this structure (average diameter 25 nm) whose stacking direction is perpendicular to the 〈1 1 1〉 directions of the basic rocksalt-type structure. Additional slab-like domains with a lateral extension up to 1 µm occasionally result in a hierarchical structure motif. Due to the similar electron counts of the elements involved, resonant diffraction was used in order to elucidate the element distribution in rocksalt-type building blocks of the stable layered compound 39R-Ge{sub 3}SnSb{sub 2}Te{sub 7} (R3{sup ¯}m, a=4.24990(4) Å, c=73.4677(9) Å). Sb tends to occupy the atom site close to the van der Waals gaps while Ge concentrates in the center of the building blocks. - Graphical abstract: High-resolution transmission electron micrograph, SAED pattern and reciprocal lattice section of X-ray single crystal data of Ge{sub 3.25}Sn{sub 1.1}Sb{sub 1.1}Te{sub 6} with an 11P-type superstructure of the rocksalt type. - Highlights: • A novel superstructure of the rocksalt-type in the system Ge–Sn–Sb–Te is elucidated. • It combines the cubic stacking of the HT phase with building blocks of the RT phase. • It indicates the ordering mechanism during the phase transition of GST materials. • A hierarchical structure motif is promising with respect to the reduction of κ{sub L}. • Resonant diffraction reveals the element distribution in 39R-Ge{sub 3}SnSb{sub 2}Te{sub 7}.

  20. Template-free synthesis of beta-In2S3 superstructures and their photocatalytic activity.

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    Amutha, R; Akilandeswari, S; Ahmmad, Bashir; Muruganandham, M; Sillanpää, Mika

    2010-12-01

    In this article, we have successfully fabricated various morphological beta-Indium sulfide (In2S3) superstructures by using indium thiocyanate complex at acidic pH. All the synthesis has been performed by a template-free, hydrothermal method at 195 degrees C for 3 h. The photocatalytic activity of synthesized In2S3 have been investigated by using UV-B (lamda = 365 nm) light with Methyl Orange dye as a model pollutant. The synthesized photocatalyst was characterized by using XRD, FE-SEM, HR-TEM, DRS spectra and nitrogen adsorption analysis. The influence of indium precursors and solvents on the morphology as well as the surface properties has also been discussed. The XRD result shows that cubic phase beta-In2S3 formed under all experimental conditions. A plausible mechanism of the In2S3 microsphere formation has been discussed based on experimental observations.

  1. Spiral waves with superstructures in a mixed-mode oscillatory medium.

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    Tang, Xiaodong; Gao, Qingyu; Gong, Shirui; Zhao, Yuemin; Epstein, Irving R

    2012-12-07

    Diverse spatiotemporal patterns are generated in a three-variable reaction-diffusion model that supports 1(1) mixed-mode oscillations. Diffusion-induced instability results in spatiotemporal patterns such as amplitude-modulated overtargets (circular super-waves superimposed on spiral waves) and superspirals. The types of superstructure waves are determined by the ratio of diffusion coefficients, which controls the interaction and competition between two local oscillatory modes, one of which is the original homogeneous 1(1) mixed-mode oscillation, resulting in periodic amplitude modulation in space. Variation of the control parameter can reverse the chirality and radial propagation direction (outward or inward rotation) of a superspiral pattern. These amplitude-modulated patterns may provide insight into mechanisms of pattern development in some living systems.

  2. Extended and quasi-continuous tuning of quantum cascade lasers using superstructure gratings and integrated heaters

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    Bidaux, Yves; Bismuto, Alfredo Tardy, Camille; Terazzi, Romain; Gresch, Tobias; Blaser, Stéphane; Muller, Antoine; Faist, Jerome

    2015-11-30

    In this work, we demonstrate broad electrical tuning of quantum cascade lasers at 9.25 μm, 8.5 μm, and 4.4 μm in continuous wave operation using Vernier-effect distributed Bragg reflectors based on superstructure gratings. Integrated micro-heaters allow to switch from one Vernier channel to the other, while predictable and mode-hop free tuning can be obtained in each channel modulating the laser current with a side mode suppression ratio as high as 30 dB. The resulting device behaves effectively as a switchable multicolour tunable source. Tuning up to 6.5% of the central wavelength is observed. To prove the importance of the developed devices for high resolution molecular spectroscopy, a N{sub 2}O absorption spectrum has been measured.

  3. Synthesis of superstructure fiber Bragg grating comb filter by ameliorated layer-peeling algorithm

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    Cao, Hui; Sun, Junqiang; Chen, Guojie; Chen, Weicheng; Huang, Dexiu

    2005-01-01

    A novel 16-channel comb filter based on superstructure fiber Bragg grating (SFBG) is proposed for the first time. It is characterized by single-grating structure, equal reflectivity peaks, narrow channel bandwidth, flat-top, high bandwidth utilization ratio, standard 50 GHz channel-spacing, and realizing dispersion compensation and wavelength filtration simultaneously. Based on ameliorated layer-peeling algorithm, that is adopting channel-by-channel windowing method rather than all-channel integral windowing method, this novel SFBG is synthesized successfully. According to the grating structure of the synthesized SFBG, reflectivity spectrum, group delay and group delay ripper are analyzed based on the method of transfer matrix. The results show this SFBG does an almost perfect job of reproducing the desired spectrum.

  4. Extended and quasi-continuous tuning of quantum cascade lasers using superstructure gratings and integrated heaters

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    Bidaux, Yves; Bismuto, Alfredo; Tardy, Camille; Terazzi, Romain; Gresch, Tobias; Blaser, Stéphane; Muller, Antoine; Faist, Jerome

    2015-11-01

    In this work, we demonstrate broad electrical tuning of quantum cascade lasers at 9.25 μm, 8.5 μm, and 4.4 μm in continuous wave operation using Vernier-effect distributed Bragg reflectors based on superstructure gratings. Integrated micro-heaters allow to switch from one Vernier channel to the other, while predictable and mode-hop free tuning can be obtained in each channel modulating the laser current with a side mode suppression ratio as high as 30 dB. The resulting device behaves effectively as a switchable multicolour tunable source. Tuning up to 6.5% of the central wavelength is observed. To prove the importance of the developed devices for high resolution molecular spectroscopy, a N2O absorption spectrum has been measured.

  5. The stacked ISW signal of rare superstructures in ΛCDM

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    Flender, Samuel; Hotchkiss, Shaun; Nadathur, Seshadri E-mail: shaun.hotchkiss@helsinki.fi

    2013-02-01

    A detection of the stacked integrated Sachs-Wolfe (ISW) signal in the CMB of rare superstructures identified in the SDSS Luminous Red Galaxy catalogue has been reported at very high statistical significance. The magnitude of the observed signal has previously been argued to be more than 3σ larger than the theoretical ΛCDM expectation. However, this calculation was made in the linear approximation, and relied on assumptions that may potentially have caused the ΛCDM expectation to be underestimated. Here we update the theoretical model calculation and compare it with an analysis of ISW maps obtained from N-body simulations of a ΛCDM universe. The differences between model predictions and the map analyses are found to be small and cannot explain the discrepancy with observation, which remains at > 3σ significance. We discuss the cosmological significance of this anomaly and speculate on the potential of alternative models to explain it.

  6. Subcell Structure and Two Different Superstructures of the Rare Earth Metal Silicide Carbides Y

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    Jeitschko, Wolfgang; Gerdes, Martin H.; Witte, Anne M.; Rodewald, Ute Ch.

    2001-01-01

    The title compounds crystallize with a very pronounced subcell structure that has been determined from single-crystal X-ray diffractometer data of all four compounds. Only subcell (and no superstructure) reflections have been observed for Pr{sub 3}Si{sub 2}C{sub 2}: space group Cmmm, a=396.7(1) pm, b=1645.2(3) pm, c=439.9(1) pm, R=0.019 for 309 structure factors and 20 variable parameters. In this subcell structure there are C{sub 2} pairs with split atomic positions. This structure may be considered the thermodynamically stable forms of these compounds at high temperatures. Two different superstructures with doubled a or c axes, respectively, of the subcell have been observed, where the C{sub 2} pairs have different orientations. In the structure of Tb{sub 3}Si{sub 2}C{sub 2} the a axis of the subcell is doubled. The resulting superstructure in the standard setting has the space group Pbcm: a=423.6(1) pm, b=770.7(1) pm, c=1570.2(3) pm, R=0.031 f or 1437 structure factors and 22 variable parameters. Dy{sub 3}Si{sub 2}C{sub 2} has the same superstructure: a=420.3(1) pm, b=767.5(1) pm, c=1561.1(3) pm, R=0.045, 801 F values, 22 variables. In the structure of Y{sub 3}Si{sub 2}C{sub 2} the c axis of the subcell is doubled, resulting in a body-centered space group with the standard setting Imma: a=842.6(2) pm, b=1563.4(2) pm, c=384.6(1) pm, R=0.035, 681 F values, 15 variables. In all of these structures the rare earth atoms form two-dimensionally infinite sheets of edge-sharing octahedra that contain the C{sub 2} pairs. In between these sheets there are zig-zag chains of silicon atoms with Si-Si distances varying between 246.2(3) and 253.6(3) pm, somewhat longer than the two-electron bonds of 235 pm in elemental silicon, suggesting a bond order of 0.5 for the Si-Si bonds. The C-C distances in the C{sub 2} pairs vary between 127(1) and 131(1) pm, corresponding to a bond order of approximately 2. 5. Hence, using oxidation numbers, the compounds may to a first approximation

  7. Atomistic origin of an ordered superstructure induced superconductivity in layered chalcogenides.

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    Ang, R; Wang, Z C; Chen, C L; Tang, J; Liu, N; Liu, Y; Lu, W J; Sun, Y P; Mori, T; Ikuhara, Y

    2015-01-27

    Interplay among various collective electronic states such as charge density wave and superconductivity is of tremendous significance in low-dimensional electron systems. However, the atomistic and physical nature of the electronic structures underlying the interplay of exotic states, which is critical to clarifying its effect on remarkable properties of the electron systems, remains elusive, limiting our understanding of the superconducting mechanism. Here, we show evidence that an ordering of selenium and sulphur atoms surrounding tantalum within star-of-David clusters can boost superconductivity in a layered chalcogenide 1T-TaS2-xSex, which undergoes a superconducting transition in the nearly commensurate charge density wave phase. Advanced electron microscopy investigations reveal that such an ordered superstructure forms only in the x area, where the superconductivity manifests, and is destructible to the occurrence of the Mott metal-insulator transition. The present findings provide a novel dimension in understanding the relationship between lattice and electronic degrees of freedom.

  8. Resistant starch alters gut microbiota and reduces uremic retention solutes in rats with adenine-induced chronic kidney disease

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    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is characterized by the reduced ability to void urine, leading to accumulation of waste products in the body. Recently, it has been observed that patients with CKD have an altered gut microbiome. This may in part be due to reduced fiber intake. Patients with CKD are ofte...

  9. Hydrothermally synthesized Copper Oxide (CuO) superstructures for ammonia sensing.

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    Bhuvaneshwari, S; Gopalakrishnan, N

    2016-10-15

    According to environmental protection agencies (EPA), the emission threshold of NH3 in air is 1000kg/yr which is now about 20Tg/yr. Hence, there is a rapid increase in need of NH3 sensors to timely detect and control NH3 emissions. Metal oxide nanostructures such as CuO with special features are potential candidates for NH3 sensing. In the present study, morphology controlled 3-dimensional CuO superstructures were synthesized by surfactant-free hydrothermal method for NH3 detection. In addition to conventional hydrothermal method where water as solvent, a modified approach using a mixture of water and ethylene glycol (EG) was used as solvent to control the growth process. Hierarchical superstructures namely, snowflake-like, flower-like, hollow-sphere-like and urchin-like feature with particle dimensions ranging from 0.3 to 1μm were obtained by varying water/EG ratio and reaction temperature. The synthesized nanostructures exhibited morphology dependent luminescence and gas sensing properties. The surface area and pore distribution determined by BET surface analysis also largely influenced by the presence of EG in the reaction system. The average pore diameter enhanced from 6nm to 14nm by the addition of 10ml EG as solvent. The room temperature ammonia sensing behavior of all samples was studied using an indigenous gas sensing set-up. It was found that hollow-sphere like CuO nanostructures showed a maximum sensitivity of 150% towards 600ppm ammonia with a response and recovery time of 6min. The hydrothermal synthesis strategy reported here has the advantage of producing shape controlled hierarchical materials are highly suitable for various technological applications.

  10. Direct control of the spatial arrangement of gold nanoparticles in organic-inorganic hybrid superstructures.

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    Hermes, Jens P; Sander, Fabian; Peterle, Torsten; Cioffi, Carla; Ringler, Philippe; Pfohl, Thomas; Mayor, Marcel

    2011-04-04

    The directed assembly of gold nanoparticles is essential for their use in many kinds of applications, such as electronic devices, biological labels, and sensors. Herein an atomic alteration in the molecular structure of ligand-stabilized gold nanoparticles that can shift the interparticle distance up to 1 nm upon covalent coupling to organic-inorganic superstructures is presented. Gold nanoparticles are stabilized by two octadentate thioether ligands and have a mean diameter of 1.1 nm. The ligands contain a central rigid rod varying in length and terminally functionalized with a protected acetylene. The two peripheral functional groups on each particle enable the directed assembly of nanoparticles to dimers, trimers, and tetramers by oxidative acetylene coupling. This is a wet chemical protocol resulting in covalently bound nanoparticles. These organic-inorganic hybrid superstructures are analyzed by transmission electron microscopy, small angle X-ray scattering, and UV/vis spectroscopy. The focus of the comparison here is the subunit, which is anchoring the bridgehead, either a pyridine or benzene moiety. The pyridine-based ligands reflect the calculated length of the rigid-rod spacer in their interparticle distances in the obtained hybrid structures. This suggests a perpendicular arrangement that results from the coordination of the pyridine's lone pair to the gold surface. An atomic variation in the ligand's center leads to smaller interparticle distances in the case of hybrid structures obtained from benzene ligands. This large difference in the spatial arrangement suggests a tangential arrangement of the interparticle bridging structure in the latter case. Consequently a rather flat arrangement parallel to the particle surface must be assumed for the central benzene unit of the benzene-based ligand.

  11. Photoreversible micellar solution as a smart drag-reducing fluid for use in district heating/cooling systems.

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    Shi, Haifeng; Ge, Wu; Oh, Hyuntaek; Pattison, Sean M; Huggins, Jacob T; Talmon, Yeshayahu; Hart, David J; Raghavan, Srinivasa R; Zakin, Jacques L

    2013-01-08

    A photoresponsive micellar solution is developed as a promising working fluid for district heating/cooling systems (DHCs). It can be reversibly switched between a drag reduction (DR) mode and an efficient heat transfer (EHT) mode by light irradiation. The DR mode is advantageous during fluid transport, and the EHT mode is favored when the fluid passes through heat exchangers. This smart fluid is an aqueous solution of cationic surfactant oleyl bis(2-hydroxyethyl)methyl ammonium chloride (OHAC, 3.4 mM) and the sodium salt of 4-phenylazo benzoic acid (ACA, 2 mM). Initially, ACA is in a trans configuration and the OHAC/ACA solution is viscoelastic and exhibits DR (of up to 80% relative to pure water). At the same time, this solution is not effective for heat transfer. Upon UV irradiation, trans-ACA is converted to cis-ACA, and in turn, the solution is converted to its EHT mode (i.e., it loses its viscoelasticity and DR) but it now has a heat-transfer capability comparable to that of water. Subsequent irradiation with visible light reverts the fluid to its viscoelastic DR mode. The above property changes are connected to photoinduced changes in the nanostructure of the fluid. In the DR mode, the OHAC/trans-ACA molecules assemble into long threadlike micelles that impart viscoelasticity and DR capability to the fluid. Conversely, in the EHT mode the mixture of OHAC and cis-ACA forms much shorter cylindrical micelles that contribute to negligible viscoelasticity and effective heat transfer. These nanostructural changes are confirmed by cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM), and the photoisomerization of trans-ACA and cis-ACA is verified by (1)H NMR.

  12. Modal correlation of test and finite element results using cross orthogonality with a reduced mass matrix obtained by modal reduction and NASTRAN's Generalized Dynamic Reduction solution

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    Krebs, Derek; Budynas, Richard G.

    A common procedure for performing a cross orthogonality check for the purpose of modal correlation between the test and the finite element analysis results incorporates the Guyan reduction method to obtain a reduced mass matrix. This paper describes a procedure which uses NASTRAN's Generalized Dynamic Reduction solution routine which is much more accurate than the standard Guyan reduction solution and which offers the advantage of not requiring the selection of mdof. Using NASTRAN's DMAP programming methods, a modal reduction of the full analytical mass matrix is performed based on the accelerometer locations and the analytical modal matrix results. The accuracy of the procedure is illustrated in two case studies.

  13. Evaluation of Linear, Inviscid, Viscous, and Reduced-Order Modeling Aeroelastic Solutions of the AGARD 445.6 Wing Using Root Locus Analysis

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    Silva, Walter A.; Perry, Boyd III; Chwalowski, Pawel

    2014-01-01

    Reduced-order modeling (ROM) methods are applied to the CFD-based aeroelastic analysis of the AGARD 445.6 wing in order to gain insight regarding well-known discrepancies between the aeroelastic analyses and the experimental results. The results presented include aeroelastic solutions using the inviscid CAP-TSD code and the FUN3D code (Euler and Navier-Stokes). Full CFD aeroelastic solutions and ROM aeroelastic solutions, computed at several Mach numbers, are presented in the form of root locus plots in order to better reveal the aeroelastic root migrations with increasing dynamic pressure. Important conclusions are drawn from these results including the ability of the linear CAP-TSD code to accurately predict the entire experimental flutter boundary (repeat of analyses performed in the 1980's), that the Euler solutions at supersonic conditions indicate that the third mode is always unstable, and that the FUN3D Navier-Stokes solutions stabilize the unstable third mode seen in the Euler solutions.

  14. Evaluation of linear, inviscid, viscous, and reduced-order modelling aeroelastic solutions of the AGARD 445.6 wing using root locus analysis

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    Silva, Walter A.; Chwalowski, Pawel; Perry, Boyd, III

    2014-03-01

    Reduced-order modelling (ROM) methods are applied to the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)-based aeroelastic analysis of the AGARD 445.6 wing in order to gain insight regarding well-known discrepancies between the aeroelastic analyses and the experimental results. The results presented include aeroelastic solutions using the inviscid Computational Aeroelasticity Programme-Transonic Small Disturbance (CAP-TSD) code and the FUN3D code (Euler and Navier-Stokes). Full CFD aeroelastic solutions and ROM aeroelastic solutions, computed at several Mach numbers, are presented in the form of root locus plots in order to better reveal the aeroelastic root migrations with increasing dynamic pressure. Important conclusions are drawn from these results including the ability of the linear CAP-TSD code to accurately predict the entire experimental flutter boundary (repeat of analyses performed in the 1980s), that the Euler solutions at supersonic conditions indicate that the third mode is always unstable, and that the FUN3D Navier-Stokes solutions stabilize the unstable third mode seen in the Euler solutions.

  15. Using a two-step matrix solution to reduce the run time in KULL's magnetic diffusion package

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    Brunner, T A; Kolev, T V

    2010-12-17

    Recently a Resistive Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) package has been added to the KULL code. In order to be compatible with the underlying hydrodynamics algorithm, a new sub-zonal magnetics discretization was developed that supports arbitrary polygonal and polyhedral zones. This flexibility comes at the cost of many more unknowns per zone - approximately ten times more for a hexahedral mesh. We can eliminate some (or all, depending on the dimensionality) of the extra unknowns from the global matrix during assembly by using a Schur complement approach. This trades expensive global work for cache-friendly local work, while still allowing solution for the full system. Significant improvements in the solution time are observed for several test problems.

  16. Improving microalgal growth with reduced diameters of aeration bubbles and enhanced mass transfer of solution in an oscillating flow field.

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    Yang, Zongbo; Cheng, Jun; Lin, Richen; Zhou, Junhu; Cen, Kefa

    2016-07-01

    A novel oscillating gas aerator combined with an oscillating baffle was proposed to generate smaller aeration bubbles and enhance solution mass transfer, which can improve microalgal growth in a raceway pond. A high-speed photography system (HSP) was used to measure bubble diameter and generation time, and online precise dissolved oxygen probes and pH probes were used to measure mass-transfer coefficient and mixing time. Bubble diameter and generation time decreased with decreased aeration gas rate, decreased orifice diameter, and increased water velocity in the oscillating gas aerator. The optimized oscillating gas aerator decreased bubble diameter and generation time by 25% and 58%, respectively, compared with a horizontal tubular gas aerator. Using an oscillating gas aerator and an oscillating baffle in a raceway pond increased the solution mass-transfer coefficient by 15% and decreased mixing time by 32%; consequently, microalgal biomass yield increased by 19%.

  17. Effect of reduced winter precipitation and increased temperature on watershed solute flux, 1988-2002, Northern Michigan

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    Stottlemyer, R.; Toczydlowski, D.

    2006-01-01

    Since 1987 we have studied weekly change in winter (December-April) precipitation, snowpack, snowmelt, soil water, and stream water solute flux in a small (176-ha) Northern Michigan watershed vegetated by 65-85 year-old northern hardwoods. Our primary study objective was to quantify the effect of change in winter temperature and precipitation on watershed hydrology and solute flux. During the study winter runoff was correlated with precipitation, and forest soils beneath the snowpack remained unfrozen. Winter air temperature and soil temperature beneath the snowpack increased while precipitation and snowmelt declined. Atmospheric inputs declined for H+, NO 3- , NH 4+ , dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN), and SO 42- . Replicated plot-level results, which could not be directly extrapolated to the watershed scale, showed 90% of atmospheric DIN input was retained in surface shallow (<15 cm deep) soils while SO 42- flux increased 70% and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) 30-fold. Most stream water base cation (C B), HCO 3- , and Cl- concentrations declined with increased stream water discharge, K+, NO 3- , and SO 42- remained unchanged, and DOC and dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) increased. Winter stream water solute outputs declined or were unchanged with time except for NO 3- and DOC which increased. DOC and DIN outputs were correlated with the percentage of winter runoff and stream discharge that occurred when subsurface flow at the plot-level was shallow (<25 cm beneath Oi). Study results suggest that the percentage of annual runoff occurring as shallow lateral subsurface flow may be a major factor regulating solute outputs and concentrations in snowmelt-dominated ecosystems. ?? Springer 2006.

  18. Molecular mechanism of plasma sterilization in solution with the reduced pH method: importance of permeation of HOO radicals into the cell membrane

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    Takai, Eisuke; Ikawa, Satoshi; Kitano, Katsuhisa; Kuwabara, Junpei; Shiraki, Kentaro

    2013-07-01

    Sterilization of certain infected areas of the human body surface is necessary for dental and surgical therapies. Because the blood is filled with body fluid, sterilization in solution is essential. In vitro solution sterilization has been successively carried out using a combination of low-temperature atmospheric-pressure plasma and the reduced pH method, where the solution is sufficiently acidic. Here, we show the molecular mechanism of such plasma sterilization in solution based on microbiology. Three kinds of bacteria were inactivated by plasma treatment under various pH conditions. The theoretical and experimental models revealed that the sterilization was characterized by the concentration of hydroperoxy radicals (HOO·), which were dependent on the pH value. Bacterial inactivation rates were proportional to the HOO· concentrations calculated by the theoretical model. To evaluate the penetration of radicals into the cell membrane, a bacterial model using dye-included micelles was used. Decolouration rates of the model were also in proportion with the calculated HOO· concentrations. These results indicate that the key species for plasma sterilization were hydroperoxy radicals. More importantly, the high permeation of hydroperoxy radicals into the cell membrane plays a key role for efficient bactericidal inactivation using the reduced pH method.

  19. Solution of resource allocation problem for identification of cost-effective measures to reduce nuclear proliferation risks

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    Andrianov, A.; Kuptsov, I.

    2013-07-01

    This report presents a methodology of selection of cost-effective measures to reduce nuclear proliferation risks. The methodology relies on a graded security model used in practice in different applications. The method is based on the controlled finite Markov chain approach set in combination with discrete dynamic programming and MCDM (Multi Criteria Decision Making) techniques that enables the expert to select the cost-effective measures to reduce nuclear proliferation risks depending on availability of resources. The analysis performed with different number of possible measures confirms the conclusions that the implementation of extra-large costs may not produce the required effect, and the increase in resources above a certain level does not appear sensitive. Diversification in improving the effectiveness of other measures seems more rational and efficient for the whole system than the unlimited improvement of the effectiveness of only one measure.

  20. Reducing adverse effects from UV sunscreens by zeolite encapsulation: comparison of oxybenzone in solution and in zeolites.

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    Chrétien, Michelle N; Heafey, Eve; Scaiano, Juan C

    2010-01-01

    Oxybenzone (OXB) is one of the most widely employed sunscreen ingredients, yet its allowed load is limited to a maximum of 6% reflecting the frequency with which adverse effects are reported. From a spectroscopic point of view, OXB has excellent absorption properties in both the UVB and UVA regions. We propose that zeolite encapsulation can lead to a sunscreen composite ingredient, that we describe as a supramolecular sunscreen, that will retain the excellent spectroscopic properties of OXB, while preventing contact between the skin and the active ingredient. OXB is very photostable, with the only photodegradative pathway observed being the monophotonic photoejection of electrons that leads to trace yields of phenoxyl radicals; this trace reaction is so minor that it cannot be detected from the recovery of unreacted OXB following UV exposure. Solution, as well as powder and in vitro studies of the supramolecular sunscreen, demonstrate that the protective properties of OXB are totally preserved when encapsulated in zeolite NaY.

  1. Real-time solution of linear computational problems using databases of parametric reduced-order models with arbitrary underlying meshes

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    Amsallem, David; Tezaur, Radek; Farhat, Charbel

    2016-12-01

    A comprehensive approach for real-time computations using a database of parametric, linear, projection-based reduced-order models (ROMs) based on arbitrary underlying meshes is proposed. In the offline phase of this approach, the parameter space is sampled and linear ROMs defined by linear reduced operators are pre-computed at the sampled parameter points and stored. Then, these operators and associated ROMs are transformed into counterparts that satisfy a certain notion of consistency. In the online phase of this approach, a linear ROM is constructed in real-time at a queried but unsampled parameter point by interpolating the pre-computed linear reduced operators on matrix manifolds and therefore computing an interpolated linear ROM. The proposed overall model reduction framework is illustrated with two applications: a parametric inverse acoustic scattering problem associated with a mockup submarine, and a parametric flutter prediction problem associated with a wing-tank system. The second application is implemented on a mobile device, illustrating the capability of the proposed computational framework to operate in real-time.

  2. Role of the Pinning Points in epitaxial Graphene Moiré Superstructures on the Pt(111) Surface

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    Martínez, José I.; Merino, Pablo; Pinardi, Anna L.; Gonzalo, Otero-Irurueta; López, María F.; Méndez, Javier; Martín-Gago, José A.

    2016-01-01

    The intrinsic atomic mechanisms responsible for electronic doping of epitaxial graphene Moirés on transition metal surfaces is still an open issue. To better understand this process we have carried out a first-principles full characterization of the most representative Moiré superstructures observed on the Gr/Pt(111) system and confronted the results with atomically resolved scanning tunneling microscopy experiments. We find that for all reported Moirés the system relaxes inducing a non-negligible atomic corrugation both, at the graphene and at the outermost platinum layer. Interestingly, a mirror “anti-Moiré” reconstruction appears at the substrate, giving rise to the appearance of pinning-points. We show that these points are responsible for the development of the superstructure, while charge from the Pt substrate is injected into the graphene, inducing a local n-doping, mostly localized at these specific pinning-point positions. PMID:26852920

  3. Role of the Pinning Points in epitaxial Graphene Moiré Superstructures on the Pt(111) Surface.

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    Martínez, José I; Merino, Pablo; Pinardi, Anna L; Gonzalo, Otero-Irurueta; López, María F; Méndez, Javier; Martín-Gago, José A

    2016-02-08

    The intrinsic atomic mechanisms responsible for electronic doping of epitaxial graphene Moirés on transition metal surfaces is still an open issue. To better understand this process we have carried out a first-principles full characterization of the most representative Moiré superstructures observed on the Gr/Pt(111) system and confronted the results with atomically resolved scanning tunneling microscopy experiments. We find that for all reported Moirés the system relaxes inducing a non-negligible atomic corrugation both, at the graphene and at the outermost platinum layer. Interestingly, a mirror "anti-Moiré" reconstruction appears at the substrate, giving rise to the appearance of pinning-points. We show that these points are responsible for the development of the superstructure, while charge from the Pt substrate is injected into the graphene, inducing a local n-doping, mostly localized at these specific pinning-point positions.

  4. A Detection of the Integrated Sachs-Wolfe Imprint of Cosmic Superstructures Using a Matched-filter Approach

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    Nadathur, Seshadri; Crittenden, Robert

    2016-10-01

    We present a new method for detection of the integrated Sachs-Wolfe (ISW) imprints of cosmic superstructures on the cosmic microwave background (CMB), based on a matched-filtering approach. The expected signal-to-noise ratio for this method is comparable to that obtained from the full cross-correlation, and unlike other stacked filtering techniques it is not subject to an a posteriori bias. We apply this method to Planck CMB data using voids and superclusters identified in the CMASS galaxy data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 12, and measure the ISW amplitude to be {A}{ISW}=1.64+/- 0.53 relative to the ΛCDM expectation, corresponding to a 3.1σ detection. In contrast to some previous measurements of the ISW effect of superstructures, our result is in agreement with the ΛCDM model.

  5. Bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution improves skin barrier function, enhances skin hydration, and reduces inflammation in atopic dry skin.

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    Proksch, Ehrhardt; Nissen, Hans-Peter; Bremgartner, Markus; Urquhart, Colin

    2005-02-01

    Magnesium salts, the prevalent minerals in Dead Sea water, are known to exhibit favorable effects in inflammatory diseases. We examined the efficacy of bathing atopic subjects in a salt rich in magnesium chloride from deep layers of the Dead Sea (Mavena(R) Dermaline Mg(46) Dead Sea salt, Mavena AG, Belp, Switzerland). Volunteers with atopic dry skin submerged one forearm for 15 min in a bath solution containing 5% Dead Sea salt. The second arm was submerged in tap water as control. Before the study and at weeks 1-6, transepidermal water loss (TEWL), skin hydration, skin roughness, and skin redness were determined. We found one subgroup with a normal and one subgroup with an elevated TEWL before the study. Bathing in the Dead Sea salt solution significantly improved skin barrier function compared with the tap water-treated control forearm in the subgroup with elevated basal TEWL. Skin hydration was enhanced on the forearm treated with the Dead Sea salt in each group, which means the treatment moisturized the skin. Skin roughness and redness of the skin as a marker for inflammation were significantly reduced after bathing in the salt solution. This demonstrates that bathing in the salt solution was well tolerated, improved skin barrier function, enhanced stratum corneum hydration, and reduced skin roughness and inflammation. We suggest that the favorable effects of bathing in the Dead Sea salt solution are most likely related to the high magnesium content. Magnesium salts are known to bind water, influence epidermal proliferation and differentiation, and enhance permeability barrier repair.

  6. The Z′ = 12 superstructure of Λ-cobalt(III) sepulchrate trinitrate governed by C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds

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    Dey, Somnath; Schönleber, Andreas; Mondal, Swastik; Prathapa, Siriyara Jagannatha; van Smaalen, Sander; Larsen, Finn Krebs

    2016-01-01

    Λ-Cobalt(III) sepulchrate trinitrate crystallizes in P6322 with Z = 2 (Z′ = 1/6) at room temperature. Slabs perpendicular to the hexagonal axis comprise molecules Co(sepulchrate) alternating with nitrate groups A and B. Coordinated by six sepulchrate molecules, highly disordered nitrate groups C are accommodated between the slabs. Here we report the fully ordered, low-temperature crystal structure of Co(sep)(NO3)3. It is found to be a high-Z′ structure with Z′ = 12 of the 12-fold superstructure with monoclinic symmetry P21 (c unique). Correlations between structural parameters are effectively removed by refinements within the superspace approach. Superstructure formation is governed by a densification of the packing in conjunction with ordering of nitrate group C, the latter assuming different orientations for each of the Z′ = 12 independent copies in the superstructure. The Co(sep) moiety exhibits small structural variations over its 12 independent copies, while orientations of nitrate groups A and B vary less than the orientations of the nitrate group C do. Molecular packing in the superstructure is found to be determined by short C—H⋯H—C contacts, with H⋯H distances of 2.2–2.3 Å, and by short C—H⋯O contacts, with H⋯O distances down to 2.2 Å. These contacts presumably represent weak C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, but in any case they prevent further densification of the structure and strengthening of weak N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds with observed H⋯O distances of 2.4–2.6 Å. PMID:27240768

  7. "Dual-template" synthesis of one-dimensional conductive nanoparticle superstructures from coordination metal-peptide polymer crystals.

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    Rubio-Martínez, Marta; Puigmartí-Luis, Josep; Imaz, Inhar; Dittrich, Petra S; Maspoch, Daniel

    2013-12-20

    Bottom-up fabrication of self-assembled structures made of nanoparticles may lead to new materials, arrays and devices with great promise for myriad applications. Here a new class of metal-peptide scaffolds is reported: coordination polymer Ag(I)-DLL belt-like crystals, which enable the dual-template synthesis of more sophisticated nanoparticle superstructures. In these biorelated scaffolds, the self-assembly and recognition capacities of peptides and the selective reduction of Ag(I) ions to Ag are simultaneously exploited to control the growth and assembly of inorganic nanoparticles: first on their surfaces, and then inside the structures themselves. The templated internal Ag nanoparticles are well confined and closely packed, conditions that favour electrical conductivity in the superstructures. It is anticipated that these Ag(I)-DLL belts could be applied to create long (>100 μm) conductive Ag@Ag nanoparticle superstructures and polymetallic, multifunctional Fe3 O4 @Ag nanoparticle composites that marry the magnetic and conductive properties of the two nanoparticle types.

  8. Reduced Dental Plaque Formation in Dogs Drinking a Solution Containing Natural Antimicrobial Herbal Enzymes and Organic Matcha Green Tea.

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    Lindinger, Michael I

    2016-01-01

    The results of an exploratory, multicenter clinical study confirmed the hypothesis that a novel, natural, and safe oral care product (OCP) reduced the rate of plaque formation on teeth of dogs consuming the OCP (antimicrobial plant-derived enzymes, organic matcha green tea, cultured dextrose, sodium bicarbonate, and ascorbic acid) compared to controls. Healthy dogs without periodontitis, of varying breeds, sex, and age, were recruited and enrolled, using nonrandomized stratification methods, into a control and treatment groups. Treatment group dogs drank only water into which OCP was suspended, for 28 days. Control group dogs drank their normal household water. On day 0 all teeth were cleaned by a veterinarian and gingivitis was assessed. On days 14, 21, and 28 plaque index, plaque thickness, gingivitis, freshness of breath, and general health were assessed. Over the 28 days of study, dogs on the OCP had significant reduction in plaque index and plaque thickness compared to controls. By day 14 OCP reduced plaque formation by 37%; the 28-day reduction in plaque index and coverage averaged 22% with no measurable gingivitis or calculus. Conclusion. Using the OCP attenuated dental plaque formation when consumed as normal drinking water and in the absence of other modes of oral care.

  9. Reduced Dental Plaque Formation in Dogs Drinking a Solution Containing Natural Antimicrobial Herbal Enzymes and Organic Matcha Green Tea

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    2016-01-01

    The results of an exploratory, multicenter clinical study confirmed the hypothesis that a novel, natural, and safe oral care product (OCP) reduced the rate of plaque formation on teeth of dogs consuming the OCP (antimicrobial plant-derived enzymes, organic matcha green tea, cultured dextrose, sodium bicarbonate, and ascorbic acid) compared to controls. Healthy dogs without periodontitis, of varying breeds, sex, and age, were recruited and enrolled, using nonrandomized stratification methods, into a control and treatment groups. Treatment group dogs drank only water into which OCP was suspended, for 28 days. Control group dogs drank their normal household water. On day 0 all teeth were cleaned by a veterinarian and gingivitis was assessed. On days 14, 21, and 28 plaque index, plaque thickness, gingivitis, freshness of breath, and general health were assessed. Over the 28 days of study, dogs on the OCP had significant reduction in plaque index and plaque thickness compared to controls. By day 14 OCP reduced plaque formation by 37%; the 28-day reduction in plaque index and coverage averaged 22% with no measurable gingivitis or calculus. Conclusion. Using the OCP attenuated dental plaque formation when consumed as normal drinking water and in the absence of other modes of oral care. PMID:27867678

  10. Boost the electron mobility of solution-grown organic single crystals via reducing the amount of polar solvent residues

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    Xue, Guobiao; Xin, Huolin L.; Wu, Jiake; ...

    2015-10-29

    Enhancing electron transport to match with the development in hole transport is critical for organic electronics in the future. As electron motion is susceptible to extrinsic factors, seeking these factors and avoiding their negative effects have become the central challenge. Here, the existence of polar solvent residues in solution-grown single-crystals of 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)-5,7,12,14-tetraazapentacene is identified as a factor detrimental to electron motion. Field-effect transistors of the crystals exhibit electron mobility boosted by about 60% after the residues are removed. The average electron mobility reaches up to 8.0 ± 2.2 cm2 V–1 s–1 with a highest value of 13.3 cm2 V–1 s–1;more » these results are significantly higher than those obtained previously for the same molecule (1.0–5.0 cm2 V–1 s–1). Furthermore, the achieved mobility is also higher than the maximum reported electron mobility for organic materials (11 cm2 V–1 s–1). As a result, this work should greatly accelerate the advancement of organic electron-transporting materials.« less

  11. Assessing allergenicity in urban parks: A nature-based solution to reduce the impact on public health.

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    Cariñanos, Paloma; Casares-Porcel, Manuel; Díaz de la Guardia, Consuelo; Aira, María Jesús; Belmonte, Jordina; Boi, Marzia; Elvira-Rendueles, Belén; De Linares, Concepción; Fernández-Rodriguez, Santiago; Maya-Manzano, José María; Pérez-Badía, Rosa; Rodriguez-de la Cruz, David; Rodríguez-Rajo, Francisco Javier; Rojo-Úbeda, Jesús; Romero-Zarco, Carlos; Sánchez-Reyes, Estefanía; Sánchez-Sánchez, José; Tormo-Molina, Rafael; Vega Maray, Ana Mª

    2017-02-20

    Urban parks play a key role in the provision of ecosystem services, actively participating in improving the quality of life and welfare of local residents. This paper reports on the application of an index designed to quantify the allergenicity of urban parks in a number of Spanish cities. The index, which records biological and biometric parameters for the tree species growing there, classifies parks in terms of the risk they pose for allergy sufferers, graded as null, low, moderate or high. In this initial phase, the index was applied to 26 green areas in 24 Spanish cities; green areas varied in type (urban park, historical or modern garden, boulevard, square or urban forest), size 1-100 ha), geographical location, species richness, number of trees and tree density (number of trees / ha.). The data obtained were used to calculate the percentage of allergenic species in each park, which varied between 17-67%; density ranged from 100 to 300 trees/ha. The index values recorded ranged from a minimum of .07 to a maximum of .87; a significant correlation was found between index value and both number of trees and tree density. Taking an index value of .30 as the threshold considered sufficient to trigger allergy symptoms in the sensitive population, 12 of the parks studied may be regarded as unhealthy at any time of the year. Corrective measures to mitigate the impact of pollen emissions include the implementation of nature-based solutions at various levels: planning and design, handling and management, and strengthening of urban green-infrastructure elements. The index proved to be a useful tool for environmental analysis, and complies with the principles of portability and scalability central to current and horizon scientific research.

  12. Topology and self-assembly of defect-colloidal superstructure in confined chiral nematic liquid crystals

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    Pandey, M. B.; Ackerman, P. J.; Burkart, A.; Porenta, T.; Žumer, S.; Smalyukh, Ivan I.

    2015-01-01

    We describe formation of defect-colloidal superstructures induced by microspheres with normal surface anchoring dispersed in chiral nematic liquid crystals in confinement-unwound homeotropic cells. Using three-dimensional nonlinear optical imaging of the director field, we demonstrate that some of the induced defects have nonsingular solitonic nature while others are singular point and line topological defects. The common director structures induced by individual microspheres have dipolar symmetry. These topological dipoles are formed by the particle and a hyperbolic point defect (or small disclination loop) of elementary hedgehog charge opposite to that of a sphere with perpendicular boundary conditions, which in cells with thickness over equilibrium cholesteric pitch ratio approaching unity are additionally interspaced by a looped double-twist cylinder of continuous director deformations. The long-range elastic interactions are probed by holographic optical tweezers and videomicroscopy, providing insights to the physical underpinnings behind self-assembled colloidal structures entangled by twisted solitons. Computer-simulated field and defect configurations induced by the colloidal particles and their assemblies, which are obtained by numerically minimizing the Landau-de Gennes free energy, are in agreement with the experimental findings.

  13. Alkyl imidazolium ionic-liquid-mediated formation of gold particle superstructures.

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    Ji, Qingmin; Acharya, Somobrata; Richards, Gary J; Zhang, Shaoling; Vieaud, Julien; Hill, Jonathan P; Ariga, Katsuhiko

    2013-06-18

    The development of new methodologies for controlling the organization of quantum materials in multiple dimensions is crucial to the advancement of device fabrication. By using a self-assembly route using selected imidazolium ionic liquids bearing long alkyl chains (C(n)Imida, n = 8, 10, 12) as ligands, we have achieved a tunable assembly of quantum-sized gold nanoparticles. The initial stabilizer of the gold nanoparticles was partially or wholly substituted depending on the concentration and alkyl chain length. π-π interactions between imidazolium rings also promote the generation of spatially controlled aggregates from the nanometer to micrometer size regimes. In particular, in the case of an imidazolium ionic liquid with decyl chains, gold particles assemble into a core-shell spherical superstructure induced by the aggregation of imidazolium ionic liquid molecules during ligand exchange. Conceptually, the assemblies of nanoparticles mimic biological systems and provide strategies for the organization of single-component nanomaterials into functional assemblies for potential applications. Our approach is general and can be applied to other types of nanomaterials for facile manipulation of the assembly processes, permitting an exploration of physicochemical properties as well as technological applications.

  14. Two-Dimensional Bipyramid Plasmonic Nanoparticle Liquid Crystalline Superstructure with Four Distinct Orientational Packing Orders.

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    Shi, Qianqian; Si, Kae Jye; Sikdar, Debabrata; Yap, Lim Wei; Premaratne, Malin; Cheng, Wenlong

    2016-01-26

    Anisotropic plasmonic nanoparticles have been successfully used as constituent elements for growing ordered nanoparticle arrays. However, orientational control over their spatial ordering remains challenging. Here, we report on a self-assembled two-dimensional (2D) nanoparticle liquid crystalline superstructure (NLCS) from bipyramid gold nanoparticles (BNPs), which showed four distinct orientational packing orders, corresponding to horizontal alignment (H-NLCS), circular arrangement (C-NLCS), slanted alignment (S-NLCS), and vertical alignment (V-NLCS) of constituent particle building elements. These packing orders are characteristic of the unique shape of BNPs because all four packing modes were observed for particles with various sizes. Nevertheless, only H-NLCS and V-NLCS packing orders were observed for the free-standing ordered array nanosheets formed from a drying-mediated self-assembly at the air/water interface of a sessile droplet. This is due to strong surface tension and the absence of particle-substrate interaction. In addition, we found the collective plasmonic coupling properties mainly depend on the packing type, and characteristic coupling peak locations depend on particle sizes. Interestingly, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enhancements were heavily dependent on the orientational packing ordering. In particular, V-NLCS showed the highest Raman enhancement factor, which was about 77-fold greater than the H-NLCS and about 19-fold greater than C-NLCS. The results presented here reveal the nature and significance of orientational ordering in controlling plasmonic coupling and SERS enhancements of ordered plasmonic nanoparticle arrays.

  15. Superstructures of chiral nematic microspheres as all-optical switchable distributors of light

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    Aβhoff, Sarah J.; Sukas, Sertan; Yamaguchi, Tadatsugu; Hommersom, Catharina A.; Le Gac, Séverine; Katsonis, Nathalie

    2015-01-01

    Light technology is based on generating, detecting and controlling the wavelength, polarization and direction of light. Emerging applications range from electronics and telecommunication to health, defence and security. In particular, data transmission and communication technologies are currently asking for increasingly complex and fast devices, and therefore there is a growing interest in materials that can be used to transmit light and also to control the distribution of light in space and time. Here, we design chiral nematic microspheres whose shape enables them to reflect light of different wavelengths and handedness in all directions. Assembled in organized hexagonal superstructures, these microspheres of well-defined sizes communicate optically with high selectivity for the colour and chirality of light. Importantly, when the microspheres are doped with photo-responsive molecular switches, their chiroptical communication can be tuned, both gradually in wavelength and reversibly in polarization. Since the kinetics of the “on” and “off” switching can be adjusted by molecular engineering of the dopants and because the photonic cross-communication is selective with respect to the chirality of the incoming light, these photo-responsive microspheres show potential for chiroptical all-optical distributors and switches, in which wavelength, chirality and direction of the reflected light can be controlled independently and reversibly. PMID:26400584

  16. X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy of photoinduced ferroic superstructures (Conference Presentation)

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    Stoica, Vladimir A.; Wen, Haidan; Zhang, Xiaoyi; Zhang, Zhan; Freeland, John W.; Martin, Lane; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Gopalan, Venkatraman

    2016-10-01

    Complex oxides and strongly correlated electron systems are at the forefront of science due to their exquisite potential for optical, spintronic, transducing/actuating, multiferroic, electrochemical, and superconducting property enhancements. Accordingly, at the nanoscale, engineering of complex oxide compounds is a promising route for discovery of novel quantum functionalities in a vast space of synthesis technique, calling for high-resolution control and visualization of physical properties and their structural basis. The advent of optical pulse techniques and related instrumentation advances is used to access dynamical separation of correlated orders that hide at equilibrium and also to create novel phases, not available via mainstream synthesis techniques. In this this talk, I will discuss resonant and non-resonant spectroscopic manipulation of phase transitions in nanoferroic oxides, focusing on ultrafast optical creation of artificial supercrystals in epitaxial superlattices. While table top nonlinear optical techniques are used to access the ferroic properties, synchrotron based time-resolved structural techniques, including diffraction and spectroscopy are decisive tools for revealing the nature of orderings in superstructures, their symmetries, phase quantification and spatial distribution with sub-micron resolution.

  17. Cobalt magnetism in a superstructured metallic antiferromagnet Na0.825CoO2

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    Young, Ben-Li; Chu, P.-Y.; Juang, J. Y.; Shu, G. J.; Chou, F. C.

    2013-08-01

    The Na atomic ordering and the local Co magnetism, in a metallic antiferromagnet made of Na0.825CoO2, are investigated by nuclear magnetic-resonance (NMR) techniques. Multiple well-resolved NMR peaks of 23Na and 59Co are observed, which suggests a superlattice structure forming in this Na-vacant cobaltate. Examining clues from published x-ray data, we refine the lattice superstructure so as to obtain the best description for the peaks seen in our NMR data. Magnetic Co ions are found to form a striped structure, which produces nontrivial magnetism. Analyzing the NMR frequency shift for each peak, we observe a frequency-shift anomaly, i.e., the breakdown of linearity between the NMR shift (that is, the local susceptibility) and the bulk susceptibility. We find that the shift anomaly can be described by an additional susceptibility component emerging at ˜60 K. Slow spin dynamics are observed near a metamagnetic transition where the spins flip between the antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic orders. Unlike in ordinary spin glasses, this glassy behavior is induced by a magnetic field, which causes competition between the in-plane ferromagnetic and out-of-plane antiferromagnetic interactions, in a magnetic-frustrated triangular lattice.

  18. Scanning tunneling microscopy investigation of copper phthalocyanine and truxenone derivative binary superstructures on graphite.

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    Liu, Jia; Wang, Dong; Wang, Jie-Yu; Pei, Jian; Wan, Li-Jun

    2011-02-01

    The binary self-assembly of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) and 2,3,7,8,12,13-hexahexyloxy-truxenone (TrO23) at the solid/liquid interface of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) was investigated by using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). Pseduohexagonal and linear patterned superstructures of CuPc are obtained by co-adsorbing with TrO23. High-resolution STM images reveal the structural details of the arrangement of TrO23 and CuPc in the binary assembly structures. The molecular ratio between CuPc and TrO23 in the adlayer can be modulated by the CuPc concentration in liquid phase. The electronic properties of CuPc and TrO23 in the co-adsorbed self-assembly are investigated by STS. The results presented here are helpful to the design and fabrication of multi-component functional molecular nanostructures.

  19. What makes folk tales unique: content familiarity, causal structure, scripts, or superstructures?

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    McDaniel, M A; Hines, R J; Waddill, P J; Einstein, G O

    1994-01-01

    Requiring readers to re-order randomly ordered sentences into a coherent text significantly enhances recall relative to that in a read-only control condition for non-folk-tale texts but not for folk tales (Einstein, McDaniel, Owen, & Coté, 1990). Experiments 1-3 showed that embedding components of folk tales (e.g., causal structure, conventional scripts, content related to background knowledge) in non-folk-tale texts did not render sentence unscrambling ineffective for increasing recall. In Experiments 4a-4c, a folk tale was presented either as a fairy tale or as part of a newspaper article. Significant sentence unscrambling effects (in free recall) were not obtained in either presentation format, which implies that a story superstructure (a story grammar) does not contribute to the absence of the sentence unscrambling effect. It is suggested that understanding why the sentence unscrambling effect is absent for folk tales may require considering the functional role that narrative plays in socioculturally situated cognition.

  20. Bone-repair properties of biodegradable hydroxyapatite nano-rod superstructures.

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    D'Elía, Noelia L; Mathieu, Colleen; Hoemann, Caroline D; Laiuppa, Juan A; Santillán, Graciela E; Messina, Paula V

    2015-11-28

    Nano-hydroxyapatite (nano-HAp) materials show an analogous chemical composition to the biogenic mineral components of calcified tissues and depending on their topography they may mimic the specific arrangement of the crystals in bone. In this work, we have evaluated the potential of four synthesized nano-HAp superstructures for the in vitro conditions of bone-repair. Experiments are underway to investigate the effects of the material microstructure, surface roughness and hydrophilicity on their osseo-integration, osteo-conduction and osteo-induction abilities. Materials were tested in the presence of both, rat primary osteoblasts and rabbit mesenchymal stem cells. The following aspects are discussed: (i) cytotoxicity and material degradation; (ii) rat osteoblast spreading, proliferation and differentiation; and (iii) rabbit mesenchymal stem cell adhesion on nano-HAp and nano-HAp/collagen type I coatings. We effectively prepared a material based on biomimetic HAp nano-rods displaying the appropriate surface topography, hydrophilicity and degradation properties to induce the in vitro desired cellular responses for bone bonding and healing. Cells seeded on the selected material readily attached, proliferated and differentiated, as confirmed by cell viability, mitochondrial metabolic activity, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and cytoskeletal integrity analysis by immunofluorescence localization of alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) protein. These results highlight the influence of material's surface characteristics to determine their tissue regeneration potential and their future use in engineering osteogenic scaffolds for orthopedic implants.

  1. Fabrication and evaluation of solution-processed reduced graphene oxide electrodes for p- and n-channel bottom-contact organic thin-film transistors.

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    Becerril, Hector A; Stoltenberg, Randall M; Tang, Ming Lee; Roberts, Mark E; Liu, Zunfeng; Chen, Yongsheng; Kim, Do Hwan; Lee, Bang-Lin; Lee, Sangyoon; Bao, Zhenan

    2010-11-23

    Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) is an electrically conductive carbon-based nanomaterial that has recently attracted attention as a potential electrode for organic electronics. Here we evaluate several solution-based methods for fabricating RGO bottom-contact (BC) electrodes for organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs), demonstrate functional p- and n-channel devices with such electrodes, and compare their electrical performance with analogous devices containing gold electrodes. We show that the morphology of organic semiconductor films deposited on RGO electrodes is similar to that observed in the channel region of the devices and that devices fabricated with RGO electrodes have lower contact resistances compared to those fabricated with gold contacts. Although the conductivity of RGO is poor compared to that of gold, RGO is still an enticing electrode material for organic electronic devices possibly owing to the retention of desirable morphological features, lower contact resistance, lower cost, and solution processability.

  2. Use of Trichoderma fungi in spray solutions to reduce Moniliophthora roreri infection of Theobroma cacao fruits in Northeastern Costa Rica.

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    Seng, John; Herrera, Geovanny; Vaughan, Christopher S; McCoy, Michael B

    2014-09-01

    Cacao (Theobroma cacao) is an important cash crop in tropical climates such as that of Latin America. Over the past several decades, the infection of cultivated cacao by Moniliophthllora roreri, known commonly as "monilia", has significantly hindered cacao production in Latin America. Studies have proposed the use of Trichoderma sp. fungi in biocontrol treatments to prevent and reduce monilia infection, yet tests of Trichoderma-containing spray treatments on cacao agroforests have produced mixed results. Researchers and agricultural workers have suggested that addition of soil, fly ash, or other carbon sources to a Trichoderma spray may improve its efficacy in fighting monilia. To test these suggestions, we designed a series of spray mixtures including Thichoderma cultures, soil, and all necessary controls. We applied the spray mixtures to 80 cacao trees (20 trees for each of four resistant-selected clones to monilia) at the FINMAC organic cacao plantation in Pueblo Nuevo de Guacimo, Limón Province, in northeastern Costa Rica in March-April 2013. Five treatments were applied (control, water, water plus sterilized soil, water plus Trichoderma, and water plus sterilized soil plus Trichoderma). Each treatment was applied to four trees of each clone. We monitored the incidence of monilia infection under each spray treatment over the course of 35d. We found that spraying entire cacao trees two times with a mixture containing Trichoderma and sterilized soil significantly reduced the incidence of monilia infection by 11% (p ≤ 0.05) in only 35d, as compared to the control. This reduction in loss of cacao pods translates into an increase of plantation mean productivity of 1,500 kg dried beans/ha by 198 kg/ha up to 1,698 kg/ha or by a total increase over the whole 110 ha plantation by 21,780 kg. We propose that using such an antifungal spray over the whole course of a crop cycle (120 days) would decrease infection incidence even more. Application of this fungal control

  3. ORGANIC INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE TO REDUCED PREOPERATIVE FASTING TIME, WITH A CARBOHYDRATE AND PROTEIN ENRICHED SOLUTION; A RANDOMIZED TRIAL.

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    de Andrade Gagheggi Ravanini, Guilherme; Portari Filho, Pedro Eder; Abrantes Luna, Renato; Almeida de Oliveira, Vinicius

    2015-08-01

    Introducción: El objetivo de este estudio es la evaluación de la respuesta inflamatoria orgánica a la colecistectomía laparoscópica mediante vídeo con una reducción del tiempo de ayuno preoperatorio a 2h y empleando una solución enriquecida con carbohidratos y proteínas. Métodos: Se trata de un estudio aleatorizado, prospectivo con pacientes divididos en los dos grupos siguientes: grupo A, ayuno convencional y grupo B, ayuno abreviado de 2h con ingesta oral de una solución enriquecida con carbohidratos y proteínas. Antes de la ingesta de la solución, se hicieron mediciones de glucosa sérica, insulina, interleucina 1y TNF-α; también se realizaron mediciones durante la inducción de la anestesia y 4h después de la intervención quirúrgica. Resultados: Treinta y ocho pacientes completaron el estudio sin presentar complicaciones pulmonares relacionadas con el broncoaspirado. La varianza HOMA-IR postoperatoria fue superior en el grupo A (p = 0,001). Conclusión: La reducción del tiempo de ayuno preoperatorio a 2h, empleando soluciones enriquecidas con carbohidratos y proteínas, es segura, reduce la resistencia a la insulina, y no aumenta el riesgo de broncoaspirado.

  4. Ce-Fe-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite as an efficient catalyst for sulfamethazine degradation in aqueous solution.

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    Wan, Zhong; Wang, Jianlong

    2016-09-01

    A heterogeneous Fenton catalyst Ce(0)-Fe(0)-reduced graphene oxide (Ce-Fe-RGO) was synthesized with chemical reduction methods and used for degradation of sulfamethazine. The introduction of Ce and graphene increased the dispersibility of iron particles which was confirmed by SEM and TEM. The results of VSM analysis showed good magnetism of Ce-Fe-RGO. The catalyst performance was compared with other kinds of catalysts (Fe(0) and Ce(0)-Fe(0)) for degradation of sulfamethazine. The results showed that Ce(0)-Fe-RGO had good catalytic performance and adsorption. X-ray diffraction showed the change of iron oxide on catalyst surface after use. The total sulfur (TS), total nitrogen (TN), total organic carbon (TOC), and intermediates, such as small organic molecular and anion ions, were analyzed by IC under different pH conditions. Finally, the possible catalytic mechanism was tentatively proposed based on inhibitor experimental results and XPS characterization. The main active species was hydroxyl radical on catalyst surface and the transition between Ce(3+) and Ce(4+) which enhanced the reduction from Fe(3+) to Fe(2+) and formation of ·OH and ·O2 (-).

  5. Effectiveness of egg immersion in aqueous solutions of thiamine and thiamine analogs for reducing early mortality syndrome

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    Brown, S.B.; Brown, L.R.; Brown, M.; Moore, K.; Villella, M.; Fitzsimons, J.D.; Williston, B.; Honeyfield, D.C.; Hinterkopf, J.P.; Tillitt, D.E.; Zajicek, J.L.; Wolgamood, M.

    2005-01-01

    Protocols used for therapeutic thiamine treatments in salmonine early mortality syndrome (EMS) were investigated in lake trout Salvelinus namaycush and coho salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch to assess their efficacy. At least 500 mg of thiamine HCl/L added to egg baths was required to produce a sustained elevation of thiamine content in lake trout eggs. Thiamine uptake from egg baths was not influenced by a pH ranging from 5.5 to 7.5 or by a water hardness between 2 and 200 mg CaCO3/L. There was poorer thiamine uptake when initial thiamine levels were low, suggesting that current treatment regimes may not be as effective when thiamine levels are severely depressed and that higher treatment doses are necessary. Exposure of eggs to the more lipid-soluble thiamine analog allithiamine (1,000 mg/L) during water hardening increased egg thiamine levels by 1.5-2.5 nmol/g and was completely effective at reversing EMS. Another more lipid-soluble thiamine analog, benfotiamine (100 mg/L), reduced EMS but did not produce detectable increases in egg thiamine content. Although benfotiamine may be more effective than thiamine at mitigating EMS, it is more expensive than thiamine HCl or allithiamine. In addition, there still needs to be a more thorough examination of dose-response relationships. We conclude that allithiamine is an alternative to the use of thiamine in egg baths as a therapeutic treatment for salmonid EMS. ?? Copyright by the American Fisheries Society 2005.

  6. Temperature-assisted on-column solute focusing: a general method to reduce pre-column dispersion in capillary high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Groskreutz, Stephen R; Weber, Stephen G

    2014-08-08

    Solvent-based on-column focusing is a powerful and well known approach for reducing the impact of pre-column dispersion in liquid chromatography. Here we describe an orthogonal temperature-based approach to focusing called temperature-assisted on-column solute focusing (TASF). TASF is founded on the same principles as the more commonly used solvent-based method wherein transient conditions are created that lead to high solute retention at the column inlet. Combining the low thermal mass of capillary columns and the temperature dependence of solute retention TASF is used effectively to compress injection bands at the head of the column through the transient reduction in column temperature to 5°C for a defined 7mm segment of a 6cm long 150μm I.D. column. Following the 30s focusing time, the column temperature is increased rapidly to the separation temperature of 60°C releasing the focused band of analytes. We developed a model to simulate TASF separations based on solute retention enthalpies, focusing temperature, focusing time, and column parameters. This model guides the systematic study of the influence of sample injection volume on column performance. All samples have solvent compositions matching the mobile phase. Over the 45-1050nL injection volume range evaluated, TASF reduces the peak width for all solutes with k' greater than or equal to 2.5, relative to controls. Peak widths resulting from injection volumes up to 1.3 times the column fluid volume with TASF are less than 5% larger than peak widths from a 45nL injection without TASF (0.07 times the column liquid volume). The TASF approach reduced concentration detection limits by a factor of 12.5 relative to a small volume injection for low concentration samples. TASF is orthogonal to the solvent focusing method. Thus, it can be used where on-column focusing is required, but where implementation of solvent-based focusing is difficult.

  7. Clinical use of an epinephrine-reduced (1/400,000) articaine solution in short-time dental routine treatments--a multicenter study.

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    Daubländer, Monika; Kämmerer, Peer W; Willershausen, Brita; Leckel, Michael; Lauer, Hans-Christoph; Buff, Siegmar; Rösl, Benita

    2012-08-01

    The addition of epinephrine in dental local anaesthesia results in a longer and deeper anaesthesia under almost ischemic conditions. For short-time dental treatments, epinephrine-reduced anaesthetics may offer shorter and more individual anaesthesia with reduced potential side effects. The aim of this study was a clinical evaluation of anaesthetic potency and adverse effects of an epinephrine-reduced articaine formulation in dental patients undergoing short-time routine treatment. In a prospective clinical, not interventional, study between January 2008 and February 2009, 908 patients undergoing short-time dental treatment in five medical centers were anaesthetized with 4% articaine 1:400,000 epinephrine (Ubistesin, 3M/ESPE, Seefeld, Germany). Efficacy and safety in clinical use were evaluated. A follow-up after 1 day was conducted by telephone survey. A mean amount of 1.3-ml anaesthetic solution was needed to achieve a complete or sufficient anaesthesia in 97% (n = 876) of cases. A second injection had to be done in 3.7% (n = 34) before and in 11.9% (n = 108) during treatment. Here, the second injection had to be applied after a mean of 48.6 min. The mean duration of soft tissue anaesthesia after infiltration was 146.6 min, after nerve block 187.7 min. The painful treatment took a mean of 50.2 min and the total treatment time summed up to 68.8 min. In 1.7% cases (n = 15), unwanted side effects were observed. The results indicate that a lower concentration of epinephrine in combination with the 4% articaine solution leads to a high success rate of efficacy. The clinical use of a 4% articaine 1:400,000 epinephrine solution can be stated as safe and effective in short dental routine treatments. Reconsiderations concerning limitations of indication or additional contraindications are not necessary.

  8. Noble Gas (Argon and Xenon)-Saturated Cold Storage Solutions Reduce Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury in a Rat Model of Renal Transplantation

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    Irani, Y.; Pype, J.L.; Martin, A.R.; Chong, C.F.; Daniel, L.; Gaudart, J.; Ibrahim, Z.; Magalon, G.; Lemaire, M.; Hardwigsen, J.

    2011-01-01

    Background Following kidney transplantation, ischemia-reperfusion injury contributes to adverse outcomes. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a cold-storage solution saturated with noble gas (xenon or argon) could limit ischemia-reperfusion injury following cold ischemia. Methods Sixty Wistar rats were randomly allocated to 4 experimental groups. Kidneys were harvested and then stored for 6 h before transplantation in cold-storage solution (Celsior®) saturated with either air, nitrogen, xenon or argon. A syngenic orthotopic transplantation was performed. Renal function was determined on days 7 and 14 after transplantation. Transplanted kidneys were removed on day 14 for histological and immunohistochemical analyses. Results Creatinine clearance was significantly higher and urinary albumin significantly lower in the argon and xenon groups than in the other groups at days 7 and 14. These effects were considerably more pronounced for argon than for xenon. In addition, kidneys stored with argon, and to a lesser extent those stored with xenon, displayed preserved renal architecture as well as higher CD-10 and little active caspase-3 expression compared to other groups. Conclusion Argon- or xenon-satured cold-storage solution preserved renal architecture and function following transplantation by reducing ischemia-reperfusion injury. PMID:22470401

  9. Synthesis and application of reduced graphene oxide and molecularly imprinted polymers composite in chemo sensor for trichloroacetic acid detection in aqueous solution

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    Kibechu, Rose W.; Mamo, Messai A.; Msagati, Titus A. M.; Sampath, S.; Mamba, Bhekie B.

    This work presents the fabrication of a simple, cheap and fast thin film chemo sensor for detection of trichloroacetic acid (TCAA) in aqueous solutions. Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) based molecular imprinted polymers (MIP) chemo-sensor has been developed. The recognition of TCAA was achieved by imprinted polymers synthesized by copolymerization of 4-vinylpyridine (4-VP) and a crosslinking monomer ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EDGMA) in acetonitrile using bulk polymerization method. Adsorption studies to determine the rebinding properties of the MIP with the template were conducted using UV Visible spectrophotometer. The fabricated sensor exhibited high recognition ability and affinity for HAA in comparison with the non-imprinted one which was employed as a control, this indicated that the MIP could selectively rebind with TCAA. Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) was used to improve conductivity of the sensor; RGO was obtained from reduction of graphene oxide (GO) synthesized using modified Stauddmer and Hummers method. Polysulphone was used in solution blending of MIP and RGO to form a hybrid which was deposited between two gold plated electrodes by spin coating to form a thin film. The performance of the imprinted sensor was studied using a homemade circuit. The results demonstrate that the sensor based on TCAA-imprinted polymer is fast, cheap and sensitive screening method of TCAA in drinking water.

  10. Bone-repair properties of biodegradable hydroxyapatite nano-rod superstructures

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    D'Elía, Noelia L.; Mathieu, Colleen; Hoemann, Caroline D.; Laiuppa, Juan A.; Santillán, Graciela E.; Messina, Paula V.

    2015-11-01

    Nano-hydroxyapatite (nano-HAp) materials show an analogous chemical composition to the biogenic mineral components of calcified tissues and depending on their topography they may mimic the specific arrangement of the crystals in bone. In this work, we have evaluated the potential of four synthesized nano-HAp superstructures for the in vitro conditions of bone-repair. Experiments are underway to investigate the effects of the material microstructure, surface roughness and hydrophilicity on their osseo-integration, osteo-conduction and osteo-induction abilities. Materials were tested in the presence of both, rat primary osteoblasts and rabbit mesenchymal stem cells. The following aspects are discussed: (i) cytotoxicity and material degradation; (ii) rat osteoblast spreading, proliferation and differentiation; and (iii) rabbit mesenchymal stem cell adhesion on nano-HAp and nano-HAp/collagen type I coatings. We effectively prepared a material based on biomimetic HAp nano-rods displaying the appropriate surface topography, hydrophilicity and degradation properties to induce the in vitro desired cellular responses for bone bonding and healing. Cells seeded on the selected material readily attached, proliferated and differentiated, as confirmed by cell viability, mitochondrial metabolic activity, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and cytoskeletal integrity analysis by immunofluorescence localization of alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) protein. These results highlight the influence of material's surface characteristics to determine their tissue regeneration potential and their future use in engineering osteogenic scaffolds for orthopedic implants.Nano-hydroxyapatite (nano-HAp) materials show an analogous chemical composition to the biogenic mineral components of calcified tissues and depending on their topography they may mimic the specific arrangement of the crystals in bone. In this work, we have evaluated the potential of four synthesized nano-HAp superstructures

  11. The transient appearance of zipper-like actin superstructures during the fusion of osteoclasts.

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    Takito, Jiro; Nakamura, Masanori; Yoda, Masaki; Tohmonda, Takahide; Uchikawa, Shinichi; Horiuchi, Keisuke; Toyama, Yoshiaki; Chiba, Kazuhiro

    2012-02-01

    Multinucleated osteoclasts are responsible for bone resorption. Hypermultinucleated osteoclasts are often observed in some bone-related diseases such as Paget's disease and cherubism. The cellular mechanics controlling the size of osteoclasts is poorly understood. We introduced EGFP-actin into RAW 264.7 cells to monitor actin dynamics during osteoclast differentiation. Before their terminal differentiation into osteoclasts, syncytia displayed two main types of actin assembly, podosome clusters and clusters of zipper-like structures. The zipper-like structures morphologically resembled the adhesion zippers found at the initial stage of cell-cell adhesion in keratinocytes. In the zipper-like structure, Arp3 and cortactin overlapped with the distribution of dense F-actin, whereas integrin β3, paxillin and vinculin were localized to the periphery of the structure. The structure was negative for WGA-lectin staining and biotin labeling. The zipper-like structure broke down and transformed into a large actin ring, called a podosome belt. Syncytia containing clusters of zipper-like structures had more nuclei than those with podosome clusters. Differentiated osteoclasts with a podosome belt also formed the zipper-like structure at the cell contact site during cell fusion. The breakdown of the cell contact site resulted in the fusion of the podosome belts following plasma membrane fusion. Additionally, osteoclasts in mouse calvariae formed the zipper-like structure in the sealing zone. Therefore, we propose that the zipper-like actin superstructures might be involved in cell-cell interaction to achieve efficient multinucleation of osteoclasts. Understanding of the zipper-like structure might lead to selective therapeutics for bone diseases caused by hypermultinucleated osteoclasts.

  12. A Mixed {alpha}/{beta} Superstructure in NASICON Ionic Conductors: Neutron Diffraction Study of Li

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    Catti, Michele

    2001-02-01

    The lithium conductors Li{sub 2}FeTi(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} and Li{sub 2}FeZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, synthesized by solid-state reaction and characterized by X-ray powder diffractometry, were studied structurally at room temperature by neutron powder diffraction at high resolution (HRPD, ISIS Facility, U.K.). By trial-and-error and Rietveld refinements (R{sub p}=0.111, R(F{sup 2})=0.112), the first compound (orthorhombic Pbca, Z=8; a=8.5515(1), b=8.6229(1), c=23.9116(3) {angstrom}) was shown to have a complex superstructure sharing features of both the {alpha} and {beta} NASICON-type phases of LiZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}. Four (001) layers of PO{sub 4} and (Fe, Ti)O{sub 6} polyhedra are present per unit-cell, and they are related both by -1 inversion centers ({alpha} structure) and by a glide planes ({beta} structure). Ti{sup 4+} and Fe{sup 3+} order in the two interlayer regions, respectively. Owing to the structure complexity, only half of the lithium atoms could be refined in tetrahedral coordination with < Li-O > =1.99 {angstrom}. Li{sub 2}FeZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (orthorhombic Pbna, Z=4; a=8.70559(8), b=8.78572(9), c=12.2202(1) {angstrom}) proved to be similar to {beta}-LiZr2(PO4)3; however, by Fourier synthesis and Rietveld refinement (R{sub p}=0.0618, R(F{sup 2})=0.0574) Li was located in a fully ordered tetrahedral configuration with < Li-O >=2.01 {angstrom}, instead of being disordered as in the phase of LiZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}.

  13. The New Generation of Uranium In Situ Recovery Facilities: Design Improvements Should Reduce Radiological Impacts Relative to First Generation Uranium Solution Mining Plants

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    Brown, S.H.

    2008-07-01

    In the last few years, there has been a significant increase in the demand for Uranium as historical inventories have been consumed and new reactor orders are being placed. Numerous mineralized properties around the world are being evaluated for Uranium recovery and new mining / milling projects are being evaluated and developed. Ore bodies which are considered uneconomical to mine by conventional methods such as tunneling or open pits, can be candidates for non-conventional recovery techniques, involving considerably less capital expenditure. Technologies such as Uranium In Situ Leaching / In Situ Recovery (ISL / ISR - also referred to as 'solution mining'), have enabled commercial scale mining and milling of relatively small ore pockets of lower grade, and are expected to make a significant contribution to overall world wide uranium supplies over the next ten years. Commercial size solution mining production facilities have operated in the US since the mid 1970's. However, current designs are expected to result in less radiological wastes and emissions relative to these 'first' generation plants (which were designed, constructed and operated through the 1980's). These early designs typically used alkaline leach chemistries in situ including use of ammonium carbonate which resulted in groundwater restoration challenges, open to air recovery vessels and high temperature calcining systems for final product drying vs the 'zero emissions' vacuum dryers as typically used today. Improved containment, automation and instrumentation control and use of vacuum dryers in the design of current generation plants are expected to reduce production of secondary waste byproduct material, reduce Radon emissions and reduce potential for employee exposure to uranium concentrate aerosols at the back end of the milling process. In Situ Recovery in the U.S. typically involves the circulation of groundwater, fortified with oxidizing (gaseous oxygen e.g) and complexing agents (carbon

  14. Efficient Removal of Uranium from Aqueous Solution by Reduced Graphene Oxide-Zn0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 Ferrite-Polyaniline Nanocomposite

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    Tran, Dat Quang; Pham, Hung Thanh; Do, Hung Quoc

    2017-03-01

    Reduced graphene oxide-Zn0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 ferrite-polyaniline nanocomposite (RGO-ZNF-PANI) was synthesized by a three-step method. The prepared samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. In particular, we found that this material is capable of effectively removing uranium from an aquatic environment. This is confirmed by our experimental results using the method of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Adsorptive behaviour of uranium from an aqueous solution on the RGO-ZNF-PANI nanocomposite was examined as a function of pH, contact time, and equilibrium. Uranium concentration was carried out by batch techniques. The adsorption isotherm agrees well with the Langmuir model, having a maximum sorption capacity of 1885 mg/g, at pH 5 and 25°C.

  15. Random-type scanning patterns in laser shock peening without absorbing coating in 2024-T351 Al alloy: A solution to reduce residual stress anisotropy

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    Correa, C.; Peral, D.; Porro, J. A.; Díaz, M.; Ruiz de Lara, L.; García-Beltrán, A.; Ocaña, J. L.

    2015-10-01

    Laser Shock Peening (LSP) is considered as an alternative technology to shot peening (SP) for the induction of compressive residual stresses in metallic alloys in order to improve their fatigue, corrosion and wear resistance. Since laser pulses generated by high-intensity laser systems cover only a small area, laser pulses are generally overlapped and scanned in a zigzag-type pattern to cover completely the surface to be treated. However, zigzag-type scanning patterns induce residual stress anisotropy as collateral effect. The purpose of this paper is to describe and explain, for the first time and with the aid of the numerical model developed by the authors, the influence of the scanning pattern directionality on the residual stress tensor. As an effective solution, the authors propose the application of random-type scanning patterns instead of zigzag-type in order to reduce the mentioned residual stress anisotropy.

  16. Saving energy and reducing emissions of both polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and particulate matter by adding bio-solution to emulsified diesel.

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    Lin, Yuan-Chung; Lee, Wen-Jhy; Chen, Chun-Chi; Chen, Chung-Bang

    2006-09-01

    Development of emulsified diesel has been driven by the need to reduce emissions from diesel engines and to save energy. Emulsification technology and bio-solution (NOE-7F) were used to produce emulsified diesel in this study. The experimental results indicated that there were no significant separation layers in W13 (13 wt % water + 87 wt % PDF), W16 (16 wt % water + 84 wt % PDF), W19 (19 wt % water + 81 wt % PDF), E13 (13 wt % NOE-7F water + 87 wt % PDF), E16 (16 wt % NOE-7F water + 83 wt % PDF), and E19 (19 wt % NOE-7F water + 81 wt % PDF) after premium diesel fuel (PDF) was emulsified for more than 30 days. In addition, there was no significant increase in damage from using these six emulsified fuels after the operation of the diesel generator for more than one year. The energy saving and reduction of particulate matter (PM) and total polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) for W13, W16, W19, E13, E16 and E19, respectively, were 3.90%, 30.9%, 27.6%; 3.38%, 37.0%, 34.9%; 2.17%, 22.2%, 15.4%; 5.87%, 38.6%, 49.3%; 5.88%, 57.8%, 58.0%; and 4.75%, 31.1%, 47.3%, compared with PDF. The above results revealed that the bio-solution (NOE-7F) had a catalytic effect which elevated the combustion efficiency and decreased pollutant emissions during the combustion process. Furthermore, bio-solution (NOE-7F) can stabilize the emulsified fuels and enhance energy saving. Thus, emulsified fuels are highly suitable for use as alternative fuels. Due to the increasing price of diesel, emulsified diesel containing NOE-7F has potential for commercial application.

  17. Constructing Three-Dimensional Mesoporous Bouquet-Posy-like TiO2 Superstructures with Radially Oriented Mesochannels and Single-Crystal Walls.

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    Liu, Yong; Lan, Kun; Li, Shushuang; Liu, Yongmei; Kong, Biao; Wang, Geng; Zhang, Pengfei; Wang, Ruicong; He, Haili; Ling, Yun; Al-Enizi, Abdullah M; Elzatahry, Ahmed A; Cao, Yong; Chen, Gang; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2017-01-11

    Constructing three-dimensional (3-D) hierarchical mesostructures with unique morphology, pore orientation, single-crystal nature, and functionality remains a great challenge in materials science. Here, we report a confined microemulsion self-assembly approach to synthesize an unprecedented type of 3-D highly ordered mesoporous TiO2 superstructure (Level-1), which consists of 1 spherical core and 12 symmetric satellite hemispheres epitaxially growing out of the core vertices. A more complex and asymmetric TiO2 superstructure (Level-2) with 13 spherical cores and up to 44 symmetric satellite hemispheres can also be well manipulated by increasing the size or content of impregnated TiO2 precursor emulsion droplets. The obtained 3-D mesoporous TiO2 superstructures have well-defined bouquet-posy-like topologies, oriented hexagonal mesochannels, high accessible surface area (134-148 m(2)/g), large pore volume (0.48-0.51 cm(3)/g), and well single-crystalline anatase walls with dominant (001) active facets. More interestingly, all cylindrical mesopore channels are highly interconnected and radially distributed within the whole superstructures, and all TiO2 nanocrystal building blocks are oriented grown into a single-crystal anatase wall, making them ideal candidates for various applications ranging from catalysis to optoelectronics. As expected, the bouquet-posy-like mesoporous TiO2 superstructure supported catalysts show excellent catalytic activity (≥99.7%) and selectivity (≥96%) in cis-semihydrogenation of various alkynes, exceeding that of commercial TiO2 (P25) supported catalyst by a factor of 10. No decay in the activity was observed for 25 cycles, revealing a high stability of the mesoporous TiO2 superstructure supported catalyst.

  18. Temperature-assisted On-column Solute Focusing: A General Method to Reduce Pre-column Dispersion in Capillary High Performance Liquid Chromatography

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    Groskreutz, Stephen R.; Weber, Stephen G.

    2014-01-01

    Solvent-based on-column focusing is a powerful and well known approach for reducingthe impact of pre-column dispersion in liquid chromatography. Here we describe an orthogonal temperature-based approach to focusing called temperature-assisted on-column solute focusing (TASF). TASF is founded on the same principles as the more commonly used solvent-based method wherein transient conditions are created thatlead to high solute retention at the column inlet. Combining the low thermal mass of capillary columns and the temperature dependence of solute retentionTASF is used effectivelyto compress injection bands at the head of the column through the transient reduction in column temperature to 5 °C for a defined 7 mm segment of a 6 cm long 150 μm I.D. column. Following the 30 second focusing time, the column temperature is increased rapidly to the separation temperature of 60 °C releasing the focused band of analytes. We developed a model tosimulate TASF separations based on solute retention enthalpies, focusing temperature, focusing time, and column parameters. This model guides the systematic study of the influence of sample injection volume on column performance.All samples have solvent compositions matching the mobile phase. Over the 45 to 1050 nL injection volume range evaluated, TASF reducesthe peak width for all soluteswith k’ greater than or equal to 2.5, relative to controls. Peak widths resulting from injection volumes up to 1.3 times the column fluid volume with TASF are less than 5% larger than peak widths from a 45 nL injection without TASF (0.07 times the column liquid volume). The TASF approach reduced concentration detection limits by a factor of 12.5 relative to a small volume injection for low concentration samples. TASF is orthogonal to the solvent focusing method. Thus, it canbe used where on-column focusing is required, but where implementation of solvent-based focusing is difficult. PMID:24973805

  19. Controlled synthesis, characterization, and morphology-dependent reducibility of ceria-zirconia-yttria solid solutions with nanorod-like, microspherical, microbowknot-like, and micro-octahedral shapes.

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    Zhang, Yujuan; Zhang, Lei; Deng, Jiguang; Dai, Hongxing; He, Hong

    2009-03-02

    By adopting the strategy of triblock copolymer (Pluronic P123) or cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) assisted hydrothermal treatment, we fabricated cubic fluorite-type Ce(0.6)Zr(0.3)Y(0.1)O(2) (CZY) solid solution polycrystallites with various morphologies. These materials were characterized by means of techniques such as X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, selected-area electron diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermogravimetry, laser Raman, Fourier-transfer infrared spectroscopy, hydrogen temperature-programmed reduction, and surface area measurements. It is found that the nanorod-like, microspherical, microbowknot-like, and micro-octahedral CZY particles were respectively generated hydrothermally with CTAB at 120 degrees C for 72 h and with P123 at 100, 120, and 240 degrees C for 48 h after calcination at 550 degrees C for 3 h. There was a copresence of Ce(3+) and Ce(4+) in the CZY samples that led to the formation of oxygen vacancies. We observed a good correlation of low-temperature reducibility with the morphology of the CZY samples. The reducibility of these nano- and micromaterials at low temperatures (240-550 degrees C) enhanced in the order micro-octahedral CZY < microspherical CZY < microbowknot-like CZY < nanorod-like CZY. The formation mechanism of CZY with various morphologies was discussed.

  20. Tuning the superstructure of ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene/low-molecular-weight polyethylene blend for artificial joint application.

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    Xu, Ling; Chen, Chen; Zhong, Gan-Ji; Lei, Jun; Xu, Jia-Zhuang; Hsiao, Benjamin S; Li, Zhong-Ming

    2012-03-01

    An easy approach was reported to achieve high mechanical properties of ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)-based polyethylene (PE) blend for artificial joint application without the sacrifice of the original excellent wear and fatigue behavior of UHMWPE. The PE blend with desirable fluidity was obtained by melt mixing UHMWPE and low molecular weight polyethylene (LMWPE), and then was processed by a modified injection molding technology-oscillatory shear injection molding (OSIM). Morphological observation of the OSIM PE blend showed LMWPE contained well-defined interlocking shish-kebab self-reinforced superstructure. Addition of a small amount of long chain polyethylene (2 wt %) to LMWPE greatly induced formation of rich shish-kebabs. The ultimate tensile strength considerably increased from 27.6 MPa for conventional compression molded UHMWPE up to 78.4 MPa for OSIM PE blend along the flow direction and up to 33.5 MPa in its transverse direction. The impact strength of OSIM PE blend was increased by 46% and 7% for OSIM PE blend in the direction parallel and vertical to the shear flow, respectively. Wear and fatigue resistance were comparable to conventional compression molded UHMWPE. The superb performance of the OSIM PE blend was originated from formation of rich interlocking shish-kebab superstructure while maintaining unique properties of UHMWPE. The present results suggested the OSIM PE blend has high potential for artificial joint application.

  1. Bipartite electronic superstructures in the vortex core of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ

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    Machida, T.; Kohsaka, Y.; Matsuoka, K.; Iwaya, K.; Hanaguri, T.; Tamegai, T.

    2016-01-01

    The central issue in the physics of cuprate superconductivity is the mutual relationship among superconductivity, pseudogap and broken-spatial-symmetry states. A magnetic field B suppresses superconductivity, providing an opportunity to investigate the competition among these states. Although various B-induced electronic superstructures have been reported, their energy, spatial and momentum-space structures are unclear. Here, we show using spectroscopic-imaging scanning tunnelling microscopy on Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ that there are two distinct B-induced electronic superstructures, both being localized in the vortex core but appearing at different energies. In the low-energy range where the nodal Bogoliubov quasiparticles are well-defined, we observe the so-called vortex checkerboard that we identify as the B-enhanced quasiparticle interference pattern. By contrast, in the high-energy region where the pseudogap develops, the broken-spatial-symmetry patterns that pre-exist at B=0 T is locally enhanced in the vortex core. This evidences the competition between superconductivity and the broken-spatial-symmetry state that is associated with the pseudogap. PMID:27230420

  2. Facile hydrothermal synthesis of TiO2-Bi2WO6 hollow superstructures with excellent photocatalysis and recycle properties.

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    Hou, Ya-Fei; Liu, Shu-Juan; Zhang, Jing-huai; Cheng, Xiao; Wang, You

    2014-01-21

    One-dimensional mesoporous TiO2-Bi2WO6 hollow superstructures are prepared using a hydrothermal method and their photocatalysis and recycle properties are investigated. Experimental results indicate that anatase TiO2 nanoparticles are coupled with hierarchical Bi2WO6 hollow tubes on their surfaces. The TiO2-Bi2WO6 structure has a mesoporous wall and the pores in the wall are on average 21 nm. The hierarchical TiO2-Bi2WO6 heterostructures exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity in comparison with P25, pure Bi2WO6 hollow tube and mechanical mixture of Bi2WO6 tube and TiO2 nanoparticle in the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under simulated sunlight irradiation. The as-prepared TiO2-Bi2WO6 heterostructures can be easily recycled through sedimentation and they retains their high photocatalytic activity during the cycling use in the simulated sunlight-driving photodegradation process of RhB. The prepared mesoporous TiO2-Bi2WO6 with hollow superstructure is therefore a promising candidate material for water decontamination use.

  3. Key factors leading to reduced recruitment and retention of health professionals in remote areas of Ghana: a qualitative study and proposed policy solutions

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    2011-01-01

    Background The ability of many countries to achieve national health goals such as the Millennium Development Goals remains hindered by inadequate and poorly distributed health personnel, including doctors. The distribution of doctors in Ghana is highly skewed, with a majority serving in two major metropolitan areas (Accra and Kumasi), and inadequate numbers in remote and rural districts. Recent policies increasing health worker salaries have reduced migration of doctors out of Ghana, but made little difference to distribution within the country. This qualitative study was undertaken to understand how practicing doctors and medical leaders in Ghana describe the key factors reducing recruitment and retention of health professionals into remote areas, and to document their proposed policy solutions. Methods In-depth interviews were carried out with 84 doctors and medical leaders, including 17 regional medical directors and deputy directors from across Ghana, and 67 doctors currently practicing in 3 regions (Greater Accra, Brong Ahafo, and Upper West); these 3 regions were chosen to represent progressively more remote distances from the capital of Accra. Results and discussion All participants felt that rural postings must have special career or monetary incentives given the loss of locum (i.e. moonlighting income), the higher workload, and professional isolation of remote assignments. Career 'death' and prolonged rural appointments were a common fear, and proposed policy solutions focused considerably on career incentives, such as guaranteed promotion or a study opportunity after some fixed term of service in a remote or hardship area. There was considerable stress placed on the need for rural doctors to have periodic contact with mentors through rural rotation of specialists, or remote learning centers, and reliable terms of appointment with fixed end-points. Also raised, but given less emphasis, were concerns about the adequacy of clinical equipment in remote

  4. One-pot synthesis of SnO{sub 2}/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite in ionic liquid-based solution and its application for lithium ion batteries

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    Gu, Changdong Zhang, Heng; Wang, Xiuli; Tu, Jiangping

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A facile and low-temperature method is developed for SnO{sub 2}/graphene composite. • Synthesis performed in a choline chloride-based ionic liquid. • The composite shows an enhanced cycling stability as anode for Li-ion batteries. • 4 nm SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles mono-dispersed on the surface of reduced graphene oxide. - Abstract: A facile and low-temperature method is developed for SnO{sub 2}/graphene composite which involves an ultrasonic-assistant oxidation–reduction reaction between Sn{sup 2+} and graphene oxide in a choline chloride–ethylene glycol based ionic liquid under ambient conditions. The reaction solution is non-corrosive and environmental-friendly. Moreover, the proposed technique does not require complicated infrastructures and heat treatment. The SnO{sub 2}/graphene composite consists of about 4 nm sized SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles with cassiterite structure mono-dispersed on the surface of reduced graphene oxide. As anode for lithium-ion batteries, the SnO{sub 2}/graphene composite shows a satisfying cycling stability (535 mAh g{sup −1} after 50 cycles @100 mA g{sup −1}), which is significantly prior to the bare 4 nm sized SnO{sub 2} nanocrsytals. The graphene sheets in the hybrid nanostructure could provide a segmentation effect to alleviate the volume expansion of the SnO{sub 2} and restrain the small and active Sn-based particles aggregating into larger and inactive clusters during cycling.

  5. Totally solution-processed CuInS2 solar cells based on chloride inks: reduced metastable phases and improved current density

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    Dehghani, Mehdi; Behjat, Abbas; Tajabadi, Fariba; Taghavinia, Nima

    2015-03-01

    Planar superstrate CuInS2 (CIS) solar cell devices are fabricated using totally solution-processed deposition methods. These Cd-free devices are structured by FTO/TiO2/In2S3/CIS/carbon, where TiO2 and In2S3 are deposited by spray pyrolysis, and a CIS film is deposited using spin-coating followed by annealing at 250 °C. The pasted carbon layer is utilized as the anode. No further sulfurization or selenization is employed. The Cu/In ratio in the ink is found as a critical factor affecting the morphology and crystallinity of the film as well as the photovoltaic performance of the device. An optimum Cu/In = 1.05 results in large-grain films with sharp diffraction peaks and, subsequently, optimal series resistance and shunt conductance. It is also found that the chloride-based ink results in CIS films with considerably reduced metastable phases, compared to the conventional acetate-based inks. A current density of 23.6 mA cm-2 is obtained for the best devices, leading to a conversion efficiency of 4.1%.

  6. Magnetic Superstructure and Metal-Insulator Transition in Mn-Substituted Sr3Ru2O7

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    Hossain, M. A.; Bohnenbuck, B.; Chuang, Y.-D.; Geck, J.; Tokura, Y.; Yoshida, Y.; Hussain, Z.; Keimer, B.; Sawatzky, G. A.; Damascelli, A.

    2010-03-01

    We present a temperature-dependent resonant elastic soft x-ray scattering (REXS) study of the metal-insulator transition in Sr3(Ru1-xMnx)2O7, performed at both Ru and Mn L-edges. Resonant magnetic superstructure reflections, which indicate an incipient instability of the parent compound, are detected below the transition. Based on modelling of the REXS intensity from randomly distributed Mn impurities, we establish the inhomogeneous nature of the metal-insulator transition, with an effective percolation threshold corresponding to an anomalously low x˜0.05 Mn substitution. In collaboration with A.G. Cruz Gonzalez, J.D. Denlinger (Berkeley Lab), I. Zegkinoglou, M.W. Haverkort (MPI, Stuttgart), I.S. Elfimov, D.G. Hawthorn (UBC), R. Mathieu, S. Satow, H. Takagi (Tokyo), H.-H. Wu and C. Sch"ußler-Langeheine (Cologne).

  7. Helical superstructure of continuum graphene cone uncovered by TEM analysis of herringbone-striped pattern in graphitic whiskers

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    Saito, Yukie; Nishio-Hamane, Daisuke

    2016-10-01

    Cone-shaped graphitic whiskers (CGWs) are a form of pyrolytic carbon, consisting of conically stacked hexagonal carbon layers with an apex angle of 135-140°. Under transmission electron microscopy (TEM), CGWs often exhibit herringbone-striped patterns. Bright-field (BF) and dark-field (DF) TEM images indicated that the stripes are due to periodical appearance of a strong inter-planar reflection, which is consistent with helical rotation of layers with stepwise "layer overlap". High-resolution TEM revealed that the period was 14-15 layers. The relationship between apex angle and stripe periodicity of CGWs could be consistently explained in terms of a helical superstructure of tightly coiled continuous graphene cone.

  8. Ultrasensitive SERS detection of VEGF based on a self-assembled Ag ornamented-AU pyramid superstructure.

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    Zhao, Sen; Ma, Wei; Xu, Liguang; Wu, Xiaoling; Kuang, Hua; Wang, Libing; Xu, Chuanlai

    2015-06-15

    For the first time, we demonstrated the fabrication of silver nanoparticle ornamented-gold nanoparticle pyramids (Ag-Au Pys) using an aptamer-based self-assembly process and investigated their surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) properties in the detection of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Under optimized conditions, the SERS signal was negatively related to VEGF concentration over the range 0.01-1.0 fM and the limit of detection (LOD) was as low as 22.6 aM. The matrix effect and the specificity of this developed method were further examined, and the results showed that the superstructure sensor was ultrasensitive and highly selective. This developed aptamer-based SERS detection method suggests that it may be a promising strategy for a variety of sensing applications.

  9. C60 superstructure and carbide formation on the Al-terminated Al9Co2(001 ) surface

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    Ledieu, J.; Gaudry, É.; de Weerd, M.-C.; Gille, P.; Diehl, R. D.; Fournée, V.

    2015-04-01

    We report the formation of an ordered C60 monolayer on the Al9Co2 (001) surface using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), x-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS/UPS), and ab initio calculations. Dosing fullerenes at 300 K results in a disordered overlayer. However, the adsorption of C60 with the sample held between 573-673 K leads to a [4, -2 ∣1 ,3 ] phase. The growth of C60 proceeds with the formation of two domains which are mirror symmetric with respect to the [100] direction. Within each domain, the superstructure unit cell contains six molecules and this implies an area per fullerene equal to 91 Å2. The molecules exhibit two types of contrast (bright and dim) which are bias dependent. The adsorption energies and preferred molecular configuration at several possible adsorption sites have been determined theoretically. These calculations lead to a possible scheme describing the configuration of each C60 in the observed superstructure. Several defects (vacancies, protrusions,…) and domain boundaries observed in the film are also discussed. If the sample temperature is higher than 693 K when dosing, impinging C60 molecules dissociate at the surface, hence leading to the formation of a carbide film as observed by STM and LEED measurements. The formation of Al4C3 domains and the molecular dissociation are confirmed by XPS/UPS measurements acquired at different stages of the experiment. The cluster substructure present at the Al9Co2 (001) surface dictates the carbide domain orientations.

  10. La10W2O21: an anion-deficient fluorite-related superstructure with oxide ion conduction.

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    Chambrier, Marie-Hélène; Le Bail, Armel; Giovannelli, Fabien; Redjaïmia, Abdelkrim; Florian, Pierre; Massiot, Dominique; Suard, Emmanuelle; Goutenoire, François

    2014-01-06

    The crystal structure of La10W2O21, which has to be reformulated (La5.667W0.333)LaWO14□2, is best described, on average, by a 2 × 2 × 2 anion-deficient fluorite-related superstructure cubic cell, with space group F4 3m, Z = 4, and a = 11.17932(6) Å, similar to Y7ReO14--δ. The 32 cations are distributed with lanthanum on the 4a-site, tungsten on the 4b-site, and a partial occupancy of the 24g-site by La (94%) and W. The 56 oxygen atoms occupy four 16e-sites, three of them fully and with an occupancy of 1/2 for the fourth one. Others M10W2O21 (M = Er, Y) adopt a 3 × 2 × 2 fluorite superstructure with W in octahedral sites, whereas W is mainly in tetrahedral sites in La10W2O21. Several powerful techniques such as crystal image furnace synthesis, (139)La nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and convergent beam electron diffraction (CBED) were used to achieve our results. Transmission electron microscopy (microdiffraction, CBED, and Tanaka patterns) brought us the real symmetry, showing that indeed classical cubic twinning along the 3-fold axis does take place. The surprising La/W mixed site is nicely confirmed by (139)La NMR. This compound exhibits interesting fast oxide ion conducting properties, comparable with LAMOX (Lacorre et al. Nature 2000, 404, 856-858) at low temperature. As opposed to many ionic conductors, no temperature structural transition is observed. Its conductivity is about 6.4 × 10(-4) S·cm(-1) at 700 °C.

  11. pH-dependent solution structure and activity of a reduced form of the host-defense peptide myticin C (Myt C) from the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis.

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    Martinez-Lopez, Alicia; Encinar, Jose Antonio; Medina-Gali, Regla Maria; Balseiro, Pablo; Garcia-Valtanen, Pablo; Figueras, Antonio; Novoa, Beatriz; Estepa, Amparo

    2013-07-04

    Myticin C (Myt C) is a highly variable host-defense peptide (HDP) associated to the immune response in the mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis), which has shown to be active across species due to its strong antiviral activity against a fish rhabdovirus found in fish cells overexpressing this HDP. However, the potential antimicrobial properties of any synthetic analogue of Myt C has not yet been analysed. Thus, in this work we have synthesised the sequence of the mature peptide of Myt C variant c and analysed the structure activity relationships of its reduced (non-oxidized) form (red-MytCc). In contrast to results previously reported for oxidized isoforms of mussel myticins, red-MytCc was not active against bacteria at physiological pH and showed a moderate antiviral activity against the viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS) rhabdovirus. However, its chemotactic properties remained active. Structure/function studies in neutral and acid environments by means of infrared spectroscopy indicated that the structure of red-MytCc is pH dependent, with acid media increasing its alpha-helical content. Furthermore, red-MytCc was able to efficiently aggregate artificial phospholipid membranes at low pH, as well as to inhibit the Escherichia coli growth, suggesting that this activity is attributable to its more structured form in an acidic environment. All together, these results highlight the dynamic and environmentally sensitive behavior of red-Myt C in solution, and provide important insights into Myt C structure/activity relationships and the requirements to exert its antimicrobial/immunomodulatory activities. On the other hand, the pH-dependent direct antimicrobial activity of Myt C suggests that this HDP may be a suitable template for the development of antimicrobial agents that would function selectively in specific pH environments, which are sorely needed in this "antibiotic-resistance era".

  12. Engineered Solutions to Reduce Occupational Noise Exposure at the NASA Glenn Research Center: A Five-Year Progress Summary (1994-1999)

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    Cooper, Beth A.; Hange, Donald W.; Mikulic, John J.

    1999-01-01

    to reducing occupational and community noise exposure. The organization and mission of this Program were documented shortly after its inception, and individual programmatic components have been the subject of subsequent papers. This paper summarizes the status and accomplishments of the engineering aspects of the Program from a five-year retrospective viewpoint and includes a review of retrofit noise control solution strategies, which have not been previously documented.

  13. Ionic liquid-modulated synthesis of ferrimagnetic Fe(3)S(4) hierarchical superstructures.

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    Ma, Jianmin; Chang, Liao; Lian, Jiabiao; Huang, Zheng; Duan, Xiaochuan; Liu, Xiaodi; Peng, Peng; Kim, Tongil; Liu, Zhifang; Zheng, Wenjun

    2010-07-21

    Ferrimagnetic Fe(3)S(4) nanowalls and triple hierarchical microspheres have been fabricated via an ionic liquid-modulated solution-phase process, respectively. Magnetic hysteresis measurements demonstrate that their morphology-dependent magnetic properties might be originated from their unique nanostructures.

  14. TEM and SEM observations of super-structures constructed in organogel systems from a combination of boronic-acid-appended bola-amphiphiles with chiral diols

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    Koumoto, Kazuya; Yamashita, Tadahiro; Kimura, Taro; Luboradzki, Roman; Shinkai, Seiji

    2001-03-01

    Two bola-amphiphilic α,ω-diboronic acids separated by a (CH2)11 or (CH2)12 group were synthesized. Complexation with chiral diols readily gave new amphiphiles end-capped with the chiral substituents. Some of these acted as good gelators of organic solvents. Transmission electron microscope and scanning electron microscope observations established that a variety of super-structures are created in the organogels, depending on the solvents and the structure of the chiral end-cap groups. In most cases, the fibrous aggregates, the network structure which is the driving-force for gelation, showed a helical higher-order structure reflecting the chirality of the end-cap groups. The results indicate that the combinatorial approach utilizing boronic acid functions and diol compounds is useful in creating a variety of new super-structures in the gel phase.

  15. The Influence of Impurities in a Water Solution with Drag Reducing Surfactants on the Flow Drag-Reduction and a Recovering Method of Its Decreased Drag Reduction Effect.

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    Nakata, Toru; Sato, Kenji; Inaba, Hideo; Horibe, Akihiko; Haruki, Naoto

    The drag reduction of a water flow with new drag reducing surfactants (amine oxide type nonionic surfactants, mixtures of amine oxide type nonionic surfactants and betaine type amphoteric surfactants) which were selected as environmentally acceptable drag reducing additives was investigated experimentally. Addition of amine oxide type nonionic surfactants to hot or cold water can reduce flow drag in a turbulent pipe flow. The present research investigated how various ionic components dissolved in water affected this drag reducing effect. It was found that ionic impurities contained in the water affected the pipe flow drag reducing effect by amine oxide type nonionic surfactants. Moreover, it was clarified that the decrease in the pipe flow drag reducing effect was recovered by adding a mixture of amine oxide type nonionic surfactants and betaine type amphoteric surfactant to the water with ionic impurities.

  16. High-Tc ferromagnetic semiconductor-like behavior and unusual electrical properties in compounds with a 2×2×2 superstructure of the half-Heusler phase.

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    Xiong, Ding-Bang; Okamoto, Norihiko L; Waki, Takeshi; Zhao, Yufeng; Kishida, Kyosuke; Inui, Haruyuki

    2012-02-27

    Heusler phases, including the full- and half-Heusler families, represent an outstanding class of multifunctional materials on account of their great tunability in compositions, valence electron counts (VEC), and properties. Here we demonstrate a systematic design of a series of new compounds with a 2×2×2 superstructure of the half-Heusler unit cell in X-Y-Z (X=Fe, Ru, Co, Rh, Ir; Y=Zn, Mn; Z=Sn, Sb) systems. Their structures were solved by using both powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and also directly observed by using high-angle annular dark-field imaging in a scanning transmission electron microscope (HAADF-STEM). The VEC values of these new compounds span a wide and continuous range comparable to those for the full- and half-Heusler families, thereby implying tunability in compositions and physical properties in the superstructure. In fact, we observed abnormal electrical properties and a ferromagnetic semiconductor-like behavior with a high and tunable Curie temperature in these superstructures.

  17. Laser ablation synthesis of Si-overdoped Ni1- x O with rocksalt-type derived superstructures and tailored optical properties

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    Chang, Yu-Ling; Lin, Shih-Siang; Zheng, Yuyuan; Shen, Pouyan; Chen, Shuei-Yuan

    2017-04-01

    Si-overdoped Ni1- x O nanocondensates/particulates with novel superstructures were fabricated by pulsed laser ablation (PLA) of Ni in tetraethyl orthosilicate and characterized using electron microscopy and optical spectroscopy. The Si-overdoped and C-H-mediated Ni1- x O turned out to have two kinds of rocksalt-type derived superstructures, i.e., (1) 2 × 2 × 2 type of high-pressure stabilized Ni2SiO4 spinel which occurred as platy domains in the particles with {135} facets and (2) 3 × 3 × 3 type intimately mixed with 1D 6 × (100) throughout the particles with {100}, {110}, and {111} facets. Such shaped and superstructured particles, more or less encapsulated with graphitic carbon and siliceous amorphous phase, showed phase and dopant-tailored optical properties, in particular violet and green photoluminescence and UV-visible absorbance for potential engineering applications and shed light on their occurrence in natural dynamic settings.

  18. Magnetic Superstructure and Metal-Insulator Transition in Mn-Substituted Sr3 Ru 2 O 7

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    Hossain, M. A.; Zhu, Z. H.; Bohnenbuck, B.; Chuang, Y.-D.; Yoshida, Y.; Hussain, Z.; Keimer, B.; Elfimov, I. S.; Sawatzky, G. A.; Damascelli, A.

    2011-03-01

    We present a temperature-dependent resonant elastic soft x-ray scattering (REXS) study of the metal-insulator transition in Sr 3 (Ru 1-x Mn x)2 O7 , performed at both Ru and Mn L -edges. Resonant magnetic superstructure reflections together with ab-initio density functional theory calculations identify the ground state as a spin checkerboard with blocks of 4 spins up and 4 spins down. Based on modelling of the REXS intensity from randomly distributed Mn impurities, we establish the inhomogeneous nature of the metal-insulator transition, with an effective percolation threshold corresponding to an anomalously low x ~ 0.05 Mn substitution. Perhaps more important, our results suggest that the same checkerboard instability might be present already in the parent compound Sr 3 Ru 2 O7 . In collaboration with: A.G. Cruz Gonzalez, J.D. Denlinger (Berkeley) I. Zegkinoglou, M.W. Haverkort (MPI) J. Geck, D.G. Hawthorn (UBC) R. Mathieu, Y. Tokura, S. Satow, H. Takagi (Tokyo) H.-H. Wu and C. Schussler-Langeheine (Cologne).

  19. Improved charge transport and injection in a meso-superstructured solar cell by a tractable pre-spin-coating process.

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    Li, Nan; Li, Haoyuan; Li, Yu; Wang, Shufeng; Wang, Liduo

    2015-10-07

    In meso-superstructured solar cells (MSSCs), the state-of-the-art perovskite acts as both the light harvester and electron transporter due to its ambipolar properties. The inefficient pore filling and infiltration of perovskite directly affect the continuous distribution of perovskite in mesoporous Al2O3, resulting in discontinuous carrier transport in the mesoporous structure and insufficient electron injection to the compact TiO2 layer. Herein, we introduce a simple pre-spin-coating process to improve the infiltration and pore filling of perovskite, which results in higher light absorption and enhanced electron injection, as seen in UV-vis spectra and photoluminescence (PL) spectra, respectively. We first apply time of flight (TOF) experiments to characterize charge transport in MSSCs, and the results reveal that more continuous charge transport pathways are formed with the pre-spin-coating process. This effective method, with ease of processing, demonstrates obviously improved photocurrents, reaching an efficiency as high as 14%, and promotes the application of lead halide perovskite materials in the photovoltaics field.

  20. Superstructure and physical properties of skutterudite-related phase CoGe1.5Se1.5

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    Liang, Y.; Fang, B.; Zhu, X. M.; Liang, M. M.

    2017-03-01

    CoGe1.5Se1.5 skutterudite-related phase with a homogeneity range has been synthesized by solid-state reaction. The phase purity, homogeneity range, crystal structure, thermal stability and electrical resistivity were studied. XRD data indicates that CoGe1.5Se1.5 crystallized in a modification of the skutterudite CoAs3 type structure with space group R\\bar{3} (a = b = 11.751(1) Å, c = 14.36(1) Å). HRTEM-SAED shows more information about the superstructure to confirm the rhombohedral symmetry with space group R\\bar{3}. The lattice parameter of this skutterudite-related phase was found to be dependent on the concentration of Ge and Se. CoGe1.5Se1.5 decomposed between 1073 K and 1173 K under argon atmosphere investigated by in-situ XRD, suggesting a good thermal stability. CoGe1.49Se1.42, CoGe1.43Se1.34 and CoGe1.50Se1.15 dense bulk samples were obtained by hot-press technique. The chemical composition detected by FESEM/EDS suggests the homogeneity range and the existence of voids at framework positions. The electrical resistivity of the compounds decreases with increasing temperature, acting as a semiconductor. The chemical composition has a big influence on the value of electrical resistivity and energy gap.

  1. Using Finite Element and Eigenmode Expansion Methods to Investigate the Periodic and Spectral Characteristic of Superstructure Fiber Bragg Gratings

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    He, Yue-Jing; Hung, Wei-Chih; Lai, Zhe-Ping

    2016-01-01

    In this study, a numerical simulation method was employed to investigate and analyze superstructure fiber Bragg gratings (SFBGs) with five duty cycles (50%, 33.33%, 14.28%, 12.5%, and 10%). This study focuses on demonstrating the relevance between design period and spectral characteristics of SFBGs (in the form of graphics) for SFBGs of all duty cycles. Compared with complicated and hard-to-learn conventional coupled-mode theory, the result of the present study may assist beginner and expert designers in understanding the basic application aspects, optical characteristics, and design techniques of SFBGs, thereby indirectly lowering the physical concepts and mathematical skills required for entering the design field. To effectively improve the accuracy of overall computational performance and numerical calculations and to shorten the gap between simulation results and actual production, this study integrated a perfectly matched layer (PML), perfectly reflecting boundary (PRB), object meshing method (OMM), and boundary meshing method (BMM) into the finite element method (FEM) and eigenmode expansion method (EEM). The integrated method enables designers to easily and flexibly design optical fiber communication systems that conform to the specific spectral characteristic by using the simulation data in this paper, which includes bandwidth, number of channels, and band gap size. PMID:26861322

  2. Reduced Solubility of Polymer-Oriented Water for Sodium Salts, Sugars, Amino Acids, and other Solutes Normally Maintained at Low Levels in Living Cells,

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    1983-01-01

    tragacanth (74C-0207); and gum xantham (888-0200); corn starch (6813-0216); potato starch (65B-2060); pectin (107B-0090); alginic acid (766-818); also...Ling, G. N. Inter. Rev. Cytology 26:1, 1969. 6. Ling, G. N. Molec. & Cell Biochem 15:159. 1977. 7. Ling. G. N. in "Water and Aqueous Solutions", ed. R

  3. Can the use of 70% isopropyl alcohol swab or aspiration using 5 microm Filter Straw reduce bacterial contamination of fentanyl solution used for regional anaesthesia?

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    Roshaliza, H M; Liu, C Y; Joanna, O S M

    2011-06-01

    This prospective study aimed to determine the extent of contamination of fentanyl solutions used for central neuraxial injection by wiping the neck of the ampoules with 70% isopropyl alcohol swabs (Kendall) before breaking open the ampoules and aspiration of fentanyl solutions using a 5 microm Filter Straw (B. Braun). In Group A, fifty fentanyl ampoules were wiped with 70% isopropyl alcohol swab prior to opening and the contents were aspirated immediately using a 21G needle and a 5 microm filter straw for culture. The same steps were repeated on the remaining solutions after two hours. In Group B, all the above steps were repeated but without wiping the ampoules with 70% isopropyl alcohol swabs. None of the samples from the wiped ampoules or aspiration using filter straw grew microorganisms. Six percent of the samples from unwiped group grew microorganisms when fentanyl were aspirated using a 21G needle and the contamination increased to 16% when repeated after two hours. Wiping the outsides of the fentanyl ampoules with 70% isopropyl alcohol swabs before opening or aspirating the contents using a 5 pm filter straw has been shown to be equally effective in avoiding bacterial contamination and should be practiced routinely when performing regional anaesthesia.

  4. Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) is reduced to pyrroloquinoline quinol (PQQH2) by vitamin C, and PQQH2 produced is recycled to PQQ by air oxidation in buffer solution at pH 7.4.

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    Mukai, Kazuo; Ouchi, Aya; Nagaoka, Shin-ichi; Nakano, Masahiko; Ikemoto, Kazuto

    2015-01-01

    Measurements of the reaction of sodium salt of pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQNa2) with vitamin C (Vit C) were performed in phosphate-buffered solution (pH 7.4) at 25 °C under nitrogen atmosphere, using UV-vis spectrophotometry. The absorption spectrum of PQQNa2 decreased in intensity due to the reaction with Vit C and was changed to that of pyrroloquinoline quinol (PQQH2, a reduced form of PQQ). One molecule of PQQ was reduced by two molecules of Vit C producing a molecule of PQQH2 in the buffer solution. PQQH2, thus produced, was recycled to PQQ due to air oxidation. PQQ and Vit C coexist in many biological systems, such as vegetables, fruits, as well as in human tissues. The results obtained suggest that PQQ is reduced by Vit C and functions as an antioxidant in biological systems, because it has been reported that PQQH2 shows very high free-radical scavenging and singlet-oxygen quenching activities in buffer solutions.

  5. Flower-like superstructures of AIE-active tetraphenylethylene through solvophobic controlled self-assembly

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    Salimimarand, Mina; La, Duong Duc; Kobaisi, Mohammad Al; Bhosale, Sheshanath V.

    2017-01-01

    The development of well-organized structures with high luminescent properties in the solid and aggregated states is of both scientific and technological interest due to their applications in nanotechnology. In this paper we described the synthesis of amphiphilic and dumbbell shaped AIE-active tetraphenylethylene (TPE) derivatives and studied their self-assembly with solvophobic control. Interestingly, both TPE derivatives form a 3D flower-shape supramolecular structure from THF/water solutions at varying water fractions. SEM microscopy was used to visualise step-wise growth of flower-shape assembly. TPE derivatives also show good mechanochromic properties which can be observed in the process of grinding, fuming and heating. These TPE derivative self-assemblies are formed due to two main important properties: (i) the TPE-core along with alkyl chains, optimizing the dispersive interactions within a construct, and (ii) amide-linkage through molecular recognition. We believe such arrangements prevent crystallization and favour the directional growth of flower-shape nanostructures in a 3D fashion. PMID:28230060

  6. Flower-like superstructures of AIE-active tetraphenylethylene through solvophobic controlled self-assembly

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    Salimimarand, Mina; La, Duong Duc; Kobaisi, Mohammad Al; Bhosale, Sheshanath V.

    2017-02-01

    The development of well-organized structures with high luminescent properties in the solid and aggregated states is of both scientific and technological interest due to their applications in nanotechnology. In this paper we described the synthesis of amphiphilic and dumbbell shaped AIE-active tetraphenylethylene (TPE) derivatives and studied their self-assembly with solvophobic control. Interestingly, both TPE derivatives form a 3D flower-shape supramolecular structure from THF/water solutions at varying water fractions. SEM microscopy was used to visualise step-wise growth of flower-shape assembly. TPE derivatives also show good mechanochromic properties which can be observed in the process of grinding, fuming and heating. These TPE derivative self-assemblies are formed due to two main important properties: (i) the TPE-core along with alkyl chains, optimizing the dispersive interactions within a construct, and (ii) amide-linkage through molecular recognition. We believe such arrangements prevent crystallization and favour the directional growth of flower-shape nanostructures in a 3D fashion.

  7. Electronic and atomic structures of the Ag induced √{3}×√{3} superstructure on Ge(111)

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    Sohail, Hafiz M.; Uhrberg, R. I. G.

    2014-07-01

    The Ag/Ge(111) √{3}×√{3} surface together with Ag/Si(111) √{3}×√{3} constitutes a set of surfaces that is ideally suited for fundamental studies related to low dimensional physics. We here focus on the atomic and electronic structures of the two-dimensional √{3}×√{3} superstructure induced by Ag on Ge(111), a surface that is significantly less studied than the Si counterpart. Extensive information on the surface band structure obtained by angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES) is presented, complemented by atomic information from scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The results reveal new findings that are important for the understanding of the Ag induced √{3}×√{3} structure, acting as a prototype for semiconductor/metal interfaces. i) We have identified a new occupied surface band near the Mbar-point of the √{3}×√{3} surface Brillouin zone. ii) The Ag/Ge(111) √{3}×√{3} surface exhibits a partially occupied surface band, S1, with a parabolic-like shape at Γbar. At low temperature (LT) this band splits into two bands, S1U and S1D. The identification of two bands is significantly different from the case of Ag/Si(111) √{3}×√{3} for which just one band has been reported. Besides these specific results, our extensive ARPES study reveals four surface bands at room temperature (RT), while five surface bands were identified at ≈ 100 K (LT). Room temperature empty state STM images show, depending on the tunneling bias, both honeycomb and hexagonal periodicities which are consistent with the honeycomb chained trimer and the in-equivalent trimer models, respectively.

  8. Chirality transfer from a single chiral molecule to 2D superstructures in alaninol on the Cu(100) surface.

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    Contini, G; Gori, P; Ronci, F; Zema, N; Colonna, S; Aschi, M; Palma, A; Turchini, S; Catone, D; Cricenti, A; Prosperi, T

    2011-06-21

    The formation of 2D chiral monolayers obtained by self-assembly of chiral molecules on surfaces has been widely reported in the literature. Control of chirality transfer from a single molecule to surface superstructures is a challenging and important aspect for tailoring the properties of 2D nanostructures. However, despite the wealth of investigations performed in recent years, how chiral transfer takes place on a large scale still remains an open question. In this paper we report a coupling of scanning tunneling microscopy and low energy electron diffraction measurements with an original theoretical approach, combining molecular dynamics and essential dynamics with density functional theory, to investigate self-assembled chiral structures formed when alaninol adsorbs on Cu(100). The peculiarity of this system is related to the formation of tetrameric molecular structures which constitute the building blocks of the self-assembled chiral monolayer. Such characteristics make alaninol/Cu(100) a good candidate to reveal chiral expression changes. We find that the deposition of alaninol enantiomers results in the formation of isolated tetramers that are aligned along the directions of the substrate at low coverage or when geometrical confinement prevents long-range order. Conversely, a rotation of 14° with respect to the Cu(100) unit vectors is observed when small clusters of tetramers are formed. An insight to the process leading to a 2D globally chiral surface has been obtained by monitoring molecular assemblies as they grow from the early stages of adsorption, suggesting that the distinctive orientation of the self-assembled monolayer originates from a balance of cooperating forces which start acting only when tetramers pack together to form small clusters.

  9. Final Technical Report HFC Concrete: A Low­Energy, Carbon-Dioxide­Negative Solution for reducing Industrial Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Dr. Larry McCandlish, Principal Investigator; Dr. Richard Riman, Co-Principal Investigator

    2012-05-14

    Solidia/CCSM received funding for further research and development of its Low Temperature Solidification Process (LTS), which is used to create hydrate-free concrete (HFC). LTS/HFC is a technology/materials platform that offers wide applicability in the built infrastructure. Most importantly, it provides a means of making concrete without Portland cement. Cement and concrete production is a major consumer of energy and source of industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The primary goal of this project was to develop and commercialize a novel material, HFC, which by replacing traditional concrete and cement, reduces both energy use and GHG emissions in the built infrastructure. Traditional concrete uses Portland Cement (PC) as a binder. PC production involves calcination of limestone at {approx}1450 C, which releases significant amounts of CO{sub 2} gas to the atmosphere and consumes a large amount of energy due to the high temperature required. In contrast, HFC is a carbonate-based hydrate-free concrete (HFC) that consumes CO{sub 2} gas in its production. HFC is made by reaction of silicate minerals with CO{sub 2} at temperatures below 100 C, more than an order-of-magnitude below the temperature required to make PC. Because of this significant difference in temperature, it is estimated that we will be able to reduce energy use in the cement and concrete industry by up to 30 trillion Btu by 2020. Because of the insulating properties of HFC, we believe we will also be able to significantly reduce energy use in the Building sector, though the extent of this saving is not yet quantified. It is estimated that production of a tonne of PC-based concrete requires about 6.2 million Btu of energy and produces over 1 tonne of CO{sub 2} emissions (Choate, 2003). These can be reduced to 1.9 million Btu and 0.025 tonnes of CO{sub 2} emissions per tonne of HFC (with overall CO{sub 2}-negativity possible by increasing carbonation yield). In this way, by replacing PC

  10. Green synthesis and antibacterial effects of aqueous colloidal solutions of silver nanoparticles using camomile terpenoids as a combined reducing and capping agent.

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    Parlinska-Wojtan, Magdalena; Kus-Liskiewicz, Małgorzata; Depciuch, Joanna; Sadik, Omowunmi

    2016-08-01

    Green synthesis method using camomile extract was applied to synthesize silver nanoparticles to tune their antibacterial properties merging the synergistic effect of camomile and Ag. Scanning transmission electron microscopy revealed that camomile extract (CE) consisted of porous globular nanometer sized structures, which were a perfect support for Ag nanoparticles. The Ag nanoparticles synthesized with the camomile extract (AgNPs/CE) of 7 nm average sizes, were uniformly distributed on the CE support, contrary to the pure Ag nanoparticles synthesized with glucose (AgNPs/G), which were over 50 nm in diameter and strongly agglomerated. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy chemical analysis showed that camomile terpenoids act as a capping and reducing agent being adsorbed on the surface of AgNPs/CE enabling their reduction from Ag(+) and preventing them from agglomeration. Fourier transform infrared and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy measurements confirmed these findings, as the spectra of AgNPs/CE, compared to pure CE, did not contain the 1109 cm(-1) band, corresponding to -C-O groups of terpenoids and the peaks at 280 and 320 nm, respectively. Antibacterial tests using four bacteria strains showed that the AgNPs/CE performed five times better compared to CE AgNPs/G samples, reducing totally all the bacteria in 2 h.

  11. Boost the electron mobility of solution-grown organic single crystals via reducing the amount of polar solvent residues

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    Xue, Guobiao; Xin, Huolin L.; Wu, Jiake; Fan, Congcheng; Liu, Shuang; Huang, Zhuoting; Liu, Yujing; Shan, Bowen; Miao, Qian; Chen, Hongzheng; Li, Hanying

    2015-10-29

    Enhancing electron transport to match with the development in hole transport is critical for organic electronics in the future. As electron motion is susceptible to extrinsic factors, seeking these factors and avoiding their negative effects have become the central challenge. Here, the existence of polar solvent residues in solution-grown single-crystals of 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)-5,7,12,14-tetraazapentacene is identified as a factor detrimental to electron motion. Field-effect transistors of the crystals exhibit electron mobility boosted by about 60% after the residues are removed. The average electron mobility reaches up to 8.0 ± 2.2 cm2 V–1 s–1 with a highest value of 13.3 cm2 V–1 s–1; these results are significantly higher than those obtained previously for the same molecule (1.0–5.0 cm2 V–1 s–1). Furthermore, the achieved mobility is also higher than the maximum reported electron mobility for organic materials (11 cm2 V–1 s–1). As a result, this work should greatly accelerate the advancement of organic electron-transporting materials.

  12. Universal tight binding model for chemical reactions in solution and at surfaces. III. Stoichiometric and reduced surfaces of titania and the adsorption of water

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    Lozovoi, A. Y.; Sheppard, T. J.; Kohanoff, J. J.; Pashov, D. L.; Paxton, A. T.

    2014-07-28

    We demonstrate a model for stoichiometric and reduced titanium dioxide intended for use in molecular dynamics and other atomistic simulations and based in the polarizable ion tight binding theory. This extends the model introduced in two previous papers from molecular and liquid applications into the solid state, thus completing the task of providing a comprehensive and unified scheme for studying chemical reactions, particularly aimed at problems in catalysis and electrochemistry. As before, experimental results are given priority over theoretical ones in selecting targets for model fitting, for which we used crystal parameters and band gaps of titania bulk polymorphs, rutile and anatase. The model is applied to six low index titania surfaces, with and without oxygen vacancies and adsorbed water molecules, both in dissociated and non-dissociated states. Finally, we present the results of molecular dynamics simulation of an anatase cluster with a number of adsorbed water molecules and discuss the role of edge and corner atoms of the cluster.

  13. Solid Solutions

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    Lee, Go-Eun; Kim, Il-Ho; Lim, Young Soo; Seo, Won-Seon; Choi, Byeong-Jun; Hwang, Chang-Won

    2014-06-01

    Since Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 have the same crystal structure, they form a homogeneous solid solution. Therefore, the thermal conductivity of the solid solution can be reduced by phonon scattering. The thermoelectric figure of merit can be improved by controlling the carrier concentration through doping. In this study, Bi2Te2.85Se0.15:D m (D: dopants such as I, Cu, Ag, Ni, Zn) solid solutions were prepared by encapsulated melting and hot pressing. All specimens exhibited n-type conduction in the measured temperature range (323 K to 523 K), and their electrical conductivities decreased slightly with increasing temperature. The undoped solid solution showed a carrier concentration of 7.37 × 1019 cm-3, power factor of 2.1 mW m-1 K-1, and figure of merit of 0.56 at 323 K. The figure of merit ( ZT) was improved due to the increased power factor by I, Cu, and Ag dopings, and maximum ZT values were obtained as 0.76 at 323 K for Bi2Te2.85Se0.15:Cu0.01 and 0.90 at 423 K for Bi2Te2.85Se0.15:I0.005. However, the thermoelectric properties of Ni- and Zn-doped solid solutions were not enhanced.

  14. Spiral Patterning of Au Nanoparticles on Au Nanorod Surface to Form Chiral AuNR@AuNP Helical Superstructures Templated by DNA Origami.

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    Shen, Chenqi; Lan, Xiang; Zhu, Chenggan; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Leyu; Wang, Qiangbin

    2017-02-20

    Plasmonic motifs with precise surface recognition sites are crucial for assembling defined nanostructures with novel functionalities and properties. In this work, a unique and effective strategy is successfully developed to pattern DNA recognition sites in a helical arrangement around a gold nanorod (AuNR), and a new set of heterogeneous AuNR@AuNP plasmonic helices is fabricated by attaching complementary-DNA-modified gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to the predesigned sites on the AuNR surface. AuNR is first assembled to one side of a bifacial rectangular DNA origami, where eight groups of capture strands are selectively patterned on the other side. The subsequently added link strands make the rectangular DNA origami roll up around the AuNR into a tubular shape, therefore giving birth to a chiral patterning of DNA recognition sites on the surface of AuNR. Following the hybridization with the AuNPs capped with the complementary strands to the capture strands on the DNA origami, left-handed and right-handed AuNR@AuNP helical superstructures are precisely formed by tuning the pattern of the recognition sites on the AuNR surface. Our strategy of nanoparticle surface patterning innovatively realizes hierarchical self-assembly of plasmonic superstructures with tunable chiroptical responses, and will certainly broaden the horizon of bottom-up construction of other functional nanoarchitectures with growing complexity.

  15. U1h Superstructure

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    Glen Sykes

    2000-11-01

    The U1H Shaft Project is a design build subcontract to supply the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) a 1,045 ft. deep, 20 ft. diameter, concrete lined shaft for unspecified purposes. The subcontract awarded to Atkinson Construction by Bechtel Nevada to design and construct the shaft for the DOE has been split into phases with portions of the work being released as dictated by available funding. The first portion released included the design for the shaft, permanent hoist, headframe, and collar arrangement. The second release consisted of constructing the shaft collar to a depth of 110 ft., the service entry, utility trenches, and installation of the temporary sinking plant. The temporary sinking plant included the installation of the sinking headframe, the sinking hoist, two deck winches, the shaft form, the sinking work deck, and temporary utilities required to sink the shaft. Both the design and collar construction were completed on schedule. The third release consisted of excavating and lining the shaft to the station depth of approximately 950 feet. Work is currently proceeding on this production sinking phase. At a depth of approximately 600 feet, Atkinson has surpassed production expectation and is more than 3 months ahead of schedule. Atkinson has employed the use of a Bobcat 331 excavator as the primary means of excavation. the shaft is being excavated entirely in an alluvial deposit with varying degrees of calcium carbonate cementation. Several more work packages are expected to be released in the near future. The remaining work packages include, construction of the shaft station a depth of 975 ft. and construction of the shaft sump to a depth of 1,045 ft., installation of the loading pocket and station steel and equipment, installation of the shaft steel and guides, installation of the shaft utilities, and installation of the permanent headframe, hoist, collar utilities, and facilities.

  16. Rapid and One-Pot Synthesis of Self-Assembled CdSe Quantum Dots Functionalized with β-Cyclodextrin: Reduced Cytotoxicity and Band Gap Engineering.

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    Guleria, Apurav; Rath, Madhab C; Singh, Ajay K; Adhikari, Soumyakanti

    2015-12-01

    We report a simple, rapid and one step method for the synthesis and in situ functionalization of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) in aqueous solution via electron beam (EB) irradiation technique. A probable mechanism has been elucidated for the formation of the QDs using pulse radiolysis technique. The average size of the QDs was found to be in the range of 2-3 nm with a size distribution of -14%. XPS measurements indicate that the -OH groups of the β-CD molecules binds predominantly with the Cd atoms present on the surface of the QDs. These QDs displayed broad photoluminescence (PL) with two emission peaks at 525 nm and 600 nm, which could be tuned by varying the experimental parameters. The broad PL spectrum has been attributed to the polydispersity in the density and the distribution of trap/defects states. Time resolved PL decay measurements further substantiated the domination of surface state originated carrier relaxation processes in the overall PL decay dynamics of QDs synthesized at higher doses and dose rates. The present study reveals that β-CD passivate the QDs by a non-inclusion complex, induces the self-assembling process into a networking architecture and simultaneously reduces their cytotoxicity as compared to the bare nanoparticles. The methodology described in this article may provide unique and interesting aspects to regulate and fine tune the formation of superstructures of nanomaterials vis-à-vis their optoelectronic properties.

  17. Fully solution-processed transparent conducting oxide-free counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells: spray-coated single-wall carbon nanotube thin films loaded with chemically-reduced platinum nanoparticles.

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    Kim, Sang Yong; Kim, Yesel; Lee, Kyung Moon; Yoon, Woo Sug; Lee, Ho Seok; Lee, Jong Tae; Kim, Seung-Joo; Ahn, Yeong Hwan; Park, Ji-Yong; Lee, Tai Kyu; Lee, Soonil

    2014-08-27

    We report fully solution-processed fabrication of transparent conducting oxide-free counter electrodes (CEs) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by combining spray-coating of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and chemical reduction of chloroplatinic acid precursor to platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) with formic acid. The power conversion efficiency of a semitransparent DSSC with such SWCNT-based CE loaded with Pt NPs is comparable to that of a control device with a conventional CE. Quantification of Pt loading shows that network morphology of entangled SWCNTs is efficient in forming and retaining chemically reduced Pt NPs. Moreover, electron microscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy results show that mainly Pt NPs, which are tens of nanometers in diameter and reside at the surface of SWCNT CEs, contribute to electrocatalytic activity for triiodide reduction, to which we attribute strong correlation between power conversion efficiency of DSSCs and time constant deduced from equivalent-circuit analysis of impedance spectra.

  18. Does an L-glutamine-containing, Glucose-free, Oral Rehydration Solution Reduce Stool Output and Time to Rehydrate in Children with Acute Diarrhoea? A Double-blind Randomized Clinical Trial

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    Gutiérrez, Claudia; Villa, Sofía; Mota, Felipe R.; Calva, Juan J.

    2007-01-01

    This study assessed whether an oral rehydration solution (ORS) in which glucose is replaced by L-glutamine (L-glutamine ORS) is more effective than the standard glucose-based rehydration solution recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO-ORS) in reducing the stool volume and time to rehydrate in acute diarrhoea. In a double-blind, randomized controlled trial in a Mexican hospital, 147 dehydrated children, aged 1–60 month(s), were assigned either to the WHO-ORS (74 children), or to the L-glutamine ORS (73 children) and followed until successful rehydration. There were no significant differences between the groups in stool output during the first four hours, time to successful rehydration, volume of ORS required for rehydration, urinary output, and vomiting. This was independent of rotavirus-associated infection. An L-glutamine-containing glucose-free ORS seems not to offer greater clinical benefit than the standard WHO-ORS in mildly-to-moderately-dehydrated children with acute non-cholera diarrhoea. PMID:18330060

  19. Observation of strain-controlled electronic modulations revealed by Fermi surface superstructures in strongly correlated LaNiO3 films

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    Yoo, Hyangkeun; Hyun, Seungill; Moreschini, Luca; Kim, Hyeong-Do; Chang, Youngjun; Sohn, Changhee; Jeong, Dawoon; Sinn, Soobin; Kim, Yongsu; Bostwick, Aaron; Rotenberg, Eli; Shim, Jihoon; Noh, Taewon

    2014-03-01

    Control over the electronic properties of strongly correlated electron systems can be achieved by exploiting the misfit strain that exists in epitaxial films on lattice mismatched substrates. Here, we report a systematic investigation of electronic structures in strongly correlated LaNiO3 films under different strain states, using in situ angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and the dynamical mean field theory. LaNiO3 film shows a change of a Fermi surface (FS) topology, driven by interplay between strong electron-electron correlations and misfit strain effects. Additionally, different from compressive strain case, a FS with tensile strain has a large flat region to induce strong FS nesting. As a result, different FS superstructures are observed in the compressive and tensile strain cases, and their origins are attributed to charge disproportionation and spin density waves, respectively. The more details will be discussed in the presentation.

  20. Nb{sub 2}OsB{sub 2}, with a new twofold superstructure of the U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} type: Synthesis, crystal chemistry and chemical bonding

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    Mbarki, Mohammed; Touzani, Rachid St.; Fokwa, Boniface P.T.

    2013-07-15

    The new ternary metal-rich boride, Nb{sub 2}OsB{sub 2}, was synthesized by arc-melting the elements in a water-cooled copper crucible under an argon atmosphere. The compound was characterized from single-crystal X-ray data and EDX measurements. It crystallizes as a new superstructure (space group P4/mnc, no. 128) of the tetragonal U{sub 3}Si{sub 2}-structure type with lattice parameters a=5.922(1) Å and c=6.879(2) Å. All of the B atoms are involved in B{sub 2} dumbbells with B–B distances of 1.89(4) Å. Structure relaxation using VASP (Vienna ab intio Simulation Package) has confirmed the space group and the lattice parameters. According to electronic structure calculations (TB–LMTO–ASA), the homoatomic B–B interactions are optimized and very strong, but relatively strong heteroatomic Os–B, Nb–B and Nb–Os bonds are also found: These interactions, which together build a three-dimensional network, are mainly responsible for the structural stability of this new phase. The density of state at the Fermi level predicts metallic behavior, as expected, from this metal-rich boride. - Graphical abstract: Nb{sub 2}OsB{sub 2} is, to the best of our knowledge, the first fully characterized phase in the ternary Nb–Os–B system. It crystallizes (space group P4/mnc, 128) with a new twofold superstructure of the U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} structure type (space group P4/mbm, 127), and is therefore the first boride in this structure family crystallizing with a superstructure of the U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} structure type. We show that the distortions leading to this superstructure occurs mainly in the Nb-layer, which tries to accommodate the large osmium atoms. The consequence of this puckering is the building osmium dumbbells instead of chains along [001]. - Highlights: • First compound in the Nb–Os–B system. • New twofold superstructure of U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} structure type. • Puckering of Nb-layer responsible for superstructure occurrence. • Chemical bonding studied

  1. Magnetic field directed assembly of superstructures of ferrite-ferroelectric core-shell nanoparticles and studies on magneto-electric interactions

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    Srinivasan, G. Sreenivasulu, G.; Benoit, Crystal; Petrov, V. M.; Chavez, F.

    2015-05-07

    Composites of ferromagnetic and ferroelectric are of interest for studies on mechanical strain mediated magneto-electric (ME) interactions and for useful technologies. Here, we report on magnetic-field-assisted-assembly of barium titanate (BTO)-nickel ferrite (NFO) core-shell particles into linear chains and 2D/3D arrays and measurements of ME effects in such assemblies. First, we synthesized the core-shell nano-particles with 50–600 nm BTO and 10–200 nm NFO by chemical self-assembly by coating the ferroic particles with complementary coupling groups and allowing them to self-assemble in the presence of a catalyst via the “click” reaction. The core-shell structure was confirmed with electron microscopy and scanning probe microscopy. We obtained superstructure of the core-shell particles by subjecting them to a magnetic field gradient that exerts an attractive force on the particles and align them toward the regions of high field strengths. At low particle concentration, linear chains were formed and they evolved into 2D and 3D arrays at high particle concentrations. Magnetoelectric characterization on unassembled films and assembled arrays has been performed through measurements of low-frequency ME voltage coefficient (MEVC) by subjecting the sample to a bias magnetic field and an ac magnetic field. The MEVC is higher for field-assembled samples than for unassembled films and is found to be sensitive to field orientation with a higher MEVC for magnetic fields parallel to the array direction than for magnetic fields perpendicular to the array. A maximum MEVC of 20 mV/cm Oe, one of the highest reported for any bulk nanocomposite, is measured across the array thickness. A model is provided for ME coupling in the superstructures of BTO-NFO particulate composites. First, we estimated the MEVC for a free-standing BTO-NFO core-shell particle and then extended the model to include an array of linear chains of the particles. The theoretical estimates are in

  2. Magnetic field directed assembly of superstructures of ferrite-ferroelectric core-shell nanoparticles and studies on magneto-electric interactions

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    Srinivasan, G.; Sreenivasulu, G.; Benoit, Crystal; Petrov, V. M.; Chavez, F.

    2015-05-01

    Composites of ferromagnetic and ferroelectric are of interest for studies on mechanical strain mediated magneto-electric (ME) interactions and for useful technologies. Here, we report on magnetic-field-assisted-assembly of barium titanate (BTO)-nickel ferrite (NFO) core-shell particles into linear chains and 2D/3D arrays and measurements of ME effects in such assemblies. First, we synthesized the core-shell nano-particles with 50-600 nm BTO and 10-200 nm NFO by chemical self-assembly by coating the ferroic particles with complementary coupling groups and allowing them to self-assemble in the presence of a catalyst via the "click" reaction. The core-shell structure was confirmed with electron microscopy and scanning probe microscopy. We obtained superstructure of the core-shell particles by subjecting them to a magnetic field gradient that exerts an attractive force on the particles and align them toward the regions of high field strengths. At low particle concentration, linear chains were formed and they evolved into 2D and 3D arrays at high particle concentrations. Magnetoelectric characterization on unassembled films and assembled arrays has been performed through measurements of low-frequency ME voltage coefficient (MEVC) by subjecting the sample to a bias magnetic field and an ac magnetic field. The MEVC is higher for field-assembled samples than for unassembled films and is found to be sensitive to field orientation with a higher MEVC for magnetic fields parallel to the array direction than for magnetic fields perpendicular to the array. A maximum MEVC of 20 mV/cm Oe, one of the highest reported for any bulk nanocomposite, is measured across the array thickness. A model is provided for ME coupling in the superstructures of BTO-NFO particulate composites. First, we estimated the MEVC for a free-standing BTO-NFO core-shell particle and then extended the model to include an array of linear chains of the particles. The theoretical estimates are in qualitative

  3. Polymorphism of NaVO2F2: a P2₁/c superstructure with pseudosymmetry of P2₁/m in the subcell.

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    Yu, Zi-Qun; Wang, Jing-Quan; Huang, Ya-Xi; Botis, Sanda M; Pan, Yuanming; Mi, Jin-Xiao

    2015-06-01

    The ADDSYM routine in the program PLATON [Spek (2015). Acta Cryst. C71, 9-18] has helped researchers to avoid structures of (metal-)organic compounds being reported in an unnecessarily low symmetry space group. However, determination of the correct space group may get more complicated in cases of pseudosymmetric inorganic compounds. One example is NaVO2F2, which was reported [Crosnier-Lopez et al. (1994). Eur. J. Solid State Inorg. Chem. 31, 957-965] in the acentric space group P2₁ based on properties but flagged by ADDSYM as (pseudo)centrosymmetric P2₁/m within default distance tolerances. Herein a systematic investigation reveals that NaVO2F2 exists in at least four polymorphs: P2₁, (I), P2₁/m, (II), P2₁/c, (III), and one or more low-temperature ones. The new centrosymmetric modification, (III), with the space group P2₁/c has a similar atomic packing geometry to phase (I), except for having a doubled c axis. The double-cell of phase (III) arises from atomic shifts from the glide plane c at (x, ¼, z). With increasing temperature, the number of observed reflections decreases. The odd l reflections gradually become weaker and, correspondingly, all atoms shift towards the glide plane, resulting in a gradual second-order transformation of (III) into high-temperature phase (II) (P2₁/m) at below 493 K. At least one first-order enantiotropic phase transition was observed below 139 K from both the single-crystal X-ray diffraction and the differential scanning calorimetry analyses. Periodic first-principles calculations within density functional theory show that both P2₁/c superstructure (III) and P2₁ substructure (I) are more stable than P2₁/m structure (II), and that P2₁/c superstructure (III) is more stable that P2₁ substructure (I).

  4. Prediction and identification of some transitions associated with 2p/k/ and 2p/k-1/3l configurations in six-, seven- and eight-electron ions. [spectroscopic analysis using superstructure computer program

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    Kastner, S. O.; Bhatia, A. K.; Cohen, L.

    1977-01-01

    Calculations of fine structure and transition probabilities, using the superstructure program developed at University College London, have been carried out for the 2p(k) and 2p(k-1)3l configurations of ions with six, seven, or eight electrons. The predicted line patterns are compared with existing observations for silicon, sulfur, argon, and calcium to yield some new identifications in laboratory and solar spectra and to indicate some transitions, as yet unobserved, that may be of observational importance.

  5. Temperature-based on-column solute focusing in capillary liquid chromatography reduces peak broadening from precolumn dispersion and volume overload when used alone or with solvent-based focusing

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    Groskreutz, Stephen R.; Horner, Anthony R.; Weber, Stephen G.

    2015-01-01

    On-column focusing is essential for satisfactory performance using capillary scale columns. On-column focusing results from generating transient conditions at the head of the column that lead to high solute retention. Solvent-based on-column focusing is a well-known approach to achieve this. Temperature-assisted on-column focusing (TASF) can also be effective. TASF improves focusing by cooling a short segment of the column inlet to a temperature that is lower than the column temperature during the injection and then rapidly heating the focusing segment to the match the column temperature. A troublesome feature of an earlier implementation of TASF was the need to leave the capillary column unpacked in that portion of the column inside the fitting connecting it to the injection valve. We have overcome that problem in this work by packing the head of the column with solid silica spheres. In addition, technical improvements to the TASF instrumentation include: selection of a more powerful thermo-electric cooler to create faster temperature changes and electronic control for easy incorporation into conventional capillary instruments. Used in conjunction with solvent-based focusing and with isocratic elution, volumes of paraben samples (esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid) up to 4.5-times the column liquid volume can be injected without significant bandspreading due to volume overload. Interestingly, the shapes of the peaks from the lowest volume injections that we can make, 30 nL, are improved when using TASF. TASF is very effective at reducing the detrimental effects of precolumn dispersion using isocratic elution. Finally, we show that TASF can be used to focus the neuropeptide galanin in a sample solvent with elution strength stronger than the mobile phase. Here, the stronger solvent is necessitated by the need to prevent peptide adsorption prior to and during analysis. PMID:26091787

  6. Survival in a rat model of lethal hemorrhagic shock is prolonged following resuscitation with a small volume of a solution containing a drag-reducing polymer derived from aloe vera.

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    Macias, Carlos A; Kameneva, Marina V; Tenhunen, Jyrki J; Puyana, Juan-Carlos; Fink, Mitchell P

    2004-08-01

    Drag-reducing polymers (DRP) increase tissue perfusion at constant driving pressure. We sought to evaluate the effects of small-volume resuscitation with a solution containing a DRP in a rat model of hemorrhage. Anesthetized rats were hemorrhaged at a constant rate over 25 min. In protocol A, total blood loss was 2.45 mL/100 g, whereas in protocol B, total blood loss was 3.15 mL/100 g. Five minutes after hemorrhage, the animals were resuscitated with 7 mL/kg of either normal saline (NS) or NS containing 50 microg/mL of an aloe vera-derived DRP. In protocol B, a third group (CON) was not resuscitated. Whole-body O2 consumption (Vo2) and CO2 production (Vco2) were measured using indirect calorimetry. In protocol A, 5/10 rats in the NS group and 8/10 rats in the DRP group survived for 4 h (P = 0.14). Mean arterial pressure was higher in the DRP-treated group than in the NS-treated group 45 min after resuscitation (89 +/- 8 vs. 68 +/- 5 mmHg, respectively; P < 0.05). In protocol B, survival rates over 2 h in the DRP, NS, and CON groups were 5/15, 1/14, and 0/7, respectively (P < 0.05). Compared with NS-treated rats, those resuscitated with DRP achieved a higher peak Vo2 (9.0 +/- 1.0 vs. 6,3+/- 1.0 mL/kg/min) and Vco2 (9.0 +/- 1.1 vs. 6.0 +/- 1.0 mL/kg/min) after resuscitation. We conclude that resuscitation with a small volume of DRP prolongs survival in rats with lethal hemorrhagic shock.

  7. Temperature-based on-column solute focusing in capillary liquid chromatography reduces peak broadening from pre-column dispersion and volume overload when used alone or with solvent-based focusing.

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    Groskreutz, Stephen R; Horner, Anthony R; Weber, Stephen G

    2015-07-31

    On-column focusing is essential for satisfactory performance using capillary scale columns. On-column focusing results from generating transient conditions at the head of the column that lead to high solute retention. Solvent-based on-column focusing is a well-known approach to achieve this. Temperature-assisted on-column focusing (TASF) can also be effective. TASF improves focusing by cooling a short segment of the column inlet to a temperature that is lower than the column temperature during the injection and then rapidly heating the focusing segment to the match the column temperature. A troublesome feature of an earlier implementation of TASF was the need to leave the capillary column unpacked in that portion of the column inside the fitting connecting it to the injection valve. We have overcome that problem in this work by packing the head of the column with solid silica spheres. In addition, technical improvements to the TASF instrumentation include: selection of a more powerful thermo-electric cooler to create faster temperature changes and electronic control for easy incorporation into conventional capillary instruments. Used in conjunction with solvent-based focusing and with isocratic elution, volumes of paraben samples (esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid) up to 4.5-times the column liquid volume can be injected without significant bandspreading due to volume overload. Interestingly, the shapes of the peaks from the lowest volume injections that we can make, 30nL, are improved when using TASF. TASF is very effective at reducing the detrimental effects of pre-column dispersion using isocratic elution. Finally, we show that TASF can be used to focus the neuropeptide galanin in a sample solvent with elution strength stronger than the mobile phase. Here, the stronger solvent is necessitated by the need to prevent peptide adsorption prior to and during analysis.

  8. High energy X-ray diffraction measurement of the superstructure reflection (100) for a creep deformed AM1 single crystal superalloy specimen

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    Royer, A.; Bastie, P.; Veron, M.

    1997-10-15

    Due to its importance for industrial applications, the microstructural behavior of single crystal nickel base superalloys as a function of the thermo-mechanical history of the material is the subject of many studies. However, some controversies remain concerning parameters which are driving the coarsening of {gamma}{prime} precipitates. In particular the role of the lattice parameter mismatch between the {gamma} and {gamma}{prime} phases (usually defined as {Delta}d/d = (a{gamma}{prime} {minus} a{gamma})/ where a{gamma}{prime} and a{gamma} represent respectively the lattice parameter value of the {gamma}{prime} and {gamma} phases) and of the internal stresses at the interfaces has to be clarified. An experiment was performed on a creep deformed sample using high energy synchrotron radiation and a Triple Crystal Diffractometer set-up (TCD) which allow nondestructive measurements and probe the bulk of the sample. With this method the superstructure reflection (100) was measured with a good accuracy and a reasonable statistics.

  9. Superstructure in the Metastable Intermediate-Phase Li2/3 FePO4 Accelerating the Lithium Battery Cathode Reaction.

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    Nishimura, Shin-ichi; Natsui, Ryuichi; Yamada, Atsuo

    2015-07-27

    LiFePO4 is an important cathode material for lithium-ion batteries. Regardless of the biphasic reaction between the insulating end members, Lix FePO4 , x≈0 and x≈1, optimization of the nanostructured architecture has substantially improved the power density of positive LiFePO4 electrode. The charge transport that occurs in the interphase region across the biphasic boundary is the primary stage of solid-state electrochemical reactions in which the Li concentrations and the valence state of Fe deviate significantly from the equilibrium end members. Complex interactions among Li ions and charges at the Fe sites have made understanding stability and transport properties of the intermediate domains difficult. Long-range ordering at metastable intermediate eutectic composition of Li2/3 FePO4 has now been discovered and its superstructure determined, which reflected predominant polaron crystallization at the Fe sites followed by Li(+) redistribution to optimize the Li-Fe interactions.

  10. The Triple Salt Sr14[Ta4N13][TaN4]O-A Nitridotantalate Oxide with 19-fold Rock Salt Superstructure.

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    Wörsching, Matthias; Daiger, Martin; Hoch, Constantin

    2017-02-21

    A new structure motif in nitridometalate chemistry is the tetracatena-nitridotantalate anion [Ta4N13](19-). It occurs in the crystal structure of the triple salt Sr14[Ta4N13][TaN4]O (monoclinic, space group P21/c with a = 15.062(2) Å, b = 7.2484(6) Å, c = 24.266(3) Å, and β = 97.280(10)(o)) together with ortho-tantalate and isolated oxide anions. Synthesis followed a new approach with employment of Sr surplus and reductive conditions aimed at the preparation of subvalent compounds. The new structure type was established on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction data and also Rietveld refinement. It is a complex superstructure of the rock salt structure type with Ta and Sr atoms forming the face-centered cubic packing and N and O atoms occupying 18/19 of the octahedral voids. We discuss structure and stability of the triple salt with respect to other known nitridometalates and the use of this triple salt for preparative access toward new metal-rich compounds in this field.

  11. Peritoneal dialysis solutions

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    Gault, M. H.

    1973-01-01

    Certain preventable complications in the treatment of renal failure, in part related to the composition of commercially prepared peritoneal dialysis solutions, continue to occur. Solutions are advocated which would contain sodium 132, calcium 3.5, magnesium 1.5, chloride 102 and lactate or acetate 35 mEq./1., and dextrose 1.5% or about 4.25%. Elimination of 7% dextrose solutions and a reduction of the sodium and lactate concentrations should reduce complications due to hypovolemia, hyperglycemia, hypernatremia and alkalosis. Reduction in the number of solutions should simplify the procedure and perhaps reduce costs. It is anticipated that some of the changes discussed will soon be introduced by industry. PMID:4691094

  12. Technetium recovery from high alkaline solution

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    Nash, Charles A.

    2016-07-12

    Disclosed are methods for recovering technetium from a highly alkaline solution. The highly alkaline solution can be a liquid waste solution from a nuclear waste processing system. Methods can include combining the solution with a reductant capable of reducing technetium at the high pH of the solution and adding to or forming in the solution an adsorbent capable of adsorbing the precipitated technetium at the high pH of the solution.

  13. Self-assembly of multiferroic core-shell particulate nanocomposites through DNA-DNA hybridization and magnetic field directed assembly of superstructures

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    Sreenivasulu, Gollapudi; Lochbiler, Thomas A.; Panda, Manashi; Srinivasan, Gopalan; Chavez, Ferman A.

    2016-04-01

    Multiferroic composites of ferromagnetic and ferroelectric phases are of importance for studies on mechanical strain mediated coupling between the magnetic and electric subsystems. This work is on DNA-assisted self-assembly of superstructures of such composites with nanometer periodicity. The synthesis involved oligomeric DNA-functionalized ferroelectric and ferromagnetic nanoparticles, 600 nm BaTiO3 (BTO) and 200 nm NiFe2O4 (NFO), respectively. Mixing BTO and NFO particles, possessing complementary DNA sequences, resulted in the formation of ordered core-shell heteronanocomposites held together by DNA hybridization. The composites were imaged by scanning electron microscopy and scanning microwave microscopy. The presence of heteroassemblies along with core-shell architecture is clearly observed. The reversible nature of the DNA hybridization allows for restructuring the composites into mm-long linear chains and 2D-arrays in the presence of a static magnetic field and ring-like structures in a rotating-magnetic field. Strong magneto-electric (ME) coupling in as-assembled composites is evident from static magnetic field H induced polarization and low-frequency magnetoelectric voltage coefficient measurements. Upon annealing the nanocomposites at high temperatures, evidence for the formation of bulk composites with excellent cross-coupling between the electric and magnetic subsystems is obtained by H-induced polarization and low-frequency ME voltage coefficient. The ME coupling strength in the self-assembled composites is measured to be much stronger than in bulk composites with randomly distributed NFO and BTO prepared by direct mixing and sintering.

  14. Highly Efficient Retention of Polysulfides in "Sea Urchin"-Like Carbon Nanotube/Nanopolyhedra Superstructures as Cathode Material for Ultralong-Life Lithium-Sulfur Batteries.

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    Chen, Tao; Cheng, Baorui; Zhu, Guoyin; Chen, Renpeng; Hu, Yi; Ma, Lianbo; Lv, Hongling; Wang, Yanrong; Liang, Jia; Tie, Zuoxiu; Jin, Zhong; Liu, Jie

    2017-01-11

    Despite high theoretical energy density, the practical deployment of lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries is still not implemented because of the severe capacity decay caused by polysulfide shuttling and the poor rate capability induced by low electrical conductivity of sulfur. Herein, we report a novel sulfur host material based on "sea urchin"-like cobalt nanoparticle embedded and nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube/nanopolyhedra (Co-NCNT/NP) superstructures for Li-S batteries. The hierarchical micromesopores in Co-NCNT/NP can allow efficient impregnation of sulfur and block diffusion of soluble polysulfides by physical confinement, and the incorporation of embedded Co nanoparticles and nitrogen doping (∼4.6 at. %) can synergistically improve the adsorption of polysulfides, as evidenced by beaker cell tests. Moreover, the conductive networks of Co-NCNT/NP interconnected by nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (NCNTs) can facilitate electron transport and electrolyte infiltration. Therefore, the specific capacity, rate capability, and cycle stability of Li-S batteries are significantly enhanced. As a result, the Co-NCNT/NP based cathode (loaded with 80 wt % sulfur) delivers a high discharge capacity of 1240 mAh g(-1) after 100 cycles at 0.1 C (based on the weight of sulfur), high rate capacity (755 mAh g(-1) at 2.0 C), and ultralong cycling life (a very low capacity decay of 0.026% per cycle over 1500 cycles at 1.0 C). Remarkably, the composite cathode with high areal sulfur loading of 3.2 mg cm(-2) shows high rate capacities and stable cycling performance over 200 cycles.

  15. Resolved conifolds in supergravity solutions

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    Ghezelbash, A. M.

    2008-01-15

    We construct generalized 11D supergravity solutions of fully localized intersecting D2/D4 brane systems. These solutions are obtained by embedding six-dimensional resolved Eguchi-Hanson conifolds lifted to M-theory. We reduce these solutions to ten dimensions, obtaining new D-brane systems in type IIA supergravity. We discuss the limits in which the dynamics of the D2 brane decouples from the bulk for these solutions.

  16. Redox effects on the coordination geometry and heme conformation of bis(N-methylimidazole) complexes of superstructured Fe-porphyrins. A spectroscopic study.

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    Le Moigne, Carole; Picaud, Thierry; Boussac, Alain; Loock, Bernard; Momenteau, Michel; Desbois, Alain

    2009-11-02

    .77. All these EPR data were converted in terms of dihedral angle formed by the rings of the axial ligands. The RR spectra of the Fe(III)BHP(+) and Fe(III)PFP(+) complexes exhibited variable frequencies for the structure-sensitive nu(2) and nu(8) lines (1558-1563 cm(-1) and 386-401 cm(-1), respectively). In considering the ability of the different superstructures to stabilize particular out-of-plane distortions, this vibrational information was analyzed in terms of heme structure through changes in core size and Fe-N(pyrrole) bond length, in relation to changes in coordination geometry. The bis(N-methylimidazole) complex of Fe(III)[((C(3))(2)phi)(2)](+) was found to be the most distorted with a strongly ruffled tetrapyrrole. Because of a handle asymmetry, the heme conformation of the bis(N-methylimidazole) complex of Fe(III)[((C(3))(2)phi)(C(12))](+) was deduced to be a composition of ruffled and domed structures. The heme structure of the other complexes is a mixture of ruffled and saddled or ruffled and waved conformations. Taking into account our previous data on the ferrous series, this investigation provides information about the reorganization of the heme structure upon iron oxidation. The general trend is a decrease of either the core-size, or the Fe-N(pyrrole) bond length, or both. However, we demonstrated that the heme superstructures precisely control the nature and the extent of the tetrapyrrole reshaping. These results point out similar possible effect in the heme proteins, considering both an analogy between porphyrin superstructures and amino acids forming the heme sites and the diversity of the heme environments in the proteins.

  17. Electromarking solution

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    Bullock, Jonathan S.; Harper, William L.; Peck, Charles G.

    1976-06-22

    This invention is directed to an aqueous halogen-free electromarking solution which possesses the capacity for marking a broad spectrum of metals and alloys selected from different classes. The aqueous solution comprises basically the nitrate salt of an amphoteric metal, a chelating agent, and a corrosion-inhibiting agent.

  18. METHOD OF REDUCING PLUTONIUM COMPOUNDS

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    Johns, I.B.

    1958-06-01

    A method is described for reducing plutonium compounds in aqueous solution from a higher to a lower valence state. This reduction of valence is achieved by treating the aqueous solution of higher valence plutonium compounds with hydrogen in contact with an activated platinum catalyst.

  19. Commensurate Superstructure of the {Cu(NO3)(H2O)}(HTae)(Bpy) Coordination Polymer: An Example of 2D Hydrogen-Bonding Networks as Magnetic Exchange Pathway.

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    Fernández de Luis, Roberto; Larrea, Edurne S; Orive, Joseba; Lezama, Luis; Arriortua, María I

    2016-11-21

    The average and commensurate superstructures of the one-dimensional coordination polymer {Cu(NO3)(H2O)}(HTae)(Bpy) (H2Tae = 1,1,2,2-tetraacetylethane, Bpy = 4,4'-bipyridine) were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and the possible symmetry relations between the space group of the average structure and the superstructure were checked. The crystal structure consists in parallel and oblique {Cu(HTae)(Bpy)} zigzag metal-organic chains stacked along the [100] crystallographic direction. The origin of the fivefold c axis in the commensurate superstructure is ascribed to a commensurate modulation of the coordination environment of the copper atoms. The commensurately ordered nitrate groups and coordinated water molecules establish a two-dimensional hydrogen-bonding network. Moreover, the crystal structure shows a commensurate to incommensurate transition at room temperature. The release of the coordination water molecules destabilizes the crystal framework, and the compound shows an irreversible structure transformation above 100 °C. Despite the loss of crystallinity, the spectroscopic studies indicate that the main building blocks of the crystal framework are retained after the transformation. The hydrogen-bonding network not only plays a crucial role stabilizing the crystal structure but also is an important pathway for magnetic exchange transmission. In fact, the magnetic susceptibility curves indicate that after the loss of coordinated water molecules, and hence the collapse of the hydrogen-bonding network, the weak anti-ferromagnetic coupling observed in the initial compound is broken. The electron paramagnetic resonance spectra are the consequence of the average signals from Cu(II) with different orientations, indicating that the magnetic coupling is effective between them. In fact, X- and Q-band data are reflecting different situations; the X-band spectra show the characteristics of an exchange g-tensor, while the Q-band signals are coming from both

  20. A new anion-deficient fluorite-related superstructure of Bi{sub 28}V{sub 8}O{sub 62}

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    Đorđević, T.; Karanović, Lj.

    2014-12-15

    New hydrothermally synthesized Bi{sub 28}V{sub 8}O{sub 62} was structurally characterized using single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. Bi{sub 28}V{sub 8}O{sub 62} crystallizes in the novel type of defect fluorite structure related to the face-centered cubic δ-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}. It is monoclinic, s. g. P2{sub 1}/c, and the relation to the fluorite subcell is given as a∼(3/2)a{sub F}+(3/2)c{sub F}; b∼ −b{sub F}; c∼2a{sub F} −4c{sub F} (F in subscript indicate the unit cell parameter of fluorite). Its structure is characterized by slabs of edge sharing OBi{sub 4} tetrahedra surrounded by the OBi{sub 3} triangles. As a part of these OBi{sub 3} triangles, two positionally disordered Bi{sup 3+} cations were observed in the marginal part of the slabs. The slabs are extending along b axis and are linked by inter-slab portion of the structure composed of VO{sub 4} tetrahedra and BiO{sub 6−x} coordination polyhedra, where x is a number of vacant oxygen sites. Raman spectra verified the coordination environment of vanadium atoms in the structure. - Graphical abstract: The [4{sup ¯}01] projection of two slabs and inter-slab part of the structure in one layer parallel to the (3{sup ¯}08)=(002{sup ¯}){sub F} plane (F in subscript indicate a fluorite type structure). The large green circles are Bi atoms. Small blue circles represent partly and fully occupied O sites, respectively. Pink (hatched black) are V1O{sub 4} and blue (hatched white) are V2O{sub 4} coordination tetrahedra. - Highlights: • Single crystals of Bi{sub 28}V{sub 8}O{sub 62} were grown using hydrothermal technique. • The crystal structure of Bi{sub 28}V{sub 8}O{sub 62} was solved using single-crystal XRD method. • Bi{sub 28}V{sub 8}O{sub 62} has an anion-deficient fluorite-related superstructure. • Raman spectrum confirmed the coordination environment of vanadium atoms. • Relation to the structurally related compound was discussed.

  1. Apparatus for reducing solvent luminescence background emissions

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    Affleck, Rhett L.; Ambrose, W. Patrick; Demas, James N.; Goodwin, Peter M.; Johnson, Mitchell E.; Keller, Richard A.; Petty, Jeffrey T.; Schecker, Jay A.; Wu, Ming

    1998-01-01

    The detectability of luminescent molecules in solution is enhanced by reducing the background luminescence due to impurity species also present in the solution. A light source that illuminates the solution acts to photolyze the impurities so that the impurities do not luminesce in the fluorescence band of the molecule of interest. Molecules of interest may be carried through the photolysis region in the solution or may be introduced into the solution after the photolysis region.

  2. Apparatus for reducing solvent luminescence background emissions

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    Affleck, R.L.; Ambrose, W.P.; Demas, J.N.; Goodwin, P.M.; Johnson, M.E.; Keller, R.A.; Petty, J.T.; Schecker, J.A.; Wu, M.

    1998-11-10

    The detectability of luminescent molecules in solution is enhanced by reducing the background luminescence due to impurity species also present in the solution. A light source that illuminates the solution acts to photolyze the impurities so that the impurities do not luminesce in the fluorescence band of the molecule of interest. Molecules of interest may be carried through the photolysis region in the solution or may be introduced into the solution after the photolysis region. 6 figs.

  3. Rational design of hierarchical ZnO superstructures for efficient charge transfer: mechanistic and photovoltaic studies of hollow, mesoporous, cage-like nanostructures with compacted 1D building blocks.

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    Chetia, Tridip Ranjan; Ansari, Mohammad Shaad; Qureshi, Mohammad

    2016-02-21

    Mesoporous and hollow zinc oxide (ZnO) hierarchical superstructures assembled with compact 1D building blocks that provide an efficient and faster transport pathway for photo-generated charge carriers have been synthesized using a biomass derived polysaccharide "alginic acid". To understand the interactions between the organic bio-template and inorganic growth units of ZnO in aqueous medium, the effects of additives such as the alginate ion (ALGI) and ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH), along with the controlled reaction conditions, are investigated using Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) and powder X-ray diffraction. Dynamic and steady-state photoluminescence measurements are carried out to understand the charge transfer processes in the compact 1D superstructures. Experimental analyses reveal that the alginate ions, under hydrothermal reaction conditions, act as a structure directing agent and assemble 1D ZnO nanorods (NRs) hierarchically while NH4OH assists the formation of ZnO growth units. A plausible mechanism for ZnO cage formation is proposed based on the experimental observations. Morphology dependent photovoltaic properties of ZnO heterostructures, i.e., for ZnO cages, ZnO NRs and ZnO PNPs, have been studied along with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Enhancement of ∼ 60% and ∼ 35% in power conversion efficiency (PCE) is observed in ZnO cage based devices as compared to ZnO NR- and ZnO PNP-based devices, respectively.

  4. Low-temperature superstructures of a series of Cd6M (M = Ca, Y, Sr, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu) crystalline approximants.

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    Nishimoto, Kazue; Sato, Takeru; Tamura, Ryuji

    2013-06-12

    The low-temperature (LT) superstructure and the phase transition temperature have been investigated for a series of Cd6M crystalline approximants by transmission electron microscopy as well as electrical resistivity measurements. Except for M = Lu, Cd6M is found to undergo a phase transition to a monoclinic phase at a low temperature and the transition temperature (Tc) scales well with the size of the M atom. For M = Ca, Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er and Tm the LT superstructure is explained by a √2a × a × √2a lattice with the space group C2/c, and for M = Sr and Yb a √2a × 2a × √2a monoclinic lattice with P2/m. On the other hand, no phase transition is observed for M = Lu, indicating that a Cd4 tetrahedron at the cluster center remains disordered down to the lowest temperature, i.e. 16 K. It is shown that the volume inside the Cd20 dodecahedron plays a crucial role in the occurrence of the phase transition, and long-term aging in particular promotes the phase transition for late rare-earth elements such as Ho, Er and Tm, suggesting that the transition is sensitive to and is even hindered by disorder such as atomic vacancies. The absence of the transition for M = Lu is attributed to the highest activation energy for the transition due to the smallest volume inside the Cd20 dodecahedron.

  5. Reducing the In2O3(111) Surface Results in Ordered Indium Adatoms

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    Wagner, Margareta; Seiler, Steffen; Meyer, Bernd; Boatner, Lynn A; Schmid, M.; Diebold, U.

    2014-01-01

    The In2O3(111) surface can be transformed from an oxidized bulk termination to one that is covered by single In adatoms. As each adatom sits at one specific site within the surface unit cell they form a well-ordered (1 1) superstructure. Annealing at 500 C in O2 or in ultrahigh vacuum results in a fully reversible conversion between these two surface terminations; this transformation and intermediate stages were followed with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). Formation of this novel surface structure under reducing conditions is corroborated by Density Functional Theory (DFT). The reduced adatom-covered and the oxidized In2O3(111) surfaces are expected to exhibit different chemical and electronic properties, which can easily be exploited by the facile and reversible switching between the two terminations.

  6. [With the introduction of Infection Control Committees in mid-sized private hospitals, cutting-edge accident prevention methods and solutions will be utilized to reduce the impact of needlestick accidents].

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    Hatano, Yoshiji

    2012-10-01

    Exposure to medical equipment, such as needles and other sharp objects, can accidentally cause injury or transmit an infectious blood-borne disease. Because the risk of infection due to needlestick injury accidents is always a possibility it is important to inform medical staff of the best ways to reduce the possible risks and the appropriate measures to take when an accident occurs, in order to reduce the frequency or seriousness of an accident; however, it is extremely difficult to completely prevent accidents. Therefore, when needlestick accidents do occur, steps need to be taken to ease the psychological burden and reduce the severity of accidents. Contingency measures for needlestick and related injuries will be introduced in private and mid-sized hospital facilities. This will be accomplished by taking measure against exposure and emergent accidents. Introducing an Infection Committee will change administrative procedures.

  7. -Saturated Solutions

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    Eliyan, Faysal Fayez; Alfantazi, Akram

    2014-11-01

    This paper presents an electrochemical study on the corrosion behavior of API-X100 steel, heat-treated to have microstructures similar to those of the heat-affected zones (HAZs) of pipeline welding, in bicarbonate-CO2 saturated solutions. The corrosion reactions, onto the surface and through the passive films, are simulated by cyclic voltammetry. The interrelation between bicarbonate concentration and CO2 hydration is analyzed during the filming process at the open-circuit potentials. In dilute bicarbonate solutions, H2CO3 drives more dominantly the cathodic reduction and the passive films form slowly. In the concentrated solutions, bicarbonate catalyzes both the anodic and cathodic reactions, only initially, after which it drives a fast-forming thick passivation that inhibits the underlying dissolution and impedes the cathodic reduction. The significance of the substrate is as critical as that of passivation in controlling the course of the corrosion reactions in the dilute solutions. For fast-cooled (heat treatment) HAZs, its metallurgical significance becomes more comparable to that of slower-cooled HAZs as the bicarbonate concentration is higher.

  8. Sound Solutions

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    Starkman, Neal

    2007-01-01

    Poor classroom acoustics are impairing students' hearing and their ability to learn. However, technology has come up with a solution: tools that focus voices in a way that minimizes intrusive ambient noise and gets to the intended receiver--not merely amplifying the sound, but also clarifying and directing it. One provider of classroom audio…

  9. Polymer solutions

    DOEpatents

    Krawczyk, Gerhard Erich; Miller, Kevin Michael

    2011-07-26

    There is provided a method of making a polymer solution comprising polymerizing one or more monomer in a solvent, wherein said monomer comprises one or more ethylenically unsaturated monomer that is a multi-functional Michael donor, and wherein said solvent comprises 40% or more by weight, based on the weight of said solvent, one or more multi-functional Michael donor.

  10. pH-Responsive poly(itaconic acid-co-N-vinylpyrrolidone) hydrogels with reduced ionic strength loading solutions offer improved oral delivery potential for high isoelectric point-exhibiting therapeutic proteins

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    Koetting, Michael C.; Peppas, Nicholas A.

    2014-01-01

    pH-Responsive hydrogels comprised of itaconic acid copolymerized with N-vinylpyrrolidone (P(IA-co-NVP)) were synthesized and tested as carriers for the oral delivery of high isoelectric point (pI) exhibiting therapeutic proteins. Swelling studies show that P(IA-co-NVP) hydrogels exhibit significantly greater and faster pH-responsive swelling than previously studied methacrylic acid-based hydrogels, achieving up to 68% greater equilibrium swelling and 10.4 times greater swelling in time-limited experiments. Using salmon calcitonin as a model high pI protein therapeutic, we show that P(IA-co-NVP) hydrogels exhibit significantly greater delivery potential than methacrylic acid-based hydrogels. Additionally, we show that utilizing a lower ionic strength solution during drug loading significantly improves drug delivery potential for high pI therapeutics. By using a 1.5 mM PBS buffer rather than the standard 150 mM PBS buffer during loading, up to 83 times as much calcitonin can be delivered in neutral conditions, with up to a 9.6 fold improvement in percent release. Using P(IA-co-NVP) hydrogel microparticles and a low ionic strength loading solution, up to 48 μg calcitonin/mg hydrogel can be delivered in small intestinal conditions. Based on expected absorption in the small intestine, this is sufficient delivery potential for achieving therapeutic dosage via a single, regularly-sized pill taken daily. PMID:24853463

  11. In vitro digestion testing of lipid-based delivery systems: calcium ions combine with fatty acids liberated from triglyceride rich lipid solutions to form soaps and reduce the solubilization capacity of colloidal digestion products.

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    Devraj, Ravi; Williams, Hywel D; Warren, Dallas B; Mullertz, Anette; Porter, Christopher J H; Pouton, Colin W

    2013-01-30

    In vitro digestion testing is of practical importance to predict the fate of drugs administered in lipid-based delivery systems. Calcium ions are often added to digestion media to increase the extent of digestion of long-chain triglycerides (LCTs), but the effects they have on phase behaviour of the products of digestion, and consequent drug solubilization, are not well understood. This study investigates the effect of calcium and bile salt concentrations on the rate and extent of in vitro digestion of soybean oil, as well as the solubilizing capacity of the digestion products for two poorly water-soluble drugs, fenofibrate and danazol. In the presence of higher concentrations of calcium ions, the solubilization capacities of the digests were reduced for both drugs. This effect is attributed to the formation of insoluble calcium soaps, visible as precipitates during the digestions. This reduces the availability of liberated fatty acids to form mixed micelles and vesicles, thereby reducing drug solubilization. The use of high calcium concentrations does indeed force in vitro digestion of LCTs but may overestimate the extent of drug precipitation that occurs within the intestinal lumen.

  12. A heuristic for suffix solutions

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    Bilgory, A.; Gajski, D.D.

    1986-01-01

    The suffix problem has appeared in solutions of recurrence systems for parallel and pipelined machines and more recently in the design of gate and silicon compilers. In this paper the authors present two algorithms. The first algorithm generates parallel suffix solutions with minimum cost for a given length, time delay, availability of initial values, and fanout. This algorithm generates a minimal solution for any length n and depth range log/sub 2/ N to N. The second algorithm reduces the size of the solutions generated by the first algorithm.

  13. Solutions Network Formulation Report. Reducing Light Pollution in U.S. Coastal Regions Using the High Sensitivity Cameras on the SAC-C and Aquarius/SAC-D Satellites

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    Andrews, Jane C.; Knowlton, Kelly

    2007-01-01

    Light pollution has significant adverse biological effects on humans, animals, and plants and has resulted in the loss of our ability to view the stars and planets of the universe. Over half of the U.S. population resides in coastal regions where it is no longer possible to see the stars and planets in the night sky. Forty percent of the entire U.S. population is never exposed to conditions dark enough for their eyes to convert to night vision capabilities. In coastal regions, urban lights shine far out to sea where they are augmented by the output from fishing boat, cruise ship and oil platform floodlights. The proposed candidate solution suggests using HSCs (high sensitivity cameras) onboard the SAC-C and Aquarius/SAC-D satellites to quantitatively evaluate light pollution at high spatial resolution. New products modeled after pre-existing, radiance-calibrated, global nighttime lights products would be integrated into a modified Garstang model where elevation, mountain screening, Rayleigh scattering, Mie scattering by aerosols, and atmospheric extinction along light paths and curvature of the Earth would be taken into account. Because the spatial resolution of the HSCs on SAC-C and the future Aquarius/SAC-D missions is greater than that provided by the DMSP (Defense Meteorological Satellite Program) OLS (Operational Linescan System) or VIIRS (Visible/Infrared Imager/Radiometer Suite), it may be possible to obtain more precise light intensity data for analytical DSSs and the subsequent reduction in coastal light pollution.

  14. Energy Solutions

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    Sobieski, Jeff

    2010-01-01

    Education facilities managers are faced with a daunting set of challenges: They must find new ways to reduce energy consumption and carry out greener energy policies. HVAC typically accounts for more than 30% of a building's electricity costs, so there is a clear incentive to eliminate unnecessary heating and cooling of unoccupied rooms. With more…

  15. A facile one-pot hydrothermal method to produce SnS2/reduced graphene oxide with flake-on-sheet structures and their application in the removal of dyes from aqueous solution.

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    Bian, Xiujie; Lu, Xiaofeng; Xue, Yanpeng; Zhang, Chengcheng; Kong, Lirong; Wang, Ce

    2013-09-15

    In this article, we report a novel one-pot synthesis of SnS2/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) flake-on-sheet nanocomposites via in situ reduction of graphene oxide (GO) by Sn(2+) under hydrothermal conditions. The morphology and structure of the obtained product were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction instrument (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Raman spectroscopy. The adsorption characteristics of the SnS2/rGO nanocomposites were examined using an organic dye Rhodamine B (RhB) as adsorbate. SnS2/rGO exhibited superior adsorption behavior for RhB. The adsorption kinetics and adsorption isotherm were investigated. The adsorption of RhB by SnS2/rGO was well fitted to the Langmuir isotherm model, and the resultant kinetic data were well described by pseudo-second-order model.

  16. Low-temperature superstructures of a series of Cd6M (M = Ca, Y, Sr, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu) crystalline approximants

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    Nishimoto, Kazue; Sato, Takeru; Tamura, Ryuji

    2013-06-01

    The low-temperature (LT) superstructure and the phase transition temperature have been investigated for a series of Cd6M crystalline approximants by transmission electron microscopy as well as electrical resistivity measurements. Except for M = Lu, Cd6M is found to undergo a phase transition to a monoclinic phase at a low temperature and the transition temperature (Tc) scales well with the size of the M atom. For M = Ca, Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er and Tm the LT superstructure is explained by a \\sqrt{2}a\\times a\\times \\sqrt{2}a lattice with the space group C2/c, and for M = Sr and Yb a \\sqrt{2}a\\times 2 a\\times \\sqrt{2}a monoclinic lattice with P2/m. On the other hand, no phase transition is observed for M = Lu, indicating that a Cd4 tetrahedron at the cluster center remains disordered down to the lowest temperature, i.e. 16 K. It is shown that the volume inside the Cd20 dodecahedron plays a crucial role in the occurrence of the phase transition, and long-term aging in particular promotes the phase transition for late rare-earth elements such as Ho, Er and Tm, suggesting that the transition is sensitive to and is even hindered by disorder such as atomic vacancies. The absence of the transition for M = Lu is attributed to the highest activation energy for the transition due to the smallest volume inside the Cd20 dodecahedron.

  17. All-in-one bioprobe devised with hierarchical-ordered magnetic NiCo2O4 superstructure for ultrasensitive dual-readout immunosensor for logic diagnosis of tumor marker.

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    Dai, Hong; Gong, Lingshan; Zhang, Shupei; Xu, Guifang; Li, Yilin; Hong, Zhensheng; Lin, Yanyu

    2016-03-15

    A new enzyme-free all-in-one bioprobe, consisted of hematin decorated magnetic NiCo2O4 superstructure (ATS-MNS-Hb), was designed for ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical and electrochemical dual-readout immunosensing of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) on carbon nanohorns (CNH) support. Herein, the MNS, possessed hierarchical-ordered structure, good porosity and magnetism, acted as nanocarrier to absorb abundant Hb molecular after functionalization, providing a convenient collection means by magnetic control as well as enhanced dual-readout sensing performances. CNH superstructures were employed as support to immobilize abounding captured antibodies, and then as-designed dual mode bioprobe, covalent binding with secondary antibody of CEA, was introduced for ultrasensitive detection of CEA by sandwich immunosensing. Photoelectrochemical response originated from plentiful hematin molecular, a excellent photosensitizer with good visible light harvesting efficiency, absorbed by functionalized porous MNS. The resultant concentration dependant linear calibration range was from 10 fg/mL to 1 ng/mL with ultralow detection limit of 10 fg/mL. For electrochemical process, catalase-like property of MNS was validated, moreover, MNS-Hb hybrid exhibited much higher mimic enzyme catalytic activity and evidently amplified electrocatalytic signal, performing a wide dynamic linear range from 1 ng/mL to 40 ng/mL with low detection limit of 1 ng/mL. Additionally, due to the improved accuracy of dual signals detection, the exact diagnoses of serum samples were gotten by operating resulting dual signals with AND logic system. This work demonstrated the promising application of MNS in developing ultrasensitive, cost-effective and environment friendly dual-readout immunosensor and accurate diagnoses strategy for tumor markers.

  18. Reducing carbon dioxide to products

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    Cole, Emily Barton; Sivasankar, Narayanappa; Parajuli, Rishi; Keets, Kate A

    2014-09-30

    A method reducing carbon dioxide to one or more products may include steps (A) to (C). Step (A) may bubble said carbon dioxide into a solution of an electrolyte and a catalyst in a divided electrochemical cell. The divided electrochemical cell may include an anode in a first cell compartment and a cathode in a second cell compartment. The cathode may reduce said carbon dioxide into said products. Step (B) may adjust one or more of (a) a cathode material, (b) a surface morphology of said cathode, (c) said electrolyte, (d) a manner in which said carbon dioxide is bubbled, (e), a pH level of said solution, and (f) an electrical potential of said divided electrochemical cell, to vary at least one of (i) which of said products is produced and (ii) a faradaic yield of said products. Step (C) may separate said products from said solution.

  19. Life's Solution

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    Morris, Simon Conway

    2004-11-01

    Life's Solution builds a persuasive case for the predictability of evolutionary outcomes. The case rests on a remarkable compilation of examples of convergent evolution, in which two or more lineages have independently evolved similar structures and functions. The examples range from the aerodynamics of hovering moths and hummingbirds to the use of silk by spiders and some insects to capture prey. Going against the grain of Darwinian orthodoxy, this book is a must read for anyone grappling with the meaning of evolution and our place in the Universe. Simon Conway Morris is the Ad Hominen Professor in the Earth Science Department at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. John's College and the Royal Society. His research focuses on the study of constraints on evolution, and the historical processes that lead to the emergence of complexity, especially with respect to the construction of the major animal body parts in the Cambrian explosion. Previous books include The Crucible of Creation (Getty Center for Education in the Arts, 1999) and co-author of Solnhofen (Cambridge, 1990). Hb ISBN (2003) 0-521-82704-3

  20. Life's Solution

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    Morris, Simon Conway

    2003-09-01

    Life's Solution builds a persuasive case for the predictability of evolutionary outcomes. The case rests on a remarkable compilation of examples of convergent evolution, in which two or more lineages have independently evolved similar structures and functions. The examples range from the aerodynamics of hovering moths and hummingbirds to the use of silk by spiders and some insects to capture prey. Going against the grain of Darwinian orthodoxy, this book is a must read for anyone grappling with the meaning of evolution and our place in the Universe. Simon Conway Morris is the Ad Hominen Professor in the Earth Science Department at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. John's College and the Royal Society. His research focuses on the study of constraints on evolution, and the historical processes that lead to the emergence of complexity, especially with respect to the construction of the major animal body parts in the Cambrian explosion. Previous books include The Crucible of Creation (Getty Center for Education in the Arts, 1999) and co-author of Solnhofen (Cambridge, 1990). Hb ISBN (2003) 0-521-82704-3

  1. Alloy solution hardening with solute pairs

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    Mitchell, John W.

    1976-08-24

    Solution hardened alloys are formed by using at least two solutes which form associated solute pairs in the solvent metal lattice. Copper containing equal atomic percentages of aluminum and palladium is an example.

  2. Thermodynamic stability and atomic and electronic structure of reduced Fe3O4 (111) single-crystal surfaces

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    Paul, M.; Sing, M.; Claessen, R.; Schrupp, D.; Brabers, V. A. M.

    2007-08-01

    Magnetite (111) single-crystal surfaces prepared in situ under different reducing conditions and—as a result—with varying stoichiometries have been studied by scanning tunneling microscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, and x-ray photoemission spectroscopy. The coexistence of several surface structures has been detected, indicating only small differences in their relative stabilities. In particular, an unusual previously unreported superstructure has been found for a strongly reduced surface. Its microscopic origin is discussed against the background of recent results from scanning tunneling microscopy of the oxidized magnetite (111) surface and from ab initio thermodynamics. Partly at variance with and partly complementary to these results, we regard as driving force elastic strain due to the lateral mismatch between Fe3O4 substrate and Fe1-xO -like overlayer.

  3. Venezuelan solution

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    Not Available

    1984-05-16

    Of the three most famous cases of internal market price subsidies, Mexico, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia, only Saudi Arabia remains the one oil-exporting developing country persisting in this domestic price policy. Mexico took the bold decision of hiking prices several times since early 1982, but this is the first such drastic action by Venezuela. Suffering both burgeoning foreign debt and reduced oil-export revenues, Venezuela has taken the difficult decision of hiking internal market prices for two important purposes: to curtail almost rampant consumption increases, and to increase oil-industry revenues. Internal market analysts have for years voiced their concern about the consequences of maintaining the deep subsidies, and many studies have gathered dust on the shelf. It was the external shocks hitting the country broadside that finally forced the government to act: world recession, lower oil demand and prices, and the growing pressure to invest in the future of the oil industry in the face of the national foreign debt all brought an end to such a cheap, if not free, lunch for Venezuelan consumers. A chart illustrates how each of eight light petroleum product prices were increased. This issue includes the fuel price/tax series and the industrial fuel prices for May 1984 for countries of the Eastern Hemisphere.

  4. ELECTROLYTIC REDUCTION OF NITRIC ACID SOLUTIONS

    DOEpatents

    Alter, H.W.; Barney, D.L.

    1958-09-30

    A process is presented for the treatment of radioactivc waste nitric acid solutions. The nitric acid solution is neutralized with an alkali metal hydroxide in an amount sufficient to precipitate insoluble hydroxides, and after separation of the precipitate the solution is electrolyzed to convert the alkali nitrate formed, to alkali hydroxide, gaseous ammonla and oxygen. The solution is then reusable after reducing the volume by evaporating the water and dissolved ammonia.

  5. A pseudo-tetragonal tungsten bronze superstructure: a combined solution of the crystal structure of K6.4(Nb,Ta)(36.3)O94 with advanced transmission electron microscopy and neutron diffraction.

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    Paria Sena, Robert; Babaryk, Artem A; Khainakov, Sergiy; Garcia-Granda, Santiago; Slobodyanik, Nikolay S; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Abakumov, Artem M; Hadermann, Joke

    2016-01-21

    The crystal structure of the K6.4Nb28.2Ta8.1O94 pseudo-tetragonal tungsten bronze-type oxide was determined using a combination of X-ray powder diffraction, neutron diffraction and transmission electron microscopy techniques, including electron diffraction, high angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM), annular bright field STEM (ABF-STEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray compositional mapping (STEM-EDX). The compound crystallizes in the space group Pbam with unit cell parameters a = 37.468(9) Å, b = 12.493(3) Å, c = 3.95333(15) Å. The structure consists of corner sharing (Nb,Ta)O6 octahedra forming trigonal, tetragonal and pentagonal tunnels. All tetragonal tunnels are occupied by K(+) ions, while 1/3 of the pentagonal tunnels are preferentially occupied by Nb(5+)/Ta(5+) and 2/3 are occupied by K(+) in a regular pattern. A fractional substitution of K(+) in the pentagonal tunnels by Nb(5+)/Ta(5+) is suggested by the analysis of the HAADF-STEM images. In contrast to similar structures, such as K2Nb8O21, also parts of the trigonal tunnels are fractionally occupied by K(+) cations.

  6. New Solutions to Reduce Discard of Kidneys Donated for Transplantation.

    PubMed

    Reese, Peter P; Harhay, Meera N; Abt, Peter L; Levine, Matthew H; Halpern, Scott D

    2016-04-01

    Kidney transplantation is a cost-saving treatment that extends the lives of patients with ESRD. Unfortunately, the kidney transplant waiting list has ballooned to over 100,000 Americans. Across large areas of the United States, many kidney transplant candidates spend over 5 years waiting and often die before undergoing transplantation. However, more than 2500 kidneys (>17% of the total recovered from deceased donors) were discarded in 2013, despite evidence that many of these kidneys would provide a survival benefit to wait-listed patients. Transplant leaders have focused attention on transplant center report cards as a likely cause for this discard problem, although that focus is too narrow. In this review, we examine the risks associated with accepting various categories of donated kidneys, including discarded kidneys, compared with the risk of remaining on dialysis. With the goal of improving access to kidney transplant, we describe feasible proposals to increase acceptance of currently discarded organs.

  7. Dual photochemical replenisher system reduces chemical losses

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    Kolber, J. M.

    1967-01-01

    Dual replenisher system reduces chemical losses and maintains optimum solution concentration during long nonprocessing cycles of photo processing machines. Using a single 3-position switch and solenoid control valves, the system provides instantaneous flow control to each processing tank.

  8. Thermodynamics of Dilute Solutions.

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    Jancso, Gabor; Fenby, David V.

    1983-01-01

    Discusses principles and definitions related to the thermodynamics of dilute solutions. Topics considered include dilute solution, Gibbs-Duhem equation, reference systems (pure gases and gaseous mixtures, liquid mixtures, dilute solutions), real dilute solutions (focusing on solute and solvent), terminology, standard states, and reference systems.…

  9. Method for selectively reducing plutonium values by a photochemical process

    DOEpatents

    Friedman, Horace A.; Toth, Louis M.; Bell, Jimmy T.

    1978-01-01

    The rate of reduction of Pu(IV) to Pu(III) in nitric acid solution containing a reducing agent is enhanced by exposing the solution to 200-500 nm electromagnetic radiation. Pu values are recovered from an organic extractant solution containing Pu(IV) values and U(VI) values by the method of contacting the extractant solution with an aqueous nitric acid solution in the presence of a reducing agent and exposing the aqueous solution to electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength of 200-500 nm. Under these conditions, Pu values preferentially distribute to the aqueous phase and U values preferentially distribute to the organic phase.

  10. PROCESSES OF RECLAIMING URANIUM FROM SOLUTIONS

    DOEpatents

    Zumwalt, L.R.

    1959-02-10

    A process is described for reclaiming residual enriched uranium from calutron wash solutions containing Fe, Cr, Cu, Ni, and Mn as impurities. The solution is adjusted to a pH of between 2 and 4 and is contacted with a metallic reducing agent, such as iron or zinc, in order to reduce the copper to metal and thereby remove it from the solution. At the same time the uranium present is reduced to the uranous state The solution is then contacted with a precipitate of zinc hydroxide or barium carbonate in order to precipitate and carry uranium, iron, and chromium away from the nickel and manganese ions in the solution. The uranium is then recovered fronm this precipitate.

  11. Method and apparatus for reducing solvent luminescence background emissions

    DOEpatents

    Affleck, Rhett L.; Ambrose, W. Patrick; Demas, James N.; Goodwin, Peter M.; Johnson, Mitchell E.; Keller, Richard A.; Petty, Jeffrey T.; Schecker, Jay A.; Wu, Ming

    1998-01-01

    The detectability of luminescent molecules in solution is enhanced by reducing the background luminescence due to impurity species also present in the solution. A light source that illuminates the solution acts to photolyze the impurities so that the impurities do not luminesce in the fluorescence band of the molecule of interest. Molecules of interest may be carried through the photolysis region in the solution or may be introduced into the solution after the photolysis region.

  12. Method and apparatus for reducing solvent luminescence background emissions

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    Affleck, R.L.; Ambrose, W.P.; Demas, J.N.; Goodwin, P.M.; Johnson, M.E.; Keller, R.A.; Petty, J.T.; Schecker, J.A.; Wu, M.

    1998-10-27

    The detectability of luminescent molecules in solution is enhanced by reducing the background luminescence due to impurity species also present in the solution. A light source that illuminates the solution acts to photolyze the impurities so that the impurities do not luminesce in the fluorescence band of the molecule of interest. Molecules of interest may be carried through the photolysis region in the solution or may be introduced into the solution after the photolysis region. 6 figs.

  13. The Paperless Solution

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2001-01-01

    REI Systems, Inc. developed a software solution that uses the Internet to eliminate the paperwork typically required to document and manage complex business processes. The data management solution, called Electronic Handbooks (EHBs), is presently used for the entire SBIR program processes at NASA. The EHB-based system is ideal for programs and projects whose users are geographically distributed and are involved in complex management processes and procedures. EHBs provide flexible access control and increased communications while maintaining security for systems of all sizes. Through Internet Protocol- based access, user authentication and user-based access restrictions, role-based access control, and encryption/decryption, EHBs provide the level of security required for confidential data transfer. EHBs contain electronic forms and menus, which can be used in real time to execute the described processes. EHBs use standard word processors that generate ASCII HTML code to set up electronic forms that are viewed within a web browser. EHBs require no end-user software distribution, significantly reducing operating costs. Each interactive handbook simulates a hard-copy version containing chapters with descriptions of participants' roles in the online process.

  14. Microbial methods of reducing technetium

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    Wildung, Raymond E [Richland, WA; Garland, Thomas R [Greybull, WY; Gorby, Yuri A [Richland, WA; Hess, Nancy J [Benton City, WA; Li, Shu-Mei W [Richland, WA; Plymale, Andrew E [Richland, WA

    2001-01-01

    The present invention is directed toward a method for microbial reduction of a technetium compound to form other compounds of value in medical imaging. The technetium compound is combined in a mixture with non-growing microbial cells which contain a technetium-reducing enzyme system, a stabilizing agent and an electron donor in a saline solution under anaerobic conditions. The mixture is substantially free of an inorganic technetium reducing agent and its reduction products. The resulting product is Tc of lower oxidation states, the form of which can be partially controlled by the stabilizing agent. It has been discovered that the microorganisms Shewanella alga, strain Bry and Shewanelia putrifacians, strain CN-32 contain the necessary enzyme systems for technetium reduction and can form both mono nuclear and polynuclear reduced Tc species depending on the stabilizing agent.

  15. Silicon oxidation in fluoride solutions

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    Sancier, K. M.; Kapur, V.

    1980-01-01

    Silicon is produced in a NaF, Na2SiF6, and Na matrix when SiF4 is reduced by metallic sodium. Hydrogen is evolved during acid leaching to separate the silicon from the accompanying reaction products, NaF and Na2SiF6. The hydrogen evolution reaction was studied under conditions simulating leaching conditions by making suspensions of the dry silicon powder in aqueous fluoride solutions. The mechanism for the hydrogen evolution is discussed in terms of spontaneous oxidation of silicon resulting from the cooperative effects of (1) elemental sodium in the silicon that reacts with water to remove a protective silica layer, leaving clean reactive silicon, and (2) fluoride in solution that complexes with the oxidized silicon in solution and retards formation of a protective hydrous oxide gel.

  16. Structural elucidation of the Bi(2(n + 2))Mo(n)O(6(n + 1)) (n = 3, 4, 5 and 6) family of fluorite superstructures by transmission electron microscopy.

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    Landa-Cánovas, Angel R; Vila, Eladio; Hernández-Velasco, Jorge; Galy, Jean; Castro, Alicia

    2009-08-01

    The cationic framework structure of a whole new family of compounds with the general formula Bi(2(n + 2))Mo(n)O(6(n + 1)) (n = 3, 4, 5 and 6) has been elucidated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) methods. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) has been used to postulate heavy-atom models based on the known structure of the n = 3 phase, Bi(10)Mo(3)O(24). These models were tested by HRTEM image simulation, electron diffraction and powder X-ray diffraction simulation methods which agreed with the experimental results. The four known phases of this family correspond to n = 3, 4, 5 and 6 members and all show fluorite superstructures. They consist of a common delta-Bi(2)O(3) fluorite-type framework, inside of which are distributed ribbons of {MoO(4)} tetrahedra which are infinite along b, one tetrahedron thick along c, and of variable widths of 3, 4, 5 or 6 {MoO(4)} tetrahedra along a depending on the family member (n value). These {MoO(4)} tetrahedra are isolated, i.e. without sharing any corner as in the [Bi(12)O(14)] columnar structural-type phase Bi[Bi(12)O(14)][MoO(4)](4)[VO(4)]. The structure of all these family members can be described as crystallographic shear derivatives from Aurivillius-type phases such as Bi(2)MoO(6), the n = infinity end member. All these compounds are good oxygen-ion conductors.

  17. Solutions for a cultivated planet.

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    Foley, Jonathan A; Ramankutty, Navin; Brauman, Kate A; Cassidy, Emily S; Gerber, James S; Johnston, Matt; Mueller, Nathaniel D; O'Connell, Christine; Ray, Deepak K; West, Paul C; Balzer, Christian; Bennett, Elena M; Carpenter, Stephen R; Hill, Jason; Monfreda, Chad; Polasky, Stephen; Rockström, Johan; Sheehan, John; Siebert, Stefan; Tilman, David; Zaks, David P M

    2011-10-12

    Increasing population and consumption are placing unprecedented demands on agriculture and natural resources. Today, approximately a billion people are chronically malnourished while our agricultural systems are concurrently degrading land, water, biodiversity and climate on a global scale. To meet the world's future food security and sustainability needs, food production must grow substantially while, at the same time, agriculture's environmental footprint must shrink dramatically. Here we analyse solutions to this dilemma, showing that tremendous progress could be made by halting agricultural expansion, closing 'yield gaps' on underperforming lands, increasing cropping efficiency, shifting diets and reducing waste. Together, these strategies could double food production while greatly reducing the environmental impacts of agriculture.

  18. Facile and one-pot solution synthesis of several kinds of 3D hierarchical flower-like α-Bi2O3 microspheres

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    Wang, Yajun; Li, Zexue; Yu, Haiyang; Feng, Changgen

    2016-09-01

    Several kinds of three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical constructed flower-like α-Bi2O3 microspheres were prepared successfully via a simple solution precipitation synthesis at 95∘C and ambient atmospheric pressure in 1h. The synthesis process was operated in ethanol-water system as solvent with the assistance of glycerin and oleic acid as capping agents. These flower-like α-Bi2O3 architectures with diameter of several micrometers were 3D self-assembled from nanorods or nanocubes step by step. By adjusting the concentration of the capping agents, various flower-like α-Bi2O3 microspheres were obtained. The formation of the flower-like superstructures was attributed to the modification of nucleation and growth kinetics, and the guidance of self-assembly approach by capping agents. The formation mechanism of these microstructures was discussed briefly.

  19. Dielectric decrement of electrolyte solutions

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    Felderhof, B. U.

    We calculate the dielectric decrement of ionic solutions in a continuum model. We show that apart from a familiar static contribution there are three kinetic contributions to the effect, two of which are related by a symmetry relation. The third contribution is due to frequency dispersion of the friction coefficient and for small ions reduces the total effect considerably. We find that the total effect as calculated from the continuum model is too small to account for the experimental data.

  20. Processing Solutions for Big Data in Astronomy

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    Fillatre, L.; Lepiller, D.

    2016-09-01

    This paper gives a simple introduction to processing solutions applied to massive amounts of data. It proposes a general presentation of the Big Data paradigm. The Hadoop framework, which is considered as the pioneering processing solution for Big Data, is described together with YARN, the integrated Hadoop tool for resource allocation. This paper also presents the main tools for the management of both the storage (NoSQL solutions) and computing capacities (MapReduce parallel processing schema) of a cluster of machines. Finally, more recent processing solutions like Spark are discussed. Big Data frameworks are now able to run complex applications while keeping the programming simple and greatly improving the computing speed.

  1. Supergravity solutions without triholomorphic U(1) isometries

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    Ghezelbash, A. M.

    2008-12-15

    We investigate the construction of five-dimensional supergravity solutions that do not have any triholomorphic U(1) isometries. We construct a class of solutions that in various limits of parameters reduces to many of previously constructed five-dimensional supergravity solutions based on both hyper-Kaehler base spaces that can be put into a Gibbons-Hawking form and hyper-Kaehler base spaces that cannot be put into a Gibbons-Hawking form. We find a new solution which is over triaxial Bianchi type IX Einstein-hyper-Kaehler base space with no triholomorphic U(1) symmetry. One special case of this solution corresponds to a five-dimensional solution based on Eguchi-Hanson type II geometry.

  2. Static and stationary multiple soliton solutions to the Einstein equations

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    Letelier, P.S.

    1985-03-01

    The application of the Belinsky--Zakharov solution-generating technique, i.e., the inverse scattering method, to generate stationary axially symmetric solutions to the vacuum Einstein equations is reduced to a single quadrature when the seed solution is diagonal. The possibility of having real odd-number soliton solutions is investigated. These solutions represent solitonic perturbations of Euclidean metrics. The possibility of using instantons as seed solutions is also investigated. The one- and two-soliton solutions generated from a diagonal seed solution are studied. As an application, a unified derivation of some well-known static solutions, like the Schwarzschild metric and the Chazy--Curzon metric, as well as other new metrics is presented. By using these metrics as seed solutions, some known stationary solutions, like the Kerr-NUT metric, the double Kerr metric, and the rotating Weyl C-metric, as well as other new metrics are also derived in a unified way.

  3. Reduce HIV Risk

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    ... incidence could be reduced if people changed their sexual behaviors. Our research has demonstrated remarkable success in reducing HIV risk-associated sexual behaviors among African American adolescents and adults." Spring 2008 ...

  4. OCDMA Over WDM PON—Solution Path to Gigabit-Symmetric FTTH

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    Kitayama, Ken-Ichi; Wang, Xu; Wada, Naoya

    2006-04-01

    It will be revealed that a myth of deploying low bit-rate uplink fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services while providing a high bit-rate downlink is wrong. Therefore, for the future broadband FTTH services, the focus should be on the capability to provide gigabit-or even multigigabits-per-second both in up-and downlinks, namely gigabit symmetric systems. Optical code-division multiple access (OCDMA) now deserves a revisit as a powerful alternative to time-division multiple access and wavelength-division multiple (WDM) access in FTTH systems. In this paper, the authors will first highlight the OCDMA systems. The system architecture and its operation principle, code design, optical en/decoding, using a long superstructured fiber Bragg grating (SSFBG) en/decoder, and its system performance will be described. Next, an OCDMA over WDM passive optical network (PON) as a solution for the gigabit-symmetric FTTH systems will be proposed. The system architecture and the WDM interchannel crosstalk will be studied. It will be shown that by taking advantage of reflection spectrum notches of the SSFBG en/decoder, the WDM interchannel crosstalk can be suppressed and can enable OCDMA over WDM PON to simultaneously provide multigigabit-per-second up-and downlinks to a large number of users.

  5. Solution deposition assembly

    SciTech Connect

    Roussillon, Yann; Scholz, Jeremy H; Shelton, Addison; Green, Geoff T; Utthachoo, Piyaphant

    2014-01-21

    Methods and devices are provided for improved deposition systems. In one embodiment of the present invention, a deposition system is provided for use with a solution and a substrate. The system comprises of a solution deposition apparatus; at least one heating chamber, at least one assembly for holding a solution over the substrate; and a substrate curling apparatus for curling at least one edge of the substrate to define a zone capable of containing a volume of the solution over the substrate. In another embodiment of the present invention, a deposition system for use with a substrate, the system comprising a solution deposition apparatus; at heating chamber; and at least assembly for holding solution over the substrate to allow for a depth of at least about 0.5 microns to 10 mm.

  6. Nitric acid recovery from waste solutions

    DOEpatents

    Wilson, A. S.

    1959-04-14

    The recovery of nitric acid from aqueous nitrate solutions containing fission products as impurities is described. It is desirable to subject such solutions to concentration by evaporation since nitric acid is regenerated thereby. A difficulty, however, is that the highly radioactive fission product ruthenium is volatilized together with the nitric acid. It has been found that by adding nitrous acid, ruthenium volatilization is suppressed and reduced to a negligible degree so that the distillate obtained is practically free of ruthenium.

  7. The removal of protein-bound solutes by dialysis.

    PubMed

    Meyer, Timothy W

    2012-01-01

    Protein-bound solutes that accumulate in plasma when the kidneys fail are poorly cleared by conventional dialysis. Means have been developed to reduce the levels of such solutes, either by modifying the dialysis procedure to increase their clearance or by limiting their production. A trial testing whether reducing bound solute levels clinically benefits dialysis patients is required to determine whether these measures should be adopted in routine clinical practice.

  8. Mixed oxide solid solutions

    DOEpatents

    Magno, Scott; Wang, Ruiping; Derouane, Eric

    2003-01-01

    The present invention is a mixed oxide solid solution containing a tetravalent and a pentavalent cation that can be used as a support for a metal combustion catalyst. The invention is furthermore a combustion catalyst containing the mixed oxide solid solution and a method of making the mixed oxide solid solution. The tetravalent cation is zirconium(+4), hafnium(+4) or thorium(+4). In one embodiment, the pentavalent cation is tantalum(+5), niobium(+5) or bismuth(+5). Mixed oxide solid solutions of the present invention exhibit enhanced thermal stability, maintaining relatively high surface areas at high temperatures in the presence of water vapor.

  9. Solenoidal model for superstructure in chromatin.

    PubMed Central

    Finch, J T; Klug, A

    1976-01-01

    Chromatin prepared by brief digestion of nuclei with micrococcal nuclease, and extracted in 0.2 mM EDTA, appears in the electron microscope as filaments of about 100 A diameter which coil loosely. In 0.2 mM Mg++ these "nucleofilaments" condense into a supercoil or solenoidal structure of pitch about 110 A corresponding to the diameter of a nucleofilament. It is proposed that the x-ray reflections at orders of 110 A observed in chromatin originate in the spacing between turns of the solenoid rather than that between nucleosomes along the nucleofilament. The solenoidal structure appears to need histone H1 for its stabilization. Under certain conditions, isolated nucleosomes can also aggregate into a similar structure. The solenoidal structure can be correlated with the "thread" of diameter about 300 A observed by other workers in nuclei. Images PMID:1064861

  10. SEPARATION OF RUTHENIUM FROM AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS

    DOEpatents

    Callis, C.F.; Moore, R.L.

    1959-09-01

    >The separation of ruthenium from aqueous solutions containing uranium plutonium, ruthenium, and fission products is described. The separation is accomplished by providing a nitric acid solution of plutonium, uranium, ruthenium, and fission products, oxidizing plutonium to the hexavalent state with sodium dichromate, contacting the solution with a water-immiscible organic solvent, such as hexone, to extract plutonyl, uranyl, ruthenium, and fission products, reducing with sodium ferrite the plutonyl in the solvent phase to trivalent plutonium, reextracting from the solvent phase the trivalent plutonium, ruthenium, and some fission products with an aqueous solution containing a salting out agent, introducing ozone into the aqueous acid solution to oxidize plutonium to the hexavalent state and ruthenium to ruthenium tetraoxide, and volatizing off the ruthenium tetraoxide.

  11. Reducing urinary tract infections in catheterised patients.

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    Howe, Pam; Adams, John

    2015-01-20

    Urinary tract infections in catheterised patients continue to present a challenge in reducing healthcare-associated infection. In this article, an infection prevention and control team in one NHS trust reports on using audit results to focus attention on measures to reduce bacterial infections. Educational initiatives have an important role in reducing infection, but there is no single solution to the problem. Practice can be improved using a multi-targeted approach, peer review and clinical audit to allow for shared learning and experiences. These, along with informal education in the clinical area and more formal classroom lectures, can ultimately lead to improved patient outcomes.

  12. Reducing Teacher Incompetence.

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    Rich, John Martin

    1988-01-01

    Suggests how administrators may reduce teacher incompetence. Teacher incompetence can be reduced if administrators fully understand and undertake appropriate preventive and remedial measures. Two sections comprise this article. First, a taxonomy of teacher incompetence reveals the magnitude of the problem. Second, preventive and remedial measures…

  13. Reducible oxide based catalysts

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    Thompson, Levi T.; Kim, Chang Hwan; Bej, Shyamal K.

    2010-04-06

    A catalyst is disclosed herein. The catalyst includes a reducible oxide support and at least one noble metal fixed on the reducible oxide support. The noble metal(s) is loaded on the support at a substantially constant temperature and pH.

  14. Cromolyn Sodium Nasal Solution

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    Cromolyn comes as a solution to use with a special nasal applicator. It usually is inhaled three to six times a day to prevent allergy ... first time, read the instructions provided with the solution. Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist to ...

  15. Solvent wash solution

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    Neace, J.C.

    1984-03-13

    A process is claimed for removing diluent degradation products from a solvent extraction solution, which has been used to recover uranium and plutonium from spent nuclear fuel. A wash solution and the solvent extraction solution are combined. The wash solution contains (a) water and (b) up to about, and including, 50 vol % of at least one-polar water-miscible organic solvent based on the total volume of the water and the highly-polar organic solvent. The wash solution also preferably contains at least one inorganic salt. The diluent degradation products dissolve in the highly-polar organic solvent and the organic solvent extraction solvent do not dissolve in the highly-polar organic solvent. The highly-polar organic solvent and the extraction solvent are separated.

  16. Bolting multicenter solutions

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    Bena, Iosif; Bossard, Guillaume; Katmadas, Stefanos; Turton, David

    2017-01-01

    We introduce a solvable system of equations that describes non-extremal multicenter solutions to six-dimensional ungauged supergravity coupled to tensor multiplets. The system involves a set of functions on a three-dimensional base metric. We obtain a family of non-extremal axisymmetric solutions that generalize the known multicenter extremal solutions, using a particular base metric that introduces a bolt. We analyze the conditions for regularity, and in doing so we show that this family does not include solutions that contain an extremal black hole and a smooth bolt. We determine the constraints that are necessary to obtain smooth horizonless solutions involving a bolt and an arbitrary number of Gibbons-Hawking centers.

  17. Solvent wash solution

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    Neace, James C.

    1986-01-01

    Process for removing diluent degradation products from a solvent extraction solution, which has been used to recover uranium and plutonium from spent nuclear fuel. A wash solution and the solvent extraction solution are combined. The wash solution contains (a) water and (b) up to about, and including, 50 volume percent of at least one-polar water-miscible organic solvent based on the total volume of the water and the highly-polar organic solvent. The wash solution also preferably contains at least one inorganic salt. The diluent degradation products dissolve in the highly-polar organic solvent and the organic solvent extraction solvent do not dissolve in the highly-polar organic solvent. The highly-polar organic solvent and the extraction solvent are separated.

  18. Treating Fibrous Insulation to Reduce Thermal Conductivity

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    Zinn, Alfred; Tarkanian, Ryan

    2009-01-01

    A chemical treatment reduces the convective and radiative contributions to the effective thermal conductivity of porous fibrous thermal-insulation tile. The net effect of the treatment is to coat the surfaces of fibers with a mixture of transition-metal oxides (TMOs) without filling the pores. The TMO coats reduce the cross-sectional areas available for convection while absorbing and scattering thermal radiation in the pores, thereby rendering the tile largely opaque to thermal radiation. The treatment involves a sol-gel process: A solution containing a mixture of transition-metal-oxide-precursor salts plus a gelling agent (e.g., tetraethylorthosilicate) is partially cured, then, before it visibly gels, is used to impregnate the tile. The solution in the tile is gelled, then dried, and then the tile is fired to convert the precursor salts to the desired mixed TMO phases. The amounts of the various TMOs ultimately incorporated into the tile can be tailored via the concentrations of salts in the solution, and the impregnation depth can be tailored via the viscosity of the solution and/or the volume of the solution relative to that of the tile. The amounts of the TMOs determine the absorption and scattering spectra.

  19. Pronounced site preference and mixed dinuclear dichalcogenide anions (SSe)2- in ternary lanthanum sulfide selenides - The solid solution LaS1.9-LaSe1.9

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    Bartsch, Christian; Doert, Thomas

    2012-04-01

    Ternary lanthanum sulfide selenides LaS1.9-xSex (0 < x < 1.9) were obtained by reaction of the elements in a potassium bromide flux. The ternary compounds adopt the CeSe1.9 structure type (tetragonal, space group P42/n, No. 86) and form a complete solid solution series without indications of ordered superstructures. The lattice parameters of the samples follow Vegard's rule and are found in the range of 915 ≤ a ≤ 943 pm and 1644 ≤ c ≤ 1703 pm. A pronounced ordering of the distribution of chalcogen atoms is observed which can be attributed to charge density and size effects. The existence of three different types of dichalcogenide anions, namely S22-, Se22- and mixed (SSe)2-, is evidenced by Raman spectroscopy.

  20. Conduction heat transfer solutions

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    VanSant, James H.

    1980-03-01

    This text is a collection of solutions to a variety of heat conduction problems found in numerous publications, such as textbooks, handbooks, journals, reports, etc. Its purpose is to assemble these solutions into one source that can facilitate the search for a particular problem solution. Generally, it is intended to be a handbook on the subject of heat conduction. This material is useful for engineers, scientists, technologists, and designers of all disciplines, particularly those who design thermal systems or estimate temperatures and heat transfer rates in structures. More than 500 problem solutions and relevant data are tabulated for easy retrieval. There are twelve sections of solutions which correspond with the class of problems found in each. Geometry, state, boundary conditions, and other categories are used to classify the problems. A case number is assigned to each problem for cross-referencing, and also for future reference. Each problem is concisely described by geometry and condition statements, and many times a descriptive sketch is also included. At least one source reference is given so that the user can review the methods used to derive the solutions. Problem solutions are given in the form of equations, graphs, and tables of data, all of which are also identified by problem case numbers and source references.

  1. Reducing Childhood Obesity

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    ... Navigation Bar Home Current Issue Past Issues Reducing Childhood Obesity Past Issues / Summer 2007 Table of Contents For ... page please turn Javascript on. The We Can! childhood obesity-prevention program involves parents, caregivers, and community leaders ...

  2. Reduced shear power spectrum

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    Dodelson, Scott; Shapiro, Charles; White, Martin J.; /UC, Berkeley, Astron. Dept. /UC, Berkeley

    2005-08-01

    Measurements of ellipticities of background galaxies are sensitive to the reduced shear, the cosmic shear divided by (1-{kappa}) where {kappa} is the projected density field. They compute the difference between shear and reduced shear both analytically and with simulations. The difference becomes more important an smaller scales, and will impact cosmological parameter estimation from upcoming experiments. A simple recipe is presented to carry out the required correction.

  3. Theory of dipolaron solutions

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    Bolmatov, Dima; Bastrukov, S.; Lai, P.-Y.; Molodtsova, I.

    2014-07-01

    A fundamental task of statistical physics is to predict the system's statistical properties and compare them with observable data. We formulate the theory of dipolaron solutions and analyze the screening effects for permanent and field-induced dipolarons. The mathematical treatment of the collective behavior and microscopical morphology of dipolaron solutions are discussed. The presented computations show that the electric field shielding of dipolarons in dielectric nanosolutions is quite different from that of counterionic nano-complexes of Debye-Hückel theory of electrolytes. The limiting case of screening length λ=0 in dipolaron solutions corresponds to Coulomb's law for the potential and field of uniformly charged sphere.

  4. Phase diagrams of polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Mahdi, Khaled A.

    We study the phase diagram of polyelectrolyte solutions in salt and salt-free environments. We examine the phase behavior of polyelectrolyte solutions, in the semidilute regime, using different physical models, namely the Random Phase Approximation (RPA) and the cross-linked model. In the RPA, we calculate the electrostatic free energy by summing all the fluctuations of the chains and all present ionic species. Within this approximation, the phase diagrams of salt-free polyelectrolyte solutions show phase separation even without including short-range attractions or ion condensation. We find that the phase behavior of large chains resembles the phase diagram of polymer network solutions. That is, the equilibrium is established between a network phase and a chain-free phase. Upon the addition of salt, the dissociated ions increase the entropy of the system and overcome the energy from the electrostatic fluctuations. When the short-range attraction between monomers is included in the model, the free energy predicts phase segregation for all salt valences at high salt concentrations (1 mol/l and higher). The phenomenon is called salting-out and occurs simply because the addition of salt reduces the quality of the solvent and induces precipitation. However, phase segregation in the presence of multivalent ions in polyelectrolyte solutions occurs at low salt concentrations (less than 1 mol/l). We propose that this phase separation is due to polyions cross-linked by multivalent ions. We constructed a phenomenological two-state model to examine this phenomenon. The two phases coexisting in the solution are a network-like phase and a polymer-free phase. The polymer-free phase is modeled using Debye-Huckel theory. In the cross-linked phase, each condensed multivalent ion attracts an equal number of monomers creating a neutral cluster. The energy of the cluster is evaluated by a simple Coulombic energy. The bare monomer charges between the linkages are treated as line of

  5. Isospinning baby Skyrmion solutions

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    Battye, Richard A.; Haberichter, Mareike

    2013-12-01

    We perform full two-dimensional (2D) numerical relaxations of isospinning soliton solutions in the baby Skyrme model in which the global O(3) symmetry is broken by the 2D analogue of the pion mass term in the Skyrme model. In our calculations we explicitly allow the isospinning solitons to deform and to break the symmetries of the static configurations. We find that stable isospinning baby Skyrme solutions can be constructed numerically for all angular frequencies ω≤min⁡(μ,1), where μ is the mass parameter of the model. Stable, rotationally symmetric baby Skyrmion solutions for higher angular velocities are simply an artefact of the hedgehog approximation. Isospinning multisoliton solutions of topological charge B turn out to be unstable to break up into their B charge-1 constituents at some critical breakup frequency value. Furthermore, we find that for μ sufficiently large the rotational symmetry of charge-2 baby Skyrmions becomes broken at a critical angular frequency ω.

  6. OIL SOLUTIONS POWDER

    EPA Pesticide Factsheets

    Technical product bulletin: aka OIL SOLUTIONS POWDER, SPILL GREEN LS, this miscellaneous oil spill control agent used in cleanups initially behaves like a synthetic sorbent, then as a solidifier as the molecular microencapsulating process occurs.

  7. The Conductivity of Solutions.

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    Rayner-Canham, Geoff

    1993-01-01

    Presents historical background and modern explanations for the popular demonstration of showing conductivity of solutions through the insertion of a light-bulb conductivity tester into deionized water and water with salt in it. (PR)

  8. Solution Processing - Rodlike Polymers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1979-08-01

    Polybenzoxazole (PBO) Polybenzthiozole (PBT) Dry-Jet Wet Spinning Cone-and-Plate Rheometry 20. ABSTRACT (Continue on reverse side If necessary and identify...by block number) The solution processing of polybenzoxazole (PBO) and polybenzthiozole (PBT) to form oriented solids is discussed. The rheological...considerations important in solution processing are considered, with special emphasis on the dry-jet wet spinning process used to form fibers . Pertinent

  9. Reflectance of aqueous solutions

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    Querry, M. R.

    1972-01-01

    The optical properties and optical constants of water and aqueous solutions were studied to develop an accurate tabulation of graphical representations of the optical constants through a broad spectrum. Manuscripts of articles are presented concerning extinction coefficients, relative specular reflectance, and temperature effect on the water spectrum. Graphs of absolute reflectance, phase shifts, index of refraction, and extinction coefficients for water, heavy water and aqueous solutions are included.

  10. Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Solutions

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    Caliò, Renato; Rongala, Udaya Bhaskar; Camboni, Domenico; Milazzo, Mario; Stefanini, Cesare; de Petris, Gianluca; Oddo, Calogero Maria

    2014-01-01

    This paper reviews the state of the art in piezoelectric energy harvesting. It presents the basics of piezoelectricity and discusses materials choice. The work places emphasis on material operating modes and device configurations, from resonant to non-resonant devices and also to rotational solutions. The reviewed literature is compared based on power density and bandwidth. Lastly, the question of power conversion is addressed by reviewing various circuit solutions. PMID:24618725

  11. Reduced Magmatic Volatiles

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    Hirschmann, M. M.; Withers, A. C.; Ardia, P.; Stanley, B. D.; Foley, N.

    2012-12-01

    Volatiles in Earth's upper mantle are dominated by H2O and CO2, but under more reduced conditions likely deeper in the mantle, other volatile species may be important or dominant. However, the speciation, solubilities, and effect on physical properties of reduced magmatic volatiles are poorly constrained. Here we summarize results from an experimental campaign to better understand reduced volatiles in magmas. Experiments emphasize spectroscopic and SIMS characterization of dissolved species in experiments for which fluid fugacities are known, thereby facilitating thermodynamic parameterization. Experimental determinations of molecular H2 solubility in basaltic and andesitic liquids show concentrations that are proportional to H2 fugacity. Because H2 increases with fH2 whereas dissolved H2O increases with fH2O1/2, the relative importance of H2 increases with pressure and for more hydrous magmas. At 1 GPa and IW-1, solubility in basalt reaches 0.3 wt.% (equivalent to 2.7 wt.% H2O). Solubilities at pressures of the deep upper mantle have not been explored experimentally (as is also true for H2O and CO2), but H2 could become the dominant hydrous species at 400 km and deeper, and so deep hydrous melts may have chiefly H2 rather than H2O or OH. Experiments suggest an extremely low partial specific density (0.18 kg/m3) for dissolved H2 at low pressure, and so appreciable dissolved H2 in melt atop the 410 km discontinuity or in the lower mantle may promote positive buoyancy. Solubilities of reduced C-species remain poorly known. In contrast to results in Na2O-SiO2 liquids (Mysen et al., 2009), experiments with a haplobasaltic liquid at controlled CH4 fugacities indicated very small (<0.05 wt.%) CH4 solubilities even at very reduced conditions (reduced conditions and in

  12. Instanton-like solutions in chiral models

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    Perelomov, A. M.

    1981-10-01

    General two-dimensional Euclidean chiral models of field theory are considered in detail. It is shown that in the case when the field takes its values in an arbitrary Kähler manifold the “duality equations” reduce to the Cauchy- Riemann equations on this manifold. For homogeneous manifolds the solutions of these equations do exist and are given by rational functions.

  13. Conduction heat transfer solutions

    SciTech Connect

    VanSant, J.H.

    1983-08-01

    This text is a collection of solutions to a variety of heat conduction problems found in numerous publications, such as textbooks, handbooks, journals, reports, etc. Its purpose is to assemble these solutions into one source that can facilitate the search for a particular problem solution. Generally, it is intended to be a handbook on the subject of heat conduction. There are twelve sections of solutions which correspond with the class of problems found in each. Geometry, state, boundary conditions, and other categories are used to classify the problems. Each problem is concisely described by geometry and condition statements, and many times a descriptive sketch is also included. The introduction presents a synopsis on the theory, differential equations, and boundary conditions for conduction heat transfer. Some discussion is given on the use and interpretation of solutions. Supplementary data such as mathematical functions, convection correlations, and thermal properties are included for aiding the user in computing numerical values from the solutions. 155 figs., 92 refs., 9 tabs.

  14. Classes of exact Einstein Maxwell solutions

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    Komathiraj, K.; Maharaj, S. D.

    2007-12-01

    We find new classes of exact solutions to the Einstein Maxwell system of equations for a charged sphere with a particular choice of the electric field intensity and one of the gravitational potentials. The condition of pressure isotropy is reduced to a linear, second order differential equation which can be solved in general. Consequently we can find exact solutions to the Einstein Maxwell field equations corresponding to a static spherically symmetric gravitational potential in terms of hypergeometric functions. It is possible to find exact solutions which can be written explicitly in terms of elementary functions, namely polynomials and product of polynomials and algebraic functions. Uncharged solutions are regainable with our choice of electric field intensity; in particular we generate the Einstein universe for particular parameter values.

  15. Thermoelectric Properties of Solution Synthesized Nanostructured Materials.

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    Finefrock, Scott W; Yang, Haoran; Fang, Haiyu; Wu, Yue

    2015-01-01

    Thermoelectric nanocomposites made by solution synthesis and compression of nanostructured chalcogenides could potentially be low-cost, scalable alternatives to traditional solid-state synthesized materials. We review the progress in this field by comparing the power factor and/or the thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, of four classes of materials: (Bi,Sb)2(Te,Se)3, PbTe, ternary and quaternary copper chalcogenides, and silver chalcogenides. We also discuss the thermal conductivity reduction associated with multiphased nanocomposites. The ZT of the best solution synthesized materials are, in several cases, shown to be equal to or greater than the corresponding bulk materials despite the generally reduced mobility associated with solution synthesized nanocomposites. For the solution synthesized materials with the highest performance, the synthesis and processing conditions are summarized to provide guidance for future work.

  16. Lightweight Steel Solutions for Automotive Industry

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    Lee, Hong Woo; Kim, Gyosung; Park, Sung Ho

    2010-06-15

    Recently, improvement in fuel efficiency and safety has become the biggest issue in worldwide automotive industry. Although the regulation of environment and safety has been tightened up more and more, the majority of vehicle bodies are still manufactured from stamped steel components. This means that the optimized steel solutions enable to demonstrate its ability to reduce body weight with high crashworthiness performance instead of expensive light weight materials such as Al, Mg and composites. To provide the innovative steel solutions for automotive industry, POSCO has developed AHSS and its application technologies, which is directly connected to EVI activities. EVI is a technical cooperation program with customer covering all stages of new car project from design to mass production. Integrated light weight solutions through new forming technologies such as TWB, hydroforming and HPF are continuously developed and provided for EVI activities. This paper will discuss the detailed status of these technologies especially light weight steel solutions based on innovative technologies.

  17. Lightweight Steel Solutions for Automotive Industry

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    Lee, Hong Woo; Kim, Gyosung; Park, Sung Ho

    2010-06-01

    Recently, improvement in fuel efficiency and safety has become the biggest issue in worldwide automotive industry. Although the regulation of environment and safety has been tightened up more and more, the majority of vehicle bodies are still manufactured from stamped steel components. This means that the optimized steel solutions enable to demonstrate its ability to reduce body weight with high crashworthiness performance instead of expensive light weight materials such as Al, Mg and composites. To provide the innovative steel solutions for automotive industry, POSCO has developed AHSS and its application technologies, which is directly connected to EVI activities. EVI is a technical cooperation program with customer covering all stages of new car project from design to mass production. Integrated light weight solutions through new forming technologies such as TWB, hydroforming and HPF are continuously developed and provided for EVI activities. This paper will discuss the detailed status of these technologies especially light weight steel solutions based on innovative technologies.

  18. Tank closure reducing grout

    SciTech Connect

    Caldwell, T.B.

    1997-04-18

    A reducing grout has been developed for closing high level waste tanks at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina. The grout has a low redox potential, which minimizes the mobility of Sr{sup 90}, the radionuclide with the highest dose potential after closure. The grout also has a high pH which reduces the solubility of the plutonium isotopes. The grout has a high compressive strength and low permeability, which enhances its ability to limit the migration of contaminants after closure. The grout was designed and tested by Construction Technology Laboratories, Inc. Placement methods were developed by the Savannah River Site personnel.

  19. Aligning parallel arrays to reduce communication

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    Sheffler, Thomas J.; Schreiber, Robert; Gilbert, John R.; Chatterjee, Siddhartha

    1994-01-01

    Axis and stride alignment is an important optimization in compiling data-parallel programs for distributed-memory machines. We previously developed an optimal algorithm for aligning array expressions. Here, we examine alignment for more general program graphs. We show that optimal alignment is NP-complete in this setting, so we study heuristic methods. This paper makes two contributions. First, we show how local graph transformations can reduce the size of the problem significantly without changing the best solution. This allows more complex and effective heuristics to be used. Second, we give a heuristic that can explore the space of possible solutions in a number of ways. We show that some of these strategies can give better solutions than a simple greedy approach proposed earlier. Our algorithms have been implemented; we present experimental results showing their effect on the performance of some example programs running on the CM-5.

  20. Stability of melatonin in aqueous solution.

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    Cavallo, A; Hassan, M

    1995-03-01

    Melatonin solutions are frequently used in human, animal, and in vitro research. Generally, fresh solutions are prepared, for fear of instability of melatonin in solution. We tested the high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) stability of melatonin in aqueous solutions stored room temperature, 4 degrees C, and -70 degrees C for up to 6 months. Solutions were prepared in a laminar flow hood using sterile technique, directly into sterile, pyrogen-free glass vacuum vials for storage. Different concentrations were tested (1.0-113.0 micrograms/ml). There was no loss of potency as assessed by HPLC, and the preparations remained sterile and pyrogen-free. We conclude that melatonin solutions may be prepared in batches maintained in sterile, pyrogen-free vials at 4 degrees C or at -70 degrees C until use within 6 months. This method will save on research time used for preparation of fresh solutions and will reduce the number of dose validation tests for each new experiment.

  1. Reducing Behavior through Reinforcement.

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    Deitz, Diane E. D.; Repp, Alan C.

    1983-01-01

    The use of reinforcement to reduce inappropriate behaviors of mentally retarded and emotionally disturbed students may involve the following procedures: differential reinforcement of low rates of responding (DRL), the differential reinforcement of response omission (DRO), and the differential reinforcement of incompatible (DRI) or alternative…

  2. Please Reduce Cycle Time

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2014-12-01

    Defense AT&L: November–December 2014 4 Please Reduce Cycle Time Brian Schultz “Time is what we want most but what we use worst.” — William Penn ...Schultz is a professor of program management at the Defense Acquisition University’s Mid-Atlantic Region in California, Md. As William Penn noted

  3. Reduced Braginskii equations

    SciTech Connect

    Yagi, M.; Horton, W. )

    1994-07-01

    A set of reduced Braginskii equations is derived without assuming flute ordering and the Boussinesq approximation. These model equations conserve the physical energy. It is crucial at finite [beta] that the perpendicular component of Ohm's law be solved to ensure [del][center dot][bold j]=0 for energy conservation.

  4. Demonstrating Reduced Gravity

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    Pearlman, Howard; Stocker, Dennis; Gotti, Daniel; Urban, David; Ross, Howard; Sours, Thomas

    1996-01-01

    A miniature drop tower, Reduced-Gravity Demonstrator is developed to illustrate the effects of gravity on a variety of phenomena including the way fluids flow, flames burn, and mechanical systems (such as pendulum) behave. A schematic and description of the demonstrator and payloads are given, followed by suggestions for how one can build his (her) own.

  5. A class of nonideal solutions. 1: Definition and properties

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Zeleznik, F. J.

    1983-01-01

    A class of nonideal solutions is defined by constructing a function to represent the composition dependence of thermodynamic properties for members of the class, and some properties of these solutions are studied. The constructed function has several useful features: (1) its parameters occur linearly; (2) it contains a logarithmic singularity in the dilute solution region and contains ideal solutions and regular solutions as special cases; and (3) it is applicable to N-ary systems and reduces to M-ary systems (M or = N) in a form-invariant manner.

  6. Reducing the open porosity of pyroboroncarbon articles

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    Martyushov, G. G.; Zakharevich, A. M.; Pichkhidze, S. Ya.; Koshuro, V. A.

    2016-02-01

    It is established that a decrease in the open porosity of pyroboroncarbon, a pyrolytic glassy composite material of interest for manufacturing prosthetic heart valves (PHVs), can be achieved via impregnation of articles with an alcohol solution of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and subsequent thermal treatment. The maximum roughness height and linear size of open pores on the surface of PHV parts made of pyroboroncarbon can additionally be reduced by final mechanical processing of a silicon oxide film formed on the surface.

  7. Leveraging Technology to Reduce Patient Transaction Costs.

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    Edlow, Richard C

    2015-01-01

    Medical practices are under significant pressure to provide superior customer service in an environment of declining or flat reimbursement. The solution for many practices involves the integration of a variety of third-party technologies that conveniently interface with one's electronic practice management and medical records systems. Typically, the applications allow the practice to reduce the cost of each patient interaction. Drilling down to quantify the cost of each individual patient interaction helps to determine the practicality of implementation.

  8. Decontamination solution development studies

    SciTech Connect

    Allen, R.P.; Fetrow, L.K.; Kjarmo, H.E.; Pool, K.H.

    1993-09-01

    This study was conducted for the Westinghouse Hanford Company (WHC) by Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) as part of the Hanford Grout Technology Program (HGTP). The objective of this study was to identify decontamination solutions capable of removing radioactive contaminants and grout from the Grout Treatment Facility (GTF) process equipment and to determine the impact of these solutions on equipment components and disposal options. The reference grout used in this study was prepared with simulated double-shell slurry feed (DSSF) and a dry blend consisting of 40 wt % limestone flour, 28 wt % blast furnace slag, 28 wt % fly ash, and 4 wt % type I/II Portland cement.

  9. Fissile solution measurement apparatus

    DOEpatents

    Crane, T.W.; Collinsworth, P.R.

    1984-06-11

    An apparatus for determining the content of a fissile material within a solution by detecting delayed fission neutrons emitted by the fissile material after it is temporarily irradiated by a neutron source. The apparatus comprises a container holding the solution and having a portion defining a neutron source cavity centrally disposed within the container. The neutron source cavity temporarily receives the neutron source. The container has portions defining a plurality of neutron detector ports that form an annular pattern and surround the neutron source cavity. A plurality of neutron detectors count delayed fission neutrons emitted by the fissile material. Each neutron detector is located in a separate one of the neutron detector ports.

  10. Reducing float coal dust

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    Patts, J.R.; Colinet, J.F.; Janisko, S.J.; Barone, T.L.; Patts, L.D.

    2016-01-01

    Controlling float coal dust in underground coal mines before dispersal into the general airstream can reduce the risk of mine explosions while potentially achieving a more effective and efficient use of rock dust. A prototype flooded-bed scrubber was evaluated for float coal dust control in the return of a continuous miner section. The scrubber was installed inline between the face ventilation tubing and an exhausting auxiliary fan. Airborne and deposited dust mass measurements were collected over three days at set distances from the fan exhaust to assess changes in float coal dust levels in the return due to operation of the scrubber. Mass-based measurements were collected on a per-cut basis and normalized on the basis of per ton mined by the continuous miner. The results show that average float coal dust levels measured under baseline conditions were reduced by more than 90 percent when operating the scrubber. PMID:28018004

  11. Reducing rotor weight

    SciTech Connect

    Cheney, M.C.

    1997-12-31

    The cost of energy for renewables has gained greater significance in recent years due to the drop in price in some competing energy sources, particularly natural gas. In pursuit of lower manufacturing costs for wind turbine systems, work was conducted to explore an innovative rotor designed to reduce weight and cost over conventional rotor systems. Trade-off studies were conducted to measure the influence of number of blades, stiffness, and manufacturing method on COE. The study showed that increasing number of blades at constant solidity significantly reduced rotor weight and that manufacturing the blades using pultrusion technology produced the lowest cost per pound. Under contracts with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the California Energy Commission, a 400 kW (33m diameter) turbine was designed employing this technology. The project included tests of an 80 kW (15.5m diameter) dynamically scaled rotor which demonstrated the viability of the design.

  12. Reducing teenage pregnancy.

    PubMed

    Fallon, Debbie

    2011-03-01

    The Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group (TPIAG) was established in 2000 to advise the government about reducing teenage pregnancy rates and supporting teenage parents to continue with their education. The group reached the end of its tenure in December 2010. This short article highlights some of the key issues from the final report and provides some insights into past achievements and future directions from an interview with Gill Frances, TPIAG's chair.

  13. Magnetic Control of Solutal Buoyancy Driven Convection

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    Ramachandran, N.; Leslie, F. W.

    2003-01-01

    Volumetric forces resulting from local density variations and gravitational acceleration cause buoyancy induced convective motion in melts and solutions. Solutal buoyancy is a result of concentration differences in an otherwise isothermal fluid. If the fluid also exhibits variations in magnetic susceptibility with concentration then convection control by external magnetic fields can be hypothesized. Magnetic control of thermal buoyancy induced convection in ferrofluids (dispersions of ferromagnetic particles in a carrier fluid) and paramagnetic fluids have been demonstrated. Here we show the nature of magnetic control of solutal buoyancy driven convection of a paramagnetic fluid, an aqueous solution of Manganese Chloride hydrate. We predict the critical magnetic field required for balancing gravitational solutal buoyancy driven convection and validate it through a simple experiment. We demonstrate that gravity driven flow can be completely reversed by a magnetic field but the exact cancellation of the flow is not possible. This is because the phenomenon is unstable. The technique can be applied to crystal growth processes in order to reduce convection and to heat exchanger devices for enhancing convection. The method can also be applied to impose a desired g-level in reduced gravity applications.

  14. Gradual extinction reduces reinstatement

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    Shiban, Youssef; Wittmann, Jasmin; Weißinger, Mara; Mühlberger, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    The current study investigated whether gradually reducing the frequency of aversive stimuli during extinction can prevent the return of fear. Thirty-one participants of a three-stage procedure (acquisition, extinction and a reinstatement test on day 2) were randomly assigned to a standard extinction (SE) and gradual extinction (GE) procedure. The two groups differed only in the extinction procedure. While the SE group ran through a regular extinction process without any negative events, the frequency of the aversive stimuli during the extinction phase was gradually reduced for the GE group. The unconditioned stimulus (US) was an air blast (5 bar, 10 ms). A spider and a scorpion were used as conditioned stimuli (CS). The outcome variables were contingency ratings and physiological measures (skin conductance response, SCR and startle response). There were no differences found between the two groups for the acquisition and extinction phases concerning contingency ratings, SCR, or startle response. GE compared to SE significantly reduced the return of fear in the reinstatement test for the startle response but not for SCR or contingency ratings. This study was successful in translating the findings in rodent to humans. The results suggest that the GE process is suitable for increasing the efficacy of fear extinction. PMID:26441581

  15. Reducing Iatrogenic Risks

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    Ely, E. Wesley; Speroff, Theodore; Pun, Brenda T.; Boehm, Leanne; Dittus, Robert S.

    2010-01-01

    ICUs are experiencing an epidemic of patients with acute brain dysfunction (delirium) and weakness, both associated with increased mortality and long-term disability. These conditions are commonly acquired in the ICU and are often initiated or exacerbated by sedation and ventilation decisions and management. Despite > 10 years of evidence revealing the hazards of delirium, the quality chasm between current and ideal processes of care continues to exist. Monitoring of delirium and sedation levels remains inconsistent. In addition, sedation, ventilation, and physical therapy practices proven successful at reducing the frequency and severity of adverse outcomes are not routinely practiced. In this article, we advocate for the adoption and implementation of a standard bundle of ICU measures with great potential to reduce the burden of ICU-acquired delirium and weakness. Individual components of this bundle are evidence based and can help standardize communication, improve interdisciplinary care, reduce mortality, and improve cognitive and functional outcomes. We refer to this as the “ABCDE bundle,” for awakening and breathing coordination, delirium monitoring, and exercise/early mobility. This evidence-based bundle of practices will build a bridge across the current quality chasm from the “front end” to the “back end” of critical care and toward improved cognitive and functional outcomes for ICU survivors. PMID:21051398

  16. Naval electrochemical corrosion reducer

    DOEpatents

    Clark, Howard L.

    1991-10-01

    A corrosion reducer for use with ships having a hull, a propeller mounted a propeller shaft and extending through the hull, bearings supporting the shaft, at least one thrust bearing and one seal. The improvement includes a current collector and a current reduction assembly for reducing the voltage between the hull and shaft in order to reduce corrosion due to electrolytic action. The current reduction assembly includes an electrical contact, the current collector, and the hull. The current reduction assembly further includes a device for sensing and measuring the voltage between the hull and the shaft and a device for applying a reverse voltage between the hull and the shaft so that the resulting voltage differential is from 0 to 0.05 volts. The current reduction assembly further includes a differential amplifier having a voltage differential between the hull and the shaft. The current reduction assembly further includes an amplifier and a power output circuit receiving signals from the differential amplifier and being supplied by at least one current supply. The current selector includes a brush assembly in contact with a slip ring over the shaft so that its potential may be applied to the differential amplifier.

  17. Reducing Radiation Damage

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    Blankenbecler, Richard

    2006-06-05

    This talk describes the use of a modified treatment sequence, i.e., radiation dose, geometry, dwell time, etc., to mitigate some of the deleterious effects of cancer radiotherapy by utilizing natural cell repair processes. If bad side effects can be reduced, a more aggressive therapy can be put into place. Cells contain many mechanisms that repair damage of various types. If the damage can not be repaired, cells will undergo apoptosis (cell death). Data will be reviewed that support the fact that a small dose of radiation will activate damage repair genes within a cell. Once the mechanisms are fully active, they will efficiently repair the severe damage from a much larger radiation dose. The data ranges from experiments on specific cell cultures using microarray (gene chip) techniques to experiments on complete organisms. The suggested effect and treatment is consistent with the assumption that all radiation is harmful, no matter how small the dose. Nevertheless, the harm can be reduced. These mechanisms need to be further studied and characterized. In particular, their time dependence needs to be understood before the proposed treatment can be optimized. Under certain situations it is also possible that the deleterious effects of chemotherapy can be mitigated and the damage to radiation workers can be reduced.

  18. Solution synthesis of germanium nanocrystals

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    Gerung, Henry; Boyle, Timothy J.; Bunge, Scott D.

    2009-09-22

    A method for providing a route for the synthesis of a Ge(0) nanometer-sized material from. A Ge(II) precursor is dissolved in a ligand heated to a temperature, generally between approximately 100.degree. C. and 400.degree. C., sufficient to thermally reduce the Ge(II) to Ge(0), where the ligand is a compound that can bond to the surface of the germanium nanomaterials to subsequently prevent agglomeration of the nanomaterials. The ligand encapsulates the surface of the Ge(0) material to prevent agglomeration. The resulting solution is cooled for handling, with the cooling characteristics useful in controlling the size and size distribution of the Ge(0) materials. The characteristics of the Ge(II) precursor determine whether the Ge(0) materials that result will be nanocrystals or nanowires.

  19. Ion conductance in electrolyte solutions

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    Chandra, Amalendu; Bagchi, Biman

    1999-05-01

    We develop a new theoretical formulation to study ion conductance in electrolyte solutions, based on a mode coupling theory treatment of the electrolyte friction. The new theory provides expressions for both the ion atmosphere relaxation and electrophoretic contributions to the total electrolyte friction that acts on a moving ion. While the ion atmosphere relaxation term arises from the time-dependent microscopic interaction of the moving ion with the surrounding ions in the solution, the electrophoretic term originates from the coupling of the ion's velocity to the collective current mode of the ion atmosphere. Mode coupling theory, combined with time-dependent density functional theory of ion atmosphere fluctuations, leads to self-consistent expressions for these two terms which also include the effects of self-motion of the ion under consideration. These expressions have been solved for the concentration dependence of electrolyte friction and ion conductance. It is shown that in the limit of very low ion concentration, the present theory correctly reduces to the well-known Debye-Huckel-Onsager limiting law which predicts a linear dependence of conductance on the square root of ion concentration (c). At moderate and high concentrations, the present theory predicts a significant nonlinear and weaker dependence on √c which is in very good agreement with experimental results. The present theory is self-contained and does not involve any adjustable parameter.

  20. Holographic cosmology from BIonic solutions

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    Sepehri, Alireza; Faizal, Mir; Setare, Mohammad Reza; Ali, Ahmed Farag

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, we will use a BIonic solution for analyzing the holographic cosmology. A BIonic solution is a configuration of a D3-brane and an anti-D3-brane connected by a wormhole, and holographic cosmology is a recent proposal to explain cosmic expansion by using the holographic principle. In our model, a BIonic configuration will be produced by the transition of fundamental black strings. The formation of a BIonic configuration will cause inflation. As the D3-brane moves away from the anti-D3-brane, the wormhole will get annihilated, and the inflation will end with the annihilation of this wormhole. However, it is possible for a D3-brane to collide with an anti-D3-brane. Such a collision will occur if the distance between the D3-brane and the anti-D3-brane reduces, and this will create tachyonic states. We will demonstrate that these tachyonic states will lead to the formation of a new wormhole, and this will cause acceleration of the universe before such a collision.

  1. Crystallochemiluminescence of solutions

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    Gus'kov, A. P.; Nekrasova, L. P.; Gornakova, A. S.; Shikunova, I. A.

    2014-09-01

    It is shown that the chemiluminescence intensity from luminol solutions reaches a maximum when the latter are crystallized. This phenomenon is explained by the complex dynamics of the phase transition, chemical reactions, and degradation of electronic excitation energy. Luminescence of new type, called crystallochemiluminescence, is revealed.

  2. Let's Talk about Solutions!

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    Finlay, Grace

    2011-01-01

    This article explores the effectiveness of using Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) in an adult learning environment. Within this discourse, special attention is given to show how SFBT can be used effectively to support the increasing number of adults who find themselves out of work who are now returning to education. Key ideas within SFBT will…

  3. Maintenance Crisis vs Solutions.

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    Haggard, Susie

    Industrial maintenance in Northeast Georgia is facing an acute crisis. Contributing factors are economic development that is depleting the work force, aging of the population, downsizing of the military, and lack of technical school graduates. Solutions to the crisis fall into three categories: short-term, mid-term, and long-term. For short-term…

  4. An Inexpensive Solution Calorimeter

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    Kavanagh, Emma; Mindel, Sam; Robertson, Giles; Hughes, D. E. Peter

    2008-01-01

    We describe the construction of a simple solution calorimeter, using a miniature bead thermistor as a temperature-sensing element. This has a response time of a few seconds and made it possible to carry out a thermometric reaction in under a minute, which led to minimal heat losses. Small temperature changes of 1 K associated with enthalpies of…

  5. Cells and Hypotonic Solutions.

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    Bery, Julia

    1985-01-01

    Describes a demonstration designed to help students better understand the response of plant and animal cells to hypotonic solutions. The demonstration uses a balloon inside a flexible, thin-walled cardboard box. Air going in corresponds to water entering by osmosis, and, like real cells, if stretched enough, the balloon will burst. (DH)

  6. Service-based Solutions.

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    Cummings, Lynda; Winston, Michael

    1998-01-01

    Describes the Solutions model used at Shelley High School in Idaho which gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience while tackling community problems. This approach is built on the three fundamentals of an integrated curriculum, a problem-solving focus, and service-based learning. Sample problems include increasing certain trout…

  7. REMOVAL OF CHLORIDE FROM AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS

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    Hyman, M.L.; Savolainen, J.E.

    1960-01-01

    A method is given for dissolving reactor fuel elements in which the uranium is associated with a relatively inert chromium-containing alloy such as stainless steel. An aqueous mixture of acids comprising 2 to 2.5 molar hydrochloric acid and 4 to 8 molar nitric acid is employed in dissolving the fuel element. In order io reduce corrosion in subsequent processing of the resulting solution, chloride values are removed from the solution by contacting it with concentrated nitric acid at an elevated temperature.

  8. Laser-induced copper deposition with weak reducing agents

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    Kochemirovsky, V. A.; Fateev, S. A.; Logunov, L. S.; Tumkin, I. I.; Safonov, S. V.; Khairullina, E. M.

    2013-11-01

    The study showed that organic alcohols with 1,2,3,5,6 hydroxyl groups can be used as reducing agents for laser-induced copper deposition from solutions (LCLD).Multiatomic alcohols, sorbitol, xylitol, and glycerol, are shown to be effective reducing agents for performing LCLD at glass-ceramic surfaces. High-conductivity copper tracks with good topology were synthesized.

  9. Bioventing reduces soil cleanup costs

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    Leahy, M.C.; Erickson, G.P.

    1995-08-01

    An offshoot technology from soil venting, bioventing offers a win-win solution for soils contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nonvolatile contaminants such as diesel and fuel oil. Using low air flowrates through permeable soils, bioventing injects sufficient oxygen to support naturally-occurring bacteria, which biodegraded the VOCs and other contaminants into benign byproducts. Waste gas can be directly discharged to atmosphere without further treatment. This results in no offgas treatment required. Bioventing is a cost-effective alternative to traditional soil-venting techniques. Soil venting uses air to volatilize organic-compound contamination from the vadose zone, the unsaturated soil layer above groundwater. Unfortunately, this simple-and-fast approach creates a waste offgas that requires further treatment before discharge, thus adding significantly to overall project costs. In contrast, bioventing uses low air flowrates, which require lower capital and operating costs. No offgas treatment further reduces equipment and operating costs and often eliminates air permitting. As in all treatment strategies, the process must meet the cleanup objectives. Bioventing is an alternative technique making inroads into refining and petrochemical soil-remediation applications.

  10. Discovery of a thermally persistent h.c.p. solid-solution phase in the Ni-W system

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    Kurz, S. J. B. Leineweber, A.; Maisel, S. B.; Höfler, M.; Müller, S.; Mittemeijer, E. J.

    2014-08-28

    Although the accepted Ni-W phase diagram does not reveal the existence of h.c.p.-based phases, h.c.p.-like stacking sequences were observed in magnetron-co-sputtered Ni-W thin films at W contents of 20 to 25 at. %, by using transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The occurrence of this h.c.p.-like solid-solution phase could be rationalized by first-principles calculations, showing that the vicinity of the system's ground-state line is populated with metastable h.c.p.-based superstructures in the intermediate concentration range from 20 to 50 at. % W. The h.c.p.-like stacking in Ni-W films was observed to be thermally persistent, up to temperatures as high as at least 850 K, as evidenced by extensive X-ray diffraction analyses on specimens before and after annealing treatments. The tendency of Ni-W for excessive planar faulting is discussed in the light of these new findings.

  11. Coating Reduces Ice Adhesion

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    Smith, Trent; Prince, Michael; DwWeese, Charles; Curtis, Leslie

    2008-01-01

    The Shuttle Ice Liberation Coating (SILC) has been developed to reduce the adhesion of ice to surfaces on the space shuttle. SILC, when coated on a surface (foam, metal, epoxy primer, polymer surfaces), will reduce the adhesion of ice by as much as 90 percent as compared to the corresponding uncoated surface. This innovation is a durable coating that can withstand several cycles of ice growth and removal without loss of anti-adhesion properties. SILC is made of a binder composed of varying weight percents of siloxane(s), ethyl alcohol, ethyl sulfate, isopropyl alcohol, and of fine-particle polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The combination of these components produces a coating with significantly improved weathering characteristics over the siloxane system alone. In some cases, the coating will delay ice formation and can reduce the amount of ice formed. SILC is not an ice prevention coating, but the very high water contact angle (greater than 140 ) causes water to readily run off the surface. This coating was designed for use at temperatures near -170 F (-112 C). Ice adhesion tests performed at temperatures from -170 to 20 F (-112 to -7 C) show that SILC is a very effective ice release coating. SILC can be left as applied (opaque) or buffed off until the surface appears clear. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data show that the coating is still present after buffing to transparency. This means SILC can be used to prevent ice adhesion even when coating windows or other objects, or items that require transmission of optical light. Car windshields are kept cleaner and SILC effectively mitigates rain and snow under driving conditions.

  12. Reduced graphene oxide by chemical graphitization.

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    Moon, In Kyu; Lee, Junghyun; Ruoff, Rodney S; Lee, Hyoyoung

    2010-09-21

    Reduced graphene oxides (RG-Os) have attracted considerable interest, given their potential applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices and circuits. However, very little is known regarding the chemically induced reduction method of graphene oxide (G-O) in both solution and gas phases, with the exception of the hydrazine-reducing agent, even though it is essential to use the vapour phase for the patterning of hydrophilic G-Os on prepatterned substrates and in situ reduction to hydrophobic RG-Os. In this paper, we report a novel reducing agent system (hydriodic acid with acetic acid (HI-AcOH)) that allows for an efficient, one-pot reduction of a solution-phased RG-O powder and vapour-phased RG-O (VRG-O) paper and thin film. The reducing agent system provided highly qualified RG-Os by mass production, resulting in highly conducting RG-O(HI-AcOH). Moreover, VRG-O(HI-AcOH) paper and thin films were prepared at low temperatures (40 °C) and were found to be applicable to flexible devices. This one-pot method is expected to advance research on highly conducting graphene platelets.

  13. Modelling reduced sparse data

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    Kozera, Ryszard; Noakes, Lyle

    2016-09-01

    In this paper we discuss the problem of fitting to an ordered collection of points in arbitary Euclidean space called reduced data. We are not given here the corresponding interpolation knots. Instead, these are estimated by new knots upon minimizing a relevant highly nonlinear optimization scheme based on natural spline interpolation. The existence of a global minimizer (i.e. the collection of interpolation knots in ascending order) is also addressed in this paper. Finally, Leap-Frog optimization tool is used to compute these knots approximating the unknown interpolation knots. This numerical scheme is subsequently compared with the Secant Method. Two illustrative examples are given.

  14. Nonlinearity-reduced interferometer

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    Wu, Chien-ming

    2007-12-01

    Periodic nonlinearity is a systematic error limiting the accuracy of displacement measurements at the nanometer level. It results from many causes such as the frequency mixing, polarization mixing, polarization-frequency mixing, and the ghost reflections. An interferometer having accuracy in displacement measurement of less than one-nanometer is necessary in nanometrology. To meet the requirement, the periodic nonlinearity should be less than deep sub-nanometer. In this paper, a nonlinearity-reduced interferometry has been proposed. Both the linear- and straightness-interferometer were tested. The developed interferometer demonstrated of a residual nonlinearity less than 25 pm.

  15. The effect of solute distribution on the strain rate sensitivity of solid solutions

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    Xu, Zhijie

    Several aspects of the physics of the interaction of mobile solute atoms and dislocations in dilute solid solution alloys are studied in this thesis. Solute is added to pure metals in order to improve their strength. Alloying also leads to a number of other effects, some of which are undesirable. For example, it leads to reduced ductility and may cause plastic instabilities. Both of these limit material formability. Here, understanding is added regarding the physical basis of these phenomena. Reduced formability is associated with the occurrence of plastic instabilities which are caused either by low strain hardening or by low (negative) strain rate sensitivity (SRS). The current study is focused on the second effect. The strain rate sensitivity has an instantaneous component (always positive), which is associated with the thermally activated motion of dislocations, and a transient component (which may be either positive or negative), which is associated with the correlated motion of dislocations and solute. Negative SRS results when the transient component is sufficiently negative and is presumably due to clustering of solute at dislocations. The study has a multiscale nature. On the nanoscale, the formation of solute clusters at stationary dislocation cores is studied using Monte Carlo simulations and EAM potentials in an Al-Mg alloy. The size of the thermodynamically stable cluster and the binding energy of the dislocation to its cluster are evaluated as a function of the average solute concentration and temperature. Such data enter all existing constitutive models of DSA. On the mesoscale, we investigate how solute structures (concentration fluctuations) defined on longer length scales affect dislocation motion and hence the strain rate sensitivity of the material. This investigation is performed using 2D dislocation dynamics simulations. On the macroscopic scale, parametric constitutive modeling is used to investigate the effect of mesoscopic solute structures

  16. Alternative Energy Solutions

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    Cowley, David E.; Berman, Marc J.; Breinlinger, Helmut; Gilly, Ladina; Graves, Sam; Kovatch, Patricia; Kulesza, Pete; Martinez, Dave; Minyard, Tommy; Prucnal, Dave; Seager, Mark; Vadgama, Ash

    2011-03-19

    How can HPC centers reduce cost and environmental impact by making creative use of local natural resources? Energy efficiency inside the data center is only part of the story. In keeping with the principle of reduce, reuse, recycle, we should be able to take advantage of local resources to increase efficiency either at new or existing locations. Are there creative ways to reduce PUE below 1? Is a more meaningful way needed to express and measure the environmental effects of operating HPC centers? We will explore approaches such as sustainable energy sources, use of ambient external air or water temperatures, and reuse of "waste" heat.

  17. Method for regeneration of electroless nickel plating solution

    DOEpatents

    Eisenmann, Erhard T.

    1997-01-01

    An electroless nickel(EN)/hypophosphite plating bath is provided employing acetic acid/acetate as a buffer and which is, as a result, capable of perpetual regeneration while avoiding the production of hazardous waste. A regeneration process is provided to process the spent EN plating bath solution. A concentrated starter and replenishment solution is provided for ease of operation of the plating bath. The regeneration process employs a chelating ion exchange system to remove nickel cations from spent EN plating solution. Phosphites are then removed from the solution by precipitation. The nickel cations are removed from the ion exchange system by elution with hypophosphorous acid and the nickel concentration of the eluate adjusted by addition of nickel salt. The treated solution and adjusted eluate are combined, stabilizer added, and the volume of resulting solution reduced by evaporation to form the bath starter and replenishing solution.

  18. Method for regeneration of electroless nickel plating solution

    DOEpatents

    Eisenmann, E.T.

    1997-03-11

    An electroless nickel(EN)/hypophosphite plating bath is provided employing acetic acid/acetate as a buffer and which is, as a result, capable of perpetual regeneration while avoiding the production of hazardous waste. A regeneration process is provided to process the spent EN plating bath solution. A concentrated starter and replenishment solution is provided for ease of operation of the plating bath. The regeneration process employs a chelating ion exchange system to remove nickel cations from spent EN plating solution. Phosphites are then removed from the solution by precipitation. The nickel cations are removed from the ion exchange system by elution with hypophosphorus acid and the nickel concentration of the eluate adjusted by addition of nickel salt. The treated solution and adjusted eluate are combined, stabilizer added, and the volume of resulting solution reduced by evaporation to form the bath starter and replenishing solution. 1 fig.

  19. Critical droplet theory explains the glass formability of aqueous solutions.

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    Warkentin, Matthew; Sethna, James P; Thorne, Robert E

    2013-01-04

    When pure water is cooled at ~10(6) K / s, it forms an amorphous solid (glass) instead of the more familiar crystalline phase. The presence of solutes can reduce this required (or "critical") cooling rate by orders of magnitude. Here, we present critical cooling rates for a variety of solutes as a function of concentration and a theoretical framework for understanding these rates. For all solutes tested, the critical cooling rate is an exponential function of concentration. The exponential's characteristic concentration for each solute correlates with the solute's Stokes radius. A modification of critical droplet theory relates the characteristic concentration to the solute radius and the critical nucleation radius of ice in pure water. This simple theory of ice nucleation and glass formability in aqueous solutions has consequences for general glass-forming systems, and in cryobiology, cloud physics, and climate modeling.

  20. Evaluation of cover crop and reduced cultivation for reducing nitrate leaching in Ireland.

    PubMed

    Hooker, K V; Coxon, C E; Hackett, R; Kirwan, L E; O'Keeffe, E; Richards, K G

    2008-01-01

    Nitrate (NO(3)) loss from arable systems to surface and groundwater has attracted considerable attention in recent years in Ireland. Little information exists under Irish conditions, which are wet and temperate, on the effects of winter cover crops and different tillage techniques on NO(3) leaching. This study investigated the efficacy of such practices in reducing NO(3) leaching from a spring barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) system in the Barrow River valley, southeast Ireland. The study compared the effect of two tillage systems (plow-based tillage and noninversion tillage) and two over-winter alternatives (no vegetative cover and a mustard cover crop) on soil solution NO(3) concentrations at 90 cm depth over two winter drainage seasons (2003/04 and 2004/05). Soil samples were taken and analyzed for inorganic N. During both years of the study, the use of a mustard cover crop significantly reduced NO(3) losses for the plowed and reduced cultivation treatments. Mean soil solution NO(3) concentrations were between 38 and 70% lower when a cover crop was used, and total N load lost over the winter was between 18 and 83% lower. Results from this study highlight the importance of drainage volume and winter temperatures on NO(3) concentrations in soil solution and overall N load lost. It is suggested that cover crops will be of particular value in reducing NO(3) loss in temperate regions with mild winters, where winter N mineralization is important and high winter temperatures favor a long growing season.

  1. Solution of Nonlinear Systems

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Turner, L. R.

    1960-01-01

    The problem of solving systems of nonlinear equations has been relatively neglected in the mathematical literature, especially in the textbooks, in comparison to the corresponding linear problem. Moreover, treatments that have an appearance of generality fail to discuss the nature of the solutions and the possible pitfalls of the methods suggested. Probably it is unrealistic to expect that a unified and comprehensive treatment of the subject will evolve, owing to the great variety of situations possible, especially in the applied field where some requirement of human or mechanical efficiency is always present. Therefore we attempt here simply to pose the problem and to describe and partially appraise the methods of solution currently in favor.

  2. Solute transport in groundwater

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    Dougherty, David E.

    Continued research interest in transport in the subsurface was demonstrated at the “Solute Transport in Groundwater” session held at the 1985 AGU Spring Meeting in Baltimore. This session, following on the heels of the very successful special symposium on “Coupling Geochemical and Hydrologic Models for Subsurface Solute Transport,” was organized by Lenny Konikow of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS, Reston, Va.) and copresided by Steve Gorelick (USGS, Menlo Park, Calif.) and David Dougherty (Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.). Participation was strong, with 12 contributed papers and about 150 attendees. The papers addressed a wide variety of topics, ranging from the theoretical to the applied, from physics to numerical methods.

  3. Software Solutions for ICME

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    Schmitz, G. J.; Engstrom, A.; Bernhardt, R.; Prahl, U.; Adam, L.; Seyfarth, J.; Apel, M.; de Saracibar, C. Agelet; Korzhavyi, P.; Ågren, J.; Patzak, B.

    2016-01-01

    The Integrated Computational Materials Engineering expert group (ICMEg), a coordination activity of the European Commission, aims at developing a global and open standard for information exchange between the heterogeneous varieties of numerous simulation tools. The ICMEg consortium coordinates respective developments by a strategy of networking stakeholders in the first International Workshop on Software Solutions for ICME, compiling identified and relevant software tools into the Handbook of Software Solutions for ICME, discussing strategies for interoperability between different software tools during a second (planned) international workshop, and eventually proposing a scheme for standardized information exchange in a future book or document. The present article summarizes these respective actions to provide the ICME community with some additional insights and resources from which to help move this field forward.

  4. Structure Study of Cellulose Fibers Wet-Spun from Environmentally Friendly NaOH/Urea Aqueous Solutions

    SciTech Connect

    Chen,X.; Burger, C.; Wan, F.; Zhang, J.; Rong, L.; Hsiao, B.; Chu, B.; Cai, J.; Zhang, L.

    2007-01-01

    In this study, structure changes of regenerated cellulose fibers wet-spun from a cotton linter pulp (degree of polymerization {approx}620) solution in an NaOH/urea solvent under different conditions were investigated by simultaneous synchrotron wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). WAXD results indicated that the increase in flow rate during spinning produced a better crystal orientation and a higher degree of crystallinity, whereas a 2-fold increase in draw ratio only affected the crystal orientation. When coagulated in a H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}/Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} aqueous solution at 15 {sup o}C, the regenerated fibers exhibited the highest crystallinity and a crystal orientation comparable to that of commercial rayon fibers by the viscose method. SAXS patterns exhibited a pair of meridional maxima in all regenerated cellulose fibers, indicating the existence of a lamellar structure. A fibrillar superstructure was observed only at higher flow rates (>20 m/min). The conformation of cellulose molecules in NaOH/urea aqueous solution was also investigated by static and dynamic light scattering. It was found that cellulose chains formed aggregates with a radius of gyration, R{sub g}, of about 232 nm and an apparent hydrodynamic radius, R{sub h}, of about 172 nm. The NaOH/urea solvent system is low-cost and environmentally friendly, which may offer an alternative route to replace more hazardous existing methods for the production of regenerated cellulose fibers.

  5. Analytic Parabolic Equation Solutions.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1989-11-01

    problem involving a line source in a homogeneous ocean above a homogeneous , semi-infinite, fast fluid bottom has been analyzed in detail. Various...excited duct with laterally homogeneous bilinear height profile. An exact numerical reference solution can be constructed by modal summation for...have been well documented in the literature [1]. Since the final-field is constructed by beam shooting, one avoids the need for eigenray search which

  6. Embodied intervention reduce depression

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    Song, Dong-Qing; Bi, Xin; Fu, Ying

    2011-10-01

    To investigate the difference of the selected-rate of undergraduates' depression with respect to time, gender and scales and the intervention effect of embodied exercise, 201 Undergraduates were measured with Self-Rating Depression Scale and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI).The result shows there are significant difference of the selected-rates of undergraduates' depression resulted from long-time interval rather than from short-time interval and gender. After the intervention, the selected-rates are decreased and no significant difference has been found between the embodied groups and the controlled group. Only the embodied groups maintain the better effects of the intervention in the tracking. Also the result shows that only the participants of embodied groups obtain more positive emotional experience. We conclude that there is significant difference of selected-rate of undergraduates' depression on scales, and the embodied exercise can effectively reduce undergraduate's depression.

  7. Reducing GWAS Complexity

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    Hazelett, Dennis J.; Conti, David V.; Han, Ying; Al Olama, Ali Amin; Easton, Doug; Eeles, Rosalind A.; Kote-Jarai, Zsofia; Haiman, Christopher A.; Coetzee, Gerhard A.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have revealed numerous genomic 'hits' associated with complex phenotypes. In most cases these hits, along with surrogate genetic variation as measure by numerous single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are in linkage disequilibrium, are not in coding genes making assignment of functionality or causality intractable. Here we propose that fine-mapping along with the matching of risk SNPs at chromatin biofeatures lessen this complexity by reducing the number of candidate functional/causal SNPs. For example, we show here that only on average 2 SNPs per prostate cancer risk locus are likely candidates for functionality/causality; we further propose that this manageable number should be taken forward in mechanistic studies. The candidate SNPs can be looked up for each prostate cancer risk region in 2 recent publications in 20151,2 from our groups. PMID:26771711

  8. Pressure reducing regulator

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    Whitehead, J.C.; Dilgard, L.W.

    1995-10-10

    A pressure reducing regulator that controls its downstream or outlet pressure to a fixed fraction of its upstream or inlet pressure is disclosed. The regulator includes a housing which may be of a titanium alloy, within which is located a seal or gasket at the outlet end which may be made of annealed copper, a rod, and piston, each of which may be made of high density graphite. The regulator is insensitive to temperature by virtue of being without a spring or gas sealed behind a diaphragm, and provides a reference for a system in which it is being used. The rod and piston of the regulator are constructed, for example, to have a 1/20 ratio such that when the downstream pressure is less than 1/20 of the upstream pressure the regulator opens and when the downstream pressure exceeds 1/20 of the upstream pressure the regulator closes. 10 figs.

  9. Pressure reducing regulator

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    Whitehead, John C.; Dilgard, Lemoyne W.

    1995-01-01

    A pressure reducing regulator that controls its downstream or outlet pressure to a fixed fraction of its upstream or inlet pressure. The regulator includes a housing which may be of a titanium alloy, within which is located a seal or gasket at the outlet end which may be made of annealed copper, a rod, and piston, each of which may be made of high density graphite. The regulator is insensitive to temperature by virtue of being without a spring or gas sealed behind a diaphragm, and provides a reference for a system in which it is being used. The rod and piston of the regulator are constructed, for example, to have a 1/20 ratio such that when the downstream pressure is less than 1/20 of the upstream pressure the regulator opens and when the downstream pressure exceeds 1/20 of the upstream pressure the regulator closes.

  10. Reduced Order Podolsky Model

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    Thibes, Ronaldo

    2017-02-01

    We perform the canonical and path integral quantizations of a lower-order derivatives model describing Podolsky's generalized electrodynamics. The physical content of the model shows an auxiliary massive vector field coupled to the usual electromagnetic field. The equivalence with Podolsky's original model is studied at classical and quantum levels. Concerning the dynamical time evolution, we obtain a theory with two first-class and two second-class constraints in phase space. We calculate explicitly the corresponding Dirac brackets involving both vector fields. We use the Senjanovic procedure to implement the second-class constraints and the Batalin-Fradkin-Vilkovisky path integral quantization scheme to deal with the symmetries generated by the first-class constraints. The physical interpretation of the results turns out to be simpler due to the reduced derivatives order permeating the equations of motion, Dirac brackets and effective action.

  11. Reducing medical waste.

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    Conrardy, Julie; Hillanbrand, Mary; Myers, Sandra; Nussbaum, George F

    2010-06-01

    Medical waste is a necessary by-product of any hospital environment; however, the majority of regulated medical waste is produced in the OR from the use of disposable surgical supplies (eg, drapes, gowns, basins, gloves, sponges). We conducted a concept comparison project in the ORs of two large medical centers in Bethesda, Maryland, and Washington, DC, to evaluate the effects of using reusable surgical basins, gowns, and table and Mayo stand covers in place of disposable products. Survey results indicated that surgeons and surgical technologists found the reusable products to be preferable to the disposable products currently in use. In addition, using reusable products provided a means to decrease regulated medical waste generated in the OR by an average of 65% as well as reduce the cost of waste disposal. AORN recommends evaluating the environmental effects of using reusable, reposable, and disposable products; our findings provide evidence that may be useful to surgical facilities that seek to adopt a "green" approach.

  12. Combined Heat and Power: Effective Energy Solutions for a Sustainable Future

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    Shipley, Anna; Hampson, Anne; Hedman, Bruce; Garland, Patti; Bautista, Paul

    2008-12-01

    This report describes in detail the four key areas where CHP has proven its effectiveness and holds promise for the future—as an: environmental solution, significantly reducing CO2 emissions through greater energy efficiency; competitive business solution, increasing efficiency, reducing business costs, and creating green-collar jobs; local energy solution, deployable throughout the United States; and infrastructure modernization solution, relieving grid congestion and improving energy security.

  13. Platelet additive solution - electrolytes.

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    Azuma, Hiroshi; Hirayama, Junichi; Akino, Mitsuaki; Ikeda, Hisami

    2011-06-01

    Recent attention to solutions that replace most or all plasma in platelet concentrates, while maintaining satisfactory platelet function, is motivated by the potential of plasma reduction or depletion to mitigate various transfusion-related adverse events. This report considers the electrolytic composition of previously described platelet additive solutions, in order to draw general conclusions about what is required for platelet function and longevity. The optimal concentrations of Na(+) and Cl(-) are 69-115 mM. The presence of both K(+) and Mg(2+) in platelet suspension at nearly physiological concentrations (3-5mM and 1.5-3mM, respectively) is indispensable for good preservation capacity because both electrolytes are required to prevent platelet activation. In contrast to K(+) and Mg(2+), Ca(2+) may not be important because no free Ca(2+) is available in M-sol, which showed excellent platelet preservation capacity at less than 5% plasma concentration. The importance of bicarbonate (approximately 40 mM) can be recognized when the platelets are suspended in additive solution under less than 5% residual plasma concentration.

  14. Reduced-order modelling numerical homogenization.

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    Abdulle, A; Bai, Y

    2014-08-06

    A general framework to combine numerical homogenization and reduced-order modelling techniques for partial differential equations (PDEs) with multiple scales is described. Numerical homogenization methods are usually efficient to approximate the effective solution of PDEs with multiple scales. However, classical numerical homogenization techniques require the numerical solution of a large number of so-called microproblems to approximate the effective data at selected grid points of the computational domain. Such computations become particularly expensive for high-dimensional, time-dependent or nonlinear problems. In this paper, we explain how numerical homogenization method can benefit from reduced-order modelling techniques that allow one to identify offline and online computational procedures. The effective data are only computed accurately at a carefully selected number of grid points (offline stage) appropriately 'interpolated' in the online stage resulting in an online cost comparable to that of a single-scale solver. The methodology is presented for a class of PDEs with multiple scales, including elliptic, parabolic, wave and nonlinear problems. Numerical examples, including wave propagation in inhomogeneous media and solute transport in unsaturated porous media, illustrate the proposed method.

  15. Robinson-Trautman solution with nonlinear electrodynamics

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    Tahamtan, T.; Svítek, O.

    2016-06-01

    Explicit Robinson-Trautman solutions with an electromagnetic field satisfying nonlinear field equations are derived and analyzed. The solutions are generated from the spherically symmetric ones. In all studied cases the electromagnetic field singularity is removed while the gravitational one persists. The models resolving the curvature singularity in spherically symmetric spacetimes could not be generalized to the Robinson-Trautman geometry using the generating method developed in this paper, which indicates that the removal of a singularity in the associated spherically symmetric case might be just a consequence of high symmetry. We show that the obtained solutions are generally of algebraic type II and reduce to type D in spherical symmetry. Asymptotically they tend to the spherically symmetric case as well.

  16. Stability of ranitidine in injectable solutions.

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    Vehabovic, Midhat; Hadzovic, Sabira; Stambolic, Fatima; Hadzic, Amina; Vranjes, Elvedina; Haracic, Ediba

    2003-04-30

    Injectable solutions of ranitidine were prepared by dissolving ranitidine hydrochloride in water for injections. The following buffering system has been used: disodium phosphate (anhydrous), potassium dihydrogen phosphate, and phenol as a preservative. Inert gas (nitrogen) was used to displace oxygen from a solution and reduce the possibility of oxidative changes in the formulation. The solution was poured into 2-ml brown glass ampoules in asceptic condition. Ampoules samples have been stored at three different temperatures. They have been stored at 55 and 40 degrees C for 6 months, and at 25 degrees C for 12 months. TLC technique has been used for monitoring related substances, and HPLC technique for monitoring phenol and ranitidine content. It has been shown that only those samples that were stored at 25 degrees C were actually stable.

  17. Solute Leakage Resulting from Leaf Desiccation

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    Leopold, A. Carl; Musgrave, Mary E.; Williams, Kathleen M.

    1981-01-01

    The leakage of solutes from foliar tissue is utilized as a dynamic measure of apparent changes in membrane integrity in response to desiccation. It is found that rehydrating leaf discs of cowpea (Vigna sinensis [L.] Endl.) show increasing leakiness in proportion to the extent of prior desiccation, whereas Selaginella lepidophylla Spring., a resurrection plant, does not. The elevated leakage rate of cowpea after desiccation recovers with time, and the passage of time in the stressed condition results in reduced subsequent leakiness. These characteristics are interpreted as suggesting that the leakage of solute reflects the condition of cellular membranes, and that desiccation stress leads to lesions in the membranes. The kinetics of solute leakage is suggested as a simple means of following changes in membrane lesions and associated features of membrane repair and hardening. PMID:16662082

  18. Apparatus Makes Precisely Saturated Solutions

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    Pusey, Marc L.

    1989-01-01

    Simple laboratory apparatus establishes equilibrium conditions of temperature and concentration in solutions for use in precise measurements of saturation conditions. With equipment typical measurement of saturation concentration of protein in solution established and measured within about 24 hours. Precisely saturated solution made by passing solvent or solution slowly along column packed with solute at precisely controlled temperature. If necessary, flow stopped for experimentally determined interval to allow equilibrium to be established in column.

  19. Perturbations of cosmological and black hole solutions in massive gravity and bi-gravity

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    Kobayashi, Tsutomu; Siino, Masaru; Yamaguchi, Masahide; Yoshida, Daisuke

    2016-10-01

    We investigate perturbations of a class of spherically symmetric solutions in massive gravity and bi-gravity. The background equations of motion for the particular class of solutions we are interested in reduce to a set of the Einstein equations with a cosmological constant. Thus, the solutions in this class include all the spherically symmetric solutions in general relativity, such as the Friedmann-Lemaître-Robertson-Walker solution and the Schwarzschild (-de Sitter) solution, though the one-parameter family of two parameters of the theory admits such a class of solutions. We find that the equations of motion for the perturbations of this class of solutions also reduce to the perturbed Einstein equations at first and second order. Therefore, the perturbative stability of the solutions coincides with that of the corresponding solutions in general relativity at least up to the second-order perturbations.

  20. Reduction of Plutonium in Acidic Solutions by Mesoporous Carbons

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    Parsons-Moss, Tashi; Jones, Stephen; Wang, Jinxiu; Wu, Zhangxiong; Uribe, Eva; Zhao, Dongyuan; Nitsche, Heino

    2015-12-19

    Batch contact experiments with several porous carbon materials showed that carbon solids spontaneously reduce the oxidation state of plutonium in 1-1.5 M acid solutions, without significant adsorption. The final oxidation state and rate of Pu reduction varies with the solution matrix, and also depends on the surface chemistry and surface area of the carbon. It was demonstrated that acidic Pu(VI) solutions can be reduced to Pu(III) by passing through a column of porous carbon particles, offering an easy alternative to electrolysis with a potentiostat.